Top Things To Do This Weekend: June 20–22

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

By Michael Hardy June 19, 2013


Summer Symphony Nights Centennial Celebration

To celebrate the Houston Symphony’s hundredth birthday, Robert Franz conducts a program of work by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, with help from the Houston Symphony Chorus and a display of fireworks.

June 21 at 8:30. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 281-373-3386. houstonsymphony.org 

Visual Art 

Jillian Conrad: Ley Lines (Last Weekend!)

For this solo exhibition, the University of Houston assistant professor of sculpture takes her long-standing interest in connection into a more magical realm. The show was inspired by the work of the early twentieth century amateur British archaeologist Alfred Watkins, who sought to explain the apparent existence of massive trackways in the British landscape that seemed to follow the alignment of ancient monuments.

Thru June 25. Tue–Sat 11–6. Free. Devin Borden Gallery, 3917 Main St. 713-256-0225. devinborden.com 

Pop & Jazz 

Jack Freeman w/ PJ Morton

Houston vocalist Jack Freeman is making a name for himself as a performer who specializes in giving audiences soul music with an old school, throwback feel. A singer who’s done hook work for H-Town rappers like Lil’O, Le$ and The Niceguys, Freeman released his own R&B mixtape in 2011 called Lynnie’s Juke Joint (available for download on jackfreeman.bandcamp.com). [Read our interview with Freeman here.]

$20. The House of Dereon Media Center, 2204 Crawford St. 713-772-5175. houseofdereonmediacenter.com 


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’s The 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 21 at 7 Mingus
June 22 at 7 Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser 
$10; $8 students & seniors. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org 


Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Last Weekend!)

In the Alley Theatre's new Sherlock Holmes play, literature’s most famous cocaine addict announces his triumphant rehabilitation: “If you’re looking for the needle, don’t bother,” Holmes declares early on. “I am no longer at the mercy of the seven percent solution.” But when asked whether Holmes has truly kicked the habit, Todd Waite, the longtime Alley company actor who is playing Holmes for the third time in ten years, reveals a sly, distinctly Sherlockian grin. “Possibly,” Waite says. “That’s what he tells Watson, at least.” [Read our full story about Waite here.] 

Thru June 23. Tue–Thu at 7:30; Fri at 8; Sat at 2:30 & 8; Sun at 2:30 & 7:30. $26–78. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. 713-220-5700. alleytheatre.org

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