Jessica Lang Dance
Jessica Lang Dance is rooted in the classical ballet tradition but also incorporates elements of modern dance and multimedia performance art. "It's visual, it's musical, it's classic and contemporary at the same time," Lang says. "I have ballet in my work, but I'm not fixed on classical form. You won't come to my show and see Swan Lake." See our full story here
Sep 20 at 8. $18–68. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-4772. spahouston.org
Menus-Plaisirs (Ars Lyrica)
In France’s ancien régime, the Menus Plaisirs du Roi (literally, the small pleasures of the king) was the part of the royal household responsible for providing music for ceremonial occasions. Ars Lyrica evokes the courtly atmosphere of Versailles with two major works by baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, as wells as shorter pieces by Lully, C. P. E. Bach, and Handel. Featuring tenors Aaron Sheehan and Eduardo Tercero and baritone John Buffett.
Sep 22 at 6. $35–55. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. arslyricahouston.org
Houston Fine Art Fair
If you've never been to an art fair, imagine it as a combination of the MFAH, the Galleria, and a downtown nightclub. The Houston Fine Art Fair will feature around 80 galleries showing approximately 3,000 works by 400 or so artists, with an estimated total value of around $100 million. But also, and just as big of a draw for the crowds (12,000 visitors flocked to last year's festival), an art fair is a place to see and be seen by the art world cognoscenti. See our full story here.
Sep 20–22. $25–40. Fri & Sat 11–7; Sun 11–6. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. 631-283-5505. houstonfineartfair.com
OneRepublic & Sara Bareilles
Rock band OneRepublic (“Apologize,” “All The Right Moves”) and singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”) have hung onto their indie cachet despite proven chart-topping ability. Their co-headlining show should be a breath of fresh air for Houston audiences tired of mega-tours and ’90s throwback acts.
Sep 20 at 7:30. $35–45. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. 713-230-1600. bayoumusiccenter.com
Always for Pleasure by Les Blank (Aurora Picture Show)
Legendary documentarian Les Blank’s classic 1978 film Always for Pleasure is an insider’s guide to New Orleans food and culture. As part of the Blaffer Art Museum’s ongoing Feast series, the film will be paired with New Orleans cuisine prepared by The Cajun Stop and beer by Saint Arnold. Following the film will be a musical performance by the Zydeco Dots.
Sep 21 at 7:30. Free. 2442 Bartlet. 713-868-2101. aurorapictureshow.org