By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
With the perfection of Springtime sunshine soaking our gorgeous city, you really have no reason to complain–or stay in. While we put the finishing touches on the state’s first-ever queer wedding issue, pleased to be distracting yourself with a few of these excellent options.
Queer Life Through an Intergenerational Lens: Queer Life will be a monthly series of discussions examining the multiple and overlapping layers of Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer Men’s life, HIV/AIDS, and Age. The goals and objectives are: to deconstruct stigma, to honor the history of HIV/AIDS, and to humanize and validate all generations of our community. The discussions will revolve around the following themes: Meeting People/Dating, Relationships, Sex/Hooking Up, HIV/STI Prevention, HIV Treatment, Class, and Power. All are welcome and encouraged to attend/participate. 5:30pm, Pivot, 209 SW 4th.
Tom Spanbauer Reads! A Benefit for Marriage Equality at Broadway Books: Tom reads from his new novel, I Loved You More, at one of the city’s most beloved local bookstores, Broadway Books. Tickets are $18.95–and all ticket holders receive a free copy of Tom’s new book. (Good cause, hot deal!) Tickets can be purchased here or in person at the bookstore. Money goes to Oregon United for Marriage, a coalition of individuals and organizations working to win and defend the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Oregon. Additional donations will be accepted: to encourage donations, Broadway Books is offering gifts on the following scale: Donate $50-$99 and receive a $5 gift certificate from Broadway Books, donate $100-$199 and receive a $10 gift certificate, donate $200 or more and receive a $20 gift certificate. (Gift certificates will be mailed to donors after the event.) 7pm, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway.
Totes Hilars is baaack: And they have some tantalizing Portland and Seattle talent this edition. The theme is people of all genders gone wild–you already have hay fever and watery eyes, so why not laugh til you cry? The lineup includes stand up comedy by Nick Sahoyah and Elicia Sanchez (from Seattle), burlesque by BabyLe Strange, clowning/performance by Pervert the Cirque, drag by Valerie DeVille, and introducing the city’s newest comedy star: Wolfgang Sebastian Bloodhawk III, who’ll be making his debut. Hosted and produced by Melody Awesomazing–Totes hilars is a comedy variety show featuring queers and allies and everyone is welcome. 7pm, Floyd’s, 118 NW Couch. $5-10 sliding scale at the door.
Jelly Roll–a size-positive dance party. Back at Crush–it’s fierce and “fat as fuck.” Dance, party, and celebrate your body with DJs Aurora and Chubby Chaser. Sexy go-go dancers offer up hot, chubby dancing action and, of course, promoters will have treats for everyone on every table. And as always, LGBTQ and size friendly. 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison. $3.
Slo’ Jams featuring Mr. Charming: Slow dance with me–Slo Jams is a queer modern R&B and neo soul dance night 2nd Fridays at Local Lounge. Deejay II TRILL and deejay MEXXX-TAPE lay down everything from Mary J//Jagged Edge//Keyshia to Badu//Lauryn//
Good Lord, this day’s a doozy.
Concerts: Select Sex, Cockeye, Rattle Dick. 9pm, East End, 203 SE Grand.
Drag and dance: Volt Explosion. CoCo Montrese (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5) makes her Portland debut for one night only. Hosted by Sheniqua Latava Volt, with performances by the Volt Family & friends–including Madame Anita DuMoore, Shitney Houston, ECSTACY INFERNO, Keon Volt, Kiesha Volt, La Saveona Hunt, Zalaya & Cleo. Forgive CoCo and go–besides, Alyssa made her do it. CC’s DJ Robb will make with the dancing portion of the evening. Doors at 9pm, show begins at 10. $10 limited advance GA, $35 limited VIP (includes a special VIP section, meet and greet, drink ticket, house of Volt t-shirt and more). Rotture, 315 SE Third.
The queen of theme: Mrs. Big Top. The circus is coming to town, bring out your sideshow attractions, ringmasters, strongmen and strongwomyn, lion taming, acrobatics, and clowns. At this party, there’s never a dull moment. Ever. Even in the bathrooms. Deejays ILL Camino and Beyondadoubt–photos by Bloodhound Photobooth. 10pm, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi. $5.
Big gay dance party: Slumbertwink! (See what they did with the name there?) It’s time to cuddle up to a neighbor, as your favorite neighborhood plaid party turns into SLUMBERTWINK. Get your pajamas or Snuggie on and get discounted admission at the door. Wayne will be taking pics of comfy guys on our photo bed–special guest deejay Jimmy Swear (San Francisco) joins our faithful resident, Pocket Rock-it all night long. Play along with our PNW fantasy and come in plaid, pajamas or a Snuggie for a $4 cover, $6 without. 9:30opm, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th.
We wrote about Jayce here. There’s a rally for him at George Fox University this Sunday. Details: Come hear from Jayce, his attorney Paul Southwick, and a local religious leader concerning Jayce’s housing situation. We will meet this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. near the George Fox campus at Rotary Centennial Park (see address below). At 1:45 p.m., we will march a few blocks down E. Sherman St. to campus at the corner of E. Sherman St. and N. Meridian St. where we will symbolically deliver boxes full of signed petitions to the university president. Come dressed in your finest GFU gear or wearing purple to show your support for Jayce. We will also hand out purple ribbons that you can wear while we march. Invite your friends, family members and people from church–let’s show GFU that we are #StandingWithJayce!
Ooh, a T-Dance at Hawks! It’s supposed to be 72 degrees Sunday.
Broadway Bears! All live Cabaret Concert (#2). We wrote all about them here, but here’s a little more: Join them for the furriest night of musical fun Portland has ever seen. Two nights of live singing from stage and screen musicals. Read our complete coverage here–but put this at the top of your big gay agenda. Don’t miss this show! 6pm, Darcelle’s, 208 NW Third.
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!