Get OUT! January/February 2015

January 18PQ Picks

Tuesday, January 27: Friends and Family Night for kids. Extra, extra! Eat all about it! On the night of Tuesday, January 27, 50% of the evening’s sales will go directly to Cascade AIDS Project’s Camp KC (Kids Connection, not Camp Kevin Cook). Simply eat at Zeus Café, Al’s Den, or Ringlers Annex on SW Twelfth and the generous folks at McMenamins will make the donation. 303 SW Twelfth. 5pm until close. Camp KC is a fun and safe camp experience that includes swimming, arts & crafts, dance classes, nature hikes, ropes courses, and many other creative opportunities for kids ages 5 – 15 who are infected with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. You’re a do-gooder!

February 6 through February 10: “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.” An important part of our history. This film explores the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, the gay student brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Framed through the personal lens of friends and family, it’s a story of loss, love, and courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy. Social media tags: @MyfriendMatt #RememberMatt. Matt’s mother, Judy, will be in attendance at a special February 14 January 24screening at 4pm. All shows Feb. 6 – Feb. 10 at 7pm. For more info, connect with Clinton Street Theater through social media. Clinton Street, 2522SE Clinton. Their website:

Saturday, February 21
The Love Boat—Our House’s annual gala! This gorgeous evening offers the community a very special guest: Scott Nevins. (If somehow you have no idea who we’re referencing here, do yourself a favor and google him immediately. Post-haste. With a quickness. Do it now.) Please join Our House for The Love Boat! The evening will include a silent auction, followed by a sensational dinner, first class entertainment, and one of the best live January 31auctions in Portland. Disco on The Lido Deck , after party immediately following. Tickets on sale now! More event details will be added soon. For additional information please call 503-736-9276 or email, or visit Watch “The People’s Couch” in the interim to get your Nevins fix.

Dance It Out
February 1
First Sundays
Bridge Club. A slew of stellar deejays play music on the city’s most treasured patio. Old Boys Club regularly welcomes special guests. (On hiatus until spring.)
Every Sunday
Superstar Divas. Bolivia Carmichaels, Honey Bea Hart, Topaz Crawford, Isaiah Tillman, and guest stars perform your favorite pop, Broadway, 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!
Every Monday
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.
First Thursdays
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.
First Saturdays
Sugar Town. DJ Action Slacks. Keywords: Soul, polyester. Great place to find the ladies. 9pm, The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42. $5.
Second Tuesdays
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.
Second Fridays
PolariSlo 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.
Second Saturdays
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! 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.
Second Sundays
Beat It at Black Book: A beautiful new queer night all for you at one of the Twerkcity’s most exciting new(ish) venues. A monthly event celebrating everything from beards and tattoos to butch queens. Mark your calendars: second Sundays. Hosted by JC Powers, killer deejays. 7pm, Black Book, 20 NW Third.
Third Wednesdays
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!) 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.
Third Thursdays
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.
Third Saturdays
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.
GaycationGaycation: 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.
Fourth Fridays
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.
Fourth Saturdays
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, Blow Pony315 SE 3. $5.
Last Thursdays
Laid Out, Bridgetown’s newest gay dance party. Seriously, the posters read: “gay dance party.” And oh, how it’s a gay dance party. Thursdays are a real thing again. Deejays Gossip Cat and Pocket Rock-It, with photos by Eric Sellers. (On hiatus.) 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $3 after 10pm.
Last Sundays
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.

Get Out
There’s always so much going on in our fair city, that it’s impossible to put every single event in our pages—for all the latest, stay with us online.
Thursday, January 15
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. See: Dance it Out to the right.) This month’s shindig is at Vault! As always, 5pm. (And mark your calendars—every third Thursday at rotating venues. Next month: Portland Center Stage.) 5pm-7ishpm,Vault, 226 NW 12. Free.
HOME THEATRE SYSTEM PRESENTS: DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL III: an evening of stand-up tragedy. On Thursday, January 15, help us ring in the new year with the second installment of this season’s magical storytelling event. Featuring writers, performers, and artists sharing cathartic true stories from the darkest parts of their lives, this experiment in self-evisceration is not to be missed. Watch us flaunt our adult shame, regret, heartache, and failure with another nonfiction experiment in autobiographical alchemy. 8pm, Old Town Floyd’s, 118 NW Couch.
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.
Sunday, January 18
The second annual NW Fierce Pageant benefiting CAP, a 100% charity event. Open to all of Idaho, Washington and Oregon performers. Hosted by Ivanaha Fusionn and Kurtis Hendricks, with a variety of local performers. Starring RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 1 and RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 1 phenom Shannel. Watch some queens compete for a crown and sash and raise some money for CAP. Doors at 5pm, show promptly at 6. Embers, 110 NW Broadway. $15.
Monday, January 19
The days are shorter, darker, and colder, but 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 crafty.) 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. Food drive for Take Action Inc. 7pm, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $6.
Saturday, January 24
Dungeons & Drag Queens is a stage production where the audience gets to experience watching a comedic cast of performers utilizing drag to portray the game of D&D live on stage, with some references to nerd and gaming culture thrown in, as well as a lot of LARPing. “Across far away lands, worlds that don’t even go together, a group of unlikely heroes will band together for a singular cause to save humanity!” Or something like that…What happens when you take one of the most famous RPGs in the world and cross it with comedy camp, glamour, and heels? You get DUNGEONS AND DRAG QUEENS (EENS…eens…eens…eens). 8pm, Guardian Games, 345 SE Taylor. 21+ only at Critical Sip, Tickets are $5!
Sunday, January 25
From Portland Idol winner CJ Mickens: “Come watch the premiere of the all-new The CJ Mickens Show, featuring an all live band, and special guest singers who will blow your minds. Come join us at the Funhouse Lounge to hear amazing live music, drink specials, and an amazing intermission called ‘Slaughterhouse’ featuring Celese Nicole Williams and I. Don’t miss this experience every month, starting on January 25th, 2015. I can’t wait to see you!” 8pm, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE Eleventh.

Monday, January 26
The return of RuPaul’s Drag Race! Viewing parties at Scandals and The Rainbow Room, for starters.
Saturday, January 31
Ghoulfriend: Lovecraft’s Lesbian Night Sponsored by Fantasy. Fantasy for Adults Only proudly sponsors Portland’s newest Lesbian dance night at The Love Craft: GHOULFRIEND! Fantasy is helping this party make fantasies cum true by providing us with giveaway items like a strap-on and harness, gift cards, and much more. Resident DJs Sappho and Shachristmas Lamiracle, plus special guest DJ MISS Q kick off this party. Party Girl hosts, the hottest female bartenders in town, go-go dancer LaLa and more, including additional (sex toy) giveaways. $5 cover. 21+ 9pm-late. Lovecraft: 421 SE Grand. GHOULFRIEND image designed by Michael Horwitz.
Sunday, February 1
Poison Waters & Friends Sunday Brunch—a show and “The Bodyguard.” The return of the Poison Waters & Friends Sunday Brunch Show and Film at McMenamins Pubs, Breweries & Historic Hotels Kennedy School is happening Sunday February 1. 21 years and older, $21 includes brunch, show featuring the cast of Hot Chocolate, giving you Forever Whitney, and then the film “The Bodyguard.” 10:30am doors, 11am-12:30pm brunch buffet and Poison Waters & Friends Show. (Of course the full bar featuring bottomless mimosas will be available at additional charge!) Tickets via Get ‘em, this is sure to sell out!
Sunday, February 15
Spectrum: Portland’s first visual art and music exravaganza by, for, and of Queer and Trans Youth. All ages, free for youth, $3-$5 suggested donation for adults 25+, all proceeds will go towards The Oregon Queer Youth Summit 2015. This is an anti-oppression space, -isms and cultural appropriation of any kind will not be tolerated. Haters to the left.Branx, 320 SE Second.

February 12-March 7: “The God Game.” On their 20th wedding anniversary, Tom and Lisa are surprised by their old friend Matt who has flown in specifically to see them on this special day. Tom is a Republican Senator from Virginia, Lisa is a volunteer at a local shelter, and Matt is the campaign manager for the Republican nominee for the upcoming Presidential election. The three of them have known each other since college and have a long history that has recently been complicated by the death of Tom’s brother, Jay, who was also Matt’s lover. After the initial shock wears off of Matt invading their “special day,” he quickly announces that Tom is the top Vice Presidential choice for his candidate. But there’s one little problem: Tom is agnostic. How will his personal beliefs affect his ambitions, and where will he and Lisa land on this potentially life altering decision to join the Republican Presidential ticket? Shaking the Tree Theatre and Studio, 823 SE Grant.