Sept. 21 | Stafford Civic Center
Gospel heavyweights from Africa, the Caribbean, and across the Americas converge on Houston for a high-energy evening of singing and dancing.
Tickets $20. Stafford Civic Center, 1415 Constitution Ave. 832-489-2613. More info at freedom2praise.com.
Sept. 22–Oct. 21 | Main Street Theater
Shakespeare's dead and gone, and versions of his plays are being peddled across London as wretched, knockoff approximations. Enter his loyal friends, who intervene to preserve the Bard's life work by compiling the authoritative First Folio.
Tickets from $10. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd. 713-524-6706. More info and tickets at mainstreettheater.com.
Sept. 22 | The Menil Collection
Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn't, but the Menil Collection's main building has been closed for renovations for most of 2018. As of Saturday, the beloved institution once again throws open its doors for visitors to explore its heartily revamped interior. You will encounter facilities upgrades, such as refinished floors, but the most exciting parts are the variety of works on display for the first time alongside mainstays from the Menil's extensive Surrealist and non-Western art holdings. Food trucks will be onsite, too, if you're hoping to linger and enjoy Menil Park after.
Free. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. 713-525-9400. More info at menil.org.
Sept. 22 | Toyota Center
When the video for "This is America" nearly broke the internet with its stinging critique of race and violence earlier this year, Donald Glover's musical alter ego arguably eclipsed the profile of his acting persona, known for his beloved role on Community and his FX show, Atlanta. Now is your chance to experience one the year's most controversial and important pieces of art live.
Tickets from $49.50. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. 713-758-7200. More info and tickets at houstontoyotaceneter.com.
Sept. 23 | NRG Stadium
It's finally time to cram the tailgating gear into the truck and roll into NRG for the Texans' regular season home opener. Not feeling like a parking lot party? Perhaps make it an occasion and upgrade to the luxury suite; from what our dining editor says, the new menu is pretty great.
Tickets from $78. NRG Stadium, 1 NRG Pkwy. 832-667-2002. More info and tickets at houstontexans.com.