Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Vienna Boys Choir, Ghostbusters & Ghouls at Houston Symphony, El Big Bad throws a Halloween bash, Opera in the Heights' Menotti double-header, MFAH showcases Dutch Golden Age works from Wtewael

By Nick Esquer October 28, 2015


Vienna Boys Choir

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The globetrotting group, featuring 100 members from 30 different countries split into four groups, has been touring the world since its inception in 1924. For their performance, the boys will do a program called “Silk Road,” featuring songs from countries like Pakistan, Uzbekistan and China.

Oct 30. 7:30. $55. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St. 800-965-9234. brilliantentertainment.com


Ghostbusters & Ghouls

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The Houston Symphony opens its family series for 2015 with this special Halloween concert featuring music from Ghostbusters and Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Families can stay after for a special audience-participation costume parade.

Oct 31. 10 & 11:30. $19-29. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org


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Downtown Dia de los Muertos Street Festival

Downtown taco and tequila bar El Big Bad hosts its annual Day of the Dead block party complete with costume contests, live music and drink specials.

Oct 31. 11. Free. El Big Bad, 419 Travis St. 713-229-8181. elbigbad.com


The Medium and The Telephone

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This Opera in the Heights doubleheader will combine two Gian Carlo Menotti works from the 1940s into one interesting, three-act evening. In Medium, a fake psychic surprises herself by actually making contact with the spirit world, while Telephone concerns a young man trying to squeak in a marriage proposal to his phone-addicted girlfriend.

Opens Nov 1. $13–63. Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. 713-861-5303. operaintheheights.org


Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael

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The Utrecht-born artist—who was actually more known for his penchant for being a good businessman by buying and selling flax and trading stock—was a master of the Mannerism style of painting during the Dutch Golden Age. Thirty-five of his refined, elegant, surprising works, which tell stories from mythology and the bible, travel to Houston this month after shows in Utrecht and Washington, DC.

Opens Nov 1. Tue & Wed, 10–5; Thu, 10–9; Fri & Sat, 10–7; Sun, 12:15–7. $18; $13, seniors, military, students; free, children 12 and younger. 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org