THURSDAY, November 17
The Great American Smokeout Health Fair
Visit the Montrose Center for fun activities and giveaways as well as resources to help you or your loved ones quit smoking. The Health Fair is hosted by members of the Houston Health Department’s Texas Gulf Coast Asthma Coalition, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Montrose Center, and the Texas Department of State Health Services. 6–9 p.m.
Lazarus House at Axelrad
Celebrate 20 years of Lazarus House serving the Houston community with a Happy Hour at Axelrad. There are early-bird drink tickets and a raffle for stellar gifts, from kitchen appliances to baskets of booze. Looking for the perfect gift for someone hard to shop for? Make a donation in their name to Lazarus House this holiday season. 5–8 p.m.
FRIDAY, November 18
A Christmas Carol at the Alley
A Christmas Carol begins previews at the Alley Theatre, bringing the classic story of Scrooge to the stage once again. This adaptation by Rob Melrose combines magical illusions and music to retell the story of Dickens’ original novella. The show officially opens on December 1, but you can enjoy reduced admission prices until then.
Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical Opening Night
The Garden Theatre presents Cruel Intentions at the MATCH, featuring the musical hits of Christina Aguilera, Boyz II Men, and more. Based on the film featuring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, and Sarah Michelle Gellar, the musical pulls audiences into a cruel game with only one rule: never fall in love. Thru November 27. 8 p.m.
Slay Down the Law Drag Show
U.N.I.T.E. hosts Slay Down the Law, a court-themed drag show, at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law at 4 p.m. on Friday. Several local performers will appear in the school’s Moot Court Room. Proceeds benefit The Mahogany Project and Save Our Sisters United, Inc., two organizations that assist trans people of color in Houston. U.N.I.T.E. is a student organization that encourages equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ community at TSU and in the legal profession. The public is welcome to attend. Free tickets here.
SATURDAY, November 19
Queerceañera! – Juntes – Queer Latinx Festival
LOUD Houston will celebrate community and chosen family at Queerceañera! featuring free food and drinks, entertainment including DJ MLE and local drag artists, and raffles and prizes for the best–dressed. Curtain Call, 530 Texas Avenue #2737. Free, with the option to RSVP ahead of time. 7 p.m.
Dear Marsha – Trans, Gifted and Black
Dear Marsha is a performance and visual-art event featuring local Black TQLGBIA+ individuals. Presented in collaboration with The Mahogany Project, Save Our Sisters United, and Stages as part of Black Trans Empowerment Week. Stages Theatre, 6 p.m.
Underworld’s Monthly Bash at Numbers
Attend Underworld’s Goth Prom at Numbers Nightclub. The event is 18+ with a $15 cover. A prom king and queen will be announced at midnight, and there will be vendors downstairs. 9 p.m.
SUNDAY, November 20
SIX at The Hobby Center
Visit the Hobby Center to see the Broadway-hit SIX in its closing-day performances. The musical depicts the six wives of Henry VIII leaping off the pages of our history books and becoming contemporary pop icons. The Tony Award-winning musical is “a celebration of 21st-century girl power.” Shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. (final day)
Pride Market is back at Pearl Bar Houston and free for all vendors. Featuring art, food, clothes, home goods, and jewelry from LGBTQ vendors, this market is made even better by a Happy Hour inside Pearl Bar during the event followed by drink specials all night long. 3-8 p.m.
Troy Montes Michie: Rock of Eye
The El Paso-born artist’s first solo museum exhibit, Rock of Eye, features installations, collages, and drawings. A new addition is Was the Beautiful Woman in the Mirror of the Water You or Me?, a 2022 collage piece that spans 40 feet. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Wednesdays through Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thru January 29, 2023. Free.