This weekend is prime time for festivals, and we've got two for you – one will show how to keep our Earth green, and the other will immerse you in a multicultural experience. At night, enjoy a Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy that inspired a movie. Wherever you go, take METRO for a smooth, easy ride where you can text to your heart's content and not worry about finding or paying for parking. Download the METRO TRIP App on your smartphone, and you'll have schedules and next-bus arrival times at your fingertips.
Event: Japan Festival Houston. Experience the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun at this 26th annual tradition that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Japan. You'll find unusual items to buy, including anime goods, handcrafted jewelry and antique kimonos. Food stands offer Japanese cream puffs, Gyudon beef bowls and crave-worthy ramen. Find out how to become a teacher in Japan, meet an astronaut or make a lantern. And listen to the music of The Yano Brothers. The trio are of Ghanaian and Japanese descent and blend genres to create "Jafrican" music. Free. Participation in select activities require a fee.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Hermann Park, 6001 Fannin St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Hermann Park/Rice U
Bus: 56 Airline/Montrose
Event: Green Mountain Energy Earth Day. Discovery Green, partnering with Green Mountain Energy and the Citizens' Environmental Coalition, hosts H-town's biggest Earth Day. Come by and enjoy a farmers' market, activities for kids that both entertain and educate, live music and an eco-fashion show. You'll also get to hear Earth Talks, short talks by environmental leaders that will inspire you to work toward a zero-waste footprint. Free.
Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.
When: Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Convention District Station
Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk
Event: "Crimes of the Heart." Check out this award-winning play by Beth Henley, an SMU graduate, whose debut play follows the Magrath sisters – Babe, Meg and Lenny - in a dark comedy. The sisters are unexpectedly reunited after Babe shoots her husband because she doesn't like his looks. Middle sister, Meg, comes home from Los Angeles, and everyone forgets Lenny's birthday. Warm-hearted and irreverent, the sisters learn to forgive the past and welcome the future. The play won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and inspired the 1986 film co-starring Sissy Spacek, Jessica Lange and Diane Keaton.
When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ally Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.
METRORail: Green or Purple Line – exit Theater District Station
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, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express
*Routes suggested by Customer Service; individual needs may vary.
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