By Sheri Taylor Bockelman
SPOTLIGHT: Hell on Wheels
Meet the rough girls of the Houston Roller Derby “Roller derby is a sport like no other,” Scarlet O’Hurtya, spokeswoman for the Houston Roller Derby, says. “We skate fast, hit hard, and love our fans to be rowdy and involved.”
After being misaligned with staged, über-theatrical wrestling matches (what, they’re fake?), roller derby is emerging as a viable and entertaining sport for women who don’t mind a little rough-housing.
On September 14, the 60 members of the Houston Roller Derby host the home league championship at the Verizon Wireless Theatre, featuring the Bayou City Bosses taking on the Psych Ward Sirens for the top honors. The Machete Betties vs. the Burlesque Brawlers then face off in a consolation match.
“This will be a double header to remember,” promises O’Hurtya.
The women on wheels also host the upcoming Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s Western Regional Tournament, dubbed “Battle Royale,” scheduled October 3–5, also at the Verizon Wireless Theatre. Roll on!
Details: www.houstonrollerderby.com. — Nancy Ford
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SPOTLIGHT: Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Remember Wayland and Madame, the oh-so-blue ventriloquist duo that was the darling of Vegas in the ‘70s and ‘80s?
Wayland Flowers passed away almost twenty years ago, one of the many thousands of artistic masters our community lost to AIDS. But after an extended period of mourning, Madame is back with a new beau on her arm. Or vice versa, actually. Either way, his name is Joe Kovacs, and the pair swoops in to Houston for two shows this month. In celebration of the first anniversary of Meteor’s Urban Piano Lounge, there’s no cover.
Sept. 20, 8 & 10 p.m., Meteor, 2306 Genesee
Details: 713/521-0123 • www.meteorhouston.com.
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TG Support Group (Mondays). The transgender support group, “HTGA,” is open to any transgender-identifying individual, friend, or family member. Free. 7-9 pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W. Alabama. More info: 713/526-0555 x 228 (ask for Cristan) or www.transhouston.com.
Weekly (Thursdays) TG Potluck Social. The “Transgender Potluck Social” offers friendship, support, fellowship, and a hot meal to transgender-identifying individuals, friends, and family. Please remember to bring food to share. Free. 7-9 pm, at the GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose, Ste. 207. More info: 713/526-0555 x 228 (ask for Cristan) or www.transhouston.com.
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. You are not alone and can benefit from the experience of others. GLBT friendly. Free. Groups meet at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold, Room 232, 7:15-8:30 pm. Info: 713/526-1018.
Love and Rackets (Sun., Wed., Sat.). Tennis players and enthusiasts of all levels are invited to join the Houston Tennis Club at Memorial Park tennis center. The club gathers Sundays from 9 am-noon, Wednesdays from 7:30-9 pm, and offers clinics every Saturday from 9-10:30 am. There are also social activities throughout the year. Annual membership $30, court fees $3 per session. More info: www.houstontennisclub.org
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Free Legal Consultations for Anyone with HIV/AIDS (second Tuesdays). AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH, www.aidshelp.org ) and Katine & Nechman L.L.P. have partnered to provide 30 minutes of free legal consultation on any legal issue to anyone with HIV. If any action is recommended, an attorney will take steps when applicable or make referrals to appropriate legal aid offices. Consultations are held at the offices of Katine & Nechman, located at 1111 North Loop West, Suite 180. To schedule an appointment, clients should call the law office at 713/808-1000 or use the contact box on the firm’s website (which has more info on the consultations): www.lawkn.com.
FTM TG Support Group (fourth Saturdays). The Female-To-Male transgender support group, “STAG,” welcomes all female-to-male transgender-identifying individuals, friends, and family members. All new attendees must first contact Georges prior to attending. Free. 5-6 pm. More information (including location): 713/526-0555 x 228 (ask for Georges) or www.transhouston.com.
TG Support Group (fourth Saturdays). TS Support Group. The transsexual support group, “TATS,” welcomes all transsexual-identifying individuals, friends, and family members. All new attendees must first contact the Cristan prior to attending. Free. 4 to 5 pm. More information (including location): 713/526-0555 x 228 (ask for Cristan) or www.transhouston.com.
Second Saturdays at Winter St. Studios (second Saturdays). It’s open-door policy at Winter St. Studios every second Saturday of the month. 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. Winter St. Studios, 2101 Winter St. More info: 713/862-0082 or www.winterstreetstudios.net.
Read On (first Sundays). Want to spend at least one afternoon each month sharing with other titillating women like yourself? The Exchange meets the first Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at Baba Yega Restaurant. Bring your favorite nonfiction and/or fiction to this new book club to ruminate, and even cogitate, in public. Details: [email protected]
The Houston SPCA Pet Loss Support Group (first Tuesdays) 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.
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Mercury Baroque lights up the night with Strings of Fire . What better way to end the week than a free concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre! This fiery performance is an incendiary program of Baroque pieces designed to dazzle the entire family. Mercury soloists blaze through several concertos before the ensemble gets fired up for Biber’s Battalia . Tickets required for seating. 8 pm. Info: www.MercuryBaroque.org or 713/533-0080.
Samba Nights! The Brazilian Arts Foundation hosts a spicy and colorful evening with Brazilian music, Samba dancers, and the talented acrobatics of Capoeira Luanda. Jones Plaza, one block square across the streets from both Jones Hall and the Alley Theater. $5; children under 5, free. 6–11 pm. Info: www.brazilianarts.org or 713/862-3300.
Organic Cooking. Learn how to “eat where your food lives” from one of Houston’s most award-winning and innovative chefs and owner of the award-winning restaurant, t’afia. Monica Pope will share techniques for cooking simple, healthy dishes utilizing locally grown organic ingredients, as she demonstrates her seasonal garden-to-table approach. $60 members; $80 non-members. 6:30–8:30 pm. Limited seating. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Info/registration: www.houstonarboretum.org or 713/366-0421.
Holocaust Museum Houston Presents: Remarks by the Honorable Madeleine Albright. The former U.S. Secretary of State speaks with humor, insight, and eloquence about her life and career as a refugee girl who rose to become the world’s most powerful woman. While in office, Albright was renowned for her courage in “telling it like it is.” Hear her unique and no-holds-barred account of service at the highest levels of the American government. Free. 7:30 pm. University Theater, Morris Cultural Arts Center, Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren. Info: hmh.org or 713/942-8000, ext. 104; e-mail [email protected]
Steve Tyrell , Grammy Award-winning vocalist extraordinaire, revives memories with songs like “The Look of Love,” “Walk on By,” “Close to You,” and “Alfie”—melodious strands that bring forth a flood of emotions and associations in a solo cabaret show. $20–$85. 8 pm. Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. Info: www.thegrand.com or 800/821-1894.
Loft Concert. Musiqa plays contemporary classical music inspired by the emotive Sam Taylor-Wood exhibition. Free. 6:30 pm. Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose. Info: www.camh.org or 713/284-8250.
Tokyo String Quartet opens Houston Friends of Music 2008-09 Season. Founded more than 30 years ago and considered one of the world’s supreme chamber ensembles, the Grammy-nominated Tokyo String Quartet captivates audiences with its talent and skill. $18–$67. 8 pm. Stude Concert Hall, The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, 6100 Main St. Info/tickets: www.HoustonFriendsofMusic.org or 713/348-5400.
Dyana Dafova in debut performance in Galveston. The European singer/songwriter stars in a spectacular stage show, One World in Song , featuring Dyana’s supporting cast of singers, ballerinas, and musicians, described as a music fusion with different cultures and languages. Her graceful and magnetic stage and screen presence adds to the power of her performance. She sings in 11 languages, including Sanskrit, Celtic, Latin, Italian, Japanese, North American Indian, Bulgarian, English, and others. $35–$75. 8 pm. Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. Info: www.thegrand.com or 800/821-1894.
Houston Museum District Day lets the entire family explore 15 participating museums for free, plus enjoy free shuttle service. Find hands-on activities, displays, and performances at the Children’s Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Center for Photography, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and so much more. 10 am–5 pm. Info: www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org. Holocaust Museum Houston offers guided tours, special children’s presentations, the permanent exhibition “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers” and two special exhibitions: the world premiere exhibit “Darfur: Photojournalists Respond” and “Escaping Their Boundaries: The Children of Theresienstadt:” 10 am–5 pm, 5401 Caroline. Info: www.hmh.org or 713/942-8000.
2008 Political Forum sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel: an energetic discussion, including chairs of Harris County Democratic and Republican parties, moderated by Bob Stein. 5600 North Braeswood, Levit Hall (park behind the main synagogue building and enter via school entry). Free. 7–8:30 pm. Info: 713/771-6221.
Tony Bennett. He moves the hearts and souls of audiences, known as the singer’s singer, and has received high praise from his colleagues through the years, including Frank Sinatra who stated unequivocally, “Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business.” Honored by the United Nations with their “Citizen of the World” award, which aptly describes the scope of his accomplishments, Bennett’s big break came in 1949 when comedian Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in New York’s Greenwich Village. And the rest, as they say, is history. $76–$186. 8 pm. Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. Info: www.thegrand.com or 800/821-1894.
Nature 101. Spend a fun afternoon at the Arboretum, taking an introductory natural-history course designed to familiarize participants with local animals and plants. These hands-on classes are geared to ecological systems in grassland and forest regions. Each class qualifies for SBEC credits for teachers. $25 per class; $10 for active Arboretum volunteers. Pre-registration required. Grassland Ecology, 10 am–12 pm. Forest Ecology, 1–3 pm. The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Info: www.houstonarboretum.org or 713/681-8433.
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October 4 (Sat.)
Musical Wanderers: Exiles and Immigrants. Da Camera explores the adaptability and change that overcomes a composer who leaves home and settles in a new city or country. In his adopted city of Vienna, Mozart composed some of the greatest chamber music of all time. 7:30 pm. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas. Tickets ($22–$38): Da Camera Music Center, 1427 Branard, www.dacamera.com, or 713/524-5050.
October 5 (Sun.)
Third Annual Heights Bicycle Rally and Scavenger Hunt. Not a race, this self-paced rally will start and end at the fire station on 12th and Yale streets. Participants will receive a packet containing a rally card, map, and scavenger hunt clue list, then cycle a 20-mile course on Houston bike trails through the Heights, Montrose, Southampton, Hermann Park, Midtown, downtown, and more. Celebrate after with food, soft drinks, and music while door prizes and awards are announced. Scavenger Hunt prize goes to the participant who finds the most mystery objects along the course. Entry fee: before Oct. 1, adults, $15; kids 12-under, $7.50. Rally Day, register at the fire station: adults, $20; kids 12-under, $10. 7:30 am–4 pm. Info: www.houstonheights.org or email: [email protected]
October 17 (Fri.)
Opening Night Dinner at Houston Grand Opera. The spectacular 2008–2009 season begins with Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci , immediately followed by a carnival-themed dinner under a “big top,” honoring Dian and Harlan Stai. Chaired by Rudy Avelar, and held on Ray C. Fish Plaza in front of the Wortham Theater Center, guests savor scrumptious cuisine by Tony’s Catering and are surrounded by décor by Richard Flowers and The Events Company. Plus, bid in a miniature “Prix-Fixe” Silent Auction. All proceeds benefit Houston Grand Opera Education and Outreach programs. 7 pm; dinner served after opera. Wortham Theater Center, Ray C. Fish Plaza, 510 Preston. Dinner info/reservations: Guyla Pircher at 713/546-0277 or email [email protected]; opera tickets/info: www.houstongrandopera.org.
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Acting Whore: A Play in Two Acts. Hilarious and heartwarming comedy by Eleazar (Ricky) Catter that follows three struggling Houston actors with very different personalities — close friendships intertwine their lives. Ritchie, Lola, and Pablo give the audience a glimpse behind their not-so-glamorous, self- masochistic existence and reveal that this is a choice they all made together. $20. Sept. 19–Oct. 12. The Houston Academy of Dramatic Arts Theatre, 11525 Todd St., Ste. 200. Info: www.hadaedu.org or 713/316-9800.
Classically Modern. Houston Ballet’s fall repertory program pairs three of the 20th century’s greatest choreographers alongside a new work by Stanton Welch set to the female vocal ensemble, The Mediaeval Babes. Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun depicts the sensuous, charged encounter between two dancers in a ballet studio. Hans van Manen’s Solo is an athletic tour-de-force for three gifted male dancers set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Balanchine’s Symphony in C is a dazzling full-company classical showpiece set to music of Georges Bizet. $17–$125. 7:30 pm, Sept. 18, 20, 26, 27; 2 pm, Sept. 21, 27, 28. Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. Info: www.houstonballet.org or 713/227-2787 or 800/828-ARTS.
Electile Dysfunction. Laugh out loud at what is, and is not, presidential “hopefuls” in this zany look at national politics, in the land of Precious Trees (Houston’s most planned planned community). When Spy Eye News turns the divided family into local celebrities, and a popular Houston minister gets involved, things spin even more hilariously out of control. $22. Through Nov. 15. Radio Music Theatre, 2623 Colquitt. Info: www.
radiomusictheatre.com or 713/522-7722.
Geppetto & Son combines the much-loved characters of the classic Disney cartoon Pinocchio (along with its familiar song hits “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “Got No Strings”) with the popular Drew Carey television film Geppetto . Presented by TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre for its fifth annual [email protected] (Apprentice Conservatory Training at Theatre Under the Stars) program, this new stage musical pulls a few fresh strings for the most famous puppet in the world. $26–$31. 7:30 pm, Fri. & Sat., Sept. 12 & 13; 1:30 pm matinee, Sat., Sept. 13. Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. Info: www.tuts.com or 713/558-8887.
Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. One-hour daytime performances specially geared toward children offer an excellent opportunity to expose youngsters to the delights of performing arts.11 am. No tickets necessary. Admission is free for all performances. • Strings of Fire . Led by director Antoine Plante, the Mercury Baroque musicians will blaze through some of the most incendiary works of Baroque music, featuring selections by Vivaldi, Corelli, Geminiani and Locatelli, performed on period instruments. 8 pm, Fri. Sept. 5. • Dominic Walsh’s Sleeping Beauty . Contemporary ballet company Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will kick off its sensational 2008–09 season with a reprise of Walsh’s version of this fairy tale that crashes into the 21st century: teenage Aurora and a cast of familiar characters and situations facing kids growing up today. 8 pm, Sat. & Sun., Sept. 6 &7. • 14th Annual Weekend of Contemporary Dance. 8 pm, Fri. & Sat., Sept. 12 & 13. • Festival de Independencia “El Grito.” Annual celebration of Mexican independence, featuring artists from Mexico, mariachis, folkloric dances, and more. 3 pm., Wed., Sept. 15. • Tapestry of World Dance features Mating Dances: Rituals of Love and Courtship . The vibrant 90-minute performance will dazzle the audience with colorful costumes, drumming, lively music, and exciting movement. 8 pm, Sat., Sept. 20. • 12th Annual Houston Grand Taiko Festival with high-energy Japanese drumming and dancing. 7:30 pm, Fri. & Sat., Sept. 26 & 27. Info: www.milleroutdoortheatre.com or 281/373-3386.
Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple. Based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Oscar-nominated film by Steven Spielberg, the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who triumphs over tremendous odds to find joy in life, and her true inner beauty. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, The Color Purple captures the hearts of young and old, and unites audiences in a celebration of love. Sept. 16–28. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. Info: www.tuts.com or 713/558-8887.
Third. Literature teacher Laurie Jameson, known at the elite university for her electric instructional style and fiercely liberal politics, is forced to come to terms with her own place in the universe when an original student named Third enters the classroom. Wendy Wasserstein’s last play before her untimely death, Third examines what it means to open up to the world and expand your point of view, with all the heart and humor for which Wasserstein has become known. Adult language. $20–$36. Sept. 4–21. Main Street Theater, Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Info: www.mainstreettheater.com or 713/524-6706.
Unbeatable: A Bold New Musical. Tracy Boyd is a high-powered, type-A workaholic whose speed and efficiency give her superhero status—until she ignores a lump in her breast for almost a year. In the trial of her life, Tracy finally confronts her greatest fear: living. Based on the journals of a real-life breast-cancer survivor. $30. Sept. 3–28. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. Info: www.stagestheatre.com or 713/527-0123.
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After Hours. Sunday mornings, 1-4 am. Featuring the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. KPFT 90.1 FM, 713/526-5738.
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).
Body Worlds 2 & The Brain: Our Three-Pound Gem. A vivid display of the latest neuroscience findings on brain development and function, brain disease and disorders, and brain performance and improvement, this is the original exhibition, now debuting in Houston. In keeping with their mission of educating lay people, Dr. Gunther von Hagens and his wife, Dr. Angelina Whalley, have created a holistic meditation on the brain that merges anatomy, neuroscience, and philosophy that resonates with everyone. Also see 200 other real human body specimens, including more than 20 full-body specimens in life-like, dramatic poses; healthy and unhealthy organs; body parts and slices. $17–$25. Sept. 12–Feb. 22. The Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. Info: www.hmns.org or 713/639-4629.
The Black List Project. Large-scale portraits of prominent African Americans by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders along with excerpts from the documentary film The Black List: Volume One , a series of interviews with many of these same figures. The film borrows its title from the infamous 1950s-era dossier of suspected American Communists, playing on the connotations given to the word “black” through experiences of 21 extraordinary people, such as Toni Morrison, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lou Gossett Jr., and Chris Rock, who satirizes Hollywood’s idea of being African American. Excerpts from The Black List: Volume One will play on a consecutive loop in the exhibition gallery. Portraits include Colin Powell, Chris Rock, Louis Gossett Jr., Sean Combs, and many more. Through Oct. 26. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet St. Info: www.mfah.org or 713/639-7300.
Clay Connections: A Letter from Warren is an exhibit of 14 artists whose work and lives have intersected with American ceramic master, Warren MacKenzie. Curator Betsy Evans, one of the 18 Hands founders, contacted this legendary potter for recommendations of artists for this exhibition—to complement MacKenzie’s exhibit at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Warren generously responded, resulting in this special selection of talented crafters who have been influenced by or worked with him. Sept. 6–28. 249 West 19th St., Suite B. Info: www.18handsgallery.com or 713/869-3099.
Darfur: Photojournalists Respond. The horror of the Holocaust is not left in the history books, though as World War II ended, the world beat its collective chest defiantly, proclaiming it would “never forget” the genocide of the Holocaust so that it could “never again” be repeated. Today, human suffering continues in the Darfur region of western Sudan, where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed or forcibly displaced from their homes. The photographers who have witnessed these atrocities first-hand have taken unforgettable photographs that are a testimony to the individual human beings involved in the injustices occurring daily in Darfur. Through Sept. 21. Central Gallery, Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. Info: www.hmh.org or 713/942-8000.
Escaping Their Boundaries: The Children of Theresienstadt. About 40 miles north of Prague in the Czech Republic, Terezin, built in 1780 as a military fortress and garrison town, was turned by Nazis into a ghetto where more than 150,000 Jews were gathered before deportation to extermination camps. The German name for this ghetto was Theresienstadt. During its existence, more than 12,000 children were imprisoned there: it is clear from the children’s drawings, diaries, and clandestinely produced magazines that the children had an understanding of what was happening around them. Featuring more than 40 objects on loan from Beit Theresienstadt in Israel, the exhibit includes collages, drawings, diaries, magazines, games, and marionettes, plus an interactive section that invites visitors, young and old, to reflect and create a continuation of the story of the children of Theresienstadt. Through Sept. 28 in the Mincberg Gallery. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. Info: www.hmh.org or 713-942-8000.
Ice Worlds. See how the critical relationship between ice and life is developed throughout the solar system. From the icy moons of the outer planets to the recent Phoenix landing on Mars, Ice Worlds immerses audiences in each ice-shaped landscape to show how ice behaves on very different worlds. Then, explore our dynamic planet and its ever-changing climate. $3–$6. Burke Baker Planetarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. Info: www.hmns.org or 713/639-4629.
Interwoven Traditions: The Spiritual Journey from African to African American. See how African spiritual symbols that were found on archeological excavations of plantations in Texas, Louisiana, and South Carolina, demonstrate the ways Africans drew on religion and spiritual beliefs to both survive slavery and create their own unique African-American culture. Free. Through Sept. 28. The Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St. Info: www.heritagesociety.org or 713/655-1912.
NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith brings together an intergenerational group of artists who address ritual in the artistic process and the wider implications of spirituality in contemporary art. The term “HooDoo,” which originated in 19th-century America, refers to folk traditions derived from the Haitian religion of Vodun, itself preceded by the religion and culture of the Yoruba people of present-day Nigeria. While the emphasis of the exhibition is on sculpture—often incorporating everyday objects into the piece—and the three-dimensional experience of walking around art, there are photographic works addressing themes such as slavery and colonization. Through Sept. 21 at The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Info: www.menil.org or 713/525-9400.
Perspectives 162: Snow. Step out of the searing heat into a winter wonderland in this first museum exhibition for Los Angeles-based conceptual artist Allie Bogle and Houston-based photographer Libbie Masterson. In her installation, Antarctica 360º , 2008, Masterson invites museum visitors to immerse themselves in a dramatic 360º view taken at the Earth’s most southern polar region. For Snow , Bogle recreates her installation, Untitled (I Love You More Now That You’re Gone) , 2007, utilizing an interactive environment created with artificial snow. Free. Through Sept. 28. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. Info: www.camh.org or 713/284-8250.
Radar Eyes: A Survey of Hallucinogenic Printmaking. Canadian print duo Seripop and art impresario Reuben Kincaid present a large survey of prints representing the works of experimental printmakers from around the world. The exhibition contains work sharing a similar aesthetic highlighting the talents of artists and designers making hand-drawn, ephemeral imagery. Many of the prints depict distortions of perception, altered states of awareness, and geometric, sometimes hallucinogenic, subject matter or compositions. Free. Sept. 12–Nov. 9. Art Car Museum, 140 Heights Blvd. Info: www.artcarmuseum.com or 713/861-5526.
Sam Taylor-Wood. Highly recognized for compelling photography and film-based installations, Taylor-Wood examines the shared social and psychological conditions of the human experience, often through depictions of highly charged and emotional situations. Rising to prominence in the mid-1990s as one of the YBAs (Young British Artists), she has refined her skills to manipulate the signature media of our age: photography, film, and video. Free. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. Info: www.camh.org or 713/284-8250.
Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter. Representing various styles, forms, and approaches to the art of clay, the exhibition traces the artist’s artwork over a 58-year period (1948–2006) and explores his development as a potter. Large gallery. Inspired: Students of Warren MacKenzie : this exhibit showcases over 35 pots, vases, bowls, and teapots by seven artists who studied under or were inspired by MacKenzie. Small gallery. Through Nov.30. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main. Info: www.crafthouston.org or 713/529-4848.
Wildly Wonderful Andy Warhol: Celebutants, Groupies, and Friends. For the last 10 years of his life, whether he was in his studio or at a party, Warhol always had a small, point-and-shoot Minox or Polaroid camera in hand. When he died on Feb. 22, 1987, he left behind over 66,000 photographs. In 2008, the Andy Warhol Foundation gifted these rare personal glimpses of Warhol’s life to institutions across the country, including approximately 150 Polaroids and black-and-white prints to the University of Houston. Free. Sept.13–Oct. 18. Blaffer Gallery, in the Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. Info: www.blaffergallery.org or 713/743-9530.
Yale Street Arts Market. This fabulous Heights arts festival lets local artists display and sell original works of art. Local musicians also entertain: Danielle Reich Trio kicks off the Summer Evening Series. The Yale Street Arts Market is held every month on the 1st Saturday at 548 West 19th at Wind Water Gallery’s parking lot. Free. July 5, 6-10 pm. Info: www.YaleStreetMarket.com. Stop by The Artful Corner at 3423 White Oak Blvd., 713/426-4ART.
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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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