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Plant talk: Seymour Krelborn (r, Matt Poole) tries to control his Aubrey II in Island ETC’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.

Compiled by Nancy Ford

 

Film • Performing Arts • Performing Arts for Young PeopleRadio • Art/Photography • April Day-By-Day • HIV Testing

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HOT TICKET

New Harvest
The plant that won’t die sprouts up in Galveston

Generally, talking to our houseplants is a good thing. We learned as schoolchildren that our exhaled carbon dioxide encourages photosynthesis in the plant, which in turn expels more oxygen for the plant owner. In and out, on and on . . . it’s a win-win.

But what happens when your plant starts talking back to you . . . and worse?

That turned-about agricultural concept has resulted in a story that has been told and retold to the delight of its audiences for more than 50 years. Little Shop of Horrors, the fantastical story of love and a talking, carnivorous plant first appeared as a darkly humorous film in 1960 starring Jack Nicholson. In 1982 it lightened up a bit and found acclaim as an off-Broadway musical, thanks to the skills of the eventually Disney-bound songsmiths Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast). In 1986, it was produced as another movie (whose budget it’s rumored to have been a mere $27,000), starring Rick Moranis.

This month, director Kim Mytelka, musical director Carol Daubert, and choreographer Jennifer Daugherty bring the venerable musical to Galveston’s Island ETC (east-end theater company), providing yet another bumper crop of laughs and sweet songs, including the plaintiff “Somewhere That’s Green.” Through April 16. 2001 Postoffice St. Galveston • islandetc.org • 409/762-3556. —Nancy Ford

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FILM

Sea Rex 3DGalapagos 3D, and Hubbell 3D. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Texas: The Big Picture celebrates the 175th anniversary of Texas independence. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

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.

Personal Boundary features Michelle Handelman and Carol Saf. Through April 16. Aurora Picture Show, 1117 East Freeway • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Answers to Questions: John Wood and Paul Harrison. Works in video. Through April 24. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Stick ‘em Up! Alex Luster’s documentary explores the inner-city art form of wheat pasting. April 7, 7:30pm. Aurora Picture Show at River Oaks Theater, 2009 W. Gray St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Ghostbusters, the 1984 Bill Murray comedy. April 12. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer Rd. • domystore.com.

Houston Jewish Film Festival. April 12–13. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Ebène Quartet: Fin-de-Siècle Paris. April 15, 8pm. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Sexy Is . . . asks who has the most exhilarating art. April 16, 6pm. Zen Art Space, Houston Galleria, Level 3 • zenartcenter.com • 281/495-5689.

Furry Frames: Films about Feathers & Fur. April 16, 8pm. Aurora Picture Show at Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Mamma Mia!, the 2008 ABBA musical starring Meryl Streep. April 29, 7:30pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. •
discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Back to the Future, the 1985 sci-fi comedy classic. April 29, 8pm. Presented by Alamo Drafthouse at Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. • marketsquarepark.com.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens. Photography and performance art. Through April 3. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Masters of Semblance, a Suchu Dance premiere. Through April 3, 7pm. Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston St. • suchudance.org • 713/529-1819.

Pearl Fishers, Georges Bizet’s story of a love triangle. Through April 3. Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. • operaintheheights.org • 713/861-5303.

The Miracle Worker, the Helen Keller bio. Through April 9. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Curtains, a musical comedy murder mystery. Through April 10. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Gone Missing. Six actors as 30+ characters musically consider loss. Through April 10. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.

I Do! I Do! musically traces a 50-year marriage. Through April 10. Texas Repertory Theatre Co., 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd. • texreptheatre.org • 281/583-7573.

Yankee Tavern, a thriller about conspiracy theories. Through April 10. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

The Cocktail Hour, a comedy by A.R. Gurney.?Through April 16. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.

Killer Joe, presented by Big Head Productions. Through April 16, 8pm. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org.

Little Shop of Horrors, the hungry-plant musical. Through April 16. ETC/east-end theater co., 2001 Postoffice St., Galveston • islandetc.org • 409/762-3556.

Jitney. August Wilson’s tale of Pittsburgh cabbies in 1977. Through April 24. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

Late Nite Catechism 4—Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?, a solo comedy. Through April  24. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War seeks stories of local veterans’ World War II experiences. Deadline: April 29. [email protected] • 713/942-8000, ext. 400.

Urinetown: The Musical, a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, revolution, and water. April 1–10. Masquerade Theatre, Hobby Center of Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. • masqueradetheatre.com • 713/861-7045.

On Golden Pond, Ernest Thompson’s family drama. April 1–23. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.

3rd Annual Community Arts Festival features films, a drum circle, literary readings, art sales, a book fair, and art workshops. April 2, 11am. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

A Night in Madrid, a program of Luigi Boccherini. April 2, 8pm. Mercury Baroque. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.

Yo-Yo Ma with The Silk Road Ensemble. April 2, 8pm. Society for the Performing Arts. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Spring 2011 NANO Reading Series with authors Frank Giampietro and Laurie Cedilnik. April 5, 7:30pm. Kaboom Books, 3116 Houston Ave. • nanofiction.org • 785/713-6266.

Tribute to John Denver. Michael Krajewski conducts vocalist Jim Curry. April 5–7. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Blues and Burgers. Zydeco Dots. April 6, noon. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Amadeus, Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning play based on the lives of composers Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. April 6–May 1. Alley Theatre. 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

An Evening of Bread and Circus, a three-ring circus of dance presented by Hope Stone Dance and Houston Ballet II. April 7–9. Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • hopestoneinc.org • 713/526-1907.

Hairspray, the musical about ‘60s racism and dancing. April 7–16, 8pm. HITS Theatre at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

This. Steve Garfinkel directs the regional premiere of Melissa James Gibson’s un-romantic comedy. April 7–24. Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

WATTS features Jeff “Tain” Watts, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, and David Sánchez.?April 8, 8pm. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Scheherazade. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts Aralee Dorough, flute, in a program of Rimsky-Korsakov and Mozart. April 8–10. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

She Stoops to Comedy, a gender-bending treatment of the spirit of Shakespeare. April 8–25. Unhinged Productions at Freneticore Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • comeunhinged.com • 832/250-7786.

Breaking the Code. The story of World War II homosexual genius mathematician Alan Turing. April 8–30. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s feline musical. April 12–17. Broadway Across America. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St. • broadwayacrossamerica.com • 713/315-2500.

Blues & Burgers. Celebrate Discovery Green’s 3rd birthday with Galumpha! April 13, noon. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Mendelssohn’s Scottish Plus Josefowicz. Kirill Karabits conducts violinist Leila Josefowicz in a program of Silvestrov, Sibelius, and Mendelssohn. April 14–17. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

King Lear and As You Like It, rotating repertory productions of two of Shakespeare’s classics. April 14–May 1. Talento Bilingue De Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • classicaltheatre.org • 713/963-9665.

15 on the 15th celebrates Houston Met Dance’s 15th anniversary. April 15, 8pm. Houston Met Dance. Wortham Theatre Center’s Cullen Theatre, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonmetdance.com • 713/522-6375.

Now This. Sara Phillips directs Scott Kaiser ‘s world premiere. April 15–24. Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance. UH’s Wortham Theater, 133 CWM Center for the Arts • theatre.uh.edu • 713/743-2929.

The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s musical comedy of manners. April 15–30. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.

Disco Green 2 Electronic Music Festival features internationally renowned house music DJs. April 16, 2pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Galveston Symphony Orchestra performs. April 17. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2120 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

David Sedaris. The satirist reads from new and unpublished works. April 19, 8pm. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Blues & Burgers. Texas Johnny Boy. April 20, noon. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Under the Big Dark Sky, a world premiere by John Harvey. April 21–30. Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • mildredsumbrella.com • 832/463-0409.

Come Back, Little Sheba. William Inge’s family drama. April 22–May 7. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Harvey, the classic tale of a man’s best bunny friend. April 22–May 8. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

LUMA: The Human Light Show depicts a world of luminosity from fireflies to meteors and beyond. April 23, 8:15pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre, Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Will Taylor & Strings Attached’s release party for House of Wills CD features songs from the Willie Nelson songbook. April 23. Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant St. • stringsattachedhouseofwills.com.

Blues & Burgers. Pee Wee Stephens & Blues For Two Band featuring Pops Stewart. April 27, noon. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Cole Porter’s Great American Songbook. Brett Mitchell conducts the great American songsmith’s greatest hits. Houston Symphony. April 27–29. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Four Places. Regional premiere of Joel Drake Johnson’s bittersweet comedy about family. April 27–May 22. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

Emily Johnson: The Thank You Bar features the work of contemporary Native American artists. April 28–30. Diverse Works, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

In the Mood . . . for Dance features CORE Performance Company. April 29, 8pm. Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr. • severaldancerscore.org • 713/862-5530.

Alexander Nevsky. Mark Wigglesworth conducts Houston Symphony Chorus in a program of Prokofiev, Wagner, and Stravinsky. April 29–May 1. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Monster at the Door (formerly The Medusa Body). World premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s darkly funny psychological thriller. April 29–May 29. Alley Theatre. 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

A Murder Is Announced, a mystery by Leslie Darbon. April 15–May 14. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham’s musical. Through April 1. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market. 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

The Wizard of Oz, the classic fantasy play. Through April 16. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.

Too Many Beagles! A musical by Ann and Arnold Richie. April 16–May 1. UpStage Theatre, Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. • upstagetheatre.org • 713/838-7191.

Bunnicula, a “hare-raising” musical. April 16–May 14. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market. 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

The Princess and the Pea. Presented by Express Theatre. April 22, 11am. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Robin Hood, an interactive adaptation. April 26. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Perfect Pitch: Music of Baseball with Houston Astros’ announcer Milo Hamilton narrating “Casey at the Bat.” April 28. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

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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

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.

Commonplace: Objects by Barbara Smith and Ryan Takaba. Through April 3. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Learn. Shop. Connect. Design Fair 2011 features furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork, and fashion. Through April 3. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens. Performance and photographs. Through April 3. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

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

Richard Diebenkorn: Works on Paper. Through April 10. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

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.

34th International Exhibition 2011. Through April 15. Watercolor Art Society-Houston, 1601 W. Alabama St. • watercolorhouston.org • 713/942-9966.

The North Wind and the Sun, with Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center. Through April 16. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Displaced Persons, Clemens Kalischer’s photographs of Holocaust refugees in the U.S. in the late ’40s. Through April 17. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

MS Art Bike Exhibit. Local artists transform bikes to benefit National MS Awareness Week. Through April 17. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

2011 Core Exhibition showcases work made during that year’s residency. Through April 22. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Chicome-Xochtli’s Children explores themes of identity, tradition, and social justice. Through April 22. Art League Houston 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Kate Breakey: New Work. Through April 23. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.

Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom: Manual on Books. Through April 24. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St. • contemporaryartgalveston.org • 409/763-2403.

Answers to Questions: John Wood and Paul Harrison. Through April 24. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Nowhere Near Here: New Photographic Work by Texas Artists. Through April 24. FotoFest, 1113 Vine Street and Houston Center for Photography, 1441 W. Alabama St. • fotofest.org.

Doug Cason and Zepeda: Double Life. Through April 30. Gallery 1724, 1724 Bissonnet St. • gallery1724.blogspot.com • 713/582-1198.

Painting as Performance, presented by labotanica.?Through April 30. Project Row Houses. 2505–2517 Holman St. • labotanica.org • 713/526-7662.

Susanne Thea: Paraphrase of the Bayeux Tapestry. Through May 2. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

April Watermedia Members’ Exhibit, juried by Keith McNay. Through May 5; reception, April 22, 6pm. WAS-H Gallery, 1601 W. Alabama St. • watercolorhouston.org • 713-942-9966.

Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller, inspired by the Rocky Mountains in 1837. Through May 8. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Water’s Extreme Journey, a maze exhibit. Through May 8. Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. • thehealthmuseum.org • 713/521-1515.

3rd Annual Juried Exhibition benefits Houston Area Women’s Center. Submissions considered until May 14. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Pasted Papers: The Art of Collage. Through May 15. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Truth and Transience:  Michelle Samour. Through May 15. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. Through May 23. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Mary Temple: Northwest Corner, Southeast Light. Through May 25. Rice University’s Rice Gallery, 6100 Main St. • ricegallery.org • 713/348-6069.

Lisa Gralnick: The Gold Standard. Works in metal. Through May 28. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Antiquity Revived: Neoclassical Art in the Eighteenth Century. Works from Musée du Louvre, Paris. Through May 30. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Eye on Third Ward. Jack Yates High School photography celebrates its 16th year. Through May 30. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Heinrich Kühn. Works by the photographer and scientist. Through May 30. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

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.

The Book Club of Texas, rare publications. Through June 11. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time features more than 150 works. Through July 4. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Displaced Persons: Photographs by Clemens Kalischer. Through July 24. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Circa 1900: Decorative Arts at the Turn of the Century features works by Emile Gallé, Edvard Munch, and František Kupka. Through July 31. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

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.

Bayou City Noir: The Photography of Marvin Zindler. Through Aug. 13. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

Texas! The Exhibition features historical Texas artifacts like James Bowie’s Bowie Knife. Through Sept. 5. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

The Whole World Was Watching. Civil Rights-era photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil. Through Sept. 25. Gregory School, 1300 Victor St. and Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Celebrating Fifteen Years of History with Holocaust Museum Houston, a visual storytelling of the museum’s history. Through Dec. 31. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Ours to Fight For, the role of Jewish servicemen and women during World War II. Through Dec. 31. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Installation. Rosanne Hudson and guest artists. April 1–30; reception, April 2. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Joseph Marioni and Peter Tollens: New Paintings. April 1–May 28. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose, Suite 200 • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

Sor Juana y su cruz. Latina group exhibit. April 7–29; reception, April 7, 7pm. Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • tbhcenter.org • 713/222-1213.

Dreaming in Color. Maria Hughes’ interpretation of deserts, landscapes, and the natural world. April 8–30. Canal Street Gallery, 2219 Canal St. • canalstreetgallery.com • 713/223-2219.

Joan Son–Part Geometry, Part Zen: A Personal Exploration through Paper. April 9–June 12; reception, April 29, 5:30pm. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Picturing the Senses in European Art, European paintings and prints from the 16th through 18th century. April 10–July 17. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Whoever Saves a Life . . . Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust. April 11–May 23. Cy-Fair College, 9191 Baker Cypress Road, Cypress • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Kathleen Rabel and Stephen Hazel: Paintings on Canvas. April 14–May 12; reception, April 14, 6pm. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.

Upside Down: Arctic Realities. Ancient relics from the arctic region. April 15–July 17. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Joshua Smith: Memory Pending. Collage-based works. April 16–May 7; reception, April 16, 5pm. Spacetaker ARC, 2101 Winter Street, Suite B11 • spacetaker.org.

Artist SPEAKeasy with artist Carrie Schneider and dancer/choreographer Kristina Andriana Koutsoudas. April 20, 6:30pm. Spacetaker ARC, 2101 Winter Street, Suite B11 • spacetaker.org.

2011 School of Art Masters Thesis Exhibition. April 23–May 14; reception, April 22, 6pm. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Emily Johnson: The Thank You Bar features the work of nearly 50 contemporary Native American artists. April 28–30. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

This Is Displacement: Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land and Identity. April 28–June 11; reception, April 28. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Fayetteville ArtWalk 2011 features more than 60 artists, live music, fine arts and crafts, food, and a wine tasting. April 30– May 1. Benefits art programs for rural children. Fayetteville, Texas • artsforruraltexas.org  • 979/378-2113.

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APRIL DAY BY DAY
WEEKLY • MONTHLY

April 1

Candlelight Dinner & Auction’s recommended attire is red footwear. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring St. Benefits Houston Heights Association • houstonheights.org.

April 2–3

Houston Heights Home & Garden Tour showcases six homes, starting at Heights Fire Station at Yale & 12th streets. April 2–3, noon–6pm. Benefits Houston Heights Association. houstonheights.org.

April 6

Suits & Sneakers, American Heart Association’s one-mile walk on National Start Walking Day. 11am. Houston Pavilions, 1201 Fannin St. • startwalkingnow.org • 713-610-5000.

April 9

Avondale Association’s Spring Yard and Porch Sale. 9am. Historic Bath House, 609 Avondale St. • avondalepride09
@aol.com.

April 14–16

Simon Fashion Now allows shoppers to purchase straight from the runway. April 14–16. The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Rd. • simon.com.

April 16

East Montrose Home Tour and Art Walk features original homes and cottages dating back to the 1890s. April 16, 10am. eastmontrose.org • 713/528-5614.

April 20

11th Annual Chefs’ Dinner benefits Houston Food Bank. 6:30pm. Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, 111 North Post Oak Ln. • houstonfoodbank.org • 713/547-8667.

April 23

Party for the Planet. Houston’s largest celebration of Earth Day offers family entertainment, environmental education, the Green Expo for consumer green products and services, and the new Eco Landscaping “green gardening” Zone. 10am. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

April 27

Rice Readers discuss?An Object of Beauty: A Novel by Steve Martin. 12:15pm. Rice Gallery, 6100 Main St. • ricegallery.org • 713/348-6069.

April 30

Houston Pushups for Charity Challenge benefits Wounded Warrior Project. 10am. Body3 Fitness, 1987 W. T.C. Jester Blvd. • 281/667-3648.

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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. 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.

Weekly (Saturdays)

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]

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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 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]

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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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