Dining out at a fine Houston restaurant this month will not only fill your belly but those of others as well. August 10 through 23 is the seventh annual Houston Restaurant Week, which means about 75 fine eateries will be offering special three-course meals for $35 with $5 going directly to the Houston Food Bank.
“We’re just thrilled about the event,” says the Food Bank’s
If anyone has the right to sing the blues, it’s our lesbian sisters. Gaye Adegbalola, of Saffire The Uppity Blues Women fame, does so on her most recent solo effort, Gaye Without Shame (Hot Toddy), in songs such as “Queer Blues” and “Hetero Twinges,” among others.
“Southern history is never simple and seldom straight,” quipped historian Jim Sears, author of the book Rebels, Rubyfruit, and Rhinestones: Queering Space in the Stonewall South. Sears guided OutSmart readers back in time to 1967, when Houston became known as “the homosexual playground of the South.” Sears also reported that:
When it comes to living with HIV disease, regular medical monitoring is absolutely essential to ensure continued good health. There are a couple of important blood tests that need to be run every few months, and through such testing, the doctor derives knowledge about the health of the patient’s immune system, the numbers of virus in the patient’s body, and, thus, the effectiveness of treatment in fighting viral replication.
If you swim at your neighborhood park pool, glance through summer Parks Department programs, or call 911, you probably won’t notice much change in city programs.
I have been an appreciative yet arms-length fan of Sacha Baron Cohen since his brief appearance as the snaggle-toothed, yellow aviator-bespectacled limousine driver in Madonna’s 2000 video Music. In that video, Cohen’s DJ-inspired character, Ali G, sings about “riding the punani” out of one side of his mouth. Out of the other side, he offers Madonna “respect.”
Considering the struggle director Kimberly Peirce had to endure to make the eventually Academy Award-winning Boys Don’t Cry, it’s a wonder queer movies get made at all. Here, actors, directors, producers, and writers (including Peirce) discuss gender, race, and sexuality in film. —Preview: N.F.
Subtitled My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead, this laugh-fest is a primer for those who thought they knew everything there was to know about being a gay man, but, surprisingly, don’t. Elton John provides the glowing forward. —Preview: N.F.
In this sequel to Nero’s Three Sides to Every Story, protagonists Johnny and James try to maintain their relationship after being driven from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina into the eye of another disaster: the Washington DC home of Johnny’s disapproving older brother. —Preview: N.F.
The back cover asks, “How can we ever truly know another person?” but this novel is more about the assumptions we make about the people closest to us. Greer plays with this theme wonderfully as he holds back information about his characters until we must be confronted with our own assumptions. What looks like a conventional novel about the marriage between a woman and a gay man turns into a delightfully original work. —Review: Neil Ellis Orts