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5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, March 12–14

Solve an art heist, enjoy some boozy burlesque, and question time itself. Deep.

By Brittany Cristiano March 12, 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.

Time No Longer Opening Day at Buffalo Bayou Cistern

Last month the Buffalo Bayou Cistern was the backdrop for rapper 21 Savage’s “Runnin’ / Mr. Savage” music video, which premiered on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last month. This weekend, the decommissioned reservoir becomes host to multidisciplinary artist Anri Sala’s newly commissioned work, Time No Longer, which combines film projected on a large translucent screen, and a haunting new arrangement of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, to create an experience that’ll probably make you feel like you aren’t in some old Houston reservoir, but rather in another world entirely. You have until December 12 to experience the journey.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 12. $12. Buffalo Bayou Cistern. More information here.

Art Heist: A True Crime Walking Experience 

What do theatre, true crime, and walking through downtown Houston all have in common? Probably not much, you might think, but you’d be wrong. Houston-based Society for the Performing Arts is combining all three to create an interactive theatre experience where audience members are tasked with finding clues to solve history’s largest art heist, one that rivals the dramatic Mona Lisa heist of 1911. This 90-minute adventure begins at the Wings Over Water sculpture right outside of the George R. Brown Convention Center, and it will take you through Discovery Green, where some zany characters await to give you clues. Each performance allows for 30 attendees, so be sure to buy your tickets for everyone in your group. And, lastly, if all comes to an end and you didn’t solve the mystery, well, at least you got some extra steps in.

6–8pm on weekdays; 2–3:30pm and 5:30–8pm on weekends until March 28. Tickets start at $39.50. Discovery Green, Downtown. More information here.

Opening of Art District Houston’s Welcome Center

Over the past 10 years, the industrial spaces that reside just off the Washington Avenue corridor have become the Houston art mecca that is now known as the Arts District Houston. And, like any good neighborhood, the Arts District has created a welcome center to help visitors navigate its 200-plus galleries. This Saturday is the welcome center’s grand opening, and it’s ready to be seen. The center, which is said to feature work from a local artist every month, will have several art installations from local artists on display for the occasion; including a large-scale exterior mural by David Maldonado, a commissioned map of the Arts District by Kimmie Gillespie, and “site-specific” furniture by woodworker David Mendoza.

1–5 p.m. March 13. Free. 2101 Winter St, Sawyer Yards. More information here.

The 8th Wonder Follies: A Night of Boozy Burlesque at 8th Wonder Brewery

Get a slice of old Hollywood glamour this Saturday at 8th Wonder Brewery's burlesque show. Indulge in decadent cocktails and dazzlingly witty performances that’ll have you wishing that you, too, own a giant feathered fan. Who knows? It may come in handy one day. After all, we are living in the roaring 2020s. This 21-and-up event features a handful of intimate acts (with a side of humor) put on by some of Houston’s best burlesque artists. Doors open at 10 p.m.; be sure to arrive in time to nab some seats. 

10:30 p.m. March 13. $35. 2201 Dallas St, Downtown. More information here.

The Houston Jazz Collective presents: Equinox, Days 1 & 2

Perhaps you’re a seasoned jazz listener, or maybe you finally gave the blues a chance because of Pixar’s newest movie Soul and now you can’t seem to get enough. Whatever the case, the Houston Jazz Collective is hosting two free performances online this weekend, featuring some legendary Houston acts. Saturday, the Jalen Baker Group takes the stage, followed by Grammy-nominated Houston band Chris Dave and members of the Drumhedz to close out the evening. Sunday afternoon gives us the legendary Horace Grigsby (who has featured on a Kendrick Lamar album) and Bob Henschen and, finally, the Andre Hayward Quartet, along with Phillip K Jones, Marcos Varela, and Jerre Jackson, will close out the weekend. Watch the live event on the Houston Jazz Collective’s YouTube channel, but if you’d like to support Houston’s jazz scene you can donate to HJC here.

6–9 p.m. March 13; 2–5 p.m. March 14. Free. Online. More information here.