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Calendar: October 2008

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October Events

By Sheri Taylor Bockelman

Weekly & Monthly Day-By-DayPerforming ArtsRadioArt/PhotographyHIV Testing
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SPOTLIGHT: Festive Women
Houston Women’s Festival returns to Jones Plaza

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Carrie Rodriguez performs at the Houston Women's Fest

Ah, the feel of the gentle autumn air, the smell of the veggie burgers warming on the grill, the sight of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Texas women (and more than a just few of their male friends, by the way), the smell of the estrogen: it must be time for Houston Women’s Festival. For its 14th go, the Athena Art Project outdoor bash once again gathers together the finest of musical artists, crafts folk, vendors, and visual artists for a dayful of woman-centric fun.

Headlining this year is the Blame Sally, hopefully performing songs from their folky 2007 release Severland. Highly melodic and thoughtful, the video for its “If You Tell a Lie” recently reached top-10 ranking among videos by Pink, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, and other delightfully leftist musical giants on Neil Young’s Living With War website (www.neilyoung.com). Also joining the lineup are Former K’s Choice frontwoman Sarah Bettens, Austin violinist/vocalist Carrie Rodriguez, Sister Funk, and familiar local faces. Circuit favorite, Ginger Leigh emcees the evening portion of the party. Saturday, October 25, noon until 10 p.m. Jones Plaza (601 Louisiana St.). Tickets: $10–$20. Details: www.hwfestival.org. — Nancy Ford

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Alison Moyet

You may best remember her for her ’80s-era pop hit, “Invisible.”

But these days, sultry songstress and former Yaz member Alison Moyet says France, her father’s homeland, informs the sounds she makes.

“There was Edith Piaf for my grandmother; Jacques Brel for my uncle,” she told The Guardian, “and later, spilling from my father’s car with its doors wide open, courtesy of his newly acquired cassette player, the ever-running scales and arpeggios of the accordion-led valse musette. This was the sound of my home.”

On the heels of a wildly successful Yaz reunion tour with former partner Vince Clarke of Erasure, Moyet is currently touring North America after a 14-year absence. She is clubbing it again in support of her latest release, The Turn.

October 18, 9 p.m. Numbers, 300 Westheimer Rd. Details: www.alisonmoyet.com• 713/526-655. — N.F

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October Weekly, Monthly, and DAY-BY-DAY

Weekly

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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Monthly

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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October DAY-BY-DAY

5, 12, 19, 26 (Sun.)

Holocaust Museum Houston is providing special guided tours of its permanent exhibit with an emphasis on the life and work of Lutheran minister Dietrich Bonhoeffer each Sunday in October, for the general public and for congregations who are commemorating the observance of Reformation Sunday. Bonhoeffer spoke out from the pulpit and called for the church to take a stand against the Nazis, and was a part of the Abwehr resistance circle which helped Jews escape to Switzerland. In 1939, Bonhoeffer left Germany for a teaching position in New York, but returned after one month, despite the danger to his life. On April 9, 1945, he was hanged at Flossenburg on the direct orders of Adolf Hitler. Free. 3 pm. Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center,   5401 Caroline St. Info: www.hmh.org or 713/942-8000.

9 & 23 (Thurs.)

Clive Swansbourne. Listen to a pre-recital talk, then hear Clive perform the major piano works composed by the great Austrian composer Franz Schubert in the last six years of his young life. $20; $15 for students. Tickets: www.rothkochapel.org and at the door. 7:15 pm. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St.

16 (Thurs.)

ActOUT: Cyrano de Bergerac, An Heroic Comedy . Soulful poet Cyrano is a dazzling swordsman who falls for the lovely Roxane, but his large nose is literally an obstacle. The key to her heart is penned in his letters. GLBT guests enjoy music and appetizers on the 4th floor Terrace Room, complimentary with show tickets, 6–7:15 pm. Tickets start at $21. Mention ActOUT. Curtain, 7:30 pm. Hubbard Stage, Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. Info: www.alleytheatre.org or 713/220-5700.

World Premiere Opening Night: …and L.A. Is Burning . Set against the backdrop of the Rodney King trial and subsequent riots, three individuals each have a different view of the world in which they live. Haddie, a white, middle-aged government worker; Alvin, her African-American coworker; and Sylvia, a journalist from the East Coast. Playwright Y York examines the terrain of the modern workplace, on which well-intentioned liberalism, racism, the news, reality itself, and the Cosby Show intersect. $20–$36. 7:30 pm. Main Street Theater, Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Info: www.mainstreettheater.com or 713/524-6706.

The Vienna Piano Trio , presented by Houston Friends of Music. Violinist Wolfgang Redik, cellist Matthias Gredler, and pianist Stefan Mendl create a distinctive yet classical style not to be missed. 8 pm. Stude Concert Hall at The Shepherd School of Music, 6100 Main Street on the Rice University campus. Tickets/info: www.HoustonFriendsofMusic.org or 713/348-5400.

17–19 (Fri.–Sun.)

Women’s Celtic Spirituality Outdoor Retreat. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is hosting a Celtic Spirituality retreat at Ole Moon, the church’s retreat center near Magnolia. Rev. Gail Williford is leading this nature-oriented prayer and community weekend. Open to all women of all faiths and of no specific religious commitment. The registration fee includes five meals. $85. Register/info: www.stpaulshouston.org or 713/528-0527.

17 (Fri.)

Opening Night Benefit Dinner at Houston Grand Opera. The 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. Includes a miniature “Prix-Fixe” silent suction. 7 pm; dinner served after opera. Wortham Theater Center, Ray C. Fish Plaza, 510 Preston St. Dinner info/reservations: Guyla Pircher at 713/546-0277 or email [email protected] tickets/info: www.houstongrandopera.org.

18 (Sat.)

Chopin in Paris: Epigraph for a Condemned Book. Pianist and Da Camera of Houston artistic director Sarah Rothenberg returns with a signature work from her nationally recognized Music and the Literary Imagination series, evoking mid-19th-century Paris through the music of Frédéric Chopin and the poetry of Charles Baudelaire. $22–$38; seniors/students half price w/valid I.D. 8 pm. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas at Smith. Tickets/info: www.dacamera.com or 713/524-5050 or Da Camera Music Center, 1427 Branard.

ArBOOretum treats the entire family to Halloween festivities in a natural environment. Wear comfortable walking shoes to enjoy a forest trail with scattered trick-or-treat locations. Stops along the trail will include activities for kids to learn about foxes, coyotes, spiders, and other hunters. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and are invited to join the costume parade from 2–4 pm, and receive an additional ArBOO treat. Enjoy pumpkin decorating, petting zoo, pony rides, and face-painting stations. $15, ages 3 and up. Refreshments sold separately. 12–5 pm. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Dr. Info: www.HoustonArboretum.org or 713/681-8433.

19 (Sun.)

Annual Blessing of the Animals at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Service begins with a procession of the animals and ends with a chance for each pet to receive an individual blessing. All pets should be held or on leashes, and all children with pets must be accompanied by an adult. 4 pm, on the Jones Plaza and adjacent lawn. St. Paul’s UMC is located at 5501 Main Street. Info: www.stpaulshouston.org.

21 (Tues.)

Hungary‘s Keller Quartet debuts in Houston, with a program weaving together Mozart’s Five Bach Fugues with György Kurtág’s String Quartet Op. 28 (Officium Breve, In Memoriam Andreae Szervánsky) , Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor K. 546 , and Kurtág’s Six moments musicaux, Op. 44 . Kurtág, born in 1926, recognized as Hungary’s leading composer, is one of the world’s most important living artists, and has worked closely with The Keller Quartet, whose music is remarkable for its intimacy, imagination, and expressiveness. $30; seniors/students half price w/valid I.D. 7:30 pm. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas at Smith. Tickets/info: www.dacamera.com or 713/524-5050 or Da Camera Music Center, 1427 Branard.

25 (Sat.)

Da Camera of Houston kicks off its 2008/2009 jazz series with The Kenny Barron Trio. Captivating audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms, Kenny Barron has been called “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and “the most lyrical piano player of our time” in major reviews. $26.50–$45; seniors/students half price w/valid I.D. 7:30 pm. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas at Smith. Tickets/info: www.dacamera.com or 713/524-5050 or Da Camera Music Center, 1427 Branard.

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PERFORMING ARTS

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. Oct. 3–19. The Silver House Theatre, 1107 Chartres St. (between Lamar and Dallas). Info: 713/547-0126 or 832/865-3413.

. . . and L.A. Is Burning. Set against the backdrop of the Rodney King trial and subsequent riots, three individuals each have a different view of the world in which they live. Haddie, a white, middle-aged government worker; Alvin, her African-American co-worker; and Sylvia, a journalist from the East Coast. Playwright Y York examines the terrain of the modern workplace, on which well-intentioned liberalism, racism, the news, reality itself, and the Cosby Show intersect. $20–$36; previews $10. Oct. 11–Nov. 9 (previews Oct. 11, 12, & 15). Main Street Theater, Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Info: www.mainstreettheater.com or 713/524-6706.

Beatrice and Benedict. Based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing , two stubborn people use verbal jousting to mask their true feelings for each other. HGO Studio alums Joyce DiDonato and Norman Reinhardt are the recalcitrant lovers in HGO’s first-ever staging of this comical and poignant work. Michael Hofstetter conducts the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Tickets start at $20. Oct. 30–Nov. 14. Wortham Theater Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. at Smith St. Info: www.houstongrandopera.org or 713/228-OPERA.

Cyrano de Bergerac, An Heroic Comedy. Soulful poet and philosopher Cyrano is a dazzling swordsman who falls for the lovely Roxane, but so ashamed of his large nose, he is unable to woo her. Instead, upon learning she loves the handsome but inarticulate Christian, Cyrano writes love letters to Roxane on Christian’s behalf, and she falls for the “author.” Tickets start at $21. Oct. 8–Nov.3. Hubbard Stage, Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. Info: www.alleytheatre.org or 713/220-5700.

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.

Houston Grand Opera launches its 2008–2009 season with a double bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci . Betrayal, jealousy, and revenge—the perfect partners for an evening of irresistible theater. Oct. 17–Nov.1. Wortham Theater Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. at Smith St. Info: www.houstongrandopera.org or 713/228-OPERA.

Opera in the Heights presents Puccini’s Madame Butterfly . This will be an unforgettable performance, with an entire cast clad in brilliantly designed, authentic Japanese costumes. To add to the authenticity, the Japan-America Society of Houston instructed the performers on how to properly attire themselves and on other intricate social etiquette, such as how to bow and walk. $35–$45. 8 pm on October 2, 3, 4, 10, & 11. Plus, a display kimono is available for public viewing through Oct. 11 in Lambert Hall. Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. Info: www.operaintheheights.org or 713/861-5303.

Secret Order. Fueled by pharmaceutical money, personal ambition, and media frenzy, Bob Clyman’s provocative play focuses on a brilliant young research biologist who, while working in an obscure university lab, discovers a possible cure for cancer. The dynamic director of New York’s leading cancer institute becomes his mentor and champion, and that could lead directly to the Nobel Prize. But the halls of science twist and turn in surprising ways, and the young doctor is suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of medicine, money, and power. Recommended for mature audiences. Tickets start at $40. Oct. 24–Nov. 23. Neuhaus Stage, Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. Info: www.alleytheatre.org or 713/220-5700.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

If You Give a Pig a Party is the delightful musical based on the book by Laura Numeroff. All of the beloved characters—the Mouse, the Moose, the Pig, and even her latest character, the Cat—are on hand when the fun and rollicking stage party thrills audiences of all ages. Recommended for pre-kindergarten and up. $10–$12. 1 pm and 4 pm; Sat. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25. Main Street Theater, Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Info: www.mainstreettheater.com or 713/524-6706.

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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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ARTS/PHOTOGRAPHY

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. Through 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.

First Saturday Arts Market (formerly Yale Street Arts Market). Local artists display and sell original works of art, and local musicians entertain. First Saturday Arts Market is held the 1st Saturday of every month at 548 West 19th at Wind Water Gallery’s parking lot. Free. The fall/winter/spring hours are 11 am–6 pm. Info: www.yalestreetmarket.com. Stop by The Artful Corner at 3423 White Oak Blvd., 713/426-4ART.

Fly Me to the Moon 3D. Prepare for liftoff as this new animated IMAX tells the vivid tale of stowaway flies on the Apollo 11 spaceflight. Inspired by one’s grandpa who snuck aboard Amelia Earhart’s plane during her famed trans-Atlantic flight, this trio of “fly” boys bravely steals onto the space-bound Apollo 11 rocket. Featuring legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was on board the Apollo 11 flight. $8–$10. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. Info: www.hmns.org or 713/639-4629.

Holocaust Museum Houston presents “Dr. Seuss Wants You!” Theodor Seuss Geisel is best known for his children’s books written under the “Dr.   Seuss” pen name, but he was a life-long cartoonist who also drafted newspaper and magazine editorial cartoons expressing his concern and opinions in the early years of World War II. The exhibit includes a variety of his illustrations from 1940s newspapers, including those with such provocative captions as “When the Sucker Season Opens, Don’t You Bite,” a challenge to Adolf Hitler’s offer of what Geisel called “peace   bait” to the rest of the world. Another showing Hitler at a “ball and chain   shop” is entitled “Measuring Up a Couple of Prospects.” The illustration refers to ankle, neck, and wrist chains for “you and   me.”   Free. Through Feb. 1. Central Gallery. Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center,   5401 Caroline St. Info: www.hmh.org or 713/942-8000.

Houston Potters Guild. Moving to a new permanent location in October, the Houston Potters Guild Shop displays the clay works of Dorothy Broaddus as well as unique clay jewelry made by late clay artist, Richella Robinson. Oct. 1–31. 1701 Dunlavy. Info: www.houstonpotters.com.

Mexican Artists with Down Syndrome: Colors of the Wind. An inspiring exhibit of more than 40 oil paintings, engravings, and lithographs by exceptional artists from the Mexican School of Down Art at the John Langdon Down Foundation in Mexico City. The school’s artwork—more than 200 valuable pieces—has been exhibited in Mexico, the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Down Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development, occurs in approximately one in every 800 live births. Free. Oct. 3–Nov. 21. Fulbright Tower, 1301 McKinney, main lobby (mezzanine level).

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. Through Nov. 9. Art Car Museum, 140 Heights Blvd. Info: www.artcarmuseum.com or 713/861-5526.

Surfaces is an exhibit of new work by Ryan McKerley and Gregory Story. It’s all about edges as the works of these Texas artists are joined by their interest in surface action and complex patterning, yet represent completely different approaches in form and style. McKerley’s functional hard-carved vessels stand in sharp contrast to Story’s bold and unique wall work. Oct. 4–31. 18 Hands Gallery, 249B West 19th St. Info: www.18handsgallery.com or 713/858-2181.

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. Through Oct. 18. Blaffer Gallery, in the Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. Info: www.blaffergallery.org or 713/743-9530.

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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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