Plus hot tickets: Singer-songwriter Gregory Douglass up close and personal in a Traci-Scott Salon concert. And the gay experimental films of Ricardo Nicolayevsky at Rice Media Center.
By Eric Dieckman
HOT TICKET UNO:
GREGORY DOUGLAS comes to the Traci-Scott Salon Concert series
“Your new favorite subtly melodramatic gay singer-songwriter.”
We love the Traci-Scott Salon, and anybody they love, well…. Up next in their series of hip house concerts is 25-year-old singer Gregory Douglass, the latest soul-wringing discovery of the Pride circuit. Barry Walters of OUT Magazine describes Douglass: “Rufus Wainwright´s opulent musicality and Justin Timberlake´s accessible soulfulness…Welcome to your new favorite subtly melodramatic gay singer-songwriter.”
Douglass’ soaring vocals and passionate performances have been garnering attention at Pride festivals, listening rooms, and concerts sponsored by college GLBT and AIDS organizations. With five critically acclaimed, independent CDs under his belt (his most recent is Up & Away ), Douglass’ evocative amalgamation of contemporary folk, pop, and rock have been compared to Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley, and Patty Griffin. Douglass’ was a finalist for both the 2005 International Songwriting Competition and the 2004 Independent Music Awards; he was the winner of the 2003 GrammyFest Awards in New York City, as well as the inaugural performer on the American Red Cross “Save a Life Tour” in 2003. He is frequently co-billed with They Might Be Giants, India.Arie, Jason Mraz, Melissa Ferrick, and many others. Douglass’ debut music video for “I Wanted to Run,” produced by Haverstick Films, recently aired on LOGO TV’s NewNowNext.
The Where: Traci-Scott Salon, 615 West Gray (next to One’s a Meal)
The When: Monday, April 30, 7 p.m
The How: 281/250-2762 or www.traciscottsalon.com/houseconcerts
The Wherewithal: $15 suggested donation. All seats must be reserved in advance due to limited space, so please stop by the salon for tickets or contact Traci, at [email protected]
HOT TICKET DOS: Lost and Found Portraits of RICARDO NICOLAYEVSKY
What was it like to be out in New York in the ’80s?
The Mexico City based multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker Ricardo Nicolayevsky began his career in the ’80s using Super 8 and 16 mm film (he has since incorporated video into his palette). Also a musician and composer, Nicolayevsky often creates his own soundtracks. His awarding-winning films have screened in museums, galleries, and international festivals. Nicolayevsky’s 2002 film Quinteto, though left without description, is categorized on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) as both “experimental” and “gay interest.” Nicolayevsky studied film at New York University.
During that lengthy stay in the New York gay scene of the early ’80s, Nicolayevsky assembled a Maya Deren-inspired super 8mm intimate portraits of his friends, acquaintances, and lovers. This mesmerizing opus serves as a celluloid time capsule to the period and location.
The What: Lost and Found Portraits of Ricardo Nicolayevsky
The Where: Rice University’s Rice Media Center. Park in the North Lot at entrance 20 or 21 off Rice Blvd. (Parking is $5.)
The How: 713/348-7529 or www.ricecinema.rice.edu
Kill Two Mockingbirds with One Stone. See a show and socialize. Pick somethin’ nice from that busted up ol’ chiffarobe for the ActOut To Kill A Mockingbird pre-show mixer. Enjoy appetizers from Hunan Downtown, drinks from Budweiser, and tracks from DJ Mike Bell. Meet cast members and fellow fans of the theater. Tickets start at $19 (ActOut mixer is free with ticket purchase). 5:30-7:30 pm (showtime at 7:30 pm) at the Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas Ave. Information and reservations: 713/228-9341 ext. 404 or www.alleytheatre.org.
Kiln Some Time. (Get it?) The Salt Grass Potters Guild holds its annual Spring sale of original, handmade pottery. Works range from functional dishware to objets d’art. 10 am-5 pm at the Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 NASA Pkwy., Clear Lake. More information: 281/337-9286 (Eileen) or www.SaltGrassPotters.com (Fri.-Sun.)
The Height(s) of Living. Historic Houston Heights Spring Home & Garden Tour presents “The Colors of Our Lives.” A “Candlelight Dinner and Auction” kicks off three days of celebration of Heights beauty. Visit unique homes and gardens that reflect the richly cultured and diverse Houston Heights community. $15 in advance, $17 day of tour; dinner and auction: $100, $1,000 for table of ten. Candlelight Dinner and Auction: Friday, 8-11 pm, at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St., with private tour of homes from 6-8 pm. Tour: noon-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets and information: Another Place in Time, Buchanan’s Native Plants, Eclectic Home, Karen Derr & Associates, and www.houstonheights.org. Day of the tour tickets are $17 at the Heights Fire Station and at each home. Dinner and auction tickets: 713/861-4002, ext. 3.
Bowlers’ Ball. Come see your friends bowl their hearts out at the Annual Miss Bowler Beehive Review. The event is sponsored by the Houston Invitational Bowling Tournament which raises $8,000 for local charities each year. (Registration forms will be available for the GLBT summer leagues starting in May.) 8-10 pm at JR’s on the Santa Fe side, 808 Pacific St. More info: 713/861-1187.
14 & 15 (Sat. & Sun.)
Wood, Water, and Art. The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival puts musicians, dancers, and actors on two stages while visual artists display and sell their works. $10, free for kids 12 and under. 10 am-8 pm Saturday, 10 am-6 pm Sunday along the Waterway from the Woodlands Waterway Mariott to Town Green Park. More information: 713/521-0133, www.woodlandsartfestival.com, [email protected], or (fax) 281/364-3011.
Lend Me a Hand (or Four). In his first Da Camera appearance, influential pianist Leon Fleisher performs Schubert’s sublime Sonata in B-flat major and Fantasy in F minor for piano four-hands . $22-$38. 2:30 pm, at Cullen Theater, 501 Texas at Smith. Information and reservations: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.
Citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration. Holocaust Museum Houston hosts the annual citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration as a time to remember those who perished in the Holocaust and to honor those who survived. 7 pm, at Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd. More information: 713-942-8000, ext. 104 (Tamara Savage), [email protected], or www.hmh.org/register.asp.
And Along Reads Mary. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver has authored more than 20 tomes of poetry and prose. Her most recent book takes a new direction, dealing with the death of her partner of more than 40 years. $10 (available at door only). 7:30 pm at the Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas Ave. More information: 713/521-2026 or www.inprint-inc.org.
Almost Legendary Dinner. Virtuosi of Houston present its annual dinner and concert, “Legends of the Future V: Celebrating Sports Legends.” Virtuosi of Houston is a premier chamber orchestra whose musicians are students ranging in age from 11 to 18 years. Its goal is the education and development of young talented musicians into true professionals. 6 pm at Hotel Intercontinental, 2222 West Loop South. Information and reservations: 713/522-8881, 713/524-0661, or www.virtuosiofhouston.org.
21-22, 28-29 (Sat.-Sun.)
Feast Your Eyes on I-Fest. Though the Houston International Festival spotlights China this year, there will be plenty of music, food, and culture reppin’ from round the globe. Be sure to seek out China Town, located in Upper Sam Houston Park, the focal point of the China Zone, with a 120′ replica of the Great Wall. Climb to the top for a view of the city any Mongol horde would kill for. $8 for Early Bird discount (until April 18), $10 from April 19-29, $13 at the gate, $3 for kids 4-12, and free for kids under 3. 1-10 pm Saturdays and 1-8 pm Sundays in Downtown Houston, including City Hall, Upper and Lower Tranquility Park, Bagby Street, and Upper and Lower Sam Houston Parks. Information and reservations: 713/654-8808 or www.ifest.org.
25 – 29 (Wed.-Sun.)
So Out of Date, It’s Back in Style. The 12th Annual 20th Century Modern Market is the only antiques show of its kind in the Southwest exclusively featuring designs of the 20th century. Specialist dealers from around the country offer a variety of media including furniture, glass, objects d’art, and fashion. There is also a free public lecture on Modern design. Preview party: $30 for members (guaranteed admission throughout weekend), $40 for non-members; Saturday and Sunday general admission: $5. Lecture Wednesday, 7 pm; Preview party/sale Friday, 6-9 pm; Market weekend Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, at Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. More information: 713-528-5858 or www.LawndaleArtCenter.org.
Fighting AIDS With a Fork.
“Dining Out for Life” raises funds benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH). AFH serves nearly 6,000 clients annually through its 43 client-based programs. More than 150 restaurants in the Houston area as well as thousands of restaurants internationally will participate by donating one-third of their proceeds to designated AIDS service organizations. For a list of participating Houston restaurants: 713/623-6796 ext. 282 or www.diningoutforlife.com. More information on AFH: www.AIDShelp.org.
Our Bodies, Our Selves. Dealing with “the change?” Want to be prepared before anything arises? Nellie Grose, M.D. and Eric Grose, L. Ac. lead this seminar “Hormones, Menopause, and Breast Cancer: What Every Woman Should Know.” $50. 5:30-9 pm at the Spectrum Center, 4615 Post Oak Place Dr. Information and reservations: 713/660-6620 (Emily).
That’s So Sosa. Latin jazz pianist Omar Sosa mixes jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and the rhythms are gonna get you. $26.50-$45. 8 pm at Cullen Theater, 500 Texas at Smith. Information and reservations: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.
Daily (Sundays thru April 22)
Fighting Fur with Fur. Buffalo Exchange encourages everyone to give your furs back to the critters. Coats For Cubs! takes donated fur and uses it to make bedding for orphaned and injured wildlife. Simply bring in your fur coats, accessories, and whatever else and let the kids at Buff-Ex know it’s a donation for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). (To claim a tax deduction, mail your fur directly to The HSUS, Attn: Coats for Cubs, 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.) Information: 1-866-235-8255, www.coatsforcubs.org, or www.buffaloexchange.com.
Grab Yer Partner, Doh-Si-Doh. The rhythmically awkward are welcome here. Have some fun gittin’ fit with non-strenuous aerobic square dancing. No partner required. Casual dress. $5. 7-9 pm at Eldridge Park Community Center, 2511 Eldridge Rd., Sugar Land. Please call ahead to verify time and place: Jan, 281/498-5301. More info: [email protected]
Depression & Bipolar Support Group. Don’t let depression or bipolar disorder dig its bleak claws into what little hope you’ve managed to hide from the shadows. Bering Support Network helps those in need to connect with others who are learning to cope. You are not alone and can benefit from the experience of others. Take a step away from the dark. GLBT friendly. Free. Groups meet at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold, Room 232, 7:15-8:30 pm. Info: 713/526-1018.
Saving Animals partners with the City of Houston to save loving, adoptable animals from the pound and find them permanent homes. Adoptions take place at Northwest Mall every Saturday from 10:30 am-4:30 pm near entrance B. Information or to volunteer: 713/527-4490 or www.savinganimals.org.
The D Word (Dinner). Come for a meal, stay for the camaraderie. The Lesbian Dinner Group welcomes womyn to build new friendships, enjoy conversation, network, and have a few laughs over an appetizing repast. Singles and couples welcome. The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 7:30 pm, at Café Express, 1422 West Gray. More information: [email protected].
The Houston SPCA Pet Loss Support Group provides a professionally facilitated, supportive, and safe environment for people to grieve the loss of a beloved companion. Free. First Tuesday of the month, 7 pm, at the Houston SPCA, 900 Portway Dr. Info: 713/869-7722, ext. 127, or www.houstonspca.org.
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May 2 (Wed.)
A Little Day Music. Da Camera of Houston’s free lunchtime performance series features the Strike 3 Percussion Ensemble. Attendees can win tickets for an upcoming Da Camera concert. A Little Day Music is presented the first Wednesday of every month from October through May. Noon in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Theater Center, Texas at Smith. More info: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.
May 3 (Thurs.)
Debbie Does Dallas. The notorious film from 1978 is now a camp musical. If high schooler Debbie Benton is going to become a Dallas Cowgirl Cheerleader, she must first scrape up the bus fare to get to the Big D. But how can she get the money together? Through June 10, 8 pm (Sunday, June 3 at 5 pm), at Theater LaB, 1706 Alamo St. Information and reservations: 713/868-7516 or www.theaterlabhouston.com.
May 4-6 (Fri.-Sun.)
Bayou City Crawfish Festival. Cajun, Zydeco, and Texas country music, arts and crafts, a mechanical bull, and steamin’ piles of crawfish; what Texa-Cajun could ask for more? Benefits Texas Equu Search. Friday from 4:30pm-10:30pm, Saturday from noon-10:30pm, and Sunday from noon-6:30pm at Hermann Square/Reflection Pond at City Hall, 901 Bagby. Information: www.bayoucitycrawfishfestival.com.
May 4-12 (Fri.-Sat.)
The Cunning Little Vixen. The premiere of Janácek’s opera, considered one of the twentieth century’s most indispensable operatic works, juxtaposes the lives of a fox and her cubs with those of a forester and his friends. Tickets start at $20. At the Wortham Center, Texas at Smith. Information and reservations: 713/228-6737, 800/626-7372, or www.houstongrandopera.org.
May 5 (Sat.)
Beethoven Celebration. Making his Da Camera debut, Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Soovin Kim and Bion Tsang join pianist Sarah Rothenberg in a program featuring “Variations for cello and piano on a theme from Mozart’s The Magic Flute” and two of Beethoven’s most celebrated works, the “Kreutzer” sonata and the grand “Archduke” trio. $22-$38. 8 pm at Cullen Theater, 501 Texas at Smith. Information and reservations: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.
May 10 (Thurs.)
Our Favorite Things. The Houston Pride Band presents its final concert of the ’06-’07 season. Band members selected their favorite arrangements to assemble an entertaining program ranging from Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine” to “Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst to Leonard Bernstein. $10. 7:30 pm at Resurrection MCC, 2025 W. 11th St. Information and reservations: 832/265-3346 or www.houstonprideband.org.
May 12 (Sat.)
Summer Kick-Off Fun Run. Take part in a 5K run, a 3K walk, or a 1K kids’ run. There are awards for a variety of demographic groups. Proceeds benefit scholarships through the James Glenn Foundation. Begins at 7 am at Clear Creek High School, League City. More information: www.jamesglennrun.com.
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Aïda. This new production of Verdi’s Egyptian epic reveals an ancient land revived in brilliant color. This is not the standard pyramids-and-palm-trees setting we’ve all grown to expect. In Italian with English surtitles. Tickets start at $20. April 13-May 5 at the Wortham Center, Texas at Smith. Information and reservations: 713/228-6737, 800/626-7372, or www.houstongrandopera.org.
At Home in the Heights. Soak up beautiful music at a beautiful location. AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.’s Mukuru “Arts for AIDS” series presents this special concert hosted by Bill Baldwin and Joe Gonzalez featuring members of the internationally acclaimed Enso String Quartet. Recently renovated, 205 Bayland was completed in 1910 as the home of architect and civic visionary William A. Wilson. $75. Friday, April 20 (wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm) at 205 Bayland. Information and reservations: 713/623-6796, ext. 278 (Lydia Murray) or www.mukuru.org.
The Clean House. Susan Ruhl’s eye-opening comedy-drama about Brazilian housekeeper Mathilde demonstrates how one can overlook household dirt in favor of unearthing a neglected heart. Tickets start at $19. April 27-May 27 at the Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage, 615 Texas Ave. Information and reservations: 713/228-8421 or www.alleytheatre.org.
Corpus Christi. Terrence McNally’s controversial and often misunderstood play is part Passion Play, part autobiography. Unhinged Productions presents this challenging tale of Joshua, a young gay man, coming of age during the ’50s in Corpus Christi, Texas. He attends Pontius Pilate High, is persecuted by intolerant bullies, falls in love with a mysterious and jealous man named Judas, forms a group of twelve of his peers, and ultimately dies for his message of love, acceptance, and peace. $20, $10 for students and seniors. April 6-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm, at Silver House Theatre, 1107 Chartres St. Information and reservations: 713/869-6233, [email protected], or www.u-p.org .
DBR & THE MISSION. Society for the Performing Arts presents composer, performer, violinist and band-leader Daniel Bernard Roumain and his ensemble. Expect a blend of funk, rock, hip-hop and classical amalgamated into unique soundscapes. DBR’s Houston debut performance will feature Hip-Hop Studies and Etudes: small, intimate, musical vignettes (one in each key) that explain, examine and express aspects of hip-hop music, from rhythm to timbre to form. $38-$47. Friday, April 13, 8 pm, at Cullen Theater, 501 Texas at Smith. Information and reservations: 713-227-4SPA or www.spahouston.org.
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. Audience members will be seated on the stage for a decidedly intimate set with the artist. Following his appearance, Mr. Collins will be available to sign books. $35. Friday, April 20, 8 pm, in Jones Hall , 615 Louisiana. Information and reservations: 713/227-4SPA or www.spahouston.org.
The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams broke theatrical convention with his autobiographical “memory play” when it opened in 1944. The Wingfield family’s struggle, blue roses and all, is now read in high schools nationwide. $30. Through April 14 at The Texas Repertory Co., 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd. Information and reservations: 281/583-7573 or www.texreptheatre.org.
I Am My Own Wife. The regional premiere of this solo show by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright explores the extraordinary true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an East Berlin transvestite. Openly gay and perpetually and unapologetically in drag, she successfully held leadership positions in both the Nazi and Communist regimes. $26-$40. April 13-May 10 at Stages Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. Information and reservations: 713/527-0123 or www.stagestheatre.com.
Itzhak Perlman’s Tchaikovsky 5. Perlman does what he does best, conduct and play the violin. In addition to Tchaikovsky, Perlman performs Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and Beethoven’s Romances . $45-$105. April 28 and 29, 8 pm Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday—at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. Tickets: 713/224-7575 or www.houstonsymphony.org.
Obo Addy and the Music & Dance of Ghana. Presented by the Society for the Performing Arts, Master drummer Obo Addy brings African musical history to life. A key originator of the influential musical movement now known as “Worldbeat,” Addy embodies Ghana’s musical culture. Free. April 27, 8 pm, at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Drive in Hermann Park. Information and free tickets: 281/FREE FUN. For a complete schedule of performances, visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com
Spring Fieldwork Showcase. Several Dancers Core, in conjunction with The Field, a New York-based artist service organization, presents works-in-progress by local artists. After the performance, the audience is invited to meet with the artists and discuss the performance. $7. Thursday, April 12, 2007, 8 pm, at the Houston Community College Central Campus Studio A. Information and reservations: 713/862-5530, www.thefield.org, or www.severaldancerscore.org.
To Kill A Mockingbird.
The classic story of “Scout” and Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and that busted up ol’ chiffarobe take the place of the previously scheduled Terms of Endearment . Tickets start at $19. Through April 29 at the Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas Ave. (Captioned performance April 28, 2:30 pm; ActOut pre-show mixer April 5, 5:30-7:30 pm.) Information and reservations: 713/228-8421 or www.alleytheatre.org; 713/228-9341 ext. 404 for ActOut details.
Virtuosi d’Italia. British violinist Monica Huggert and guitarist-lutenist Richard Savino—both renowned period instrumentalists—perform Italian works from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. $30, $25 for seniors, and $10 for students. April 20, 8 pm, at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. (preconcert talk at 7 pm). Information and reservations: 713/432-1744, www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org.
Wicked. The Grammy and Tony Award winning musical uncovers the story of how two unlikely friends became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. $29-$78. Through April 15 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. Information and reservations: 713/629-3700, www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, www.wickedthemusicaltour.com.
Wrap It Up Quick at the end of the semester with an evening of 10-minute plays. (If you don’t like a play, just shut your eyes and ears for ten minutes and wait for the next one.) Free. April 20, 8 pm, at Rice University’s Hamman Hall. Park in the North Lot at entrance 20 or 21 off Rice Blvd. (Parking is $5.) More information: 713/348-7529 or www.theatre.rice.edu.
Zero Hour. Another one-person regional premiere at Stages, Jim Brochu’s tribute to brilliant comedic actor Zero Mostel finds a naïve reporter interviewing the volatile actor. In addition to all sorts of mad humor and juicy behind-the-scenes stories, Mostel uncovers his difficult struggle on McCarthy’s blacklist. $26-$40. April 20-May 13 at Stages Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. Information and reservations: 713/527-0123 or www.stagestheatre.com.
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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Disney On Ice: Princess Wishes. Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, and Mulan see their wishes come true and display their royal grace as they glide across their frozen stage. $16-$75. April 11-15, show times vary, at Reliant Stadium. Information and reservations: 832/667-1400, 713/629-3700, www.ticketmaster.com, or www.disneyonice.com.
Princess Polite. The evil Queen wants to get rid of Snow White—not just because she’s beautiful, but also because her manners are so refined. $8. Saturdays, April 7 and 14, 2 pm, at Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall. Information and reservations: 713/759-1314.
The Story of the Lone Star State. InterActive Theater explores 600 years of Texas history in 45 minutes, with stories ranging from Indian folklore to Sam Houston to NASA astronauts. For grades 1-7. Free. April 19, 11 am, at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Drive in Hermann Park. More information: 281/FREE FUN or www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
Judy Blume’s charming story is adapted for the stage. Peter’s little brother, Fudge, makes him feel like a zero. How do you cope with a two year old brother who doesn’t just steal the spotlight, but has taken it hostage? $11, $9 for kids over 3. April 10-May 18, Saturdays at 10:30 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm, at Main Street Theater—Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Information and reservations: 713/524-6706, www.mainstreettheater.com, or www.ticketweb.com.
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After Hours. Sunday mornings, 1-4 am. Featuring the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. KPFT 90.1 FM, 713/526-5738.
Reach Out in the Darkness. Houston’s only transgender radio host and her partner present selected music from the ’60s, played like it was in the ’60s, exclusively from vinyl pressings. Every Wednesday morning, 3-6 am, KPFT Pacifica radio (90.1 FM).
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ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
2007 Core Artists in Residence Exhibition. Sculpture and video dominate this show at the Glassell School of Art, exploring the sexual revolution, cultural excess, and race relations. Free. Through April 20 at the Glassell School of Art’s Laura Lee Blanton Gallery, 5101 Montrose Blvd. Information: 713/639-7500.
Artadia at DiverseWorks… Reprised. The ’06 Artadia Awards comes back for another look. Featured artists include The Art Guys, Francesca Fuchs, Joseph Wooten among others. Through April 21 at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy off Main at Naylor. Reservations and information: 713/335-3445, www.diverseworks.org, or www.artadia.org.
Blue: Live. Octavio Campos’ dancetheater experiment pays tribute to the final film of Derek Jarman, Blue , a strange and wondrous motion picture. The film is 80 minutes of a blue screen accompanied by a score by Brian Eno with spoken word from Nigel Terry and Tilda Swinton. Its script consists of material composed before he died of an AIDS-related illness in ’93. Campos adds movement and live action to the goings-on. $15, $6 for students and seniors. April 28 and 29, 8 pm, at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy off Main at Naylor. Reservations and information: 713/335-3445 or www.diverseworks.org.
The Great Wall of China: Photographs by Chen Changfen. The first U.S. exhibition of work by this important Chinese photographer who devoted 30 years of his life to exploring and photographing the Great Wall is reminiscent of the long-term projects undertaken by Ansel Adams in Yosemite and Alfred Stieglitz at Lake George. $7, $3.50 for kids 6-18. April 1-August 12 at the Museum of Fine Arts Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main St. More information: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Espa ñ ol: 713/639-7379, TDD/TYY for the hearing impaired: call 713/639-7390).
Media Archeology: Below-Fi. Aurora Picture Show presents the fourth installment of this annual festival featuring live audio-visual events at three Houston venues. Found and original electronic media is used to produce live multimedia performances that combine film or video projection, theater, and music. April 19-21 at Aurora Picture Show, Domy Bookstore, and The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. $10, $8 for members, $15 for festival passes, $10 for member passes. Program dates and times: www.aurorapictureshow.org or 713/868-2101.
Never Been to Houston. Aurora Picture Show presents this exhibition at the Lawndale Art Center featuring photos submitted by worldwide contributors who have “Never Been to Houston” and are being asked to participate in this experimental, virtual travelogue to the city that the New York Times opines “refuses to assume a simple identity.” Contributors upload their photos daily to an on-line photosharing site, which will is projected as a slideshow in Lawndale Mezzanine gallery. Free. Through April 14 at Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. More information: 713/528-5858, www.fresharts.org, www.aurorapictureshow.org, or www.LawndaleArtCenter.org.
Perspectives 155: Francesca Fuchs. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition is comprised entirely of new work. The monumental canvases in this exhibition, some as tall as nine feet, will alternate between depictions of babies, flowers, and everyday domestic scenes. Through April 29 at the Contemporary Arts Museum’s Zilkha Gallery, 5216 Montrose Blvd. More information: 713/284-8257 or www.camh.org.
The Pump that Jack Used. Art League Houston presents a new exhibition and interactive multimedia installation of works by Anthony Thompson Shumate. In work that combines corporate design and contemporary art aesthetics, Shumate creates a subversive commentary on the modern American social landscape. Through April 27 at Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. Information: 713/523-9530, [email protected], or www.artleaguehouston.org.
Showered In Watercolor. The Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H) ushers in the month with shower of art. Works feature water-media in a range of styles from abstract to realistic. A part of the proceeds from sale of the paintings benefit WAS-H. April 13-May 4 at the WAS-H gallery, 1601 West Alabama. Information and reservations: 713/942-9966 or www.watercolorhouston.org.
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Thomas Street Clinic (part of the Harris County Health Department) is offering HIV testing free to the public, Mon.-Fri. 9 am-1 pm. There is no need to establish eligibility (“gold-card”), no donation will be asked of the person seeking testing, and the test is free. Thomas Street Clinic, 2015 Thomas, 713/873-4157 or 713/873-4026.
The Montrose Clinic offers free confidential HIV testing at these locations:
Decades, 1205 Richmond, 713/521-2224, Mon. 6-10pm (Dennis);
EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 713/527-9071, Wed. & Fri. 10pm-1am (Rhonda & Lourdes);
Mary’s, Naturally, 1022 Westheimer, 713/527-9669, Wed. 4-8pm (Jack);
Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin, 713/522-2379, Tues. 9pm-1am (Carlos), Wed. 10pm-1am (Juan), Fri. 10pm-1am (Quincy);
Ripcord, 715 Fairview, 713/521-2792, Wed. 9pm-12am (Matthew);
Inergy/Mango Lounge, 5750 Chimney Rock, 713/660-7310, Mon. 9pm-12am (Carlos);
1415 Bar & Grill, 1415 California, 713/522-7066, Thurs. 9pm-12am (Carlos);
611 Hyde Park Pub, 611 Hyde Park, 713/526-7070, Tues. 3-7pm & Sun. 2-6pm (Matthew);
All Star News and Video Emporium, 3415 Katy Freeway & Studewood, 713/869-7878, Mon. & Thurs. 4-8pm (Jack);
Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos, 713/528-9192, Thurs. 8pm-12am (Matthew);
Cousin’s, 817 Fairview, 713/528-9204, Thurs. 8pm-12am (Jack);
Club Houston, 2205 Fannin, 713/659-4998, Tues. 8pm-12am (Dennis). For more info: 713/830-3000.
Planned Parenthood offers free anonymous or confidential testing at clinic locations throughout the area. To speak with an HIV counselor: 1-800-230-PLAN, Dickinson: 281/337-7725, Fannin: 713/831-6543, FM1960: 281/587-8081, Greenspoint: 281/445-4553, Huntsville: 936/295-6396, Lufkin: 936/634-8446 x223, Rosenberg: 281/342-3950, Stafford: 281/494-9848.
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