Murder on the Deep Blue Sea

Put your sleuthing skills to the test during Cone Man Running Productions’ first-ever online whodunit. The nautical nuptials of Bunny Lee Bangor and Henry Bowers have been halted due to the sudden, shocking death of Rev. Vance O’Bannon, and you’ve been invited to assist investigators solve the case. Interrogate witnesses, watch flashbacks, and uncover the murder weapon before you and other participants guess the culprit in this interactive murder mystery. With different scripted endings, you can even play Sherlock more than once.

Thru Aug 14 (Friday nights only). Free. YouTube Live. More info and reservation at conemanrunning.com.

Block Marty 2020

Ain’t no party like a Montrose Art Party. The annual fundraiser for Art League Houston’s Healing Art Program, which provides art classes to adults living with chronic illnesses and physical disabilities, has been reorganized as a virtual exhibition emceed by national-raking performance poet Outspoken Bean. There’ll be a performance by Harrison Guy, artistic director of the award-winning Urban Souls Dance Company, and an online silent art auction.

July 25. Free. ALH’s Facebook Live. More info at artleaguehouston.org/2020-marty.

Meditations of Bach

Starting July 26 Bayou City chamber group Carya String Quartet will release a series of Bach Chorale performances every day for the next two weeks—the amount of a time a person exposed to or sick with COVID-19 must self-isolate—to create an “opportunity for a real-time, shared experience, despite the solitude of quarantine.” Each daily musical meditation will be paired with artwork by Archway Gallery members.   

Thru Aug 8. Free. Online. More info and viewing links at caryaquartet.org.

Virtual Owl Prowl 

Want to become one with nature without leaving the creature comforts of your own home? Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s got you covered with its Virtual Owl Prowl, an evening of owlishly informational entertainment on Zoom. Not only does this ticket give you access to a presentation from the Wildlife Center of Texas, it also buys you the perfect owl-watching snack: Saint Arnold Brewing Company beer, a personal meat and cheese plate, and a sweet treat (available for pickup at the Nature Center). 

Jul 25. From $25. Zoom. More info and tickets at houstonarboretum.org.

Pieces of the Moon

This world premiere production from Stages and New York’s One Year Lease Theater Company, reimagined as a radio play, transports listeners to 1969, recounting the historic moon landing and the rise of the Black Arts Movement. Told through the true stories of the Apollo astronauts and legendary jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, this new play from Nick Flint examines the parallel worlds that existed side by side in a volatile America.

Thru Aug 2. Free (ticket reservation is required). Online. More info and ticket reservation at stageshouston.com.