Feb. 2–3 | Flatland Gallery
The prism, you'll remember, enables that trusty grade school science experiment where you hold a transparent chunk of plastic to the light and witness the dazzling ROYGBIV refracted before your eyes. Choreographer Jacquelyne Jay Boe draws on color theory paired with an electronic score by Jeremy Nuncio to craft a close-up exploration of those seven elemental colors in this site-specific limited engagement, a reprise of critically acclaimed performance of late last year.
Tickets $20. Flatland Gallery, 1709 Westheimer Rd. More info and tickets at jjboe.com.
Feb. 2–3 (festival thru March 24) | Rec Room
The product of a $10,000 grant from Houston Arts Alliance, the inaugural Rec Room Residency Festival is a six-week experiment ceding the stage to a new artist-in-residence each weekend, with the menu ranging from music to theater and everything in between. This weekend, songwriter Joe Wozny is up first with two separate engagements that'll mix solo guitar, spoken word, experimental string ensembles, and whatever else strikes his fancy.
Tickets $15. Rec Room, 100 Jackson St. 713-344-1291. More info and tickets at recroomarts.org.
Feb. 3 | Rudyard's
The Hates return show was announced in an appropriately lo-fi fashion, via a sharpie-emblazoned slip of cardboard tacked onto a telephone poll (and promptly spotted by Houston Chronicle music writer Andrew Dansby). It's true: Houston's original, beloved punk band is back after a health scare for original member Christian Kidd forced a yearlong hiatus. Death's shadow doesn't seem to have rattled the group, and they're finally back at Rudz like so many times before.
Tickets $8. Rudyard's British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr. 713-521-0521. More info and tickets at rudyardspub.com.
Feb. 2–4 | Jones Hall
If it takes a Grammy award to get butts in seats, the Houston Symphony might just fill Jones Hall for its first post-win engagement. And the program appears to be a crowdpleaser, including Bernstein's Overture to Candide (of "Make Our Garden Grow" fame), John Corigliano's rousing Conjurer for Percussionist, Strings and Brass, and Ravel's lush, impressionistic Daphnis and Chloé—considered by many to be the French composer's finest work.
Tickets from $23. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. More info and tickets at houstonsymphony.org.
Feb. 2 | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Mary Ellen Bute's pioneering exploration of visual music harnessed everyday tools and sheer ingenuity to create trippy, abstract animations that dazzled millions in movie theaters across the United States. Now, this rare 16mm screening of the Houston-born filmmaker's groundbreaking shorts celebrates the oft-forgotten contributions of the pioneering woman artist.
Tickets $9. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. More info at mfah.org.