Best bets the week of November 24 to 30, 2022

It looks like we’re in for a rainy Thanksgiving weekend, but that’s no excuse for staying cooped up at home, not when there’s so much to do this week. From a new light installation in Buffalo Bayou Park and the return of a Houston Ballet tradition to a 50-year-old masterpiece by Luis Buñuel and a new holiday show at Stages, read on for all your best bets for the holidays. Weekend.

It’s been two years since Houston saw its annual Thanksgiving Day parade (thanks to a global pandemic and then weather), but today, Thursday, November 24 at 9 a.m., we’ll see if 2022 will mark its long-awaited return. Although rain is forecast, Lisa Helfman, HEB Houston’s senior director of public affairs, told Houston Public Media that HEB’s 73rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade will continue “rain or shine” unless there is lightning. We’ll be optimistic that the parade, led by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and including more than a dozen floats and 30 balloons, will traverse 20 blocks of downtown Houston without a hitch. The parade is free, but if you like a seat, you have until 8 am this morning (Thursday, November 24) to reserve a first-come, first-serve seat here for $25.

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Come see the Illuminated Cistern, the winter light installation that will soon decorate the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern with twinkling lights.

Photo by Katya Horner

On Friday, November 25, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership will unveil its new winter light installation, Cistern Illuminated, at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. Designed by Fenris founder Kelly O’Brien, the temporary seasonal lighting will also be complemented by special performances by the Schola Cantorum of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, performing works from the past to the present. If you can’t make it to opening weekend, Cistern Illuminated will be on view through January 8, 2023, with 30-minute tours Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m., with a Extra tour on Friday nights at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $8 to $10, or you can take advantage of free admission on the first Thursday of every month. Schola Cantorum will perform at 7:00 pm, 7:45 pm and 8:30 pm on December 18, 20 and 22 and January 5 and 6, 2023. Tickets can be purchased here for $20.

What do you think of when you think of Houston? Is the two-time World Series champion Houston Astros? How about innovative DJ Screw, whose vinyl record collection is housed in the Houston Hip Hop Research Collection at the University of Houston? Or maybe it’s U of H? Whatever it is, you’ll likely find it represented this weekend at “We So Houston,” a group art show presented by War’Hous Visual Art Studios, Super Happy Incredible Toys, and White Cup Entertainment. Curated by Dandee Warhol, the free family event will cover the brewery at Saint Arnold Brewing Company with remarkable Houston architecture, famous local faces and much more. You can watch the program on Friday, November 25 from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Sunday, November 27 from 12 to 6 p.m.
Stop by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Friday, November 25 at 6 pm for a digital restoration screening of Luis Buñuel’s 50th anniversary The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie. Buñuel’s “biggest critical and commercial success” – so much so that the man who said “nothing would disgust me more morally than winning an Oscar” won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1972 – is “a comedy of frustration in which a sextet of the wealthy and super civilized gentry (five Frenchmen and the ambassador of an imaginary South American country) repeatedly tries to sit down to dinner without success”. What The New York Times he noted, it may have been “shooting fish in a barrel, but French manners have rarely been so expertly ridiculed.” The MFAH will also screen Buñuel’s satirical film at 6 pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November. Tickets are available for $7 to $9.

Not only is a Houston tradition returning on Friday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. The Nutcracker, but it will be the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that the show will feature a full cast: 61 company dancers and more than 300 young dancers. New Houston Ballet principal dancer Beckanne Sisk, who will be playing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, recently spoke about the audience’s relationship with The Nutcracker with the Houston Press, saying: “Everyone knows this music. It’s just a classic. So to be able to dance and be the music like Sugar Plum, it’s like I’m showing them what music looks like.” Shows continue at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and Friday at 7:30 pm and December 19-27 at the Wortham Theater Center Tickets can be purchased here for $30 to $200.
You can imagine Fancy without mickey mouse? Yes, Walt Disney considered casting Dopey or creating an entirely new character before finally settling on the mouse. It is hard to imagine, just as it is now hard to imagine the innovations that Disney made with music and sound for the 1940 film, innovations that led to Weather say: “Music doesn’t just come from the screen, but from everywhere; it is as if a listener were in the middle of the music”. This weekend, you can experience Disney’s Fancy from the music milieu as the Houston Symphony plays the soundtrack, including Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and, of course, Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” as the film plays on the screen at Jones Hall on Friday, May 25. November and Saturday, November 26 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 27 at 2:30 pm Tickets for the concert in the hall can be purchased here for $32 to $139.

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DeQuina Moore stars in Houston for the Holidays with DeQuina Moore in stages.

Photo by Melissa Taylor

Fresh off a powerful performance in Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Andersontriple threat DeQuina Moore is back on Stages for Houston for the Holidays with DeQuina Moore. The 90-minute show, written by Moore and Shawanna Renee Rivon, is part Christmas cabaret, featuring classic Christmas songs like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Silent Night,” and part autobiography. This includes true behind-the-scenes and personal stories, with Stages artistic director Kenn McLaughlin describing the show as “personal, intimate, here I am,” and Moore recently telling Houston CityBook that “there’s going to be some spilled tea on this one.” script as well.” The next performance is scheduled for Saturday, November 26 at 2:30 p.m., with future performances scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm until December 24. Tickets can be purchased here for $30 to $84.

Tejas Got Soul, a three-Sunday programming series at Discovery Green celebrating the past and present of Houston’s Tejano music scene, comes to a close this Sunday, November 27, when Avizo takes over Anheuser-Busch Stage from 5 to 7 p.m. Isaac “Simmer Down” Rodríguez, a DJ and one of the team members behind the Tejas Got Soul project along with Nick Gaitán, Ángel Quesada, Roberto Rodríguez and Pat Jasper, has said that the “drive behind Tejas Got Soul Sundays is to promote artists and music. to a whole new generation of music lovers,” with each selected band representing “a distinct Chicano musical heritage and style in Houston.” During Sunday’s free concert, the final band selected, Grammy-nominated Tejano band Avizo, will pay tribute to two groups that played significant roles in Houston’s Chicano music scene: Big Lu y Los Muchachos and Neto Perez and the Young Originals. .

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