Saturday, December 19
Inferno’s Ugly Sweater Party! A private party for women and the trans community: Now that you’ve swapped your summer wardrobe for your winter clothes, you can finally bust out that ugly sweater we know you love to wear! Dapper D will also be on hand with a pop up shop for all your holiday shopping needs. Featuring DJ Wildfire. Cover $8, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside.
Saturday, January 2
Hard Yes presents Yes Please! Keep the New Year’s weekend rolling and set the tone for 2016 with a Saturday dance party at Holocene. Yes Please is an all queer all-gender dance party put on by Hard Yes, a collaboration between DJ Sappho and Dillon Martin. Sounds range from house, garage, techno and hard disco. A friendly, flirty, uninhibited night for queers and friends who wanna meet new people, express themselves and DANCE. Hard Yes often features local and out of town performances. Act right, party safe, and feel your funk. Performance by House of Ada, DJs Pocket Rocket, Hold my Hand and Sappho. Visuals by Exposure. $3 before 10 p.m., $5 after. Doors open at 9:30 at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St.
Thursday, January 7
Black Radical Film Series presents the Murder of Fred Hampton. Black Lives Matter Portland inaugurates a new monthly film series with The Murder of Fred Hampton, a two-part documentary which describes the life and political assassination of iconic Black Panther Party Illinois chapter chairman and founding member of the Rainbow Coalition, Fred Hampton. Light food and beverages will be provided. This space will center the voices of Black and Indigenous folks. Allies are welcome. $5-10 sliding scale donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. 7 p.m. at In Other Words bookstore, 14 NE Killingsworth St.
Dance It Out
Drag Brunch: Testify at Stag with Alexis Campbell Starr. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Sunday, Ms. Starr brings you the city’s hottest drag performers, drink specials (5 for $5 mimosas, $5 American Harvest Bloody Marys), and tasty brunch—all in the city’s hottest new bar. Be there promptly at 11, children. Ms. Starr demands it; and she brings so many guests. Stag, 317 NW Broadway.
Samuel’s Hangover Happy Hour. Bloody Marys, friends, food, beats by Art of Hot and guests. It is an excellent recovery scenario. Mingle with queers in a very chill setting. 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Euphoria, 315 SE Third. Free.
Superstar Divas. Bolivia Carmichaels, Honey Bea Hart, Topaz Crawford, Isaiah Tillman, and guest stars perform your favorite pop, Broadway, R&B, rock, and country hits. Dance floor opens after the show. Check out the newest and freshest Diva hits, plus a variety of diverse talent. 8 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free!
Family Home Evening. A weekly, post-work lounge party every Monday night at Vault, featuring DJ Orographic (Bridge Club, Queerlandia) and occasional special guests (Sappho fills in now and then). Jens Irish serves you happy hour all the live long night. 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Vault, 226 NW 12.
Amateur night at Stag PDX, though they won’t look like amateurs, trust. Hosted by Godiva Devyne, come gawk at the pretty dancers. And talk some shit with the Devyne Ms. G. 9 p.m., Stag PDX, 317 NW Broadway.
Hip Hop Heaven. Bolivia Carmichaels hosts this hip-hop-heavy soiree night every Thursday night at CCs. Midnight guest performers and shows. Remember those midnight shows at The City? Bolivia does! 9 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free.
Sugar Town. DJ Action Slacks. Keywords: Soul, polyester. Great place to find the ladies, to mingle, to get your groove on. 9 p.m., The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42. $5.
Pop Rocks! 80s music aficionado DJ Matt Consola (Bearracuda) is hosting a very special 80s anthem night at Euphoria Nightclub. The space will be enhanced with an 80s theme featuring dancers, games and an official Dungeons & Dragons Gaming Table, visuals, rad 80s movies, drink specials, a photo booth, coat check and special guest DJs. 10 p.m., Euphoria, 315 SE 3. No cover.
Bi Bar—every second Tuesday at Crush, and it’s an open, bi-affirming space for music and mingling. Correction: Bi/Pan/Fluid/Queer. 8 p.m., 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. 10 p.m., 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. DJ Lauren joins Wildfire, and this night features dancers from up and down the I-5 corridor. 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Trio, 909 E. Burnside.
Bump, grind and crash into your favorite queer friends at Gay Skate. Look for our publisher, who’s always handing out copies of PQ. And, you know, you’ll probably get a date. Every third Monday. Food drive for Take Action Inc. 7 p.m., Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $6.
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!) 9 p.m., Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
Queens of the Night: Alexis Campbell Starr. That’s all you need to know. But there’s more: she always welcomes a special slew of talented queens for a night that takes Hip-Hop from beginning to end. 8 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. Free.
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! 10 p.m., Vault, 226 NW 12. Free.
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! 9 p.m., Crush, 1400 SE Morrison. $10. We’re featuring all of Zora’s events online, so get on the net.
Gaycation: DJ Charming always welcomes special guests—and here you’ll find everything lesbian, gay, and in between. 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. 9 p.m., Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
Undergear: Eagle Portland’s monthly underwear, jock, mankini, etc., fetish party every third Saturday.
Free if you arrive before 9 p.m. or if you use free clothes check upon entry after. After 9 p.m. arrivals who do not check clothes must pay $5 entry. Clothes check and raffle prize provided by Cub Cleaners. Eagle Portland, 835 N. Lombard.
Twerk. (Twerk has moved venues!) 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. We promise you you’ll move all night long. 10 p.m., Killingsworth Dynasty, 832 N Killingsworth. $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. 9 p.m., Euphoria, 315 SE 3. $5.
Judy on Duty. Lesbian hardcore. Judys, Judes, and cool ass freaks. Dance it out. DJ Troubled Youth. Organized by Ana Margarita and Megan Holmes. 10 p.m., High Mark Water Lounge, 6800 NE MLK.
Sabbathhause Discotheque, gay night is back at Aalto lounge and it is bigger and more queer than ever before. Featuring some of the best deejays and performers around and hosted by night hawk Chanticleer Tru. 8 p.m., Aalto Lounge, 3356 SE Belmont.
Thursday, December 17
PQ Monthly December Press Party. The last PQ Press Party of 2015 comes back home to Scandals, celebrating the release of PQ Monthly’s year-in-review and another amazing year in LGBTQ Portland. Starting at 7 come support Peacock Productions and the Audria M Edwards Scholarship Foundation and buy a two-dollar ornament from The Giving Tree. Press Party is FREE. 5 p.m., Scandals, 1125 SW Stark St.
Death of Glitter dance party, theme: Noelle from hell. A genderf#ck cabaret for a cause! Death of Glitter is a monthly performance and dance night fundraiser at Crush. Cover proceeds go to a different nonprofit each month. This month benefits supporting SAGE Metro Portland, a program of Friendly House, which is dedicated to improving the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender older adults. Cover: $5-10 sliding scale. 9 p.m. at Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
Queer Horror presents Shock Treatment! The Hollywood Theatre’s bimonthly Queer Horror program returns with this 1981 35mm film. Hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi, this shockingly underrated and little-known sequel to Rocky Horror Picture Show sequel. $8, 7 p.m., Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
Friday, December 18
LGBTQ Youth Holiday Celebration. Join Pride Northwest for a celebration at the Q Center with food, non-alcoholic drinks and community. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 4115 N. Mississippi Ave.
Pulsar presents Shake the Halls 5. A youth-friendly dance party with a dance stage for ages 16+ and a 21+ area with full bar. Free Viso for all attendees. Featuring DJs Eliminate, Deformaty, Strive, ZFG, Alex Lightspeed, KU$H (formerly the Chronic Illiness), Prophaze, B0UNC3 B0YZ (DJ IDK,J3LLY B0X), Xannarra and more. 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. $20 admission. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave.
Saturday, December 19
Vespertine Winter Ball. Celebrate the coming winter solstice with industrial music, food and performances. The Vespertine Ball is an elegant, sophisticated white winter formal/costume ball fostering individual creativity for those that wish to be in costume. Featuring, Gothic/Industrial music, professionally catered food, photography and a grand live performance honoring the turn of the seasons and the Solstice. No street clothes, white/silver/blue attire encouraged. 21+, $30-45. The Melody Ballroom, in the Lower Ballroom & Lounge. 615 SE Alder St.
Sunday, December 20
Winter Solstice Party. Join the greater In Other Words family for a fun, festive, feminist night with a community altar, music, food, and crafts: all of the magic of the holidays without the capitalism and patriarchy, and with some of the old witchery added back in! Tarot readings will be available from Feral Tarot, music from Sweeping Exits and the Ragshackers. Suggested $3-5 donation. 5 p.m. at In Other Words, 15 NE Killingsworth st.
Monday, December 21
Rock and Roll Flea Market. Shop vintage and retro goods while sipping fine spirits. Rock out to The Reverberations after the vendors have packed up. 5 p.m. till 11 p.m. at Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St.
Friday, December 25
Club Kai-Kai Xmas Edition. Too addicted to glamour to stay home on Christmas? Dance through the night with the queers and kweens at Kai-Kai. Featuring Monikkie (SEA), Gula Delgatto, Aphasia, Menorah and Stacy Stl Lisa. Doors at 8 p.m. Cover $6, or $4 with a donation of unopened makeup for queer youth at SMYRC. Party at Lovecraft, 421 SE Grand Ave.
Monday, December 28
POWMonthly film series features Young Lakota. POWMonthly is a series dedicated to showcasing films directed by women. It provides year-round visibility to the wide range of high quality, thought-provoking films women create, and often gives audiences an opportunity interact with the filmmakers. Young Lakota is a uniquely sensitive portrayal of young people finding their way on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. There will be a panel discussion after the film. Doors at 6 p.m., $5-10 sliding scale. Clinton St. Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St.
Thursday, December 31
NEW YEARS EVE EVENTS
Stranger Disco presents Dune Rave. Get your house in order, take your space, luxuriate in the water of life. Era Rubin, Stormy Roxx, Sappho, performances by Kajanne and friends. $10, 21+. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Service, 2319 NE Glisan St.
Lavish, a New Year’s Eve Celebration at Scandals. Hosted by Danie Ward. We clear the stage, bring in a band, and ask you to be the Star. Practice each Tuesday in December from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with dj Suzanne to make sure you are ready to rock us into 2016! 1125 SW Stark St.
Darcelle’s 48th New Year’s Eve Celebration. Ring in the New Year with Darcelle XV and company. Includes legendary entertainment with special guests from throughout the Northwest, a champagne toast and midnight breakfast buffet. $45, 7:30 p.m., 208 NW 3rd Ave.
Platinum Ball at CC Slaughters. Celebrate the new year in style at the Platinum Ball. Doors open at 9 p.m., 219 NW Davis St.
“Eff You 2015” at Crush. DJs, dancing, drink specials, and champagne toast & balloon drop at midnight. $3 cover after 9 p.m. 1400 SE Morrison St.
Lumbertwink New Year’s Eve. Pull on your plaid and flaunt your flannel for Lumbertwink’s third annual New Year’s Eve party in Portland, now with the option of advance tickets available online (for guaranteed admission and a shorter line) and proper lumber go-go dancers at the party. Hosted by Matt Bearracuda with a photo booth by Wayne Bund Photography and DJs Orographic and Pocket Rock-It. $8. Starts at 9 p.m. at Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave.
Inspire Truth 2016. You are invited to dance and rejoice: a stunning, art-filled and transformative environment will inspire joyful celebration and the danciest dance music in the galaxy. Three stages, two lounges, and many interactive environments will all build a futuristic setting for the celebration. $99-108. Info/Tickets online at http://nye-inspire.me. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.
Friday, January 15
Housing Justice Rally and March. Portland Tenants United is organizing a public protest to call for solutions to control Portland rent costs and end housing discrimination. “We are hoping that our rally and march is an opportunity to join our voices together with those of unions, faith communities, and other housing and social justice organizations in order to create awareness and demand change. Come stand with Portland’s tenants as they fight for equity and housing stability.” March starts at 5:30 p.m., rally at 4:30 at Portland City Hall, 1220 SW 5th Ave.
Saturday, January 16
Lily Tomlin performs at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. One of America’s foremost comediennes, she’ll take you on a howlingly funny trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters – from Ernestine to Sister Boogie Woman, Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann. One night only. And what a night it’ll be! Info/tickets at tickets.orsymphony/org. 7:30 p.m., 1037 SW Broadway.
Thursday, January 21
PQ Monthly January Press Party. Come meet your PQ Monthly staff and celebrate the January/February edition. Free. 5 p.m. at Vault. 226 NW 12th Ave.