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5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, March 5–7

Rewind to the ’60s, become a ballerina for a bit, and jam out to Beethoven and blackbirds (yes, you read that right).

By Brittany Cristiano March 5, 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.

Houston Symphony presents Beethoven’s Pastoral plus Bronfman

Ludwig van Beethoven needs no introduction himself; however, his composition Pastoral Symphony No. 6, an ode to country life, may need one. This weekend, the Houston Symphony will give you one. Afterwards, pianist Yefim Bronfman will bang out Beethoven’s powerful Piano Concerto No. 3, not to be mistaken by Sergei Rachmaninoff’s piece that has the same name. As always, the Houston Symphony will hold three in-person performances, with the Saturday evening performance also being streamed streamed live online for $20.

8 p.m. March 5 & 6, 2:30 p.m. March 7. $29. Jones Hall and online. More information at

All Access Art Market at Finn Hall

This Friday you can show your support for the arts at the All Access Art Market in Downtown. Browse the tables of 25-plus local artists’ works of many different mediums. The art deco-inspired Finn Hall is the backdrop for the occasion, which means there will be numerous dining opportunities, a cocktail lounge, and some live music—sounds like a great way to start off the weekend.

4 p.m.–10 p.m. March 5. Free. Finn Hall, Downtown. More information here.

ROCO Unchambered presents Blackbird 

According to a poem by Wallace Stevens, there are 13 ways of looking at a blackbird. That poem and a Beatles-inspired arrangement composed by Seb Skelly inspired Robert Dennis’s “Blackbird Variations,” which Houston ensemble ROCO’s brass quintet will perform Saturday during its show, Blackbird. The program also explores a few contemporary works for brass, including Joan Tower’s “Copperwave,” and Jonathan Bailey Holland’s “Introit.” The performance will be streamed live Saturday from ROCO's website.

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

Shirley Clarke: Short Films presented by Aurora Picture Show

Think about those 1960s experimental films. Names like Andy Warhol and Yoko Ono may ring a bell, but you may not know of Shirley Clarke, unless you’re an experimental film buff. Clarke, under the tutelage of avant-garde artist Hans Richter (Rhythmus 2), produced a number of films that explore the body, motion, dance, and architecture, many of which were seen as radical. Houston non-profit media arts center Aurora Picture Show is giving you the opportunity Saturday to see what Clarke’s work was all about with a showing of some of her rare films. And, if you are interested, Clarke’s daughter, artist Wendy Clarke, is holding a free Q&A on Tuesday via Zoom.

7 & 9 p.m. March 6. Free. 2442 Bartlett St, Upper Kirby. More information here.

Introductory Adult Ballet Class by the Houston Ballet

Whether you want to move your body, live out your childhood dreams of being a prima ballerina, or learn a few party tricks to show off after the pandemic, the Houston Ballet Academy is offering a virtual trial introductory ballet class for adults on Sunday. HBA director Melissa Bowman and HBA adult ballet instructor Lindsey McGill join forces to teach you how to plié, tendu, jeté, and pirouette (if you can manage one), followed by a Q&A so you know exactly what you’d be getting into if you wish to continue your ballet endeavors. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find your new calling and want to sign up for weekly ballet classes.

11 a.m. March 7. Free. Online. More information here.

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