Friday, 2 p.m.
The Houston Astros have not only taken the pennant, but the title as World Series Champions. Celebrate with all of Houston this Friday afternoon in celebration of these hometown victors as they begin at Smith and Lamar and end with their victorious route at City Hall to continue the festivities. Celebrate with Mayor Sylvester Turner, Orbit and of of course the Astros themselves. For information, visit houstontx.gov. Free.
Friday, 8 p.m.
From zero to sizzling hot in under three minutes, French-Argentine singer/composer Carlos Gardel was a master at turning out tango recordings, resulting in several classics with longtime collaborator Alfredo Le Pera. After his untimely death in 1935 Gardel was transformed into an archetypal tragic hero for Latin Americans. Now the sultry dancers of Tango Buenos Aires are celebrating his life in The Spirit of Argentina, presented in Houston by Society for the Performing Arts. The all-new program includes the collaborators’ romantic waltz, Loves of a Student, and a Broadway-style fox-trot with Blondes in New York. Turn this one into date night with free tango lessons from 6 to 8 p.m. For information, call 713-227-3974 or visit spahouston.org. $34 to $94.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Halloween may be over and thought it seems it took the gore with it, LIZZIE hits the stage to prove the gore abides to no one's holiday schedule. If you're still in the mood for betrayal, sex and death then watch your own back, lest you want an axe in it. The tall tale about a daughter gone mad who's left to answer for the brutal slayings of her step-mother and father plays now at EaDo Playhouse. For information, call 832-210-5200 or visit eadoplayhouse.com. $25.
Saturday, 2 p.m.
4930 West Bellfort
From the concussed and semi-lucid writer, elements of Poe’s work emerge, including “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven.” Stacy Bakri, says artistic director of Company OnStage and the director of its upcoming production, Most Wretched Deathbed Fever Dreams of Edgar Allan Poe, the play is sure to please history fans, anyone interested in mid-19th-century attitudes toward death and bereavement, and especially the Poe fans. “People just like his work and they love good, spooky stuff,” says Bakri, “his legend just keeps feeding on itself.” For information, call 713-726-1219 or visit companyonstage.org. $18.
Saturday, 4 p.m.
The weather couldn't be more perfect to catch a movie outside on the lawn near Kinder Lake on the Green. Lead your pack to Discovery Green to catch Disney's Zootopia. The Family friendly movie about a bunny with dreams bigger than her. Those attending are invited to bring along their own blankets and chairs, pets with the exception of wolves, they happen to be the particular kryptonite for this film's heroine. For information, visit discoverygreen.com. Free.
Saturday, 1 p.m., 4 and 8
Five theater companies with diverse styles and interests — The Landing Theatre, The Ensemble Theatre, Wordsmyth and new additions Mildred’s Umbrella and Luciole International — will join Next Iteration for this year’s edition of , a biennial opportunity to present free staged readings of new and new-to-Houston works. Dianne K. Webb, artistic director of ReadFest organizer Next Iteration, says that staged readings are particularly unique in their intimacy. “When you put the script with nothing else in the mouths of actors and you let them do what they do best, which is act, you bring to life the story in a way that is very raw and very basic and very real,” says Webb. “There’s something very magical about a reading.” For information, call 713-521-4533 or visit readfesthouston.com. Free.
Sunday, 10 a.m.
1001 Avenida de las Americas
NASA insider Sue Garman had a head for numbers and space, but in her free time the Johnson Space Center exec explored the universe of her imagination with complex, intricately pieced quilts. She died not long after her husband, NASA engineer Jack Gorman, but her 40-year legacy of quilt-making is on display during this year’s International Quilt Festival Houston. “Her daughter is very involved with the project and most of her friends are the quilt guardians of the show, with the white gloves,” says Bob Ruggiero, director of publications for organizer Quilts, Inc. (and, full disclosure, a regular Houston Press freelancer). “The other big exhibit is the HERstory exhibit. There’s a quilt of Queen Elizabeth, Malala, Nina Simone, Gloria Steinem.” Ruggiero says pictorial quilts are big these days, including one of a show-stopping, colorful iguana by Danny Amazonas. For information, call 713-781-8000 or visit quilts.com. $12.
Natalie de la Garza and Susie Tommaney contributed to this post.