Saturday, January 18: Beareacuda PDX. I have never been to one of these parties that wasn’t absolutely packed—wall to wall bears. Part terrifying, part amazing. From the party-throwers: We’re back for our first party of 2014 with hundreds of guys in attendance! Last January was one of our biggest nights of the year—so don’t miss it. Bearracuda moves down to Branx for one big night for maximum dancing and fun–$6 gets you in to the party with plenty of dancing, socializing, tasty snacks and friendly, furry guys. Snacks, guys, music—what a value! 9pm, Branx, 320 SE Second.
Thursday, January 23: Class is in Session! The Impact of Health Care Reform. Naughty substitute teacher Madame Anita DuMoore is going to take us to school in Miss Alexis Campbell Starr’s gym class. Here’s your chance to hear about the Affordable Care Act, and what it really means to the LGBTQ community, including how you can get enrolled for health care with assistance from Cascade AIDS Project’s Cover Oregon team. Here’s what you can expect: Confessional storytelling, guest speakers on a variety of LGBTQ health topics, musical numbers, prizes, free food, beer/wine available to purchase, and a Q&A where CAP answers all of your “burning” questions. Ouch! That burns. 6:30pm, Old Town Floyd’s, 118 NW Couch.
Friday, January 31: Chicken Strip, Palm Springs Edition. (I like to pretend I inspired this party.) From the adorable Dillon: It’s been so cold and so dark here in Portland, I think our souls might freeze over. DON’T shrivel up! For only $5, take a getaway—to Palm Springs! We’re talking spray on tan, oversized sunglasses, glamor, sun hats, bikinis, banana thongs, boobs, butts, muscle queens, drunk queens, and dancing queens. Performances, art, fashion, queens—what more could you ask for? The birthplace of many a queen. 9:30pm, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE Eleventh. $5.
Dance It Out
Bridge Club. A slew of stellar deejays play music on the city’s most treasured patio. Old Boys Club regularly welcomes special guests. Snack, mingle, get down. Bridge club is delighted to announce its permanent new home—Vendetta! No winter hiatus this year, lovelies. 3pm, Vendetta, 4306 N Williams. Free.(Watch for their new Drag Race party starting, you know, when Drag Race starts.)
Every Sunday. Superstar Divas. Bolivia Carmichaels, Honey Bea Hart, Ginger Lee (who’ll soon retire), and guest stars perform your favorite pop, Broadway, and country hits. (I. Love. These. Queens.) Dance floor opens after the show. Competition to find the Next Superstar Diva is on! I’m calling it the Drag Queen Hunger Games. (And it’s coming to an end so soon—Sunday the 19 is Ginger’s farewell show.) 8pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free!
Dragathon (every Thursday). Sponsored by Smirnoff, this Drag Race-esque competition features 11 queens and celebrity judges, hosted by Ecstacy Inferno. Goes down early enough you can still make the late show. (These Caravan of Glam queens are relentless with their work ethic.) 8pm, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE Eleventh.
Dirt Bag. Keyword: Bruce LaBruiser. She’ll make all your musical dreams come true. Indie, pop, electro, all of it. Dance to the gayest jams. 10pm, The Know, 2026 NE Alberta. Free.
Hip Hop Heaven. Bolivia Carmichaels hosts this hip-hop-heavy soiree night every Thursday night at CCs. Midnight guest performers and shows. 9pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free.
Sugar Town. DJ Action Slacks. Keywords: Soul, polyester. 9pm, The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42. $5.
Maricón! Ill Camino rotates special guests and reinvents Crush with his beloved once-monthly dance party. (Moisti will still make cameos.) For homos and their homeys. 10pm, Crush,1400 SE Morrison. $3.
I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul. Three keywords, the most important being: DJ Beyondadoubt. Others: soul, shimmy. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
Bi Bar—thank our friend Cameron Kude for pointing this out to us. Bi Bar is every second Tuesday at Crush, and it’s an open, bi-affirming space for music and mingling. Correction: Bi/Pan/Fluid/Queer. 8pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
Mrs.: The queen of theme welcomes its new hostess, Kaj-Anne Pepper! And dynamic DJ duo: Beyondadoubt and Ill Camino. Costumes, photo booths, all the hits. 10pm, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi. $5.
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!) Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
Beat It at Black Book: Samuel Thomas has a beautiful new night all for you at one of the city’s most exciting new(ish) venues. (We know, Sundays are already real, real gay.) A monthly event celebrating everything from beards and tattoos to butch queens. Mark your calendars: THIRD Sundays. Hosted by JC Powers, killer deejays. 7pm, Black Book, 20 NW Third. $3 (free if you have a mailed invite)
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 Sunday we go to press. 10pm, Vault, 226 NW 12. Free.
Ruthless! Eastside deluxe. DJs Ill Camino, Rhienna. Come welcome new resident deejay Rhienna and listen to the fiercest jams all night long. Keyword: cha cha heels. 10pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $3.
Gaycation all you ever wanted. DJ Charming always welcomes special guests. (For January, Mary welcomes DJ K. Marie and Troubled Youth.) Be early so you can actually get a drink. Sweaty deliciousness, hottest babes. THE party. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
Monsteroki. You read it right. Gula Delgatto hosts an evening involving her own special brand of karaoke. Sometimes she decides the song, sometimes you do. (She sings! She dances!) 9pm, Crush, 1412 SE Morrison. $3.
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. Established fun, all night long. 9pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $5.
Blow Pony. Two giant floors. Wide variety of music, plenty of room for dancing. Rowdy, crowdy, sweaty betty. 9pm, Rotture/Branx, 315 SE 3. $5.
Filth: (Formerly Hey Queen!) For the party girls. The more intimate, shoulder-to-shoulder Saturday night choice. Bruce LaBruiser and special guests. 9pm, Beulahland, 118 NE 28. Free.
Laid Out, Bridgetown’s newest gay dance party. Seriously, the posters read: “gay dance party.” Deejays Gossip Cat and Pocket Rock-It, with photos by Eric Sellers. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $3 after 10pm.
Readers: This month there are five weeks between issues, which means not everything fit into our print calendar. Stay with us online for weekly updates! (And look to your left for more events.)
Thursday, January 16
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: Wieden + Kennedy. (Such a glamorous locale!) 5pm, 224 NW Thirteenth. 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 II: 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
Friday, January 17
Caravan of Glam heads on down to Eugene, continuing their regional domination. Ecstacy Inferno, Isaiah Esquire, Artemis Chase, Allie McQueen, Jayla Rose Sullivan and some special guests will wow you at Wow Hall. (See what we did there?) Also, the Caravan is asking party-goers to help name this party, because apparently it’s graduating and becoming a regular event. Hot damn! 8pm, Wow Hall, 291 West Eighth, Eugene. $10/$5 in drag/costume. Salem is on the agenda, too. Stay tuned online!
Jelly Roll: A size-positive dance party. The sweet roll is back—come and dance your “sexy ass off” to the tunes of DJs Aurora and Chubby Chaser. Go-go dancers all night, and treats on every table aim to make it your perfect night. This party is for all people of all sizes—fat friendly/LGBTQ friendly/everybody friendly. 9pm, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE Eleventh. $3.
Queertopia: This is the time of year where you decide how to overhaul your life, I suggest you start with going to radtastic shows. This month promises to be totally fagtastic—Stand-up comedy and burlesque! Belinda Carroll, Sophia St. James, and more. 9pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $5.
Saturday, January 18
Rose City School of Burlesque: Burlesque 101 is the perfect class for the beginner—no matter your shape, size or experience. Burlesque 101 is an introduction and gives students a taste of what burlesque performing is. Burlesque 101 is a 10-week course that will cover the history of burlesque, creation of a persona, burlesque hair and makeup, costuming, bump and grind dance movement, as well as a recital for and intimate live audience. For more information, go to: http://rcsob-101.bpt.me/.
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! 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison. $10.
Sunday, January 19
Camp Starlight Art Benefit: Come on down to The Cleaners at Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th Avenue in downtown Portland, Oregon (corner of SW 10th & Stark). Complimentary beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free. All ages.All proceeds from the purchase of art will go directly to Camp Starlight, a week-long summer camp for children in Oregon and Washington whose lives are affected by HIV and AIDS. Dozens and dozens of artists—literally dozens.
Naked Bingo. Oh my! “What’s more fun than BINGO? BINGO in your skivvies! Come play, $2 a card or 12 cards for $20. BONUS CARDS for playing in your skivvies. Strippin’ down could win you some stellar prizes. Drink specials and a raffle.” I had to quote the caps. I am both intrigued and terrified. Early enough you can catch the Divas. 6pm, Scandals, 1125 SW Stark.
Monday, January 20
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.
Tuesday, January 21
Poison Waters & Friends Happy Hour: The queens are back in Al’s Den for one of their notorious Happy Hour shows! This time around the fabulous queens include Alexis Campbell Starr, Kourtni Capri Duv, and Topaz Crawford—and they will help celebrate the 102nd birthday of the historic building that is now home to McMenamins Crystal Hotel and the 100th Birthday of the Crystal Ballroom! Whew, that was a mouthful. Sorry, I copied Poison word for word. 5:30pm, Al’s Den, 303 SW Twelfth. Free.
Saturday, January 25
Administration’s Improv Comedy Benefit Show: Go to http://www.basicrights.org/event/administrations-improv-comedy-benefit-show/ for details.
Thursday, January 30
Laid Out, Lick it Up. Read Dance It Out—these boys know how to party. Bringing the gay back to Thurs-gay. DJ LunchLady returns—yes, of Cafeteria fame. So pretend Laid Out and Cafeteria had a big gay baby! And get your asses there.
Saturday, February 8
Q Center’s Annual Winter Gala. My favorite movie turns into a party as Q Center presents “Masquerade: Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.” Presented by The Standard, this is Q Center’s primary fundraiser for the year, tickets purchased vital community resources survive and thrive. Info/tickets: http://www.pdxqcenter.org/