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Friday, December 6, 2019


Jay Leno

8:00 PM From $39 Jones Hall

Since leaving The Tonight Show in 2014, the same year he won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the high-pitched comedian has found something he enjoys...


Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

7:00 PM and 9:30 PM $40 McGonigel's Mucky Duck

With a new record out earlier this year—Beautiful Lie, their fourth joint LP—Texas’s favorite country couple may sprinkle new tunes like the charming “Astrod...


Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance

7:30 PM From $35 Wortham Center

Named for the local uber-philanthropist, this 50th-anniversary “celebration of artistry” amounts to a sort of greatest-hits revue for the company: a one-nigh...


Trains Over Texas

9:00 AM $25 Houston Museum of Natural Science

This tennis-court-size holiday favorite should touch the Sheldon Cooper in us all, as an “O”-scale model train winds its way through an incredibly detailed a...


Gareth Long: Kidnappers Foil

10:00 AM Free Blaffer Art Museum

For this show, Toronto-born Long simultaneously screens the surviving prints of the film Kidnappers Foil by Texas-born “itinerant filmmaker” Melton Barker. A...


El Milagro del Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering

7:00 PM From $30 Wortham Center

Houston Grand Opera rewinds its acclaimed 2010 “mariachi opera” Cruzar la Cara de la Luna by teaming director/librettist Leonard Foglia with composer Javier ...

Special Events

Galaxy Lights

6:00 PM $29.95 (non-members) Space Center Houston

The area’s latest stop on the holiday-lights trail leverages its astronomical credentials to the hilt, adorning the museum’s 363-foot Saturn V rocket with in...


Fully Committed

2:30 PM and 7:30 PM From $47 Alley Theatre

Becky Mode’s fast-paced 1999 comedy follows a struggling actor working the reservation line at the kind of Manhattan restaurant where people would step over ...

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

7:30 PM From $10 Main Street Theater

Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s companion to Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley reframes their hit 2016 Jane Austen homage in a slightly different ligh...

Baby Screams Miracle

8:00 PM Pay-what-you-can (suggested $40) MATCH

Give Catastrophic credit: Houston’s most fearless theater company ain’t afraid of doing a storm play in a city still drying out from Imelda. In this case it’...

Baby Screams Miracle

Editor’s Pick 8:00 PM Pay what you can ($40 suggested) MATCH

Described by the New York Theatre Review as “almost more dream than play,” Clare Barron’s 2015 “enviro-horror” comedy follows a small, religious family engul...

More Than Christmas

8:00 PM and 2:00 PM From $34 Ensemble Theater

As they gather to sing traditional carols and an original tune or two, the Mercy family unwraps a few secrets along with their gifts in this world-premiere m...

Visual Art

OBJECTS: REDUX—How 50 Years Made Craft Contemporary

Editor’s Pick 10:00 AM Free Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

This year marks half a century since the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s seminal OBJECTS: USA exhibition, which showcased the country’s foremost furniture ...

Gerardo Rosales: Undercover

11:00 AM Free Galveston Arts Center

A Houstonian since 2000, the Venezuelan-born artist and educator uses his work to comment on the injustices his fellow immigrants from Latin America often ex...

Mapa Wiya: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Fondation Opale

Editor’s Pick 11:00 AM Free The Menil Collection

With a title that translates as “Your Map’s Not Needed,” this sprawling exhibition counters centuries of colonial influence with paintings, sculptures, and o...

Nathalie Miebach: The Water Line

10:00 AM Free Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

The Bostonian basket-weaver turns raw scientific data into the elaborate three-dimensional sculptures and musical scores of this solo exhibition, which measu...

Beatriz González: A Retrospective

Editor’s Pick 10:00 AM $10-17 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Although this retrospective will be the Colombian artist’s first major show in the United States, the 80-year-old is internationally celebrated for her vibra...

Will Boone: The Highway Hex

10:00 AM Free Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Driving the hundreds of miles between Texas and L.A. has lulled many an artist into a trance. In Boone’s first solo museum show, the Houston native uses his ...

Where I Come From: The Works and Influences of Charles Criner

10:00 AM $5 The Printing Museum

The museum salutes its longstanding artist-in-residence with a retrospective surveying the five and a half decades since Criner’s student days at Texas South...

Gareth Long: Kidnappers Foil

10:00 AM Free Blaffer Art Museum

For this show, Toronto-born Long simultaneously screens the surviving prints of the film Kidnappers Foil by Texas-born “itinerant filmmaker” Melton Barker. A...

The Codex Silex Vallis (The Silicon Valley Codex)

Editor’s Pick 12:00 PM Free Lawndale Art Center

This site-specific wallpaper installation from San Antonio’s Michael Menchaca fuses cell phones with the artist’s long-running use of animal archetypes. The ...