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Calendar: January 2008

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

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

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Spotlight: ‘Caroline, or Change’
Can an older black woman, set in her ways in a time of segregation, cope with the foreign world of the social change of the ’60s? A musical by Tony Kushner.

Change
Tamara Siler stars in Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change.

In this musical by the openly gay Tony Kushner (who wrote the book and lyrics), we find ourselves in the early ’60s in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline Thibodeaux is a maid for a Jewish family whose young son, Noah, prefers her company to that of his stepmother, Rose. The laundry room in the boggy basement does not make the most pleasant of surroundings, but they’re familiar to Caroline, and therefore safe. However, life outside the basement is changing. The American civil rights movement is shaking up her world. The structure of segregation is falling apart and she’s not sure of what to make of it all. When Rose entrusts Caroline to mentor Noah with certain lessons, Caroline must learn to adapt to the changing face of the country’s social climate.

Change is good: Tamara Siler stars as Caroline Thibodeaux in Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change. The play was first developed at New York’s Public Theater, where it opened in 2003. It moved to Broadway in 2004, garnering several Tony nominations. — Eric A.T. Dieckamn

•January 2–20, Thursdays: $20/$25; Fridays and Sundays: $25/$30; Saturdays: $30/$35; previews: $10
• Main Street Theater–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd.
• 713/524-6706, www.mainstreettheater.com, www.ticketweb.com

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

4-6 (Fri.-Sun.)

Webber and the Great White Way. A weekend of compositions from the music of Broadway darling Andrew Lloyd Webber should help those post-holiday blahs. Works on the roster include Phantom , Wicked , A Chorus Line , Chicago , and of course, Cats . $29–$110. 8 pm Fri. and Sat., 7:30 pm Sun., at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. Info/reservations: 713/224-7575 or www.houstonsymphony.org.

6 (Sun.)

NEW BOOK CLUB FOR WOMEN Want to start 2008 by sharing with other titillating, literary women like yourself? The Exchange meets the first Sunday of each month, beginning January 6, 2 p.m. at Baba Yega Restaurant. Bring your favorite non-fiction and/or fiction to this new book club to ruminate, and even cogitate, in public. Details: [email protected]

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Oleta Adams

11 (Fri.)

Get There If You Can.Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Oleta Adams (right) headlines Cabaret for a Cure , an evening of incredible music benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston. Also performing: Tamar Davis, Kenneth Gayle, and Yvonne Washington with music by The Richard Brown Orchestra. Channel 13 anchor Melanie Lawson emcees the gala dinner event during which Dr. Shannon Schrader will receive an award for his contribution to the HIV/AIDS fight. Cocktails at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Hilton Americas Houston (1600 Lamar). Attire: cabaret chic, black tie optional. Tickets: $350–$2500. Details: Julie Eberly, 713/623-6796, ext. 249.

11 (Fri.)

Brownies. Five young siblings, all trained at Juilliard, conquer their respective Steinways, performing Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and others with verve and virtuosity. $16–$50. 8 pm, at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. Information and reservations: 713/227-4772 or www.spahouston.org.

11 (Fri.)

Movie Music. Musiqa composers Pierre Jalbert and Anthony Brandt set the sonic backdrop for the film Viscera by Leighton Pierce. The film addresses the question of what remains of  a person in the memory and imagination of others when that person is absent. $10–$25. 7:30 pm at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. Info/reservations: 713/868-2101, www.thehobbycenter.org , www.musiqahouston.org, or www.aurorapictureshow.org .

12 (Sat.)

Glass Houses. Ira Glass presents “Radio Stories and Other Stories,” a collection of wit and insight with a distinctive and cleverly comical point of view. (FYI: anyone curious about the effeminate-voiced radio host, Glass is not gay.) 8 pm, at Cullen Theater, 501 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/227-4772 or www.spahouston.org.

12 (Sat.)

Pretty in Pink. Doomsday Wrestling — the award winning mix of comedy and wrestling — returns to the Bayou City in a pink fog of mystery. What does the enigmatic gender-neutral Precious Jules, clad head-to-toe in pink spandex, have under his tight, rosy sleeve? Will Herschel Moskowitz, aka “The Kosher Killer,” The Stormin’ Mormons, or Mexican wrestling manager Dirty Sanchez (played by OutSmart ‘s own Eric Dieckman) have a chance against The Pink Menace? 9 pm at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres. Info/reservations: 713/629-3711, www.TicketMaster.com, www.MeridianHouston.com, www.DoomsdayWrestling.com.

17–19 (Thur.–Sat.)

A Rotten Play. Mildred’s Umbrella and Bobbindoctrin Theater collaborate for this production of Rot , a new play by Mildred’s Umbrella resident playwright John Harvey. Fans of absurdist theater will enjoy this yarn which features a husband dying of the plague; puppets in the furniture remembering what the family would like to forget; and a daughter who after setting the world on fire and destroying the sun comes home to find out what happened to her dog. 8 pm at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.

18 & 19 (Fri. & Sat.)

It’s Cho Time. Brilliant, beautiful, and brash, Margaret Cho returns to the Laff Stop this month, performing with comedian Ian Harvie. Her website, www.margaretcho.com , bills her   appearance as a “workshop show.” 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Laff Stop, 526 Waugh. More info: 713/524-2333, www.laffstop.com .

20 (Sat.)

Top Billing. Friends of a local man born female are planning a fundraiser this month to assist their chum with “top surgery” expenses. The event features live music and drag-king performances. 9 p.m. (location not announced by press time). Donation: $2–$8. More info: [email protected] or [email protected]

20 (Sat.)

Tackling AIDS, Tuscany Style. The Mukuru “Arts for AIDS” series, presented by AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc., presents “Tuscany on the Terrace: A Concert at the Villa Maria.” The Villa Maria is a private oasis with a custom-built concert hall filled with tapestries, statuary, and murals resembling a Tuscan villa. Enjoy an evening of the music of Rossini, Donizetti, and other Italian masters. All proceeds will be matched by the National AIDS Fund to benefit HIV education programs in Houston. $50 advance, $60 at the door. 4 pm at Villa Maria. Info (including directions) and reservations: 713/623-6796 x 278 or www.mukuru.org.

24 (Thur.)

Just Dreamy. Da Camera’s program, “Dreamworlds,” focuses on Freud’s Vienna and brings together a collection of music that evokes a world of dreams. Works include Schumann’s Fairy Tale Pictures for viola and piano, Op. 113 , and Brahms’ Sonata in F Minor for viola and piano, Op. 120, No. 1 . $22, $32, and $38 (includes a champagne and dessert reception). 8 pm, at Cullen Theater, 500 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.

25 (Fri.)

Disney Dizzy. Steve Tyrell performs tunes from Disney’s songbook as well as standards such as “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Georgia on My Mind.” $25–$115. 8 pm, at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. Info/reservations: 713/224-7575 or www.houstonsymphony.org.

29 (Tues.)

Musicians Transmogrified Into Bugs? Soprano Maria Husmann and Keller Quartet first violinist András Keller (in their Houston debuts) perform one of György Kurtág’s most widely performed works, Kafka Fragments , a collection of excerpts from Franz Kafka’s letters and diaries. $30. 7:30 pm at The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Info/reservations: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.

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 (Saturdays)

Danseparc. DJ’s Michael, Shoe, and Stacey (the latter two being openly gay) resolve to keep the grooves spinning in ’08 with an eclectic, exhilarating mix of punk and post-punk, electro-pop, new wave and indie, and more. 9:30 pm–2 am at Numbers, 300 Westheimer. $5, $3 until 11 pm. $1 draft beers and $2 wells all night. More information: www.myspace.com/danseparc.

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

February 1 (Fri.)

Keller Quartet. Hungary’s leading string quartet performs an array of classical compositions by Mozart and György Kurtág, Hungary’s leading composer and one of the world’s most important living artists. $22, $32, and $38 (includes a champagne and dessert reception). 8 pm at Cullen Theater, 500 Texas. Info/reservations: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.

February 6 (Wed.)

A Little Day Music. The Edward Grigassy Trio performs its program, Gypsy Anthems , for music lovers seeking respite from weekday rush. Bring a lunch and enjoy the recital. Free. Noon in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas at Smith. More info: 713-524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.

February 8 (Fri.)

The DiverseWorks 25th Anniversary Gala. DiverseWorks celebrates its silver anniversary, 25 years of “Getting Our Hands Dirty” in Houston’s arts community. At their annual gala, D-Werx asks: How dirty are you? Expose yourself. Come dressed as your dirty little secret and enjoy an evening of music, drinks, and a silent auction. 7:25 pm at The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice Hotel, 909 Texas. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.

February 9 (Sat.)

The Boys (and Girls) in the Band. Houston Pride Band is making final preparations for Celebrating Relationships, the winter concert of the band’s 30th anniversary Season of Celebration. The performance “explores the many facets of our relationships and celebrates that which makes yours alone so unique and beautiful,” says long-time band member Connie Moore. 7 p.m., Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church (2025 W. 11th St.). The $10 ticket price benefits Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Details: www.houstonprideband.org • www.pflaghouston.org .

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PERFORMING ARTS

The Abduction from the Seraglio. Mozart’s singspiel finds two young women held hostage upon the Orient Express. The paired sopranos must endure the advances of their captors as their fiancés attempt to save them. $20–$250. Jan. 18–Feb. 2, 7:30 pm (Jan. 20 at 2 pm) at the Brown Theater, 500 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/228-6737 or www.houstongrandopera.org.

Adriana Lecouvreur. Francesco Cilea’s romantic fantasy opera based on actual events in 18th-century Paris centers on Adriana, an actress in love. She encounters romantic intrigue, envy, a love triangle (how French), and revenge, all set to Cilea’s inimitable compositions. $31–$45, $28 for seniors on Thurs. and Fri. Jan. 24–Feb. 2, 7:30 pm, at Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/861-5303 or www.operaintheheights.org.

Deathtrap. Ira Levin’s suspenseful mystery centers on a successful playwright teamed up with a young writer working together in hopes of creating the next Broadway thriller. The surprise homosexual ending created quite a buzz with its movie release in the early ‘80s. $14, $12 for seniors and students. Jan. 18–Feb. 3 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 Fertle Holiday! Now in its 23rd production, the singing Fertle family endure a family reunion as wealthier family members return to the simple life of Dumpster, Texas. $22. Through Jan. 19, 8:30 pm Thurs. and Fri., 8 and 10:30 pm Sat., at Radio Music Theatre, 2623 Colquitt. Info/reservations: 713/522-7722 or www.radiomusictheatre.com.

Frozen. Three lives intertwine a murderer, his psychologist, and the mother of one of his victims. How capacious can one’s ability be to learn remorse, forgive, and change? The limits are tested in playwright Byony Lavery’s tale set in England. Jan. 9–Feb. 9, 8 pm (Sun., Jan. 27 at 5 pm) at Theater LaB, 1706 Alamo. Info/reservations: 713/868-7516 or www.theaterlabhouston.com.

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Jonathan Hadley in Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys.Openly gay actor Jonathan Hadley plays a key role in the forthcoming production of Jersey Boys . Hadley also performed in Jersey Boys on Broadway. In addition to numerous appearances on and off the Great White Way, he has lit up the small screen on episodes of Another World and Sex and the City . In the production here in town, look for Hadley as Bob Crew, producer/lyricist for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. $35.35–88.65. Jan. 16–Feb. 9 at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. Info/reservations: 713/629-3700, www.broadwayacrossamerica.com, www.jerseyboysinfo.com.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore. This Olivier Award-winning dark comedy centers on a splinter group of the IRA and their brutal, cat-loving leader. When his cat is found dead while the leader is away on a spree of violence, his terrorist disciples must find a way to conceal the death before his return. Savage hilarity ensues. Jan. 25–Feb. 24 at the Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage, 615 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/220-5700 or www.alleytheatre.org.

Love, Janis. Recommended for mature audiences, this musical portrait of ’60s singer Janis Joplin examines her life from ’66 to her demise in ’70. Fans of the Port Arthur chanteuse can expect such classics as “Piece of My Heart,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Ball and Chain.” Jan. 11–Feb. 10 at the Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/220-5700 or www.alleytheatre.org.

The Magic Flute. Yet another celebrated work by Mozart, the priest Sarastro takes Pamina to his temple in hopes of releasing her from the control of her mother, the Queen of the Night. Queenie in turn sends Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter. In the process, Tamino falls for Pamina and becomes a disciple of Sarastro. Oh, those ancient Egyptians and their whacky schemes. $20–$250. Jan. 25–Feb. 3, 7:30 pm (Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 at 2 pm) at the Brown Theater, 500 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/228-6737 or www.houstongrandopera.org.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Meet Hamlet’s college chums and their story of what went on behind the scenes in Shakespeare’s play. $10. Jan. 11–26, Fri. and Sat., 8 pm, at The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury. Info/reservations: 713/467-4497 or www.countryplayhouse.org.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Kids on Stage Open House. Kids and their parents are invited to get their party on with mask-making, arts and crafts, theater games, and dance. Free. Jan. 12, 11 am–1 pm, at Main Street Theater–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. More info: 713-524-9196 x 104 or www.mainstreettheater.com.

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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

Art League Houston Workshops. Painting, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, jewelry making — hone a developing talent or learn a new one. The league is burgeoning with qualified instructors awaiting your desire to learn and create. $75 registration fee. Class times vary, 1953 Montrose Blvd. More info: 713/523-9530 or www.artleaguehouston.org.

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. 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).

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.

Design Life Now: National Design Triennial. The latest installment in an ongoing exhibition series from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, this exhibit presents innovative American designs in a variety of fields, including product design, architecture, furniture, film, graphics, new technologies, animation, science, medicine, and fashion. Jan. 26–April 20 at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. More info: 713/284-8257, 713/284-8250, or www.camh.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.

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. More info: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.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. Info: 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).

Perspectives 159: Superconscious, Automatisms Now. This group exhibition presents contemporary artists whose methods include free association or “stream of consciousness.” Pieces include sculpture and photography by Rachel Harrison, paintings by Sean Landers, a film by Oliver Payne and Nick Relph, and works on paper by Danica Phelps. Through March 9 at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. More info: 713/284-8257, 713/284-8250, or www.camh.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.

Vivid Vernacular: Walker Evans, William Christenberry, and William Eggleston. These three pioneers of the medium of fine art photography transformed ordinary places along the American landscape into entrancing imagery. Jan. 11–April 20 at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. More info: 713/525-9400 or www.menil.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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