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5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, March 26–28

Discover your artistic prowess, visit Spain from your couch, and celebrate Women’s History Month.

By Brittany Cristiano March 26, 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. 

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Bach, Beethoven, and Salonen

A virtuoso is gracing Houston with his presence this weekend. Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the San Francisco Symphony musical director, principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra (not to mention the conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic), will conduct the Houston Symphony through some Bach, Beethoven, and one of Salonen’s own compositions. As always with the symphony, there are three performances, and the second one will be livestreamed. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to get yours soon. 

8 p.m., March 26–27; 2:30 p.m., March 28. $20. Jones Hall and online. More information here.

HGO Digital presents Suite Española: Explorando Iberia

If you have been wanting to visit Europe but the pandemic’s curtailed any traveling plans, Houston Grand Opera can help. This Friday night, HGO is taking audiences to Spain via their computers. Suite Española, a live show created by HGO artistic director and soprano stalwart Ana María Martínez, combines zarzuela (Spanish musical theatre) and the music of Spain for a power-punched show that’ll have you dancing the flamenco in your living rooms. And, if you want to go on the journey again, the performance will be available on HGO Digital for one month following the performance.

7:30 p.m. March 26. Free. Online. More information here.

Drawing Salon at Rienzi’s Gardens

Capture the essence of a balmy Saturday morning in the four-acre gardens of Museum of Fine Arts Houston satellite Rienzi with a sketch drawing, done all by yourself—well, not completely by yourself. MFAH doesn't want to leave any amateur Da Vincis hanging, so teaching artist Rebecca Cook will be there to assist you along the way. Supplies are provided, but are limited, so the museum asks that you bring your own sketch supplies if you have them.

10 a.m. March 27. $18. Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Dr. More information here.

Face It Exhibition Opening and Reception at Jack Rabbit Gallery

Four’s a crowd at Jack Rabbit Gallery’s new art exhibit, Face It, which contains art that represents the feminine spirit through the eyes of four different artists. This Saturday night the quirky Heights gallery is hosting a reception celebrating the opening of Face It. And, let’s face it (pun possibly intended), you’re probably wondering what the art means, so feel free speak to the artists about it while you enjoy the reception. 

6 p.m. March 27. Free. 228 E 27th St. More information here.

Celebrating 45 Years of the Ensemble Theatre: A Woman’s History Month Special

Women’s History Month is coming to a close, so why not end it with a lively and poignant Ensemble Theatre performance that honors women, the African American experience, and the legacy of Ensemble? This performance includes three short plays that’ll have you so engrossed, you’ll want to be sure to stay online following the performance for a live panel that will rehash and discuss the Ensemble Theatre’s profound history, followed by an audience Q&A.

6 p.m. March 28. Free. Online. More information here.

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