It's going to be a coming home of sorts for Paddy Moloney, founder of the Irish folk group The Chieftains, our pick for Friday. Not that Moloney ever lived here exactly, but he did spend lots of time visiting his rocket scientist son who worked at NASA and the group performed frequent concerts in the area, ("We used to play in a little place called Rockefellers, it was an old bank. Is it still there, do you know?" Moloney asks us in his charming Irish accent.)
Celebrating half a century in the music business, Moloney and his bandmates are on The Chieftains: 50th Anniversary Tour, appearing here with the Houston Symphony. "We have a big show for Houston. We've got dancing and singing with one of your local dancing groups and one of your choirs. We'll also have a pipe band. Everybody in the Chieftains plays a bit of a solo. There'll be a couple of tunes with just The Chieftains, but then the Symphony joins us on stage. And Cady Coleman will be there, too." Coleman is a NASA astronaut and flutist who borrowed a whistle and flute from the Chieftains to take into space, playing them both during her mission. ("She eventually gave us back the whistle and flute in the Albert Hall in London," says Moloney.)
See The Chieftans at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, visit the symphony's website or call 713-224-7575. $29 to $129.
On Saturday, the Saint Arnold Brewing Company is celebrating the arrival of Spring Bock with the Heights Pub Crawl. You can start at any of six bars between 2 and 3 p.m. Crawlers will make their way from one bar to another, in whatever order they like, before ending up at Onion Creek Café at 6 p.m. for one more brew and prizes for everyone who got to all seven stops (prizes will be either a Spring Bock pint glass or a newly released Pub Crawl pint glass). Locations include BB's Café (2701 White Oak), Christian's Tailgate (2820 White Oak), Fitzgerald's (2706 White Oak), Public House Heights (2802 White Oak), Jimmy's Ice House (2803 White Oak), Little Woodrows (2631 White Oak) and Onion Creek Café (3106 White Oak).
The Heights Pub Crawl makes its way down White Oak between 2 and 6 p.m. For information, visit the Saint Arnold Brewing Company website or call 713-686-9494. It's free to participate but you pay for your drinks as you go.
We have been loving the Universal Pictures Celebrating 100 Years screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and this Saturday it's a double feature that's irresistible to horror fans - Dracula and Frankenstein. The granddaddy of all horror films, the 1931 Dracula launched a new era for Universal. Director Tod Browning and cinematographer Karl Freund were the creatives talents behind the film which stars Bela Lugosi as the deliciously creepy Count Dracula, a vampire with a taste for pretty women. Then it's time for James Whale's 1931 Frankenstein, the original "creature feature" with a monster made out of bits and pieces of various dead bodies brought back to life by a mad scientist. Both films will be introduced by Houston Film Critics Society President Josh Starnes, Comingsoon.net.
See Dracula at 6 p.m. and Frankenstein at 7:30 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, visit the museum's website or call 713-639-7515. $9.
It's actually going to be a busy weekend for Saint Arnold Brewery; on Sunday the brewery joins Foodways Texas to present an Oyster Extravaganza. Oyster expert Jim Gossen leads the fun as participants stop at several tables of oysters from different appellations to experience the different tastes from the different oyster beds. Chef Danny Trace of Brennan's Houston will also be on hand, serving up treats. And Saint Arnold's is offering a cask of Winter Stout, which they say pairs exceptionally well with oysters. Oyster Extravaganza benefit Foodways Texas, an organization whose mission is to preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas.
Oyster Extravaganza runs 3 to 5 p.m. at the Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons Avenue. For information, visit the Saint Arnold Brewing Company website or call 713-686-9494. $50.
Sunday is your last chance to see Clybourne Park over at the Alley Theatre, and this is one show you don't want to miss. Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, an Olivier Award for Best Play and a Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a spinoff of Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, borrowing a few characters from it, and covers two generations separated by 50 years. Jeffrey Bean and Elizabeth Bunch play Russ and Bev, the couple about to sell their house to a black family in 1959. The black family turns out to be the Youngers, the central family in A Raisin in the Sun. And Karl Lindner, a minor character in Raisin, walks on stage in this play.
In Act II, it's 2009 and a white couple, accompanied by a descendant of the family that moved out of the neighborhood in 1959, is trying to buy the house with the intent of tearing it down. Because of housing ordinances, they must deal with a black couple representing the neighborhood organization and it turns out the wife in that couple is related to the couple that bought the house from Russ and Bev. Everyone starts out nice and polite, but tact is soon overcome by hostility and different expectations and nastiness ensures.
Actors play dual roles in the production. Bean returns in the second act as Dan, Bunch as Kathy. Emily Neves plays Betsy/Lindsey, David Rainey is Albert/Kevin and Jay Sullivan triples as Jim/Tom/Kenneth. Alley veteran Philip Lehl returns as Karl/Steve and Libya V. Pugh makes her Alley debut.
See Clybourne Park at 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information, visit the theatre's website or call 713-220-5700. $23 to $63.
Margaret Downing contributed to this post.