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See your insides at Houston’s Health Museum.
Compiled by Nancy Ford

FilmPerforming ArtsPerforming Arts for Young PeopleRadioArt/Photography January Day-By-DayHIV Testing

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HOT TICKET

Breaking It Down to the Basics
The Health Museum presents ‘Cells: The Universe Inside Us’

As we enter 2012, some of our New Year’s resolutions inevitably include a pledge to lose weight. Or to maybe gain weight. As in any battle, it is wise to know your enemy, which, in this case, goes right down to the cellular level.

More than 100 trillion cells work together to make up the human body, and only some of them are fat cells. Get to know the wonders of humanity’s most common denominator at the Health Museum with Cells: The Universe Inside Us. Opening January 26 and remaining on display through August 26, and traveling from the Maryland Science Center, the interactive  exhibit explores the complexity of the human body at the cellular level. Visitors young and old alike are invited to walk through a giant cell, perform experiments, and more.

Simultaneously, the museum presents Touch: The Science & Health of the Human Skin, in partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology. An expansive traveling exhibit, Touch focuses on all things relating to human skin including the pathology and treatment of skin cancer, the art and sociology of tattoos and adornment, and the incredible ability of skin to heal itself.

Or maybe your New Year’s resolution is less about the physical and more about the cultural. If you’ve vowed to include more visits to Houston’s internationally acclaimed Museum District in 2012, experiencing this exhibit is a win/win. 1515 Hermann Dr. • thehealthmuseum.org • 713/521-1515. —Nancy Ford

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FILM

Born to Be Wild 3D, Sea Rex 3D, and Sharks 3D. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

2011 British Arrows, the new name for the British Television Advertising Awards. Jan. 1–6. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Houston Film Critics Society: Best of 2011 Films honors actor Jeff Bridges and philanthropist Joanne King Herring. Jan. 4. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

The Mill and the Cross (2011), about Renaissance painter and printmaker Pieter Bruegel. Lech Majewski directs. Jan. 7–13. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Aftershock (2010), about a family separated in the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. Xiaogang Feng directs. Introduced by Ping Sun, Rice University representative. Mandarin with English subtitles. Jan. 30. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Iranian Film Festival. Feb. 3–5. MFAH at Rice Cinema, 6100 Main St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Fruitcakes! A Very Special Holiday Special, an evening of song and comedy with a holiday twist. Through Jan. 15. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt St. • themusicboxtheater.com • 713/522-7722.

Moonlight and Magnolias, a comedy about writing the screenplay for Gone With the Wind. Through Jan. 21. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

RachFest 1: Rach 3. Edward Gardner conducts pianist Kirill Gerstein and Houston Symphony in a program of Rachmaninoff. Jan. 5–8. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Uncle Vanya. Anton Chekhov’s study of relationships and beauty. Jan. 5–22. Classical Theatre Company, Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston St. • classicaltheatre.org • 713/963-9665.

Free of the Ground, a celebration of love, life, and passion with song and dance. Jan. 7. Musiqa, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. • musiqahouston.org • 713/524-5678.

Bring It On Pep Rally celebrates Bring It On: The Musical, featuring Rockets Power Dancers, Little Dippers, Space City Seniors, Clutch the Bear, the Launch Crew, a live DJ, raffle prizes and giveaways, and more. Jan. 8. Hard Rock Café at Bayou Place Plaza, 502 Texas Ave. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

The Addams Family, an off-beat musical comedy. Jan. 10–15. Gexa Energy Broadway Across America. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St. • broadwayacrossamerica.com • 713/315-2500.

The Coast of Utopia—Part I: Voyage. Regional premiere of Tom Stoppard’s trilogy chronicling a group of Russian intellectuals dreaming of revolution. Jan. 12–29. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

La Vie à Pleines Dents (To Bite Life with All of One’s Teeth) with Hope Stone Dance Company, Mercury Baroque, and Houston Boychoir. Jan. 12–15. hopestoneinc.org • 713/526-1907.

RachFest 2: Rach 1 & 4. Hans Graf conducts pianist Kirill Gerstein and Houston Symphony in a program of Rachmaninoff. Jan. 13–15. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

(theLID, a conceptualized dance event by Ayman Harper with Matmos. 
Jan. 13–14. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. A musical history of relationships. Jan. 13–28. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.

Country Gravy & Other Obsessions, a southern musical comedy. Jan. 13–29. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo St. • theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.

Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen’s drama about a manipulative bride. Jan. 13–Feb. 18. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square • companyonstage.org • 713/726-1219.

Suzy Bogguss, folk singer. Jan. 14. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

Dulcinea’s Lament by Dulcinea Langfelder & Co. Jan. 14. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

RachFest 3: Rach 2. Hans Graf conducts pianist Kirill Gerstein and Houston Symphony in a program of Rachmaninoff. Jan. 19–22. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

Motel Tropicana: A Series of Adult No-Tells. Jan. 19–Feb. 4. Big Head Productions at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org.

Joshua Bell, violin virtuoso. Jan. 20. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.

Country Gravy & Other Obsessions, a southern musical comedy. Jan. 20–22. Theater LaB Houston at Houston Academy of Dramatic Art, 11538 Northwest Frwy. theaterlabhouston.com • 713/868-7516.

The Toxic Avenger, a musical comedy about corruption and heroics in New Jersey. Jan. 20–Feb. 12. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Oscar in the Box, a salute to movie music. Jan. 20–April 29. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt St. • themusicboxtheater.com • 713/522-7722.

Spamalot, the Monty Python-based musical. Jan. 21. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.

Farewell Haydn, Hello Mozart. Antoine Plante conducts. Jan. 21. Mercury Baroque. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.

Exquisite Decadence: The Twilight of American Romanticism. 
Music by Beach, Foote, Loeffler, and others. Jan. 22. Aperio Music of the Americas. Texas Gallery, 2012 Peden St. • aperioamericas.org.

Bring It On: The Musical. The stage play based on the movie about cheerleading. Jan. 24–Feb. 5. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.

Ravi Coltrane, saxophonist. Jan. 27. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

The Best of Spielberg and Williams. Michael Krajewski conducts Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pops. Jan. 27–29. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.

La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi‘s opera of love, sacrifice, and redemption. Jan. 27–Feb. 12. Houston Grand Opera. Wortham Theatre Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.

Hear the Future: 13th Annual Invitational School Choral Festival. Jan. 29. Houston Chamber Choir at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main St. • houstonchamberchoir.org • 713/224-5566.

Gyorgy Kurtág: A Composed Program, with pianists Marilyn Nonken and Sarah Rothenberg. Jan. 31. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

A Little Day Music concert. Feb 1. Da Camera. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

Steve Aoki: Deadmeat Tour. DJ/producer and electronic dance music performs in support of his new album, Wonderland. Feb. 2. Verizon Wireless Theatre, 520 Texas Ave. • verizonwireless.com • 713/230-1666.

Richard Egarr: The Harpsichord’s Golden Century. Feb. 3. Houston Early Music at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. • houstonearlymusic.org • 713/432-1744.

All-Schubert chamber music concert. Feb. 4. Da Camera. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.

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PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Annie Jr., a musical set in an orphanage. Jan. 20–29. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.

Cells: The Universe Inside Us. Jan. 28–Aug. 26. Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. • thehealthmuseum.org • 713/521-1515.

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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

Dennis Harper: Born in the Bayou, an underwater wonder world. Through Jan. 5. Blaffer Gallery at 110 Milam St. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Susan Plum: Nuevo Fuego. Through Jan. 5. PG Contemporary Gallery, 3227½ Milam St. • pgcontemporary.com • 713/523-7424.

Teaming with Fish. Works by V. Chin and John Barber. Through Jan. 5. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.

Open Doors Series: Winter 10 Juried Exhibition. Through Jan. 6. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.

Ballast/Break. Works by Alexis Granwell and Carrie Scanga. Through Jan. 7. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

From the Tippi Project. Works by Christie Blizzard. Through Jan. 7. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Office Light. Works by Curt Gambetta. Through Jan. 7. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Omitted. Scribblings by Timothy Harding. Through Jan. 7. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg St. • box13artspace.com.

This Is for You. Works by Darcy Rosenberg. Through Jan. 7. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Timesteps. Works by Debra Barrera and Norberto Gomez Jr. Through Jan. 7. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

Beyond Useful & Beautiful: Rethinking Domestic Craft. Through Jan. 8. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

John Christensen: Sculpture. Through Jan. 8. Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts Gallery, 2501 Sunset Blvd. • gremillion.com • 713/522-2701.

Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein. Paintings, video, and photography. Through Jan. 8. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Soundforge. Works by metal smith Gabriel Craig and composer Michael Remson. Through Jan. 8. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Walter De Maria: Trilogies. One painting and two sculpture series. Through Jan. 8. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Fleeting. Works by Kamila Szczesna. Through Jan. 15. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St. • contemporaryartgalveston.org • 409/763-2403.

Seeing Stars: Visionary Drawing from the Collection. Early 20th-century surrealists. Through Jan. 15. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts. Through Jan. 16. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century. Through Jan. 29. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.

Going Up? Metal sculpture by Lauren McAdams. Through Jan. 29. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Dutch Invasion. Works by Netherlands artists Christine Bittremieux, Anna Bolten, Hans de Bruijn, Demiak, and Jessica Muller. Through Jan. 31. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg St. • box13artspace.com.

Stargazers: Aboriginal Artists Paint the Seven Sisters’ Dreaming. Through Feb. 1. Booker-Lowe Gallery, 4623 Feagan St. • bookerlowegallery.com • 713/880-1541.

Greetings from Houston: Vintage Postcard Views of the City. Through Feb. 4. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

Highlights from the Collection: Bohuslav Horak Lithos. Through Feb. 4. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

New Formations: Czech Avant-Garde Art and Modern Glass. Through Feb. 5. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Houston 175: Commerce celebrates Houston’s 175th birthday. Through Feb. 11. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

Crude. Works by Andrei Molodkin. Through Feb. 12. Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St. • stationmuseum.com • 713/529-6900.

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks. Through Feb 12. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Game Night! Late 19th- to mid 20th-century games. Through Feb. 12. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St., Sam Houston Park •heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

Highlights from the Peter Blum Edition Archive. Projects by 23 artists. Through Feb. 20. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

The Spirit of Modernism: The John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation Gift. Through Feb. 20. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Mary McCleary: A Survey 1996–2011. Through Feb. 24. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Wall Paper as Art: If You Sprinkle When You Tinkle by Heather Bause. Through Feb. 24. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. • artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Etchings of Bernhardt Wall: Following General Sam Houston. Through Feb. 25. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.

New Formations: Czech Avant-Garde Art and Modern Glass. Through March 11. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

CraftTexas 2012. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is accepting submissions for the juried exhibition showcasing Texas-made contemporary craft. Deadline, March 15. 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

Imprinting the Divine: Byzantine and Russian Icons from the Menil Collection. Through March 18. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.

Perspectives 177: McArthur Binion. New paintings. Through April 1. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. Through April 15. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

Discovering the Civil War. Letters, diaries, photos, petitions, patents, and more from the National Archives. Through April 29. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt. Through June 19. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Famous Monsters, Daniel Anguilu’s exterior mural. Through June 30. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.

The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws focuses on Houston’s segregationist past. Through July 22. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.

Fatto in Italia. Works by Joseph Cohen. Jan. 4–25. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd. • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.

Dirty Dozen. Fourth Annual Ice Sculpting Competition features a dozen acclaimed ice artists transform ice into masterpieces. Music by DJ Caps One. Jan. 7, 10 a.m. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

Rodeo Art. Clear Creek and Friendswood ISD students (K-12) exhibition in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Jan. 12–26. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.

And Everything in Between. New Works by Curtis Gannon. Jan. 13–March 2. 2101 Winter St. • spacetaker.org • 713/868-1839.

Sandi Seltzer Bryant: New Works. Jan. 14–Feb. 11. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.

Cora Cohen. Jan. 14–Feb. 11. D. M. Allison Art, 2709 Colquitt St. • dmallisonart.com • 832/656-7698.

Shift. Works by Edward Lane McCartney. Jan. 14–March 17. Goldesberry Gallery, 2625 Colquitt St. • goldesberrygallery.com • 713/528-0405.

Building Modern Houston. Author Anna Mod discusses Houston’s architectural transformation from the Bayou City to the Space City. Jan. 19. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St., Sam Houston Park • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1991. Jan. 21–April 15. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Cells: The Universe Inside Us explores the complexity of the human body at the cellular level. Jan. 28–Aug. 26. Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. • thehealthmuseum.org • 713/521-1515.

Snail Mail. Correspondence from photographers. Feb. 1–May 6. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. •mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

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JANUARY WEEKLYMONTHLY

Weekly (Sundays)

The Women’s Group, a feminist group for all women. 10:15am. First Unitarian Universalist Church’s 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)

Helping TransGenders Anonymous, 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 • fathersfirst
ofhouston.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 (Wednesdays)

Center Mid-Week Madness. Bring your own brown bag and board games. 11:30am–3pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbt
communitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Block 7 Running Club meets for a run followed by wine and snacks. 6pm. Block7 Wine Company, 720 Shepherd Dr. • ffprunningclubs.org.

Houston Pride Band seeks all brass, woodwind, and percussion players of all skill levels for rehearsal. 7:30pm. Bethel UCC, 1107 Shepherd Dr. • 713/315-2525 • houstonprideband.org.

Weekly (Thursdays)

Center HIV Support Group. New facilitated support group for HIV-positive individuals. 6pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbt
communitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

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

Southern Country, a country-and-western dance troupe, offers free dance lessons. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • southerncountryhouston.com.

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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Semi-monthly (1st and 3rd Wed.)

Center Coming Out Group for LGBT individuals at any stage of the coming-out process. 7pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbt
communitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Semi-monthly (1st and 3rd Fri.)

Positive Brothers United, a social/support group for GLBT, HIV-positive men of color. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. 6pm. [email protected] • 713/454-7548.

Monthly

Houston Gay and Lesbian Couples Meet-up Group. Time and location TBA. meetup.com/gaycouples-231/.

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. ➝

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Houston provides educational presentations of LGBT topics, small-group confidential discussions, and supportive fellowship. 2pm. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 S. Main St. • pflaghouston.org.

Monthly (1st Fri.)

First Friday Happy Hour. Northwest Corner, a social and civic organization for GLBT 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 West 19th St. Free admission. yalestreetmarket.com.

First Saturday Queer Bingo benefits Houston GLBT Community Center. 4:30pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (2nd Tues.)

Center Dinner, hosted by the Houston GLBT Community Center. Diners pay for their own meal. 6:30pm. Bibas, 607 W. Gray St. • 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.

Centro Grupo Latino, Spanish-language support group facilitated by Chris Escalante for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. 4pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Monthly (3rd Sun.)

LOAF Meet and Greet. Lesbians Over Age Fifty meet for munchies and fellowship; bring some of both. 2–4pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • loafhouston.org • 281/467-2578.

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 and Jessica Van Shelton. 8–10pm. Benefits Bering Omega Foundation. Tony’s Corner Pocket, 817 W. Dallas St.

Monthly (3rd Thurs.)

HIV Testing. 1–2pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter
.org • 713/524-3818.

Share with PFLAG Houston in a safe, confidential setting. 7:30–9pm. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Chatham Room, 1805 W. 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]

Monthly (4th Fri.)

Lesbian Discussion Hour. Facilitated support/conversation group. 6:30pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter
.org • 713/524-3818.

Through January 18

Rice University’s Boniuk Center accepts applications for its second annual Embracing Tolerance Essay Contest, engaging teens in promoting religious tolerance in their communities. Deadline Jan. 18. boniuk.rice.edu.

Through April 22

Coats for Cubs. Buffalo Exchange collects used furs to provide bedding for injured wildlife. Through April 22. 1618 Westheimer 
Rd. • buffaloexchange.com • 713/523-8701.

January 14–15

Olympic Trials Marathon/Chevron Houston Marathon 2012. The best marathon runners in America compete for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team, Jan. 14, followed by the 40th annual Houston Marathon on Jan. 15. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

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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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