Thru April 28 | Hobby Center
"This is a hell of a story to be telling now,” Ragtime director Marcia Milgrom Dodge told us recently. Presented as the intertwining stories of three families, the musical tackles class, race, and what it means to be an American—three topics, as Dodge rightly points out, that remain at the forefront of the national conversation.
Tickets from $30. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. 713-558-8887. More info and tickets at tuts.com.
Thru April 20 | Wortham Center
This three-night mix of pieces from some of the world's best choreographers has dazzled for almost a quarter century here in Houston, and this year will be no exception, with a range of classical and contemporary numbers from New York City Ballet principal dancers Ashley Bouder and Joaquin De Luz, members of the Royal Danish Ballet, and many more.
Tickets from $25. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. More info and tickets at dancesalad.org.
April 20–May 5 | Wortham Center
This Mozart opera tells the story of a Don Juan type known for his prodigious love life and status as the world's greatest seducer. In this HGO production, artists attempt to complicate that narrative and perhaps even surprise those familiar with this old standard. “Traditionally, he ends up in hell, but we do something we think might be an even worse fate,” says video designer Luke Halls. Worse than hell? Consider us curious.
Tickets from $25. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-228-6737. More info and tickets at houstongrandopera.org.
April 20 | White Oak Music Hall
When we interviewed Alief native Tobe Nwigwe in 2017, he was just starting to blow up for his rapid-fire verses shot off from his viral Instagram account. Now the rapper has gotten nods from publications across the country, graced the cover of Houston CityBook, and headlines concerts such as the show this Saturday. Don't miss it.
Tickets from $28. White Oak Music Hall, 2915 N Main St. 713-237-0370. More info and tickets at seetickets.us.
April 19–21 | Axelrad
We're thankful most days for this staple in the Houston bar scene, but it seems fitting to gather around the neon tree to properly celebrate another trip around the sun with special performances from Fat Tony, El Dusty, and more. Get there early if you expect a hammock.
Free. Axelrad Beer Garden, 1517 Alabama St. More info via Facebook.