By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Pardon the abbreviated forecast, kids–your fearless editor has been busy busy busy with all things print-related. That said, there are a few events we want to be sure you add to your homosexual agenda. Onward!
QDoc is up and running. Here’s the rundown:
“The Abominable Crime,” a story about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s troubled love for his country — this film gives voice to gay Jamaicans who, in the face of endemic anti-gay violence, are forced to flee their homeland. International LGBTQ rights activist Maurice Tomlinson in attendance. 7pm.
“Derby Crazy Love” — watch this film and you will be feeling some love. The award-winning directing team of Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott lead us deep into the badass world of women’s international flat track, where you better have names like Smack Daddy and Raw Heidi. That’s the only way you’ll survive the fast-moving, nonstop action — all while looking fabulous. Directors Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott in attendance. 9pm, 21+.
“Regarding Susan Sontag,” Susan Sontag is one of the few Americans who could legitimately be described as a “glamorous intellectual.” Strikingly attractive and imposingly charismatic, she was a prolific essayist, novelist, filmmaker, and activist. Director Nancy Kates in attendance. 1:30pm.
“The Rugby Player”: Mark Bingham was a typical all-American jock. Captain of his high school rugby team, then a star player with UC Berkeley’s championship-winning team, he was even president of the Chi Psi Fraternity. At 21, he shocked everyone by coming out. On Sept. 11, 2001, Bingham died on United Airlines Flight 93. This is his story. 4:30pm.
“Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger”: In this nonlinear exploration, director Sam Feder (in attendance) offers an affectionate introduction to Bornstein’s life and thought, with scenes drawn from her daily life, interviews with friends, and public appearances. When faced with a serious health crisis, Bornstein’s grace and grounded wisdom illuminate this encounter with mortality. 6:45pm.
“The Dog”: Meet John “The Dog” Wojtowicz—a Vietnam vet, bank robber, bisexual polygamist, gay activist, and the real-life character behind Sidney Lumet’s 1975 film “Dog Day Afternoon.” 9pm,21+.
“Kuma Hina.” At a time when gender nonconforming people are marginalized and mistreated the world over, this film presents an intimate portrait of a proud and confident mahu (transgender) teacher who is passing on ancient Hawaiian culture and traditions to her students as she searches for love and a fulfilling romantic relationship in her own life. Directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson in attendance. 12:30pm.
“The Circle”: Winner of the Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for best documentary highlighting LGBT themes, this film brings documentary and narrative cinema together to tell the history of the first gay rights organization in Europe and the lives behind it. At the heart of this story is the marvelous romance of two men who were not only the political center of The Circle but went on to become the first gay men married in Zurich. Yes, please. 2:45pm.
“My Prairie Home”: In the opening scene, trans singer-songwriter Rae Spoon performs amid local cowboys and farmers chowing down at a roadside diner in an unnamed prairie town. The seductively playful film reveals Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life as a transgender person and artist, featuring upbeat music and insightful musings in a journey across the Canadian heartland. 5pm.
“To Be Takei”: A fly-on-the-wall look at Takei and his husband, Brad, touring the country for sci-fi conventions and speaking engagements—including an appearance in Portland—while rehearsing the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, inspired by his experience of growing up in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Director Jennifer M. Kroot in attendance. 7pm.
Gaycation all you ever wanted. These lineups are always stellar, and this month is no exception. Rhienna and Bruce LaBruiser join beloved residents Mr. Charming and Snowtiger. Do you realize Gaycation has been around for nine years?! And Charming barely looks a day over 21. Must be the music. This long-running queer debacle dance party is one of the city’s most beloved monthly mixers. Get sweaty, be kind to a stranger (kiss them!), then have brunch with your friends Sunday to dish all about it. Consider this an excellent Pride pre-funk. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
Royale officially opened its doors this week, at 317 NW Broadway. A queer-friendly venue helmed by Justin Buckles of Caravan of Glam fame, this new nightclub will feature a variety of rotating events and specials, including Drag Brunch (Blue Plate Brunch: June 8, 15, 16), a Dragathon reunion (June 5), a Portland Idol reunion (June 19), and much more. (Bisexual Circus, Sleaze, Wig Wars.) Stay online with us at www.pqmonthly.com for more — included expanded reviews and previews. You can also find Royale on Facebook. There’s a kickoff party tomorrow night if you want to saunter in and grab an adult beverage.
The days are getting longer, brighter, and warmer, and it’s an excellent time to get your active socializing on. Seriously, 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 month, get your home perm kit ready, because PQ is bringing back the 80s. Come dressed in your most glorious throwback look and compete to win prizes. And, you know, you’ll probably get a date. Food drive for Take Action Inc. 7pm, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $6.