It's-the-Most-Wonderful-Time-of-the-Year Edition

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Nov. 15–17

From holiday plays to food truck festivals, it's all happening.

By Holly Beretto November 15, 2019

The cast of Stages' production of Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Theatre Play
Stages Repertory Theatre presents this charming adaptation of the beloved Christmas movie classic. Done as a radio play with half a dozen cast members playing multiple parts and providing multiple sound effects, it’s a show guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit. Bonus: beautifully harmonized 1940s settings of holiday songs and radio ads.

Playing through Dec. 15 at Stages. Tickets starting at $25. Go to for more information. 

Nutcracker Market
Sugar plums, collectibles, and gifts—oh, my! The favorite annual shopping tradition returns to NRG this weekend, with all manner of unique offerings from more than 260 merchants from around the country. Whether you’re looking for an artisan dip or spread, a handmade scarf, or a one-of-a-kind piece of home décor, it’s all here. There are special events throughout the weekend, making this shop-till-you-drop affair a three-day party.

Goes through Nov. 17 at 601 Preston St. Tickets $20. Go to for more information. 

Dear Evan Hansen 
A show packed with humor, angst, and empathy, this exploration of what happens when a nerdy kid finds himself fabricating a friendship with a boy who committed suicide is powerful, fantastic, and unforgettable. The musical’s score of pop-friendly beats belie the show’s plea for kindness, and the screen projections augmenting the set give the piece a fresh—and relevant—look at how technology both connects and isolates us.

Showing at the Hobby Center for the Arts, 800 Bagby St., through Nov. 24. Tickets start at $40. Go to for more information. 

The Great Taste of Texas Food Truck Festival
The inaugural event takes place in the East End, bringing together a bunch of food trucks, bands, and more for a celebration of the diverse melting pot we call H-Town. 

From noon to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 at 4405 Harrisburg Blvd. Tickets $10. Click here for more information. 

Houston Cinema Arts Festival  
Presenting films, panel discussions, multimedia exhibits, and more, this annual event showcases the power of cinema and offers an exciting lineup of movies and documentaries at venues across the city. The festival deliberately curates films of high artistic quality and focus on films by and about visual, performing, and literary artists. Individual and all-access tickets are available.

Festival goes through Nov. 18. Go to for more information. 

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