Top Things To Do This Weekend: May 16–18

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

By Michael Hardy May 14, 2014


Christina and Michelle Naughton: Dueling Pianos

Graduates of the Julliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, the photogenic Naughton sisters recorded their first album in 2012 and have performed around the world, from Hong Kong to El Paso, thrilling audiences with their youthful energy and technical mastery. For their Houston program, they'll play works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Ravel, as well as an arragement of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring for two pianos. 

May 16 at 8. $23–58. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-4772. spahouston.org


Pasadena Strawberry Festival

Strawberries were Pasadena’s first big business— at its peak in the early twentieth century, the city was pushing out around 30 train cars a day packed with the fruit. In 1974, to celebrate that heritage, a group of Pasadena citizens founded the town’s now-legendary festival. Today, this celebration of all things strawberry takes place at the 106-acre Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds, requires the labor of over 500 volunteers, attracts around 45,000 annual visitors, and boasts the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, at 1,905 square feet. Who’s hungry?

May 16–18. $12 in advance; $15 at the gate; children 4 & under free; children 5–12 & seniors $5. Pasadena Convention Center & Fairgrounds, 7902 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena. 281-991-9500. strawberryfest.org


The Eels

Founded in California in 1995, this legendary alternative rock band has gone through numerous changes of cast, with singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (known to his fans simply as “E”) always remaining at the center. With a disaffected, moody sound perfectly suited to movie soundtracks, their songs have appeared in American Beauty, Knocked Up, Yes Man, Hot Fuzz, and many more. 

May 17 at 9. $32.50–37.50. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St. 832-667-7733. houseofblues.com

Dave Matthews Band

To paraphrase Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused, the Dave Matthews Band keeps getting older; its fans stay the same age. Almost a quarter century after they were founded in Charlottesville, Virginia—well past the peak of their popularity in the late 1990s—this long-lived jam band is still playing to the same frat-and-sorority crowd that’s always formed its fan base. Party on, Dave! 

May 16 at 7. $75 pit seats; $40.50 lawn. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 281-364-3024. woodlandscenter.org


Feeling Alright

Filled with classic tunes by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin, this high-energy rock musical takes place in 1975 at the 10-year reunion of a group of six friends and former bandmates, who gather to reminisce about the good old days. Starring Marco Camacho, Heather Hall, Chelsea Lerner, and the Feeling Alright Band, with direction by Vance Johnson and musical direction by Wayne Landon. 

May 15–23. $22.50–27.50. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak. 713-300-2358. obsidianartspace.org

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