Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
Janie O’Farrell: Galveston Art League Featured Artist [Feb. 27 to March 29]
Friendswood artist Janie O’Farrell, who often paints on salvaged building materials, is the Galveston Art League’s Featured Artist for March. The accomplished artist works in many media and has several murals in Friendswood-area restaurants and schools. O’Farrell also taught at the Glassell Junior School in Houston for about 20 years.
Noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from Feb. 27 to March 29; noon to 9 p.m. March 7 for ArtWalk; Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., Galveston; firstname.lastname@example.org and 409.938.1671
Dare to Wear Art Workshop [Feb. 29 to March 1]
Artist Bonnie Blue takes time out from “Ellen,” “Great Day Houston” and other TV appearances to teach the Galveston Art League workshop Dare to Wear Art. Blue will provide paints; students should bring a garment to turn into wearable art, small to medium flat paintbrushes, three fine-point Sharpies, one bottle each of gold and silver glitter Tulip paint and a hair dryer. The workshop is $125. Register and pay at GalvestonArtLeague.com.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 1; Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., Galveston; 281.451.5814 or email@example.com
Gulf Coast Herb Fair and Luncheon [March 4]
The Friends of Moody Gardens will host the eighth annual Gulf Coast Herb Fair and Luncheon featuring baristas Sarah Moore and Hanna Gonzales from Mod Coffeehouse in Galveston who will talk about coffee, from seed to table. Vendors with herbs, plants, crafts, jewelry, books and gift items will be in the atrium. After the luncheon, there will be a hands-on workshop in the Moody Gardens greenhouse on kokedama, the Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil wrapped with string or monofilament fishing line. Reservations are required for the workshop.
March 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. fair and luncheon, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. workshop; Moody Gardens Visitor Center and greenhouse, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston;
Seaside Spring Soirée [March 5]
Discover new treasures at the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation’s annual Seaside Spring Soirée featuring hors d’oeuvres, libations, a silent auction and live music by Mickey Hobbs. GISD supporters will gather to celebrate public education and pay homage to the GISD Book Bus with a Treasure Island theme. The event will raise funds to support the foundation and the Grants to Teachers and Schools program from which financial assistance is provided to purchase learning materials and implement innovative programming in GISD.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 5; 1880 Garten Verein, 2704 Ave. O, Galveston; www.galvestonedfoundation.org
‘Moon Over Buffalo’ [March 6-22]
It is the summer of 1953 and George and Charlotte Hay, formerly a couple of Broadway stars, have taken their run-down touring company to Buffalo, New York. In Buffalo, they have the intention of running “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” in repertory. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinée.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from March 6-22; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
The Art of Framing [March 7]
Kari Schmidt, owner of Cornerstone Framing and Design in Conroe, will teach the do’s and don’ts of custom framing and discuss favorite framing techniques during a Galveston Art League workshop. Sample products will be displayed. Attendees can bring in a picture, and the instructor will give pointers on optimum framing techniques. The workshop is free, but a $20 contribution to the Art League building fund is suggested. Register at www.GalvestonArtLeague.com.
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 7; Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., Galveston; 281.451.5814 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas Music Fest [March 7]
Downtown Friendswood is the place for fun, food and live music at the fifth annual Texas Music Fest in celebration of Texas Independence Day. The event features food, vendors, exhibits and live entertainment.
2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 7; Stevenson Park. 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood; www.friendsofdowntownfriendswood.org
Movie at the Dike [March 7]
Bring blankets and chairs to the base of the Texas City Dike for an outdoor movie experience. Play on the playground and eat food from local food trucks before the fireworks show and movie.
March 7, 7 p.m. fireworks, 7:15 p.m. movie; Rainbow Park, Bay Street and Dike Road, Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Movie Nite on The Strand [March 7]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month.
March 7; Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
Clear Creek Harbour House Concerts [March 7]
Meet your neighbors and experience a “house concert” featuring a performance by Sofia Talvik, an internationally respected musician from Sweden who will be bringing her unique take on folk-pop. Clear Creek Harbour House Concerts is a neighborhood concert series for music lovers and live music supporters in League City and the surrounding area. Address and details are shared with committed attendees before each show.
ArtWalk [March 7]
Stroll the streets of downtown Galveston and check out works by local artists and artisans in a wide variety of media.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 7; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries, Galveston; www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
‘One Night of Queen’ [March 7-8]
Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works, ‘One Night of Queen’ is a live concert recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time.
8 p.m. March 7 and 3 p.m. March 8; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ [March 13-14]
‘Beautiful’ tells the true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
8 p.m. March 13 and 2 p.m. March 14; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
‘First Date’ [March 13 to April 11]
“First Date” is comedic and takes place in a fashionable New York City bistro where Casey and Aaron meet for their blind date. Coming from different backgrounds and carrying radically different emotional baggage, the evening is a near-guaranteed disaster. Through a combination of inner characters and external events, the evening just might, possibly, turn out all right. Tom and Amber, both freshmen at Princeton University, connect in ways that seem innocent at first. As things progress, they find themselves in murky territory that has ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from March 13 to April 11 and 2:30 p.m. March 22 and 29; Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston; 409.762.3556 or islandetc.org
El Cubano Cigars Chili Cook-off [March 14]
Join El Cubano Cigars on 6th Street in Texas City for the annual Chili Cook-off.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14; El Cubano Cigars, 520 6th St. N., Texas City; 409.655.5920 or www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Music Nite on The Strand [March 14]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park on the second Saturday of the month.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 14; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston
Corvette Chevy Expo and Galveston Craft Show [March 14-15]
Celebrating its 42nd anniversary, this all-Chevrolet event features world-class show cars, major national vendors, and swimsuit contest. Held in conjunction with the Corvette Chevy Expo, the Galveston Craft Show features all handmade items from local artists and crafters.
Oil painting with David Wheeler [March 15]
Award-winning artist and painting instructor David Wheeler will coach participants who want to start or finish an oil painting during this Galveston Art League workshop, which costs $50. Registration and full details are available at www.GalvestonArtLeague.com.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 15; Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., Galveston; 281.451.5814 or email@example.com
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [March 15]
The Galveston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Trond Saeverud, will perform a masterworks concert program, featuring Balakirev’s “Tamara,” Hvoslef’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” (World Premiere) with Andrew Staupe on piano; and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6 Pathétique.”
4 p.m. March 15; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; www.galvestonsymphony.org
‘The Voice of the Prairie’ [March 19 to April 5]
As the play begins, an old hobo named Poppy by his avid companion, young Davey Quinn, is telling a tall tale. It is the early 1890s and itinerant story tellers like Poppy are the voices of the prairie. Years later, Davey is discovered by Leon Schwab, a radio entrepreneur, while he is telling stories about Poppy and Frankie, a blind girl he rescued from a cruel father. Through the new medium of radio, Davey becomes famous as the Voice of the Prairie. Fatefully, Frankie re-enters his life and a new adventure ensues in this tale of love, loss and redemption.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from March 10 to April 5; College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City; 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu
‘Crimes of the Heart’ [March 20 to April 5]
“Crimes of the Heart” is a story of the three Magrath sisters, who have gathered at their family home in Mississippi to await news of their grandfather. Lenny is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing prospects; Meg is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; and Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. It is the story of escaping the past and seizing the future.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from March 20 to April 5; Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay; 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
Celtic Festival [March 21]
Don your kilt and celebrate Celtic culture with bagpipes, beer, dancing and art.
March 21; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
‘Yamato – The Drummers of Japan – Jhonetsu’ [March 21]
Yamato travels all around the world with Japan’s traditional wadaiko drums, putting its very soul into the unusual instruments. The troupe’s live stage show, “Jhonetsu” or Passion, captures Yamato’s virtuosity, strength, spirit and sheer endurance.
8 p.m. March 21; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
The Rob Landes Trio: Gershwin at The Grand [March 22]
Rob Landes and his Trio will delight the audience with the music of George Gershwin and share stories and reminiscences of his short — Gershwin died at age 38 — yet brilliant life.
4 p.m. March 22; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Gourd Painting Workshop [March 28]
Participants will embellish gourds of various shapes to make characters or animals of their choosing in this Galveston Art League workshop. Instructor Eleanore Wuthrich will provide samples to stimulate ideas and will explain every step, from cleaning to finishing details. Gourds and some supplies provided. The workshop is $35. Registration and details are available at www.GalvestonArtLeague.com.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28; Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., Galveston; 281.451.5814 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lone Star Deluxe Hot Rod and Music Festival [March 28]
The eighth annual event will feature cool cars, great food, live music, vendors and more.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 28; Downtown 6th Street, Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Sea Isle Market [March 28]
Make plans to attend the Sea Isle Market featuring arts, crafts, woodworking, gourmet foods, plants, jewelry and home decor.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 28; Sea Isle Pavilion, Milton Pines Park, 4100 Mason Drive, Galveston; email@example.com
‘Viva MOMIX!’ [March 28]
Momix, an internationally renowned dance company founded by famed artistic director and choreographer Moses Pendleton, represents works that showcase and combine acrobatics, dance, gymnastics, mime, props and film in a theatrical setting.
8 p.m. March 28; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
In case of cancellations or changes to events, check with venues for updates. To submit an event, send pertinent information to firstname.lastname@example.org.