The piano man heads back to Houston to start a fire at the Toyota Center. Joel has had a heck of a year, sharing a set list with the likes of G-Eazy and Childish Gambino at Bonnoaroo and marrying uptown girl Alexis Roderick. So many Billy Joel puns.
Nov 6. 8. $50-130. Houston Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. 713-758-7200. houstontoyotacenter.com
Daniil Simkin's Intensio
Blending traditional ballet with interpretive dance and choreography, 27-year-old American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin’s work is pure energy. The original piece, created alongside fellow ABT dancers and choreographers, also features breathtaking visuals and multimedia projections.
Nov. 6. 8. $33-83. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-4772. spahouston.org
The humorist—known for his awkward coming-of-age tales set in North Carolina—heads back to Houston for a night of comedy and storytelling. His last book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, features stories of his father’s odd obsession with the Osmonds, his Greek grandmother moving in with them after being hit by a truck and his travels to Australia—or what he calls, “Canada in a thong.”
Nov. 7. 7. $23–73. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-4772. spahouston.org
Fans/worshippers of the Harry Potter series can see the magic live on in this comedic take on the Boy Who Lived and his fight against Vold—er, He Who Must Not Be Named. The two-man show runs through all seven books, featuring favorite characters, abridged rundowns of all the drama, endless costumes and a fire-breathing dragon.
Nov. 6-8. $48-109. 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2525. thehobbycenter.org
Houston Youth Symphony
The HYS kicks off its 2015-2016 season with its annual Fall Concert series. The group is split into four levels, from intermediate to highly advanced, and all four will play at the night's event.
Nov. 8. $10-15. Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St. 713-785-2422. houstonyouthsymphony.com