Visual Art 

James Turrell: The Light Inside

With near-simultaneous career retrospectives opening this summer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and New York’s Guggenheim Museum, Turrell is enjoying some well-deserved publicity. The works on display at this retrospective—ranging from Turrell’s geometric light projections of the late-1960s to the spectacular End Around (2006), a ganzfeld, or “complete field,” which envelops the viewer in an apparently infinite expanse of light—all come from the MFAH’s permanent collection. 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tue & Wed  10–5; Thu 10–9; Fri & Sat 10–7; Sun 12:15–7
Adults $13; seniors $8; students & military $6; children 5 & under free; Thursdays free for all
1001 Bissonnet St.
713-639-7300
mfah.org

Film 

Jazz on Film 

As the most important new art forms of the twentieth century, jazz and the cinema have always shared a connection; perhaps it’s no coincidence that the first feature-length sound film was Al Jolson’sThe Jazz Singer (1927). Since then, there has been no shortage of great jazz films, many of which are being screened this month at the MFAH in a festival programmed by local film curator Peter Lucas.

June 7 at 7:30 & June 9 at 5 Jazz on a Summer’s Day
June 8 at 7 Paris Blues

$10; $8 students & seniors. 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St
713-639-7300
mfah.org 

Theater 

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club

When Artistic Director Gregory Boyd asked long-time company actor Todd Waite to don Holmes’s iconic deerstalker cap for the third time, the actor might well have stalked off in a huff. “Not again,” you imagine him thinking. But according to Waite, he felt no such impulse. “Just theopposite—I was thrilled,” Waite says. “Every week someone comes up and says they bought tickets for the play because they saw me in the part ten years ago. I love that. But it also puts pressure on you not to sit on the laurels of the other plays.” 

Alley Theatre
Thru June 23
Tue–Thu at 7:30; Fri at 8; Sat at 2:30 & 7:30
$26–78
615 Texas Ave.
713-220-5700
alleytheatre.org 

Classical  

Texas Music Festival

If the Free Press Summer Festival was too hot for you, you may be more in tune with this month-long classical music festival. Top students, guest musicians, and world-famous conductors will present almost 30 concerts. The curtain rises on the festivities June 8 at the University of Houston.

See website for prices and locations
713-743-7247
uh.edu/class/music/tmf

Musical 

Flashdance: The Musical

Directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey BoysMemphisThe Addams Family), this adaptation of the 1983 Jennifer Beals film retells the improbable story of a Pittsburgh welder-slash-burlesque-dancer trying to get into ballet school. The musical’s uplifting message of personal empowerment through exotic dancing is sure to inspire young women across the city.

Theatre Under the Stars
June 3–16
Tue–Thu at 7:30; Fri at 8; Sat at 2 & 8; Sun at 2 & 7:30. 
$24–84
Sarofim Hall, The Hobby Center 
800 Bagby St
713-315-2525
tuts.com