Dance Floors, Art Shows, Benefits, and T-Dances--Oh My!

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By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Do you still have a sun hangover? Sunburn? Just a little? Too soon for that sort of talk? Even though our sunny, 70-degree days seem to be on a temporary moratorium (at least after today), there's plenty going on to keep your days hot-hot-hot. So much, in fact, that we ran out of ink and room on our beautiful print pages. So for you, dear readers, a smattering of the exciting goings-on: your weekly weekend forecast. (It's like a virtual stroll through the perfect week.) Today--and today only: Eat, Drink, Build: Today, local restaurants will be donating a percentage of their profits to Habit for Humanity Women Build. Women Build works in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East to plan and build homes in partnership with a crews of women volunteers--the group engages women of every race, age, and skill level, planning and building homes alongside local families. There are dozens of restaurants joining in on the good deeds, and you can see that list here. No, really, click the link! There's food in every neighborhood. Thursday: Scandals celebrates its 34th birthday/anniversary. That's a lot of years on Stark, folks. This first Thursday marks the bar's official anniversary party--there'll be music, drinks, and an art show: Robert Rickters' "Journey" series will be on display. Thirsty Thursday drink specials, as per usual. Things get going early--6pm. Scandals, 1125 SW Stark.  Where Do We Go From Here, more first Thursday goodness: Cock Gallery presents HIV/AIDS-related art and activism from a variety of sources and artists. You can check out the list of contributors, which includes ACT UP San Francisco and Wayne Bund, here. 7pm, Cock Gallery, 625 NW Everett.  BOYeurism returns! The area's sexiest dancers, aerialists, vocalists, acrobats, and performers will leave you sans breath. (Breathless!) Angelique DeVil and Alexis Campbell Starr serve as the evening's hostesses. 9pm, Star Theater, 13 NW 6th. $10, $15 VIP seating.  Dirt Bag: all that art and performance made you so restless, didn't it? Dance it out at The Know, where Bruce LaBruiser and Gossip Cat spin all the hot jams for your dancing pleasure. Queer electro, house, and remix jams party. Full release included with the price of admission. 10pm, The Know, 2026 NE Alberta. Free! Friday:  Pablito's Bridgetown Bears Art Show: Vancouver's newest queer locale, Tigerlily, will be showing the work of Pablo Caceres throughout the month of April. But Pablo won't be holding a reception every evening in April, so make the trek Friday night to show support, hug necks, and bask in the glory of his masterpieces. 5pm, Tigerlily, 1109 Washington, Vancouver. Free! Dance Party and Benefit for Siobhan (Butch Queen, Seattle): Seattle's Siobhan (aka Shivers, Rusty Nails) was struck by a drunk driver last week, resulting in several broken bones and other horrific injuries. She is presently in critical condition, undergoing life-altering surgeries, which include a partial leg amputation. Local party architects are calling on queer Portland to "come together like the family we are and rise up." Every dollar raised goes to Siobhan. Freddie Says Relax, SPF666, Roy G Biv, Ill Camino, Mr. Charming, and Bruce LaBruiser spin. 9pm, The Foggy Notion (Faggy Nation?), 3416 N Lombard. $3.  Saturday:  Maricon! Ill Camino and Moisti continue to make sweaty queer magic at The Eagle. Dance/cruise/schmooze/booze. (And whatever you do, don't look at the video screens. Yikes.) These girls play it all--it's a genre-fucking extravaganza. Come see what "having all the fun" looks like. (Watch the drunk patrons beg Moisti to play their requests.) 10pm, Eagle Portland, 835 N. Lombard. Rsvp now.  Sunday: Bridge Club. You know the drill. It is the world's best hangover cure, and the best place to dance (and eat, and drink) the day away and still be in bed long before midnight. In addition to the usual bounty of deejays (Pocket Rock-It, Hold My Hand, Orographic, Gossip Cat, Little Bear), Bridge Club welcomes Chelsea Starr, who recently tore up the dance floor at Gaycation. Bridge Club says: "Chelsea has steamed up dance floors up and down the left coast and we are extremely excited to host such a talented artist." Truth. 3pm, Produce Row, 204 SE Oak. Free, as per. Get there early for boozy brunch! That list left me breathless. Take all the naps you can now, darlings, you're going to need them. And we'll see you on the dance floor/at the art show/in the restaurant/etc. etc. Oh, and you should listen to this new Neko Case song. I've had it on repeat all morning. BlogTail_DanielBorgen