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Houston Symphony brings Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and other classic cartoon characters to Jones Hall

Compiled by Nancy Ford

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Houston Symphony brings Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and other classic cartoon characters to Jones Hall

Question: What’s gayer than opera? Answer: Opera with Bugs Bunny.

He loved dressing in drag, adorned by lots of red lipstick. He insisted on gifting his unsuspecting nemeses, like Elmer Fudd, with same-sex kisses. Then there’s that ever-present carrot at least temporarily satisfying his oral fixation.

“Bugs Bunny is what I would like to be: debonair, quick-witted, very fast on the comeback, a sort of male Dorothy Parker-ish D’ Artagnan,” Chuck Jones, the animator/father of Bugs Bunny and numerous unforgettable cartoon characters, once said of his most popular cartoon character.

Dorothy Parker and a lacey Frenchman? That’s gay.

George Daugherty conducts the Houston Symphony as it provides accompaniment to What’s Opera, Doc?, Jones’s acclaimed parody of Teutonic composer Richard Wagner’s 14-hour Der Ring des Nibelungun. Crystallized into a six-minute masterpiece by Jones in 1957, the piece was considered ground-breaking enough to be the first cartoon included in Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. In it, Elmer Fudd plays Siegfried to Bugs’s Valkyrie Brunhilde, unapologetically lampooning what less than 20 years earlier had been proclaimed by Adolf Hitler as among the limited music considered suitable for Aryan, if not rabbit, ears.

Additionally opera-rific, Warner Brothers’ The Rabbit of Seville (1950), Home Tweet Home (1950), Rhapsody Rabbit (1946), and Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl (1950) are included in the program. Zoom and Bored (1957) starring the Road Runner, as well as gems featuring The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, complete the evening. SpongeBob Square Pants, eat your heart out.

July 14, 7:30 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575. —Nancy Ford

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FILM

Sea Rex 3D, Galapagos 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.

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (2010). A documentary of the complex folk singer/philosopher. June 30–July 4. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanly Kubrick’s futuristic 1968 sci-fi classic. July 1, 8:30pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

My Bodyguard (1980), a solution to bullying. July 6, 11am. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

It Came from Outer Space (1950), a metaphor for communism, in 3D. July 13, 11am. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Summer Video Jam features filmmakers Allison Hunter and Michael Brims. Co-presented by CAMH and Aurora Picture Show. July 14, 6:30pm. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro) (2001). Anime. July 20, 11am. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

The Secret of the Kells (2009). Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythological animation. July 27, 11am. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Xanadu (1980), the Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly musical, plus music and dance performances, art walk, and roller-skating. July 30, 8:20pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

National Velvet (1944). The equestrian classic starring Elizabeth Taylor. Aug. 3, 11am. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick’s light suspense comedy. Through July 2. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.

Blithe Spirit. Claire Hart-Palumbo directs Noël Coward’s ghostly comedy. Through July 3. Main Street Theater Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Blues in the Night. Sheldon Epps’s musical that spotlights the essence of blues. Through July 24. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Betsy Kelso’s comedy. Through July 24. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

Smokey Joe’s Café features the music of early rock ‘n’ rollers Lieber and Stoller. Through July 24. Texas Repertory Theatre Co. 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd. • texreptheatre.org • 281/583-7573.

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None kicks off the ExxonMobil Summer Chills series. Through July 31. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Rock the Dock, a free concert series featuring local bands. Thursdays through Aug. 25, 6:30pm. Kemah Boardwalk • kemahboardwalk.com • 281/334-9880.

The Music of The Who. Brent Havens conducts the Houston Symphony and a rock band. July 1, 7:30pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Miss Firecracker Contest. Beth Henley’s Southern gothic comedy. July 1–30. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.

Step Afrika! showcases intricate kicks, stomps, and rhythms. July 2, 8pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

ExxonMobil Star-Spangled Salute. Michael Krajewski conducts the Houston Symphony, astronaut and vocalist Chris Hadfield, and the Pearl Hall elementary Children’s Chorus. July 4, 8:30pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Forever Plaid, the do-wop musical. July 7–16. Artista Restaurant, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. • masqueradetheatre.com • 713/861-7045.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, the story of Texas’ rock ‘n’ roll legend. July 8–30. UpStage Theatre. Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. • upstagetheatre.org • 713/838-7191.

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony includes What’s Opera, Doc? and other cartoons on the big screen, accompanied by Houston Symphony. July 14. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Urban Cowboy: The Musical. Bud and Sissy sing classic country hits. July 14–19. Theatre Under The Stars at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

The Mikado, the light opera classic. July 15–24. Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Wortham Center’s Cullen Theatre, 501 Texas Ave. • gilbertandsullivan.net • 713/627-3570.

14th Annual Festival of Originals. Five original one-act plays. July 15–30. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

The United States of Tamarie: An All-American Revue (made in China), “a tribute to this great country in which we live in.” July 15–Aug. 30. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Beat Hollow:?Brian Siskind, beatscape musician. July 16, 3pm. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St. • rothkochapel.org • 713/524-9839.

Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy. Arnie Roth conducts music from the video game and vocalist Susan Calloway. July 16. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Notions of Right and Wrong. Elizabeth A.M. Keel’s story of a human outnumbered by ideas. July 21–30. Presented by Mildred’s Umbrella at Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • mildredsumbrella.com • 832/418-0585.

The Gourds and Doyle Bramhall, kaleidoscopic-country music. July 22, 8pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. More than 250 musicians and singers perform the movie soundtrack live to the full-length film. Houston Symphony. July 22–23, 7:30pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Thoroughly Modern Millie, the 1920s-style musical. July 22–31. Masquerade Theatre. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • masqueradetheatre.com • 713/861-7045.

Who Was That Masked Man? Summer mellerdrammer by Joe Middendorf. July 22–Aug. 27. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.

Houston Shakespeare Festival presents rotating productions of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. July 29–Aug. 7. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

American Buffalo, David Mamet’s commentary on current economic times in America. Aug. 3–28. Landing Theatre Company. University of Houston-Downtown’s O’Kane Theatre, 1 Main St. • landingtheatre.org • 713/487-5634.

Fan Factory’s August in August, an August Strindberg piece. Aug. 4–13, 8pm. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. obsidianartspace.org.

Houston International Jazz Festival celebrates its 21st season of heritage, culture, and sound with a kickoff party at House of Blues, two days of evening concerts at Discovery Green, and the Mayor’s Scholarship Jazz Brunch at the Wortham Theater. Aug. 6–7. jazzeducation.org.


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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The Adventures of Tom & Huck. Through July 23. Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall • expresstheatre.com • 713/682-5044.

Charlotte’s Web. E.B. White’s classic tale of the spider and the pig. adapted by Joseph Robinette.?July 2–30. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.

Hank the Cowdog and the Curse of the Incredible Priceless Corncob, a musical based on John Erickson’s books. July 9–23. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Little Red Riding Hood, produced by Express Children’s Theatre. July 18, 11am. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

The Tortoise and the Hare, produced by Express Children’s Theatre. July 19, 11am. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

The Princess and the Pea, bilingual (English/Spanish) adaptation produced by Express Children’s Theatre. July 21, 11am. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Adventures of Tom and Huck, produced by Express Children’s Theatre. July 22, 11am. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Aurora Boot Camp, A Red Carpet Premiere. Works by young filmmakers. July 30, 4pm. Museum of Fine Arts–Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

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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

Robert Jessup 2011. New paintings and drawings. Through July 1. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.

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.

Wistful Beauties: Feminine Portrayals on Paper highlights the nature of feminine beauty. Through July 4. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Raine Bedsole, mixed media. Through July 9. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose, Suite 200 • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

Wendy Wagner: Once Uponse a Time in the Land of O-Poppida. Paintings, prints, ceramics, installation art, and animation. Through July 9. Darke Gallery, 320 B Detering St. • darkegallery.com • 713/542-3802.

Michael Guidry: The Son and the Heir. Geometrically abstract paintings. Through July 10. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St.  • 409/763.2403 • contemporaryartgalveston.org.

Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom. Paintings, collages, and films. Through July 10. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

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

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

Various: Not Tourists—Dumitru Gorzo & Tudor Mitroi; The Clearing—Joey Fauerso; Jenny Schlief Stock Photography: From the Woman Series—Jenny Schlief; and Gawd parents: I am real—Cody Ledvina. Through July 23. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg Blvd. • box13artspace.com • 713/533-8692.

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

Arline Fisch: Creatures from the Deep, woven wire jellyfish. Through July 30. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

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.

Joan Son—Part Geometry, ?Part Zen: A Personal Exploration through Paper. Through Aug. 1. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

3rd Annual Juried Exhibition benefits the Houston Area Women’s Center. Through Aug. 4. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Faces of History, images from 19th- and 20th-century photographers from five Latin American countries. Through Aug. 5. Allen Center,? 500 Dallas St. • fotofest.org • 713/223-5522.

Opening the Box, the music and comedy venue’s inaugural show. Through Aug. 7. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt St. • themusicboxtheater.com • 713/522-7722.

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.

Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. Through Aug 14. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Ancestors of the Lake: Art of Lake Sentani and Humboldt Bay, New Guinea. Through Aug. 28. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Beauty, Humor, and Social Justice: Gifts from Joan Morgenstern. Photographs. Through Aug. 31. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Crafting Live(s): 10 Years of Artists-in-Residence. Through Sept. 3. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Culture in ?Frontier Texas. Works of mid-19th-century tradesmen. Through Sept. 4. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St., Sam Houston Park • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

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

Ancient Ukraine: Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations. Through Sept. 5. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork, small-scale handmade sculptures. Through Sept. 11. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Simpson Kalisher: The Alienated Photographer. 1950s and ‘60s street scenes. Through Sept. 18. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination features props from all six films, a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit, and more. Through Sept. 18. Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. • thehealthmuseum.org • 713/521-1515.

Helmut Newton: White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes. Photographs from his first three groundbreaking books. Through Sept. 25. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

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.

Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind. The search for Hyperborea, a mythical northern territory. Through Nov. 27. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

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.

The Big Show 2011, Lawndale Art Center’s annual open-call, juried ?exhibition. July 1–30; reception and awards, July 1. 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Pleasure Isle: Galveston’s Evolving Beachfront 1881–1943, presented by Rosenberg Library. July 1–31. Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd. • WyndhamHotelGalvez.com • 800/996-3426.

Perspectives 175: Marc Swanson: The Second Story. Taxidermy, tattoos, and more. July 1–Oct. 9. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Hardbodies. Works by Benjamin Marra, Nathan Fox, Zack Soto, and Keenan Marshall Keller. July 2–Aug. 4. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer Rd. • domystore.com.

Introductions @ Canal. July 7–31. Canal Street Gallery, 2219 Canal St • canalstreetgallery.com • 713/223-2219.

Arthouston. July 8–9. Darke Gallery, 320 B Detering St. • darkegallery.com • 713/542-3802.

July 2011 Members Gallery Show. July 9. Watercolor Art Society-Houston, 1601 W. Alabama St. • watercolorhouston.org • 713/942-9966.

3rd Annual Juried Show, July 9–30; reception, July 9. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Cultural Archetypes from the Feminine Perspective. Photographs deciphering Western Women by Barbara Van Cleve and Joel Hernandez. July 9–Aug. 31; reception, July 8, 6pm. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd., Suite 200 • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

Summer Arts Camp. July 11–29. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.

Ours to Fight For, the role of Jewish World War II servicemen and women. July 15–Dec. 31. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Jules Buck Jones and Isa Leshko: Anamalia, a feature of ArtWalk. July 16. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St. • 409/763.2403 • contemporaryartgalveston.org.

The Big Slide Show, in conjunction with Lawndale Art Center’s annual open-call, juried?exhibition. July 20–21. 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Dayglow, The World’s Largest Paint Party. July 23, 7pm. Stereo Live Houston, 6400 Richmond Ave. • dayglowtour.com.

The Spectacular of Vernacular features 20 artists utilizing craft, folklore, and roadside kitsch. July 23–Sept. 18. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

John Painter and Jay Ferranti, presented by McWhorter Gallery. July 24, 7pm. Block 7 Wine Co., 720 Shepherd Dr. • mcwhortergallery.com • 713/868-4616.

Queen of the Gulf: Hotel Galvez in Postcards, presented by Rosenberg Library. Aug. 1–31. Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd. • WyndhamHotelGalvez.com • 800/996-3426.

The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws also focuses on Houston’s segregationist past. Aug. 5, 2011–July 22, 2012. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

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JULY DAY BY DAY WEEKLYMONTHLY

July 1–3

DockDogs, national dog jumping competition. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

July 4

Freedom Over Texas, Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker’s official Fourth of July celebration, features country music artists Jack Ingram, Chris Young, and Rodney Atkins and a spectacular fireworks show. 4pm. Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou, along Allen Parkway • freedomovertexas.org.

July 9

Freestyle Poling Workshop with Blake Dalton. 10am. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • freneticore.net • 832/426-4624.

July 10–11

Image Expo international hair and beauty show with Nick Arrojo, Mike Karg, Naja Green, Eve Pearl, Dee Adames, and others. Reliant Center • theimageexpo.com.

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PLANNING AHEAD

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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 (Mondays)

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 (Wednesdays)

Center Mid-Week Madness. Bring your own brown bag and board games. 11:30am–3pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Houston Pride Band seeks all brass, woodwind, and percussion players of all skill levels for rehearsal. 7:30pm. Bethel UCC, 1107 Shepherd Dr. • 713/315-2525 • houstonprideband.org.

Weekly (Thursdays)

Center HIV Support Group. Facilitated support group for HIV-positive individuals. 6pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

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

Southern Country, a country-and-western dance troupe, offers free dance lessons. Thursdays, 8:30pm. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • southerncountryhouston.com.

Weekly (Fridays)

Art Heals. Kermit’s Summer Art School for individuals living with HIV and cancer-related conditions.  Fridays through August. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

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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Semi-monthly (1st & 3rd Fri.)

Positive Brothers United, a support/social group for GLBT men of color who are HIV positive. 6–7:30pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St., 2nd floor, room 110 • 713/454-7548 • [email protected]

Monthly

The Houston Gay Couples Meetup Group brings Houston-area gay and lesbian couples together for a monthly, fun, and laid-back gathering. http://www.meetup.com/gaycouples-231/.

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 & 3rd Wed.)

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. 6–10pm. Free. Wind Water Gallery, 548 W. 19th St. • yalestreetmarket.com.

First Saturday Queer Bingo benefits Houston GLBT Community Center. 4:30pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (2nd Tues.)

Center Dinner Night, hosted by the Houston GLBT Community Center. Diners pay for their own meals. 6:30pm. 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.

Centro Grupo Latino. Spanish-language support group facilitated by Chris Escalante for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. 4 pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

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.)

HIV Testing. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. 1-2pm. houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

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]

Monthly (4th Fri.)

Lesbian Discussion Hour. Facilitated support/conversation group. 6:30pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St.  houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

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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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