5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, April 17–18

All Fached Up: A Gender-Bending Opera Competition by Opera on Tap

Move over Masked Singer and The Voice, there’s a new singing competition happening Friday night. Houston’s chapter of Opera on Tap will host what they call a “gender-bending” opera competition on their Facebook and YouTube. Sounds fun to us, but what exactly can we expect? Gender roles don’t matter in this competition: meaning, each Houston-area opera contestant can perform their favorite aria, no matter if they’d actually be casted for the part in a real show. Opera on Tap says this event will for sure “fach” you up.

8 p.m. April 16. Free. Online. More information here.

Stop, Look and Listen! with Will Cruz and Quattro at the Menil Collection

This Saturday DACAMERA, percussionist Will Cruz, and Cruz’s band are inviting you to stop by the Menil Collection’s north lawn and enjoy an afternoon of Caribbean-inspired jazz. The vibrant sounds of the Puerto Rican guitar-like cuatro and the rhythm of Cruz’s drums create a fusion of Latin music that will have you grooving your way into the weekend. 

4 p.m. April 17. Free. The Menil Collection north lawn, 1533 Sul Ross St. More information here.

Earth Day at Discovery Green

Gear up for next Thursday’s Earth Day this weekend at Discovery Green. You can learn about Houston’s environment with a series of short films that’ll be shown throughout the afternoon. Or, if you’re interested in starting your own butterfly garden, now is your chance to gain wisdom from the pros at La Lydia Garden Boutique during their wildlife butterfly garden workshop. Stop by the 13 local artists who were chosen to paint a mural live at the event, and afterwards stroll through exhibitors and the Urban Harvest Farmers Market. Finally, close out the day with a panel discussing energy, climate, and equity in Houston. Oh, and the panelists will also examine February’s monster winter storm … if you dare to relive that again.

Noon to 5 p.m. Apr 18. Free. Discovery Green, Downtown. More information here.

The 6th Annual Indie Meme Film Festival

Join Indie Meme, virtually, for the film fest’s first weekend of appreciating South Asian independent cinema. Kick off the festival Friday with other attendees in IMFF’s online “lobby,” which gives you a chance to mingle and discuss your very favorite films; it may not be in person, but at least you could get your weekly dose of human interaction. Documentaries, features, and short films created by independent filmmakers in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and Iran will be showcased virtually, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. And if one weekend isn’t enough, there’s more where that came from next weekend.

Apr 16–18. Online. Tickets start at $7. More information here.

The Houston Symphony presents Hollywood Serenade: The Artistry of Caroline Campbell

Houston Symphony welcomes “violinist to the stars” Caroline Campbell for her first live performance since the pandemic began—how lucky are we? Campbell and the Symphony takes you to Hollywood with this one. We’re talking about that famous Pirates of the Caribbean theme, a journey to New York for an orchestral rendition of West Side Story‘s “America,” and more dazzling music from some of Hollywood’s greatest movie scores. If you can’t make it in person, the Saturday evening performance will be streamed live. 

8 p.m., Apr 16–17; 2:30 p.m., April 18. $20. Jones Hall and online. More information here.

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