Let Courtney Lomelo, Eboni Bell, John Raley, and Juan Sebastián Cruz regale you during 4th Wall Theatre Company's Holiday Story Time.
Holiday fun peaks this week and it’s evident in this week’s list of best virtual bets. But we’ve still got some counterprogramming options for those out there who have had their fill of holiday cheer. Keep reading for some suggestions of things to keep you happy and entertained at home this coming week.
A sidewalk St. Nick is put to the test when a little boy needs help finding his way home in John Kendrick Bangs’ “Santa Claus and Little Billee,” the short story featured in the final episode of 4th Wall Theatre Company’s Holiday Story Time, which premieres tonight, December 24, at 7:30 p.m. on 4th Wall’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Local artist Courtney Lomelo will read the last tale of the filmed storytelling series, and before or after you can catch up on the previous three episodes, with Lomelo, Eboni Bell, Juan Sebastián Cruz and John Raley tackling more stories off-the-beaten-holiday-path by O. Henry, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Richmal Crompton.
The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra took its annual holiday concert, Deck the Halls, online this year, and it is available on-demand now through Thursday, December 31. The program includes standards like “Frosty the Snowman” and “White Christmas;” the traditional English carol, "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day"; a Broadway medley arranged by John Higgins, with numbers from The Sound of Music and Babes in Toyland; and Bill Holcombe’s “Festive Sounds of Hanukkah.” You can view the program here and purchase a ticket for $18.50 here. Purchase of a ticket will gain you access to the streaming concert for 48 hours.
Pilot Dance Project is now streaming an on-demand virtual performance titled Mettle/Tether. Mettle, choreographed by Adam Castañeda, is comprised of four vignettes, including three duets (one performed in silence about two friends reunited after eight months of COVID-caused separation, one an exploration of the dynamics between men, and one danced to Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You”) and one site-specific ensemble piece set at the Woodlands Waterway. As the title hints, Tether, by Ashley Horn with text by Neil Ellis Orts, looks at the connectedness between people with a goal of reminding the audience that we are never alone. You can purchase a ticket here for the on-demand virtual performance for $10. Available now through December 30.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend and find yourself in need of a good photo of yourself or your family, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston has got you covered. This Saturday, December 26, at 1 p.m., CAMH will release their Virtual Drop-In Experience: At Home Photoshoot experience. Download their printable instructions and, with minimal supplies, turn your home into a studio for an afternoon for this hands-on activity. Share your results on social media and, if you’re looking for more to do, visit the archive for even more activities.
Literal traveling is a no-go this holiday season, but Asia Society Texas Center still wants to invite you on a virtual trip with stops in Korea, India, Japan and China during Winter Wonderland. Learn about traditions, stories, and – most importantly – food, or try your hand at making Korean bojagi, Indian gift bags and Japanese origami during the week of on-demand virtual programming, which will begin on Monday, December 28 and run through Friday, January 1. Registration is required and free for members and $10 for non-members. For added fun, you can enhance your experience with an activity bag for $15, which includes Asian snacks, craft materials, ingredients for soba noodles, and more.