Under A Big Top

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Step right up and prepare yourself to be amazed, dazzled and possibly disturbed! Drag superstar and erstwhile carny Varla Jean Merman is coming to town with three rings stuffed with fun…and all she needs is a big top! This circus-themed show is filled with jaw-dropping videos, awe-inspiring songs, and death-defying wigs. “The Freakiest Show on …

$30 – $35

Varla Jean Merman—Under The Big Top

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Step right up and prepare to be amazed, dazzled, and possibly disturbed. Drag superstar and erstwhile carny Varla Jean Merman is coming to town with a three ring circus and all she’s looking for is the titular Big Top. This “Freakiest Show on Earth” will showcase jaw-dropping videos, awe-inspiring songs, and death-defying wigs. https://www.facebook.com/events/1254492171370778/

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Core Dance: As Shadows Grow

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

After the unexpected and untimely death of his brother Claiborne, choreographer and Core Dance Company Manager D. Patton White was compelled to create. Several sources of inspiration informed his dance making including the etymology of the word “memorial,” a recommended musical composition of the third movement of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Symphony Number 5 in D …

Next Iteration Ensemble’s 4th Annual Intercultural Play Reading Series

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Dynamic and Diverse Emerging Playwrights are Showcased in the 4th Annual NIE Intercultural Play Reading Series Next Iteration Ensemble presents playwrights Sofia Alvarez, Madhuri Shekar, and Susan Soon He Stanton at the MATCH on April 4-6, 2018 in a series of staged readings directed by Dianne K. Webb. Next Iteration Ensemble (NIE) announces its roster …

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CurrentConversations, organized by Carrie Marie Schneider

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Current Conversations are a series of public discussions across disciplines and along parallel lines of inquiry. CounterCurrent festival artists and University of Houston faculty experts engage in lively discussion about themes and concepts connected to this year’s festival programming. Each one-hour, lunchtime talk kicks off with a set of rapid-fire presentations followed by questions and …

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CounterCurrent19: Jennif(f)er Tamayo: LA QUEERADORA

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Jennif(f)er Tamayo’s LA QUEERADORA installation sits at the intersection of digital cultural production and embodied cultural performance. It asks: How do material bodies, whose lives hold an archive of cultural knowledge and experience, compete with a manufactured and digitally porous production of identity? In Tamayo’s work, the racial project of U.S. Latinidad, as an often …

Free

CounterCurrent19 – Awilda Rodríguez Lora: SUSTENTO: from La Performera to La Mujer Maravilla

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

SUSTENTO: from La Performera to La Mujer Maravilla is a lecture-performance by the transdisciplinary artist, Awilda Rodríguez Lora also known as La Performera. Stories, movements, and songs are strategies used by La Performera to invite the audience to reflect on the concept of sustento (sustenance) as a complex and vital idea for survival in creative …

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Toast

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

TOAST takes audiences on a raucous and mind-bending journey through Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell! This original, collectively-realized work brings together eight members of Catastrophic’s acting company with groundbreaking director Brian Jucha, a key collaborator of Catastrophic’s predecessor company, Infernal Bridegroom Productions. TOAST completes a trilogy that started with 1997’s LAST RITES and 2002’s WE …

Pay-What-You-Can

CounterCurrent19 – Stacy Garrop: How Does a Composer Compose?

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

In this lecture-demonstration, Garrop takes the audience through a step-by-step process of how she composes instrumental music, demystifying a process that for many remains challenging to understand. For CounterCurrent19, Garrop will focus on the compositional process she utilized for her woodwind arrangement, Bohemian Café. The presentation features videos of Prague street performers from whom she …

Pop Up Kino: Coming Out

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Pop Up Kino, a monthly film series celebrating German cinema, presents Heiner Carow's "Coming Out." As a boy, Philipp was strongly attracted to his best friend, but he put that behind him in order to live within the “norm”. He meets a shy girl who falls for him, and soon the couple is sharing an …

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Speeding Motorcycle

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

An all-time Catastrophic favorite returns! The original rock opera, based entirely on the songs of legendary outsider musician and artist Daniel Johnston, was originally performed to rave reviews in 2006 and received glowing coverage in the New York Times. SPEEDING MOTORCYCLE takes audiences deep into the astounding, hilarious, and heartbreaking world of one of America’s …

Call Me Ann: A Rock Opera

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Call Me Ann is a rock opera biography of Ann Richards, and examines her life, her times, and what her election and subsequent re-election loss meant as her political career ended and George W. Bush's began. Texas and Houston characters and situations feature prominently, as her history intersects with Governor Mark White, President George W. …

$20

Sugar Plum Fantasy Concert

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Kick off your holiday season with the Houston Pride Band at our annual holiday extravaganza, which promises to make your holiday magical and sweet! The program features holiday music, both traditional and contemporary, and a special nod to Tchaikovsky's timeless "The Nutcracker". It is sure to have you dancing and singing along in your seat.

$5 – $12

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From White Plains

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

In this New York Times Critic pick, when Dennis Sullivan wins an Academy Award for his screenplay based on the true story of his friend who was driven to suicide after being bullied for being gay, he names the real-life bully on national television in his acceptance speech: Ethan Rice. Dennis’ accusation and the viral …

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Starry Night Concert

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

There is no greater place than Houston to celebrate our love of outer space and dreaming of the stars. Join the Houston Pride Band for a night of music inspired by the cosmos, including sections from Star Wars, Holst’s ‘The Planets’, Star Trek, and other popular contemporary favorites!

$5 – $12

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Into the Woods

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Into the Woods tells the story of The Baker and his Wife who long to have a child of their own. The neighborhood Witch throws a wrench in their plan when she reveals that she has placed a curse on their family, forbidding them to ever have children. There is a way to reverse the …

$20 – $30

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White Rabbit Red Rabbit

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a worldwide phenomenon that was first produced in 2011. Playwright Nassim Soleimanpour is forbidden from leaving his native Iran after refusing to participate in military service, which is required of all men in the country. Soleimanpour wrote the piece hoping that it would be produced worldwide. If he could not …

$20 – $30

Not A Day Goes By: A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Not a Day Goes By reunites the Into The Woods cast (the last Houston cast of a Sondheim piece while he was living) along with select Houston vocalists for a one-night only engagement highlighting his work. The concert will span from Sondheim's most popular shows to some of his less performed works including Passion, Merrily …

$15 – $20

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A Steady Rain

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

A Steady Rain explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten and, after working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny's wife and kids; Denny keeps …

$25

Houston Pride Band Presents: Starry Night

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

There is no greater place than Houston to celebrate our love of outer space and dreaming of the stars. Join the Houston Pride Band for a night of music inspired by the cosmos, including selections from Star Wars, The Planets, Star Trek, and other popular favorites. Special guest performance by the Bering UCC Handbell Ensemble.

$15

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Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

When 12-year-old Edith makes an unfortunate spur-of-the-moment decision with her air rifle, she, her older brother Kenny, and his boyfriend Benji find themselves suddenly at odds with the adult world around them. A. Rey Pamatmat’s achingly beautiful play explores first love, the pangs of youth, and the universal search to find your family of choice. …

$15 – $25
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Simprov

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Thunderclap Productions presents SIMPROV, a world premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Laurence Klavan. "SIMPROV is a serious and surreal comedy about technology, entertainment, and identity. Two couples are on contrasting journeys: Barbara and Alan, in middle age, are being pulled apart by her ever-increasing involvement in video and internet experiences; Actor …

$15 – $25

Houston Fringe Festival: Decision Trees

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Decision Trees is an evening-length work arranged by Paul Kasperitis for Houston Fringe Festival 2022, centering around his compositions by the same name.

$15
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Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.: Coyote on a Fence

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Dirt Dogs Theatre Company presents the challenging, explosive Coyote on a Fence.  Illiterate yet affable, Bobby Reyburn loves to do impressions and watch soap operas. He’s also a member of the Aryan nation sitting on death row, convicted of an unimaginable hate crime. John Brennan is an articulate, well-educated convict and editor of the prison newspaper, The Death Row …

$30
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Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St, Houston, TX

Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical is based on the iconic 1999 film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Geller. The musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Fueled by revenge and passion, the diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not …

$20 – $25
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