Compiled by Nancy Ford
Words to Live By
Society for the Performing Arts presents an evening with Al Pacino
You know those little quote books that clever “authors” put together, containing notable utterances from an actor’s body of work? Publishers pull the most recognizable lines from the artists’ movies or television shows or plays, categorize them under headings like “Love” or “Success” or “Family,” then merchandise them at bookstore checkout counters to capitalize on impulse buying.
A smart publisher should do that with Al Pacino, if one hasn’t already. If any actor’s accumulated characters have succinctly imparted mega-wisdom with a mere paucity of words, it would be Pacino’s.
Take these gems from Pacino’s perfect portrayal of Michael Corleone in The Godfather, parts I and II (1972 and 1974): “Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again. Ever.” So nurturing, yet so threatening.
The sage Lt. Colonel Frank Slade from Scent of a Woman (1992), the role that earned Pacino his lone Oscar, shared: “There are two kinds of people in this world. The first group is the people who face the music; the second group are those who run for cover. Cover is better.”
Even the succinct (albeit grammatically impaired) Carlito from Carlito’s Way (1993), had his way with words: “If you can’t see the angles no more, you’re in trouble.’’
But it was Pacino’s portrayal of the AIDS-ridden Roy Cohn in Angels in America (2003) whose dying sentiments ring most memorably true: “Don’t be afraid; people are so afraid; don’t be afraid to live in the raw wind, naked, alone…. Learn at least this: what you are capable of. Let nothing stand in your way.”
Society for the Performing Arts presents Pacino: One Night Only, an onstage-interview featuring film clips, reminiscences, surprise readings, and a question-and-answer session with one of the greatest actors of all time. It’s an offer you can’t refuse.
Sept. 19, 8 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA. —Nancy Ford
Born to Be Wild 3D, Sea Rex 3D, and Sharks 3D. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.
Australian American Chamber of Commerce Short Film Night. Sept. 1–2, 8pm. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org.
Passione (2010). John Turturro directs. Sept. 2–4. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.
Obsession (1943). Luchino Visconti directs. Sept. 11. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St.• mfah.org • 713/639-7300.
About Face: The Story of the Jewish Refugee Soldiers of World War II, with filmmaker Steven Karras. Sept. 14, 7pm. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.
Ratatouille (2007). Disney’s animated culinary comedy. Donated canned food items benefit Houston Food Bank. Sept. 16, 8pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.
The Bicycle Thieves (1948). Vittorio De Sica directs. Sept. 17. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.
Fantasia (1940). Disney’s animated classic presented by IKEA Houston. Sept. 24, 7:30pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.
Design & Film: Splitting the Screen Video Salon with Peter Lucas. Sept. 25, 1pm. Aurora Picture Show. Barnvelder Movement Complex, 2201 Preston St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.
Manhattan Short Film Festival. Sept. 30. Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Betsy Kelso’s comedy. Through Sept. 4. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.
Hank Williams: Lost Highway. The music and legend of the country singer. Through Sept. 4. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. • stagestheatre.com • 713/527-0123.
Sylvia. A. R. Gurney’s comedy for dog lovers. Through Sept. 11. Texas Repertory Theatre Co., 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd. • texreptheatre.org • 281/583-7573.
A Behanding in Spokane. Martin McDonagh’s volatile, outrageous comedy. Through Sept. 26. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.
Damaged Divas of the Decades salutes popular music’s most talented but troubled singers. Through Nov. 13. Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt St. • themusicboxtheater.com • 713/522-7722.
Poperazzi: Viva Italia! Michael Krajewski conducts the “pop-opera” vocal trio and Houston Symphony. Sept. 2–4. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
The Rocky Horror Show, Richard O’Brien’s live stage production. Sept. 2–17. Stage Door Inc., 284 Pasadena Town Square Mall • stagedoorinc.com • 832/582-7606.
Goodbye, Charlie. George Axelrod’s comedy about life’s regrets. Sept. 2–24. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest Dr. • theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.
Mozart Under the Stars. Mercury Baroque opens its 11th season. Sept. 3, 8pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • mercurybaroque.org • 832/251-0706.
Return of the Masters includes “Les Patineurs,” “In the Night,” and ?”Song of the Earth.” Sept. 8–18. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. • houstonballet.org • 713/227-2787.
The Triumph of Love by Pierre de Marivaux. Sept. 8–25. Classical Theatre Company at Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • classicaltheatre.org • 713/963-9665.
Republic Day by Tom Stell. One family’s struggle in a fictional republic. Sept. 8–Oct. 1, 8pm. Big Head Productions at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. • obsidianartspace.org.
Opening Night: Ode to Joy. Hans Graf conducts Houston Symphony and Chorus. Sept. 9–10, 7:30pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Pieces of 9/11, Memories from Houston. Houston Grand Opera commemorates the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Sept. 9, noon: Houston City Hall Reflection Pond, 901 Bagby St. Sept. 11, 2 & 4pm: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St. • houstongrandopera.org • 713/228-6737.
Mama Won’t Fly. World premiere of Jones Hope Wooten’s southern comedy. Sept. 9–25. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe • crighton-theatre.com • 936/441-7469.
Madcap 24, eight original one-act plays. Sept. 10, 8pm. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.
Guitar Shorty. Jimi Hendrix’s mentor plays the blues. Sept. 10, 10pm. The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby Dr. • thebigeasyblues.com • 713/523-9999.
Farragut North, Beau Willimon’s drama about electoral chicanery. Sept. 10–24. Black Lab Theatre at Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • blacklabtheatre.com • 713/417-3552.
Woof. World premiere of Y York’s tale of a fallen sports hero seeking redemption. Sept. 10–Oct. 9. Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.
In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks. Sept. 14–25. Barnevelder Theatre, 2201 Preston St. • thebackporchplayers.com • 800/494-8497.
Ether Dome. Elizabeth Egloff’s world premiere? about love, medicine, and the relationship between the men who discovered ether. Sept. 14–Oct. 9. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.
Sniff with Karolina Sobecka. A CG-animated dog follows and responds to the viewer’s gesture. Part of Aurora Picture Show’s Media Archeology 2011: Rewind-Play-Fast Forward. Sept. 15, 8pm. Chick and Chica, 3710 Main St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.
Two Alike. Jack Ferver dances on Marc Swanson’s set, a world premiere. Sept. 15–17, 7:30pm. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston at DiverseWorks Art Space, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.
Chiptune Crooner with Robert Thoth. Live cinema accompanied by a low-tech eight-bit orchestra created from vintage computer parts. Part of Aurora Picture Show’s Media Archeology 2011: Rewind-Play-Fast Forward. Sept. 16, 8pm. The Orange Show, 2402 Munger St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.
Music that Should Be Danced: World Edition! Salsa featuring local dance and music groups. Sept. 16, 8pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.
Vote! A New Musical examines high school student council elections featuring students from the Humphreys School. Sept. 16–17. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.
Brahms’ Violin Concerto, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 6, and Jalbert. Hans Graf conducts violinist James Ehnes and the Houston Symphony. Sept. 16–18. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Anna in the Tropics. Nilo Cruz’s drama about Tolstoy, the tropics, and the American dream. Sept. 16–Oct. 1. The Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Ln. • countryplayhouse.org • 713/467-4497.
Texas Romance. Judy Reeves directs Ellsworth Schave’s comedy. Sept. 16–Oct. 15. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. • theatresuburbia.org • 713/682-3525.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons sing their greatest hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Sept. 17, 8pm. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2120 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.
Wizard Takes All, a live computer-game performance with Eddo Stern, part of Aurora Picture Show’s Media Archeology 2011: Rewind-Play-Fast Forward. Sept. 17, 8pm. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.
Ave Maria: Music of Devotion to Our Lady. Houston Chamber Choir. Sept. 18: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 906 George Bush Drive, College Station. Sept. 20: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman St. • houstonchamberchoir.org • 713/224-5566.
Sunday Gospel at the Green, presented with Houston Arts Alliance Folklife and Traditional Arts Program. Sept. 18 and 25, Oct. 30, 11:30am. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.
Pacino: One Night Only. Actor Al Pacino in an on-stage interview with film clips. Sept. 19, 8pm. Society for the Performing Arts. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.
Maya Angelou, the renowned poet, celebrates International Day of Peace, benefiting Brilliant Lecture Series’ youth education programs. Sept. 22, 7pm. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St. • brilliantlectures.com • 713/974-1335.
Writing & C/Siting Houston: From Hip Hop to Sugar Hill. Readings by Marco Cervantes, Bao-Long Chu, David Theis, and Roger Wood, presented by Houston Arts Alliance. Sept. 22. Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Rd. • haatx.com • 713/581-6123.
Richard Strauss’s A Hero’s Life, Rouse’s Odna Zhizn—One Special Life, and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Hans Graf conducts pianist Olga Kern and the Houston Symphony. Sept. 22–25. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Daughter of the Regiment, Donizetti’s tale of civilian love in a military family. Sept. 22–Oct. 2. Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Blvd. • operaintheheights.org • 713/861-5303.
Brentano String Quartet and Friends, presented by Da Camera. Sept. 23, 8pm. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. • dacamera.com • 713/524-7601.
Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance. Sept. 23–24. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.
There Is a Happiness that Morning Is. Mickle Maher’s rhyming lecture/play about two William Blake scholars defending their tenure. Sept. 24–Oct. 15. Catastrophic Theatre, 1540 Sul Ross St. • catastrophictheatre.com • 713/522-2723.
A Behanding in Spokane, Martin McDonagh’s volatile, outrageous comedy. Sept. 26–Oct. 15. Island ETC/East-End Theater Co., 2001 Postoffice St., Galveston • islandetc.org • 409/762-3556.
Guys and Dolls, the golden-age, swing-era musical comedy revival. Sept. 27–Oct. 9. Theatre Under the Stars, Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.
Lotto, a comedy by Cliff Roquemore. Sept. 29–Oct. 23. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.
Emperor: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Coriolan Overture, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, Unfinished. David Afkham conducts pianist André Watts and Houston Symphony. Sept. 30–Oct. 2. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • houstonsymphony.org • 713/224-7575.
Hot L Baltimore. Lanford Wilson’s comedy. Sept. 30–Oct. 8. Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance. UH’s Wortham Theater, 133 CWM Center for the Arts • theatre.uh.edu • 713/743-2929.
Galveston! The Musical. World premiere of Andree Newport, Dr. Bob Wilkins, and Mark York’s new work. Sept. 30–Oct. 9. Masquerade Theatre. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • masqueradetheatre.com • 713/861-7045.
La Donna Musicale, music by women composers. Oct. 2, 5pm; pre-concert talk with musical director Laury Gutiérrez, 4:15pm. Presented by Houston Early Music. Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd. • houstonearlymusic.org • 713/432-1744.
Bruckner’s Te Deum. Paula Acord Blackmon conducts the organ dedication concert. Oct. 5, 7pm. Houston Masterworks Chorus. Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy. • houstonmasterworks.org • 713/529-8900.
Anna in the Tropics. Nilo Cruz’s drama about Tolstoy, the tropics, and the American dream. Oct. 7–16. Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr. • tbhcenter.org • 713/222-1213.
PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Radio Disney Road Crew Party. Games, music, prizes, more. Sept. 3–5, 1 pm. IKEA, 7810 Katy Frwy. • Ikea.com.
Sagosund Storytime features Swedish storytelling, costumes characters, magicians, and free kids’ lunch. Tuesdays in September, noon. IKEA, 7810 Katy Frwy. • Ikea.com.
Popcorn Kids Workshop, presented by IKEA and Aurora Picture Show. Sept. 10, noon. IKEA Houston Restaurant, 7810 Katy Frwy. • Ikea.com.
If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Magik Theatre’s original musical adaptation. Sept. 21, noon. Society for the Performing Arts. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. • spahouston.org • 713/227-4SPA.
Velveteen Rabbit. Sept. 26–30. Opera to Go! presents Margery Williams’s timeless tale. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.
Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly. Joan Cushing’s adaptation of the children’s series. Sept. 26–Oct. 28. Main St. Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.
Queer Voices. Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. Monday nights, 9–11 pm. KPFT 90.1 FM. kpft.org • 713/526-4000.
Crafting Live(s): 10 Years of Artists-in-Residence. Through Sept. 3. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
Must Love Art. Works by Amy Achrysalis and other artists. Through Sept. 3. Canal Street Gallery, 2219 Canal St. • canalstreetgallery.com • 713/223-2219.
Culture in ?Frontier Texas. Works of mid-19th-century tradesmen. Through Sept. 4. Heritage Society Museum, 1100 Bagby St., Sam Houston Park • heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.
Simpson Kalisher: The Alienated Photographer. 1950s and ‘60s street scenes. Through Sept. 5. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.
Texas! The Exhibition features historical Texas artifacts including James Bowie’s knife. Through Sept. 5. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. • hmns.org • 713/639-4629.
Ancient Ukraine: Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations. Through Sept. 5. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Book Club of Texas. Stanley Marcus’s choice of the best printers, binders, and designers in the state. Through Sept. 10. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.
Four Exhibitions feature works by Noah Simblist, Joe Meiser, Jonathan Leach, and Houston Art Scouts. Through Sept. 10. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg St. • box13artspace.com.
My Caribbean Self. A group exhibit. Through Sept. 10. PG Contemporary Gallery, 3227 ½ Milam St. • pgcontemporary.com • 713/523-7424.
Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork. Small-scale handmade sculptures. Through Sept. 11. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.
Galveston Arts Center’s Art for All Education Outreach Exhibition. Through Sept. 11. Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway St. • contemporaryartgalveston.org • 409/763-2403.
The Spectacular of Vernacular features 20 artists utilizing craft, folklore, and roadside kitsch. Through Sept. 18. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination features props from all six films, a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit, and more. Through Sept. 18. Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. • thehealthmuseum.org • 713/521-1515.
Body Image. Through Sept. 22. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 NASA Pkwy, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.
A Five-Installation Exhibit features Southern/Pacific, works by Houston, Marfa, and Portland, Oregon artists; The Power of Negative Feedback, works by Jeremy DePrez and Francis Giampietro; Mexicanos, Joel Hernandez’s photography; A Time to Celebrate, Mark Ponder’s contemporary funeral rituals; and Detritus, Jeff Forster’s reclaimed and natural materials. Through Sept. 24. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.
Helmut Newton: White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes. Photographs from his first three groundbreaking books. Through Sept. 25. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.
Second Nature: Contemporary Landscapes from the MFAH Collection. Through Sept. 25. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7300.
The Whole World Was Watching. Civil Rights-era photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil. Through Sept. 25. Gregory School, 1300 Victor St., and Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.
Window into Houston. Works by Patrick Renner and students from Blaffer Gallery’s Summer Young Artist Apprenticeship Program. Through Sept. 28. 110 Milam St. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.
Large-Scale: The Painting Show. Paintings by multiple artists. Through Sept. 30; reception, Sept. 9, 6pm. Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd. • wadewilsonart.com • 713/521-2977.
Second Edition. Works created by University of North Texas in Denton graduate students using restored letterpress equipment. Through Sept. 30. Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St. • printingmuseum.org • 713/522-4652.
Japanese Calligraphy My Way: Graphite Drawings by Mayuko Ono Gray. Through Oct. 2. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market St. • contemporaryartgalveston.org • 409/763-2403.
Perspectives 175: Marc Swanson—The Second Story. Taxidermy, tattoos, and more. Through Oct. 9. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.
Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind. The search for Hyperborea, a mythical northern territory. Through Nov. 27. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Cullen Blvd. • blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.
Working in the Abstract. Through Nov. 28. Glassell School of Art, ?5101 Montrose Blvd. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Celebrating Fifteen Years of History with Holocaust Museum Houston. A visual storytelling. Through Dec. 31. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.
Ours to Fight For. The role of Jewish servicemen and women during World War II. Through Dec. 31. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.
Spirit of Modernism: The John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation Gift. Through Jan. 29. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Famous Monsters. Daniel Anguilu’s exterior mural. Through June 30, 2012. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. • lawndaleartcenter.org • 713/528-5858.
The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws focuses on Houston’s segregationist past. Through July 22, 2012. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • hmh.org • 713/942-8000.
Insperity Golf Experience. A nine-hole miniature golf course created by local artists. Sept. 1–Nov. 27. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.
Kathryn Kelley: The Edge of My Unreadiness. Sept. 2, 6pm. Darke Gallery, 320 B Detering St. • darkegallery.com • 713/542-3802.
Happenstance: Paintings by Anita Nelson. Sept. 3–30; reception, Sept. 10, 5pm. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.
State Fair. Texas-based artists explore street peddling. Sept. 9–Oct. 29, DiverseWorks ArtSpace, 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.
MannHands. Photographs by Lyn Sullivan. Sept. 11, 4pm. Hungry’s Café and Bistro’s H Gallery, 2356 Rice Blvd. • thehgallery.com.
Acid on Metal: The Art of Etching and Aquatint. Sept 11–Nov. 27. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Weaving and Beyond. Contemporary Handweavers of Houston 27th annual sale includes art, home furnishings, jewelry, holiday decorations, and more. Sept. 15–17. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
Walter De Maria: Trilogies. One painting and two sculpture series. Sept. 16–Jan. 8. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.
Houston Fine Art Fair exhibits post-war, contemporary, and Latin American works from 80 galleries. Sept. 16–18; preview party, Sept. 15, 6pm, benefits Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell School of Art Core Program. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas • houstonfineartfair.com.
15th Annual Museum District Day offers free bus shuttles and admission to Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Children’s Museum of Houston Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Czech Center Museum Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Center for Photography, Houston Museum of Natural Science, The John C. Freeman Weather Museum, The Jung Center, Lawndale Art Center, The Menil Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Rice University Art Gallery, and Rothko Chapel. Sept. 17, 10am–5pm. houstonmuseumdistrict.org.
Apocalyptic Wallpaper. New Paintings by artist Howard Sherman. Sept. 17–Oct. 15. McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. • mcmurtreygallery.com • 713/523-8238.
English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century. Sept. 17–Jan. 29. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Life & Luxury: The Art of Living in Eighteenth-Century Paris. Sept. 18–Dec. 11. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. • mfah.org • 713/639-7515.
Martini Madness! 10th Birthday Bash, a mid-century-themed cocktail party. Sept. 22. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
Seeing Stars: Visionary Drawing from the Collection. Early 20th-century surrealists. Sept. 23–Jan. 15. Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross St. • menil.org • 713/525-9400.
Ana Serrano: Salon of Beauty. Small sculptures. Sept. 29–Dec. 11; reception, Sept. 29, 5pm. Rice University’s Rice Gallery, 6100 Main St. • ricegallery.org • 713/348-6069.
Archway Artists’ Retrospective Installation. Sept. 30–Oct. 31; reception, Oct. 1. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. • archwaygallery.com • 713/522-2409.
Hands-On Family Festival honors Mayor Annise Parker, a free community celebration offering indoor/outdoor activities, artist demonstrations, entertainment, and more. Presented by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Oct. 1. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. • crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.
Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein. Oct. 1–Jan. 8. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. • camh.org • 713/284-8250.
National Society of Artists Juried Exhibition. Oct. 6–27; reception, Oct. 6, 6:30pm. Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, 2000 Nasa Parkway, Nassau Bay • taaccl.org • 281/335-7777.
BrewMasters International Beer Festival benefits Galveston County Food Bank Gleanings From the Harvest. Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston • brewmastersbeerfestival.com.
Simon Fashion Now celebrates fall fashion. The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Rd. • simon.com.
Compassionate Partner 2011 project commemorates the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in community service projects. Participants include Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, The Beacon,?City of West University Place, Compass,?Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation,?Servant Hands of Texas, and others. compassionatehouston.org.
Galveston Island Shrimp Festival features a 5K run, children’s parade, merchant walkabout, a boat show, a decorating contest, and more. Galveston’s downtown district • yagaspresent.com/shrimpfestival.
25th Texas General Land Office Adopt-a-Beach Fall Cleanup restores 29 sites along the Texas coast. 8:30am. Pre-registration: texasadoptabeach.org.
6th Annual Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt, presented by Houston Heights Association, features a 20-mile ride and scavenger hunt and/or a five-mile ride and scavenger hunt for families. 3:30pm, with entertainment, fabulous door prizes, and great refreshments, including picnic fare, beverages, and more at 4:30pm. Marmion Park, 700 Heights Blvd. • houstonheights.org • 713/861-4002.
7th Annual Home Safe Home Gala features 12 top Houston chefs. Benefits Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. 6:30pm. Home of Becca Cason Thrash and Dr. John Thrash • avda-tx.org • 713/715-6921.
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.
Urban Harvest Farmers Market, presented by Central City Co-op. Noon–4pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.
Weekly (Sun., Wed., Sat.)
Love and Rackets. Houston Tennis Club welcomes players and enthusiasts of all skill levels. Sundays, 9am–noon; Wednesdays, 7:30–9pm; clinics, every Saturday 9–10:30am. Memorial Park Tennis Center, 1500 Memorial Loop. Annual membership, $30; court fees, $3 per session. houstontennisclub.org.
Helping TransGenders Anonymous, a facilitated support group for all transgenders, supporters, family, and significant others. 7–9pm. 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 challenges of life after being married to a woman. First three Mondays of each month, 7:30–9pm. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St., room 230 • fathersfirstofhouston.com.
Gay Dads’ Support Group helps gay men who are or were previously married to a woman and who had children within that relationship. 7:30–9pm. Grace Lutheran Church’s parlor, 2515 Waugh Dr. • 281/608-8134.
Center Mid-Week Madness. Bring your own brown bag and board games. 11:30am–3pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
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.
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.
GLBT-Friendly Depression & Bipolar Support Group. 7:15–8:30pm. Free. Eclessia Church, 2015 Taft • 713/526-1018.
Southern Country, a country-and-western dance troupe, offers free dance lessons. Thursdays, 8:30pm. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • southerncountryhouston.com.
Urban ForesTree Keeper classes teaches Houstonians to better care for trees. Sept. 10–Oct. 1, 9am. Hermann Park • treesforhouston.org • 713/840-8733.
Recycling Saturdays. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum. 10am–2pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.
Semi-monthly (1st and 3rd Fri.)
Positive Brothers United, a social/support group for GLBT, HIV-positive men of color. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. 6pm. firstname.lastname@example.org • 713/454-7548.
The Houston Gay Couples Meetup Group brings Houston-area gay and lesbian couples together for a monthly, fun, and laid-back gathering. http://www.meetup.com/gaycouples-231/.
Monthly (1st Sun.)
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 • 713/808-1000.
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 and 3rd Wed.)
Center Coming Out Group for LGBT individuals at any stage of the coming-out process. 7pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
Monthly (1st Fri.)
First Friday Happy Hour. Northwest Corner, a social and civic organization for GLBT Houstonians living northwest of Loop 610, meets. Time and location TBA. nwcorner.org.
Monthly (1st Sat.)
First Saturday Arts Market. Local artists display and sell original works of art, local musicians entertain. 6–10pm. Free. Wind Water Gallery, 548 W. 19th St. • yalestreetmarket.com.
First Saturday Queer Bingo benefits Houston GLBT Community Center. 4:30pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
Monthly (2nd Tues.)
Center Dinner, hosted by the Houston GLBT Community Center. Diners pay for their own meal. 6:30pm. Bibas, 607 W. Gray St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
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.
Centro Grupo Latino, Spanish-language support group facilitated by Chris Escalante for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. 4pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
Monthly (3rd Sun.)
LOAF Meet and Greet. Lesbians Over Age Fifty meet for munchies and fellowship; bring some of both. 2–4pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. • loafhouston.org • 281/467-2578.
Monthly (3rd Tues.)
Center Seniors & Friends Potluck, organized by the Houston GLBT Community Center at Bethel Church UCC, 1107 Shepherd Dr. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
Monthly (3rd Wed.)
Bingo with the Divas, hosted by An’ Marie Gill and Jessica Van Shelton. 8–10pm. Benefits Bering Omega Foundation. Tony’s Corner Pocket, 817 W. Dallas St.
Monthly (3rd Thurs.)
HIV Testing. 1–2pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
Share with PFLAG Houston in a safe, confidential setting. 7:30–9pm. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Chatham Room, 1805 W. Alabama St. • pflaghouston.org.
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.
Monthly (4th Wed.)
Lesbian Dinner Group. Single and coupled women come for a meal but stay for the camaraderie. 7:30pm. Cafe Express, 1422 W. Gray St. • email@example.com.
Monthly (4th Fri.)
Lesbian Discussion Hour. Facilitated support/conversation group. 6:30pm. Houston GLBT Community Center, Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane St. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.
Thomas Street Clinic is offering HIV testing free to the public, Mon.-Fri. 9 am-1 pm. There is no need to establish eligibility (“gold-card”), no donation will be asked of the person seeking testing, and the test is free. Thomas Street Clinic, 2015 Thomas, 713/873-4157 or 713/873-4026.
Legacy Community Health Services offers free, confidential, rapid HIV testing using the OraQuick-Advance collection method with results available within 20 minutes.
MONDAYS: All Star News and Video Emporium, 3415 Katy Frwy & Studewood, 4-8pm; George Sports Bar, 617 Fairview, 6-10pm.
TUESDAYS:611 Hyde Park Pub, 611 Hyde Park, 4-8pm; Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin, 4-8pm.
WEDNESDAYS: Club Houston, 2205 Fannin, 8pm-12am; EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 10pm-1am.
FRIDAYS: Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin, 5-9pm; EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 10pm-1am.
MON-THU, Free, confidential syphilis testing is also offered. HIV and syphilis testing is offered at 215 Westheimer, 11am–7pm, and Friday, 11am–5pm. 713/830-3070.
Planned Parenthood offers free, anonymous, 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.
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