Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 26–28

Houston Symphony plays Benny Goodman's hits, artist MPA takes us on a trip to Mars, the Rodeo kicks off with the Bar-B-Que Championship, The Sleeping Beauty twirls into the Houston Ballet, and pianist Christopher McKiggan plays a dual piano set.

By Nick Esquer February 24, 2016


The Best of Benny Goodman

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The Houston Symphony’s tribute to the King of Swing covers his repertoire of big band hits including the sweet and slow “Moonglow” and “Sing, Sing, Sing,” which you may know from that tantalizing Chips Ahoy! commercial.

Feb 26–28. $25–140. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org

Visual Arts

The Interview: Red, Red Future

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This solo showing from artist MPA features sculptures, paintings and photographs—seen under UV light—that speak to the idea of the colonization of Mars.

Opening reception Feb 26 at 6. Thru June 5. Free. Tue, Wed & Fri, 10–7; Thu, 10–9; Sat, 10–6; Sun, Noon–6. 5216 Montrose Blvd. 713-284-8250. camh.org


World's Championship Bar-B-Que

More than 250 teams of barbecue disciples proffer up lip-smacking, smokey goodness at the annual meat-centric event. Kicking off Rodeo Houston every year, the championship 'cue contest sees thousands of hungry Houstonians salivating at the site and smell of some of the world's best eats.

Feb 26, Noon–11; Feb 27, 9am–11pm. $15; $5, children 12 and under. NRG Park, One Reliant Pkwy. rodeohouston.com


The Sleeping Beauty

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Tchaikovsky's timeless ballet follows a beautiful princess who is cursed by an evil fairy and doomed to sleep for 100 years. The production is a nod to artistic director emeritus Ben Stevenson's—who choreographed the ballet in London in 1967—80th birthday.

Thru March 6. 9. $20–180. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-2787. houstonballet.org


Unchambered: Piano vs. Piano

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Pianist Christopher McKiggan performs on two separate pianos—one brand-new, the other, a Steinway from 1863—to compare their sound and craftsmanship.

Feb 28. 5. $25; $15 for students. MATCH, 3400 Main St. 713-521-4533. rocohouston.org