The holidays have come and gone, so by now the ornaments are likely in the attic and the New Year’s confetti has been swept up. The holiday decompression has commenced, and a fresh year is upon us. We have no qualms saying farewell to 2020, but what to do in 2021? We’ve got a list and while in-person events are still limited, we’re excited to once again welcome visitors back to Space City. H-Town is open and ready!

Thespians and Co.

Alley Theatre is introducing their digital 2021 season. Short play, “The Stronger” will run from Jan. 15 through Feb. 7 and tells the story of two rival actresses who run into each other at a café. With vastly different lives, one with all the trimmings of a perfect life and the other one of solitude, things are not always what they seem. From Jan. 22 – Feb. 14, “A Half-Sheet of Paper” will be shown and is one of Strindberg’s best loved short stories. In the midst of a move, a man finds a small sheet of paper full of notes and scribblings that flood him with memories of the last two years.

High school productions take on a new meaning at the Stratford Playhouse. Talented student actors and actresses will performNunsensefor eager audiences. This play is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia. Thus, the remaining nuns stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed. Shows run at Queensbury Theatre between Jan. 29 and Feb. 6.

Bring the Noise

Jones Hall is known for stellar performances, so be sure to check out the amazing lineup scheduled for January. From Jan. 8 through 10, enjoy “In the Mood: A Big Band New Year” with the Houston Symphony playing your favorite big band classics alongside vocalist David Caceres. Midori Plays Beethoven celebrates the genius of Midori and Beethoven. Blending her skills with the Houston Symphony set to Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto,” you are guaranteed a night of dramatic and decadent music. Lastly, “Wild Symphony” is perfect for your family to enjoy. On Jan. 23, this virtual event elicits a morning of live musical fun, right from home. Please note, seating at Jones Hall is limited, but virtual streaming options are also available for performances.

Free live music almost every day of January can only be found at The Rustic. Between the Downtown and Uptown Park location, you can’t go wrong with the lineups that include Fast Cash, Adam Bricks, Nathan Quick and more. Plus, their Jam and Toast brunch mornings are the perfect way to spend a boozy and brunch-y Saturday or Sunday. Brunch begins at 10 a.m. and includes delicious eats like avocado toast, hot chicken and the butchershop skillet along with $10 per carafe mimosas or $20 pitchers of bloody Mary’s. For the full calendar, click here.

Ahead of the Game

Houston Texans
In the last home game of the season, the Houston Texans will host the Tennessee Titans on Jan. 3 at NRG. Kickoff is at noon, so be sure to try and snag tickets for a fun afternoon of football before comes to a close season ends. 

Monster Energy presents the AMA Supercross FIM World Championship also at NRG. On Jan. 16, it will be the first time in the sport’s 47-year history where the season opener will take place in the state of Texas. Houston carries the special distinction of hosting the second Supercross race of the inaugural season in 1974 and has been a consistent tour stop ever since. The second and third rounds will also take place at NRG on Jan. 19 and Jan. 23 respectively.

Art for Art’s Sake

On Jan. 9 from noon to 5 p.m., experience Asymmetry of Entropy at Sawyer Yards. The installation is an experimental and interactive reinterpretation of the experience of entering a black hole aimed to elicit introspective response through complete immersion into the piece. An accretion disk made of LED lighting and mirrors envelopes the visitor in simulation of the accretion disk, leading them into the vast and utter darkness of the black hole. Auditory feedback deconstructs and recontextualizes any sound coming from the visitor as an embodiment the destructive forces inside the black hole.

On Jan. 29, the moving and emotional exhibit “Stories of Survival: Objects. Image. Memory” will open at the Holocaust Museum Houston. The exhibition showcases more than 60 personal artifacts brought to America by survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Exploring the relationship between objects, their meaning to the original owner and subsequent significance, each artifact is dramatically paired with oversized photographs by renowned documentarian Jim Lommasson with handwritten responses by survivors or their family members. The exhibit lasts through mid-April, but it is a must-visit experience.

Extra Family Fun

January is the last month to enjoy The Ice powered by Green Mountain Energy at Discovery Green. Tickets can be purchased in advance and there are a number of events held on the ice throughout the coming weeks. On Jan. 4, 11 and 25, you can take advantage of $8 tickets at Cheap Skate on the Ice from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. That price includes your tax and rental fee. Skating with the Stars allows skaters to enjoy a leisurely skate while listening to your favorite music from decades past.

What could be better than s’mores roasting and family bonding? Head out to Dewberry Farm for a day of fun activities. One of the coolest things you can do is rent an on-site fire pit and bring a full spread of food and did we mention s’mores? The good folks at Dewberry provide ample firewood to keep you warm and start the fire for you. There are five firepits on site along with fun back yard games and Rosie’s Cantina nearby. Each of these sites will include a one-of-a-kind, fun seating area for you to spread out safely, two picnic tables and two benches. Reservations for the firepits are required. For more info, click here.