The Five Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Tour de Houston

The Tour de Houston will bring together close to 5,000 participants this weekend.EXPAND
The Tour de Houston will bring together close to 5,000 participants this weekend.
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Mark your calendar; the annual Tour de Houston is here and set for this weekend.  The opportunity to participate is still available and the length routes vary for the participants' comfort, but if watching and admiring is more your thing then plant your feet at City Hall where the Tour de Houston will begin and end only to be followed by a party with music and free food. Bookend your weekend with a visit to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the Mariachi Invitational that will bring the best mariachi bands together for a crowd pleasing performance.

The multimedia performance will bring all realms of Game of Thrones together in the Toyota Center this Friday night.EXPAND
The multimedia performance will bring all realms of Game of Thrones together in the Toyota Center this Friday night.
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Dun-dun-duh-duh-dun-dun-duh-duh-dun-dun-dah-dun-dun…oh, you know the rest. True Game of Thrones fans already live and breathe the world of Starks and Lannisters — from the thousands of pages of author George R.R. Martin’s first five novels to the current six lush, continent-spanning seasons of the HBO mega-series — so there’s plenty of Westeros to go around. But perhaps the most underrated aspect of the seven kingdoms is the enthralling score that accompanies the Emmy Award-winning drama. Conducted by composer Ramin Djawadi, the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience delivers the majestic original compositions with a full live orchestra to music lovers of all realms, filling the enormous Toyota Center with rapturous strings and horns. Ramin Djawaldi and his live orchestra will perform this Friday night bringing to life all the soundtracks that accompany every choice of condemnation by Khaleesi. Accompanying the arrangements are immersive visual displays that truly bring the best of the hit series to life before your eyes.

8 p.m. March 17. 1510 Polk. For information, call 713-758-7200 or visit houstontoyotacenter.com. $39.50 to $99.50.

Everyone gets involved at this city loved event.EXPAND
Everyone gets involved at this city loved event.
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Grease the gears, it’s a bike rider’s paradise with back-to-back cycling events. Saturday’s Bayou City Classic features 5K and 10K tracks looping through downtown and along Allen Parkway. For the more athletically inclined, Sunday’s Tour de Houston congregates roughly 5,000 participants for their choice of the 20-, 43.55- or 61.45-mile routes that dip down into parts of Missouri City. Both events culminate with a post-race party, and proceeds from the rides benefit the Houston Parks Department and Houston’s reforestation efforts. Obie O’Brien, vice-president of governmental affairs for presenting sponsor Apache Corporation, endorses the events. “It’s really a chance to get out, get some exercise and see parts of town you’ve always wanted to get to.” With an option for Saturday or Sunday that gives you the time you need to stretch, hydrate, get someone to watch your dog and get out for the day. 


Bayou City Classic: 7:50, 8 and 8:10 a.m. March 18. City Hall, 901 Bagby. For information, visit bayoucityclassic.org. $35 to $40. Tour de Houston: 7:30, 8 and 8:30 a.m. Sunday. City Hall, 901 Bagby. For information, visit tourdehouston.org. $20 to $40.

"Hamilton may reign now, but The King and I reigns forever," says Houston Press theater critic D.L. GrooverEXPAND
"Hamilton may reign now, but The King and I reigns forever," says Houston Press theater critic D.L. Groover
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Set in 1860s Siam (now Thailand), The King and I tells the story of a British schoolteacher who travels to that country at the request of the king (played by Jose Llana) to teach the monarch’s many wives and children. Houston audiences will have a chance to see the Tony Award®-winning revival version, based on a real-life story, of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, courtesy of BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center. Laura Michelle Kelly (Broadway: Mary Poppins, Finding Neverland) stars and describes her character as “very strong willed. She was very progressive for her time, very opinionated. She was a wild force that he has to contend with and find out how to communicate with.” Kelly acts, sings and dances (while wearing a 45-pound, authentic-to-the times dress) to music that includes “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Head to the Hobby Center this Saturday or Sunday for your chance to see this on its very short run in Houston.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. March 15, 16 and 19; 8 p.m. March 17; 2 and 8 p.m. March 18; 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 19. The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit thehobbycenter.org. $35 to $150.

Unlike traditional catechism, you won't get into trouble for talking out loud here.EXPAND
Unlike traditional catechism, you won't get into trouble for talking out loud here.
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Catholics, Jews, Christians, Muslims and the nondenominational — all are welcome at the glorious resurrection of the Sister at Stages Repertory Theatre. Denise Fennell, who has toured the show across the globe, gets back in the habit in this pure-hearted send-up of the sacraments of marriage and last rites in Late Nite Catechism 3: ’Til Death Do Us Part. “We play the compatibility game, which is the Sister’s answer to Tinder,” says Fennell. “This one is looser than the previous shows. There’s a lot more audience participation and interaction in this one.” This irreverent comedy, written by Maripat Donovan with Marc Silvia, is back by popular demand and directed by Silvia. So if you were considering counseling before saying your "I do's" why not do it in a public space where you can laugh off the sometimes more troubling questions that come up and instead enjoy it as another Sunday night where neither of you gets into trouble.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. March 15 through April 9. 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit stagestheatre.com. $40 to $75.

Which mariachi classics are you looking forward to the Pepe Aguilar or Vicente Fernandez cover?EXPAND
Which mariachi classics are you looking forward to the Pepe Aguilar or Vicente Fernandez cover?
Photo by Marco Torres

Last month, there was this little thing at NRG Stadium called Super Bowl 51. Little when compared to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Go Tejano Day and Mariachi Invitational. While the game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons attracted 70,807 fans, the 2016 version of Go Tejano Day featured a record 75,508 folks screaming their heads off during the performances by Los Huracanes del Norte and Banda Los Recoditos. The 2017 installment — traditionally the rodeo’s single largest-drawing paid event — is expected to break another attendance record, especially because Grupo Siggno (the Santa Rosa-based Tejano band that makes its rodeo debut) and Banda El Recodo from Mexico are in the mix. Selected Texas mariachi bands turn intermission into a main-stage event. Tejano may sometimes get shelved for more modern sounding Latin music like reggaeton or bachata, but don't miss the sounds of traditional Tejano and mariachi music this Sunday afternoon where it will take the round stage by storm at this years invitational.

3:45 p.m. March 19. 1 NRG Park. For information, call 832-667-1000 or visit rodeohouston.com. $25 to $300.

Margaret Downing, Sam Byrd, Steve Jansen,  and Vic Shuttee contributed to this post.

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