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The Gay Agenda: March 2008


Calling all women, age 40 and older, who are interested in playing softball: Join the HAS-BIANS Yahoo group, which posts information regarding a new recreational women’s softball group for the “mature” set. Details: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/HAS-BIANS/.


Montrose Gallery, a new artists coop at 716 West Alabama, is seeking artists. All media, including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, and photography are welcomed. Interested artists may contact Joe Watts, the Theatre New West artistic director, who is also assisting with this venture. Details: 713/522-2204.


Following a not-so-humorous brush with death, out comedian Slim Bloodworth spends a couple of weeks on local comedy club stages this month. Catch Bloodworth (“Funny Business,” September 2002 OutSmart ) March 6–9 at the Laff Spot Willowbrook (17776 Tomball Parkway, 281/955-9200, www.laffspot.com ). She then appears in Houston, March 26–29, at the Laff Stop (526 Waugh Dr. 713/524-2333, www.laffstop.com ).


Sergio Santos's photos at Fotofest.


Transformed Permanence, an exhibition that is part of the FotoFest photography biennial (www.fotofest.org), combines the art furniture of designer Kelly Gale Amen and the work of photographer Sergio Santos. March 7–April 20, Historic Magnolia Brewery (715 Franklin). An artists’ reception is scheduled for March 13, 6–9 p.m. Details: [email protected].


On March 8, AssistHers presents its annual recreational co-ed softball tournament, which was delayed multiple times in 2007 by rain, on Memorial Park Fields 2 and 3. Brown bags and coolers are permitted (no glass containers, please). A victory party at Meteor follows the championship game. Details: www.assisthers.org.                


Fresh from their ’07 True Colors tour with Cyndi Lauper and a December performance at FitzGerald’s, the queer band The Cliks have been nominated for a Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award. The band (“GrooveOut,” December 2007 OutSmart ) is coming to Houston for a one-night-only show on March 12 at Chances. That’s right, Chances. Check www.chancesbar.com for details.


Join Stage Door Inc. theater company for a day trip to Coushatta Casino and Resort. On March 15, a chartered bus leaves at 6:30 a.m. from the San Jacinto College Central northwest parking lot and returns at 7 p.m. that evening. $20 for a bus seat; individuals are responsible for all other expenditures. Proceeds benefit the theater’s building fund. Details: www.stagedoorinc.com.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church present an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard J. Pitts Jr., whose work is syndicated nationally in 150 newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle. Pitts is not a gay man, but through his work he has frequently called for full equal rights for GLBT Americans. March 29, 7 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (5501 S. Main.) Details: 713/526-5200.


April 6 is the submission deadline for artists for the Red Bull Art of Can, a traveling juried exhibition featuring works inspired by Red Bull cans. See it in The Galleria, July 11–25. Details: www.redbullartofcan.com.


The annual Kindred Spirits Celebration, an evening that recalls the hey-
day of the famed ’80s-era women’s bar, benefits local women’s charities, including Lesbian Health Initiative. April 26, 8 p.m.–1 a.m., Edwin R. Hornberger Center. Details: www.kindedspiritshouston.org.


The art of Christopher Olivier


Native Houstonian Christopher Olivier uses circuit boards from discarded computers, televisions, and electronic devices to create urban landscapes. His work was included in exhibitions at the Houston Art League and his honorable mention fellowship exhibition at Houston Center for Photography. The openly gay artist was featured in OutSmart ‘s July 2007 issue (“Light Bright”). The exhibit runs through April 6 at the Galveston Arts Center, in conjunction with FotoFest 2008. GAC exhibitions are free and open to the public. Details: 409/763-2403 • www.galvestonartscenter.org.


Gay films making their world premieres at Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival are Bi the Way and The Lost Coast. Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation), his son, and his ex-wife are featured in the film. This documentary looks at recent statistics, real-life stories, and more to paint a picture of the growing acceptance of bisexuality in America. The Lost Coast is the story of high-school friends who reunite for Halloween in San Francisco: Mark (who is now gay) and Jasper (who is straight and soon to be married) are forced to confront their unspoken sexual history in this look at the subtleties of sexuality, friendship, and loneliness. Details: www.bithewaymovie.com, www.lostcoastmovie.com, or www.sxsw.com/film. FYI: Caouette and his son Josh will attend the first screening of Bi the Way on Saturday, March 8.


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