Nov. 3 | Cullen Performance Hall
If your dream is to reenact the only heartwarming scene in all of HBO's Girls, this is your chance. Like Hannah Horvath, 10 local Moth champions will recite extemporaneous stories about going "out on a limb." Know that these are not your coffee shop flunkies—each performer emerged victorious from 10 preliminary rounds, meaning you should grab some tissues and prepare to feel things.
Tickets $25. Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, 4300 University Dr. More info and tickets via themoth.org.
Nov. 3 | Brazos Bookstore
The Pulitzer-winning author of The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex and The Marriage Plot comes to Houston to discuss Fresh Complaint, his first short story collection that explores envy, failure and fatherhood across age and nationality.
Tickets $27 (includes book). Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main St. 713-523-0701. More info and tickets at brazosbookstore.com.
Nov. 4 | 4411 Montrose
Concentrating five well-regarded Houston art galleries into a single Peter Zweig-designed building, 4411 Montrose is the rare exception to Houston's legendary sprawl. This fall party throws open the doors for a peak at each gallery's show alongside a spread of Brazilian fare, mezcal, and other libations.
Free. 4411 Montrose Blvd. More info via Facebook.
Nov. 4 | Jones Hall
Between her opera years, film soundtracks, and brief foray into indie music covers, you have probably heard legendary singer Reneé Fleming. Saturday, the soon-to-be Broadway star will perform a recital of works by Brahms, Dvořák, Fauré and Saint-Saëns, as well as two recent works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. Diehard fans won't want to miss her separate talk on the history of music and medicine slated for Friday.
Tickets from $34. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. 832-487-7050. More info and tickets at spahouston.org.
Nov. 2–5 | George R. Brown Convention Center
This weekend, 55,000 quilt lovers from 35 countries will descend upon the GRB for the world's largest quilt festival. (For perspective, Minute Maid Park can only squeeze about 40,000 fans of those oh-so-beloved Astros.) Part quilt trade show, part quilt competition, part quilt museum, the weekend will feature important exhibits of notable quilts, including collections on civil rights, feminism and more.
Tickets from $12. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. 713-781-6864. More info and tickets at quilts.com.