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Thru May 11 | Resilience Theater

Prepare yourself for this bel canto classic described by mezzo soprano Jamie Barton as "the ultimate love triangle." Vincenzo Bellini’s 1831 opera drops you in first-century BCE Roman-occupied Gaul as two druid priestesses vie for the love of Pollione, a Roman official. What could go wrong? (Everything.)

Tickets from $25. Resilience Theater at George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avendia de las Americas.  713-228-6737. More info and tickets at houstongrandopera.org.

Sawyer Yards Spring Biannual Art Stroll

April 28 | Sawyer Yards

Sawyer Yards, if you weren't aware, is that massive agglomeration of five artist studios carved out of the former Rivana Rice packaging plant in First Ward. This weekend, 300-plus of the resident artists welcome you inside to sip and stroll and hopefully purchase one their thousands of artworks from across all media—sculpture, pottery, jewelry, painting, glass, and more. And if you need a charity angle to pry open that wallet, a portion of the proceeds funds a scholarship to the MFAH's newly-renovated Glassell School of Art set to start classes June 4.

Free. Sawyer Yards, 2101 Winter St. 713-993-9823. More info via Facebook.

Trap Wine Fest

April 28 | Jones Plaza

Think "wine fest," but without any of the pretension. Twenty bucks gets you four samples and a wine glass as you loosen up to DJs spinning Future, Lil Wayne, and more in the heart of the Theater District.

Tickets $20. Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St. More info and tickets via Eventbrite.

Lewis Black

April 28 | Revention Music Center

The elder statesman of unhinged, vein-popping rants, comedian Lewis Black will return to Houston as part of his "The Joke's On Us" tour. A recent Houston Matters interview revealed surprising Bayou City trivia, including the time he described the dueling Starbucks of the River Oaks Shopping Center as "the end of the universe" and his Alley-debuted play about a Soviet bloc version of Elvis.

Tickets from $39.50. Revention Music Center, 520 Texas St. 713-230-1600. More info and tickets at livenation.com. 

Corpse Flower at HMNS

Thru April 29 | Houston Museum of Natural Science

Because nothing says "drop everything" like the stench of rotting flesh, we urge you to rush to the HMNS and catch a glimpse of Lou the corpse flower before he completes his bloom on Sunday, April 29. The corpse flower blooms only once per five years and emits a foul stench reminiscent of decaying human in order to attract pollinator beetles. Gross, but cool.

Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr. 713-639-4629. More info at hmns.org.

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