April 6 | Menil Collection
Grab some friends and camp out on the lawn surrounding the Menil Collection's 1987 Renzo Piano-designed building as Houston filmmakers project movies, images, and whatever else they dream up using a variety of devices. An annual collaboration with the Aurora Picture Show, new exhibitors still have the opportunity to enter their visuals.
Free. Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. 713-525-9400. More info at menil.org.
Dueling Home Tours: Houston Heights Spring Home and Garden Tour and Rice Design Alliance 2018 Architecture Tour
Heights: April 6–8, RDA: April 7–8 | Multiple Locations
Consider this weekend the Looky Loo's Super Bowl. On one side, we have the Heights Spring Home and Garden Tour, which surveys a range of bungalows and Victorians spread across Houston's first suburb and one of the first planned communities in Texas. The opposing force is the Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour, which this year features the contributions of seven women in design responsible for dramatic and innovative spaces across the city (prime example here).
Thru April 9 | Near Texas Seaport Museum
Massive rigged vessels reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean sail into Galveston this week for a festival that includes tours, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. With some ships pushing 500 years old, be sure to catch the spectacle before the fleet sails off into the sunset toward New Orleans.
Tickets from $10. Near Texas Seaport Museum, 2100 Harborside Dr., Galveston. 409-765-7834. More info and tickets at galvestonhistory.org.
April 6–May 13 | Catastrophic Theatre
Take Gulliver's Travels, stir in some musical numbers, sprinkle on a healthy portion of hoops, and you have this Houston Rockets-approved basketball musical. Rockets GM Daryl Morey—a huge musical theater buff—teamed up with Catastrophic Theatre to put on this rollicking event so layered and genre bending that co-director Jason Nodler describes it as a "magical onion."
Tickets Pay what you can (suggested $40). MATCH, 3400 Main St. 713-521-4533. More info and tickets at catastophictheatre.com.
April 7–8 | The Woodlands Town Center
Regularly ranked as one of the top-grossing art fairs in the country, this juried event gathers works from a variety of mediums—ranging from sculpture to printmaking to metalwork to regular 'ol painting—spread across The Woodlands Waterway and nearby Town Green Park. Other components include The Art of Food, a culinary attraction marshaling the talents of local chefs, and live music from groups like Texas Brass, the Houston Show Choir, and more.
Tickets from $15. The Woodlands Town Center, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr. More info and tickets at thewoodlandsartcouncil.org.