The 5 Best Things to Do This Weekend in Houston: George Lopez, Brooklyn - The Musical, the Spaghetti Code World Premiere and More

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Detail from a work by K. C. Collins
The juror for this year's "The Big Show" at Lawndale Art Center is Erin Elder, visual art director at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The annual exhibit, which has it's opening reception and awards presentation on Friday, started in 1984. It features the works of local artists living within 100 miles of Houston. Elder saw 981 original submissions by 392 artists. Of those, 115 works by 106 different artists made it into the show. "It is truly inspiring to learn that so many people express themselves creatively through visual art," says Christine West, Lawndale's executive director. "Whether they choose to make a living doing it, do it as a hobby or do it simply because they have a basic need to create -- because they simply have to."

West is excited for the public to see the finalists and for the participating artists to see the public. "As an artist, being able to share their work and experience viewers responses to their work is a huge part of creative expression," she adds. "I feel strongly that experiencing art brings the creative process full circle, influencing both the artist and the viewer."

There's an opening reception with the artists starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Award winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through August 9. 4912 Main. For information, call 713‑528‑5858 or visit Free.

Playwright and frequent Houston Press contributor Abby Koenig tells us her latest work, the black comedy Spaghetti Code, was inspired by but not exactly based on her own life. Koenig and her husband struggled for years with infertility. It was, she says, rough going. "You spend most of your waking moments thinking about babies and you start to blame yourself. Every little thing you did or do, you question if it is affecting your fertility. You become kinda crazy. It's a slow boil, though, but all of a sudden I found myself trying anything. Like drinking fertility shakes with bee pollen; I'm not kidding."

In Spaghetti Code, which has its world premiere on Saturday, a woman arranges for her husband and best friend to conceive a child the natural way (with sex and everything). Nothing could go wrong with that plan, right? Koenig and her husband had eventually started talking about adoption and surrogacy. "My family and friends were all very supportive and offered their eggs or to be a surrogate, etc.

"And it got me thinking, how far would I go? If I would be willing to adopt a baby that was someone else's and if I could give my husband the opportunity to have the baby have his DNA, and...If I could pick the woman he would have the baby with? Would I do that? That's where this play came from. How far would you go to have a baby? Would you ask your husband and best friend to sleep together? I wouldn't, for the record!"

See our interview with playwright Abby Koenig.

Thankfully she didn't have to. Less than a month after finishing Spaghetti Code, Koenig found out she was pregnant with twins. Both boys are happy and healthy...and keeping their mom up late at night.

See Spaghetti Code at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Through July 28. PJ's Sports Bar, 614 West Gray. For information, call 646‑942‑6837 or visit $20.

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Two women in the late 1920s are living their expected upper-class lives as wives when they get word that a man from their past is coming to see them. And not just any man, but a French charmer named Maurice whom each of the women had a fling with at different times in their prior lives. The two best friends spend the day together waiting while their husbands -- described as passionless -- are out playing golf.

In Noel Coward's Fallen Angels, our choice for Sunday, the behavior of the friends, Julia and Jane, played by Crystal O'Brien and Lisa Villegas respectively, gets increasingly hilarious as the women apply themselves to champagne in increasing amounts during the wait, quarreling and making up, and then, of course, the husbands arrive back early.

This is a play that Claire Hart-Palumbo and Main Street Theater have been wanting to do for a long time -- "12 years, in fact," according to the director. It took them that long to get and keep the rights (taken away once by another theater company with more pull, Hart-Palumbo says). "Of all of Coward's plays of the upper class behaving badly, this is the only one whose two leads are women," she says.

The director is considered something of an authority on Coward's work and says she likes it so much because of his clever language. "I prefer to be entertained by people who are smarter than I am," she says. The three-act play comes in at around two and a half hours total running time and also boasts a maid, Saunders (played by Elizabeth Marshall Black), who has a lot of advice to hand out.

See Fallen Angles at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Through August 10. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Boulevard. For information, call 713‑524‑6706 or visit $20 to $39.

Margaret Downing and Bob Ruggiero contributed to this post.

Location Info


Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Kaleidoscope

705 Main, Houston, TX

Category: General

Lawndale Art Center

4912 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: General

PJ's Sports Bar

614 W. Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Main Street Theater

2540 Times Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

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Another great thing to do this weekend is to go see South Pacific!

This is a production you won’t want to miss.Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener,South Pacific” is a musical romance that centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. This Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. It is a heartwarming tale of love and romance, war and racial tolerance, and laughter and liveliness.

The score is full of memorable, timeless tunes such as “Younger than Springtime”, “There’s Nothing Like a Dame”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”, “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”, and - of course - “Some Enchanted Evening.”

Class Act Productions provides an amazing atmosphere for its audiences.The story of South Pacific is beautifully told, as with any story to be told by the cast and crew of Class Act. The stage and costumes will transform everyone to another time and place. The amount of talent shown by the individual cast members is mesmerizing. You will simply be taken aback by the quality and charismatic way in which the whole production captures the audience.

In order to show their appreciation for those who have served or are currently serving in our military, Class Act Productions is offering complementary seating to veterans and active military this weekend! Show times are July 19 at 7:30 pm and July 20 at 2:30 pm. Tickets will be given at the door until seats are full. Family tickets can be purchased at the door, as well, or by going to

The show is being presented at The Woodlands College Park High Campus Theater by Class Act Productions.


George Lopez is not funny, IMO.

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