Dances and Dickinson

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Sept 11–13

A one-woman show, appetite-evoking art, and more drive-ins.

By Emma Schkloven September 11, 2020

If you go out in public, remember to follow social distancing guidelines (at least six feet between you and anyone else), wash hands often and thoroughly, and wear a face mask

A Woman of the World

Anyone who’s ever gone through a high school English lit class has heard of Emily Dickinson. That’s all thanks to writer and editor Mabel Loomis Todd, the first posthumous editor of America’s most famous reclusive poet. Todd’s fascinating story (Todd was a neighbor and pen pal of Dickinson’s, as well as her brother’s mistress) takes the spotlight in Stages’s streamable production of A Woman of the World. Prepare for intrigue, romance, and, of course, drama in this one-woman show starring Houston theater vet Sally Edmundson.

Thru Sept 20. Free (registration required). Online. More info at

Axelrad Rooftop Drive-In Concert

Drive-ins aren’t just for movies these days. Axelrad’s second socially distanced concert features modern-fun outfit The Vapor Caves and synth-pop trio Night Drive, with opening sets from DJs Seys and Tero. The show is also being live-streamed on Axelrad’s website for those of you who’d rather stay in.

Sept 12. From $40. Axelrad, 1517 Alabama St. More info and tickets at

The Good Dishes

Every family has their own set of “good dishes” (you know the ones), but we’re betting you’ve never seen that tableware like this. JP Terlizzi’s acclaimed series The Good Dishes modernizes the classic still life with his photos of colorful produce on floral-patterned dishware. While you can currently see a solo exhibition of these works in person during a socially distanced visit to Foto Relevance, an up-close view of the striking images, along with a recorded artist talk and a behind-the-scenes video, is currently available online. It’s enough to whet your appetite, but remember what Mom always said: “Look with your eyes, not your hands.”

Thru Sept 25. Foto Relevance, 4411 Montrose Boulevard, Suite C. More info at

Re/Written in Stone: Ideas on the 28th Amendment 

Last year Harris Guy’s Urban Souls Dance Company (USDC) performed a dance theater response to New York artist Nari Ward’s retrospective exhibition, Nari Ward: We the People—a show that raised the fundamental question of who exactly is the “we” mentioned in the Preamble of our Constitution? Now, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, which hosted both Ward’s exhibition and USDC’s response, has made a recorded performance of the dance available for all Houstonians to see. 

Anytime. Free. CAMH’s YouTube channel. More info at

Night at the Museum

Gotta get out of the house? The Best Little Drive-in In HTX has partnered with The Houston Museum of Natural Science for a screening of Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller, Dick Van Dyke, and the late Robin Williams. There’ll be after-hours capers. There’ll be mummy curses. Most importantly, there’ll be popcorn.  

Sept 12. $30 (price per vehicle). Best Little Drive-in In HTX, 1127 19th St. More info and tickets at