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Ho-ho-ho: Music Box Theatre says farewell to 2011 with song and snow.

Compiled by Nancy Ford

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HOT TICKET

Fruits and Nuts and Auld Lang Syne
Merry Music Box Theatre

It might not be a Fertle holiday, nonetheless Houston’s newest cabaret theater, Music Box Theater, celebrates the season with Fruitcakes! A Very Special Holiday Special. The original evening of song and comedy with a holiday twist features Rebekah Dahl, Brad Scarborough, Cay Taylor, Luke Wrobel, and Colton Berry, all members of the troupe that’s taken up residence in the River Oaks-area building that housed the legendary Radio Music Theatre for decades. With a wacky eye on the future, ?Fruitcakes! runs through January 15, with the exception of December 31, when MBT offers its first New Year’s Eve Party, featuring highlights from MBT’s previous productions, including Opening the Box and Damaged Divas of the Decade. Audience requests, a catered dinner, champagne toast, and dancing to music provided by G Sharp and the MBT Three complete the evening. Song requests must be made by December 12. $75. Reservations required. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt St. • themusicboxtheater.com • 713/522-7722. —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.

A Sense of Place and Home: Music Videos and Shorts from Braden King. Through Dec. 17. Aurora Picture Show at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Juliets (Zhu Li Ye). Three filmmakers’ interpretation of Shakespeare’s most famous heroine. 2010. Mandarin with English subtitles. Dec. 2. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Tears (Yan Le). A bad cop seeks redemption. Min Nan with English subtitles. 2009. Chen Wan-Tang directs. Dec. 3. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

The Only Way to Fly with A/V Geeks recalls when air travel was a novel luxury. Dec. 3. 1940 Air Terminal Museum, 8325 Travelair St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

The Fourth Portrait (Di Si Zhang Hua), a character study of a 10-year-old boy struggling after his father dies. Chung Mong-Hong directs. 2010. Dec. 4. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Le Rayon Vert (Summer). A newly single Parisian seeks companionship and a meteorological phenomenon. 1986. Eric Rohmer directs. Dec. 10–11. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (4 Aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle). What happens to roommates in Paris? 1986. Eric Roehm directs. Dec. 10–11. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Cinema Bomar. Select 16mm shorts. Dec. 28. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer Rd. • domystore.com.

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PERFORMING ARTS

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

A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage @ 1959. Jimmy Phillips directs Robert Bastron’s southwest premiere. Through Dec. 11. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.

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

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

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

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

Quilt Stories. Eliza Fernand’s interactive performance. Through Dec. 23. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg St. • box13artspace.com.

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

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

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

The Santaland Diaries. David Sedaris’s holiday classic. Through Dec. 31. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Fruitcakes! A Very Special Holiday Special, an original evening of song and comedy with a holiday twist. Through Jan. 15. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt St. • themusicboxtheater.com • 713/522-7722. (See above.)

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.

Stuart Hinds, overtone singer. Dec. 1. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Shchelkunchik, the Russian word for nutcracker, reimagines Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece for those who have grown weary of the original. Dec. 1–4. Suchu Dance at Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston St. • suchudance.org.

Museum of Dysfunction IV, a showcase of shorts about relationships. Dec. 1–10. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • mildredsumbrella.com • 832/463-0409.

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

A Victorian Christmas, Galveston’s East End Historical District Association’s 22nd Annual Homes Tour. Dec. 2. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

HopeWerks presents Miranda Leonard. Dec. 2–3. Hope Center Studio, 1210 W. Clay St., #26. hopestoneinc.org • 713/526-1907.

Emerging Choreographers Showcase. Dec. 2–3. University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, Wortham Theatre • theatredance.uh.edu • 713-743-2929.

Tenderina. Loueva Smith’s world premiere about a ballerina stripper. Dec. 2–17. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • freneticore.net • 832/426-4624.

A Christmas Story. Dec. 2–18. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

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.

Handel’s Messiah and Schubert’s Magnificat. Selections performed by Houston Chamber Choir and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Dec. 3. The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. houstonchamberchoir.org • 713/224-5566.

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.

Christoph Eschenbach conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Dec. 6. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

White Christmas, Irving Berlin’s family classic. Dec. 6–8. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

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

A Christmas Carol. John Stevens’s one-man show. Dec. 8–18. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Music Doing Good Café: Bells in Spiritual Traditions, Song and Celebration. Dec. 9. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St. • rothkochapel.org • 713/524-9839.

Handel’s Messiah. Sing-along version. Dec. 9. Mercury Baroque. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.

Very Merry Pops. Michael Krajewski conducts vocalist Mike Eldred and Houston Symphony Chorus. Dec. 9–11. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Dec. 9–17. Island ETC/East-End Theater Co., 2001 Postoffice St., Galveston • islandetc.org • 409/762-3556.

Handel’s Messiah. Antoine Plante conducts University of Houston Moores School of Music Concert Chorale in the complete version. Dec. 10. Mercury Baroque. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.

The Nutcracker, presented by City Ballet of Houston. Dec. 10–11. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

21st Annual Christmas Revels celebrates Nordic and German holiday traditions. Dec. 10–18. University of Houston’s Wortham Theater, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Entrance 16, Bldg. 507. Revels Houston • revelshouston.org • 713/668-3303.

To Drive the Cold Winter Away. Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England by Dufay Collective members. Dec. 11. Presented by Houston Early Music. Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. • houstonearlymusic.org • 713/432-1744.

A Linda Eder Christmas. Dec. 13. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Forbidden Broadway. Dec. 13–17. Masquerade Theatre. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • masqueradetheatre.com • 713/861-7045.

A Tuna Christmas. Joe Sears and Jaston Williams’s holiday classic. Dec. 13–23. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Manhattan Dreaming. Aboriginal writer Anita Heiss introduces her latest novel. Dec. 15. Booker-Lowe Gallery, 4623 Feagan St. • bookerlowegallery.com • 713/880-1541.

Recitals at Rienzi. Artists of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Dec. 16–17. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.

Handel’s Messiah in Candlelight. Christian Knapp conducts. Dec. 16–18. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Messiah at the Co-Cathedral. Dec. 19. Houston Masterworks Chorus. Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Rd. • houstonmasterworks.org • 713/529-8900.

Cowboy Christmas Show with Michael Martin Murphey. Dec. 20. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

Moonlight and Magnolias. A comedy about writing the screenplay for Gone With the Wind. Dec. 31–Jan. 21. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

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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

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

Alternate Reality. Photographs by Magid Salmi. Through Dec. 2. Spacetaker ARC, Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. • spacetaker.org.

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

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

Nuevo Fuego. New works by Susan Plum. Through Dec. 10. PG Contemporary Gallery, 3227 ½ Milam St. • pgcontemporary.com • 713/523-7424.

Ana Serrano: Salon of Beauty. Small sculptures. Through Dec. 11; reception, Dec. 6. 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.

New Sculptures. Works by beginning sculpture students. Through Dec. 16. Rice University Main Gallery, 6100 Main St. • ricegallery.org • 713/348-6069.

Visual Arts Alliance’s 29th Juried Membership Exhibition. Through Dec. 16. Continental Center I, 1600 Smith St. • visualartsalliance.org.

My Life as a Doll. Tara Conley and Tria Wood explore power structures, childhood expectations, and gender distinction. Through Dec. 17. DiverseWorks, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

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.

Race: Are We That Different? explores the science, history, and everyday impact of race. Through Jan. 1. Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. • thehealthmuseum.org • 713/521-1515.

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

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

Dutch Invasion. Works by Netherlands artists Christine Bittremieux, Anna Bolten, Hans de Bruijn, Demiak, and Jessica Muller. Through Jan. 7. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg St. • box13artspace.com.

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

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

Omitted. Scribblings by Timothy Harding. Through Jan. 7. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg St. • box13artspace.com.

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

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

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

Fleeting. Works by Kamila Szczesna. Through Jan. 15. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St. • contemporaryartgalveston.org • 409/763-2403.

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.

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

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

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

Game Night! Late 19th- to mid 20th-century games. Through Feb. 12. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St., Sam Houston Park • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

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.

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’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 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.

On the Edge of New: New Paintings by New Artists. Works by Justin Garcia, Felipe Lopez, Winston Lee Mascarenhas, Deborah Porter, Cheryl Schubert, and Nazar Yahya. Dec. 1–31; reception, Dec. 1. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd. • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

Belle Époque. Works by Hana Shoup, Britt Ragsdale, Kia Neil, and Raphaele. Dec. 2. Darke Gallery, 320 B Detering St. • darkegallery.com • 713/542-3802.

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.

Gambol: 2011 Juried Member Exhibition. Dec. 2–31. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Teaming with Fish. Works by V. Chin and John Barber. Dec. 3–Jan. 5; reception, Dec. 3. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

John Christensen: Sculpture. Dec. 8–Jan. 8. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.

Chromatic Manifestations. Paintings and pottery by Richard G. Eastman. Dec. 10–12; reception, Dec. 10. Zen Art Space, The Galleria III, 5085 Westheimer Rd. • richardeastmanartist.com.

The Saddest Love Story Almost Never Told: Based on a True Idea. A multi-media, collaborative installation by Sketchy Neighbors. Dec. 10–30; reception, Dec. 10. Spacetaker ARC, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11 • spacetaker.org • 713/868-1839.

Going Up? Metal sculpture by Lauren McAdamas. Dec. 10–Jan. 29; reception, Dec. 9. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

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HIV Testing

Daily (Mon.–Fri.)

HIV Testing. Free HIV testing, with no Gold Card or donation required or requested. 9am–1pm. HCHD Thomas Street Clinic, 2015 Thomas St. • 713/873-4157 • 713/873-4026.

Daily (Sun.–Fri.)

HIV Testing. Legacy Community Health Services offers free confidential rapid HIV testing using the OraQuick-Advance collection method with results available within 20 minutes. Free syphilis testing is also available. MONDAYS: EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 9pm–12am; George Sports Bar, 617 Fairview, 6–10pm. • TUESDAYS: Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St., 6–9pm; 611 Hyde Park Pub, 611 Hyde Park, 6–9pm; Club Houston, 2205 Fannin St., 8pm–12am. • WEDNESDAYS: Club Houston, 2205 Fannin St., 6pm–10am; EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 10pm–1am; Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin St., 4–8pm. • THURSDAYS: The Ripcord, 715 Fairview Ave., 8pm–11am; Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh Dr., 6–10pm. • FRIDAYS: EJ’s, 2517 Ralph St., 10pm–1am. • HIV and syphilis testing is also offered at 215 Westheimer Rd., Monday–Thursday, 11am–7pm, and Friday, 11am–5pm. 713/830-3070.

Daily (Sun.–Fri.)

HIV Testing. 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.

Monthly (3rd Thurs.)

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

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WEEKLY

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 • 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.

Block 7 Running Club meets for a run followed by wine and snacks. 6pm. Block7 Wine Company, 720 Shepherd Dr. • ffprunningclubs.org.

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.

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.

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MONTHLY

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

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.

Through January 18

Rice University’s Boniuk Center accepts applications for its second annual Embracing Tolerance Essay Contest, engaging teens in promoting religious tolerance in their communities. Deadline Jan. 18. boniuk.rice.edu.

Through April 22

Coats for Cubs. Buffalo Exchange collects used furs to provide bedding for injured wildlife. 1618 Westheimer ?Rd. • buffaloexchange.com • 713/523-8701.

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DECEMBER DAY-BY-DAY

December 2 (Friday)

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration. Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker presides over Reliant Energy’s annual tree lighting and fireworks, with music by Diane Schuur and Ruben Studdard and appearances by Santa Claus and Houston Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy. Upper Plaza of City Hall, 901 Bagby St. • houstontx.gov.

Glitter and Glitz Ladies Night, where patrons play, shop, sing, wine, and dine. Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • tbhcenter.org • 713/222-1213.

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.

December 10 (Saturday)

3rd Annual Gingerbread Build-Off. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. • marketsquarepark.com.

December 31 (Saturday)

New Year’s Eve Live features an illuminated parade, 3-D light show projected on George R. Brown Convention Center, more. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney • newyearsevelive.com.

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