Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
Although we tend to associate Beethoven with the great urban center of Vienna, where he lived for much of his life, the composer professed a great love of the outdoors. “No one can love the country as much as I do,” he once declared to a friend. “For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo that man desires to hear.” Beethoven expressed this love of nature in Symphony No. 6, better known as the Pastoral symphony. This program pairs the symphony with works by Grieg and Mozart.
Nov 29–Dec 1. Fri & Sat at 8; Sun at 2:30. $25–124. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org
In 1969, four session musicians broke away from Alabama’s FAME Studios to form Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, becoming the first rhythm section to own a studio. Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, it was responsible for recording some of the greatest rock-and-roll songs ever, from The Rolling Stones’s “Brown Sugar” to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird.” This new documentary features interviews with Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Etta James, and Bono. See our full story here.
Nov 29 & 30 at 7. $9; students & seniors $7. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7515. mfah.org/films
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
If you're in the Katy area and don't mind a slight chill, strap on your thermals, grab a blanket, and head to Central Green Park to watch the 2000 Jim Carrey vehicle How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the second highest-grossing holiday film of all time after Home Alone. The weather will warm up just in time for the screening, with the low on Saturday night projected to be a comparatively mild 54 degrees—almost warm enough to melt the Grinch's icy heart. Sponsored by the Alamo Drafthouse.
Nov 30 at 7. Free. Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy. 713-860-6400. drafthouse.com
12th Annual Festival of Lights
One of the largest holiday celebrations in the Houston area, Moody Gardens’s Festival of Lights features live entertainment, outdoor ice skating, an ice slide, and over one million lights in around 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays. What better way to make the transition from Thanksgiving to the Christmas season?
Thru Jan 4. Nightly, Thu–Sat. $6.95. Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd, Galveston. 800-582-4673. moodygardens.com
The Roosevelts are two Austin singer-songwriters who craft catchy, country-inflected tunes that are reminiscent of another famous Austin band, Fastball. For their debut album, Cold Sheets, they brought in the services of producer Dwight Baker (Bob Schneider), drummer JJ Johnson (John Mayer), and bassist Dave Monsey (Fiona Apple). The video for their first single, "Everybody Knows," can be viewed here.
Dec 1 at 6. $20. McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk St. 713-528-5999. mcgonigels.com