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5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, August 10–12

At the top of the list: An autograph opportunity with Carlos Beltran, Yuli Gurriel, George Springer, and more.

By Morgan Kinney August 9, 2018

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Summer 2018 (Houston Astros) Fan Expo

August 10–12 | George R. Brown Convention Center

Technically, this sports collectible show doesn't focus solely on the 2017 Houston Astros, but that doesn't change how there will be an unprecedented line-up of Astros players available for autographs. The event's roster includes Jose Altuve, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, Gerrit Cole, Evan Gattis, Carlos Beltran, Collin McHugh, Will Harris, Tyler White, Max Stassi, Tony Kemp, Chris Devenski, Derek Fisher, and Brad Peacock. You'll also have the opportunity to rub elbows with Texans players DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson alongside legends like Jerry Rice.

Tickets $10 (Free Friday). George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. More info and tickets at

The Wheel Workers at Backyard Jams Concert Series

August 10 | Market Square Park

The Houston rockers finish off the season's Backyard Jams Concert Series with post-punk grooves to usher in the weekend. The usual beer and eats will be available from Niko Niko's alongside special giveaways.

Free. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. 713-650-3022. More info at

The Mousetrap

August 10–September 2 | Alley Theatre

The longest-running play in stage history, The Mousetrap—a creation of detective story grand dame Agatha Christie—comes to the Alley Theatre as the latest installment in the "Summer Chills" series. And even though it premiered more than 50 years ago, the twist ending still keeps audiences guessing whodunnit until the final moments of this classic murder mystery.

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


August 10–11 | Improv Houston

Don't miss the fearless, Oscar-winning comedienne as she brings her fearless comedy to the Bayou City. Let's just hope she's settled her high-profile beef with Oprah, who, for whatever reason, is also in town.

Tickets from $40. Improv Houston, 7620 Katy Fwy. 713--333-8800. More info and tickets at

Sound in the Digital Age with Nameless Sound

August 12 | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Mutron Angel and Rachel Hulsey of Houston new music ensemble Nameless Sound will perform tag team synthesizer solos—one at 3 p.m., the other at 4 p.m.—inspired by the algorithmic the designs of Joris Laarman, now on display through September 16.

GA Tickets $10. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 5601 Main St. 713-639-7300. More info and tickets at

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