Wednesday weekend forecast

by Aimee Genter-Gilmore, PQ Monthly



Before we go into this weekend’s forecast, let me remind you that some weekends require planning. And, well, some gay pride festivals are definitely worth visiting. So mark your calendars now for Maui Pride, October 5-7… a time of year that seems just perfect for a pre-holiday getaway. I get a happy glow just watching the video above (but I’m a little bit strange.)

Now, as for this weekend in Portland, there’s a little something for everyone, including Women in the Woods, a notoriously popular weekend of lesbian camping. I know what you’re thinking. “Isn’t every weekend a weekend for lesbians to go camping?” (I guess you’ve never been to Women in the Woods, have you?) If you’re not the rugged type, but still love the ladies, we’ll see you at INFERNO, won’t we? SMYRC has an open mic night for the under-21 crowd on Friday, and popular new parenting group QPoP! meets Saturday morning. The Bears let the fur fly at the Double X Dance on Saturday. And in performances…


Internationally-acclaimed choreographer Durante Lambert presents QUEEN: Every Girl Has a Story to Tell, a courageous and cutting edge dance production with an athletic, versatile, all-female cast. The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut, $20, This performance runs August 24 through 26.


Thursday, August 23

Women in the Woods. Spend a long summer weekend in the company of over one hundred women. Enjoy old growth forest, natural hot springs and a rushing river while relaxing and building community. This event is all weekend long; visit for more information.

Gay & Grey 4th Thursday Social. 4:00 p.m., Starky’s, 2913 SE Stark.

Transit Dance Social. 9:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, No cover!


Friday, August 24

Drop-In at SMYRC. LGBTQ youth are welcome to come hang out, play games, eat food, and meet cool people. 4-9:00 p.m., SMYRC, 2406 NE Sandy #100,

Pivot hosts Film Friday. Come on out for a weekly movie night with “family.” 7:00 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th,

MTF Peer Support Group. 7-9:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, for more information e-mail

Open Mic Night at SMYRC. Open to all youth 12-23 who identify as LGBTQ. 8:30 p.m., SMYRC, 2406 NE Sandy #100,


Saturday, August 25

Join the Portland Frontrunners for their weekly Waterfront Run. Meet underneath the Marquam Bridge on the Eastbank Esplanade. 9:00 a.m., SE Main and Water Street,

QPoP! (Queer Parents of Portland), a monthly group for queer parents, meets to embrace community and provide the support of other queer parents. It is also an opportunity for our young ones to meet other young ones and play. Light snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring snacks to share. 10:00 a.m.-Noon, Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi.

55+/- is a lesbian social group made up of mature women who just want to have fun and network! 12:30 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, for more information email

Drop-In at SMYRC. LGBTQ youth are welcome to come hang out, play games, eat food, and meet cool people. 4-9:00 p.m., SMYRC, 2406 NE Sandy #100,

Ladies! INFERNO’s DJs Wildfire and D-Zel turn up the heat at the hottest evening dance party on the West Coast! 6:00 p.m., DIRTY Nightclub, 35 NW 3rd, $8 cover, 21+,

The Oregon Bears migrate to Embers for the Double X Dance, the scruffiest night in town! 9:00 p.m., Embers Avenue, 110 NW Broadway, 21+.


Sunday, August 26

Queer Feminist Theory Reading Group. 4:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, for more information e-mail

The Trans-spiritual Gathering offers an opportunity to enter into dialogue investigating the intersection of gender and spiritual journeys. 4-7:00 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth.

Manifest Men’s Wellness Community presents the Wanderlust Fitness Cycling Group. Explore Portland in this weekly fitness ride for men looking for a moderate workout. 4:30 p.m., Meet at Whole Foods at NE 15th and Fremont, $3-15 non-Manifest members,

Superstar Divas Megashow. Honey Bea Hart, Bolivia Carmichaels, and Ginger Lee bring you diva realness every Sunday night! 8:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis, 21+, no cover,


We want to have our calendar be the most extensive (and accurate) place for you to get information on queer events in town, but we need your help! If you would like to submit an event to our online calendar, you can now do it through this form on our web siteIf you want to be included in our print edition of the calendar, send an e-mail to me at I make no guarantees that I will list your event in the print edition, but I will do my best.