Nature tours, Harvey Heroes, beer and wizardry: Events in the Heights, River Oaks, Montrose area in January 2020

Buffalo Bayou
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership hosts a nature walking tour on Jan. 18. (Courtesy Buffalo Bayou Partnership)

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership hosts a nature walking tour on Jan. 18. (Courtesy Buffalo Bayou Partnership)

Check out these community events around the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area in January 2020.


09: Experience performance art at the CAMH

Driven Theatre Co. presents “Deferred Landscape: Hexed, Hijacked, and Hopeful,” a performance art piece at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The one-hour show is inspired by Will Boone’s current exhibit at the museum, “The Highway Hex,” which explores the connection between Houston and other cities via highway. Start times 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Free (registration encouraged). 713-284-8250.

09: Celebrate Harvey heroes in documentary premiere

At the Landmark River Oaks Theater, local filmmaker Syed Hasan premieres his documentary film, “100 Boats,” highlighting Houstonians’ heroic acts during Hurricane Harvey. Heroes featured in the film are honored at the screening. Interested viewers can also request to host a private screening. 7:30 p.m. $10. 2009 W. Gray St., Houston. 713-524-2175.

09: Explore birds’ connection to art history

The Menil Collectio n hosts a conversation with artist Joseph Havel and curator Paul R. Davis about the avian imagery in art history. The event commemorates the launch of the Menil’s aviary-themed exhibit, “Oh Heaven and Earth,” featuring pottery, sculptures and paintings from the third millennium BCE through the modern era. 7-8 p.m. Free. 1533 Sul Ross St., Houston. 713-525-9400.

10: Commemorate Selena at White Oak Music Hall

A tribute performer to Tejano star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez hosts a family-friendly “Bidi Bidi Tribute” show at White Oak Music Hall. 8 p.m. $10. 2915 N. Main St., Houston. 713-237-0370.

17 through February 8: See a Houston premiere of a Broadway play

4th Wall Theater puts on a production of “The Realistic Joneses,” a play by Will Eno that premiered on Broadway in 2014. The play about neighbors uses humor to explore morality and modern life. Times vary. 1824 Spring St., Studio 101, Houston. $17-$53. 832-767-4991.

18: Combine beer tasting and wizardry

The Wizards and Witches Beer Festival celebrates magic, fantasy and the “Harry Potter” series with 20 sorcery-themed beers as well as cider, potion and butterscotch beer at the Ballroom at Bayou Place. Attendees can also listen to live music and peruse a magic village with shops, photo opportunities and food. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $35. 500 Houston Ave., Houston. 713-400-1299.

18: Take a stroll along Buffalo Bayou

Learn more about Houston’s natural flora and fauna along Buffalo Bayou on a nature-focused walking tour led by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Walkers meet at The Water Works. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. 105 Sabine St., Houston. 713-752-0314.

18: Enjoy a family-friendly outdoor concert

The Primrose School at Greenway Plaza and Primrose School of Upper Kirby hosts the Prelude Concert Series, a set of 45-minute outdoor shows for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and parents. Attendees are encouraged to dance and sing along at the concert hosted at Levy Park’s event pavilion. 4:30-5:15 p.m. Free. 3801 Eastside St., Houston. 713-522-7275.

19: Tune into Brazilian culture at Cafeza

Cafeza, a local coffee shop, cafe and bar, hosts Batuque do Cafeza, a live show with covers of Brazilian stars including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan, João Bosco, Elis Regina and Gilberto Gil. 7 p.m. Free. 1720 Houston Ave., Houston. 832-203-8016.

20: Salute Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s integral role in the civil rights movement at the annual MLK Grande Parade. Dozens of parade floats and marching bands travel through Midtown Houston. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Parade route travels north on San Jacinto Street from Elgin Street to Webster Street. 713-953-1633.

24 through March 15: Catch a local production of a classic musical

Stages Repertory Theater performs a production of “The Fantasticks,” a 1960s musical about two neighbors who pretend to argue in an effort to get children to fall in love with each other. The production features music written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidtt. Times vary. $25 and up. 3201 Allen Parkway, Ste. 101, Houston. 713-527-0220.

30: Attend a ‘70s-inspired chamber concert

Members of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra perform a concert titled “ROCO Connections: The Age of Aquarius” inspired by music from the 1770s, 1870s and 1970s. A cellist, violinist and piano trio perform notable compositions from the three eras at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts house museum, the Rienzi. 6 p.m. $15 (students), $45 (adults). 1406 Kirby Drive, Houston. 713-665-2700.

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By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.