by Nancy Ford
Happy Birthday, Harvey. Houston GLBT Community Center celebrates the birthday of the slain San Francisco supervisor with a potluck picnic. Guests are asked to bring a food or beverage item. May 22, 1 p.m. Houston GLBT Community Center, 1900 Kane St. houstonlgbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
Out On An Island. Entertainment icon and former OutSmart cover girl Shirley MacLaine discusses her gift for communication in A Conversation with Shirley MacLaine. May 1, 4 p.m. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.
To Your Health. Personal trainer David Lewis’ Project Empower, a wellness program for people living with, HIV has expanded its schedule. The exercise group also offers information on diet and nutrition. Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Bering Church, 1440 Harold St. • 713/240-5508.
In It For the Long Haul. Denise O’Doherty, LPC, LMFT, LCDC, RN, discusses how to build trust and intimacy resulting in long-term spark, chemistry and relationship satisfaction, and more. May 7, 10 a.m. Leisure Learning Annex, 2990 Richmond Ave., 6th floor. Register: llu.com • 713/524-9525.
No Secret Anymore. 9th Annual Fiesta 2011. True, Lazarus House just received a big gift from ABC’s Secret Millionaire, but the need continues. Join them for margaritas, Mexican food and music to help Lazarus House continue its important work. $25–$30 benefits Lazarus House. 4106 Austin St. May 7, 3 p.m. thelazarushouse.org.
Gentlemen, Start Your Horses. Ginger Grant hosts Derby Day 2011, the kick-off event preceding July’s annual Mint Julep Pageant features drag performances, a drag horse race, contests, and culminates with a screening of the Kentucky Derby. Benefits Legacy Community Health Services. May 7, 3 p.m. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. legacycommunityhealth.org.
Sing and Support. Not Just ‘N Auction: A Bayou Sing Along, presented by Bayou City Performing Arts, offers hotel stays, art, and more. While you bid, sing along to the hit movie, Mamma Mia! May 7, 6 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. bayoucityperformingarts.com • 713/521-7464.
Wendy at the Anderson. One of Houston’s most aurally pristine listening rooms hosts lesbian folk singer, Wendy Colonna. May 13. Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant St. andersonfair.com • 832/212-4057.
Pride Pageantry. In the Stella Link Seville Miss Mr. & Ms. Gay Pride Houston 2011 Pageant, contestants compete in four categories, including presentation in traditional Pride colors of the contestant’s choice, onstage question and answer, evening and formal wear, and talent. Applications available at the BRB. $50 cash entry fee benefits PWA Holiday Charities. May 13, 9 p.m. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. pwaholidaycharities.org.
Singing Sisters. Bayou City Women’s Chorus presents Songs of the Poets, an inspirational concert addresses feminism, God, romance, death, and more with poet Mary Margaret Carlisle. May 14, 7:30 p.m. Wortham Center for the Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. bayoucityperformingarts.com • 713/521-7464.
Promenade and Drag. The Second Chance Prom, an event designed to give adults a chance to “relive that special night,” features Kourtney Paige Van Wales and the Guys and Dolls. May 14, 8 p.m. Sokol Hall, 1314 W. Patton St. 713/861-2828.
Mega Pixies. The Pixies, fronted by vocalist Kim Deal, who ranked #98 in VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll, perform with opening act, Neon Trees. May 15. House Of Blues, 1204 Caroline St. houseofblues.com
Don’t Fear It, Fight It. In observance of 2011 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the Houston LGBT Community Center hosts a round-table discussion on the two phobias, particularly as exhibited in politics and the social life of the nation. May 17, 7 p.m. Houston GLBT Community Center, 1900 Kane St. houstonlgbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
In the HIV Know. In observance of National HIV Vaccine Day, The Center and Baylor College of Medicine HIV Vaccine Study present a discussion and update on HIV vaccines, HIV education, and the current state of HIV research. May 18, 7 p.m. Houston GLBT Community Center, 1900 Kane St. houstonlgbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
Building Confidence and Self-Esteem. Denise O’Doherty LPC, LMFT, LCDC, RN, presents Assert Yourself: Personal Boundaries & Effective Confrontation, a step-by-step method for confronting someone effectively and identifying ways to overcome being manipulated, controlled and intimidated due to differences in personality styles. $42. May 21, 10 a.m. Leisure Learning Annex, 2990 Richmond Ave., 6th floor. Register: llu.com
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s Art! Super Hero is an art exhibit about the super heroes in our lives. May 21, 6 p.m. Zen Art Space in The Galleria 3, 5085 Westheimer Rd., second level between Sak’s and Macy’s. zenartspace.com • 281/495-5689.
Play Ball, and More. Montrose Softball League’ 26th Annual Jocks in Dresses presents “a night when ball players drag a little more, play ball a little less, and show you how they burlesque!” Benefits AssistHers, Live Consortium, and Osito Foundation. May 21, 7 p.m. Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh Dr. montrosesoftballleague.com.
Road Trip for Pride. Razzle Dazzle Dallas, a street festival held in celebration of National GLBT Pride Month returns to Dallas’ Cedar Springs strip. Includes a Wine Walk and Dog Walk (June 1); the ‘Party Bus’ Pub Crawl to participating Oak Lawn nightclubs (June 2); and three separate events at the Warwick Melrose Hotel, S4 Nightclub, and the Round Up Saloon (June 3). The June 4 street festival offers vendors, artists, sales and entertainment prior to the main event party beginning at 7 p.m. and featuring Cazwell. Benefits Youth First Texas, Resource Center Dallas, AIDS Interfaith Network, Cedar Springs Road Beautification Fund, AIDS Arms, Legacy Counseling/Founder’s Cottage, Lone Star Ride, and Dallas Legal Hospice. June 1–5. razzledazzledallas.org.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is the featured show for this month’s ActOUT, Alley Theatre’s complimentary pre-curtain social group for gay and lesbian theatre fans and their friends who purchase a ticket to the play online, using the promo code ActOUT. June 2, 6 p.m. 615 Texas Ave. alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.
Drink and Rock. [email protected]’ post-show Rock of Ages cast party offers a cabaret-style event for TUTS’ LGBT friends with appetizers and happy hour drink specials. June 2. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com • 713/558-8887.
Inspiring Health in LGBT Women. Lesbian Health Initiative–Houston once again presents its Rainbow Health Fair for lesbians, offering mammograms, Pap appointments, and extensive blood screenings by appointment and much more. Just in time for summer, body/skin scans, provided by MD Anderson Melanoma and Skin Clinic, are also available. June 4, 9 a.m.–3p.m. Legacy Community Health Services, 215 Westheimer Rd. To schedule a mammogram, blood or Pap test, call 713/426-3356 or E-mail [email protected]