Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — craft beer fest included
Back to school it is for young Houstonians in their formative years, which means slightly more congested streets and more convoluted parking. So plan accordingly when gallivanting around town because arriving late to a function is never in fashion.
On the schedule this week is an event that uncovers one of Houston's secrets, performances that hail the end of summer, a beer festival, symphonic feats and a play about love and romance.
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Presentation: "Buffalo Bayou Park Discovery of the Cistern"
It's said that Houston is chock-full of hidden surprises, every neighborhood within this mega sprawl coddling a secret that unravels a piece of the city's history. One particular secret, what has been dubbed the "Cistern," dates back to 1927.
Longer than a football field and taller than two-and-a-half stories in height, the chamber, located adjacent to the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark, is a 87,500 square foot cavern that served as the city's first underground drinking water reservoir. The facility was abandoned when a leak couldn't be contained.
With improvements to the Buffalo Bayou Park come discussions about how to breathe life into it. Art installations? Entertainment venue? Event space? Can you just imagine the wicked parties?
The Cistern is not yet open to the public, but 3-D imaging courtesy of SmartGeoMetrics will be on display at this event, which includes chats with officials in charge of the project.
The skinny: Thursday, 6 p.m.; Architecture Center Houston; free event.
FrenetiCore presents The Rite of Summer
It's been a popular year for one groundbreaking ballet that shifted the path of dance and classical music. Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring for the francophonically disadvantaged), pissed off audiences such that an infamous riot erupted at the 1913 premiere in Paris.
Although I am certain that FrenetiCore's The Rite of Summer will be received amicably, you can expect trailblazing work from the creative team that includes choreographer Rebecca French, laptop tunesmith Chris Becker, visual and media artist Varina Rush and costume designer Ashley Horn. In addition to The Rite of Summer, Psophonia Dance Company and Urban Souls Dance Company will present their own oeuvres.
The skinny: Thursday through Sunday; Frenetic Theater; tickets range from $10 to $25.
Fourth Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival
Beer aficionados are happy people. If the back-to-school traffic has turned you into a indignant donkey, one day (or three) sipping a collection of 400 regional suds is your recipe for tapping back into your smiley self.
The Fourth Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival hosts several events throughout the long weekend. New this year is "Beach, Brews & Bands," a two-day concert series that concludes with a fireworks display.
The skinny: Friday through Sunday; Moody Gardens; entry varies by event.
Houston Symphony presents Cirque de la Symphonie
With this performance, the Houston Symphony launches the POPS series of its centennial season — with a bang. You may find yourself looking up as Cirque de la Symphonie performers soar through the air, jugglers do the impossible and strongmen impress with their physical power. Think Cirque du Soleil but with live music.
The skinny: Friday through Sunday; Jones Hall; tickets start at $29.
Main Street Theater presents The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard
Oh, to decipher the puzzle that's love. That's what Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play tries to do. The Real Thing, set up as a play within another play (think Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream), follows the courtship of two couples, playwrights and actors, as they find themselves in the all too familiar push-and-pull game of romance.
Main Street Theater has championed many of Stoppard's works in the past. Artistic director Rebecca Greene Udden reimagines the Houston premiere production this company staged in 1986. But as the story is set in the 1980s, it will feel more nostalgic, especially to those of us who grew up in the big-haired era.
If you enjoy the production, why not contribute to MST's capital campaign? These talented thespians surely deserve updated digs.
The skinny: Saturday through Sept. 9; Main Street Theater; tickets start at $20, previews (Aug. 31 to Sept. 4) are $10.