The Must List

February 14, 2019

1. Cirque ItaliaIf seeing Cirque du Soleil stoked your appetite for mind-boggling acrobatics, check out Cirque Italia as it bring its sea-themed water circus to the U.S. The stage features 35,000 gallons of water.When: Feb. 21-24 and Feb. 28-March 3Where: In a white and blue tent near Burlington Coat Factory, 5000 Katy Mills Circle, KatyDetails: $10-$40; www. cirqueitalia.comCary Darling2. Helping handsAs half of the beloved duo Sisters Morales, Roberta Morales has deep roots throughout Texas, Houston included. She was recently diagnosed with cancer, and family and friends are playing songs to help with her medical and living expenses. Sister Lisa Morales will perform along with Hayes Carll, Jack Ingram and James McMurtry.When: 4 and 7 p.m. SundayWhere: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 NorfolkDetails: $75-$80; 713-528-5999, mcgonigelsAndrew Dansby3. Radio on!For decades, Jonathan Richman has done a thing and stuck to it, making wide-eyed folk-pop songs about life, love and art, sung with sincerity and simple acoustic guitar plus drum accompaniment. Sure, some fans still wish he’d go back to the darker sound of the Modern Lovers, but the minimalist format is earnest and sweetly engaging, while also bouncing between three or four languages. He also has a new record in “SA.”When: 10 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Continental Club, 3700 MainDetails: $15; 713-529-9899, continentalclub.comAndrew Dansby4. What rhymes with Orange?Dev Hynes sounded like he was close to a breakthrough with Lightspeed Champion, his lo-fi indie pop project from a decade ago. Then he changed direction, rebranded himself as Blood Orange and found his thing: a dark, thoughtful and experimental permutation of electronic R&B. Last year he issued “Negro Swan,” his fourth album as Blood Orange, and it was a mesmerizing piece of anxious, frenetic music about identity that feels of the moment.When: 7 p.m. WednesdayWhere: White Oak Music Hall, 2915 N. MainDetails: $25; 713-237-0370, whiteoakmusichall.comAndrew Dansby5. Big in JapanOne of the year’s most honored animated films, the Japanese anime fantasy “Mirai,” returns for one showing in its run-up to the Academy Awards, where it’s up in the animated feature category.When: 7 p.m. MondayWhere: Regal Edwards Marq’E 23, Houston; Regal Edwards Greenway Grand Palace, Houston.Details: regmovies.comCary Darling6. Bringing back BacharachSouth African singer Jonathan Butler has been making meticulously crafted R&B/jazz/gospel since the mid-’70s. He enjoyed some hits in the ’80s (“Lies,” “If You’re Ready”) but, even though he’s no longer on the radio, he’s maintained a fruitful career, including a new album, “Close to You,” a tribute to master composer Burt Bacharach, which he’ll no doubt be pulling from for his Houston show.When: 8 p.m. FridayWhere: Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center, 501 TexasDetails: $53.50-$63.50; 832 487-7000; visithoustontexas.com/theater/venues/wortham-centerCary Darling7. The finest cutsRoni Horn often makes monumentally scaled art with insanely small parts, as visitors saw with the installation that filled a wall of the Menil Drawing Institute for the building’s opening. “When I Breathe, I Draw, Part I” fills the MDI’s gallery now with works on paper that are cut into insanely small bits and re-composed as mosaic collages, her signature technique. It’s the first museum show of her drawings in the U.S.When: Through May 5Where: Menil Drawing Institute, 1412 W. MainDetails: Free; 713-525-9400, menil.orgMolly Glentzer8. World premiere balletChoreographer Stanton Welch describes his new “Sylvia” as a romantic comedy with some sadness. Based on Greek myths about three strong women — the huntress Sylvia, the goddess Artemis and the mortal Psyche — Houston Ballet’s new production should hold some other surprises, too; although Léo Delibes’ marvelous music may sound familiar.When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; additional performances through March 3Where: Wortham Theater Center, 501 TexasDetails: $25-$200; 713-227-2787, houstonballet.orgMolly Glentzer