Happy Labor Day Weekend

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Sept 4-6

Goodbye summer, hello … more sitting at home.

By Emma Schkloven September 4, 2020

Open Dance Project, 2020. Commissioned by the Moody Center for the Arts.

Open Dance Project: A Response to Light Shift

Since we’ve all been spending so much time inside, you might not have realized that Moody Center for the Arts has been getting its art on all summer with its window art series. Open Dance Project will perform a movement-based response to the series’s current piece, Light Shift by Austin artist Erin Curtis. During this YouTube performance, the dancers will interact with the art, accompanied by live music from percussionist Kirk Suddreath. Talk about art inspiring art.

Sept 4. Free. Moody Center for the Arts’ YouTube channel. More info at moody.rice.edu.

Live from Jones Hall: Best of Broadway

There hasn’t been much traveling this summer (no) thanks to the pandemic, but you can still give your regards to the Great White Way, courtesy of Houston Symphony. Enjoy hit songs from modern classics like Les Misérables and Ragtime as well as those from new favorites including Waitress and Frozen. With vocal performances from Theatre Under the Stars singers, this livestream concert’s sure to make you feel like the king of New York—even if you’re still in the Bayou City.  

Sept 5. $20. Online. More info and tickets at houstonsymphony.org.

Drive-In Fireworks

It wouldn’t be Labor Day Weekend without fireworks. The Woodlands Township has met our need for bright colors that go bang and light up the night while still maintaining safe social distancing practices with a drive-in fireworks display. Spectators must remain in their cars—we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, folks—but with designated parking spots at The Woodlands Mall, Market Street, and the Gold Lot at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, you’re sure to have a great view. Rather stay home? Don’t worry, the fireworks will also be live-streamed on the Township Facebook page and Visit The Woodlands Facebook page.

Sept 6. Free. The Woodlands. More info thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

Tooth and Nail digital reading

Prepare for a smoke-blowing, sword-swinging adventure, 'cause Mildred's Umbrella is starting its new season off with a storybook-sized digital reading. Dubbed "part fairy-tale, part rescue mission, part love story, and all adventure," the play unfortunately had its world premiere production postponed (there are plans to reschedule it for next spring), so instead of a full-fledged show, we're getting a sneak peek. And since Mildred's Umbrella, which developed and workshopped the play, is all about empowering female artists, we expect some serious girl power in this production, even if our heroine is wearing a puffy gown. 

Thru Sept 15. Free. Online. More info and reservation at mildredsumbrellatheatercompany.

Tenet at Moonstruck Drive-In

There’s been a world of mystery surrounding Christopher Nolan’s film Tenet, and after a few pandemic-related delays, you can finally see for yourself if the director behind Inception’s come up with another mind-bending hit. The new spy thriller, which stars John David Washington, Michael Caine*, and Kenneth Branagh, is playing at Moonstruck Drive-In Cinema throughout the long weekend.

Thru Sept 10. $25. Moonstruck Drive-In Cinema, 100 Bringhurst St. More info and tickets at moonstruckdrivein.com.

*A previous version of this story misspelled Michael Caine's name. This has been corrected.

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