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Compiled by Nancy Ford

Billy Stritch

Local Boy Makes Good
Sunday in the park with Billy Stritch.

What started with a country-club gig when he was 12 has unfolded into a career that’s arguably the envy of every starry-eyed musician hoping to make it to the Big Time.

After maturing into legal saloon-employee age in the mid-’80s, Sugar Land native Billy Stritch honed his considerable skills by gigging Houston’s sacred gay cabaret performance spaces like Rascals (now The Gables luxury apartments), Missouri Street Station (now Riva’s Italian Restaurant), and The Copa (now Dessert Gallery). The piano man gained credibility and notoriety by positioning himself on stage with local esteemed vocalists, Sally Mayes, Sharon Montgomery, and Rebecca Plant.

Soon, following every accompanist’s fondest show-biz dream, Stritch graduated by moving to the Big Apple. When a certain legendary Broadway babe stumbled in upon his lounge act one fateful evening, he immediately became her award-winning composer, arranger, back-up vocalist, and jazz pianist.

The babe? Liza. Yes, the Liza—as in Minnelli.

Since making that storybook hook-up, he has provided accompaniment to Bernadette Peters, Christine Ebersole, Sally Mayes, Linda Lavin, and a host of other Broadway babes, even picking up a Grammy in 1994 for penning the enduring Reba McEntire/Linda Davis vehicle, “Does He Love You?”

Fresh from touring Australia with Ms. Minnelli, this month Stritch brings his oh-so-smooth sound to Miller Outdoor Theatre, performing standards and show tunes with the University of Houston Jazz Orchestra. Expect him to roll out jazzy new tunes from his latest CD, Billy Stritch Sings the Mel Tormé Songbook.

November 15, 7:30 p.m., Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. Free. www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.—Nancy Ford

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Wide Awake explores filmmaker Alan Berliner’s lifelong obsession with insomnia. Nov. 7, 8pm. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

16th Annual Texas Filmmakers Showcase spotlights the best short films in the state. Nov. 8, 5pm. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet. mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Cinema Arts Festival Houston celebrates and illuminates the vitality and diversity of the City of Houston. Nov. 11–15. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet. mfah.org •

What If, Why Not: Underground Adventures of Ant Farm. Filmmakers Laura Harrison and Elizabeth Federici, and Ant Farm’s Chip Lord and Curtis Schreier attend. Nov. 12, 7 pm. University of Houston College of Architecture Auditorium, entrance 18. aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Dance on Camera Festival, presented by FrenetiCore, features award-winning international dance films. Nov. 12–15. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. freneticore.net.

The Big Lebowski Bash includes live music by Picture Book, Human Bowling, costume contest, and more. Nov. 13. Event, 7:30pm; movie, 10pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

The Red Shoes combines dance and film for the grand finale of the Cinema Arts Festival. Nov. 15, 6pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Dance Salad Festival presents filmed excerpts from the spring 2009 Dance Salad performances. Nov. 18, 6:30pm. Museum of Fine Arts, Brown Auditorium. 1001 Bissonnet. dancesalad.org.

Movies Houstonians Love presents Big Night, Voice Restaurant’s Michael Kramer’s favorite film. Nov. 30, 7pm. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet. mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

“THE BIG GAY MOVIE” Continuing the 11th season of OUT TAKES Dallas, the lesbian and gay film festival, “The Big Gay Musical” will be screening on November 12 at The Magnolia Theater in Dallas.  Opening for the film will be the short film “Ogles with Goggles”.  Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a mixer at the nearby retail shop, The Gardens.  Screenings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. followed by a questions and answers session with Daniel Robinson, one of the movie’s stars.

OUT TAKES Dallas continues its 11th season by screening a new film on the second Thursday of each month, known as “Gay Movie Night”.  Films are screened at The Magnolia Theater at West Village in Dallas. This season is sponsored by The UPS Store on Cedar Springs, the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and Dallas Voice. For detailed film synopses and more information, visit www.outtakesdallas.org.

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Kavakos plays and conducts Mozart with Houston Symphony. Nov. 1. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Elixir of Love. Gaetano Donizetti’s comic masterpiece. Through Nov. 7. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.

Mary Poppins. The original Super Nanny. Through Nov. 8. Broadway Across America. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. broadwayacrossamerica.com • 713/622-7469.

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph explores why people hurt themselves for love. Through Nov. 15. Alley Theatre, Neuhaus Stage. 615 Texas Ave. alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Lohengrin. Richard Wagner’s classic that made “Here Comes the Bride” famous. Through Nov. 15. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.

The Lighter Side of the Recession. Sketch comedy about the current economic climate. Through Nov. 21. Radio Music Theatre, 2623 Colquitt. radiomusictheatre.com • 713/522-7722.

The Story of My Life. A rich musical about two childhood friends. Through Dec. 6. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo. theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.

The Legend of Yin & Yang, sung in Mandarin and English, combines hip-hop dancers with Eastern Chinese acrobatics. Nov. 1&2, 8pm. Houston Baptist University Morris Cultural Arts Center. yingyangshow.com • 281-239-8888.

A Little Day Music, a free concert by Da Camera of Houston. Bring your lunch. Nov. 4, noon. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. dacamera.com • 713/524-5050.

Manon. Jules Massenet’s operatic masterpiece. Nov. 5–7, 12–14.Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. 713/861-5303.

Mary Wilson, formerly of the Supremes, sings with Houston Symphony’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pops. Nov. 6–8. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

If It’s Monday, This Must Be Christmas. A Yuletide whodunit. Nov. 6–Dec. 5. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. theatresuburbia.com • 713/682-3525.

ComedySportz improvisational comedy’s 19th anniversary. Nov. 7, 8pm. Benefits The Rose. ComedySportz Arena, 901 Town & Country Blvd. comedysportzhouston.com • 713/868-1444.

Moulin Rouge Gala. A fundraiser for Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company. Nov. 7, 7pm. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. mildredsumbrella.com.

The Recycle Club. Travesty Dance Group/Houston presents hip-hybrid happening featuring dance theater, video projections, and more. Nov. 7, 8pm. Barnevelder Theater Houston. 1016 W. Temple St.

Cirque Shanghai-Bai Xi. Chinese acrobatics. Nov. 7–8. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com • 800/821-1894.

Getting Married. George Bernard Shaw’s matrimonial comedy. Nov. 7–Dec. 13. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd. mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Elemental Soundings. Asian influences in American music presented by Aperio, Music of the Americas. Nov. 12, 7pm. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross. aperioamericas.org.

Trey McIntyre Project stars the former Houston Ballet choreographic associate. Nov. 13. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA. (See page 59 for an interview with Trey McIntyre.)

Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony, presented by Houston Symphony. Nov. 13–15. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houston symphony.org • 713/224-7575.

The Nerd. Larry Shue’s 1981 frenetic comedy. Nov. 13–Dec. 19. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square. 713/726-1219.

Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens includes The Gift of Christmas Live, an exhilarating family musical. Nov. 14–Jan. 2. One Hope Blvd. Galveston. moodygardens.com • 800-582-4673.

ABBA Mania celebrates the music and style of ABBA. Nov. 18, 8pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr. millerout
doortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Miracle on 34th Street. Valentine Davies and George Seaton’s wistful Christmas story. Nov. 18–Dec. 20. Texas Repertory Theatre Company, 14243 Steubner Airline Rd. texreptheatre
.org • 281/583-7573.

Panto Sleeping Beauty. Kenn McLaughlin and music by David Nehls’ holiday panto. Nov. 18–Jan. 3. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. 713/527-0123.

A Christmas Carol: The Musical. Masquerade Theatre’s take on the Dickens classic. Nov. 19–21, 27–29. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713/861-7045.

Das Lied von der Erde by Mahler, performed by Houston Symphony. Nov. 19, 21–22. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houston
symphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Rita Rudner. The classy, dry comedian. Nov. 21. Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston. thegrand
.org • 800/821-1894.

Pablo Mayor and Folklore Urbano. A 12-piece ensemble presents modern Colombian music. Nov. 21, 7:30pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr. milleroutdoortheatre
.com • 281/373-3386.

A Christmas Carol–A Ghost Story of Christmas. A take on Dickens’ holiday classic. Nov. 21–Dec. 27. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. alleytheatre.org • 713/228-8421.

Christmas With Great Aunt, a family holiday musical by Houston playwright Thomas Meloncon. Nov. 21–Dec. 27. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

Classics by Schubert, Prokofiev, and Rimsky-Korsakov performed by Galveston Symphony Orchestra. Nov. 22, 7pm. Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. Galveston. thegrand.com.

The Producers. The live version of Mel Brooks’ hysterical classic. Nov. 27–Dec. 20. Playhouse 1960, 6814 Gant St. ph1960
.com • 281/587-8243.

A Broadway Christmas Carol combines Dickens’ classic tale with song parodies of Broadway show tunes. Nov. 27–30. Island East End Theater Company, 2001 Post Office St. Galveston. islandetc.org • 409/762-3556.

The Nutcracker, choreographed by Ben Stevenson. Nov. 27–Dec. 27. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. houstonballet.org • 713/227-2787.

A Fertle Holiday. Radio Music Theatre’s tribute to the holidays. Nov. 27–Jan. 9. 2623 Colquitt. 713/522-7722.

The Nutcracker Suite, a wacky version performed by the Invincible Czars. Nov. 28, 7:30pm. Discovery Green’s Anheuser-Busch Stage, 1500 McKinney. discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

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After the Rain King by Steph DeFerie. Nov. 6–8. Main Street Theater Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. main
streettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Afternoon of the Elves, a children’s play directed by Daria James. Nov. 7&14, Main Street Theater Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose. mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, directed by Rebecca Greene Udden. Nov. 27, Dec. 5&12. Main Street Theater Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose. mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

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After Hours: Queer Radio with Attitude features the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. Sunday mornings, 1–4 am. KPFT 90.1 FM. kpft.org • 713/526-5738.

Queer Voices. Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. Monday nights, 9–11 pm. KPFT 90.1 FM. kpft.org • 713/526-4000.

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Perspectives 167: Jason Villegas combines wall murals, video, soft sculpture, and performance. Through Nov. 1. Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose. Details: camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Josephine Meckseper. Works engaging leftist theories and politics in a consumerist reality. Through Nov. 14. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building. blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Jon Pylypchuk. Works drawn from the animal world. Through Nov. 14. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building. blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

L’Heure Bleue. Michael Crowder’s works in cast glass and other materials. Through Nov. 14. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose, Suite #200. 713/521-2977.

Reduced Visibility. The intersection of abstraction and political subject matter in contemporary art. Through Nov. 15. Museum of Fine Arts’ Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose. mfah.org • 713/639-7500.

Galveston ArtWalk includes Chuy Benitez: Summer in the City and Mark Schatz: Earth Below Us. Through Nov. 22. Galveston Arts Center, Strand and 22nd St. galvestonartscenter.org • 409/763-2403.

When Gorillas Shoot Pigs. Howard Sherman’s third solo exhibition. Through Nov. 28. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.

Joaquín Torres-García: Paintings in Houston Collections and Constructing Abstraction with Wood, works by the avant-garde artist. Through Nov. 29. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet. mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).

La Muerte No Anda en Coche/Death Doesn’t Drive a Car. Armando Rodriguez’s colorful faces and skulls. Through Nov. 30. Canal Street Gallery, 2219 Canal St. canalstreet
gallery.com • 713/223-2219.

Texas Masters Series:Rachelle Thiewes and Celebrating Our Creative Spirit: Texas Federation of Fiber Artists. Through Dec. 24. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet features 50 colorful, super-sized globes depicting everyday solutions to global warming. Through Dec. 31. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. coolglobes.com.

Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea, presented by Museum of Fine Arts and Asia Society, New York. Through Jan. 3. 5601 Main St. Details: mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).

The Moon: “Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle Has Landed” celebrates the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing with photographs by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Through Jan. 10. Museum of Fine Arts’ Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main St. mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).

Rock, Scissors, Paper features works in found paper by five artists. Through Jan. 10. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Vanishing Worlds: Art and Ritual in Amazonia celebrates life in the rainforest. Through Jan. 10. Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, One Hermann Circle Dr. hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition. Costumes, props, and set dressings from C.S. Lewis’ literary world. Through Jan. 18. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, University Blvd. @ New Territory Blvd. hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Matthew Day Jackson: The Immeasurable Distance explores positive evolutionary developments resulting from stress. Through Jan. 17. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose. camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Besa:Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust is a photographic exhibition depicting stories of Albanian Muslims who saved Jews from extermination despite great danger to themselves. Through Feb. 7. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline. hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

David Aylsworth. Works in paint. Nov. 6–Jan. 2. Inman Gallery, 3901 Main St. inmangallery.com • 713/526-7800.

Beth Secor. Works in needlepoint. Nov. 6–Jan. 2. Inman Gallery, 3901 Main St. inmangallery.com • 713/526-7800.

Brush Strokes for Four Legged Friends, a reception with Winter Street Studios artists. Benefits Texas No Kill animal shelter. Nov. 7, 6–9pm. 2101 Winter St. texas-no-kill.com.

Voices Breaking Boundaries’ Living Room Art: Honoring Dissent/Descent features works by Tehmina Ahmed, Chuy Benitez, Rosalinda Bustamante, Ben De Soto, Bryan Parras, Beena Sarwar, Jiny Ung, and Sehba Sarwar. A Pakistan Live Broadcast production. Nov. 7, 8pm. Home of Sehba Sarwar and René Saldivar, 6411 Jefferson St. vbbarts.org • 713/524-7821.

Donna Rosenthal and Jen Balazina. Works by glass, cord, and hardware. Nov. 7–28. Koelsch Gallery, 703 Yale. koelschgallery.com • 713/862-5744.

Dogs and Goats Over the Harvest Moon combines works by Jim N. Hill and Chris Menconi. Nov. 7–Dec. 3. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars features more than just jeweled eggs. Nov. 13–April 4. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Herman Circle Drive. hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Joseph Marioni, paintings in red and blue. Opens Nov. 19. Wade Wilson Art. 4411 Montrose, Suite #200. 713/521-2977.

Via Colori, a street painting festival, features 200 artists, live music, food, and more. Nov. 21–22. Sam Houston Park, Bagby @ McKinney. Benefits Center for Hearing and Speech. houstonviacolori.com.

Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island chronicles immigration through the Port of Galveston, a major gateway to American immigration. Nov. 22–Sept. 11. Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd. in Galveston. moodygardens.org • 800/582-4673.

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Nov. 7

Out of the Darkness Community Walk, a 3–5-mile scenic walk, benefits American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 9am. Stude Park, 1030 Stude St. outofthedarkness.org.

Life Is Living Launch. Choreographer and poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph leads conversations about urban environmentalism and sustainable living, with entertainment by MC Lyte. Presented by UH Mitchell Center for the Arts. 11am–3pm. Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney. Free. lifeisliving.org/core.

Murder in the Garden District. New Orleans crime writer Greg Herren signs and discusses his new Chanse MacLeod novel. 4:30pm. Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet. murderbooks.com • 713/524-8597.

Nov. 13

Building Faith: Church, Mosque, Synagogue; Visiting Houses of Worship. Holocaust Museum Houston’s guided tour of the Islamic Da’wah Center. 10am. 202 Main St. hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Nov. 14–15

11th Annual Historic Downtown Lofts Tour includes The Thompson Lofts, The 2208 Postoffice Street Lofts, and The Nathan Building Lofts. 10am–5pm. downtowngalveston.org • 409/763-7080.

Nov. 19

Houston Eye Associates Optical Center’s Frame Show features designer and exclusive frames from Gucci, Marchon, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Silhouettes, Fendi, and Dior. 5420 Dashwood Dr., Suite 101 • 713/668-9118.

Nov. 19–22

57th Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show presents antiques from 50 dealers from around the world. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Hall D. thetaantiquesshow.com.

Nov. 25

22nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with music by Austin’s Invisible Czars. 11am. Wortham Theater Center Grand Foyer, 501 Texas Ave. houstonballet.org.

Nov. 26

The Ice at Discovery Green. Holiday skating on Kinder Lake presented by the Houston Chronicle. Through Jan. 18. $10 includes skate rental and tax. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.


Weekly (Sundays)

The Women’s Group, a feminist group for all women. Nov. 15, 10:45am.: Chef Monica Pope discusses her philosophy of food. First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Sojourner Truth Room, 5200 Fannin. 713/529-8571.

Weekly (Mondays)

TG Support Group. Helping TransGenders Anonymous is a facilitated support group for all transgenders, supporters, family, and significant others. 7–9pm. TG Center, 713 Fargo. transhouston.com • 713/520-8586.

Weekly (Tuesdays)

Houston Roller Derby Rec League. Skate to train or just recreationally with the women of the Houston Roller Derby. 7:30–9:30pm. Dairy Ashford Roller Rink, 1820 S. Dairy Ashford St. houstonrollerderby.com.

Weekly (Thursdays)

GLBT-Friendly Depression & Bipolar Support Group. 7:15–8:30pm. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold, room 232. Free. 713/526-1018.

Weekly (Sun., Wed., Sat.)

Love and Rackets. Houston Tennis Club welcomes players and enthusiasts of all skill levels. Sundays, 9am–noon; Wednesdays, 7:30–9pm; clinics, every Saturday 9–10:30am. Memorial Park Tennis Center, 1500 Memorial Loop. Annual membership, $30; court fees, $3 per session. houstontennisclub.org.


Monthly (1st Sun.)

Free Legal Consultations for PWAs. AIDS Foundation Houston and Katine & Nechman L.L.P. offer 30 minutes of free legal consultation on any legal issue to persons with HIV and AIDS, by appointment. Katine & Nechman, 1111 North Loop West, Suite 180. lawkn.com • 713/808-1000.

Monthly (1st Fri.)

First Friday Happy Hour. Northwest Corner, a social and civic GLBT organization for Houstonians living northwest of Loop 610, meets. Time and location TBA. NWCorner.org.

Transgender Center presents a monthly barbecue, with vegetarian food available. BYO beer and wine. 7–11pm. $10. 713 Fargo. tgctr.org.

Monthly (1st Sat.)

First Saturday Arts Market. Local artists display and sell original works of art, and local musicians entertain. 11am–6pm. Wind Water Gallery, 548 W. 19th St. Free. yalestreetmarket.com.

Monthly (2nd Sat.)

Second Saturdays at Winter St. Studios. Meet and hang with artists in the studios marked by a large red dot on or near the door. 1–6pm. Winter St. Studios, 2101 Winter St. winterstreet
studios.net • 713/862-0082.

Monthly (2nd Tues.)

Community Center Dinner Night, presented by Houston GLBT Community Center. Participants are responsible for their own meals. 6:30pm. West Gray Café, 415 W. Gray. houstonglbt
communitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (3rd Sun.)

LOAF Meet and Greet. Lesbians Over Age Fifty meet for munchies and fellowship; bring some of both. 2pm. 1034 West 17th St.

Monthly (3rd Wed.)

Bingo with the Divas, hosted by An’ Marie Gill & Jessica Van Shelton. 8–10pm. Benefits Bering Omega Foundation. Tony’s Corner Pocket, 817 W. Dallas St.

Monthly (4th Wed.)

Lesbian Dinner Group. Single and coupled women come for a meal but stay for the camaraderie. 7:30pm. Cafe Express, 1422 W. Gray. [email protected]

Monthly (3rd Thurs.)

Share with PFLAG Houston in a safe, confidential setting. 7:30pm. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Chatham Room, 1805 Alabama St. pflaghouston.org.

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The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long, presented by Theatre Under the Stars. Dec. 2. Angelika Film Center, 510 Texas St. tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Life Is Happy and Sad, a musical by Daniel Johnston presented by Catastrophic Theatre. Dec. 2–19, 8pm. DiverseWorks ArtSpace, 1117 East Freeway. diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here. Music based on the eminent jazz vocalist’s Christmas recording. Dec. 4, 8pm. Da Camera of Houston, Wortham Theater Center’s Cullen Theatre, 501 Texas Ave. dacamera.com • 713/524-5050.

Homes for the Holidays, Houston Heights Association’s holiday home tour. Dec. 4–5. Heights Neighborhood Library, 1302 Heights Blvd. houstonheights.org • 713/861-4002.

36th Annual Dickens on the Strand celebrates the holiday season in grand Victorian style with Victorian bed races, an exhibit from the Charles Dickens Museum in London, and other events. Presented by Galveston Historical Foundation. Galveston’s downtown district. Dec. 4–6. Galveston.com.

A Decade of Dissent: Voices Breaking Boundaries 10-Year Anniversary, a celebration of art and activism. Dec. 5, 7pm. Houston Institute for Culture, 708-B Telephone Rd. vbbarts
.org • 713/524-7821.

Literary Contest. The Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival’s First Annual Short Fiction Contest is soliciting original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” The contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres. Deadline, Jan. 2. sasfest.com.

CraftTexas 2010. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft calls for entry for the sixth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Deadline, March 1. callforentry.org • 713/529-4848.

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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.

MCC’s Community Promise and Outreach teams conduct free HIV testing and assessments on December 1, at the Kroger on Montrose Blvd from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. as well as at T’s Barber Shop, 5824 Martin Luther King; Acres Home College of Barber Design, 2306 Ferguson Way; and Texas Barber College, 610 W. Cavalcade. To schedule a free test on another day, please call the Outreach department at 713/529-0037. montrosecounselingcenter.org.

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