Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 29-31

Cinderella, Train, classic rock, bras and benshi

By Maggie Berardo May 27, 2015



Image: Courtesy TUTS

In the spring of 1957, CBS aired an original television musical written by Rodgers & Hammerstein with Julie Andrews as the lead, and over 100 million enraptured people tuned in. The musical was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and it didn’t make it to Broadway until more than 50 years later, in 2013. Now TUTS is bringing the classic children’s story to the Hobby Center. Audiences, of course, will be familiar with the plot: a kindhearted girl is forced into servanthood by her mean stepmother, but with the help of her Fairy Godmother, she gets to sneak away from her difficult life to attend a royal ball.

Thru June 7. $25–123.50. Hobby Center–Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2400. tuts.com.



The national Train: Picasso at the Wheel 2015 summer tour is coming to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on May 30. In addition to headliners Train (“Drive By” and “Soul Sister"), the bill features The Fray and Matt Nathanson. Remember, the show features a special mermaid costume contest. Fans with the best costumes get their tickets upgraded. Read more in our interview with Train frontman Pat Monahan.

May 30 at 7. $25–$79.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-363-3300. woodlandscenter.org.



Houston Symphony: Classic Rock Weekend

This weekend, the Houston Symphony takes on the greatest works of two iconic rock bands. The first show features the songs of Led Zeppelin at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, courtesy conductor Brent Havens and Zebra lead singer Randy Jackson—expect to get your fill of “Stairway to Heaven,” “Black Dog” and “Immigrant Song.” The next show brings Havens and Jackson to Jones Hall, where they'll resurrect influential Pink Floyd album The Wall

May 29 at 8. Free–$20. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-363-3300. woodlandscenter.org.
May 30 at 7:30. $29–125. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-4772. houstonsymphony.org.

Special Events

The Brazarre 2015: An Artful Bras Event

An example from last year's lingerie show.

This unique artistic fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society is now in its fifth year. After collecting submissions last weekend, the folks at Brazarre will display custom bra art by local Houston creatives, to be auctioned off throughout the night. With live musical entertainment provided by Grifters & Shills and Lois Albez.

May 30 at 6. $15. G Gallery, 301 E 11th St. 713-869-4770. brazarrehouston.com.


I Don't Wanna You Can't Make Me: A Benshi Show

The tradition of benshi films comes from Japan, where Eastern interpreters and actors reimagine a Western movie to fit their own cultural context. Borrowing from the genre, this weekend Boo Town serves up its own benshi performance, the third such creation from the indie theater group. We don't much beyond the fact that that there will be some sort of cult classic screened, with the actors doing voiceovers to turn the film into something entirely new. This Saturday’s location was advertised as “super secret” until recently, adding to the mystery and fun of the night.

May 30 at 8. Pay-what-you-can admission. College Park Memorial Cemetery, 3605 West Dallas. bootown.org.


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