November 8, 2018

1. New voicesLatino theater is a relative rarity in Houston, but a few entrepreneurial spirits are aiming to change that with the creation of Teatrx, a new theater company focused on Latino voices. Their first venture is the “Life Is Short” festival, which features 10-minute and other short-form theater pieces.When: 8 p.m. Friday and SaturdayWhere: MATCH, 3400 MainDetails: Pay what you can, $25 suggested price; 713-521-4533, teatrx.org.Wei-Huan Chen2. Hanging by a threadNicolas Moufarrege, who died of AIDS at the age of 37 in 1985, trained as a chemist and turned to art only a decade before he died. But his idiosyncratic embroidered paintings remain prescient enough that he is finally being given his first solo museum show. “Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign” introduces him to a new generation through 40 tapestries and canvases, plus drawings, photographs and historical documents that curator Dean Daderko chose for their myriad ideas about contemporary painting, figuration, craft, transnational identity, desire and queer life.When: Opening 6:30-9 p.m. Friday; curator Dean Daderko speaks 2 p.m. Saturday; Musiqa performance 6:30 p.m. Thursday, through Feb. 17Where: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 MontroseDetails: Free; 713-284-8250, camh.orgMolly Glentzer3. On the road againDrivin’ n’ Cryin’ was a Southern rock band in that it was Southern and played rock, but rather than blues grooves dug by so many prototypical Southern rock bands, the Georgia ensemble put smart lyrics into a heavier mix that drew a little from both Black Sabbath and the Byrds. During a five-year span that started in 1986, the group created a gnarled yet melodic sort of garage rock that shouldered frontman Kevn Kinney’s scarred but smarter lyrics. They flamed out after a decade or so, before making a 2009 reunion record. They’re back this week for the first time in a very long time.When: 8 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Under the Volcano, 2349 BissonnetDetails: $15 at the door; 713-526-5282Andrew Dansby4. Bookish, bluesyThere aren’t a lot of guys like Roy Book Binder remaining. He was a student who learned from the great Rev. Gary Davis and then became part of a ’60s scene that helped keep an American folk blues tradition alive. He is an innovative guitarist, and at 75, he has a songster’s deep book of music available to him at a moment’s notice. A few years ago he put out a new original collection of old-sounding songs, “The Good Book,” his first in a very long time.When: 7 p.m. ThursdayWhere: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 NorfolkDetails: $20-$22; 713-528-5999, mcgonigels.comAndrew Dansby5. A comic’s returnAziz is … back? Aziz Ansari, America’s most popular Indian-American stand-up comic and the creator of the Netflix show “Master of None,” went media dark after an unflattering story on Babe.net ran this January about a date gone wrong with the performer. But now Ansari is touring new material again, in a one-hour performance of stand-up comedy. Its success — and reception — will say a lot about where Ansari stands in the larger culture in the era of #MeToo.When: 7 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Smart Financial Centre, Sugar LandDetails: $70 and up, smartfinancialcentre.net/event/aziz-ansariWei-Huan Chen

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