Best Bets for the Week of July 11-17, 2024

Best Bets for the Week of July 11-17, 2024

What a week! After Beryl’s episode, we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Wishing you all working electricity and Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a refrigerator, and (hopefully) a much-needed break from your recovery efforts. If you were lucky enough to escape unscathed, or just need a place to go with working air conditioning, we’ve rounded up some of the best picks for the week ahead. Read on for musicals, classical music, a non-American holiday celebration, and more.

One of Disney’s most beloved animated films turned musical will be released tonight, July 11, at 7:30 p.m., when Broadway at the Hobby Center presents The Lion King. Peter Hargrave, who plays the villain Scar in the national tour, recently told the Houston Press that The Lion King is “one of those incredible stories that means something different to you as a child than it does to you as an adult,” adding that while the “adversity” in the show can be scary for kids, he believes “what kids experience most is the potential of what a life can become.” Performances will continue at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday through August 4. Tickets are on sale here for $35 to $140.

The Wizard of Oz is an American classic, and many have tried to explain why, including Salman Rushdie, who noted that the 1939 MGM film “is that great rarity, a film that improves on the good book from which it came.” On Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m., you can see a reinterpretation of L. Frank Baum’s “optimistic American fable about a group of friends’ path to happiness” when the Queensbury Theatre opens its mainstage production of The Wizard of Oz. And of course, there will be the music you love from MGM films. Performances will continue at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays through July 28. Tickets can be purchased here for $30 to $65.

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Start Halloween early at Insomnia Gallery’s Summer Slashers – Horror Art Show + Night Market at Hardy & Nance Studios.

Photography by Natalie de la Garza

It’s officially 112 days until Halloween, so there’s no better time to celebrate the horror, which you can do on Friday, July 12, from 8 p.m. to midnight, when Insomnia Gallery presents its annual Summer Slashers – Horror Art Show + Night Market at Hardy & Nance Studios. The art show will feature the work of local artists, each putting their own unique spin on different scary movies and TV shows, while the horror-themed night market will feature vendors specializing in all things fright. Of course, you can also expect complimentary drinks from City Orchard, Equal Parts Brewing, Bad Astronaut Brewing Co., and Eureka Heights Brewery as well as food from Boom Box Tacos. The show is free and no tickets are required to enter.

In 1938, Aaron Copland stopped working on Billy the kid compose a piece of music for a high school orchestra, and the result, An open-air openingwill open the program for the first of four summer symphony evenings over the next two weekends at the Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday, July 12 at 8:30 p.m., when the Houston Symphony returns to the Miller to present American Masterworks. Guest conductor Kellen Gray will lead the Symphony in the all-American program that, in addition to Copland, will also include George Gershwin’s concerto
Row of catfisha concert suite of Porgy and Bessand Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3 in C minor. Tickets for the free show can be booked here starting today, July 11, at 10 a.m., but you can still sit on the hill without a ticket instead.

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Ian Lewis and Danny Hayes in the Main Street Theater production of The woman in black.

Photography by Andrew Ruthven

There’s nothing better than a ghost story in the summer, and the Main Street Theater has one for you: The woman in blackwhich will premiere on Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. The play, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from a novel by Susan Hill, tells the story of a man named Arthur Kipps, who is convinced that his family is cursed. Danny Hayes, who plays the actor Mr. Kipps hires to help him tell his story, told the press Houston Press The play is “really disturbing,” but it’s “not just scary for the sake of scaring or trying to scare with ridiculous jump scares,” noting that the characters “are very human” and the play is “so well-crafted.” Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through August 11. Tickets are available here for $39 to $59.

For the second of four summer symphony evenings at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Houston Symphony, under the baton of conductor Gonzalo Farias, will turn to a double bill of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on Saturday, July 13, at 8:30 p.m. during Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. William Grant Still’s “Summerland” and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (with violinist Blake Pouliot) will set the stage for the concert’s finale: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which, while “not explicitly nationalistic,” has “a distinctly Russian flavor” and “is one of (the composer’s) most beloved large-scale premieres.” You can reserve free tickets in the covered seating area here starting Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m., or you can plan to sit on the hill without a ticket.

Shogun“FX’s most-watched show ever (based on global airtime),” is “one of the most notable shows of the year,” and has been described as “lighthearted, violent, transcendently silly, often incisive, and, most importantly, utterly readable.” We’ll know in a week whether or not the series, based on a novel by James Clavell, will get an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series (an award it could easily win), but on Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m., the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will host local filmmaker Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, who directed the series’ eighth episode, for Shōgun: A Director’s Perspective. Osei-Kuffour will present the episode titled “The Abyss of Life,” which will be screened and followed by a question-and-answer session. Admission is free and you can get your ticket here.

July 14 is Bastille Day, a French holiday that commemorates the day Parisians stormed the Bastille—a prison that once held Voltaire (as well as the Marquis de Sade)—and kicked off the French Revolution. You can find a little bit of “liberté, égalité, fraternité” right here in the Bayou City on Sunday, July 14, at 5 p.m., when the Consulate General of France in Houston hosts Celebrate Bastille Day at Rice University Stadium. Francophiles can enjoy a showcase of sports (remember, the Olympics are in Paris this year), music, space, and cuisine during the festivities. We’re also going to go out on a limb and bet that you’ll hear at least one rendition of “La Marseillaise.” Admission is free, but registration here is required.