5 Things: The “We’re Still Mostly Virtual” Edition

5 More Houston Cultural Activities to Enjoy This Weekend

We’ve got four things to tune into online and one out in the real world—that still exists, right?

By Emma Schkloven May 15, 2020

Another week, another "5 Things" list. Yes, businesses are opening up left and right, but most of our favorite arts and culture hotspots are still closed to, well, avoid becoming a coronavirus hot spot. So, here are a few culturally-minded excursions to help you really enjoy your weekend.

It’s All Greek to Bach

Ars Lyrica finishes out its 2019-2020 season this weekend with a virtual presentation of its Bach Goes Greek program—originally intended for the Hobby Center—that you can watch on Facebook, YouTube, and Ars Lyrica’s website. The hour-long broadcast will include excerpts from a previous performance of Bach’s “Phoebus and Pan,” as well as music and commentary from artists, who were slated to appear at the live event, and virtual ensembles, including a closing chorale performance that will combine soloists from 2008 with performers at the 2020 concert.

May 15. Free. Learn more and stream the event at arslyricahouston.org/virtual.

Conversations and Encores with Kinetic Musicians

Conductor-less Houston ensemble Kinetic embarks on its biggest virtual project to date. The livestream will feature a conversation with the artists about some of the highlights from the group’s first five years as well as full-length performances.

May 17. Free. Watch the livestream on YouTube.

Taste Test Shorts Virtual Film Screening

The Houston Museum of African American Culture has partnered with the Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival for this online program of animated, experimental, and horror short films centered around “the black femme as a global protagonist.”

May 17. Free. Learn more and stream the screening at ovee.itvs.org.

Earth to Houston

If you’re ready to brave the outside world, the Houston Museum of Natural Science opened back up today. And it’s gone big for the reopening. Like 23 feet big. Visitors who venture in will get to see a new, gigantic Earth sculpture by British artist Luke Jerram—the same artist who brought the moon to Glassell Hall last year in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. According to a press release, the spherical installation, which is on display through June 30, aims to recreate the Overwatch Effect, that feeling of awe astronauts get when they see our home planet from outer space. Just remember to wear your face mask when you’re out and about—they’re now required for museum guests 10 and older.

Thru Jun 30. Tickets from $16. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr. More info and tickets at hmns.org.

Archway Gallery’s Fusion 2

Explore artist Robert L. Straight’s new wood, metal, and glass works in this video tour of his current show at Archway Gallery. See even more details with the collection’s virtual catalogue, which lets you zoom in on each piece to get a better look at Straight’s expert forging, welding, and casting.

Thru July 1. Free. Learn more and take the virtual tour at archwaygallery.com.

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