Updated 3:05 p.m. Jan 8 

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.

In the Mood: A Big Band New Year

Still in the mood to celebrate the end of 2020? (We don’t blame you.) Then luck be your lady this weekend. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Houston Symphony, accompanied by vocalist Tony DeSare, is holding socially distanced and live-streamed concerts at Jones Hall to help you swing into 2021 to the tunes of big band classics from greats like Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller. 

Thru Jan 10. From $29 in-person; from $20 online. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St; online. More information at houstonsymphony.org.

Live from the Cullen: Sasha Cooke and Kirill Kuzmin

Houston Grand Opera is kicking off its 2021 Live from the Cullen Recitals series this weekend with two-time Grammy Award-winning mezzo soprano, and Houston native, Sasha Cooke. However, things are a little different: Cooke’s performance will be streamed live Saturday night on HGO’s website, and her performance will be available to watch on-demand through Feb. 7. 

7:30 p.m. Jan 8. Free. Online. More information at houstongrandopera.org.

Duo • Identity at Archway Gallery

This joint exhibition of works by Jiashan Lang and Anthony Pabillano is on display at Archway Gallery through February 4, with a virtual walk through and an artist talk on January 9. The exhibition explores duality and contrast via Lang’s three-dimensional sculptures of scenes from “ancient times” and folklore and Pabillano’s two-dimensional paper images that portray Houstonians he’s met through the years. 

6:30 p.m. Jan 9. Free. Online. More information at archwaygallery.com. 

Swampna Vijayam

Saturday night Houston’s Samskriti Indian Performing Arts presents Swampna Vijayam, an Indian take on popular holiday classic The Nutcracker. Well-known dancer and teacher of the Kuchipudi dance style Sasikala Penumarthi conceived the idea to choreograph the story of The Nutcracker in the Kuchipudi style, and her students at the Academy of Kuchipudi Dance in Atlanta, Georgia, will bring her vision to life via livestream. 

6 p.m. Jan 9. Free. Facebook. More info at facebook.com.

Vintage Street Fest 2021 New Years Jam in East End

Finish your weekend in East End at the Vintage Street Fest, where you’ll find all of your '80s and '90s vintage clothing needs. Pick through racks and racks of different vendors’ collections of clothing, relics, and more. And what better way to shop than to listen to tunes provided by DJs Joe B and BBC?  Oh, and did we mention complimentary beer? Karbach will be on hand to pass out thirst-quenching brews. Masks are required.

Noon to 6 p.m. Jan 10. Free. 4009 Polk St. More information at facebook.com.

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