5 Things: The "Sort Of Return to Normal" Edition

5 Houston Arts & Culture Activities You Can Enjoy Online This Weekend

Classical music, tiny dances, and lots of chalk.

By Emma Schkloven May 1, 2020

Harrison Guy in Mr. Invisible during Ten Tiny Dances at CounterCurrent 2016. 

Once upon a time when the year had just started and there was nary a mask in sight, our weekly "5 Things" list would tell you about a handful of awesome, interesting, and, occasionally, just plain odd activities you should check out over the weekend. As life begins to return to some semblance of normal, we thought we’d give that a shot again, albeit while still maintaining proper social distancing and safe-at-home practices. Good thing so many of our favorite galleries and arts organizations have moved online.

Houston Symphony’s Living Room Series

Houston Symphony has kept the music alive in various ways throughout our shut in. Tonight, they’re kicking off a new virtual concert series, aptly called the Living Room Series. Every Friday at 8 p.m., the symphony will offer a hour-long livestream spotlighting one of the organization’s musicians through a special recital broadcast from—you guessed it—their living room. So far, the symphony’s Living Room Series will feature Scott Holshouser, principal keyboard (May 1), Mark Nuccio, principal clarinet (May 8), Brinton Averil Smith, principal cello (May 15), and Joan DerHovsepian, associate principal viola, and her husband, HGO Orchestra Double Bassist Erik Gronfor (Mar 22).

$10. More info and tickets at houstonsymphony.org.

CounterCurrent 2020: Ten Tiny Dances in Ten Days

The CounterCurrent 2020 Festival was another casualty of COVID-19, but the Ten Tiny Dances that would have been performed live during the festivities lives on. The five-minute virtual routines—all performed within a set space of 4 feet by 4 feet (Ten Tiny Dances was created in the pre-COVID days)—have been appearing online one-by-one for the past nine days. So far, we’ve seen a contemporary number from Connor Walsh, principal dancer with the Houston Ballet, and his girlfriend, corps de ballet dancer Chae Eun Yang; a media-mixing piece from Marisa Morán, and Harrison Guy’s restrained yet enormously emotive Mr. Invisible, among others. The final dance, performed by Jasmine Hearn, arrives today at noon. Turns out a lot can happen within four feet.

Free. Watch online at countercurrentfestival.org.

Movie Night with MFAH Films

Every week, MFAH is offering limited-engagement showings of this season’s MFAH Films. The screenings, which are part of the organization’s virtual experience #MFAHatHOME, include films that were previously scheduled to show at Brown Auditorium, as well as new additions. This week’s Movie Night features, available through May 5, are Bull, a new film shot in Houston that follows a black rodeo rider as his world collides with his troubled, white neighbor in Acres Homes, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a documentary about global wealth and power based on the bestselling book by economist Thomas Piketty. As with all Movie Night screenings, a ticket provides access to the chosen film for five days.

$12. More info and tickets at mfah.org.

Virtual Chalk on the Block

Remember strolling through Bagby Park or Elizabeth Baldwin Park on the first of a bygone month and spotting a brightly colored 2D bunny etched atop the pavement? What about Yosemite Sam? Well, Midtown Houston’s always fun and family-friendly Chalk on the Block, like so many events these days, headed online (just check out this awesome video from April’s event). Watch local artists of all skillsets spread their creativity on their driveways and neighborhood sidewalks from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. tomorrow without ever getting up from your couch. You don’t even have to put on pants!

Free. Watch online via Midtown Houston’s Facebook page.

Inprint Archive Readings

The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series has been around since the ’80s. And while its digital archive doesn’t go back quite that far, there are some pretty amazing readings and author interviews available from both the original series and the Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People. Some of our favorites include Sharon Olds, Meg Medina, and last year’s sold-out talk with Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Free. Watch online at inprinthouston.org.

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