Monday, February 29
Portland Mayoral Debate. Hosted by the Oregonian. Where does Portland’s next mayor stand on issues important to you? Join The Oregonian/OregonLive for a Mayoral Debate with candidates State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey in the spotlight. Topics will cover affordable housing, economic growth, small business, infrastructure, taxes and more. The event is FREE, but register online to reserve a seat. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St.
Friday, March 4
Hard Yes presents Yes Please! Yes Please is a monthly queer dance party for the dark, dirty and fabulous who just wanna dance. The party also features guest performers from Portland and beyond plus resident DJ Sappho alongside a rotating lineup of guest DJ’s providing you with a healthy dose of: House, techno, deep disco and hard f*ggotry. This month we bring from Los Angeles: Ambrosia Salad, plus DJ Jackal and DJ Sappho. Cover $7. 21+. 9 p.m. at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St.
Saturday, March 5
I love it when you read to me: A benefit for Q Center. Join the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Q Center, emcee Sossity Chiricuzio, and Portland writers and readers in a celebration of LGBTQ literature from 1855 to present. ASL interpreted and accessible by mobility device. The theme of this intergenerational literary mix-tape is love. $5-$25 sliding scale. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi Ave.
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. 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.
Club Kai-Kai. A crazy, cozy, packed dance party for queers of all kinds at a horror-themed venue called Lovecraft. Club Kai-Kai (at it’s most basic) is an experimentation of nightlife, performance, and your gender preference. If you have questions, we don’t have answers; we just have a space for you to Kai-Kai. $5 cover, 21+ at Lovecraft, 421 SE Grand Ave.
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, February 18
PQ Monthly February Press Party. Meet and mingle with your favorite reporters and editors and celebrate the February/March issue of PQ at Bossanova Ballroom. As always, this event is totally free and open to all in the community. 5 p.m., 722 E Burnside St.
Saturday, February 20
“We Are Resilient” Open Mic.Resilient Connections is CIOs queer/transgender/immigrant/refugee group and we are here to remind you that we are resilient in the face of xenophobia, homophobia, and transphobia. Join local poets, artists, organizers, and cultural workers for a free night of creative healing. CIO is a sober space—please respect the space. ADA accessible, gender-neutral restrooms. Closed space—this event is for QTBIPOC/QTIR folks; if you are an accomplice, ally, family or friend, please reach out to our organizers for ways to support. Free. Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N. Killingsworth St.
White Out 2016. Presented by Black Rock Boutiques, a fabulous dance party on two stages in bright white lights and blacklights. Tickets $30 online or $35 at the door. 21+, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Euphoria, 315 SE 3rd Ave.
Stranger Disco. An always-packed North Portland favorite queer dance party on North Williams; DJs Stormy Roxx, Vera Rubin and Sappho. 21+, $5, starts at 9 p.m., Vendetta, 4306 N. Williams Ave.
Tuesday, February 23
The 2016 Oregon Beer Awards. Gold, silver and bronze medalists will be revealed in categories ranging from Best Strong Hoppy Beer to Best Beer Festival. More than 60 judges have narrowed 520 submitted beers down to 42 medalists. $15 ticket includes includes a $2 donation to Oregon Wild, commemorative glass sponsored by Columbia Distributing, one pint of award-winning beer and snacks. 21+, 5:30 p.m. at Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St.
Wednesday, February 24
COLOSSAL electronic music fest. Celebrating this moment in electronic music in Portland. From hardware-based knob twirlers to laptop artistes, from ambient ethereal soundscapes to driving house beats, the inaugural electronic music event COLOSSAL will immerse audiences in the wealth of electronic music that Portland has to offer. Featuring Rafael, Strategy, Dylan Stark, Acid Farm, Ghost Feet, Apartment Fox, Visible Cloaks, Vektroid, EASTGHOST, Rap Class and more. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets $7 in advance or $10 day-of at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison.
Saturday, February 27
National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day. The first-annual event, the National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day is a community mobilization initiative designed to encourage Blacks in our community to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated. Find fun events and food, plus free HIV testing. The free celebration is from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Charles Jordan Community Center at 9009 N Foss Ave.
Sunday, February 28
The Oscar Party. Walk the red carpet dressed to impress to Portland’s most fun Oscar Party! $25 gets you in the door, your first cocktail, and A-list appetizers. The room will be equipped with TVs airing the Academy Awards and during commercials breaks you’ll have the chance to win hotel stays around the U.S. The is one not to miss! Sponsored by Cascade AIDS Project and Hotel Monaco. Starts at 4 p.m. at Hotel Monaco, 506 SW Washington St.
Saturday, March 5
Sugar Town: Bit O’ Honey (Ladies of Classic Soul Celebration). The hive will come alive on 3/5 when Sugar Town and DJ Action Slacks present the FIFTH annual celebration of the LADIES of classic soul and R&B. Kick off Women’s History Month by following the buzz to the Spare Room where you’ll dance to some of the mid-century’s finest records about hip shakes, heartaches, love fakes, mistakes, double takes, rat snakes, high stakes, hotcakes, and daybreaks. This time DJ Action Slacks will be joined by special guest DJ Listen Lady! 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cover $5, 21+ at Spare Room Restaurant and Lounge, 4830 NE 42nd Ave.
Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, March 6
Southeast Art Walk. A free, self-guided tour of the the studios, home workspaces, galleries, host homes and businesses within the walkable/bikeable/busable boundaries of SE 9th to SE 41st and SE Hawthorne to SE Powell Blvd.
Sunday, March 6
The Sweethearts of Portland Ball. Join Mr. Sweetheart XXVII Solstice Seasons, and Miss Sweetheart XXVII Kimber K. Shade, for a night of fun, entertainment and charity as we say job well done and get ready to crown a new Mr. and Miss Sweetheart. This year’s charity beneficiary is New Avenues for Youth, taking a complete approach to addressing youth homelessness and its root causes. Cover $20. Doors open at 5 p.m. at Darcelle XV Showplace, 208 NW 3rd Ave.
Monday, March 7
Marjuana and the brain: Nephi Stella, PhD lecture. Dr. Nephi Stella, professor of Pharmacology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington will be in Portland for an OHSU event to explain the role marijuana plays in cutting edge neuroscience research. Part of an ongoing brain awareness lecture series. Tickets $27. 7p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway st.
Jose Gonzalez and yMusic together. Indie folk singer-songwriter José González hits Portland performing with acclaimed NYC-based chamber sextet yMusic, which works in close quarters with contemporary composers and songwriters to developing ideas into vivid, communicative performances. 8 p.m. at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. Tickets start at $29.
Thursday, March 10
Heathers, the Musical. Don’t miss the Portland premiere of this hit musical by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness), Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy), and Andy Fickman (She’s the Man).Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place—six feet under. Tickets start at $15. 7:30 p.m. Triangle Productions, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd.
Saturday, March 12
Bearracuda Spring Fling! Dance with Portland’s beautiful bears and their admirers. Bearracuda is back in Portland for the must-attend March event with all the beefy boys and burly beaus. Featuring DJ Matt Stands and DJ John Cross. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 before 10 p.m., $7 after at Euphoria, 315 SE 3rd Ave.
Thursday, March 17
PQ Monthly March Press Party. Rub elbows with PQ supporters and staff and celebrate the March/April issue of PQ at Local Lounge. As always, this event is totally free and open to all in the community. 5 p.m., 3536 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Friday, March 18
Sister Spirit Queer + Feminist Roadshow. 6 emerging and established artists offer a critical, intersectional and often humorous lens to issues of feminism, race, size, class, identity, technology, gender and sexuality. See Jezebel Delilah X, Nikki Darling, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Cassie J. Sneider, Virgie Tovar, Denise Benavides and Cooper Lee Bombardier. $15-20 sliding scale at the door, 7 p.m. at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St.