By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Surely many of you are still suffering from the effects of prolonged cabin fever, the kind of chronic illness that a few days of thawing hasn’t quite cured. You’re in luck! This week is one of the busiest ever! (OK, ever might be a stretch–but there’s lots to do. You’ll certainly need naps.) Your weekend, ladies and gentlemen (it’s a lot of love, love, love–get over it):
Oh, Love Ball! Shhh, wait, we’ll get there.
Love Will Tear You Apart Again: What’s better than queer cover bands? Not much. Especially when said covering includes: Shock and Awe (Dolly Parton), Lover’s Alibi (Blondie), Bed Bath and Beyonce (Beyonce), System Of Adele (Adele). I die. I literally die. And all this beauty is a benefit for the Rock ‘n Roll Camp 4 Girls. Any questions? Get them answered at the show. 8pm, The Know, 2026 NE Alberta. $5.
Love is the Message: A Valentine’s Day Celebration for Marriage Equality. Dig A Pony and XRAY.FM host a pre-Valentine’s Day celebration with Oregon United for Marriage – the coalition of individuals and organizations working to win the freedom for same-sex couples to marry in Oregon and to celebrate and support love and commitment. This special event is the kick-off party for Oregon Unites for Love, a weekend-long series of parties and events across the state, to engage support as we work to ensure that all loving, committed couples are treated with respect.
Love is the message.
IBQT will anchor the evening with a live performance, showcasing a their smooth and seductive boy band swagger.The celebration continues through the night with a dance party hosted by Dig A Pony regulars Holla ‘N Oates and special guest Roy G Biv (aka Katey Pants), Kiki Kommander of Control Top Gayass-Party. They’ll keep the loving vibes flowing with soothing soul selections, feel-good boogie burners, house jams and Paradise Garage classics. 9pm, Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand. Free.
I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul: Hailing from Memphis, Beyondadoubt was raised on Dirty South bass music, Soul, Gospel, regional Southern Rap and Bounce music. Channeling these roots and employing her collection of rare and vintage vinyl, this nationally renowned career DJ of over a decade takes us on a journey deep into the fiercely raw emotional landscape of Soul and Rhythm & Blues. Get into it. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
This is all you need today. Clear your calendars, take your disco naps, because Love Ball is back! And ready to werk. Calling all kiki gods and goddesses, put on your best color of shade and get your houses in order, because Valentine’s Day is going to be looking real good at Embers. No longer a fresh-faced debutante, Love Ball has moved to a bigger venue with better viewing to show off all your beautiful faces on February 14. We saw some fierce queens and kings last year, but who will take home this year’s trophies, cash prizes, and title of Queen of the Moment?
Categories this time around: Bitchcraft, Hi-Femme, Creature Feature, and 82nd & Twirl. Shitney Houston, Michael Talley, and Lisa Dank will be judging. (Start working your looks now.) Portland’s Queen of the Balls, Miss Chanticleer Tru, hosts and MCs, while Stacy Stl Lisa gets the children in line to steal the night. Bomb Ass Pussy, Lisa Dank, and Kizmet will open the night with a musical performance, and Bridge Club’s Hold My Hand will supply the tunes alongside SPF 666. The queen of queens, Gula Delgatto, will lend her expertise to the visual aesthetics of the night. Performers: Email Loveballpdx@gmail.com and reserve your spot in a category, because this shit will fill up, as usual. See you at the ball, loves. 9pm, Embers, 110 NW Broadway. $8.
(P.S. Come see Embers before it’s sold and gone forever!)
I neglected to mention this! Valentine’s Gay: Come celebrate Valentine’s GAY this year at ye olde Faggy Nation in North Portland! 4 bands, $3! Featuring: Pink Slip PDX, Labryse, COCKEYE, and The Bone Snatchers. Yes! Check out the Facebook invite and get your queer band on.
Valentine’s Day Dance Party with Oregon United for Marriage: What a better time to celebrate love than Valentine’s weekend? Oregon United for Marriage will cap off our weekend of festivities with a Valentine’s Dance Party at the Melody Ballroom in Portland. Join DJ Jimbo of Dig a Pony and XRAY.FM for an exciting night of dancing featuring dance hits of 70s and 80s and songs to keep you dancing ! We’ll also have an exciting silent auction featuring items from Wonder Ballroom, Por Que No, TWIST, Hip Chicks Do Wine, and more. Tickets include complimentary beer and wine as well as a hearty selection of snacks and Valentine’s desserts including Coconut macaroons, Tiramisu cupcakes, Chocolate truffles, Chocolate dipped strawberries, and mini cheesecakes. Join us to dance the night away. Tickets and info here, folks.
Hedonistic Decadence: A Queer Strip Night! What’s a weekend of love without some sexy queer dancers? How about this lineup. “Let us celebrate love, fertility, and the coming of spring with some raw flesh, sexual energy, and dance…” Dancers: Missell Crisis, Ariel, Valentine, Gus Godless, and Sophia St. James. Guest MC–Belinda Carroll, and as all always the lovely DJ Aurora. Sounds like a lineup of dreams to me. 8pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $5.
Gaycation turns EIGHT. (That’s a lot of years.) From Mr. Charming: “EIGHT YEARS?! I can’t begin to describe how blown away I am by this! EIGHT FREAKING YEARS! I guess that whole ‘time flies’ theory has some substance. We’ve had a blast with all of you over the past 8 years. Words cannot describe how grateful & amazed I am by your long lasting support. Before I gush anymore…LETS PARTY!” Now that’s some gushing excitement. Two special guests, with more Charming commentary: AUTOMATON (LA) (coming back up from LA to help us celebrate a party that would have never gotten off its feet without her amazing / phenomenal / siiick beats) and LA KENDALL (SEA) (she’s always had our back–helped us through the shit & never disappoints on the decks or on the mic. Cross your fingers, we might be able to get her perform a couple songs for you.) 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
How about some big gay choirs? The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus’ Artistic Director Bob Mensel just announced the soloists who will appear at a fundraising concert at The Old Church in downtown southwest Portland on Sunday, Feb. 16th, at three in the afternoon. According to Mensel, it was a very difficult decision: “There were just so many who auditioned and they are all so talented.” Those who will be sharing their vocal talent while you enjoy chocolate and wine are: Hadas Cassorla, Ryan Gray, Josh Hernandez, Johnny Hochgraefe, Wil Horsley, Jeff Jaeger,Jeremy Joyce, Sunil Kasturi, Shane Kwiatowski, Elis Madrigal, William Matheny, Eddie May, Billy Mixer, Kristofer Norton, Jonny Pasillas, Scott Serpas, Todd Warlik, Jimmy Wilcox, Gabrielle Widman, Alan Williams, Matthew Woodburn. Congrats to everyone selected! Tickets are $25 (they include a beverage and chocolates). Ticket info/show info is right here.
The Superstar Divas were snowed in last week (more like iced in), but this Sunday night you can see their new incarnation! Join Bolivia, Honey, and new cast members Topaz Crawford and Isaiah Tillman and see what kind of magic they pull out of their magical drag hats. 8pm sharp, CC’s–free, as always.
By the way, you can catch Bolivia right here participating in the #gaypropaganda scenario. That queen is everywhere. (Look for a feature on her in our March issue.) (The protest runs through the entirety of the Olympics.)
Don’t forget this! Gay Skate, sponsored by yours truly (PQ Monthly). Every third Monday. Join Sock Dreams, the Rose City Rollers, and all the amateur skaters in the city at the one and only queer skate night. Work muscles you never knew you had — I know this is where you’ll meet your next life partner. Innocent, yesteryear fun at one of the last all-ages, booze-free events. 7-9pm, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $6. All ages.