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Color My World

The art of Valyntina Grenier.

Both And, 2016. Oil on canvas.

Both And, 2016. Oil on canvas.

Feeling down, depressed, despondent about the current political climate? Than you need a little visual—and heartwarming—pickup like a tour through Valyntina Grenier’s latest work at Gspot Contemporary Gallery in The Heights this month.

“You could say that I want to challenge perceptions, beginning with the idea of a fixed self, gender, body, or ontology, including the perception that delight and tenderness are not part of a discourse of political protest and protection,” says Grenier of the new works of pure pigment, penciled lines, metallic, neon, and riotous color.

Grenier used the color of the landscape around her Tuscon, Arizona, home as an inspiration for her work, which she hopes is both a form of protest and an inspiration for tenderness, compassion, and empathy for other women and lesbians.

“I hope that experiencing familiar impulses in new surroundings will educate our emotions and influence a comprehensive reconsideration of how we treat the world, each other, and ourselves,” she adds.

So go see these works and enjoy a breath of fresh color. —Marene Gustin

Valyntina Grenier
February 4–28
Gspot Contemporary Art Gallery
310 East 9th Street





Now — 4
The Johns
Sex trafficking seems like someone else’s problem, until an upper middle-class family in a prominent Houston-area suburb finds itself ensnared. A timely and important play.

Now — 12
• Spring Awakening
Kids, sex, and rock ’n’ roll. All based on an 1891 play.
Dry Powder
Sara Burgess’ intriguing play is set amongst those who try to shape, and skewer, the American economy.
Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love)
A good-natured look at love…and stuff.

Now — Feb 26
A musical celebrating gospel icon Mahalia Jackson.

Feb 2 — 12
Alley All New Festival
Theatrical readings and workshop performances.

Feb 3 — 18
The Great Oil Scam of Sulphur Flats
Popcorn-throwing fun from the Old West Melodrama.

Feb 4
* Marcia Ball
The Texas-born R&B artist performs at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands.
Yo-Yo Ma
One night only with the Houston Symphony.

Feb 8 — 26
The Ghost Sonata

Mummies, vampires, and ghosts, oh my!

Feb 10
Viva el Amor
A valentine concert from Veracruz, Mexico.

Feb 10 — 18
Verdi’s Requiem
Houston Grand Opera’s classic, sung in Latin with English surtitles.

Feb 10 — March 4
Who can resist a new work directed by Tamarie Cooper? And it’s about a 200-pound chimp.

Feb 11
• Tango Time
Music, song, and dance by Casa Argentina de Houston.
Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes
French Baroque opera by Mercury.
Time Jumpers
Vince Gill, Jenny Sears, Ranger Doug Green, and Paul Franklin perform.

Feb 11 — 19
Houston Early Music Festival
The fifth annual festival celebrating Early Music in Houston.

Feb 12
Pump Boys and Dinettes
It’s all about changing tires, baking pies, and singing!

Feb 16
Violinist Christian Tetzlaff
With pianist Lars Vogt in their long-awaited Houston recital debut.

Feb 17 & 18
Life Interrupted
CORE Performance Company’s event about the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII.

Feb 17 — March 19
Let the Right One In
The National Theatre of Scotland presents this vampire thriller.

Feb 19
The Radio Dept.
Hear this Swedish duo at White Oak Music Hall.



Now — 11
The Pete Paintings & Musings
Perry House exhibit at Zoya Tommy Gallery.

Now — 24
• Alec Dempster
A selection of the artist’s prints and recordings of the music culture of Veracruz.
• 38th Annual Celebration of Texas Art
Sponsored by the Assistance League of Houston.

Now — 25
Lawndale Art Center
There are four new art exhibits to see at Lawndale this month.

Now — 26
Personal Scapes
A solo exhibit by Venezuelan artist Luisa Duarte.

Now — March 3
The ambiguous and whimsical new works by Jessica Simorte.

Now — March 4
I Love America and America Loves Me
Members of The Front, an artist-run collective and nonprofit gallery that promotes the development of contemporary art in the city of New Orleans.

Now — March 9
Only in Your Way
A collaborative two-person exhibition between New York-based artists Kate Gilmore and Heather Rowe.

Now — March 11
Peter Brown: High Plains Song
A 30-year retrospective of the artist’s photographs.

Now — March 12
Loschmidt’s Column
Loschmidt’s Column (The Reversibility Paradox) is a durational sculpture by Houston-based artist Trey Duvall.

Now — March 18
Analia Saban
A multi-media exhibit by the Argentinean artist.
Blake Rayne: Cabin of the Accused
The first midcareer survey of the New York-based artist.

Now — March 19
Angel Otero: Everything and Nothing
A Puerto Rican artist whose works will touch and inspire you.

Now — April 9
Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting
An exhibit of some 67 works by American luminaries of the genre, including Otis Kaye, Georgia O’Keeffe, and James Peale.

Now — April 30
Jesse Lott Exhibit
This exhibit opens new Fifth Ward art space Mystic Lyon.

Now — May 7
• Origins of the Self
The 10th biennial youth art exhibition organized by CAMH’s Teen Council.
• Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography
Featuring local student photography that offers a glimpse of Houston through their lens.

Now — May 14
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964
The exhibit showcases the bracero program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history.

Feb 9 — March 25
A Tale of the City
A solo exhibit by Iraqi artist Ammar Alobaidi.

Feb 9 — June 30
Glossy and Flat Black Squares
Rice Gallery’s closing exhibit by Sol LeWitt.



Feb  9
T./The Extra-Terrestrial
See the classic film as the Houston Symphony plays the soundtrack.

Feb 19 — 23
Reel Abilities Film Festival
Free films and events honoring people with disabilities.

Feb 23 — 26
Inspire Film Festival
Watch films that celebrate the human spirit.



Now — Feb 4
Amazing Acro-Cats
An all-cat revue. Meow.

Now — April 23
BodyWorks RX
More than 75 human bodies, stripped of fluids and skin. Educational, if a little odd.

Feb 1
Bon-Buddhist Meditation at The Rothko Chapel
A little serenity can go a long way.

Feb 4
• An Evening with Sophia Loren
This grand legend will be chatting with former Entertainment Tonight host Bill Harris, and present film clips, home movies, and answer audience questions.
• Walking Tour of the Texas Medical Center
Architecture Center Houston’s 2017 Spring Walking Tour Season.
• In It to Win It
It’s all about football and learning at the Children’s Museum today.

Feb 4 — 5
Lunar New Year
The largest Asian celebration in the state, this visually striking Lunar New Year Festival in Houston is a Texas-sized Asian New Year extravaganza showcasing the rich diversity of the region.

Feb 11
Biking Tour of the Third Ward
Architecture Center Houston’s 2017 Spring Walking Tour Season.

Feb 15
An Evening with Eva Schloss
Ann Frank’s stepsister recounts her life during the Holocaust.

Feb 17 — 19
• R&B Hitmakers
This replaces the Houston Symphony Pops program A Salute to Stevie Wonder.
• 2017 Texas Yoga Conference
Two and a half days of bliss. Namaste.

Feb 17 — 24
Mardi Gras! Galveston
The 106th celebration with La Mafia and Sugar Ray.

Feb 18
• Walking Tour of Montrose
Architecture Center Houston’s 2017 Spring Walking Tour Season.
Parker Vendors Showcase
Shop at the The Westin Galleria from 50 local vendors from noon to 6 p.m.

Feb 25
Walking Downtown
Architecture Center Houston’s 2017 Spring Walking Tour Season.

Feb 26
• 2017 Decadent Desserts & Dining
Come for the boot scooting to benefit AssistHers.
• Houston Kosher Chili Cook-Off
It’s the largest kosher food event in town and it’s some darn good chili.
• 19th Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade
Woof, woof! The fun starts here in Galveston.

Feb 28
The Boniuk Library Book Club Discussion of
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
A novel inspired by a real WWII heroine.



March 5
AIDS Walk Houston
Funds raised help local HIV/AIDS service organizations provide programs and services to thousands of Houstonians.

March 6 — 12
A week-long writers festival hosted by Writespace, Houston’s grassroots nonprofit literary arts center.



• Weekly (Sundays)

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

• Weekly (Mondays)

EMBody: Introduction to Yoga. 6pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.
Gay Men’s Survivors of Sexual Assault Support. 630pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard. Confidential and open-ended Interpersonal group for adult gay men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. For Information about joining, call 713/529-0037. Service Is offered on an affordable sliding scale. montrosecounselingcenter.org.

Women’s Survivors of Sexual Assault Support. 630pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard. Confidential and supportive therapy group for women who have experienced sexual assault either as children or as adults. For Information about joining, call 713/529-0037. Service Is offered on an affordable sliding scale. montrosecounselingcenter.org.

Depression Bipolar Support Group. 7pm. Montrose 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. 2515 Waugh Dr. • 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)

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. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Domestic Violence/Relationship Wellness Group. 630pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard. Confidential support group for members of  the GLBT community who have experienced domestic violence in past or current relationships. In joining this group, please call 713/529-0037. Serivce Is offered on an affordable sliding scale. montrosecounselingcenter.org.

• Weekly (Wednesdays)

LGBT HIV+ Support Group. 930am. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. Support group open to all GLBT Individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS. 713/529-0037. montrosecounselingcenter.org.

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

Coming Out Support Group. 6pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard. Discuss and be educated about issues dealing with coming out. montrosecounselingcenter.org. 713/529-0037

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

Zumba exercise class with Crystal Wall. 6:30pm. 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)

Depression Bipolar Support Group. 11am. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Ling-Term Survivor’s Group for HIV+ Gay Men. 1:30pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. montrosecounselingcenter.org. 713/529-0037.

WHAM! Whole Health Action Management peer group. 2pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Southern Country, a country-and-western dance troupe, offers free dance lessons. 8:30pm. EJ’s Bar, 2517 Ralph St. • southerncountryhouston.com.

• Weekly (Fridays)

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

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

• Weekly (Saturdays)

Dignity Houston. 7:30pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org. Inclusive community of LGBT Catholics and their friends. Meet for prayer and religious services.

• Semi-Monthly (1st and 3rd Thur.)

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.

• Monthly (1st Sunday)

National Leather Association–Houston. Open to the public. Service comes in various areas including education in order to dispel stereotypes, misconceptions, and media representation about the leather/BDSM/fetish family in the community at large. 12pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard. For more Information, go to nlahoustontx.org.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Houston provides educational presentations of LGBT topics, small-group confidential discussions, and supportive fellowship. 1:30pm. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 S. Main St. • pflaghouston.org.

• Monthly (1st Saturday)

First Saturday Arts Market. Local artists display and sell original works of art. Wind Water Gallery, 548 West 19th St. Free admission. firstsaturdayartsmarket.com

First Saturday Queer Bingo benefits Houston GLBT Community Center. 2–4:30pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunity center.org • 713/524-3818.

• Monthly (2nd Tuesday)

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, 1834 Southmore Blvd @ Almeda Rd.• lawkn.com • [email protected] • 713/808-1000.

• Monthly (2nd Wednesday)

Log Cabin Republicans. Theo’s Restaurant, 812 Westheimer. 7pm • facebook.comgroups/102199491979/?fref=ts.

• Monthly (2nd Thursday)

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

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

• Monthly (2nd Saturday)

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.

• Monthly (3rd Sunday)

LOAF Meet and Greet. Lesbians Over Age Fifty meet for munchies and fellowship. 2–4pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • loafhouston.org • 281/467-2578.

The Brunch of Gays is the LGBT community coming together to share a meal and to express ideas and to socialize. They meet on the third Sunday of each month at various locations around 11:30 am. Info can be found on their Facebook page, Brunch of Gays.

• Monthly (3rd Tuesday)

The Houston’s Storytellers Guild meets every 3rd Tuesday at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center at 1475 W. Gray from 7–8:30 pm. Every month there is a different theme. 5 minutes max. Contact Andrew Gass at [email protected]

• Monthly (3rd Thursday)

SPRY Movie Afternoon for Seniors. 1 pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Affected Community Committee of the Ryan White Planning Council. 2:30pm. rwpchouston.org • 713-572-3724. (Moved from the third Tuesday to third Thursday.)

Share with PFLAG Houston in a safe, confidential setting. 7:30–9pm. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Chatham Room, 1805 W. Alabama • pflaghouston.org.

• Monthly (3rd Friday)

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. • houstonglbtcommunity center.org • 713/524-3818.

• Monthly (3rd Saturday)

Queer Book Club. 1pm. Whole Foods, 701 Waugh Drive. For more Information about meetings and current book selection, contact [email protected] or call 713/529-0037, ext. 362. montrosecoundselingcenter.org.

Discovery Green Flea by Night. Local music, kids’ activities, bicycle repair workshop, and 40+ vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, and more. 11am-5pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

• Monthly (4th Sunday)

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.



• Daily (Sunday–Friday)

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 (Monday–Friday)

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 (Monday–Friday)

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: hacstxs.org/testing.html. Contact HACS about testing: [email protected] or 713/426-0027.

• Daily (Monday–Friday)

HIV Testing. Legacy Community Health Services provides free rapid HIV testing with results in 20 minutes at the following locations on a weekly basis.

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
Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm;

Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm;
Midtowne Spa, 5–9pm;
611 Hyde Park Pub, 6:30–9pm
Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm;
Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm;
Walgreens–Montrose, 4–8pm;
Club Houston, 6–10pm;
Crystal Night Club, 10pm–2am
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
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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