Arts & Entertainment

Houston Area Events – February


Compiled by Marene Gustin

Cinema • Performing Arts • Art/Photography •  Radio • And Other Fun Things • HIV Testing



Bernadette Peters!
The very gay-friendly star comes to Houston

Who doesn’t love seven-time Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters? The gorgeous, curly-haired superstar of Broadway, TV, movie (Pennies from Heaven!), and recording fame is one of the most talented women in the business. And she’s coming to Houston this month. The Houston Symphony hosts a special pre-Valentine’s concert at Jones Hall on February 13 with the Broadway song bird featuring the her best Broadway show tunes.

Of course, besides the fact that we loved her in NBC’s Smash and as the original wicked witch in Broadway’s Into the Woods, she is also the author of several children’s books and is a great humanitarian. She co-founded the nonprofit Broadway Barks! with pal Mary Tyler Moore to support an annual pet adopt-a-thon in New York City and serves on the board of trustees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and participates in that organization’s events, such as the annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction and the Gypsy of the Year competition. She’s also done multiple benefit concerts for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Yep, she’s a powerhouse of talent and change, and you won’t want to miss your chance to see her live and in person this February.

Check out for details and ticket information for the concert. —Marene Gustin

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Film Festivals and Movies All Month Long: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. See a complete monthly calendar of film offerings at

  • February 6 Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine. The Houston theatrical release of the documentary begin February 6, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Senate passing of the Hate Crimes statistic act. See for details.

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  • Through February 7

Cloud Tectonics. Mildred’s Umbrella presents this unusual romance. See for times and tickets.

Don’t Talk to the Actors. A play about a play that will leave you laughing out loud. See for details.

  • Through February 8

The Book of Mormon. The hilarious musical from the creators of South Park and Avenue Q. Presented by Broadway at the Hobby Center, see for tickets/information.

Stargirl. Main Street Theater’s emotional tale about first love, the perils of popularity and non-conformity, and the acceptance of others. See for tickets and location details.

Madame Butterfly. Houston Grand Opera’s production of the classic opera with Grammy Award–winner Ana María Martínez. See for ticket information.

  • Through February 14

The Magic Flute. Houston Grand Opera presents one of two Mozart offerings for the 2014–15 season. See for ticket information.

  • Through February 15

Character Man is a salute to the memorable character actors of Broadway’s Golden Age, including Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Barney Martin, and two- time Tony Award-winner David Burns. See for details.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe alternates days with Character Man at Stages this month. See for details.

  • February 3, 4, & 25

Houston Symphony Detective Concerts introduce students to the orchestra’s key players. Visit for details.

  • February 4–22

The Speckled Band: An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes. Postponed from last month, The Classical Theatre Company’s performance has been rescheduled for February. See for details.

  • February 6

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. A fundraiser for Theatre Under the Stars’ The River Performing and Visual Arts Center. See for ticket information.

  • February 6 & 7

HomeGrown. NobleMotion Dance presents an evening of work by Laura Harrell and Brittany Thetford Deveau. See for details.

  • February 7

The Rauschenberg Project. A world premiere by Houston native jazz pianist/composer Jason Moran. See for details.

  • February 10

The Danish String Quartet makes its Houston debut this month. See for details.

  • February 10–22

Kinky Boots. Theatre Under the Stars presents this exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! See for ticket information.

  • February 11–March 22

Girls Night: The Musical. This touching and hilarious tell-it-like-it-is musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of five friends as they re-live the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out. See for details.

  • February 12

Very Best of Celtic Thunder. An amazing group on its own, Celtic Thunder comes to Houston with guest Damian McGinty of Glee. See for ticket information.

  • February 12–14

Houston Symphony: Perlman Plays and Conducts. Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman doubly impresses as he plays violin and conducts the orchestra. Visit for details.

  • February 12–March 22

Cirque Du Soleil Presents Amaluna. The audience is invited to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Visit to learn more.

  • February 13

Handel’s Water Music. One of the most elegant and beloved works ever written performed by Mercury. See for ticket information.

Houston Symphony: Bernadette Peters. The seven-time Tony Award-winner, who has been headlining the Broadway stage for decades and whose screen credits include NBC’s Smash and her Golden Globe win for Pennies from Heaven, arrives in Houston just in time for Valentine’s Day. See the article above and visit for tickets.

  • February 13–21

Bob: A Life in Five Acts. Rice University presents this play about Bob and his odyssey from a White Castle hamburger stand through the rest stops of America on his way to find himself. See for details.

  • February 13–March 1

Singing in the Rain. See the classic musical film come to life on stage. Visit for details.

  • February 13–March 7

The Blackest Shore. Stuart, 16, is making a movie: graphic violence, extreme sex, the walking dead. Of course it’s also a love story. And it’s all true. See this world premiere at Catastrophic Theatre. Details at

  • February 14

Cedric the Entertainer and Friends. A live Valentine’s Day show at the Arena Theater! For tickets, call 713.772.5900.

  • February 20

Houston Symphony: A Choral Celebration of Black History Month. Back by popular demand, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to Houston. Visit for details.

Beethoven and Beyond. Pianist Jonathan Biss makes his first Houston solo recital at Stude Concert Hall. See for details.

  • February 20–22

Houston Symphony: Graf Conducts Shuman. Inspired by the Rhineland and the majestic Cologne Cathedral in Germany, Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Rhenish, is emotive, lyrical, and uplifting. Visit for details.

  • February 22

Mercury: An Evening with Laura Claycomb and David Daniels. Appearing for the first time together in concert, the two vocal superstars join Mercury for an evening of Baroque songs, opera excerpts, and many surprises. See for ticket information.

  • February 26

Houston Symphony: Salute to Educators Concert. Each year, the Houston Symphony honors Houston-area teachers by providing a concert to celebrate educators and the great work they do in developing the leaders of our future. Visit for details.

  • February 28

Houston Symphony: A Choral Celebration of Black History Month. Visit for details on this toe-tapping performance.

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Queer Voices.Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. Monday nights, 8–9 pm. KPFT 90.1 FM. • 713/526-4000.

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  • Through February 1

Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. Organized by Menil director Josef Helfenstein in consultation with the noted Indian artist Amar Kanwar, the exhibition is the first to trace the resonance of the ethic of nonviolence in the visual arts throughout the centuries and around the world. See for details.

Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River chronicles the Impressionist painter’s attachment to the Seine by tracing his life along the river. See for details.

  • Through February 3

Veronicas. Brooklyn-based Houstonian Jennifer May Reiland has her first U.S. solo show at Redbud Gallery, the diverse gallery based in the Heights. For more information see

  • Through February 5

Masks, Monsters and Monoliths. Archway Gallery presents the works of steel sculptor Jim Adams and painter Sherry Tseng Hill. See for details.

  • Through February 13

The Ground on Which I Stand. A photo essay and oral histories from Tamina, a Freedmen’s Town at Lone Star College. See

  • Through February 14

Signal Chamber. Trey Egan exhibits at McMurtry Gallery. See for details.

The Art of Celebration. Nicole Longnecker Gallery proudly features work from the participants of Houston’s Celebration Company. See for details.

  • Through February 15

Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi. Contemporary works by the artist exploring the ancient art of Japanese Noh. See

  • Through February 21

Ed Wilson: A Survey and Paper Trail and Unauthorized Collaborations by Mel Chin, two wonderful visual exhibits at Art League Houston. See for details.

  • Through February 22

Texas Abstract. This exhibition of more than 20 of the most significant contemporary Texas abstract artists is open to the public free of charge. See for details.

  • Through February 24

New-Onset. GalleryHOMELAND presents an exhibition of five artists working in 2D and 3D. See for details.

  • Through March 1

Round 41: Process and Action: An Exploration of Ideas features installations by an interdisciplinary group of eight artists, including Rabéa Ballin, Julia Brown, Vanessa Diaz, Akua Holt, Rosine Kouamen, and Monica Villareal at Project Row Houses. See for details.

  • Through March 13

Double Life. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents this exhibition, which features works by the internationally celebrated artists Jérôme Bel, Wu Tsang, and Haegue Yang. See for details.

  • Through March 15

Troublewithwords. A solo exhibition of new work by local artist Jamie Ellen Davis at Fresh Arts. See for details.

  • Through March 22

Shark! Get out of the water! Now! The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents this exhibit on all things shark-y. Visit for details.

  • Through April 24

Mineral Spirit. Art League Houston’s site-specific sculptural installation by Houston-based artist Jason Villegas in the ALH Sculpture Garden. See for details.

  • Through July 16

Takis: The Fourth Dimension. The Menil Collection presents the first exhibition in any U.S. museum to survey Takis’ half-century of achievements. See for details.

  • Through September 20

The Art of Gaman. An exhibit of the art created by Japanese Americans interred in America during World War II, at the Holocaust Museum Houston. See for details.

  • February 1–April 26

For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979. This survey features some 250 works that demonstrate how Japanese artists and photographers enlisted the camera to make experimental and conceptual shifts in their artistic practices during a time of radical societal change. See details at

  • February 6–April 26

Nourish: ClayHouston Membership Exhibition. Admission is free to this clay art exhibit at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Visit for details.

  • February 6–May 10

One day, late in the afternoon. . . Admission is free to this art exhibit by Kelly O’Briant at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Visit for details.

  • February 15–May 10

Spectacular Rubens. This unprecedented exhibition reunites monumental tapestries from the Triumph of the Eucharist series, designed by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) in the early 1620s, with oil-on-panel studies and other paintings related to the series. See details at

  • February 27–June 14

Becoming Modern: Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from The Morgan Library & Museum and the Menil Collection. An exhibit that explores an historic shift in the medium of drawing in the 1800s, from its traditional preparatory function based on emulating the past, to a new role as an independent and often experimental practice. See for details.

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  • Through February 8

The Ice at Discovery Green. Discovery Green is your ultimate holiday fun destination this winter! With something for every visitor, the downtown park offers an array of activities, including outdoor ice skating in the shadow of Houston’s skyline, family-friendly films, skating with Santa, themed nights, and more! This season also ushers in the arrival of a new dazzling, site-specific art installation by internationally recognized artist Bruce Munro, in addition to the presence of renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marín’s Wings of the City installation of nine large-scale bronze sculptures placed throughout the park. See for details.

  • February 13

FrenetiCore’s (Un)Lucky Valentine’s Fundraiser. Spend the night at a private home dining, drinking, and watching performances by FrenetiCore. Tickets are $100 at 832.649.2096.

  • February 14

Mardi Gras Parade-Watching Party. Attend the East-End Theatre’s Mardi Gras parade-watch and dinner on the island. See for details and ticket information.

  • February 26

Dream Out Loud Celebration. A fundrasier for Theatre Under the Stars’ The River Performing and Visual Arts Center. See for ticket information.

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HIV Testing

• Daily (Sun.–Fri.)

HIV Testing. Planned Parenthood offers free, anony-
mous, 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.

• Daily (Mon.–Fri.)

HIV Testing. Free HIV testing, with no Gold Card or donation required or requested. 9am–1pm. HCHD Thomas Street Clinic, 2015 Thomas St. • 713/873-4157 • 713/873-4026.

• Daily (Mon.–Fri.)

HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services (HACS) offers free, confidential HIV testing with results in less than one minute on a daily basis (Mon–Thurs: 9 am–6 pm, Fri: 8 am–5 pm). No appointment necessary. 2150 West 18th St. (Heights area). HACS Testing Calendar with additional outreach locations: Contact HACS about testing: [email protected] or 713/426-0027.

• Daily (Mon.–Fri.)

HIV Testing. Legacy Community Health Services provides free rapid HIV testing with results in 20 minutes at the following locations on a weekly basis. MONDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic (1415 California St.), 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic (502 Lyons Ave.), 1–5pm; George Sports Bar, 6–9pm; EJ’s, 9pm–12am • TUESDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; Midtowne Spa, 5–9pm; 611 Hyde Park Pub, 6:30–9pm • WEDNESDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; Walgreens–Montrose, 4–8pm; Club Houston, 6–10pm; Crystal Night Club, 10pm–2am • THURSDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; Walgreens–Lyons, 2–5pm; Midtowne Spa, 5–9pm.; Guava Lamp, 6:30–9pm; Ripcord, 6:30–10pm • FRIDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–4pm; Club Houston, 1–4pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; TC’s Showbar, 4–8pm Tony’s Corner Pocket, 4:30–8:30pm. • Legacy Testing Calendar:

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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, among others.

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