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.
2021 Virtual Lunar New Year Festival
The Chinese Community Center began their celebration Thursday, but you still have two more days to usher in the Year of the Ox, virtually at least. Tune in on Friday to enjoy a broadcast of numerous cultural dances and performances, including Lion and Dragon dances, the Vietnamese fan dance, a traditional Chinese orchestra, an Indian dance, and martial arts. Then, on Saturday, take some time to learn about the Lunar New Year’s origins and legends, watch a demonstration on Chinese calligraphy, and then master how to make your very own Lunar New Year lanterns. And, lastly (how could we forget?), there will be “door prizes” you can win by answering trivia questions in the chat box during each event.
4–5:30 p.m. Feb 12, noon to 3:30 p.m. Feb 13. Free. Online. More information here.
Lonely Hearts Fest at M-K-T
Some people hate Valentine’s Day for many reasons, but M-K-T’s Lonely Hearts Fest has the antidote for pretty much anything. Despise all the red and pink frou-frou, conversation hearts, and the man (Cupid) who represents the holiday? Then take your turn at the Cupid dunk tank. Just got over a break up and celebrating love sounds like the worst possible thing ever? Bring what’s left of your ex’s clothing you “borrowed” and drop them off in the charity donation bins; at least something good came out of your split. Is self love the only thing you want to celebrate this year? Yaaasss, queen. Take a selfie or two at multiple photo-ops around the festival. Lastly, would you rather celebrate friendship for this year’s V-Day? Then grab your closest friends, and head to the friendship bracelet-making workshop. There’s also an art and makers market, food trucks, and tunes provided by DJ Gonz—everything sure to cure a lonely heart. Just remember to wear a mask.
Noon to 5 p.m. Feb 13. Free. 600 N Shepherd Dr. More information here.
Musiqa presents: Inside/Out
Music collective group Musiqa collaborated with Open Dance Project to create these two short dance films, “Moving Pieces” and “Still We Tend.” Filmed by Houstonian James Templeton, the films involve 20 mask-donning dancers exploring the MATCH and Houston Botanic Garden spaces. Musiqa’s string instrumentalists score the films with works by Andrew Norman and Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, respectively. The films will be available to watch anytime on Saturday and Sunday, and will also be available each weekend through February.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb 13–14. Pay what you can; $25 suggested. Online. More information here.
ROCO Unchambered: Kaleidoscope
Although it may be gloomy and, quite literally, freezing outside this weekend, ROCO has a vibrant remedy for you Saturday evening. ROCO’s composer-in-residence, Alyssa Morris, is premiering two of her nature-inspired compositions, performed by ROCO’s wind quintet and an oboe and percussion ensemble. So, grab your hot beverage of choice, crank the heater, and enjoy this online performance that’ll definitely help you get your mind off the bleak reality of outside.
5 p.m. Feb. 13. Free. Online. More information here.
Romance Under the Sea at Downtown Aquarium
For those who’d like to celebrate Valentine’s Day out of the house, we have an idea for you: For just $100, the Downtown Aquarium can host you and your honey for a four-course meal for two surrounded by the 150,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling aquarium. On Saturday or Sunday, give your valentine an experience they’re sure to remember forever because, you know, it’s a little difficult to forget the time you ate dinner while sharks swam by you. Each meal includes a choice of soup, an appetizer or salad, an entrée, and a dessert per person. Oh, and did we mention a bottle of wine?
4–11 p.m. Feb 13–14. $100 per couple. Downtown Aquarium. More information here.