Top Things To Do This Weekend: Oct 31–Nov 2
30th Annual Guadalupe Aztlan Día de los Muertos Celebration
Día de los Muertos traces its roots back at least 2,500 years, to Meso-American traditions such as the Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, known as the Lady of the Dead. Today's celebration is a hybrid, reflecting aspects of both indigenous American and Spanish traditions. Houston's Museo Guadalupe Aztlan hosts one of the area's most authentic celebrations—this year marks the group's 30th annual celebration at the East End's Evergreen Cemetary, where attendees will decorate graves with altars, candles, marigolds, and food and drinks.
Nov 1 from 10am–2pm. Free. Evergreen Cemetary, 500 Altic St. 713-231-4037. facebook.com/museoguadalupe.aztlan
Sunday Streets Houston
Inspired by similar events in cities like San Francisco and Seattle, the city of Houston began experimenting this spring with closing off a different street to cars one Sunday a month, creating an instant block party open to all. The event proved so popular that they've decided to continue it through the fall; this month the party comes to the Third Ward/Museum Park area.
Nov 2 from noon–4. Free. Dowling St./West Alabama St./Almeda Rd. from Elgin St. to Arbor St. facebook.com/sundaystreetshtx
Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910
This traveling show is America's first full-scale exhibition devoted to the art of Korea's Joseon Dynasty, named for the Confucian ruling family who led the country for over 500 years. Among the show's 150 works are ceremonial screen paintings, ceramics, illustrated books, and works of calligraphy.
Oct 30–Jan 11. $14 online or $15 on-site; Thursdays free for everyone. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org
Morton Feldman's For Philip Guston
Da Camera sets up shop at the Rothko Chapel for a free marathon performance of 20th-century American composer Morton Feldman's four-hour work dedicated to the memory of his friend, painter Philip Guston. Audience members are invited to attend as much or as little of the performance as they like.
Nov 2 from 1–6. Free to Da Camera ticket holders for first 1 1/2 hours, then free to public. Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St. 713-524-9839. dacamera.com
The Psychedelic Furs & The Lemonheads
Legendary British new wave band The Psychedelic Furs, who helped define the sound of the '80s with synth-heavy hits like "Love My Way," joins forces on this tour with alt-rockers The Lemonheads, who helped define '90s college rock.
Nov 2 at 7. $25–40. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St. 888-402-5837. houseofblues.com