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.

Día de Muertos 11th Annual Group Show

This year’s Día de los Muertos celebrations will certainly look different than the one’s we’re used to, but hey, at least there’s still the East End Gallery’s annual group show. Visitors are welcome to memorialize their loved ones by leaving a copy of a photo of them on the exhibition’s community altar. Remember, you can’t honor the ancestors if you’re suddenly with them, so mask up.

Thru Nov 1. Free. Hardy & Nance Studios 902 Hardy St. More info at hardyandnancestudios.com.

Vinkensport

Operas come in all shapes, sizes, and languages. Some, like HGO’s Vinkensport, which centers on the very unusual and very real sport of “finch-sitting,” even come feathered and singing for its supper. With glorious vocals, comedic characters, and the occasional poignant moment all stuffed together into a mockumentary-style production, this streamable show’s sure to be one for the ages. 

Thru Nov 22. Free. Stream the opera on HGO’s website or in the Marquee TV app. More info at houstongrandopera.org.

Spooktacular Movie Night

Families are invited for a night of shrieks (shrieks of laughter, that is) at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s special showing of Disney-Pixar favorite Monsters, Inc. Don’t forget to dress up in your spookiest seasonal finery—there’ll also be a digital costume parade projected on the venue’s screen. Rather go for the jump scare? Drive-in venues are also offering a variety of Halloween-related movies, including Beetlejuice, Friday the 13th, and The Conjuring (that last one’s at Space City Shows, which only releases its weekend lineup a couple days in advance).

Oct 23. $20 (for four seats). 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. More info and tickets at woodlandscenter.org. 

Houston Jazz Fest 2020

We didn’t get to talk about Miller Outdoor Theatre this summer nearly as much as we like to. So, thank goodness its back with a new virtual series to soothe our performing arts-in-the-park-missing hearts. On Sunday Houston Jazz Collective’s Jazz Fest makes an online return with two stellar performances: one by contemporary jazz supergroup Carroll-Simmons-Sparks (assembled by Bayou City native and Jazz at Lincoln Center vet Shelley Carrol), and a special tribute to the legendary Art Blakey from Houston trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy’s Bu’s Messengers. Also, don’t miss out on Indo-Pakistani soulster Zeshan B.’s acclaimed musical fusions on Friday, another of Miller’s virtual offerings.

Oct 25. Free. Online. More info at houstonjazzfestival.org.

Estructuras Monumentales

Cuban American artist Carmen Herrera is still putting us all to shame as she continues to work as a full-time artist at 105 years old. Show off. And with the arrival of Estructuras Monumentales, her outdoor exhibition of geometrically abstract sculptures, in Buffalo Bayou’s Fondren Foundation Meadow, Houstonians now have a chance to see her artistic genius up close. It’s a view even the most supercilious of art lovers don’t often get to enjoy; Herrera’s super larger pieces (seriously, we’re talking anywhere from seven feet high to over 12 feet wide) have only been shown publicly once before—last year in Manhattan’s City Hall Park. 

Thru April 23, 2021. Free. Fondren Foundation Meadow, Allen Pkwy and Gillette St. More info at buffalobayou.org.