H-Town Picks

Top 5 Houston Happenings in January

See why 2017 is off to a great start.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis January 2, 2017


Jerry Seinfeld

Hear the host of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and stand-up icon as he headlines the grand opening of the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land.  

Jan 14 at 7 and 10. From $113. 18111 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-207-6278. smartfinancialcentre.com

Visual Art

Pulltight by Glenn Downing

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Image: Glenn Downing

The nationally acclaimed Waco-based artist exhibits large-scale, brightly-colored drawings and paintings inspired people he’s known and grown up with, including Chicken Fried Steak at Midnite (above).

Jan 13–Feb 25. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. 713-528-5858. lawndaleartcenter.org


Red Hot Chili Peppers

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After more than 30(!) years of rocking radio waves, the LA-based Peppers march on, serenading generations of Houstonians with classics like “Californication” (1999) and new songs like “Dark Necessities” (2016).

Jan 7 at 7. From $49. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. 713-758-7200. houstontoyotacenter.com 


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Image: Joan Marcus

Based on Mark Haddon’s bestselling 2003 novel about a 15-year-old whizkid investigating the death of a neighbor’s dog, don't miss Simon Stephens’s heartfelt 2012 adaptation, which garnered five Tony Awards in 2015, as it stops by the Bayou City.

Jan 24–29. From $30. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2400. thehobbycenter.org 


Nixon in China

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An original work by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Adams, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, the three-act opera celebrates its 30th anniversary with an H-Town homecoming, once again bringing to life President Nixon’s historic 1972 peacemaking visit to China.

Jan 20–28. $15–215. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-228-6737. houstongrandopera.org

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