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Ten Things to Do in Houston for $10 or Less (Nine Free), June 22-28

The Houston Symphony returns to Miller Outdoor Theatre for a summer night of music.
The Houston Symphony returns to Miller Outdoor Theatre for a summer night of music. Photo by Kennon Evett

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click to enlarge The Houston Symphony’s new Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López’s Fiesta! is on the program with Mozart and Dvorák at Miller Outdoor Theatre. - PHOTO BY KENNON EVETT
The Houston Symphony’s new Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López’s Fiesta! is on the program with Mozart and Dvorák at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Photo by Kennon Evett
Mozart & Dvorák
Miller Outdoor Theatre
8:30 p.m. Saturday, free

David Danzmayr leads the Houston Symphony in a rousing program at Miller Outdoor Theatre, which includes the energetic Fiesta! by new composer-in-residence Jimmy López. The four movements of López’s Fiesta!, or “pop dances” as López calls them, are an eclectic mix with time- and globe-spanning influences, such as Latin-American, Afro-Peruvian and even today’s club music. Also on the program are Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 2, played by Principal Horn William VerMeulen, and Dvorák's Symphony No. 8., which, though it opens rather seriously, quickly takes a turn for the joyous as Dvorák musically waxes poetic about the wonders of nature.

click to enlarge Get ready for Meg Gardiner's new book, Unsub, to leave you unsettled. - PHOTO BY STUART BOREHAM
Get ready for Meg Gardiner's new book, Unsub, to leave you unsettled.
Photo by Stuart Boreham
Unsub book signing
Murder By the Book
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, free

Soon you can thank Meg Gardiner for unsub, a mash-up of unknown and subject, and a term about to be added to your lexicon of police jargon learned from books and TV. In Gardiner’s latest book, a serial killer called the Prophet appears to have unretired two decades after terrorizing the Bay Area and taking the lives of 11 people. Detective Caitlin Hendrix is put on the case, and though she may be new to Homicide, she knows the Prophet, who eluded her own father years before. Inspired by one of the best examples of an unsub, the Zodiac Killer, Publishers Weekly says “[t]aut pacing and sympathetic characters play against a terrifying villain, who will crawl beneath your skin and trouble your sleep.” And, not for nothing, CBS has already bought the rights for TV.

click to enlarge Anime on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse screening of Himouto! Umaru-Chan. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SENTAI FILMWORKS
Anime on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse screening of Himouto! Umaru-Chan.
Photo courtesy of Sentai Filmworks
Anime at the Alamo: Himouto! Umaru-Chan
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Mason
7:45 p.m. Tuesday, free

Umaru Doma is the perfect 16-year-old. She's pretty, smart, athletic and popular, but at home, once her orange hamster hood goes on, she turns into an otaku slacker — a sloppy, demanding gamer and an absolute nightmare for her older brother Taihei. The anime adaptation of the 2013 manga series will screen in English, and members of the voice cast will be in attendance, but do note this one is for those 18 and up. Children six and up will be allowed in with an adult, but no one under six will be admitted. Interested parties can pick up tickets at the box office or reserve seats in the theater by buying a $5 food and beverage voucher.

click to enlarge From La Junta series, © 1971, Bill Wittliff. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS, TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
From La Junta series, © 1971, Bill Wittliff.
Photo courtesy of the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University
"V.T. ‘Cowboy’ Williams" and "Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy" exhibits
Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum
10 a.m. Wednesday, free

Until his death in 2005, V.T. "Cowboy" Williams was a local staple, the last real cowboy of his time, who would happily regale interested parties with colorful stories, like the time he met Jesse James in 1946. The Chappell Hill Historical Society is once again hosting an exhibit on Williams, and this year it will be accompanied by "Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy," an exhibit from the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University featuring the photos of Bill Wittliff, who visited a North Mexico ranch and documented the work of the Mexican cowboys or “vaqueros.” Both exhibits run through July 23, and on July 4, there will be a cowboy roundup featuring live music, a chuck wagon and petting zoo.


Sedotta e Abbandonata
Italian Cultural and Community Center
7:15 p.m. Wednesday, $10
Pietro Germi’s 1964 film, Sedotta e Abbandonata (Seduced and Abandoned), is a critical and darkly humorous look at a troubling Sicilian social custom: the tradition that a rapist could avoid prison time if he married the victim, which would also restore honor to the victim’s family. The harsh but folly-filled look at village life is an example of commedia all’italiana – complete with plot points going by at breakneck speed, including a murder plot, a nunnery, dental work, a suicide attempt, broken engagements and death – and the second in a trilogy for Germi (with Divorce Italian Style and The Birds, the Bees and the Italians).
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Natalie de la Garza is a contributing writer who adores all things pop culture and longs to know everything there is to know about the Houston arts and culture scene.