Willie Nelson opens 713 Music Hall topped with pop culture’s picks

Musician Willie Nelson performs at the Georgetown-Austin March for Democracy rally on July 31, 2021 in Austin, Texas.

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1.713 Music Hall opens

Houston gets a new concert hall on November 17 with the opening of 713 Music Hall at Post Houston, the new mixed-use development in what was once Barbara Jordan’s downtown post office. Willie Nelson christened the 5,000-seat room and was followed in the following days by Rufus Du Sol (November 18-19), Whiskey Myers (November 20), Evanescence (November 21) and two evenings with the group Maná (26-27 November).

When: 8 p.m. November 17

Or: 401 Franklin

Details: $ 59 to $ 109, 713musichall.com

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Argentinian rock artist Gustavo Cerati performed with Soda Stereo

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2. The glass: Tributo a Soda Stereo

Houston band The Glass are bringing back their popular homage to beloved Buenos Aires rock band Soda Stereo. Fans of Spanish rock in general, and Argentinian rock in particular, still cherish the band whose charismatic singer Gustavo Cerati (pictured) died in 2014. You’re probably going to hear all the big hits, including “De Musica Ligera And “Persiana Americana”, and come home happy.

When: 8 p.m. on November 12

Or: Shevere Bar, 25600 Westheimer Parkway, Katy

Details: sheverebar.com; 832-709-9289

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Singer and songwriter Mando Saenz

Photo: Chrisi Bickford

3. Mando Saenz

Mando Saenz’s path has run from his native Corpus Christi to Houston, where he found his marks as a clever and eye-catching singer-songwriter. He decided to take his songs to Nashville, where his tunes were cut by stars like Miranda Lambert and Lee Ann Womack. And every few years he also puts out an album on which he sings his own tunes, as he did earlier this year with the brilliant “All My Shame”. He joined this Kim Richey homecoming set.

When: 7 p.m. on November 12

Or: Mucky Duck from McGonigel, 2425 Norfolk

Details: $ 30 for a ticket, tables from $ 120 to $ 240; 713-528-5999, mcgonigels.com

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Brown Jewel

Photo: Marie D. De Jesus, HC / Houston Chronicle staff

4. Brown jewel

The number of musical treasures in Houston’s old guard has taken a hit in recent years. But Jewel Brown is among those who are still standing. She was born and raised here and joined forces with Louis Armstrong’s band as a singer, which should have set her on a path to international fame. But Brown returned to Houston decades ago to care for her ailing father, and in doing so, put greater aspirations on hold. Instead, she’s cultivated a loving local audience who line up to hear her deliver her exceptionally wonderful and expressive voice through jazz and blues songs with natural ease.

When: 4 p.m. November 14

Or: Waterworks at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine

Details: free; buffalobayou.org

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This image released by Disney-Pixar shows the characters Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, left, and Dante in a scene from the animated film “Coco”, one of the greatest American productions to ever feature an almost entirely cast latino.

Photo: Pixar, HONS / Associated Press

5. Houston Film Arts Festival

Houston’s premier film festival continues with a few notable titles, including the documentary “Bushwick Bill: Geto Boy” (7pm Nov. 12); “C’mon, C’mon” with Joaquin Phoenix (7pm, November 13); a free outdoor screening of the Pixar classic “Coco” with a performance by the Zenteno Spirit Band (6.30pm on November 13); a 40th anniversary of the documentary “The Third Coast” about Houston in the 1970s (7:30 pm November 13); a free outdoor screening of the dance documentary “In Balanchine’s Classroom” (7:30 pm on November 14); the film version of the hit play “The Humans”, starring Steven Yeun and Amy Schumer (7 pm Nov. 15); and much more.

When: Until November 22

Or: Various locations

Details: $ 10 to $ 20; cinemahtx.org

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Zine Fest Houston in 2015

Photo: Courtesy of Houston Zine Fest

6. Zine Festival

The theme for this year’s fanzine celebration is “reunion”, as there was no event last year. And what exactly is Zine Fest? It’s an all-ages celebration of self-published magazines, mini-comics, and other expressions of DIY media and art. This year’s event also happens on the occasion of World Art Car Day, so there will be art cars on site as part of the event.

When: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. November 13

Or: Orange Exhibition Center for Visionary Art, 2334 Gulf Terminal Drive

Details: free; zinefesthouston.org

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  • André Dansby

    Andrew Dansby covers culture and entertainment, both local and national, for the Houston Chronicle. He arrived at The Rolling Stone Chronicle in 2004, where he spent five years writing about music. Previously, he had spent five years in book publishing, working with publisher George RR Martin on the first two books in the series that would become “Game of Thrones” on television. images you have never seen. He has written for Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Texas Music, Playboy, and other publications.

    Andrew doesn’t like monkeys, dolphins and the outdoors.

  • Cary Darling

    Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes on arts, entertainment, and pop culture, with an emphasis on film and media. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he has served as a reporter or editor at the Orange County Register, the Miami Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In addition, he has freelance work for a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News.

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