By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Hello, beautiful readers! We’re putting the finishing touches on our next print issue–which comes out tomorrow–so let’s get right down to business. Your weekend forecast is here. (Please remember, this is never meant to be an exhaustive list of all things happening in the Rose City–that’d take hours and thousands of words. If there’s something you’d like to see that you’re not seeing–shoot me an email.)
Tonight! Queens of the Night! Every third Wednesday (you know this by now), your hostess Alexis Campbell Starr–along with SuperStar Diva Isaiah Esquire and the acrobatic Jayla Rose–welcomes special guests and an all-Starr cast. It is the perfect night to get you through the rest of your workweek. Amen. See you there. 9pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK.
Secret Life–stop complaining there’s nothing to do on weeknights. Third Wednesdays@ Black Book; Secret Life is an eclectic mix of people and music featuring deejays (and PQ cover boys) HUF’N’STUF and HOLD MY HAND. 10pm, Black Book, 20 NW Third.
PQ Monthly Press Party: Mix and mingle with the makers of your favorite queer newspaper—writers, artists, this party has it all. This goes down every third Thursday, at rotating venues. (Mark your calendars.) You’ll never know who you’ll gaze at from across the room, maybe it’s your new soul mate. This month: Local Lounge. (Such a glamorous locale!) 5pm-7pm, 3536 NE MLK. Free, clearly.
Free HIV & STD Testing: Committed to the health of Portland’s community, Hawks PDX offers both free HIV and STD testing, twice monthly. Presented in conjunction with Cascade AIDS Project and Multnomah County Health Department, you can check your status to protect your health and those you play with, as well as speak to counselors if you have questions. Hawk’s PDX, 234 SE Grand.
Dark Night of the Soul III: This, queens, is everything—what started as a kernel of an idea by our beloved Jason Myers has turned into a storytelling behemoth. No matter the incarnation, Home Theatre System delivers. From the architect himself: Back for a second year, Home Theatre System proudly presents another storytelling experiment in stand-up tragedy. Watch these queer men flaunt their shame, heartache, and failure as they take off their “mascs” with nonfiction tales of vulnerability and darkness. 8pm, Old Town Floyd’s, 118 NW Couch. $5
Dragathon returns for its final night! And they’re all set to crown a winner. We can’t wait to see what the Caravan of Glam has up its sleeve next–we’re presuming it’s lots of things. Congrats Justin, Ms. Inferno, and all the girls on a wildly successful run! We love you all. 8pm, Funhouse Lounge. 2432 SE Eleventh.
BOYeurism really needs no introduction.
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–which is my favorite part. Hint: it’s always the Thursday we go to press. 10pm, Vault, 226 NW 12. Free.
Queertopia! From the birthday girl herself, Belinda Carroll: Hey kids, it’s my birthday! And in the interest of my own self-interest I have got a crazy good line-up for Queertopia this month! Drag, Burlesque, live music, comedy, dancing. All for five American dollars. Hosted by Belinda Carroll and the ever-amazing Crystal Davis. DJ Aurora mixxxxxing up the jams! (Jamming up the mix? I’m not good at slang.) And more. Check it out. 9pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK.
Mad for Plaid Bowling. Come do something different—you can still totally make it to Blow Pony afterwards. (Which we recommend.) Here you make/join a team, come sporting our favorite plaid attire, and bowl until we’re all equal. Or at least help HRC get some important work done. Either way, it’s wonderful! Look at you, bowling for equality. And it’s basically a sport, so you’re totally Sporty Spice, too. I think it sounds like a night of dreams. (Don’t wear too many layers, it gets real warm in there. Real sweaty.) (There’s a bar.) 6:00pm, Amf 300 Pro Lanes, 3031 SE Powell. Tickets: http://action.hrc.org/site/Calendar?id=116901&view=Detail.
Blow Pony gets a special shout out for booking Rap Girl, a size positive queer feminist rapper based out of Portland Oregon. Her Riot Grrrl rap style & Pussy Power dance anthems are sure to move your booty on the dance floor and inspire you to start a revolution (in your pants). 9pm, Rotture, 315 SW Third. $5.
Lumbertwink returns! Park rangers Wayne and Matt invite you to explore the great outdoors, without leaving the dance floor or patio. It’s Lumbertwink’s first CAMP OUT and our first party on a Saturday. 9pm, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE Eleventh. $4/$6.
If you’re down south–or want to travel down south–come see the hardest working queens in nightlife. The Caravan of Glam takes over Salem! Get it! From the Inferno: “Portland’s very own Traveling Queer Cabaret featuring Drag, Singers, Acrobatics, Dancing, Burlesque and more returns to Salem–all your favorite Portland over-the-top-dominating-divas are coming back to throw it down again.” If she says it, I believe it. 9pm, Southside Speakeasy, 3529 Fairview Industrial Avenue. Salem.
Ever since I discovered them doing their Whitney tribute back in 2012 (I can’t believe it’s been two years already), I’ve dubbed this The Greatest Thing to Happen to My Life. Hot Chocolate! Join Poison Waters, Maria, Tiara Desmond, Kourtni Capri Duv and Alexis Campbell Starr as they celebrate their sisterhood and mutual love of entertaining in a prideful tribute to African American vocalists. This time around is Movie Madness, their salute to black films. You do not want to miss this talented troupe and the evening they have planned for you. Invite your friends to join you for a generous helping of Hot Chocolate. Tickets are just $10 at the door, which opens at 5pm, show begins at 6pm. You’ll be home in time for the evening news. Darcelle’s, 208 NW Third.
Celebrate Elizabeth Taylor’s Birthday! From organizers: “We will celebrate the actress, by watching her Oscar-winning 1951 film, “A Place in the Sun,” also starring her dear friend Montgomery Clift and the venerable Shelley Winters. We will celebrate the woman, my grandmother, by eating cupcakes and toasting to her indomitable spirit. We will celebrate the activist by donating all proceeds from the event to Portland’s own AIDS organizations, Cascade AIDS Project and Our House of Portland. Tickets $15 (additional donations encouraged).” Check out event info here.
And this Sunday and 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. 8pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free!