The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center
The annual open-call, juried exhibition at Lawndale Art Center returns with an opening night reception featuring 62 artists and 76 art pieces. Running through August 8, The Big Show features works from artitsts living within 100 miles of Houston who are all vying for $3,000 cash prize and a spot in the exhibition. This Friday's reception includes free booze from Saint Arnold Brewery and Deep Eddy Vodka and Topo Chico for dry attendees.
July 10. 6:30. Free. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. 713-528-5858. lawndaleartcenter.org
AFA World Premieres
This 18th annual World Premieres concert is the culmination of AFA student composers, Wonder Works film students and choreographers from the Houston Ballet Academy Summer Intensive working in unique collaborations to create new artistic pieces.
July 10. 7. Free. Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston St. 713-522-9699. afatexas.org
Cosmic Dialogues: Interstellar
The MFAH presents writer/director Christopher Nolan's time traveling space epic as part of its interactive film series. The movie is shown in conjunction with the exhibition, Cosmic Dialogues, on view through August 23. The film follows astronauts in the near future aboard the spacecraft Endurance as they travel through a wormhole in a last-ditch mission to find a new home for the people of Earth.
July 11. 6. $9; $7 for MFAH members, students with ID and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7515. mfah.org
Houston Chronicle Dollar Concert
Classical music fans can hear the Symphony play for just a buck. Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts the annual Houston Chronicle Dollar Concert featuring 2015 Ima Hogg Competition Gold Medalist and native Houstonian Esther Liao as she plays Tchaikovsky's sweeping and romantic Piano Concerto No. 1.
July 11. 7:30. $1, general admission. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org
Armor Display & Fencing Demonstrations at MFAH
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents a special afternoon of its Show and Tell series, showcasing selections from the current Habsburg Splendor exhibition. Attendees can handle some of the dozens of pieces that make up a suit of armor and watch as two fencers demonstrate the sport and art of fencing.
July 12. 2. $15; $10, seniors; $7.50, students with ID; Free, children 12 and under. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org