Thru Feb. 9 | The Alley Theatre
Emilio Delgado of Sesame Street fame stars as the titular character in the regional premiere of Quixote Nuevo at The Alley Theatre. This contemporary retelling of the classic Don Quixote places Cervantes’ windmill-chasing hero—refashioned by award-winning playwright Octavio Solis as a retired professor—in a Texas border-town as he searches for the love he left behind in Mexico years ago.
Tickets from $30. The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. 713-220-5700. More info and tickets at alleytheatre.org
Houston Iranian Film Festival
Jan. 17–26 | Various locations
With the U.S.-Iran relationship under renewed strain, the 27th Houston Iranian Film Festival offers a timely opportunity to get to know the Middle Eastern country underneath the headlines. This year’s lineup centers on prolific filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s Koker Trilogy, with each part being screened at a different location throughout the festival. Other highlights include action megahit Just 6.5, award-winning drama Orange Days, and documentary Finding Farideh.
Tickets $10. Various locations. More info and tickets at mfah.org
Thru Feb. 29 | Art League Houston
There’s a longstanding history and tradition surrounding the piñata, one that dates back centuries and weaves its way through religious ceremony, community celebrations, and even pop culture. Piñatasthetic at Art League Houston explores the symbolism of this party staple as it relates to Latinx identity, as well as the stereotypes that have formed with its cultural appropriation.
Free. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713-220-5700. More info at artleaguehouston.org
The Wizards Beer Festival
Jan. 18 | The Ballroom at Bayou Place
Dust off your spell books and "Accio" yourself an Uber because The Ballroom at Bayou Place is transforming into a magical village for The Wizards Beer Festival. The event features more than 20 enchanting beers, ciders, and wines, as well as photo ops, live music, and costumed characters. While you may not run in to Harry and co.—gotta avoid copyright infringement—you will be able to check out Potterverse-knockoffs, the Lair of Secret Cider and Potions, and the Boozy Cauldron Tavern.
Jan. 18 | Cullen Performance Hall
Comedy’s favorite curmudgeon, Lewis Black, makes a stop at the Cullen Performance Hall as part of his latest tour, It Gets Better Every Day. There’s no way to know for sure what the Grammy-winning stand-up comedian and frequent The Daily Show contributor will bring, but it’s a safe bet there’ll be ranting.
Tickets from $32. Cullen Performance Hall, 4300 University Dr. More info and tickets at uh.edu/cullen-performance-hall/