This Concert's Made For Watchin'

Art News: Stages's Honky Tonk Laundry Two Steps Its Way Online

Plus a drive-in Bun B concert, a Carmen Herrera exhibition at MFAH, and a new Blue October album.

By Emma Schkloven October 28, 2020

Holland Vavra in Stages's production of Honky Tonk Laundry.

Stages HAD HOPED to be welcoming audiences back to the Gordy this month with the return of Honky Tonk Laundry, which saw its run cut short by the arrival of Covid-19 earlier this year. A new rise in cases across the state has put a wrinkle in those plans, however, so the repertory theater company is bringing its honky tonkin’ show to our homes instead, broadcasting the performance live for five nights next month. 

Just in case you can’t remember—it’s been a long time since we first mentioned the show back in March—Roger Bean’s jukebox musical follows Lana Mae, owner of the Wishy Washy Washateria, and her new employee, Kate, as they try to turn the small laundromat into the hottest music venue in town. Filled with toe-tapping favorites, including “Stand By Your Man,” “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’,” and “Wide Open Spaces,” the show is sure to please old-school country music aficionados, as well as fans of the genre’s more contemporary sound.

Nov 10–15. $25. Online. More info and tickets

The Suffers frontwoman Kam Franklin has already been doing her part to get the vote out, appearing at MTV’s “red carpet" in Houston and hosting a livestream concert/rally earlier this week. Now, The Suffers and the ever-amazing Bun B are teaming up with nonprofit MOVE Texas for a drive-in concert to raise voter awareness on October 29 at NRG Park. As it just so happens, NRG stadium, along with seven other Harris County polling locations, will be open for 24-hour early voting that same day. Since space is very limited, attendees will be selected via a lottery system and will be notified the day before the event. Meanwhile, everyone else will be able to watch a livestream of the concert on MOVE Texas's social media platforms.

Oct 29. Free (limited attendance). NRG Park, 1 NRG Park, More info at  

Can’t get enough Carmen Herrera’s sculptures at Buffalo Bayou Park? The groundbreaking geometric abstractionist—who’s still producing boundary-pushing art at the age of 105, by the way—also has an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Structuring Surfaces offers a glimpse inside the celebrated Cuban American artist’s creative process through more than 30 works from across six decades, which highlight how Herrera translates her visions from line drawings into three dimensions sculptures.

Thru Jan 18, 2021. From $16 (included with general admission). Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. More info and tickets at 

Alt rocker outfit Blue October released its 10th studio album, This Is What I Live For, last week. The new record chronicles frontman and Houston native Justin Furstenfeld’s years-long battle with depression and anxiety. This isn’t the first time the singer has discussed his mental health. The band’s two biggest hits, “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean,” explore themes of mental illness and addiction. The band was also at the center of Get Back Up, a documentary that chronicled Furstenfeld’s mental health journey over a six-year period. The film, which dropped in May, even previewed the new album’s first single, “Oh My My.”

Listen to the new album on various streaming channels, and purchase it via starting at $12.

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