Jules Massenet’s beloved opera about an alluring girl from a small French town with a fatal attraction to riches and pleasures has been breaking hearts since its stage debut in 1884. This production, featuring young talents from UH’s Moores Opera Center, may well break hearts anew.
Oct 23 & 24 at 7:30; Oct 25 at 2. $20, adults; $12, students & seniors. Moores Opera House, University of Houston. 713-743-3388. uh.edu
Punch Party at Rienzi
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's fancy shmancy Rienzi collection house holds its annual Punch Party complete with drinks and festivities from ye olde times. The 18th-century-themed party features costumes and cocktails from the era including a drink menu from Mongoose versus Cobra.
Oct 23. 7. $30. Rienzi House, 1406 Kirby Dr. 713-639-7800. mfah.org
NYC-based troupe Ballet Hispanico sheds new light on the classic love tragedy, Carmen, with a modern and minimalist production. A whirling blend of dramatic movement and modernist set design that the Society for the Performing Arts brings to town, it marks the first full-length production in Ballet Hispanico’s 45-year history.
Oct 24. 8. $33-103. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-4772. spahouston.org
The Houston Zoo gets spooky with its Halloween festivities. Kids are welcome to dress in their best Halloween costume and bring their trick-or-treat bags. Special attractions include a pumpkin patch, candy corner trick-or-treat stations, a monster mural, a creature maze, a candy cave and more.
Oct 25. 9. $16, adults; $12, children 2-11; $9.50, seniors. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr. 713-533-6500. houstonzoo.org.
Aperio in the Community: Gilded Twilight
The transition from romantic European ideals in chamber music to a distinctly American aesthetic is outlined in this performance. Soprano Julia Fox and pianist Michael Zuraw perform Victorian era selections from Amy Beach, Charles Ives and Aaron Copland.
Oct 25. 3. Free. Houston Community College- Spring Branch, 1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. North. 713-557-1088. hccchambermusicseries.com