At just 25 years old, composer Gioachino Rossini followed his epic Barber of Seville with an adaptation of the classic story of Cinderella, which places the young girl trying to escape out from under the thumb of a dictatorial stepfather in late-18th century Italy.
Feb 5 at 7:30; Feb 7 at 2. $35–67; $32–58, seniors; $15–17, students. 1703 Heights Blvd. 713-227-4772. operaintheheights.org
Singin' In The Rain
Whether or not it rains, expect to see at least one jokester take a shot at Gene Kelly’s famous song and dance number at this performance, where the classic 1952 film will screen to live orchestral accompaniment with the Houston Symphony.
Feb 5 & 6 at 8; Feb 7 at 2:30. $25–140. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org
The Guardian describes this London-based dance troupe as “a paradox of muscular impact and weightless flight.” The group’s 10 men—nay, boyz—fuse video and choreography together to create energetic and visual modern dance pieces commissioned by Alexander Whitley and Christopher Wheeldon, two of Britain’s most talked-about young choreographers.
Feb 6 at 8. $23–63. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-521-2026. spahouston.org
At this annual fest, librarians and teachers from across Houston team up to introduce elementary school kids to the joys of reading through appearances by children’s authors and illustrators.
Feb 6 at 9. Free. Spring Oaks Middle School, 2150 Shadowdale. bluewillowbookshop.com
An Evening With Branford Marsalis
The Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist takes the stage with his full jazz band, playing songs from his latest album, Four MF's Playin' Tunes.
Feb 6 at 8. $35–65. The Centrum, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., in Spring. 281-440-4850. cypresscreekface.org