Sunday, April 19: We borrowed these words from the event page. (Thanks, Poison!) “The return of the Poison Waters & Friends Sunday Brunch Show and Film at McMenamins Pubs, Breweries & Historic Hotels Kennedy School is happening Sunday April 19th! 21 years and older, $21 includes brunch, show featuring Poison, and her cast, Rose Empress 56 Ambrosia Mychaul Flescher, Princess Onyx Valentine, La Femme PLus International Priscilla Blackstone Maurice Hines, and Poison is happy to make it official, her CO-HOSTESS for the Poison Waters and Friends Shows, Miss NW Fierce 2015 Kourtni Capree, and then of course the film, “Sex and the City.” 10:30am doors, 11am-12:30pm brunch buffet and show followed by film. (Of course the full bar featuring bottomless mimosas will be available at additional charge.) Get your tickets now, ahead of time. 5736 NE 33rd, Portland.
Thursday, April 23: The Business Leaders Luncheon is where Oregon businesses and corporate opinion leaders take a public stand for fairness and equality. The annual event brings together 500+ business executives, community leaders and elected officials to consider the state of equality in Oregon and promote fairness in the workplace and under the law. The program includes a keynote speaker and recognition for outstanding leadership for gay and transgender equality. 2015 will be a big year for Basic Rights as we launch our new 5-year strategic plan to support lived equality for LGBT individuals outside of Portland, LGBT youth and LGBT seniors. Oregonians Against Discrimination, Business Leaders Luncheon, Thursday, April 23, 2015, Portland Ballroom, Oregon Convention Center. Schedule of Events: Registration – 11:30am, Luncheon Program – 12 noon, Tickets: $100 each, your ticket purchase is tax deductible. https://bro.ejoinme.org/?tabid=573362.
Saturday, April 25: Queer Heavy Metal Strip Club. All of your favorite things in one place? Queer people, heavy metal, and nudity? One night only? You want it? Dancers: Zak the Barber, Dash Lopez, C Darling, Dicky Pete, House of Coco, Lexy, Lissy, Cinnamon Maxine, Special Guest, special guests, deejays: Roy G Biv and Jodi Bon Jodi. Door/stage lube: Aaron Boeke. $10. Don’t be a jerk and argue about it. These people are going to be nude and deserve money for doing it, OK? Get your freak number right. Bring bills to throw down. Get wet. 9pm, 3416 N Lombard. The party: is $10 and doors at 9pm. This charge is so they can pay their artists, dj’s, organizers, and photographers a living and sustainable wage for their art. Ground rules: This is a strip club not a sex party so be cool and don’t touch the dancers. Be cool and nice to your dancers. Tip heavily and tip often the normal etiquette is $1/per song. No photography.
Dance It Out
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. 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!
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. 7pm-11pm, Vault, 226 NW Twelfth.
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! 9pm, 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. 9pm, The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42. $5.
Bi Bar—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.
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. 10pm, 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. 6pm-10pm, Trio, 909 E. Burnside.
Mrs.: The queen of theme welcomes its new hostess, Kaj-Anne Pepper! OK, she’s not new anymore. But we love her so. And dynamic DJ duo: Beyondadoubt and Ill Camino. Costumes, photo booths, all the hits. Lots of ladies, very queer. 10pm, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi. $5.
Comedy at Crush: Our own 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!) 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
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! 10pm, 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! 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison. $10.
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. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
Undergear: Eagle Portland’s monthly underwear, jock, mankini, etc., fetish party every third Saturday.
Free if you arrive before 9pm or if you use free clothes check upon entry after. After 9pm arrivals who do not check clothes must pay $5 entry. Clothes check and raffle prize provided by Cub Cleaners.
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, the one tried and true, even after all these years. 9pm, Rotture/Branx, 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. 10pm, 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. 8pm, Aalto Lounge, 3356 SE Belmont.
We have an extra week between print dates, lovelies (meaning more ground to cover)—so please check online for the latest and greatest May events! www.pqmonthly.com, and look for your Weekend Forecast.
Thursday, April 16
PQ Monthly Press Party—mix and mingle with the makers of your queer newsmagazine. Rub elbows with a wildly diverse crowd. (And hit up Polari afterward.) This month’s shindig is at Elysian! As always, 5pm. (And mark your calendars—every third Thursday at rotating venues.) In this very fancy edition of PQ’s Press Party, we are celebrating weddings! And who better to host us than the Elysian Ballroom? This place will make you feel like you’ve stepped into Downton Abbey. Except for half the people will be wearing golf shorts and have manly beards, because Portland. Entertaining us on this fine eve: Max Voltage is a classically trained violinist and loop-pedal composer, available to play for your wedding or special event. Classical, Jazz, Pop, Folk, Rock; Max can cover any genre with innovative loops that create the sound of an entire string quartet! More info (plus music & video samples) at www.maxvoltagepdx.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for details and pricing—libations and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 5pm-7pm-ish, 918 SW Yamhill.
Friday, April 17
BLOWPONY! Bearracuda Worldwide and Local Queen prezent performances by: CHRISTEENE featuring T GRAVEL & C-BABY & ROTTIES. With deejays AIRICK X*, STORMY ROXX, & SAPPHO! Entry into this Hole: *AUSTIN DARLING*. Invite photo by Austin Young, Invite Design by Ian O’Phelan. 8pm, Branx, 320 SE 2nd Ave. $10. www.christeenemusic.com; www.blowpony.com.
Peep Show may have gone dark in March, but that’s just so they could take the time to bring her back in April bigger, better, and full of more life than ever before on Friday nights: yes, that’s right, they will now be having Peep Show on the 3rd Friday of every month. So gather yourselves at Portland’s craziest variety show. The place where “anything goes” still rings true. Prepare to be dazzled and horrified by our tantalizing combination of Portland’s trashiest and classiest all mixed together into an epic melting pot of sights, sounds, smells, (and if you’re reeeeally lucky tastes and touches) of sinful sensuality. Plus join us for the “SLEAZE” dance party after the show with amazing music by Portland’s hottest new DJ, Jackal – Jack Freeman. Hosted by the fabulously insane Artemis Chase. 9pm, Analog Café, 720 SE Hawthorne. $7GA/$10Seated/$20VIP. Featuring Carla Rossi and many more!
Saturday, April 18
Shorty Shorts is excited to once again take their festival to Astoria. Shorty Shorts has been going on for five years strong here in Portland and this will be year two at the gorgeous coast. The past year has been super exciting for Shorty shorts as they traveled to Seattle for the first time, and they also got invited to play at one of the largest queer art festivals in the country in Austin Texas. This year is filling up fast and Shorty Shorts is thrilled its first stop is Astoria. They will be bringing the town the full, unedited version of this past year’s festival. There are amazing films from artist all over the world. Even some pretty famous peeps and a porn star or two. Hosted by Gula Delgatto along with Shorty Shorts Production Director Michael Shaw Talley, and very special guest Shitney Houston. Maybe even a super special appearance by the one and only Daylight Cums (Marco Davis), a frequent PQ contributor. Showtime: 10pm, doors at 9:30pm, cover $6.00. Cocktails with the queens after the show at the Voodoo Room. (Maybe even a drag number or two or three if Shitney Houston gets her gogo juice!) Columbian Theater, 11th and Marine Drive, Astoria. www.shortyshortsfilmfest.com.
Sunday, April 19
Naked Trivia…clothing optional. Play in your underwear for bonus points or stay dressed and be a fly on the wall. The winning team takes home $25 UnderU4Men gift cards and you could walk out with some great raffle prizes. Only $10 a team. Trivia Theme: The ‘D’. Dinosaurs, Disney, Drag, and Drive-Thru! Benefits AIDS Walk Portland. Hosted by Summer Seasons and Andrew Shayde. 6pm, Scandals, 1125 SW Stark.
Monday, April 20
The days are getting longer! And it’s still an excellent time to get your active socializing on. Gay Skate is a joy. Meet queers and mingle with them outside the bar setting — maybe your dream lover will ask you to hold hands during couples’ skate. And there are themes now! Themes! (Check online for the latest—this edition will be particularly unicorn-y.) Come dressed to impress and wine beautiful prizes, and 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. 7pm, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $6.
Wednesday, April 22
Queens of the Night. Get it together, it’s time to celebrate Alexis Campbell Starr: The night that Portland needs, a true hip-hop dance party. She’s talking hip-hop from beginning to end: and while she’s at it, she also has the hottest performers in the NW entertaining you. Host: Alexis Campbell Starr, Isaiah Esquire, Jayla Rose Sullivan, Kourtni Capree, CJ Mickens, Valerie DeVille, Miss Sweetheart Kimber Shade AKA Henry Felton, and that’s just to name a few. Ms. Starr would like to see you there, and she’d like to remind you there will be drink specials throughout the night. $5 cover, 21+. Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK.
Thursday, April 23
HRC Gala Portland Kick-Off Event: You would be hard-pressed to find a stadium with as much character as Providence Park. With the original crescent-shaped grandstand and nearly all of the sides covered by a beautiful wooden roof, this park is truly a gem in Portland and the generous sponsor of the HRC Portland Summer Gala Kick-Off Party. Join HRC on April 23rd for this unique opportunity to get a close up view of this historical property without all the shenanigans of the beloved Timbers Army. HRC will be offering behind the scenes tours, some light snacks and a small token of their appreciation of your support of HRC. Be the first to hear about all the exciting opportunities this year’s Gala holds. Mark your calendars! 7pm, Providence Park, 1844 SW Morrison.
Wednesday, April 29
TransActive Gender Center provides a holistic range of services and expertise to empower transgender and gender diverse children, youth and their families in living healthy lives, free of discrimination.They are raising funds in order to be able to provide services for more families, as the demand has increased exponentially. While they are based in Portland, they also aim to provide counseling, advocacy and education to individuals and families who reside in rural areas where services are non-existent. Come out and meet the TransActive staff and enjoy the mixed cabaret show featuring music from Galynne Davis and Nikole Potulsky, along with some of Portland’s favorite performance personalities. $10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. For more info, check out their website at: www.transactiveonline.org. If you are not able to attend, please consider making a donation here: https://www.transactiveonline.org/support/donate.php. 6pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
Thursday, May 7
Women Who Lead Luncheon celebrates women who are making a difference—leaders who have changed the face of business, education, women’s health, sports and more. These women represent the courage, commitment, and innovative thinking of all the remarkable people who work on the front lines of social change. We celebrate their extraordinary vision and courageous work, these women are improving the lives of all people in our community. Honorees: Governor Kate Brown, Antoinette Edwards, Office of Youth Violence Prevention, City of Portland and Laura Calvo, Democratic Party of Oregon. http://portland.strangertickets.com/events/23314400/women-who-lead-luncheon-2015. 11:30am-1:00pm, The Nines, 525 SW Morrison.
Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 17
QDoc is the only festival in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) documentaries. Documentaries offer a unique vehicle to creatively engage core issues of queer identity – politics, history, culture, diversity, sexuality, family, aging, and coming-out issues. Documentary as a form of expression is as vital and energetic as it has ever been, and QDoc brings the highest caliber of films – and their makers – to share with Portland audiences. “We firmly believe that our stories need to be told, our youth deserve to know the richness of our culture and history, our seniors deserve to be praised for their work and struggles on our behalf, and people need to be informed of the struggle for equality around the world” – Les Lewis and Rick Watkins, QDoc supporters (See our story, page 6, and visit http://www.queerdocfest.org/.)