The Houston Boat Show celebrates its last weekend and 10 more things to do in Houston this weekend, Jan. 12-14


Here are some local events in the Houston area this weekend.

Jan. 12-14: The Color Purple: Musical National Tour makes a stop in Houston

The musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Celie and life as an African-American woman in the south. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $35-$145. The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St., Houston. 713-315-2525.

Jan. 12: Celebration Russian Old New Year with the Flying Balalaika Brothers

The Russian Old New Year will be brought in at Henke and Pillot with a live performance by the Austin band Flying Balalaika Brothers and the dance studio Dance With Stars. 8 p.m. $15. Henke & Pillot, 809 Congress Ave., Houston. 713-222-0003.

Jan. 12: Charlie Wilson performs live at Arena Theatre

Award-winning singer Charlie Wilson will perform at Arena Theatre for the “In It To Win It” tour. The event will have VIP and general admission tickets. 8:30 p.m. $49-$125. Arena Theatre Houston, 7326 Southwest Freeway, Houston. 713-772-5900.

Jan. 12-13: Have Lunch with an Astronaut at the Space Center

Jerry Ross and David Hilmers will have a catered lunch with a small audience while telling firsthand stories from NASA. Guests will receive a personalized photo with the astronaut, as well as admission to the Space Center. 11 a.m. $35.95 (children), $69.95 (adults). Space Center Houston, 1601 Nasa Pkwy., Houston. 281-244-2100.

Jan. 12-14: The NRG Center hosts 63rd Annual Houston Boat, Sport and Travel Show

The big boat show will feature more than 1,000 boats including fishing boats, personal watercrafts and powerboats. The last weekend of the show will allow boat fans and families to connect with the sporting events and fishing. 1-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free (children age 5 and younger), $5 (children age 5 and older), $12 (adults). NRG Stadium, NRG Pkwy., Houston. 832-667-1400.

Jan. 12-14: Houston Salsa Congress brings world champion dancers to the city

Houston Salsa Dancers will perform a variety of dance routines to highlight the culture of Latin dance and recognized professional dancers in the area. All proceeds will go to scholarships for students attending university. 4 p.m. Friday, 8:40 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.  $40-$355. Houston Salsa Congress, 945 Gessner Road, Houston. 713-894-6089.

Jan. 13-14: Magicians get artistic at the Harry Potter art show

The Texas Art Asylum presents a “Harry Potter”-themed art show, featuring based on the famous book series and the Hogwarts houses such as Gryffindor and Ravenclaw. 2-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Texas Art Asylum, 1719 Live Oak, Ste. L, Houston. 713-224-5220.

Jan. 14: Pet adoption event encourages families to bring home a new friend

The Adopt a Rescue Friend pet rescue organization is hosting a pet adoption event at PetCo, letting families come and meet dogs and adopt them into their family. Forms need to be filled out prior to the event. 1 p.m. Free. Petco, 4431 FM 1960 W, Houston. 281-580-3335.

Jan. 14: MLK Battle of the Bands Competition brings bands from around the country

The 17th annual event will feature 15 of the best marching bands from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kansas like The Houston Halos and Original Marching Thunder. 4-8 p.m. $12. W.W. Thorne Stadium, 1715 Aldine Bender Road, Houston. 281-985-6282.

Jan. 14: Chevron Houston Marathon brings runners together for charity

Marathon runners of all ages and abilities can run the full or half marathon while donating to charities in the Charity Village. 6:45 a.m. $125 (half-marathon), $150 (marathon). Congress Avenue and San Jacinto Street.

Jan. 14: HBCUs host a college fair for prospective students

Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Howard University and more Historically Black Colleges and Universities will answer future students’ questions about admissions, financial aid, scholarships and how to prepare for college. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Church without Walls Student Life Center, 5725 Queenston Blvd., Houston.

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