Weekend Warrior

What to Do and See This Weekend: July 15—17

Crooners from the '60s, a screening of Sundance winner Sonita, plus a murder mystery that's drop-dead good.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis July 13, 2016

Performing Arts

Million Dollar Quartet

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Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) brings this smash-hit musical to the Miller Outdoor Theatre this weekend. Based on the legendary impromptu jam session at Sun Records in 1956 amongst rock-n-roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, hear their hits like Blue Suede Shoes and Great Balls of Fire.

July 12—July 17. Free. 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 713-373-3386. milleroutdoortheatre.com

Visual Arts

This Was Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in Houston 1945—1965

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Named after the inaugural exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Museum, This Was Contemporary Art continues to highlight an idea that was revolutionary back in 1948: Decorative art is art, too. Riffling on that exhibition, the Heritage Society and Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art spotlight decorative arts and furniture made or designed here in Houston.

July 14—Oct 15. Free. 1100 Bagby St., 713-655-1912. heritagesociety.org


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Houston Cinema Arts Society hosts an evening of music, dance and film, culminating in a screening of the documentary Sonita, which won this year's Sundance Grand Jury Prize and follows an Afghan girl living in Tehran who dreams of becoming a rapper. 

July 16 at 7. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-429-0420. cinemartsociety.org


John Heffron

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The Detroit native and Last Comic Standing winner brings his relatable comedic bits about aging and parenthood to the Houston Improv stage this weekend.

July 14—17. $17—27. Katy Fwy., Ste. 455. 713-333-8800. improvhouston.com

Agatha Christie's Spider's Web

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As part of its annual Summer Chills series, the Alley Theatre presents best-selling novelist Agatha Christie's genius 1954 comedy Spider's Web. Directed by Artistic Director Gregory Boyd, the play centers around a bored diplomat's wife who is known for spinning stories—until there's a murder in her drawing room.

July 12—Aug 14. Tickets start at $26. Alley Theatre's Hubbard Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. 713-220-5700. alleytheatre.org

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