Shawn Hamilton in the Alley Theatre's virtual production of Don X. Nguyen's short play Man. Kind. Photo by Victoria Beauray Sagady
If you looking for the best Houston arts organizations have to offer this week you’ve come to the right place. As cautious and responsible optimism grows, below you’ll find not only virtual options to keep you entertained, but a few more in-person, socially distanced events too.
You can join Mercury Chamber Orchestra as they celebrate their platinum anniversary this Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. when they stream their latest digital concert titled Music Among Friends. Mercury’s co-founders, bassist Antoine Plante (who also serves as the ensemble’s artistic director) and violinist Jonathan Godfrey, will be joined by cellist Courtenay Vandiver Pereira for a program comprised of some of their favorite works from composers such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington. Tickets to celebrate the now 20-year-old ensemble can be purchased for $20 here for the Thursday premiere, which will remain available to stream through April 18.
If you caught the reading of Don X. Nguyen’s The Supreme Leader at the Alley All New Festival back in 2019, you’ll be among the happiest to see Nguyen’s work return to the Alley Theatre – though this time to their virtual stage. Nguyen’s Man. Kind. opens online on Friday, April 9, starring Alley company members Shawn Hamilton and Melissa Pritchett, and directed by Brandon Weinbrenner, who also directed the reading of The Supreme Leader in 2019. The short play, commissioned in 2015 and written in response to the prompt “To Serve and Protect,” features cave people, and if you want to know how those two things might connect, you’ll just have to check out the show. The play is free to view through May 9 with registration here.
Performances of La finta semplice are scheduled for Friday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m. while Albert Herring will be performed on Saturday, April 10, and Monday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets to the virtual livestream of La finta semplice can be reserved here and to Albert Herringhere. Or if you want out of the house and you’re happy to follow COVID precautions, you can purchase in-person tickets, ranging from $10 to $20, to La finta semplicehere and in-person tickets to Albert Herringhere.
Front Lawn Film Nights over at Asia Society Texas Center continue this Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m. with the Bruce Lee, kung fu classic Enter the Dragon. Enjoy the film from the socially distanced safety of your own pod, an eight-foot circle with room for four people. You can bring your own blankets or lawn chairs, and you can even bring your own snacks, but you might want to purchase up a Popcorn and Candy Package with your ticket instead. Each pod is $30 for Asia Society members, $40 for nonmembers, and the Popcorn and Candy Package (for two) is $10. You can purchase tickets here, and note that screenings will continue through June with films like Searching, To Be Takei, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
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