Jan 6–8

Houston's Top Events This Weekend Bring a Bunch of Award-Winners to Town

From Cirque aerialists at the Houston Symphony to musically-inclined Mormons at the Hobby Center, jump start January at one of these five must-see happenings.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis January 4, 2017

The Worlds of Hunt Slonem

Laura Rathe Fine Art | Thru Jan 7

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The internationally-acclaimed artist and decorator Hunt Slonem has featured his Neo-Expressionist renderings of bunnies, birds and butterflies in world-renowned galleries, as well as the pages of Architectural Digest and The New York Times. This weekend, view his acclaimed works at Laura Rathe Fine Art gallery before the exhibit comes to a close.

Free. 2707 Colquitt St. 713-527-7700. laurarathe.com

The Last Emperor

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Jan 6 at 7 p.m.

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Sweeping the Academy Awards in 1987 with nine wins, including best picture, watch again—or view for the first time!—this epic biopic about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, presented by MFAH's Restorations & Revivals film series.

$9 general admission; $7 for MFAH members, students and seniors. Brown Auditorium Theater at MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7515. mfah.org

The Book of Mormon

Hobby Center | Thru Jan 15

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From the creative (and irreverent!) masterminds behind South Park, this religious satire, which won nine Tony Awards in 2011, will tickle even the most dedicated churchgoer's fancy.

From $50. 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2400. thehobbycenter.org


Lawndale Art Center | Jan 6 at 8 p.m.

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Houston's celebrated art institution presents SPEAKEASY, a new initiative that reenvisions Lawndale's original "Speakeasy" series from 1992–2002. The revitalized program features a rare performance by Jandek, the folk, rock and blues musical project by local recording label Corwood Industries, while casting a reflective eye on Lawndale's historical relationship to live music and performances.

Free. 4912 Main St. 713-528-5858. lawndaleartcenter.org

Cirque Goes to the Movies

Houston Symphony | Jan 6–8

Join the Houston Symphony as they play iconic film scores—think John Williams's compositions from Star Wars, Harry Potter and Chariots of Fire—while legendary aerialists perform feats of impossible athleticism to moving music.

$25–143. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org

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