Victorious Venom Manuel Puig’s novel, Kiss of the Spider Woman, lauded for its homoerotic tenderness balanced against the harshness of its prison setting, stunned and inspired audiences when it was adapted as a stage play in the early 1980s. At that time, AIDS was a developing threat, and interpretation of a sympathetic gay character was an iffy proposition. Nonetheless, the play soon became a much-lauded feature film, and was eventually adapted into a Tony-winning musical. Unhinged Productions closes its “Unknown Season” with Joe Angel Babb directing the original version of this tale of love, loyalty, and friendship, presented in English with Spanish subtitles. May 31–June 17. Unhinged Productions at Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • comeunhinged.com • 832/250-7786.
All in the Name of Charity What could possible go wrong when a hot young wanderer is offered free rent by a lonely gay man and his sister? Jim Tommaney directs Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Joe Orton’s comedic drama about hospitality and secrets. May 11–26. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.
Ay Yi Yi Yi Yi. Mexican food, margaritas, piñatas, and live music by the Anne Mundy Band punctuate Lazarus House’s Annual Cinqo de Mayo Fiesta. May 5, 3 p.m. Lazarus House, 4106 Austin St. • thelazarushouse.org • 713-526-5071.
Singing Sisters. Bayou City Women’s Chorus’s spring concert, Women on the Verge, musically explores “femme fatale to saucy vixen.” May 6, 5 p.m. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. • bayoucityperformingarts.org • 713/521-7464.
Food for the Body, Fun for the Soul. SPRY, Montrose Counseling Center’s support group for Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years, meets for a potluck meal. Bring a covered dish that compliments chicken, which SPRY provides. May 10, 4 p.m. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • spryhouston.org • 713/529-0037.
Philanthropic Rocker. The youngest person ever inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame, singer/songwriter Patrice Pike, created the Grace Foundation of Texas to provide healthcare, education, and career training to homeless youth once they “age out” of the traditional support systems. Musicians Kristine Mills and LongDive, and visual artist Roland Diaz join Pike for the group’s 3rd Annual Houston Gala, focused on saving young adult survivors of homelessness. To accompany the dinner and silent auction, Diaz paints a mural representing the gala. May 12, 7 p.m. Warehouse LIVE, 813 St. Emanuel St. • gracetexas.org.
Randall Jobe’s Artsy Fartsy Birthday Bash. One of gay Houston’s shiniest stars celebrates his natal day with hors d’oeuvres and cupcakes, champagne, entertainment, roses for moms, and a drawing for a special gift. An art show and sale benefits Randall’s recently incurred diabetes-related medical expenses. May 13, 5 p.m. F Bar, 202 Tuam St. • 713-522-FBAR.
Vanity Theft, the Ohio-based all-girl group that charitably supported LHI in a close-of-summer Hard Rock Cafe concert last year, returns to rock Houston. May 13, 8 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Dr. • fitzlivemusic.com/ • 713/ 862-3838.
Horsing Around. The ladies and gentlemen of SPRY gather for their monthly film afternoon, this month screening The Warhorse. May 17, 1 p.m. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • spryhouston.org • 713/529-0037.
You Deserve to Feel Good About Yourself. Award-winning psychotherapist Denise O’Doherty, LPC, LMST, LCDC, RN, offers Building Confidence and Self-Esteem, a two-hour class discussing issues that sabotage self-esteem, overcoming codependency, dealing with shame, guilt, and jealousy, and more. May 19, 10 a.m.–noon. Leisure Learning Annex, 2990 Richmond Ave. • llu.com • 713/529-4414.
Inspiring Health in LGBT Women. Lesbian Health Initiative Houston once again presents its Rainbow Health Fair for lesbians, offering mammograms, Pap examinations, and extensive blood screenings by appointment, and much more. Just in time for summer, body/skin scans, provided by MD Anderson Melanoma and Skin Clinic, are also available. June 2, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Legacy Community Health Services, 215 Westheimer Rd. To schedule a mammogram, blood screening, or Pap test, call 713/426-3356 or e-mail [email protected]
Kicking Up Their Heels and Other Body Parts. Theatre Under the Stars’s gay patrons enjoy [email protected], a cabaret-style event at Artista Restaurant following the performance of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. June 7. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.
The Year of the Dragon Ball. The 20th Annual HATCH Prom for youth and supportive adults. June 8, 7 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. • hatchyouth.org • 713/529-0037.
Kindred Softball. Following a rainout of their March tournament, the women of Kindred Spirits have rescheduled their 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. June 9. Memorial Park. Benefits AssistHers, Ellen’s Hand, and LHI-Houston. kindredspiritshouston.org • 832/419-0165.