The Must List:

January 3, 2019

1. Splashy CirqueThe acrobats, musicians and clowns of Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico” appear variously as monarch butterflies, cacti, hummingbirds, wrestlers and a couple of awesome, larger-than-life-size animal puppets. That would be visual magic enough, but this magical-realism-rich, 2016 production also showers the stage with a deluge of watery effects.When: Opens 8 p.m. Thursday; additional performances through Feb. 24Where: Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston ParkwayDetails: $68-$275; cirquedusoleil.comMolly Glentzer2. Crossing guardAlejandro Escovedo cut a timely and rocking album in “The Crossing,” which hit upon issues of immigration relevant to the son of Mexican immigrants. And to underscore the theme, the beloved Texas-based singer and songwriter made the album with Don Antonio, a backing band from Italy, which has its own history of sending immigrants to the United States.When: 8 p.m. SundayWhere: Heights Theater, 339 W. 19thDetails: $24-$36; theheightstheater.comAndrew Dansby3. Go westFreddie Krc grew up in La Porte and, like plenty of other kids who would go on to make music for a living, he did so in part from seeing the Beatles on TV in 1964. Krc has for decades mined garage rock and old-school rock ’n’ roll for inspiration but never like he has for “Tucson,” a “western folk rock horse opera,” which puts classic rock sounds to a 19th-century narrative.When: 9:30 p.m. SaturdayWhere: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 NorfolkDetails: $20-$22; 713-528-5999, mcgoingels.comAndrew Dansby4. The King and the DukeThe good folks at Houston’s Splice Records have a few events that circle around each year, and the first one is always BowiElvis Fest, a daylong celebration of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and Ziggy Stardust. Eight bands will serve up songs by Elvis Presley and David Bowie, who both shared a Jan. 8 birthday, along with burlesque shows, costume contests and other festival doings.When: 7 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Continental Club, 3700 MainDetails: $15; 713-529-9899, continentalclub.comAndrew Dansby5. All together, nowGroup Acorde, the 3-year-old collaborative of choreographers Roberta Paixao Cortes and Lindsey McGill and composers Thomas Helton and Seth Paynter, starts 2019 with an expansive new work that incorporates the creative talents of several others. Choreographer Jennifer Mabus, composer Andrew Leinhard and visual artist Andre Amaral joined the team for “Origins,” a piece about how people from different backgrounds can share their voices and learn from each other.When: 8 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 12; 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 13Where: MATCH, 3400 MainDetails: What’s up $15-$20; 713-521-4533, matchouston.orgMolly Glentzer

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