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Feb 16
Weekend Fun with METRO: Feb. 16–18


This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. 

Monday is President's Day, so some of us have a lovely three-day weekend on the horizon.  Let's plan to get out and go places!  I'm recommending a dramatic theater experience about one of our presidents, Lyndon Johnson, along with a Lunar New Year celebration for the whole family to enjoy, and a wonderful museum exhibit that will be open only a few more weeks.  With three days off, you can do all of this and still have time to relax.  Ahhhh….

As you would rightly expect, METRO can transport you to these events.  Check out our Trip Planner, or explore the service map to see where our buses and trains can take you.  Let us help you with your weekend wind-down, by removing the stress of driving around.  Don't thank us – that's what we're here for, to help you have a good weekend.  Do just that.

Event: "The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta."  Did you miss George and Amal Clooney's wedding?  My invitation didn't arrive either, but this amazing collection of garments includes her wedding gown, so you can get a good look at it.  Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta created beautiful clothes for more than five decades for many well-known ladies, including everyone from Beyonce to Laura Bush, and you can enjoy seeing nearly 70 ensembles. 

Tickets are available online or at the museum, and the price includes access to the museum's art collections.  There's a café there, so give yourself a treat and spend the day.

When: (Museum hours) Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 12:15 to 7 p.m.

Where:  Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 5 Southmore, 56 Airline/Montrose

METRORail – Red Line (exit Museum District Station)

Event: The Great Society.  It's the last weekend to see The Alley Theatre's acclaimed drama about Lyndon Johnson's presidency during the 1965-1968 years.  He's struggling with the war on poverty, the war in Vietnam, attacks by political opponents, and national backlash over civil rights.  This is a sequel to last season's play about the beginning of Johnson's presidency, All the Way.  Tickets are available through the website.

When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.

Getting there*:

Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush/IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 413 Greenlink Orange

METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Theater District Station)

Event: Family Day: Lunar New Year.  This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your family to Asian culture.  Take them to help welcome in the Year of the Dog with performances, art and craft activities, and food inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. 

 Free activities and demonstrations include calligraphy, Chinese handkerchief dancing, paper-cutting and red envelopes, making dog masks and hats, kimono greeting cards, kite-making, games and camel decorations.  You can purchase Asian food from various vendors, and the first 50 people to arrive receive a free cookie.  A limited number of red envelopes will be given out also.  Go to the website to RSVP for the free activities, and purchase a ticket to see a performance of Chinese music and dance. 

When: Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd.

Getting there*:

Bus – 5 Southmore, 65 Bissonnet

*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.



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