Ballet

Opening Night of The Nutcracker

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The Houston Ballet’s annual celebration of Christmas pageantry, The Nutcracker, is back. But hardcore fans should take note: this is your last chance to see choreographer Ben Stevenson’s beloved 1987 version, as 2016 will bring a whole new production from Stanton Welch, the ballet’s artistic director.

Nov 27–Dec 27. $15–139. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-2787. houstonballet.org

Classical

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet

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Long Yu, one of China’s most respected conductors, leads the Symphony with folksy compositions “Spring Festival Overture” and Saint-Saens’ exotic “Piano Concert No. 5” before bringing on the evening’s showpiece, Prokofiev’s ballet score for Shakespeare’s best-known work.

Nov 27 & 28 at 8 p.m., Nov 29 at 2:30 p.m. $25–159. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org

Reading

Bower Yusse and Thomas J. Cryan

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The authors read from their newly released biography, Faith, Family and Football, chronicling the short, but inspiring life of UT football legend Freddie Stenmark. The college football star was a standout safety for the Longhorns defense who succumbed to cancer at the age of 22.

Nov 28 at 1 p.m. Free. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Dr. 281-497-8675. bluewillowbookshop.com

Concert

Reverend Horton Heat

Slicked-back 1950s rock'n'roll hits the stage as Heat and Co. roll into town. The high-energy performance blends rockabilly with blues, country and good old fashioned Americana. Wear your leather jackets to this one.

Nov 28 at 8 p.m. $20. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay, in Nassau Bay. 281-335-0002. scoutbar.com

Dance

Moving Mountains

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Members of SonKiss'd Dance pop-and-lock while belaying down rock walls at Texas Rock Gym for a thrilling hourlong event. Guests get treated to a full 360-degree performance as dancers jut and strike at this off-the-wall (we had to) performance.

Nov 29 at 5 p.m. $20. Texas Rock Gym. 1526 Campbell Rd. sonkissd.com