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The Gay Agenda: March 2009

Drive, he said. The enthusiasts of the Classic Chassis Car Club of Houston are celebrating 20 years of events at members’ homes, dining excursions, and cruises through Houston and surrounding areas. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month—this month, March 4 —at 7 p.m. at Hollywood Vietnamese & Chinese Café, 2409 Montrose Blvd. Details: cccc-houston.org.

More than 15 minutes. Vaughan Christopher Gallery hosts Midnight in the Garden of Warhol and Haring, featuring works by Keith Haring and a series of 10 hand-colored flowers by Andy Warhol. Opening night cocktail reception is March 5, 6–8 p.m.; the exhibition runs through mid-April. 1217 S. Shepherd Dr. Details: vaughanchristopher.com • 713/533-0816.  

The cast of Five Flights

 Birds and more. Unhinged Productions presents Adam Bock’s Five Flights, which focuses on an inherited aviary and the issues of religious conviction, fear of commitment, and the way Russian ballet resembles a hockey game. Roy Hamlin directs. March 6–28, 8 p.m. Freneticore, 5102 Navigation Blvd. Tickets: $10-$20. Details: 281/781-7035 • u-p.org.

 Charity ball. The women of AssistHers host the group’s 4th annual softball tournament, to which spectators are urged to bring whatever makes them comfortable for a full day of fun in the park (except glass). An awards ceremony follows the final championship game. March 7, with no “rain out” date. Memorial Park, fields 4 and 5. Details: assisthers.org.

 Beyond musical borders. The Houston Pride Band presents its winter concert, The Best of All Possible Worlds, featuring Russian royal music, Australian folk songs, selections from the Middle East and Brazil, and a special performance from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide . Come for the music, stay for the silent auction. March 7, 7 p.m. Resurrection MCC, 2025 W. 11th St. Benefits Lesbian Health Initiative-Houston and AIDS Foundation Houston. Tickets: $10. Details: houstonprideband.org.

 Happy World Wide Women’s Day. Dancepatheatre presents Caution: Women at Work at its International Women’s Day Soiree, featuring a wine reception, dinner, and silent auction. The performance segment includes guest poet/spoken-word artist Donna Garrett accompanied by dancers Lindsey McGill and Catalina Molnari performing the choreography of Sara Draper. March 8, 7:30 p.m. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. Tickets: $45. Details: 713/522-6000 • dancepath.com.

 Read on. Local out playwright Eric James is the initial featured author in a series of readings presented by Wordsmyth Theatre. James’ Stop, Traveler examines what happens when a gay man returns to his estranged family in the Midwest after a 10-year absence. The series continues the second Monday of April and May with two more authors. March 9, 7 p.m. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. Details: stagestheatre.com.

 20 years of green. Montrose Counseling Center’s annual fundraiser celebrating all things Irish, Bringing in The Green, turns 20 this year. “The event is a favorite of MCC’s supporters, a long-held tradition in Houston’s GLBT communities, and one of our most successful fundraisers,” organizers say. John Danielson, the event’s underwriter, hosts the party at his home. March 13 . Tickets: $50. Details/RSVP: 713/529-0037 • montrosecounselingcenter.org.

 Muse Music. Filmmaker Dee Mosbacher’s Radical Harmonies tells the story of the women’s music movement through word and—guess what?—song, featuring trailblazers from Ronnie Gilbert to Ani DiFranco. March 22, 10:45 a.m. The Women’s Group, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin. Details: 713/529-8571 • HoustonWomens Group.com/.

 Diamond anniversary (of sorts). The Montrose Softball league kicks off its 30th anniversary March 22, 8 a.m., at Slo Pitch City, 1826 Gault Rd. Opening ceremonies start at noon. Next month, league players present Pranksters and Pumps, a charitable drag show and party benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston’s Camp Hope, Bering Omega Community Services, and Legacy Community Health Services, on April 4, 7 p.m., at Rich’s. Details: montrosesoftballleague.com.

Alvin Ailey Dance Company

 Sweet dance at Jones Hall. Choreographer Alvin Ailey has come a long way since his birth in Rogers, Texas, in 1931. As part of a 50-city global tour, his renowned dance company again proves its beauty, power, passion, and artistry with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at 50—A Golden Anniversary Celebration . Includes Hope Boykin’s “Go in Grace,” a collaboration with the female a cappella musical group Sweet Honey In The Rock. Presented by Society for the Performing Arts. March 27–28, 8 p.m., with a March 29 matinee at 2 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. Tickets: $20–$60. Details: spahouston.org • 713/632-8113.

 Three’s a charm. The Imperial Court of Houston presents the Mr., Miss, and Ms Montrose Pageant, with categories for 1) men presenting as men, 2) men presenting as women, and 3) women presenting as women. March 28, 8 p.m., at E/J’s, 2517 Ralph St. Details: spacecityempire.org.

 Heads up! The Kindred Spirits 2009 Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner does not permanently replace the group’s traditional spring celebration, organizers promise: the 2009 reunion dance is scheduled for August, with date and location to be announced. Meanwhile, the golf tournament, with its accompanying barbecue awards dinner and silent auction, benefits AssistHers, Bering Support Network, Houston Buyers Club, and Lesbian Health Initiative. April 25, 1:30 p.m., at Bear Creek M –

By Nancy Ford



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