Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The Rodeo is Houston, and Houston is the Rodeo. Anyone inclined to doubt this tautology need only venture onto the grounds of NRG Park durng the three-week extravaganza, which kicked off this week. You'll find a microcosm of the city in all its glorious diversity, with all its glorious contradictions. Watch a livestock judging competition, root for your favorite cowboy or cowgirl, or do any of the million other activities on offer. Just don't miss it.
Thru March 22. Check website for ticket prices and event schedule. NRG Park, One NRG Pkwy. 832-667-1000. rodeohouston.com
For a New World To Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979
Japan’s devastating defeat in WWII sent shockwaves through the country’s cultural scene, eventually giving rise in the 1960s and ’70s to a new avant-garde movement every bit as experimental and daring as its counterparts in Europe and America. This major new exhibition, organized by the MFAH, focuses on the crucial role of photography in the movement’s critical examination of Japan’s rapid technological growth.
March 7–July 12. $15; Thursdays free. 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org
Steve Miller Band
Formed in San Francisco in 1966 by blues guitarist Steve Miller, this iconic, long-lived band rose to prominence in the 1970s and ’80s with a string of catchy, jangly hits: “The Joker” (inspired by Houston musician Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s song “Gangster of Love”), “Fly Like an Eagle,” and “Space Cowboy,” all now staples of classic rock stations.
March 6 at 8. $50–120. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. 800-745-3000. bayoumusiccenter.com
Homes and Gardens
The Azalea Trail
The River Oaks Garden Club’s signature event began as the Garden Pilgrimage back in 1935, and it still offers tours of Houston’s finest homes and gardens, which this year includes Bayou Bend, Rienzi, and four private residences.
March 6–8. $15; $5 single site. River Oaks Garden Club, 2503 Westheimer Rd. 713-523-2483. riveroaksgardenclub.org
Buffalo Bayou Regatta
Texas’s largest canoe and kayak race offers the perfect opportunity to check out the beautifully redesigned Buffalo Bayou Park, either from the newly replanted shores or your own watercraft. Afterward be sure to head down to the finish line at Sesquicentennial Park for live zydeco music, rock climbing, and refreshments.
March 7 from 7:30 to 2. Sesquicentennial Park, 500 Texas Ave. 713-752-0314. buffalobayou.org