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December Events
Day-By-Day Events, Performance, Performance for Young People, Radio, Art/Photography, HIV Testing.

By Eric A.T. Dieckman

Holiday roundupDecember Day-By-Day Planning AheadPerforming Arts Performing Arts for Young PeopleRadioArt/PhotographyHIV Testing

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Memoirs
Memoirs of the Sistahood, a found object installation by Babette Beaullieu Wattigny about her five sisters' personalities.

Spotlight: IT’S A SISTER THING
Memories like the corners of DiverseWorks
Sisters Becky Beaullieu Valls, a performer/choreographer in Houston, and Babette Beaullieu Wattigny, a sculptor in New Orleans, present Memoirs of the Sistahood–Chapter One . Based on their large Catholic family in south Louisiana, the series fuses the sisters’ individual work with childhood “sense memories” of family, home, and religion. This first installment of the sisters’ collaborative works includes Babette’s 1998 New Orleans exhibition Trinity III, and Becky’s choreographic work White Bird, which premiered in 2004 at the University of Houston. — Nancy Ford
• December 7–8 and 14–15 at 8 p.m.
• $10–$15
• DiverseWorks Arts Space, 1117 East Freeway
• 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org

Spotlight: HOLIDAY PRIDE
Pride In Action seeks 25-50 volunteers to participate in a couple of holiday charitable efforts. First, the subsidiary group of Pride Houston joins the Jingle Bell Express on Dec. 7 by dressing as elves for Santa and helping to sort toys for children. Then on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Pride In Action volunteers gather at the George R. Brown Convention Center to help with the Houston City Club’s annual Christmas dinner. Details: 713/529-6979 • www.pridehouston.org.

Spotlight: GIFTED GALLERY

HolidayArt
Holiday Art Extravaganza at Eastman Gallery

At its Holiday Art Extravaganza, the recently relocated Eastman Gallery features more than 40 new, emerging, and established Houston-area artists exhibiting paintings, sculpture, glasswork, pottery, and jewelry. The opening reception is Dec. 6, 6 p.m. The exhibition opens on Dec. 8 and remains on view through Jan. 11. Eastman hosts an evening with the artists on Dec. 14, 6 p.m. 1110 N. Post Oak Rd., Suite 310. Details: 713/688-6969 • www.eastmangallery.com.

Spotlight: GOOD WORK IS ITS OWN REWARD
The Houston GLBT Political Caucus needs volunteers to keep its database up-to-date–and not just in elections month. Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1915 Commonwealth, Suite 104. Details: [email protected] • 713/521-1000. — N.F.

Spotlight: HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY
A Bay Area Christmas Carol. Dickens gets a makeover and a present-day setting. $14, $12 for seniors and students. Through December 16 at Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Rd. in the Nassau Bay Shopping Village. Reservations/info: 281/335-5228 or www.clearcreekcountrytheatre.org.

A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas. Scrooge your brains out with the Alley’s spectacle-centered treatment of Dickens’ Christmas classic. Tickets start at $38. Through December 29 at The Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/228-8421 or www.alleytheatre.org.

The Nutcracker. If little Clara and her magical doll have never stirred your spirits, it’s not too late, especially with this being the show’s 20th-anniversary production at the Houston Ballet. The Christmas tree that grows to 40 feet makes the trip worthwhile, to say nothing of the Rat King and all those Sugar Plum Fairies. $17–$125. Through December 29 at the Wortham’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. at Smith St. Info/reservations: 713/227-2787, 800/828-2787, or www.houstonballet.org.

Santa’s Elves and the Shoemaker. In this musical for kids both big and small, two elves sneak into the home of a struggling, slumbering shoemaker and his wife in hopes of saving his career and perhaps their marriage. $8. Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15, & 22 , 2 p.m., at Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall. Info/reservations: 713/682-5044.

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Production. In addition to watching it on television innumerable times this season and seeing the Theatre Under The Stars stage musical, fans of the James Stewart holiday classic can also enjoy It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Production . Directed by Stephanie Epstein for Frisco Community Theater, all voices and sound effects will be done live in the “studio” with audience members filling the role of the studio audience. December 6–7 & 13–15 , 8 p.m. $10–$15. 6821 Main St. in Frisco. More: 800/595-4TIX, www.FriscoCommunityTheater.com.

The Irish Tenors Christmas Special. The second most successful Irish touring act next to U2, these sultans of high-C harmony stop by with a holiday inspired song list. $22–$72. December 7 , 8 pm, at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. Info/reservations: 713/227-4772 or www.spahouston.org.

The Jewish Community Center’s Gay & Lesbian Social Group of Houston’s Fourth Annual Chanukah Party. This party coincides with the fifth night of the eight-night holiday. Expect plenty of wine, food, and music, and the return of renowned caricature artist “Texas Tim” Webb. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned goods to be donated to the JCC’s Meals on Wheels program. December 8 , 8–11 pm at a private home. More info: 713/729-3200, ext. 3298, or Diana Howard at [email protected]

The Christmas Revels. Revels Houston relives the seasonal celebrations of America’s founding cultures. Among other items on the roster are a Native American Storyteller, the songs and dances of the “Shaking Quakers,” and the holiday festival of the Caribbean Jonkonnu. $18–$30, half off for kids 15 and under. December 8–16 , Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., at Moores Opera House, University of Houston, Entrance 16, Cullen Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/668-3303, 713/669-9528, or www.revelshouston.org.

It’s a Wonderful Life. TUTS rings in the holidays with a staged rendition of Frank Capra’s popular 1946 Yuletide film. See the story live instead of on basic cable at 4 a.m. $29–$93. December 11–23 at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby at Walker. Info/reservations: 713/558-8887, 888/558-3882, or www.tuts.com.

Handel’s Messiah. Hear it the way music lovers heard it when the composer was alive. Mercury Baroque performs the holiday standard on period instruments, just as it was played when it was first performed. Afterward, join the Mercury gang for a holiday party with food, drink, and a silent and live auction. $32–$59. December 14 , 7 pm, at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater, 500 Texas at Smith. Info/reservations: 713/533-0080 or www.MercuryBaroque.org. Also in performance December 15 at The University of Houston, Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Info/reservations: 281/283-2560.

Eyeopener Tour—Christmas Lights. Take in some gorgeous holiday displays, enjoy some hospitality in some festive stranger’s private home, and possibly take in some blues later in the eve. $35. December 16 , 7–9 pm, departing from the Orange Show, 2401 Munger St. Info/reservations: 713/926-6368 or www.orangeshow.org.

Ho-Ho-Ho-Down to Holly-wood. Bayou City Performing Arts’ annual holiday show features performances from Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, Bayou City Women’s Chorus, and Bayou City Chorale (combined voices of GMCH and BCWC). $19–$39. December 18 , 7:30 p.m., at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. Info/reservations: 713/521-7464 or www.BayouCityPerformingArts.org.

Messiah. ‘Tis the season for Handel’s most famous composition. $19–$65. December 21–23 , 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. Info/reservations: 713/224-7575 or www.houstonsymphony.org.

Clandestine Classics. Ars Lyrica’s program of entirely legal—though seldom-heard masterworks by Bach and Handel—appeases the tastes of those with a penchant for the classic and obscure. After the concert, head upstairs to the Founders Club to ring in the New Year with the annual holiday party, silent auction, champagne, and dessert. $25, $20 for seniors, $15 for students. December 31, 9 p.m., at Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby. Info/reservations: 713/315-2525 or www.arslyricahouston.org.

New Year, New Party. Resuming the tradition of the January 1 open house hosted by the late activist and educator, the Houston Transgender Unity Committee begins 2008 with the inaugural Brenda Thomas Memorial New Year’s Day Social. The event features a potluck meal. There is no admission charge, but donations are encouraged for Unity Committee programs, including the Peggy Rudd Transgender Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from a silent auction will raise additional funds. The committee is inviting interested individuals to join a donors’ group, Brenda’s Betty Boop Circle, in honor of Thomas and her favorite cartoon character ($25 membership). January 1 , 2 p.m., Houston GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose Blvd, Suite 207. More: www.htuc.org.

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December DAY BY DAY
(see also December Weekly and Monthly)

1 & 2 (Sat. & Sun.)

What? No Cream Rinse? Dance students from the University of Houston School of Theater and Dance present original works by Alex Abarca, Allison Chavez, Mechelle Flemming, and others in Apply Precision—Rinse. Repeat. 2 pm at Lyndall Finley Wortham Theater, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, U of H Central Campus. Info: 713/743-2929, www.myspace.com/uhdt.

7 (Fri.)

Lost and Found [Magazine]. Found Magazine returns to Aurora Picture Show for its “There Goes the Neighborhood Tour 2007.” Celebrating the fifth issue of Found Magazine—The Crime Issue , creator/editor Davy Rothbart shares brand-new, newsworthy finds, and musician Peter Rothbart accompanies him with new music based on this issue of the magazine. $6. 8 pm at Aurora Picture Show, 800 Aurora St. Information and reservations: 713/868-2101 or www.aurorapictureshow.org.

8 (Sat.)

I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas. The hippest, most eclectic mix of dance music slams the holiday season with December’s installment of Danseparc, themed “Black Celebration: Anti-Holiday Party.” Punk and post-punk, electro-pop, new wave and indie and beyond fill the air the second Saturday of each month, courtesy of DJ’s Michael, Shoe, and Stacey (the latter two being openly gay). Dead Bang spins goth and all things dark and danceable upstairs. 9:30 pm – 2 am at Numbers, 300 Westheimer. $5, $3 until 11 pm. $1 draft beers and $2 wells all night.

Weekly (Mondays)

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]

Weekly (Thursdays)

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.

Semi-monthly (Wednesdays)

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].

Monthly (Saturdays)

Second Saturdays at Winter St. Studios. It’s open-door policy at Winter St. Studios every second Saturday of the month (this month July 14). This is a great way to meet and hang with the varied artists working in many different media and styles in their studios. Participating artists have a large red dot on or near the door of their studio. All are welcome between 1 and 6 pm. At Winter St. Studios, 2101 Winter St. More information: 713/862-0082 or www.winterstreetstudios.net.

Monthly (Tuesdays)

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.

Monthly (Sundays)

Liberal Bible 101. If you’ve had enough of biblical quotes hurled your way without any form of theological reply, this is the discussion group for you. Resident scholar Laura Emerson teaches biblical literacy from a liberal point of view. Each class addresses a singular point, covering the Old Testament this Fall and the New in the Spring. This month’s discussion: the three versions of the Ten Commandments. Third Sunday of each month (the 18th this month), 10-11 am, at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Dr. Info: 713/782-8250 or (for curriculum/suggested readings) www.emersonhouston.org/about/adultEd.html.

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PLANNING AHEAD

January 12 (Sat.)

Kids on Stage Open House. Encourage an interest in the performing arts. The Spring Kids On Stage teaching staff leads kids of all ages in mask-making, arts and crafts, theater games, and dance. Free. 11 am–1 pm at Main Street Theater–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. More info: 713/524-9196, ext. 104, or www.mainstreettheater.com.

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PERFORMING ARTS

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Sophie is whisked away from her orphanage home in the middle of the night. From there, it’s nothing but mad adventure with an amiable giant. But, like pudding in Mom’s cake, there’s peril in the mix. Will Sophie learn the value of friendship and the deficit of selfishness? Recommended for pre-kindergarten and up and their families. $9 for kids and students, $11 for adults. Dec. 8 & 15 at Main Street Theater–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/524-6706, www.mainstreettheater.com, or www.ticketweb.com.

Winter Break Theater Camp. In this three-day mini-camp, students work on short-term projects such as improvisation, storytelling, mask-making, mime, and dance routines. (For ages 6–11.) $200 for week 1 or week 2, $340 for both weeks. Dec. 26–28 (week 1), Jan. 2–4 (week 2), 9 am–3:30 pm, at Main Street Theater–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. More info: 713/524-9196 x 104 or www.mainstreettheater.com.

Winter Break High School Workshop. Older students hone their developing craft, learning characterization techniques, script analysis, and scene study. Mini-workshops on playwriting, design, and marketing supplement the curriculum. (For ages 15–18.) $150. Dec. 26–28, 1–4 pm, at Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. More info: 713/524-9196, ext. 104, or www.mainstreettheater.com.

Winter Performing Arts Camps. TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre offers a selection of performance workshop camps for both professional and amateur performers, ages 4–18. Various age groups involve appropriate amounts of allotted time and age-appropriate material. Performances salute a different musical each day. No audition required, classes are limited. Dec. 20 is registration deadline. Jan. 2–4 at the TUTS Studios located at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby at Walker). Info/registration: 713/558-8801 or www.tuts.com.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Claude Wampler—PERFORMANCE (career ender). New York-based visual and performance artist Claude Wampler returns with her latest work. The piece marks the completion of her 10-year cycle of creating experimental artworks that call attention to the viewers’ role as audience. Through Dec. 15 at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.

Mr. Pim Passes By. A.A. Milne, the author of the Winnie the Pooh stories, penned this yarn about a traditional English household thrown into turmoil when a man drops in. The information he shares with them nearly unravels everyone’s painfully ordinary lives. $20–$35 (previews $10). Through Dec. 23 at Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/524-6706, www.mainstreettheater.com, or www.ticketweb.com.

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. Unhinged Productions presents this high-energy, electronic musical set in a futuristic cabaret. Melding the audience into the setting, the crowd is actually seated within the bar, making the raunchy score and intense atmosphere just a little more sensational, seedy, and titillating. Through Dec. 22 at Silver House Theatre, 1107 Chartres St. Info/reservations: www.u-p.org.

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RADIO

After Hours. Sunday mornings, 1-4 am. Featuring the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. KPFT 90.1 FM, 713/526-5738.

Queer Voices. Mondays, 8-10 pm. Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. KPFT 90.1 FM, 713/526-4000.

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

Arts of Korea Gallery. The first and only gallery in the Southwest devoted to Korean art, this exhibition combines contemporary Korean art with traditional works. Opens December 8 at the Museum of Fine Art’s Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet. Info: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Español: 713/639-7379, TDD/TYY for the hearing impaired, call 713/639-7390).

The Buffalo Hunters. Artist Eric Michael Jones’ digital photographs are inspired by fairy tales and contemporary fiction. See if you can recognize anything from the Brothers Grimm. Compiled from numerous sources, a single body in one of Jones’ digital works may have been assembled from multiple images. Through Dec. 21 at Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. More info: 713/523-9530, [email protected], www.artleaguehouston.org, or www.ericmjones.com.

Contemporary Conversations: Robert Ryman, 1976. This exhibit focuses on a single year in the work of this minimalist painter. Using only square frames and white paint since 1958, Ryman turned to the way a painting exists in space and the materials used in placing a work on a wall. Through Feb. 17 at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Info: 713/525-9400 or www.menil.org.

Devendra Banhart—Some Drawings. Known mostly for his music, Banhart’s small, fine-line ink drawings combine strange and sometimes beastly human and animal figures, ornamental framing devices, abstract symbols, and bits of language to create eccentric works that defy definition. Through Dec. 15 at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.

Dr. Robert O. Fisch. Holocaust survivor, doctor, and distinguished artist, Fisch presents illustrated works from two of his books. Free. Through Feb. 3 at the Holocaust Museum Houston’s Laurie Milton Boniuk Research Center and Library, 5401 Caroline St. More information: 713/942-8000 or www.hmh.org.

Kirsten Hassenfeld. The New York artist’s new installation is a series of translucent hanging sculptures. The shapes, six to eight feet in diameter and reminiscent of the structure of crystals, are made from paper but possess an extravagant look. Free. Through Dec. 9 at Rice Gallery, Sewall Hall off campus entrance 1 at Main and Sunset Blvd. More info: 713/348-6069 or www.ricegallery.org.

Holiday Heroines. Extraordinary women from three centuries are celebrated during the 2007 Yuletide event at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the MFAH house museum. The central figure is Houston philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg, who lived at Bayou Bend from 1928 to 1957, when she gave the estate to the museum. Also celebrated are Dolley Madison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, poet Phillis Wheatley, Elizabeth Murray, and Sarah Kemble Knight. A variety of visiting options exist. Call or check online for details. $10 adults; $8.50 seniors/students; $5 children 10–17. Through Dec. 30 at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 1 Westcott Street at Memorial Drive. More info: 713/639-7750 or www.mfah.org/bayoubend. Reservations required: 713/639-7750.

Houston Wilderness. Over 50 photographs offer unique interpretations of the diverse eco-regions that encompass and surround Houston. Through Jan. 6, 2008, at the Museum of Fine Art’s Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet St. More info: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Español: 713/639-7379, TDD/TYY for the hearing impaired, call 713/639-7390).

Lizards & Snakes: Alive! Get close and intimate with a menagerie of scaly pals. Play peek-a-boo with the veiled chameleon, but don’t simmer the Campbell’s milk snakes. That’s a no-no. $15, $12 for kids 3-11, students, and seniors. Through Jan. 6 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. Info/reservations: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org.

Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia. Meet Lucy, or at least what’s left of her. The original fossilized remains of this 3.2 million-year-old hominid visit Houston. With 40 percent of her skeleton intact, Lucy’s remains remain the oldest and most complete adult human ancestor fully retrieved from African soil. Over 100 artifacts illuminate the rich heritage of Lucy’s homeland, including fossils, historical manuscripts, musical instruments, and implements of daily use to name a few. $20 adults; $12 kids (3–11)/seniors (62+)/college students. Through April 20 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. More information: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org.

Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone. Known as an “artist’s artist” for her impassioned following among younger painters, Heilmann’s abstract paintings and sculptures are influenced by popular culture and craft traditions. The retrospective features works from 1967 to the present. An accompanying video featuring a soundtrack with influential rock music explores the inspiration behind much of Heilmann’s work. Through Jan. 6 at The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. More information: 713/284-8250 or www.camh.org.

Morena Moderna: Virgin de Guadalupe. Practically everyone knows her image. Some have seen it in person, most have seen it on clothing, tattoos, art, and the tailgates of pickups. Through a comprehensive collection of photographic images, see the reverence, expression, and emotion she evokes in so many people. $9 adults; $7 kids 3–11, seniors, and college students. Through April 23 at Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. Info/reservations: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org.

Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection. This collection showcases a broad array of national and international pieces from the 1960s through today. In addition to approximately 275 works of jewelry, the exhibit also holds drawings, watercolors, sketchbooks, and sculptural constructions of over 175 artists from 18 countries. Through Jan. 21 in the MFA’s Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main. Info: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Español: 713/639-7379, TDD/TYY for the hearing impaired, call 713/639-7390).

Otabenga Jones & Associates. Four young African-American artists, who met as students at TSU, seek to address African-American identity politics through installation and performance art. Through Dec. 9 at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. More info: 713/525-9400 or www.menil.org.

A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman’s Formative Years. Though Nauman is recognized today as one of the most innovative living artists today, there was, of course, a time when he had to develop his vision, struggling as an unknown. Such works in conceptual photography and sculpture are on exhibit. Through Jan. 13 at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Info: 713/525-9400 or www.menil.org.

Through the Eye of the Needle: Fabric Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. While many Holocaust survivors have chosen to write their survival stories, at age 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz chose a unique medium — sewing. Trained as a dressmaker but untrained in art, Krinitz created 36 fabric pictures. Meticulously stitched words beneath the pictures provide a narrative, and vivid colors and detailed images bring a fascinating sense of realism to the cloth. Free. Through Feb. 10 at Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline. More info: 713/942-8000 or www.hmh.org.

Verdura: The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler. This first-ever exhibition demonstrates why Verdura-designed jewelry has been coveted by royalty, Hollywood, and high society for nearly 70 years. Jewels dating from the 1930s with original design sketches from the Sicilian Duke Fulco di Verdura are on display. His pieces were inspired by classical patterns and natural forms, brightened with intense colors, and infused with a sophisticated wit. $9 for adults, $7 for kids 3–11, students, and seniors. Through Feb. 17 at the Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. Info/reservations: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org.

Yale Street Arts Market is an exciting Heights market created for local artists to display and sell original works of art. Local musicians entertain all day. It’s a mini art festival in the Heights! Every month on the 1st Saturday at 548 West 19th at Wind Water Gallery’s parking lot. Info: www.YaleStreetMarket.com. Be sure to visit The Artful Corner at 3423 White Oak Blvd., 713/426-4ART.

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HIV TESTING

Thomas Street Clinic 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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