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Compiled by Nancy Ford

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

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Electrifying: bundle up and enjoy the wintry sights and sounds of Lights in the Heights, December 11 at 6 p.m.

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‘Lights in the Heights’ recalls a simpler time

Regardless of religious affiliation or level of humbuggery, most people who have experienced the warm fuzzies inevitably brought on by Lights in the Heights agree it is a metaphor for that ever-expanding borough itself: as one of Houston’s most cherished holiday happenings, it combines the diversity and convenience of Big City life, paired with the friendliness and charm of a small-town street festival.

A calming, casual antidote for the mayhem and bustle that accompanies the holidays and all its trappings, Lights in the Heights invites participants to stroll the streets and sidewalks of the Woodland Heights area to soak up not only the elaborate decorations but also the overall spirit that permeates this time of year. Throughout the evening, residential porches become stages for carolers, musicians, and even handbell enthusiasts to amuse families and friends, cooing couples, and hoards of hipsters, young and old alike. Plus, what better excuse is there to wrap a wooly scarf around your neck, fill your thermos with the spirits of your choice, and offer the season’s greetings to some friendly neighbors?

Admittedly, parking can be a bit dicey, with the Bayland, Omar, and Norhill neighborhoods being barricaded to through traffic for the evening. For early-comers, parking is available at St. Mark’s United Methodist, the Vineyard, and Zion Lutheran churches on Pecore Street, as well as Woodland and Stude parks.

December 11, 6 p.m. woodland-heights.org • 713/683-5188. —Nancy Ford

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FILM

Wild Ocean 3D follows the fate of billions of sardines migrating up South Africa’ Kwazulu-Natal Coast. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Sam Green: Short Films presented by Aurora Picture Show. Through Dec. 18. DiverseWorks’ Flickerlounge, 1117 East Frwy. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Touring Taste of Dance Salad Festival, a special film screening and discussion. Dec. 2, 6:30pm. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Tenth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival, with filmmakers Patrick Smith and Jolene Pinder. Dec. 3, 7pm. Barnevelder Movement Complex, 2201 Preston St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

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

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

*Christmas Belles, a Southern comedy. Through Dec. 11. ETC/East-End Theater Co., 2001 Postoffice St., Galveston • islandetc.org • 409/762-3556.

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

Three Bags Full, Jerome Chodorov’s larcenous comedy. Through Dec. 18. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.

*Every Christmas Story Ever Told . . . and then some. Through Dec. 19. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.

*Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings, the do-wop holiday musical show. Through Dec. 23. Texas Repertory Theatre Co., 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd. • texreptheatre.org • 281/583-7573.

Cinderella, presented by African-American Shakespeare Company. Through Dec. 26. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St.  • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

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

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

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

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

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.

*A Fertle Holiday. The final in-house showing of RMT’s classic “radio” comedy. Radio Music Theatre, 2623 Colquitt St. • radiomusictheatre.com • 713/522-7722.

A Little Day Music holiday event features Texas Southern University Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Dec. 1. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

*Handel’s Messiah Rocks! Broadway meets rock-and-roll and baroque music. Dec. 1, 7:30pm. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

The Nutcracker Suite as interpreted by The Invincible Czars fuses riff rock, classical/symphonic music, heavy metal, loungey grooves, odd meters, klezmer, country shuffles, punk rock, and circusy polka. Dec. 2: 8th Annual Tree Lighting Event, Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk. Dec. 3, 6pm: University of Houston Outdoor Campus Concert, hosted by KUHF-FM. invincibleczars.com.

Marcel Pérès and His Ensemble Organum. Ancient music. Dec. 2–3. Da Camera. Chapel of the Villa de Matel (6510 Lawndale St.) and The Rothko Chapel (1409 Sul Ross St.), respectively. dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Jubilee of Dance, a program of shorter works choreographed by Stanton Welch, Garrett Smith, and Ben Stevenson. Dec. 3, 7:30pm. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonballet.org • 713/227-2787.

Synesthesia: Emerging Choreographers Showcase. Dec. 3–4. Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance. UH’s Wortham Theater, 133 CWM Center for the Arts • theatre.uh.edu • 713/743-2929.

*Hallelujah! Handel and Vivaldi at Christmas, presented by Houston Chamber Choir. Dec. 4, 7:30 pm. The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. • houstonchamberchoir.org • 713/224-5566.

Tribute to Benny Goodman with clarinetist Anat Cohen. Dec. 4. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.  • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

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

Andrea Bocelli. Eugene Kohn conducts the classical crossover singer, Houston Symphony Chorus, and Adderley School of the Performing Arts Children’s Chorus. Dec. 8, 7:30pm. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

*Music of the Season with Salt and Light, an activity-based program for seniors. Dec. 9, 11 a.m. St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 Main St. • stpaulshouston.org.

*The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Barbara Robinson’s holiday comedy. Dec. 9–19. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

*Handel’s Messiah. Dec. 10–11. Mercury Baroque. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.

*Very Merry Pops. Dec. 10–12. Michael Krajewski and Charles Hausmann conduct the Houston Symphony and Chorus. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Anders Osborne tours with his new album, American Patchwork. With the Stanton Moore Trio. Dec. 11, 10pm. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. • lastconcert.com • 713/226-8563.

*A Celtic Celebration of the Winter Solstice. Christmas Revels celebrates 20 years of culturally diverse music. Dec. 11–12, 18–19. University of Houston’s Wortham Theater, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Entrance 16, Building 507 • revelshouston.org • 713/668-3303.

*A Piper’s Noel, a Renaissance musicale, features Ciaramella. Presented by Houston Early Music. Dec. 13, 7:30pm. Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. • houstonearlymusic.org • 713/432-1744.

Burn the Floor, 20 champion ballroom dancers. Dec 14-19. Broadway Across America. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St. • broadwayacrossamerica.com • 713/315-2500.

*Christmas Pops! Aurora Picture Show’s Sing-A-Long Fundraiser Holiday Party and Raffle. Dec. 16, 7pm. El Dorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin Ave. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Plaza Suite, Neil Simon’s hotel comedy. Dec. 31–Jan. 22. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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*Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Through Dec. 5. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

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

*Rudolph Rides Again. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer comes out of retirement to save an elf. Through Dec. 18. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.

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

*The Snowman. Robert Franz conducts the Houston Symphony in Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s story, featuring Westside High School Inertia Dance Company. Dec. 4, 10 & 11:30am. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Best of the Fest! Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2010. Dec. 4, 4pm. Presented by Aurora Picture Show. Winter Street Studios’ Spacetaker, 2101 Winter St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

*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

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

City Sight, City Sounds, featuring new work from artist Sherry Tseng Hill. Through Dec. 2. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

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.

Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. Video and sculpture installation. Through Dec. 9. DiverseWorks Art Space, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Monster Show Five, works by multiple artists. Through Dec. 9. 1709 Westheimer Rd. • domystore.com.

Peter Sacks: Recent Paintings. Through Dec. 11. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd., Suite 200 • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

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.

Grandalism featuring Pilot (FX). Large-scale works by local street artists. Through Dec. 18. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

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.

Winter 2010 Open Juried Exhibition. Through Jan. 6. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.

Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria. Through January 9. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713-639-7300.

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

Lawndale Art Center. Maria Smits’ Adoration of the Mystic Dog, David Sullivan’s Fugitive Emissions, Rachelle Vasquez’ Where Pigeons Dare, Kimberly Hennessy and Deb Karpman’s In and Out of Whack, and Jill Wood’s Snack Projects. Through Jan. 15. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Michael Tole: Struck by Lightning More Than Once, She Didn’t Yield. Photography-based paintings. Through Jan. 16. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St., Galveston • galvestonartscenter.org • 409/763-2403.

Intimate Settings and Public Spaces: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawings and Prints. Through Jan. 17. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713-639-7300.

Puuya Kuntha–Strong Heart, paintings by northern Queensland’s Lockhart River’s Art Gang. Through Jan. 26. Booker-Lowe Gallery, 4623 Feagan St. • bookerlowegallery.com • 713/880-1541.

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.

Ready Made Africans, lithographs of hip-hip performers by David McGee. Through Jan. 30. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage. Through Jan. 30. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship showcases more than 200 18th-century artifacts from the first fully authenticated pirate ship discovered in U.S. waters. Through Feb. 6. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. •n hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Cosmopolitan Routes: Houston Collects Latin American Art celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Latin American art department. Through Feb. 6. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

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

Poems and Pictures: A Renaissance in the Art of the Book (1946-1981). Through Jan. 29. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

Kissed by Angels: A Selection of Work from Southern California. Through Feb. 20. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island. Through Feb. 20. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

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

The Workshop of Ernest F. de Soto, Master Printer. Through March 5. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

More Than a Toy: Dolls from the Victorian Era. Through April 10. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St., Sam Houston Park • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

Displaced Persons, Clemens Kalischer’s photographs of Holocaust refugees in the United States in the late 1940s. Through April 17. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Fragile Fragments: Expressions of Memory. Female artists examine the relationship between art and loss. Through June 5. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Michael Brims. Dec. 4. Gallery 1724, 1724 Bissonnet St. • gallery1724.blogspot.com • 713/582-1198.

2010 School of Art Annual Student Exhibition. Dec. 4–18. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

James Myres: Polychromes and Monochromes. Works on canvas. Dec. 4–30. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

The Color of Enamel: New Work by Leighelena. Contemporary jewelry. Dec. 4–Jan. 30. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Justin Shull: Field Work. Dec. 5. Hungry’s Café and Bistro’s H Gallery, 2356 Rice Blvd. • thehgallery.com.

In the Lateness of the World: Singing in Dark Times features Carolyn Forché’s poetry.?Dec. 7, 7pm. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St. • rothkochapel.org • 713/524-9839.

*WHAM. Spacetaker’s Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM) features handcrafted items by more than 25 local artists, plus entertainment, food, and more. Dec. 7–10, 11am–2pm. The Shops at Houston Center, 1200 McKinney St., level 3 • winterholidayartmarket.com.

WAS–H’s Annual Small Paintings Exhibit with curator Katherine Veneman. Dec. 7–Jan. 6; reception, Dec. 10, 6pm. Benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation. Watercolor Art Society—Houston. 1601 W. Alabama St. • watercolorhouston.org • 713/942-9966.

Fall AIR. Artists-in-residence’s open studio event. Dec. 9, 5:30pm. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Bruce Brainard: Oil on Canvas. Dec. 9–Jan. 8. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.

Interior/Exterior Views. Works by Ian Anderson and Lindsay Peyton. Dec. 11–12; reception, Dec. 11, 6–9pm. Winter Street Studios’ upstairs gallery, 2101 Winter St. • winterstreetstudios.net • 713/862-0082.

Jill Moser: Editions features The Introvert, with poet Charles Bernstein. Dec. 11–Jan. 14; reception, Dec. 11, 6pm. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose, Suite 200 • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

Tony Smith: Drawings. Dec. 17–April 3. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

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DECEMBER DAY BY DAY WEEKLYBIWEEKLY MONTHLY
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OCT. 2

DEC. 2, 4–5

*Galveston’s Dickens on The Strand, an annual holiday street festival celebrates 19th-century Victorian London, features Steampunk performers, Airship Isabella. The Dickens Champagne Reception features a lecture by Charles Dickens’ great-great-great granddaughter, author Lucinda Dickens Hawksley. Dec. 2, 6pm. Downtown Galveston • galvestonhistory.org.

DEC. 3

*Mayor Annise Parker’s Holiday Celebration features music, festivities, fireworks, and the lighting of the official holiday tree sponsored by Reliant Energy. Upper plaza at City Hall, 901 Bagby St. 6pm. houstontx.gov.

DEC. 3–4

*Holiday Greetings from the Houston Heights. 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. 5

*Alternative Gift Market supports fair trade vendors. 9am. St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 Main St. • stpaulshouston.org

DEC. 24

*Christmas Eve Candlelight Services. Services commemorating the birth of Jesus occur throughout the day. Noon: Service of Holy Communion with St. Paul’s musicians. 5pm: Service of Lessons and Carols with St. Paul’s Chamber Choir and Treble Choir. 7pm: Service of Lessons and Carols with the St. Paul’s Choir. 9pm: Service of Holy Communion with the St. Paul’s Choir. St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 Main St. • stpaulshouston.org.

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Weekly (Sundays)

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Weekly (Sundays)

The Women’s Group, a feminist group for all women. 10:15am. First Unitarian Universalist Church’s 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 (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 • fathersfirstofhouston.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. New facilitated support group for HIV-positive individuals. 6pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunity  center.org • 713/524-3818.

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

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 (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, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (1st Fri.)

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

Monthly (1st & 3rd Fri.)

Positive Brothers Unite, a support/social group for HIV-positive men who have sex with men of color. 6pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St., room 110 • 713/454-7548 • [email protected]

Monthly (1st Sat.)

First Saturday Arts Market. Local artists display and sell original works of art, and local musicians entertain. 11am–6pm Wind Water Gallery, 548 W. 19th St. • 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 Street.

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 and 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

Nov. 5 (Fri)

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

Nov.6 (Sat.)

The Start! Houston Heart Walk, a five-mile walk celebrating heart-healthy living. Nov. 6, 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. Nov. 6, 10am. Stude Park, 1030 Stude St. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention • outofthedarkness.org.

Mildred’s Umbrella Theate r 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. 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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