Queer Queens of Qomedy
Poppy Champlin, Vickie Shaw, and Sandra Valls
“Lesbians are like stamps—once you lick them you can’t unstick them,” quips comedian Poppy Champlin in her touring act Queer Queens of Qomedy.
And it only gets funnier after that.
You might already know Champlin from her Showtime special Pride, One Night Stand-Up on LOGO or her appearance in HBO’s documentary All Aboard Rosie’s Family Vacation. She’s a veteran of cruise ships and comedy clubs and has a pretty good singing voice to boot, which she uses in her performances, as well as musicals (Titanic the Musical) when taking a break from the stand-up circuit. She also does impressions and bird calls. (A real Renaissance gal!)
A graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a degree in theater, Champlin then cut her comedy chops with the legendary Chicago Second City Improv school and also spent a stint in Hollywood as a staff writer for FOX’s Show Me the Funny and wrote, starred in, and produced a character-driven comedy pilot called News You Can’t Use.
She is a funny, funny, woman, and you don’t want to miss her act.
You can catch her comedy troupe—also featuring Vickie Shaw and Sandra Valls—September 17 at Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon on Hempstead Highway. See neonbootsclub.com for ticket and VIP packages.—Marene Gustin
ON THE BIG SCREEN
• July 3
Thor: The Dark World. A free screening at Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for a list of all summer performances.
• July 5
Frozen: A Sing-a-long. A free screening at Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for a list of all summer performances.
• July 19
Julydoscope 2014. Houston Cinema Arts Society presents this evening of free art, music, dance, and film featuring five dance performances curated by Dance Source Houston, followed by the screening of 2013 Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom. See discoverygreen.com for details.
• Through September 7
The Old Friends. Alley Theatre’s presentation of a Horton Foote classic. See alleytheatre.org/uh. Note: all Alley performances this year are being held at the University of Houston as the downtown theater is being remodeled.
• Through September 14
Full Gallop. Sally Edmundson reprises her role as former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, as previously seen at Stages in 1999 and 2002. See stagestheatre.com for ticket information.
• September 4–6
Dark Matter: Evidence of Things Unseen. NobleMotion Dance premiere new work at The Barn. See noblemotiondance.com.
• September 4–14
Midsummer Night’s Dream. Houston Ballet presents John Neumeier’s signature work, the first American company to acquire this 1977 masterpiece. See houstonballet.org.
• September 4–20
The God Game. Star Naked Theatre Company kicks off the new season with this thought-provoking play. See starknakedtheatre.com for ticket information.
• September 4–October 18
45 Days: Experience the Arts in Houston—Houston Is Inspired is a citywide arts marketing campaign hosting this first-ever event to encourage you to get out and support the arts this fall. See houstonisinspired.com for a full list of events and exhibits.
• September 5
Heritage Blues Orchestra. Live at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for details.
Yes! The Yes! tour featuring Jason Mraz hits Houston for one night only. See jasonmraz.com for ticket information.
• September 5–7
Jason Alexander. The Seinfeld actor joins the Houston Symphony singing Broadway melodies. For tickets and information visit houstonsymphony.org.
• September 5–20
Shakespeare Double Feature. The Trebuchet Players present the world premiere of Waiting for Othello and Paula Vogel’s Desdemona, A Play About a Handkerchief. See trebuchetplayers.org for times and tickets.
• September 6
Mary Wilson & Freda Payne Sing the Legends. A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for details.
• September 7
Ars Lyrica 2014/2015 Premiere.Flying High features French and Italian Baroque chamber works by the Grammy-nominated group. See arslyricahouston.org for details.
• September 12
¡Bienvenido, Andrés! A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for details.
• September 12–14
Bring It On! The Musical. The kids of TUTS’s Humphreys School of Musical Theatre are presented in this teenage romp. See tuts.com for ticket information.
• September 13
Incredible India: The Life of Guatama Buddha. A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for details.
Houston Symphony with Andrés Orozc0-Estrada. Opening night concert and gala with the conductor. For tickets and information visit houstonsymphony.org.
• September 14
Houston Symphony Fiesta Sinfónica con Andrés. A free performance at Jones Hall. For tickets and information visit houstonsymphony.org.
• September 15
El Grito featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com.
• September 16
The Splendor of Venice. The season premiere by Houston Chamber Choir. See houstonchamberchoir.org for ticket information.
• September 16–28
Victor/Victoria. The Broadway musical based on the 1982 Blake Edwards film. Presented by Theatre Under the Stars. See tuts.com for ticket information.
• September 17
Queer Queens of Qomedy. Hilarity will ensue as Poppy Champlin brings her stand-up show to town. See article above for details.
• September 18–28
From Houston to the World. Houston Ballet presents a repertory evening featuring works by Jorma Elo, Edwaard Liang, and Stanton Welch. See houstonballet.org.
• September 18–October 18
Peace in Our Time. A little-seen Noël Coward classic presented as the last play by Main Street Theater at the Chelsea Market theater. See mainstreettheater.com for ticket information.
• September 19
Salsa y Salud. A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for details.
• September 19–21
Houston Symphony. Renowned pianist André Watts returns to Houston to perform Rachmaninoff’s deeply romantic Piano Concerto No. 2. For tickets and information visit houstonsymphony.org.
• September 20
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. Dance and radio? Yep, and it’s pretty entertaining, too. See spahouston.org for ticket information.
• September 20 & 21
Kung Fu Hero. A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for details.
• September 24
Swing Jive & Pop! into Dance. A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for details.
• September 24–28
Houston Fringe Festival. More than 100 companies and individual artists participate in this five-day festival in the city’s East End. The Anything Goes performance is September 28 and features fast-paced acts all under 10 minutes. See freneticore.net for details.
• September 25 & 26
Cinderella in Spain. A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com.
• September 25–October 5
Reefer Madness. It’s a smokin’ good musical farce based on the cult 1936 movie. Part of TUTS’s Underground season. See tuts.com for ticket information.
• September 26
The Passing Zone Saves the World. It’s dancing with chain saws in super hero capes and much more hilarity. See spahouston.org for ticket information.
• September 26 & 27
Splendid China IX. A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com.
- Fresh Arts presents this multi-disciplinary installation and performance that tells a fictional story about the relationship between a woman and her multiple male gynecologists. The related art exhibit runs September 5–26. See fresharts.org for more.
• September 26–28
TV’s Greatest Hits. Join the Houston Symphony for a night celebrating some of TV’s most memorable music. For tickets and information visit houstonsymphony.org.
• September 27
Mexico Lindo. A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for details.
Birth of the String Quartet: Haydn Discovery and Beethoven. Da Camera kicks off the season with a tribute to the string quartet. See dacamera.com for ticket information.
• September 28
Once Upon a Time. A free performance by ROCO at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com for details.
• September 30
The Intergalactic Nemesis. A free performance at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. See milleroutdoortheatre.com.
• September 30–October 2
Dance, Film, and Conversation. Karen Stokes Dance presents a performance of live and filmed dance and discussion at The Barn. See karenstokesdance.org for details.
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Queer Voices.Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. Monday nights, 8–9 pm. KPFT 90.1 FM. kpft.org • 713/526-4000.
• Through September 4
The Cutting Bridle features paintings by Archway Gallery member artist Allison Rathan. Visit archwaygallery.com.
• Through September 6
Help Yourself. Expect to see unorthodox materials, such as modified Easy-Bake Ovens, cereal boxes, and vitamins in this exhibit at Nicole Longnecker Gallery. See longneckergallery.com for details.
The Woods. A trilogy of video installations by renowned South African artist Candice Breitz that takes a close look at the world of child performers and the performance of childhood. At the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. Details at blafferartmuseum.org.
• Through September 7
Texas Masters Series: Sandie Zilker. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents a solo exhibition by Houston metalsmith and educator Sandie Zilker. See crafthouston.org.
La Frontera. An international exhibition of contemporary jewelry at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. See crafthouston.org for details.
A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James. The Menil Collection hosts an exhibit dedicated to America’s first couturier and two of his most devoted patrons, Dominique and John de Menil. See menil.org for more details.
• Through September 14
Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine features modern and contemporary representations of these gods and goddesses, which preserve the tangible connection between worshippers and the objects of their reverence. See asiasociety.org/texas for details.
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris. An exhibition of nearly 100 photographs of urban Paris by this 19th-century French artist. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; mfah.org.
• Through September 21
More Real Than Reality Itself. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents a video installation by four artists. See camh.org for details.
• Through September 22
Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House. This exhibition marks the first time the renowned collection of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley, housed at Houghton Hall, the family estate in Norfolk, travels outside of England. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; mfah.org.
• Through October 5
Contemporary Tintype Portraits—Robin Myers: Unknown Constellations and Keliy Anderson-Staley: On a Wet Bough. Galveston Arts Center is pairing with the Houston Center for Photography to present collections from two distinguished Houston-area photographers. See galvestonartscenter.org.
• Through October 12
Life: Survivor Portraits. This new series by local artist Kelly Lee Webeck includes 18 portraits of local survivors and 18 images that document the home space each survivor has created. At the Holocaust Museum Houston. See hmh.org for details.
• Through October 29
Air, Condition. Abinadi Meza’s sound and video installation is constructed from the invisible but omnipresent transmissions swarming in Houston’s atmosphere. See blafferartmuseum.org for details.
• Through November 30
Right Here, Right Now: Houston. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston showcases artists living in the city and celebrates our region’s vibrant creative community. For more information visit camh.org.
• September 4–October 16
The ‘Left’ Bank on the Bayou: Avant-garde Art and Theatre in 1930s Houston. An exhibit produced by the O’Kane Gallery at the University of Houston-Downtown, intent on recreating the flavor of that early spark that set the tone for acceptance and tolerance for a broad range of arts that are apparent in today’s thriving Houston art scene. See okanegallery.uhd.edu for details.
• September 5–26
- Fresh Arts presents this a multi-disciplinary installation and performance that tells a fictional story about the relationship between a woman and her multiple male gynecologists. The related performance is September 26. See fresharts.org for more.
• September 12–November 9
In Residence: Work by 2013 Resident Artists. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents this exhibition of work created by the eight artists who began their residencies at HCCC in 2013. See crafthouston.org for details.
• September 13–October 18
- Nicole Longnecker Gallery features a new series of sculptural work from Kelley Devine. The concurrent exhibition Vinyl Voyage shows new abstract expressionist work from Adam Nisenson. See longneckergallery.com for details.
• September 18–October 18
Kenneth Noland Exhibition. Meredith Long & Company presents 20 handmade paper works by the American abstract painter. See meredithlonggallery.com for details.
• September 26–January 11, 2015
CraftTexas 2014. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents this eighth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. See crafthouston.org for details.
• September 27
Love Your Enemies Workshop with Buddhist scholars Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg. Presented by the Rothko Chapel. See rothkochapel.org for details.
AND OTHER FUN THINGS
• Through September 17
Sundown at the Grove. Hit Discovery Green on Wednesday evenings for the summertime Sundown at the Grove. Enjoy beer flights and craft bites on the rooftop overlooking the park. Fifteen-dollar tickets also include music. Come on down! See thegrovehouston.com/sundown.
• September 6
3rd Annual Apocalypse Ball. Cheers to the impending doom! Save yourself in this shelter from the hazards of Mother Nature, human, and beast. Don your gas mask and brass goggles while enjoying live performances by FrenetiCore Dance and the FireCats, peruse visual art exhibits, have your fortune told, and shake your gears on the dance floor. See houstonfringefestival.org for ticket information.
SAVE THE DATE!
• October 4
Sam Smith.The out British singer/songwriter is in concert at House of Blues. He’s doing a U.S. tour this summer and fall promoting the hit single “I’m Not the Only One” from his debut album In the Lonely Hour. Visit houseofblues.com/houston for ticket information.
• Daily (Sun.–Fri.)
HIV Testing. Planned Parenthood offers free, anony-
mous, 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. Houston Area Community Services (HACS) offers free, confidential HIV testing with results in less than one minute on a daily basis (Mon–Thurs: 9 am–6 pm, Fri: 8 am–5 pm). No appointment necessary. 2150 West 18th St. (Heights area). HACS Testing Calendar with additional outreach locations: hacstxs.org/testing.html. Contact HACS about testing: [email protected] or 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: http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/calendar.php?crd=legacytestingservices&.
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