The 5 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Dark Matter: Evidence of Things Unseen and More

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On Friday, NobleMotion Dance, one of our favorite performing arts companies, premieres its latest evening-length program, Dark Matter: Evidence of Things Unseen. Inspired by Einstein's theory of relativity, Darwin's theory of natural selection and the Holy Bible, Dark Matter explores such lofty ideas as our place in the universe, the human condition, and the intersection of science and faith. Promotional materials say, "The theater [will be] transformed into a planetarium...and the dancers [will] test the limits of gravity." The athletic, accomplished dancers of NobleMotion have often tested the limits of gravity, and we're excited to see what promises to be a dramatic and bold performance in Dark Matter.

See Dark Matter: Evidence of Things Unseen at 8 p.m. August 29 and 30, September 4 to 6. The Barn, 2201 Preston. For information, call 832‑627‑9963 or visit noblemotiondance.com. $20 to $25.

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Houston has several new pop-culture conventions coming to town. We just had The Houston Con, a new entry from people previously involved with Space City Con. Now it's Amazing Houston Comic Con, and organizers are bringing in some big guns to make an impression. DC Comic co-publisher and influential X-men/Batman artist Jim Lee is just one of several illustrious and well-respected comics creators who'll be here over the weekend including Saturday.

There's also Deadpool creator Rob Lie-feld; Bob Layton, the man who made Iron Man interesting to a modern audience in the '70s and '80s; and Len Wein, who, among other works, wrote Giant Size X‑Men #1 and co-created the Batman characters Clayface and Lucius Fox. Oh, and he also co-created a low-key character for Marvel Comics named Wolverine. It's a shame Marvel hasn't gotten some play out of that.

Heads-up for parents: Kids ten years old and under are free with an adult paid admission, making this an easy choice for a day of family fun. At the other end of the price scale, a VIP pass gets you early admission, priority seating, entrance to a special Jim Lee signing session, variant comics and other goodies.

Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For information, visit amazinghoustoncomiccon.com. $25 to $150.

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