Wednesday Weekend Forecast: Dance, Dance, Revolution

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By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
It's a busy (and possibly sunny!) Easter weekend, filled with all kinds of art, dancing, fundraisers, and educational and political events. Sunday is a little slow, leaving you plenty of time to nurse your Cadbury Egg coma before heading out for the evening. What are your not-to-miss events?   THURSDAY Scandals 33rd Anniversary Celebration, Scandals, 6 p.m.-midnight, free, 21+ Scandals is celebrating 33 years with Customer Appreciation Night from 6-8 p.m. followed by live music from Acoustic Minds. The bar will also have art from Mike Brown on display. ART FAG, East End, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., free, 21+ Hosted by Carla Rossi, April's cat-themed Art Fag will feature art by Jason Edward Davis and musical performances by Dirty Ghosts, La Pump, Little Volcano (a Sistafist side project), and DJ Hold My Hand (Bridge Club, Queerlandia) Dirt Bag!, The Know, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., free, 21+ Dance it out to indie dance pop, electro, house, and remix jams with resident DJ BRUCE LaBRUISER (Deep Cuts) and special guest MR. CHARMING.   FRIDAY Transgender Health Care Access: Key Challenges and Strategies, OHSU School of Nursing, noon-1:30 p.m., free Dean Spade (founder of the Silvia Rivera Law Project) gives a presentation for health care providers and advocates about best practices for addressing trans health care needs and obstacles. Third Annual Law & Disorder Conference, PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, begins at 5 p.m., runs all weekend, free Students for Unity presents a conference that calls for participants to present "alternative accounts to the political dimensions of civic engagement, mutual aid and revolution as they relate to economics, politics, invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, pedagogy and social change." Center for Intercultural Organizing Mayoral Candidate Forum,  700 N Killingsworth St., 6-8 p.m., free, RSVP encouraged The CIO hosts Portland's "major" mayoral candidates Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith, for a forum focused on issues that matter to the city's immigrant and refugee communities. RSVP to alton@interculturalorganiz ing.org or by calling (503) 287-4117, ext. 106. Homomentum: Science/Fiction, The Fez Ballroom, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $5-$10 sliding scale, 21+ The last Homomentum of the season promises inter-galactic drag, alien burlesque, gender-bending robots, and tap dancing trekkies, with performances by: Dina Isis, Baby Le'Strange, Vivivi, Pidgeon Von Tramp, The Prime Directive, Coyote & Bloomingheart, Hello Miss Kitty, Gaia Necrology, Charlie Walker, Slim Pickins, Little Tommy Bang Bang, Mister E, and more. Deep Cuts, Rotture, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $3 before 10 p.m., $5 after, 21+  If you missed DJ Bruce LaBruiser on Thursday, you can catch her at her other main gig with DJ Kasio Smashio (BMP/GRND). Deep Cuts will feature special guest DJs Freddie Says Relax (Wicked Awesome) and Hold My Hand (Bridge Club, Queerlandia) as well as free Tarot readings by Sterling Clark and a photobooth by Bloodhound Photography.   SATURDAY Boys with Balls, The Eagle, 9 p.m.-midnight, $3, 21+ This fundraiser for the PDX Ballers and the Portland Gay Basketball Association will feature games and prizes, including a "Best Basket" contest. Portland Black Pride '80s Party, Crush, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 21+ PFLAG Portland Black Chapter and Cross Over host a '80s throwback party with R&B and Hip-Hop beats by DJ 'Onair. No cover was listed online, but we're guessing they're going to want some of your money since the event is a fundraiser for Portland Black Pride 2012. Standing on Ceremony -- The Gay Marriage Plays, Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage, 10 p.m., $15 The Artists Rep is offering a special run of the production in partnership with Basic Rights Oregon. For information on additional performances, visit Artists Rep.   SUNDAY Phoenix Variety Revue, Kelly's Olympian, 7:30 p.m., $10, 21+ Portland's longest-running monthly burlesque show (hosted by the inimitable Zora Phoenix) features the Infamous Nina Nightshade, Babs Jamboree, Meghan Mayhem, and music by Kevin Hardy. Erin Rook is a staff writer for PQ Monthly. Erin can be reached at erin@pqmonthly.com. Don't forget to submit your events to our online calendar here.