John Waters—This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier. What will he talk about—Divine and his dietary proclivities? The Broadwayification of Hairspray? The campectomy of camp? DiverseWorks Artspace presents an evening with the filmmaker William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.” March 14. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.
In addition to his performance at DiverseWorks, John Waters celebrates his first solo exhibition in Houston. The exhibition displays Waters’s cinematic sensibility and provocative themes, including race, sex, gender, consumerism, and religion via photographs, montages, and sculpture. March 15–April 14. McClain Gallery, 2242 Richmond Ave. • mcclaingallery.com • 713/520-9955.
Hope Is Never Silent is a traveling juried exhibition highlighting the best of Texas queer artists expanding the range and depth of knowledge about contemporary queer culture. The exhibit includes a number of pamphlets that allow visitors to witness the creative process in the context of gender, racial, ethnic, and sexuality that have ultimately changed America forever. Submissions accepted through April 13. [email protected] • hopeisneversilent.blogspot.com.
Out Law. 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. March 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 Spirit Foundation’s Second Annual Softball Tournament. Mixed teams are currently registering to compete for trophies; hot dogs and cool drinks, commemorative Kindred Spirits T-shirts, and koozies available. March 10. Benefits Kindred Spirits’ women’s charities. Memorial Park • kindredspiritshouston.org • 832/419-0165.
Gods and Goddesses. 59th Diana Awards features a silent auction and an opulent gay satire of the Academy Awards. Benefits Qfest, Gulf Coast Archive and Museum, The Botts Collection, Bering Omega Community Services, and Legacy Community Services. March 10, 7 p.m. $175+. Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main St. • thedianafoundation.org.
Dancing in the Street. AIDS Walk Houston, one of Houston’s most well-attended and supported fundraising walks, flashes back to the ’80s in recognition of AIDS Foundation Houston’s 30th anniversary. Benefits local HIV/AIDS service organizations. March 11. aidswalkhouston.org.
Remembering Our Elders. Community fundraiser Tricia Lynn presents her annual Senior Follies 2012, a vintage variety show featuring Patti Barnes, Fernando Dovalina, Laura Finger, Terry Jones, Tricia Lynn, Les Wood, Judy Woods, and Roger Woest. Benefits Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. $50+. March 11, 4 p.m. Ovations Night Club, 2536 Times Blvd. • [email protected] • 281/353-5843.
Stand Up Proud. Internationally touring comedian Thai Rivera says he’s “a comic who happens to be a fag and not a fag comic.” He performs with Shawn Pelofsky, “Super Hero to The Gays,” who has been featured with Pretty Funny Women, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, and Eva Longoria’s The Hot Tamales. March 15. Houston Improv, 7620 Katy Freeway, #455 • improvhouston.com • 713/333-8800.
BatBatter Up. Montrose Softball League presents its annual weekend-long softball tournament, the Lone Star Classic at Houston Sportsplex. March 16, 7:30 p.m.: Registration and Beer Bust at the tournament’s host hotel, Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd. March 17: Round Robin and tournament play at Houston Sportsplex, 12631 Main Street in Missouri City, followed by a visit to a local bar. March 18: Tournament play followed by an awards ceremony and dinner at Sportsplex and a bar run. lonestarclassichouston.com • 713/726-9977.
Boots and Beauty. Jody Travis, Mr. TGRA 2012, presents Mr Miss Ms Lone Star Houston 2012 pageant, in which contestants vie for buckles and crowns in categories including western wear, formal wear, talent, and a question-and-answer session. Benefits TGRA Houston chapter. March 18, 7:30 p.m. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • [email protected]
Shamrock It Out. Yes, Bringin’ in the Green is a fundraiser held annually in the home of John Danielson III and is a celebration of all things Irish. But more importantly, the party and silent auction brings in cash supporting Montrose Counseling Center. $30+. Benefits MCC’s direct client services. March 16, 5:30 p.m. 3618 Burlington St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org. • 713/529-0037.
Leapin’ Lizards! Theatre Under the Stars’s gay patrons enjoy [email protected], a cabaret-style event at Artista Restaurant following the performance of Annie, the musical about a lucky little orphan and her doggie. March 22. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.
No More Manipulation. Award-winning psychotherapist Denise O’Doherty, LPC, LMST, LCDC, RN, offers “Assert Yourself: Personal Boundaries and Effective Confrontation,” a two-hour class that helps participants identify and understand the dynamics of passive, assertive, and aggressive personalities in order to develop healthy relationships, confidence, and personal success. March 24, 10 a.m.–noon. Leisure Learning Annex, 2990 Richmond Ave. • llu.com • 713/529-4414.
Singing about Service. The recently lifted ban allowing LGBT servicemembers to serve openly in the military is the focus of Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Coming Out Under Fire.” Staff Sergeant Eric Alva, the first Marine seriously injured in the Iraq War and national advocate against the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, hosts the concert, which also welcomes Colonel Terrel Preston, United States Air Force (RET), Operation Iraqi Freedom’s Intelligence Analyst Jacobi Montgomery, Bayou City Women’s Chorus, Sam Houston University Musical Theater performers and dancers, and a color guard provided by U.S. Vets. March 24, 7:30 p.m. Wortham Center, 800 Bagby St. • bayoucityperformingarts.org • 713/521-7464.
Victory Fund Champagne Brunch. Since 1991, the victory fund has helped thousands of openly LGBT candidates, including City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, win election to local, state, and federal offices. The brunch welcomes keynote speaker Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, who is poised to become the country’s first openly lesbian senator. March 25, 11 a.m. $125+. Hilton Americas Houston, 1600 Lamar St. • victoryfund.org.
History Buffs. Houston ARCH, dedicated to preserving Houston’s LGBT history via digital archiving, meets March 28, 6:30 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. • houstonarch.pbworks.com.
Bunnies on the Bayou. The 33rd annual world record-breaking outdoor cocktail party hops into Wortham Center’s Fish Plaza. $30. Benefits local LGBT charities. April 8. Houston Fish Plaza, 500 Texas Ave. • bunniesonthebayou.org.