This weekend, we've got a variety of fun activities for you – so dust off your cowboy boots, check out some furniture that will make you rethink your environment (and no, we're not talking about shopping), and sing along with some fave pop tunes.
Wherever you go to enjoy your leisure time, consider taking METRO. You can text without distraction, not deal with the stress of parking, save a few dollars on gas and get dropped off within walking distance – no parking fees. Look at our Google-powered Trip Planner to find the exact bus or train to get to your destination.
Event: "Tom Loeser: Please Please Please." This traveling exhibition encourages viewers to re-examine their habits and the way they interact with the environment. Loeser's work raises a question: "If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, would our lives be different, too?" Both kids and adults will enjoy this fun, colorful show that displays Wisconsin-based artist Tom Loeser's furniture with his series of prints. Check out this imaginative designer's work, turning furniture upside-down and inside-out. Free.
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 to 5 p.m. (Runs daily through May 12.)
Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Wheeler Station
Bus: 152 Harwin Express, 153 Harwin Express, 65 Bissonnet, 5 Southmore
Event: HSLR's World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. Kick off the rodeo festivities with this three-day barbeque contest and festival that begins on Thursday. Bring your appetite to this competition, where more than 250 teams vie for the championship title. If you can't get an invite to the more exclusive tents, check out The Garden, Rockin' Bar-B-Que Saloon or the Chuck Wagon – all open to the public. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12.
When: Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (through March 17)
Where: NRG Park, 1 NRG Pkwy.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station
Bus: 60 Cambridge, 11 Almeda/Lyons
Rodeo shuttles: Take a special METRO rodeo shuttle from any of these Park & Ride lots: Maxey Road, Monroe Park, North Shepherd or West Loop Transit Center.
Event: "Mama Mia." This hilarious musical about a wedding on a Greek island tells the tale of love and heartbreak. You'll be dancing in the aisles to the songs you know and love from ABBA. Enjoy this production from Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), the ninth longest-running show on Broadway.
When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (through March 13)
Where: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby
METRORail: Green or Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington; 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 82 Westheimer; 102 Bush IAH Express, 32 Renwick/San Felipe
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