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5 Things to Do This Weekend, Jan 29–31 

Finish out the month by exploring Galveston’s historic ships or enjoying some of the best classical music has to offer.

By Brittany Cristiano January 29, 2021

Galveston's tall ship Elissa. 

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.

Virtual Galveston Museum Week 2021

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the museums of Galveston Island, but felt the hour long journey down I-45 was much too long, look no further than Galveston Island’s virtual rendition of its museum week. Although it’s been going on all week, you still have three more chances to peruse some of Galveston’s finest museums from the comfort of your home. On Friday, feel like a seafarer while virtually touring one of the world’s oldest ships still sailing today, the tall ship Elissa, which was constructed in 1877. If you’ve ever driven Galveston’s bustling SH 87, you have definitely set your eyes on the subject of Saturday’s tour: 17th-century treasure Moody Mansion. This tour will take you through the towering Romanesque mansion’s 20 striking rooms, filled with rich history of the Moody family. Lastly, Sunday’s tour of the Galveston Naval Museum takes you through multiple impressive WWII water vessels. Every tour this weekend will be streamed live on Galveston Island’s Facebook page.

Noon Jan 29–31. Free. Online. More information www.visitgalveston.com.

DACAMERA presents Mendelssohn Portrait Virtual Concert

After a long work week, we suggest you unwind and enjoy some classical music; we’re talking about Mendelssohn Portrait, a virtual performance of German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s work by several well-established quartets. Mendelssohn’s animating Octet for Strings will be performed by Daedelus Quartet, Brentano Quartet, and William Fedkenheuer. Before the Octet begins, the Brentano Quartet will also perform two rarely-heard Mendelssohn pieces, Theme and Variations and Scherzo,. Register online for the event, and you will receive a link to DACAMERA’s livestream on YouTube.

7 p.m. Jan 29. Free; registration required. Online. More information at dacamera.com.

Houston Symphony presents Beethoven 8 + Haydn

If you’re more of a Beethoven fan, this is the event for you. This weekend the Houston Symphony presents three shows of “Beethoven 8 + Haydn.” Symphony principal cellist Brinton Averil Smith will perform Austrian composer Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2, and the entire symphony will play several Beethoven favorites, including Symphony No. 8, with Miguel Farías works sprinkled in, too. All three performances offer socially distanced seating at Jones Hall, along with a special livestream of the performance on Saturday evening for those who’d like to watch from home.

8 p.m. Jan 29 and 30,  2:30 p.m. Jan 31. $20. Jones Hall and online. More information at houstonsymphony.org.

CAMH Virtual Drop-In Experience 

Turn off (well, kinda), tune out, drop in—or however the saying goes. This Saturday you can do exactly that at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. CAMH wants to help you reach your inner self … with some mindful observation, which is a part of its Drop-In Experiences they’ve offered throughout the pandemic. You’ll be asked to take a moment out of your busy life to observe your surroundings within yourself and in your environment. If you’d like, you can participate in-person at CAMH’s recently renovated plaza, but you can also attend via the museum’s website.

1–4 p.m. Jan 30. Free Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston and online. More information at camh.org.

Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was Wednesday, but, on Friday, you will have an opportunity to further remember and explore the stories of Holocaust survivors. Holocaust Museum Houston presents the opening of Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory., which features carefully curated personal items brought to the United States by Holocaust survivors and other survivors of genocide. The displayed items are paired with extraordinary images, by acclaimed documentarian Jim Lommasson, of handwritten letters of the survivors or their family members. The exhibit is on display until April 18.

Opens Jan 29. $15+, reserve tickets online. Holocaust Museum Houston. More information at hmh.org.

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