An artist paints a mural featured in the Big Walls Big Dreams “Refresh” festival that takes place over Memorial Day weekend.

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1. “Dream monuments”

Sometimes good ideas take a long time to materialize. In the case of “Dream Monuments: Drawing in the 1960s and 1970s”, the exhibition was created by Dominique and John de Menil in the late 1960s. Their idea was to bring together an ambitious set of capable artists. to create pieces that challenge the idea of ​​monuments. The project never expanded beyond the conceptual phase, but co-curators Erica DiBenedetto and Kelly Montana dove into Menil’s archives to study the original concept and flesh it out with designs that reveal great minds. free, as artists reflected on large-scale sculptures that express fantasy. , fear and frustrations.

When: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, until September 19

Or: Menil Drawing Institute, 1412 W. Main

Details: Visit for free timed entry

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2. “Hansel and Gretel”

Houston Grand Opera Music Director Patrick Summers presents one of his favorite operas this week on the digital platform HGO. Summers will direct and Lileana Blain-Cruz will direct a new production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s 19th century classic “Hansel and Gretel” with Sun-Ly Piercce and Rave McMillon in the title roles as two children sent by a witch (Richard Trey Smagur) in the woods to get supper.

7:30 p.m. Friday

Details: free; register on

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3. The Philly Soul Sound

Do you remember Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and the O’Jays? This lush symphonic slice of the soul of ’70s Philadelphia will be celebrated on May 29 at Houston’s Community Music Center with a performance at the Miller Outdoor Theater. The show is sold out but you can still participate online.

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Or: Miller Outdoor Theater (out of print) and streaming details on

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4. “Find Your Dream: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein”

The Houston Symphony, under the direction of Steven Reineke, remembers the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein – the composers of classic American musicals such as “Oklahoma !,” “Carousel”, “South Pacific”, “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music” – performing some of their best-known songs as part of the Bank of America Pops series. It’s a concert where you can hum along with every song.

When: 8 p.m. from May 28 to 29; 2:30 p.m. May 30 (May 29 broadcast live)

Or: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana

Details: $ 20.25 – $ 75 ($ 20 live); 713-224-7575;

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5. “Big walls, big dreams”

Take the road to see how Houston artists paint these huge murals around the city. Over 20 extra-large works of art will be created simultaneously over Memorial Day weekend as part of the Big Walls Big Dreams “Refresh” Festival. The car tour stops at 14 fresco sites, and two bike tours divide half of it. The downtown site – on Preston between Main and Travis – features live music, refreshments and more.

Or: Various places

Details: free;

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