Back-in-the-Swing-of-Things Edition

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Jan. 3-5

The flurry of the holidays is over, and many of us are (reluctantly) getting back to our routines.

By Holly Beretto January 3, 2020

The Color Purple

Jan. 3 and 4 | Jones Hall

The Society for the Performing Arts presents this stirring, joyous musical based on Alice Walker’s beloved novel. The story of Celie and her search for love and meaning in the American South at the dawn of the 20th century, the show’s 2016 Broadway revival won four Tony Awards and was hailed as “a glory to behold” by the New York Times.

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

Eleventh Night Celebration

Jan. 4 | EQ Heights

This fun fest combines winter, Celtic and holiday tunes with charades, dancing, games, and food. It’s part ancient rite, part pre-Twelfth Night celebration, and all merriment. Plus, there’s King Cake—and who doesn’t want King Cake?

Free, though alms for entertainment are appreciated. EQ Heights, 1030 Heights Blvd. More info on Facebook.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Jan. 4 | MATCH

The Russian Cultural Center of Houston presents this show that offers physical comedy, juggling, and the talents of more than 30 pets. Russian circus performer Gregory Popovich directs the family-friendly show, featuring a cast of cats, dogs, mice, parrots, and geese.

Tickets from $25. MATCH, 3400 Main St. 713-521-4533. More info at Our Texas.

The Year in Review

Jan. 4 | Music Box Theater

What better way to ring in the new year than by recapping (and poking fun at) the old? The cast of Music Box Theater offers this upbeat, cabaret ovation to 2019, showcasing their best songs and signature sketch comedy.

Tickets from $31. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt. 713-522-7722. More information and tickets at

Poetry Lounge Sundays

Jan. 5 | Alley Kat Lounge

The longest-running open-mic poetry night in the city has been going strong for more than two decades. Kick off 2020 with the writings and spoken word from some of Houston’s most talented artists. Se7en the Poet and Dr. Bar None host, with DJ Guapo spinning tunes in between sets.

Tickets from $10. Alley Kat Lounge, 3718 Main St. More information and tickets at Eventbrite.

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