Arts in the Afternoon

We are proud to offer the community a wide variety of daytime cultural events. Experience a world of culture through films, dance and music performances and book signings with best-selling and emerging authors.

All events take place at 1:00 PM unless noted otherwise.

Cypress WindsWednesday, Oct 23, 2019
Music | Cypress Winds, Clarinet Quartet
Entering its 5th season, Cypress Winds, based in Houston, is a clarinet quartet of "seasoned" professional musicians who spend their time performing and teaching "all things clarinet." 

The quartet performs concerts throughout the Houston area. Underwritten by Houston Jewish Funerals.


SoldiersFriday, Nov 15, 2019
Film | From Philadelphia to the Front  
37 Minutes | 2005
Directed by Judy Gelles and Marianne Bernstein
One of the few documentaries to explore the stories of Jewish-American World War II soldiers, this film focuses on six Philadelphia veterans in their 80s, and their individual experiences during the war and a bittersweet reunion they share in their old age.

For Jews, the war to defeat Hitler had deeply personal significance. Combined with photographs from the men’s personal collections, the film includes rare archival footage, stills, and newsreels including Jewish soldiers celebrating Shabbat and Passover during wartime and the first Jewish service at Dachau after it was liberated. Purchase Tickets

King BibiThursday, Dec 19, 2019
Film | King Bibi
This film explores Israel Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s rise to power, relying solely on archival footage of his media performances over the years. This film will also be shown at 7:30 PM. Details and Tickets

Friday, Jan 17, 2020
Music | Opera to Go! with the Houston Grand Opera

Friday, Jan 31, 2020
Music | An Afternoon of Song with Emily Moses, Soprano

Friday, Feb 14, 2020
Dance | FLY Dance Company

From Slavery to FreedomThursday, March 5, 2020
Film | From Slavery to Freedom
In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a famous human rights activist, was arrested on charges of spying for the USA, treason and anti-Soviet agitation. Revisit a Soviet era where there was an overwhelming sense of fear and insecurity in the face of the system.

This film will also be shown at 7:30 PM. Details and Tickets 

Judith ViorstMonday, May 4, 2020
Author Judith 
Viorst | Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of Late Life 
The newest illustrated poetry collection in bestselling author Judith Viorst’s “decade” series, explores with wisdom and humor, what it means to be an impending nonagenarian. Accompanied by Laura Gibson’s whimsical illustrations, Nearing Ninety’s amusing and touching reflections make this collection relatable to readers of all ages. 

Viorst is the author of the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; the Lulu books; the New York Times bestseller Necessary Losses; four musicals; and poetry for children and young adults. 


Arts in the Afternoon is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

For more information and to register, please contact Esther Bethke at or 713.595.8186.