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August 22, 2018

1. Uke can do itFolk Uke is a duo that applies beautiful harmonies to acoustic songs on ukulele and guitar that are sometimes poignant and other times comedic, and occasionally the songs occupy some space between — as when the two singers go on about a severed foot. Those singers are Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie, daughters of Willie and Arlo, respectively, who met 20 years ago and found a space of their own.When: 7:30 p.m. TuesdayWhere: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 NorfolkDetails: $20-$22; 713-528-5999, mcgonigels.comAndrew Dansby2. Big, bad JohnA Texas native whose family drifted from Longview to Kentucky and then Oklahoma, John Moreland makes music that possesses a drifting sort of spirit. Having played in punk bands as a kid, Moreland emerged a soulful singer-songwriter aware of the effect of quiet/loud dynamics, even as he serves up his songs on acoustic guitar largely unaccompanied. His latest is his best, “Big Bad Luv.”When: 8 p.m. FridayWhere: Heights Theater, 339 W. 19thDetails: $22; theheightstheater.comAndrew Dansby3. Jail timeArtists from across the U.S. address the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex in a multitude of ways, producing objects as well as social change. Guest curator Risa Puleo gathers a mix of the most ambitious projects in “Walls Turned Sideways.” Warning for the skittish: Houston’s Autumn Knight’s opening night performance incorporates a facsimile weapon.When: Opens 6:30-9 p.m. Friday; performance 7:30 p.m.Where: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 MontroseDetails: Free; 713-234-8250, camh.org.Molly Glentzer4. Dancing with dronesNobleMotion Dance, known for its dramatic stage effects, employs flying drones, pole-vaulting set pieces and live-feed technology during a show that celebrates the company’s 10th anniversary. But there’s also a kinetic jolt in the physicality of the company’s athletic dancers, and they show their patriotic spirit with the premiere of “Unsinkable.”When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-SaturdayWhere: Hobby Center, 800 BagbyDetails: $22-$38.50; 713-315-2525, thehobbycenter.orgMolly Glentzer5. An abundance of BergmanThe Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of groundbreaking Swedish director Ingmar Bergman with a festival of 15 films that runs from Friday through Sept. 23. Playing this weekend are “Crisis,” “Summer Interlude,” “Secrets of Women,” “Sawdust and Tinsel,” and “Summer with Monika.”When: Friday-SundayWhere: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, HoustonDetails: $9 general admission; www.mfah.orgCary Darling

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