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Calendar: November 2007

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Day-By-Day Events, Performance, Performance for Young People, Radio, Art/Photography, HIV Testing.

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

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Spotlight: Postcards from the pets
Legendary author Rita Mae Brown visits with Ernie Manouse on ‘InnerVIEWS’

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Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie

A frequent winner of OutSmart ‘s “Best TV Guy” kudo, Ernie Manouse brings his award-winning interview show, InnerVIEWS , back to Houston Public Broadcasting Station, KUHT Channel 8 for a fifth season. • Currently airing on more than 80 PBS stations nationwide, InnerVIEWS is the “24th most aired interview program on American TV,” according to BackChannel Media. It returns November 1 at 10 p.m., an earlier timeslot from previous seasons. • Of particular interest to OutSmart readers, Manouse chats with acclaimed lesbian author Rita Mae Brown on November 22. • Though Brown was instrumental in the civil rights, gay rights, and the feminist movements of the ’60s and ’70s, eventually her literary attention turned to mysteries. Following the 1973 release of her landmark novel Rubyfruit Jungle , Brown cleverly skirted a writers’ strike by writing the mystery series using the voice (and paws?) of her beloved cat, Sneaky Pie. • “Sneaky Pie said we should write mysteries. I resisted, but her common sense won me over,” she told Bookreporter.com. • InnerVIEW -ees in upcoming segments include singer/songwriter Martina McBride, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, old-timey radio guy Garrison Keillor, Food Network staple Paula Deen, and others. • Details: www.houstonpbs.org. — Nancy Ford

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Houston Chamber Choir present Christmas at the Villa de Matel.

Spotlight: LOOKING AHEAD  
Houston Chamber Choir and Parker Elementary School Advanced Chorus presents Christmas at the Villa de Matel , a Houston holiday tradition that combines joyous music with visual beauty. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9, 3:30 p.m., Chapel of the Villa de Matel, 6510 Lawndale Ave. Details: 713/974-1253, www.houstonchamberchoir.org.   — N.F.

Spotlight: NEED A GOOD SQUEEZE?  
There may be a few complimentary mammogram appointments left at the Nov. 3 Lesbian Health Initiative Rainbow Health Fair for GLBT Women. Call 713/426-3356 to schedule your appointment. Also available: free Well Woman exam certificates, cholesterol, blood glucose test, and A1C diabetic testing; blood typing; oral cancer screening; and more. 8:15 a.m.–3 p.m. Legacy Community Health Services, 215 Westheimer. Details: www.lhihouston.org. — N.F.

Spotlight: GOOD WORK IS ITS OWN REWARD  
The Houston GLBT Political Caucus needs volunteers to keep its database up-to-date—and not just in elections month. Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 1915 Commonwealth, Suite 104. Details: [email protected] • 713/521-1000. — N.F.

Spotlight: MONDAY MUSIC  
OK, he wasn’t gay (that we know of), but Irving Berlin was one of the most prolific American songwriters in history, writing over 3,000 songs, many of which have become cultural icons that have left indelible memories on generations of Americans. Adding some memories of their own, Bayou City Musical Concerts presents Memories of Irving Berlin on Nov. 5, 12, and 19, 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main. $20. Details: 713/465-6484, www.bayoucityconcertmusicals.org. — N.F.

Spotlight: AS SEEN ON TV  
At its November 7 meeting, Houston GLBT Political Caucus presents Richard Murray, frequent pundit on local TV news at election time and director of the University of Houston Center for Public Policy. 6:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama. Details: www.hglbtpc.org or 713/521-1000. — N.F.

Spotlight: SEEKING THE NEXT PAVAROTTI  
Opera in the Heights is holding auditions for its 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons in all voice categories. For an appointment, submit résumé and photo to Laurie Hewett, at [email protected]heights.org. There is a $30 audition fee. Dec. 1–2, Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. Details: 713/861-5303. — N.F.

Spotlight: HONORING THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED ON, THE LATINO WAY  
Lawndale Art Center continues its 20th annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos through November 7, capped with the Family Day Fiesta, featuring live performances, children’s art activities, and refreshments. November 3, 12–4 p.m. 4912 Main. Details: 713/528-5858, www.lawndaleartcenter.org. — N.F.

Spotlight: LOOKING AHEAD II  
Joining forces with the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church worship team, the Houston Pride Band continues its 30th season with the appropriately titled holiday concert, Celebrate the Season. Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Resurrection MCC, 2025 W. 11th St. Details: 713/862-9491. — N.F.

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November DAY BY DAY
(see also October Weekly and Monthly)

8 (Thur.)

Fighting AIDS with Art. Mukuru “Art for AIDS” continues with its “Art for Life” exhibit and silent auction. Established and emerging artists contribute to this outstanding effort. $50 advance, $60 at the door. 7–9 pm at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, 2501 Sunset Blvd. Information/reservations: 713/623-6796, ext. 278 or www.mukuru.org.

8 (Thur.)

Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon. Join the Holocaust Museum Houston for this annual luncheon honoring philanthropists Sue and Lester Smith. 11:30 am at the Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 W. Alabama. More information: 713-942-8000, ext. 104 or [email protected]

8 (Thurs.)

Psychics and Yellow Ribbons. Dian Peters, self-proclaimed “reluctant medium for the fallen,” leads the event, “Keeping the Light On: An Evening of Prayer and Letter Writing.” Peters intuitively answers personal questions for those who have died in the war, like a medium for deceased soldiers. Bring items for a care package for a Texas unit in Iraq. Benefits Project: Keep the Light On. $10. 7–9 pm in the auditorium at Centerpoint Project, 1920 Hollister Rd. More information: www.lightkeepersword.com or www.projectkeepthelighton.com.

9 (Fri.)

Conversations about God. Rev. Kelly Sullivan presents this lecture regarding how parents can build an open dialogue with their kids about God. Free. 9:45–11:15 am at St. Paul’s Church, 5501 Main St. Reservations and childcare arrangements (must be made by November 7, noon): 713/528-6779.

10 (Sat.)

More, More, Morrissey! The ongoing, hip, and popular monthly dance fest continues. This month’s installment of danseparc — a mix of new wave, punk and post-punk, electro-pop, indie rock, and more — themed “November Spawned a Monster,” is a tribute to the teen angst icon, the “is-he-or-isn’t-he?” Morrissey. Got a pompadour and lantern jaw? Dress accordingly for the look-alike contest and show off your best lyrical moaning. Hosted by DJ’s Michael, Shoe (openly gay), and Stacey (also openly gay). $3 before 11 pm, $5 after 11 pm. 9:30 pm at #s Nightclub, 300 Westheimer. More information: www.myspace.com/danseparc.

10 (Sat.)

Art Doggie. Humorous artists Jeff Leedy and Jim Tweedy join forces with Hollywood Frame Gallery to promote the rescue of golden retrievers. Their combined show, “Laughter Is Golden! The Leedy and Tweedy Show,” kicks off with an evening of fun activities. There’s a joke contest, a buffet with accompanying wines, door prizes, a “Going for the Gold” dress contest, an auction, raffles, and more. $10 for raffle tickets (available online at www.gbgrr.org/Raffle%20Tickets.pdf). 6–9 pm at Hollywood Frame Gallery, 2427 Bissonnet. More information: 713/942-8885, www.hollywoodframegallery.com, or www.gbgrr.org.

10 (Sat.)

Light it Up, Baby. Famed Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan joins student ice skaters in kicking off the holiday season with “Cadillac Ice Spectacular,” the 19th annual tree lighting at The Galleria. A 55-foot Christmas tree lights up the rink and the mall with 100.000 lights. The half-hour show will include Santa Claus and other festivities. Free. 6 pm at The Galleria’s Polar Ice Skating Center, 5015 Westheimer. More information: 713/622.0663.

11 (Sun.)

UBS in the USA. Houston is one of only four stops for the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra’s 17-day international tour. Argentinean pianist and three-time Grammy Award-winner Martha Argerich joins the youth ensemble for a night of amazing music. FYI: The UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra is the only international training orchestra to place no geographical limitations on membership, and boasts 100 musicians, ages 17 to 29 from some 30 countries. $25–$90. 8 pm at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. Information and reservations: 713/224-7575 or www.houstonsymphony.org.

12 (Mon.)

Come On, Feel the Angst. Poets Elizabeth Alexander and Taha Muhammad Ali write poetry regarding, among other subjects, the challenges of African-Americans and the Arab-Israeli experience, respectively. Tickets available at door only. 7:30 pm at the Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage, 615 Texas Ave. More information: 713/521-2026 or www.inprinthouston.org.

13 (Tues.)

Architecturally Historical Like a Fox. Architecture historian Stephen Fox lectures on architect John F. Staub. Afterward, Fox signs copies of his new book, The Country Houses of John F. Staub. Staub designed many significant homes in a number of Houston communities, including River Oaks. Among them are Bayou Bend and Rienzi. Bayou Bend was built for Ima Hogg and her two brothers, and it contains a unique collection of Americana. Rienzi was designed for the Mastersons and houses the MFAH’s collection of European decorative arts. Free. 7 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St.

13 (Tues.)

Helping Children Develop Self-Control. Dr. Myron Friedman, director of psychological services at Edu-Clinic, Inc., leads this lecture offering techniques that foster a child’s ability to gain self-control. Free. Childcare is available for those attending who make reservations by noon, Monday, November 9, by calling 713/528-6779. 9:45–11:15 am at St. Paul’s Church, 5501 Main St.

15 (Thurs.)

It’s Only a Paper Moon. Katherine Kuster, outreach coordinator for the Rice Gallery, speaks on Kirsten Hassenfeld’s installation in the gallery, Dans la Lune (in the Moon). Hassenfeld’s work is an intricate display of cut and folded paper sculpture. Free. Installation on view through December 9 at Rice Gallery, Sewall Hall off Campus Entrance 1 at Main and Sunset Blvd. More information: 713/348-6069 or www.ricegallery.org.

16 (Fri.)

Beaujolais Bacchanalia. The 24th Annual Beaujolais Wine and Food Festival celebrates the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine every third week of November. This year, Beaujolais Villages and Crus share the limelight, or is that winelight? Over 20 restaurants contribute buffets. Add to that a silent auction of luxury items and live music. $50 advance (till Nov. 15), $60 at the door; price includes wine and food. 7–10 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana St. Info/reservations: 713/960-0575, [email protected], or www.facchouston.com.

17 (Sat.)

Tart Up a Tree. The Alley’s first “Christmas Carol Deck the Trees Celebration” offers festivities for the whole family. Get some inspiration from the many ornate Christmas trees bejeweling the lobby. The holiday whiz-bang includes games, food, and a Dickens character meet-n-greet. Free. Time TBA. At The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. More information: www.alleytheatre.org.

17 & 18 (Sat. & Sun.)

So Coloriful. The second annual Via Colori street painting festival brightens downtown Houston. Via Colori is a modern variation of a Renaissance art form in which disabled veterans would paint pictures directly on the pavement. Benefits The Center for Hearing and Speech (CHS). Free. Nov. 17, 10 am–6 pm, and Nov. 18, 10 am–
5 pm, at Sam Houston Park, downtown, Bagby and Allen Parkway. More info: www.HoustonViaColori.com, or for info on CHS: 713/523-3633 or www.centerhearingandspeech.org.  

23–25 (Fri.–Sun.)

We Wish Ye a Merry Olde Christmas. With turkey and trimmings still festering in your belly, why not grab another drumstick, or a sausage on a stick, fried mushrooms on a stick, or a leather flagon of lager (on a stick?) at the RenFest? Quirky costumed Yuletide goings-on fill this three-day weekend, including a scavenger hunt, hot spiced meal, and Father Christmas. (Please let him be on a stick.) $18 advance, $21 at the gate, $8 for kids in advance, $10 at the gate. 9 am–dusk, Plantersville, Texas. More information (and directions): 800/458-3435 or www.TexRenFest.com.

30–Dec. 2 (Fri.–Sun.)

Houses and Shopping, but not House Shopping. The Historic Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour & Market has themed this year’s festivities “Christmas Past and Present.” Five fabulous homes open their doors to be toured. Artists, craftsmen, and merchants sell all forms of knick-knacks and goodies. $17 advance, $20 day of event (or $5 per home). Friday 6–9 pm, Saturday 10 am–6 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm, at Heights Fire Station, 107 W. 12th St. at Yale. Info/reservations: 713/861-4002 (option 7) or www.houstonheights.org.

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 (Sundays)

Liberal Bible 101. If you’ve had enough of biblical quotes hurled your way without any form of theological reply, this is the discussion group for you. Resident scholar Laura Emerson teaches biblical literacy from a liberal point of view. Each class addresses a singular point, covering the Old Testament this Fall and the New in the Spring. This month’s discussion: the three versions of the Ten Commandments. Third Sunday of each month (the 18th this month), 10–11 am, at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Dr. Info: 713/782-8250 or (for curriculum/suggested readings) www.emersonhouston.org/about/adultEd.html.

Weekly (Sundays)

KPFT 90.1 Fall Concert Series. Celebrate the melodious melting pot of Houston with an eclectic mix of music. Listen to 90.1FM for details about this show on Miller Outdoor’s small stage. Free. 4 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. More information: www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.

Semi-monthly (Wednesdays)

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].

Monthly (Saturdays)

Second Saturdays at Winter St. Studios. It’s open-door policy at Winter St. Studios every second Saturday of the month (this month July 14). This is a great way to meet and hang with the varied artists working in many different media and styles in their studios. Participating artists have a large red dot on or near the door of their studio. All are welcome between 1 and 6 pm. At Winter St. Studios, 2101 Winter St. More information: 713/862-0082 or www.winterstreetstudios.net.

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.

Monthly (Wednesdays)

The Wortham Brass Quintet. As part of Da Camera’s A Little Day Music first Wednesday of the month series, the Quintet performs whilst hungry downtown denizens munch their lunch. A ticket drawing for an upcoming Da Camera show serves as an added reward to the respite of the afternoon delight, er, music. Free. Wednesday, December 5, noon, in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Theater Center, Texas at Smith. More information: www.dacamera.com.

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PLANNING AHEAD

Dec. 1 & 2 (Sat. & Sun.)

Dickens on The Strand. Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) invites the public to ring in the Christmas season in Victorian style. The entire area transforms into a cavalcade of goings-on inspired by “A Christmas Carol” with parades, entertainers, musicians, and, of course, old-London-inspired food. $9 for adults, $4 for kids 7–12 in advance; $12 for adults, $6 for kids 7–12 day of event. Dec. 1, 10 am–9 pm and Dec. 2, 10 am–6 pm, at The Strand National Historic Landmark District, Galveston. Info/reservations: 877/772-5425, www.galvestonhistory.org, or www.dickensonthestrand.org.

  Dec. 1, 8, & 15 (Sat.)

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Sophie is whisked away from her orphanage home in the middle of the night. From there, it’s nothing but mad adventure with an amiable giant. But, like pudding in Mom’s cake, there’s peril in the mix. Will Sophie learn the value of friendship and the deficit of selfishness? Recommended for pre-kindergarten and up and their families. $9 for kids and students, $11 for adults. At Main Street Theater–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/524-6706, www.mainstreettheater.com, or www.ticketweb.com.

Dec. 4 (Tues.)

Notes on Painters: Celebrating The Menil Collection. The Menil and Da Camera mark their mutual 20th anniversaries with a program of diverse music from a wide range of 20th-century composers inspired by artists represented in The Menil. Musical works include Paul Dessau, John Cage, and John Zorn. $30 (half off for students and seniors). 7:30 pm at The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Info/reservations: 713/524-5050 or www.dacamera.com.

Dec. 8–16 (Sat. & Sun.)

The Christmas Revels. Revels Houston relives the seasonal celebrations of America’s founding cultures. Among other items on the roster are a Native American storyteller, the songs and dances of the “Shaking Quakers,” and the holiday festival of the Caribbean Jonkonnu. $18–$30, half off for kids 15 and under. Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 8 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm, at Moores Opera House, University of Houston, Entrance 16, Cullen Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/668-3303, 713/669-9528, or www.revelshouston.org.

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PERFORMING ARTS

A Bay Area Christmas Carol. Dickens gets a makeover and a present-day setting. $14, $12 for seniors and students. Nov. 30–Dec. 16 at Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Rd. in the Nassau Bay Shopping Village. Reservations/info: 281/335-5228 or www.clearcreekcountrytheatre.org.

A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas. Scrooge your brains out with the Alley’s spectacle-centered treatment of Dickens’ Christmas classic. Tickets start at $38. Nov. 20–Dec. 29 at The Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/228-8421 or www.alleytheatre.org.

Beethoven and Beyond. The Houston Chamber Orchestra presents Ludwig van Beethoven’s Romance in F Major from the Classical era; Carl Maria von Weber’s Concerto for Clarinet in E Flat from the Romantic era; and from the Modern era, Paul Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher for Viola and Orchestra. Beyond that are the works of Walton and Bartok. $50, students $10, seniors $40. Nov. 26, 7:30 pm, at Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby. Info/reservations: 713/315-2525 or www.UniquelyHouston.org.

Claude Wampler—PERFORMANCE (career ender).   New York-based visual and performance artist Claude Wampler returns with her latest work. The piece marks the completion of her 10-year cycle of creating experimental artworks that call attention to the viewers’ role as audience. Nov. 9–Dec. 15 at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.

ComedySportz. The interactive improvisational comedy group celebrates its 17th anniversary with a benefit for Texas Children’s Hospital. The performance showcases all members of the current ComedySportz troupe as well as former ComedySportz players from all over the country. A silent auction will also be held that evening, beginning at 7:30 pm. $14. Nov. 10, 8 pm, at The ComedySportz Arena, 901 Town & Country Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/868-1444, www.comedysportzhouston.com, and www.tchvision2010.org/.

It’s A Wonderful Life. TUTS rings in the holidays with a staged rendition of Frank Capra’s popular 1946 Yuletide film. See the story live instead of on basic cable at 4 am. $29–$93. Dec. 11–23 at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby at Walker. Info/reservations: 713/558-8887, 888/558-3882, or www.tuts.com.

Jubilee of Dance. This one-night-only recital includes highlights from The Merry Widow , Madame Butterfly , and Tu Tu , the “turtles” vignette from Carnival of the Animals , and a preview of Cinderella. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a full-company, encore performance of Stanton Welch’s Bolero. Buy center orchestra or founders box seats and get into the VIP after-party as an extra special treat. $33–$190. Nov. 30, 7:30 pm, at the Wortham’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. at Smith St. Info/reservations: 713/227-2787, 800/828-2787, or www.houstonballet.org.

Le Nozze Di Figaro. Mozart’s composition has been acclaimed as the perfect opera for over 200 years. Why else would Looney Tunes choose to memorialize it? $31–$45 ($28 for seniors Thurs. and Fri. nights). Nov. 8-17, 7:30 pm, at 1703 Heights Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/861-5303 or www.operaintheheights.org.

The Nutcracker. If little Clara and her magical doll have never stirred your spirits, it’s not too late, especially with this being the show’s 20th-anniversary production at the Houston Ballet. The Christmas tree that grows to 40 feet makes the trip worthwhile, to say nothing of the Rat King and all those Sugar Plum Fairies. $17–$125. Nov. 23–Dec. 29 at the Wortham’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. at Smith St. Info/reservations: 713/227-2787, 800/828-2787, or www.houstonballet.org.

Mr. Pim Passes By.   A.A. Milne, the author of the Winnie the Pooh stories, penned this yarn about a traditional English household thrown into turmoil when a man drops in. The information he shares with them nearly unravels everyone’s painfully ordinary lives. $20–$35 (previews $10). Nov.10–Dec. 23 at Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Info/reservations: 713/524-6706, www.mainstreettheater.com, or www.ticketweb.com.

Rent. Despite Matt Groenig’s vision, Homer Simpson does not appear in this musical wearing a dastardly mustache, demanding, “Where is the rent? I must have the rent!” Set in the East Village of New York City, this modernization of La Boheme concerns being young and learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice, and living for the day. $33.10–$66.90. Nov. 16–18, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. Info/reservations: 713/629-3700 or www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

Rough Night at the Remo Room. The misadventures of the befuddling Fertle Family continue. This time, big-city problems claw their way into Dumpster, Texas. How will these simple country folk deal with crime, dope, and a homeless guy? $20. Through Nov. 17 at Radio Music Theatre, 2623 Colquitt. Reservations and information: 713/522-7722 or www.radiomusictheatre.com.

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. Unhinged Productions presents this high-energy, electronic musical set in a futuristic cabaret. Melding the audience into the setting, the crowd is actually seated within the bar, making the raunchy score and intense atmosphere just a little more sensational, seedy, and titillating. Nov. 30–Dec. 22 at Silver House Theatre, 1107 Chartres St. Info/reservations: www.u-p.org.

The Scene. In this poignant comedy, three New Yorkers living on the fringe of the entertainment world have their worlds toppled by the next hot young thing. (Contains profanity and sexual situations.) Tickets start at $21. Through Nov. 25 (no performance Nov. 22—Thanksgiving) at The Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage, 615 Texas Ave. Info/reservations: 713/220-5700 or www.alleytheatre.org.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The 13th Annual Children’s Festival. Music, puppetry, theater, face painting, games, and more fill the day with fun and learning. $5 advance, $7 at the gate. Nov. 8 and 9 (school day performances only), Nov. 10 from 10 am–5 pm, Nov. 11 from 12 pm–5 pm, at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. More info: 281/363-3300 or www.woodlandscenter.org.

Stop, Look and Listen! Da Camera’s Sarah Rothenberg performs A Tango, a Poem and a Painting for Piano: works of Erwin Schulhoff, Claude Debussy and Paul Dessau on piano for this interactive and informative concert. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Free. Sat., Dec. 1, 3 pm, at The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. More info.: 713/524-5050, [email protected], or www.dacamera.com.

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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

The Buffalo Hunters. Artist Eric Michael Jones’ digital photographs are inspired by fairy tales and contemporary fiction. See if you can recognize anything from the Brothers Grimm. Compiled from numerous sources, a single body in one of Jones’ digital works may have been assembled from multiple images. Nov. 2–Dec. 21 at Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. More info: 713/523-9530, [email protected], www.artleaguehouston.org, or www.ericmjones.com.

Frederic Edwin Church. Church’s romantic landscapes travel to Houston and New York only for an exclusive show. The majority of the   pieces are on loan from private collectors, including some on public display for the first time. Church is considered by many to be America’s finest 19th-century landscape painter. Nov. 8-–Dec. 7 at Meredith Long & Company, 2323 San Felipe. More info: 713/523-6671.

Contemporary Conversations: Robert Ryman, 1976. This exhibit focuses on a single year in the work of this minimalist painter. Using only square frames and white paint since 1958, Ryman turned to the way a painting exists in space and the materials used in placing a work on a wall. Nov. 9–Feb. 17 at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Info: 713/525-9400 or www.menil.org.

Devendra Banhart—Some Drawings. Known mostly for his music, Banhart’s small, fine-line ink drawings combine strange and sometimes beastly human and animal figures, ornamental framing devices, abstract symbols, and bits of language to create eccentric works that defy definition. Nov. 9–Dec. 15 at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.

Dr. Robert O. Fisch. Holocaust survivor, doctor, and distinguished artist, Fisch presents illustrated works from two of his books. Free. Through Feb. 3, 2008, at the Holocaust Museum Houston’s Laurie Milton Boniuk Research Center and Library, 5401 Caroline St. More information: 713/942-8000 or www.hmh.org.

Kirsten Hassenfeld. The New York artist’s new installation is a series of translucent hanging sculptures. The shapes, six to eight feet in diameter and reminiscent of the structure of crystals, are made from paper but possess an extravagant look. Free. Through Dec. 9 at Rice Gallery, Sewall Hall off campus entrance 1 at Main and Sunset Blvd. More info: 713/348-6069 or www.ricegallery.org.

Holiday Heroines. Extraordinary women from three centuries are celebrated during the 2007 Yuletide event at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the MFAH house museum. The central figure is Houston philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg, who lived at Bayou Bend from 1928 to 1957, when she gave the estate to the museum. Also celebrated are Dolley Madison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, poet Phillis Wheatley, Elizabeth Murray, and Sarah Kemble Knight. A variety of visiting options exist. Call or check online for details. $10 adults; $8.50 seniors/students; $5 children 10–17. Nov. 17–Dec.   30 at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 1 Westcott Street at Memorial Drive. More info: 713/639-7750 or www.mfah.org/bayoubend. Reservations required: 713/639-7750.

Houston Wilderness. Over 50 photographs offer unique interpretations of the diverse eco-regions that encompass and surround Houston. Through Jan. 6, 2008, at the Museum of Fine Art’s Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet St.   More info: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Español: 713/639-7379, TDD/TYY for the hearing impaired, call 713/639-7390).

Jean Baptiste André—Comme En Plein Jour. André explores the body, identity, and metamorphosis in this new work. Nov. 16 and 17, 8pm, at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Fwy. Info/reservations: 713/223-8346 or www.diverseworks.org.

Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia. Meet Lucy, or at least what’s left of her. The original fossilized remains of this 3.2 million-year-old hominid visit Houston. With 40 percent of her skeleton intact, Lucy’s remains remain the oldest and most complete adult human ancestor fully retrieved from African soil. Over 100 artifacts illuminate the rich heritage of Lucy’s homeland, including fossils, historical manuscripts, musical instruments, and implements of daily use to name a few. $20 adults; $12 kids (3–11)/seniors (62+)/college students. Through April 20, 2008, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. More information: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org.

Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone. Known as an “artist’s artist” for her impassioned following among younger painters, Heilmann’s abstract paintings and sculptures are influenced by popular culture and craft traditions. The retrospective features works from 1967 to the present. An accompanying video featuring a soundtrack with influential rock music explores the inspiration behind much of Heilmann’s work. Nov. 3–Jan. 6 at The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. More information: 713/284-8250 or www.camh.org.

Morena Moderna: Virgin de Guadalupe. Practically everyone knows her image. Some have seen it in person, most have seen it on clothing, tattoos, art, and the tailgates of pickups. Through a comprehensive collection of photographic images, see the reverence, expression, and emotion she evokes in so many people. $9 adults; $7 kids 3–11, seniors, and college students. Through April 23 at Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. Info/reservations: 713/639-4629 or www.hmns.org.

Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection. This collection showcases a broad array of national and international pieces from the 1960s through today. In addition to approximately 275 works of jewelry, the exhibit also holds drawings, watercolors, sketchbooks, and sculptural constructions of over 175 artists from 18 countries. Through Jan. 21, 2008, in the MFA’s Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main. Info: 713/639-7300 or www.mfah.org (en Español: 713/639-7379, TDD/TYY for the hearing impaired, call 713/639-7390).

Otabenga Jones & Associates. Four young African-American artists, who met as students at TSU, seek to address African-American identity politics through installation and performance art. Through Dec. 9 at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. More info: 713/525-9400 or www.menil.org.

Other Cinema and The Films of J.X Williams. San Francisco’s forefront film series pops into town to blow your mind. Other Cinema has showcased underground, avant-garde, radical motion pictures for more than 20 years in San Francisco. J.X. Williams made some of the most provocative pieces of low-rent underground cinema in the second half of the 20th century. Look for Saturday’s Peep Show. Unseen for almost 40 years, the film is a brilliantly sleazy tirade against the Chicago mob. The show’s curator, Noel Lawrence, is in attendance. $6. Other Cinema: Nov. 9, 8 pm. Underworld Cinema: Nov. 10, 8 pm, both at Aurora Picture Show, 800 Aurora St. Info/reservations: 713/868-2101 or www.aurorapictureshow.org.

A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman’s Formative Years. Though Nauman is recognized today as one of the most innovative living artists today, there was, of course, a time when he had to develop his vision, struggling as an unknown. Such works in conceptual photography and sculpture are on exhibit. Through Jan. 13 at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Info: 713/525-9400 or www.menil.org.

Through the Eye of the Needle: Fabric Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. While many Holocaust survivors have chosen to write their survival stories, at age 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz chose a unique medium — sewing. Trained as a dressmaker but untrained in art, Krinitz created 36 fabric pictures. Meticulously stitched words beneath the pictures provide a narrative, and vivid colors and detailed images bring a fascinating sense of realism to the cloth. Free. Through Feb. 10, 2008, at Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline. More info: 713/942-8000 or www.hmh.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 the 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.

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HIV TESTING

Thomas Street Clinic 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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