Film, Performance, Performance for Young People, Radio, Art/Photography, January Day by Day, Planning Ahead, HIV Testing.
compiled by Nancy Ford
Hot Hot Hot
Experience the sizzle of the Caribbean in the safety of Houston iFest
The globally acclaimed Houston International Festival, now abbreviated to the jazzier, more Twitter-friendly iFest, returns to downtown Houston for the 40th year. The festival, easily Houston’s biggest, attracts thousands of visitors to the downtown area over the course of two weekends, this year celebrating the flavors, sights, and sounds of the ?Caribbean.
Six entertainment-themed zones, including African, Target Kids, Latin, International, and Louisiana zones provide performances, international arts and crafts markets, artisan demonstrations, interactive exhibits, and island-infused food and fun throughout the weekends. Chief among them, iFest’s Caribbean Zone celebrates the rich history and culture of the islands, with the festival’s focal point: a 40-foot-long replication of a pirate ship complete with costumed pirate performers, drummers, and dancers.
Headlining the vast musical lineup is the always-colorful George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Houston’s own international reggae star, Neutral Sister, leads other local crowd-pleasers including Norma Zenteno Band, Joe Ely Band featuring David Grissom, Marcia Ball, and Tab Benoit, plus many more.
The Caribbean is an interesting choice of locale for iFest, given the recent tragedy of the earthquake that decimated Haiti. And gay-themed cruises aside, the Caribbean has its fair share of countries that are less than supportive of its gay citizens. According to Human Rights Watch, sodomy laws remain on the books in the Caribbean’s Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Trinidad.
Possibly taking the antigay cake, however, is Jamaica. HRW considers the island the worst place in the Americas for LGBT people, where both verbal and physical bashing is common. One of Jamaica’s chief reggae-performing exports, Buju Banton, famously advocates the murder of “batty men,” an island term for gays. At least 30 gay men have been murdered in Jamaica since 1997, and in 2009, transgender individuals were arrested under Guyana’s crossdressing law.
Better to celebrate the Caribbean’s rich culture in the safety and comfort of downtown Houston.
April 17–18 and 24–25, downtown Houston at Tranquility and Sam Houston parks, and City Hall. Benefits iFest’s arts and education programs. ifest.org. —Nancy Ford ____________________________
Hubble 3D. Leonardo DiCaprio narrates the documentary including never-before-seen 3D flights through Hubble Space Telescope. Through April. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.
Galveston-Gone and work in progress. Local filmmaker David Purdie screens his current project which includes filming audience, with special guest, “Astro-daughter” Dene Hofheinz. April 8, 8pm. $5. Landmark River Oaks Theatre, 2009 W. Gray St. • [email protected]
Fotofest 2010. Films spotlighting Contemporary U.S. Photography. April 9–11, 15–18. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • fotofest?.org • 713/639-7515.
Toypunks, Vol. 1 & 2. Houston director Chris Nelson’s journey into the converging worlds of Japanese designer vinyl toys, street fashion, and punk rock. April 11, 7pm. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • freneticore.net • 832/426-4624.
The Beatles—Rare Film Clips (1962–1970), with commentary by New York film collector Bill Shelley. April 23, 7pm. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Bob Dylan & Friends (1963–2000), with commentary by New York film collector Bill Shelley. April 24, 7pm. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Christian Arming conducts the Houston Symphony. April 8–11, 8pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Tartuffe, Moliere’s classic comedy, presented by Classical Theatre Company. April 8–18. Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • classicaltheatre.org • 713/963-9665.
Soweto Gospel Choir performs in six different languages. April 9, 8pm. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.
The Roots of Melody: World Folk Influences in Art Song, presented by Aperio, Music of the Americas, features music by Copland, Ravel, Uzoigwe, and others. April 10, 7:30pm. Houston Baptist University’s Belin Chapel and Recital Hall, 7502 Fondren Rd. • aperioamericas.org.
Company. Masquerade Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s multi-Tony Award-winning musical. April 10–18. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • masqueradetheatre.com • 713/861-7045.
The Decorator, Jeffrey Strausser’s tale of an interior designer bent on change. April 11. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.
Interpreti Veneziani. The nine-member string ensemble, presented by Society for the Performing Arts. April 11, 7:30pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.
Prokofiev and Beethoven. Christoph Eschenbach conducts pianist Lang Lang and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. April 14, 8pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony?.org • 713/224-7575.
Reefer Madness, the musical stage version of the 1930s anti-weed movie. April 14–May 23. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.
Tapestry: Faces of a Woman, presented by Houston Early Music. April 16, 8pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman • houstonearlymusic.org • 713/432-1744.
Academy Spring Showcase features young artists of Houston Ballet’s professional training wing. April 16–17. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonballet.org • 713/227-ARTS.
Franck’s Symphony in D Minor, Berlioz, and Prokofiev. Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the Houston Symphony. April 16–18, 8pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony?.org • 713/224-7575.
Dangerous Liaisons. Christopher Hampton’s period piece about temptation and corruption. April 16–25. University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, Wortham Theatre • theatredance.uh.edu • 713-743-2929.
Flemming, An American Thriller. Sam Bobrick’s wacky who-dunnit. April 16–May 15. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.com • 713/682-3525.
Harvey. Gregory Boyd directs the bunny-ful comedy-fantasy. April 21–May 9. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.• alleytheatre.org • 713/228-8421.
Blue and Green: Jazz in the Park celebrates Earth Day with University of Houston Jazz Orchestra and saxophonist Bill Evans. April 22, 6pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.
Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique and Saint-Saëns. Claus Peter Flor conducts the Houston Symphony. April 22, 24–25. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons perform with the Houston Symphony. April 23, 7:30pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Little House on the Prairie, The Musical now stars former “Half-Pint” Melissa Gilbert playing the mother. April 28–May 9. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.
Let’s Dance, presented by Several Dancers Core, with Becky Valls, Leslie Scates, Teresa Chapman, and members of Rice Dance Theatre. April 30, 8pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr. • severaldancerscore.org • 713/862-5530
Mixing It Up, Again. Houston Met Dance reprises Braham Logan Crane’s History, inspired by Stephen Levine’s A Year to Live. April 30, 8pm. Wortham Theatre Center’s Cullen Theatre, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonmetdance.com • 713/522-6375.
Pink Martini performs classical, jazz, Latin, and Parisian cabaret music with the Houston Symphony. April 30–May 2. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Propulsion, University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance’s annual faculty concert. April 30-May 2. UH’s Wortham Theater, 133 CWM Center for the Arts • theatre.uh.edu • 713/743-2929.
PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
The True Story of The Tortoise & The Hare, a musical adaptation of the fable. April 3 and 10, 2pm. Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall • expresstheatre.com • 713/682-5044.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Loompas, golden tickets, and candy bars. April 13–May 21. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market. 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.
Wetland Wonders. Celebrate Earth Day with crawfish, turtles, and other wetland creatures. April 17, 10am–4pm. Memorial Park’s Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Dr. • houstonarboretum.org • 713/366-0421.
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.
Rain or Shine: How Houston Developed Space City Baseball. Through April 4. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St. • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.
Young at Art Student Art Exhibit features 500 works of art produced by students from the Clear Creek Independent School District Visual Arts program. Through April 7. Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 Nasa Parkway in Nassau Bay • 281/543-4609.
Zoosphere. Allison Hunter investigates humankind’s relationship to the natural world. Through April 17. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.
A Western. DiverseWorks and Action Hero present an experimental, interactive performance featuring cowboys, a saloon, a shady lady, a death scene, and more. April 17–18, times and location TBA • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.
Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool features life-sized portraits of ordinary people. Through April 18. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.
Touch, new paintings by Houston artists. Through April 22. McWhorter Gallery, 2219 Canal St. • mcwhortergallery.com • 713/868-4616.
Black and White. Paintings and sculptures by Matt Messinger, Kevin Peterson, Roberto Del Rio, Allan Rodewald, Janet Wayte, and Jane Dipaolo. Through April 24. McWhorter Gallery, 2219 Canal St. • mcwhortergallery.com • 713/868-4616.
Concrete Illusions, new work by painter Robert Kinsell. Through April 24. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtrey?gallery.com • 713/523-8238.
Intersection features Texan artists Katherine Houston, Ray Phillips, and Tamara Robertson. Through April 24. Laura Rathe Fine Art, 2707 Colquitt St. • laurarathe.com • 713/527-7700.
University of Houston’s 2010 School of Art Masters Thesis Exhibition. Through April 24. Blaffer Gallery, UH’s Fine Arts Building • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.
Art Bike 2010. Twenty local artists tranform bicycles to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis. Through April 25. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • nationalmssociety.org.
FotoFest. More than 200 museums, galleries, and various spaces throughout the city exhibit photography art as part of the FotoFest Biennial. Through April 25. fotofest.org.
The Book of Memory. Bela Gold’s contrast between beauty and cultural references in the Holocaust. Through April 25. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.
Albedo. Photographs, an installation, and a sculpture by Demetrius Oliver presented in conjunction with FotoFest 2010. Through May 1. Inman Gallery, 3901 Main St. • inmangallery.com.
Perspectives 169: Odili Donald Odita. Works on canvas and Plexiglas. Through May 2. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.
Prendergast in Italy. Through May 9. Museum of Fine Arts Houston. 5601 Main St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).
Ruptures and Continuities: Photography Made after 1960 from the MFAH Collection. Through May 9. Museum of Fine Arts, 5601 Main St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).
Iron: Forged, Tempered, Quenched celebrates American blacksmithing. Through May 16. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
Sargent and the Sea. Through May 23. Museum of Fine Arts, 5601 Main St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).
Stretch: ClayHouston features works by ceramic artists. Through May 23; opening reception, April 8, 5:30pm. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
Alice Neel: Painted Truths. Seven decades of portraits of Manhattanites. Through June 13. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.
Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution features wood sculptures. Through July 2. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848. ?
Liquid Lines: Exploring the Language of Contemporary Metal features furniture, jewelry, hollowware, and sculpture. Through July 18. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 5601 Main St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).
Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars features more than just jeweled eggs. Through July 25. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Herman Circle Drive • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.
Magnificent Seven features an outdoor sculpture installation by James Surls. Through August. Rice University, 6100 Main St. • rice.edu.
Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island chronicles immigration through the Port of Galveston, a major gateway to American immigration. Through Sept. 11. Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd. in Galveston • moodygardens.org • 800/582-4673.
Bernar Venet exhibition. Eight cor-ten steel towers dot Hermann Park. Through Sept. 30. Golf Course Dr. • hermannpark?.org • 713/524-5876.
Sky. New works by Libbie Masterson, in conjunction with 2010 FotoFest. April 1–27. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose, Suite 200 • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.
Time After Time. A Richard Stout retrospective is named after the artist’s 1963 painting. April 2–27, with reception with the artist on Friday, April 9, 6pm, and an artist’s roundtable discussion, April 10, 3pm. Canal Street Gallery, 2219 Canal St. • canalstreetgallery.com • 713-223-2219.
Never Let It Rest! Artist Hans Molzberger documents the histories of the Jewish citizens of Salzwedel, Germany, who died at the hands of the Nazis. April 16–Oct. 3.Reception April 15, 6pm. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.
FotoFest at Discovery Green. April 17, 6–9pm. Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney • fotofest.org • 713/233-5522.
Spring Show features 20th century pop artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, and Steve Kaufman. April 22–May 15, with opening reception, April 22, 6pm. Vaughan Christopher Gallery, 1217 S. Shepherd Dr. • vaughanchristopher.com • 713/533-0816.
Mary Cassat: Works on Paper, an exhibition of 41 major prints and drawings by the American impressionist. April 22–May 29. Meredith Long & Company, 2323 San Felipe St. • meredithlonggallery.com • 713-523-6671.
Medianation: Performing for the Screen, curated by Gilbert Vicario featuring Leslie Hall and Laurel Nakadate. April 25. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.
Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men. Costumes, videos, PowerPoint presentations, props, and more from Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bobano, considered among the most important political artists of the last decade. April 30–June 5, with opening reception, April 30, 6pm. The “How to Be a Yes Man” workshop follows, May 1, 11am. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.
Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution. Wood sculpture. March 27–July 2. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
APRIL DAY-BY-DAY • WEEKLY • MONTHLY
April 3 (Sat.)
HAPI Block Pawty. Noon. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Dr. • hapi4pets.org • 281/216-2385.
April 8–10 (Thurs.–Sat.)
Simon Fashion Now is a series of free spring fashion shows and interactive events that allows shoppers the ability to purchase straight from the runway. The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Rd. • simon.com.
April 9–10 (Fri.–Sat.)
Now Showing . . . The Houston Heights, Houston Heights Association’s Home & Garden Tour, showcases six distinctive homes. April 10–11, noon–6pm, beginning with Candlelight Dinner & Auction, April 9, 7pm, at Master Car Care, 2305 Yale St. • houstonheights.org.
April 12 (Mon.)
2010 Carol Mann LPGA Players Invitational FORE! The Women’s Home features Hall of Fame golfers, Mann, Nancy Lopez, and others. 1pm. Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress, Texas • thewomenshome.org.
April 14 (Wed.)
Crafting a Legacy Luncheon, presented by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, honors three mother-daughter teams. 11:30am. River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Blvd. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
April 16–17 (Fri.–Sat.)
Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival offers an invitation-only formal dinner on Friday and a public wine tasting event on Saturday, 2:30pm. Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand Streets • galveston.com/foodandwine • 409/762-6676.
April 17 (Sat.)
Finding and Maintaining a Long-term Relationship. Licensed professional counselor and therapist Denise O’Dougherty discusses essentials of a healthy relationship, how to seek suitable and compatible romantic partners, what it means to be “emotionally available,” and more. 10am–noon. $33. Leisure Learning Unlimited, 2990 Richmond Ave. • llu.com • 713/529-4414.
HAPI Family Pet Festival. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 1656 Blalock Rd. 11am. hapi4pets.org • 281/216-2385.
April 24 (Sat.)
McGraw-Hill Companies Financial Fitness Festival offers money-management activities for the entire family. 9am. Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney • houread.org • 713/640-8202.
Friends of BARC 3rd Annual Silent Auction benefits the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. 7–11pm. Cadillac Bar, 1802 Shepherd Dr. • friendsofbarc.org.
April 24–25 (Sat.–Sun.)
Salt Grass Potters Guild Spring Sale features original handmade pottery. NASA Prky., Clear Lake • saltgrasspotters?.com • 281/332-3143.
Friends of the Houston Public Library 32nd Annual Bargain Book Sale offers children’s books, cookbooks, gardening books, books on history, art, and science, and more at rock-bottom prices. George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. Benefits the Houston Public Library. houstonlibrary.org • 832/393-1313.
The Women’s Group, a feminist group for all women. 10:15am. First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Sojourner Truth Room, 5200 Fannin • 713/529-8571.
TG Support Group. Helping TransGenders Anonymous is a facilitated support group for all transgenders, supporters, family, and significant others. 7–9pm. Haven Center, 1827 W. Alabama • transhouston.com • 713/520-8586.
Fathers First. Houston’s original gay fathers group supports gay dads who are dealing with coming-out issues and family challenges of life after being married to a woman. First three Mondays of each month, 7:30-9pm. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold, room 230 • fathersfirstofhouston.com.
Gay Dad’s Support Group. Helping gay men who are or were previously married to a woman and who had children within that relationship. 7:30–9pm. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold, room 230 • fathersfirstofhouston.com.
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, Ste. 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.
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. 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. • winter?streetstudios.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 St. • houston glbtcommunitycenter.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 (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.
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 St. • [email protected]
Monthly (4th Sun.)
Share with the Clear Lake satellite of PFLAGHouston in a safe, confidential setting. 2–4pm. Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church Fellowship Hall, 17503 El Camino Real, Clear Lake • pflaghouston.org
Twilight of Romanticism features late Romantic works, and the Orion String Quartet. Presented by Da Camera. May 1. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.
Fifth Annual Lois Alba Aria Competition for aspiring opera singers, presented by University of St. Thomas’s and Soma International Foundation. May 1–2. UST’s Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon St. • somainfo.org.
A Little Day Music concert featuring Da Camera’s Young Artists. Presented by Da Camera. May 5. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.
Shop.Care.Share. The Heights Spring Fling in the Heights features arts and crafts, entertainment, food and drink, and a variety of wares from more than 25 19th-Street merchants. Benefits numerous local charities. May 7, 6pm. heights19thstreet.com.
Stop, Look and Listen! A family concert featuring Da Camera’s Young Artists. Presented by Da Camera. May 8. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.
23rd Annual Houston Art Car Parade. Comic actor Dan Aykroyd leads more than 200 motorized works of art as grand marshal. May 8, 11am; parade begins at 1pm. Allen Parkway @ Taft and Bagby St. Presented by The Orange Show. orangeshow.org.
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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