By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: queer Christmas! All Hallow’s Eve brings out the best—and most creative—Portland has to offer, and our city’s events and activities are always equal to the task. The gods and goddesses have blessed us with a Saturday holiday—how lovely—but your to-boo list begins well before the weekend gets underway. A smattering of our best bets:
Thursday, October 29
“The Rocky Horror Pastie Show”: Miss Kennedy’s Theater of Burlesque brings back its fifth-annual nod to Rocky Horry to the historic Star Theater Portland. This epic program has become a tradition among Rocky Horror and burlesque fans alike. In case you missed them before and especially if you didn’t, you’ll truly be shivering with anticipation as they bring you a live stage adaptation of Rocky Horror with a little less dialogue and a LOT more T&A. Featuring: Grant Frey as Brad, Lovie Lane as Janet,
Zora Phoenix as Frank-N-Furter, Tod Alan as Rocky, Sofia Flash as Magenta, MissAlex Kennedy as Columbia, Johnny Nuriel as Riff Raff, Lily Le Fauve as Dr. Scott, Dee Dee Pepper as Eddie, and
Nina Nightshade as Trixie. And be sure to swing by Hollywood Vintage to pick up your fishnets, pearls, and platforms so you can walk away with some fancy prizes from our Rocky Horror costume contest. 8PM, Star Theater, 13 NW 6. $15 advance, $20 at the door, $25 VIP.
Queer Horror: Nocturnal Submissions. The Hollywood Theatre’s bimonthly program QUEER HORROR crawls out of the crypt for Halloween with a new short film night. This holiday special is programmed through an open call for entries from filmmakers of all calibers. Carla Rossi–your hostess with the grossest–has a craving for more viewer-made content from our community–not just gritty, gory, and gay shorts, but sexy, scary, and stupid ones too! Grab a camera or a phone and let your nightmares loose–just nothing X-Rated (keep it hard R, please) and no real-life blood or violence. QUEER HORROR: NOCTURNAL SUBMISSIONS is coming to get you. Consider it a Shorty Shorts preview. 9:30PM, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy. $8.
Friday, October 30
Ignite! Basic Rights Oregon has turned their annual gala into an epic Halloween bash! Complete with themed rooms, a costume contest, scary (ish) games, it is set to be one of the must-attend parties of the season. Brought to you in part by Morel Ink, Nike, and Roundhouse Agency; tickets for this hosted shindig start at $100; go to http://www.basicrights.org/ for more ticket info.
Scary-Oke Nightmare: Karaoke, Drag, Burlesque, Halloween, all wrapped up together in one night. Join Nikki Lev, Valerie DeVille, Bijoux Roux, Aurora Diane Owen, and many more at the Local Lounge for some serious fun on Halloween Eve: Friday October 30. There will be karaoke, drag and burlesque performances, costumed mayhem, raffle, drinking, all that good shit. Save the date, and stay tuned for more details. 9PM, Local Lounge, 3526 NE MLK.
Saturday, October 31
Q Center Spooktacular: Fun for the whole family. Q Center invites all LGBTQ families and allies to their annual Halloween celebration. There will be food, fun, games, crafts, storytelling, and much more. Come one, come all! 2PM-4PM, Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi.
Club Destiny presents: Bridge to Hell featuring Eli Escobar. Deejays Hold My Hand, Troubled Youth, and Buckmaster are joined by Eli Escobar: New York’s house and disco evangelist Eli Escobar has been a familiar face on the city’s scene for the last two decades. Whether tearing it up at clubs across the capital (and beyond) or throwing down super-charged disco bombs on labels like Nervous and Strictly Rhythm, Escobar rarely steps out of his four-four beat. As one third of the Tiki Disco parties in Bushwick, as well as running his own Night People label, Escobar has been putting his own twist on the city’s house and disco soundtrack, joining the dots between yesterday’s golden era classics and today’s club anthems. Bridge Club + Destiny at Dynasty + NYC = Halloween win. Plus: Shitney Houston, Chanti Darling, Stacy Stl Lisa, and many more. Do not miss this! 8PM, White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8. $10.