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Attorney Mitchell Katine presents a free seminar on wills and probate on Mar. 1, 6-8 p.m., at the offices of his firm, Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, L.L.P. (2000 Bering Dr., Suite 909). Details: 713/225-5321.

At the third annual lunchtime fundraiser Empty Bowls Houston on Mar. 3, participants who donate $25 receive a meal of bread, water, and soup prepared by the Houston Food Bank Community Kitchen, then can select from an array of handcrafted bowls donated by Houston-area ceramists and craft artists. Proceeds in this collaboration among artists and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Lawndale Art Center support Houston Food Bank. The 11 a.m.-4 p.m. event takes place at both Museum District institutions. Details: www.emptybowlshouston.org.

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company and Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theater present the world premiere of Rot, a play by Houstonian John Harvey, with remaining performances at Gremillion Art Gallery on Mar. 2, 9, 10, and 16 at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and on Mar. 5 at 8 p.m. $13. Tickets: 832/418-0973, [email protected].

Arshad Hasan, openly gay national director of training for Democracy for America, leads the Mar. 3-4 DFA Training Academy for grassroots activists presented at the CWA Union Hall by the Vermont-based nonprofit advocacy organization. Participants include Houston GLBT Political Caucus board member Elizabeth McLane. Details: 802/651-3200, www.democracyforamerica.com.

Montrose Counseling Center begins a Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group for GLBT and questioning teens on Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., beginning Mar. 6. Register : Allison Vogt, LBSW, 713/529-007, ext. 339.

Beryl Kaminsky, LPC, CT, a counselor previously affiliated with Bering Support Network and now in private practice, begins a Grief Support Group on Mar. 6, 6-8:30 p.m., at a Museum District venue. Details: 713/303-9021.

Houston GLBT Political Caucus PAC endorses a candidate for the May 12 special City Council election at its Mar. 7, 7 p.m., meeting at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Candidates include Noel Freeman, president of Log Cabin Republicans Houston (“Gay Watch,” February OutSmart ). Caucus PAC hosts a wine reception prior to the meeting. Details: 713/521-1000, www.hglbtpc.org.

On Mar. 8, Oscar de la Rosa Foundation presents Walk In My Shoes, a 5:30-7:30 p.m. celebrity shoe auction, with some proceeds benefiting AIDS Walk Houston, at JP Morgan Chase Heritage Hall. Details: 281/413-7323.

Queer films screening at the Mar. 9-18 SXSW festival in Austin include Suffering Man’s Charity, directed by Alan Cumming (world premiere, Mar. 9) and Itty Bitty Titty Committee (North American premiere, Mar. 11). Details: www.sxsw.com.

Bering Support Network hosts the annual fundraiser dinner Oodles of Noodles on Mar. 10, 5-8 p.m., at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. $5. Tickets: 713/526-1017, ext. 202.

Human Rights Campaign Houston hosts “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” series of fundraising suppers at the homes of HRC Federal Club members on Mar. 10, 6:30-11:30 p.m. $50. Details: www.hrchouston.org.

Don Gill Productions presents the annual Night In Black Leather fundraising event on Mar. 10, 7 p.m., at Brazos River Bottom, with proceeds supporting the Colt 45’s Trouble Fund. Details: 713/521-0911.

Houston GLBT Community Center hosts its monthly GLBT Night @ Hollywood informal dinner on Mar. 13, 6:30 p.m., at Hollywood Vietnamese & Chinese, featuring door prizes provided by OutSmart. Details: 713/524–3818, www.houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org.

On Mar. 14, Houston-Galveston Psycholoanalytic Society presents “Scrambled Eggs: Psychological Meanings of New Reproductive Choices for Lesbians,” a talk by Susan C. Vaughan, M.D., Columbia University assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, at Bo’s Place. Details: Margaret Jordan, [email protected], www.hgpsas.org.

Montrose Counseling Center begins a Coming Out Group for GLBT and questioning individuals on Mar. 15, 6-8:30 p.m., continuing every Thursday for 8 weeks. Details: 713/529.0037, ext. 714 or ext. 702.

PFLAG/HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation presents its annual spring fundraising dinner on Mar. 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Junior League of Houston. $100-$150. Details: Stacie Cokinos, [email protected].

Houston Black Tie Dinner accepts beneficiary applications (available at www.houstonblacktiedinner.org) for its 2007 event through Mar. 16. Details: Matthew P. (Matt) Trietsch, 713/492-0924, [email protected].

Houston Gay & Lesbian Parents hosts its Spring Double Lake Campout on Mar. 16-19. $7 per vehicle/night. Details: Ian and Gary Cain, [email protected].

Lesbian, the all-male Seattle metal hybrid quartet and one of the SXSW-lineup bands that caught our eye, performs during the annual Austin showcase on Mar. 16 at Spiro’s. Why the name? From the press materials: “The name Lesbian evokes pure, sexually-charged freedom–and, that’s what rock music is all about.” Details: www.sxsw.com.

Opera in the Heights presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni Mar. 22-24 and Mar. 29-31, 7:30, at Lambert Hall. $41, $31. Details: 713/861-5303, www.operaintheheights.org.

Apr. 2 is the deadline for the “Make a Difference for Equality” essay contest for college students sponsored by Human Rights Campaign Houston and Houston Equal Rights Alliance. The writer of the winning 250-word submission receives a seat at the Apr. 22 HRC gala.   Submissions: [email protected].

AIDS Foundation Houston Positive Opinion Leaders group now meets on Tuesday, 6 p.m., at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Details: Nike Lukan, AFH education coordinator, 713/623-6796, ext. 248, [email protected].

Positive Brothers United, the discussion and social group for men of color and their families, now meets on Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., at Bering Support Network, Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Details: 713/654-7773, [email protected].

Houston Transgender Life Connection, a program of Houston Area Community Services, hosts a weekly TG Potluck Social, 7-9 p.m., at the HACS Center (2520 Morgan). Details: www.transhouston.com.

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