Just when it feels like we’d forgotten the thrill of live performances forever, the Society for the Performing Arts has put a pep back in our step with the announcement of its 2021–2022 season. And it’s sure to fulfill everyone's every artful needs with a celebrity-packed lineup to boot.

The season will kick off on October 1 with a concert from Venezuelan singer and Latin Grammy winner Nella at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Other highlights from the stacked 17-show season include the previously announced appearance by Food Network star Alton Brown in November, as well as visits from America’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, actor/musician Jeff Goldblum and his Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, and humorist David Sedaris. 

Also worth noting: SPA has rescheduled some 2019–2020 performances that were canceled because of … you know, us getting hit by the plague, including the legendary Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And the arts organization is hosting four nights of special performances from its first round of Houston Artist Commissioning Project winners. Launched mid-pandemic, the new initiative aims to support local creatives through the commissioning of new works.

Like we said, something for everyone.

More info and tickets at spahouston.org. See the full schedule below. 

SPA 2021-2022 Schedule 

Oct 1: Nella

Oct 15–16: Houston Artist Commissioning Project Live: Part 1

Nov 2: Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats

Nov 12–13: Houston Artist Commissioning Project Live: Part 2

Jan 17, 2022: Neil deGrasse Tyson: Astronomy Bizarre

Jan 28, 2022: Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Feb 5, 2022: An Evening with Chris Thile

Feb 15, 2022: An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

Feb 18–19, 2022: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Mar 11, 2022: Seong-Jin Cho Plays Chopin

Apr 4, 2022: Drum Tao 2022

Apr 9, 2022: Caleb Teicher’s Swing Out

Apr 28, 2022: David Sedaris

May 2, 2022: Yotam Ottolenghi

May 6, 2022: A.I.M.: An Untitled Love

May 17, 2022: Black Violin

May 22, 2022: Neil Gaiman