May Calendar

Funny woman Wanda Sykes
Funny woman Wanda Sykes

Compiled by Marene Gustin


Wanda Sykes…
One very funny lady

by Marene Gustin
Photo by Roger Erickson

If you only do one thing this month, make sure it’s going to see Wanda Sykes at the Bayou Music Center. Sykes is one of the funniest people on stage and screen. She’s won an Emmy for her comedy writing and been nominated for six more. She’s also done voiceover work in several animated comedies, appeared in major motion pictures and TV shows (Julia Louis-Dreyfus kissed her on The New Adventures of Old Christine), and even had her own TV show. She was also the first featured African-American woman and LGBT performer at the White House Correspondents Dinner. That was in 2009, and since then this outspoken gal has only gotten funnier. She’s married to her wife, Alex, and they have two twin daughters. If you want to see something really hysterical, Google Wanda Sykes and Ellen DeGeneres and see her crack up Ellen by talking about dealing with her French wife and two white kids.

Or check out her razor-sharp 2005 book Yeah, I Said It where she pulls no punches. She claims she only wrote it for the money, but she uses it to rant on everything from politicians to pro sports, LGBT issues, and black issues—“a black man could never steal as much money as a white executive, because there are just not that many liquor stores in the country.”

Clearly her humor is not for the easily offended, but she is almost always on point, and we think she’s darn funny.

Wanda Sykes
May 8



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Now through May 2
Over The River And Through the Woods
A comedy by Theatre Southwest.

Now – May 3
Vanities, the Musical
This musical captures a snapshot-sharp portrait of the lives, loves, disappointments and dreams of these young women growing up.
A Trip to Bountiful
The tale of a long-gone Texas town at the Crighton Theatre.
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
With the Houston Symphony.
Bad Jews
A riveting new play.

Now through May 8
Jesus Christ Superstar
The musical lives on.

Now through May 11
If you’re an independent artist, no matter your art form, participating in a Fieldwork workshop can give you support to grow your work. E-mail [email protected] for information on this workshop.

Now through May 16
I Ought to Be in Pictures
The Neil Simon play in Galveston.

Now through (Sundays Only)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
A children’s play from the Judy Blume book.

May 2
Sacred Visions: Stravinsky and Messiaen
Classical music from Da Camera.

May 3
Cinco de Mayor at Miller
Come see Los Lobos at Miller Outdoor Theatre, it’s free!
Chris Botti at The Grand
Grammy winning trumpeter Chris Botti returns to Galveston.

May 4
Our Feet Can Tell a Story: An African-American Cultural Celebration
A poetic and musical journey through time, this production celebrates the rich cultural heritage of African-Americans. Free.

May 5
Take Bloom
Musiqa’s annual spring benefit.

May 5 — 17
The Music Man
Seventy-six trombones invade TUTS.

ay 6 — 8
The Pastry Prince
A comic story of a group of actors who put on a play for the noble Duke of Bologna—but things do not go quite as expected! Free.

May 7 — 8
Tyce Green LIVE
Tyce is known for his unique and impressive vocal styling and an eclectic blend of rock, jazz, and musical theater.

May 7, 9 — 10
Beethoven and Bartók
With the Houston Symphony.

May 7 — 10
Red Cat Jazz Festival
Jazz on the Island at Moody Gardens.

May 7 — June 25
Sounds Like Houston!
Free Thursday night concerts at Discovery Green park.

May 8
Wanda Sykes
See article.
Flying Monkey
A Black Sabbath tribute and classic cock band.

May 9
Lily Tomlin at The Grand
It’s all the fun of Edith Ann and Ernestine the phone operator!
Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn Song Swap
Three great artists, one fantastic evening.

May 10
Two Gallants
The San Francisco rock duo rocks Fitzgerald’s.

May 12
Lang Lang Joins Andrés
With the Houston Symphony.

May 13, 16 — 17
El Pasado Nunca Se Termina/The Past Is Never Finished
Houston Grand Opera’s second mariachi opera.

May 15
A Streetcar Named Desire
It’s Blanche DuBois en pointe in this presentation from the Scottish Ballet.

May 15 — 16
See this classic ballet by Houston Ballet for free at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
A musical about the Roaring Twenties.

May 15 — 17
Andrés Conducts Mahler 3
With the Houston Symphony.

May 15 — 31
The Wiz
Ease on down the road!

May 16 — 18
Ridin’ High: Cole Porter in the 1930s
Part of Bayou City Concert Musicals cabaret series.

May 19 — 24
A Disney musical at The Hobby.

May 21 — 24
Kerrville Folk Festival
Ruthie Foster and Emmylou Harris headline this year’s festival in Kerrville.
Alice in Wonderland
A musical version of the children’s tale.

May 22
The Paintjam Concert Experience
With the Houston Symphony.

May 22 — 23
The Magic Flute
Houston Grand Opera gives a free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

May 26 —June 7
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
The Tony Award-wining Broadway musical comes to Houston.

May 27
Golden Dragon Acrobats
A free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

May 28 — June 13
Barnstorm Dance Fest
First annual dance festival at The Barn.

May 29
Cassandra Wilson Coming Forth By Day: a Celebration of Billie Holiday
Celebrate Billie’s 100th birthday with music.
The Music of Led Zeppelin
The Houston Symphony at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

May 30
Karma: The Wheel of Life
A free Bollywood production at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
American English – The Complete Beatles Tribute!
Need we say more?
The Music of Pink Floyd
The Houston Symphony.

May 31
Houston Symphony Chorus at St. Luke’s Methodist
The Houston Symphony.


Now through May 6
Rising Through the Infinite
A new exhibit by artist Bret Shirley.

Now through May 9
New exhibit at Fresh Arts.

Now through May 10
one day, late in the afternoon…
Admission is free to this art exhibit by Kelly O’Briant at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
Spectacular Reubens
This unprecedented exhibition reunites monumental tapestries from the Triumph of the Eucharist series, designed by Flemish painter Peter Paul Reubens (1577–1640) in the early 1620s, with oil-on-panel studies and other paintings related to the series.
20th Annual Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photograph
This exhibition features photographs by students from three Houston-area high schools.
Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses
HCCC presents Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses, an exhibition that looks critically at the intrinsic relationship between craft and dining.
Heart and Seoul:  Growing Up in Korea
Learn what it’s like to be a child in Korea today at the Children’s Museum Houston.

Now through May 17
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Western Heritage Art Exhibit
The work of students across Texas.

Now through May 28
PODA 2.0
Houston Arts Alliance and PODS® Containers Portable On Demand Art traveling exhibits.

Now through May 30
AT the core of the Algorithm
Michael Petry’s installation at Hiram Butler Gallery.

Now through January 5, 2016
KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature
An exhibit that encourages multi-generational communication and learning through laughter, play, and comedy.

Now through June 13
Desert Awakenings: Paintings by the Aboriginal Women of
A new exhibit at Booker-Lowe Gallery.

Now through June 14
Becoming Modern: Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from The Morgan Library & Museum and the Menil Collection
An exhibit that explores an historic shift in the medium of drawing in the 1800s, from its traditional preparatory function based on emulating the past, to a new role as an independent and often experimental practice.

Now through June 21
The One and the Many: A Self-Portrait in Seven Parts
An exhibit of Project Row Houses.

Now through June 28
Rienzi Library: Highlights from a House
An exhibit on view at the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts and paintings.

Now through July 16
Takis: The Fourth Dimension
The Menil Collection will present the first exhibition in any U.S. museum to survey Takis’s half-century of achievements.

Now through July 19
American Modern: Works from the Collection of Alice C. Simkins
the exhibition features a selection of 19 works by important artists such as Oscar Bluemner, Stuart Davis, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joseph Stella and more.

Now through August 2
Barnett Newman: The Late Work
An exhibit by a pioneering figure of post-war abstraction.

Now through August 7
The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust: One Man Takes a Stand
More than 60 photographic plates from his work are the focus of a new exhibit.

Now through August 23
Pablo Bronstein: We Live in Mannerist Times
A series of line drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Now through September 7
Get out of the water! Now! The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents this exhibit on all things shark-y.
Summer of Epic AdventureForces Unite
Gear up, train up, and put your powers to the test!

Now through September 20
The Art of Gaman
An exhibit of the art created by Japanese Americans interred in America during World War II, at the Holocaust Museum Houston.

Now through January 9, 2016
Ghost Grid
See the new mural by Jonathan Leach at Lawndale Art Center.

May 2 — 30
Dark Matters: and other topics for awkward dinner conversation
Texas artist Marshall Harris’ exhibit at Nicole Longnecker Gallery.

May 2 — June 4
Cement, Screen, and Sun
A solo show by Veronica Dyer.

May 9 — August 29
Course of Action:  50 Years of Jewelry and Enamel at the Glassell School of Art
New exhibit at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

May 16
VBB’s Spring Living Room Art Production
Voice’s Breaking Boundaries in-home production.

May 20 — August 29
Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft
A new exhibit at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

May 24 — September 20
Shadow Monsters
A playful and interactive exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

May 29 — August 29
Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft
A new exhibit at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

May 30 — July 4
Box 13 ArtSpace
Four new exhibits at the Box.

May 31
Deadline for 2015-16 Lawndale Artist Studio Program
The program provides three artists with non-residential studio space on the third floor of the Lawndale Art Center.



May 2
International Beer Fest
Party on the Boardwalk with beer and more!

May 2 — 10
The 41st Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour
Weekend tours and events.

May 2 – 3
2015 Houston Pond and Water Garden Tour
Tour backyard water features in Houston.
Good Brick Tour
Preservation Houston’s second annual Good Brick Tour.

May 3
Journey through Blackwood with Heath Brodie
An afternoon at Blackwood Educational Land Institute featuring art, gourmet food, and acoustic music.

May 7 — August 27 (every Thursday evening)
Rock the Dock
A summer long concert series in Kemah.

May 9
TXFest 2015
Inaugural festival celebrating Texas music, cuisine and art.
Day of Europe Celebration
Music, dance, and merriment commemorating the 65th anniversary of the historical Schuman Declaration.

May 15
Fresh Art’s Gum Ball
A Willy Wonka-themed gala!
OneTonGoldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream
A book signing and conversation with author Justin Garcia.

May 16
2015 Houston Walk to Cure Arthritis
Fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation.
Discovery Green Flea by Night
Vintage dealers, food trucks, and live music!
7th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue
There’s a classic car and vintage trailer show as well as vintage themed vendors, and, of course, the world-famous Bathing Beauties Contest.

May 18
The National Museum of Funeral History’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament
At Kingwood Country Club.

TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre summer camps
Register now for weeklong summer camps for the kids coming in June.



The Women’s Group, a feminist group for all women. 10:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Sojourner Truth Room, 5200 Fannin St. • 713/529-8571.

• Weekly (Mondays)
EMBody: Introduction to Yoga. 6pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard • • 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.

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.

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. 2515 Waugh Dr. •

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)
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.
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.

• 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.
EMBody: Mindfulness, Well-Being, Stress Reduction. 11am. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • • 713/529-0037. (Moved from Tuesdays to Wednesdays)
Coming Out Support Group. 6pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard. Discuss and be educated about issues dealing with coming out. 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 •

• Weekly (Thursdays)
Depression Bipolar Support Group. 11am. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • • 713/529-0037.
Ling-Term Survivor’s Group for HIV+ Gay Men. 1:30pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. 713/529-0037.
WHAM! Whole Health Action Management peer group. 2pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • • 713/529-0037.
Southern Country, a country-and-western dance troupe, offers free dance lessons. 8:30pm. EJ’s Bar, 2517 Ralph St. •

• Weekly (Fridays)
Gulf Pride for Youth, a support group for GLBTIQA youth ages 13–20. 6–9pm. 707 23rd St., Galveston •
HATCH Youth Group. 7pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • • 713/529-0037.

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

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

• 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. • • 713/524-3818.

• Monthly (1st Sun.)
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
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. •

• Monthly (1st Sat.)
First Saturday Arts Market. Local artists display and sell original works of art. Evenings. Wind Water Gallery, 548 West 19th St. Free admission.

First Saturday Queer Bingo benefits Houston GLBT Community Center. 2–4:30pm. 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, 1834 Southmore Blvd @ Almeda Rd.• • [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 • • 713/529-0037.

• 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.

• Monthly (3rd Sat.)
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.

• 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.

3rd Sunday
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.

• 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 (2nd Wed.)
Log Cabin Republicans. Theo’s Restaurant, 812 Westheimer. 7pm • facebook.comgroups/102199491979/?fref=ts.

• Monthly (3rd Thurs.)
SPRY Movie Afternoon for Seniors. 1 pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • • 713/529-0037.
Affected Community Committee of the Ryan White Planning Council. 2:30pm. • 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 •

• 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. • houstonglbtcommunity • 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. 11am-5pm. 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 •



June 1 — 7
Food & Wine Week 2015
H-E-B’s tribute to all things food and wine.

June 5 — 6
Water Festival at Discovery Green
Music, art, and dance in the park.

June 5 — 7
The Tremont House’s Craft Beer 101 Weekend
The Tremont House partners with Galveston Island Brewing for a Craft Beer 101 Weekend.

June 8 — 26
Students on Stage
Island ETC’s kids summer theater program.

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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