College students don’t get to have all of the fun. In this ongoing series, learn about the intriguing, thought-provoking, and entertaining public events happening on college campuses around the area.
Celebrate the opening of the School of Architecture Fabrication Design Center and learn about the music industry from Beyonce’s dad at Prairie View A&M University.
Prairie View A&M will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening for the College of Architecture Digital Fabrication Center, which will features the latest technology, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and wood and metal tools that allow students to build, develop and test different concepts while collaborating with their peers. The center won an award in 2018 from the American Institute of Architects-Housing Chapter for its unconventional design, according to statement by the architecture school’s dean Ikhlas Sabouni. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Feb. 19. Prairie View A&M University, School of Architecture Digital Fabrication Center, University Drive at L.W. Minor St. Prairie View, TX, 77446. Free. pvamu.edu.
Music executive Mathew Knowles, best known as the father of the Houston-born, world-renowned pop star Beyonce, will visit PVAMU for his presentation “The Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship: The Business of Music, Film and Entertainment Industry.” 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Prairie View A&M University, Ernest Boyd and Floretta Brown Collins Auditorium, 100 University Drive, Prairie View, TX, 77446. pvamu.edu.
Scat along with the jazz ensemble at the University of Houston, or watch the comedic chaos unfold in the production of the classic “A Flea in Her Ear” farce.
UH’s Moores School of Music will kick off its 22nd annual Jazz Festival, featuring middle school and high school jazz ensembles from around the state. The festival, which continues on Saturday, will include performances by Moores School of Music’s jazz ensemble and orchestra. 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. , Feb. 22, and Feb. 23. Moores Opera House, 3333 Cullen Blvd., Room 120, Houston, TX 77204. $10-$15. uh.edu.
When an upper-class Parisian woman like Madame Raymonde Chandebise has questions about her husband’s fidelity, it’s only right to put it to the test. In this University of Houston production of the farce “A Flea in Her Ear,” Chandebise and her friend write a fictitious letter to her husband, addressed from a secret admirer, in hopes of tempting him for a nighttime rendezvous at a local hotel and confronting him. What ensues instead is a night filled with outrageous characters, mistaken identities, confusion and lots of comedy. 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 23, 25, 28, and March 1-2. 2 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3. University of Houston, Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre, 3351 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX, 77204. $10-$20. For more information, visit uh.edu.
Expand your knowledge about the civil rights movement and gardening, and see two iconic innovators meet in a fictional play at Rice University.
Thursday, Rice’ University’s Islamophobia Resistance Campaign will screen “In Their Footsteps: An American Muslim Civil Rights Journey,” a short documentary by the Council on American-Islamic Relations which followed 30 American Muslim civil rights leaders on their journey to Alabama last April. The film focuses on the civil rights leaders, who learn about slavery, lynching, and racial injustice while visiting major sites including the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Birmingham’s historic 16th Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Civil Rights Memorial. The film will be followed by a moderated panel discussion. 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Rice University, 301 Sewall Hall, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX, 77005. Houston, Free.
Have you ever wondered what inventor Albert Einstein and artist Pablo Picasso would have discussed if they ever met? Playwright and actor Steve Martin imagines the encounter of the 20th-century innovative giants in his off-Broadway play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” in which the two meet in a Paris cafe in 1904. 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23. 3 p.m. Feb. 24. 8 p.m. March 1-2. Rice University, Hamman Hall, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX, 77005. $5-$10. events.rice.edu.
Gardening is good for the soul, community and overall creativity, according to Joseph Novak, the director of Rice University’s holistic garden. Novak will present on holistic gardening and host a workshop that teaches how to grow and pot plants and use fresh herbs at the campus’ Betty and Jacob Friedman Holistic Garden. The presentation will be hosted from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., and the workshop on fresh herbs will be hosted from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 22. Rice University, Anderson-Clarke Center, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX, 77005. Free, but registration is required. For more information, visit events.rice.edu.
See dreams come true on stage and learn about the business behind storytelling at Texas A&M University.
Broadway hits TAMU’s stage this weekend with “Something Rotten.” Set in 1959, the play focuses on Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers and aspiring playwrights who learn that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting. The two set out on their on journey to write the world’s first musical, which makes for an intriguing adventure. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Texas A&M University, Rudder Auditorium, Rudder Tower, 401 Joe Routt Blvd, College Station, TX, 77843. $23-$85. For tickets or more information, visit mscopas.org.
Matthew Luhn, a storyteller responsible for some of the most memorable characters in Pixar films like “Toy Story,” “Up,” and even “The Simpsons” TV series, stops by the College Station campus for his presentation on ‘The Business of Storytelling,’ Feb 25, 7 p.m. Texas A&M University, Rudder Auditorium, Rudder Tower, 401 Joe Routt Blvd, College Station, TX, 77843. $5 for students. $10 for the general public. boxoffice.tamu.edu.