Three months into the new year and we’re ready for another vacation. Spring breaks are upon us and not a moment too soon. Whether the family is piling into the car for a road trip to Wally World or flying the friendly skies to an adventure abroad, the key to a successful vacation is a change of pace. Yet, as you’re setting the month’s itinerary, consider escaping to one of the many art events in our own fair city. You don’t have to travel far for some of the best souvenirs.
Unhinged Productions presents The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told March 5-28 (Fri-Sat @ 8pm; Sun-Mon @ 7:30pm) – Unhinged Productions presents Paul Rudnick’s Broadway smash The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, the hilarious retelling of The Old Testament by the original couple – Adam and Steve. Frenetic Theatre, 5102 Navigation Blvd. – tickets $20. Call 832.250.7786 or visit. www.comeunhinged.com for more info.
The 38th Annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta March 13 (Race @ 9am; Festivities @ 11am) – Buffalo Bayou Partnership invites you to Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race with over 350 canoes and kayaks competing for first place. Participate in the 15-mile stretch, whether you are entering competitively or paddling for pleasure. Finish line festivities include live zydeco music and an awards ceremony. Sesquicentennial Park – Free. For more information, visit www.buffalobayou.org or call 713.752.0314.
Springtime in Paris with Ars Lyrica Houston March 20 @ 7:30pm – Springtime in Paris is an intimate and earthy program of French Baroque chamber works. The evening marks the Ars Lyrica debuts of international early music stars, violinist Marc Destrubé and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane. Other featured performers include oboist Kathryn Montoya, gambist Barrett Sills, theorbist Michael Leopold and harpsichordist Matthew Dirst. Hobby Center – Tickets starting at $31.25. For more information and tickets, visit www.arslyricahouston.org.
The Change We Play: Preservation Hall Jazz Band March 20 @ 5pm – Shannon Brinkman and Eve Abrams’ seven-year study in the home of New Orleans Jazz (Preservation Hall) intertwines the kinesthetic magic of live performance with the offstage words, voices and images of some of New Orleans’ most esteemed culture bearers. Presents for Fotofest at Elder Street Gallery (1101 Elder Street). For more information, visit www.elderstreetartist.com or call 281.250.4889.
Abraham Inc. featuring David Krakauer, Fred Wesley & Socalled March 25, 7:30pm Abraham Inc. is an unprecedented collaboration between three cultural visionaries – champion of klezmer music and world-class chamber clarinetist David Krakauer; funk legend Fred Wesley and hip-hop renegade and beat architect Socalled. Heralding a time when boundaries are eroding, Abraham Inc. is a head-on musical collision, signifying new possibilities for cross-cultural engagement. Add a three-piece horn section led by Wesley, a hip-hop rapper and members of Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness! band and the result is an all-out klezmer-funk dance party! Miller Outdoor Theatre – Free. Photo credit: Jon Wasserman
Opera in the Heights presents Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme March 26-27, April 1-10 @ 7:30pm
Who doesn’t love opera’s most famous lovers, Mimi and Rodolfo? Join Opera in the Heights for what is arguably the most popular operatic of all time. At the end, Puccini doesn’t leave a dry eye in the house. Lambert Hall (1703 Heights Blvd.) – $10-45. For tickets and more information, visit www.operaintheheights.org.
We invite YOU! Spacetaker’s 6th Annual Gala: Apocalypto March 20 @ 7pm Hit the road with Spacetaker for a spectacular evening of Mad Max-inspired revelry! Over 800 guests will join the festivities at Winter Street’s own Thunderdome for a decadent display of food, drink, music, dance, theatre and art. Performances include live ice sculpting by Reverend Butter, DJ Drew, Psophonia Dance Company, Scatter! Improv, Divisi Strings’ Collide and the rowdy Americana band, Robert Ellis and the Boys. Winter Street Studios – Tickets starting at $60. www.spacetaker.org/apocalypto