5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Sept 18–20
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.
Lyle Lovett & Dwight Yoakam Livestream Concert
Native son Lyle Lovett normally spends his summers touring, but not this year. He’s still managed to keep busy, though, playing a stay-at-home state fair here, competing in a celebrity poker tournament there, and teaming up with his musical friends for several livestream concerts. His next show, a joint show with his old pal Dwight Yoakam, is this Sunday. Two country renegades for less than Burger Joint burger and shake? Count us in.
Sept 18. From $10. Online. More info and tickets at lylelovett.com.
From “To be or not to be” to “All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare has penned some of the greatest monologues in the literary landscape. Actor and U.S. Army veteran Stephan Wolfert showed just how relevant those words still were in 2017 when he weaved some of the Bard’s most famous passages into a one-man show about the struggle veterans face when reintegrating into society. Audiences can experience this for themselves in this filmed version of Cry Havoc, which has been made available through a collaboration between Wolfert and 4th Wall Theatre Company. While viewings are available for free, a portion of any donation made will support De-Cruit, a nonprofit founded by Wolfert that uses art to help veterans re-acclimate to civilian life.
Thru Sept 20. Free (registration required). Online. More info at 4thwalltheatreco.com.
HGO’s Live from the Cullen
Houston Grand Opera’s digital season kicks off Friday with a Live from the Cullen recital featuring soprano Tamara Wilson. An HGO Studio alumna who just performed on the Houston stage in last season’s Aida, Wilson will perform works by Henry Purcell, Richard Strauss, and Gioachino Rossini, among others.
Sept 18. Free. Online. More info at houstongrandopera.org.
Live from Jones Hall: Schubert’s Octet
Straight off the success of its first live-audience performance in Jones Hall since March, Houston Symphony kicks off its Classical Series with a performance of Franz Schubert’s Octet in F Major, available via livestream. Holding the title of being Schubert’s largest-scale piece of chamber music (it’s got six movements), this Beethoven-inspired divertimento features similar instrumentation to the German legend’s Septet—save for an additional violin. While the references to Beethoven are evident, Schubert’s Octet, with its compositional intricacy and lyricism, allowed its Austrian creator to truly step outside of his idol’s shadow. Turns out imitation is in fact the sincerest form of flattery.
Sept 19. $20. Online. More info at houstonsymphony.org.
States of Mind: Art and American Democracy
Presented to coincide with the 2020 election, States of Mind examines our country’s founding principles of freedom and equality, as well as some of today’s most pressing social and political issues. Works range from broad reflections on liberty to specific, poignant pieces tackling issues of policing, voting access, gun laws, and immigration policy. While the opening receptions to the exhibition are sold out, the Moody Center officially reopens to the public on Saturday. Just be sure to follow its social distancing guidelines.
Thru Dec 19. Free. Moody Center for the Arts, 6100 Main St. More info at moody.rice.edu.