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The Jersey Boys to The Midtown Men

The music goes on.

The Midtown Men are (l–r) Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, Travis Cloer, and J. Robert Spencer.

The Midtown Men are (l–r) Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, Travis Cloer, and J. Robert Spencer.

As Cher once said, “And the beat goes on.” And so it does for three of the stars of the original Jersey Boys. Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, and Robert Spencer are touring as The Midtown Men, and you can catch them this month on the island at The Grand 1894 Opera House. Unfortunately, Michael Longoria, the original Joey, who later took on the role of Frankie Valli, won’t be on this tour due to Broadway commitments. But you can catch his new release of “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” a 1967 hit for the real Valli that is making a comeback as a gay anthem. Didn’t realize the pop standard was a gay love song? Then read on: Bob Crewe, who wrote the 1967 hit (as well as other hits for The Four Seasons), would only come out as gay years later. Crewe passed away in 2014. And that song? Yeah, it was about his gay lover at the time. Apparently he penned the lyrics after staring at his naked lover on a kangaroo bedspread, according to out actor Jonathan Hadley, who played Crewe in Jersey Boys. For five decades, it’s been a standard for heterosexual weddings and young lovers, but Longoria is hoping it will now become the same-sex wedding song! —Marene Gustin

The Midtown Men
April 29
thegrand.com

 


 

THE CALENDAR

PERFORMING ARTS

Now — April 8
Next to Normal
Award-winning rock musical about mental illness.
islandetc.org

Now — April 15
A Heroine Free Summer
Four sisters and a lakehouse are just the beginning.
mildredsumbrella.com

Now — April 16
• The Nacirema Society…
A sparkling comedy kicks off the Ensemble’s season.
ensemblehouston.com
An Act of God
It’s sinfully funny!
alleytheatre.org

April 1 & 2
New American Voices Play Reading Series
Showcasing the 2017 winners.
landingtheatre.org

April 1, 6, 7 & 8
Footloose, The Musical
Free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
milleroutdoortheatre.com

April 2
Bestial Mouths
Goth and synth-pop band.
bestialmouths.com

April 5 — 23
The Barber of Seville
Get ready for a close shave!
classicaltheatre.org

April 6
Jenny Berggren
Ace of Base lead singer performs at GRB.
jennyberggren.com

April 6 — 9
Death and the Maiden
Schubert’s romantic concert.
mercuryhouston.org

April 6 — May 21
Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities
A performance from Cirque de Soleil.
sam-houston-race.tickets-center.com

April 7
Romeo & Juliet
A romantic opera at UH.
uh.edu

April 7 & 8
Miss Saigon School Edition
A Vietnamese love story on stage.
worldtheater.us

April 7 — May 6
Snow White
A modern retelling of the tale.
catastrophictheatre.com

April 8
• The Zoo
A premiere by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston.
gilbertandsullivan.org
Light, Land and Sea
A concert from Musiqa.
thehobbycenter.org
Flash
Interdisciplinary performance.
meca-houston.org

April 8 & 9
Greater Tuna
An all new cast, but the same great fun!
thegrand.com

April 13
Houston Ballet II
UH orchestra provides the music for this evening of dance.
uh.edu

April 13 & 14
Shank’s Mare
Japanese puppetry.
asiasociety.org/texas

April 13 — 15
Dance Salad
The annual dance festival that brings the world of dance to Houston.
dancesalad.org

April 14
Concert Band & Soldier’s Chorus
Free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
milleroutdoortheatre.com

April 14 —30
Farce of Nature
A Southern-fried farce of a play.
crightontheatre.org

April 15
Houston’s Got Bollywood—The Red Carpet
Free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
milleroutdoortheatre.com

April 18
UH Jazz Ensemble
Enjoy some great music at Moores School of Music.
uh.edu

April 19 & 20
Charlotte’s Web
Free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
milleroutdoortheatre.com

April 20 — May 13
In Darfur
A very timely play about refugees.
landingtheatre.org

April 20
The Southwest Singers
HCC’s new vocal ensemble in a free concert.
southwest.hccs.edu

April 21
James McCartney
The singer/songwriter returns to Houston.
jamesmccartney.com

April 21 & 22
Martha Redbone: Bone Hill
A concert from Joe’s Pub Series.
lottentertainmentpresents.com

April 22
• Moores School of Music concert
UH Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble.
uh.edu
Che Malambo
Free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
milleroutdoortheatre.com

April 22 — May 7
Götterdämmerung
Wagner’s epic tale.
houstongrandopera.org

April 23 & 30
Das Barbecü
It’s the Ring cycle, with BBQ!
houstongrandopera.org

April 25 — 29
Da Camera Mix at the Match
A mix of music genres.
dacamera.com

April 27
Freedom Train
Free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
milleroutdoortheatre.com

April 28
Innovations
Wind ensemble at Moores School of Music.
uh.edu
UH Ensemble Dance Works
See student works in this annual event.
uh.edu

April 28 — May 12
The Abduction from Seraglio
Mozart’s rom-com opera.
houstongrandopera.org

April 28 — May 14
Little Shop of Horrors
Feed me!
eado.com

April 29
The Midtown Men
A vocal consisting of the original four Jersey Boys.
thegrand.com

 

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

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.
mfah.org

Now — April 16
Two new solo exhibits at the Galveston Arts Center.
galvestonartscenter.org

Now — April 22
2017 Exhibitions
Three new exhibits at Box 13.
box13artspace.com

Now — April 28
Chicano Pop
Mayra Zamora’s loter, Calaveras, and tacos.
meca-houston.org

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

Now — May 6
The Space Between Grief and Morning
How Do I Say Her Name?
Dysfunctional Systems
Three new exhibits at Art League Houston.
artleaguehouston.org

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

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.
hmh.org

Now — May 20
In Residence
Ninth annual show featuring HCCC artists.
crafthouston.org

Now — May 21
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950
A landmark exhibit from Cuba.
mfah.org

Now — May 30
A Celebration of Survival
An immersive exhibition designed to honor the heroes, victims, and survivors of the Holocaust.
hmh.org

Now — June 4
• Wildlife Photographer of the Year
An exhibit celebrating the very best nature photography.
hmns.org
Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats
An exhibition of ikat robes and panels from the renowned Murad Megalli Collection of the Textile Museum.
mfah.org

Now — June 30
Glossy and Flat Black Squares
Rice Gallery’s closing exhibit by Sol LeWitt.
ricegallery.org

Now — July 30
Decorative Arts in the Age of Victoria
Porcelain, glass, jewelry, miniatures, wallpaper, furniture, and more.
mfah.org

Now — Aug 13
Ron Mueck Survey
Thirteen works by the contemporary sculptor on exhibit at MFAH.
mfah.org

April 1 — May 4
Becoming Paint
Featuring new works by donna e perkins.
archwaygallery.com

April 22
Spring Biannual Art Sale & Stroll
From the artists at Sawyer Yards.
sawyeryards.com

April 29 — August 6
Atlas, Plural, Monumental
Works by artist Paul Ramírez Jonas.
camh.org

 

CINEMA

Now — May 17
Walley Films: Watching Artists Work
Six years of films of artists making site-specific works at Rice.
ricegallery.org

April 1
• One Man and His Cow
A funny French film.
mfah.org
Flight
Free Denzel Washington film.
councilonrecovery.org

April 2
We Are Family
A funny French film.
mfah.org

 

AND OTHER THINGS

Mondays — April 24
Free drumming classes for veterans
Open to all service members, taught by Master Drummer Chris Howard
Call 713.305.8077

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

Now — Dec 31
A Tribute to George Barris
An exhibit to the King of Kustomizing, you can see a replica of Barris’s 1966 Batmobile and more memorabilia.
mnfh.org

April 1
• HRC Houston 20th Annual Dinner
Dinner, auction, and guest speakers make for a great evening for a great cause.
[email protected]
Yoga on the Meadow
Outdoor yoga to promote organ donor registration.
832.831.3721

April 1 & 2
• Houston Whatever Festival
Two-day, multi-genre music, comedy, and art street festival.
houstonwhateverfest.com
Reel ’em In
The annual Brian Robison Foundation fishing tournament benefiting K9COPS.
brianrobison96.com

April 1 — 30
Blue Plate Special
During Child Abuse Prevention Month, dine out at special eateries to raise funds.
thethreadallianace.org

April 2
Interfaith Environmental Stewardship
Family hands-on event at Willow Water Hole.
eventbrite.com

April 3
2017 Campbell Lecture Series
From the McCarthy Era to Marriage Equality: LGBT Culture and Politics Since the 1950s.
news.rice.edu

April 5
Flooding & Storm Surge Symposium
Free symposium addressing Houston’s flood issues.
grbhouston.com

April 7
• Compassionate Houston’s Annual Fundraiser
Keynote speaker is Dr. James Doty.
compassionatehouston.org
Gala and Art Auction
What came first? Great artists or great patrons?” is the theme of this year’s CAMH gala.
camh.org

April 8
• Sacred Space Yoga Retreat
A day of health and reflection, good for the current political climate.
councilonrecovery.org
Bank of America Ribbon Cutting
Kids join in the festivities at Kidtropolis, USA.
cmhouston.org
Carpocalypse
Autos, food trucks, live music, and maybe a few zombies.
facebook.com/thehoustonzombiewalk

April 19
Crafting a Legacy
Annual spring luncheon for HCCC.
crafthouston.org

April 21 & 22
Rising Stars and Texas Legends
A two-day festival of arts, culture, and food in Conroe.
crightontheatre.org

April 22
• Earth Day Bash
Kids join in the festivities at the Children’s Museum.
cmhouston.org
East Montrose Home Tour & Art Walk
Tour historic homes, art studios, and restaurants in East Montrose.
eastmontrose.org

April 23
An Evening in the French Corner
Houston Chamber Choir’s annual gala.
houstonchamberchoir.org/gala

April 25
Discussion of ‘The Nightingale’
Presented by the Boniuk Library Book Club.
hmh.org

April 25 & 26
Florescence
One of the largest flower shows in the country.
flohouston.org

April 27
• Dining Out for Life
Eat out to benefit AIDS Foundation Houston.
aidshelp.org
An Exquisite Evening
A benefit for Lawndale.
lawndaleartcenter.org

April 28
Andrew Zimmern
The foodie speaks at this 34th annual luncheon series.
councilonrecovery.org

April 29
• Pet-a Palooza
Pack up the pets and head to the island for a day of fun.
galvestonhumane.org
Day of the Child
Kids join in the festivities at the Children’s Museum.
cmhouston.org

 

SAVE THE DATE

May 4 — 7
Sex Tips for a Straight Woman from a Gay Man
A smash off-Broadway hit.
lottentertainmentpresents.com

May 6 & 7
22nd Annual Keels & Wheels
Car and boat exhibit at the Lakewood Yacht Club.
keels-wheels.com

May 12 & 13
Kokonut Capers
A funny musical romp on island time.
crightontheatre.org

May 13
Mozart’s Requiem
Mozart the way it should be heard.
mercuryhouston.org

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ONGOING

• 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.

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HIV TESTING

• 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.

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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