Arts & Entertainment

Houston Area Events — May

Dead artist, expensive art: Heather Gabriel (l–r), Jim Wyatt, Sabrina Rosales, and Christopher Conway star in Theatre Suburbia’s Artifice.
Dead artist, expensive art: Heather Gabriel (l–r), Jim Wyatt, Sabrina Rosales, and Christopher Conway star in Theatre Suburbia’s Artifice.

Compiled by Marene Gustin

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Is It Art…
Or is it ‘Artifice’?

What is the best/worst thing that can happen to an artist? He dies, and the value of his works skyrockets. That’s the premise of Artifice, a Houston premiere comedy/mystery at Theatre Suburbia this month. Judy Reeves directs this romp about the artist’s estranged wife, Maggie, and her gallery manager Richard, who must sell his art to avoid bankruptcy. Before the auction they host a private showing, inviting influential newspaper maven Judith Fontaine and rich real-estate mogul Mick Fitzgerald. A gorgeous actor, a sassy cocktail waitress, and a humorless art critic also attend. Mick is poised to buy, and Judith’s coverage of the story will put the gallery on the map, but will a totally unexpected visitor, a snowstorm, and a jilted lover spoil the showing?

Theatre Suburbia is Northwest Houston’s longest-running all-volunteer playhouse and is currently celebrating its fifty-second season. Call 713/682-3525, or visit for more information about this fun play that runs through May 11. Tickets top out at $14, making Theatre Suburbia performances one of the best values in entertainment around. —Marene Gustin

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• May 4–5 and 10

The Rhythm of Film. Society for the Performing Arts and Aurora Picture Show join forces to offer a collaborative music and film workshop for Houston teens. Visit for details.

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• Through May 3

Daniel and the Dreamcatcher. Children’s opera tells the story of a boy confronting the giant in his closet. Produced by HGO. Visit

• Through May 4

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Music Box Musicals presents Houston’s first professional regional production of this play at The Music Box Theater. See for details.

The Night of the Iguana. The last and possible best masterpiece by Tennessee Williams at Theatre Southwest. Call 713/661-9505 or for ticket information.

• Through May 5

Tristan and Isolde. Houston Grand Opera introduces a new production of Richard Wagner’s searing play, directed by Christof Loy. Contact HGO at 713/228-6737 or

The Red Velvet Cake War. A Southern-fried comedy about families and food at the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe. Check out for details.

• Through May 11

Il Trovatore. Houston Grand Opera’s 2012–2013 season concludes with Verdi’s opera of passion and vengeance. Contact HGO at 713/228-6737 or houston

Artifice. Theatre Suburbia presents the Houston premiere of this comic mystery about art and artifice. See the company website at for more information.

• Through May 25

Legends of Wind & Fire. A bi-lingual (English/Spanish) retelling of classic Argentinian and Brazilian fables, told by Millartray and Mapú, two rambunctious Native American youth. Touring throughout the Houston area, see for dates and locations.

• Through May 31

Skin, Embellished. An exhibition exploring not-so-typical notions of skin by ceramic artists at Gallery 1724. See

• Through June 23

Always . . . Patsy Cline. Stages Repertory Theatre’s 25th-anniversary production of the beloved musical about Cline’s relationship with a local fan. Check out for details and get “Crazy.”

• May 2–12

Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. A musical-theater take on the famous opera presented by Bayou City Theatrics at Barnevelder Arts Complex. Details at

• May 3–4

World Premiere of Sarah Rothenberg’s ‘In the Garden of Dreams.’ Da Camera presents this fantastic obsession with dreams and the unconscious in the music, visual art, psychology, and theater of Vienna circa 1900. Check out

• May 4

Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories. This concert in The Woodlands celebrates the Grammy winner’s seventh album, No Fairy Tale. For information visit

• May 10–25

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is. 2001’s sold-out run of Maher’s beautiful ode to love, sex, and the poetry of William Blake inspired Houston Chronicle’s Everett Evans to begin his review, “I can scarcely contain my enthusiasm for Catastrophic Theatre’s idealized presentation…, so I’m not even going to try.” Details at

• May 14–26

Spamalot. Theatre Under the Stars presents Monty Python’s Spamalot, the outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Visit for more information.

• May 18

Garifuna Punta and Paranda: Lumali and Special Guests. A three–concert series focusing on the expanding cultural traditions of Houston’s newest Latino communities of Central America, the Caribbean, and South. Presentations will include a half-hour workshop with a ninety-minute performance to follow. details.

Indigo Girls with Joan Baez. It’s only a four-hour drive to Cherokee, Texas, so make the road trip to see these great gals at the Cherokee Creek Music Festival. Visit for details.

• May 23

Anointed and Adorned: Indian Weddings in Houston Opening Reception. Details at houston

Houston Symphony and Jewish Federation of Greater Houston present a concert recognizing Israel at sixty-five years. Acclaimed Israeli singer David D’or joins the Symphony for an evening of pop, classical, and traditional Jewish music. For tickets, please visit or call 713/224-7575.

• May 23–July 12

Anointed and Adorned: Indian Weddings in Houston. Exhibit paying tribute to the ritual and festive traditions of the Indian wedding ceremony. Details at

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• May 4

La Valiente 2013. Gala for Voices Breaking Boundaries to honor founders Marcela Descalzi, Jacsun Shah, and Sehba Sarwar. Visit

Movie Night on the Strand. Bring your lawn chair and head to the isle for a free movie at Saengerfest Park. Dirty Dancing starts at 7 p.m.

• May 10 & 11

Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-off. It’s a wild game cook-off, live entertainment, silent auction, Run Wild 5K, and children’s activities at Pier 21 in Galveston benefitting Yaga’s Children’s Fund. For details visit

• May 11

Wild Drag Safari! A wild and crazy top surgery fundraiser for LGBT artist Jack Silverman. There will be a silent auction, raffle, and drag show at EJ’s Bar. Check out details on the Wild Drag Safari! Facebook page.

• May 16

Pink at the Brown Unplugged. A groundbreaking event showcasing premier arts organizations on the same stage to raise funds for breast cancer in a one-of-a-kind benefit gala. See for details.

Saint Arnold Brewery Pre-Party and Spamalot Package.

Hear Ye Hear Ye! Sir Lance and Sir Robin welcome all new recruits into the service of Arthur, King of the Britons. You are invited to Saint Arnold Brewery for a few well-earned comforts prior to joining them on their quest for the Holy Grail. After the festivities a bus will take patrons to Theatre Under the Stars’ Spamalot performance. Visit for more information.

• May 18

2nd Annual 2nd Chance Prom Dance. A fun event to promote unity and inclusion within the community, featuring live entertainment and dance music. For more info, like the Facebook page at Family Friendly Socials; or text or call Armando 832/454-3296, Chris 713/928-2818, Lisa 713/882-4513, Adam 713/667-9777, or Kathy 713/319-4664.

• May 25

East Beach Grand Re-opening Celebration. Cruise on down to the isle to celebrate the $1.6 million makeover of East Beach. Enjoy live entertainment, a bonfire, fireworks, and more.

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After Hours: Queer Radio with Attitude features the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. Saturday nights, midnight–3 am. KPFT 90.1 FM. • 713/526-5738.

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

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• Through May 25

Troy Dugas: Modernized for Mildness. Louisiana artist Troy Dugas has his first solo exhibition in Houston at McMurtrey Gallery. See

Rusty Scruby: Sink Sketches. Rusty Scruby has challenged the boundary between sculpture, photography, and drawing. His newest exhibition in McMurtrey Gallery’s micro space incorporates deft skill in mathematical composition alongside a keen humor in his choice of materials. See for details.

• Through May 26

Reminiscential. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft exhibit paying homage to momento mori and funeral art. See for details.

• Through May 31

Jessica Dupuis Debuts New Work in Miniature. A ceramic exhibit at The Kenmore inside Gallery 1724. See for details.

• Through June 7

Mary Beth Woiccak exhibits a series of new artist books inspired by her travels in Australia, China, and the American Southwest at Caroline Collective,

• Through August 30

Soo Sunny Park: Unwoven Light. A new installation by American artist Soo Sunny Park for Rice University Art Gallery is a suspended, undulating structure made from shaped sections of chainlink fencing. See for more.

• Through January 11, 2014

Daniel Anguilu and Aaron Parazett Mural. See this beautiful mural, called Skywriting, at Lawndale Art Center. Visit for more details.

• May 3–June 14

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s acclaimed exhibition featuring one of the most iconic objects of world heritage on loan from the British Museum for this U.S. tour. See for more information.

• May 3–August 18

Byzantine Things in the World. Featuring works that date from circa 9,000 BCE to the present, but focusing especially on the Menil’s rich collection of Byzantine art, the exhibition juxtaposes more than seventy remarkable objects, reawakening a sense of how people in late antiquity experienced art and bringing Byzantium’s aura into the present day. See

• May 9–12

Art Car Parade Weekend. The largest Art Car Parade in the world is back again, and the Orange Show is bringing an entire weekend of events—most of which are free and open to the public. All information can be found at

• May 10–June 15

Lawndale Art Center Exhibits. Fabulous exhibits this summer. See

• May 24–August 25

Late Surrealism. This small and focused exhibition constitutes a fascinating aspect of Menil Collection holdings, specifically some of the most stunning drawings by Arshile Gorky and Mark Rothko. Visit for details.

• May 31

Summer Exhibition Opening Reception. The reception features open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists. See for details.

• May 31–September 8

The Tool at Hand. The exhibition showcases the wonder of the process of making and, at the same time, sparks an important conversation about the nature of skill, production, and tool use today. See for details.

Ctrl + P. Recent economic reports speculate that a third industrial revolution, shaped by digital technologies, is under way. This summer HCCC investigates the implications of such technologies on the making of sculptural and functional objects in the 21st century. See for details.

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• May 1

Deadline for call for entries for 2013 Houston Fringe Fest. See

• May 4

Gritty Goddess Fest Women’s 5K Run. Watch women run, crawl, climb, slide, balance, hoist, swing, and stretch through a variety of muddy, sandy, and splashy obstacles at Moody Garden. The event benefits four charities, and you can find details at

• May 4 & 5

Houston’s Annual Pond Tour. The Houston Pond Club and Lone Star Koi Club offer self-guided tours to the best backyard ponds in the area. Go to or to find the home nearest to you, and plan your route.

• May 4 & 5, 11 & 12

39th Annual Historic Homes Tour. The Galveston Historic Homes Tour returns for its 39th year the first two weekends in May featuring ten Victorian and Greek Revival homes. For ticket information visit

• May 8

The Texas Exes LGBT Network. All are welcome to attend this membership meeting, to discuss the Texas Exes LGBT Network involvement with Houston Pride as well as upcoming events for the remaining calendar year. Questions, comments, or RSVP, please e-mail [email protected]

• May 11

Legacy’s Handcrafted Health Care Event. Legacy’s Montrose Clinic, located in one of Houston’s largest cultural centers at 1415 California Street, provides tours of the new facility, free health screenings, and a family-friendly party with information necessary to make informed choices about your healthcare needs from noon to 4 p.m. Guests can pre-register for this event by phone at 832/548-5041 or by e-mail at [email protected]

• May 17 & 18

Galveston Island Beach Revue. Contestants model vintage beach-ware along the Seawall. There’s also an evening parade and baseball game played by 1860 rules. See

• May 18

Island Market. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Beach Central, this market is an outdoor event where local artisans and crafters showcase their creations, including handmade jewelry, photography, artwork, candles, spices, and more.

• May 31

Deadline for 2013–2014 Lawndale Artist Studio Program. The program is part of Lawndale’s ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast-area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with non-residential studio space on the third floor of the Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. Apply online at

• June 1

27th Annual AIA Houston SandCastle Competition.

This is some serious sand play. For over two decades in the first part of June, Houston-area architects, designers, engineers, and contractors have taken their tools to East Beach in Galveston for one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions. See



• June 17–August 12

Humphries School Summer Camp. Theatre Under the Stars’s musical theater camp for kids 4 to 6. See

Humphries School Summer Camp. Theatre Under the Stars’s musical theater camp for kids 7 to 12. See

• June 17–August 12

The River Summer Camp.

The River Performing and Visual Arts Center has been serving individuals with disabilities since 1996. The summer camp program at The River provides an accessible, affordable, fine arts education for children, ages 4–19, who have disabilities and their siblings. Summer camp registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Financial aid is available. To register for classes, call The River at 713/520-1220 or visit

• July 9–12

Holocaust Museum Houston Summer Institute. Holocaust Museum Houston is now accepting applications for the 2013 Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators, a four-day program for teachers that moves beyond the general history of the Holocaust to explore the various dimensions and implications of that tragedy and other genocides. Applications and payment must be in by June 20. See for details.

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• 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 Center, 401 Branard St. • • 713/529-0037.

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

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

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

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

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 •

• Weekly (Tuesdays)

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

HIV Support Group Lunch Brunch. 11am. Bering Memorial UMC, 1440 Harold, Room 214 • 713/526-1017, ext. 202.

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

• Weekly (Wednesdays)

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

HIV Support Group BSSG. 6:30pm. Bering Memorial UMC, 1440 Harold, Fellowship Hall • 713/526-1017. 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 •

• Weekly (Thursdays)

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

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

• Weekly (Fridays)

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

• Weekly (Sundays)

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

• Semi-monthly (1st and 3rd Fri.)

Positive Brothers United, a social/support group for GLBT, HIV-positive men of color. 6 pm. Montrose 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. •

• Monthly (1st Thurs.)

OutLater. Gay fathers meet to discuss parenting, divorce, family, dating, relationships, and more. • • [email protected]

• 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.

First Saturday Queer Bingo benefits Houston GLBT Community Center. 4:30pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunity • 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 • • [email protected] • 713/808-1000.

• Monthly (2nd Thurs.)

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

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

National Leather Association–Houston. Movie night. 7pm. Montrose 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. • • 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 Center, 401 Branard St. • • 281/467-2578.

• Monthly (3rd Tues.)

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

• Monthly (3rd Wed.)

Log Cabin Republicans. Theo’s Restaurant, 812 Westheimer • facebook.comgroups/102199491979/?fref=ts.

• Monthly (3rd Thurs.)

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

SPRY Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • • 713/529-0037.

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

EMBody: To Cook or Not to Cook. Demystifying raw foods. 6pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • • 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 • • 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. • • 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. • • 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 •


HIV Testing

• 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.

• 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 (Mon.–Fri.)

HIV Testing. HACS, 2150 West 18th • 713/426-0027.

• Daily (Mon.–Fri.)

HIV Testing. Legacy Community Health Services provides free rapid HIV testing with results in 20 minutes at the following locations on a weekly basis. MONDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic (1415 California St.), 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic (502 Lyons Ave.), 1–5pm; George Sports Bar, 6–9pm; EJ’s, 9pm–12am • TUESDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; Midtowne Spa, 5–9pm; 611 Hyde Park Pub, 6:30–9pm • WEDNESDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; Walgreens–Montrose, 4–8pm; Club Houston, 6–10pm; Crystal Night Club, 10pm–2am • THURSDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; Walgreens–Lyons, 2–5pm; Midtowne Spa, 5–9pm.; Guava Lamp, 6:30–9pm; Ripcord, 6:30–10pm • FRIDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–4pm; Club Houston, 1–4pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; TC’s Showbar, 4–8pm Tony’s Corner Pocket, 4:30–8:30pm. • Legacy Testing Calendar:

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Marene Gustin

Marene Gustin has written about Texas culture, food, fashion, the arts, and Lone Star politics and crime for television, magazines, the web and newspapers nationwide, and worked in Houston politics for six years. Her freelance work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Austin-American Statesman, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Texas Monthly, Dance International, Dance Magazine, the Advocate, Prime Living, InTown magazine, OutSmart magazine and web sites CultureMap Houston and Austin, Eater Houston and, among others.

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