‘The Infinite’, Los Skarnales Among Pop Culture’s Top Picks

Masaki Okada, left, and Hidetoshi Nishijima in “Drive My Car”.

Photo: Janus Films / Janus Films

1. Los Skarnales

In 30 years, Los Skarnales has grown into a venerable institution in Houston, while still being one of the most enjoyable and energetic bands that city has produced. Mixing ska, surf, rockabilly, cumbia and all the other buzzy sounds available, the group has carved out a space of its own, led by the irrepressible energy of frontman Felipe Galvan. With Chica money.

When: 8:30 p.m. Dec.

Details: Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th

Details: $ 20; theheightstheater.com

André Dansby

2. Hadden Sayers

A moving singer who can chip the paint with his guitar solos, Hadden Sayers has long been a local favorite, entertaining with high-energy electric shows and quieter house concerts where words have more room to be savored. The duality has been well captured on his most recent recordings: the louder “Dopamine Machine” and its quieter counterpart “Acoustic Dopamine”.

9:30 p.m. December 30

Mucky Duck from McGonigel, 2425 Norfolk

$ 30; 713-528-5999, mcgonigels.com

André Dansby

3. “Infinity”

Immersive spaces are all the rage these days, but “The Infinite,” which started in Montreal and now travels to Houston, goes beyond what we’ve seen with competing Van Gogh experiences. “The Infinite” is a multisensory and interactive virtual reality experience designed to give participants the feeling of being transported into space and boarding the International Space Station. The attraction is an expansion of “Space Explorers: The ISS Experience”, the largest production ever to shoot in space.

When: December 21 to February 20

Or: Sawyer Yards, 2000 Edwards St.

Details: $ 29 (early bird tickets until January 12, 2022); $ 36 (Jan 13-Feb 20); theinfinitehouston.com

Cary Darling

4. “Drive my car”

The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is in the middle of a kind of mini Japanese film festival with “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” last week and continues this weekend with “Drive My Car” and then with “Labyrinth. of Cinema ”. Rysûke Hamaguchi’s three-hour “Drive My Car” – in which a guest director of a Hiroshima theater festival hires a driver for his cool ’80s Saab to get around – isn’t just a trip through the Japanese landscape but also through the wreckage of the life of the passenger and the driver. It’s a low-key but absorbing experience.

When: “Drive My Car” shows at 2 p.m. on December 26, 2 p.m. on December 30, 2 p.m. on January 2.

Or: Lynn Wyatt Theater, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 5500 Main

Details: $ 29 (early bird tickets until January 12, 2022); $ 36 (Jan 13-Feb 20); theinfinitehouston.com

Cary Darling

5. Final of the “Insecure” season

Issa Rae has come a long way since the debut of her HBO series “Insecure” five seasons ago, when she was known to few for her web series “Awkward Black Girl”. Now, she’s brought her independent African-American sensibility into a larger vision with a series that pulls a previously invisible demographic – young black creatives trying to pull themselves out – out of mainstream invisibility. The show will be missed but what she does next will certainly be worth watching.

Details: Airs December 26 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Cary Darling

6. “Panto the little mermaid”

For a new take on a beloved story, Stages’ production of “Panto Little Mermaid” offers a British pantomime interpretation of the famous “Under the Sea” adventure. Follow redhead Hairielle (get it?) On her journey to save her marine home in Galveston Bay this holiday season.

When: until December 31

Or: Sterling scene at the Gordy, 800 Rosine

Details: Tickets start at $ 25; 713-527-0123, stageshouston.com

Amber Elliott

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