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5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Jan. 26–28

Ft. Mr. Brightside, Rockets yoga, and acrobatic (musical) cats.

By Morgan Kinney January 25, 2018

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Shawn Hamilton and Brandon Potter will reprise their roles as Martin Luther King, Jr. and LBJ, respectively, in the Alley Theatre's production of The Great Society.

Image: Karen Almond

The Great Society

Jan. 26–Feb. 18 | Alley Theatre

Two seasons ago, Robert Schenkkan's All the Way dramatized the already dramatic ascent of President Lyndon B. Johnson. In chapter two of the Pulitzer-winning playwright's study, Schenkkan zeroes in on the contentious kickoff of LBJ's War on Poverty—a particularly timely flashback considering it recently took a government shutdown for Congress to refund health insurance for children.

Tickets from $26. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. 713-220-5700. More info and tickets at alleytheatre.org.

The Killers

Jan. 26 | Smart Financial Centre

Perhaps best known for "Mr. Brightside," the 2004 uptempo screamalong that's still never left the UK charts, The Killers are making new music. In fact, the group's newest album, Wonderful Wonderful, topped the Billboard 200 when it was released last year. So, if your most recent memories of the Las Vegas group's music is a ringtone version of "Somebody Told Me" blasting from a Motorola Razr, perhaps consider the drive to Sugar Land to update your memory bank. 

Tickets from $29.50. Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land. 281-207-6278. More info and tickets at smartfinancialcentre.net.

Trinity Jazz Festival

Jan. 25–28 | Multiple Locations

The annual festival from Midtown's Trinity Episcopal Church serves up multiple performances from noted jazz performers culminating in Sunday's Jazz Mass, a bombastic musical experience this year framed as a tribute to Ray Charles. And if you missed last summer's Jazz on Film MFAH film series, the festival will screen Sound of Redemption, a new documentary following the life jazz prodigy Frank Morgan.

Tickets from $10. Multiple locations. More info and tickets at trinityjazzfestival.net.

Rocket Yoga with Houston Rockets

Jan. 28 | Toyota Center

Directly following Sunday's matchup between the Rockets and the Phoenix Suns, grab your yoga mat for a class on the court of the Toyota Center. YogaOne's Davina Davidson will lead the class, which includes discounted tickets to the basketball game.

Tickets from $24. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. More info and tickets at yogaonehouston.com.

The Amazing Acro-cats

Jan. 28–31 | MATCH

"Chief Executive Human" and animal trainer Samantha Martin trots out her troupe of performing house cats for a dazzling series of acrobatics, World Record-winning stunts, and, yes, even a musical performance (whether her claim that Tuna and the Rock Cats is the only all-cat band in the entire world is unverified but definitely plausible). 

Tickets from $27. MATCH, 3400 Main St. 713-521-4533. More info and tickets at matchouston.org.

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