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The Gay Agenda: April 2009

 GAY AGGIES. Texas A&M University’s GLBT Awareness Week celebrates the establishment of TAMU’s Gay Student Services, now known as GLBT Aggies. On April 1, 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal filed by TAMU against students who wished to form a gay student organization, a fight that began in 1976. The week begins with The Laramie Project film on April 2, followed by a full week of panel discussions, parties, and more. Judy Shepherd, founder of the Matthew Shepherd Foundation honoring her murdered son, delivers the week’s keynote address on April 8, 7 p.m. Texas A&M University in College Station. Details: 979/862-8920 • glbt.tamu.edu.

 SHHH. Ever wonder why the Montrose Counseling Center has been called the “best kept secret” of the Houston’s GLBT communities? This month, the center conducts tours offering more information about MCC programs, including real-life stories of how those programs improve lives. April 2 and 22, 6:30 p.m. Details: 713/529.003, ext. 372 • [email protected]

Refusal DON’T CALL HIM SMITH. The king of emotive pop, Morrissey, comes to Houston in support of Years of Refusal, his first studio album since 2006. April 11, Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. Details: 713/227-3974.

THEY IS RISEN. Bunnies on the Bayou celebrates its 30th anniversary of giving gay Houston something fun to do with their eggs on Easter afternoon. Flyboys of Flag Troupe Houston make the afternoon even more colorful. Benefits AIDS Foundation Houston, Bering Omega Community Services, Colt 45’s, Community Endowment Fund, The Foundation for AIDS Israel, Imperial Court of Houston, Lazarus House, Legacy Community Health Services, and Pride Houston. April 12, 1 p.m. Wortham Theatre Center’s Fish Plaza, 501 Texas Ave. Tickets: $25–$30. Details: bunniesonthebayou.org.

 HAPPY HUNTING. Bayou City Boys Club presents Jungle 17, Houston’s famed weekend-long circuit party. The kickoff party with DJ Seth Cooper is April 9, 9 p.m., Meteor (2306 Genessee). Opening party with DJ Tracy Young is April 10, 10 p.m., South Beach (810 Pacific St.). The main event, “The Hunt Is On,” with DJ Brett Henrichsen, is April 11, 10 p.m., Warehouse Live (813 St. Emanuel), with the after party, 3–10 a.m. The closing party is April 12, 1 p.m., Rich’s (2401 San Jacinto). Benefits AIDS Foundation Houston, Bering Omega Community Services, Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, Lazarus House, and Resurrection MCC. Tickets: $30–$230. Details: junglehouston.com.

Taavi Mark stars in The Timekeepers

 TICK TOCK. Theatre New West has announced the southwest premiere of Dan Clancy’s The Timekeepers, about a Jewish watchmaker and a less-skilled gay inmate who are assigned to fix watches seized from prisoners in a German concentration camp. Director Joe Watts has also tentatively announced a June performance of TNW’s all-transgender 2008 production of The Vagina Monologues as a fundraiser for Annise Parker’s campaign for Houston mayor. April 15–May 23 . Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. Tickets: $20. Details: 713/522-2204 • [email protected]

 BETTER THAN A CARWASH. Gendermyn presents Cirque du So Gay Part Deux: Queerdam, the second annual tribute to all things queer and all things circus. April 18, 10 p.m., Numbers Nightclub, 300 Westheimer Rd. Tickets: $10. Benefits Gendermyn’s October trip to the International Drag King Extravaganza in Tucson. Details: myspace.com/bayoucitygendermyn • 713/303-8148.

 DOING DISNEY. Gulf Coast Archive & Museum of GLBT History presents Bring Your Dreams to a World of Fantasy Show, hosted by GCAM ambassador Mark Baladez and founding member Jimmy Carper. April 19, 3 p.m., EJ’s, 2517 Ralph St. Benefits GCAM. Details: [email protected]

 MUSIC ON THE GREEN. In conjunction with Discovery Green’s Sundays in the Park free outdoor concert series, the Houston Pride Band presents its second annual free Family Concert, featuring a “Carnival of Animals” from France, highlighting the tale of Peter and The Wolf. Presented by Four Seasons Hotel Houston. April 19, 3 p.m., Discovery Green’s Anheuser-Busch Stage (or Transier Bandstand, depending on weather). Details: houstonprideband.org.

 TELL AND SHOW. Performance artist Monica Palacios moderates “A GLBT Civil Rights Forum” discussing the barriers and human rights violations for GLBT artists. Free. April 22, 7:30 p.m. Palacios then presents a one-woman humorous monologue, Greetings from a Queer Señorita . April 24, 8 p.m., Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), 1900 Kane St. Tickets: $6–$10. Details: 866/468-7621 • meca-houston.org.

KINDRED GOLF AND MORE. The Kindred Spirits 2009 Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner welcomes players and non-players alike to Bear Creek Masters Golf Course (16001 Clay Rd.) on April 25 . Tournament begins at 1:30 p.m. $100 per golfer includes BBQ awards banquet and silent auction, which offers items signed by Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, hotel and restaurant packages, and more. $20 for dinner only. Benefits AssistHers, Bering Support Network, Houston Buyer’s Club, and Lesbian Health Initiative Houston. Details: kindredspiritshouston.org.

 EAT A LITTLE SOMETHING. More than 30 area restaurants are participating in Dining Out For Life by donating a portion of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner tab totals to AIDS Foundation Houston. Last year, Houstonians ate their way to a $80,000 check for AFH. April 30 . For a full list of participating restaurants, log on to diningoutforlife.org. Mangia!  – 

By Nancy Ford


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