By Nancy Ford
GO, GIRL Out vocalist Robin Kirby performs with a slew of other talented women at the 9th annual GoGirlsMusicFest. The first 100 people in the door receive the new ’08 GoGirlsMusicFest compilation CD, founder Madalyn Sklar says. Benefits UNOS, United Network for Organ Sharing. Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance, Details: www.gogirlsmusicfest.com.
TRIUMPH FROM TRAGEDY Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project tells how the brutal 1998 slaying of Matthew Shepard changed his small Wyoming town forever. Presented by Stage Door Inc. Center for the Performing Arts & Education, through Oct 12. 171 Pasadena Town Square, Pasadena. Tickets: $15. Details: www.stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.
WALK AND ROCK After the bar’s “Ranch Hill Strutters” participate in the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure for breast cancer, Ranch Hill Saloon celebrates its anniversary with vocalist Angela Peterson. October 4. 24704 I-45 N. Suite 103. Details: www.ranchhill.com.
OUT WITH DADT Openly gay retired Staff Sergeant Eric Alva, who lost a leg in the Iraq War, discusses Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in honor of Coming Out Week. October 9, 7 p.m. Texas A&M University, Rudder 601, College Station, Texas. Details: 979/862-8920.
SWEET STUFF Preview caterers, restaurants, and more providers of yummy eats for holiday parties at AssistHers’ Decadent Dessert . . . and More. OutSmart ‘s Nancy Ford emcees, with comedian Vicky Shaw. October 12, 4–8 p.m. South Beach, 810 Pacific St. Tickets: $30–$35. Details: www.assisthers.org.
DOWN ON THE BAYOU Out woodworkers Jo Alcalde and Leslie Ravey from Willis are among the 300 artists exhibiting in the 2008 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown. October 18–19, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tickets: $10. Details: www.bayoucityartfestival.com.
SHOP FOR AFH Macy’s Passport: Fashion Cinema, an annual fashion, music, and dance event, is simulcast live across the country to raise funds for national HIV/AIDS organizations, including AIDS Foundation Houston. October 23, 7 p.m. Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24, 3839 Weslayan. Tickets: $25, includes a private reception before the fashion show and a Macy’s shopping discount. Details: www.macys.com/passport • 713/623-6796, ext. 224.
SURVIVE THIS After Ike, we’re not sure Houstonians need another challenge to test our survivor skills. On the other hand, this challenge offers prizes. City Councilmember Jolanda “Jo” Jones, a former contestant of Survivor , and honorary chair Mayor Bill White present The Houston Survivor Challenge. In it 20 Houstonians the opportunity to compete with former Survivor contestants in a full day of physical and mental challenges culminating in one top winner. Participating “Survivors” include James Clement, Vecepia Robinson, Twila Tanner, Katie Gallagher, Bobby Jon Drinkard, Eric Sanchez, and Channelview native Natalie Bolton. The competition is October 25, 9 a.m. ‘til dusk. Downtown Sesquicentennial Park, adjacent to Wortham Theatre Center. October 23, 24, and 26 accompanying activities include a VIP reception, fashion show, and more. To compete, download the contestant’s application at www.ujanaconleyfoundation.org/hsc/contestant.htm; deadline is October 15. Benefits Buffalo Bayou Partnership and U’jana Conley Foundations for SIDS.
CELEBRATE COMING OUT Houston has a rich, rich history when it comes to the accomplishments of its GLBT citizens, especially during National Coming Out Month. To learn more about that rich history, check out the extensive collection of media and paraphernalia at Resurrection MCC (www.resurrectionmcc.org), or some of the exhibits at the Houston GLBT Community Center (www.houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org) on loan from the Gulf Coast Museum and Archives (www.gcam.org). Or you could join Pride Houston as it commemorates National Coming Out Day with a social mixer and fundraiser offering complimentary cocktails and hors d’ouevres. October 11, 4 p.m. 614 E. 10 1/2th St. Tickets: $20. Details: www.pridehouston.org.
REED RETURNS Singer/songwriter Ann Reed returns to Houston with her guitar for an intimate concert for just 60 fast-acting ticket holders. October 25, 8 p.m. Houston Iyengar Yoga Studio, 1210 W. Clay, Suite 19. Details: 713/527-9100 • www.annreed.com.
WELL, WOMAN Lesbian Health Initiative’s Fall Rainbow Health Fair for GLBT women provides free health screenings, nutrition counseling, well-woman exams, mammograms, and more. November 1, 8:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m. Legacy Clinic, 215 Westheimer Rd. Details: www.lhihouston.org • 713/426-3356.
TROIANO MEMORIAL Friends and family of Lisa Troiano, who died July 29, are gathering for a celebration of life in her honor. Guests are invited to enjoy a complete Italian lunch, Lisa’s favorite music, a raffle, and more. Donations accepted. Saturday, Oct. 4, 12 noon. Shiloh Club, 1321 Studewood. Details: 713/880-2401.