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Free Press Summer Festival

Forget the Austin City Limits Festival. If you can stand the heat, the best music in Texas this summer is on the shores of Buffalo Bayou, where Summer Fest hosts scores of bands from around the world. Headliners include Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (“Thrift Shop”), Calvin Harris, Alabama Shakes, 2 Chainz, Cat Power, and Houston’s own Geto Boys. 

June 1 & 2 from 11 to 10
$134.50–1,900 (for the VIP package)
Eleanor Tinsley Park
500 Allen Parkway
fpsf.com

Classical 

Divine Recreation

Composers of sacred music have written countless musical settings of the Old Testament’s Song of Solomon. Three of those settings, by Handel, Monteverdi, and Buxtehude, are performed by tenor Tony Boutté and sopranos Melissa Givens and Ellie Jarrett Shattles. 

May 31 at 7:30
$22–45
Zilkha Hall, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby St
713-315-2525
arslyricahouston.org

Family  

AIA Houston Sandcastle Competition

We know the foolish man built his house upon the sand, but when the local American Institute of Architects chapter sponsors a sandcastle contest, prudence goes out with the tide. This year’s battle features 60 teams vying for the Golden Bucket Award. Other prizes include Best Traditional, Most Complex, and Best Architectural.

June 1 from 10 to 5.
Free
East Beach
1923 Boddeker Dr, Galveston.
713-520-0155.
aiahouston.org

Dance  

Journey with the Masters

The Houston Ballet presents work by three of the twentieth century’s greatest choreographers, including Jirí Kylián’s spirited Sinfonietta, Jerome Robbins’s comic ballet The Concert, and the company premiere of Ballet Imperial, George Balanchine’s tribute to Marius Petipa and Tchaikovsky.

May 30–June 9
Thu & Fri at 7:30; Sat at 2 & 7:30; Sun at 2
$19–180
Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center
501 Texas St
713-227-2787
houstonballet.org

Theater 

Cesar Millan Live!

As a teenager in his native Mexico, Millan became known as “El Perrero”—“The Dogman”—for his uncanny ability to communicate with man’s best friend. He was given a new nickname by the National Geographic Channel hit Dog Whisperer, which recently broadcast its ninth and final season. Now Millan is touring the country to give live demonstrations of what he calls “Cesar’s Way.” 

May 31 at 8
$45–99.50
Bayou Music Center
520 Texas Ave
713-230-1600
bayoumusiccenter.com 

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