Cirque de la Symphonie with Houston Symphony
Thanks to Cirque du Soleil, carnies are cool again. Featuring many Soleil veterans (although not officially affiliated with the Soleil brand), Cirque de la Symphonie trades the big top for the orchestra hall, filling dignified spaces like Jones Hall with acrobats, gymnasts, strong men, and contortionists. Their three Houston dates mark the company’s first performances here since their 2006 Houston Symphony debut. Seems like the perfect way to kick off the new POPS season.
Aug 30–Sep 1. Fri & Sat at 8; Sun at 2:30. $29–126. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org
Pop & Jazz
The favorite band of Breaking Bad’s Walter White—“in terms of pure musicianship, I would put them up against any current band you could name,” he famously tells his son in Season 2—Steely Dan will likely be around as long as co-founders Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are. Listen to Heisenberg, kids.
Aug 30 at 7:30. $35–95. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 281-363-3300. woodlandscenter.org
Coming on the heels of recent Houston performances by the New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees is a show by the biggest boy band of them all. With album sales north of 130 million and seven consecutive albums in the top ten of the Billboard Top 200, the BSB can be forgiven for sitting on their gold-encrusted laurels. After a long, bewildering series of break-ups, departures, reunions, and comebacks, the original five-man group is back on the road. And we want it, that way. With Jesse McCartney and Jersey Shore’s Pauly D.
Aug 31 at 7:30. $39.50–89.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 281-363-3300. woodlandscenter.org
Libbie J. Masterson: Water's Edge (Mizugiwa) [Last weekend!]
The Houston-based photographer (and curator of the Houston Center for Photography) has previously profiled French landscapes, Icelandic fjords, and the Texas Hill Country. Her latest series is based on the concept of mizugiwa, the Japanese word for the liminal place where plants and water meet. Her ghostly images evoke a natural world charged with spiritual energy. See our story here.
Thru Aug 31. Tue–Sat 10–5. Free. Catherine Couturier Gallery, 2635 Colquitt St. 713-524-5070. catherinecouturier.com
Soo Sunny Park: Unwoven Light [Last weekend!]
Born in South Korea, raised in the American South, and now teaching at Dartmouth, Park makes sculptures that register a predictably wide range of influences, from minimalism to cyberpunk to DIY. Her Rice installation is a twisting mass of chain-link fencing and iridescent Plexiglass.
Thru Aug 30. Mon–Fri 10–5. Free. Rice Gallery, 6100 Main St. 713-348-6069. ricegallery.org