All Together Now: Yee-haw!
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo lassoes our hearts
Many Houstonians, despite being ever proud in true Texas fashion of our Lone Star heritage, sometimes bristle at our stereotypical cowpoke image. Visitors to our cosmopolitan home often express their surprise at the absence of shiney-buckeled, big-hatted, hollerin’ hombres atop their horses to the chagrin of those who would prefer Houston be known for its cosmopolitan, diverse élan.
But once a year, Houstonians and those who wish they were, happily perpetuate—nay, embrace—our Wild West legacy. The annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo winds through downtown and trots into the Reliant Arena courtesy of the Rodeo Parade and Trail Ride (February 26), complete with riders atop their horses, proudly sporting those aforementioned buckles and hats.
Fueled by its carnival midway overflowing with chili, barbecue, and deep-fried everything, our town’s rodeo is the pinnacle of the oeuvre and, accordingly, has scheduled performances by the shiniest of country stars. Notably, Sugarland (March 3), Tim McGraw (March 7). Keith Urban (March 8), Lady Antebellum (March 11), Brad Paisley (March 19), close out each day’s ridin’ and ropin’ with a live concert. Expect the young possessing other musical tastes to flock to Selena Gomez (March 6), and the not-so-young to rock out to Kiss (March 15).
Two Jacksons bookend the rodeo’s Friday performances. Headlining Black Heritage Day (March 4), Janet returns to Reliant Stadium, the scene of what some conservatives considered a crime: Ms. Jackson’s notorious wardrobe malfunction at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2006.
Alan (no relation), the most-nominated artist in Country Music Association’s awards history, takes the stage for the rodeo’s final Friday (March 18).
After the dust has settled and the last calf has been branded, deserving Texas students receive the bounty of the rodeo that has provided more than $152 million in scholarships since 1957. And that’s plenty good reason to put on a big hat and let out a holler.
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Wild Ocean 3D follows the fate of billions of sardines migrating up South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal Coast. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-462
Flickerlounge: Short Films by John Herschend, Ben Peters and Lily Sparks parodying art, media, and religion. Through Feb. 26. DiverseWorks, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.
Grandalism. Street art featuring Asiaoner, curated by Gonzo247. Through Feb. 26. DiverseWorks Art Space, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.
Parody of Light. Patricia Hernandez challenges the business practices of American artist Thomas Kinkade. Through Feb. 26. DiverseWorks Art Space, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.
First Take: Okay Mountain. Film works by 10 Austin-based artists. Through April 2. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.
Johan Grimonprez: It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards, film-based work. Through April 2. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.
Free Film Fridays. The Movie Thing presents Petey Wheatstraw (Feb. 4), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus (Feb. 11), Willie Dynamite (Feb. 18), and The Big Lebowski (Feb. 23). 8:30pm. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer Rd. • domystore.com.
Soul Nite! Classic and rare performance footage co-presented with Project Row Houses and Aurora Picture Show. Feb. 4–5, 7pm. El Dorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin Ave • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.
Answers to Questions: John Wood and Paul Harrison. Feb. 12–April 24; reception, Feb. 11, 7pm. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.
Love Is a Many Splintered Thing. Films rebelling against the commoditization of love. Feb. 13, 7pm. Aurora Picture Show at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema West Oaks, 1000 West Oaks Mall • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.
Billy Elliot, the acclaimed dance film that preceded the stage show. Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.
Steers and Beers, shorts about cowboys and cowgirls. Feb. 26, 7pm. Presented by Aurora Picture Show at 8725 Katy Freeway • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.
Mildred Pierce, starring Joan Crawford. Introduced by KUHT’s Ernie Manouse as his “favorite film.” March 1, 7pm. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713-639-7300.
Don Carlo. Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece about King Philip of Spain vs. Europe. Through Feb. 5. Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. • operaintheheights.org • 713/861-5303.
Reasons to Be Pretty. Houston premiere of Neil LaBute’s comedy. Through Feb. 5. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.
Sex Please We’re Sixty. Houston premiere of a farce about three menopausal women. Through Feb. 5. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.
Dead Man Walking. Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s opera about crime and punishment. Through Feb. 6. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.
Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning fractured fairy tale. Through Feb. 6. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.
Lucia di Lammermoor. Donizetti’s drama about religious and political conflicts between two ancient Scottish clans. Through Feb. 11. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713-228-6737.
Dance Month at Kaplan Theatre features performances by Houston Ballet, Koresh Dance Company, and others. Through Feb. 12. IW Marks Theatre Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd. • jcchouston.org • 713/551-7255.
Candida, George Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy. Through Feb. 13. Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • classicaltheatre.org • 713/963-9665.
The Year of Magical Thinking. Regional premiere of Joan Didion’s adaptation of her memoir. Through Feb. 13. Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.
Angeles Romero: La vida y los tiempos de Frida Kahlo. Feb. 17–19, 8pm. Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • tbhcenter.org • 713/222-1213.
Guilty Conscience, a mystery by Richard Levinson and William Link. Through Feb. 19. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.
Bus Stop. William Inge’s comedy. Through Feb. 20. Texas Repertory Theatre Co., 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd. • texreptheatre.org • 281/583-7573.
Oh, the Humanity? and Other Exclamations. Regional premiere of five short works by Will Eno. Through Feb. 20. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.
The Marvelous Wonderettes, a musical recalls do-wop hits of the 1950s and ‘60s. Through March 13. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.
Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens. Photography and performance art. Through April 3. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.
A Little Day Music concert features pianist Timothy Hester and Friends. Feb. 2. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.
Framing Dance features Robbie Cook and offers tools on viewing dance. Feb. 2, 7:30pm. Travesty Dance Group. Hobby Center for Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. • tdghouston.info • 832/794-5825.
A Weekend with Pablo Picasso. World premiere by Herbert Siguenza. Feb. 2–27. Alley Theatre. 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.
Gil Shaham Plus Beethoven 7. Hans Graf conducts the Houston Symphony and violinist Gil Shaham in a program of Beethoven and Walton. Feb. 3–6. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Gee’s Bend portrays the lives of the quilting Pettaway women to recognize Black History Month. Feb. 3–27. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, South Africa’s nine-man a cappella group. Feb. 4. Society for Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • mambazo.com.
Wilde. A reading with music of the first act of a new musical about Oscar Wilde. Feb. 4–5, 7. Thunderclap Productions. Houston Piano Company, 1600 W. 13th St. • thunderclapproductions.com.
Lionel Loueke, jazz guitarist. Feb. 5. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.
Swings of Happiness/Mood Swings explores relationships, motherhood, and female identity. Feb. 5. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • freneticore.net • 832/426-4624.
Spring 2011 NANO Reading Series with poets Brian Nicolet and Addie Tsai. Feb. 8, 7:30pm. Kaboom Books, 3116 Houston Ave. • nanofiction.org • 785/713-6266.
Salon. New works. Feb. 9, 6:30pm. Several Dancers Core, Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr. • severaldancerscore.org • 713/862-5530.
Second Course features Swedish choreographer Mats Ek, the world premiere of Walsh’s Victor Frankenstein, and Walsh’s The Afternoon of a Faun. Feb. 10–12, 7:30pm. Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. Center for the Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. • dwdt.org • 713/315-2525.
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein presented by The Fan Factory. Feb. 10–19. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org.
Ravel’s Spain with Bolero. Hans Graf conducts the Houston Symphony and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer in a program of Ravel. Feb. 11–13. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Painting and Patronage with artist David Novros. Feb. 12, 3pm. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St. • rothkochapel.org • 713/524-9839.
A Wake E’ening, featuring Robert and Sandra Timmermans and the Terpsichorean Society, fuses early music with ballroom dancing. Feb. 12, 7pm. Revels Houston. D’Amico Dance, 11151 Westheimer Rd. • revelshouston.org • 713/668-3303.
Music of the Stage. Thomas Jaber conducts Houston Masterworks Chorus. Feb. 12, 7:30pm. First United Methodist Church, 3663 Westchase Dr. • houstonmasterworks.org • 713/529-8900.
F#ck Love, Let’s Party! 2nd Annual Anti-Love Celebration features breakup-themed music, dancing, food, live performances, party games, door prizes, and a “loud auction.” Feb. 12, 9pm. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • freneticore.net • 832/426-4624.
8 Seasons. A program of Vivaldi and Piazzolla. Feb. 12, 14. Mercury Baroque. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.
8 Seasons. A program of Vivaldi and Piazzolla.?Feb. 13. John Cooper School,?1 John Cooper Drive, ?The Woodlands • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.
Clay Aiken: Tried and True. The American Idol performs hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s with Houston Symphony. Feb. 14, 7:30pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Holocaust ?en Español. Riki Roussos discusses her Holocaust experience in Spanish.?Feb. 15, ?5:30pm. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. •hmh.org • 713/942-8000.
Answers to Questions. Musiqa’s Loft Concert Series continues with an evening at the museum that includes violinist Todd Reynolds performing in a world premiere by Bill Ryan. Feb. 17, 6:30pm. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.
Ella, the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald. Feb. 17–18. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.
The War of the Worlds, the musical version by Jeff Wayne. Feb. 18–March 6. FrenetiCore Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • freneticore.net • 832/426-4624.
Sunday in the Park with George. Stephen Sondheim’s musical. Feb. 18–27. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • masqueradetheatre.com • 713/861-7045.
Kenny Loggins. Michael Krajewski conducts the pop singer and Houston Symphony. Feb. 18–20. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Rehearsal for Murder. D.D. Brookes’ mystery. Feb. 18–March 5. UpStage Theatre. Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. • upstagetheatre.org • 713/838-7191.
Always . . . Patsy Cline, a musical about friendship. Feb. 18–Mar. 6. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.
The Merry Wives of Windsor. Trevor B. Cone directs William Shakespeare’s comedy. Feb. 18–Mar. 12. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.
Over the River and through the Woods. A comedy about grandparents. Feb. 18–March 13. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.
Acts of Faith with the Reverend Susan J. Barnes. Feb. 19, 3pm. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St. • rothkochapel.org • 713/524-9839.
August: Osage County. Tracy Letts’s comedy about family. Feb. 23–March 13. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.
Billy Elliot the Musical, Elton John’s Tony Award-winning dance hit. Feb. 23–March 13. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.
12 Minutes Max. New works by local artists. Feb. 24–25. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.
Jonathan Biss. James Gaffigan conducts the pianist and Houston Symphony in a program of Ives, Beethoven, and Dvoák. Feb. 24–27. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Marie, Stanton Welch’s ballet of the life of French queen Marie Antoinette. Feb. 24–March 6. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonballet.org • 713/227-2787.
ScrapArtsMusic, an eco-friendly Canadian quintet. Feb. 25. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.
Music for Rothko. Morton Feldman’s masterpiece Rothko Chapel, presented by Da Camera and Houston Chamber Choir. Feb. 25–27. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.
Wild Oats. Country fun. Feb. 25–March 6. Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance. UH’s Wortham Theater, 133 CWM Center for the Arts • theatre.uh.edu • 713/743-2929.
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn’s lauded musical. Feb. 25–March 12. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.
A World in Itself, presented by Compagnie La Baraka dance ensemble. Feb. 26. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.
A Little Day Music concert features the Da Camera Young Artists. March 2. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.
St. Lawrence String Quartet in a program of Adams and Beethoven. March 5. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.
PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
The Magician’s Nephew responds to questions unanswered by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Feb. 5 & 12. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.
Freedom Train, a tale of a family’s journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad, celebrates Black History Month. ?Jan. 31–March 11. Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall • expresstheatre.com • 713/682-5044.
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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Body Surface. Through Feb. 3. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.
Elizabeth Chandler, mixed media on canvas and paper. Through Feb. 5. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.
Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship showcases more than 200 18th-century artifacts from the pirate ship discovered in U.S. waters. Through Feb. 6. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.
Cosmopolitan Routes: Houston Collects Latin American Art celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the museum’s Latin American art department. Through Feb. 6. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Lucinda Cobley (glass art) and Joan Winter (sculpture). Through Feb. 12. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd., Suite 200 • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.
Fragments and Reverberations, paintings by Austin artist Sydney Yeager. Through Feb. 12. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.
Joe Peña: Figures & Flesh. Paintings, prints, and drawings. Through Feb. 18. Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • tbhcenter.org • 713/222-1213.
Disturbance of Distance 2. Works by seven regional artists. Through Feb. 19, with curator and artist’s talk, Feb. 19, 3pm. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg St. • box13artspace.com.
Kissed by Angels: A Selection of Work from Southern California. Through Feb. 20. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.
Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964–66. Through Feb. 20. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.
Fotofest: A Matter of Wit features visual puns. Through Feb. 25. 1113 Vine St. • fotofest.org • 713/223-5522.
WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), Wendy DesChene’s community interactive installation. Through Feb. 25. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.
For the Love of Books: Celebrating the New Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center. 18th- and 19th-century publications. Through Feb 27. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
I Shot Rock: The Music Photography of Mark C. Austin. Through Feb. 27. Spacetaker ARC, Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. • spacetaker.org.
Whoever Saves a Life. Rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. Through Feb. 28. Frost Bank, 2201 Market St., Galveston • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.
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.
Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island. Through March 6. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.
Works by Josephine Durkin, The Bridge Club, Hollis Cooper, Mark Aguhar, and Laura Lark. Through March 12. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.
Inverted Harmony: A Handmade Environment. Works in glass, lights, and textiles by Jenine Bressner. Through March 13. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
Monthly Watermedia Exhibit. Through March 17; reception, Feb. 18, 6pm. Watercolor Art Society-Houston, 1601 W. Alabama St. • watercolorhouston.org • 713/942-9966.
Everything Has Its Place. Photography by 17 University of Houston students. Through March. City Hall, 901 Bagby St. • uh.edu.
First Take: Okay Mountain. Through April 2. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.
Johan Grimonprez: It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards. Through April 2. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.
Tony Smith: Drawings. Through April 3. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.
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.
Lisa Gralnick: The Gold Standard. Works in metal. Through May 28. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
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.
Displaced Persons: Photographs by Clemens Kalischer. Photographs of Holocaust refugees in the United States in the late 1940s. Through July 24. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.
Passage to a New Life: Highlights from the Collections of Holocaust Museum Houston includes photographs, documents, and artifacts. Through Aug. 7. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.
Small Works by Great Minds, a fundraiser with silent and live auction, and entertainment. Feb. 3. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.
Mary Temple: Northwest Corner, Southeast Light. Feb. 3–May 25. Rice University’s Rice Gallery, 6100 Main St. • ricegallery.org • 713/348-6069.
Susanne Thea: Paraphrase of the Bayeux Tapestry. Feb. 3–May 2. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.
F stops in black & color. Photography by Fikry Botros. Feb. 4–March 3; reception Feb. 5, 5pm. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.
Tanzania Safari: Photographs from the Serengeti. Feb. 5. Street Gallery, 2219 Canal St. • canalstreetgallery.com • 713/223-2219.
The Candy Shop focuses on the appeal of Latin and South American candies. Feb. 5–18. Montrose Art Society at Spacetaker, 2101 Winter St. • spacetaker.org.
Revenge of the World, new work by Gabriel Dieter. Feb. 5–March 17. Domy Books Houston, 1709 Westheimer Rd. • domystore.com.
Commonplace. Feb. 5–April 3. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
Eye on Third Ward: Jack Yates High School Photography celebrates its 16th year. Feb. 6–May 30. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time features more than 150 works. Feb. 6–July 4. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller, inspired by the Rocky Mountains in 1837. Feb. 13–May 8. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
The Book Club of Texas, rare publications. Feb. 17–June 11. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.
Tom Berg. Feb. 18–March 19; reception, Feb. 18, 6pm. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd., Suite 200 • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.
Go Red for Women. The American Heart Association encourages individuals to wear red to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease among women. goredforwomen.org • 713/610-5000.
Wild at Heart, the American Heart Association’s 2011 Heart Ball, followed by A Walk on the Wild Side After Party. 7pm. Hilton Americas Houston, 1600 Lamar • heart.org • 1/800-AHA-USA1.
heART&SOUL Vol. 24, the second-anniversary show presented by K. Dapree, encourages expression for people of all gender, lifestyles, and beliefs and features HBO Def Poetry poet Buttaflysoul, DJ LoQi, and open mic. 7pm. Taft Street Coffee, 2115 Taft St. • [email protected] • 832/567-6923.
Feb. 15–March 1
Free Employment Seminar. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church offers this free three-week seminar. Sessions include a time for networking and lead sharing, plus much more. You don’t have to be a member of St. Paul’s. 6–9pm on Tuesdays, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, and Mar. 1. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (stpaulshouston.org), 5501 Main St. To register: [email protected] or 713/528-0527. More info: Mac MacLaren at 281/229-9296 or [email protected], or via Skype at mac.maclaren.
Sex, Botany, and Abortion: The Gender Politics of Plants in the 18th Century World, with Dr. Londa Schiebinger. 6pm. Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative Auditorium, 6100 Main St. • rice.edu.
24th Annual ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run offers a 10K race and 5K fun run/walk, raising scholarship funds for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. 9:25am. Texas Ave. and Smith St. to Minute Maid Park • conocophillipsrodeorun.com • 281/293-2447.
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.
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.
Center HIV Support Group. Facilitated support group for HIV-positive individuals. 6pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbt
community 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.
Recycling Saturdays. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum. 10am–2pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.
Bi-weekly (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 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 Sat.)
First Saturday Arts Market. Local artists display and sell original works of art, local musicians entertain. 11am–6pm. Wind Water Gallery, 548 W. 19th St. Free. 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 Din ner Group. Single and coupled women come for a meal but stay for the camaraderie. 7:30pm. Cafe Express, 1422 W. Gray St. • [email protected]
Midnight in Marrakech: The 15th annual San Luis Salute celebrates Galveston’s Mardi Gras with the Pink Flamingos, a seated dinner, royal procession of the Knights of Momus court, fashion, revelry, and more. 7:30pm. Galveston Island Convention Center, Seawall Blvd. and 56th St. • galveston.com.
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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