The 5 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Defy Gravity, #SummerSeries, Daniel Silva and More

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The cast of Defy Gravity
Take "Popular" from the musical Wicked and blend it with "True Love's Kiss" from the film Enchanted and you have some idea of what you can expect at Defy Gravity: A Stephen Schwartz Songbook, our choice for Friday night. Conceived by Michael Bobbitt with musical arrangements by John Cornelius II, and presented here by Standing Room Only Productions, Defy Gravity features re-imagined classics by Schwartz, including several combined tunes. It "gives both numbers a brand new feel," SRO producer John Lazo tells us. "It's ... something that I don't think Houston audiences have ever experienced before, at least not in this way."

Ten actors make up Defy Gravity's cast. Performing in an intimate, black-box setting, the actors don't play characters, in the traditional sense, as much as they take on personas according to the songs which include "Day by Day" from Godspell, "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas and the lesser-known "Meadowlark" from The Baker's Wife. Lazo admits "Meadowlark" is among his favorites. "It is already perhaps one of the half-dozen most beautiful ballads in the history of American musical theater; in Defy Gravity [it's] performed by ... Cristina Quevedo Singleton, Christopher Zelko and Eduardo Tercero. Big dance numbers are wonderful, but few things move an audience more than a beautiful ballad."

Defy Gravity runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Through August 2. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 713-300-2358 or visit $25.50 to $42.50.

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The 10 Worst Places to Be Caught in Houston

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Critical Mass can clog up a street quick.
No one wants to be stuck anywhere. Sitting in a waiting room at the doctor's office. Standing in line to buy tickets for a movie. Waiting behind an elderly woman at the grocery story who insists on paying with a check. These daily frustrations can increase stress and generally piss people off. Houston shares these same tension builders with other cities, but we have a few things that are fairly unique to us.

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Vacation Porn: The 10 Remote Beaches We Want to Spend Our Summer On

Categories: Top 10, Travel

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Stuck in the office, dreaming of the dog days of summer? Well, how about a little vacation porn to tide you over.

Don't worry, it's safe for work. It just may not be safe for your wallet, should you get dragged too far into those beach fantasies. So hold on to your pocketbooks, folks, and indulge yourself in the world of remote beaches.

If this list happens to tempt you enough to book a flight to the far reaches of Cambodia or Chile, just make sure you save room in your suitcases for us to stow away. We want to go too.


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The Top 10 XXX Places to Party in Houston

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Oh, stop side-eyeing us, you guys. Everyone needs this list, don't they? You may not need it now, but trust us. One day you'll be glad you printed it out and hid it under the mattress for safe-keeping.

We're not going to say much more on this one. We all know the purpose of this list, and yes, you're welcome for it. Here are the top 10 XXX places to party in Houston.

Just make sure to park around back, will ya? We don't need to know more about you than we already do.

10. Adult Mega Plexx
Adult novelties? Check. Adult videos? Couples theater? Check, check, and check. Whether you're searching out some random bit of fetish gear or hypoallergenic lube, you can find what you're looking for at Adult Mega Plexx. They even have an entire section devoted to vintage girlie magazines, where you can ogle to your heart's content. Where you'll really want to keep your drool in check, though, is in the couples theater. Shopping can wait till you're on your way out the door, right?

We're not saying you have to go check out the cinematic listings, of course, but it is pretty much the pièce de résistance when it comes to Mega Plexx. So go on, hop up on that Adult Mega Plexx saddle and get to gettin'. They can give you the tools, but the rest is up to you, cowboy.

5909 Richmond, 713-780-1827

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Ten Places in Texas to Party for Spring Break

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Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, e'ryyyyyyyybodyyyyyyy!

So you wanna party for spring break with the college kids, huh? But what's that you say? You're just as broke as a college kid? Well, it's obviously gotta be Spring Break in the Lone Star State, son! And you're in luck, because we know a thing or two about beer bongs and Texas.

Pack up your banana hammock, your sweet neon '80s jammers and your zinc oxide, and let's hit the road, fools. It's Spring Break 2014! Whoooooooooo!

(Side note: If you're over the age of 30, please feel free to change the name of this list in your head to "Ten Places to Avoid Like the Plague During Spring Break. We're right there with you, as a member of the olds.)

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The Top 10 Cannabis Contraptions for Colorado's Recreational Pot Shops

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Well, Colorado is quickly becoming the coolest of the 50 states. Sorry, New York and California! You can no longer toot your own overinflated horns, because Colorado wins the entire Internet now that they're legalizing recreational pot shops.

Yep, you read that right. Colorado, our white-water-loving, snowboard-obsessed neighbor to the West, is legalizing recreational pot shops as of January 1. We're impressed with their gusto, and the fact that they're sweeping in this blanket legalization of weed makes this the best New Year's resolution a state has ever made.

Oh, and don't get yourself all twisted into an anti-reefer "think of the children" tizzy just yet, conservatives. Colorado is not passing a pot free-for-all. Under the new guidelines, cannabis will be available for purchase in amounts of up to an ounce, and only by adults ages 21 or older.

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10 Things That Scared the Crap Out of Me Cleaning My Daughter's Room

Categories: Parenting , Top 10

Jef With One F
The chamber of horrors all neatly put away
Some folks like to go to haunted houses or scary movies to get a thrill. Me? I've realized that all I need to get pants-browningly terrified is to clean my four-year-old daughter's room.

That's what I did the past weekend because I have become both that old and that boring. Working two jobs with a wife in nursing school means that literally sometimes you don't straighten up the house until the mess has gained sentience and tried to block off your escape. So I set aside three hours and dug through the multi-colored everything.

Everything I ran across gave me nightmares.

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You Are Not From Houston, 10 Surefire Ways To Know

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You just have to be from here.
Houstonians are a distinct breed of Texan. There are many unique characteristics that make the people of this great city, well... great. We're a little bit liberal and a little bit conservative, a little bit weird, with a very normal streak. We are a little bit business-minded with a little bit artsy-fartsy. Basically, we're a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll through and through.

But as long as people live in Houston, there are some tell-tale signs that they were not born and bred in the Space City. We transients love it here, but there a few things that we just don't "get." (Of course, not all natives fit into these categories.)

Saying Y'all Sounds Really Awkward
The Houstonian "y'all" rolls off the tongue as natural as sap from a maple tree. It oozes out. "Y'all going to... fill in with anything but probably something about the Texans." When a person not from the area tries to say y'all there is just something incredibly weird about it. It is as if the word is Arabic or Greek and we can't make the our mouths form the letters. Either that, or non-Houstonians completely avoid the word all together. Where a "y'all" should be the non-H'ers mumble some combination of "you guys" and "all" that may come out sounding like "you g'all."

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10 Houston Drivers You Know Or Are One Of

Yeah, that looks about right.
I will fully admit that I am an awful driver. My car is a series of scratches and dings, few of which I can tell you where they even came from. The thing about my driving is that the only person I ever hurt is myself, or my car rather. Those scrapes and bruises are due to driving too close to parking lot medians or thinking I can fit between two ill-growing trees. Never have I ever hit another car while driving on the street. I understand the rules of driving in a big city and I try my darndest to follow them.

Houstonians seem to have issue with driving. Not that they don't enjoy it, on the contrary, Houstonians love hitting the road. They just follow a rulebook that was invented by other Houstonians. Houston drivers are a special breed.

What's a Turn Signal?

Turn signal?
If I am not mistaken, and please correct me on the engineering, I think that all cars come with turn signals and have so for many years. Given this bit of information and the fact that not only are turn signals fairly easy to use (you just press them up or down and that's it) but they also make driving safer for all parties involved, it's odd that Houston drivers feel that such things don't exist. It's as if Houston drivers either have no idea what those blinking lights on either side of their car are for, or refuse to acknowledge them.

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The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Tourist Attractions (Outside the City Limits)

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George Ranch Historical Park
Last week we looked at tourist attractions inside Houston proper; this week we rank tourist attractions outside the city limits. Last week our list included museums, shopping destinations, public art and inner city parks. This week, our choices include fewer museums and art, but lots more beach side attractions. High on the must-see list for most tourists is Space Center Houston, and we agree. (The Space Center snagged the top spot last week.) But there's a real charm to the historical and nature sites that are just a little further away from downtown Houston. We think the attractions selected this week are well worth the extra driving time it takes to reach them.

10. George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762 Road, Richmond

You can see 100 years of Texas history brought to life at the George Ranch Historical Park. The park has frequent re-enactments (although they don't get quite as literal as the San Jacinto Battleground re-enactments - see the next page), cook-outs, hands-on history tours and demonstrations.

Check out our story on Houston's Top 10 Tourist Attractions Inside the Loop

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