Beyoncé at Toyota Center, 12/10/2013

Beyoncé Toyota Center December 10, 2013

The easy way to go about saying you went to a Beyoncé show is to gawk at the way people surrounding you interact with one another, how they smile, wave, twist and contort to every move the 32-year-old Houstonian performs onstage. How they attempt to mirror every strut she makes on impeccable heels, and dancers who at times can sway and frolic like ballerinas and others jut and juke like a hole-in-the-wall club on a Friday night.

So Tuesday night, back inside the Church of Carter (husband Jay Z takes the pulpit for his own sermon in less then ten days), Mrs. Carter gave Houston its second installment of the Mrs. Carter Show this year, albeit with a bit more flare and extensions than previously. Having seen a near-identical show inside New Orleans's Superdome, watching her trim some of that down to a neat two-hour set seemed like she wasn't going for a knockout but would instead settle for a technical masterpiece.

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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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