Seth MacFarlane and the Houston Symphony; Society of the Performing Arts, Jones Hall

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Yes, the creator of Family Guy and Ted is also an accomplished vocalist. Hear the impressive—and occasionally irreverent—baritone singer serenade audiences with '40s and '50s swing-era hits, along with some belly laughs. Sept 4 at 7:30 p.m. Society of the Performing Arts, Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd. 713-224-7575. 


Fences; Encore Theatre

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Opening this weekend, company founding artistic director Harold J. Haynes directs August Wilson’s 1983 masterpiece—the Pulitzer-winning fifth work in his 10-part Pittsburgh Cycle—about race relations in 1950s America. Sept 4–27. Encore Theatre, 4715 Main St. 832-578-1705.


Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Don't miss the newest film on MFAH's silver screen: Lo and Behold. In Werner Herzog's 2016 documentary, he chronicles the virtual world, its ever-changing landscape and how it affects people's everyday lives. Sept 1–4. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7515.

Visual Art

Misha Penton: blood & salt; The Jung Center

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Opening today, this triple-threat artist—in addition to being a painter, Penton's also a singer and writer—whose expressionist landscapes capture the natural world. Sept 1–28. The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. 713-524-8253.


BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival; Moody Gardens

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Hitting the beach this Labor Day weekend? Stop by Moody Gardens and discover more than 400(!) craft brews while drinking and mingling with fellow beer afiniadios. (Psst: Don't miss the "Badass Beard Contest" that honors a brewmaster with the best facial hair.) Sept 2–4. $25–165. Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd. 409-683-4186.