Exhibition

Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life; Holocaust Museum Houston

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Opening Friday, this temporary exhibit examines the life of Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman whose promising future was brutally cut short by the Vichy government and Nazi extermination plan. Like Anne Frank, Berr kept a journal that chronicled her experiences in Paris under German Occupation until her arrest and deportation to Auschwitz in 1944. This powerful exhibit is divided into three parts: the life of Hélène Berr, Vichy and the antisemitic laws of the time and her actual journal, as well as photographs, archives, films, interactive animations and maps. Aug 25–Nov 13. $8–12. 5401 Caroline St. 713-942-8000. hmh.org

Performing Arts

Hand to God; Alley Theatre

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Written by Robert Askin from Cypress, Texas (where it’s also set), this internationally acclaimed 2011 play—described by The New Yorker as “Sesame Street meets The Exorcist”—took Broadway by storm last year. Now the Christian-puppets-gone-rogue come home to Houston. Thru Sept 18. $35–72. 615 Texas Ave. 713-220-5700. alleytheatre.org

Freud's Last Session; Stageworks Theatre

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What happens when Sigmund Freud hosts C.S. Lewis as a houseguest? Loads of ideological clashing about love, sex and God—you know, typical small talk! This funny and moving play by Mark St. Germain (2010) opens this weekend and will have audiences thinking about these two frenemies in a whole new light. Aug 26–Sept 18. From $15. 10760 Grant Rd. 281-587-6100. stageworkshouston.org

Film

Armchair Travel: Old Master Exhibition on Screen; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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This documentary film series takes audiences behind the scenes of blockbuster exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Don't miss the screening of Philadelphia's Renoir show right here in Houston! Aug 25 and 28 at 3 p.m. $7–9. 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7515. mfah.org

Comedy

Piff the Magic Dragon; Improv Houston

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No, Piff isn't a birthday party performer (although he does wear a costume!) Go and see why the dry and witty English comedian and magician made millions laugh on America's Got Talent with his quirky delivery and impressive party tricks. Aug 26–28. $25–35. 7620 Katy Fwy. 713-333-8800. improvhouston.com