by Aimee Genter-Gilmore, PQ Monthly
I think it’s safe to announce that Autumn has officially arrived. With Autumn comes a smorgasbord of parties and events for every color of the rainbow. You could head down to Ashland for Southern Oregon Pride, or catch Ms. Margaret Cho in one of her four performances this weekend. In Other Words celebrates its 19th birthday, the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court crowns a new court (with many festivities sandwiching Coronation 2012) and BRO throws their big yearly bash, IGNITE, to raise money for marriage equality in Oregon.
And then, of course, there’s the dancing. PQ kicks off the weekend with party newcomer, GREED, a bi/pan/genderqueer dance night, head-to-head with local favorite BENT. Saturday brings INFERNO for the ladies, ATLAS for the Bollywood-at-heart, MRS. for those of us who like to play dress-up, and WOWWOLF for the party animal in all of us.
I think it’s safe to say there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Thursday, October 11
Southern Oregon Pride: Free to Be, You and Me. This event runs through October 14. Visit sopride.org for a full schedule of events.
PFLAG Portland Black Chapter and the Urban League of Portland host Lift Every Voice: The Black LGBTQ Oregonian Experience, a collection of stories and surveys that highlight the unique experiences of the Black LGBTQ community for National Coming Out Day. 5:30 p.m., June Key Delta Community Center, 5940 N Albina, RSVP here.
In Other Words’ 19th Birthday Celebration. Portland’s feminist community center celebrates its 19th birthday with food, drinks, and feminists, with a performance by Miss Toni Hill. 6:30 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, $25, inotherwords.org.
I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul, Portland’s legendary Soul and R&B 45 RPM party, returns, with DJ Beyondadoubt and friends. 9:00 p.m., Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 21+.
Friday, October 12
Dirty Queer x-rated open mic for erotic entertainers of all sorts. 6:30-8:30 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, 18+, $1-$5 suggested donation, dirtyqueer.com.
IGNITE: The Basic Rights Oregon Event, A gala event celebrating Basic Rights’ yearly accomplishments and recognizing those who have gone to extraordinary lengths to further equality. 7:30 p.m., Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, $75 main event, $250 VIP dinner, basicrights.org.
Margaret Cho brings the funny to Portland! 7:30 and 10:00 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 21+, $25-35, margaretcho.com. (Additional shows at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. on October 13.)
The Imperial Sovereign Rose Court invites you to the Out-of-Town Show, a part of Coronation 2012. 8:00 p.m., Holiday Inn Ballroom, 8439 NE Columbia, 21+, $30, rosecourt.org.
PQ Monthly presents GREED, a bi/pan/genderqueer dance night. DJ Gabz and Trim Jones spin the hot tracks, with go-go dancers of all stripes. Feel the thrill to your core as you shake it on the dance floor. 9:00 p.m., Crush, 1400 SE Morrison, 21+, $5.
▼BENT▼ Dance floor heroes DJs Roy G. Biv and Mr. Charming welcome special guest Riff Raff. 9:00 p.m., The Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard, 21+, $5, facebook.com/bentpdx.
Saturday, October 13
Storytime with Maria. Youth Librarian Maria Lowe reads stories, sings songs and engages the children of LGBTQ families with activities for every age. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi.
The Imperial Sovereign Rose Court invites you to A Night at the Tropicana: Coronation 2012. 6:00 p.m., Holiday Inn Ballroom, 8439 NE Columbia, 21+, $50, rosecourt.org.
Ladies! INFERNO’s DJs Wildfire and D-Zel turn up the heat at the hottest evening dance party up and down the West coast! 6:00 p.m., DIRTY Nightclub, 35 NW 3rd, $8 cover, 21+, infernodances.com.
Christine Havrilla, live in concert! 8:00 p.m., Camellia Lounge at Tea Zone, 510 NW 11th, $10, christinehavrilla.com.
Haus of Consent presents Dirty Playground, a queer sex and BDSM play party. Queers of all genders, experienced or nervous, are welcome. No booze or drugs. 8:00 p.m., The Sindicate, 5224 SE Foster, 18+, $15-20, for more information email [email protected].
ATLAS welcomes NYC’s Joro-Boro! Hosted by resident DJs Anjali, E3 and The Incredible Kid. 9:00 p.m., Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 21+, $5, holocene.org.
MRS.: Queen of the Damned. Sharpen your fangs for Portland’s favorite costumed dance party, with DJs Automaton, Beyondadoubt, and Ill Camino. 10:00 p.m., Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 21+, $5,facebook.com/MRS.PDX.
WOWWOLF encourages you to transform from your 9-to-5 persona into your party animal spirit. With DJs Hold My Hand, Huf’ n Stuf’, and Little Bear! 10:00 p.m., The Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard, 21+.
Sunday, October 14
Bear Paw Bust. 4-7:00 p.m., The Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard, 21+, oregonbears.org.
The ISCWE presents the Capitol Forum Show to benefit Rainbow Youth. Head south for a drag show featuring emcees FabuLanzaa L’Eville, Stella Mess, and Tragic Mess. 6:00 p.m., Southside Speakeasy, 3529 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, 21+, no cover, iscwe.wordpress.com.
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 site. If you want to be included in our print edition of the calendar, send an e-mail to me at [email protected]. I make no guarantees that I will list your event in the print edition, but I will do my best.