For this final HopeWerks performance—the residency program is shutting down along with its parent organization, Hope Stone—Houston choreographer Ashley Horn transforms the soon-to-close Hope Stone studio into a blanket fort which plays host to a series of surreal vignettes in which gypsies, goddesses, and statues interact in conventional and unconventional ways. The end result is a dream sequence that asks viewers to reflect on their own imaginative landscapes.
May 23 & 24 at 8. $5 at door (cash only). Hope Stone Studio, 1210 W. Clay, Suite 26. hopestoneinc.org/hopewerks
Sonu Nigam Live
One of India’s biggest pop stars, Sonu Nigam began performing at age 3, embarked on a Bollywood singing career at 19, and has released albums in a staggering number of languages, including Hindi, Oriya, Punjabi, and Kannada, not to mention a rumored English project on the way. Surely the only performer to have sung at the inauguration of a Harvard president (Drew Faust, 2007) and collaborate with Britney Spears, Nigam returns to Houston to play NRG Arena, where he’ll likely get a better reception than the Texans usually do.
May 23 at 7. Reliant Arena, 1 NRG Park. 832-667-1400. reliantpark.com
Set in a generic small town and featuring characters with names like Mechanic, Librarian, and Policeman, Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno’s play explores everyday mysteries, with its anonymous characters musing on life, death, relationships, and the unknowability of others. In other words, it’s a perfect play for the philosophically minded folks at Catastrophic.
May 23–June 14. $25 (suggested). Catastrophic Theatre, 1119 East Fwy. 713-522-2723. catastrophictheatre.com
Dancin' in the Street: Motown & More Revue
Need to add some soul to your summer? The Dancin’ In The Street: Motown & More Revue is back for its 19th year, with the so-called “Thrill on the Hill” ready to provide 4 nights of covers of legendary artists from The Supremes to Marvin Gaye to Tammi Terrell. Special features this year include a Jackson 5 tribute and a performance honoring Sam Cooke’s classic song “A Change Is Gonna Come,” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
May 22–25 at 8:15. Free tickets available at box office between 10:30 and 1 on the day of performance. Open seating on the hill. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 281-373-3386. milleroutdoortheatre.com
Officially known as the Texas International Comic Con, this year’s convention has expanded to four days and features appearances by Billy Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Cary Elwes (Psych), and all the memorabilia, games, workshops, and panels a fanboy or -girl could ask for.
May 23–26. $20–275. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. comicpalooza.com