by Nancy Ford
‘8’ on Stage. Alley Theatre presents a reading of 8, an original play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. The play is written by Dustin Lance Black, the screenwriter who took home an Academy Award for his work on the film Milk. Black is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the sole sponsor of the court case; AFER also sponsors the reading. Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., preceded by a discussion at 7 p.m. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.
Next Fall. Geoffrey Nauffts’ gay comedy about faith, commitment, and unconditional love. Through Sept. 15. Celebration Theatre at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • celebrationtheatrehouston.com • 832/303-4758
Frankenstein: The New Musical. A gothic new musical adaptation about the misunderstood monster within us all. Sept. 1–23; Sept. 8 is [email protected] Night for LGBT patrons, with a pre-show reception beginning at 7 p.m. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.
Sew Good. National Leather Association–Houston introduces it Second Saturdays Leather Craft Class. Sept. 8, noon. $20 plus materials. Locations vary. 832/744-8607 • [email protected]
Quintuple Your Fun. Pentatonix, featuring no less than two gay members, performs its distinctive, high-charting style of a capella harmony. Sept. 8. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St. • houseofblues.com • 888/402-5837.
Roll ’em. National Leather Association–Houston Second Thursdays Movie Night screens Paul Bright’s Theft, filmed in Texas. Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Montrose Counseling Center, Room 106 • 832/744-8607.
No-Bullying Zone. The 2012 Houston GSA Workshop connects LGBTQ youth and allies so they can learn skills to make schools safer for all students. Lunch and refreshments are provided. HATCH, Montrose Counseling Center, and GLSEN sponsor. Sept. 15, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. Register at montrosecounseling center/GSA.
Uh Huh, a Pool Party. DJ Saratonin has opened for Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nina Sky, and other top hit makers. This month, she joins global DJ and producer DJ Kim Ahn on the Modern Love Tour, featuring a performance by Leisha Haily and Camila Gray of Uh Huh Her and a lot of splashing around in the pool. Local DJ duo, Grrrl Parts, kick off the beats. Julie Mabry hosts. Sept. 15, noon–8 p.m. Roak on Kirby, 3320 Kirby Dr. Later, dive into the after-party at Avant Garden, 411 Westheimer Rd. Tickets: http://modernlovehouston-eorg.eventbrite.com.
Eye for Art. AIDS Foundation Houston’s 7th annual Art4Life, a curated and juried art auction, raises funds for AFH programs as well as the Art4Life scholarship. Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St. • aidshhelp.org/art4life.
Achievements in Excellence. Salangi Legacy is among nine outstanding Houstonians being recognized at the third annual Black Achievers Awards, hosted by Billy Bill Sampson. The selected recipients for that evening will be recognized for their continuous efforts, educational growth, and health awareness in their communities. In addition to dancing, the elegant evening includes a live auction, photo shoot, complementary wine, hors d’oeuvres, and buffet. Benefits Ujima Foundation, a nonprofit organization assisting senior citizens and the disabled experiencing financial difficulty. Sept. 22, 8 p.m. 5226 Elm Event Center • theblack
Get Your Hairs Did. Boutique is an original comedy in three acts about drag and financial desperation by Jaime Zelaya. Sept. 28–Oct. 7. Playhouse Community Theater, 5805 Green Ash Dr. • playhousehouston.org • 281-777-9294.
Celebrate the Autumn Equinox. Houston Pagan Pride Day offers information booths, vendors with handcrafter items, a raffle, entertainment, open mic and drum circle, rituals, and welcomes people of all ages and spiritual backgrounds. Pet items and monetary donations benefit AARF (Adopt a Rescued Friend). Sept. 29. That Pizza Place, 3322 Ella Blvd.
Doing the Happy Dance. AssistHers, a charitable group that provides non-medical assistance to lesbians who are ill, has produced its chief fundraiser, Decadent Desserts and More, for more than a decade. The afternoon emphasizes dancing, and also offers a raffle and food provided by Houston’s most generous and talented caterers and restaurateurs. Australian dance diva Jacinta provides entertainment, followed by dancing. Oct. 7, 4 p.m. South Beach, 810 Pacific St. • assisthers.org.