Power Up for Kids!
At the Summer of Epic Adventure: Forces Unite exhibition at the Children's Museum of Houston, kids can become superheroes, helping Strongman, a former supervillain, defeat Dr. Boredom by participating in fun and educational activities. Little heroes can build mental and creative strength by partaking in an Inventors’ Workshop, a Batman mask station, and a puppet show workshop featuring Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.
June 11–20; see website for schedule. $10. Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St. 713-522-1138. cmhouston.org
The Taming of the Shrew
The Houston Ballet takes on this classic comedic battle of the sexes with this adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy. The independent and feisty Katherina is anything but the obedient bride of Petruchio's dreams, making it a marriage full of warring wills and personalities. John Cranko choreographs the performance featuring music by Kurt-Heinz Stolze and Domenico Scarlatti.
Thru June 21. $20–170. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 832-487-7000. houstonballet.org
The Old 97’s frontman and Texas native goes solo for two shows at the Mucky Duck featuring songs from latest album The Traveler. This effort is more soulful and emotive than the sound of the hard-rocking 97's, with drippy blues lyrics mixed with bluegrass and Texas Country orchestrations. We love jaunty new single “Most in the Summertime.”
June 13. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $30. McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk. 713-528-5999. mcgonigels.com
Mixers and Elixirs at HMNS
Nerds and non-nerds alike will come together this weekend at the Museum of Natural Science for a night of cocktails, food trucks, live music, DJs and slightly awkward dancing opportunities. The 21-and-up event runs from 7 to 10 p.m.
June 13. $20. The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr. 713-639-4629. hmns.org
The timeless cinematic ode to those awkward teen years from director John Hughes heads to River Oaks Theatre this Friday for a midnight showing. Suffer along with Molly Ringwald’s Samantha as her 16th birthday is forgotten amid her sister’s wedding, she gets badgered and propositioned by the dorky Ted, and she's plagued by an odd foreign exchange student—all while pining for her crush Jake.
June 12. 11:55 p.m. $10.50. River Oaks Theatre, 2009 W. Gray St. 713-524-2175. landmarktheatres.com