Jan. 19–28 | Various Locations
Now celebrating 25 years, this annual film festival fans out across several screening locations to celebrate the range of Iranian film, showcasing work born from the nation's unique intersection of religion, politics, and culture. This year's selections place a particular emphasis on female-oriented films, including Breath, Iran's 2018 submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Tickets $10. Various Locations. More info and tickets at mfah.org.
Jan. 19–Feb. 2 | George R. Brown Convention Center
Featuring the largest orchestra in all of opera, this fast-paced, one-act tragedy gives you about as much drama as you can pack into 100 minutes as Elektra furiously works to avenge her father. HGO tells us they plan to use about 10 gallons of stage blood in each performance, so, if you're into slasher films, this Richard Strauss classic might be right up your ally.
Tickets from $25. Resilience Theatre at the GRB, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. 713-228-6737. More info and tickets at houstongrandopera.org.
Jan. 20 | Starts at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern
One year after the largest demonstration ever to gather before City Hall—and one of the largest protests in United States history—the Women's March takes to the street once more to urge political participation in advance of the 2018 primary and general elections. Even if your politics don't align with the decidedly progressive crowd, anyone can appreciate the great signs and an appearance by Kam Franklin of The Suffers.
Free. 105 Sabine St. More info via houstonwomensmarch.org.
Jan. 20 | Warehouse Live
Featuring more than a dozen local and international acts, this celebration of classic circus and showgirl performers regularly sells out. And this isn't just a passive experience; workshops and panels are offered to help folks hone their own skills and join the fun.
Tickets from $20. Warehouse Live, 813 St Emanuel St. More info and tickets at bcbcfestival.com.
Jan. 21 | Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Nudge your kids beyond finger painting at this interactive, all-encompassing afternoon of art-making at Bayou Bend, the former estate of the Hogg family, among Houston's most legendary patrons of the arts.
Free. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr. More info at mfah.org.