Sing Out, Sisters. Two of the biggest names in the indie/folk genre visit Houston this month, much to the delight of their lesbian fans. Likely playing her original tunes made famous on Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, Grey’s Anatomy, and Alias, Catie Curtis plays The Woodlands’ Dosey Doe Coffee Shop in support of her newest album, Stretch Limosine on Fire. CMA winner Susan Gibson (“Wide Open Spaces”) and Bonnie Bishop complete the bill. Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m. doseydoescoffeeshop.com • 281/367-3774. More: catiecurtis.com.
Houston Women’s Festival alum Melissa Ferrick is riding a big tour this year with Still Right Here (MPress Records), her first studio recording in five years, which includes collaborations with sister musical icons Ani DiFranco and Kaki King. Ferrick finds her in Texas this month, sharing the stage with Vandaveer in Austin at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q (Oct. 27), and in Dallas at Poor David’s Pub (Oct. 29). In between, she squeezes in a Houston show at 7 p.m. on Oct.28 at Rudyard’s British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr. • rudyardspub.com • 713/521-0521. More: melissaferrick.com.
Beating Breast Cancer. The Susan G. Komen 2011 Race for the Cure, fighting breast cancer, has set a goal of $3 million. Members of Bayou City Performing Arts support the walkers and runners with a performance. Oct. 1, with opening ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby St. • bayoucityperformingarts.org • 713/868-2020.
Road Trip. Strap on those chaps and spurs for the 25th anniversary of International Gay Rodeo Association’s World Gay Rodeo Finals. Oct. 7–9. Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Watts Arena in Fort Worth. igra.com • 877/392-8160.
God Hates Flags? Houston is the host city for National Gay Flag Football League’s Gay Bowl XXI, kicking off Oct. 7–9. Cullen Park, 9008 Saums Rd. • 281/578-0693.
Batter and Battress Up! Celebrate National Coming Out Day and cheer your favorite local team at Kindred Spirits Foundation’s Second Annual Softball Tournament. Mixed teams compete for trophies; hot dogs and cools drinks, commemorative T-shirts, and koozies available. Oct. 8. Memorial Park, fields 1, 4, and 5. Benefits AssistHers, Lesbian Health Initiative Houston, and Expert Nutrition’s Ellen’s Hand. kindredspiritshouston.org.
Coming Out with the Boys. Houston’s Coming Out Party features Raja from RuPaul’s Drag Race, a drag show, and more. Sycamore Heights Bed & Breakfast, 245 W. 18th St. Oct. 8, 1 p.m. The party is preceded by a “VIP” dinner, Oct. 7. Benefits outreachunited.org.
Doing the Happy Dance. AssistHers’ Decadent Dessert and More celebrates the group’s 15th year of providing non-medical assistance to lesbians who are ill, by honoring the care group’s founders and volunteers. The afternoon emphasizes dancing, and also offers a raffle and treats provided by Houston’s most generous and talented caterers and restaurateurs. Oct. 9, 4 p.m. South Beach, 810 Pacific St. • assisthers.org.
Rockin’ Twang. Three-time Grammy Award-winning rocker Lucinda Williams plays Houston in support of her latest album, Blessed, which is critically acclaimed as one of her best. Oct. 9, 9 p.m. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel St. • warehouselive.com • 713/225-5483.
We Will Always Love Her. The undisputed Queen of Country Music and grand champion of gay equality Dolly Parton brings her Better Day tour to Houston. Verizon Wireless Theater, Oct. 11. Warner Music, 520 Texas Ave. • dollypartonmusic.com.
A Different Kind of Queen. Queen of the Swamp Boogie, Marcia Ball, visits Houston in support of her latest album, Roadside Attractions. Oct. 14, 8:30 p.m. Dosey Doe Coffee House, 25911 I-45 North • doseydoescoffeeshop.com • 281/367-3774.
Suck on This. In a pre-celebration of Halloween, Bayou City Performing Arts and Unhinged Productions presents Charles Busch’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, directed by Joe Angel Babb. Oct. 14–22. Frenetic Theatre, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • comeunhinged.com • 832/250-7786.
Fore Golfers. Lazarus House’s Third Annual Golf Tournament and Awards Lunch offers a four-person scramble, shotgun start, and hamburger luncheon with prizes for first-, second-, and third-place players, and more. Oct. 15, 6:30 a.m. Hermann Park Golf Course • thelazarushouse.org • 713/526-5071.
Call for Volunteers. 1st Annual Houston LGBT Volunteer Fair is for individuals “who have always wanted to volunteer for an LGBT organization, but didn’t know how.” Presented by Pride Houston. Oct. 15, noon. GLBT Cultural Center Houston, 401 Branard St, 1st Floor • pridehouston.org.
It’s Just a Jump to the Left. The Music Box Theatre presents Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, with Tye Blue.
Oct. 21–22. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt St. • themusicboxtheater.com • 713/522-7722.
Festival of Joy. Dinner in the Sukkah is one of the mitzvahs of Sukkot, the Jewish festival of joy. Join Keshet Houston for this holiday celebration. Oct. 17, 7 p.m. Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd. • keshethouston.org.
Disco and Besos. Return to the ’80s as Bocados Restaurant & Bar hosts its annual Disc Bash, with owner and DJ Terry Flores providing dance tunes and drink specials. Oct. 22, 9 p.m. 1312 W. Alabama St. • bocadoshouston.com.
The B Word. Uh Huh Her, with Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey, headline the inaugural Keep A Breast music tour. Oct. 24. Benefits the Keep A Breast Foundation. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Dr. • keep-a-breast.org.
The Temperamentals. Theatre New West presents the story of gay-rights pioneer Harry Hay and fashion designer Rudi Gernreich as they form the Mattacine Society in pre-Stonewall America. Opens Oct. 26 for a 12-performance run. Dowling Music, 2615 Southwest Fwy. • [email protected] • 713/522-2204.
Silly Rabbit. That other famous Lady the gays all love, Lady Bunny, as seen on RuPaul’s Drag U, returns to Houston for her traditional Halloween visit to Guava Lamp. Oct. 28, 10:30 p.m. 570 Waugh Dr. • guavalamphouston.com • 713/3359.
Playing Dress-up. Moonlight Madness, a costume ball, features cast members from BCPA/Unhinged Productions’ Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Oct. 28. Magnolia
Hotel Houston, 1100 Texas Ave. • comeunhinged.com • 832/250-7786.
Halloween at the Church. Cinderella’s Ball: An Enchanted Evening. Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Resurrection MCC, 2025 W, 11th St. • resurrectionmcc.org • 713/861-9149.
Inspiring Health in LGBT Women. The women of LHI-Houston present their Fall Rainbow Health Fair—their first health fair to be held at Legacy Community Health Center’s new Montrose home—offering mammograms, Pap appointments, and by appointment, extensive blood screenings and other services, vendor booths providing information about Houston’s leading organizations for lesbians, and much more. Nov. 5, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Legacy Community Health Services, 1415 California St. To schedule a mammogram or Pap test, call 713/426-3356 or e-mail [email protected]
Rockin’ Women. Empresaria Madalyn Sklar has presented some of the best emerging women musicians across the country for more than a decade. Celebrate that talent at the 11th Annual GoGirlsMusicFest Houston, featuring Sherree Bacarisse, The Snake Charmers, Sheila Swift, Heidi Massin, August 83/Spare Parts, Staci’s Edge, 3 Kisses, and others, plus a raffle and live auction. Benefits Music Therapy Center of Houston. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. The Concert Pub, 5636 Richmond Ave. • gogirlsmusic.com. The concert streams live at event:ustream.tv/channel/gogirlsmusic/.