Top Things to Do This Weekend: April 1–3

Queer Hippo Film Festival, Two-Lane Blacktop at MFAH, Handel's Messiah at Ars Lyrica, Hermann Park Kite Festival, Mumford & Sons in concert

By Nick Esquer March 30, 2016


Queer Hippo Festival

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More than 30 short films and documentaries showcase the efforts of LGBTQ filmmakers. The first annual event features works from local and national artists at the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

April 1–3. See website for schedule. $10–158. Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline. 202-302-6803. queerhippo.com


Two-Lane Blacktop

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Image: MFAH

In this classic road movie, a pair of young wheelmen go head-to-head against an older sociopath on a cross country race for motor-mania glory.

April 1. 7. $9; $7, seniors, military, students and members. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. 713-639-7515. mfah.org


Handel's Messiah

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Image: Ars Lyrica 

Little bit of early music knowledge for all you choir aficionados: Handel's epic composition, known popularly for its "Hallelujah" chorus, was actually an Easter opus. Time to update that Christmas playlist on Spotify. Are Lyrica performs the piece in its entirety with the help of Dallas-based Orpheus Chamber Singers.

April 2. 7:30. $37–59. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2525. arslyricahouston.org


Third Annual Hermann Park Kite Festival

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Families and kite enthusiasts alike (admit it, you still have that Superman kite ready to go) can gather at the Museum District park for an all-day festival of windy magic.

April 3. 10. Free. Hermann Park, 6201 Hermann Park Dr. 713-524-5876. hermannpark.org


Mumford & Sons

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After five years of non-stop recording and touring the British rock-band-with-a-banjo went on a much-needed hiatus. We all waited for them, just like they suggested, and they're back with a new album and world tour, sans banjo.

April 3. 7:30. $39.50–59.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 713-629-3700. woodlandscenter.org

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