Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — including apocalypse ball
On the calendar this week are a handful of outings, including a profane musical, a class with an opera star, foodie art, a family friendly crafty festival and a wild costumed party that summons creatures from the great beyond.
Do this: Click on the link below each event suggestion to find a listing filled with additional intel, like where to eat, drink and shop nearby your final destination, as well as a feature that copies the deets to your electronic calendar. Because what I really want you to do is get out and have fun.
Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center presents The Book of Mormon
Anyone else think that it's whimsically serendipitous that The Book of Mormon opens on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration? For sure writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker — the irreverent duo responsible for South Park and Team America: World Police (watch this not-safe-for-work video)— would find such a coincidence priceless.
The musical, which won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, follows two sheltered, pious chaps as they assume the missionary position in a repressed town in Uganda. If you're offended by public references to clitorises, rectum jokes and the F-word, do everyone a favor and stay at home. Nothing is sacred in this naughty musical.
Aleko Endowed Master Class in Voice: Renée Fleming
Call her a diva because that's exactly what Renée Fleming is. The lyric soprano is somewhat of a living legend in operatic circles. With her new crossover albums, she's also in vogue with the popular music crowd.
Although you may be dying to hear her sing as part of Houston Symphony's opening musicale on Saturday, experiencing how the famed dame teaches aspiring singers will reveal what has made Fleming a household name globally.
Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art
With the rise of chefs whose craft goes beyond cookery and the growing number of artists interested in performance art, time is ripe for both métiers to emulsify into a new aesthetic genre: The artist-orchestrated repast, as officials of the Blaffer Art Museum describe it.
Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art gathers the work of more than 30 individual creatives plus artist collectives to curate an extensive offering of interactive presentations, dinners, events, tours and art that delves into this confluence of ideas. The Art Guys posing as bartenders launch the exploratory exhibition on opening night, titled The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art.
Now, who's going to disagree with that statement?
Hands-On Houston Family Festival
Explaining the difference between art and craft is like arguing which came first, the chicken or the egg. What's interesting is not the answer but the discussions that attempt to define one from the other. One curator put it simply: Craft describes an aesthetic activity in which the process is just as important as the product.
During this kid-friendly festival, families will enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of just that, including handweaving, papermaking and wet felting as well as demonstrations by the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston, Houston Area Fiber Artists, Quilt Guild of Greater Houston and Texas Basket Weavers Association. Maybe you'll be inspired to craft at home?
FrenetiCore and Houston Zombie Walk host "Second Annual Apocalypse Ball"
While the city's elite may be enticed by Houston Symphony's opening night black-tie ball with Renée Fleming, the party throng with a penchant for the dark side of the force will don their apocalyptic best for FrenetiCore's and Houston Zombie Walk's "Second Annual Apocalypse Ball."
The undead soirée is half costumed carouse, half wild performances, which include presentations by FrenetiCore Dance, Benefit Betties, ChinaCat Dance and Jim Mackenzie alongside visual art exhibits by Rachel Harmeyer, Bret Harmeyer, Kyle Fu and artists of Zen Art Space.
Plenty of good grub and music takes this gathering well into the witching hour.