Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony
Music Director–Designate André Orozco-Estrada conducts Mozart’s final, and arguably greatest, symphony, the thrilling Jupiter. As appetizers to the main course, the orchestra will perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 59 (Fire), and Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke’s Moz-Art á la Haydn. Featuring Eric Halen and Jennifer Owen on violin.
Jan 3–5. $25–124. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-2787. houstonsymphony.org
Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock
In 1972, three Texas singer-songwriters founded the pioneering grassroots band The Flatlanders. Although the band received little notice at the time, all three musicians went on to notable solo careers, which led to multiple Flatlanders albums and myriad reunion tours. Two of the original three Flatlanders come to Houston this month (the lone man out is Joe Ely) to show why they’ve been deservedly called some of the best musicians in country music today. Many will recognize Gilmore from his small role as Smokey in the cult classic The Big Lebowski.
Jan 4 at 7 & 9:30. $25. McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk St. 713-528-5999. mcgonigels.com
Anita Varadaraju: Form, Un-Form
Balanced on the edge of abstraction and figuration, Varadaraju’s art, which is executed on everything from paper to wood to linen, has been featured at Wade Wilson Art and at this year’s Art Crawl in the Heights. The artist was born in Chennai, India, studied business, and worked in the corporate world before deciding to devote herself full time to painting. For her solo show at the Jung Center, she chose a series of paintings that illustrate how form can simultaneously liberate and confine. Opening reception on Jan 4 from 5–7.
Jan 4–31. Free. Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. 713-524-8253. junghouston.org
Under A Cowboy Moon
The fictional West Texas town of Spitwhistle decides to organize a cowboy poetry contest to attract more tourism. But when a TV crew from PBS shows up to film the competition, the town ends up getting more attention than it bargained for. Winner of the Backdoor Theatre’s 2003 New Play Award, this rollicking comedy was written by Houston playwright Carl Williams and directed by Elvin Moriarty (with assistance from Akia Lorain McPhaul.
Jan 3–Feb 1. $16; seniors & students $13. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. 713-682-3525. theatresuburbia.org
61st Annual Charity Cat Show
Sponsored by the Houston Cat Club, this two-day event will feature competitions for both championship and domestic cats, a cat agility contest, kitten and cat adoptions, veterinarians to answer questions, and feline-friendly vendors. In other words, pure catnip.
Jan 4–5. Sat 10–5; Sun 9–4. $9.50; military & seniors $7; children 5–12 $4; children 4 & under free. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. houstoncatclub.org