“Guaranteed, or your ego back.” Meditation Mondays is a weekly group led by Alan Davidson that explores Big Mind, Integral Spirituality, and Insight meditations forms incorporating chanting, and sense and centering the body that will have you meditating like a Buddhist Monk in one night. Details: ThroughYourBody.com/events.html • 713/942-0923.
Merry equality. Equality Texas is kicking off the new year by hosting statewide parties themed Merry Merry Martini Mixer 2009. The Houston event is scheduled February 5, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Momentum Audi, 2315 Richmond Ave. Tickets: $30 in advance, $50 at the door. Benefits ET, which lobbies for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Details: 512/474-5475 • [email protected]
RITES RIGHTS The Foundation for Marriage Equality presents a series of events for those who want to celebrate their love while accentuating their commitment. The events kick off February 11 with a discussion of “LGBT in America: A Historical Look at the Struggle for Civil Rights,” followed by a social mixer, a march on February 13, demonstrations, and a Valentine’s Day wedding celebration. Details: freedomtomarry.org.
Laissez les bon temps rouler, sans Ike! As illustrated by its flagrant use of exclamation points, Mardi Gras! Galveston 2009! is Texas’ gayest nongay celebration this side of Pride. Offering 12 days of krewe parties, entertainment, and sparkly things, the fun extends from February 13–24, largely on The Strand. Details: mardigrasgalveston.com.
Love, lesbians, and laughter. Premiere comic and recent bride, Suzanne Westenhoefer, headlines Lesbian Health Initiative Houston’s annual celebration-of-love dinner and dance, this year scheduled smack-dab on Valentine’s Day evening. The semi-formal affair includes dinner, dancing, a cash bar, raffle, and photography by Me & My Pal Photographers. OutSmart ‘s Nancy Ford emcees. February 14, 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online via PayPal and at the door for $85; reserved tables for 10 are available for $850. Details: 713/426-3356 • lhihouston.org.
Oh baby, say we gotta go now. Houston Council of Clubs presents LUEY 36, an acronym for Let Us Entertain You. The weekend hosts a series of cocktail parties and social gatherings primarily for members of the Gulf Coast leather community, and those who love them. The weekend begins Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m., with a registration reception at George. The fun continues Friday, February 27, 7 p.m., at Tony’s Corner Pocket. Saturday, February 28, begins at 10:30 a.m. with breakfast and registration at The 611. Lunch follows at 1 p.m. at The Ripcord, with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Brazos River Bottom; both of these meals are provided by The Houston Council of Clubs Auxiliary Clubs. After dinner, The Wretches host The First Ladies Tea and the TFL Hat Competition for best-decorated hat, also at the BRB at 9 p.m. The weekend culminates Sunday with the Show of Shows, 1 p.m., at Rich’s, followed by an unofficial after-party at EJ’s. Details: lueyweekend.com.
PLAY BALL. As many as 10 teams are expected to compete in AssistHers’ 4th annual softball tournament, co-chaired by Pam Callaghan and Debbie Sharp. An awards ceremony follows the final championship game. March 7, Memorial Field Park, fields 4 and 5. There is no “rain out” date. For team registration guidelines for the competitive tournament, e-mail Sol Lara at [email protected]; deadline for team registration is March 2 .
Beyond musical borders. The Houston Pride Band continues its “fantastic musical adventure across the globe” with its spring concert featuring Russian royal music, Australian folk songs, and selections from the Middle East and Brazil. March 7, 7 p.m. Resurrection MCC, 2025 W. 11th St. Benefits Lesbian Health Initiative-Houston. Details: houstonprideband.org.