La Triste Historia
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is one of Mexico’s most important holidays. Coinciding with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day but dating back to pre-Columbian times, the celebration honors the memories of deceased friends and relatives. On November 1 and 2 of each year, Mexican families travel to cemeteries to clean and decorate graves; build elaborate altars containing a dearly departed’s favorite foods and drinks; and even get tattoos of the deceased. This year, the Houston Symphony is getting in on the act with La Triste Historia (The Sad Story), a Day of the Dead–inspired multimedia concert, which the Symphony hopes will draw new audiences to Jones Hall. See full story here.
Nov 1 & 2 at 8; Nov 3 at 2:30. $25–119. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org
Romantic Trailblazers: Johannes, Clara, and Robert
The Schumanns were classical music’s original power couple: Robert was a brilliant composer and critic, while his wife Clara, a child prodigy on the piano, became a celebrated composer and performer in her own right. The young Johannes Brahms met the couple when he was 20, an encounter that changed his life. This concert features works by all three Romantic composers performed on period instruments, including an 1820s fortepiano.
Nov 1 at 8. $28–55. Zilkha Hall, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2400. dacamera.com
With their leather jackets, scruffy good looks, and black cellos, Croatian musicians Luka Šulic and Stjepan Hauser are the new rock stars of classical music. They’ve performed with Elton John and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and gone viral on YouTube with their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” Their second album, IN2ITION, released last January, includes collaborations with Steve Vai, Lang Lang, and Zucchero.
Nov 1 at 7:30. $86. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-2787. spahouston.org
Directed by Austin-based indie favorite Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation), this black-and-white film is set during a weekend tournament for chess software programmers in the 1980s. Years before IBM's Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov, Bujalski's engineers struggle to teach their computers how to mimic a human player, laying the groundwork for modern artificial intelligence. Bujalski will answer questions after Saturday's screenings.
Nov 1 at 7; Nov 2 at 5:30 & 7:30. $9; students & seniors $7. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7515. mfah.org/films
Veronica's Room (Last weekend!)
Veronica’s Room can be interpreted as a straight-up thriller, merely a clever piece of entertainment. But astute viewers have long noticed another side to Levin’s fantasies. Just as Rosemary’s Baby can be read as a work about social anxieties surrounding childbirth, and The Stepford Wives as a satire on suburban women controlled by their husbands, Veronica’s Room touches on serious themes of mental illness, domestic violence, and sexual perversity.
Thru Nov 3. $19–45. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. 713-527-0220. stagestheatre.com