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5 Virtual Things To Do in Houston This Weekend, July 17-19

There’s plenty happening in the Bayou City’s online arts world. So, stay inside.

By Emma Schkloven July 17, 2020

Tour Houston’s Many Murals

Between street art from Bayou City greats, like GONZO247, Mr.D1987, and Donkeeboy, to mini paintings covering signal boxes all over the city, Houston’s vast array of murals is as colorful and varied as it is plentiful. And with so many pieces of art, it can be a challenge to keep track of them all. Enter Houston Mural Map, a new website from UP Art Studio and web developer Alex Barber that lets you explore this vast array of vivid creations from the comfort of your couch. More than 500 murals (plus 250 mini murals) have already been loaded onto the virtual map along with information about many of the artists—it’s enough street art to keep you busy all weekend, possibly longer. 

Anytime. Free. Online. More info at

Get in the Flow with Flow Arts

Earlier in the pandemic, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s took its traditional drop-in experiences virtual. This week’s activity explores flow arts, an art form that integrates prop manipulation with movement disciplines, like dance, yoga, or juggling. Houston movement artist and fire manipulator Y.E. Torres will teach audiences how to make their own veil sock poi prop and walk them through basic movements.

 July 18. Free. Online. More info and link on CAMH’s Facebook page. 

“Remedios para el Sueño” World Premiere Performance

Award-winning Houston-based composer Alejandro Basulto premieres his new four-movement composition, “Remedios para el Sueño,” this weekend as the final performance in the American Composers Orchestra’s new short works series. The piece was written for ROCO Artistic Director and principal oboist Alecia Lawyer, who performs the composition this Sunday. Both Basulto and Lawyer will also participate in a Q&A during the premiere.

 July 19. $5. Online. More info and tickets at

Genesis Blu

In the latest performance in Discovery Green’s Discovery Green Stream Concert series, Bayou City raptivist (that’s rapper + activist, in case you didn’t know) Genesis Blu combines hip hop and poetry with advocacy to deliver an uplifting message that rings especially true in today’s age of Black Lives Matter and #BlackGirlMagic. Blu’s set went live yesterday, but, like all Discovery Green Stream Concerts, the performance is available online so you can enjoy it any time.

Anytime. Free. Online. More info and video on Discovery Green’s Facebook page and on the organization’s website under “Watch It Again.” 

Books Alive’s Chicken Big

This 45-minute adaptation of the children’s story, Chicken Little, is perfect for little ones stuck at home during summer break. Presented by Katy theater troupe Books Alive!, this wacky original musical puts a spin on the classic tale while exploring “what it means to be chicken,” according to Harris County Public Library, which hosted the live screening.

Anytime. Free. Online. Watch the screening on HCPL’s Facebook page.

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