When the Houston Ballet premiered Trey McIntyre’s interpretation of the classic J.M. Barrie children’s story in 2002, DanceView magazine called it “the most impressive, original, multi-act ballet created by an American choreographer in recent memory.” Set to the music of Sir Edward Elgar, the ballet remains one of the company’s great success stories.
June 13–23. $50-150. Brown Theater. Wortham Theater Center, 510 Texas St. 832-487-7000. houstonballet.org
The Earth–An HD Odyssey
As demonstrated in films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, classical music and outer space just seem to go together. Capitalizing on this natural pairing, the Houston Symphony performs Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra” and John Adams’s “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” as viewers watch NASA images of Earth projected on a 24-foot screen above the stage.
June 15 at 8. $15 orchestra seating; free mezzanine and lawn seating. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-364-2024. woodlandscenter.org
Jazz on Film
As the most important new art forms of the twentieth century, jazz and the cinema have always shared a connection; perhaps it’s no coincidence that the first feature-length sound film was Al Jolson’sThe Jazz Singer (1927). Since then, there has been no shortage of great jazz films, many of which are being screened this month at the MFAH in a festival programmed by local film curator Peter Lucas.
June 14 at 7 Mickey One
June 15 at 7 Jazz Abstractions
$10; $8 students & seniors. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning (Closes June 14!)
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