OutFront: April 2007

 Bunnies on the Bayou (Is that a carrot in your pocket?) And Philip Lehl’s one-man show I Am My Own Wife at Stages


BunnyGuys When Houston’s “largest outdoor cocktail party” Bunnies on the Bayou call their annual Easter event a fundraiser, that’s exactly what they mean. Sponsors pay for everything up front. So when you plunk down that $25 on April 8 to enjoy a downtown afternoon of fun, sun (we hope), cool beverages, hot tunes spun by DJ Joe Ramirez, and a flag-twirling performance by the Houston Fly Boys, rest assured that every penny of that $25 lands in the coffers of its 13 designated charities. The Bunnies hosts include (l-r) Alfred Naranjo, Christian Rogers, Sean Carter, John Cox, Jay Pressley, Vince Flickinger, and Chris Meterko. Details: www.bunniesonthebayou.org.

 Photographed by David Lewis



WifelyDutyIn one of the highlights of the arts season, Philip Lehl stars in the Stages Repertory Theatre production of I Am My Own Wife, the one-man drama about the true-life story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an antiques dealer who lived openly as a cross-dresser under both the Nazi and Communist regimes in Germany. The celebrated Doug Wright play received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. Lehl, pictured here during a rehearsal, performs the challenging role through May 10. On April 10, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas hosts a benefit preview performance, chaired by Randall Ellis (tickets: 713/942-8146). During the production, Stages presents an exhibition of portraits by photographer Frank White of local transgender individuals, who include prominent activists Sara Rook and Melanie Rudd. Photographed by Nathan Haase


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