DeNiro gets more than
'15 minutes;' Marley fans unite; Astroworld opens
Cougar Entertainment Staff
One of the greatest actors
of our time, Robert DeNiro stars in the new media-thriller, 15 Minutes
opposite Edward Burns.
Phillip V. Caruso/
New Line Cinema
15 Minutes -- Robert DeNiro (Meet
the Parents) and Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen) star as
detectives on the trail of media-hungry murderers through the tumultuous
streets of New York City. Also stars Kelsey Grammer, Melina Kanakaredes
and Avery Brooks.
Get Over It -- The title says it
all. This teen romantic-comedy centers on a high school senior (Ben Foster)
who gets dumped by his girlfriend and tries to win her back. Also stars
teen idols Kirsten Dunst (Bring It On, Mila Kunis and Sisqo (yes,
he of "Thong Song" fame.
Company Man -- How's this for a
movie plot? A nerdy 1960s-era English teacher is accidentally enlisted
in the CIA and, through no fault of his own, becomes a legendary spy against
Communist Cuba. Company Man also stars Sigourney Weaver (Aliens)
and John Tuturro (Do the Right Thing).
Other movies premiering this Friday are
Brendan Met Judy and Simon Magus.
Almost guaranteed to be the "next big thing"
in the ever-expanding world of rock-rap music, Latin-spiced sextet Vallejo
performs today at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge at 9 p.m.
Afro-jazz group Randy Weston and African
Rhythms will perform at the Cullen Theater at 8 p.m.
Other "must-see" gatherings include:
Caberet -- Musical about a pre-World
War II nightclub. Runs until March 25 at the Strand Theater in Galveston.
The Works of Ana B. Fuentes -- UH
student Fuentes will display her work, "Interpretation in metal and stones,"
from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Art House. Call 713-666-0510 for more details.
Spreading his message of peace, unity and
one love is the 16th annual Bob Marley Festival that will begin today and
conclude on Sunday.
One of reggae legends Bob
Marley's many sons, Stephen, will perform at the 16th Annual Bob Marley
Festival this weekend.
This year's theme is "Natural Mystic."
The festival will promote not only reggae and worldbeat music, but also
issues (cultural and spiritual unity, world peace and the environment)
that were important to the deceased reggae star.
A core of 25 acts will perform, including
his son, Stephen Marley. Call (713) 688-3900 for details.
For opera fans, the Houston Grand Opera
will feature Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea, the most celebrated
opera from the 17th century. This was the first opera based on historical
figures. The Roman Emperor Nerone left his wife for the beautiful courtesan
Poppea. Coronation will show at Wortham Theater Center downtown;
ticket prices range from $10 to $77. Evening performances will be at 8
p.m. today, Saturday, Tuesday, March 15 and 17. Matinee shows will be at
2:30 p.m. Sunday and March 18.
The Houston Ballet is reviving the 19th
century toy story, Coppèlia. The tale is about a toy maker
named Dr. Coppèlius and his beautiful and lifelike doll, whose lives
are filled with love, comedy and magic.
Coppèlia premieres at 7:30
p.m. Thursday, and will continue through March 18 at the Wortham Theater
Center, Brown Theater, in downtown. Tickets range from $11.50 to $101.50.
In a one-night-only presentation, the Society
for Performing Arts will present Pilobolus, a dance company of contortionists
that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "movement invention." For
those interested in something unconventional, this is definitely worth
Pilobolus can be seen at 8 p.m.
March 10 at Jones Hall, downtown. Tickets can be purchased for $15 to $45.
The Museum of Fine Arts debuts some interesting
tidbits from "a time long ago, in a galaxy far away" today when it opens
Wars: The Magic of Myth to the public.
The exhibit will showcase costumes, memorabilia,
props and storyboards from the four feature films.
Creator George Lucas will also allow the
public to view previously unseen items, original conceptual and production
artwork, characters, costumes, large-scale models and props used to create
the original "Star Wars" movie trilogy.
The mega-event will run until June 24.
Never before seen on American soil, The
Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors from China's Imperial Palace
opens for an exclusive tour of five North American cities.
Divided into eight sections, the exhibit
will reveal the public and private life of the emperor, from his throne
room to his bedroom and armor.
The exhibit also displays rare objects
such as gold and silver artifacts, paintings and portraits, ceramics, jewelry
and ornate robes.
In conjunction, the Museum of Natural Science
will debut an interactive show called "Stars of China."
The show will allow participants to traverse
back 3,000 years to the origins of the Chinese New Year and the zodiac
"Stars of China" runs until March 18, while
its parent show, The Secret World ends March 22. Call (713) 639-4900
Every pre-teen's favorite hangout -- that's
right, Astroworld -- opens its gates for the year starting today.
Lauren Wilson/The Daily
Though it's not exactly one
of the Astroworld's main draws, the merry-go-round has entertained Houston
children for decades.
Our local amusement park houses the fourth-largest
collection of roller coasters in the world and covers an astounding 85
acres of land. Call (713) 799-1234 for details.