By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
So, did you survive it? Pride? Dozens of parties crammed into a few days–sunshine aplenty, perhaps more than a little sunburn, boat rides, block parties, queer collaborations, parades, protesters, a dusty waterfront, 20 drag queens packed onto one stage Sunday night; Portland Pride 2015, by all accounts, was a wild success. And we hope you did what we did–we spent Monday and Tuesday hibernating. We pray you’re rested and we pray Friday is payday, because there’s plenty to keep you busy this post-Pride weekend (and Portland Black Pride is just getting underway), so dive in:
Queens of the Night: Alexis Campbell Starr. That’s all you need to know. (Check out our feature on Ms. Starr right here.) But there’s more: she always welcomes a special slew of talented queens for a night that takes Hip-Hop from beginning to end. And tonight is the official kickoff of Portland Black Pride. 8pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. Free.
You can find a link to all Portland Black Pride events here, including the Queer Youth Summit, Families of Color Day Out, and much more. (Each hyperlink has complete event detail.) Also stay tuned to PQ‘s Facebook page for more info. and events.
The most delicious fundraiser of the year! 2015 marks the 16th annual Bites for Rights event. Today restaurants, coffee shops, bars and bakeries around the state will donate a generous percentage of their day’s proceeds to Basic Rights Oregon. On this one day, you can feast to promote fairness for all LGBTQ Oregonians. Click here for a list of the 2015 Bites for Rights Participating Restaurants: http://www.basicrights.org/news/bfr/.
Is your favorite place not on our list? Let BRO know and they’ll invite them to participate—contact email@example.com. And make your feasting plans now!
Polari, the Pride Recovery edition. Troll in for buvare. Back-in-the-day language, music, and elegance. An ease-you-into-the-weekend mixer. Bridge Club boys make the music. Bridge and tunnel patrons have no idea what to do with us when we pour in. Hint: it’s almost always the Thursday we go to press. What serendipitous fortune! Come meet some new boys; flirt; this is living! 10pm, Vault, 226 NW 12. Free.
Portland Black Pride’s Blackout Party. Local Lounge is dedicating the entire day to the Black Pride experience–4pm is Power Hour, 8pm is an Ol’ Skool Card Party, and the hip-hop blackout party begins promptly at 10pm. Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK.
It’s time for the epic return of Peep Show’s annual Star Search Competition, so brace yourselves as an array of new faces take to the stage to battle it out for cash prizes and the chance to become a part of the Peep Show performer family. This is the show where you have no idea what to expect; there will be some spectacular talent, and there is sure to be an epic fail or two as well to make things even more entertaining. And don’t forget the fantastic after party SLEAZE with killer beats by the one and only Jackal PDX. Do you think YOU have what it takes to get up on the Peep Show stage? Shoot Artemis a Facebook message or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. 9pm, Analog Café, 720 SE Hawthorne. $7 GA, $10 reserved, $40 VIP.
Drag Brunch: It’s been a while, but Valerie DeVille and Nikki Lev are bringing back the Drag Brunch: now at Local Lounge, and now on a Saturday. They’re going to get this started on June 20th, so you can think of it as a Pride aftercare afternoon of happy eating and drinking with two of the wildest drag talents in town as well as some amazing TBA guests. They’ll start around 1, 1:30ish, depending on the crowd, but everyone will be hanging out from noon on, and playing hot music, and Valerie herself plans to dance until she’s too faded to continue. 12pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK.
Central Oregon Pride: Saturday, June 20 at Drake Park from 12pm until 6pm. What a beautiful reason for a drive back east! You can find a full list of events here: http://centraloregonpride.org/2015/03/19/2015-pride/.
Burlescape! Burlesque & boylesque wrapped in a taste of tease! Zora Phoenix, Isaiah Esquire, Tod Alan. (And there’s more than that, kids.) Zora is a treat and a treasure—and so are her shows. Try one out! Check out the full list of performers right here. 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison. $10. We’re featuring all of Zora’s events online, so get on the net.
Gaycation, the Pride edition: DJ Charming always welcomes special guests—this month it’s Huf ‘n Stuff and Troubled Youth (yes, mama) and here you’ll find everything lesbian, gay, and in between. Be early so you can actually get a drink. Sweaty deliciousness, hottest babes. THE party. Yes, boys, even you can hit on Mr. Charming. We know you want to. (And damn, kids, look at that party poster.) 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.
Find info about the Families of Color Day Out right here.
Superstar Divas. Bolivia Carmichaels, Honey Bea Hart, Topaz Crawford, Isaiah Tillman, and guest stars perform your favorite pop, Broadway, R&B, rock, and country hits. Dance floor opens after the show. The Drag Queen Hunger Games are over, and the shows must go on! Check out the newest and freshest Diva hits. Yes, there is a special Pride edition! 8pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free!