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5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Oct 16-18

Saxophones, multimedia art, and Robbert Kennedy.

By Emma Schkloven October 16, 2020

Joel Sandel as Bobby Kennedy in Main Street Theater's RFK.

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.

Miguel Zenón Duo

Considered one of the most influential and groundbreaking saxophonists of his generation, Puerto Rican alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón teams up with pianist Luis Perdomo for a live Da Camera concert broadcast from New York City’s famed Jazz Gallery.

Oct 16. Free. Online. More info dacamera.com.

RFK: A Portrait of the Life of Robert F. Kennedy

Beginning in the summer of 1964 and spanning the last four years of Robert F. Kennedy’s life, Main Street Theater’s 45th season opener (and it’s first virtual production, by the way) offers a very human portrait of the late politician, exploring his relationships with figures like JFK, Jackie Kennedy, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as it retreads some of the darker moments in U.S. history. Bayou City theater vet Joel Sandel returns as Bobby Kennedy in this tour-de-force one-man show.    

Thru Oct 25. From $15. Online. More info at mainstreettheater.com.

East End Street Fest: Live from Home

Enjoy some of the best parts of the annual East End Street Fest from home this year. Of course, we’ll miss the colorful celebration on the Navigation Esplanade (not too mention all that delicious food), but there’ll be three hours jam-packed with musical performances from artists, including headliner Zenteno Spirit and four-time Grammy winner David de la Garza of La Mafia fame, as well as traditional folk dancing, showcased by the Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico.

Oct 17. Free. Online. More info at eastendstreetfest.com.

Artful Anniversary: Take Me to the Water

During the third event in Buffalo Bayou Park’s five-year Artful Anniversary celebration, Urban Souls Dance Company will bring a subterranean performance to the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern unlike anything the nearly century-old space has ever seen before.

Oct 17. Free. Online. More info at buffalobayou.org. 

New Paintings & Drawings and Obras

Art League Houston is currently displaying works by Rick Lowe, its 2020 Texas Artist of the Year, and Celia Álvarez Muñoz, winner of its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts. Unlike the social sculptures audiences are used to seeing at Project Row Houses, the Third Ward community art building Lowe helped found in 1993, his work at ALH focuses on explorations of color and composition space that he’s created over the last few years. Meanwhile, Muñoz’s Obras explores the Arlington-based multimedia artist’s range with its variety of photographic media, installations-based works, sculptures, and book art.

Thru Apr 24. Free. Online. More info at artleaguehouston.org.

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