Inside Llewyn Davis
Catch a free screening of the Coen brothers’ new comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis, which portrays a week in the life of a young Greenwich Village folk singer in the early 1960s. The film, which won the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival, stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, and Justin Timberlake, who perform the folk music live. The soundtrack is produced by T-Bone Burnett, who previously collaborated with the Coens on O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Free. Friday, November 22, at 7 p.m. Rice Cinema, 6100 Main (Entrance #8, University at Stockton). 713-348-4882. ricecinema.rice.edu/Events.aspx
The penultimate entry in MFAH Films’ Burt Lancaster Centennial, The Leopard is considered by many to be Italy’s Gone with the Wind, tracing the disintegration of Italian aristocrat Fabrizio Corbero (Burt Lancaster) amid social upheavals of 1860s Sicily. Fans of cinema (or Lancaster) won't want to miss this epic classic.
$9. Sunday, November 24, at 4 p.m. MFAH, 1001 Bissonet. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org/films/leopard
Marie and Bruce
Catastrophic Theatre’s latest production opens this weekend in the form of Marie and Bruce, by witty playwright Wallace Shawn, who's best known for his character roles in movies such as The Princess Bride. A “devastating comedy about a terrible marriage that will probably last forever,” Marie and Bruce reunites director Jason Nodler and actors Tamarie Cooper and Charlie Scott, who first collaborated on the play in 1999. Friday’s opening night performance is sold out, but tickets for Saturday are still available.
$10 and up. Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, at 8 p.m. Catastrophic Theatre, 1119 East Fwy. 713-522-2723. catastrophictheatre.com/shows/marie-and-bruce/about
Spelling their name with a "v" instead of a "u" to differentiate themselves in Internet searches, Glasgow's frosty electro-pop trio Chvrches plays a free show at Cactus Music on Sunday in advance of their show at House of Blues that night.
8th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market
Every year, Fresh Arts hosts the Winter Holiday Art Market, where Houston artists come together for a winter wonderland. Shoppers enjoy perusing the paintings, clothing, jewelry, and more, not to mention the food and entertainment, while Houston artists tap into the holiday revenue stream. The festival kicks off with a preview party on Friday, and continues all weekend long.
Free (preview party $10; free for Fresh Arts members). Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street. Facebook
Napoleon and the Battle of Nations
In October 1806, Napoleon marched into the German city of Leipzig at the head of the French army, beginning a seven-year occupation that finally ended with Napoleon’s defeat in the Battle of Nations. To mark the battle’s 200th anniversary, Mercury has programed a concert of pieces that were actually performed in occupied Leipzig. The music reflects the city’s changing attitudes toward the protracted occupation, from initial euphoria at Napoleon’s arrival (captured in Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture) to eventual anger (as heard in little-known Italian composer Ferdinando Paer’s opera Leonora).
$10–64. Saturday, November 23, at 8 p.m. Wortham Theater, Cullen Theater, 500 Texas Ave. 713-533-0080. mercuryhouston.org/events/69
This weekend is your last chance to see Donizetti’s classic opera buffa, in which an elderly bachelor tries to cut his nephew out of his will by marrying and fathering an heir. Widely considered one of the greatest Italian comedies, the opera was first performed in 1843 at Paris’s Theatre des Italiens.
$10–55. Nov 21–24. Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. 713-861-5303. operaintheheights.org