Kindred Fun Until its closing in 1989, Kindred Spirits, “a nightclub for women and their friends,” acted as a hub for Houston’s gay and lesbian community, hosting organizational meetings, fundraisers, theatrical presentations, and even blood drives as the AIDS crisis emerged. In 2002, Marion Coleman and a core group of committee members began presenting an annual reunion dance, which has morphed into Houston’s biggest annual event for lesbians and those who love them. Benefits AssistHers and Lesbian Health Initiative Houston. Individual tickets starting at $20 are available online via Paypal or at “The” Shop. Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. SPJST Hall, 1435 Beall St. in The Heights • kindredspiritshouston.org.
The Next Step. Montrose Counseling Center’s SPRY (Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years) group presents a weekly, confidential Grief Workshop, a safe place for LGBT seniors to share experiences and emotions with others who are going through similar changes. Thursdays through Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecouselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.
Chaos for Kaos 4. Empire of the Royal, Sovereign, Imperial Court of the Single Star’s Aaron Patterson and Kimberly Anne O’Neill produce a show for O’Neill’s Believe in a Dream Scholarship Fund. Aug. 3. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • ersicss.org.
First Friday Cocktails with the Krewe. Learn more about the Krewe of Olympus and their guest organization, Kindred Spirits Foundation, at the Krewe’s new monthly happy-hour cocktail social. Aug. 3, 6 p.m. Meteor Lounge, 2306 Genessee St. • 713/521-0123.
Mighty Whities. Catch up with your neighborhood merchants and experience local flavors and fun while wearing your summer whites at White Linen Night, The Heights’ steamy summer bookend to the eclectic neighborhood’s wintertime Lights in the Heights. Aug. 4, 6 p.m. 19th Street in The Heights • whitelinennightinthe
Rolling for Friends with HIV. 2012 Braking the Cycle Drag Extravaganza supports a 300-mile bike ride from Boston to New York City, benefiting Housing Works, which supports the homeless living with HIV/AIDS. Aug. 4, 9 p.m. Crocker Bar, 2312 Crocker St. • 713/529-3355.
Big Balls. Bowling for Equality, HRC Houston’s annual bowling tournament. Aug. 12, 1 p.m. Benefits HRC Houston. Palace Lanes, 4191 Bellaire Blvd. • hrc.org.
Hollywood Fever. Craig Henderson and USofA Pageants presents the Miss Gay Texas USofA 2013 Pageant, with emcees Kofi and Teresa Mathews. Aug. 15–19. Club Crystal, 6680 Southwest Frwy. • 713/278-2582.
It’s a Girl. In 2011, Tracy Courtney Love Lords was crowned the First Family of Montrose’s first girl of Montrose. This year, the charitable troupe of community entertainers presents its second annual girl of Montrose Pageant, benefiting local charities. Aug. 18, 8 p.m. EJ’s, 2517 Ralph St. • firstfamily
Frenetic After Dark Cabaret. Gendermyn, one of Texas’s premiere drag king performance troupes, host their monthly show, followed by a dance party. Aug. 24. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • freneticore.net • 832/426-4624.
Bunnies in Heat 3. Bunnies on the Bayou raises funds, but hopefully not the temperature, in preparation for its big Easter party in 2013. Aug. 28, 5 p.m. Crocker Bar, 2312 Crocker St. • bunniesonthebayou.org.