Wednesday weekend forecast


How are YOU raising cash and awareness? (Photo courtesy of AIDS Walk Portland.)


by Aimee Genter-Gilmore, PQ Monthly


Hey, guys… AIDS Walk Portland 2012 is here! (So is this month’s edition of PQ, but I think I’ll let AIDS Walk take center stage this week.) If you haven’t already, I suggest making a donation to Team PQ through this link right here: POW! 

But just ’cause everyone (and I mean everyone) will be walking to fight AIDS on Sunday, it doesn’t mean you have to stay IN the rest of the weekend. We’ve got a fierce new disco/house/electro night, RUTHLESS, at the Local Lounge on Friday, the PDX Bad Girls take over INFERNO on Saturday, and Poison Waters debuts her long-awaited one-(wo)man show, Once in a Lifetime on Sunday night. (There’s also the ever-popular PQ Press party tomorrow night, but you know… I’m a little bit biased.)


Thursday, September 20

PQ Monthly’s September Press Party! Come out and grab a copy of the latest issue of PQ Monthly hot off the press while chatting with some of the most interesting folks in the local LGBTQ community and sipping on the signature drink of the evening, the PQ Strawberry Kiss. There’ll also be happy hour until 6 p.m., AND this party is all-ages, so there really no excuse to miss it! 5-7:00 p.m., Dingo’s, 4612 SE Hawthorne, all ages, free, CLICK HERE for Facebook event info.

“Girls Will Be Girls” Film Night & AIDS Walk Fundraiser. Watch one of the most campy and quote-able cult classics, win prizes, and sip on cocktails as all proceeds go directly to the Portland AIDS Walk. 7:30 p.m., Crush, 1412 SE Morrison, 21+, $10 suggested donation, CLICK HERE for Facebook event info.


Friday, September 21

Have a Heart On Goes Wild! DJ Aurora invites you to shake it like a wild animal in this sexy queer/bi/straight/poly/everybody-friendly dance party. Dress in your favorite animal print or costume! 9:00 p.m., Crush, 1400 SE Morrison, 21+, $3 cover.

DJs Ill Camino and Bruce LaBruiser get RUTHLESS with the fiercest disco, house, pop, electro remixes all night long! 10:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, $3 cover.


Saturday, September 22

QPoP! (Queer Parents of Portland), meets to embrace community and is an opportunity for our young ones to meet others 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

PDX BAD GIRLS invade INFERNO! The Bad Girls will be on hand–raffling items, raising funds for SYMRC and being their treacherous, darling selves–as you dance the evening away! 6:00 p.m., Jones, 107 NW Couch, $8 cover, 21+,

LURE. Calling all uniformed men and their admirers… if your kink is wearing a uniform or cruising men in uniform, this is the place to be! 9:00 p.m., The Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard, 21+, no cover,

Blowpony vs. Ladybear. SF’s Ladybear hosts, with DJs Airick X, Just Dave, Stormy Roxx, Jay Douglas, G-Luve, and Kasio Smashio. 9:00 p.m., Branx/Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 21+, $5,

Hey Queen! Electro, house, pop, remixes, and good gay shit spun by Bruce LaBruiser and friends. This month’s special guests: Orographic and Gossip Cat! 10:00 p.m., Beulahland, 118 NE 28th, 21+, no cover!


Sunday, September 23

AIDS Walk 2012. Why not join in on a 2.5-mile walk through the heart of downtown Portland to raise awareness of, and funds for, the fight against HIV/AIDS (with 10,000 of your closest friends and allies)? 10:30 a.m. opening ceremonies, 11:00 a.m. walk begins, Pioneer Courthouse Square,

CC’s After-Walk Weenie Roast! Join CC Slaughters staff and friends for a post-AIDS Walk BBQ and bloody mary bar. 12:30 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis, 21+,

Once in a Lifetime: Poison Waters’ long-awaited one-man show! Join Rose Empress 44 on her 44th birthday with an evening of songs and memories. 6:00 p.m., Darcelle XV Showplace, 208 NW 3rd, 21+, $10,

You won’t want to miss the glamorous and prestigious International Latin Look Pageant! 6:00 p.m., PCPA, 1111 SW Broadway, $37.

Gender-Free Square Dance. A caller and live music complement this centuries-old tradition, using gender-neutral language for one and all. If this is your first square dance, come early for lessons! 7:00 p.m., The Village Ballroom, 700 NE Dekum, $7 sliding scale, all ages,


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