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Author Jay Michaelson. Photo by Sebastian Collett

Compiled by Nancy Ford

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Read Any Good Books Lately?
39th Annual Jewish Book and Arts Fair returns to Jewish Community Center

Showcasing some of the nation’s most prominent and emerging writers in literature, philosophy, arts and history, the 39th Annual Jewish Book and Arts Fair returns to Jewish Community Center this month.

Among those prominent authors coming to the festival (considered one of the largest Jewish book and arts fairs in the country) is Jay Michaelson, who discusses his controversial book, God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality.

Michaelson, who made the “Forward 50” list of most influential Jewish leaders in the U.S., challenges traditional thinking by positing that people should support equality for gays and lesbians, “not despite their religion, but because of it.” Referring to both the Jewish Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament, Michaelson interprets passages that not only do not prohibit same-sex intimacy, but honor love, justice, diversity, and compassion that same-sex equality supports. “Put in stark religious terms, sexual diversity is part of God’s plan,” Michaelson concludes.

Members of Keshet Houston, JCC’s organization for LGBT Jews, are invited to join Michaelson for discussion at dinner nearby after the talk and book signing. November 9, 6:15 p.m.

Additional authors presenting at the festival include Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of I Shall Not Hate: A Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace & Human Dignity; Alick Isaacs, author of A Prophetic Peace; Amy Ephron, Loose Diamonds and Other Things I’ve Lost and Found; David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World; Charles Fox, author of Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music; and other notable writers.

Through November 13. Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Ave. • www.erjcc.org. —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.

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.

Sing-along Movies at Miller. Grease (1978) starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Randal Kleiser directs. Nov 5. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Toy Story 3 (2010), the Pixar hit. Lee Unkrich directs. Nov. 5. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Wings of Desire (1987). Wim Wenders directs. Mary Lampe’s favorite film. Nov. 7. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Cinema Arts Festival Houston presents an expanded lineup of international films, with directors Patricio Guzmán (Chile), Zhu Wen (China), and Mahmoud Kaabour (Lebanon) attending. Nov. 9–13. Various locations • cinemartsociety.org.

When Harry Met Sally (1989), a romantic comedy. Rob Reiner directs. Nov. 11. Alamo Drafthouse at Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. • marketsquarepark.com.

Myth and Infrastructure. Live cinema by Miwa Matreyek. Nov. 11. Aurora Picture Show at Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Cirque Mechanics Boomtown. Nov. 11–12. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

A Sense of Place and Home. Music videos and shorts from Braden King. Nov. 11–Dec. 17. Aurora Picture Show at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Art Car: The Movie (2011). Carlton Ahrens and Ford Gunter direct. Nov. 13. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Emotional Arithmetic (2007), in conjunction with Holocaust Museum Houston’s 2011 Fall Film Series. Paolo Barzman directs. Nov. 17. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Radical Light Book Tour and Screening Series. Nov. 20. Aurora Picture Show at Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). Nicholas Roeg directs the uncut 35th-anniversary edition. Nov. 25–27. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Cinema Bomar. 16mm films. Nov. 30. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer Rd. • domystore.com.

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PERFORMING ARTS

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

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

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

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

A Christmas Carol: A Holiday Ghost Story. Through Dec. 18. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.

Bach in the 21st Century. A Little Day Music with Da Camera Young Artists. Nov. 3: Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. Nov. 12: Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

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

Ezra Charles, blues pianist, instructs at Houston Piano Company’s Live Artists Series. Nov. 3 and 6. 1600 W. 13th St. • houstonpianocompany.com.

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.

Country Gravy and Other Obsessions. Nov. 4. Rose Hill United Methodist, 21022 Rosehill Church Road in Tomball • [email protected]

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

Red, Black and Green: A Blues. Multimedia performance about climate change. Nov. 4–5. University of Houston ’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts’ Wortham Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts • mitchellcenterforarts.org.

Speed the Plow, David Mamet’s satire of Hollywood. Nov. 4–19. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Dear Santa. Houston premiere of Norm Foster’s comedy. Nov. 4–Dec. 3. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.

The Jeweler’s Shop, a play by Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II), presented by the John Paul II Forum. Nov. 4–5. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • jp2forum.org.

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.

Houston Fieldwork Showcase. Nov. 6. CORE Performance Company. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex?2201 Preston St. • coredance.org • 713/862-5530.

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

Winter Wonderettes. The doo-wop girls sing seasonal tunes. Nov. 9–Dec. 24. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart’s farce. Nov. 10–20. Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. • operaintheheights.org • 713/861-5303.

An Evening with Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss. Nov. 11. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Too Old for the Chorus . . . But Not Too Old to Be a Star, a musical revue. Nov. 11–26. Island ETC/East-End Theater Co., 2001 Postoffice St., Galveston • islandetc.org • 409/762-3556.

The Lion in Winter, a comedic drama about British monarchs. Nov. 11–Dec. 13. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.

23rd Annual Ice Spectacular at The Galleria kicks off the holiday shopping season with performances and a visit from Santa. Nov. 12. The Galleria Ice Rink, 5085 Westheimer Rd. • galleriahouston.com.

On Vibrate. Music by Adams, Puts, Torke, and Pann. Nov. 12. Aperio Music of the Americas. Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St. • aperioamericas.org.

The Wizard of Oz. Nov. 12–13. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Memoirs of the Sistahood, about a Catholic family in 1950’s Louisiana. Nov. 17–19. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • memoirsofthesistahood.com • 713/335-3445.

Cinderella. African American Shakespeare Company’s version. Nov. 17–Dec. 20. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

It’s a Wonderful Life. Nov. 17–Dec. 23. Texas Repertory Theatre Co., 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd. • texreptheatre.org • 281/583-7573.

New Pulse, presented by Psophonia Dance Company. Nov. 18–19. Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston St. • psophonia.com • 713/802-1181.

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles. Nov. 18–19. Gexa Energy Broadway Across America. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St. • broadwayacrossamerica.com • 713/315-2500.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Charles Dickens’s classic. ?Nov. 18–Dec. 27. Alley Theatre. 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

South Pacific. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical. Nov. 19. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

All about Jesse Jones, a reading by author Steven Fenberg. Nov. 19. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Joseph Tapia, pianist, with the Galveston Orchestra, conducted by Richard Pickar. Nov. 20. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

The Nutcracker. Clara receives a magical nutcracker on Christmas Eve. Nov. 25–Dec. 27. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonballet.org • 713/227-2787.

Broadway Their Way. This intimate evening pairs Galveston favorite Marilyn Maye (The Philadelphia Inquirer says, “Calling her a cabaret singer is like calling Pablo Picasso a painter; it’s true all right, but it leaves a lot out!”) with movie, television, and theater actor Gregg Edleman, whose Broadway credits include A Tale of Two Cities, City of Angels, Into the Woods, and 1776. Nov. 26 at 8pm. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Sara Hickman. The Texas music legend in concert, benefitting Theatre Action Project. Dec. 1. McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk St. • sarahickman.com • 713/528-5999.

8th Annual Jubilee of Dance honors Cecil C. Conner (OutSmart’s coverboy April 2011). Dec. 2. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonballet.org • 713/227-2787.

Anna Bella Eema. Lisa D’Amour’s “ghost story to be spoken and sung.” Dec 2–23. Catastrophic Theatre. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • catastrophictheatre.com • 713/522-2723.

The Maurice Brown Effect. Dec. 3. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Fragments: Connecting Past and Present with Brentano String Quartet. Dec. 6. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

The Irish Tenors. Dec. 7. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.


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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

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

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. Nov. 7–Dec. 16. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

The SeussOdyssey, performed by children. Nov. 11–13. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

School House Rock Live! Nov. 11–20. Centre Stage, Nathanial Center, 804 Russell Palmer Rd. • centrestagekw.org.

Panto Red Riding Hood features a 1970s soundtrack. Nov. 16–Dec. 31. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge. Mark Brown’s sequel to the Charles Dickens classic. Nov. 18–Dec. 3. University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance • theatredance.uh.edu • 713-743-2929.

Rudolph, about a certain reindeer. Dec. 9. Express Children’s Theatre at Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin St. • 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

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

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

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

The Portraiture Show. Works by Nico Whittaker and nine others. Through Nov. 10; reception Nov. 5. Warhous Visual Studios, 4715 Main St. • montroseartsociety.com • 713/594-2735.

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.

Ocean Sky XI. Works by Susan George. Through Nov. 19. Harris Gallery, 1100 Bissonnet St. • harrisgalleryhouston.com • 713/522-9116.

Still Nature. New sculpture by Beverly Penn. Through Nov. 23. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.

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. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell School of Art,?5101 Montrose Blvd. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

In Residence 2010, works by artists-in-residence. Through Dec. 4. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

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.

Selected Prints by Robert Rauschenberg. 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.

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

Dennis Harper: Born in the Bayou. An underwater wonder world. Through Jan. 5. Blaffer Gallery, 110 Milam St. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Beyond Useful & Beautiful: Rethinking Domestic Craft. Through Jan. 8. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

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

Soundforge. Works by metalsmith Gabriel Craig and composer Michael Remson. Through Jan. 8. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Walter De Maria: Trilogies. Three series—one painting and two sculpture. 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.

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

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.

Highlights from the Collection: Bohuslav Horak Lithos. Through Feb. 4. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

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.

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

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. Through April 15. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Discovering the Civil War. Letters, diaries, photos, petitions, patents, and more from the National Archives. Through April 29. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt. Through June 19. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

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.

Voices of the Spirit 2 offers a cultural mix of faith communities, presented by Houston Arts Alliance. Nov. 1. Hobby Center for Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. • houstonartsalliance.com • 713/527-9330.

Selections from the Estate of Virgil Grotfeldt. Nov. 1–26; reception Nov. 1. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd. • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

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.

Alternate Reality, photographs by Magid Salmi. Nov. 4–Dec. 2. Spacetaker ARC, Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. • spacetaker.org.

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.

Encounters: Similarities & Contrasts. Paintings by Kelyne Reis, Jane Ewen. Opens Nov. 5 with reception. Canal Street Gallery, 2219 Canal St. • canalstreetgallery.com • 713/223-2219.

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

Crude. Works by Andrei Molodkin. Nov. 5–Feb. 12. Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St. • stationmuseum.com • 713/529-6900.

New Formations: Czech Avant-Garde Art and Modern Glass. Nov. 6–Feb. 5. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Leslie Parke: Paintings on Canvas. Nov. 10–Dec. 3; reception Nov. 10. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.

Visual Arts Alliance’s 29th Juried Membership Exhibition. Nov. 11–Dec. 16; reception Nov. 11. Continental Center I, 1600 Smith St. • visualartsalliance.org.

My Life as a Doll, by Tara Conley and Tria Wood, explores power structures, childhood expectations, and gender distinction. Nov. 11–Dec. 17; reception Nov. 11. DiverseWorks, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Works by Alan Hurwitz, Donna Perkins, Jennifer Dunn, Susan Spjut, Sue Reeves, and Karen Lastre. Nov. 12. ArtSquare Studios, 2711 Main St. • artsquarestudios.com • 713/652-5028.

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks. Nov. 13–Feb 12. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Spacetaker’s 6th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market, an art sale and celebration of Houston artists. Nov. 18–20. Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. • winterholidayartmarket.com.

Ballast/Break. Works by Alexis Granwell and Carrie Scanga. Nov. 18–Jan. 7. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

From the Tippi Project. Works by Christie Blizzard. Nov. 18–Jan. 7. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Timesteps. Works by Debra Barrera and Norberto Gomez Jr. Nov. 18–Jan. 7. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

This Is for You. Works by Darcy Rosenberg. Nov. 18–Jan. 7. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Office Light. Works by Curt Gambetta. Nov. 18–Jan. 7. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Salt Grass Potters Guild Holiday Sale. Original handmade pottery. Nov. 19–20. Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 NASA Parkway, Clear Lake • saltgrasspotters.com.

Open Doors Series: Winter ‘10 Juried Exhibition. Dec. 2–Jan. 6. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.

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NOVEMBER DAY BY DAY WEEKLYMONTHLY

November 3 (Thurs.)

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.

November 5 (Saturday)

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. • bayareapetadoptions.org.

November 6 (Sunday)

iWalk for Animals. Register online and “walk where you are.” Benefits Houston SPCA. hspca.convio.net.

November 12–January 1

10th annual Festival of Lights, the Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting event, features nightly live music, visits from Santa Claus, holiday shows, a “Snow Zone,” and more. Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd., Galveston • moodygardens.org • 800/582-4673.

November 19 (Saturday)

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.

November 20 (Sunday)

East Meets West Gala celebrates Dance of Asia’s 10th anniversary. Omni Hotel, Four Riverway Dr. • danceaa.org.

November 25–27 (Friday–Sunday)

Home for the Holidays Gift Market offers home décor, candles, craft foods, accessories, and more. Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd., Galveston • moodygardens.org • 800/582-4673.

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PLANNING AHEAD

December 2–3 (Friday–Saturday)

Deck the Heights. 2011 Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour features six unique homes. houstonheights.org • 713/861-4002.

December 3–4 (Saturday–Sunday)

38th Annual Dickens on the Strand Festival, presented by Galveston Historical Foundation, features a Victorian holiday street celebration. Galveston’s Strand District • galveston.com.

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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 (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, 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 • fathersfirst
ofhouston.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. • houstonglbt
communitycenter.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. New 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 • 713/526-1018.

Southern Country, a country-and-western dance troupe, offers free dance lessons. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. 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.

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Semi-monthly (1st and 3rd Wed.)

Center Coming Out 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.

Semi-monthly (1st and 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

Houston Gay and Lesbian Couples Meet-up Group. Time and location TBA. 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.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Houston provides educational presentations of LGBT topics, small-group confidential discussions, and supportive fellowship. 2pm. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 S. Main St. • pflaghouston.org.

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 West 19th St. Free admission. 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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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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