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One of seven pieces of art by Sarah Gish in Mod Mandalas: The Chakra Series. Photo by George Hixson.

Compiled by Nancy Ford

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In Alignment
Sarah Gish connects the automotive with the spiritual

For the uninitiated, chakras are said to be the centers of spiritual power in the body, representing nature, pleasure, power, love, creativity, intuition, and spirituality, from which a person can collect energy. Who else but Houston artist Sarah Gish would find commonality between these mystic points of energy and a simple hubcap?

In Mod Mandalas: The Chakra Series, Gish finds commonality between the circular shape of a car’s hubcap and the corresponding circular shape of a mandala, an ancient Sanskrit word for “circle” and “essence” that also translates to “our true soul.” As for the choice of hubcaps, Gish says their mandala-like designs and connection to daily mobility “become a metaphor of the continuous underpinning of spirituality in our daily lives.

“The objects I use seem to speak to me, begging to be noticed and elevated,” Gish continues. “It is through my work that I glorify them as a metaphor for my belief that all that exists in our world is important.”

Gish has fashioned seven “mod mandalas” for the exhibit with the hope that the exhibition inspires a wide variety of people to study chakras and mandalas as “portals to personal peace.” Each “chakra cap” is available for sale for $2,000 each (tax, title, and license not included).

October 4–November 18. 14 Pews, 800 Aurora St. • 14pews.org • gishcreative.com. —Nancy Ford

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FILM

The Last Reef 3D, Tornado Alley 3D, and Flying Monsters 3D. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Gerhard Richter Painting. The 79-year-old artist creates a series of large-scale abstract canvasses. Corinna Belz directs. 2011. Through Oct. 6. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Manhattan Short Film Festival. Oct. 5. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Sushi: The Global Catch. 2012. Mark Hall directs. Oct. 6. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Raising Arizona. A quirky comedy about how love makes a family. 1987. Joel Coen directs. Oct. 12. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

The Talented Mr. Ripley. A drama about deceptive identities. 1999. Anthony Mighella directs. Oct. 19. Alamo Drafthouse at Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. • marketsquarepark.com.

American Meat. Where our food comes from. 2010. Graham Meriwether directs. Oct. 20. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long. 1965. Robert Wise directs. Oct. 20. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Tennessee Williams’s classic drama of love and family. Through Oct. 6. Island ETC/East-End Theater Co., 2001 Postoffice St., Galveston • islandetc.org • 409/762-3556.

Tell My Daughter I Went on a Trip (Dis à ma fille que je pars en voyage). A comedy/drama in French with English surtitles. Through Oct. 6. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • etvoilatheatre.org • 281/901-0937.

Boutique. Jaime Zelaya’s original comedy set in a failing boutique and salon. Through Oct. 7. Playhouse Community Theater, 5805 Green Ash Dr. • 281/777-9249.

Otello. Rossini’s classic tale of jealousy. Through Oct. 7. Opera in the Heights. Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. • operaintheheights.org • 713/861-5303.

Serious Money. Caryl Churchill’s financial mystery. Through Oct. 8. University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance. UH’s Wortham Theater, 133 CWM Center for the Arts • theatre.uh.edu • 713/743-2929.

Assassins. Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical portrait of murderers. Through Oct. 13. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt St. • themusicboxtheater.com • 713/522-7722.

Evil in Justiceberg. A superhero comedy. Through Oct. 13. Big Head Productions at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org.

Getting Sarah Married. Sam Bobrick’s matchmaking comedy. Through Oct. 13. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.

Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women by Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein. Through Oct. 14. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Life Could Be a Dream. The Crooning Crabcakes hit The Big Time. Through Oct. 14. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

Life Is a Dream. Pedro Calderón de La Barca’s classic, translated and adapted by Nilo Cruz. Through Oct. 14. Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Miss Julie. August Strindberg’s battle of the sexes. Through Oct. 14. Classical Theatre Company. Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • classicaltheatre.org • 713/963-9665.

The Nacirema Society. Pearl Cleage’s comedy about debutantes. Through Oct. 21. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

2 Pianos, 2 Hands. Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra’s comedy about two boys who dream of concert piano stardom. Through Oct. 28. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

The Oldest Profession. Paula Vogel’s adult comedy. Through Nov. 17. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

Swing, Jive & Pop! Into Dance. Oct. 3. Houston Metropolitan Dance Company at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • houstonmetdance.com • 713/522-6375.

A Little Day Music: Dmitri Shostakovich. Oct. 3–25. Da Camera at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope). Oct. 4. Musiqa at Contemporary Arts Museum • musiqahouston.org • 713/524-5678.

33rd Annual Festival Chicano. Oct. 4–6. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

The Dance Gallery Festival, presented by Von Ussar Danceworks. Oct. 5–6. Sam Houston State University. • dancegalleryfestival.com • 936/294-2339.

Wicked Divas. Broadway’s Nicole Parker and Alli Mauzey. Oct. 5–7. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony. Oct. 6. Mercury at Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.

1000 Lights for Peace, the grand finale to Mahatma Gandhi Week. Oct. 7. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • gandhilibrary.org.

Fiesta! with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra with conductor, Josep Caballe-Domenech. Oct. 7. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

Sonatas & Interludes. A centennial performance of John Cage’s masterpiece. Aperio. Oct. 7. Texas Gallery, 2012 Peden St. • aperioamericas.org.

Tap Dogs. A dance extravaganza. Oct. 8. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston. • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

TUTS’ Jekyll & Hyde Master Class and Vocal Intensive with composer Frank Wildhorn. Oct. 8. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Jekyll and Hyde. The dark and dangerous musical. Oct. 9–21. Theatre Under the Stars, Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Society for the Performing Arts’ 16th Annual Fall Luncheon features Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help. Benefits SPA’s Beyond the Spotlight for children. Oct. 10. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

When Ya Comin’ Back Red Ryder? Mark Medoff’s Obie Award-winner. Oct. 10–Nov. 4. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker. Oct. 12. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Dia de la Hispanidad featuring Stars of Forever Tango. Institute of Hispanic Culture. Oct. 12. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

The Kingdoms of Castille, music of the 17th and 18th centuries from Spain and its Latin American colonies. Oct. 12. Houston Early Music at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4930 W. Bellfort St. • houstonearlymusic.org • 713/432-1744.

Drop the Rock . . . Let Your Spirit Soar. 2012 Annual Overeaters’ Anonymous Convention. Oct. 12–14. Holiday Inn on the Beach on the Seawall, in Galveston • oahouston.org • 713/408-9053.

Lundada 2012. Mexican Institute of Greater Houston celebrates the full moon. Oct. 13. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Galveston Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Dr. Dominique Royem. Oct. 14. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Missionary Position. Steven Fales’s take on extreme religious devotion. Oct. 14–21. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.

Jerusalem String Quartet: The Shostakovich Cycle, Parts I and II. Oct. 15–16. Da Camera at Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

T.C. Boyles reads from his latest book, San Miguel. Presented by Inprint Margaret Root Brown Reading Series. Oct. 15. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • inprinthouston.org.

12th Annual Aurora Award Dinner honors photographer/artist Laurie Simmons. Oct. 16. Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

3 Concerts, 3 Different Concertos. Lang Lang Plays Beethoven. Oct. 18–21. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

[title of show] by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell. Standing Room Only Productions. Oct. 18–Nov. 3. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • sro-productions.com.

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez. Oct. 19. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Thread. Stories of eight women and limitation. Oct. 19–20 at 8pm. Vault Houston, 1824 Spring St., #124 • [email protected] • 713/880-8161.

La Bohème. Puccini’s classic love story. Oct. 19–Nov. 10. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.

Cassandra Wilson. Oct. 20. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Eyes on Tomorrow. Concert for Greater Peace features Dena Blue, Alyse Black, and Mambo Jazz Kings. Oct. 20. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd. • bayareaturningpoint.org.

James Dick, pianist. Oct. 21. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

This Is the 60s with vocalist Whitney Bank. Oct. 26-27. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique. Oct. 26–28. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Italian Girl in Algiers. Rossini’s lesser-known romantic comedy. Oct. 26–Nov. 11. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.

Shaolin Warriors: Voice of the Masters. Oct. 27. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Sutton Foster, vocalist. Oct. 27. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Honneger King David and Bernstein Chichester Psalms. Oct. 29. Houston Masterworks Chorus at Houston’s First Presbyterian Church • houstonmasterworks.org • 713/529-8900.

St. Lawrence String Quartet and Stephen Prutsman, piano. Nov. 2. Da Camera at Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Bach and All That Jazz. Nov. 2–3. Houston Chamber Choir • houstonchamberchoir.org • 713/224-5566.

Murdering Marlowe. Charles Marowitz’s comedy about Shakespearean jealousy. Nov. 2–11. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Fleaven. World premiere by Miki Johnson about a Seussian disco dreamscape. Nov. 2–17. Catastrophic Theatre, 1540 Sul Ross St. • catastrophictheatre.com • 713/522-2723.

Ethan Claymore. Norm Foster’s holiday comedy. Nov. 2–Dec. 1. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.

Stop, Look and Listen! Outdoor Latin jazz concert with Jose-Miguel Yamal. Nov. 3. Da Camera at The Menil Collection • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

A Little Day Music. Nov. 6. Da Camera Young Artists at Wortham Center • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

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

Aer: The Bright Side Tour. The chart-topping hip-hop group. Nov. 11. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Dr. • fitzlivemusic.com • 713/862-3838.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Duck for President. A children’s musical about elections. Through Oct. 27. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

The Man Who Planted Trees. Oct. 2. Puppet State Theatre Company at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Annie Goes to Oz. What happens after the tornado and the adoption. Oct. 6. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

Beauty Lou and the Country Beast. Oct. 6. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

Seguin: Unsung Texas Hero. Alvaro Saar Rio’s new play about Juan Seguin, an authentic hero of the Texas Revolution. Oct. 6. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Super Awesome Art Show, presented by Ikea. Oct. 6. Benefits Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Center Arts Program. War’hous Visual Studios, 4715 Main St. • facebook.com/ikeahou.

Wands and Batons: The Music of Harry Potter and More. Oct. 6. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great. A musical. Oct. 23. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Swing, Jive & Pop! Into Dance for children. Oct. 24. Houston Metropolitan Dance Company at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • houstonmetdance.com • 713/522-6375.

Pinocchio. The musical story of the lying marionette. Oct. 31. Express Children’s Theater at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • expresstheatre.com • 713/682-5044.

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RADIO

After Hours: Queer Radio with Attitude features the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. Sunday mornings, 1–4 am. KPFT 90.1 FM. kpft.org • 713/526-5738.

Queer Voices. Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. Monday nights, 9–11 pm. KPFT 90.1 FM. kpft.org • 713/526-4000.

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ART/PHOTOGRAPHY

Works by watercolor artist Marsha Harris Solomon and wood artist Thomas R. Irven. Through Oct. 4. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Scott Woodard, D. M. Allison. Through Oct. 6. D.M. Allison Gallery, 2709 Colquitt St. • dmallisonart.com • 832/656-7698.

A Heroine’s Journey: Women in the Visual and Literary Arts’ Print and Photography Show. Through Oct. 6. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

Public Dress. Photographs of everyday dress. Through Oct. 8. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

The Story. Troy Woods sculptures. Through Oct. 13. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.

Eric Holzman: Oils. Through Oct. 13. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.

Glass Graphica. Works by Moshe Bursuker and Miguel Unson. Through Oct. 14. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ship’s tragic voyage. Through Oct. 16. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

The Idea Fund grants ten $4,000 awards for Texas-based, artist-generated, innovative projects by artists, artist collectives, and/or curators who create and showcase new work involving the public via process, production, or presentations. Deadline: Oct. 19. theideafund.org.

Texas Association of Original Doll Artists exhibit features handcrafted art dolls. Through Oct. 20. Hanson Galleries Centre at Post Oak, 5000 Westheimer Rd., #106 • hansongalleries.com •  713/552-1242.

Karen Cytter: Video Art Manual. Through Oct. 20. DiverseWorks, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Nazar Yahya: Rose Water (An Homage to Twombly). Through Oct. 20. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose, Ste. 200 • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

Perspectives 179: Alvin Baltrop. Works by African-American photographers. Through Oct. 21. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Silence. Artists invoke silence to shape space and consciousness. Through Oct. 21. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Quilt & Containers. Works in glass, clay, wood, fiber, and non-traditional materials. Through Nov. 1. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.

Flyaway. New works by Aaron Parazette. Through Nov. 2. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Texas Eclectic. From the collection of Judy and Scott Nyquist. Through Nov. 2. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Will Henry: New Work. Through Nov. 3. Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom St. • hirambutler.com • 713-863-7097.

Woven . . . in 2D. Works by Australian Aboriginal artist Karen Mills. Through Nov. 3. Booker-Lowe Gallery, 4623 Feagan St. • bookerlowegallery.com • 713/880-1541.

Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope). Through Nov. 4. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

William Marsh Rice: The Man and His Legacy. Through Nov. 4. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St., Sam Houston Park • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

Slobodan Radojkovi. Woodcuts. Through Nov. 8. University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. • uhcl.edu.

Your Land/My Land: Election ’12. Jonathan Horowitz’s video installation. Through Nov. 11, with an Election Eve viewing on Nov. 6. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Of Birds and Texas: The Art of Stuart and Scott Gentling. Through Nov. 17. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art. Through Nov. 18. Rice University Art Gallery, 6100 Main St. • ricegallery.org • 713/348-6069.

There is no archive in which nothing gets lost. Video installation examining notions of place. Through Nov. 25. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Lynne McCabe: Room to Be (Ms.)understood: A Social Sculpture Workshop. Through Dec. 4. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

CraftTexas 2012. Through Dec. 30. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

We Will Never Forget: Selected Works from Max Brenner, Miriam Brysk and Paul E. Yarden. Paintings, prints, and sculptures recall the Holocaust. Through Dec. 31. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

American Made: 250 Years of American Made Art. Through Jan. 1. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Mike Kelly. A video installation by Jennifer Steinkamp. Through Jan. 1. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric, and Kinetic Art from the Latin American Art Collection. Through Jan. 6. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Dear John & Dominique: Letters and Drawings from the Menil Archives commemorates the museum’s 25th anniversary. Through Jan. 6. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Collaborative Mural by Daniel Anguilu, James Burns, Tierney L. Malone, Angel Quesada, Michael C. Rodriguez, Roland Salda (Sode), and Dandee Warhol. Through Jan. 12. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Scandinavian Design. Pieces from the 1920s to the ‘70s. Through Jan. 27. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Claes Oldenburg: Strange Eggs, Collages. Through Feb. 3. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Sonic Sensation. How we hear, thanks to decibels, amplitude, frequency, pitch, sound waves, and what you can do to protect your hearing. Through Feb. 17. Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. • thehealthmuseum.org • 713/521-1515.

Inheritance: Stories of Memory and Discovery highlights bravery of six families during the Holocaust. Through March 24. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Blood Memory: A Vew from the Second Generation. Works by Lisa Rosowsky. Through March 24. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Mod Mandalas: The Chakra Series. Works by Sarah Gish. Oct. 4–Nov. 18. 14 Pews, 800 Aurora St. • gishcreative.com.

Annual Artists Exhibit features the work of Ryan Fugate and more than 100 artists. Oct. 6. Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. • winterstreetstudios.info.

It’s a Secret. Oct. 6–27. G Gallery, 301 E. 11th St. • ggalleryhouston.com • 713/869-4770.

Parallel Journey. Works by Cookie Wells and Madilyn Stein. Oct. 6–Nov. 1. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Daniel McFarlane: In Industry. Oct. 6–Nov. 18. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St. • contemporaryartgalveston.org • 409/763-2403.

Themes and Variations celebrates American Craft Week. Oct. 12–13. Hanson Galleries, 5000 Westheimer Rd., Ste 106 • americancraftweek.com • 713/552-1242.

Gallery Retrospective. Oct. 13. Goldesberry Gallery, 2625 Colquitt St. • goldesberrygallery.com • 713/528-0405.

Bayou City Art Festival features artist Charlie Hardwick. Oct. 13-14. Downtown Houston • bayoucityartfestival.com.

Tony Feher. A survey of the American sculptor. Oct. 13–March 17. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Kamila Szczesna. Oct. 13–Nov. 24. D. M. Allison Gallery, 2709 Colquitt St. • dmallisonart.com • 832/656-7698.

W. Eugene Smith and James Nachtwey. Photographs. Oct. 14–Jan. 1. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Visions of Fancy: George Romney, 18th-Century Paintings and Drawings. (A different Romney.) Oct. 14–Jan. 20. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Presentations from 65 galleries showcasing contemporary work. Oct. 18–21. George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas • txcontemporary.com.

Works by Daniel Anguilu, Robert Pruitt, Prince Varughese Thomas, Forrest Prince, Lynn Randolph, Fabio D’Aroma, Serena Lin Bush, Floyd Newsum. Oct. 20. Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St. • stationmuseum.com.

15th Annual ARToberFEST, a juried fine art festival featuring more than 125 artists, food, and more. Oct. 20–21. Benefits AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas and the Galveston Island Humane Society • artoberfest.com.

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit. Oct. 21–Jan. 13. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

25th Annual Día de los Muertos offers exhibits, performances, workshops, and more. Oct. 22–Nov. 10. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

FallArtFare, a night of art, cuisine, and music. Benefits Houston Chapter of Communities in Schools. Oct. 24. Laura U, Inc., 1840 Westheimer Rd. • laurau.com • 713/522-0855.

Quentin Garel. Mixed media. Oct. 25—Dec. 1. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.

Carnival of Cool. 2012 Art League Houston gala. Oct. 26. Hotel ZaZa, 1952 Montrose Blvd. • 713/523-9530.

Gems of the Medici. World-premiere exhibition highlights pieces of the Medici collections. Oct. 26–March 18. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Maya 2012: Prophecy Becomes History. The story of the real Maya, spanning over three millennia. Oct. 26–March 18. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

International Quilt Festival. Nov. 1–4. George R. Brown Convention Center • quilts.com • 713/781-6864.

American Paintings. Works by Catherine Colangelo and Matthew Bourbon. Nov. 2. Darke Gallery, 320 B Detering St. • darkegallery.com • 713/542-3802.

Perspectives 180—Unfinished Country: New Video from China. Nov. 2–Feb. 17. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

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HIV Testing. Free HIV testing, with no Gold Card or donation required or requested. 9am–1pm. HCHD Thomas Street Clinic, 2015 Thomas St. • 713/873-4157 • 713/873-4026.

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HIV Testing. Legacy Community Health Services offers free confidential rapid HIV testing using the OraQuick-Advance collection method with results available within 20 minutes. Free syphilis testing is also available. MONDAYS: EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 9pm–12am; George Sports Bar, 617 Fairview, 6–10pm. • TUESDAYS: Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St., 6–9pm; 611 Hyde Park Pub, 611 Hyde Park, 6–9pm; Club Houston, 2205 Fannin St., 8pm–12am. • WEDNESDAYS: Club Houston, 2205 Fannin St., 6pm–10am; EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 10pm–1am; Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin St., 4–8pm. • THURSDAYS: The Ripcord, 715 Fairview Ave., 8pm–11am; Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh Dr., 6–10pm. • FRIDAYS: EJ’s, 2517 Ralph St., 10pm–1am. • HIV and syphilis testing is also offered at 215 Westheimer Rd., Monday–Thursday, 11am–7pm, and Friday, 11am–5pm. 713/830-3070.

Daily (Sun.–Fri.)

HIV Testing. Planned Parenthood offers free, anonymous, or confidential testing at clinic locations throughout the area. To speak with an HIV counselor: 1-800-230-PLAN. Dickinson: 281/337-7725. Fannin: 713/831-6543. FM1960: 281/587-8081. Greenspoint: 281/445-4553. Huntsville: 936/295-6396. Lufkin: 936/634-8446 x223. Rosenberg: 281/342-3950. Stafford: 281/494-9848.

Monthly (3rd Thurs.)

HIV Testing. 1–2pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818

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OCTOBER DAY BY DA

OCTOBER 6

Beach Dash. Galveston’s wacky 5K obstacle race. East Beach • beachdash.com.

Komen Houston Race for the Cure. 7:45 a.m. Allen Pkwy.  • komen-houston.org.

OCTOBER 11–14

34th Houston Italian Festival (Festa Italiana) features grape stomping, pasta-eating contests, wine tastings, bocce tournaments for adults and youth, and vocalist Aaron Caruso. University of St. Thomas • houstonitalianfestival.com.

OCTOBER 12–14

Texas Coast Boat & Outdoor Show. Galveston Yacht Basin • texascoastboatshow.com.

OCTOBER 13

29th Annual Galveston Island Greek Festival features Greek food, drink, entertainment, children’s activities, and church tours. Galveston’s Greek Orthodox Church •
assumption.tx.goarch.org.

OCTOBER 13–14

Bike around the Bay, a two-day, 180-mile bicycle ride around Galveston Bay. Riders begin in Mont Belvieu • bikearound
thebay.org.

OCTOBER 23

2012 UN Day Celebration commemorates the chartering of the United Nations, with keynote speaker Hon. Patrick Madden, president of the United Nations Association-United States of America. Federal Reserve Bank Building Conference Center • unahouston.org.

OCTOBER 25

Laura Carleen, Center for International Policy’s director of Americas Policy Program, discusses The Human Cost of Mexico’s Drug War: Health Effects on Women, Migrants, and Youth. Rice University. Main St. • cswgs.rice.edu

OCTOBER 26–27

31st Annual Island Oktoberfest celebrates German heritage with food, drinks, performances, games, and special activities. First Evangelical Lutheran Church • galvestonoktoberfest.com.

OCTOBER 27–28

2012 Annual AIA Home Tour shares architects’ visions. Various locations • aiahouston.org.

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WEEKLY

Weekly (Sundays)

The Women’s Group, a feminist group for all women. 10:15am. First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Sojourner Truth Room, 5200 Fannin St. • 713/529-8571.

Weekly (Mondays)

EMBody: Whole Health, Wellness and Resiliency peer group. 2pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

LBT Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group. 5pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

EMBody: Introduction to Yoga. 6pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Depression Bipolar Support Group. 7pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Helping TransGenders Anonymous, a facilitated support group for all transgenders, supporters, family, and significant others. 7pm. 604 Pacific St. • tgctr.org

Fathers First. Houston’s original gay fathers group supports gay dads who are dealing with coming-out issues, and family and life challenges after being married to a woman. Meets every Monday except holidays. 7:30pm. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St., Room 230 • fathersfirstofhouston.com.

Weekly (Tuesdays)

EMBody: Mindfulness, Well-Being, Stress Reduction. 11am. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

HATCH’s Transgender Support Group and Speak Out for Youth. 5pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Weekly (Wednesdays)

Gulf Pride for Youth, a support group for GLBTIQA youth ages 13–20. 6–9pm. 707 23rd St., Galveston • gulfprideforyouth.org.

Zumba exercise class with Crystal Wall. 6:45pm. House of Deréon Media Center, 2204 Crawford St. • 713/772-5175.

Houston Pride Band seeks all brass, woodwind, and percussion players of all skill levels for rehearsal. 7:30pm. Bethel UCC, 1107 Shepherd Dr. • 713/315-2525 • houstonprideband.org.

Weekly (Thursdays)

Center HIV Support Group. Facilitated support group for HIV-positive individuals. 6pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

OutLater. Gay fathers meet to discuss parenting, divorce, family, dating, relationships, and more. 7:30pm. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W. 11th St. •  facebook.com/outlater.

Southern Country, a country-and-western dance troupe, offers free dance lessons. 8:30 p.m. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • southerncountryhouston.com.

Weekly (Fridays)

HATCH Youth Group. 7pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Weekly (Sundays)

HATCH Youth Group. 6pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

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Semi-monthly (1st and 3rd Fri.)

Positive Brothers United , a social/support group for GLBT, HIV-positive men of color. 6 pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • [email protected] • 713/454-7548.

Monthly (1st Sun.)

Free Legal Consultations for PWAs. AIDS Foundation Houston and Katine & Nechman L.L.P. offer 30 minutes of free legal consultation on any legal issue to persons with HIV and AIDS, by appointment. Katine & Nechman, 1111 North Loop West, Suite 180 • lawkn.com • 713/808-1000.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Houston provides educational presentations of LGBT topics, small-group confidential discussions, and supportive fellowship. 2pm. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 S. Main St. • pflaghouston.org.

Monthly (1st Sat.)

First Saturday Arts Market. Local artists display and sell original works of art. 11am–6pm. Wind Water Gallery, 548 West 19th St. Free admission. yalestreetmarket.com.

First Saturday Queer Bingo benefits Houston GLBT Community Center. 4:30pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (2nd Thurs.)

Ryan White Planning Council. 11:30am. 2223 W. Loop South • rwpchouston.org • 713-572-3724.

SPRY Potluck for Seniors. 4pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

National Leather Association–Houston. Movie night. 7pm. Montrose Counseling Center, Room 106 • 832/744-8607.

Monthly (2nd Sat.)

AssistHers helps lesbians coping with life-threatening illnesses by providing non-medical assistance. Volunteers meet for fellowship and education followed by lunch at a local restaurant. 9:30am–noon. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St. • assisthers.org • 713/521-4628.

National Leather Association–Houston. Leather craft class. Noon. $20+materials. Locations vary. [email protected]

Monthly (3rd Sun.)

LOAF Meet and Greet. Lesbians Over Age Fifty meet for munchies and fellowship. 2–4pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • loafhouston.org • 281/467-2578.

Monthly (3rd Tues.)

Affected Community Committee of the Ryan White Planning Council. Noon. rwpchouston.org • 713-572-3724.

Monthly (3rd Thurs.)

SPRY Movie Afternoon for Seniors. 1pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

EMBody: Understanding Mental Health Issues. Rotating topics: addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar. 5pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

EMBody: To Cook or Not to Cook. Demystifying raw foods. 6pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Share with PFLAG Houston in a safe, confidential setting. 7:30–9pm. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Chatham Room, 1805 W. Alabama St. • pflaghouston.org.

Monthly (3rd Fri.)

Triple D: Dykes, Dinner, and Discussion offers dinner and conversation about health, family, dating, equality, community awareness, and freedom of speech. 7pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, 1901 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (3rd Sat.)

Discovery Green Flea by Night. Local music, kids’ activities, bicycle repair workshop, and 40+ vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, and more. 6–10pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Monthly (4th Sun.)

Share with the Clear Lake satellite of PFLAG Houston  in a safe, confidential setting. 2–4pm. Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church Fellowship Hall, 17503 El Camino Real, Clear Lake • pflaghouston.org.

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