Chick Corea: Solo Piano
Da Camera launches its annual jazz series this month with a solo performance by Chick Corea. The format is partly a nod to the pianist’s legacy—as far back as Piano Improvisations Vols. 1 and 2 (1971), he was already reacquainting audiences with the beauty and power of unaccompanied piano performance, a primordial element of jazz culture that had gone missing for a time. Corea’s appearance in Houston follows the international release of Solo Piano—Portraits, his first solo record in almost 15 years, a double album consisting of live recordings from recent shows in the US and abroad. On it, Corea announces that “piano solo isn’t something I do very often” to an audience in Quebec, a statement that comes as a surprise given how much fun he seems to have playfully reworking songs by such disparate folks as Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Stevie Wonder, and Alexander Scriabin. See our full story here.
Oct 10 at 8. $42.50–72.50. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-524-5050. dacamera.com
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band
One of the last two surviving members of The Beatles, Starr was also the last to join the band, controversially replacing drumer Pete Best in 1962. Despite being overshadowed by his more musically ambitious and intellectual bandmates, Starr carved out a niche for himself in the foursome as the fun-loving prankster, demonstrating his charisma in films like Hard Day's Night and writing two of the band's most charming songs, "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden." Following the band's dissolution in 1970, Starr launched a modestly successful solo career, and has been touring with versions of the "All Starr Band" since 1989.
Oct 10 at 8. $35–115. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-363-3300. woodlandscenter.org
Created in 1980 by Moses Pendleton, one of the founding members of the pioneering Pilobolus Dance Theater, MOMIX has built a reputation for presenting visually stunning dance shows that utilize light design and costumes to transform the human body into aspects of nature. In Alchemia, MOMIX’s latest full-length show, the company plays prime mover to the four classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water.
Oct 10 at 8. $30–85. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-4772. spahouston.org
René Steinke: Friendswood
Author Reneé Steinke grew up in Friendswood, the small town of 40,000 people about 30 minutes southeast of Houston, before leaving Texas to earn a BA at Valparaiso University and an MFA at the University of Virginia. Now living in Brooklyn, Steinke has written three novels—The Fires (1999), about a female pyromaniac in a small Indiana town; National Book Award finalist Holy Skirts (2005), based on the life of early-20th-century avant-garde artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven; and Friendswood, which was published in August and from which Steinke will read on Thursday night at Brazos Bookstore. See our Q&A with Steinke here.
Oct 9 (Thursday) at 7. Free. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. 713-523-0701. brazosbookstore.com
Later in the Week
Deborah Eisenberg & Antonya Nelson
This reading pairs two writers whose short stories appear frequently in The New Yorker—Deborah Eisenberg, who has published four story collections and won a MacArthur 'Genius' grant, and Antonya Nelson, author of four novels and a beloved professor in the UH Creative Writing Program.
Oct 13 (Monday) at 7:30. $5. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-521-2026. inprinthouston.org