It's the weekend before Valentine's Day, and if you're planning to celebrate the day of Cupid early, we have some romance-laced attractions for you, along with a fun family day where red is the star. That's red for the Lunar New Year – the Year of the Pig. If you were lucky enough to be born in the year of the pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019), you are blessed with a beautiful personality and good fortune.
For everyone else, you're still blessed with good fortune to have your own transit system in this city that will take you where you want to go for only $1.25. Drive less and do more this weekend with METRO. Check out our Google-powered Trip Planner to find your exact route.
Event: "Too Heavy for Your Pocket." At the height of the Civil Rights movement, two young couples juggle justice, love and responsibilities. Bowzie wins a scholarship to attend a university, but his education soon extends beyond the classroom, as he becomes a Freedom Rider and joins the fight against racism. This is a peek into the personal cost behind public events.
When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. (through Feb. 24)
Where: The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Ensemble/HCC Station
Bus: 9 Gulfton/Holman, 11 Almeda, 25 Richmond, 54 Scott, 82 Westheimer
Event: Family Day: Lunar New Year. Celebrate the Year of the Pig, a gentle, friendly animal representing generosity and diligence. Enjoy art, performances, crafts and food inspired by traditions across Asia. General admission is free. Performance of "Spring Festival – Splendor of Huaxing" at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. is ticketed ($5 for members, $10 for non-members.) Food and drink available for purchase.
When: Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Museum District Station
Bus: 5 Southmore, 65 Bissonnet
Event: "The Pearl Fishers." A rarely performed opera, this love triangle set to extraordinary, beautiful music tells the story of two best friends whose bond is shattered when a priestess arrives to bless the pearl harvest. Enjoy this colorful, eye-popping opera as dramatic consequences unfold. Sung in French with projected English translation.
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.
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
*Suggested routes by Customer Service; individual needs may vary.
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