Beyond the Music. Texas-based rocker Patrice Pike created the Grace Foundation of Texas to provide healthcare, education, and career training to homeless youth once they “age out” of the traditional support systems. This month, musicians Kristine Mills and Long Dive, as well as visual artist Roland Diaz, join Pike for the group’s second annual awareness and fundraising gala. January 28, 7 p.m. Warehouse LIVE, 813 Saint Emanuel St. • gracetexas.org.
Transformative New Year. Make a wish for the New Year at the GenderMyn’s New Year Brunch, offering a traditional menu of black-eyed peas, cabbage, hush puppies, mimosas, and some not-so-traditional drag. January 1, noon–3 p.m. 2811 Washington Ave. • houstongendermyn.com.
Get Rubbed the Right Way as Regale NYE 2011 Bash’s fun continues with Martinis & Massages & More, a New Year’s Day party, January 1, 6 p.m. The day offers specials on full-body massages or 10-minute chair massages, sweet treats from the Chocolate Bar, and jazz music by the Best Known Unknowns. Houston Marriot Energy
Corridor Hotel, 16011 Katy Frwy. • a2-40-euphoria.com.
B-15 Years. Kicking off the Houston GLBT Community Center’s 15th anniversary year, this month Queer Bingo moves to the second Saturday to avoid conflict with New Year’s Day celebrations. January 8, 4 p.m. Benefits Houston GLBT Community Center. One’s A Meal, 812 Westheimer Rd. • houstonglbtcommunitycenterorg.
Medieval Merriment. The flashy Krewe of Olympus gets its early Mardi Gras rolling with the 12th Night Party, scheduled January 8, 7–10 p.m., at the GLBT Cultural Center in Montrose Counseling Center (401 Branard St). It all leads up to the Krewe’s opulent Ball XLI, scheduled February 12? at the George R. Brown Center (1001 Avenida De Las Americas) • mardigrastexas.com.
Walk On By. Each spring in March, thousands of Houstonians strap on their walking shoes for AIDS Walk Houston, in support of Houstonians infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS. But first they have to sign up. Register your team to participate in this year’s walk, scheduled March 13, at AFH’s annual kick-off party. The walk is presented by Marathon Oil Company and benefiting
more than a dozen local AIDS service orga-nizations. January 12, 5–7 p.m. Chelsea Grill, 4621 Montrose Blvd. • aidswalkhouston.org • 713/623-6796.
Some Like It Early and Inexpensive. Movie Night at The Arts Alliance Center Clear Lake screens Some Like It Hot, that 1959 tribute to drag and gender starring Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, and Jack Lemmon that was way ahead of its time. Admission is free, but a $2 donation is appreciated. Beverages and popcorn are available for $1. January 13, 6:30 p.m. 2000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org.
Court Coronation Marathon. The candy-liciously nicknamed Empire of the Royal, Sovereign, Imperial Court of the Single Star (ERICSS) celebrates with a fun-filled weekend that extends January 13 through 16. King Fathers Larry Spriggs and Bob Bouton and Queen Mothers Crystal Rae Lee Love and Shy Anne kick off the weekend with the In-Town Show, January 13, 8 p.m., at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. The court gathers the next day, January 14, 1–4 p.m., to enjoy the hospitality of the host hotel, Sheraton North (15700 JFK Blvd.). Candidates for Emperor and Empress XXVII host the Out of Town Show, January 14, 6:30 p.m., with buses for the bar tour leaving the hotel at 9:30 p.m. Hospitality begins January 15, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The big event, Coronation XXVII: A Magical Journey through the Sound of Music takes place January 15, 6 p.m., followed by an after-party ’til 4 a.m. The Sunday morning brunch hosted by Emperor XXVI Falcon and Empress XXVI Sheri Anne Bouton follows January 16, 10 a.m., at the hotel. The weekend is capped January 16, 4 p.m., by the Victory Party and Show at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St., celebrating guests having made it through the preceding three days and nights • ersicss.org.
Creative Caring. Nearly 50 renowned artists, including Rupert Garcis, Joe Havel, Donald Lipski, Joe Mancuso, Mie Olise, and others have donated works to create a unique collection for AIDS Foundation Houston’s sixth annual Art4Life. Co-chaired by Barbara Davis, Heidi Schwarzwald, MD, and Bryan Rosenstrauch, the event also offers a silent auction, entertainment, dancing, and nibbles from Blue Apron Caters. January 22. Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St. • Benefits AIDS Foundation Houston • aidshelp.org.
Tattoo You. Several tattoo artists from the Houston area rev up their needles for charity with Tattooed for Good, a two-day tattoo festival offering 10-minute tattoos for $40. Participating artists include Kat Adlerz, Christina Sparrow, Alex Cetina, and Brandon Madrid from Gaslight Gallery Tattoo (1416 Westheimer Rd.); Patrick Merryman, Miranda Quinn, and Dennis P. from Monster Ink; Peter, Vinnie, and Bryan Phillips from Bombshell Tattoo (604 Westheimer Rd.); Kevin Poon from Scorpion Tattoo (1401 Westheimer Rd.); and others. Also features live music, drink specials at local bars, a raffle, and more. Benefits AssistHers. January 22–23, noon–midnight • [email protected] • 832/594-6907.
Looking Ahead. A number of events are scheduled for Freedom to Marry Week 2011, beginning February 10, 6:30 p.m., with the Political, Religious, Legal Panel on Current Status of the LGBT Rights Movement at the GLBT Cultural Center (401 Branard St.). Texas’ Big Gay Wedding Celebration and Protest follows February 13, 1:30 p.m., at Resurrection MCC (2025 W. 11th St.). The observance concludes February 14, 11:30 a.m., with the Valentine’s Day Marriage License Protest and March to City Hall (Harris County Clerk’s Office, 201 Caroline St.) • familymarriageequality.org.
Funny Girls. Lesbian Health Initiative–Houston moves to a new downtown location, the Doubletree Hotel, for its annual Celebration of Love dinner dance. Comedian Dana Goldberg headlines, with dance music provided by DJ Joy De La O. February 12, 7:30 p.m., with silent auction, photos, and cocktails beginning at 6:30 p.m. • lhihouston.org.