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The Gay Agenda – July

Christopher Olivier’s Diamonday (2009).

Modern Art. Openly gay artist Christopher Olivier is one of 30 photographers whose work is featured this month at Houston Center for Photography’s 29th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition. More than 200 artists submitted pieces for inclusion in the show, which features Olivier’s Diamonday (2009). Look closely—yes, it is an aerial view of a cityscape, but it’s made entirely of electronic components imbedded on a circuit board. “This photographic process begins with several original photos of circuit boards,” says Olivier, who also creates under the name “Bexar.” “I then sample out specific parts chosen for color and brightness, and place them into a new landscape, arranging the shapes to create an illusion from reality.” Electrifying! July 8–Aug. 21; reception with juror remarks, July 8, 6 p.m. Houston Center for Photography, 1441 W. Alabama St. • hcponline.org.

Drag on In. The Heathers, as seen on RuPaul’s Drag Race, is the featured act of the new nightclub’s weekly VivaBanana! Party. July 8. Vue, 526 Waugh Dr. • vuehouston.com.

Eat Some Shrimp, Save a Ta-ta. Aloha Hollywood, The Rose’s 22nd Annual Shrimp Boil features shrimp, live and silent auctions, and a fun zone for kids. Grateful Geezers and The Pee-Wee Bowen Band provide music. Benefits the breast-cancer detecting programs of The Rose. July 9, 4 p.m. Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena • therose.org • 281/484-4708.

Dinner and a Movie. LGBT seniors 60 years and older are invited to bring their favorite dish, and enjoy a screening of Connie and Clara at the SPRY (Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years) Potluck and Movie Afternoon. July 14, 4 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center, Room 101, 401 Branard St. • spryhouston.org.

Food for Thought. Summer in the City Dialogues 2011 provides dinner and table conversation with Houston notables, including designer Chloe Dao, sustainability manager Laura Spanjian, “citizen provocateur” Ray Hill, and others. July 14, 6:30pm. Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 South Braeswood Blvd. • jcchouston.org.

“Nay, Faith, Let Me Not Play a Woman; I Have a Beard Coming.” Chris Rivera directs A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Unhatched Project, William Shakespeare’s comedy updated with a contemporary, gay twist, as performed by teen actors. July 15–31. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org.
Who’s Minding the Mints? Miss, Ms. & Mr. Mint Julep 2011, the annual fundraising pageant, benefits Legacy Community Health Services. July 17, 3 p.m. Rich’s, 2401 San Jacinto St. • legacycommunityhealth.org.

Queers on Film. QFest 2011: the 15th Anniversary GLBTQ Festival offers an outdoor screening of Olivia Newton-John’s Xanadu, a 20th anniversary screening of director Todd Haynes’s Poison, tributes to filmmaker Kenneth Anger and the late Elizabeth Taylor, and more. July 28–Aug. 1. q-fest.org.

All the Single Ladies (and everyone else). Celebrating 31 years since the founding of Kindred Spirits, “a nightclub for women and their friends,” the women of Kindred Spirits Foundation present their annual summer dance celebration with DJ Joy De La O. Benefits AssistHers, Houston Buyers Club, and Lesbian Health Initiative–Houston. July 30, 7:30 p.m. SPJST Lodge, 1435 Beall Street in the Heights • kindredspirits houston.org.

Cazwell in Concert. He “seen Beyonce at Burger King.” Now you can see the clever queer rapper in Houston. July 30. Vue, 526 Waugh Dr. • vuehouston.com.

Two Actors, Many Characters, a Million Laughs. Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, the creators of the comedy classic Greater Tuna, present the world premiere of I Heard That, showcasing the pair’s legendary talent for characterizations. Aug. 4–14. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. • thegrand.com • 800/821-1894.


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