Summer's Bach, Ya'll

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, June 25-27

Monet, Matisse, and Renoir walk into a bar.

By Emma Schkloven June 25, 2021

Paul Signac, Flowering Almond Trees, 1896

Houston Horror Film Festival 

Love a good scare? There’ll be plenty of that at this three-day convention for Houston’s horror scene. In addition to screenings of 11 full-length features and 83 shorts—including Rondo and Bob, the Austin-made love letter to horror icon Rondo Hatton and Hatton superfan Robert A. Burns (you know, the art director behind Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes)—the brand-new celebration of all things gory features an impressive lineup of filmmakers and celebrity guests. We’re talking the Halloween franchise’s Tyler Mane, “scream queen” Danielle Harris, and Eddie Munster himself, Butch Patrick. If that’s not something worth shrieking about, we don’t know what is.

Thru June 27. From $15. Houston Marriott South, 9100 Gulf Fwy. More info and tickets at

A Bach Keyboard Extravaganza

Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica artistic director and acclaimed American harpsichordist and organist, performs the best of J.S. Bach (as well as music from his contemporaries) in this one-hour virtual concert film. The performance, recorded last month at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Rienzi and St. Philip Presbyterian Church, is a collaboration between Arts Lyrica and Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar. 

June 25. Free. Online More info and registration at  

2021 Marty Party Variety Show

Get ready to marty … err we mean party. Art League Houston’s annual Montrose Art Party, which benefits the organization’s Healing Art Program, is going virtual once again. This year’s performers include 2021-23 Houston Poet Laureate Outspoken Bean (who emceed last year’s shindig) Roberta Paixao Cortes, contemporary dancer and co-director of Houston-based Group Acorde. There’ll also be the usual art auction and exhibitions.

June 26. Free. Online. More info at

Jacqueline Woodson 

Four-time Newberry Award-winner and kid-lit queen Jacqueline Woodson makes a virtual visit to Houston for a special Inprint Cool Brains! Event this Sunday. During the presentation, the critically acclaimed author of more than 30 award-winning books will read from her new novel, Before the Ever After, and answer questions submitted by her young readers. The new story, which has garnered the Coretta Scott King Author and NAACP Image awards since its release in 2020, follows the same written-verse style as Woodson’s National Book Award-winning autobiographic novel, Brown Girl Dreaming.

June 27. Free. Online. More info and registration at 

Monet to MatisseImpressionism to Modernism  

Soak up the brushstrokes of masters Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Odilon Redon in this exhibition that highlights French painting movements from the late-19th- and early-20th-centuries. This traveling collection of 90 extraordinary works on paper, whose only U.S. stop is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, features artistic periods ranging from impressionism to symbolism to fauvism. Other artists in the show, on loan from Renaissance Hôtel d’Assézat in Toulouse, France, include Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, and Paul Signac, among others.

June 27–Sept 19. From $19 (tickets include general admission). 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. More info and tickets at