Houston Splash, the annual Black Pride celebration, takes place May 3-7, at Houston and Galveston locations. Activities include the kick-off Declaration Ball on May 4, 10 p.m.-4:30 a.m., at The Meridian. Details: 832/443-1016, www.houstonsplash.com.
Aurora Picture Show presents the Free To Be…You and Me Invitational, a collection of short films inspired by the celebrated 1974 television special, on May 4 and 5, 8 p.m. $6. Details: 713/868-2101, www.aurorapictureshow.org.
Artist John Palmer gives the underwriter lecture prior to the Art with Heart Event benefiting San Jose Clinic on May 5, 6:30 p.m., at Lawndale Art Center. $50. Tickets: 713/490-2603
On May 6, Houston Gay & Lesbian Parents celebrates Mother’s Day by attending a 2 p.m. performance of Alice at Wonderland at the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galveston. $10. Reservations: [email protected].
Central Market and Mockingbird Bistro are among the participants in Taste of the Nation, the annual food event benefiting Share Our Strength’s programs to end child hunger, on May 6, 5-8 p.m., at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. $85. Tickets: 713/355-7766, www.houstontaste.org.
People Opposed to Moving Our Parade Out of Montrose meets on May 9, 6:30 p.m., at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Details: John Nechman, 713/419-4067.
Houston Equal Rights Alliance and Houston GLBT Political Caucus hold their monthly community workday on May 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at their office. Details: www.houstonera.org.
Houston GLBT Community Center holds the quarterly meeting following up on the 2005 Conference on Houston’s LGBTI Future (“The Gay Agenda,” January 2006 OutSmart ) on May 12, 1-4 p.m. Details: 713/524-3818, www.houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org.
The Men’s Gathering Houston, the discussion and support group for African American gay men, begins meeting on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, beginning May 12, 6-9 p.m., at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Details: [email protected].
May 14 is the deadline for artists and curators to submit proposals to Art League Houston for 2008-2009 exhibitions. Details: 713/523-9530, www.artleaguehouston.org.
National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, including media director and Houston activist Vanessa Edwards Foster, holds transgender lobby days on Capitol Hill on May 16-17 in Washington, D.C. Details: www.ntac.org.
May 17 is the third International Day Against Homophobia, organized by the British advocacy group IDAHO with the support of the Gay And Lesbian Humanist Association, observed predominantly in the United Kingdom. Details: www.idaho.org.uk
Pink Lotus USA founder and filmmaker Carl Han [“Proud People,” June 2006 OutSmart ] hosts his Love Party 2007 on May 19, 7:45-9:30 p.m., at Hollywood Bistro, featuring the premiere of his videos In My Eyes and Secrets of Love 07. Details: www.carlsjourney.com.
Positive Brothers United, the support/social for HIV-positive men and their families, holds a potluck on May 20, 2-5 p.m., at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Details: [email protected].
The Bay Area Beach Boys in association with Hang Ten Productions hosts the first Beach Ball 2007, a new circuit-party weekend in Galveston with events from May 25 to May 28. Ticket packages $25-$175. Details: www.beachball2007.com.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Glassell School of Art presents its annual Student Spring Sale on May 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 26, noon-5 p.m.; and May 27, noon-5 p.m. Some proceeds support the school scholarship fund. Details: 713/639-7500, www.mfah.org.
STAG/Some Transgenders Are Guys meets on May 26, 5-6 p.m., the Houston Area Community Services transgender center. Details: www.stag.transhouston.com.