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The Gay Agenda – January

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Joe was concerned about posing because he had just undergone surgery and had suffered a stroke.
Ken wanted the painting dedicated to the memory of a friend whom had had lost to HIV.

Human Works of Art. “Art is for the people, and I think that got lost a bit somewhere along the way. Art should inspire the heart, challenge our fear, and fuel our spirit.” Such is the vision that drives artist Jack Dorlan, who showcases Spectacular Damage, an exhibit of Dorlan’s original works celebrating men with HIV. The exhibit honors the men whose bodies reflect the “spectacular damage” and all of its implications, wrought by HIV. January 8–February 19; opening reception, January 8, 3–5 p.m. Benefits Gulf Coast Archive & Museum of GLBT History, 401 Branard St. • gcam.org.

2012 AIDS Walk Kick-off Party gets the balls of walkers’ feet rolling for AIDS Foundation Houston’s annual fundraising walk benefiting numerous local HIV/AIDS service organizations. January 11, 5 p.m. Chelsea Grill, 4621 Montrose Blvd. • aidshelp.rog.

Sheri and Lois spent their lives together fighting for LGBT rights. Sheri says she will never hide again. Lois now says she will hide if necessary to protect herself.

Respecting and Protecting Our Elders. It seems impossible to imagine in this post-Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell era that many of the same brave LGBT seniors who fought homophobia in their prime are now facing a new, horrifying level of discrimination from caregivers and social services. Gen Silent, a multi-award-winning documentary from filmmaker Stu Maddux examines these brave seniors’ epidemic plight, giving voice to members of a generation who paved the way for the freedoms younger LGBTs now enjoy. A panel discussion follows the film. Sponsored by Montrose Counseling Center, Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years, John Steven Kellet Foundation, and SAMHSA. Free admission. January 26, 6:30 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. • spry.org.

A Decade of McCartney. Out artist Edward Lane McCartney celebrates 10 years of sharing his works at Goldesberry Gallery with Shift, an exhibit of abstract sculpture and jewelry exploring optical kinetics through shifts in color, texture, and light. January 14–March 17; opening reception, January 14, 6 p.m. Goldesberry Gallery, 2625 Colquitt St. • goldesberrygallery.com • 713/528-0405.

What a World, What a World! Yes, you’ve seen the cinematic masterpiece with Dorothy and Toto and the whole Emerald City gang, time and time again on television, usually interrupted by commercial breaks. But have you ever followed the Yellow Brick Road on the big screen? The munchkins look much taller. Rice Cinema presents The Wizard of Oz (1939). Mervyn Leroy, Victor Fleming, and others direct. January 14,
7 p.m. 6100 Main St. • ricecinema.rice.edu.

Bunny Hop. Dance your powder puff off at Snow Bunnies 2012, Bunnies on the Bayou’s annual winter bash, featuring nationally acclaimed DJ Joe Gauthreaux. January 15, 5 p.m. Vue, 526 Waugh Dr. • bunniesonthebayou.org.

Mattachine Machinations. Celebration Theatre presents The Temperamentals, Jon Marans’ true story of two men in love in the ’50s who founded the first civil rights organization for gay men in America. Jimmy Phillips directs, with artistic director Ron Jones. January 18–February 5. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • celebrationtheatrehouston.com.

Their Majesties. One of LGBT Houston’s most prolific fundraising organizations, the Empire of the Royal, Sovereign, Imperial Court of the Single Star, presents Coronation XXVIII with its dynamic theme, “The Spy Who Loved Me: An Evening of Action, Adventure & Beautiful Girls,” featuring shows, dinners, receptions, and more. January 19–22. Sheraton North Houston, 15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd. • ersicss.org • 281/442-5100.

Cheers. Theatre Under the Stars’ gay patrons enjoy [email protected], a cabaret-style event at Artista Restaurant following the performance of Bring It On: The Musical, the stage play based on the movie about cheerleading. January 26. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Hearts and Minds. The countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun, but you’re looking for more than a wham, bam, one-night stand. Award-winning psychotherapist Denise O’Doherty, LPC, LMST, LCDC, RN, offers Secrets of Finding and Maintaining a Long-Term Relationship, a two-hour class that covers essentials of a healthy relationship, how to seek suitable and compatible romantic partners, and what it means to be emotionally available. February 4, 10 a.m.–noon. (Repeats April 21.) Leisure Learning Annex, 2990 Richmond Ave. • llu.com • 713/529-4414.

In the Pink. Lesbian Health Initiative Houston presents its 2012 Celebration of Love Gala, with dinner, dancing, and entertainment by legendary lesbian comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer. The silent auction/raffle offers a new, hot pink Vespa scooter. February 11. DoubleTree Downtown, 400 Dallas St. • lhihouston.org • 713/426-3356.

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