Brace for that Cold Front

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Nov 13–15

Margaret Atwood, Laura Benanti, and Selena. What more could you need?

By Emma Schkloven November 13, 2020

Image: Courtesy TUTS

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.

Margaret Atwood

The literary legend behind The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace will read from her new poetry collection, Dearly, during this special virtual visit, courtesy of Inprint and Brazos Bookstore. Unlike her dystopian fiction, Atwood’s poetry sticks to tried-and-true themes of love, memory, and, of course, werewolves.

From $27.99 (price includes ticket and a copy of the new book). Online. More info at

Women of Broadway: Laura Benanti

Stage and screen star Laura Benanti brings her Tony-winning vocals straight to your living room through this live-streamed concert. During the performance, the My Fair Lady and Gypsy revival alum (who gained a new following for her irreverently humorous impersonations of Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) will share personal stories and sing pop numbers and show tunes live from New York’s virtual Shubert Studios. The concert is the second concert in Theater Under the Stars’s Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway series. 

Nov 14. $30. Online. More info and tickets at

Sunday Matinee: An Afternoon of Artistry

Houston’s own Ensemble Theatre has teamed up with Dance Theatre of Harlem and other extraordinary artists from around the country for a virtual afternoon of artistic expression. Other acts in this impressive lineup include California-based AXIS Dance Company, the U.S.’s most notable ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers; singer-songwriter Bes; and poet Cherrye Davis.

Nov 15. $7. Online. More info and tickets at 

12th Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Houston Cinema Arts Society returns with an almost entirely virtual presentation of its annual festival. Because its mostly online (there are some drive-in showings), HCAS has expended its cinematic spectacle, featuring more than 40 narrative and documentary films and short film blocks, to 11 days. In the vein of the event’s “urbana” theme, this year’s lineup also includes tributes to DJ Screw (a set from Screwed Up Records on November 13) and Selena (a set from Bombón’s DJ Gracie Chavez on November 21), in addition to the usual Q&As and workshops.

Thru Nov 22. From $10 ($50 for film passes). Online and Various locations. More info and tickets at

Fine Wine: A Monologue Series

Mildred’s Umbrella is turning the concept of the wide-eyed ingénue on its head with Fine Wine. During this series, actresses who are decidedly not in their teens and early 20s will bring their seasoned skills to monologues that were written for young actresses. And these monologues are some of the best in the theater lexicon, bursting from the pages of playwriting icons like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov, and Euripides.

Thru Nov 25. Free. Online. More info and reservation at

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