by Aimee Genter-Gilmore, PQ Monthly
Once fall comes, the calendar editor in me is tickled pink with all sorts of brand new events and get-togethers, along with the return of seasonal favorites. This weekend is a perfect example of “something for everyone.” Mariachi hottie Edna Vazquez kicks things off on Thursday, followed by the opening of the Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival on Friday (and a handful of awesome dance nights… my personal favorite being TWERK, if you’re into that sort of thing.) The Mr. Oregon Bear and Cub contest is Saturday’s big ticket (and for the less-scruffy, may I recommend Pervert the Cirque?). And then, of course, the lovely ladies of Darcelle’s bring back crowd favorite Hot Chocolate to break it all down Sunday night.
Where will you be this weekend?
Thursday, September 27
Gay & Grey 4th Thursday Social. 4:00 p.m., Starky’s, 2913 SE Stark.
Edna Vazquez & Friends: New Music from an Old Friend. 8:00 p.m., Miracle Theatre Group, 525 SE Stark, $25 adv/$18 dos, milagro.org.
TEMPLE, featuring DJs Kasio Smashio and Freddie Says Relax. Get crunk, mix and mingle, and enjoy a unique Westside dance party! 9:00 p.m., The Rose, 111 SW Ash, 21+, no cover.
Pussy Riot Benefit! Join Sistafist, Forever, Kristine Levine, and Whitney Streed for a night of rocking singing and fund raising for the ladies of Pussy Riot. 9:00 p.m., Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy, 21+, $3-10 sliding scale donation.
Friday, September 28
2012 Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival! This festival runs through October 6. Visit plgff.org for a full schedule of events and screenings.
TWERK. Portland’s newest queer hip-hop dance night turns up the bass with DJs Slutshine and II Trill, and special guest DJ Bruce LaBruiser! 9:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, no cover!
BMP/GRND, a queer ’90s dance party with DJs Kasio and Rhienna, welcomes guest DJ Kid Amiga from Seattle! 9:00 p.m., Branx/Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 21+, $5, facebook.com/BMPGRND.
Apocalysp! a dirty rock ‘n’ roll queer night for the punk rock fag in everyone, with DJ Weinerslav, and special guest DJ Kit Fisto, with live music by Cockeye and Fainting Room! 9:00 p.m., The Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard, 21+, $3, facebook.com/Apocalysp.
Chi Chi LaRue’s POP ROCKS. The infamous porn director and DJ, Chi Chi LaRue, hosts a live nude model audition and spins pop and rock hits, with special guest Gula Delgatto (and a handful of porn stars to help make the night memorable). 10:00 p.m., The Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard, 21+, $5, eagleportland.com.
Saturday, September 29
Turn up the scruff for the 17th Annual Mr. Oregon Bear and Mr. Oregon Cub Contest! Featuring the BEARatones, Broadway Bears, and a celebratory dance party to follow with DJ Lephreak! 7:00 p.m., Boxxes, 1035 SW Stark, 21+, $10-25, oregonbears.org.
Pervert the Cirque: A Queer Erotic Circus. Featuring ring mistress Sossity Chiricuzio, aerialists, clowns, contortion, stilt walking and more! 8:00 p.m., The Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th, $15-40, for more information please email PervertTheCirque@gmail.com.
DJs LunchLady and iLL Camino serve up lunch trays and crunk gays at Cafeteria! 9:00 p.m., Vendetta, 4306 N Williams, 21+, $3 cover.
Revival! Dance, lounge and cuddle, and party till dawn with DJs Miracles Club, Roy G Biv, and more. For discretion, the address will be released to ticket-holders before the party. 10:00 p.m., Location disclosed to ticket-holders, 21+, $8 tickets online at revival.bpt.me.
Sunday, September 30
The Trans-spiritual Gathering offers the transgender/intersexed/queer/two-spirit/gender-queer population and allies an opportunity to enter into dialogue investigating gender and spiritual journeys. 4-7:00 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, inotherwords.org.
Hot Chocolate: Back to (Old) School. Join Poison Waters, Maria, Tiara Desmond, Kourtni Capri Duv and Alexis Campbell Starr as they celebrate sisterhood in a tribute to their favorite old-school African-American female vocalists! 5:00 p.m., Darcelle XV Showplace, 208 NW 3rd, 21+, $10.
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