Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
In 2005, jazz composer Darcy James Argue founded Secret Society, an 18-piece big band that quickly made a name for itself in the New York jazz scene with its energy and inventiveness. The band’s 2009 debut albumInfernal Machines appeared on over 100 best-of-the-year lists and was nominated for a Grammy Award, making Argue one of the hottest young jazz musicians in the country. The group rarely performs outside New York, so don’t miss their one-night-only performance. Pre-concert conversation with Argue and jazz educator Bob Morgan at 7:30
Nov 9 at 8. $35–65. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 913-524-7601. dacamera.com
An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story (Houston Cinema Arts Festival)
Using interviews and television news footage, An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story tells the story of a suburban Austin man who spent 25 years in prison for murdering his wife, only to be set free in 2011 after DNA evidence revealed that he was innocent. Houston attorney John Raley, working with the New York–based Innocence Project, spent seven years battling district attorney Ken Anderson, who earlier this year was found by a court of inquiry to have illegally withheld evidence from the defense, and resigned from office in September. Director Al Reinert, whose previous documentary, For All Mankind, about the Apollo space missions, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1990, will attend the festival to present the movie. Full story here.
Nov 10 at 7. The Cinema Arts Festival runs Nov 6–10 and includes dozens of screenings, performances, mixed media events, and actor appearances. Check website for schedule. 713-429-0420. cinemaartsociety.org
Requiem for a President
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the Houston Chamber Choir performs three mournful works, including Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Estonian composer Veljo Tormis’s A Curse on Iron, and Frenchman Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem.
Nov 9 at 7:30. $40; seniors $36; students $10. Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. 713-224-5566. houstonchamberchoir.com
Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona
The Argentine artist Antonio Berni was part of the country’s Nuevo Realismo (New Realism) movement that sought to depict the social conditions of the poor and outcast. In the 1950s Berni turned to making collages out of discarded materials. These collages often featured two imaginary characters, Juanito and Ramona, two impoverished women who came to stand for the plight of the Argentine underclass.
Nov 10–Jan 26. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org
Bill Minutaglio & Steven Davis: Dallas 1963
It wasn't just Lee Harvey Oswald—Dallas in November 1963 was filled with people who hated President Kennedy, from billionaire oil baron H.L. Hunt to W.A. Criswell, leader of the world's largest Baptist congregation. Minutaglio, a journalism professor at UT-Austin, and Davis, a librarian at Texas State University, explore Dallas's toxic political climate in the months leading up to the Kennedy assassination.
Nov 11 at 7. Free. 2421 Bissonnet St. 713-523-0701. brazosbookstore.com