Get OUT! March/April 2015

PQ Picks

Lumbertwink, March 21

Saturday, March 21. Slumbertwink. From the party architects: We’re having a good, old-fashioned slumber party and we want you to sleep over! Don’t worry about waking your roommates; we’ve got several rooms of plaid clad dads, Lumbertwinks, and other woodland creatures partying all night. Hop on the photo bed and pose for our photographer, dance to the beats of our DJ’s: Freddy, King of Pants and Orographic, and party with 100’s of guys all night. Hundreds! You know, no bigs. Beefy beats by: DJ King of Pants (Seattle) and DJ Orographic. Photo booth by Wayne Bund Photography. 9pm, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave. $4 in plaid or pajamas, $6 without.

Join the Netrippers March 27.

Friday, March 27: NetRippers DRAG Soccer Tourney. Dust off that lace front, tighten up your tuck, stuff in those tube socks, and slap on that stash… it’s time for some drag soccer, sweethearts! Join us Fri., March 27th @ Rose City Futsal for our 3rd annual DRAG TOURNEY EXTRAVAGANZA! Dusted, busted, or rusted… your skill level doesn’t matter. The important part is to have fun and look sick’ning. Not a soccer player? It’s OK. There will be plenty of dancing, drinking, and crazy shenanigans to keep everyone entertained. For more information and TO REGISTER OFFICIALLY:
You better sissy that walk. 5pm, Rose City Futsal, 5010 NE Oregon.

Heavenly Creatures, March 28

Saturday, March 28: Heavenly Creatures, a celebration of the weird queer beauty of Portland. Get yr freak number set right. Ugly is the new pretty. Pretty is boring. Heavenly creatures is what we are. Sounds like…heaven? Hosted by House of St. Darling, Music by Mother’s Day (DJ Sappho + Roy G Biv), Gogos, Fortunes, Door Feme Dudes, and much, much more. The party is $5 and doors at 9pm. This charge is so artists, DJs, organizers, and photographers can be paid a living and sustainable wage for their art. Politics of the space: This is a queer and queer allies party. We are anti-racist, body-positive, sex positive, queer-as fuck freaky radicals who strive to create an environment of respect, celebration, and fun in our parties. Therefore, disrespectful, belligerent, heterosexist, misogynist, transphobic, abelist, fat phobic, racist, and/or violent behavior is not welcome and those who exhibit it will be asked to leave immediately. This event is a ONE TIME ONLY queer shindig at Dynasty, which is located at 832 N. Killingsworth. It opens this month.

Dance It Out

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. We hope. Please come back, Bridge Club!)

Every Sunday

The Superstar Divas wake up like this, every Sunday.

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!

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. Remember those midnight shows at The City? Bolivia does! 9pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free.

First Saturdays

Get your Sugar Town fix every first Saturday.

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. 

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
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.

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! 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.

Third Wednesdays
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, every third Thursday

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.

Burlescape! Every third Saturday

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.
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.

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, every fourth Saturday

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.

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

Thursday, March 19
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.) 5pm-7ishpm, Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi.

Dark Night of the Soul III, March 19

Home Theatre System presents: DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL III, an evening of stand-up tragedy. Help us say goodbye to the winter months with 2015’s final installment of this cathartic storytelling adventure! Featuring nonfiction tales of shame, masculinity, and failure by some of Portland’s bravest queer voices! Ring in the spring and watch us take off our “mascs” as we flaunt our vulnerability. HOSTED BY KAJANNE PEPPER! With stories by JENS IRISH, KYLE SMITH, J SCOTT MOORE, MICHAEL W. DUPRÉ, and DANIEL PULVER. New location in inner NE Portland. 7pm, Service, 2319 NE Glisan. $7.

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.

Wednesday, March 25
Pride Northwest has opened an interim office inside Q Center—and they want to celebrate! As part of their commitment to supporting Q Center in their work to stabilize and chart a stronger future, Pride Northwest is renting an interim office at Q Center and providing on-site support. Food, drink, and great company. If you have always wanted to learn more about Pride Northwest and Portland Pride, this is a great opportunity to drop by, check them out, and get involved! While you are here, drop by and check out the great work of PABA and WPR—soon to be on the airwaves as our community’s first ever LGBTQ-specific radio station. Pride NW is excited about the opportunity to support Q Center, as well as have a place to call home. We invite their supporters, volunteers, and all of our community to drop by and say hi, get the latest on Pride 2015, and to Make Pride Happen. 6pm-8pm, Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi.

QUEER HORROR is a new multimedia festival of genre works by queer artists, performers, and filmmakers. Short films and videos are punctuated by live campfire storytelling and performances that question horror’s relation to queerness and what it means to identify with the monster. QUEER HORROR is programmed by PNCA + Hollywood Theatre Media Resident Anthony Hudson and hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi.
Maybe it’s the fact that queer people are so often relegated to shadows of otherness that the horror genre is more immediately relatable for us. We grew up with boogeymen. We’ve lived with boogeymen. Goblins and ghosts are a welcome escape from real-life monstrosities. From the work of James Whale to John Waters and Clive Barker, and films and shows like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane to American Horror Story, horror has deeply impacted queer culture and sensibilities and QUEER HORROR asks why. 7pm, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy.

Friday, March 27

Bomb Ass Pussy, March 27

Turnt Up Featuring Bomb Ass Pussy: Every 4th Friday, Turnt Up! is a dance party featuring queers and queer sentiments, performance, live music and deejays from near and far. Turnt says: We wish to create a space to free ourselves of constraints through art and dance music that pushes boundaries, while maintaining that essential element called: FUN. We believe the night is for us, you, me and each other. We create space for all sexualities, body types, ages, genders, class backgrounds and ethnicities. In and of itself, we believe this to be a potentially radical act and invite you to help contribute.
B.A.P. Info: Transplants from Los Angeles, transplants from drag, transplants from another planet of fierce queer creatures—the trio Bomb Ass Pussy tells stories of queer identity and celebration through hip hop. Their music is raw and visceral—drawing influence from all the great rapstresses with the reading of real radical feminism. 9:30pm, Lovecraft, 421 SE Grand. $5.

Strip the Light Fantastic, March 27

Strip the Light Fantastic…into the night and back we go, featuring a striptease showcase focusing on the bright things in the dark. NEON//BLACKLIGHT//FLUORESCENTS. Featuring a cast of strip-teasers handpicked by Zora Phoenix. In the warm dark of Crush’s inviting showroom, you’ll be ‘raving’ about the delicious drink specials and invited to glow crazy over the full menu of eats, including vegan & vegetarian options. 8pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.

Saturday, March 28

Her HRC Portland: She Brew! March 28

HER HRC Portland: She Brew. Come celebrate Women’s History Month with the intoxicating combination of empowered women and fabulous homebrewed beer, all to benefit the LGBT community! Her HRC (Human Rights Campaign), along with the Ladies of Lager and Ales (LOLA), are delighted to announce the second annual She Brew Festival. This year’s She Brew, a gathering of women and allies to foster community and ignite action in the LGBT civil rights movement, will be held at Portland’s own Jupiter Hotel.
Contrary to the perception of beer as a historically male beverage, the link between women and beer brewing was forged over a millennia ago—after all, Ninkasi was the ancient Sumerian goddess of beer! In the grand tradition of Martha Jefferson (that’s right, Thomas’ wife), Oregon and SW Washington’s finest female homebrewers team with Her HRC for this unique beer tasting event, featuring samples from assorted local craft brewers and a special judging for the homebrew competition. After the tasting you’ll vote on your favorite lady’s homebrew, awarding a winner the opportunity to brew on a commercial system and the coveted She Brew Stein.
So join LOLA and Her HRC on Saturday, March 28th from noon to 8pm at the Jupiter Hotel Courtyard and Dream Box to learn more about the history of women in brewing and the critical work of the Human Rights Campaign as we continue 2015. Tickets available online or at the door. She Brew is open to and welcomes EVERYONE 21 and Over.

Get Nerdy March 28.

The All Things Nerdy Bar Crawl: Let your NERD flag fly at this geeky bar crawl. Come in Cosplay, sexy nerd ensemble, or even your favorite Star Trek or Dr. Who shirt, anything goes. Raffle Prizes along the way and special dweeby drinks at each stop. Scandals Pdx, CC Slaughters Portland, and Silverado. A benefit for AIDS Walk Portland. 7pm, Scandals, 1125 SW Stark.

Blow Pony’s EIGHTH Anniversary Celebration. From the party planners: Mark your calendars, get your hair done, clean out those holes. We’re gonna ride real hard on this one. For 8 years we’ve been setting fires and fanning flames of the HOMO AGENDA! Let this night be no different. In this time our stages have hosted over 100 Queer artist from across the country and abroad, Artist like Leslie Hall, Hi Fashion, Double Duchess, SSION, Heklina, Peaches Christ, CHRISTEENE, Bruce LaBruce, Raja Gemini, Delta Work, Tammie Brown, and many many more. This Sissy Saddle up has been riding long and hard because of its supporters, lovers, family and friends, this means you! We all thank you and love you for the 8years of total QUEERUPTION! Check out their flyer in our Dance It Out calendar. (Look up!)

Thursday, April 2
SHADES: A monthly POC, LGBTQ and ally happy hour celebrating diversity by bringing community together through the best R&B, Old School HipHop and Chilled-Out-Disco-Lounge! SHADES is a driving force with our involvement in hosting benefit fundraising for our allies and other POC LGBTQ nonprofit organizations. 6pm-10pm, Bad Habit Room, 5433 N Michigan.

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 diva-esque.) 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.