Wednesday weekend forecast: head South

by Aimee Genter-Gilmore, PQ Monthly


Kiss Kill performs Sunday at Capitol Pride in Salem. Photo by Rudy Joggerst.


Capitol Pride takes over Salem on Sunday, and I challenge you to find a gayer place to be. What’s stopping you?


Thursday, August 2

Queer Polyamory Discussion Group. Whether you have been practicing ethical sluttery for years, or are just starting to think about it, you are welcome to join in on the discussion. 6:30-8:30 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth,

Paper Cowgrrls: A Crafting Circle for Women! Plan your next project, pack up your tools and materials and join others using paper as a base for art and craft. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, $5 suggested donation.

First Thursdays mean DIRT BAG wants to punch you in the face (in the form of a queer, indie dance pop, electro, house, remix jams party). With DJs Bruce LaBruiser and Ill Camino! 9:00 p.m., The Know, 2026 NE Alberta, 21+, No cover!


Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 12

Oregon Leather Pride Week is here! With activities like the Portland Leather Alliance’s Annual Fetish Ball, a Leather, Scotch & Cigar Social, a TGIF “Full Moon Fisting Party,” Dommes Tea–and that’s only the first weekend– if you’re into leather or BDSM, this is where you’ll need to be. For PQ’s full coverage of Oregon Leather Pride Week, click here.


Friday, August 3

Hey, guess what? It’s my motherEFFING birthday! Since I have a baby (and am getting married in a week), I will spend the night with my lovely for an adult night out, eating good food, and watching Step Up Revolution in 3D! (Now back to your regularly-scheduled Wednesday weekend forecast).

Pivot hosts Film Friday. This week’s film: Albert Nobbs (2011). 7:00 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th,

Pivot hosts MPowerMENt, a group for gay men ages 18-39 who want to be more involved in shaping their community. 5:00 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th,


Saturday, August 4

Slinger of soul, DJ Action Slacks brings out the shimmy with Sugar Town! featuring the swingingest, springingest soul music. 8:00 p.m., The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd, 21+, $5 cover.

Indy Book Tour, featuring Anna Joy Springer, Janice Lee, Leon Baham, and local guest Cooper Lee Bombardier. 8:00 p.m., The Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division,$3-5 suggested donation,

DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid kick off their 11th year of ANDAZ, a sweaty Bollywood Bhangra dance night! 9:00 p.m., Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 21+, $3-7,

Maricon, a dance night for homos and their homeys. 10:00 p.m., Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard, 21+,

Portland Diverse: A Summer Jam Party with Mayoral Candidate Jefferson Smith, featuring world music, local brewers and distilleries, raffles and (my personal dreamboat) Jefferson Smith! 9:00 p.m., Springbox Gallery, 2234 NW 24th, 21+, $10.


Sunday, August 5

Capitol Pride brings the gay to Salem. For more information, visit

2012 Butch Femme Lesbian Picnic. 1:00 p.m., Laurelhurst Park, Picnic Area D, no pets please, bring cooked or prepared food to share, call Pamlin Pegg at 503-223-5998 for more information.

Bridge Club is Oregon’s T-Dance, and the best place to check out the cuties in the light of day. 3-9:00 p.m., Produce Row Cafe, 204 SE Oak,

CineKink, “the kinky film festival,” returns to Portland for a hot, one-night stand. 7:00 p.m., Clinton St. Theater 2522 SE Clinton, 18+, $6-12,


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