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Must List: Brian Regan and Hayes Carll

December 6, 2018

1. Throwing flameBrian Regan has been doing stand-up for more than 20 years, pulling in an ever-growing audience for his ability to make the mundane funny with his observational humor. His following has only grown with a sweet and sad role on TV’s “Loudermilk” and a deal with Netflix that has so far yielded a terrific special in “Nunchuks and Flamethrowers.”When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. SundayWhere: Hobby Center, 800 BagbyDetails: $39-$190; 713-227-2787, houstonballet.orgAndrew Dansby2. Wash away your sinsFor five years now, Coffee House Live has been bringing in top-shelf singer-songwriters for shows with an intimate listening-room vibe. This year’s season closer is the great California guitarist/producer/singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet, who made his name in the ’80s with Green on Red, before creating smart, sly and hooky roots rock on his own. His latest has Texas ties in its inspiration by a doomed Texas rock ’n’ roller: “Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins.”When: 7 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Coffee House Live, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 5308 Buffalo SpeedwayDetails: No cover, donations welcome; sahouston.com/coffee-houseAndrew Dansby3. Keep it shortThat’s a Wrap is a film festival that brings together shorts by some locals as well as outsiders. Among those whose work will show is the late and beloved Houston native Harris Wittels, as well as dancer/actor/comedian/filmmaker Nathan Barnatt from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.When: 7 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Secret Group, 2101 PolkDetails: Pay what you can; thesecretgrouphtx.comAndrew Dansby4. Grateful for ChristmasHayes Carll had a regular holiday/New Years gig that existed for years at House of Blues, but for now he seems to have pumped the brakes a bit and will make a hometown appearance without the costumes and revelry. The show is likely to include his beautiful song “Grateful for Christmas,” which is about more than Christmas, and might also include previews of songs from his upcoming album “What It Is.” And he’s joined by Houston’s wonderful VODI, who do a cool roots/synth fusion, and they have their own holiday song to play this time of year.When: 8 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Heights Theater, 339 W. 19thDetails: $26; theheightstheater.comAndrew Dansby4. Sliding alongI could list Rob Ickes credits here but they’d require more paper. He’s one of the best dobro players on the planet and is now playing in a snazzy duo with guitarist Trey Hensley. As if that weren’t enough sweetener, they share a bill with Jason Eady, a singer-songwriter who’s writing some of the best country songs that are too good for contemporary radio.When: 8 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, 413 20th, GalvestonDetails: $20; 409-762-9199, oldquarteracousticcafe.comAndrew Dansby5. Just fur funThe Art Car Museum’s annual Open Call Exhibition is as much a race as it is a testament to talent: The show is open to the first 100 artists who register. This year’s theme, “Animals,” promises a truly wild mix, and the opening party should be a hoot.When: Opens 7 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 24Where: Art Car Museum, 140 Heights Blvd.Details: Free; 713-861-5526, artcarmuseum.comMolly Glentzer6. Eye-opening artTalk about reveling in diversity. Lawndale’s winter shows include fantastical costumes by Nigerian artist Olaniyi Akindiya (Akirash) that look made to dance; hand-cut portraits of queer Asian Pacific Islanders by Antonius Bui; minimalist sculpture by Kristen Cochran, Katy Heinlein and Marcelyn McNeil; and an examination of masculinity by Ryan Hawk.When: Opens 6 p.m. Friday, through March 3Where: Lawndale, 4912 MainDetails: Free; 713-528-5858, lawndaleartcenter.orgMolly Glentzer7. ‘Tender’ showingThis is the film you wanted to see. “Tender Mercies,” will close out our Texas Films series with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Sunday as the reader’s choice. It’s a good choice, as a showcase for Rober Duvall’s Oscar-winning role as a Texas musician and because it’s rarely shown on big screens.When: 5 p.m. SundayWhere: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 BissonnetDetails: $7-$9; 713-639-7300, mfah.orgRobert MorastDescription:Correction:All usages://

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