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What We're Up to This Weekend (Sept 22–25)

Houston Ballet's Madame Butterfly graces the Wortham Center, Alabama Shakes turn up The Woodlands and Blaffer Art Museum opens a new exhibit.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis September 21, 2016


Madame Butterfly; Houston Ballet

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Opening Thursday, company artistic director Stanton Welch’s first full-length ballet, choreographed in 1995, artfully captures the classic story of a geisha who gives up everything to marry an American naval lieutenant. Sept 22–Oct 2. 501 Texas Ave. 713-523-6300.

David Parsons Dance; Society of Performing Arts

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See the legendary contemporary-dance company from NYC take center stage at the Wortham Center this Friday with high-energy, show-stopping choreography. (So you thought you could dance?) Sept 23. 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-4772.


Tommy Boy; Market Square Park

Presented by Alamo Drafthouse, don't miss this iconic 1995 buddy comedy starring Chris Farley—"A lot of people go to college for seven years"—and David Spade—"...Yeah, they're called doctors"—play on the outdoor screen at Market Square Park. Sept 22 at 7:30. 301 Milam St. 713-650-3022.


Alabama Shakes; Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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The retro sound of the acclaimed Southern soul band will have hair whipping, heads bobbing and hips shaking when they hit The Woodlands this Saturday. Sept 24. 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-364-3010.


Whistle Down the Wind; Queensbury Theatre

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With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar) and lyrics by Jim Steinman (Total Eclipse of the Heart), this 1996 musical, about a group of kids who find a fugitive in a barn and think he’s Jesus, hits all the right notes. Thru Oct 1. 12777 Queensbury Ln. 713-467-4497.

Visual Art

Analia Saban; Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston

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Opening this weekend, don't miss the works by this Buenos Aires–born contemporary artist, who examines art history with a forensic eye, subverting it through sculpture, paintings and drawing. Sept 24–Dec 23. 4173 Elgin St. 713-743-9521.

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