By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Saturday, October 18: PFLAG Portland Black Chapter Social and Voting Party. You are invited to our social to enjoy food and drinks and each other. Also, we will be sharing our brand new voter guide that reflects the values of our community. This guide evaluates measures that will appear on the Oregon ballot based on whether it will recognize and support families of all kinds and protect individuals and families from discrimination, racial profiling, and harassment. Bring your questions, bring your ballot, and if able, please bring a dish to share! 12pm, In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth.
Thursday, October 23: LookBook, the event. This is not a dance party. (But they won’t stop you if you do.) This event is all about dressing up, having cocktails, and listening to amazing music all while surrounded by other fashion freaks. Each month we will pay homage to a style, a trend, a designer that we feel inspires our style and creative spirit. October LookBook celebrates with “Dark Silhouette.” PQ wants to see your take on this. Come dressed to impress. This is not a look, it’s a lifestyle — so say party architects. Hosted by: Gula Delgatto, Shitney Houston, Michael Shaw Talley. Door Hostess: Wolfgang Sebastian Bloodhawk, Music Curator: Roy G Biv. 9pm, Oso Market and Bar, 726 SE Grand.
Friday, October 24: Lumbertwink is back! Now a Portland institution, they’re scaring up some good times for their big Halloween Edition! Get in or on a good costume for their fall party and get a discount at the door. We want you to think long and hard about how you’re going to make plaid scary (or scarier than it already is, depending on your perspective.) DJ Freddy King of Pants (SEA) DJ Hold My Hand (PDX), photos by Wayne Bund, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave, $4 in plaid or costume, $6 without, 9:30pm.
Dance It Out
Bridge Club. A slew of stellar deejays play music on the city’s most treasured patio. Old Boys Club regularly welcomes special guests. Snack, mingle, get down. Bridge club is delighted about its permanent new home—Vendetta! 3pm, Vendetta, 4306 N Williams. Free (On hiatus until Spring.)
Superstar Divas. Bolivia Carmichaels, Honey Bea Hart, Topaz Crawford, Isaiah Tillman, and guest stars perform your favorite pop, Broadway, and country hits. Dance floor opens after the show. The Drag Queen Hunger Games are over, and the shows must go on! Check out the newest and freshest Diva hits. 8pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free!
Hip Hop Heaven. Bolivia Carmichaels hosts this hip-hop-heavy soiree night every Thursday night at CCs. Midnight guest performers and shows. 9pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free.
Sugar Town. DJ Action Slacks. Keywords: Soul, polyester. 9pm, The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42. $5.
I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul. Three keywords, the most important being: DJ Beyondadoubt. Others: soul, shimmy. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
Bi Bar—every second Tuesday at Crush, and it’s an open, bi-affirming space for music and mingling. Correction: Bi/Pan/Fluid/Queer. 8pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
Slo Jams is a Queer Modern R&B & Neo Soul Dance Night at Local Lounge. DJ II TRILL (TWERK) and DJ MEXXX-TAPE lay down everything from Mary J // Jagged Edge// Keyshia to Badu//Lauryn Etc. 10pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $5.
Hot Flash: Inferno. (Second and Fourth Saturdays) In the heart of Portland is where the women are—dancing the night away and burning up dance floors the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at Trio. Welcoming all women, queers, and their allies. 6pm-10pm, Trio, 909 E. Burnside.
Mrs.: The queen of theme welcomes its new hostess, Kaj-Anne Pepper! And dynamic DJ duo: Beyondadoubt and Ill Camino. Costumes, photo booths, all the hits. 10pm, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi. $5.
Beat It at Black Book: A beautiful new queer night all for you at one of the city’s most exciting new(ish) venues. A monthly event celebrating everything from beards and tattoos to butch queens. Mark your calendars: second Sundays. Hosted by JC Powers, killer deejays. 7pm, Black Book, 20 NW Third.
Comedy at Crush: Belinda Carroll and a slew of locals rustle up some funny. Special guests, and Crush’s signature cocktail and food menus. Donations, sliding scale. (Comics have to eat and drink, too, so give!) 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
Polari. Troll in for buvare. Back-in-the-day language, music, and elegance. An ease-you-into-the-weekend mixer. Bridge Club boys make the music. Bridge and tunnel patrons have no idea what to do with us when we pour in. Hint: it’s always the Thursday we go to press. What serendipitous fortune! 10pm, Vault, 226 NW 12. Free.
Ruthless! Eastside deluxe. DJs Ill Camino, Rhienna. Come welcome new resident deejay Rhienna and listen to the fiercest jams all night long. Keyword: cha cha heels. 10pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $3.
Burlescape! Burlesque & boylesque wrapped in a taste of tease! Zora Phoenix, Isaiah Esquire, Tod Alan. (And there’s more than that, kids.) Zora is a treat and a treasure—and so are her shows. Try one out! 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison. $10.
Gaycation: DJ Charming always welcomes special guests. Be early so you can actually get a drink. Sweaty deliciousness, hottest babes. THE party. Yes, boys, even you can hit on Mr. Charming. We know you want to. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
Twerk. DJs ILL Camino and II Trill. Keywords: bring your twerk. The city’s longest-running queer hip hop/R&B party–where artists, deejays, performers come to mix, mingle, and move on the dance floor. Established fun, all night long. 9pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $5.
Blow Pony. Two giant floors. Wide variety of music, plenty of room for dancing. Rowdy, crowdy, sweaty betty, the one tried and true, even after all these years. 9pm, Rotture/Branx, 315 SE 3. $5.
Laid Out, Bridgetown’s newest gay dance party. Seriously, the posters read: “gay dance party.” And oh, how it’s a gay dance party. Thursdays are a real thing again. Deejays Gossip Cat and Pocket Rock-It, with photos by Eric Sellers. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $3 after 10pm.
There is never enough room to list all the events we’d like in our print edition — check online for our weekly weekend forecast, which often has all the latest and greatest.
Friday, October 17
Dungeons and Drag Queens: “Across faraway lands, worlds that don’t even go together, a group of unlikely heroes will band together for a singular cause to save humanity!” Or something like that…What happens when you take one of the most famous RPGs in the world and cross it with comedy camp, glamour, and heels? You get this event. This is not your average basement scene starring the elf, the barbarian, the mage and the thief. These characters have been sent to wardrobe and hair to get a sprucin’ up, and they are ready for their close up. But not too close, you might get a dice roll attack you’re not even ready for. Like not even. So not even. Tickets: http://dungeonsanddragqueens.brownpapertickets.com/.
Sunday, October 19
Just in time for the Halloween season, the Broadway Bears will debut their newest charity concert at Q Center. In it, called “Stage Fright,” the Bears will perform spooky songs from the musical realm of stage and screen. In their entertaining work vocalizing male and female villain and horror roles, from comedy to pathos, they will show that talent comes in all sizes…and embraces furry faces.The members of Broadway Bears, “Portland’s Furriest Singers,” are Andy Mangels, Cory Clinton, Darin MacLeod, Johnny Cakes Amundson, and Mark Steering, accompanied by David Hastings. The members of the quintet have decades of stage experience encompassing theatrical, choral, opera, television, film, and teaching arenas. The Bears were founded in mid-2011 by Andy Mangels, and the group performed charitable concerts and at local events in 2012-2014, including a popular and bravura performance at the 2014 return of Peacock in the Park.
With all-live singing in solos, duet, trio, and group numbers, the “Stage Fright” concerts will include horror and villain-themed songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wicked, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Sorceror, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago, Bat Boy: The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, A Connecticut Yankee, Witches of Eastwick, The Rocky Horror Show, Lestat, Silence! The Musical, Sweeney Todd, and Hocus Pocus! Both concerts will benefit The Q Center, Portland’s LGBTQ Community Center, and SMYRC: The Sexual Minorities Youth Resource Center. The concerts will be all-ages-friendly, though there will be some dark content and adult language in the second act. Alcohol and refreshments will be served in Q Center’s art gallery. 6pm, Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi. $15/$10 student/senior/$5 under 12.
Monday, October 20
The days are getting shorter, darker, and cooler, but it’s still an excellent time to get your active socializing on. Gay Skate is a joy. Meet queers and mingle with them outside the bar setting — maybe your dream lover will ask you to hold hands during couples’ skate. And there are themes now! Themes! (Check online for the latest — but count on Halloween Madness for this month’s festivities.) Come dressed to impress and wine beautiful prizes, and look for our publisher, who’s always handing out copies of PQ. And, you know, you’ll probably get a date. Food drive for Take Action Inc. 7pm, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $6.
Thursday, October 23
Totes Hilars is a comedy variety show and this time they have some spooky drag and stand up. Come as you are or dress to impress — either way you’ll laugh your pants (and panties) off. Featuring: Manuel Hall, Jen Tam, Crystal Davis, Anthony Hudson AKA Carla Rossi, Pagan Holladay, and more. Hosted by Melody Awesom Azing. Doors are at 7, show at 8, $5-10 sliding scale. Old Town Floyd’s, 118 NW Couch.
Friday, October 24
Dear White People screening. We’ve been waiting a long time for this and we know you have been too! Dear White People is a satire about being a black face in a white place, and the timing of its release couldn’t be more perfect. On the heels of national debate surrounding race politics, police violence and social justice we will be hosting this screening and subsequent discussion time to allow safe space for in-depth conversation about blackness, community healing and how we can move forward together.Check out the trailer: http://www.dearwhitepeoplemovie.com/. Tickets are $12 presale (+ processing fees) or on a $16-$20 sliding scale at the door to cover costs. For free youth tickets please contact Leila Hofstein: email@example.com. 7:30pm, Regal Lloyd Center 10, 1510 NE Multnomah.
Turnt Up! You betta get ready for your life source to get turnt at this one. Bringing all vinyl back to the nightclub, disco legend DJ Bus Station John will hit the decks alongside Turnt Up! resident Sappho. Backing that scene up will be an on-the-dance-floor performance piece by Keyon Gaskin followed by a live set featuring Portland’s Du Og Meg (electro/house/punk). Then it’s all you on the dance floor. Turnt Up! is a club night featuring queers and queer sentiments, live dance music and mind altering atmosphere to help you get your scene right. All are welcome, just come correct, k? (Please no cell phones on the dance floor…Look up, look around, flirt, take your shirt off…keep the dance floor a sanctuary.) 10pm, Lovecraft, 421 SE Grand. $6.