By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Often I try to offer some clever personal anecdote or story as a means to help transition you into your weekend forecast. This is not one of those weeks. Consider this: this weekend offers dance parties (as per usual), Liberace-esque estate sales for charity (real thing), new issues of gay newspapers (that only happens once a month), and more Pride goodness. I got a little tired just writing this; I’m going to have to really vitamin up to actually get through it. As usual, this is just a smattering (maybe call it a thorough smattering?) of what’s out there–and we’ll have much more for you in our print calendar, which comes out tomorrow. (And I might be really excited about a certain Lady Bunny interview that’ll run, too.) For now, precious angels:
PQ Monthly Press Party: Each Thursday after we print, we host a little soiree where you can meet the movers and shakers who make your gay newspaper happen—and mix and mingle with other community leaders and avid PQ readers. Relax, introduce yourself to someone new, read a newspaper. We rotate venues every month. This month: Starky’s. 5pm, 2913 SE Stark.
The glorious, the sexy: Laid Out (Filthy) is back (a week early) for a special third Thursday edition. From Laid Out architect Gossip Cat: “Laid Out just keeps getting better and sweeter. After four strong parties, Holocene’s newest queer night returns with Filthy. The evening, which pulls together unique, vintage visuals and some of the best deejays in Portland’s queer scene, is finally hitting its stride and becoming the party we’d always hoped to build.” And if you’ve ever been, you know it’s true. In addition to your delightful residents, Pocket Rock-It and Gossip Cat (perhaps you’ve been to that little gathering they call Bridge Club), Laid Out welcomes party powerhouse Bruce LaBruiser, who you know from all the parties you already go to–Dirt Bag, Filth, Hey Queen, Control Top. In addition to the vintage homoerotic visuals and sonic perfection, Eric Sellers will once again be capturing your beautiful faces on film. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $3.
Friday (Damn, it’s a busy night)
Do you love beautiful things? Do you love beautiful things once owned by eccentric old queens? Do you wish you could live like Liberace? Well, here’s your shot–and your money goes to charity. Gary Germer & Associates will debut the estate of Dr. Victor Dolezal, an avid animal lover, who bequest his home and contents to the Oregon Humane Society. Dr. Dolezal collected a variety of luxurious items to excess, so there’ll be plenty of goodies for everyone. French furniture, elegant home decor, fine art, jewelry, you name it. You can see some pictures here. (There are more on their blog.) Go for the adventure! Sample the decadence. From 11am until 8pm Friday through Sunday, you can peruse, shop, and find treasures. Held at their retail shop: 407 N. Broadway. Arrive early. Return daily.
Fuel for Thought at Cock Gallery: An open house and reception celebrating the work of Dan Pillers. Meet the artist, view the exhibit, and enjoy some refreshments with your artsy friends. (And strangers.) 7pm, Cock Gallery, 625 NW Everett #106.
Ruthless: Every third Friday, Ill Camino (Mrs., Maricon) and Rhienna Rhienna (BMP/GRND, Housecoat) bring you pop, electro, hip-hop, remixes, guilty pleasures, and old school classics–a dance party for babes/dudes/queers and body-rockers. And July’s Ruthless celebrates resident DJ Rhienna’s birthday, so dress to impress–and celebrate (read: dance). It’s summertime, you’re supposed to be staying up late. 10pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $3.
The Locker: Three cities, three out of control parties. San Francisco’s (Truck) going on tour (really, there’s a bus and everything), and she’s bringing the boys of Monster. Juan Garcia (so pretty), who brought you Miss Thing and a variety of other beloved events on Stark (aww, look at us reminiscing), is back and bringing his California-stylings to The Eagle, and he has all the hot men in tow. (Hint: they’re very foxy.) The boys of Monster will provide locker room decor, towel boys, and jocks. You provide the leering. (And dancing.) Enjoy a bit of Folsom in Portland–you know you’ve been desiring it. RSVP here. 10pm, The Eagle, 835 N. Lombard. $5.
It’s baaaack! Portland’s Fifth Annual 3×3 Basketball Tournament: This ladies basketball tournament benefits HRC and Oregon United for Marriage—last year, 32 teams registered to play and this year sees no signs of slowing. Nike, the generous presenting sponsor, has helped open up a fourth bracket. The tournament is all inclusive, meaning all skill levels and ages can compete. The sweetest woman in the in the entire city, Shaley Howard, helms the event, which also doubles as a daytime sunshine social. Mix, mingle, watch the action. Read her blog about it here. To register (which closes this afternoon): http://www.hrc.org/pdxbasketball. 8:30am, Irving Park, NE Fremont and NE 7.
Gaycation all you ever wanted. The sweaty dance party you look forward to every month welcomes two special guests: DJ Res, of Seattle fame, and Portland’s own Gossip Cat, who’s going to be very busy this week. (See above.) And oh look: Mr. Charming, as per usual, is your resident
eye candy maker of the musics, and she implores you: come dance it out and break it down. She’s pretty much the reason Holocene is the Homoscene. And Jesus, look at that flyer. RSVP here. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
Portland Latino Gay Pride Festival: In its eighth incarnation, PLGP moves back to its old digs at the Jupiter Hotel. In addition to the most delicious food in all the land, entertainers include Bloco Alegria, Ballet Folklorico, Meesha Peru, and Joaquin Lopez and harpist Antoni Centurion. Community exhibits, sponsor booths, and specialty cocktails and Latin cuisine–mix in music, dancing, drinks and you’ve got sheer perfection. Nourishment courtesy Mayahuel Catering. This festival is always an absolute delight–check out the Facebook event here. And do come hungry–you won’t be sorry. 5pm, Jupiter Hotel, 800 E Burnside. $5 suggested donation.