This year markes the 50th anniversary of the landmark protest marches in Selma, Alabama that helped turn the tide of public opinion in favor of the civil rights movement. And if you've seen Selma, the critically acclaimed new film, then you've seen actor Stephan James playing one of the march's leaders, John Lewis. Now a high-ranking member of Congress, Lewis reads from the first and second volumes of March, a recently published graphic novel trilogy about his life, which he co-wrote with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.
Feb 8 at 6:30. Free with ticket; seating is limited. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 832-393-1652. houstonlibrary.org
Jason Moran, The Rauschenberg Project: Holed Up
Houston native Moran, one of the country’s leading jazz pianists and composers, teamed up with artist Robert Pruitt to create this world premiere composition inspired by the work of artist (and fellow Texan) Robert Rauschenberg.
Feb 7 at 8. $37.50–67.50. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-524-5050. dacamera.com
This year, Discovery Green marks the closing of its ice rink for the season with a celebration of all things wintery, from an ice carving competition, to artificial snow, to interactive ice sculptures—think ice ping-pong, an ice graffiti wall, and an ice throne for pictures.
Feb 8 from 4–8. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. discoverygreen.com
The Speckled Band: An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes
One of Arthur Conan Doyle's best-known Sherlock Holmes mysteries, The Speckled Band finds the detective and Dr. Watson attempting to solve a bizarre murder at a remote country house. It's the only story that Doyle himself adapted into a play, which is making its Houston premiere in a production by the Classical Theatre ensemble. See our full story here.
Thru Feb 22. $20–25. Classical Theatre, 4617 Montrose Blvd. 713-963-9655. classicaltheatre.org
Houston African Film Festival
The Houston Museum of African American Culture has partnered with the Silicon Valley African Film Festival to bring this program of contemporary African cinema to Houston. Screening around 30 films from 15 countries, this first of a (hopefully) annual festival highlights a wide variety of genres and subjects, ranging from animation, to documentaries, to narrative, both short and feature-length.
Feb 6–8. $25–75. Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline St. 713526-1015. houstonafricanfilmfestival.org