Hear them roar … sorta

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Jan 22–24

Livestreamed concerts, a short play, and celebrating the best of nature.

By Brittany Cristiano January 22, 2021

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.

Premiere of Alley Theatre’s A Half a Sheet of Paper

On Friday the second production in Alley Theatre’s 2021 digital lineup takes you to the early 20th century, where one piece of paper sends a man, and the audience, through his memories of the two years he spent living in his apartment. This poignant short-story play, A Half a Sheet of Paper, will, most likely, make you wish you had a way to revisit your own memories … or not. The original story comes from Swedish playwright August Strindberg and was translated to English for this performance by director Rob Melrose.

8 p.m. Jan 22. Free. Online. More information here.

Houston Grand Opera presents Giving Voice

If you’re more of an audiophile type, we have you covered. Houston Grand Opera is streaming a live performance of Giving Voice: Lawrence Brownlee and Friends Sing Opera, Gospel, and Standards Friday night. The group, spearheaded by tenor Lawrence Brownlee, is an all-Black singing group composed of HGO alumna, HGO studio artists, and other artists who embrace the importance of celebrating diverse voices. In case you didn’t know, Giving Voice sold out at Wortham Theater last year, so this free event is kind of a big deal. However, if you are unable to watch the live performance Friday, on-demand viewings of the performance are available on HGO’s website through February 21.

7:30 p.m. Jan 22. Free. Online. More information here.

Arbor Day at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

The best art you’ll ever find, we’d say, is in the great outdoors, and so we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to tell you to go celebrate nature’s greatest creation: the tree. On Saturday the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is offering a day to celebrate trees, with informative booths and exhibits; self-guided tree hikes around the arboretum’s trails; and “tree crafts” to take home and remember your day with. Head to the arboretum, located in Memorial Park, and have a day of fun and learning.

 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan 23. Free. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Dr. More information here.

Houston Symphony’s Live from Jones Hall: Wild Symphony 

Ever wondered what a symphony of wild animals would sound like? No, we aren’t talking about a cacophony of roars, creaks, quacks, and buzzes; we are talking about something a little more … refined, something like the Houston Symphony’s performance of Wild Symphony, where each song takes you on an adventure through the animal kingdom. Basically, each song in this livestream encapsulates the essence of animals like hippos, cheetahs, elephants, beetles, and many more. The DaVinci Code author Dan Brown composed this symphony to pair with his debut children’s book, Wild Symphony.

11 a.m. Jan 23. Online. Tickets are $20. More information at houstonsymphony.org

Kinetic Ensemble’s Quiet Art Livestream from the MATCH

End your weekend with some peace and quiet—well, not so much of the quietness, but it definitely could be, if that’s how you interpret it. Houston-based string ensemble Kinetic will perform their Quiet Art concert live from the MATCH straight to your computer screens this Sunday. The performance reflects on an artist’s use of solitude to create and the solitude many of us have faced amid the pandemic. The ensemble will perform J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, one of Bach’s monumental compositions.

7:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Online. Pay-what-you-can. More information here.

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