Houston Summer Auto Show

Didn’t get your car fix last weekend at Art Car? Well, the Houston Summer Auto Show’s pulled up at the NRG Center. Among the vehicles at the annual car showcase? The new 2021 Ford Bronco and the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, scheduled for release this summer. Of course, there’s also the always-slick classic car show featuring oldies from yesteryear. And yes, they’re doing test drives.

Thru May 23. $10. NRG Center, 1 NRP Park. More info and tickets at  houstonautoshow.com.

Houston Cocktail Fest

Happy hour is about to run all night because the Bayou City festival celebrating the art of the mixed drink is back. This year’s lineup features 12 drinks, each using vodka, whiskey, gin, or tequila and made by some of the city’s favorite mixologists. There’ll also be light bites to help you soak up all that booze. Cheers, y’all.

May 21. From $35. 1120 Naylor St. More info and tickets at eventbrite.com.

Mozart & Mendelssohn

Get ready for a little night music … plus a bit extra. For its 20th anniversary-season closer, Mercury Chamber Orchestra is bringing audiences Mozart’s famous Eine kleine Nachtmusik alongside two lesser-known string symphonies from Mendelssohn and Bach. A select number of in-person seats at the Wortham have been made available, but if you’re still sticking to your own backyard, the concert can be streamed May 22–31.

May 22. From $24 ($20 for virtual access). Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. More info and tickets at mercuryhouston.org.

Dream Monuments: Drawing in the 1960s and 1970s

When you hear the word “monument” what do you think of? War memorials? Obelisques? Statues of long-dead white dudes? Well, the Menil Collection’s new exhibition turns the traditional idea of monuments on its head with a collection of drawings from the ’60s and ’70s that feature “forms in improbable scales and for impossible conditions.” Turns out, these permanent structures look crazy different when the rules of science, especially gravity, and traditional artistic sensibilities don’t need to be considered when designing.

Thru Sept 19. Menil Drawing Institute, 1412 W Main St. More info at menil.org. 

A Time for Action

Starting Sunday, the Blaffer’s going all in on the expression “a little less talk, a little more action,” with a micro-festival featuring six nights of experimental, politically tinged performances that range from dance to music to theater to visual art.

 May 23–June 5. Free (registration required). Blaffer Art Museum, 4173 Elgin Street. More info and registration at blafferartmuseum.org.

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