Special Event

Theater District Open House

Once a year, Houston’s downtown theaters throw open their doors to the public with free backstage tours, live performances, food, and discount season subscriptions. Participating in the 20th annual event are the Alley Theatre, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Jones Hall, and the Wortham Theater Center. To paraphrase Beauty and the Beast’s Lumiere: Be their guest.  Check website for schedule of events. 

Aug 25 from noon–4. Check website for schedule of events. Free. downtownhouston.org

Country

Loretta Lynn

In an age of Auto-Tune and pitch-perfect teenage reality stars, the First Lady of Country Music still has one of the world’s great voices, equal parts sass and molasses. Now a great-grandmother with three autobiographies—the most recent, Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics, was published last year—Lynn is currently on tour to celebrate 50 years as a performer. 

Aug 24 at 8. $50–125. Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd., Stafford. 281-208-6900. staffordcentre.com

Visual Art

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop (Last Weekend!)

Manipulating photographs may be easier than ever—think of all those shark fin photos that circulated on Twitter in the wake of Hurricane Sandy—but that doesn’t mean it’s anything new. This fascinating exhibition showcases a century and a half of photographic legerdemain. 

Through Aug 25. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org

Film

Kiss Me Deadly

Although the name is French, film noir is one of the most characteristically American movie genres. And nothing is more characteristic of film noir than the femme fatale—the woman of ambiguous morals and unambiguous sexuality who drives the plots of so many classic films. In partnership with the Houston Film Critics Society, the MFAH showcases four of the most famous “dark women” on film.  

Aug 23 at 7 & Aug 25 at 5. $9; students & seniors $7. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org

Family

Summer of Epic Adventure

Even superheroes occasionally need to hone their powers. That's where the Children's Museum of Houston comes in: all summer, the museum is offering a complete curriculum in crime-fighting and derring-do, from courses in costume-making to physical training exercizes to tests of mental agility. This month features special appearances by Spiderman, PBS's Daniel Tiger, and the macaw from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Thru Sep 2. Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St. 713-522-1138. cmhouston.org 

 

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