Top Things To Do This Weekend: Feb 20–22

Featuring two American poets, a documentary about La Sagrada Família, and your last chance to see Bruce Munro's Discovery Green art installation

By Michael Hardy February 18, 2015

Classical Music

A Sea Change: Music of the Baltic Nations

From 1987 to 1991, Latvians, Estonians, and Lithuanians gathered at night in public squares to sing defiant songs protesting Soviet rule. Now known as the Singing Revolution, these remarkable gatherings were the inspiration for this concert of choral works from Baltic composers, including the Latvian master Arvo Pärt. Guest conducted by the world-renowned Paul Hillier. 

Feb 21 at 7:30. $40. South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main St. 713-224-5566. houstonchamberchoir.org


Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation

In 1882 construction workers broke ground on La Sagrada Família Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. When Gaudí died in 1926, less than a quarter of his fantastic, Art Nouveau–cum–Gothic church had been completed, and it's been under more or less continual construction ever since, with a currently projected completion date of 2026. Even unfinished, the church is one of Spain's top tourist destinations; architecture critic Paul Goldberger has called it "the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages." This documentary traces the history and significance of one of the world's most famous and controversial buildings. 

Feb 21 at 5. $9. Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org


Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Founded in 1994 by artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (veterans of Cirque du Soleil and the Joffrey Ballet), New York–based Complexions has been breaking ground for over two decades by mixing traditional ballet with modern dance and experimental styles, performing to popular and critical acclaim across the US and Europe. The diverse, 14-dancer troupe visits Houston to perform a program entitled Innervisions, a modern dance tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder. Uptight! 

Feb 20 at 8. $35–80. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. spahouston.org


Mary Szybist & Kevin Young

This program pairs two contemporary American poets: Kevin Young, who has published eight books of verse and edited an equal number of anthologies, and Mary Szybist, who received the National Book Award in 2013 for her second poetry collection, Incarnadine. While Young’s poems are as expansive and jazzy as Szybist’s are spare and controlled, they’re both at the top of their games.

Feb 23 (Monday) at 7:30. $5. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-521-2026. inprinthouston.org

Public Art

Bruce Munro, Field of Light 2014. Installation, Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Norfolk, Virginia

Field of Light (Last weekend!)

British artist Bruce Munro's epic Field of Light, which comprises thousands of illuminated fiber optic “flowers,” began small, as a window display for the Harvey Nichols clothing store in England. It gradually expanded through successive iterations in London, Edinburgh, and Mexico City, with each installation re-engineered to meet the specifications of the different sites. This weekend is your last chance to see his installation for Discovery Green. See our full story here

Thru Feb 23. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. discoverygreen.com

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