Bob Saget at Houston Improv
There’s a part of us that’ll always think of him as lovable, cleaning-obsessed sitcom dad, but Bob Saget actually got his start in the comedy circuit (including here in Space City). And he was known for his … let’s call them “adult-oriented” standup routines. How rude, Mr. Tanner! Thanks to the pandemic, he’s got more than an hour of brand-new material, which he’ll be showing off to Houston audiences over two nights and four shows.
June 4–5. From $120 (seats sold as tables for four and six). Houston Improv, 7620 Katy Fwy. 713-333-8800. More info and tickets at improvtx.com.
Love Motel for Insects Pop-up along Buffalo Bayou
Resident nature-lovers, this one’s for you. Join Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts’s artist in residence and biologist Brandon Ballengée for an evening of bayou bug-watching as he uses UV light to attract all sorts of nocturnal creepy crawlies. These unique pop-ups, which connect with Ballengée’s ongoing public art series aimed at bringing humans and arthropods together, take place at a different spot along Buffalo Bayou each night.
Thru June 5. Free. Buffalo Bayou. More info and registration at buffalobayou.org.
Found Objects at Archway Gallery
Houston-area artist Joe Hale Haden has spent his career turning found objects like spigots, gas cans, and even the odd automobile, into sculptures that alter the viewer’s perception of those junk parts. The Art Car vet’s latest show, which has its opening reception on June 5, “juxtaposes organic and non-organic shapes, marrying their superficial differences.” Expect a mix of new works that feel both analytically precise and wildly organic.
June 5–July 7. Free. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. 713-522-2409. More info at archwaygallery.com.
Delights & Dances
Kinetic ensemble wraps its season with an “All-American dance-inspired program” that examines the role collective movement—whether that of religious ceremonies, cultural festivals, or even grief rituals—plays in our communities. Curated by violinist Samuel Park, the show features four compositions, including “Breeze Serenade” from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s Dance Card and “Delights and Dances,” a 2007 piece from Get Out and Us composer Michael Abels.
June 6 (recording available to steam thru June 13). Pay what you can, $25 suggested. Online. More info and tickets at matchouston.org.
17th Annual HAAPIFEST
This year’s Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month may be behind us, but OCA-Greater Houston’s Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival (or HAAPIFEST), which kicked off June 3, is just getting started. The screenings feature a lineup of more than 30 full-length and short films from around the globe, with each day focusing on a different selection of similarly themed movies. Funds from the festival go towards OCA-Greater Houston’s arts, culture, and educational programs, including HAAPIFEST.
Thru June 13. From $5. Online. More info and tickets at ocahouston.org.