Music aficionados can choose from iconic '60s music or compositions inspired by the moon and stars; while nature lovers can pick up a few native plants, learn about birds of prey, or kayak along Greens Bayou. Rounding out the weekend are dance, a short film festival, an antique pop-up sale, Harry Potter trivia and a celebration of Vietnamese culture. With a weekend like this, there's no way you're staying home on the couch.
We're all so glued to our smartphones that it's hard to imagine a different way of life, but think back to an era when man was deeply connected to the natural world and used the moon cycles to know when to tap trees, plant corn, harvest or hunt. From ancient astrology to Native American legends, the moon and constellations will reveal their secrets if we just take the time to study them. This weekend sees the world premiere of MoonStrike, a new commission for string quartet by Emmy-Winning Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate that was inspired by moon legends and astrology. The composition calls for a narrator and Commander John Herrington, Chickasaw astronaut and the first member of a Native American tribe to fly in space, has the honors for two performances presented by Apollo Chamber Players. Also on the program is the Texas premiere of Earthrise (composer Jake Heggie was inspired by the iconic photograph of the same name), and the world premiere of MoonArk by Houston-based Turkish composer Erberk Eryilmaz (the composition will be sent to the moon in 2021 as part of The MoonArk time capsule).
Performances of MoonStrike scheduled for September 27-28 from 7:30 a.m. Friday at MATCH, 3400 Main and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Houston Clear Lake, Bayou Theater, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard. For information, call 713-521-4533 or 281-283-3024 or visit apollochamberplayers.org or matchouston.org or uhcl.edu/bayou-theater. $10 to $40.
sneak peek of Silva's joyful Reminisce at Dance Houston's Celebration of Dance earlier this month, you've got two more chances to catch it this weekend.
Performances of Reawaken are scheduled for September 27-28 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at MATCH, 3400 Main. For information, call 713-521-4533 or visit matchouston.org/events/2019/reawaken. $15 to $35.
The Manhattan Short Film Festival is scheduled for September 28-29 and October 5 at 7 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org. $8 to $10.
The Pop-Up Sale is scheduled for September 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Heritage Society Tea Room, 1100 Bagby. For information or to RSVP, call 713-655-1912, extension 114 or visit heritagesociety.org. Free admission.
Green thumbs know that fall is the best season for planting in Houston: plants thrive in the milder temperatures and will emerge stronger and more resilient in the spring, plus butterflies and other pollinators are stocking up on nectar and pollen. During the Fall Plant Sale at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, experts will be on hand to help with selections from the inventory of nectar plants, butterfly host plants, native milkweeds and live insects, as well as edible, rare and exotic species. Prices are $4 for a four-inch plant, $9 for a gallon pot, $18 for two gallons, $25 for three gallons and $49 for citrus. Native milkweed plants will sell for $15. Bring the kids, too, as they'll want to take part in the cockroach races or the up-close bug encounters.
The Fall Plant Sale is scheduled for September 28 from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (or until sold out) at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit hmns.org/cockrell-butterfly-center/plant-sale.
Four stars from the original cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys discovered they didn't want to give up singing together, a creative partnership that has worked out perfectly for audience members and fans of iconic music from the 1960s. Ten years later The Midtown Men — Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer — have more than 2,000 performances and two albums under their belts, and their 90-minute show has been broadcast on television in partnership with PBS. Making it onto their debut album were "Can't Buy Me Love," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Bye Bye Baby" and "Up On the Roof." We're not privvy to their set list when they take the stage during The Grand 1894 Opera House's 125th season, but we're confident you'll leave "Happy Together."
The Midtown Men — Tenth Anniversary Tour is scheduled for September 28 at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice, Galveston. For information, call 800-821-1894 or visit thegrand.com. $40 to $98
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Greens Bayou Regatta is scheduled for September 28 at 9 a.m. Saturday at Brock Park Golf Course, 8201 John Ralston and Thomas Bell Foster Park, 12895 Greens Bayou. For information, visit greensbayouregatta.rallybound.org. $50 per person; registration closes September 26.
Take Me Outdoors Houston is scheduled for September 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, call visit discoverygreen.com or facebook.com/events/377542313176823. Free.
The Viet Cultural Festival is scheduled for September 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at NRG Center, 1 NRG Park. For information, call 281-933-8118 or visit vietculturalfest.org. $7 to $10.
The Trivia Crawl That Cannot Be Named is scheduled for September 28 from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Fuego's Saloon (817 Durham), Handlebar Houston (5219 Washington Avenue), Kung Fu Saloon Houston (5317 Washington Avenue) and Standard Bar (5306 Washington Avenue). For information, visit crawlwith.us/houston/harrypotter. $15 to $30.