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The Gay Agenda: April 2008

Jewish Community Center Gay and Lesbian Social Group of Houston presents a Pot Luck Shabbat Dinner at the home of Jereme Scott. President of The Foundation for AIDS Israel, Scott will present a short informative talk about his work. Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. The group goes bowling on May 2, 7:30 p.m. at Palace Lanes, 4191 Bellaire Blvd. Details: Danny Kallen, 281/773-6002 or [email protected]

The Montrose Softball League’s Pranksters In Pumps is an evening of “drinking, drag, and debauchery.” April 5, 6 p.m., with show at 7 p.m. Rich’s, 2401 San Jacinto. Tickets: $15–$20. Benefits Legacy Community Health Center, Houston GLBT Community Center, and the MSL. Details: www.montrosesoftballleague.com.

Houston Pride Band conductor emeritus Andy Mills leads the band in a free concert, for families and children of all ages, entitled Celebrating Families. Part of the band’s 30th anniversary Season of Celebration!, the performance is a whimsical introduction to the fascinating world of concert music, with an instrumental “petting zoo” where children will have the opportunity to meet the HPB musicians. April 12, 1 p.m. Spotts Park, 401 South Heights Blvd. Details: www.houstonprideband.org.


Tara Mateik as Billie Jean King (r) and Bobby Riggs in Putting the Balls Away at Aurora Picture Show.

When Aurora Picture Show presents its fifth annual Media Archeology festival April 17–19, a likely stand-out of the Live and Televised series will be Tara Mateik’s Putting the Balls Away . Staged at DiverseWorks ArtSpace April 19, 8 p.m., Balls weaves together pre-recorded video and audio as well as live performance to retell the story of the historic 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis showdown in Houston’s Astrodome between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. And get this: Mateik plays both roles. Aurora, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art and Rice University host additional performances for the three-day festival. Details: www.aurorapictureshow.org.

Laura Villagran, owner of Gay Yellow Pages and www.gayislander.com, has announced a weekend-long party on Galveston Island. “Wet Galveston,” scheduled April 25–27, begins with a kickoff party at the Pink Dolphin featuring DJ Chris Allen. Entertainers Marsha Mellow, KRBE DJ Special K, Josh Duffy, Laurel & The Edge, Paige Lewis, and Whitney Ann MacCray perform at the Balinese Room for the Saturday afternoon beach party; a dance party at Groove Bar follows. Sunday Funday begins at 11 a.m. at 3rd Coast Beach Bar. The event concludes with a Galveston cruise, April 28 through May 4. Details: www.wetgalveston.com.

Theatre New West director Joe Watts is mounting concurrent presentations of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues (with an all-male-to-female trans cast) and Thomas O. Yewell’s The Penis Chronicles . Weekends, May 2–31, with benefit previews on May 1 and 8. Theatre New West’s The Loft, 436 Hawthorne. Details: 713/522-2204.

The Mr. and  Miss Mint Julep Pageant, held each July , is one of Legacy Community Health Services’ campiest fundraisers. This year, organizers jumpstart the julep season with its kickoff party, on Kentucky Derby Day, complete with mint juleps, a hat contest, and watching the ponies on the big screen. May 3, 2–6 p.m. EJ’s, 2517 Ralph. Details: Sonna Alton, 713/830-3015.


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