Must List: Gabriel Iglesias brings Netflix to Houston
Fluffy, not big
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias — whose catchphrase “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy” earned him a nickname — brings his latest comedy routine to town. And this one will be filmed over two nights for his second Netflix special, following “I’m Sorry for What I Said When I Was Hungry.” This one is “One Show Fits All.”
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 13-14
Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk
Details: $30-$80; 866-446-8849, houstontoyotacenter.com
Sam Baker once quoted the painter Gerhard Richter: “No two grays are the same.” The line could apply to Baker’s music, which revels in the seemingly infinite shades between black and white, as he documents characters struggling and occasionally succeeding in life. He’s one of the great singer-songwriters working in Texas today, if not the greatest. His shows have the ability to generate great empathy and energy. “Land of Doubt” is his latest, from last year, but he always has new songs and projects in the works.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk
Details: $28-$30; 713-528-5999, mcgonigels.com
Talking ’bout a revolution
New Orleans leaves an impression on just about everybody who visits. In the case of Eric Lindell, the singer-songwriter and guitar hotshot visited in the late-’90s and never left. His is a swampy blues music with lots of nicks, dings and wrinkles — music that has been lived in. He’s touring behind a very strong new album in “Revolution in Your Heart.”
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Continental Club, 3700 Main
Details: $20; 713-533-9525, continentalclub.com
Stephen Adly Guirgis shows there’s a right way to use profanity. Nearly all of his plays are laced with enough F-bombs to be pretty much unquotable in a newspaper. But that language is wrapped in a biting moral inquisition, a deep empathy for its characters and trenchant observations on society. That’s why “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” about two men at Rikers for murder, is classic Guirgis. The excellent 4th Wall Theatre Co. produces.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 Thursday, through Sept. 29
Where: Studio 101, 1824 Spring
Details: $17-$53, 832-786-1849, 4thwalltheatreco.com.
Houston Ballet may not be at the Wortham as usual this month, but there’s compensation: three nights of free outdoor performances. The company’s top dancers appear in excerpts and grand pas de deux from classical and contemporary works in “An Evening of Stars.”
When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Sept. 15
Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive
Details: Free; 281-373-3386, milleroutdoortheatre.com
Art galleries spring back to life this weekend after a summer lull, seemingly all at once. Fans of Francesca Fuchs’ delicate paintings and George Smith’s four decades of drawing, printmaking and sculpture will be celebrating their solo shows at Art League Houston. Fuchs is being honored as Texas Artist of the Year and Smith is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
When: 6-9 p.m. Friday; shows up through Nov. 3
Where: Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose
Details: Free; 713-523-9530, artleaguehouston.org
The Blaffer Art Museum hosts Chicago sculptor Richard Rezac and curator Solveig Øvstebø to open “Address,” a show including newly commissioned and older works. Departing director Toby Kamps will introduce the literature-inspired show “Alfred Leslie: One Hundred Characters in Search of a Reader.”
When: 6-9 p.m. Friday
Where: Blaffer Art Museum, 4173 Elgin
Details: Free; 713-743-9521, blafferartmuseum.org