Top Things to Do This Weekend: April 26-28

Where to go, who to see, and what to do

By Eric Harrison April 24, 2013

Pop and Jazz

The Black Crowes

The veteran Georgia band plays Houston's House of Blues Sunday as they tour in support of their Wiser for the Time album.

House of Blues
8 p.m., Sunday
1204 Caroline St
Houston, TX


Holy Motors

One of the best movies of 2012, the French-language Holy Motors, gets a Houston revival this weekend at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Voted best foreign film of the year by the Houston Film Critics Society, Holy Motors is a wonderfully entertaining love letter to cinema and to Paris - strange, exhilerating, funny, tragic, entrancing. Directed by Léos Carax, the film stars Denis Lavant.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Friday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.
$9; $7 students, seniors, & members
1001 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX

Visual Art

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible

The visionary self-taught artist (1911–1977) was born and lived most of his life in Bay City, making a living as a fisherman even while his paintings were being sold at the tony Betty Parsons Gallery in New York. After his death, Bess became a cult figure in the art world, and is only now beginning to attract more widespread attention. The Menil’s exhibition is the largest retrospective of Bess’s work since the early 1980s.

Menil Collection
11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, through Aug. 18
1533 Sul Ross
Houston, TX


Il Trovatore

Forbidden love, sundered parentage, duels, gypsies, infanticide—what more can you ask from an opera?  Filled with supercharged melodies and daring dance rhythms, it’s one of Verdi’s most enduringly popular works. Featuring former HGO Studio Artist Tamara Wilson as Leonora.

Wortham Theater Center
7:30 p.m., Friday; 2 p.m., Sunday
500 Texas Ave
Houston, TX


Ben Stevenson Academy Spring Showcase

Look into the future of the Houston Ballet at this recital by students of the company’s renowned professional training program. The young dancers will perform new works choreographed specifically for the occasion, as well as classics from the repertory.

Wortham Theater Center
7 p.m., Friday; 1:30 p.m., Saturday
500 Texas Ave
Houston, TX


Houston International Festival

Musical headliners for the closing weekend of iFest are Los Lobos and Aaron Neville. Brazil is the focus of this year's festival, which takes place downtown on Saturday and Sunday, featuring music, food from around the world, craft markets and performances by local, national and international music and dance groups.

Downtown Houston
Saturday 11am-8pm; Sunday 11am-8pm
$15-$45 per day, adult; $4 children, 4 and up; free, children under 4
Downtown in area roughly bounded by Rusk, Smith, Lamar and McKinney

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