Honoring a Legend. Arden Eversmeyer has dedicated her life to empowering lesbians, especially senior lesbians. Perhaps best known for her book and website, the Old Lesbians Organizing for Change Herstory Project, chronicling the first-person stories of aging lesbians, she also founded Lesbians Over Age Fifty (LOAF), the social support group for senior lesbians now celebrating over 23 years of activity, and has served as a mayoral appointee to the City of Houston’s Agency on Aging. So far, her friends and admirers have contributed more than 30 percent of the $5,000 pledge required to designate one of Montrose Counseling Center’s meeting rooms recognizing her many achievements, which are being celebrated at a dedication ceremony and reception, Aug. 11, 6 p.m., at Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. To RSVP, call Meleah Jones at 713/800-0872. To make a donation to Arden’s Room, log on to montrosecounselingcenter.org.
What Makes Houston Houston? Homespun: Houston Stories, a panel discussion preceding The Spectacular of Vernacular art exhibit, features architectural author Stephen Fox, filmmaker Alex “PRIMO” Luster, Texas food critic and cookbook author Robb Walsh, SugarHill Recording Studios president Dan Workman, and OutSmart’s Nancy Ford discussing “what makes Houston Houston.” Aug. 4, 6:30pm. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.
God Hates Hate. Houston’s GLBT Political Caucus, Equality Texas, Resurrection MCC, Houston GLBT Community Center, Victory Fund, and Houston Stonewall Democrats are joining in protest of The Response, a prayer event endorsed Texas governor Rick Perry and several anti-equality hate groups. Tranquility Park, 400 Rusk St. Aug. 5, 7 p.m. 713/521-1000.
One Night Only. Auntie Shameka!, a “ghetto-fabulous” comedy loosely based on the Broadway play Auntie Mame, tells the story of Shameka Kennedy, a larger-than-life Houston hairdresser and her young nephew. Aug. 5. Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall • http://www.vincentvictoriaproductions.com • 832/489-7458.
Up Close and Personal. Singer/songwriter Ginger Leigh continues her recovery from breast cancer on Aug. 5, 8 p.m., at Heights Live, 240 W. 18th St. • heightsliveconcerts.com. Ginger also appears in a house concert, Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m., at 3203 Rustling Moss St. $15. Reservations: 713/502-9297 • http://www.gleigh.com.
You Go, “girl”! Daddy of Montrose 2009 Eric Stutes says all “persons, races, genders, bi, straight, or gay“ are welcomed to enter the first annual 2011 girl of Montrose Pageant, presented by Don Gill Productions. Benefits PWA Holiday Charities. Aug. 6, 8 p.m., at George, Your Country Sports Bar, 617 Fairview Ave. Applications available at http://www.firstfamilyofmontrose.org.
Support for Families. PFLAG Houston helps keep LGBT families together by providing educational presentations on LGBT topics, small group confidential discussions, and supportive fellowship. Aug. 7, 2 p.m., at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. • http://www.pflaghouston.org.
Transgender on Campus. The 3rd Annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit confronts issues pertaining to the transgender community on the university campus, including campus housing, health services, and academic support. Trans-family educator and former Interim Assistant Dean of Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University, Dr. Paige Schilt speaks Aug. 12. Human Rights Campaign’s Meghan Stabler, a senior director at CA Technologies and former president of Pride Houston, speaks Aug. 13. University of Houston. Registration: http://www.houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org.
Hot Summer, Cool Party. Escape the summer heat with Girl Jam’s Parking Lot Party, featuring DJ Lezlee from The Real L Word, water volleyball, a dunking booth, live music, and more. Aug. 13, 5 p.m. at The Usual Pub, 5519 Allen St. • http://www.theusualpub.com • 281/501-1478.
Fantasy Island: Adventures in Paradise is the theme of the 2011 Mr. and Miss Tony’s Corner Pocket Pageant, in which contestants compete for the sash in categories including presentation, talent, formal wear, and onstage interview. The show also features performances by 2010’s pageant winners Ricky Gill and Regina Dane. Applications are available at http://www.tonyscornerpocketbar.com. Aug. 14, 7 p.m., 817 W. Dallas St. • 713/571-7870.
Change Changes Things. Everybody has a jar of loose pennies, nickels, and dimes. Bring yours to donate, along with a picture of your own beloved pet, to Pennies for Pets, a fundraiser with entertainment benefiting Pet Patrol. Aug. 28, 2 p.m., at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • http://www.thepetpatrol.org.
Hot Hop. Bunnies on the Bayou, Houston’s premiere gay and lesbian organization that provides funding to other key local LGBT groups with their annual Easter party, presents Bunnies in Heat, their annual summer bash. Aug. 28, 5 p.m., at Crocker Bar, 2312 Crocker St. • http://www.bunniesonthebayou.org.
Sing Out and Party! Sing for Hope: An Evening of Art Songs & Arias includes a prelude dinner at the Houston Club with honorees Daniel and Gabriela Dror, a concert at Wortham Theatre featuring international rising opera arias and Broadway hits, and an after party back at the Houston Club, honoring Brian Leary. Benefits Bering Omega Community Services. Sept. 10. http://www.beringomega.org.