Holiday diversions

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Nov. 24–26

AKA: Ways to entertain your out-of-town family and prevent fist fights.

By Morgan Kinney November 23, 2017

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Jay Sullivan as Fred and Jeffrey Bean as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Alley Theatre’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas.

A Christmas Carol

Thru Dec. 30 | Alley Theatre

The arrival of A Christmas Carol marks the true beginning of the holiday season, and this spiffed-up retelling of the Dickens classic holds up even after all these years. 

Tickets from $38. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. 713-220-5700. More info and tickets at

Bill Cunningham New York

Nov. 24–26 | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The late New York Times fashion photographer, famous for snapping pictures of street style while zipping about the city on his trusty Schwinn, was memorialized in this 2010 documentary, now screening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He won't be there, of course, but feel free to dress to impress.

Tickets $9. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. More info and tickets at

Art and Skating at Discovery Green

Nov. 24 | Discovery Green

Discovery Green just kicked off its ice rink season, and a new interactive public art installation appeared along the Brown Foundation Promenade, inviting you converse with nature.

Free (Ice rink admission $14). Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. More info an tickets at

Cheap Date Art Show and Market

Nov. 24 | Insomnia Gallery

No, you're not going to stumble upon a Picasso at the Cheap Date Art Show, but this ongoing series features hundreds of works by Houston artists all priced at $20 or less. Whether you need to fill some wall space or knock a few items off your holiday shopping list, the wide-ranging selection (and open bar) always features hidden gems, if you're willing to look. What's the date part? Couples (platonic or otherwise) get discounted admission.

Tickets $3 ($5 couple). Insomnia Gallery, 708 Telephone Rd. 713-242-8145. More info via Facebook.

The Works of Abidemi Olowonira

Nov. 25–26 | 3424 Tampa St.

Hosted and curated by Houston painter David McGee, this intimate show features the work of Nigerian-born Abidemi Olowonira, an artist known for his intricate wall sculptures constructed from leather and stainless steel that offer vivid, textured experiences with space and light.

Free. Opening party Saturday, Nov. 25, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. 3424 Tampa St.

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