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Gay Agenda – October

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Hunter Valentine

Election Night with Elect Trick City and Hunter Valentine. Lesbian rockers Hunter Valentine, who are also The Real L Word cast members, bring their Collide and Conquer Tour to Houston. “I was blown away the first time I saw Hunter Valentine two years ago when they opened for the Cliks,” says producer Tami Schafer, who believes Kiyomi, HV’s frontwoman, is this generation’s Joan Jett. “Her passion for music is like no other artist I’ve ever seen.” That same night, Houston supergroup Elect Trick City performs and releases its first CD. Paige Lewis and Los Angeles’ Queen Caveat completes the lineup. November 6, 7 p.m. Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar, 1031 E. 24th St. • 713/862-8707.

Walk It Out. Put down that remote, get up out of that recliner, and take a one-mile walk with friends through the Montrose neighborhood. Everyone is welcome, regardless of fitness level. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center at Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

The Eagle Houston has moved to a new location. Houston’s newest dance bar for masculine men is now located at 213 Milam Street, next door to the downtown Barnaby’s with DJ JD Arnold spinning. Open Friday through Sunday. 713/236-8777.

Steven Fales in Missionary Position at Theater LaB

Mormons on Parade. Just in time for the elections, Missionary Position is Steven Fales’s take on extreme religious devotion. October 14–21. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.

All Grown Up. Thirty years ago, JR’s Bar and Grill opened its doors to the LGBT community at 808 Pacific Street, and is still going strong. The anchor bar to Charles Armstrong Investments, which also includes Meteor, South Beach, and The Mining Company, JR’s originally acted as a depot for the old Houston train car system, was then a grocery store, and later an antique store called The Emporium (which is now located on Westheimer Road). The club, which general manager Jose Apodaco estimates has helped raise more than $500,000 supporting Houston’s LGBT community, celebrates its anniversary weekend with a gay array of special events. JR’s was the first gay bar in Texas to offer its patrons karaoke, a tradition that continues October 4 featuring $1 well drinks and its longtime host, Marcia Carlton. On Friday, October 5, the party continues with Candis Cayne and a special surprise guest, with RuPaul’s Shannel performing live on Saturday, October 6. The anniversary fun concludes with the Super Sunday Drag Show finale, October 7. jrsbarandgrill.com • 713/521-2519.

Out at the Opera. LGBT opera fans are invited to enjoy La Bohème, Puccini’s classic love story, preceded by a backstage tour. October 5. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.

Sweet, Savory, and Satisfying. AssistHers, a charitable group that provides non-medical assistance to lesbians who are ill, has produced its chief fundraiser, Decadent Desserts and More, for sixteen years. The afternoon emphasizes dancing, and also offers a silent auction of gift baskets. Food provided by Houston’s most generous and talented caterers and restaurateurs is rated by chefs from Art Institute of Houston’s Culinary School. Australian dance diva Jacinta provides entertainment, and Nancy Ford emcees. Benefits AssistHers. October 7, 4 p.m. South Beach, 810 Pacific St. • assisthers.org.

Eat a Little Something. Keshet Houston, a nonprofit organization for lesbian and gay Jews in the Houston and Southeast Texas region, gathers for Sukkos Dinner. October 7, 7 p.m. $15. Congregation Brith Shalom Sukkah, 4610 Bellaire Blvd. • keshethouston.org.

Meet Mimi. Mimi Marks from RuPaul’s Drag Race appears as a special guest at F Bar’s Legendary Ladies show. October 7, 10:30 p.m. F Bar, 202 Team St. • fbarhouston.com • 713/522-3227.

Making a Joyful Noise. Resurrection MCC celebrates National Coming Out Day with Inside Out Faith: A Jennifer Knapp Experience, a concert of contemporary Christian music relating Knapp’s journey as an out, Christian lesbian. October 11, 7 p.m. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W. 11th St. • jenniferknapp.com.

Guava Rebooted. Guava Lamp unveils its new, expanded look with a special show featuring Morgan McMichaels. 570 Waugh Dr. October 12, 11 p.m. • 713/524-3359.

Come Out. Outreach United celebrates National Coming Out Day with a dinner on October 12 and a celebration on October 13. Actor/author Leslie Jordan headlines both. Benefits Pride’s scholarship fund, Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years (SPRY), and the Association for Family and Community Integrity’s GLBT Homeless Youth Fund. Sycamore Heights Bed and Breakfast • outreachunited.org.

For the Brokenhearted. Houston Pride Band’s autumn concert, Bittersweet, “laments the pain of love’s absence and celebrates the joy of love’s triumph.” Be sure to bring a date. October 13, 3 p.m. Free, with donations gratefully accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W. 11th St. • houstonprideband.org.

She Will Survive. A concert with seventies’ disco diva Gloria Gaynor benefits Krewe of Olympus. October 14. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • kreweofolympus.org.

Latrice Royale, “The Future Queen of All Drag Ages” from RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 4, appears as a special guest at F Bar’s Legendary Ladies show. Lady Shamu hosts. October 23, 10:30 p.m. F Bar, 202 Tuam St. • fbarhouston.com • 713/522-3227.

Drag Contest. House of Dereon Media Center presents Divas of Dereon Drag Contest, featuring special celebrity guest judges and performances. October 25. 2204 Crawford St. • 713/772-5175.

Come Out and See the Blaffer. University of Houston’s LGBT Resource Center caps off National LGBT History Month with a reception offering refreshments, door prizes, a silent auction, entertainment, and tours of the newly renovated Blaffer Art Museum and Tony Feher exhibit. Benefits Rainbow Friends, supporting the center. October 25, 6:30 p.m. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

For the Health of LGBT Women. Lesbian Health Initiative Houston once again presents its semi-annual Health Fair for uninsured and underinsured lesbians, offering mammograms, Pap examinations, and extensive blood screenings (by appointment), plus flu shots with CVS/Caremark, heart and vascular risk assessment, and more. November 3, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Legacy Community Health Services, 1415 California St. To register, call 713/426-3356 or e-mail [email protected]

Pulp Lesbians. Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman’s The Beebo Brinker Chronicles celebrates lesbian pulp fiction. November 7–December 1. Celebration Theatre at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • celebrationtheatrehouston.com • 832/330-5478.

Caring for Our Soldiers. Popular local pianist Roger Woest’s Caring Cabaret offers cabaret-style entertainment and a three-course meal. November 11. $50–$100. Benefits Wounded Warrior Project. Sorrento Ristorante Italiano • [email protected] • 713/740-4186.

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