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Iain Mackay as Prospero

The Tempest

Thru June 4 | Houston Ballet

Bard meets barre in the North American premiere of this exciting adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, a co-production with the UK’s Birmingham Royal Ballet. The full-length work, choreographed by David Bintley, also features an original score by Sally Beamish, along with a set designed by Rae Smith (War Horse).  

From $25. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-2787. houstonballet.org 

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Bree Welch as Hallie Jackson, Josh Morrison as Bert Barricune

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Thru June 25 | Stages Repertory Theatre

We have a certain amount of trepidation about how well this tale of love and death in the lawless West will translate to the boards, but it’s an intriguing idea, to say the least. Jethro Compton’s adaptation, based on the Dorothy M. Johnson short story (which also inspired the 1962 John Ford classic film), is receiving its regional premiere.*  

From $21. 3201 Allen Pkwy.  713-527-0123. stagestheatre.com  

Classic Broadway

May 26-28 | Houston Symphony

Mike Krajewski goes out with a Broadway bang this weekend, bidding farewell to the orchestra—and his post as Principal POPS conductor—with this concert featuring top-drawer vocalists from the Great White Way, along with the Houston Symphony Chorus. Expect lots of chestnuts from the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and more.  

From $45. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-4240. houstonsymphony.org

Critical Mass Friday

May 26 | Market Square Park

There are few things more Houston these days than the sight of hundreds of cyclists riding through town en masse on the last Friday of every month. Each two-hour-plus Critical Mass ride, suitable for riders of all abilities, begins at Market Square Park, goes for 20 or so miles, and finishes “some place fun,” usually a few miles from the starting point. Bring a bike (or rent a B-Cycle) and join the fun. 

Free. 301 Milam St.  criticalmasshouston.com

Asian Heritage Bus Tour

May 27 | Chinese Community Center

Originally marketed to tourists, this monthly outing—a whirlwind exploration of the shopping/eating/cultural glories of southwest Houston—has proved even more popular with locals. From markets to temples, restaurants to tea houses, this tour, which includes lunch, ought to be on every Bayou City bucket list. 

$35. 9800 Town Park Dr. 713-271-6100. ccchouston.org



*An earlier version of this article misstated the inspiration behind the stage adaptation. It was the Dorothy M. Wood short story, not the John Ford film.

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