Houston Masterworks Chorus presents Messiah, featuring the Ad Deum Dance Company

Kick off Easter weekend with a transformed version of made-for-Easter classic Messiah, composed by Baroque composer George Frideric Handel and performed by the Houston Masterworks Chorus. Continuing the chorus’s Lenten tradition of this Good Friday performance, the program contains parts two and three of Messiah with Yeong Suk-Bae accompanying the chorus on the organ. Plus, the performance includes the expressive modern moves of the Ad Deum Dance Company. This free event will take place on Houston Masterworks Chorus Facebook and Youtube pages. We hope this helps you have a Good Friday.

7 p.m. Apr 2. Free. Online. More information here.

Ancient Cat Society at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Now, if you just read that title, you might be thinking what in the world is Houstonia telling me to do? Fret not, fair reader, there is no society of ancient cats, but rather a Houston indie folk band called Ancient Cat Society, who is performing at Art Deco-esque Upper Kirby establishment McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Friday evening. The trio will perform songs like their newest single “Anyone” that’ll have you shaking and grooving your way into a three-day-weekend. Seats are basically sold out, but you have the chance to catch this show virtually on the Duck’s YouTube channel. You can also buy a virtual ticket to show your support of this Houston band.

7 p.m. Apr 2. Free or $30. Online. More information here.

Make Seed Pouches with Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

It’s spring, which means there’s no better time than now to teach the kids a lesson about plants, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft wants to help. As part of their HOH To-Go mission, which was created in the wake of the pandemic, HCCC is handing out seed pouch-making kits on Saturday morning. The kit will help teach your family the basics of sewing, like sewing on a button, while also creating a safe place to store seeds until you’re ready to plant them. HCCC suggests you save some seeds from the next lemon you use, or go to the store and buy some seed packets of your favorite plant, to fill the pouch. This HCCC family craft makes for a perfect springtime activity.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Apr 3. Free; first-come, first-served. 4848 Main St, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. More information here.

Colleen Blackard’s The Abandoned Series: Returning Reception at Redbud Gallery

Texan artist Colleen Blackard’s newest exhibit finds its home at The Heights’ Redbud Gallery this Saturday. Blackard’s The Abandoned Series: Returning depicts abandoned Texas barns, which signifies the artist’s return to Texas from NYC amid the pandemic—a return to her Texas roots. Redbud will host an all-day reception for the exhibit in its East Gallery. If you can’t make it Saturday, you have until April 27 to see this ominous exhibit.

Noon to 9 p.m. Apr 3. Free. 303 E 11 St, Redbud Gallery. More information here.

Black Restaurant Week in Houston, Beaumont, and Galveston

Skip your fifth Uber Eats order of the week, and grab dinner at one of Houston’s Black-owned restaurants for the first weekend of Black Restaurant Week. For its sixth year, Black Restaurant Week is encouraging Bayou City customers to dine at over 60 Black-owned restaurants, and this year a little bit of fun awaits. The restaurant week’s bingo card tasks you with taking photos of certain foods you eat or with the restaurant staff; submit five photos in a row, and you will win a prize.

Apr 2–4. Select Houston-area restaurants. More information here.