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Compiled by Nancy Ford

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It’s an honor: Holocaust Museum Houston bestows its highest honor upon Mayor Annise Parker.

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Mayor on the Move
Annise Parker’s diverse schedule reflects a diverse city

There’s no question that Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker goes way above and beyond the call of her elected duties, and, accordingly, has won big approval from Houstonians for her first year in the big office. Maybe one reason is that she spends a lot of time with her community of origin: this summer found her conducting—and dancing!—with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, and later supporting the arts by spontaneously holding a sagging microphone for singer/guitarist Rawslyn Ruffin at the Kindred Spirits 30th anniversary celebration. And those are just two examples of Mayor Parker’s dedication to serving all of her constituents socially as well as politically.

A recent poll of 500 Bayou City citizens, conducted by Rice University’s Center for Civic Engagement, found that a full 56 percent stated Mayor Parker is doing an “excellent” or “good” job leading Houston. Twenty-seven percent believe she’s doing a “fair” job, and a mere six percent gave her a “poor” rating. The rest—11 percent—were undecided. Did somebody say “re-election”?

Recognizing this excellence, Holocaust Museum Houston is bestowing its highest honor on Mayor Parker: the Guardian of the Human Spirit award, for her myriad achievements in making Houston a fine place to live for the many diverse members of its many diverse communities. The award, established in 1997, acknowledges “dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others and to better humankind.”

The luncheon takes place November 2, 11:30 a.m., at Hilton Americas. For tickets, e-mail [email protected] or phone 713/942-8000.

On the other, more whimsical hand, Mayor Parker also participates in Fiddler on the Loop, Main Street Theater’s Autumn Follies Gala, set for October 8. Featuring local celebrities including Houston PBS’s Ernie Manouse, Gish Creative’s Sarah Gish, Houston Chronicle blogger Buzz Bellmont, and others, the one-night-only parody of Fiddler on the Roof benefits MST’s education and outreach programs. 4617 Montrose Blvd. •www.mainstreettheater.com• 713/524-6706. —Nancy Ford

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FILM

Oil and A Satisfied Mind. Two films by Amy Patton, plus a sculpture installation. Thru Nov. 13. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Times II, works by University of Houston School of Art students and alumni. Oct. 8, 7pm. Presented by Aurora Picture Show. Barnvelder Movement Complex, 2201 Preston St. aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

The Big Lebowski, Bryan Caswell’s favorite film. Oct. 26, 7pm. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. mfah.org • 713-639-7300.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Barefoot in the Park, the comedy about newlywed romance. Through Oct. 9. ETC/East-End Theater Co. 2001 Postoffice St., Galveston • islandetc.org • 409/762-3556.

King Lear. Director Hal Evans’ take on Shakespeare’s supreme achievement. Through Oct. 9, 8pm. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org • 281/734-8314.

Auntie Mame reminds us that life is a banquet. Through Oct. 10. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

New Tattoos: The Work of Fraser Stables. Through Oct. 10. Rice University, 6100 Main St. • rice.org • 713/348-6069.

The Philadelphia Story. Philip Barry’s classic comedy marks the theater’s 50th anniversary. Through Oct. 16. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.

The Marvelous Wonderettes, a musical that recalls do-wop hits of the 1950s and ‘60s. Through Oct. 17. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.

Sleuth, Anthony Schaffer’s ultimate game of psychological cat-and-mouse. Through Oct. 17. Texas Repertory Theatre Co., 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd. • texreptheatre.org • 281/583-7573.

The Waiting Room, Samm-Art Williams’ hospital comedy. Through Oct. 17. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

You’ll Never Forget the End of the World, a “radio” comedy about the very Reverend Jiffy Dillard, a TV evangelist whose Houston-based church was formerly a football stadium. Through Nov. 20. Radio Music Theatre, 2623 Colquitt St. • radiomusictheatre.com • 713/522-7722.

Chess, a musical written by members of ABBA. Oct. 1–9. Presented by Masquerade Theatre. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • masqueradetheatre.com • 713/861-7045.

Brilliant Traces. Cindy Lou Johnson’s story of love in an Alaska cabin. Oct. 1–30. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, the original 1904 play. Oct. 1–31. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Hairspray, the stage adaptation of John Waters’ classic. Oct. 5–17. Presented by Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Texas Dance Improvisation Festival celebrates improvisational dance in Texas and beyond. Oct. 7–9. Rice University’s Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation Center, 6100 Main St., and Barnevelder Movement Complex, 2201 Preston St. • tdif.rice.edu.

Ghosts, Henrik Ibsen “scandalous” 19th-century morality play. Oct. 7–17. Presented by Classical Theatre Company. Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 South Jenson Dr. • classicaltheatre.org • 713/963-9665.

Autumn Follies Gala features Fiddler on the Loop with cameo appearances by Mayor Annise Parker, sports broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy, KHOU’s Len Cannon, Judge Jan Krocker, Sarah Gish of Gish Creative, PBS Houston’s Ernie Manouse, and others. Oct. 8, 6:30pm. Main Street Theater–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/806-0742.

Omara Portuondo: 80th Birthday Celebration of Cuba’s musical sweetheart, presented by Society for the Performing Arts. Oct. 8, 8pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

4th Annual Dance Gallery Festival, presented by von ussar danceworks, features the work of 22 choreographers. Oct. 8–9, 8pm. Sam Houston State University Performing Arts Center • dancegalleryfestival.com/#/festivals.

Exotique! features beautiful French Baroque orchestral stage music. Oct. 9, 8pm. Mercury Baroque. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.

Ira Glass: Radio Stories and Other Stories, presented by Society for the Performing Arts. Oct. 9, 8pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Madcap 24, a 24-hour collaboration on the production of eight original one-act plays. Oct. 9. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Christopher Durang’s black comedy, presented by Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company. Oct. 14–23, 8pm. Midtown Art Center, 3414 La Branch St. • mildredsumbrella.com • 832/463-0409. (See interview with actor Greg Dean on page 77.)

Armonías Colombianas: A Celebration of Colombian Chamber Music, presented by Aperio, Music of the Americas. Oct. 15, 7:30pm. Aperio Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline St. • aperioamericas.org.

Momix: Botanica, surrealistic dance and music, presented by Society for the Performing Arts. Oct. 15–16, 8pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. •spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Arcanto Quartet, chamber music concert. Oct. 19. Presented by Da Camera. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Shrek the Musical, the stage adaption of the Pixar movie hit. Oct. 19–31. Broadway Across America. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St. • broadwayacrossamerica.com • 713/315-2500.

Artist SPEAKeasy features Classical Theatre Company’s John Johnston and UH Mitchell Center’s Michael Kahlil Taylor. Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. Spacetaker ARC, 2101 Winter St., Suite B11 • spacetaker.org • 713/868-1839.

Paul Anka performs his way. Oct. 21, 7:30pm. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Fall Mixed Rep features Jiri Kylian’s 27’52” and more. Oct. 21–23, 7:30pm. Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. Center for the Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. • dwdt.org • 713/315-2525.

Village of Waltz, a collaborative dance experience presented by Hope Stone. Oct. 22–23, 8pm. Cullen Theater, 500 Texas Ave. • hopestoneinc.org • 713/526-1907.

Chris Botti, trumpeter, with Houston Symphony. Oct. 22–24. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Madame Butterfly, Puccini’s classic love story. Oct. 22–Nov. 5. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713-228-6737.

Vanities. Three cheerleaders from 1960s Texas. Oct. 22–Nov. 13. 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

One World Music Jam. KPFT Pacifica Foundation presents African, Latino, Jazz, European, and Asian musicians. Oct. 23, 6pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386. ›

Tina Sloan: Changing Shoes, a solo show from the Guiding Light star. Oct. 25, 7:30 pm. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Drumline Live, steppers’ marching band interpretations, presented by Society for the Performing Arts. Oct. 26, 7:30pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. Oct. 28, 30–31. Houston Symphony. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Tierney Sutton, jazz vocalist. Oct. 29. Presented by Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Modern Music at the Park. Foundation for Modern Music presents new classical music, including Houston composers and works from Latin America. Oct. 30, 8pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr.  • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) features acoustic instruments with live computer processing. Nov. 2, 7:30pm. Presented by Da Camera at the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss’ classic features Bayou City Performing Arts artistic director, Linus Lerner. Nov. 4–13. Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. • operaintheheights.org • 713/861-5303.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Busytown, based on the books by Richard Scarry. Oct. 2–23. Main Street Theater–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/806-0742.

Jack and the Beanstalk. Express Children’s Theatre’s take on magical beans and a Giant who lives in the sky. Oct. 29, 11 a.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

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RADIO

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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ART/PHOTOGRAPHY

High Fiber and Raw Materials: Works in Fiber, Clay, Wood, and Other Natural Materials. Through Oct. 7. Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 Nasa Parkway, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.

Nicola Parente, Edge of Awakening Medium: Mixed Media Paintings. Through Oct. 9. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.

MannHands. Photography by Lyn Sullivan. Through Oct. 12. Hungry’s Café and Bistro’s H Gallery, 2356 Rice Blvd. • thehgallery.com.

Cockroach Poems. Works by Joe Havel. Through Oct. 15. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Jillian Conrad and Jeff Forster, sculptural works. Through Oct. 15. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Ethereal. Sculpture by Troy Woods. Through Oct. 16. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com.

Dance with Camera. Works by dancers who make choreography for a camera. Through Oct. 17. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Hypermorph, new works by William Cardini. Through Oct. 21. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer Rd. • domystore.com.

Before (During) After: Louisiana Photographers Respond to Katrina & Under-Standing Water. Through Oct. 23. Co-presented by DiverseWorks with Louisiana State Museum. DiverseWorks Art Space, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Flickerlounge: A Loud Color and Still Standing, studies on Hurricane Katrina. Through Oct. 23. Co-presented by DiverseWorks and Aurora Picture Show. DiverseWorks Art Space, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

Grandalism, featuring Gonzo247. Works by street artists. Through Oct. 23. DiverseWorks Art Space, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445. ›

Greetings from Houston: Vintage Postcard Views of the City features more than 120 postcards. Through Oct. 24. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St., Sam Houston Park • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

Objects of Devotion explores the role of art in religious practices. Through Oct. 31; curators’ discussion with Kristina Van Dyke and Linda Neagley, Oct. 12, 7:30pm. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Richard Misrach: After Katrina. Photographs. Through Oct. 31. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713-639-7300.

Gabriel Kuri: Nobody needs to know the price of your Saab. Through Nov. 13. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Earth Paper Paint Wood: Recent Acquisitions. Through Nov. 28. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

D-17, works by Sarah Oppenheimer. Through Dec. 5. Rice University’s Rice Gallery, 6100 Main St. • ricegallery.org • 713/348-6069.

The Holocaust:  An Artist’s Glimpse of the Past. Portraits by Dallas Hill. Through Dec. 17. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

CraftTexas 2010 showcases Texas-made contemporary craft. Through Dec. 30. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Secrets of the Silk Road, mummies from the Chinese desert. Through Jan. 2. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Herman Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Literary Effigies: Woodcuts by Charles Jones. Through Jan. 15. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

Form Follows Function: Celebrating 10 Years of the American Institute of Architects Design Collection. Through Jan. 30. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713-639-7300.

Everything Has Its Place. Photography by 17 University of Houston students. Through March. City Hall, 901 Bagby St. • uh.edu.

39th Annual Bayou City Art Festival Downtown spotlights American Craft Week with a citywide slate of events. Oct. 1–10. bayoucityartfestival.com.

Flight & Freestyle features works by Thomas Irven and Marsha Harris Solomon. Oct. 2–Nov. 4. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Dignity and Impudence, an art fundraiser, features the work of Edward Lane McCartney. Oct. 7, 6pm. Goldesberry Gallery, 2625 Colquitt St. Benefits Lazarus House. 713/526-5071 • thelazarushouse.org.

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship showcases more than 200 18th-century artifacts from the first fully authenticated pirate ship discovered in U.S. waters. Oct. 8–Feb. 6. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Classic Touch features works by ceramist Jane Dipaolo. Oct. 9, 6pm. Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. • winterstreetstudios.net • 713/862-0082.

39th Annual Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, an outdoor art gallery, featuring Jeannie Maddox’s photorealism work, Swimmer Series. Oct. 9–10. Downtown Houston • bayoucityartfestival.com • 713/521-0133.

Rusty Scruby: Playing in the Sand, in conjunction with ArtWalk. Oct. 9–Nov. 14. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St. • galvestonartscenter.org • 409/763-2403.

41st October Annual Membership Show. Oct. 11–Nov. 5. Watercolor Art Society-Houston, 1601 W. Alabama St. • watercolorhouston.org • 713/942-9966.

ArtoberFest, Galveston’s 13th annual fine arts celebration features more than 100 contributors. Oct. 16–17. Postoffice @ 21st streets • artoberfest.com.

23rd Annual Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead celebrates the art and music of Mexico, including the Retablo Exhibition featuring works by Sarah Gish, Bexar Olivier, and others. Oct. 18–Nov. 6. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Hearts, Hands & Heritage: The Patchwork Soul of Women, a quilting exhibition. Oct. 21–Nov. 19. Rice University, 6100 Main St. • rice.org • 713/348-6069.

Texas Red Road Project. Photography by Monica Villarreal. Oct. 22–Nov. 13. Spacetaker ARC, 2101 Winter St., suite B11 • spacetaker.org • 713/868-1839.

Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage. Oct. 22–Jan. 30. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Lance Letscher 2010. Works in collage. Oct. 23–Nov. 27. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.

Art for Life raises funds for cancer research. Presented by Advita Fund USA and Texas Children’s Hospital. Sept. 25, 6pm. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • advitausa.org.

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OCTOBER DAY BY DAY WEEKLYBIWEEKLY MONTHLY

OCT. 2

20th Annual Komen Houston Race for the Cure, supporting the fight against breast cancer. 7:45am. Sam Houston Park, downtown • komen-houston.org • 713/783-9188.

OCT. 7–10

Greece Is the Word! is the theme of the 44th annual Original Greek Festival, featuring all things traditionally Greek. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Complex, 3511 Yoakum St. • agoc.org • 713/526-5377.

OCT. 14

Spacetaker’s Cultured Cocktails with members of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. 5pm. Boheme Café & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview St. • spacetaker.org • 713/868-1839.

OCT. 16

Brenner’s on the Bayou’s 2010 Beer Fest showcases more than 50 beers. 2pm. Brenner’s on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall St. • brennerssteakhouse.com • 713/868-4444.

OCT. 17

3rd Annual East End Cultural Arts Fest 2010 features the Visual Arts Quarter, the  Cultural Arts Scene, and the World Urban Block. Noon. Tlaquepaque Market, 700 Telephone Rd. • bohemeos.com.

8th Annual International Risotto Festival offers risotto, designer showroom tours, and more. Benefits the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management. 2pm. Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Rd. • risottofestival.com.

OCT. 21

Spacetaker’s Cultured Cocktails with members of Divergence Vocal Theatre. 5pm. Boheme Café & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview St. • spacetaker.org • 713/868-1839.

OCT. 28

Spacetaker’s Cultured Cocktails with members of Virtuosi of Houston. 5pm.Boheme Café & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview St. • spacetaker.org • 713/868-1839.

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Weekly (Sundays)

The Women’s Group, a feminist group for all women. 10:15am. First Unitarian Universalist Churchís Sojourner Truth Room, 5200 Fannin St. • 713/529-8571.

Urban Harvest Farmers Market, presented by Central City Co-op. Noon–4pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

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.

Weekly (Mondays)

TG Support Group. Helping TransGenders Anonymous is a facilitated support group for all transgenders, supporters, family, and significant others. 7–9pm. 604 Pacific St. • tgctr.org.

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 St., room 230 • fathersfirstof houston.com.

Gay Dads’ Support Group helps gay men who are or were previously married to a woman and who had children within that relationship. 7:30–9pm. Grace Lutheran Church’s parlor, 2515 Waugh Dr. • 281/608-8134.

Weekly (Thursdays)

Center HIV Support Group. Facilitated support group for HIV-positive individuals. 6pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 207 • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

GLBT-Friendly Depression & Bipolar Support Group. 7:15–8:30pm. Eclessia Church, 2015 Taft St, 7pm. Free. 713/526-1018.

Weekly (Saturdays)

Recycling Saturdays. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum. 10am–2pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

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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 Mon.)

Center Coming Out Group. Facilitated support group for lgbt individuals at any stage of the coming-out process. 7pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 207 • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

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. 6–10pm. Free. Wind Water Gallery, 548 W. 19th • yalestreetmarket.com.

Monthly (2nd Tues.)

Center Dinner Night, hosted by the Houston GLBT Community Center. Diners pay for their own meals. 6:30pm. One’s A Meal, 812 Westheimer Rd. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (2nd Sat.)

AssistHers helps lesbians coping with life-threatening illnesses by providing non-medical assistance. Volunteers meet for fellowship and education followed by lunch at a local restaurant. 9:30am–noon. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St. • assisthers.org • 713/521-4628.

Monthly (3rd Sun.)

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

Monthly (3rd Tues.)

Center Seniors & Friends Potluck, organized by the Houston GLBT Community Center at Bethel Church UCC, 1107 Shepherd Dr. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

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 Sun.)

Share with the Clear Lake satellite of PFLAG Houston in a safe, confidential setting. 2–4pm. Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church Fellowship Hall, 17503 El Camino Real, Clear Lake • 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]

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PLANNING AHEAD

Nov. 5 (Fri)

White Shirts and Chiffon, Art League Houston’s 2010 Texas Artist of the Year annual gala, honors Joseph Havel. Nov. 5. artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Nov.6 (Sat.)

The Start! Houston Heart Walk, a five-mile walk celebrating heart-healthy living. Nov. 6, 9am. Sam Houston Park Downtown, 1100 Bagby St. • houstonheartwalk.org • 713/610-5000.

Houston’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk benefits American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Nov. 6, 10am. Stude Park, 1030 Stude St. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention • outofthedarkness.org.

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company’s Glass Slipper Gala fundraiser featuring John Watt encourages fairy-tale costumes. Nov. 6. Alley Theatre Board Room and Balcony, 615 Texas Ave., 14th floor • mildredsumbrella.com. n

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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.

Legacy Community Health Services offers free, confidential, rapid HIV testing using the OraQuick-Advance collection method with results available within 20 minutes.

MONDAYS: All Star News and Video Emporium, 3415 Katy Frwy & Studewood, 4-8pm; George Sports Bar, 617 Fairview, 6-10pm.

TUESDAYS:611 Hyde Park Pub, 611 Hyde Park, 4-8pm; Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin, 4-8pm.

WEDNESDAYS: Club Houston, 2205 Fannin, 8pm-12am; EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 10pm-1am.

FRIDAYS: Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin, 5-9pm; EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 10pm-1am.

MON-THU, Free, confidential syphilis testing is also offered. HIV and syphilis testing is offered at 215 Westheimer, 11am–7pm, and Friday, 11am–5pm. 713/830-3070.

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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