Get OUT! February 2012

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Friday, February 17

Return to Sugar Town! Portland's dancingest LGBTQueer soul dance party was temporarily knocked off of the PDX queer dance card due to the sudden closure of their venue. Never fear! The beat moves on to the Spare Room, with DJ Action Slacks and special guest DJ Freaky Outty, in addition to sweet treats by Emily Franco and photobooth by Leila Hofstein. 9 p.m. to late, The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd, 21+, $5 cover.

Saturday, February 18

The Q Center Winter Gala 2012: Never Out of Style, celebrates community while raising funds for our very own LGBTQ community center. Featuring Bob Mould, Lisa Mann, and Hal Gerard, with a live auction, dancing, and drinks. 6 p.m. V.I.P. reception; 7 p.m. general admission; YU Contemporary Art Center, 800 SE 10th Ave., $100 general admission, $175 V.I.P., pdxqcenter.org. Happy birthday, Gaycation! After six years of hot, sweaty, queer love on the dance floor, Gaycation turns it up a notch with a special set from internationally-loved DJ Lauren Flax, along with resident DJs Mr. Charming and Snowtiger. Come on out and shake it! 9 p.m., Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 21+, $5 cover.

Sunday, February 19

The Rose City Softball Association, Oregon’s largest lesbian and gay sports organization, kicks off their annual new member drive for the 2012 season with a New Player Meet and Greet. Interested in playing? Now's your chance! 6-8 p.m., Hobo's, 120 NW 3rd, 18+, rosecitysoftball.org.

Monday, February 20

Gay Skate Returns! This month's gay skate is a ROLL BOUNCE for Portland Black Pride. Ever booty-dropped on skates? If not, you haven't lived ... 7 p.m., Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, $6.

Thursday, February 23

Portland Drag Race! Come early to watch RuPaul's Drag Race, then stick around for our very own local version, hosted by the elegant Poison Waters. 8 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+.

Friday, February 24

The Oregon Bears growl into our hearts with the Double X Dance. Once a month, your favorite local bears migrate to the Eagle for the scruffiest dance night in town! 9:00 p.m., C.C. Slaughter’s, 219 NW 3rd Ave., 21+.

Saturday, February 25

The Living Room presents a screening of “Inlaws & Outlaws,†a film that weaves together the true stories of couples and singles — both gay and straight — into a collective narrative that is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. 7 p.m., Ainsworth House, 19130 Lot Whitcomb Dr., Oregon City, www.inlawsandoutlawsfilm.com/. Portland's most controversial queer dance party, Blow Pony, celebrates its 5th birthday with a live performance by Leslie & the Lys. Yeah, that's right ... Leslie Hall has packed up her gem sweaters to bring us some midwestern love. 9 p.m., Branx/Rotture, 315 SW 3rd, 21+, $10, blowpony.com.

Monday, February 27

Commemorate Dame Elizabeth Taylor's birthday with a special screening of her iconic classic, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.†Proceeds will support Cascade AIDS Project and Portland’s public arts-focused school, da Vinci Arts Middle School. These two non-profit organizations reflect what Ms. Taylor is best remembered as — a tireless AIDS activist and an artist who began her craft as a young child. 7 p.m., Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, $10+ suggested donation. Susan and the SurfTones strum out their special brand of reverbed surf-rock in support of their new album, “Shore,†with openers Wave Sauce and Surf Weasels. The forecast for the night? Hot chicks and cool surf guitar. 9 p.m., Duff's Garage, 1635 SE 7th, 21+, $5, www.susansurftone.com.

Thursday, March 1

Paper Cowgrrls invites women to pack up their materials and join others using paper as a base for their crafty outlet. Form a community and finish your projects with friends. 6:30 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N, Mississippi Ave., $5

Friday, March 2

Homomentum knocks you on your tail with queer cabaret goodness, offering glitter and ridiculousness at every turn. Fill your soul with performances, audience participation, and prizes! 8 p.m., Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th Ave., 21+, $5-10 sliding scale.

Monday, March 5

Mattilda Sycamore presents “Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?,†an anthology invoking the anger, flamboyance, and subversion that once thrived in the gay subculture to inspire a debate about the perils of assimilation. Sycamore will be joined at this event by contributor Ezra RedEagle Whitman. 7:30 p.m., Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., www.mattildabernsteinsycamore.com.

Tuesday, March 6

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club, the largest and second oldest gay motorcycle club in North America, holds a Meet and Greet for gay men interested in recreational motorcycle touring. 7-9 p.m., The Eagle Portland, 835 N. Lombard, 21+, borderriders.com.

Wednesday, March 7

Ivan E. Coyote and S. Bear Bergman: Queer Words and Family Stories. Enjoy the funny, the dirty, the teary, the tender and the unmistakably bent stylings of these two wordsmiths. 8:00 p.m., Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th Ave., 21+, $10-15 sliding scale.

Friday, March 9

Dirty Queer is your friendly local x-rated open mic for erotic entertainers of all sorts. If you haven't experienced it yet, you have no idea what you're missing. 6:30-8:30 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, 18+, $1-$5 suggested donation, dirtyqueer.com.

Saturday, March 10

Q Center packs in the gaybies for Storytime with Maria. Youth Librarian Maria Lowe reads stories, sings songs, and engages the children of LGBTQ families with activities for every age. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Q Center, 4115 N, Mississippi Ave., Free!

Wednesday, March 14-Friday, March 16

Lewis & Clark presents their annual gender symposium, Objection! Gender, Sex, Law, and Social Change. Come out for three days of workshops, panel discussions, readings, performances, lectures, and other events exploring gender, sexuality, law, and social change. All sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://college.lclark.edu/departments/gender_studies/symposium/.

Saturday, March 17

The Young Person’s Guide to the Gay Men’s Chorus is a multimedia extravaganza, featuring local teen actors performing on video with the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. Showcasing the most memorable works of gay choruses and composers, the songs will serve as the soundtrack to a PGMC-original “sitcom.†8 p.m., Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Kaul Auditorium, $16-30, http://buy.pdxgmc.org. There is an encore of this performance Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m.