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‘The OUT List’
LGBT diversity in America

If you were a fan of photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ HBO documentary The OUT List, you’ll love the exhibit at Hiram Butler Gallery (4520 Blossom Street). From October 5 through November 30 the gallery shows Greenfield-Sanders’ companion portrait exhibit of the same title. The OUT List photography exhibit features portraits of high-profile members of today’s LGBT community in America, including The OUT List documentary stars: screenwriter Dustin Lance Black; former Log Cabin Republican executive director R. Clarke Cooper; former NFL football player Wade Davis; TV personality Ellen DeGeneres; co-founder of groundbreaking LGBT organizations Larry Kramer; writer/activist Janet Mock; actress Cynthia Nixon; finance author and TV personality Suze Orman; NYC City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn; lead vocalist of Scissor Sisters Jake Shears; stand-up comedian and actress Wanda Sykes; and Muslim educator Wazina Zondon. • The OUT List documentary, released in June of this year, follows in the vein of Greenfield-Sanders’ well-known projects About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, The Latino List, and The Black List. • There is an opening

reception at the gallery October 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 713/863-7097 or visit hirambutler.com. —Marene Gustin


OUT List drag queen Lady Bunny


• Through October 12

Going Bare. Theatre Suburbia presents a play by Houstonian Mary Jane Taege, a hilarious look at love in the time of liability and lawyers, lust and lies. Visit theatresuburbia.org for more details.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical. We have a lot to thank Bette Midler for, but this month it’s that she was instrumental in bringing Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert: The Musical to our shores. And now Theatre Under the Stars is bringing this fab and funny romp through the Outback to Houston. Drag queens, a purple bus, more than five hundred, 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, and a hit parade of more than twenty dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally,” and “I Will Survive.” Details at tuts.com.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. See the ’80s fun every Friday and Saturday nights at Pasadena’s Stage Door Inc. See stagedoorinc.com for tickets.

The Last Prince of Soulville. The Ensemble Theatre kicks off its youth theater production, The Last Prince of Soulville by Broderick Jones. See ensemblehouston.com for more information.

• Through October 19

The Pine. The Catastrophic Theatre presents the world premiere of The Pine, a new play by Mickle Maher, the author of past Catastrophic favorites There Is a Happiness That Morning Is, Spirits to Enforce, and The Strangerer. Visit catastrophictheatre.com for details.

OUT List actor Neil Patrick Harris

• Through October 20

Immediate Family. The Ensemble Theatre kicks off the season with this play about family secrets. See ensemblehouston.com.

You Can’t Take It with You. This hilarious Pulitzer Prize-wining play features the Alley Resident Company of Actors. See alleytheatre.org for times and tickets.

• Through October 26

Saloon Songs. The cabaret-style performance blends a dizzying array of country western, folk, and bluegrass favorites that span the decades. At The Music Box Theater, themusicboxtheater.com.

• October 2–6

Houston Fringe Festival. Houston’s 6th annual alternative performance festival. Five days of independent film, theater, dance, music, and visual arts. See schedule and ticket information at houstonfringefestival.org.

• October 3

Thursday Concerts at Discovery Green. A free concert in the park featuring Young Mammals and The Wheel Workers. See discoverygreen.com for details.

• October 3–5 and 10–12

Rabbit Hole. The Rice Players present this family drama by David Lindsey-Abaire at Hermann Hall. See players.blogs.rice.edu for details.

• October 3–26

OUT List Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez.
OUT List Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez.

Young Frankenstein. Based on the Mel Brooks classic movie, this musical comes to Obsidian Art Space this month. Check sro-productions.com for details.

• October 4–6

Classic Soul. Houston Symphony and guest vocalists dish up some soul classics. See houstonsymphony.org.

• October 4–26

Enchanted April. Matthew Barber’s play that was the 2003 Tony Award-nominee for Best Play is at Playhouse 1960 this month. See ph1960.com for details.

• October 9–November 3

Veronica’s Room. Stages Repertory Theatre presents this forgotten gem by Rosemary’s Baby author Ira Levin. See stagestheatre.com for details.

• October 10

Thursday Concerts at Discovery Green. A free concert in the park featuring Del Castillo and 
ESPANTAPAJAROS. See discoverygreen.com for details.

• October 10–20

Lizzie. TUTS’s “killer” first performance of the new TUTS Underground series of modern theater is a rock opera about Lizzie Borden. ’Nuff said. Check out tuts.com.

• October 11

The Growlers. Catch the band live at Fitzgerald’s before their new album drops. See fitzlivemusic.com.

• October 12

Lunada. A free concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre featuring Sphinx Virtuosity. See milleroutdoortheatre.com.

• October 14 & 15

Jerusalem String Quartet: The Shostakovich Cycle. Da Camera presents this show at The Menil Collection for two days only. See more at dacamera.com.

• October 15

Grown-up Storytime. Theatrical readings of real stories by BooTown held monthly at Rudyard’s British Pub. See botown.org for more.

• October 15–20

Peter and the Starcatcher. This prequel to Peter Pan, and five-time Tony Award-winning musical, is part of the Gexa Energy Broadway at The Hobby Center. See thehobbycenter.org.

• October 16

In the Round. Jen Foster, Patrice Pike, and Michelle Malone on tour at The Mucky Duck. Tickets are on sale now at jenfoster.com/gigs.

• October 17

Thursday Concerts at Discovery Green. A free concert in the park featuring Shemekia Copeland, a powerful blues and soul singer. See discoverygreen.com for details.

Midori Plays Mendelssohn. The famous violinist joins the Houston Symphony for this concert at Sugar Land Baptist Church. See houstonsymphony.org.

• October 18–20

Midori Plays Mendelssohn. The famous violinist joins the Houston Symphony for this concert at Jones Hall. See houstonsymphony.org.

• October 24–27

Mozart & Schumann. A classical Houston Symphony concert. See houstonsymphony.org.

• October 25 & 26

The Buddy Holly Story. A high energy musical featuring Holly’s greatest hits. At The Grand in Galveston, thegrand.com.

• October 26

Peter and the Wolf. A family favorite from the Houston Symphony. See houstonsymphony.org.

• November 1

Young Trailblazers: Robert, Clara, and Johannes. Da Camera explores the concert works of young Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. See more at dacamera.com.

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• Through October 12

Kathleen Earthrowl: Sensory Paintings. Harris Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Kathleen Earthrowl’s recent paintings.

The Houston-based artist captures moments in landscape with abstracted realism and sensual color. See harrisgalleryhouston.com.

• Through October 13

LaToya Ruby Frazier: WITNESS. A special exhibit of the artist’s work at the Contemporary Museum of Art Houston. See camh.org for details.

• Through October 19

Red Hot. Nicole Longnecker Gallery features Parisian artist Anne Ferrer and her sensually whimsical inflatable sculptures. Made from brightly colored sailcloth, each invites the viewer into a world of delightful decadence. See longneckergallery.com for details.

• Through October 27

Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust. Holocaust Museum Houston exhibits six decades of work by Soviet photojournalists. See hmh.org for details.

Gifts from the Past: The Isabel Brown Wilson Collection. Presents over fifty artworks from the bequest of Isabel Brown Wilson, a lifelong supporter of the MFAH. See mfah.org for details.

• Through November 2

TransAMplitude. A group exhibition of four artists whose work is tied together by an investigation of transit at BLUEorange. Details at blueorangehouston.com.

• Through November 24

From Here to Afternoon. An exhibit of seven contemporary artists exploring relationships between space, time, and movement at the Glassell School of Art. See mfah.org.

• Through December 8

Gaia. Rice University Art Gallery’s fall season opens with a new installation by street artist Gaia, in which painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage come together to express the artist’s larger-than-life impression of Houston’s sprawling urban landscape and increasingly international demographic. For more information visit ricegallery.org.

• Through December 15

Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Influence of José Guadalupe Posada. This exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of the death of José Guadalupe Posada, “the father of Mexican printmaking,” whose prints of calaveras (skulls) and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) imagery have become icons. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, mfah.org.

• Through January 11, 2014

Daniel Anguilu and Aaron Parazett Mural. See this beautiful mural, called Skywriting, at Lawndale Art Center. Visit lawndaleartcenter.org for more details.

• Through January 12, 2014

Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna, 1897–1907. The first museum retrospective in the United States to explore Moser’s career features a wide variety of art forms—ceramics, furniture, graphic design, jewelry, and designs for architectural interiors at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. See mfah.org for details.

WOLS: A Retrospective. An exhibit devoted to the famous European postwar artist at The Menil Collection.

• Through March 29, 2014

What Time Is It? Public art installation downtown at the Market Square Clock Tower. By the Blaffer Museum of Art, blafferartmuseum.org.

• Through April 30, 2014

Joseph Havel: Endless. A new site-specific installation made of books cast in bronze at Contemporary Art Museum Houston. See camh.org for details.

• Through October 4, 2013–January 19, 2014

The Maker’s Archive: Works by Tybre Newcomer. Featuring large sculptural work and intimate wall pieces, Newcomer’s ceramic installation captures the transcendental relationship between craftsmen and their tools. See crafthouston.org for details.

SPRAWL features of the work of sixteen emerging artists and their takes on Houston expansion. See crafthouston.org for details.

• October 5

Jorge Galván Flores: Paisaje Roto/Passage Rot. Opening reception for the artist’s exhibit that runs through November 15 at Winter Street Studios. See fresharts.org for details.

• October 5–31

Woven Spaces—Lines and Layers. Works by Sherry Tseng Hill at the Archway Gallery. See archwaygallery.com.

• October 5–November 30

The OUT List. Hiram Butler Gallery presents The OUT List, a series of intimate portraits from photographer and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ HBO documentary The OUT List. See article above for details.

• October 6, 2013–January 20, 2014

American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World. This unprecedented exhibition spotlights two of the eighteenth century’s most celebrated artists—Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley—friends turned bitter rivals in London’s art scene. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, mfah.org.

• October 8–13

Performance and installation by William Basinski and James Elaine. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents a performance and installation by composer William Basinski and artist James Elaine. Site-specific installations by the duo will be on view at CAMH as well as at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair. A free live performance by the two will take place at CAMH on October 11 at 7 p.m.

• October 10–13

Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Scores of leading art galleries from around the world head to Houston for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair. See txcontemporary.com/texas.

• October 19 & 20

ARToberFEST. Galveston’s October art festival. See artoberfest.com for details.

• October 23

Jorge Galván Flores: Paisaje Roto/Passage Rot. Artist talk for the exhibit that runs through November 15 at Winter Street Studios. See fresharts.org for details.

• November 10, 2013–January 26, 2014

Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona. Exhibition of works by Argentine artist Antonio Berni at the MFAH. See mfah.org for details.


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After Hours: Queer Radio with Attitude features the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. Saturday nights, midnight–3 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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• October 4

Pink Out Day. Show your support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink!

Transgender Social with PFLAG. PFLAG sponsors the monthly first Friday transgender social cookout in October. Good food, drinks, good people, and good fun. 7–9 p.m. at the Transgender Center, 604 Pacific St.

• October 5

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Run to fight breast cancer at this annual event. See komen-houston.org for details.

3rd Annual Beer Fest. Raise a pint at this Kemah Boardwalk event with twenty-five breweries and live music. See kemahbeerfest.com for more details and tickets.

• October 12

Diana Foundation’s Honky Tonk Kountry Dinner. Join the fun and support The Diana Foundation at Rebels Honky Tonk at 10 p.m. Tickets are $45, call 713/385-0403.

5th Annual Art Heist. Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2013 is exploring the “Treasures of the New World” at its fifth annual Art Heist, a fundraising gala that boasts an evening of “thievery,” fine arts, and fun to benefit the festival’s fourteen nonprofit partners and the Artist Relief fund. On the steps of City Hall. See bayoucityartfestival.com for details.

• October 12 & 13

Bike around the Bay. A two-day, 180-mile bike ride around Galveston Bay. See bikearoundthebay.org for details.

• October 13

Misfits Ball 15. Benefits the Montrose Center, Legacy Community Health Services, Way Out Recovery Program, and Body Positive Program. 4–8 pm at Kryptonite, 709 Franklin. $20 at the door.

• October 19

D’Feet Breast Cancer. A Celebration of Life walk/run in Galveston. Details at dfeetbreastcancer.com.

• October 25 & 26

32nd Island Oktoberfest. Oompah, beer, sausages! See www.galvestonoktoberfest.com for more.

• October 26

Houston Margarita Festival. Margaritas, food trucks, and tons of fun at Discovery Green! See houstonmargaritafestival.com for tickets and details.

• October 31–November 3

Lone Star Motorcycle Rally. Check out lonestarrally.com and get your hog ready to roll on down to the island.

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• 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.

• Weekly (Mondays)

EMBody: Whole Health, Wellness and Resiliency peer group. 2pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

LBT Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group. 5pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

EMBody: Introduction to Yoga. 6pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Depression Bipolar Support Group. 7pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

Helping TransGenders Anonymous, a facilitated sup-port group for all transgenders, supporters, family, and significant others. 7pm. 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 and life challenges after being married to a woman. Meets every Monday except holidays. 7:30pm. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St., Room 230 • fathersfirstofhouston.com.

• Weekly (Tuesdays)

EMBody: Mindfulness, Well-Being, Stress Reduction. 11am. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

HIV Support Group Lunch Brunch. 11am. Bering Memorial UMC, 1440 Harold, Room 214 • 713/526-1017, ext. 202.

HATCH’s Transgender Support Group and Speak Out for Youth. 5pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

• Weekly (Wednesdays)

Gulf Pride for Youth, a support group for GLBTIQA youth ages 13–20. 6–9pm. 707 23rd St., Galveston • gulfprideforyouth.org.

HIV Support Group BSSG. 6:30pm. Bering Memorial UMC, 1440 Harold, Fellowship Hall • 713/526-1017.

Zumba exercise class with Crystal Wall. 6:45pm. House of Deréon Media Center, 2204 Crawford St. • 713/772-5175.

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. Facilitated support group for HIV-positive individuals. 6pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

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

• Weekly (Fridays)

HATCH Youth Group. 7pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

• Weekly (Sundays)

HATCH Youth Group. 6pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

• Semi-monthly (1st and 3rd Fri.)

Positive Brothers United, a social/support group for GLBT, HIV-positive men of color. 6 pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • csmithpbu@yahoo.com • 713/454-7548.

• Monthly (1st Sun.)

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 Sat.)

First Saturday Arts Market. Local artists display and sell original works of art. 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. • houstonglbtcommunity center.org • 713/524-3818.

• Monthly (2nd Tues.)

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 • info@lawkn.com  • 713/808-1000.

• Monthly (2nd Thurs.)

Ryan White Planning Council. 11:30am. 2223 W. Loop South • rwpchouston.org • 713-572-3724.

SPRY Potluck for Seniors. 4pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

National Leather Association–Houston. Movie night. 7pm. Montrose Center, Room 106 • 832/744-8607.

• 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.

National Leather Association–Houston. Leather craft class. Noon. $20+materials. Locations vary. bihouse@comcast.net.

• Monthly (3rd Sun.)

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

• Monthly (3rd Tues.)

Affected Community Committee of the Ryan White Planning Council. Noon. rwpchouston.org • 713-572-3724.

• Monthly (3rd Wed.)

Log Cabin Republicans. Theo’s Restaurant, 812 Westheimer • facebook.comgroups/102199491979/?fref=ts.

• Monthly (3rd Thurs.)

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

SPRY Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

EMBody: Understanding Mental Health Issues. Rotating topics: addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar. 5pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrose

counselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

EMBody: To Cook or Not to Cook. Demystifying raw foods. 6pm. Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. • montrose counselingcenter.org • 713/529-0037.

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

• Monthly (3rd Fri.)

Triple D: Dykes, Dinner, and Discussion offers dinner and conversation about health, family, dating, equality, community awareness, and freedom of speech. 7pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, 1901 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

• Monthly (3rd Sat.)

Discovery Green Flea by Night. Local music, kids’ activities, bicycle repair workshop, and 40+ vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, and more. 6–10pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.

• 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.

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Marene Gustin

Marene Gustin has written about Texas culture, food, fashion, the arts, and Lone Star politics and crime for television, magazines, the web and newspapers nationwide, and worked in Houston politics for six years. Her freelance work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Austin-American Statesman, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Texas Monthly, Dance International, Dance Magazine, the Advocate, Prime Living, InTown magazine, OutSmart magazine and web sites CultureMap Houston and Austin, Eater Houston and Gayot.com, among others.

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