Those Summer Nights. Houston Women’s Softball League is playing it safe by avoiding heat exhaustion with its Hot Summer Nights Sunday evening games. Sundays, 4 p.m. Memorial Park, Field #1. hwsl.org.
Moody Exhibit. John Painter is the solo artist in Moods Change Colors, an exhibition using photographs, and an outdoor tree installation consisting of tapestry-like banners made from FEMA tarps. August 8–September 7. Opening reception August 8, 4 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 5 p.m. The H Gallery, 2356 Rice Blvd.
Idea Exchange. Community leaders, activists, and advocates discuss community issues and ideas and share information on their respective organizations at the Community Leaders Networking Group. August 8, 1–5 p.m. Houston GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 207. [email protected]
New Location, Same Kindred Spirit. The women of Kindred Spirits Foundation, Inc., present their eighth annual party commemorating and celebrating the legendary nightclub founded 29 years ago by Marion Coleman. The annual parties, which traditionally draw hundreds of women of all ages—and their male friends—have raised nearly $100,000 since their inception. August 15, 7 p.m. ‘til 1 a.m. Demers Russian Community Center, 8225 Cantrell St. in southwest Houston. Advance tickets for $20 are available at “The Shop” Hair Salon, Dacapo’s, Bocados, and Houston Buyers Club, or at the door for $25. Free valet parking. kindredspiritshouston.org.
Bowling for Equality. Go bowling with Human Rights Campaign Houston. August 30, 2 p.m. Palace Lanes, 4191 Bellaire Blvd. $35. hrcactioncenter.org.
A Pain That He’s Not Used To. Depeche Mode member Dave Gahan tore a calf muscle in July, but hopefully that won’t impede these kings of dark rock from rocking out at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands. August 30, 7:30 p.m. $35.50–$89.50. woodlandscenter.org.
Gracias, Juan. Houston ex-pat and author John Truax discusses his new book, Living in Merida, with book sales benefiting two worthy south-of-the-border causes: Brazos Abiertos supplies HIV education, prevention, and medication to the Maya villages and Merida Verde promotes green living in Merida and the Yucatan. August 31. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. 713/523-0701.
Just Dandy. The Sid and Marty Krofts of music, The Dandy Warhols, bring their psychedelic pop/rock groove to Houston. They’ll play longer than 15 minutes, we assume. September 7. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel St. warehouselive.com • 713/225-5483.
Sweet 15. Tickets are now on sale for the 15th Annual Houston Women’s Festival. Performers for the all-day downtown music and art party include Michelle Malone, Halcyon, Trina Hamlin, Sick of Sarah, Vicci Martinez, Natalia Zuckerman, and Suzanna Choffel, with Ginger Leigh emceeing. Tickets available online through Brown Paper Tickets, and at “The Shop” Hair Salon, DaCapo’s Bakery, and Lucia’s Garden. October 24. Jones Plaza. $16–$23. hwfestival.org. – by Nancy Ford