Robert Earl Keen
Feb 3–4 | Heights Theater
Hometown favorite Robert Earl Keen kicks off the inaugural performance of the newly renovated Heights Theater this weekend, where die-hard fans can hear the Houstonian croon favorites like "That Buckin' Song" and "The Road Goes on Forever."
$75–$125. 339 19th St. 214-272-8346. theheightstheater.com
Alley All New Festival
Feb 2–12 | Alley Theatre
If you prefer buzzy plays over football passes, then head to the Alley Theatre's All New Festival, which opens this Thursday with The Carpenter, the newest play by rising-star playwright—and Cypress native!—Robert Askins.
Free. 615 Texas Ave. 713-220-5700. For lineup and free-ticket reservations, visit alleytheatre.org/allnew
Feb 2–4 | Improv Houston
If you're looking for a rare reprieve from Super Bowl pandemonium, funny man Craig Robinson—best known as Darryl from the much-missed NBC series The Office—brings to the Bayou City his riffs and music (yes, he can he sing!)
$32–42. 7620 Katy Fwy. 713-333-8800. improvhouston.com
Bizet Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Feb 3–11 | Opera in The Heights
Opening this Friday, don't miss the three-act 1863 opera about two pearl divers who fall in love with a Hindu temple priestess. This age-defying production by Georges Bizet, the beloved composer of Carmen, is sure to score some points with opera aficionados.
$13–71. 1703 Heights Blvd. 713-861-5303. operaintheheights.org
Feb 3–July 9 | Menil Collection
Also opening this Friday, view artifacts from the Dogon tribe of West Africa—from the de Menil's personal collection!—including masks, carved sculptures and jewelry. After exploring the always-free museum, enjoy a (hopefully) football-free picnic on the gorgeous grounds.
Free. 1533 Sul ross St. 713-525-9400. menil.org