ART GUIDE

20 Artsy Things to Do This March

Music, films, performing arts, and much more

By Amarie Gipson

March welcomes the beloved Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with concerts, competitions and a full fledge carnival. 

We’re gearing up to head outside and make our rounds during rodeo season. But there's so much more to do this March, like reminiscing over our favorite Pixar films while out on a date playing putt golf at Discovery Green. Now, that sounds like a good way to spend a Houston evening. 

Or, enjoying a concert at the MFAH. Not to mention the reason March exists in the first place, (which takes us back to...) the rodeo!

Yup, there’s plenty to do. Here’s our running list of very artsy things we’re looking forward to in March.

Mark your calendars:

In Gallery Concert at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston on March 3, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the art of Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, Da Camera Young Artists will perform music in this free in-gallery concert. The performance will be hosted in the MFAH Kinder Building’s lower level. Admission to the museum is free on Thursdays and timed tickets can be reserved here

No-No Boy in Concert at Asia Society Texas Center on March 4, 7:30 p.m. 

Nashville-born musician Julian Saporiti (aka No-No Boy) is set to provide an immersive storytelling experience that explores the diverse Asian American music traditions and histories. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers and $15 for members and students. The performance will be followed by a reception at 9 p.m. 

Nights Like This at Theory Studios on March 4, 9 p.m 

Imagine if London’s Boiler Room landed in Houston. This bimonthly gathering is a sound and art experience in Houston’s Third Ward. For its third edition, Nights Like This will feature local DJs Lonny and Morgan Morgan, alongside special guest Ella Ella from Austin. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here

Sense and Sensibility at the Alley Theater from March 4-27

A new twist on Jane Austen’s novel follows the lives of two sisters' fortunes and misfortunes after the sudden death of their beloved father. Adapted by American playwright Kate Hamill, Sense and Sensibility is a youthful take on a classic. 

Dan Santat Virtual Reading Event Hosted by Inprint Houston on March 6, 4 p.m.

Inprint is hosting American author and illustrator Dan Santat on a kid-centric virtual event surrounding his new graphic novel The Aquanaut. Young attendees are encouraged to send short video messages with questions, in exchange for a free book, by Tuesday, March 1.

BLCK Market Pop-up on March 12, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m

Located in Midway’s new East River retail complex, the monthly BLCK Market pop-up is the perfect place to find and shop Black-owned businesses. This large-scale gathering will feature live music and food trucks. After years of traveling to different locations, the market will be planted at 49 Bayou St. through November. 

Destination Celebration at the Children’s Museum Houston from March 12-19 

What better place to spend spring break than the Children’s Museum Houston for Destination Celebration, a weeklong program of adventures. Activities take place all day and are included in general admission. Tickets start at $12 for kids and adults. 

Virtual Realities: The Art of M.C. Escher from the Michael S. Sachs Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston opening March 13 

Enter the world of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Esher in this major exhibition. Esher is known for fusing math with science and art to create visions of other realities. Tour galleries filled with more than 400 works of art, from drawings to paintings, sketchbooks and more. 

Buddy Guy and Colin James at the Houston of Blues on March 19  

Blues giant Buddy Guy will be joined by Canadian artist Colin James for a soulful night at the House of Blues. Tickets range from $39.50 to $99.50, and are on sale now with limited availability.

ISHIDA Dance Company's debut performance from March 17-20

 After months of delays due to the COVID-19 surge, the ISHIDA Dance Company is preparing for its Houston premiere. The beauty of contemporary dance takes center stage at MATCH Theater in Midtown. Tickets start at $60. 

Pixar Putt at Discovery Green through March 20

Spring is the prime time to visit Discovery Green. Pixar Putt is an immersive experience for all ages and features holes inspired by some of Disney/Pixar’s most popular films including Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and more. Golfers 18 and older can enjoy Pixar Putt After Dark every Thursday-Friday until 11 p.m. Tickets start at $26, and can be purchased here.

Hamilton at the Hobby Center now through March 20 

Hamilton made a grand return to Houston earlier this week. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Broadway musical tells the story of America through the eyes of founding father Alexander Hamilton. A dynamic cast, genre-blending score and dynamic choreography combine to create a historical and award-winning production every American should see. 

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at NRG Park through March 20  

RodeoHouston has a jam-packed lineup for this year’s rodeo concerts in March, including performances by Keith Urban, Gwen Steffani, Brad Paisley and Bun B’s historic H-Town Takeover. Tickets are still available here and start at $20. 

Kenny G Concert at Cullen Performance Hall on March 23 

As part of his New Standards tour, renowned saxophonist Kenny G is coming to Cullen Performance Hall to celebrate his first album release in six years. The record sat on the charts for nine weeks straight after its release in December 2021. Tickets are almost sold out, but available here

William Clark Green in concert at White Oak Music Hall on March 25

Texas-born Americana artist William Clark Green is celebrating the release of his new album Baker Hotel. Tickets start at $17 for general admission and can be purchased here

Bayou City Art Festival at Memorial Park on March 25-27, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.  

The Bayou City Art Festival returns for its 50th running year with a slew of artisans and creative vendors. Browse more than 300 artists and purchase art for your collection. The festival is still in need of volunteers ages 13 and up; visit here for more information.

This Magic Moment at the Petroleum Club of Houston on March 27, 6 p.m.

The Houston Chamber Choir is hosting its 25th Annual Gala to celebrate and raise funds for continued music and educational programming. The night will honor Robert and Marianna Parnas-Simpson and will include a private reception and a night of live entertainment.

Houston Jewish Film Festival at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center from March 26-April 6

Film lovers of all ages are invited to take part in Jewish and Israeli films during this year’s Jewish Film Festival. The event is returning for its 18th year and will open with Persians Lessons, which tells the story of a Jewish man posing as an Iranian to save himself from the Nazis. Screenings will take place in-person, outdoors and virtually. Passes start at $83 for members, $130 for nonmembers, and can be purchased here

An Uncommon Chevalier, Ars Lyrica Houston in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center on March 27, 2:30 p.m.

Time travel with classical music through this special concert by the talented orchestra of Houston’s Ars Lyrica. Baroque violinists Cynthia Roberts and Elizabeth Blumenstock will take the stage with arrangements by Mozart and one of his major influences, Joseph de Bologne. The concert takes place in person and will be available to stream online. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here 

Women, Music and Oscars Films at Rooftop Cinema Club through March 31

Rooftop Cinema Club has a stacked schedule of screenings. Highlights include Mean Girls, Selena, Set it Off, Ratatouille, plus many more classics and new releases. Tickets, films, and show times can be found here

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