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Former Governor Ann Richards lives on at Stages Repertory Theatre.

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Thru April 8 | Stages Repertory Theatre

This one-woman show captures Texas's favorite treasurer-turned-governor and her life as an indomitable, outspoken voice in Lone Star politics. Whether or not Sally Edmundson outstrips Richards' own King of the Hill cameo as the definitive pop culture Ann representation is the ultimate question, but we're optimistic.

Tickets from $25. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. 713-527-0123. More info and tickets at stagestheatre.com.

Houston Roller Derby Kickoff

Feb. 17 | Revention Music Center

Elbows will fly and heads will roll at the season kickoff for the 13-year-old Houston Roller Derby league with two bouts, first between the Valkyries and the Bayou City Bosses, followed by the Psych Ward Sirens vs. the Brawlers. And, as we've discussed, the game is more than just cool names: it's a full-contact sport with rules and plenty of athleticism.

Tickets from $15. Revention Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. 713-230-1600. More info and tickets at houstonrollerderby.com.

Five Decades of David Adickes

Feb. 17 | Esperson Gallery

When we profiled David Adickes, elder statesman of the Houston art world, for our January issue, we dwelled on his most famous works, like Mount Rush Hour and the larger-than-life Sam Houston statue straddling I-45. But he's also a prolific painter, and this new Esperson Gallery show features never-exhibited Adickes paintings from the 1960s to the present. 

Free. Esperson Gallery, 1201 Fannin St. 713-412-1771. More info via Facebook.

Analicia Sotelo Virgin Book Launch

Feb. 17 | Brazos Bookstore

Melding autobiography with a healthy dose of Greek mythology, lauded Houston poet Analicia Sotelo launches her first collectionVirgin, Saturday at Brazos Bookstore. She employs “autobiographical mythical persona” as the narrator and invites special guest appearances from legendary figures such as Ariadne, Salvador Dalí and Giorgio de Chirico.

Free. Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street, 713-523-0701. More info at brazosbookstore.com.

Karbach Rodeo Clown Roundup

Feb. 18 | Karbach Brewing Co. 

This pre-Rodeo roundup starts with both a 5 and 10K fun run to benefit MS research, but the main attraction is an afternoon country music festival featuring Stoney LaRue, Jenna Paulette, Bob Schneider and more. Of course, there will also be beer.

Tickets from $35 (5K/10K race) and $20 (Country Festival). Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach St. 713-680-2739. More info and tickets at karbachbrewing.com.

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Analicia Sotelo Reading

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The Houston poet reads from her just-published, critically acclaimed book of poetry, Virgin, a surreal, mythology-inspired collection of reimagined family hi...