Out of the Closet

Shop in the name of love


Garages are where useless crap goes to die. Board games with missing pieces. Mismatched coffee mugs. Children's toys that have long since stopped working. So what, we wonder, spends its golden years in a "gayrage"? Old Cher cassettes? Glow sticks that don't glow? Last season's Prada shoes? Well, you can find out Saturday when Legacy Counseling Center holds a Gayrage Sale in its parking lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There should be lots of good stuff up for grabs, and press materials promise everything "from oversized dresses and gaudy boas to pink lawn flamingos and pink 'LemmonAide' (as in Lemmon Avenue)." Very punny, guys, but you had us at "gaudy." Proceeds from the sale benefit Legacy Counseling Center, a nonprofit group that offers counseling services to those affected by HIV and AIDS. Donations for the Gayrage Sale will be accepted beginning the Friday before the sale through noon the next day. Legacy Counseling Center is located at 4054 McKinney Ave. Call 214-520-6308. And people, this is for charity, so just pay the sticker price, OK?. --Rhonda Reinhart

No Peeking


5x7 On the Road is almost like Antiques Roadshow, where your mystery art could be an unsigned Picasso...or a paint-by-number piece, except that every work at this show is a treasure. Each of On the Road's anonymous works was created by a contemporary artist such as Nic Nicosia, Gail Dawson or Al Souza. And they only cost $100, with proceeds benefiting Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin. 5x7 On the Road: Dallas Art Splurge and Exhibition is 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. August 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 27 at Conduit Gallery, 1626-C Hi Line Drive. Visit www.txarthouse.org. Call the Conduit at 214-939-0064. --S. Anne Durham

Dubya's Girls


t's all about the ladies when it comes to political royalty. There's the always neatly coifed Condoleezza Rice. Then Cristeta Comerford, the first woman executive chef at the White House. Back at the Crawford homestead, the Bush clan even has a longhorn named Ofelia. And from August 27 through October 1 at Valley House Gallery, we can all admire the work of Cindi Holt, who was invited in 1998 by Laura and George W. Bush (when Dubya was Texas' big cheese) to paint a Christmas card. Her painting of the Texas Governor's Mansion library resulted in her rendering other rooms and last year, her painting of the Red Room was reproduced on the 2004 White House Christmas card. Holt has lived in Fort Worth for more than 20 years and is a self-taught artist who began painting at the age of 34. Sisters are doing it for themselves. The Valley House Gallery is located at 6616 Spring Valley Road. The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Call 972-239-2441 or visit www.valleyhouse.com--Jenice Johnson