Chronicle critics suggest arts and entertainment options
A stitchin’ good time: From traditional beauties to works of textile art that look as realistic as photographs, the Houston International Quilt Festival offers a thorough look at everything quilts can be. If you’re inspired to try your hand at it, there are classes to take and many aisles of supplies for sale. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas; $9-$12, or $42 for a full weekend pass; children 10 and younger are free with paying adults; quilts.com.
Tennessee times five: Here’s a good way to gauge the health of Houston’s theater scene: see how many theater companies pop up each year. Dirt Dogs Theatre, which formed this year, will put on five obscure Tennessee Williams one-acts this weekend. It’ll be a great way to see where this company fits into the larger theater ecosystem. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 12; the MATCH, 3400 Main; $20; 713-561-5113, dirtdogstheatre.org.
Hey, jealousy: If your appetites run toward great Houston restaurants and ’90s power pop, the Houston Zoo’s 11th annual Feast With the Beasts is the best bet for your weekend. The food/beer/wine event offers eats from more than 60 local restaurants and ubiquitous hits by the Gin Blossoms. 7 p.m. Friday at the Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive; $119-$129; houstonzoo.org.
Constructing zeitgeist: The Station Museum of Contemporary Art opens “Friendly Fire” in conjunction with Sculpture Month Houston, featuring “spacial constructs and interior interventions” by Houston artists who tap into the zeitgeist of the here and now. Be there at 8 p.m. Saturday to celebrate with Regina Agu, Noah Edmundson, Robert Hodge, Jesse Lott (he’s everywhere this month!), Gabriel Martinez (and other members of the organization Alabama Song), Lovie Olivia, Forrest Prince and Kaneem Smith. 1502 Alabama; 713-529-6900, stationmuseum.com. The show remains on view through Feb. 5. FREE
Syrupy sludge: One of the more obscure rock band configurations is the bass and drum motif, in which a band utilizes only those instruments to craft songs that tend to be sludgy, thick and forboding noise rock. It’s why Death from Above 1979 is so fascinating. The Toronto duo cuts through the muck with an almost poppy sound that touches on peppy alt-rock and dance club grooves set to the buzzing growl of bass guitar. The band plays House of Blues 7 p.m. Thursday with vampy alt-rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline; $25-$35; 888-402-5837, houseofblues.com/houston.
True talent: In the classical world, the word “prodigy” is so overused it means almost nothing by now. That said, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is a young, talented virtuoso who has often been described as a modern-day Franz Liszt. He’ll join Houston Symphony Orchestra for a three-concert weekend engagement. 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana; $24-$136; 713-224-4240, houstonsymphony.org.
Clowning around: Clowns are due for a rebound after a rough summer full of creepy appearances. Enter Puddles Pity Party, to my knowledge the only show that features a 7-foot clown singing mopey pop songs. It sounds a little campy, but Puddles serves up the songs with a moving vulnerability. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Alley Theatre, 615 Texas; $32; 713-220-5700, alleytheatre.org.
Truly unique: DiverseWorks revives its popular “12 Minutes Max” program with two nights of new and experimental performances. Almost anything goes, but nothing goes longer than 12 minutes. Dance, music and sound, spoken word, or any imaginable hybrid could be on tap when some of Houston’s most adventurous performing artists give you a taste of what’s in their heads. Each night features a different program. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; the MATCH, 3400 Main; 713-521-4533; reservations required; diverseworks.org. FREE
She’s beloved: Adore Delano is one of the biggest success stories to emerge from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” After a semifinalist slot on “American Idol,” Delano found her voice as a brash, belting drag queen. She’s released two Billboard-charting albums, “Till Death Do Us Party” and “After Party,” and recently appeared on the second “Drag Race All Stars” season. Delano was also voted the all-time fan favorite, besting every season winner. Her music, a silky sort of dance-pop, stands up against anything on Top 40 radio. 9 p.m. Saturday at South Beach, 810 Pacific; free before 10 p.m., $15 after 10 p.m.; 713-529-7623 or sobehousto.com.
Song and dance man: Tommy Tune has done well for himself, winning nine Tony awards plus a lifetime achievement honor in his distinguished career. He’s acted, danced, directed and choreographed, so his knowledge of theater runs deep. Tune got his showbiz start in Houston studying theater at Lamar High School. Now 77, he brings a life of song and dance to his hometown. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive; free; 281-373-3386, milleroutdoortheatre.com