By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
I realize most of your weekend plans involve sunning yourself at Sauvie Island–or, if you’re like me, holing up in your bedroom with air conditioning and Netflix for hours on end–but even with all this sweltering heat settling in, the show(s) must go on. This weekend involves a variety of drag pageants, a one-of-a-kind purity ball (think: father-daughter slow dance), national gay blood drives, vital documentaries, and much more (the Mississippi Street Fair). This is your weekend forecast, beloved readers:
PQ Pick: Tonight, QDoc and Dharma Rain Zen Center co-sponsor an important screening of the award-winning film “Call me Kuchu” at The Hollywood Theatre. Two Ugandan activists featuring prominently in the film will be in attendance for a Q&A panel following the screening.Call Me Kuchu” grants unprecedented access into the lives of David Kato and other Ugandan LGBT activists as they struggle against the rise of homophobia and anti-gay legislation in the wake of visits to Uganda by radical American Christian evangelists, including former Oregonian, Scott Lively. Hailed as “horrific and uplifting, [an] excellent documentary” (NPR), this screening comes at a crucial time after Uganda’s passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in February, which further strips LGBT individuals of their basic human rights. This will be the first time the film has been screened in a Portland theater. This film is a must-watch. You can read more about experiences in Uganda here–Denver David Robinson offers his personal account. 7pm, The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy.
Hot Mess! Ecstacy Inferno brings her crazed variety show/competition back to the Royale. The rules are–there are no rules (as long as it’s legal), and Inferno and co-host Artemis Chase will search for the city’s new queen of, well, shock value. Push some boundaries and get out of your comfort zone. 8pm, The Royale, 317 NW Broadway. $3.
The National Gay Blood Drive. There is a constant need for blood & donors are essential in maintaining an adequate supply. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans gay & bisexual men from donating blood. On July 11, a nationwide blood drive will take place to bring attention to the ban and help save lives. Gay and bisexual men will show their willingness to contribute by bringing allies to donate in their place. This grassroots effort to create change cannot happen without you. For more info, go here.
Q10: Celebrate Q Center’s 10th birthday this Friday at Q10 – A Decade of Q Center! Hosted by comedian Belinda Carroll and everyone’s favorite drag clown Carla Rossi, with a variety of performances, including one by the Caravan of GLAM. 5pm, Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi. $10, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Come show off your fabulous “fatshions” and shake your booties at Jelly Roll, a size-positive dance party. Music by DJ Chubby Chaser and Aurora–and a portion of the night’s proceeds will go to support Sister Dori Ohna Tirade as she recovers from a car accident. Get well, sister! 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
PQ Pick: 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.
PQ Pick: The Mississippi Street Fair is back! The Mississippi Street Fair is a community-building event that celebrates the residents, businesses and organizations from N. Fremont to N. Skidmore on Mississippi Ave. Proceeds go to Boise-Eliot Elementary, the Boise Business Youth Unity Project, and Self Enhancement, Inc. Mattachine Social will be playing–don’t miss them! Brought to you by the Historic Mississippi Ave Business Association (HMBA). Find out more at www.mississippiave.com and on twitter @mississippifair.
Queer Families Potluck–meet and min other queer families. Bring some food, some snacks–pack a blanket and spend some time with family and friends. Hosts will be providing some intriguing, community-building games and activities. 3pm-8pm, Peninsula Park. 700 N. Rosa Parks Way.
Inspired by the lives of Audre Lorde and StaceyAnn Chin, Sistah Sinema compiles a moving collection of shorts celebrating black lesbian motherhood. This night will feature photobooks with images and narratives of beloved black lesbian mothers. 7pm, In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth.
Bearracuda Portland returns as a the official dance of Bear Town 19–BearTown Weekend. They’ll be the huge Saturday night dance at Funhouse with fancy deejays from Canada. (DJ Del Stamp from Vancouver.) If you’re registered for BearTown, you get in free. A portion of door proceeds go to the Oregon Bears. Registration info is here. 9:30pm, Funhouse, 2432 SE 11th. $10.
Undie Sunday is a real thing at Silverado.
PQ Pick: The moment you’ve all been waiting for–you’ve heard whispers about this event all over our beautiful city. It’s Carla Rossi’s Purity Ball. As you know–because you all went to one in your teenage years, right?–purity balls are formal dances attended by fathers and their daughters which promote virginity until marriage. (That’s not even remotely creepy at all, it’s very beautiful.) Lots of father-daughter slow dancing. Anyway, tonight is Carla’s take (read: demented, demonic twist) on an old, beloved classic. Like a Carole King number gently covered and remastered. While “traditional” balls tend to ignore feminism and homosexuality, Carla’s will…[I can’t even fill in the blank].
As if you needed more than that theme, I’ll still give you more: Courtney Act! Roy G Biv! Bulimianne Rhapsody from Austin! Gula Delgatto! A Bearracuda Daddy Auction! (And much more.) Sounds like a night of virginal innocence to me. There may even be sensual go-go dancers (father-daughter style?) and adonises for hire. (Me!) (I kid, clearly.) 7pm, Branx, 320 NE 2nd. $12/$20 VIP.
And, as is customary every Sunday: 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. (Word has it Margarine Powers will be making a special appearance!) 8pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free!
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