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Linus Lerner

Compiled by Nancy Ford

FilmPerforming ArtsPerforming Arts for Young PeopleRadioArt/Photography November Day-By-DayHIV Testing

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HOT TICKET
Music Man
There’s always something new with Linus Lerner and Bayou City Performing Arts

It’s probably not accurate to still refer to Linus Lerner as Bayou City Performing Arts’ “new” artistic director—he’s been on the job now since August 2009—but the visibility the BCPA’s various singing groups have enjoyed since Lerner’s arrival continues to breathe new life into Houston’s performing arts scene and beyond. Under Lerner’s direction, a show in Brazil is tentatively on the chorus’ calendar, followed by a penciled-in appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2012. A little closer to home, this month Lerner lends his baton expertise to Opera in The Heights’ staging of Johann Strauss’ operetta farce, Die Fledermaus. (November 4–13, Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd., operaintheheights.org, 713/861-5303.) And next month, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, Bayou City Women’s Chorus, and Bayou City Chorale—three slices of the great pie that is Bayou City Performing Arts—take part in Hear the Bells: A Holiday Card from Houston.

Joining BCPA onstage that night is the Houston Medical Center Orchestra, the KIPP SHARP Singers children’s choir, Resurrection MCC’s HeavenSound Hand Bell Choir, the United Nations Association International Chorus, and special guests soloists. The yuletide concert crescendos with Camille Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio.” (December 14, 7:30 p.m., Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St.) Then, the cycle starts all over again in February with one of BCPA’s signature fundraisers, this year titled “Not Just an Auction,” bringing a Mardi Gras theme to South Beach. Let the music play! www.bayoucityperformingarts.org. —Nancy Ford

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FILM

Art and Activism: Projects of John and Dominique de Menil. Nov. 3, 7pm. Presented by Aurora Picture Show. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Sam Green Short Films presented by Aurora Picture Show. Nov. 5–Dec. 18. DiverseWorks’ Flickerlounge, 1117 East Freeway • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Title Designs in Film with Peter Lucas. Nov. 21, 1pm. Aurora Picture Show’s Video Library, 1524 Sul Ross St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Films of Akiro Kurosawa. Nov. 19–21. Museum of Fine Arts’ Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

2010 Cinema Arts Festival Houston screens films at Edwards Greenway, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Rice Media Center, Discovery Green, Houston Visitors Center, and FrenetiCore’s Frenetic Theater on Navigation Boulevard. Nov. 10–14. cinemartsociety.org • 713/429-0420.

Shall We Dance? starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. Presented by Hobby Center Film Series. Nov. 20, 7:30pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Madame Butterfly, Puccini’s classic love story. Through Nov. 5. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.

Richard III. William Shakespeare’s tale of the Duke of Gloucester. Through Nov. 7. University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, Wortham Theatre • theatredance.uh.edu • 713/743-2929.

Vanities. Three cheerleaders from 1960s Texas. Through Nov. 13. 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece. Through Nov. 14. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.

You’ll Never Forget the End of the World, a “radio” comedy about the very Reverend Jiffy Dillard, a TV evangelist whose Houston-based church was formerly a football stadium. Through Nov. 20. Radio Music Theatre, 2623 Colquitt St. • radiomusictheatre.com • 713/522-7722.

The Marvelous Wonderettes, a musical recalls do-wop hits of the 1950s and ’60s. Through Jan. 2. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) features acoustic instruments with live computer processing. Nov. 2, 7:30pm. Presented by Da Camera at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss’ classic features Bayou City Performing Arts artistic director, Linus Lerner. Nov. 4–13. Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. •operaintheheights.org • 713/861-5303.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue, a Neil Simon comedy. Nov. 5–20. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

‘Night, Mother, presented by Midnight Theatre Company. Nov. 5–7. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • freneticore.net • 832/426-4624.

A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas, a holiday comedy directed by Judy Reeves. Nov. 5–Dec. 4. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.

Lunada 2010. Houston Symphony and students from HISD perform Latin music. Nov. 6, 7:30pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company’s Glass Slipper Gala fundraiser featuring John Watt encourages fairy tale costumes. Nov. 6. Alley Theatre Board Room and Balcony, 615 Texas Ave., 14th floor • mildredsumbrella.com.

An Evening of Light Jazz. Nov. 9, 7 pm. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.

9 to 5: The Musical. Theatre Under the Stars presents the live stage version of the Dolly Parton hit movie. Nov. 9–21. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

I Can Move Small Objects with My Mind, presented by Suchu Dance. Nov. 11–21. Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • barnevelder.org.

Jazz Night, featuring Sparky Koerner at the Jazz Express. Nov. 11, 7–9 pm. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 NASA Pkwy. in Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.

Buika, the Flamenco Queen. Nov. 12, 8pm. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

One O’Clock Swings! Brett Mitchell conducts University of North Texas’ One O’Clock Lab Band and Houston Symphony in selections from the Great American Songbook. Nov. 12–14. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Bluefinger: The Fall and Rise of Herman Brood. Nov. 12–Dec. 18. Presented by Catastrophic Theatre, DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445 • catastrophic theatre.com • 713/522-2723.

Three Bags Full, Jerome Chodorov larcenous comedy. Nov. 12–Dec. 18. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • company onstage.org • 713/726-1219.

Christmas Belles, a Southern comedy. Nov. 19–Dec. 11. ETC/East-End Theater Co., 2001 Postoffice St. in Galveston • islandetc.org • 409/762-3556. ›

A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas. Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. Nov. 19–Dec. 27. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Barbara Robinson holiday comedy. Nov. 20–21 & Dec. 4. University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, Wortham Theatre • theatredance.uh.edu • 713-743-2929.

The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about feminism. Nov. 20–Dec. 29. Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Heinrich Schütz: The Master of Baroque Dresden. Manfred Cordes conducts the Houston Chamber Choir and period instrumentalist ensemble. Nov. 20, 7:30pm. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman St. • houstonchamberchoir.org • 713/224-5566.

Kaddish (“I Am Here”), a choral symphony of memories of the Holocaust presented by Houston Symphony and Holocaust Museum Houston. Nov. 23, 7pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575 • [email protected]

The Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris’ irreverent holiday comedy. Nov. 23–Dec. 31. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Nov. 24–Dec. 5. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Eisley—the Tyler, Texas-based quintet with the anti-bullying lyrics—continues its “Over the River and Through the Wood” tour with Ives The Band and Christie DuPree. Nov. 26, 7pm. Warehouse Live Studio, 813 Saint Emanuel St. • warehouselive.com • 713/225-5483.

Pictures at an Exhibition. Susanna Mälkki conducts pianist Stephen Hough and the Houston Symphony in a program of Ravel and Grieg. Nov. 26–28. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Nutcracker features new principal dancer Jun Shuang Huang from China as The Prince. Nov. 26–Dec. 16. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonballet.org • 713/227-2787.

A Queer Carol. Joe Godfrey’s gay take on Dickens’ Christmas classic. Nov. 26–Dec. 20. Unhinged Productions. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • comeunhinged.com • 832/250-7786.

Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss’ classic features Bayou City Performing Arts artistic director, Linus Lerner. Nov. 4–13. Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. • operaintheheights.org • 713/861-5303.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Jack and the Beanstalk. A new, musical adaptation of the classic children’s story. Nov. 6 & 13, 2pm. Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall • expresstheatre.com • 713/682-5044.

Madeline’s Christmas, based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans. Nov. 13–Dec. 11. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Frosty the Snowman.
Nov. 15–Dec. 27. Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall • expresstheatre.com • 713/682-5044.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Nov. 24–Dec. 5. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Santa’s Magic Timepiece, a children’s holiday musical. Dec. 4–19. UpStage Theatre, Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. • upstagetheatre.org • 713/838-7191.

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RADIO

After Hours: Queer Radio with Attitude features the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. Sunday mornings, 1–4 am. KPFT 90.1 FM. kpft.org • 713/526-5738.

Queer Voices. Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. Monday nights, 9–11 pm. KPFT 90.1 FM. kpft.org • 713/526-4000.

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ART/PHOTOGRAPHY

Isaac Powell and Smitty Regula, two solo exhibits of new works. Through Nov. 6. Gallery 1724, 1724 Bissonnet St. • 713/582-1198.

23rd Annual Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead celebrates the art and music of Mexico, including the Retablo Exhibition featuring works by Sarah Gish, Bexar Olivier, and others. Through Nov. 6. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Thomas Zitzwitz: Paintings on Canvas. Through Nov. 6. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701. ›

Gabriel Kuri: Nobody needs to know the price of your Saab. Through Nov. 13. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Amy Patton, photographs and earlier films. Through Nov. 13. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Texas Red Road Project. Photography by Monica Villarreal. Through Nov. 13. Spacetaker ARC, 2101 Winter St., Suite B11 • spacetaker.org • 713/868-1839.

Greetings from Houston: Vintage Postcard Views of the City. Through Nov. 14. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St. • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

Rusty Scruby: Playing in the Sand. Three-dimensional photographic reconstructions. Through Nov. 14. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St. • galvestonartscenter.org • 409/763-2403.

Hearts, Hands & Heritage: The Patchwork Soul of Women, a quilting exhibition. Through Nov. 19. Rice University, 6100 Main St. • rice.org • 713/348-6069.

Unreal Cities: Informal Architecture Zone, Emilio Said’s take on the modern metropolis. Through Nov. 20. University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • uh.edu.

Lance Letscher 2010: Recent Work from the Middle Ages. Works in collage. Through Nov. 27. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.

Convergence II:
Adorning the Past, Present & Pretend
features jewelry by International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Through Nov. 28. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Earth Paper Paint Wood: Recent Acquisitions. Through Nov. 28. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

D-17. Sarah Oppenheimer
explores how light penetrates a glass façade. Through Dec. 5. Rice University’s Rice Gallery, 6100 Main St. • ricegallery.org • 713/348-6069.

The Holocaust: An Artist’s Glimpse of the Past. Portraits by Dallas Hill. Through Dec. 17. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

CraftTexas 2010 showcases Texas-made contemporary craft. Through Dec. 30. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Perspectives 172: Kirsten Pieroth explores the development of early wireless communication. Through Jan. 2. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Secrets of the Silk Road, Mummies from the Chinese Desert. Through Jan. 2. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Herman Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Literary Effigies: Woodcuts by Charles Jones. Through Jan. 15. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

Form Follows Function: Celebrating 10 Years of the American Institute of Architects Design Collection. Through Jan. 30. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713-639-7300.

Everything Has Its Place. Photography by 17 University of Houston students. Through March. City Hall, 901 Bagby St. • uh.edu.

7 Women & Bill, Nov. 3–Dec. 1. Canal Street Gallery, 2219 Canal St. • canalstreetgallery.com • 713/223-2219.

White Shirts and Chiffon, Art League Houston’s 2010 annual gala, honors its 2010 Texas Artist of the Year, Joseph Havel. Nov. 5. Omni Houston Hotel, 4 Riverway • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

City Sight, City Sounds, featuring new work from artist Sherry Tseng Hill. Nov. 6–Dec. 2; artist’s reception, Nov. 6, 5pm. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Salt Grass Potters Annual Holiday Show features original handmade pottery. Nov. 13–14, 10am–5pm. Clear Lake Park meeting room, 5001 NASA Parkway, Clear Lake • saltgrasspotters.com • 281/332-3143.

Spacetaker’s 5th Annual Winter Holiday Market showcases handmade art and unique gift items by more than 60 local artists. Nov. 19–21, 11am. Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. • winterholidayartmarket.com • 713/868-1839.

Houston Via Colori 2010’s chalk artistry adorns downtown Sam Houston Park and the streets of Allen Parkway and Bagby St. Nov. 20–21. houstonviacolori.com.

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NOVEMBER DAY BY DAY WEEKLYBIWEEKLY MONTHLY

Nov. 5 (Fri)

White Shirts and Chiffon, Art League Houston’s 2010 Texas Artist of the Year annual gala, honors Joseph Havel. artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

NOV. 6 (Sat.)

The Start! Houston Heart Walk, a five-mile walk celebrates heart healthy living. 9am. Sam Houston Park Downtown, 1100 Bagby St. • houstonheartwalk.org • 713/610-5000.

Houston’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk benefits American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 10am. Stude Park, 1030 Stude St. • outofthedarkness.org.

NOV. 13 (Sat.)

22nd Annual Ice Spectacular at The Galleria features tree lighting, Santa Claus, and more. 6pm. The Galleria Polar Ice Center, 5015 Westheimer Rd. • 713/622-0663.

Reading by Jennifer Hritz. The author reads from her new novel, I, Too, Have Suffered in the Garden, which introduces Adam and Joel, an Austin couple in danger. Adam is chased by rabid ghosts: his former partner’s death from AIDS, his father’s cancer, his brutal job, his own lies. Joel watches from his art studio, desperately strategizing salvation. The story unfurls, tripping between destruction and forgiveness, driven by the suspense of desire and memory. 7 p.m. at The Lift, 365 W. 19th St. in the Heights. More info: www.jenniferhritz.com.

NOV. 16 (Tues.)

John Paul Stevens. The retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice addresses the Progressive Forum. 7:30pm. Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater, 501 Texas Ave. • progressiveforumhouston.org • 832/251-0706.

NOV. 18 (Thurs.)

Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater Houston Luncheon with special guest, Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker. 11:30am. Lakeside Country Club, 100 Wilcrest Dr. • [email protected]

NOV. 18–21 (Thurs.–Sun.)

Legacies, the 58th Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show, opens with a forum featuring decorator Barry Dixon. George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall D • thetaantiquesshow.com.

NOV. 19 (Fri.)

Mutts and Moonlight Mixer: A Happy Hour Alternative. Walk your dog and enjoy entertainment and spirits. 5–9pm. Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr. • houstonarboretum.org • 713/681-8433.

NOV. 20 (Sat.)

Wake up, Girl. Usually a band waits to hit The Bigtime before attempting to put their mark on other artists’ work. Not Girl in a Coma. The San Antonio-based rock trio has impressed industry insiders with their 2010 release, Adventures in Coverland, featuring their take on Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight,” The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” David Bowie’s “As the World Falls Down,” and other megahits. They’ll likely play one or two of these tunes when they open for The Dresden Dolls on Nov. 20 at Fitzgerald’s (2706 White Oak Dr.) • fitzlivemusic.com.

Surreally Fine Art Auction features a color engraving by Salvador Dalí, Hell, from his series illustrating The Divine Comedy and works by Keith Carter, Margaret Smithers-Crump, Kim Squaglia, Ann Stautberg, Frank X. Tolbert2, Jean Wetta, and others. Benefits GAC’s exhibition and education programs. 6pm. 2501 Market St., Galveston • galvestonartscenter.org • 409/763-2403.

NOV. 25 (Thurs.)

TXU Energy Turkey Trot benefits Sheltering Arms Senior Services. Dillard’s (Galleria), Westheimer Rd. and Post Oak Blvd. 7:45am. shelteringarms.org • 713/685-6525.

25th Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting features holiday music, Santa, 80 Christmas trees, and fireworks. 4pm. Uptown Houston, Post Oak Blvd. between San Felipe St. and Westheimer Rd. • uptown-houston.com • 713/621-2504.

Spacetaker’s Cultured Cocktails with members of Divergence Vocal Theatre. 5pm. Boheme Café & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview St. • spacetaker.org • 713/868-1839.

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Weekly (Sundays)

The Women’s Group, a feminist group for all women. 10:15am. First Unitarian Universalist Churchís Sojourner Truth Room, 5200 Fannin St. • 713/529-8571.

Urban Harvest Farmers Market, presented by Central City Co-op. Noon–4pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Weekly (Sun., Wed., Sat.)

Love and Rackets. Houston Tennis Club welcomes players and enthusiasts of all skill levels. Sundays, 9am–noon; Wednesdays, 7:30–9pm; clinics, every Saturday 9–10:30am. Memorial Park Tennis Center, 1500 Memorial Loop. Annual membership, $30; court fees, $3 per session. houstontennisclub.org.

Weekly (Mondays)

TG Support Group. Helping TransGenders Anonymous is a facilitated support group for all transgenders, supporters, family, and significant others. 7–9pm. 604 Pacific St. • tgctr.org.

Fathers First. Houston’s original gay fathers group supports gay dads who are dealing with coming-out issues and family challenges of life after being married to a woman. First three Mondays of each month, 7:30–9pm. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St., room 230 • fathersfirstof houston.com.

Gay Dads’ Support Group helps gay men who are or were previously married to a woman and who had children within that relationship. 7:30–9pm. Grace Lutheran Church’s parlor, 2515 Waugh Dr. • 281/608-8134.

Weekly (Thursdays)

Center HIV Support Group. Facilitated support group for HIV-positive individuals. 6pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 207 • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

GLBT-Friendly Depression & Bipolar Support Group. 7:15–8:30pm. Eclessia Church, 2015 Taft St, 7pm. Free. 713/526-1018.

Weekly (Saturdays)

Recycling Saturdays. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum. 10am–2pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

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Monthly (1st Sun.)

Free Legal Consultations for PWAs. AIDS Foundation Houston and Katine & Nechman L.L.P. offer 30 minutes of free legal consultation on any legal issue to persons with HIV and AIDS, by appointment. Katine & Nechman, 1111 North Loop West, Suite 180 • lawkn.com • 713/808-1000.

Monthly (1st Mon.)

Center Coming Out Group. Facilitated support group for lgbt individuals at any stage of the coming-out process. 7pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 207 • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (1st Fri.)

First Friday Happy Hour. Northwest Corner, a social and civic GLBT organization for Houstonians living northwest of Loop 610, meets. Time and location TBA. nwcorner.org.

Monthly (1st Sat.)

First Saturday Arts Market. Local artists display and sell original works of art, and local musicians entertain. 6–10pm. Free. Wind Water Gallery, 548 W. 19th • yalestreetmarket.com.

Monthly (2nd Tues.)

Center Dinner Night, hosted by the Houston GLBT Community Center. Diners pay for their own meals. 6:30pm. One’s A Meal, 812 Westheimer Rd. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (2nd Sat.)

AssistHers helps lesbians coping with life-threatening illnesses by providing non-medical assistance. Volunteers meet for fellowship and education followed by lunch at a local restaurant. 9:30am–noon. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St. • assisthers.org • 713/521-4628.

Monthly (3rd Sun.)

LOAF Meet and Greet. Lesbians Over Age Fifty meet for munchies and fellowship; bring some of both. 2pm. 1034 W. 17th.

Monthly (3rd Tues.)

Center Seniors & Friends Potluck, organized by the Houston GLBT Community Center at Bethel Church UCC, 1107 Shepherd Dr. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (3rd Wed.)

Bingo with the Divas, hosted by An’ Marie Gill & Jessica Van Shelton. 8–10pm. Benefits Bering Omega Foundation. Tony’s Corner Pocket, 817 W. Dallas St.

Monthly (3rd Thurs.)

Share with PFLAG Houston in a safe, confidential setting. 7:30pm. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Chatham Room, 1805 Alabama St. • pflaghouston.org.

Monthly (4th Sun.)

Share with the Clear Lake satellite of PFLAG Houston in a safe, confidential setting. 2–4pm. Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church Fellowship Hall, 17503 El Camino Real, Clear Lake • pflaghouston.org

Monthly (4th Wed.)

Lesbian Dinner Group. Single and coupled women come for a meal but stay for the camaraderie. 7:30pm. Cafe Express, 1422 W. Gray St. • [email protected]

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PLANNING AHEAD

Dec. 1 (Wed.)

A Little Day Music holiday event features Texas Southern University Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Dec. 2–3 (Thurs.–Fri.)

Marcel Pérès and his Ensemble Organum. Ancient music. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Dec. 3 (Fri.) Deadline

Galveston Hotel: Hotel Galvez’s Centennial Art Competition. Area artists are invited to create works depicting the historic hotel for a special exhibit beginning Jan. 14. Deadline: Dec. 3, 5pm. [email protected]

Dec. 3 (Fri.)

Jubilee of Dance, a program of shorter works choreographed by Stanton Welch, Garrett Smith, and Ben Stevenson. 7:30pm. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonballet.org • 713/227-2787.

DEC. 3–4 (Fri.–Sat.)

The 2010 Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour offers tours of six distinctive homes, a Victorian Holiday Market, and the First Saturday Arts Market. 548 W. 19th St. • houstonheights.org.

DEC. 4 (Sat.)

Tribute to Benny Goodman with clarinetist Anat Cohen. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601. n

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HIV TESTING

Thomas Street Clinic is offering HIV testing free to the public, Mon.-Fri. 9 am-1 pm. There is no need to establish eligibility (“gold-card”), no donation will be asked of the person seeking testing, and the test is free. Thomas Street Clinic, 2015 Thomas, 713/873-4157 or 713/873-4026.

Legacy Community Health Services offers free, confidential, rapid HIV testing using the OraQuick-Advance collection method with results available within 20 minutes.

MONDAYS: All Star News and Video Emporium, 3415 Katy Frwy & Studewood, 4-8pm; George Sports Bar, 617 Fairview, 6-10pm.

TUESDAYS:611 Hyde Park Pub, 611 Hyde Park, 4-8pm; Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin, 4-8pm.

WEDNESDAYS: Club Houston, 2205 Fannin, 8pm-12am; EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 10pm-1am.

FRIDAYS: Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin, 5-9pm; EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 10pm-1am.

MON-THU, Free, confidential syphilis testing is also offered. HIV and syphilis testing is offered at 215 Westheimer, 11am–7pm, and Friday, 11am–5pm. 713/830-3070.

Planned Parenthood offers free, anonymous, or confidential testing at clinic locations throughout the area. To speak with an HIV counselor: 1-800-230-PLAN. Dickinson: 281/337-7725. Fannin: 713/831-6543. FM1960: 281/587-8081. Greenspoint: 281/445-4553. Huntsville: 936/295-6396. Lufkin: 936/634-8446 x223. Rosenberg: 281/342-3950. Stafford: 281/494-9848.

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