This musical tells the story of a struggling Dublin street musician who falls in love with a beautiful young Czech woman. With music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová and a book by Enda Walsh (based on the 2006 film of the same name), it was the breakout hit of the 2012 Broadway season, picking up eight Tony Awards—including one for Best Musical.
Thru March 15. $30–105. Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-6227469. houston.broadway.com
Tango Buenos Aires
The Society for the Performing Arts’s first annual Tango Week culminates with a performance by this 25-person Argentine dance company, set to the music of Astor Piazzolla and other South American composers. Since its first US tour in 1986, the company has been dazzling audiences all over the world with its passion and precision.
March 13 at 8. $28–83. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-4772. spahouston.org
Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Born in China’s Guangdong Province in 1947, in the middle of the Chinese Civil War, Hou Hsiao-Hsien and his family fled with Chiang Kai-Shek’s Nationalists to Taiwan when he was a year old. His movies examine the dislocations and upheavals of Taiwanese history through intimate portraits of individuals and families. He's widely considered to be the country’s greatest filmmaker, with six movies nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
March 13–15. $5. Rice Cinema, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Entrance 8. 713-348-4883. ricecinema.rice.edu
Amazingly Immature Spring Break
Why let college students have all the fun? This year, bring your kids to the Children’s Museum for two full weeks of special activities including live entertainment, a bungee trampoline, human hamster balls, dance parties, and, to mark Pi Day (March 14), the museum’s annual Shaving Cream Pi(e) Fight. All activities included with museum admission.
Thru March 22. $9. Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St. 713-552-1138. cmhouston.org
Ian Matthias Bavitz, aka Aesop Rock, helped create the alternative hip-hop movement of the early 2000s, offering a stripped-down, back-to-basics sound that shunned the bling and flash of mainstream rap. Along with frequent collaborator El-P, Aesop released a series of records— hearkening back to hip-hop pioneers like Public Enemy and Run DMC— that won him a loyal following in the New York underground scene. In recent years Aesop has collaborated with singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson and Bronx-born rapper Rob Sonic, the latter of which will join him at Fitzgerald's this weekend. Also on the bill are Homeboy Sandman and Dark Time Sunshine.
March 15 at 8. $18–22. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak Dr. 713-862-3838. fitzlivemusic.com