Saturday, September 19
Stranger Disco: Four of your favorites team up at one of your favorites. As summer wanes, you’ll enjoy Vendetta’s gorgeous patio one last time. (Oh, who are we kidding, we’ll be there all winter.) Regardless: come dance to the queerest tunes this side of the Mississippi. Stormy Roxx, Sapho, Vera Rubin, and Roy G Biv will make you move on the makeshift dance floor. There will be atmospherics, soundscapes, visuals, lights, and, of course, the best vibes around (that’s where you come in). Be nice to Vendetta’s neighbors, queers, we’d all like to keep having parties there. 9 p.m., Vendetta, 4306 N Williams. $5. Hi art, hi fashion, hello queers.
Friday, September 25
Give us a beat; 5,4,3,2,1…It’s Club Kai-Kai time! Here’s the deal/plan/agenda/lunch-lady special: Dancing, heaving breathing, sweating, and impromptu drag performances by the Kweens/Kings of the night, and most importantly YOU (get up on that stage, feel the fuck out of that floor, let your inner-self feel and serve whatever-the-fuck it is you want to serve and feel). This is a house party, drag on acid, circuit-party-goth-90s-where’s-my-drink-kween scenario. This month the party has two Seattle party-royalties, and three local PDX-party-purveyors gracing our stage and DJ decks to keep your senses on edge and your body moving like Paradise Garage is knock-knock-knockin the fuck out of heaven’s door. Our un-official theme is Disney Prinzest; Ibiza got its groove back. Riff-Raff, Buckmaster, Amoania, Stacy Stl Lisa, and much, much more. 9 p.m., Lovecraft, 421 SE Grand. $5.
Sunday, September 27
Out on the sQuare Block Party (formerly Gay Fair on the Square) presented by Q Center: Join the Q Center and dozens of LGBTQ & allied community organizations and businesses at Out on the sQuare 2015—Sunday, September 27th at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland from Noon to 5 p.m. Founded in 2009 as “Gay Fair on the Square,” this fun event highlights a diverse myriad of non-profit and businesses that support Oregon & SW Washington’s LGBTQ communities. Plus, you get to listen to the various queer choruses from throughout the region—it’s truly an afternoon of music and merriment. Out on the sQuare is a safe and supportive event for all—especially those who are newly out, curious & questioning, or new to the Pacific Northwest. This year, the event aims to provide information and entertainment to over 5,000 people at Pioneer Courthouse Square. So come join the fun and learn more about our community at Out on the sQuare 2015.
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.
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.
Mrs.: The queen of theme and its gorgeous hostess, Kaj-Anne Pepper! We love her so. And dynamic DJ duo: Beyondadoubt and Ill Camino. Costumes, photo booths, all the hits. Lots of ladies, very queer. 10 p.m., 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!) 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, September 17
PQ Monthly Press Party. Mix and mingle with the makers of and the writers from your favorite queer newsmagazine. Come join us in celebrating the September edition of PQ Monthly, fresh off the presses, while enjoying the ample charms of one of our favorite new hot clubs, Stag. If you’ve never been (or even if you have!), here’s your chance to check out the lovely, lodge-styled environs, grab a drink, mingle with friends and make new ones. Good times all around. 5 p.m., Stag PDX, 317 NW Broadway. Free, as always.
Hercules & Love Affair in Portland! The Butler-helmed dance music project arrives in Portland, with Nark, Roy G Biv, and many others in tow. Additionally, Chanti Darling performs. Hope we see you there! 9 p.m., Euphoria, 315 SE Third.
Friday, September 18
Peep Show has moved to Euphoria! But the location isn’t the only thing changing about Peep Show this month. They are changing up the show format a little bit and it’s going to be amazing, Artemis promises. Each artist will be given more stage time to be able to really showcase their amazing talents. But they will of course still be bringing you amazing variety, with singers, dancers, drag, burlesque and more in every show. And your hostess Artemis Chase will of course still be there to keep you laughing all night long. Go support local talent, queens! PS, this is Ms. Chase’s final show, so you must show up to send her off in true queer style. 9 p.m., Euphoria, 315 SE Third.
Sunday, September 20
Boozy Brunch and Comedy Show: Grab your buddies for a boozy brunch and comedy show at the new Bit House Saloon. Master Barman Jesse Card (formerly of NE’s Knock Back) will serve up Bloody Marys and Mimosas while you grab a tasty breakfast sandwich (other cocktails will be available for purchase). You’ll experience the hilarious slate of local standup comics, including Gabe Dinger, Amy Miller, Bri Pruett, Sean Jordan, Whitney Street, Caitlin Weirhauser, Brian Nickerson, and Trevor Thorpe. This is also a great opportunity to experience the new Brit House Saloon (which just opened this summer), which extensively remodeled the space formerly held by longtime Portland staple, East Bank Saloon. Don’t miss the chance to network with other young professionals at this casual, fun, and hilarious event. Visit Our House’s website for more details, and to procure tickets!
Monday, September 21
This and EVERY third Monday: It’s 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! This September’s theme is Drag queens and kings, and you can interpret that however the hell you’d like to. So bring it! 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. 7 p.m., Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $6.
Oct. 1 through Oct. 3 is 2015’s Eden PNW! From the festival architects, which include PQ’s own Melanie Davis: “We are so excited to see all of you again this year at EDEN PNW. We are going back to where it all started—Seaside, OR, for a weekend getaway you will not forget. We can’t believe it’s that time again, but it is, and it’s our third year. We have had so much fun with you these last two years and we can’t wait to do it again. EDEN PNW is a four-day weekend getaway in Seaside, a gorgeous town on the Oregon Coast. We grew so much last year that we have added two overflow hotels (Ebb Tide and Hi Tide) along with our host hotel, Shilo Oceanside. Depending on where you stay, rooms range from $69 a night to $229 a night. We got a room for every budget! You can get all the info you need on our website http://www.edenpnw.com/ We highly recommend booking your room NOW so you won’t miss out on our awesome room block prices. Once you land at your desired hotel everywhere you need to be is within short walking distance. From all the venues for EDEN PNW events, plus delicious places to eat, shop and play. And for one weekend in October, Seaside is full of lesbians, queers, a rainbow of people from the LGBT community and our allies. So make sure you join Eden.
Kim Kizmet DeLacy opens for Peaches at the Roseland! You read it right, local queer rap phenom crowdsourced her way right onto the main stage, and you absolutely can’t miss it. Four dancers, and one hell of a show. Come see her so you can say you saw her when! 8 p.m., Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6. Check ticket prices online.
Saturday, October 10
The Tankside Tail Gunner, End of Summer Party. As the riding season starts to come to an end you can count on our sister publication, Tankside, to hear things up. On October 10, Tankside will host its first annual Tail Gunner Party at Cascade Bar and Grill, with live entertainment by The Kooltones. Tankside will provide an assortment of appetizers, and $3 well drinks. Additionally, they will have some vendors onsite. If you were at our Tankside Launch Party back in May—you know they had over 200 people show up on all makes and models. This event will easily be doubling that—so get there early as this event is free and open to the public (must be 21+ with valid ID). Happy riding season till then, from your Tankside Team. 15000 SE Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver. 3 p.m.
Lumbertwink returns! It’s hard to believe it’s nearly time to begin thinking about Halloween, but it absolutely is. And here: Lumbertwinks! We are finally back for our Fall party in Portland at Funhouse Lounge. Sport some wood at Lumbertwink and get dressed up in plaid or full Halloween costume. Deejay Freddy King of Pants (SEA) and Bridge Club and Polari’s Pocket Rock-It. 9 p.m., Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE Eleventh.