In his career so far, Harry Connick Jr. has been a child piano prodigy, a smooth, Sinatra-esque balladeer and an actor (most recently as Dr. Leo Markus, Grace's husband on TV's Will and Grace). Now we can add Festive Yuletide Mistletoe Man to that résumé. Connick's new Christmas CD, Harry for the Holidays, and his tour by the same name feature big-band versions of traditional tunes such as "Frosty the Snowman," "Silver Bells" and "Blue Christmas," not to mention originals "The Happy Elf," "Nothing New for New Year" (a duet with George Jones) and "I Come with Love." The last one is inspired by -- no shit -- the moment in Damien: Omen II when our boy Beelzebub realizes just who he is. Of course, it's a little bit early to be singing about silent nights and winter wonderlands (Houston is only the second stop on the tour), but Connick will surely throw in some of his swooning standards and N'awlins-flavored jazz numbers. 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 11. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-629-3700. $31.25-$76.25. -- Bob Ruggiero
Why read when you can watch?
Even though (or perhaps because) James Joyce wrote a couple of impossibly
labyrinthine novels in his later years, he is considered one of the great masters
of the English language. His early works are more straightforward, though still
brilliant, and their subtle turns of phrase offer readers a wide-eyed glimpse
at his greatness. If you don't feel like tackling Joyce yourself, you can sit
back and watch one of his early masterpieces unfold in the musical version of
The Dead, a story about a dinner party hosted by three music teachers
that delves into themes such as love, life, death, Ireland and the whole of
existence. There won't be a test at the end. Show opens Thursday, November 6.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through December
6. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Boulevard. For tickets and information, call
713-524-6706 or visit www.mainstreettheater.com.
$15 to $30. -- Keith Plocek
As the top comedienne of the first cast of Saturday Night Live, Gilda Radner made audiences across the nation cackle with lines like "That's so funny I forgot to laugh!" Stricken with ovarian cancer in the late '80s, Radner never lost her famous sense of humor. The comic's involvement in the cancer community during her final years inspired husband Gene Wilder to start Gilda's Club, which provides free emotional support for people affected by or living with cancer. This weekend, ComedySportz offers its support with an improvisational comedy match and silent auction benefiting Gilda's Club. 8 p.m. Friday, November 7. Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard. For information or reservations, call 713-868-1444. $12. -- Eric A.T. Dieckman
Dominic Walsh has put a toe into narrative waters for the first time with his new full-length ballet, The Miller's Daughter. The piece, based on Wilhelm Muller's poems and set to music by Franz Schubert, features a talking brook and, of course, a boy in love. 8 p.m. Thursday, November 6. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center. For information, call 713-652-3938 or visit www.dwdt.org. $18 to $45. -- Nancy Galeota-Wozny