Plus Hot Ticket: The latest world premiere from Tamarie Cooper.
HOT TICKET: 20 Love Songs
The latest world premiere from Tamarie Cooper takes the syrup–and the piss–out of the syrupy love story
Anyone 30 years old or older remembers Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live as Velvet Jones, hawking his romance novel, Kicked in the Butt by Love . That’s the kind of love story we need, not another candy-coated Sleepless in Seattle (sorry, Nora). Tamarie Cooper (of the Tamalalia empire) brings us her latest world premiere. This one takes an honest, eclectic, eccentric look at the multi-pronged tip of Cupid’s arrow. Rather than the ubiquitous boy-meets-girl drivel, these are vignettes dealing with the love of food, lust, desperation, obsessions with love, and the kind of love only a battery-operated tchotchke can deliver.
The multimedia blend of theater, dance, and music incorporates a rotating cast of performers and acts, so every night the show is unique. Walt Zipprian (who is openly gay) serves as emcee to what Cooper describes as “a true fusion of dance and theater.” Zipprian also performs in a few pieces, including one titled “Country Love” (“You can’t have a show about love and not include a country song,” says Cooper). A lover of all things epicurean, Cooper describes a vignette focused on greasy late-night pleasures. “The piece opens with Kyle [Sturdivant], eating a What-a Meal, sobbing, to the sounds of a sad Schubert piece… It gets very, very messy. Easy cheese anyone?” All the while, Cooper sings “Is That All There Is?”
Another piece of Zipprian’s tells the story of a drag party gone awry and “a heartbroken episode at the old Venture-N on Main Street. Can’t get much gayer than that.” Also, Cooper choreographed a story of heartbreak between two men.
But has Cooper ever been kicked in the butt by love? Yes indeed. “My first boyfriend and I were together for eight years from the time I was 15 to 22 years old. It was one constant non-stop drama fest. I cried ALL the time,” she admits. “He cheated on me with my best friend. I cheated on him with his best friend. I was totally insecure and in a constant state of nausea and despair.” And yes, this tale of amour d’horreur is in the show.
The What: 20 Love Songs
The Where: The Axiom, 2524 McKinney at Live Oak.
The When: May 3-June 16, 8 pm
The How: 713/522-8443 or www.infernalbridegroom.com
In the Mood[afaruka]. As part of the 19th Street Spring Fling, Wind Water Gallery hosts a free concert in its parking lot with Moodafaruka, a multiculturally influenced band. The group mixes Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Western motifs. Wind Water Gallery specializes in pan-Asian antiques and home décor. Free. 7 pm at Wind Water Gallery, 548 W. 19th St. (Spring Fling 4-6 pm.) Info: 713/426-4885, www.windwatergallery.com, or www.moodafaruka.com.
Bayou City Crawfish Festival. Cajun, Zydeco, and Texas country music, arts and crafts, a mechanical bull, and steamin’ piles of crawfish; what Texa-Cajun could ask for more? Benefits Texas Equu Search. Friday 4:30-10:30pm, Saturday noon-10:30pm, and Sunday noon-6:30pm at Hermann Square/Reflection Pond at City Hall, 901 Bagby. Info: www.bayoucitycrawfishfestival.com.
OUTstanding Mystery. Gay Canadian sleuth Russell Quant returns to the page with Anthony Bidulka’s latest work, Stain of the Berry: A Russell Quant Mystery . The award-winning writer will read from his novel set in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and throughout the globe. 6 pm at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. (Writer Caro Soles will be at Murder by the Book at the same time.) More information: 713/524-8597 or www.anthonybidulka.com.
These Are a Few of Our Favorite Songs. The Houston Pride Band presents its final concert of the season, “Our Favorite Things.” Artistic director Jason Stephens polled band members for their favorite arrangements and assembled a program ranging from Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine” to “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, with a little Leonard Bernstein thrown in just because (how can you go wrong with Bernstein?). $10. 7:30 pm at Resurrection MCC, 2025 W. 11th St. More information: 832/265-3346 or www.houstonprideband.org.
An Eye for an Eye, A Smile for a Smile. The nonprofit “Give Back a Smile” program offers direct assistance, in the form of cosmetic dentistry, to survivors of domestic violence. This silent auction and fundraiser benefits the program. Have a drink, meet other altruists, bid on a few finds, and give someone else a reason to smile. 5:30-7:30 pm at LifeSmiles, 1722 W. Alabama. More information: 713/592-9300, [email protected], or www.aacd.com/foundation/index.asp.
Friends for Life presents its third annual fundraiser,
“An Evening with Athena and Friends,” to protect homeless animals in the Houston area. Come for the cocktail reception, stay for the silent auction. $125 per person. Cocktail attire. 7-9:30 pm at Café Annie, 1728 Post Oak. Info/reservations: 713/861-9500, Athena @adoptfriends4life.org, or www.adoptfriends4life.org.
The Mandalay Experience maps your individual journey through five elements: water (form), earth (feeling/sensation), fire (perception/recognition), air (intellect/formation or concept), and space (consciousness). Presented by Anke Nowicki, this program reveals your relationship with each element and is a tool for insight and liberation, a direct encounter with your limitations. 9 am-5 pm at The Houston Tibetan Buddhist Center, Dawn Mountain, 1925 Richmond. $125. To register: 615/500-7637. More info: www.ankenowicki.com.
Summer Kick-Off Fun Run. Take part in a 5K run, a 3K walk, or a 1K kids’ run. Proceeds benefit scholarships through the James Glenn Foundation. Begins at 7 am at Clear Creek High School, League City. Info: www.jamesglennrun.com.
Snappy Design. The Rice Design Alliance (RDA), in collaboration with Lawndale Art Center, invites Houston design professionals to participate in Snapshot ’07, an open-call exhibition. The show provides an opportunity to view the wide variety of realized and unrealized projects designed in Houston. Look for photos taken by many gay Houstonians, including Christopher Olivier. Free. May 18-June 16 at Lawndale, 4912 Main St. Info: 713/528-5858 or www.LawndaleArtCenter.org.
If It Ain’t Baroque, It Just Might Be Classical. A first, Mercury Baroque presents an all-classical musical performance. Works include Haydn’s Symphony No. 26 Lamentations , Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D , and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 . $18-$42. 8 pm at the Wortham Center, Texas at Smith. Info/reservations: 832/251-0706 or www.MercuryBaroque.org.
19 & 20 (Sat. & Sun.)
Houston Black Expo. The largest African-American tradeshow in the state of Texas brings you the best that the African-American culture has to offer. Hundreds of businesses display and sell their wares, ranging from health and beauty supplies to clothing to financial and real estate services. At the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. More information: 832/200-0540 or www.houstonblackexpo.com.
Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers. This week-long program introduces university students preparing to become educators to the history and lessons of the Holocaust. This prestigious program is by application only. 9 am-5 pm in the Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Classroom of the Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. For applications and more information: 713-942-8000, extension 123, [email protected], or www.hmh.org.
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]
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.
The D Word (Dinner). Come for a meal, stay for the camaraderie. The Lesbian Dinner Group welcomes womyn to build new friendships, enjoy conversation, network, and have a few laughs over an appetizing repast. Singles and couples welcome. The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 7:30 pm, at Café Express, 1422 West Gray. More information: [email protected].
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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June 2 (Sat.)
22nd Annual Fun Run. The Heights Fun Run gathers folks for fitness and festivity. Post-race party is at Marmion Park with food, juice, music, awards, and door prizes. First event begins 7:30 am at Heights Blvd. at 18th St. Information, reservations, and entry fee schedule: 713/861-4002 option 4, www.signmeupsports.com, or www.houstonheights.org.
June 2 & 3 (Sat. & Sun.)
Galveston Antique Weekend. Galveston Antique Dealers’ Association and the Moody Mansion invite you to shop the city’s 18 antique stores, see the special exhibits in each shop, and enter to win a grand prize package. The Moody Mansion’s new exhibit, “The House on Tremont Street,” includes a free lecture and reception. Shop Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; drawing for grand prize Sunday, 5 pm; Moody Mansion exhibit and reception Saturday, 5-7 pm. More info: 409/770-7360, www.AntiqueGalveston.com, [email protected]
July 18-22 (Wed.-Sun.)
Tales of the Cocktail. Join the country’s hottest chefs, authors, bartenders, and cocktail experts for this culinary and libation festival in New Orleans. Enjoy spirited dinners, seminars, cocktail hour, cocktail luncheons, walking tours of the French Quarter, and classic and contemporary cocktail parties in the city known for its deliciously devastating drinks. A bit of advice learned from N.O. revelers: Get rid of the straw; it promotes faster consumption. $15 for wristband access to two parties, $485 for multi-event pass. In the French Quarter. More information/reservations: www.TalesoftheCocktail.com.
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Capote Tonight. Lizzie Putnam has inherited her aunt’s lake house. While cleaning out the attic, she and her ex-boyfriend find an old trunk containing a journal written by Truman Capote. Within are story lines and drafts, details of the Black and White Ball, and accounts of his enemies, friends, and lovers. $15, $12 for seniors and students. May 17-27, 8 pm (Sundays at 3 pm), at Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall. Info/reservations: 713/682-5044 or www.expresstheatre.com.
Chacona: Dancing in the Shadows of the Cross. Ex Umbris travels across the soundscape of secular music of Spain during the time of the Inquisition. $30, $25 for seniors, and $10 for students. May 12, 8 pm, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman at Caroline. (preconcert talk at 7 pm). Info/reservations: 713/432-1744, www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org.
The Clean House. Susan Ruhl’s eye-opening comedy-drama about Brazilian housekeeper Mathilde demonstrates how one can overlook household dirt in favor of unearthing a neglected heart. Tickets start at $19. Through May 27 at the Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage, 615 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/228-8421 or www.alleytheatre.org.
The Cunning Little Vixen. The premiere of Janácek’s opera, considered one of the 20th century’s most indispensable operatic works, juxtaposes the lives of a fox and her cubs with those of a forester and his friends. Tickets start at $20. May 4-12 at the Wortham Center, Texas at Smith. Info/reservations: 713/228-6737, 800/626-7372, or www.houstongrandopera.org.
Debbie Does Dallas. The notorious film from 1978 is now a camp musical. If high schooler Debbie Benton is going to become a Dallas cowgirl cheerleader, she must first scrape up the bus fare to get to the Big D. But how can she get the money together? May 3-June 10, 8 pm (Sunday, June 3 at 5 pm), at Theater LaB, 1706 Alamo St. Info/reservations: 713/868-7516 or www.theaterlabhouston.com.
Design for Living. Noël Coward’s tumultuous tale of a bizarre love triangle follows a painter, a decorator, and a writer from Paris to London to New York to madness. Thought the three drive each other crazy, they’re crazier when they’re apart. $10-$35 (pay-what-you-can May 13, $5 minimum). May 5-June 3 (showtimes vary) at Main Street Theater-Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/524-6706, www.ticketweb.com, or www.mainstreettheater.com.
Gershwin’s An American in Paris. America’s most popular 20th-century songwriter was no slouch at classical compositions, either. $25-$99. May 17, 19, and 20.
8 pm Thursday and Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday, at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. Tickets: 713/224-7575 or www.houstonsymphony.org.
I Am My Own Wife. The regional premiere of this solo show by Pulitzer Prize-winner Doug Wright explores the extraordinary true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an East Berlin transvestite. Openly gay and perpetually and unapologetically in drag, she successfully held leadership positions in both the Nazi and Communist regimes. $26-$40. Through May 10 at Stages Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. Info/reservations: 713/527-0123 or www.stagestheatre.com.
It Could Be Any One of Us. An eccentric family struggles over a will in this comedy. That night, a murder is committed, but whodunit? $14, $12 for seniors, $10 for students. May 4-June 9, 8pm, at the Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square. Info/reservations: 713/726-1219 or www.companyonstage.org.
Lou Tells a Big One. The Fertle family is in financial crisis. Someone in town has won the lottery, Uncle Al is opening a honky tonk, and Lou is in a heap-o-trouble. $20. Through May 12, Thursdays at 8:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and 10:30 pm, at Radio Music Theatre, 2623 Colquitt. Infor/reservations: 713/522-7722 or www.radiomusictheatre.com.
The Lower Depths. Maxim Gorky subtitled his play “Scenes from a Russian Life,” which came to be considered the hallmark of Russian Socialist Realism. $10 (pay-what-you-want May 3 and 10). May 3-19, 8 pm, at Freneticore Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. Info/reservations: 832/283-0858, [email protected], or www.DosChicasTheaterCommune.com.
Monty Python’s Spamalot. Finally, nerds and devotees of musical have a common ground. The satirical six’s campy cult hit movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail is now a campy cult hit musical. The knights of Camelot wouldn’t hear Tim the Enchanter’s warning about the deadly killer rabbit. Will they take heed if he sings his cautions? $27.25-$77.25. May 21-June 17 (GLBT-focused [email protected] performance May 24) at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. Info/reservations: 713/558-TUTS, 888/558-3882, or www.tuts.com.
Treasure Island. In the world premiere of this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Jim Hawkins races against time and the wits of treacherous pirates to find hidden treasure. Tickets start at $19. May 19-June 17 at Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/228-8421 or www.alleytheatre.org.
Zero Hour. Another one-person regional premiere at Stages, Jim Brochu’s tribute to brilliant comedic actor Zero Mostel finds a naïve reporter interviewing the volatile actor. In addition to all sorts of mad humor and juicy behind-the-scenes stories, Mostel uncovers his difficult struggle on McCarthy’s blacklist. $26-$40. April 20-May 13 at Stages Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. Information and reservations: 713/527-0123 or www.stagestheatre.com.
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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Hansel and Gretel. Produced by Houston Grand Opera, this inventive production of the fairy-tale opera by Engelbert Humperdinck brings the story, and giant puppets, to life. Free (free reserved covered seats available day of show). May 18-19, 7:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr. in Hermann Park. Info/reservations: www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.
Kids Play: Sweet Home Suites. Kids Play is a year-long multi-media dance, video, and theater program for “at-risk” youth. Using the medium of art, music, and theater, Kids Play engages children and youth in an expressive art experience. Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, 7 pm, at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy off Main at Naylor. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Judy Blume’s charming story is adapted for the stage. Peter’s little brother, Fudge, makes him feel like a zero. How do you cope with a two-year-old brother who doesn’t just steal the spotlight, but has taken it hostage? $11, $9 for kids over 3. Through May 18, Saturdays at 10:30 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm, at Main Street Theater-Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/524-6706, www.mainstreettheater.com, or www.ticketweb.com.
The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy’s still not in Kansas. Who’d want to leave if it meant abandoning those gorgeous ruby reds. $7. May 5-June 9, 11 am 1:30 pm Saturdays, at the Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square. Info/reservations: 713/726-1219 or www.companyonstage.org.
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After Hours. Sunday mornings, 1-4 am. Featuring the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. KPFT 90.1 FM, 713/526-5738.
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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18 and Under. The Houston Center for Photography showcases its fourth chapter of Collaborations with this exhibition themed Identity/Façade, collectively planned and executed by high school photography students from the Houston area. Participating schools are The Kinkaid School, HSPVA, St. John’s School, Bellaire High School, Jack Yates High School, Lamar High School, and Jersey Village High School. Through June 3 at the Houston Center for Photography, 1441 West Alabama. More info: 713/529-4755 or www.hcponline.org.
Andy Warhol: Three Houston Women. One of the art world’s most colorful, memorable (and openly gay) figures, Warhol created portraits of three women who had a profound effect on the role of modern art in Houston: Dominique de Menil, Jermayne MacAgy, and Caroline Weiss Law. The exhibit is part of the year-long observation of the Menil Collection’s 20th anniversary. Through July 8 at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Information: 713/525-9400 or www.menil.org.
Antennae. Three-dimensional installations, video, and cell phone imagery take their place among more than 25 lens-based works. The subject matter of these 10 artists and collaborative teams varies from political to playful. Through June 3 at Houston Center for Photography, 1441 West Alabama in the Museum District of Houston. More info: 713/529-4755 or www.hcponline.org.
Art Car Weekend. Art revs its engines, screeching out of the studio and into the streets. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the globe visit for an eyeful. Go to the parade and marvel at how many languages you hear whilst you wonder at an endless variety of curiosities on wheels. May 11-13, various locations and times. The 20th annual parade begins May 12, 1 pm, at Allen Pkwy. Info/updates: www.OrangeShow.org.
Art for Profit: Rice Student Art Exhibition 44. Works of graduating visual arts students have been selected by guest curators The Art Guys. Also on view: undergraduate works selected by department faculty. Free. Through May 13 at the Rice Gallery, ground floor of Sewall Hall off Entrance 1 at Main St. and Sunset Blvd. Info: 713/348-5761 or www.ricegallery.org.
CYP17. André Gingras, recognized as one of the most important young dance makers in the Netherlands, turns in a solo dance and video performance that asks what our lives will be like after gene manipulation, super athletes, and alien pregnancies. May 11 and 12, 8 pm, at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy off Main at Naylor. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.
Expansive Link. The result of an international collaboration between DiverseWorks and Braga Menendez Arte Contemporaneo (Buenos Aires), the exhibit features works by a carefully chosen lineup of emerging Argentine artists with strong ties to pop and surrealism. May 10-June 23 (opening reception May 10, 6-8 pm) at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy off Main at Naylor. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.
The Future of Life. Global conservation and “biodiversity hotspots” around the planet are highlighted and celebrated in this photographic exhibit in collaboration with FotoFest. May 16-June 30 at One & Two Allen Center, 500 Dallas Ave. Info: www.bg-group.com/about/sponsorship.htm or www.conservation.org.
The Great Wall of China: Photographs by Chen Changfen. The first U.S. exhibition of work by this Chinese photographer who devoted 30 years of his life to exploring and photographing the Great Wall is reminiscent of the long-term projects undertaken by Ansel Adams in Yosemite and Alfred Stieglitz at Lake George. $7, $3.50 for kids 6-18. Through August 12 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 5601 Main St. Info: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Español: 713/639-7379, TDD/TYY for the hearing impaired: call 713/639-7390).
Imperial Rome. What began as a small village on the Tiber River grew into an enormous empire that dominated the politics, economy, and culture of the known world from 27 B.C. to the middle of the fourth century A.D. Meet the emperors, visit the homes, shudder at their once-fearful military. $15. Through July 29 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. More info: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org (en Español: 713/639-4603).
The Last Supper. In the state that leads the nation in capital punishment, this exhibit by Julie Green has a pertinent significance. Hundreds of china plates depict the last meals of death-row inmates in the U.S. May 10-June 23 (opening reception May 10, 6-8 pm) at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy off Main at Naylor. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.
Mom’s Favorite Watercolors. Buy Mumsy some art to reflect her inner beauty. Styles range from abstract to realistic, just like the world’s mothers’ outlooks on life. May 11-June 1 (opening reception May 11, 6-8 pm ) at the WAS-H Gallery, 1601 West Alabama. Info: 713-942-9966 or www.watercolorhouston.org.
Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust. Forced to flee their homeland during the Nazi regime, many Jews became “stateless refugees,” denied entry into most countries. Shanghai was one of the few places that stateless Jews could disembark without passports or visas. As a result, Shanghai became a refuge to thousands of Jews. The exhibit presents the complex Jewish community in Shanghai that resulted from this emigration. Free. Through July 22 at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Central Gallery, 5401 Caroline. Info: 713/942-8000 or www.hmh.org.
Slant 7: Bold Asian American Images. Emerging Asian American filmmakers showcase is an eclectic blend of celluloid. $6. May 19, 8 pm, and 20, 3 pm, at Aurora Picture Show, 800 Aurora St. Info: 713/868-2101 or www.aurorapictureshow.org.
Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston: Who We Are. An installation of photographs and audiostories features Houston-based evacuees and survivors of the hurricanes, with photographs by Alice McNamara. May 8-June 15 (opening reception May 8, 6-8 pm) at Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. Info: 713/523-9530 or www.artleaguehouston.org.
The Temptations of Flora: Jan van Huysum (1682-1749). The first large-scale exhibition devoted to Huysum’s work exemplifies the realism with which he painted elaborate floral and fruit arrangements. The exhibition provides a comprehensive view of the artist’s lifework, and features approximately 50 paintings. $7, free Thursdays. Through May 20 at the MFA’s Beck Building, 5601 Main Street.
More info: 713/639-7750 or www.mfah.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 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.
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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