Jade Esteban Estrada; Black Gay Pride with Jensen Atwood and Latoya Luckett; Houston Pride Band and Michael Kemper; Bayou City Women’s Chorus sellout with Cyndi Lauper, Holly Near, Carole King, Ann Reed.
HISTORY BOY. What do Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Johnny Depp, Muhammad Ali, and Pope John Paul II have in common with renowned gay showman Jade Esteban Estrada? All have been honored with the title of Kentucky Colonel, Kentucky’s highest acknowledgment of ambassadors of goodwill and fellowship around the world.
What most of them lack in common with Estrada (with the possible exception of Crawford, West, and JP2) is the ability to fill out a dress and hold an audience enrapt with a hysterical history lesson.
Bringing to life a passel of these new characters, Col. Estrada returns to Houston this month with his ICONS: The Lesbian & Gay History of the World, Vol. 3. The award-winning solo musical comedy show, scheduled May 9, 8 p.m., benefits Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History and GALLO (Gay & Lesbian Latin Organization). 1415 Bar & Grill, 1415 California St. Details: 713/692-8735 www.gcam.org
BLACK PRIDE. Jensen Atwood, who plays Wade on Logo’s Noah’s Arc, and former Destiny’s Child songstress, Latoya Luckett, headline festivities at the downtown Club 2020 for Houston Splash weekend.
The event, also known as Black Gay Pride, begins May 4 with parties, concerts, a Galleria shopping binge at citywide locations including Bartini, The Meridien, Toyz, Rich’s, Warehouse Live, and Dave & Buster’s. Partiers traditionally spend Sunday afternoon on Galveston’s East Beach for some actual “splashing.” Details: 832/443-1016 www.houstonsplash.com www.club2020houston.com
OUR FAVORITE BAND. Local television personality and popular stylist Michael Kemper has been tapped to host the final Houston Pride Band concert of the season. Our Favorite Things, conducted by the band’s artistic director, Jason Stephens . Selections include Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine,” “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, tunes by Leonard Bernstein and other favorite arrangements of Pride Band members. May 10, 7:30 p.m. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. Details: 832/265-3346 www.houstonprideband.org
YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE. Though barely two years old, the Bayou City Women’s Chorus is already selling out its concerts. Such is the case for the May 19 presentation of The Heart of the Home, which explores the songs of “quintessential female singers and songwriters.” The concert, featuring selections by Cyndi Lauper, Holly Near, Carole King, Ann Reed, and others, may still have a few seats left for its May 22 repeat. 7:30 p.m. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Details: 713/521-7464 www.bcpahouston.org
GAYLE FORCE. A follow-up to his successful one-man-show, One Voice, tenor Kenneth Gayle presents One Voice, One Heart…Revealed, a soul-stirring concert spanning opera to gospel. That night Gayle, who frequently performs in conjunction with the AIDS Foundation Houston Mukuru Arts for AIDS series, also performs selections from his new CD. May 4, 7:30 p.m. Unity Church of Christianity. Details: www.unityhouston.org 713/782-4050