12 events happening this fall in Bellaire, Meyerland and West University

TXU Energy will present its 10th annual Houston Zoo Lights for the holiday season. During this event, attendees will walk through the zoo after hours and see multiple light exhibits.
(Courtesy Houston Zoo Lights)
TXU Energy will present its 10th annual Houston Zoo Lights for the holiday season. During this event, attendees will walk through the zoo after hours and see multiple light exhibits. (Courtesy Houston Zoo Lights)

TXU Energy will present its 10th annual Houston Zoo Lights for the holiday season. During this event, attendees will walk through the zoo after hours and see multiple light exhibits. (Courtesy Houston Zoo Lights)

A number of events are set to take place in the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University areas this fall, including some holiday celebrations.

Nov. 2-14: Sing the night away

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and Theatre Under the Stars will present the musical “Sister Act.” The story follows disco diva Deloris Van Cartier, who is placed in protective custody disguised as a nun after witnessing a murder. Van Cartier struggles to fit in without blowing her cover while also inspiring her fellow nuns with her singing and dancing. 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 2-4, 7-9, 10-11, 14); 2 p.m., 8 p.m. (Nov. 5-6, 12-13). Tickets start at $40. The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St., Houston. 713-315-2525. www.thehobbycenter.org

Nov 4-9: Learn about Latin American Literature

Casa Cultural de las Américas and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston are hosting an online festival featuring renowned writers from Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela. Over six evenings, participants will have the opportunity to participate in conversations, readings and interviews focused on contemporary literature written in Spanish. 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org


Nov. 6: Take in an accordion performance

Miller Outdoor Theatre will host the 32nd annual Accordion Kings & Queens concert, presented by Texas Folklife. Patrons can enjoy an evening of dance and root music, featuring Texas accordion music genres such as conjunto, polka, zydeco and Cajun. Headliners are Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys and Christina Valdez. The event will also feature the 2021 winners of Texas Folklife’s acclaimed Big Squeeze statewide youth accordion contest. 7 p.m. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102. www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Nov. 6-16: Enjoy a Jewish book and arts festival

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center will hold its 49th annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival, designed to connect the community through authors, music, theater and film. Celebrity memoirs, international authors, debut novelists, and children and parenting experts provide some of the content available for patrons. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Prices vary. Events take place at four locations: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St., Houston; ERJCC, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston; Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston; and Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, 801 Bering Drive, Houston. 713-729-3200. www.erjcchouston.org

Nov. 13: Have a laugh at a film screening

14 Pews will host the Houston Comedy Film Festival. Started in 2008, the festival will feature an awards program, networking opportunities and multiple different film screenings from across the country. Films screened at the event span a variety of genre types, including mockumentary, dark comedy, animation, romantic comedy and TV pilots. A total of 96 films will be screened at the event. 2:30-6:30 p.m. $25. 14 Pews, 800 Aurora St., Houston. www.14pews.org

Nov. 13: Visit the Bellaire Arts and Crafts Festival

The Bellaire Culture and Arts Board will host its Arts and Crafts Festival at Paseo Park with an aim to recreate the atmosphere of the event when it was held in 1972. The original party was renowned for a mix of quirky artwork and local patronage. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Paseo Park, 5500 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire. 713-662-8222. www.bellairetx.gov

Worth the Trip—Nov. 11-14: Stop by Houston’s signature holiday market

The annual Nutcracker Market hosted by the Houston Ballet is back in person this year from Nov. 11-14 after going virtual in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. Highlight events include a Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show Nov. 11 and a Macy’s fashion show Nov. 12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Nov. 11-12), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Nov. 13), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Nov. 14). $18 (in advance), $20 (at the door). 1 NRG Parkway, Houston. 713-535-3231. www.houstonballet.org

Nov. 15-Jan. 09: Light up with Houston Houston Zoo

TXU Energy will present its 10th annual Houston Zoo Lights for the holiday season. During this event, attendees will walk through the zoo after hours and see multiple light exhibits. 5:30-10:30 p.m. daily. Prices vary. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org

Nov. 16: Listen to a cultural concert

Juan Martinez, known by his stage name Doctor Nativo, will bring his Guatemalan roots to the Miller Outdoor Theatre stage with a performance layering Mayan spirituality, social activism and folk wisdom over a sound that combines reggae, cumbia, hip-hop, and pre-Columbian instruments. 7 p.m. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102. www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Nov. 20-Dec. 19: See a fictional character brought to the stage

The middle sister in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” Mary Bennet, has her own adventure two years after the events of the novel, brought to stage by Main Street Theater. The play follows Mary on the path from dutiful middle sister in the midst of everyone else’s romantic escapades to someone on their own journey when an unexpected guest at the family Christmas party sparks Mary’s hopes for independence and potential romantic ventures. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$44.50. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd., Houston. 713-524-6706. www.mainstreettheater.com

Nov. 24: Pick up fresh food

Braeswood Farmers Market Braeswood Farmers Market will host a Thanksgiving Farmers Market with fresh produce, poultry and seafood, as well as be 50 local bakers selling their products. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Braeswood Farmers Market, 8620 Stella Link Road, Houston. 713-320-5588. www.facebook.com/braeswoodfarmersmarket

Dec. 3-5: Hear the orchestra

Jones Hall The Houston Symphony will play music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The concert will also be streamed on the Dec. 4 performance. 8 p.m. (Dec. 3-4), 2:30 p.m. (Dec. 5). Tickets start at $29. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., Ste. 102, Houston. 713-224-7575. www.houstonsymphony.org
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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