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Idina Menzel

Compiled by Nancy Ford

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The Wizardess of Ahhhhhs
Idina Menzel sings with the Houston Symphony

First she was Wicked. Then she filled us with Glee. And now she’s coming to town for a visit.

Still at the top of her game after winning the Tony Award in 2004 for her layered and poignant portrayal of the lean, green Elphaba in the musical prequel to Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Menzel makes a three-show stop in Houston this month. Nestled between performances in London and Los Angeles, Menzel performs hits from her Broadway and film career, as well as selections from her 2010 release, I Stand, accompanied by the Houston Symphony.

The album, which Menzel herself largely wrote, contains a song that particularly resonates with her gay fans. “Gorgeous” focuses on the struggles an interracial couple faces from an unsupportive world. She introduces it, sometimes saying, “This song is about loving someone no matter what anybody else thinks—no matter what the world thinks, the government, your mother, your father, your church, your temple.

“I see it even more with my gay friends,” Menzel says. “I wanted to write a song about pursuing something you really believe in, despite what others think.”

Menzel is no stranger to the sting of discrimination or pursuing something she really believes in; she is married to African-American actor Taye Diggs. So pay lots of attention to that woman in front of the curtain. She knows what she’s talking—and singing—about.

October 14–16. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575. —Nancy Ford

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FILM

Born to Be Wild 3D, Sea Rex 3D, and Sharks 3D. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), Meredith Long’s “favorite movie.” Oct. 2. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

World on a Wire (1973), Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s science-fiction epic, Oct. 7–9. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Flickerlounge: Video LAB features films with abstract and non-narrative time-based concepts. Presented by DiverseWorks and Aurora Picture Show through Oct. 29. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Rio (2011). A macaw travels from Minnesota to Rio de Janeiro. Oct. 8. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Chaplin Shorts, including silent classics The Tramp, The Immigrant, Easy Street, and The Rink, with live accompaniment by Loreta Kovacic. Oct. 14. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Framing Bodies: LOVE ME. Director Lydia Hance film premiere. Oct. 14–15, 8pm. Spacetaker, 2101 Winter Street B11 • framedance.org/boxoffice. (See page 00 for more.)

Houston 175. Short films from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Oct. 29. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), followed by a Halloween celebration and costume contest. Oct. 29. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

The Cameraman (1928), Buster Keaton’s silent classic with live accompaniment by Austin’s Bee vs. Moth. Nov. 4. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Anna in the Tropics. Nilo Cruz’s drama about Tolstoy, the tropics, and the American dream. Through Oct. 1. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

ConTornTion, danced by Vault. Through Oct. 1. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Republic Day by Tom Stell. One family’s struggle in a fictional republic. Through Oct. 1. Big Head Productions at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org.

6 Guitars, a solo comedy about guitarists. Through Oct. 2. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • sixguitars.com.

Daughter of the Regiment, Donizetti’s tale of civilian love in a military family. Through Oct. 2. Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. • operaintheheights.org • 713/861-5303.

Hot L Baltimore. Lanford Wilson’s comedy. Through Oct. 8. Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance. UH’s Wortham Theater, 133 CWM Center for the Arts • theatre.uh.edu • 713/743-2929.

Ether Dome. Elizabeth Egloff’s world premiere about love, medicine, and the relationship between the men who discovered ether. Through Oct. 9. Alley Theatre. 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Galveston! The Musical. World premiere of Andree Newport, Dr. Bob Wilkins, and Mark York’s new work. Through Oct. 9. Masquerade Theatre. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • masqueradetheatre.com • 713/861-7045.

Guys and Dolls, the golden age, swing-era musical comedy revival. Through Oct. 9. Theatre Under the Stars, Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Woof. World premiere of Y York’s tale of a fallen sports hero seeking redemption. Through Oct. 9. Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

A Behanding in Spokane, Martin McDonagh’s volatile, outrageous comedy. Through Oct. 15. Island ETC/East-End Theater Co., 2001 Postoffice St., Galveston • islandetc.org • 409/762-3556.

Texas Romance. Judy Reeves directs Ellsworth Schave’s comedy. Through Oct. 15. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.

Lotto, a comedy of chance by Cliff Roquemore. Through Oct. 23. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is. Mickle Maher’s rhyming lecture/play about two William Blake scholars defending their tenure. Through Oct. 23. Catastrophic Theatre, 1540 Sul Ross St. • catastrophictheatre.com • 713/522-2723.

Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical. Houston premiere. Through Oct. 29. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.

Damaged Divas of the Decades salutes talented but troubled singers. Through Nov. 13. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt St. • themusicboxtheater.com • 713/522-7722.

Midtown Men. Jersey Boys stars sing ‘60s hits. Oct. 1. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2120 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, Unfinished. David Afkham conducts pianist André Watts and Houston Symphony. Oct. 2. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Galveston Symphony Orchestra. Oct. 2. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2120 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

La Donna Musicale, music by women composers. Oct. 2, 5pm; pre-concert talk with musical director Laury Gutiérrez. Presented by Houston Early Music. Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd. • houstonearlymusic.org • 713/432-1744.

Elsewhere by Adam Szymkowicz. Fresh Ink reading series, presented by Mildred’s Umbrella and Stark Naked Theatre. Oct. 3. Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • mildredsumbrella.com • 832/463-0409.

Latin Jazz Fusion: A Tribute to Cal Tjader and Poncho Sanchez. Oct. 5. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. •dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Bruckner’s Te Deum. Paula Acord Blackmon conducts the organ dedication concert. Oct. 5. Houston Masterworks Chorus. Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy. • houstonmasterworks.org • 713/529-8900.

The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Robert Hewett’s solo dramedy. Oct. 5–30. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

St. Petersburg Symphony with pianist Xiayin Wang in a program of Weinberg and Prokofiev. Oct. 6. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Texas Tornadoes and Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man. Oct. 6. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

32nd Annual Festival Chicano. Oct. 6–8. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Wait Until Dark. The classic mystery. Oct. 6–30. Texas Repertory Theatre Co., 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd. • texreptheatre.org • 281/583-7573.

Death: The Musical. Thunderclap Productions’ original comedy with songs. Oct. 6–31. Ovations Night Club?, 2536 Times Blvd. • thunderclapproductions.com. (See page 00 for more.)

Anna in the Tropics. Nilo Cruz’s drama about Tolstoy, the tropics, and the American dream. Oct. 7–16. Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr • tbhcenter.org • 713/222-1213.

Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare’s tale of love and tragedy. Oct. 7–22. UpStage Theatre. Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. • upstagetheatre.org • 713/838-7191.

Encyclopedia Bach-tannica. Oct. 8. Mercury Baroque. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.

An Evening with Mark Twain, starring Kurt H. Sutton. Oct. 8. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

Gypsy Fire: Compañia Flamenca José Porcel. Oct. 8. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Firelight. ChinaCat Dance’s fire show features fans, orbs, torches, and poi. Oct. 9. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • freneticore.net • 832/426-4624.

One Night with Elvis, starring Donny Edwards. Oct. 9. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

Pampeana. Chamber music by Alberto Ginastera. Oct. 9. Aperio Music of the Americas. Sicardi Gallery, 2246 Richmond Ave. • aperioamericas.org.

Better Day Tour. Dolly Parton sings songs from her newest album. Oct. 11. Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas Ave. • verizonwireless.com.

Yuja Wang, pianist. Oct. 12. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Dividing the Estate, Horton Foote’s ?satire about a Southern dynasty in crisis. Oct. 12–30. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

NRBQ and The Octanes. Oct. 13. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Spring Awakening, a musical about youthful indulgence. Oct. 13–Nov. 12. Aeon Theatrix, Louisiana at Prairie Sts. • aeontheatrix.com • 888/669-2366.

Michael Franks, guitarist, with Ethan Bortnick. Oct 14. Miller Outdoor Theatre, Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Oct. 14. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

The Sound of Montrose: Main Street Theatre’s annual Autumn Follies Gala stars local celebrities. Oct. 14. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Idina Menzel (Wicked, Glee) sings with Houston Symphony. Oct. 14–16. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575. (See page 00 for more.)

Our Lady of 121st Street, Stephen Adly Guirgis’s comedy set in a funeral home. Oct. 14–23. Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance. UH’s Wortham Theater, 133 CWM Center for the Arts • theatre.uh.edu • 713/743-2929.

Evil Dead: The Musical. Oct. 14–29. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.

The Retreat from Moscow, William Nicholson’s emotional family drama. Oct. 14–29. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Dance Infusion 2011, presented by Uptown Dance Company. Oct. 15. Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 South Braeswood Blvd. • uptowndancecentre.com • 713-686-0334.

Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard: Cubano Be! Cubano Bop! Oct. 15. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

40 Years of Human Development. 1998 Economic Sciences Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen celebrates Rothko Chapel’s 40th anniversary. Oct. 20. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St. • rothkochapel.org • 713/524-9839.

WThe Bull-Jean Stories. A multimedia adaptation of Sharon Bridgforth’s book, performed by Q-Roc Ragsdale. Oct. 20–22. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

The Secondary Colors. Karen Stokes Dance and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston’s music and dance collaboration. Oct. 20–22. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tdghouston.info • 713/315-2525.

Make Eyes at Me, Suschu Dance’s season opener. Oct. 20–23. Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • suchudance.org.

Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe. Gilbert Varga conducts cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott and Houston Symphony in a program of Hadyn and Ravel. Oct. 20, 22–23. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Music of ABBA, as sung by Arrival From Sweden. Oct. 21. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

Deer Camp: The Musical. A musical about hunters. Oct. 21–22. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2120 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Fall Mixed Rep includes the U.S. premiere of Dominic Walsh’s Medea. Oct. 21–23. Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. Wortham Center for the Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. • dwdt.org • 713/315-2525.

The Barber of Seville, Rossini’s venerable masterpiece. Oct. 21–Nov. 6. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, as adapted by Neil Bartlett. Oct. 21–Nov. 12. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

Natalie MacMaster and ?Donnell Leahy, masters of the fiddle. Oct. 23. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2120 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra. Oct. 25. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Memphis, four-time Tony winner about the race and rock ’n’ roll. Oct. 25–30. Gexa Energy Broadway Across America. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St. • broadwayacrossamerica.com • 713/315-2500.

11th Annual Aurora Award Dinner honors video and performance artist Joan Jonas. Oct. 27. aurorapictureshow.org • 713/838-2101.

Huey Lewis and The News: Soulsville. Oct. 27. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eaters’ Manual, presented by Progressive Forum and Urban Harvest. Oct. 27. Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 501 Texas Ave. • 832/251-0706.

By a Committee of Style, presented by Leslie Scates. Oct. 27–29. Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • barnevelder.org • 713/529-1819.

Around the World with Musiqa, an interactive theatrical show. Oct. 28. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. • musiqahouston.org • 713/524-5678.

Zombie Prom, a rebellious musical comedy. Oct. 28–Nov. 6. Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance. UH’s Wortham Theater’s Cullen Performance Hall • theatre.uh.edu • 713/743-2929.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers. Music and juggling. Oct.  29. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Nai-ni Chen Dance with Ahn Trio. Oct. 29. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2120 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Psalmi ad Vesperas. Giovanni Paolo Colonna’s composition, not performed since the 1700s. Oct. 29. St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St. • houstonchamberchoir.org • 713/224-5566.

Sunday Gospel at the Green, presented with Houston Arts Alliance Folklife and Traditional Arts Program. Oct. 30. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

The Matrix Live. Composer Don Davis conducts Houston Symphony in accompaniment to the sci-fi classic. Nov. 3. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Cakewalk. World premiere of Nalsey Tinberg’s comedy about a holocaust survivor and her daughter. Nov. 3–27. Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

The Tiger Lillies’ Gutter and the Stars Tour. London’s post-punk pioneers. Presented by DiverseWorks and Society for the Performing Arts. Nov. 4?. Wortham Center for the Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Cirque du Macabre: Carnival Sideshow Gala. Nov. 5. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • mildredsumbrella.com • 832/463-0409.

Russell Malone, jazz guitarist. Nov. 5. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Simone Dinnerstein, all-Bach piano solo recital. Nov. 8. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly. Joan Cushing’s adaptation of the children’s series. Through Oct. 28. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Princes & Princesses. Robert Franz conducts the Houston Symphony in musical themes associated with fairytale royalty. Oct. 15. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Adventures of Tom and Huck. Mark Twain’s classic. Oct. 15–Nov. 12. Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall • expresstheatre.com • 713/682-5044.

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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

Japanese Calligraphy My Way, graphite drawings by Mayuko Ono Gray. Through Oct. 2. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St. • contemporaryartgalveston.org • 409/763-2403.

Kathryn Kelley: The Edge of My Unreadiness. Through Oct. 8. Darke Gallery, 320 B Detering St. • darkegallery.com • 713/542-3802.

Gary Komarin: Mixed Media on Paper and Canvas. Through Oct. 8. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.

Ruminations of a Cluttered Mind, collage by Tierney Malone. Through Oct. 8. PG Contemporary Gallery, 32271/2 Milam St. • pgcontemporary.com • 713/523-7424.

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

Beautiful Freaks/Nature’s Bastard. Works by 2011 Hunting Prize-winner Leigh Anne Lester. Through Oct. 14. Houston Arts Alliance Gallery, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • houstonartsalliance.com • 713/527-9330.

Musical Moves art exhibition, presented by Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts. Through Oct. 14. Rice Media Center Building, Main Gallery, 6100 Main St. • ricegallery.org • 713/348-6069.

Apocalyptic Wallpaper, new paintings by artist Howard Sherman. Through Oct. 15. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.

Luis Abreux, works by the Cuban artist. Through Oct. 20. Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • tbhcenter.org • 713/222-1213.

Grandalism featuring SKEEZ181. Street art commissions. Through Oct. 29. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

State Fair, an arts-centric trade show with a twist. Through Oct. 29. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Archway Artists’ Retrospective Installation. Through Oct. 31. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Chaos Contained. 9/11-inspired art by Danielle Frankenthal. Through Oct. 31. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd. • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

Mary McCleary: A Survey 1996–2011. Twenty-six collage works. Through Nov. 12. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Of Birds and Texas: The Art of Scott & Stuart Gentling. Through Nov. 13. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St., Sam Houston Park • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

Acid on Metal: The Art of Etching and Aquatint. Through Nov. 27. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

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, Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Insperity Golf Experience, a nine-hole miniature golf course created by local artists. Through Nov. 27. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Working in the Abstract: Rethinking the Literal. Through Nov. 28. Glassell School of Art, ?5101 Montrose Blvd. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Ana Serrano: Salon of Beauty. Small sculptures. Through Dec. 11. Rice University’s Rice Gallery, 6100 Main St. • ricegallery.org • 713/348-6069.

Life & Luxury: The Art of Living in Eighteenth-Century Paris. Through Dec. 11. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Celebrating Fifteen Years of History with Holocaust Museum Houston, a visual storytelling. 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.

ShadeCloud, an outdoor light installation by Emily Sloan. Through Dec. 31. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Walter De Maria: Trilogies. One painting and two sculpture series. Through Jan. 8. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Seeing Stars: Visionary Drawing from the Collection. Early 20th-century surrealists. Through Jan. 15. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century. Through Jan. 29. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Spirit of Modernism: The John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation Gift. Through Jan. 29. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Greetings from Houston: Vintage Postcard Views of the City. Through Feb. 4. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

Mary McCleary: A Survey 1996-2011. Through Feb. 24. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Wall Paper as Art: If You Sprinkle When You Tinkle by Houston artist Heather Bause. Through Feb. 24. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Famous Monsters, Daniel Anguilu’s exterior mural. Through June 30. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

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

Hands-on Family Festival honors Mayor Annise Parker, a free community celebration offering indoor/outdoor activities, artist demonstrations, entertainment, and more. Presented by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Oct. 1. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Annual Artist Exhibit, presented by Winter Street Studios and Spring Street Studios, features 110+ artists. Oct. 1–2. Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. • winterstreetstudios.net • 713/862-0082.

Group Show by Monica Vidal?, Lisa Choinacky, Krista Birnbaum?, and Jed Foronda & Emily Link. Oct. 1–Nov. 5. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg St. • box13artspace.com.

Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein. Paintings, video, and photography. Oct. 1–Jan. 8. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

National Society of Artists Juried Exhibition. Oct. 6–27. Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 Nasa Parkway, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.

Under Repair. New works on paper by Mark Masterson. Oct. 8–28. Spacetaker ARC, Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. • spacetaker.org.

Discovering the Civil War. Letters, diaries, photos, petitions, patents, and more from the National Archives. Opens Oct. 14. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

42nd Annual Members’ Exhibit. Oct. 14–Nov. 3. Watercolor Art Society Houston, 1601 W. Alabama St. • watercolorhouston.org • 713/942-9966.

With Me . . . You. Glen Fogel’s video and paintings. Oct. 15–Dec. 31. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. Oct. 16–April 15. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

24th Annual Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Retablo Exhibition. Oct. 17–Nov. 5. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Texas Contemporary Art Fair features works by 50 contemporary art dealers and Texas artists. Oct. 20–23. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas • txcontemporary.com.

24th Annual Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Gala/Retablo Silent Auction. Oct. 21. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Imprinting the Divine?: Byzantine and Russian Icons from the Menil Collection. Oct. 21–March 18. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts. Oct. 23–Jan. 16. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

24th Annual Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Musical Ofrenda. Oct. 25. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

24th Annual Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead’s Papel Picado Workshop. Oct. 27. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

24th Annual Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Workshop. Nov. 3. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

24th Annual Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Family Day/Fiesta. Nov. 5. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Essence. Works by Kay Sarver. Nov. 5–Dec. 1. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

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OCTOBER DAILY
WEEKLYMONTHLY

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. Noon–4pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney • discoverygreen.com  • 713/400-7336.

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 (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 United, a social/support group for GLBT, HIV positive men of color. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. 6pm. [email protected] • 713/454-7548.

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, and local musicians entertain. 11am–6pm. Wind Water Gallery, 548 W. 19th St. Free. 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, hosted by the Houston GLBT Community Center. Diners pay for their own meal. 6:30pm. Bibas, 607 W. Gray St. • 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. 4pm. 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. 2–4pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • loafhouston.org • 281/467-2578.

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

Share with PFLAG Houston in a safe, confidential setting. 7:30–9pm. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Chatham Room, 1805 W. 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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DAY-BY-DAY

October 2 (Sun.)
6th Annual Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt, presented by Houston Heights Association, features a 20-mile ride and scavenger hunt and/or a five-mile ride and scavenger hunt for families. 3:30pm, with entertainment, fabulous door prizes, and great refreshments, including picnic fare, beverages, and more at 4:30pm. Marmion Park, 700 Heights Blvd. • houstonheights.org • 713/861-4002.

October 5 (Wed.)
7th Annual Home Safe Home Gala features 12 top Houston chefs. Benefits Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. 6:30pm. Home of Becca Cason Thrash and Dr. John Thrash • avda-tx.org • 713/715-6921.

OCT. 7–8
CreekFest, an outdoor celebration of art, presented by Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. Collins Park at Cypresswood Drive, Spring. Creekfesthouston.com.

OCT. 21-22
GUCCI at 90. The Houston store celebrates the designer’s 90th birthday. Benefits Houston Children’s Charity. 5085 Westheimer Rd., #2850.

OCT. 22
2nd Annual Run For Your Life 5k Fun Run & Walk benefits the museum’s educational programs, exhibits and scholarships. Costumes encouraged but not required. Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. • thehealthmuseum.org • 713/521-1515.

Assert Yourself: Personal Boundaries and Effective Confrontation. Denise O’Doherty provides insight on the ”I should have said” syndrome. $42. Leisure Learning class #S-6463. Oct. 22, 10am–noon. 2990  Richmond Ave., 6th Floor • llu.com • 713/529-4414.

Trees for Houston Tree Sale, featuring more than 400 native trees, starting at $10. Oct. 22, 10 a.m. IKEA Houston, 7810 Katy Frwy •  ikeahouston.com • 713/688-7867.

Author Booksigning. Todd Ritter, author of Bad Moon, signs his book at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet Street, at 4:30 pm. More info: murderbooks.com or 713/524-8597.

NOV. 3
Guardians of the Human Spirit Luncheon. Holocaust Museum Houston honors Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, founders of the Knowledge Is Power Program. Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

NOV. 5
2011 Houston Heart Walk Benefits American Heart Association. Sam Houston Park Downtown, 1100 Bagby St. houstonheartwalk.org • 713/610-5000.

WoofStock 2011, a dog-centric festival. Benefits Bay Area Pet Adoptions/SPCA. Clear Lake Park, Landolt Pavilion, 5001 Nasa Pkwy • bayareaoetadoptions.org.

NOV. 19
Building Confidence and Self-Esteem. Denise O’Doherty identifies self-esteem blockers, and offers tools and coping skills that lead to success and personal well being. Leisure Learning class #S-6460. 10am–noon. 2990  Richmond Ave., 6th Floor • llu.com • 713/529-4414.

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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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