Thru August 11 | Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
A fully-revamped cast debuts in Houston this weekend on this stop in Rent's never-ending 20th Anniversary Tour. What makes it the La boheme adaptation so enduring? "There’s so much truth in this show," says Cody Jenkins, who plays the filmmaker Mark. "It’s about really seeing people, in all their struggles, of trying to find out who you are and how you live your own truth. I think it shows the strength of these people, how it’s important to support them. It’s all about love.”
Tickets from $70. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2525. More info and tickets at houston.broadway.com.
August 9 | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Projecting her work on the walls of the Glassell School of Art, artist Emily Fens harnesses a background in neuroscience to create what she calls an "immersive ecosystem" titled Brainblooms. The piece will coexist alongside a live performance from local indie mainstay Wild Moccasins.
Free. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 5101 Montrose Blvd. 713-639-7300. More info at mfah.org.
August 9 | Houston Museum of Natural Science
How did it take us 30 years to recognize When Harry Met Sally as history's great rom-com? Who knows! Catch this anniversary screening and be sure to post-game it at Houston's knockoff version of Katz's, the classic New York setting for the famous "I'll Have What She's Having" scene.
Tickets $6. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr. 713-639-4629. More info and tickets at hmns.org.
August 10 | Discovery Green
HAS experts will be onsite with telescopes to help you decipher the mysteries of the heavens from the middle of downtown's favorite park. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the ISS or Hubble Space Telescope.
Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. More info at discoverygreen.com.
August 11 | Houston Zoo
All 10 of the zoo's elephants—Thailand, Methai, Shanti, Tess, Tucker, Tupelo, Baylor, Duncan, Joy, and Tilly—will celebrate their big day by auctioning off their artwork that earned their reputation as "Pachyderm Picassos." Zookeepers will also be on hand to educate you on the ecological benefits of elephant poo, as well as the zoo's conservation work with elephants in Laos.
GA tickets $19.95. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr. 713-533-6500. More info and tickets at houstonzoo.org.