This weekend  April 12th-14th, 2019
Published Wednesday 4/10/2019 6:15 AM

Updated Saturday, 4/13/2019 9:16 AM

Japanese Festival, NBA Playoffs
and Nutcracker Market 

     The television weather people say Saturday (April 13, 2019) will not be a good outdoor activity day with all the rain. But, if it's not severe activities will go on.
     Here are our weekend entertainment picks.

      The Japan Festival is in Hermann Park, it is typically adjacent to the Japanese Garden near downtown Houston. This is their weekend, despite the weather. The festival itself was created by volunteers nearly 20 years ago and is still operated by a volunteer staff.
     Japan Festival Houston celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Japan with traditional and contemporary performances of Japanese music, dance and martial arts, Japanese/Japanese-inspired food, as well as demonstrations and displays of Ikebana flower arrangement, tea ceremony, origami, bonsai and more.
 . . .more Japanese Festival click here

     Enjoy much of what you love about the Nutcracker Market but in the spring! Approximately 150 merchants from across the country will showcase unique seasonal items, including summer apparel and accessories, novelties, gourmet food, home decor items for spring and summer holidays and much more. Proceeds from each admission ticket that you purchase, plus 11% of all the merchandise you buy, goes back to Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and scholarship programs.
 . . .more Nutcracker Market Spring Spectacular USA, LLC

     Watch as more than 250 rolling works of art turn concrete into a colorful canvas to celebrate the artist in everyone! Mobile masterpieces motor down Allen Parkway in the world’s oldest and largest Art Car Parade. Plenty of viewing space is available along Allen Parkway between Montrose and Bagby.  (more click here)

     Mandolin Orange’s music radiates a mysterious warmth —their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear. This weekend you'll be able to experience this when they make their way to The Height's Theatre this weekend with guest country blues musician Charlie Parr. NPR (National Public Radio) says “Mandolin Orange is a slow-burning, steadily rising folk duo...they've mastered a largely acoustic sound that exudes gentle elegance.” "Engineered to settle worried minds, slow the blood and lend an empathetic ear" with "songs about life lessons that feel lived-in and hard-won."
     The North Carolina duo have built a steady and growing fanbase with this kind of intimacy, and on Tides of A Teardrop, that came out in February, it's more potent than ever. They describe this album, by all accounts as their fullest, richest, and most personal effort.
 . . .more Mandolin Orange click here

     The Funny A Ish Comedy Tour started back in January in Jacksonville,Fla. and continues this weekend in NRG Park with an afternoon show and an evening set. Its headliner is obvious comedian Mike Epps.
     Epps is generating an extraordinary amount of buzz among his peers for being not only one of the funniest comic actors in town, but also for his burgeoning dramatic talent. He recently wrapped the Amazon feature “Troup Zero” starring opposite Viola Davis, Allison Janney, and Jim Gaffigan, and a Netflix comedy “Dolemite Is My Name” starring opposite Eddie Murphy. Epps can next be seen in the comedy “The Trap,” co-starring Tip “T.I.” Harris and produced by Epps under his NapTown productions along with Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere.
 . . .more Funny A Ish Comedy Tour click here

     This weekend The River Oaks Country Club in the River Oaks neighborhood will host the US Men’s Clay Court Championships. The club has been hosting this even since 2008. River Oaks has hosted a tennis tournament since 1931. The qualifying started last weekend; finals this weekend with winners taking home the prize money of over half a million dollars in total.
 . . .more Clay Court Championships click here

     Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.  This weekend the play makes its way to Jones Hall.
     Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible, and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

Finding Neverland is the story of Scottish playwright J.M.Barrie who may be a household name today, but back in the late 1800s . .  . more Finding Neverland click here

     It was in 1995 Michelle Smith a former performer and company manager of the the now disbanded Delia Stewart Dance Company founded METdance. This weekend at the Hobby Center we will see how the dance company has evolved over the years.
The dance group will present, Better Together showcases the unity in energy and physicality that the artists of METdance bring to the stage.
The program will include a world premiere by long-time METdance collaborator Katarzyna Skarpetowska, as well as works by HSPVA and Juilliard graduate Robbie Moore and acclaimed NYC based artist Kyle Abraham. We also will have a selection from DUO, Guest Company iMEE and the MET too Youth Company.
 . . . more METdance click here

     The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. The seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performances. This weekend Ms Knight, comes to Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land as part of the Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land Concert Series!
     Known for hits like, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Neither One Of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)," 'Midnight Train to Georgia," and "License to Kill" this is an evening you won't want to miss!
 . . .more Gladys Knight click here

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     This first round game of the Rockets with the Utah Jazz, it may end up a good series. contributor Andy Bailey says Utah has a shot to win the games. Hummm, Utah is next to Colorado is that stuff legal there too. What is he smoking?

     The Jazz and Rockets split their season series 2-2 this year, with each team going 1-1 on its home court. Utah has an all-time regular season record of 105-96 versus Houston, and the teams have met eight times in the playoffs since 1985, with each team holding a 22-22 overall record and the Jazz advancing five times. Of note, Utah beat Houston 4-2 in the Western Conference Finals in 1997, with John Stockton hitting "The Shot" to send the Jazz to their first NBA Finals. Last year, the Rockets eliminated the Jazz in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals.
 . . .more Rockets click here

Enjoy your weekend everybody and don't forget to check out our weekend listings. JWM

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