‘Murderous’ Authors. Murder by the Book hosts book signings by two gay and gay-friendly authors this month. Author Greg Herren signs his newest gay-themed release, Timothy, a mysterious love story. Author Lauren Henderson (who pens gay fiction under the name Rebecca Chance) signs her newest young adult book, Flirting in Italian, about a magical, and possibly dangerous summer. November 9, 6:30 p.m. 2342 Bissonnet St. • murderbooks.com • 713/524-8597.
Walk It Out. Put down that remote, get up from 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 Laramie Project. Moisés Kaufman’s thoughtful examination of hate crimes reflects on the 13th anniversary of the Matthew Shepard murder. Through November 4. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.
Out at the Opera: La Bohème. LGBTs enjoy a performance of Puccini’s masterpiece followed by a Green Room gathering. November 2. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.
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.–3p.m. Legacy Community Health Services, 1415 California St. To register, call 713/426-3356 or e-mail [email protected]
Younger Every Day. HATCH is forming a new group for LGBT children twelve years old and under and their parents. November 3, 1 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. • hatchyouth.org.
Women’s Music. Arden Eversmeyer and Sandi Glorfield’s Women’s Music House Concerts presents Diedra McCalla. November 3. Doors open at 7 p.m. 3203 Rustling Moss Dr. • 713/502-9297.
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.
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.
Out at the Opera II. LGBTs enjoy a performance of The Italian Girl in Algiers, Rossini’s madcap comedy that begins with a shipwreck, followed by a Green Room gathering. November 9. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.
Salt Grass Potters Guild presents its annual holiday sale of original handmade pottery. November 10–11. Clear Lake Park meeting room, 5001 NASA Parkway in Clear Lake • saltgrasspotters.com • 713/851-4012.
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, 415 Westheimer Rd. • [email protected] • 713/740-4186.
Author x 2. Inprint Margaret Root Brown Reading Series presents Emma Donoghue reading from her new book, Astray, and Hari Kunzru reading from his latest novel, Gods Without Men. November 12, 7:30 p.m. Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. • inprinthouston.org.
All Jazz Hands on Deck. Liza Minnelli performs on The Island with her six-piece band. November 10. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.
One Man, Many Characters. Rob Nash presents a workshop performance of his original solo show, Menagerie on a Hot Tin Streetcar (A Tennessee Williams Mashup). November 18 and 25, 6:30 p.m. Pay what you wish. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org.
Before Beebo. Nancy Ford performs an excerpt from her autobiographical musical comedy show, The Dyke Show, prior to a Thanksgiving weekend matinee performance of The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. Benefits AssistHers. November 25, 2 p.m. Celebration Theatre at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • celebrationtheatrehouston.com • 832/330-5478.
Don Your Gayest Red Pre-Holiday Apparel. Holiday on 19th: Paint the Street Red features live music, red refreshments, in-store sales from area merchants, life-sized puppets, and the “Ravishing in Red” contest. 19th Street in The Heights. November 30, 6 p.m.
Dykes in The Heights. Nancy Ford presents a special holiday version of The Dyke Show, an autobiographical musical comedy. $15. Guests are asked to bring donations of non-perishable toiletry items or gift cards for clients of AssistHers. December 1, 6 p.m. 709 Walton St. Reservations required: [email protected]
A Different Songfest. Roger Woest and Friends presents Kindred Spirits’ Holiday Cabaret Sing-Along, featuring performances from his stable of singers, as well as community organizations, plus a silent auction, light hors d’oeuvres, and more. Benefits Kindred Spirits Foundation. December 2, 5 p.m. $20–$25. Meteor Lounge, 2306 Genesee St. • kindredspiritshouston.org.