Hot Picks: July 18-24
Published 12:28 pm, Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Vivalda Dula: Singer and percussionist Dula has taken her sounds to Spain and Angola, but she's now based in Houston. She'll be accompanied by her band at this show, which will include music, storytelling and dance. Her sound blends Afro-Angolan music, Humbundu (Bantu languages from Angola), Portuguese, English and Spanish. When: 7 p.m. Thursday; Where: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross; Tickets: $10; 713-524-9839 or rothkochapel.org.
The Hollow: Agatha Christie's mystery depicts a weekend gathering at Lady Lucy and Sir Henry Angkatell's estate, The Hollow, where festivities are disrupted by the murder of a guest. When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 4; Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas; Tickets: $26-$88; Info: 713-220-5700, alleytheatre.org.
A Chorus Line: Theatre Under The Stars' free summer show at Miller Outdoor Theatre this year is one of Broadway's all-time classics. "A Chorus Line" depicts dancers at a grueling audition, trying to land a spot in the chorus of a new show, and pouring out the stories of their lives, dreams, struggles and sacrifices in the process. Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, "A Chorus Line" features music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Ed Kleban, and book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, based on candid interviews with real-life Broadway "gypsies." The show's many honors include the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the 1976 Tony for best musical. When: 8:15 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, Hermann Park; Ticket: Free reserved-seat tickets are available at the Miller box office at 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the day of performance; 713-558-8887 or milleroutdoortheatre.com.
The extravaganza that is the 36th annual Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows runs through Sunday and includes breed judging and obedience, agility dogs racing over obstacle courses, flyball teams hurdling to beat the clock, and other highly trained dog athletes catching Frisbees and dancing to music.
For variety, the show also includes the Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit, shopping at the McScotty Market, clinics on dog health, grooming and training and a Meet the Breed seminar. Where: Reliant Center, 1 Reliant Park (off Kirby); Tickets: $15 for individuals 12 to 55, $10 for seniors 55 and older, and free for children 12 and younger. (Reliant Center does not accept credit cards, but there is an ATM in the lobby.) Parking: Try the orange or north Fannin lot for $10 cash. Or ride MetroRail to the Holly Hall stop. For more information: reliantdogshows.com
Morena Roas: Roas finished as the runner-up during this year's Pride Superstar, a singing competition leading up to Houston's annual Pride celebrations. She's taking that momentum and translating it into what looks to be a promising local career. Roas has a raspy, uniquely emotive voice, matched by her sincere stage presence. She's equally adept at lovelorn ballads and feel-good uptempos. Her setlist at this show will include English- and Spanish-language tunes, a few duets and lots of confetti. When: 10 p.m. Friday; Where: The Usual, 5519 Allen; Admission: Free; 281-501-1478 or theusualpub.com.
Psychedelic Furs: You couldn't accuse the Psychedelic Furs of being prolific. Richard Butler's influential post-punk band hasn't put out a new set of songs in more than 20 years. Still, there are plenty of folks who would gladly pay to hear songs from the three recordings the group put out between 1980 and 1983, including the beloved song that shared a title with John Hughes' "Pretty in Pink." When: 8 p.m. Friday; Where: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline; Tickets: $23-$40; 832-667-7733 or hob.com.
Julydoscope: Art, dance and film merge at the third annual Julydoscope. Multi-dance company performances kick off the evening, which includes a screening of the original 1988 "Hairspray" film starring Ricki Lake. Food trucks will be on-site, along with music by Charlie Perez and his Brazilian band. When: 6 p.m. Saturday; Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney; Admission: Free; 713-400-7336 or discoverygreen.com.
Tejano MusicFest: Tejano music is alive and well, even if new stars are still ignored in favor of familiar names. This daylong event includes stalwarts A.B. Quintanilla III & the Kumbia King Allstarz, Little Joe, above, Gary Hobbs, David Olivarez, La Diferenzia, Eddie Gonzalez and La Traizion. There will also be a kid zone and local vendors. When: 1 p.m. Saturday; Where: Humble Civic Arena, 8301 Will Clayton Parkway; Tickets: $20 and $100 (VIP); 832-324-8059 or tejanomusicfest.com.