Thru May 26 | Houston Ballet
With movement by former HB artistic director Ben Stevenson, this family-friendly fantasy from the Nutcracker creator, E.T.A. Hoffman, returns to the Wortham for the first time in more than a decade.
Tickets from $25. Wortham Theater Center, 615 Texas Ave. 713-227-2787. More info and tickets at houstonballet.org.
May 18 | Hogg Middle School
This huge annual sale offers new and gently-used books at prices starting at $1 (for children's books) and BOGO deals for students with valid ID. Proceeds benefit the the Houston Public Library Foundation.
Free. Hogg Middle School, 1100 Merrill St. More info at Eventbrite.
May 18 | The Secret Group
After observing countless Houston City Council meetings himself, You Have the Floor creator Conner Clifton brings you this heightened (fictional) experience in which various characters come to rant about the troubles facing Anytown, USA.
Tickets $5. The Secret Group, 2101 Polk St. 832-898-1088. More info and tickets at thesecretgroupatx.com.
May 19 | Toyota Center
Noted Sexy Baby Ariana Grande finally arrives to deliver a setlist that mercifully mixes tracks from last summer's Sweetener and this year's followup, Thank U, Next. And for what it's worth, let it be known that Houstonia objects to her apparent decision to perform "Into You" in shortened form.
Tickets from $225. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. 713-758-7200. More info and tickets at toyotacenter.com.
May 19 | Karbach Brewing Co.
Karbach's annual homage to artist David Adickes' '60s-era Love Street nightclub brings acts from Walk the Moon, Bishop Briggs, and local fav Vodi. Be sure to wash it down with the brewery's Kolsch-style blonde of the same name.
Tickets from $40. Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach St. More info and tickets at prekindle.com.