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It’s a girl’s world: Tracy Ahern (l) and Keri Hensonn star in the uproarious Girls Only—The Secret Comedy of Women at Main Street Theater–Chelsea Market. No need to push your harried schedule to get to the theater in all the holiday hubbub: the show runs through February 3. Photo by www.ricornelproductions.com.

Compiled by Nancy Ford

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A Holiday Treat for Her
Main Street Theater’s ‘Girls Only—The Secret Comedy of Women’ makes the season bright and hysterical

Right out of the box, its title packs a friendly yet not-so-subtle caveat, revealing the plain truth that Girls Only—The Secret Comedy of Women is by, about, and for women. But don’t get your knickers knotted up in a gender-equality twist just yet.

It’s not that men aren’t permitted on the premises, as though the play were a stage version of the notorious all-girl Barbizon Hotel in pre-sexual revolution New York City. No, it’s just that its subject matter with its references to slumber parties, breast feeding, teen angst, and all things menstrual, hysterically revealed via the adult reading of a juvenile diary, is heavily, heavily estrogenic. The few men who find themselves in Girls Only’s audience likely will be amused, the play’s national website hints . . . but they probably won’t “get it.” Got it?

Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein, a couple of pros whose roots are planted firmly in improvisation, came up with the clever and universal diary premise, this time delivered on the Houston stage by Keri Henson and Tracy Ahern. Its title sponsor here is I W Marks (appropriate, since diamonds are, after all, a girl’s best friend).

As if the entertainment value of the play weren’t enough, Girls Only’s legions of ladyfans may treat themselves to merchandise from the girlsonlycomedy.com website, including recipes for “Girlfriends’ Cocktails,” how to create decorative Christmas angels from tampons, and much more.

If so inspired, audience members are also encouraged to share their own “diary” entries before leaving the theater and returning to the testosterone-laden real world.

Girls Only—The Secret Comedy of Women has developed a national reputation for extended runs, and the local gig is no exception: Houston women’s love affair with this live chick flick keeps it on Main Street’s Chelsea stage until February 3, though it was originally intended to end in mid-October. Main St. Theater–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706. —Nancy Ford

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FILM

Disneynature Chimpanzee, Flight of the Butterflies, and The Last Reef 3D. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Perspectives 180: Unfinished Country. New Videos from China. Through Feb. 17. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Grand Illusion, about WWI. Jean Renoir directs. 1937. French with English subtitles Dec. 1–2. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Varian’s War, a true story about a WWII Nazi resistor. Dec. 6. Lionel Chetwynd directs. 2001. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Love, Actually, a love story. Richard Curtis directs. 2003. Dec. 8. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. • marketsquarepark.com.

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PERFORMING ARTS

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

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

Home for the Dysfunctional Family Holidays. Julia Kay Laskowski and Patti Rabaza’s southern gothic comedy. Through Dec. 2. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.

Yuletide Cabaret. Through Dec. 2. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Dashing through the Snow. An inn-based comedy. Through Dec. 14. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.

Kimberly Akimbo, directed by Ron Jones. Through Dec. 15. Mildred’s Umbrella at Studio 101, 1824 Spring St. • mildredsumbrella.com • 832/463-0409.

Sylvia. A. R. Gurney’s dog tale. Through Dec. 15. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.

My Three Angels. Christmas in French Guiana. Through Dec. 16. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

Cinderella. The African American Shakespeare Company’s musical take on the fairy tale. Through Dec. 23. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Through Dec. 23. Texas Repertory Theatre Co., 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd. • texreptheatre.org • 281/583-7573.

Love Goes to Press. A romantic farce about two female war correspondents in 1944 Italy. Through Dec. 23. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Michael Wilson’s adaptation. Through Dec. 24. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

The Nutcracker, Houston’s “crown jewel of holiday entertainment.” Through Dec. 29. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonballet.org • 713/227-2787.

The Santaland Diaries. David Sedaris’s irreverent holiday comedy. Through Dec. 30. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

The White Christmas Album: A Beatles Holiday. Through Dec. 30. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt St. • themusicboxtheater.com • 713/522-7722.

Winter Wonderettes. Seasonal classics with a girl-group spin. Through Dec. 30. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Through Dec. 31. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Girls Only—The Secret Comedy of Women. Keri Henson and Tracy Ahern’s improv musical comedy. Through Feb. 3. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet. Dec. 1. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Sugar Land Baptist Church Concert and Sing Along features Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio and selected Handel’s Messiah choruses and carols. Dec. 1. Houston Masterworks Chorus • houstonmasterworks.org • 713/529-8900.

Schumann Plus Bruckner’s 6th. Hans Graf conducts pianist Martin Helmchen and the Houston Symphony. Dec. 1–2. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Simply Singing Songs. Dec. 1–2. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St. • rothkochapel.org • 713/524-9839.

Composer Philip Glass is featured as the finale of the 25th-anniversary celebrations of the Menil Collection. Dec. 2. 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing. Dec. 5. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St. • rothkochapel.org • 713/524-9839.

NSFW: The Office Plays. A series of shorts. Dec. 6–22. Big Head Productions at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org.

Your Family Sucks. Abby Koenig’s dark comedy. Dec. 6–22. Horse Head Theatre Co. Production at War’Hous Visual Studios, 4715 Main St. • horseheadtheatre.org.

The Rat Pack Is Back. A tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Joey Bishop. Dec. 7. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

A Baroque Christmas. Dec. 7–8. Mercury. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • mercuryhouston.org • 832/251-0706.

La Música del Cielo (Music from Heaven). Peter Webster and Estevan Azcona’s Mexican Pastorela (Shepherds Play). Spanish with English surtitles. Dec. 7–9. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

The Arena, a new work by Shaun “El Conquistador” Leonardo. Dec. 8. Musiqa at Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman St.• musiqahouston.org • 713/524-5678.

Auditions for Houston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Dec. 8. Rice University’s Alice Pratt Brown Hall • [email protected]

For Unto Us features Handel’s Messiah. Dec. 8. Houston Chamber Choir at Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. • houstonchamberchoir.org • 713/224-5566.

Hip Hoppin‘ Nutcracker with the Inertia Dance Company. Robert Franz conducts. Dec. 8. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Nutcracker, presented by City Ballet of Houston. Dec. 8–9. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Baltimore Consort: Wassail, Wassail. Dec. 11. Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. Houston Early Music • houstonearlymusic.org • 713/432-1744.

Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby. Dec. 11–23. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Night Thoughts. Adam Tendler, pianist, performs works by John Cage, whose centenary is 2012. The program also includes works by Charles Ives, David Lang, Samuel Barber, John Adams, and Aaron Copland. Dec. 14. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St. • rothkochapel.org • 713/524-9839.

Very Merry Pops with Ashley Brown. Michael Krajewski conducts Houston Symphony and Chorus. Dec. 14–16. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas. Dec. 15. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Christmas at the Villa with vocalist Cynthia Clawson. Dec. 15–16. Houston Chamber Choir at Chapel of the Villa de Matel, 6510 Lawndale Ave. • houstonchamberchoir.org • 713/224-5566.

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice. Dec. 16. Revels Houston at Arabia Shrine Center Ballroom, 10510 Harwin Dr. • revelshouston.org • 713/668-3303.

Saint-Saens and Rutter Joy to the World (carol suite) and other anthems with Houston Children’s Chorus. Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Dec. 17. Houston Masterworks Chorus • houstonmasterworks.org • 713/529-8900.

Shoji Tabuchi Road Show, direct from Branson. Dec. 18-19. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Handel’s Messiah. Matthew Halls conducts. Dec. 21–23. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Kingston Trio Holiday Show. Dec. 22. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Jerry Jeff Walker, the unpretentious poetic storyteller/vocalist. Dec. 29. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Ars Lyrica Houston: A Viennese New Year. Dec. 31. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • arslyricahouston.org • 713/315-2525.

Last of The Red Hot Lovers. Neil Simon’s comedy. Dec. 31–Jan. 19. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The Snow Queen. Hans Christian Anderson’s winter classic. Through Dec. 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.

A Tale of Two Santas. Through Dec. 15. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.

The Gingerbread Man. About a cookie and a fox. Through Dec. 22. Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall • expresstheatre.com • 713/682-5044.

Panto Mother Goose, a whimsical spin on nursery rhymes. Through Jan. 6. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

Santa’s Magic Timepiece. Santa finds a solution to a big problem. Dec. 1–16. UpStage Theatre. Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. • upstagetheatre.org • 713/838-7191.

Best of New York International Children’s Film Festival. Dec. 15. Julia Ideson Library’s Children’s Reading Room, 550 McKinney St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Santa Claus enjoys breakfast with guests, and decorates gingerbread men each Saturday. Dec. 15–24. The San Luis Resort Café, 5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston • sanluisresort.com • 409/744-1500.

Kids & Christmas! Traditional songs from around the world. Dec. 16. Houston Children’s Chorus at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Ensemble Theatre’s Enriching Youth Arts Programs. Winter break session: Dec. 26–28, Jan. 2–4. Spring break session: March 11–13. 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

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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

The Twelve by Twelve Show, an international juried exhibition. Through Dec. 1. Betz Gallery, 1208 W. Gray St. • betzgallery.com • 713/576-6954.

Dazzle Camouflage. Works by Wylie Sofia Garcia. Through Dec. 2. G Gallery, 301 E. 11th St. • ggalleryhouston.com • 713/869-4770.

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.

Inappropriate for a Public Space. Oils by John Slaby. Through Dec. 6. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Mardi Gras! Galveston 2013 Poster Contest. Artists are invited to submit their work. Deadline: Dec. 14. mardigrasgalveston.com • 713/248-1805.

Radioactive Pal?—Pal, Radioactive: Bill Conger & Adam Farcus; Transitory Spaces: Gissette Padilla & H. Jennings Sheffield; Goodnight Theory: Trish Ramsay; and Oleo: David McClain. Through Dec. 15. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg St. • box13artspace.com.

Of Birds and Texas: The Art of Stuart and Scott Gentling. Through Dec. 22. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

In Residence 2011. Through Dec. 23. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

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

Deck the Trees Display. Through Dec. 30.  Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

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.

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

Zachariah Rieke: Recent Works. Through Jan. 2. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose, Ste. 200 • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

Flying Solo. Group show featuring works by Daniel Anguilu, Chuy Benitez, Lovie Olivia, Fernando Ramirez, Emily Sloan, Patrick Turk, and Ann Wood. Through Jan. 4. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Stacks. Group show featuring works by Jamal Cyrus, Nathaniel Donnett, Autumn Knight, Phillip Pyle, M’kina Tapscott, and Garry Reece. Through Jan. 4. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Franklin Evans: houstontohouston. Mixed media installation. Through Jan. 5. DiverseWorks, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

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.

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

Debra Barrera: Drive Me There and Back Again examines American dreams of mobility, freedom, conquest, and heroism. Through Jan. 16. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Visions of Fancy: George Romney, 18th-Century Paintings and Drawings. Not that Romney. Through Jan. 20. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the Earth (Kunyu wanguo quantu). The oldest surviving map to provide the Chinese with a larger view of the earth. Through Jan. 21. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

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.

Space, Global Matter: Recording from the Structures Within/Geraldine Ondrizek: Works from 2008 through 2012. Through Feb. 1. UH-Clear Lake Art Gallery, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. • uhcl.edu • 281/283-3311.

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

War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath. Through Feb. 3. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Foley’s Department Store: Houston’s Community Partner, 1900−2005. Through Feb. 9. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St., Sam Houston Park • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

Ewan Gibbs: Arlington National Cemetery. Through Feb. 10. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art chronicles the persistence of black performance in the field of visual arts. Through Feb. 15. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

HX8 [Houston Times Eight]. Through Feb. 17. Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St. • stationmuseum.com.

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

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.

Round 37. Various artists. Through March 3. Project Row Houses, 2505–2517 Holman St. • projectrowhouses.org • 713/526-7662.

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

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

Gems of the Medici. World-premiere exhibition highlights pieces of the Medici collections. Through March 31. 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. Through March 31. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter. Through April 14. Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. • asiasociety.org • 713/496-9901.

Kip Fulbeck: Part Asian, 100% Hapa. Through April 14. Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. • asiasociety.org • 713/496-9901.

Rob Pruitt: The Andy Monument. Through April 30. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Keith Perelli. Dec. 1–29. D. M. Allison Gallery, 2709 Colquitt St. • dmallisonart.com • 832/656-7698.

J. Todd Allison: Unresting. Dec. 1–30. G Gallery, 301 E. 11th St. • ggalleryhouston.com • 713/869-4770.

Mary Davis & Albert Goldreich. Dec. 1–Jan. 3. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Three of a Kind. Seven gallery artists create three individual works. Dec. 1–Jan. 5. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.

John Cage: Prints, Drawings, and a Music Box. Dec. 1–Jan. 26. Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom St. • hirambutler.com • 713-863-7097.

The Progress of Love explores love. Dec. 2–March 17. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

John Pavlicek. Dec. 8–Jan. 5. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.

The Congressional Gold Medal, awarded in 2011 to Japanese American, or Nisei, World War II veterans. Dec. 21–Jan. 26. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

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HIV Testing

Daily (Mon.–Fri.)

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.

Daily (Sun.–Fri.)

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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DECEMBER DAY BY DAY

DECEMBER 1

DesignCraft Market offers handmade design goods from local designers and boutiques, on-site letterpress and silk-screening, and DJs. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. • marketsquarepark.com.

DECEMBER 8

4th Annual Gingerbread Build-off. Competing teams create masterpieces using 100-percent edible materials. On view, Dec. 10–14. City Hall’s Hermann Square Park • aiahouston.org.

DECEMBER 31

Moonlight and Romance. The San Luis Resort celebrates the New Year with The Billy Ledbetter Orchestra, party hats, a champagne toast and balloon drop. San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center’s Grand Ballroom. 5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston • sanluisresort.com • 409/744-1500.

New Year’s Eve Houston features KC and the Sunshine Band celebrating KC’s 40th anniversary as the “king of disco groove.” Also offers a host of performers and entertainers, a bubble garden, the always-funky illuminated art car parade, ice-skating, food and drink, two countdowns, and a fireworks finale. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney • newyearsevehouston.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.)

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 Tues.)

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 • [email protected]  • 713/808-1000.

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.)

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

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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