In the early morning of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided a gay nightclub in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn. The gay patrons fought back against the police, helping spark the modern gay rights movement. Today, hundreds of cities across the world commemorate the Stonewall riots with increasingly massive Pride Parades. Now in its 34th year, Houston’s annual parade draws around 325,000 people, 200 exhibitors, and major sponsors like Bud Light, Walgreens, and Best Buy.
Festival 1–7; parade begins at 8:15. Free (donations accepted). Westheimer Rd. between Dunlavy St. and Montrose Blvd. 713-635-4000. pridehouston.org
Universe is Flux: The Art of Tawara Yusaku
“The true nature of existence lies in change itself, so that change—or flux—is the fundamental principle of the macrocosm.” —Tawara Yusaku
This is the first major US exhibition of the renowned Japanese painter’s ink-on-paper works. Tawara’s drawings, with their rough, expressionistic brushstrokes, couldn’t be more different from the fussy perfectionism we often associate with Japanese art.
June 19–Sept 15. Tue–Sun 11–6. $5. Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. 713-496-9901. asiasociety.org
Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas and Gina Pane (Last Weekend!)
Born in the mid-1930s, Jonas and the lesser-known Pane both became pioneering video and performance artists, although Jonas worked in New York and Pane in Paris. Conceived by curator Dean Daderko as twin solo exhibitions, this show marks the first retrospective of Pane’s work in the United States.
Thru June 30. Tue, Wed, & Fri 10–7; Thu 10–9; Sat 10–6; Sun noon–6. Free. Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose Blvd. 713-284-8250. camh.org
From My Hometown
If the Motown & More Revue earlier this summer at Miller Outdoor Theatre didn’t satisfy your hunger for all things Berry Gordy, this musical, about three men who travel to New York to sing at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, will have you dancing in the streets—or at least the aisles. Featuring R&B classics like “Chain Gang,” “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” and “Lonely Teardrop.”
June 27–July 28. Thu at 7:30; Fri at 8; Sat at 2 & 8; Sun at 3. $20–35. George W. Hawkins Mainstage Theater. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. 713-520-0055. ensemblehouston.com
The Wedding Dress (Last Weekend!)
Formerly the home of Houston philanthropists Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, Rienzi now houses the MFAH's collection of European decorative art. In an homage to the house's history, Rienzi is displaying the 1957 peau d'ange silk wedding dress and lace veil that have been worn by three generations of Masterson women.
Tours Wed–Sat at 10, 11, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30. Drop-in tours on Sun from 1–5, with last admission at 4. Adults $8; seniors, students, & ages 6–18 $5; children 5 & under free. Gardens free and open Mon–Sun 10–4:30. Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Dr. 713-639-7800. mfah.org/visit/rienzi