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The Gay Agenda: October 2009

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Once More, with Feeling. For years musicians Ann Rabson, openly gay Gaye Adegbalola (pictured), and Andra Faye delivered brazen, no-holds-barred acoustic blues as Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women. But now it’s time to move on to other things. The trio caps its farewell tour with a tour for its final recording, Havin’ the Last Word. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. $20. McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk St. • mcgonigels.com • 713/528-5999.

When Judy Met Vincent. Meet [email protected] for the live, stage version of Meet Me in St. Louis. The 1944 film version was directed by Vincent Minnelli, and starred Judy Garland. And we know who that magnificent pairing produced. Oct. 1, after the show, at Artiste. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Joyful Noise. Openly gay Christian singers (and spouses) Jason & deMarco perform with a full band at Unity Church of Christianity’s Celebration Music Service. Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, 8 p.m. 2929 Unity Dr. • unityhouston.org • 713/782-4050.

Breast of Health. The 2009 Komen Houston Race for the Cure ranks first in funds raised by the 125 worldwide runs fighting breast cancer, drawing more than 5,000 participants in 2008. The Oct. 3 run, stepping off in Sam Houston Park Downtown, is preceded by a carb-loading Pasta Party and Auction, Oct. 1, 6 p.m. Westin Galleria, 5060 W. Alabama St. • komen-houston.org • 713/783-9188.

Not for Powderpuffs. The Houston Energy, our town’s championship-winning women’s professional football team, holds tryouts for the 2010 team. Oct. 3 and 24, 9 a.m.–noon; Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, 1–4 p.m. Texas Southern University’s Alexander Durley Field House, 3100 Cleburne St. • houstonenergyfootball.com • 281/482-6749.

Age of Information for All Ages. LGBT youth and seniors alike are invited to make use of the state-of-the-art computers and a color laser printer in Montrose Counseling Center’s David Bohnett Cyber Center. Users need not be current clients of MCC or participants in SPRY or HATCH. Mondays, 5:30–7:30 p.m., and Fridays, 2–4 p.m. 401 Branard St., 1st floor. • montrosecounselingcenter.org.

Mardi Party. Krewe of Olympus gets its gras on with Fais Do Do, featuring authentic Cajun cuisine, silent auction, art sale, and open bar. Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Sycamore Heights Bed & Breakfast, 245 W. 18th St. $30. Benefits AssistHers, Colt 45’s AIDS Trouble Fund, and PFLAG/HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation. mardigrastexas.com.

More than Just a Box of Chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get when the board of directors for Empire of the Royal Sovereign, Imperial Court of the Single Star presents Postal Auction Show. Bid on boxes of goodies sent from Amsterdam, Brazil, England, Canada, and many different states within the US. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Benefits Legacy Community Health Services, HATCH, and the Kimberly Anne O’Neil Believe in a Dream scholarship fund. George Bar, 617 Fairview Ave. • 713/528-8102.

Sweet Celebration. AssistHers celebrates National Coming Out Day by honoring local organizations with its annual Decadent Dessert and More. A slate of Houston’s top-rated restaurants and caterers provides the eats, while members of Houston’s most visible charitable organizations, including Bayou City Women’s Chorus, Empire of the Royal Sovereign Imperial Court of the Single Star, Kindred Spirits Foundation, and Krewe of Olympus, provide entertainment. Bicycles, televisions, jewelry, and other delicious items are up for raffle. Oct. 11, 4 p.m. $25. South Beach, 810 Pacific St. • assisthers.org.

Remembering Matthew Shepard. Responding to the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998, members of the Tectonic Theater Project produced The Laramie Project. Continuing the play’s powerful legacy, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later is being simultaneously produced in more than 100 theaters across the U.S. and the world, commemorating the anniversary of the acclaimed play. Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. University of Houston School of Theater and Dance. Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts • laramieproject.org • 713/743-2929.

If Thornton Wilder’s George Gibbs Had Been Gay, he probably would have climbed out his bedroom window and abandoned his Town for the Big City. Discuss that possibility and more at ActOut, Houston’s premiere theater group for gay and lesbian theater fans and their friends, and enjoy Our Town. Oct. 15, 6 p.m. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Ooh, It’s a Place on Earth. DiverseWorks debuts the world premiere of Heaven, a collaboration between Minneapolis-based choreographer/out lesbian Morgan Thorson, the band LOW (Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker), lighting designer Lenore Doxsee, and visual and costume designer Emmet Ramstad. Believers and non-believers alike are welcomed to experience Thorson’s interpretation of “ecstatic transformation in religious forms, rituals, and methodologies.” Co-commissioned by DiverseWorks with Performance Space 122 (New York) and NPN (National Performance Network). Oct. 15–17, 8 p.m. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Boys with Piano, Girls with Guitars. Bering Support Network presents “A Fabulous Evening in the Company of Friends: Bering & Friends, Revisited” at the home of Frank Staggs. Enjoy hors d’oeurves and cocktails with entertainment by Roger Woest, Jim Carter, David L. Johnson, Coy Tow, Kane Brushwood, Johanna Bonno, Jim Kreiling, and Ferryn Martin and Kelly Wallin of Girls with Guitars. Oct. 17, 7–9 p.m. Benefits Bering Support Network. $50 presale only. [email protected] • 713/298-3476.

Mangos with Chili. North America’s only touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color performing artists — presents “Splendor & Grit: The Stunning South Tour 2009.” $8–$12. Oct. 20, 8pm (doors open at 7:30) at AvantGarden, 411 Westheimer avantgardenhouston.com. Visit mangoswithchili.wordpress.com for up-to-date information.

Do Ask, Do Tell. Montrose Counseling Center strives to empower LGBT individuals and their families to enjoy healthier, more fulfilling lives. Want to know how they do that and how you can help? Join MCC staff and supporters for The Secret’s Out. The evening will include a reception, a light dinner, and a one-hour informational program. Oct. 22, 6 p.m. RSVP: 713/800-0872 • [email protected]counselingcenter.org.

Society’s Child, All Grown Up. Out lesbian Janis Ian performs hits that kept her on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the ’60s and ’70s. Oct. 22, 8 p.m. at Station 4 Nightclub’s Rose Room, benefiting North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Education & Advocacy Program. glbtchamber.org. Also, Oct. 23 at Dosey Doe Coffee House, 25911 I-45 North in The Woodlands • doseydoescoffeeshop.com.

He’s a Slave for You. Britney Spears impersonator Derrick Barry joins the lineup of entertainers celebrating Galveston’s third annual Island Pride. Sponsored by the Gay Yellow business directories, the two-day celebration features vendor and information booths as well as vocalists AJ Cabrera and Kady Malloy, with ‘80s pop music queen Tiffany headlining. Oct. 23–24. Saengerfest Park, 23rd Avenue and The Strand in Galveston • gayislander.com.

Someone’s Coming, Someone Good. Society for the Performing Arts’ An Evening with Stephen Sondheim finds the world-renowned composer and lyricist sitting down with New York Times columnist and former chief drama critic, Frank Rich, for a live, unscripted conversation about Sondheim’s vast career. Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. $50–$275. Benefits AIDS Foundation Houston. AIDShelp.org.

Book Singing (No Typo). Herb Keyser reads, signs, and sings a selection of works from the musical greats featured in his new book, Geniuses of American Musical Theatre: The Composers and Lyricists. Biographies of Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Jerry Herman, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, and many more are included. Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble River Oaks. 2030 W. Gray St. • 713/522-8571.

Resurrecting QFest. QFest, Houston’s LGBT film festival, and the Houston GLBT Community Center are partnering to present a screening of the new documentary, Out in the Silence. The film recounts the difficulties that LGBT people face in rural and small-town America. Filmmakers Dean Taylor and Joe Wilson say they aim to use their movie “to promote dialogue and action that will help people on all sides of the issues find common ground,” according to the film website. Watch for a monthly QFest Movie Night to start at the Community Center in the future, organizers say. Date and location to be announced. houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org.

Looking ahead.

Tennis, Anyone? Sanctioned by Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance, the Houtex 29 Tennis Tournament provides a full weekend of serving, foot-faulting, and volleying. Subaru, who wisely chose Martina Navratilova as one of its spokespersons, is the title sponsor. Nov. 6–8. houstontennisclub.org.

They Recruit—for Health. Lesbian Health Initiative Houston is looking for participants for its winter Rainbow Health Fair. Vendors who wish to promote businesses, products, or services, and health-care providers willing to give a 20-minute presentation on their areas of expertise are specifically sought. Nov. 7, 8:15 a.m.–2 p.m. Legacy Community Health Services, 215 Westheimer Rd. • lhihouston.org.

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