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February Events
Events Day-by-Day, Performing Arts, Radio, Visual Art/Photograph, Children’s, HIV Testing
By Eric A.T. Dieckman

February Day-By-Day Planning AheadPerforming Arts Performing Arts for Young PeopleRadioArt/PhotographyHIV Testing

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HOT TICKET: BE MY VALENTINE Flirt amidst the fossils at Lovebugs, the Museum of Natural Science’s latest addition to their innovative “Mixers, Elixirs” series. Enjoy live jazz, swing, and pop music from David Caceres, free appetizers, and a cash bar. Or make-out during an IMAX film. Learn how seafarers kept their love light burning bright: Sailors’ Valentines exhibits how oceangoers of the 1800s communicated their love to distant sweethearts. Colorful Caribbean shells arranged into beautiful geometric patterns, served as a background for sailor’s sweet, simple messages. Lovebugs : $15, $13 members, February 9, 6-10 pm; Sailors’ Valentines : entry included with general admission ($9, $7 seniors/students/children 3-11) begins February 10 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. For more information: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org.

bemyVNerd Love.

Canvass of Love. The Watercolor Art Society-Houston presents Love of Watercolor-Hearts, Flower, Pink, Red & Love, juried show of water media, many of which are inspired by the holiday of love. Styles range from abstract to realistic. February 9-March 2 (opening reception Friday, February 9, 6-8 pm) at WAS-H gallery, 1601 West Alabama. For more information; 713/942-9966 or www.watercolorhouston.org.

Sak Fulla Love. Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Houston presents “The Sweetheart Soiree @
Saks.” Bid in a live auction of Tom Glass’ The Heartbreaker while your ticky-ticker gets anything but broken. $30 suggested donation. Tuesday, February 16, 6:30-8:30 pm at Saks Fifth Avenue, Galleria Mall. For more information: 713/528-0505 or www.diffa.org.

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FEBRUARY DAY BY DAY

3 (Sat.)

Zydeco Outlaw at the Border. Promoting his concert (see next entry), Step Rideau of Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws appears with Roger Wood, author of Texas Zydeco, for a signing. Proceeds from signing and concert benefit AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) and HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Houston. 2-4 pm at Borders bookstore, 3025 Kirby. More info: 713/524-0200 or Cullen Graff at [email protected]

5 (Mon.)

High Steppin. The Mukuru “Arts for AIDS” series presents Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. $20, $10 for students. 7:30 pm at the Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. Information and reservations: 713/623-6796 x 278, 713/520-0055 or www.mukuru.org.

9-11 (Fri.-Sun.)

Chang, Chang, Chang Went the Trolley. Violin virtuoso Sarah Chang performs Sibelius and Dvorak. $30-$99. 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday, at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. Tickets: 713/224-7575 or www.houstonsymphony.org.

10 (Sat.)

Second Annual Fund for Teachers Fund Run. Show support for Houston-area teachers by running till your sole’s content. The run benefits Fund For Teachers, a Houston nonprofit that provides grants to teachers for summer professional development opportunities. $25 for 5K race; $15 for runners 17 and under. Free registration for Kids K Race. Registration begins 7 am. Races begin at 8 am at Post Oak and Ambassador Way in the Galleria area. Due to city ordinances, pets are not allowed. Info/registration: 800/681-2667 or www.fundforteachers.org.

10 (Sat.)

More Moran. Jason Moran, pianist and native Houstonian, brings it with a multimedia performance inspired by visual artist Adrian Piper. Bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits join in for Milestone, part of Da Camera’s jazz series. $26.50-$45. 8 pm at Cullen Theater, 500 Texas at Smith. Information and reservations: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.

11 (Sun.)

Toe-Tappin’ Tapestry. Houston Early Music presents the Boston-based female vocal trio, Tapestry, in “Three Weddings and a Funeral,” a show which revives and enlivens the pageantry of the 15th-century wedding. The instrumental trio Medieval Strings joins them in performing the works of Guillaume Du Fay, a renowned composer of the time. $30, $25 seniors, and $10 students. 4 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman at Main. Info/reservations: 713/432-1744, www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org, or www.tapestryboston05.com.

16 (Fri.)

Come into Our Chamber. The Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce hosts its Annual Event and Expo. Build your business and make some new contacts in the community. Begins at 9 am and lasts all day. Details: 713/523-7576, [email protected]
Houston.org, or www.theChamberHouston.org.

16 (Fri.)

Pyg Out. Mercury Baroque presents Pygmalion and Les Indes Galantes. Fans of period costumes will enjoy the wardrobes of both the performers on stage and the orchestra. $18-$42. 8 pm at the Cullen Theater, 500 Texas at Smith. Info/reservations: 832/251-0706 or www.MercuryBaroque.org.

16 & 17 (Fri. & Sat.)

Laissez Les Bon Temps Krewe-lez! It’s time for Mardi Gras! Galveston 2007! Though the madness begins Feb. 9 and lasts through Feb. 20, with parades, entertainment, beads, art exhibits, sporting events, and masquerade balls in a sea of green, purple, and gold, this is the weekend to see. A new krewe, Krewe Du Vroom–the first and only motorcycle krewe in the nation–makes its way into the beachy bacchanalia. Krewe Du Vroom’s parade starts Friday, 7 pm, at 26th and Santa Fe Place. $10 Friday, $20 Saturday, $25 weekend pass (not available at gate). Tickets/info: 1-888-GAL-ISLE, [email protected], or www.mardigrasgalveston.com.

17 (Sat.)

Cruzing for Poesía. The Flamenco Poets Society presents “Poesía Flamenca (Flamenco Poetry) & The Poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz,” a bilingual reading by Julietta Parra Ducote with accompaniment on Flamenco guitar by Randy Cordero. Free. 4 pm at the Montrose Public Library, 4100 Montrose. More info: 713/520-9364 or www.theflamencopoetssociety.org.

23 (Fri.)

Take a Walk on the Diversely Wild Side. The theme of the DiverseWorks Gala is naughtiness – and all at a Shriner’s temple. “What happens at the temple, stays at the temple, mostly,” sez DiverseWorks folks. The licentious evening includes swinging tunes of the Allen Oldies Band; surprise guest performers; a dinner buffet featuring food donated by some of Houston’s most delicious restaurants; and a silent auction of some of Houston’s most talented visual artists. 7pm until Midnight, Shriners Arabian Temple, 2900 North Braeswood. More info: 713-223-8346, www.diverseworks.org. $150

25 (Sun.)

Enso, the String Quartet, not the Ferrari. The string quartet performs Steve Reich’s innovative Different Trains in full as part of the concert Made in America: Different Trains taking place a couple days later (see Feb. 27 entry). Free. 3 pm at The Menil, 1515 Sul Ross. Info: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.

26 (Mon.)

Story Time para los Gentes. Inprint Brown Reading Series presents the live readings of Latino writer/poets Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Luis Alberto Urrea. Gaspar de Alba has won the Lambda Literary Award and the Latino Book Award for Best Mystery Novel. Urrea’s work has won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. $5 (available at the door only). 7:30 pm at the Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. More info: 713/521-2026 or www.inprint-inc.org.

27 (Tues.)

The Richness of Reich. Da Camera’s presentation Made in America: Different Trains features the Enso String Quartet performing two landmark works of the 20th century, Steve Reich’s Different Trains and Frederick Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated! $30. 7:30 pm at The Menil, 1515 Sul Ross. Info: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.

27-March 18 (Tues.-Sun.)

Let’s Rodeo! Houston wouldn’t be the same without this longstanding tradition (now in its 75th year). With over 20 giants of musical entertainment performing at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, there’s a show to suit almost any taste. Look for Reba McEntire, Natalie Cole, Brooks & Dunn, The Cheetah Girls, Sheryl Crow, and Beyoncé, to name a few. Black Heritage Day: Friday, Mar. 2; Go Tejano Day: Sunday, Mar. 11. $16-$300. At Reliant Park. Tickets/details: 713/629-3711, 800/726-1313, www.ticketmaster.com, or www.rodeohouston.com.

Daily (Sundays thru April 22)

Fighting Fur with Fur. Buffalo Exchange encourages everyone to give your furs back to the critters. Coats For Cubs! takes donated fur and uses it to make bedding for orphaned and injured wildlife. Simply bring in your fur coats, accessories, and whatever else and let the kids at Buff-Ex know it’s a donation for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). (To claim a tax deduction, mail your fur directly to The HSUS, Attn: Coats for Cubs, 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.) Information: 1-866-235-8255, www.coatsforcubs.org, or www.buffaloexchange.com.

Weekly (Mondays)

Grab Yer Partner, Doh-Si-Doh. The rhythmically awkward are welcome here. Have some fun gittin’ fit with non-strenuous aerobic square dancing. No partner required. Casual dress. $5. 7-9 pm at Eldridge Park Community Center, 2511 Eldridge Rd., Sugar Land. Please call ahead to verify time and place: Jan, 281/498-5301. More info: [email protected]

Weekly (Thursdays)

Depression & Bipolar Support Group. Don’t let depression or bipolar disorder dig its bleak claws into what little hope you’ve managed to hide from the shadows. Bering Support Network helps those in need to connect with others who are learning to cope. You are not alone and can benefit from the experience of others. Take a step away from the dark. GLBT friendly. Free. Groups meet at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold, Room 232, 7:15-8:30 pm. Info: 713/526-1018.

Weekly (Saturdays)

Saving Animals partners with the City of Houston to save loving, adoptable animals from the pound and find them permanent homes. Adoptions take place at Northwest Mall every Saturday from 10:30 am-4:30 pm near entrance B. Information or to volunteer: 713/527-4490 or www.savinganimals.org.

Monthly (Tuesdays)

The Houston SPCA Pet Loss Support Group provides a professionally facilitated, supportive, and safe environment for people to grieve the loss of a beloved companion. Free. First Tuesday of the month, 7 pm, at the Houston SPCA, 900 Portway Dr. Info: 713/869-7722, ext. 127, or www.houstonspca.org.

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PLANNING AHEAD

March 1-4 (Thurs.-Sun.)

My Mother’s Medicine: XXXXOOOO. A Jewish family moving from Brooklyn to Iowa isn’t as culturally confounding as ordering a kosher meal with pork sausage, but it’s not too far off. Written and performed by Cheryl L. Kaplan, this one-woman show uses entries from Kaplan’s personal diary and real-life letters from her mother to tell the story of her childhood mishegas in the Midwest. $20-$35 ($10 for students). Showtimes vary at Main Street Theater-Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Reservations and information: 713/524-6706, www.mainstreettheater.com, or www.ticketweb.com

March 9 (Fri.)

Luciana Souza and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The Grammy Award-winning quartet teams up with two-time Grammy nominee Souza. 8 pm at Cullen Theater, 500 Texas at Smith. Information and reservations: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.

March 10-11 (Sat.-Sun.)

19th Annual Galveston Home and Garden Show. Over 100 exhibitors showcase the latest in home repair, landscaping, pet items, furnishings, outdoor living, and more. Look for previews of residential developments, giveaways, and pet adoptions. Benefits the Galveston Island Humane Society. $5 adults, $4 students, seniors, and kids. 10 am-6 pm Sat., 11 am-4 pm Sun. at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd. Information: 409/762-3930, [email protected], or www.galveston.com/homeandgardenshow.

March 11 (Sun.)

The 18th Annual AIDS Walk Houston. An expected 15,000 will take part in this year’s Walk for HIV/AIDS. You can be a part and help make a difference. AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) hosts the pledge walk to raise crucial funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations that provide education, research, housing, food, medical care, counseling, pediatric programs, and job training to more than 100,000 Houstonians a year. Get in some exercise and fresh air and meet some new folks while supporting a vital cause with this fun, non-competitive 3.1 miles pledge walk. No registration fee and open to the public. Incentive prizes are available for $125, $250, $500, and $1,000 donation levels. Corporate, community, social, and school walk team participation is encouraged. 8 am check-in, 9 am opening celebration, 10 am walk begins, at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St. (No dogs due to city ordinance.) Pre-registration by Friday, March 2: 713/403-WALK (9255) or www.AIDSWalkHouston.org.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Barefoot in the Park. Neil Simon’s comedy pits young newlyweds against an eccentric neighbor and a crappy Manhattan apartment. Can love endure a leaky skylight and a bedroom too cramped to fit a double bed? Through Feb. 16 at the Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square. Tickets/info: 713/726-1219 or
www.companyonstage.org.

La Cenerentola (Cinderella). Rossini’s tale of the young lady and the prince who rescues her sounds even more romantic in Italian (with English surtitles). $20-$275. Through Feb. 11 at the Wortham Center, Texas Ave. at Smith. Info/reservations: 713/228-OPERA, 800/62-OPERA, or www.HoustonGrandOpera.org.

Fat Pig. Neil LaBute’s play pits Tom against his shallow friends who find Tom’s overweight girlfriend, Helen, to be an abomination. Will Tom come to terms with his preconceptions of the pertinence of conventional beauty? $20-$25. Through March 3, 8pm (5 pm Sun., Feb. 18), at Theater LaB, 1706 Alamo St. Info/reservations: 713/868-7516 or www.theaterlabhouston.com.

Hitchcock Blonde. A jigsaw-puzzle of a mystery, the enigmatic story is as complex as the relationship between the man and woman who must unravel it. (Adult content, sexual situations, nudity, and smoking.) Feb. 23-Mar. 18 at The Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/228-8421 or www.alleytheatre.org.

Homebody/Kabul. The opening act of Tony Kushner’s eerily relevant play centers on the Homebody, a matronly British wife and mother in a monologue about alienation from her family and an enchanting foreign land. The remaining two acts are the story of the Homebody’s husband and daughter, who travel to Afghanistan in search of their lost matriarch. (Adult and sexual situations, strong language, graphic content.) $20-$35. Through Feb. 25 at Main Street Theater-Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/524-6706,
www.mainstreettheater.com, or www.ticketweb.com.

KIlling Game. In this unlikely comedy by Eugene Ionesco, a plague infests an entire city leaving it in danger of annihilation. Feb. 22-Mar. 31, 8 pm, at The Axiom, 2524 McKinney. Info/reservations: 713/522-8443 or www.infernalbridegroom.com.

Out at Sea and Charlie. Slawomir Mrozek’s two one-acts explore the absurdity of human behavior and interaction. In Charlie, a grandson takes his granddad to get a pair of glasses so he will know the man he wants to kill–Charlie. In Out at Sea, three shipwreck survivors campaign against being eaten by the other two. $10 (pay-what-you-can Sun., Feb. 18). Feb. 8-24, 8 pm, at Freneticore Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. Info/reservations: 832/283-0858, [email protected], or www.DosChicasTheaterCommune.com.

Subject to Fits: A Response to Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot.” The Russian Prince Myshkin, labeled an “idiot” by 19th-century society, is not feeble in any way, but is simply an epileptic. As he struggles to fit in, he crosses paths with a world of lunatics and a universe of black comedy befitting Dostoevsky’s writing. Tickets start at $19. Through Feb. 18 at Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage, 615 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/228-8421 or www.alleytheatre.org.

Swing! Jump, jive, and wail to an eclectic mix of Jive, Latin Swing, West Coast Swing, Hip-Hop Swing, and Country Western Swing. In addition to several original songs, the Tony Award-nominated show features such classic swing tunes as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and “Harlem Nocturne.” $29-$92. Through Feb. 11 at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby at Walker. Info/reservations: 713/558-8887 or www.tuts.com.

Twelve Angry Men. Twelve jurors. Twelve walks of life. Two choices. One sentence. Before these jurors can end their deliberation and decide the fate of a young man accused of killing his father, they must face their own demons. Starring Richard Thomas (The Waltons ‘ John Boy) and George Wendt (Cheers). $18-$61. Feb. 13-25 at Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby. Reservations: 713/629-3700, www.ticketmaster.com, or www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The Diary of Anne Frank. Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the true story of a young Jewish girl tucked away in an attic with two families in hiding from the Nazis is recommended for kids in the 5th grade and up. $11 for adults, $9 for kids/students. Feb. 1-17 (8 pm Thursdays and Saturdays, 4 pm Sundays) at Main Street Theater-Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/524-6706, www.mainstreet
theater.com, or www.ticketweb.com.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The four Pevensie children leave print and the big screen to return to the stage with this enchanting fantasy. $5. Feb. 16-18 (7:30 pm Fri., 3:30 pm Sat. and Sun.) at Main Street Theater-Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/524-6706, www.mainstreet
theater.com, or www.ticketweb.com.

Winnie the Pooh. Eeyore, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl join the little bear in his search for honey and adventure. Through Feb. 17 at the Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square. Tickets /info: 713/726-1219 or
www.companyonstage.org.

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RADIO

After Hours. Sunday mornings, 1-4 am. Featuring the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. KPFT 90.1 FM, 713/526-5738.

Queer Voices. Mondays, 8-10 pm. Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. KPFT 90.1 FM, 713/526-4000.

Reach Out in the Darkness. Houston’s only transgender radio host and her partner present selected music from the ’60s, played like it was in the ’60s, exclusively from vinyl pressings. Every Wednesday morning, 3-6 am, KPFT Pacifica radio (90.1 FM).

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ART/PHOTOGRAPHY

Black Holes. Nothing escapes them, not even light. Not even irony. Totally invisible, they hold the power of a million suns and devour entire stars without so much as an “Excuse me.” See this new film that explores the dark mystery of the Black Hole at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. Info: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org.

Blown Away. Art glass pervades the Hooks-Epstein Gallery with this contemporary exhibit combined with the permanent, ongoing showcase, Glass Gallery. Artists include Judith LaScola, Hank Adams, and Toots Zynski. Feb. 17-Mar. 17 at Hooks-Epstein Gallery, 2631 Colquitt. More info: 713/522-0718 or www.hooks
epsteingalleries.com.

Frogs! A Chorus of Colors. Since before the dawn of the dinosaur, frogs have hopped and crawled across the globe, developing characteristics more diverse than the cities of New York and San Fran combined. Find out which of these fascinating little critters are poisonous, tropical, and even cannibalistic. Through May 6 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. Info: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org.

Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Color. One of the 20th century’s most innovative artists, Oiticica refused to sell his work. As a result, the exhibit of this artist concerned with liberating color into space is quite extensive. Documentaries and films accompany approximately 220 of his works. Through April 1 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet St. Info: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Español: 713/639-7379, TDD/TYY for the hearing impaired, call 713/639-7390).

The Jews of Czestochowa: Coexistence/Holocaust Memory. The Polish city Czestochowa was home to roughly 40,000 Jews prior to WWII (about 1/3 of its population). There are currently fewer than 100 Jews who call Czestochowa home. This exhibit illustrates the vitality and contribution of the Jewish culture to this city prior to the war. 348 photos, artifacts, and videos document the impact of a culture now almost extinct in this Polish town. Free preview reception Feb. 15 at 6:30 pm. Free. Feb. 16-July 29 at the Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. Info: 713/942-8000 or www.hmh.org.

The Masterpieces of French Painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800-1920. Three canvasses by Matisse, six by Renoir, nine by Cézanne, and 114 more masterpieces make up an exhibit in which Houston will be the sole venue in the U.S. Hey, rest of America, feelin’ jealous? Feb. 4-May 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main St. Info: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Español: 713/639-7379).

David Novros. A contributor to the history of modern abstraction, Novros’ shaped monochromatic paintings are based on European frescos, mosaics, and cave paintings. Through Mar. 4 at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. More info: 713/525-9400 or www.menil.org.

Ornament as Art: Avante-Garde Jewelry. See what’s happening at the forefront of wearable art. Feb. 11-July 8 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet. Info: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Español: 713/639-7379).

Judy Pfaff: New Installtion. A pioneer of installation art, Pfaff works intuitively, improvising on-site, creating site-specific works. All that can be written about the installation is that in early January, Pfaff arrived in a truck full of raw materials, tool boxes, and welders, all from upstate New York. Free. Feb. 1-April 1 at the Rice Gallery, Sewall Hall, ground floor, off Campus Entrance 1 at Main and Sunset Blvd. More info: 713/348-5761 or www.ricegallery.org.

Robert Rauschenberg: Cardboards and Related Pieces. Dating between 1971 and 1974, Rauschenberg confined his media to the use of cardboard boxes, eliminating his imagery and reducing his palette to a near monochrome. The majority of these works have remained in the artist’s private collection, rarely on public view. Feb. 23-May 13 at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Info: 713/525-9400 or www.menil.org.

Sam Gilliam: A Retrospective. The first full-career survey of the important abstract artist Sam Gilliam and the most comprehensive presentation of his work to date, this retrospective highlights the scope of Gilliam’s constantly evolving aesthetic of exploration, risk, and invention. Over 40 paintings, mixed-media constructions, and installations from 1967 to the present demonstrate why the Dictionary of Art named him “the most prominent African American abstract painter.” Free. Through May 6 at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. Info: 713/284-8250 or www.camh.org.

Similar Differences. Sheila Klein and Kate Petley’s installation marks the first collaboration between the two artists. While both artists are known for site-specific works utilizing fabric, Kline creates soft forms; Petley hardens her forms with resins. Klein’s work has an architectural bent, Petley tends toward the atmospheric. Through March 2 at the Art League of Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. Info: 713-523-9530 or www.artleaguehouston.org.

The Target Collection of American Photography: A Century in Pictures. The evolution of photography is examined in this exhibition featuring significant works by prominent photographers of the 20th century. See works produced from 1877 to 1998 by such celebrated American photographers as Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Imogen Cunningham, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Joel Sternfeld, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Catherine Wagner, and Edward Weston. The diverse selection of about 90 photographs provides insight into the historical and creative uses of photography. Through Feb. 25, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet St. Info: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Español: 713/639-7379; TDD/TYY for the hearing impaired: 713/639-7390).

Through the Eyes of Children: The Rwanda Project. Stunning images of children from post-1994 genocide Rwanda are the subjects of a new photo exhibit. What is so unusual about the exhibit is that the photos were taken by children–survivors and orphans of the Rwandan genocide–most of whom never saw a camera before the project started. Free. Through Feb. 18 at Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline. For more information: 713/942-8000, www.hmh.org, or www.RwandaProject.org.

Yale Street Arts Market is an exciting Heights market created for local artists to display and sell original works of art. Local musicians entertain all day. It’s a mini art festival in the Heights! Every month on 1st Saturday. Now at 548 West 19th at Wind Water Gallery’s parking lot. Info: www.YaleStreetMarket.com. Be sure to visit The Artful Corner at 3423 White Oak Blvd., 713/426-4ART.

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Thomas Street Clinic (part of the Harris County Health Department) is offering HIV testing free to the public, Mon.-Fri. 9 am-1 pm. There is no need to establish eligibility (“gold-card”), no donation will be asked of the person seeking testing, and the test is free. Thomas Street Clinic, 2015 Thomas, 713/873-4157 or 713/873-4026.

The Montrose Clinic offers free confidential HIV testing at these locations:
Decades, 1205 Richmond, 713/521-2224, Mon. 6-10pm (Dennis);
EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 713/527-9071, Wed. & Fri. 10pm-1am (Rhonda & Lourdes);
Mary’s, Naturally, 1022 Westheimer, 713/527-9669, Wed. 4-8pm (Jack);
Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin, 713/522-2379, Tues. 9pm-1am (Carlos), Wed. 10pm-1am (Juan), Fri. 10pm-1am (Quincy);
Ripcord, 715 Fairview, 713/521-2792, Wed. 9pm-12am (Matthew);
Inergy/Mango Lounge, 5750 Chimney Rock, 713/660-7310, Mon. 9pm-12am (Carlos);
1415 Bar & Grill, 1415 California, 713/522-7066, Thurs. 9pm-12am (Carlos);
611 Hyde Park Pub, 611 Hyde Park, 713/526-7070, Tues. 3-7pm & Sun. 2-6pm (Matthew);
All Star News and Video Emporium, 3415 Katy Freeway & Studewood, 713/869-7878, Mon. & Thurs. 4-8pm (Jack);
Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos, 713/528-9192, Thurs. 8pm-12am (Matthew);
Cousin’s, 817 Fairview, 713/528-9204, Thurs. 8pm-12am (Jack);
Club Houston, 2205 Fannin, 713/659-4998, Tues. 8pm-12am (Dennis). For more info: 713/830-3000.

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.

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