Thru March 4 | Theatre Under the Stars
This Tony-studded play zeroes in on the '50s Memphis that birthed the world of rock 'n' roll. In a recent interview, TUTS Artistic Director Dan Knechtges touted the Houston production's fast pace and emphasis on local talent, including Simone Gundy, who was featured on Season 11 of The Voice. Check back tomorrow for the Houstonia review.
Tickets from $40. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-558-8887. More info and tickets at tuts.com.
Feb. 24 | The African American Library at The Gregory School
In the 1950s, Houston's Riverside neighborhood was thrown into upheaval when a bomb went off on the porch of a black resident's home—an episode that served as the flashpoint in a decades-long story of white flight, blockbusting, and integration that forever changed the face of one of the city's ritziest enclaves. Filmmaker Jon Schwartz, who grew up in Riverside, explored the events in his much-lauded 1987 documentary, This is our home, it is not for sale. This weekend, the documentary will screen twice at downtown's Houston Public Library with Schwartz present for Q&A.
Free. The African American Library at The Gregory School, 1300 Victor St. 713-868-2101. More info at aurorapictureshow.org.
Feb. 24 | Menil Collection
The Menil Collection, if you haven't heard, will close for eight months starting next week, which makes Saturday a great opportunity to "Stop, Look and Listen!" with the Da Camera Young Artists. The chamber group will perform a short program to coincide with the museum's current exhibition featuring work from Mona Hatoum, a Palestinian artist whose uncanny work you'll definitely want to check out following the concert.
Free. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. 713-524-5050. More info at dacamera.com.
Feb. 24 | The Harp
The kill list of Montrose mainstays grows by one on March 1, when Declan Plunkett, proprietor of The Harp, closes shop and retires to Mexico. The Irish pub was a fixture for both its eclectic crowds and top-notch steak night, and this Saturday will serve as a farewell party of sorts before Plunkett serves his last pint next Wednesday, Feb. 28 (the bar posted a particularly sad image composed of a crying smiley face superimposed over an ocean sunset to announce the evening).
No cover. The Harp, 1625 Richmond Ave. 713-528-7827. More info at theharphouston.com.
Feb. 24 and 25 | Downtown Aquarium
Meet Rudy, the Downtown Aquarium's resident sloth. He is very slow moving and loves to sleep (usually hanging upside down). There will be a whole weekend of sloth-centric activities, and you can reserve a private meet-and-greet with Rudy. We recommend bringing him some grapes. Sloths love grapes.
General Admission $13. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby St. 713-315-5109. More info via Facebook.