Visual Art

Dario Robleto, "Man Makes Heart" (detail, in production), 2014, mixed media.

Dario Robleto: The Boundary of Life Is Quietly Crossed

Houston-based conceptual artist Dario Robleto presents three landmark recordings of the human heart: the first heartbeat recorded, the heartbeat sent into space on the Voyager probe, and the first beat-less heart. In addition to these recordings, the exhibition includes hundreds of small sculptural assemblages inspired by the connections Robleto began to see between the Apollo program and the quest to build an artificial heart. See our full story here

Aug 16–Jan 11. Free. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. 713-525-9400. menil.org

JAZZ

The Core Trio

The Core Trio—featuring Thomas Helton on bass, Seth Paynter on saxophone, and Joe Hertenstein on drums—is trying to prove that avant-garde jazz is alive and well in the Bayou City. Helton, president of the Houston Composers Alliance, formed the trio back in 2004 and since then they've released four albums that continue the tradition of wild, searching, improvised music initiated by artists like Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor in the 1960s. The New York Times praised their most recent effort, featuring pianist Matthew Shipp, as "a sharp new album." On Sunday afternoon the group gives an intimate in-store performance at Cactus.

Aug 17 at 2. Free. Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth St. 713-526-9272. cactusmusictx.com 

Hip-Hop

Under The Influence Of Music Tour With Wiz Khalifa

Last summer, Wiz Khalifa’s hip-hop tour brought A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, and Trinidad James to The Woodlands for a night of revelry. This year the Wiz is back with a new cast of colorful (if slightly less famous) characters including Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Iamsu!, and Rich Homie Quan. Judged solely on the number of creative stage names, this tour is already the year’s best.

Aug 15 at 6:30. $25–90. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. woodlandscenter.org

Comedy

Jerry Seinfeld

With an estimated net worth of over $800 million, Seinfeld is the world’s wealthiest actor, even though the source of that fortune—his eponymous TV show—went off the air over 15 years ago. Though he clearly doesn’t need the money, the comedian remains active, starring in the entertaining Internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and doing the occasional stand-up comedy gig, like this month’s show at Jones Hall. 

Aug 15 at 7. $51–150. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 832-487-7041. explorehouston.org 

Geekdom

Delta H Anime and Gaming Convention

Image: Flickr

Now in its seventh year, Delta H Con was founded by gaming enthusiasts tired of traveling across the country to national conventions. Open to the public, the three-day event offers live-action role-playing games, cosplay (costume play), card games, board games, and computer games, along with the opportunity to meet passionate gamers from around Houston and the southern United States. Supplementing the action will be a line-up of Anime voice actors and a selection of workshops on game development and animation.

Aug 15–17 from noon–7, with anime and game room open around the clock from noon Friday until 6pm Sunday. $25–45. JW Marriott–Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Rd. deltahcon.com

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