Dance

Dancer: Joseph Walsh

Aladdin

English choreographer David Bintley’s new full-length ballet retells the familiar story of Aladdin—a Middle Eastern folk tale taken from The Thousand and One Nights—using stunning scenery by director Dick Bird and an original score by Carl Davis. 

Feb 20–March 2. $19–160. Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-2787. houstonballet.org

Pop

The Eagles

In conjunction with last year’s Showtime documentary about the band, the Eagles are in the midst of another world tour (officially called “History of The Eagles,” like the documentary). Formed in 1971, the band has sold 150 million records worldwide, placing them among the best-selling groups of all time. Despite numerous changes of cast, several lawsuits, and a protracted hiatus between 1980 and 1994, the Eagles remain one of the enduringly popular bands of their era. 

Feb 21 at 8. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. 713-758-7200. houstontoyotacenter.com

Joe Ely

The third member of pioneering grassroots band The Flatlanders (the other two, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, played McGonigel’s Mucky Duck last month), Ely is one of the most respected singer-songwriters of his generation, having performed with Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Lyle Lovett, and James McMurtry. His most recent album was 2011’s critically acclaimed Satisfied at Last.

Feb 21 at 7 & 9:30. $30. McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk St. 713-528-5999. mcgonigels.com 

Reading

Elizabeth Strout

“For me,” Strout has said, “there is nothing more interesting than life.” That wide-ranging curiosity is evident in the author’s four novels, all of them set in Strout’s home state of Maine, and all of them concerned with the seemingly quotidian details of ordinary life, which Strout’s writing invests with a numinous intensity. 

Feb 24 at 7:30. $5. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-521-2026. inprinthouston.org

Family

Mardi Gras! Galveston 

The largest Mardi Gras festival in Texas—founded as early as 1867 and revived by George P. Mitchell in 1985—features balcony parties, 23 parades, a laser light show (with EDM DJs Clockwork and Erok), and a headlining performance by country recording artist Uncle Kracker. Oh yeah, and 3 million beads. 

Feb 21–March 4. Check website for dates and locations. Uptown Entertainment District $10–75; Seawall parades free. Downtown Galveston. mardigrasgalveston.com

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