May 19 | Conspirare
We learned recently, from someone who ought to know, that the present age is a golden one for choral music. For proof, says our spy, one need look no further than the Grammy Award-winning, Austin-based ensemble Conspirare. The 18-member group, in town for a special one-night-only concert at First Unitarian Universalist Church (the city’s most acoustically-sublime space, natch), will perform Unclouded Day, which explores “the journey of women” through words and music, and features works by a wide variety of composers past and present.
From $24. 5200 Fannin St. 512-474-5664. conspirare.org
May 19 | Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
The past is passed, as they say. Unless, of course, you’re an artist—in which case the past is a treasure trove of inspiration and trauma—or the Contemporary Arts Museum, which has fashioned an entire exhibition out of looking backward. Featuring works by a trio of artists, A Better Yesterday features everything from wall paintings to a multimedia installation to a full-on alternative universe devoted to what might have been.
Thru Sept. 3. Free. 5216 Montrose Blvd. 713-284-8250. camh.org
May 19-20, 26 | Houston Grand Opera Outdoors
If there’s a more worthy summer opera candidate than The Elixir of Love, we haven’t heard of it. Donizetti’s delightful farce, which follows the hapless adventures of a love-struck peasant, the woman he adores, and the potion he hopes will bring them together, helps Houston Grand Opera celebrate 60 years of free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre on May 19 and 20, with a third performance at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands on May 26 (note: lawn and mezzanine are free, orchestra seats are $20).
Free, except as above. 6000 Hermann Park Dr. and 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 800-626-7372. houstongrandopera.org
May 19-21 | Minute Maid Park
Go for the orange-and-blue Astros Fedora on Friday night because, well, there is one—at least for Minute Maid’s first 10,000 dapper attendees—but stay for what may well be a season-defining home stand. The red hot ’Stros face last year’s first runner-up in the Long Suffering Loser sweepstakes, a team that hasn’t been doing much losing lately. Indeed, they’re coming to town fresh from a sweep of the Marlins.
From $12. 501 Crawford St. 713-259-8000. mlb.com/astros
May 20-21 | NRG Center
What comes to mind when you hear the word Minecraft? The greatest video game ever? The greatest time suck ever? A hobby for laid-off miners? Either way, there’s likely someone in your family who’s been dreaming of this two-day event, a nerdy maelstrom of gamers in costume, building projects, performances and YouTube stars that’s been called the Ultimate Minecraft Fan Experience (by the Minefaire folks themselves, but still).
From $39 for a half-day pass. 1 NRG Park. minefaire.com