Your Holiday To-Do List (Part One)

Xmas Child-tabloidSlips and Stiches Third Annual Studio Sale: Alex Simon, Sarah Dee Ditson, and Korin Noelle invite you to come visit their studios and shop your little hearts out. They have been locked away creating treasures in order to make all of your holiday dreams come true. Take care of your gift shopping early — or treat yourself to something nice! Two days only — main event is Friday night from 5pm-10pm, and the artists will provide snacks and drinks — and first dibs on the goods! The studio will also be open for sales on Saturday, November 22 from Noon until 5pm. This event grows more and more each year — do not miss it! Shop and support local. Radius Community Art Studios, 322 SE Morrison.

Poison Waters & Friends Holiday Kick-Off Happy Hour Show with the cast of Hot Chocolate. Poison Waters & Friends are back in Al’s Den for one of their notorious Happy Hour shows! This time around the fabulous cast of HOT CHOCOLATE are the night’s special guests: Maria Peters Lake, Tiara Desmond, Alexis Campbell Starr, and Kourtni Capree Duv. Poison will be celebrating Black Friday shopping and kicking off the most wonderful time of the year — bring your friends and get ready for a fast and friendly, fun and funny Happy Hour experience. PW & Friends are ready to entertain you. As always, no cover. But plan on tipping. Lots. November 28, 6pm, Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th.

Christmas Child: The story takes place when Mary, a young college student, discovers that she is unexpectedly pregnant. She decides to break up with her unsupportive boyfriend and leave her fate in her faith’s hands at the urging of her domineering parents. Along the way, she befriends her gay college professor, who is going through his own life decision process. The storyline follows these characters and many others as their lives are intersected at just the right moment, at Christmas time. Written by Maury Evans with music by Mark C.Brown from MCC Houston. Music direction by Grammy winner Darcy White. This is a fund raiser for Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). Performances are December 5th and 6th at 7pm at MCC. Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by searching Christmas Child. Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $13.00 at the door. Cast includes Brian Charles Johnson, a leader in Portland’s LGBTQ community and one of the founding members of the Q Center, and Jeremy Abe, familiar face at CC Slaughters.

The Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas Pageant: Ever want to do a pageant just for the fun of it? Just for charity? Then here you go. Adrienne Alexander and the A Team present the show of your dreams, hosted by the big A and Portland’s princess, Bolivia Carmichaels. Doors 5pm, Pageant 6pm. Embers Avenue, 110 NW Broadway. $8 cover, $5 with clothing or toiletry donation, proceeds benefit EMO HIV Day Center. (For shits and giggles, the categories: presentation, must be of Christmas wrapping paper; talent: must be a Christmas-themed number; question: Christmas lyric question/personal bio. No residency requirement to enter. Tacoma? Vancouver? Salem? Eugene? Come on down. This is for fun and for charity, so it’s a title that has no expectations or requirements. Plus, Adrienne Alexander is everything. You can see her regularly at Embers.

Your second holiday to-do list arrives in our December issue!

–Daniel Borgen