Art Briefs: March/April 2013

The April 16 show of “Anything But Brilliant: A Love Story” benefits Basic Rights Oregon and Oregon United for Marriage. Photo by Gary Norman

Hot Flash Dances hosts a fundraiser for the Portland Fighting Fillies women’s football team at its March 23 dance party. Players will be in attendance for a live auction including a Fillies jersey and a silent auction including a date with a team member. DJ Wildfire will spin at this bimonthly party for women at Jones Bar. Learn more at

Come Out Laughing brings three of its regular headliners — Jason Dudey, Dana Goldberg, and Ian Harvie — to Portland’s Bobwhite Theatre March 28. A popular monthly show at Long Beach’s Laugh Factory, Come Out Laughing is launching a national tour. Dudley, Goldberg, and Harvie are some of the top gay, lesbian, and trans comics currently on the scene and have appeared on LOGO, Comics Unleashed, and Wisecrack. Read more here.

Bimonthly drag performance night Chicken Strip kicks off March 29 at Funhouse Lounge. Hosted by Kaj-anne Pepper, the lineup includes Serendipity Jones, Shitney Houston, Melody Awesomazing, Avocado Jones & Urethra Franklin (SF), Hellena Keller, and DieAna Dae. Dancing and debauchery will follow the drag show, with beats provided by DJs Chelsea Starr and Nark.

Brooklyn’s Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow rolls into Portland March 30 and 31for two days of workshops, performances, and dancing. On Saturday, a troupe of performers from across the “femme-inine” spectrum bring poetry, rock ‘n’ roll, and other queer performance art to the Local Lounge. Performers include Shomi Noise (NYC), The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins (SF), Heather Acs (NYC), Damien Luxe (NYC), and locals Sophia St. James and Sossity Chiricuzio. DJs Roy G Biv and Shomi Noise will bring the dance party and Bloodhound Photography will capture all the beautiful faces. On Sunday, the performers will offer workshops and an all-ages, sober show at Recess. The all-genders workshop — “Femmepowerment: Strategies for Self-Confidence from the Stage to the Street” — starts at 4 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Find out more on Facebook or at

Radical queer author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reads from her new book, “The End of San Francisco,” April 1 at Powell’s Books (downtown). The free-form memoir has been in the works for six years, and explores the realities and mythologies of radical queer community in San Francisco. The Seattle-based author is also the author of two novels, “So Many Ways to Sleep Badly” and “Pulling Taffy,” and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies, including “Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform,” “Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity,” and “That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation.”

Not Enough! is hosting a reunion show April 6 at Red and Black Café comprised of bands that formed at past festivals to raise funds for this year’s fourth annual event. The show starts with an opening ceremony by queer worship band Thank You Holy Spirit and includes performances by dual-drummer band Voices, lesbian space metal from Fucking Lesbian Bitches, and the “faggoty” punk rock of Cockeye. The show starts at 7 p.m.

After a packed March debut, Sophia St. James’s queer strip night Hedonistic Decadence returns to the Local Lounge April 12. Expect pole dancing, a new layout for better viewing, birthday dances, and drink specials. Bring cash for tips — last month the bar ran out of ones. Find the event on Facebook to see a list of performers.

Queer literary roadshow SISTER SPIT returns to Portland April 7 with a 7:30 p.m. show at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center. This year’s performers include Sister Spit co-founder Michelle Tea (author of award-winning memoir “Valencia” and the just-released young adult fantasy book “A Mermaid in Chelsea Creek,” among others), Ali Liebegott (author of the award-winning books “The IHOP Papers” and “The Beautifully Worthless and the upcoming novel “Cha-Ching!”), Cristy C. Road (a prolific Cuban-American artist and writer whose new graphic novel “Spit and Passion” comes out this fall), TextaQueen (an Australian artist whose work has exhibited internationally and often uses felt-tip marker to explore the politics of sex, gender, and identity), Daniel LéVesque (a Bay Area writer and performer whose debut novel “Hairdresser On Fire” comes out this year), and DavEnd (a San Francisco-based songwriter, performing artist, and designer whose current project “Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical!” explores heterosexism and street harassment through theater). For more information, visit

Lights Up! Productions presents the premiere of “Anything But Brilliant: A Love Story,” by Bobby Ryan from March 30 through April 20 at Theatre! Theater!, which tells the story of a middle-aged playwright whose lifelong partner has recently died. The April 13 show is a fundraiser for Basic Rights Oregon and Oregon United for Marriage and includes a “Know Now!” post-show discussion. Tickets are available at

Applications are open for the Third Annual Portland Queer Music Festival. This year’s event will take place at SHINY Music Hall Aug. 2-4 and will include an all-classical night. To apply, visit