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Jan 17
Weekend fun with METRO: Jan. 18-21

 

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We've got a long, holiday weekend ahead, and if you're one of the lucky ones with four days off, we have some fun events to suggest  - two are free. Check out an opera sung in Spanish that tells the tale of a famous opera singer who returns home after 20 years of touring – and finds her true love. A free art exhibit features the work of an artist who drew inspiration from comic strips and embroidery.

Listen to some cool jazz by talented singer/songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello. And then on Monday, MLK Day, join the MLK Black Heritage Parade endorsed by the city. METRO will be there, and we're expecting some of our board members to be riding our antique bus.

Whatever you do this holiday weekend, step aboard our modern, clean buses or trains and let us take you to your destination. Go to the Google-powered Trip Planner to find your specific bus from your starting point. Then relax and enjoy the weekend, while you let METRO do the driving.

Event: "Florencia en el Amazonas" – In this homage to author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a legendary opera singer returns home after two decades of international touring. She reconnects with Cristobal, her true love she left behind years ago. Reality and fantasy blend as Florencia sails down the mysterious Amazon on a riverboat.  This opera premiered in 1996 with the Houston Grand Opera, the first Spanish-language opera commissioned by a major U.S. company.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. (Runs through Feb. 3)

Where: Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Green or Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station

Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington, 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 20 Canal/Memorial, 102 Bush IAH Express, 82 Westheimer

Event: "Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign." The late Lebanese artist Nicolas Moufarrege was fascinated with embroidery and was inspired by comic strips, calligraphy, pop art and classical sculpture – and he incorporated all of that into his art. Free.

When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Runs through Feb. 17)

Where: Contemporary Art Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Red Line – exit Museum District Station

Bus: 65 Bissonnet, 56 Airline/Montrose

Event: Meshell Ndegeocello. This jazz/R&B singer/songwriter/bassist illustrates her intimate and personal style by honoring artists who influenced her. Ndegeocello is best known as John Mellencamp's duet partner on the 1994 hit "Wild Night."

When: Saturday, 8 p.m. (Kitchen and bar open at 6 p.m., showroom doors open at 7 p.m.)

Where: Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th St.

Getting there*:

26 Long Point/Cavalcade, 40 Telephone/Heights, 27 Shepherd

Event: The 41st Annual "Original" MLK Jr. Parade & Holiday Festival. This event, sponsored by the Black Heritage Society and endorsed by the city of Houston, celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with marching bands and colorful floats, including METRO's antique bus. The parade will be followed immediately by a family-friendly festival, featuring popular and cultural cuisines, desserts, arts and crafts – and live music. Free.

When: Monday, Jan. 21 – 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Hermann Square in front of City Hall, Smith & Lamar

Getting there*:

METRORail: Green or Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station

Bus: 160 Memorial Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington, 44 Acres Homes, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 102 Bush IAH Express, 82 Westheimer

*Routes suggested by Customer Service; individual needs may vary.

 

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