TRAFFIC WATCH

The best and worst times to travel Houston freeways this holiday week

Expect traffic to be up to 73 percent busier this week in certain areas. Photo courtesy of ABC13

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

This Thanksgiving week, expect to see some major delays around our freeways. According to AAA, more than four million Texans are expected to travel for the holiday. That's almost five percent busier than last year.

The agency has also predicted where you will see the slowest traffic, and when:

Some of the heaviest traffic is predicted Monday, November 19, on Beltway 8 East, from 249 to US-59, around 3 pm. Traffic is expected to be nearly three times busier than usual.

Also on Monday, on the Southwest Freeway, try to avoid a big spike in traffic around 5 pm, with a 23 percent increase in traffic.

On Tuesday, November 20 you can expect a whopping 73 percent increase in traffic around 2 pm on I-45 — the Gulf Freeway.

Continue reading on CultureMap.

Photo courtesy of HBO

This article originally appeared on CultureMap and was written by Craig D. Lindsey.

Come Sunday night, May 19, the saga that is Game of Thrones will come to an end.

No more Westeros. No more Starks vs. Lannisters. No more Jon Snow. No more "Winter is coming." No more dragons ridden by attractive queens. And, more importantly, no more people complaining about how the show continues to go downhill.

Will the Mother of Dragons cool off? Will Jon Snow and Grey Worm face off? Many will hunker down at home in front of their flat screens for the finale's answers. But if you would like to view the final installment in a public setting, the following five places have you covered.

Axelrad

It's gonna be a free ol' time at this spot. Friends and GoT parties are welcome to check out the last episode at this joint, where it will be playing on all the TVs, as well as a projected big screen. There will also be custom GoT drinks available. 8 pm.

Camerata at Paulie's

Fine wine will be continuously poured at this watch party. Lots of Rhone Valley vino will be served, including Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier. There will also be a costume contest for the best-dressed guest and maybe even some GoT-themed snacks. 8 pm.

Liberty Station

The Washington Avenue establishment isn't just hosting a watch party. Before it goes down, there will be a trivia night! Teams of six or fewer will be able to compete, with prizes going to the top three teams. (Here's hoping somebody might win some GoT liquor!) 6:30 pm.

Continue reading on CultureMap for the final two spots to catch the finale.

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