Top Five Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Exit 27, "LaToya Ruby Frazier: Witness," ApolloCon 2013 and More

Our first pick for Friday is The Landing Theatre Company's Exit 27 making its world premiere here. It's a gripping and timely story by playwright Aleks Merilo. The stakes are high here, since the Fundamental Church of Latter-Day Saints expels young men accused of transgressions into the achingly dry desert of Utah, to stay alive as best they can, with few survival skills and fewer resources. Since 2000, almost 1,400 young men have undergone this exile.

David Rainey, artistic director of The Landing Theatre Company, helped present a reading of Exit 27 in Houston last July. Rainey said, "We were struck by the importance of the subject matter and even more so by the quality of the writing, really extraordinary, and knew it deserved a fully -professional production." The drama has a cast of five and is directed by Anne Quackenbush.

8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and July 1 and 3. Through July 6. University of Houston/Downtown, 1 Main. For information, call 713-487-5634 or visit the theater's Web site. $20.

While it won't be mentioned by Willard Scott in his regular birthday greetings segment on The Today Show, the Houston Symphony is putting on its own celebration with the 100th Birthday Concert on Friday. The program will feature a grab bag of well-known classical works from famous composers (Beethoven, Bizet, Tchaikovsky), pop hits by Dolly Parton, some Disney songs and "a few surprises."

"I always enjoy conducting concerts at Miller Theatre," says Symphony Associate Conductor Robert Franz, who'll hold the baton at the B‑day shindig. "Performing in such a relaxed environment with an audience spanning several generations is so much fun for me." Houstonian LaKisha Jones, a finalist on American Idol, will also perform, along with the Memorial High School Choir, Houston Cougar Marching Band and Westside High School Dance Company.

8:30 p.m. 6000 Hermann Park Dr. For information, call 281-373-3386 or visit the symphony's Web site. Free.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez