Saturday, August 22
Blow Pony and the House of Love join forces to bring you an end-of-summer Love Ball! And category is: Nightmare on 5th Avenue. Alexander McQueen is back from the dead, and you swear you saw Patsy and Edina in a fabulous Christian LaCroix outfit, except their bodies were joined together…they’re looking for that John Galliano 5th Element look, Freddy Kruger does Chanel, and Michael Myers showing his first collection made entirely out of Nativia wrappers and Jamie Lee Curtis’s head as a hat. Don’t forget, functionality is key; you never know when you will need to run, prance, twirl, and kick the demons on 5th Avenue away; Anna Wintour is on acid and she is not playing around this time… What a big queer mess! Shitney Houston, Gula Delgatto, Stcy Stl Lisa, and all your Blow Pony faves. 9 p.m., Euphoria, 315 SE Third, $7.
Sunday, August 23
(Due to July weather concerns, this party changed dates.) For this year’s annual Portland Latino Gay Pride Festival, festival architects will have everyone celebrating in the streets. PLGP is partnering with Crush Bar for a block party you don’t want to miss. Live performers, deejays, exhibitors, carne asada, elote, and margaritas are just some of the wonderful things to expect. How does one celebrate 10 years of PLGP? With a 10-member salsa band, of course. Salsanova is Portland’s newest Latin and Salsa dance band, formed in 2013. This 10-piece group has some of the area’s best musicians, all of whom have a love for Latin music and a dedication to playing it with authenticity and soul. Commemorative 10 Year Anniversary T-Shirts will be on sale, designed by Pablito. Festival and sponsor exhibitors will have valuable information to share—plus reina performances, vocalists, a piñata raffle, and much more. This event is 21+, and a suggested $5 donation goes to the PLGP Scholarship Fund. 5 p.m., Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
Saturday, September 12: Critical Mascara: A PostRealness Drag Extravaganza is a competition celebrating community and creativity. Inspired by the legacy of vogue balls, house culture, and irreverent activism, Critical Mascara is an expression of the new wave of queer liberation aesthetics. Hosted by Pepper Pepper, Critical Mascara is a showcase of regional talent, a competition engaging local artists, and one hell of a party. Critical Mascara is glamour in action. Last year’s ball was a hit success gathering over 1500 people to see over 30 performers walk, stomp, and swish in four thematic categories for a cash prize, community sponsored prizes and being known as the most Critical Queen in all the land. It’s a competition open to all genders, genres and styles of performers. Minors 1820 encouraged to apply with restriction. With DJ SPF 666, and performances by Fauxnique (SF), Grace Towers (SF), ISAIAH ESQUIRE (PDX), Artemis Chase (PDX), and Mads DudebabeModel (PDX). Special Guest Judge: Madison Moore (UK). 10 p.m. until late, The Works at The Redd, 831 SE Salmon.
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. 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., Killingsworth Dynasty, 832 N Killingsworth. 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. 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 12th.
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.
Friday, August 21
Peep Show moves 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! 9 p.m., Euphoria, 315 SE Third.
Saturday, August 22
It’s the Gay Portland Pageant at Embers. There are 6 candidates up for the position of Mr., Miss, and Ms. Gay Portland, and current titleholders will also be stepping down. 5 p.m., Embers, 110 NW Broadway. $15.
August’s CJ Mickens Show. Come watch, see and support as CJ Mickens and band present full length entertainment. Singing original music, top 40s and old soul. Band members include Ian Shaw, Walter Dean, RJ Bee, Zachary Sevier, Minon Minnieweather, and Celese Nicole Williams. Special guest this month will be Portland Idol winner 2015 Jeff Jones. 8 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK.
Thursday, August 27
Queer Horror 2: The Hollywood Theatre’s bimonthly program QUEER HORROR returns with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE! Hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi, this latest edition of QUEER HORROR opens with a new Kruegerian short film designed to get you squirming for one of the most homoerotic slasher sequels of all time.
Friday, August 28
Club Kai-Kai: You know the drill: Dancing, heaving breathing, sweating, and impromptu drag performances by the Kweens/Kings of the night, and by you (get up on that stage, feel your tuck-non-tuck)! This is a house-party, drag on acid, circuit-party-goth-90s-where’s-my-drink-kween scenario. OK? This month’s lineup is a mixture of newcomers, oldcummers, and above the river DJs. And our un-official theme is Tom of Finland meets Lisa Frank, power-bottom/circuit kween. Hold My Hand, Buckmaster, Shitney Houston, Stacy Stl Lisa, and many more provide the all the fun. 9 p.m., Lovecraft, 421 SE Grand, $5.
Saturday, August 29
Big Sexy is back—with duets! This body-positive showcase will feature a variety of big sexy performers serenading you with the most beautiful songs you’ve ever heard. Go-gos, raffles, dancing—this party has it all. 9 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. No cover.
Sunday, August 30
The Poison Waters & Friends Brunch and Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion showcase in the AIR CONDITIONED McMenamins Kennedy School is happening Sunday August 30th! 21 years and older, $21 includes brunch, show the film! 10:30 a.m. doors, 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. brunch buffet and show followed by film!.(Of course the full bar featuring bottomless mimosas will be available at an additional, modest charge.) Invite your friends and family, it’s a blast. 10:30 a.m., 5736 NE 33. Tickets online with etix.
Thursday, September 3
Boyeurism goes back to school: Burlesquire, Star Theater Portland, Roustabout Promotions and Zora Phoenix bring you a cast featuring Portland’s hottest male talents, including pole dancers, dancers, drag professionals, and more. BOYeurism: Portland’s First Thursday All Male Cabaret & Variety Revue. The library is open: BOYeurism’s back for First Thursday at the Star Theater, reminding us all that reading is fundamental. Prepare to be dazzled, inspired, and amazed by Portland’s leading (mostly) male talent. 8 p.m., Star Theater, 13 NW 6, $15, VIP $25.
Saturday, September 5
Hard Yes presents…YES PLEASE. …a dance party for creatures of the night. Bring your looks and flirtations without the hesitations. You will hear: garage, disco, house with a dishing and dashing of cosmic dance music. Also featuring a sprinkling of performance and atmospheric stimulation by House of Ada to help set the moment. Your sexiness is requested on the dance floor! Deejays: Jens Irish, David Sylvester, Sappho. 9 p.m., Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $3 before 10, $5 after.
Friday, September 11
Take yourself back to school with the Poison Waters & Friends Happy Hour Show! Friday, September 11, at the fabulous McMenamins Mission Theater at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5:30. Join Poison, co-hostess Kourtni Capree, and their gal pals for an early and fun time! No cover and full bar and food menu available. It’s a great way to leave your work week behind and say hello to a great weekend. With queens. Don’t miss it! Show starts promptly at 6; Poison doesn’t wait for anyone. 1624 NW Glisan.
Monday, September 21
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! (Check online for the latest—this edition will be particularly queer.) 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.