Get ready, Houston: photo madness is descending on our city! The 2018 @fotofest_intl Biennial is gearing up next month with dozens of photography exhibitions all over town featuring hundreds of local, national, and international artists. Keep an eye on this space as we showcase the shows and events we're most excited about, including a few involving FLATS artists and producers. FotoFest is one of the country's largest photography biennials, and one of the greatest opportunities in Houston to see the ongoing conversation in photographic art. See you there! 📷: Sandip Kuriakose (Delhi, India), Interested, 2017. From the series NPNR.
Opening Party March 9, Festival March 10–April 22 | Multiple Locations
More than 120 separate venues—from breweries to dentist's offices to galleries—team up for this year's FotoFest, one of the world's oldest and most important photography biennials. The 2018 edition interrogates all things India, with exhibitions, speakers, panels, films, literary programs, culinary programs, and more.
More info at fotofest2018.art.
Lover, Beloved (and other one-person shows)
Thru March 11 | Alley Theatre
Catch folksy Grammy darling Suzanne Vega in this one-woman show that winds its way through the life of Southern Gothic novelist Carson McCullers (think: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter). And, since apparently 'tis the season for one-person shows, you can alternatively check out the Alley's Satchmo at the Waldorf (about jazz legend Louis Armstrong) or Ann (about feisty former Texas Gov. Ann Richards) at Stages Repertory Theatre.
Tickets $34. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. 713-220-5700. More info and tickets at alleytheatre.com.
March 10 | Multiple Locations
While a few minutes on the Houston subreddit reveals some locals still seething with rage about the recent East Downtown abbreviation, EaDo, we can all rejoice at the neighborhood's addition to Saint Arnold's roster of legendary pub crawls. Stops include Little Woodrow's, Neil’s Bahr, Chapman & Kirby, and more.
More info at saintarnold.com.
Thru March 11 | Toyota Center
Centered on a clown imagining his own funeral, this much-loved production returns to Houston as a troupe of performers bend, flip, launch, and toss themselves around the Toyota Center.
Tickets from $52. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. 866-446-8849. More info and tickets at cirquedusoleil.com.
Thru March 18 | Multiple Locations
While cult classic Dr. Strangelove is included in this year's Houston Jewish Film Festival, the rest of the lineup showcases lesser-known gems of Jewish and Israeli film. This weekend, we recommend checking out Sunday's The Last Band in Lebanon, a screwball comedy in which a group of hunky Israeli reserve soldiers are left behind enemy lines and are forced play their way out of Hezbollah territory.
Tickets from $10. Multiple locations. More info and tickets at erjcchouston.org.