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What to Do and See This Summer

Don't miss the reopening of The Children's Museum, plus a group exhibition assembled by CAMH’s Teen Council offers a revealing look into young people's inner lives through the pandemic.

By Chris Gray June 1, 2021 Published in the Summer 2021 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Through sculpture, painting, video, and photography, these artists present a revealing look at young people’s inner lives during a time of global crisis. Art by Alec Phipps, A Trip To The Grocery Store, 2020.


Mildred’s Umbrella: Femfest Houston: Virus Edition

Thru June 24. Houston’s female-focused theater company reaches the fourth installment of its digital reading series highlighting new women-authored plays; these three new works spring directly from the pandemic. Says artistic director Jennifer Decker, “Just like anything in history, the hard things inspire art.” Free. 832-463-0409. 


Summer Extravadance

June 4 at 8:30 p.m. Houston Metropolitan Dance Center shakes off the cobwebs and screams #YayDance for a celebration of movement and music that encompasses a broad array of genres and styles. The performance will also be livestreamed on Miller’s website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 281-373-3386. 

Visual Arts

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston: Turn On, Tune In, Tap Out

Thru Aug 9. Members of CAMH’s Teen Council assembled this group exhibition to examine and deconstruct the ominous and omnipresent nature of “The Screen” that has dominated their lives for the last year and change. Through sculpture, painting, video, and photography, these artists present a revealing look at young people’s inner lives during a time of global crisis. Free. 5216 Montrose Blvd. 713-284-8250.  

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Monet to Matisse: Impressionism to Modernism from the Bamberg Foundation

June 27–Sep 19. On loan from the Renaissance Hôtel d’Assézat in Toulouse, this traveling exhibition spans several centuries but focuses on the cusp of the 20th century, displaying top-shelf examples of styles, including Pointillism and Fauvism, through the works of Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, and many more. $19 (non-members). 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300.


Bob Saget

June 4–5 The smirking star of ’90s institutions Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos, whose ribald routines once got him dubbed “America’s dirtiest dad,” now waxes philosophical on his podcast Bob Saget’s Here For You. He’s promising to steer clear of controversial topics on this latest tour, but will happily drop an f-bomb or three anyway. From $60 (tables only). Improv Houston, 7620 Katy Fwy., #455. 713-333-8800.


InPrint: InPrint Book Club

June 13 at 4 p.m. Held over Zoom and open to the public, the local literary organization’s monthly forum will discuss Viet Thanh Nguyen’s latest novel, The Committed, which follows the double-agent protagonist of 2016’s Pulitzer-winning The Sympathizer to 1980s Paris and an entirely new set of intrigues. RSVP through InPrint’s website required. Free. 713-521-2026. 

Say Girl Say at Discovery Green


Say Girl Say

June 25 at 7:30 p.m. Ukulele-crazy BFFs Brigitte Yawn and Suad Ihsan have been beguiling Houston audiences since 2012, releasing an eponymous LP three years later. Latter-day Bandcamp singles “Always Trippin’ ” and “Let My Hair Down” radiate more of an electropop haze that heightens anticipation for the harmonically impeccable duo’s pandemic-delayed but forthcoming second full-length. Reservation required. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. 

The Black Crowes

Aug 14 at 7 p.m. Rock’s baddest battling-brother combo not named Gallagher, Chris and Rich Robinson had only just ended a decade-plus estrangement when the pandemic scuttled their reunion-tour plans. Don’t expect the delay to dampen the Crowes’ sassy Southern sound—not when celebrating the belated 30th anniversary of crackerjack debut Shake Your Moneymaker. From $29. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 281-364-3010.


Virtual Rainbow on the Green

June 24 at 7 p.m. Until such time we can all shake it together safely again—and what a blowout that’s going to be—Discovery Green presents a virtual retrospective in honor of the PRIDE month cornerstone’s 10th anniversary. Special guests in the hour-long video include Crystal Waters, Taylor Dayne, and Houston-based drag slayer Angelina DM Trailz. Free.


Children’s Museum Houston reopening

June 8 Covid safety protocols at the ready, the museum is putting out nothing but “Fun Summer Vibes” to beat back those no-school boredom blues. The myriad of interactive activities on offer include investigating Sights Unseen’s mysteries of color and light; repairing the ailing robots of Invention Convention; and cooling off in the elaborate outdoor FlowWorks exhibition. $12 (non-members). 1500 Binz St. 713-522-1138.

*A previous version of this story included a listing that won't occur until the fall. It has been removed. 

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