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The Gay Agenda: February 2004

by Tim Brookover

Designer David Stone
Designer David Stone

At the Table : Designer David Stone, ASID, will create a tabletop arrangement for the “Dining with Designers” showcase at the Houston Antique Dealers Association show February 26–29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. More than 150 dealers will participate in this 40th spring event. Stone, pictured here at the table in his Montrose townhouse, will design a tablescape especially for the showcase, presented by Larry N. Bahn, proprietor of The Country Gentlemen. (Photo of Stone by Gavyn Aaron.)

Gotta Have Art : Through February 10, artist and teacher Patrick Palmer presents Self Portraits, a juried exhibition at the Glassell School of Art. Palmer, who is head of the drawing department at the Museum of Fine Arts school, selected more than 30 works for the show. Gay artists in the show include Larry Knapp, John Painter, and Ryan Fugate.

Speaking of Fugate, a February 21 fundraiser and silent auction will benefit the Positive Art Workshop program he offers at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Conrad Hernandez chairs the event at davidlewisIMAGES/Midtown Photography studio, presented in memory of Stephen Haddock, to support the art classes for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Knapp will also display his work this month in a one-man exhibition, Splendid Creatures, which opens with a February 6 reception at Gallery 3, located adjacent to DiverseWorks. The show of Knapp’s oil paintings will remain on view through March 6.

Good Works : “Olympus Goes Hollywood” is the theme of the Krewe of Olympus ball on February 7. Bob Briddick and Richard Watson co-captain the event at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The evening benefits the Assistance Fund, PFLAG, PLFAG/H.A.T.C.H. Scholarship Fund, and Colt 45’s Trouble Fund.

Channel 8 talk show host Ernie Manouse and Channel 2 anchor Linda Lorelle will host Caribbean Carnival 2004 on February 7 at the Twelve Spot downtown. The casts of the Great Caruso production of Dreamgirls and the Strand Street Theatre production of Once on This Island will perform. Proceeds will benefit Diverse Artists Dedicated to Action, a performing arts organization dedicated to the empowerment of women.

Hallelujah! On February 8, Bayou City Boys Club will host a gospel brunch at Kilworth Manor benefiting the Center for AIDS in memory of founder Joel Martinez. The group Elation will provide the joyful music. Thomas Gegeny is the center’s new executive director.

The fantastic Kate Clinton will headline the Lesbian Health Initiative dinner/dance, “Celebration of Love II,” on February 14 at the Hilton Hobby Airport. The Best of Both Worlds with Andra Haviland and Kellee Ash will provide musical entertainment.

To raise funds to transport hate-crime victims and their families to April 28–30 lobby days in Washington, D.C., the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition will host a 6–9 p.m. February 29 telethon on TransFM Internet Radio. Log on to www.TransFM.com. Houstonian Vanessa Edwards Foster is coalition chair.

For the holidays, bar owner Charles Armstrong donated a total of $12,000 to 12 organizations: AIDS Foundation Houston, The Assistance Fund, AssistHers, AVES (Amigos Volunteers in Education and Services), Bering Omega Community Services, Center for AIDS, H.A.T.C.H., Houston Buyers Club, Montrose Clinic, Montrose Counseling Center, Q-Patrol, and S.N.A.P. (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program).

Joe Watts and his Theatre New West presented an October 23 preview performance of The Stops that benefited Maranatha Metropolitan Community Church. Then on December 3 his company gave a benefit show of Reindeer Monologues for the Center for AIDS.

In Your Neighborhood : Our January cover girl Shaunte Angelo, one of our People to Watch 2004, will host launch parties for the new h.e.r.s. magazine on February 7 at Meteor and February 8 at Chances. Enjoy go-go dancers at the first event and a viewing of The L Word at the second. On February 27, Angelo and staff will host the GoGirlsRock concert at the Rhythm Room.

The musical duo Jason & deMarco will perform tunes from their new CD Spirit Pop at a February 8 concert at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church.

In December, Daniela Parker and Marquitta Parker, the lovely daughters of Annise Parker, our new controller, and tax whiz Kathy Hubbard, decorated the holiday tree at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Center volunteer Clint Hudson joined in the holiday decorating.

At press time, we learned that Tom Fricke has sold the Lovett Inn to Dan Lueken and Todd Partridge. Partridge called to report that he will move the offices of his Partridge Properties into the historic residence. He and Lueken plan to maintain the bed-and-breakfast tradition at the 12-room hostelry. Fricke has not announced his post-innkeeper plans.

Sports Note : Can’t make it to Key West for the February 3–9 Kelly McGillis Classic? Listen to the annual International Women’s Flag Football Association Championship via Internet broadcast at www.iwffa.com. By the way, McGillis—who recently delighted the gals by starring in the steamy lesbian thriller The Monkey’s Mask—has endorsed the tournament for years and even played in some games. Hike!


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