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Frances Leff and Eleanor Tinsley are the guests for “Repast with a Pair of Political Pioneers,” the annual League of Women Voters fundraiser on Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m., at the Westin Oaks. $65. Tickets: 713/784-2923, www.lwvhouston.org.

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater presents Today’s Visionaries, a performance featuring the Houston premiere of Walsh’s work Love Intr-Fear and U.S. premieres by Michele Merola and Enrico Morelli, Feb. 1-3, 7:30 p.m., at Hobby Center. $15-$42. Tickets: 713/ 652-DWDT, www.dwdt.org.

Feb. 3 is the deadline to submit nominations for 2007 Pride grand marshal candidates to Pride Houston. Applications: www.pridehouston.org.

  “Can GLBT People Find Lasting Love?” is the topic of the PFLAG Houston meeting on Feb. 4, 2-4:30 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Details: 713-46P-FLAG, www.pflaghouston.org.

Team Houston meets on Feb. 4, 4 p.m., at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Details: www.gaygamesteamhouston.org.

Helping TransGenders Anonymous meets Feb. 5, 7 p.m., and every Monday at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Details: Cristan Williams, [email protected].

On Feb. 5, Mukuru Art for AIDS marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with a 7:30 p.m. concert by Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws at The Ensemble. $20, benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston community education programs. Details: 713/623-6796, www.mukuru.org.

Paul Scott, Equality Texas executive director, speaks at the Houston GLBT Political Caucus monthly meeting on Feb. 7, 7 p.m., at Houston GLBT Community Center. Details: 713/521-1000, www.hglbtpc.org.

Houston Area Community Services holds a TG Potluck Social on Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m., and every Thursday at the HACS Center. Details: Cristan Williams, [email protected].

Koelsch Gallery hosts an opening reception for the exhibition Metal, Wood and Paper – 4 Folk Artists on Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m. (show on view through March 3. Details: 713/626-0175, www.koelschgallery.com.

Mardi Gras Galveston begins Feb. 9 and continues through Feb. 20. Highlights include the Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., Nights of Momus Grand Night Parade. Details: 1-888-GAL-ISLE, www.mardigrasgalveston.com.

In Galveston, the Balinese Room is the site for the 21 st annual Krewe of Banners Party on Feb. 9, 8 p.m.-midnight. “It’s the biggest, long-running Mardi Gras party on the Island,” says organizer Eldrege Langlinais (also owner of the Pink Dolphin club), adding that 2,700 people attended last year. There is no admission charge for the invitation-only event, but Mardi Gras costumes are requested. Details: Langlinais, 409/765-6677

Continuing the conversation around resolutions presented at the 2005 Conference on Houston’s LGBTI Future (read “The Gay Agenda,” January 2006 OutSmart ), Houston GLBT Community Center holds the next quarterly meeting of the conference working group on Feb. 10, 1-4 p.m., at the center. Details: 713/524-3818, www.houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org.

On Feb. 10, Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce hosts a 5-8 p.m. cocktail reception at Gems by Chao Fine Jewelry in Galleria II. Details: www.thechamberhouston.org.

DIFFA Houston (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) hosts The Sweetheart Soiree on Feb. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Saks Fifth Avenue. $30 requested donation. Details: 713/528-0505, www.diffa.org.

Houston GLBT Community Center hosts GLBT Night @ Hollywood, the informal monthly dinner, on Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., at Hollywood Vietnamese & Chinese. Details: 713/524-3818, www.houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org.

Fiona Dawson, president of the Houston Association of Volunteer Administrators (and formerly with Bering Omega Community Services), invites community activists to participate in the Feb. 15-Apr. 19 Volunteer Management Academy co-sponsored by the association and the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University. Classes are offered on 8 Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $325. Details:   www.scs.rice.edu, www.hava.org.

Texas Association for Transsexual Support meets at the Houston GLBT Community Center on Feb. 17, 4 p.m. Details: [email protected].

Houston Council of Clubs presents LUEY (Let Us Entertain You), the post-Mardi Gras social weekend, Feb. 22-25, held at six local clubs and culminating in the popular Sunday-afternoon Show of Shows at Rich’s. $15 registration for residents of Harris and adjacent counties. Details: www.lueyweekend.com.

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