Empire of the Royal Sovereign Imperial Court of the Single Star, Dinner Night with the Houston GLBT Community Center, the Ranch Hill Strutters, and more…By Nancy Ford
Random House. Court members Chris Valk and Falcon host Oh Sh*t, an evening of well-intentioned mayhem during which community entertainers perform in no pre-set order. Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m. Benefits Empire of the Royal Sovereign Imperial Court of the Single Star. George Country Sports Bar, 617 Fairview Ave. erssics.org.
Hungry for Community? Houston GLBT Community Center revives its monthly Dinner Night. Diners are responsible for their own checks. Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m. West Gray Café, 415 W. Gray. houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org. • 713/524-3818.
Keeping Abreast of the Walk. Ranch Hill Saloon invites walkers to join their team, the Ranch Hill Strutters, at the big 2009 Komen Houston Race for the Cure (see below). If you do, they’ll provide transportation to the walk, along with prizes for the group’s top fundraisers. To kick things off, join them for a barbecue luncheon and silent and live auction, hosted by Heather Moon. All proceeds go to the Strutters. Sept 13. $8. 247041 I45N, suite 105. 281/298-9035. ranchhill.com. myspace.com/ranchhill_saloon.
Tea Time. The LIVE Consortium wants to educate folks about its programs, build awareness about the negative effects of HIV stigma, and bring people together to fight those stigmas. It also wants people to dance. That’s why it’s bringing in renowned DJ, Roland Belmares, for a good old-fashioned Tea Dance. Sept. 13, 2–7 p.m. Location to be announced. $20. liveconsortium.org.
To Sirs with Love. International Mr. Leather Jeffrey Payne appears at Lube: Misfits Ball 11, the annual party attracting leather/Levi enthusiasts from far and wide. Sept. 13, 5–9 p.m. Numbers, 300 Westheimer. Benefits Pet Patrol and PFLAG/HATCH Youth Scholarship Fund. $15. You can also meet the Misfits at The Ripcord where members bartend the third Saturday of each month. misfitshouston.org.
Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Drag Queen. Instead of staying at (or near) the theater where the show is staged, this month’s Out@TUTS comes to Montrose. Celebrating Theatre Under the Stars’ production of Meet Me in St. Louis, the evening features a Judy Garland-themed karaoke contest, with guests invited to bust out their best Garland drag. Sept. 24, 7 p.m. JR’s Bar and Grill, 808 Pacific St. tuts.com.
Planning Ahead. The 2009 Komen Houston Race for the Cure ranks first in funds raised by the 125 worldwide runs fighting breast cancer, drawing more than 5,000 participants in 2008. The Oct. 3 run, stepping off in Sam Houston Park Downtown, is preceded by a carb-loading Pasta Party and Auction, Oct. 1, 6 p.m. Westin Galleria, 5060 W. Alabama. komen-houston.org • 713/783-9188.
Early Stocking Stuffers. Keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, and assorted community events with Lone Star Lariats’ Charity Calendar, raising money for assorted community organizations, including Colt 45’s, ERSICSS, Houston Area Bears, Kindred Spirits, Mistfits, NLA Houston, Project Illuminations, Southern Country Houston, PWA Holiday Charities, and Sundance Cattle Company. Log on, find your favorite organization, and order some today. charitycalendar.org.