Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult
This ancient Celtic legend tells the story of a Cornish knight entrusted by his uncle, the king, to fetch a wife—an Irish prisoner of war—for the monarch. Instead, the knight falls in love with the woman, with predictably dire consequences. Over the years, the legend has inspired works ranging from the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere to one of Wagner’s greatest operas. Now comes innovative British theater troupe Kneehigh, whose own modernized adaptation, a mélange of comedy and pathos, has won rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
April 29–May 24. $26–86. Wortham Theater, University of Houston, 4116 Elgin St. 713-220-5700. alleytheatre.org
When Maher got in trouble in January for claiming on his weekly HBO show that “hundreds of millions” of Muslims tacitly supported the terrorist attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, no one should have been surprised—the acerbic, sharp-tongued comedian has made a career out of controversy, not to mention skewering political pieties on both the left and right. Still, there are few funnier or more trenchant commentators on current events.
May 3 at 8. $37.50–97.50. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. 713-230-1600. bayoumusiccenter.com
Cinco de Mayo, featuring Los Lobos
Okay, this concert is technically on Tres de Mayo, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get an early start on the Mexican holiday—which commemorates the country’s 1862 defeat of France in the Battle of Puebla—in style at Miller Outdoor Theatre with legendary Grammy Award–winning band Los Lobos.
May 3 at 8. Free tickets at box office on day of performance between 10:30 and 1; open seating on hill. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 281-373-3386. milleroutdoortheatre.com
Earlier this year, the Alberta Ballet’s dance production Love Lies Bleeding, based on John’s life and music, captivated Houston audiences with its racy, explosive numbers. But no matter how entranced you were by that glittery spectacle, there’s nothing like the real thing.
May 1 at 8. $49–149. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-364-3024. woodlandscenter.org
KIDZ BOP Make Some Noise Tour
Created in 2001 by music producers Craig Balsam and Cliff Chenfield, KIDZ BOP is a musical group featuring a rotating cast of pint-size entertainers selected through a nationwide casting call. Each year the group releases several new albums in addition to performing about 25 concerts across the country, all of them filled with high-energy song-and-dance renditions of Top 40 songs. Trust us, your kids know who they are.
May 2 at 1. $17.50–50. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St. 888-402-5837. kidzbop.com