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Houston Area Events – October

Halloween SkeletonCompiled by Marene Gustin

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Halloween in Houston
No tricks to finding the treats this month.

Look out! It’s the month for spooks and thrills, gore and guts, and even a few sexy costumes. If Halloween is your holiday of choice, then this is the month for you. Break out the fake blood and hit the streets—we’ve got everything from family-friendly boo-fun to spooky art exhibits, a Halloween pup crawl (that’s not a typo), and an outdoor screening of Bela Lugosi’s cult classic Dracula.

Click Spooks and Thrills! to check out the special calendar section for all the details. You can head down to the island for Ghostly Galveston tours and fun events, or visit Houston’s National Museum of Funeral History where scary exhibits like Dracula’s Cemetery and a Halloween car show will run all month long.

And don’t forget ScreamWorld, one of the biggest and best haunted houses in Texas. A little tamer—but not too much—is the Houston Zombie Walk’s Halloween Festival and Horror Con at Discovery Green, October 19. Zombie Walk is a nonprofit group, and proceeds from this year’s blowout benefit the Houston Children’s Charity, Houston Humane Society, and Dove Key Ranch Wildlife Rehabilitation. Little monsters can enjoy face painting, a pumpkin patch, and trick-or-treating. Adults can munch out at food trucks, enjoy the stage shows, including headliner Vanilla Ice, plus a haunted house and a Halloween costume fashion show. And get this—AMC’s The Walking Dead makeup team will be on site!

This could be the best Halloween party ever.—Marene Gustin

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• Through October 2

Dance, Film, and Conversation. Karen Stokes Dance presents a performance of live and filmed dance and discussion at The Bar. Info:

• Through October 5

Reefer Madness. It’s a smokin’ good musical farce based on the cult 1936 movie. Part of TUTS’s Underground season. Info:

• Through October 11

Always a Bridesmaid. Theatre Suburbia presents this marriage-go-round romp. Info:

• Through October 12

Women in the Pit. Pulpit, that is. The Ensemble Theatre presents this dramatic regional premiere exploring the dynamics of church politics and female pastors. Info:

• Through October 18

45 Days: Experience the Arts in Houston. Houston Is Inspired is a citywide arts marketing campaign that hosts this first-ever event to encourage you to get out and support the arts this fall. See for a full list of events and exhibits.

  1. Award-winning drama by Catastrophic Theatre. Info:

• October 1–5

Hurricane Nashville. Theater LaB Houston presents the story of a shy boy nicknamed Nashville Hurricane who becomes a country-music superstar. Info:

• October 2–4

35th Annual Festival Chicano. A cultural celebration of Chicano music—including Tejano, Conjunto, Mariachi and Orchestra—in one of the oldest ongoing events of its kind in the world. Free at Miller Outdoor Theatre:

• October 2–12

The Playboy of the Western World is an Irish comedy produced by UH’s School of Theatre & Dance. Info:

• October 4

Venezuela en Danza. Showcasing the beauty and traditions of Venezuelan dance, lively and rhythmic Venezuelan music will have performers and audience members dancing to the beat. Free at Miller Outdoor Theatre:

Sam Smith. Out British singer/songwriter Sam Smith’s concert at House of Blues. This is part of his U.S. tour promoting the hit single “I’m Not the Only One” from his debut album In The Lonely Hour. Visit for ticket information.

The Fab 40 Perform the Beatles’ Revolver. Forty Houston musicians recreate The Beatles’ Revolver live on stage at Discovery Green. Free at 8pm.

• October 5

Love Me Do! Songs of the ‘60s. Houston Chamber Choir gives its debut performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre with songs from the 1860s and 1960s. Free at Miller Outdoor Theatre:

American Dreams. String quartets by Dvorak & Schickele featuring the Houston debut of the Nyx Quartet. Info:

• October 7

Swing, Jive & Pop! Into Dance. MET Dance’s event incorporates history, fashion, music, and the arts into an interactive blast of excitement. The company dances through the eras of the 1930s Lindy Hop, bops into the 1950s, grooves into the 1970s, and ends with the hip-hop music of today. Free at Miller Outdoor Theatre:

• October 8

Mulan: The Warrior Princess. A delightful adventure of heroism written by Alvaro Saar Rios and produced by Express Children’s Theatre. Free at Miller Outdoor Theatre:

• October 8–19

Love, Loss and What I Wore. Like the popular book, the play uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to. Theater LaB Houston:

• October 8–November 2

Marie Antoinette. History gets an of-the-moment makeover in this raw, fantastical and fiercely funny play by Stages Repertory Theatre:

• October 9–19

  1. “It’s just a noisy hall where there’s a nightly brawl…and All That Jazz!” Info:

• October 9–25

Red Death. Mildred’s Umbrella presents this dark comedy of existential dilemmas, everyday fears, and ever-present anxieties. Info:

• October 10

  1. A new performance by Momix presented by The Society for Performing Arts. Info:

KOKYO—Dialogue Between Hearts. Discover why Okinawa is known as an “island of performing arts” at this thrilling event of energetic dance numbers, thundering drums, and culturally unique costumes. Free at Miller Outdoor Theatre:

Pianist Chick Corea. Da Camera kicks off the jazz series with the legendary Chick Corea in a solo piano performance. Info:

• October 10 & 11

Erasure heads to Houston on tour with the new release The Violent Flame. Info:

• October 11

National Acrobats of China. This dazzling company of 35 performers—the best in Chinese martial arts, illusion, and acrobats—will mesmerize and mystify with its stunning display of award-winning routines. Presented by The Society for Performing Arts:

Lunada 2014. The Houston Symphony performs beloved Latin American favorites for the entire family. Spend “the night of the full moon” under the stars at Miller! Free at Miller Outdoor Theatre:

• October 12

Dia de la Hispanidad featuring Siudy: Between Worlds. International sensation Siudy: Entre Mundos (Between Worlds), a first of-its-kind flamenco fantasia, explores a new form of storytelling that incorporates the raw, emotive power of flamenco dancing with pulse-pounding, cross-cultural percussion. Free at Miller Outdoor Theatre:

• October 14–19

Anything Goes. The Broadway revival of the Cole Porter classic. A toe-tappin’ good time with all the great hits, at Broadway at the Hobby Center. Info:

• October 15–November 2

The Speckled Band: An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes. Directed by Classic Theatre Company veteran company artist Julia Traber, this production will capitalize on the Sherlock-mania that is gripping pop culture right now, while breathing new life into Doyle’s century-old play. Info:

• October 17

Rafał Blechacz. The Polish pianist offers deep, contemplative interpretations with underlying solid technique that no other young musician can emulate. Presented by The Society for Performing Arts:

TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang. Montgomery County Performing Arts Society’s opening of the 36th Christian Youth Theatre:

• October 21

Conversation with the Artist: Patrick Feaster and Dario Robleto. In this discussion with Robleto, Feaster speaks about his work and their recent collaboration on “playing back” the earliest 19th-century attempts to visually record the human pulse and heart. Info:

• October 23–November 1

The Addams Family. A new staging of the Addams Family saga—and it’s every father’s nightmare! Free at Miller Outdoor Theatre:

• October 25

Houston Arts Alliance’s Transported + Renewed. Local marching bands, the University of Houston Cougar Marching Band, Austin High School Sonic Boom, and Milby High School Marching Thunder, will ignite a spectacle of big sound. Info:

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• Through October 5

Robin Myers: Unknown Constellations and Keliy Anderson-Staley: On a Wet Bough—Contemporary Tintype Portraits. Galveston Arts Center is pairing with the Houston Center for Photography to present collections from two distinguished Houston-area photographers. Info:

• 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:

• Through 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. Info:

• Through October 18

  1. 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. Info:

Kenneth Noland Exhibition. Meredith Long & Company presents 20 handmade paper works by the American abstract painter. Info:

The Tipping Point (Notes On). A new sculpture exhibit by artist Troy Woods at the McMurtrey Gallery:

Exhibitions on View. Multiple showings from several artists on view at Box 13 ArtSpace:

• Through October 25

Artadia’s 15th Anniversary Exhibition features several past winners of the nonprofit organization’s unrestricted awards as part of its commitment to continuous support of artists throughout their careers. Info:

Parco dei Mostri. Miami-based Pepe Mar creates brightly colored and fantastical sculptures that flamboyantly reflect an eclectic fusion of cultures, at DiverseWorks:

• Through October 29

Air, Condition. Abinadi Meza’s Air, Condition is a sound and video installation constructed from the invisible but omnipresent transmissions swarming in Houston’s atmosphere. Info:

• Through October 31

Hunter + Plum. Houston Arts Alliance exhibit with artists Allison Hunter and Susan Plum at the Alliance Gallery:

• Through November 28

Tracing Towers. Houston Arts Alliance exhibit with artist Jonathan Clark at the Alliance Gallery:

• 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. Info:

• Through December 6

Acclaimed Exhibition on the Urban Playground. Traveling exhibit hits the Blaffer Arts Museum this winter. Info:

• Through December 19

In Residence: Work by 2013 Resident Artists is an exhibition of work created by the eight artists who began their residencies at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2013. Info:

• Through December 24

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. Info:

• Through January 4, 2015

Dario Robleto: The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed. This exhibit at The Menil Collection examines the psychological and emotional ramifications of crossing unknown boundaries whether in space, the sea, or through exploring the human body by linking two undertakings in the 1960s: the space race and development of the artificial heart. Info:

• Through January 10, 2015

New Mural. Lawndale Art Center has a new mural up by Otabenga Jones & Associates as part of a yearlong commitment to health education. Info:

• Through March 22, 2015

Shark! Get out of the water! Now! The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents this exhibit on all things shark-y. Info:

• October 2–December 7

Yusuke Asai: New Installation. Rice University Art Gallery is commissioning Japanese artist Yusuke Asai to create a new installation in conjunction with The Menil Collection’s exhibition Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. Info:

• October 2, 2014–February 1, 2015

Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. Organized by Menil director Josef Helfenstein in consultation with the noted Indian artist Amar Kanwar, the exhibition is the first to trace the resonance of the ethic of nonviolence in the visual arts throughout the centuries and around the world. Info:

• October 4

Hands on Houston Family Festival. A day of activities and artist demonstrations at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft:

• October 4–30

When Wood Met Design. An exhibit at Archway Gallery by artists LeeAnn Gorman and Paul Haymond. Info:

• October 11, 18, 25, & November 1

Bonhoeffer Tours at Holocaust Museum. Tours focus on the life of Pastor Bonhoeffer and his attempts to rally the church against the Nazis and his efforts to assassinate Hitler. Info:

• October 11, 2014–January 2015

Day of the Dead Rock Stars: The Great Gig in the Sky. This unique exhibit at Cactus Music memorializes deceased recording artists from rock, country, jazz, and blues in honor of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Info:

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Queer Voices.Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. Monday nights, 8–9 pm. KPFT 90.1 FM. • 713/526-4000.

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• October 4

Susan G. Komen Houston Race for the Cure. Downtown Houston welcomes the city’s largest footrace and a wave of pink runners, all joining together to raise funds for lifesaving services and to help bring an end to breast cancer, forever. Info:

• October 8

PR Day Conference. The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Houston Chapter hosts its annual one-day, fast-track professional development conference. Info:

• October 9

Out for Good. A dinner and celebration of National Coming Out Day with The Montrose Center at the Rice Hotel. Info:

• October 9, 2014–January 16, 2015

Women in Architecture. An exhibition and events recognizing female architects. Info:

• October 11 & 12

Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival. This two-day festival features a variety of Texas-based wineries showcasing local white, red, and sweet wines and southern-style blends along with regional hand-crafted art, photography, crafts, fashion, and more in Old Town Spring. Info:

• October 18

Discovery Green Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy. Food trucks, live music, and vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, jewelry, art, and more under the stars and twinkle lights! Info:

• October 23

Aurora Picture Show Award Dinner. 14th annual Aurora dinner honoring Carolee Schneemann. Info:

• October 24

Opening Night Dinner Celebration for Houston Grand Opera. Enjoy a performance of Otello by HGO before a special black-tie dinner. Call 713.546.0242 for tickets.

• October 28

Unleash Your Inner ’80s Rock Star. This howling good time benefits K9s4COPs. You’re encouraged to wear ’80s attire. Info:

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• November 1

Great Houston Area Walk. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Greater Houston Chapter’s fundraiser will be held in The Woodlands next month. Info:

• November 1 & 2 and 8 & 9

Southern Living Home for the Holidays Showcase. See a fabulous West U home decorated for the holidays. It all benefits Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit that provides mortgage-free homes for wounded and disabled veterans. For tour info:

• November 4

Quatuor Mosaïques. The most prominent period-instrument quartet performing today makes its first Houston appearance. Info:

• November 5

Joshua Bell. Society for the Performing Arts presents violinist Joshua Bell. Info:

• November 7

Fashion Fete Art of the Runway. Upcoming fundraiser for DiverseWorks:

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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. Houston Area Community Services (HACS) offers free, confidential HIV testing with results in less than one minute on a daily basis (Mon–Thurs: 9am–6pm, Fri: 8am–5pm). No appointment necessary. 2150 West 18th St. (Heights area). HACS Testing Calendar with additional outreach locations: 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:

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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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