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Weekly Scenes & Screens: 11/18

Illustrated by Tina Liu

By Sanvitti Sahdev and Katelyn Landry     11/17/20 10:00pm


Houston Zoo’s annual holiday light show Zoo Lights has returned for its 2020 season. Sip hot chocolate while you walk through tunnels of lights and visit Santa’s workshop from 5:30-10:30 p.m. until Jan. 10. Timed entry tickets must be purchased in advance online at, and face masks must be worn at the zoo.


Rice Cinema and Visual and Dramatic Arts department will continue their outdoor movie series this Saturday, Nov. 21 with a screening of “The Wizard of Oz.” Bring your chairs, blankets and snacks to Lot 6 (behind the Rice Media Center) by 6:45 p.m., and the movie will start at 7 p.m. In order to observe COVID-19 restrictions, you must RSVP for the event in advance at


The Center for African and African American Studies and the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts will continue their visiting artist lecture series this Thursday, Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. with a talk from interdisciplinary artist Sondra Perry. Register for the Zoom webinar at


The highly anticipated Nancy and Rich Kinder Building will have its grand opening on the Museum of Fine Arts Houston campus this Saturday, Nov. 21. The building will feature new international collections of modern and contemporary art, which you can visit for free Nov. 21-25 when you reserve a timed-entry ticket online. 

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