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Art Car Parade

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Houstonians’ favorite wild and wacky parade rolls through the city’s streets for the 30th time this year, thanks to the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. Nearly 300 vehicles decked out to resemble everything from Mardi Gras floats to dreamy cityscapes will snake through a new downtown route, to cheers from more than 250,000 spectators.

Art Car Ball, April 8. 6 p.m. $35. I & II Allen Center, 1200 Smith St.
Parade, April 9. 2 p.m. General attendance, free. VIPit experience, $150; $25, kids 12 and under. Downtown Houston, Smith and Pease to Bagby and Lamar. 713-926-6368. thehoustonartcarparade.com

Classical

Houston Symphony: Boléro

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Ravel’s 15-minute 1928 masterpiece, famous for its exploding crescendo, took five months to complete, which seemed like a pretty quick turnaround at the time.

April 8 & 9 at 8; April 10 at 2:30. $35–139. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org

Opera

Anna Karenina

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David Carlson’s 2007 opera recounts Tolstoy’s tragic Imperial Russia–set novel, about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who falls for a handsome cavalry officer.

April 8 & 9 at 7:30; April 10 at 2. $20; $12, students and seniors. Moores Opera House, 3800 Cullen Blvd. 713-743-3313. uh.edu

Comedy

Ron White

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Hailing from the Texas Panhandle, White—also known as comedy’s drunk uncle—usually performs with Scotch in hand.

April 9. 7:30 & 10. $49.50–69.50. Revention Music Center, Texas Ave. 713-230-1600. reventionmusiccenter.com

Concert

Tori Kelly

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The pop rocker got her start with a little help from YouTube, gaining plenty of recognition after posting videos of her belting out covers. Now the singer has hit it big, hitting the road for her "Unbreakable" tour.

April 10. 8. $29.50–35. Revention Music Center, Texas Ave. 713-230-1600. reventionmusiccenter.com

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