El Mundo: Vilancicos y Cantadas de Navidad
As part of its Hispanic Heritage Series, Houston Early Music welcomes the El Mundo ensemble to Christ Church Cathedral for a concert of holiday music from Italy, Spain, and South America, including newly discovered vocal and instrumental works from the archives of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. El Mundo’s director Richard Savino, a noted Baroque guitarist and lutenist, will conduct the ensemble and give a pre-concert talk at 7:15.
Dec 12 at 8. $40. Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. 281-846-4222. houstonearlymusic.org
Noël, Noël: Christmas at the Villa
The gorgeous Romanesque chapel of the Villa de Matel Convent in the East End is the setting for this beloved annual concert, in which the Houston Chamber Choir performs carols, choral works, and newly composed pieces. The Treble Choir of Houston, one of the city’s top children’s choirs, will add their voices to all matinée performances.
Dec 13 & 14. $40. Villa de Matel Convent, 6510 Lawndale St. 713-224-5566. houstonchamberchoir.org
Ho Ho Humbug
This semi-autobiographical comedy by New York playwright Scott Burkell joins a long tradition of irreverent Christmas plays and movies, from A Christmas Story to Bad Santa to David Sedaris’s Holidays on Ice. In hopes of an easy payday, the play’s irascible, middle-aged protagonist signs up to play Santa at Macy’s Santaland, hating every minute of the ordeal until he unexpectedly discovers The Meaning of Christmas. The play’s website warns of “naughty language, elf exposure, and Santa secrets shared,” so proceed at your own peril.
Thru Dec 24. $25. Stark Naked Theatre, 1824 Spring St. 832-866-6514. starknakedtheatre.com
Miguel Amat: Dark Pool Knight Vision (Final weekend!)
Venezuelan-born multimedia artist Miguel Amat, a former MFAH Core Fellow and Rice University artist-in-residence, uses photography, sculpture, collage, and video to explore political repression in his native country and the military-industrial complex in America, drawing special attention to the links between the the arms trade and international financial markets. The exhibition of about 20 works is part of the Blaffer's First Take series showcasing emerging artists and is organized by Blaffer director Claudia Schmuckli.
Thru Dec 13. Free. Fine Arts Building, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd. 713-743-9521. blafferartmuseum.org
Later in the Week
The history of Fleetwood Mac resembles nothing so much as a long-running soap opera awash in affairs, break-ups, betrayals, and frequent changes of cast. The band’s latest reunion tour marks Christine McVie’s return, as well as a forthcoming album, their first in over a decade.
Dec 15 (Monday) at 8. Sold out. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. 866-446-8849. fleetwoodmac.com