May 9–12 | Jones Hall
Based on an Edgar Allan Poe poem of the same name, Rachmaninoff's The Bells makes full use of the Houston Symphony's all-volunteer chorus. You can still expect nothing less than perfection from the corps of hardworking hobbyists; Charles Ives's Symphony No. 4, Gershwin's I Got Rhythm variations, and more fill out the program.
Tickets from $25. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. More info and tickets at houstonsymphony.org.
May 10–12 | George R. Brown Convention Center
Already the state's largest and most anticipated pop culture convention, this year's edition packs heavy hitters from two of the most rabid fandoms: Game of Thrones (Emilia Clark, Nathalie Emmanuel) and Star Trek (Wilson Cruz, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn). Get there early if you want a chance at communing with the Mother of Dragons—although be warned that photo ops start at $195.
Tickets from $41. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. More info and tickets at comicpalooza.com.
May 11 | Meet at Water Works
Want to know the story behind the umpteen works of public art lining Buffalo Bayou? Just need an excuse to finally rent a BCycle? Look no further than this bike tour with guide Andrew Groocock to learn more about the statuary that animates everyone's favorite linear park.
Tickets $10. The Water Works, 105 Sabine St. More info and tickets at buffalobayou.doubleknot.com.
May 11 | Heights Mercantile
It's okay: We forgot, too. Grab a last-minute gift for mom at this one-stop shop for local candles, jewelry, and other great finds. Be sure to round it out with some custom stationery from Anvil Cards.
Free. Heights Mercantile, 714 Yale St. More info vis Facebook.
AsiaFest 2019 — (Update 5/9/19: Due to flooding concerns, AsiaFest has been rescheduled for the weekend of June 29-30)
May 11 | Asia Society Texas
In case you missed the signs on the highway: It's time to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! The pan-Asian blowout features a spectrum of food trucks, shopping, performances, and arts and crafts.
Free. Asia Society Texas, 1370 Southmoore Blvd. 713-496-9901. More info at asiasociety.org.