Holy Accusations. Methodist minister Rev. Amy Delong was put on trial in June 2011 for breaking the clergy covenant by being a self-avowed, practicing homosexual and for performing a same-sex union ceremony, both of which are forbidden by the church’s Book of Discipline. She was found not guilty of the former charge, on a technicality, but was found guilty of the latter. Rev. Delong discusses her ordeal at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, preaching Sunday morning at both services. Feb. 11–12. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St. • beringumc.org • 713/526-1017.
Through February 11
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. Through Feb. 11. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • celebrationtheatrehouston.com.
Race and Relationships. Associate Professor of Sociology University of California–Los Angeles Mignon Moore discusses her new book, Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood Among Black Women. A reception and book signing follow the lecture. Presented in conjunction with Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Race Scholars at Rice, a program of the Kinder Institute of Urban Research. Feb. 1, 6 p.m. Rice University, Herring 100, 6100 Main Street, MS-38 • cswgs.rice.edu • 713/348-2162.
The Drunken City. Adam Bock’s play about a soon-to-be bride’s self-realizations about herself and her best friend finding love in an unexpected place. Feb. 3–11. Rice University, Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Hamman Hall, 6100 Main St. • 713/348-4668.
Hearts and Minds. Valentine’s season is here. Are you looking for more than a wham, bam, temporary 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. Feb. 4, 10 a.m.–noon. (Repeats April 21.) Leisure Learning Annex, 2990 Richmond Ave. • llu.com • 713/529-4414.
February 4 and 11
Bring Your Own Ripped T-Shirt. Comic playwright Rob Nash promises a “wicked funny and offensive” (but in a good way) time at a reading of his new show, Menagerie on a Hot Tin Streetcar, a Tennessee Williams mash-up. Feb. 4 and 11. Frenetic Theatre, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • freneticore.net • 832/426-4624.
But Is He GOP Material? In Confessions of a Mormon Boy, Steven Fales goes from saint to sinner and back. Feb. 8–12. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.
A Caliente Night of Love. Noche de Amoure, GALLO’s Annual Valentine’s Day Dinner, offers a romantic evening featuring dinner and dancing, champagne and chocolates, photos by Picture Perfect, a DJ, and a silent auction. Benefits Rainbow Place. Feb. 10, 8 p.m. 812 Westheimer Rd. • houstongallo.org.
Artful Hearts. The “theatrically inspired” whimsical art of Randall Jobe and the steel and found-object sculpture of Jonatan Lopez are featured in a Valentine-themed exhibit. Jobe, who created Crystal, representing Houston GLBT Community Center’s 15th anniversary, says he sometimes adds prose to assist the audience with the message, but more often he leaves it to interpretation—“hopefully one of frivolity and bemusement to the viewer.” Feb. 10–14; reception, February 10, 6 p.m. The opening reception features live music and refreshments. Betz Gallery, 1208 W. Gray St. • betzgallery.com • 713/576-6954.
Lesbians and Love. 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 hot pink Vitacci scooter. Feb. 11. DoubleTree Houston Hotel Downtown, 400 Dallas St. • lhihouston.org • 713/426-3356.
Going to the Chapel. Foundation for Family and Marriage Equality presents its annual events in conjunction with National Freedom to Marry Week. Same-sex couples wishing to unofficially tie the knot are encouraged to register for the 10th anniversary of the group’s Texas’ Big Gay Wedding Celebration and Protest. A reception follows the ceremony. Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W. 11th St. Participating couples must pre-register at familymarriageequality.org.
Poppycock’s Got Talent. Singer Prince Poppycock (John Quayle, of America’s Got Talent fame) performs his unique brand of opera. Feb. 14. 202 Tuam St. • fbarhouston.com.
Raising Voices for Marriage. Foundation for Family and Marriage Equality continues its annual events in conjunction with National Freedom to Marry Week with its annual Downtown Valentine’s Day Protest and March Marriage License Protest. Couples requesting marriage licenses must preregister at familymarriageequality.org. Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m. Harris County Clerk’s Office, 201 Caroline St. A march follows, culminating with a demonstration for the right to marry and a mock-marriage ceremony. Costumes and protest signs (no sticks or poles) encouraged. Feb. 14, 12:45 p.m. Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St. • familymarriageequality.org.
Beautiful Music, Beautiful Women. Canadian singer/songwriter Nancy Beaudette performs for Sandi Glorfield’s series of house concerts. Feb. 18. Reception, 7 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m. $15–$20. 3203 Rustling Moss Dr. • nancybeaudette.com • 713/502-9297 • 281/444-7669.
Legal Honors. LGBT and straight ally corporate counsel are invited to attend the National LGBT Bar Association’s Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award Reception, honoring Shell Oil Company’s legal department. Mar. 1, 6 p.m. Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar St. • [email protected] • 202/637-7661.
Batter and Battress Up! Cheer your favorite local team at Kindred Spirits Foundation’s Second Annual Softball Tournament. Mixed teams are currently registering to compete for trophies; hot dogs and cools drinks, commemorative Kindred Spirits T-shirts, and koozies available. Mar. 10. Memorial Park. Benefits Kindred Spirits’ women’s charities. kindredspiritshouston.org • 832/419-0165.