Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 3–5

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

By Michael Hardy May 1, 2013


George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic 

Clinton began his music career playing New Jersey Barbershops in the 1950s with a doo-wop quintet. Now he's considered one of the godfathers of funk. Parliament Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, and last year Clinton received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. Welcome to Houston, Doc! 

May 4 at 9
House of Blues
1204 Caroline St


Cinco de Mayo at Miller: Folklore Mexico featuring Leyenda Dance Company

The Leyenda Dance Company’s approach to folkloric Mexican dance has been described as “anthropology in motion.” The performance celebrates Cinco de Mayo, which marks Mexico’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla—not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16.

May 5 at 8
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Visual Art

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning

The most important work of art on exhibition at the MFAH this year wasn’t painted by Picasso and doesn’t come from the Prado. It’s a 2,600-year-old hunk of clay shaped like a corncob on steroids and commemorates the conquest of Babylon by King Cyrus of Persia. The Cyrus Cylinder, which is visiting the United States for the first time, will be displayed alongside 16 other Persian artifacts from the British Museum. 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Tue & Wed 10–5; Thu 10–9; Fri & Sat 10–7; Sun 12:15­–7. Adults $12 online or  $13 on site; seniors $8 online or $7 on site; students and military $6; members & children five & under free. Thursdays free for everyone. 1001 Bissonnet St, 713-639-7300. mfah.org


From Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams to the hallucinatory paintings of Gustav Klimt, fin-de-siècle Vienna was obsessed with the unconscious. A prequel of sorts to her 2009 performance piece The Blue Rider, Sarah Rothenberg’s new multimedia production blends music, light, and video into an almost Wagnerian gesamtkunstwerk.

Mozarts's Symphony No. 40 

Despite the title, this concert spans Mozart’s professional life, from Symphony No. 19, composed when he was just 16, to the thrilling No. 40, one of his final masterpieces. Rounding out the program are Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto and John Adams’s “The Chairman Dances,” which Adams has described as an “outtake” from his opera Nixon in China.

May 3–5
The Houston Symphony
Jones Hall
615 Louisiana St

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