The 5 Best Things to Do This Weekend in Houston: George Lopez, Brooklyn - The Musical, the Spaghetti Code World Premiere and More

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George Lopez
Good comedians do more than just string together a bunch of punch lines. Good comedians give audiences something to laugh at and think about. George Lopez is a good comedian. He's also one of our choices for Friday with a two day run at Bayou City Music. Much of the Mexican-American comic's material early in his career focused on his contentious relationship with his hard-as-nails grandmother and growing up Latino. (Those routines spawned Lopez's well-known taglines "Why you crying?" and "I can't have nothing!" and inspired his successful television sitcom.) As Lopez's career took off, he developed new concerns and new routines. (He often imitated his California rich-kid daughter: "Oh, my gwad, Dad, you sound soooooo Mexican.)

After a health scare and then a divorce, Lopez seemed to dedicate himself to talking shit and naming names. Anti-immigration sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona, made for an easy target. (In his HBO special, It's Not Me, It's You, Lopez blasted the closed border advocate: "Sheriff Joe, in California, fuck you! Fuck that puto!") Lopez has a two-night run in Houston during which he'll no doubt share more about his personal life and political views.

See George Lopez at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. For information, call 713‑230‑1600 or visit $49.50 to $61.

Mallory Bechtel in Brooklyn, The Musical
Another choice for Friday is the Bayou City Theatrics production of Brooklyn: The Musical. The show has been called a "sidewalk fairy tale" and since all fairy tales have happy endings, we're not giving anything away when we say the show's lead character, an orphaned Parisian teen in search of her wayward father, gets her happily-ever-after. It just doesn't look like the happily-ever-after that audiences might expect.

The cast is led by 14-year-old Houstonian Mallory Bechtel, a vocal powerhouse who already has years of experience onstage. Bechtel plays Brooklyn, a girl all alone in the world with nothing to her name but the unfinished lullaby that her mother used to sing to her. She sets out to find the one person who can help her complete the song, her long-missing dad. After she lands in New York (her name is the only clue she has to find her father), the singing starts.

Brooklyn is a musical inside a musical: The show is set on a street corner at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge where a ragtag group of performers known as the City Weeds tell the Parisian girl's story during a sidewalk performance. Brooklyn is also something of a fairy tale inside a fairy tale.

See our 100 Creatives profile of Mallory Bechtel.

The show's creators, Barri McPherson and Mark Schoenfeld, had worked together on an album more than 25 years ago. The two lost touch until 2002, when McPherson, by then a mom and club singer, spotted Schoenfeld singing on a street corner in Brooklyn. She took him back to her home in Massachusetts, invited him to live with her family and the two started turning out songs about his life on the streets of New York. Those songs grew into Brooklyn: The Musical, which eventually made its way to Broadway. We're sure Bechtel will eventually make her way to Broadway, too.

The Bayou City Theatrics production, being performed at the company's new downtown home The Kaleidoscope, has a very short run so make your plans accordingly.

See Brooklyn, the Musical at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Through July 19. The Kaleidoscope, 705 Main. For information, visit $30.

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Location Info


Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Kaleidoscope

705 Main, Houston, TX

Category: General

Lawndale Art Center

4912 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: General

PJ's Sports Bar

614 W. Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Main Street Theater

2540 Times Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

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Another great thing to do this weekend is to go see South Pacific!

This is a production you won’t want to miss.Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener,South Pacific” is a musical romance that centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. This Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. It is a heartwarming tale of love and romance, war and racial tolerance, and laughter and liveliness.

The score is full of memorable, timeless tunes such as “Younger than Springtime”, “There’s Nothing Like a Dame”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”, “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”, and - of course - “Some Enchanted Evening.”

Class Act Productions provides an amazing atmosphere for its audiences.The story of South Pacific is beautifully told, as with any story to be told by the cast and crew of Class Act. The stage and costumes will transform everyone to another time and place. The amount of talent shown by the individual cast members is mesmerizing. You will simply be taken aback by the quality and charismatic way in which the whole production captures the audience.

In order to show their appreciation for those who have served or are currently serving in our military, Class Act Productions is offering complementary seating to veterans and active military this weekend! Show times are July 19 at 7:30 pm and July 20 at 2:30 pm. Tickets will be given at the door until seats are full. Family tickets can be purchased at the door, as well, or by going to

The show is being presented at The Woodlands College Park High Campus Theater by Class Act Productions.


George Lopez is not funny, IMO.

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