Chronicle critics offer entertainment suggestions
Disco diva: Texas-size charm and talent have made Alyssa Edwards one of the biggest stars to emerge from the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” dynasty. The Mesquite queen owns her own dance company and is an online sensation thanks to her YouTube series “Alyssa’s Secret.” She may have been ousted much too early on the current “All Stars” season but Edwards seems destined for much bigger stages. 9 p.m. Friday at F Bar, 202 Tuam; 713-522-3227, fbarhouston.com. free
A meal and music: The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra offers a three-in-one package for their brass quintet performance, “From Russia with Valves,” that shows off Midtown’s vibrant offerings. One $80 ticket buys you cocktails, a show and dinner at Brennan’s. 6 p.m. Friday at MATCH, 3400 Main; $80; 713-521-4533, matchouston.org.
Don’t call it a comeback: Echo & the Bunnymen have been back together 20 years, so it seems silly to call it a reunion. The English alterna-rock band - built around singer Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant - is inching toward its 40th anniversary and pounded out the formidable “Meteorites” two years ago. 7 p.m. Friday at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline; $30-$49; 888-402-5837, hob.com.
Refugee response: Chamber ensemble KINETIC kicks off its season with a world premiere of Karim Al-Zand’s “Luctus Profugis,” which is a personal response to the refugee crisis in Europe. Al-Zand is a Canadian-American composer who teaches at Rice University. 6 p.m. Friday at MATCH, 3400 Main; $80; 713-521-4533, matchouston.org.
Colorful rap: Chance the Rapper is one of the most reliably wonderful artists working in hip-hop today. The Chicago native enjoyed a breakthrough in 2013 with “Acid Rap.” Last year he quietly released a strong album hidden under the group name Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, and he offered up the standout mixtape “Coloring Book” earlier this year. He’s on the Magnificent Coloring World Tour, where he’s selling an actual coloring book that has a couple of pages designed by Houston writer/artist Shea Serrano. 8 p.m. Saturday at Revention Music Center, 520 Texas; $49.50-$59.50; 713-230-1600, livenation.com.
Rap the vote: Screw Up the Vote will be a voter registration drive with a pretty fantastic soundtrack that also serves as a tribute to the late DJ Screw. Members of the Screwed Up Click - Lil Keke, ESG, Big Pokey and C-Note - will perform along with Paul Wall, Lyric Michelle and others. 5 p.m. Saturday at 8th Wonder Brewery, 2202 Dallas; FREE with RSVP at eventbrite.com.
Celebrate the form: Sculpture Month Houston, a new celebration of sculpture and its Texas-based practitioners, launches with a kick-off party 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Silos at Sawyer Yards, 5102 Sawyer. That’s the “flagship” point for one of four juried shows, “From Space to Field,” featuring 23 local artists. Through Nov. 19, more than 30 commercial galleries, nonprofit spaces and museums will participate. See the full schedule at sculpturemonthhouston.org. FREE
Dark beauty: Nicolas Jaar can turn out sounds to make people dance, but his latest, “Sirens,” is a much more complicated recording. The composer works in dark regions between edgy electronic and ambient sounds for an anxiety-riddled collection of music to reflect uncertain times. It’s a brilliant and dense piece of music. 7 p.m. Monday at White Oak Music Hall, 2915 N. Main; $20-$27; whiteoakmusichall.com.
dead on: Houston artist Carlos Hernandez’s Day of the Dead Rock Stars exhibit celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The premise remains the same: Artists create original pieces taking inspiration from the rock ‘n’ roll graveyard. This year the honored dead will include Dennis Wilson, Lemmy Kilmister and Muddy Waters, among others. And the list of more than a dozen artists includes Hernandez, Sophie McMahon (who did the Dennis Wilson piece), Josh Higgins, John Hancock and others. The opening reception will include DJs, art and the dead. 6 p.m. Saturday at Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth. free
(Re)Discover Degas: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston swings into the Impressionist mode as the only U.S. venue for “Degas: A New Vision,” the most significant international survey of Edgar Degas’ work in nearly 30 years. The show assembles about 200 works that explore the artist’s career-long interest in painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Developed with Melbourne, Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria, where it premiered in June, the Houston installation includes exclusive loans such as the famous “Dancers, Pink and Green.” Museum director Gary Tinterow sits down with curator Henri Loyrette for a special public talk at 6 p.m. Thursday ($35). The doors to the show don’t open, however, until Sunday, when admission is $18-$23 (FREE for kids younger than 12). 1001 Bissonnet; mfah.org.