In the early 1620s, the great Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens was commissioned to design a series of enormous tapestries for a Spanish convent. Four of the original 20 silk-and-wool works, known collectively as The Triumph of the Eucharist, are included in this exhibition, along with large oil studies, preparatory sketches, and related paintings on loan from Spain's Museo del Prado.
Feb 15–May 10. $15; Thursdays free. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org
Houston Early Music Festival
Now in its third year, this festival devoted to Renaissance and Baroque music showcases the breadth of Houston's classical music scene with a weekend of performances of works both familiar (Handel's Water Music, by Mercury) and less so (Italian duets by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, and Scarlatti by Ars Lyrica). Many of the performances feature pre-concert lectures by local musicologists.
Feb 12–15. Check website for performance schedule, venues, and ticket prices. 713-553-0080. houstonearlymusicfestival.org
Hiroshima Mon Amour
This classic 1959 film about the love affair between a French actress and a Japanese architect in post–WWII Japan is not to be missed. A work of the great French director Alain Resnais, who died last year, Hiroshima is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made and recently received a major digital restoration, returning the film to its black and white glory.
Feb 13–15. $9. Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org/films
Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna
The newest touring show from Canadian mega-spectacular Cirque du Soleil is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, set on a mysterious island governed by Queen Prospera, a mercurial sorceress whose power is challenged when a group of shipwrecked sailors comes ashore. Of course, this is all just a frame for the real show—the high wire acrobatics and physical artistry for which Cirque is known.
Feb 12–March 22. $35–150. Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. 877-924-7783. cirquedusoleil.com
With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, this musical about a British shoe factory owner who partners with a drag queen to save his business took Broadway by storm last year, not to mention the Tony Award for best musical. See our full story here.
Feb 10–22. $29.50–113.50. Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-558-8887. tuts.com