by Nancy Ford
Life on the Inside Kiki Neumann couldn’t sleep very well last month. That’s because she’s planning to exhibit her massively popular folk-art creations in a real live gallery. Hardy & Nance Studios’ Group Showing features Neumann’s license-plate creations as well as work by various artists-in-residence. Painters, photographers, videographers, sculptors, jewelry makers, and other artists throw open their doors and invite viewers in for “a peek behind the curtain.” • “I haven’t done very many gallery/studio wall-hanging-type art shows . . . I am more of a festival-and-on-the-street artist, about fifteen years of being in tents, tables, or small 10×10 spots,” Neumann explains. “It feels like letting the cat come in after being outside most of its life. How do I behave? This is a radical change to be on a ‘wall.’ I think I am going to like it.” We think so, too. December 15. Hardy & Nance Studios, 902 Hardy St. • kikineumann.com.
World AIDS Day Talk. Montrose Center recognizes World AIDS Day with the presentation, “Treatment as Prevention: Is It Time for Action?” focusing on antiretroviral therapy (ART) as a prevention intervention. December 1, 10 a.m. Registration: montrosecounselingcenter.org.
It Was the Best of Times. Enjoy a 19th-century holiday with the 39th annual Dickens on the Strand. The costumed street festival features parades, strolling carolers and street musicians, bagpipers, and entertainers. December 1–2. Strand Street in downtown Galveston • galvestonhistory.org.
World AIDS Day Candlelight Observance. World AIDS Day is commemorated by those lost to HIV/AIDS with a candlelight observance in downtown Houston. The ceremony features Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker, Bayou City Women’s Chorus, Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, and local civic and health leaders. December 1, 5 p.m. Tranquility Park, 400 Rusk Street.
That’s Snow Biz. Stage Door’s OUT@SDI night—featuring a performance of Dashing through the Snow—offers complimentary snacks and drinks in the lobby for LGBT audience members, friends, and family. December 1. 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.
Dykes in the Heights. Angie McCutcheon, frontwoman for Elect Trick City, opens for Nancy Ford at a special holiday version of The Dyke Show, an autobiographical musical comedy. $15. Guests are also asked to bring donations of non-perishable toiletry items or gift cards for clients of AssistHers. December 1, 6 p.m. 709 Walton St. Reservations required • firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Different Songfest. Roger Woest and Friends presents Kindred Spirits’ Holiday Cabaret Sing-Along, featuring performances from his stable of singers as well as community organizations, plus a silent auction, light hors d’oeuvres, and more. Benefits Kindred Spirits Foundation. December 2, 5 p.m. $20–$25. Meteor Lounge, 2306 Genesee St. • kindredspiritshouston.org.
AFH’s World AIDS Day Luncheon. AIDS Foundation Houston’s 15th Annual World AIDS Day Luncheon honors the law firm of Katine & Nechman, L.L.P., with the Shelby Hodge Vision Award, and features an opulent travel package silent auction. Benefits AIDS Foundation Houston. December 3. Hilton Americas-Houston Grand Ballroom, 1600 Lamar St. • aidshelp.org • 713/623-6796.
Come for the Music, Stay for the Pie. Café Christmas, a queer Christmas musical, is followed by a pie social. December 6–7. Resurrection MCC, 2025 W. 11th St. • resurrectionmcc.org • 713/861-9149.
Parents and Friends of Finger Foods. Revelers are invited to bring finger foods to PFLAG Houston’s Holiday Party. PFLAG furnishes paper goods and drinks. December 9, 2 p.m. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church’s gym, 5501 Main St. • pglaghouston.org.
Careful with That Dismount. Perhaps Cathy Rigby, who stars in Peter Pan, will fly in to enjoy Theatre Under the Stars’ Out @ TUTS post-show cast party. December 13. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.
Holiday RAWk, a national arts blowout, features Rob Nash and multiple Houston artists sharing performance, art, music, film, fashion, and more. December 13. Numbers, 300 Westheimer Rd.
Matriarchs in Motion. Lesbians Over Age Fifty (LOAF) has added a fun and physical activity to their roster of get-togethers. “Womyn on the Move” is the group’s monthly dance party, held the last Saturday of each month (this month, December 15). 3 p.m. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • loaf.org.
Holiday Memories. Bayou City Chorale, Bayou City Women’s Chorus, and Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston perform Hannukah and Christmas classics, including tunes from The Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah with dancers, musicians, and guest performers. December 15–16. Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater, 500 Texas Ave. • bayoucityperformingarts.org.
Happy New Year. Pride Houston presents Lumiere Nouveau, a masked New Year’s Eve ball. Benefits Pride Houston and Live Consortium. December 31. 5226 Elm St. • pridehouston.org.
A New Year’s Party for Lesbians. Julie Mabry and GirlJam present a New Year’s Eve Bash with special guests Hunter Valentine’s Kiyomi and Lauren Bedford Russell from Showtime’s The Real L Word. December 31. Vue Nightclub, 526 Waugh Dr. • vuehouston.com • 713/533-9333.