Dykes of Hazard comedy tour, Krewe of Olympus’ Rio! Brazilian Carnival, Houston Pride Band’s °Carnaval!, Beyonce Knowles holds local auditions, and Suzanne Westenhoefer headlines the Lesbian Health Initiative gala.
SMOKIN’ HOT COMEDY Though recently besieged by a fire that could have been so much worse, Chances, with its adjacent bars, has somehow maintained a healthy sense of humor.
Perpetuating that survivalist attitude, our town’s number one (and, let’s face it, only) gay chick haven kicks off ’07 with the Dykes of Hazard comedy tour, featuring lesbian comedians Kristen Becker, Linda Ellis, and Houston’s own Slim Bloodworth (pictured here).
The laughs are scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, beginning at 8 p.m., in The New Barn side of the complex. A drag show will feature some of the club’s staff, manager Tami Schafer informs/warns us. All this for a mere $5 cover charge! Details: 713/523-7217, www.myspace.com/dykesofhazardcomedytour.
Houston is just one of many stops the tour will make, Slim says. Also booked are shows in women’s bars in Providence, Chapel Hill, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans before Dykes of Hazard heads north to Montreal and Toronto. Now that’s cruising.
MIRANDA RITES Blaine Manuel, vice president of the Krewe of Olympus, informs us that Mardi Gras charitable group hosts its annual 12th Night fundraising celebration this month. But don’t be confused by the name: The event, this year titled Rio! Brazilian Carnival, actually occurs January 6 at L’Alliance Francais. Details: www.mardigrastexas.com.
In the spirit of the theme, masks are encouraged (though not required), with prizes awarded for best costume, best mask, best Carmen Miranda hat, and best use of a sarong. Tickets are $20, or $15 in advance. That includes king cake, your first drink, and more fun than you can shake a samba stick at.
YOU SAY “CARNIVAL,” I SAY “CARNAVAL” Serving up its winter concert performance under the direction of its newly appointed artistic director, Jason Stephens, Houston Pride Band presents ¡Carnaval! on January 25 at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. The evening features a musical voyage from New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro, with many stops in between, band man Russell Ben Williams promises. The Krewe of Olympus acts as special guests and partner with the band for the concert, so BYOB (bring your own beads). Details: 832/265-3346, www.houstonprideband.org.
BLACK HOLEY NIGHT They devour light and energy, nothing can escape their grasp, and if you do happen to enter, you’ll never escape because your body will be torn apart. No, we are not talking about our state legislature. Close, though.
Rather, these phenomena are the mysterious traits of black holes and the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Burke Baker Planetarium has a new film exploring their mystery, history, and physics. Opening January 5, Black Holes invites viewers to experience the power of these forces through full dome simulations of the extraordinary physical and visual effects they can create, including a recreation of what approaching the super-massive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy might be like. Trippy. Details: 713/639-4629, www.hmns.org.
DREAM, GIRLS On the tasteful Manolo Blahnik heels of her long-awaited star turn in the screen version of Dreamgirls, Houston’s own Beyonce Knowles is holding dancer auditions here in town for her upcoming world tour. The Bootylicious Babe encourages potential gypsies to bring along a fedora to the open-call try-out on January 6 (location to be announced). Details: www.beyonce.com.
LOVE, LAUGHTER, AND LESBIAN HEALTH In addition to sponsoring the life-saving Rainbow Health Fairs with Legacy Community Health Services twice each year, Lesbian Health Initiative again pulls out all the stops on February 10 with its Celebration of Love Valentine Gala Fundraiser. This year, the semi-formal event at the Renaissance Houston is headlined by top comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer. The $75 ticket helps fund all those free health fair mammograms. Details: www.lhihouston.org.