5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, May 14–16

Classical Theatre Company presents The Well of the Saints Radio Play

We’ve seen all sorts of performances pivot to some sort of online platform in the past year, but we have seldom seen the radio (besides podcasts) being utilized. That is, until this Friday when the Classical Theatre Company gives a performance of The Well of the Saints over the radio. Yup, you read that right, on the good old-fashioned radio. This Irish play tells a tale of the goings-on of a small mountainous community in east Ireland. Friday night, part one of the three-part series will premiere on the company’s YouTube channel. You won’t actually see any actors but rather enjoy fascinating storytelling.

7:30 p.m. May 14. Free. Online. More information here.

MATCH presents Philip Glass: Aguas da Amazonia

Catch this livestream of composer Phillip Glass’s most popular Amazonian tunes performed by Houston-based ensemble Aperio way back in June 2019 on the Miller Outdoor Theatre stage. Now, if you can think back to 2017, that’s when the group premiered the critically acclaimed Aguas da Amazonia. This popular lineup of Glass’s music has received so much fanfare that Aperio performed it again in 2019, and that is what’s live-streaming this Friday. If you miss it Friday, it will be available on demand until May 23.

7:30 p.m. May 14. Free. Online. More information here.

Opening Day of The Dr. Seuss Experience

George R. Brown’s Exhibit Hall A turns into a Seuss-filled wonderland this weekend for four whole months. Visit the topsy-turvy world of nine different Dr. Seuss story books, where you can find out if Horton actually does hear a Who or if Wockets really do live in pockets. It’ll feel as if you’re stepping straight into these beloved stories, and you actually get to stay there for a while, interact with the quirky environment, and perhaps snap a couple selfies. Critics say this is one for the five senses … and for your Instagram feed.

May 15–Aug 15. Tickets start at $23. George R. Brown Convention Center. More information here.

Styling by the Sea: 140 Years of Swimwear

We’re nearing summer—if you haven’t already felt the rising temps outside lately—and summer, for probably every Houstonian, means taking at least one trip to Galveston. This Saturday a new go-to destination opens in the beachy city: the Styling by the Sea exhibit at The Bryan Museum. This exhibit explores 140 years of swimwear, including totes, hats, those old modest bathing suits from the early 20th century, and more. You’ll also see how beach fashion developed specifically in Galveston and on the Gulf Coast, as well as learn why certain beach objects, like the bikini and beach towel, exist.

May 15–Aug 21. $14. The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st St. More information here.

Rienzi Family Day in the Gardens

Enjoy some of the last few days of cooler Houston weather—you know, when you go outside for more than five minutes and not sweat—and head to Family Day in the gardens of MFAH satellite, Rienzi. Download this map and challenge the fam to a game of Rienzi-style “I Spy” to find some of the garden’s most iconic landmarks. If you’d rather opt for a less competitive activity (if family game night causes grudges), pick up the free craft project: Make a “pocket press” to save any cool leaves or flowers you may come across. Rienzi docents will also be stationed around the gardens to impart some of their art knowledge and Rienzi history on you. Access to the gardens is free, but if you want to tour the house, please purchase tour tickets in advance.

1–5 p.m. May 16. Free. Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Dr. More information here.

Bonus: 13th annual Galveston Island Beach Revue

After celebrating its centennial virtually last year, Galveston’s official summer kickoff is back in-person this Saturday. Galveston Historical Foundation’s bathing suit competition is still the biggest draw of this Roaring ’20s-styled shindig (and for good reason), but there’ll also be the classic car show, where you’ll enjoy rat rods and hot rods of old, live music, and the always-popular vintage fashion competition during Friday’s evening Revue Prevue party. Will you take home this year’s highly coveted “Best Vintage Dressed” sash? You’ll never know if you don’t go.

May 14–15. From $5. Beach Central, Seawall Boulevard, Galveston. More info and tickets here.

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