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UPDATED: 5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Sept. 14–16

This week featuring: two takes on ballet, a Big Show, and a book sale.

By Morgan Kinney September 13, 2018

TUTS premieres its take on the classic Oklahoma!

UPDATE: Through a massive, glaring, uncaffeinated oversight, Beyoncé's two "On The Run" tour dates were omitted from this weekend roundup. This was a mistake. Beyoncé (and Jay-Z) will slay Saturday and Sunday at NRG Stadium. There are still tickets. You should go. We regret the error.


Thru Sept. 23 | Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Yes, the classic musical turns 75 this year, but this ain't your stuffy high school Rodgers and Hammerstein production. Theatre Under the Stars went big for this production, casting a racially and ethnically diverse range of actors and initiating a first-ever collaboration with Houston Ballet, which has lent its dancers and choreographers. And the story's continued relevance is indisputable: “This is a musical about how America understands itself,” director Kevin Moriarty tells us.

Tickets from $30. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2525. More info and tickets at

Houston Ballet Presents An Evening of Stars

Thru Sept. 15 | Miller Outdoor Theatre

If Oklahoma! isn't quite your speed, catch another batch of Houston Ballet dancers in this sampler performance featuring excerpts from famous ballets like Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, as well as Stanton Welch originals such as his recent Just!

Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 832-487-7102. More info at

Hasan Minhaj

Sept. 15 | Cullen Performance Hall

The former Daily Show correspondent makes a stop in Houston for his "Before the Storm" tour that takes shape as an hour of "cool, insightful commentary on both the political and cultural landscape of the country that we live in right now." Consider it a sample of what's to come—the comedian gets his own weekly Netflix talk show this fall. 

Tickets from $38. Cullen Performance Hall, 4800 University Dr. 832-842-3131. More info and tickets

The Big Show Opening

Sept. 15 (Exhibition thru Nov. 11) | Lawndale Art Center

Every year Lawndale does away with the traditional gatekeeping and puts out an open call for submission from artists living within a 100-mile radius. Then a juror—this year Evelyn C. Hankins of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden—narrows the works to what amounts to an artistic cross section of Houston. Like what you see? A limited number of admirers can now take the art home with them.

Free. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. 713-528-5858. More info at

Friends of the Houston Public Library Holds Fall Book Sale

Sept. 15 | Hogg Middle School

Take home bargain-priced books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, audio books, vintage maps, and more from this seasonal HPL fundraiser. All items will be priced at or below $3 and proceeds support HPL programming. 

Free. Hogg Middle School, 1100 Merrill St. For more information, please contact Robyn Hardeway at 832-393-1466 or Anthony Barilla at 713-849-9330.

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