Art briefs: February/March 2013

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"FOURPLAY" explores the role of sexuality in personal growth through four different story lines. "FOURPLAY," Feb. 28-March 3 at Clinton Street Theater, explores the role of sexuality in personal growth through four different story lines.
Tigerlily Restaurant and Bar, the new LGBTQ-friendly establishment owned by Northwest Gender Alliance president Jackie Stone, is hosting a grand opening celebration the weekend of Feb. 22-24 with live music by Wikid Sin each night. The only such venue in the Vancouver area, Tigerlily regularly hosts events for the LGBTQ community. For more information visit Hold On Another Day hosts a benefit concert for the anti-bullying organization Project Believe in Me Feb. 23 at Mt. Tabor Theater featuring performances by Kimya Dawson, Storm Miguel Flores, The Cabin Project, Eli Conley, and Tyler Maz. Tickets are $10 at the door and can be purchased online at San Francisco based singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine performs a benefit for Pride NW Feb. 23 at Metropolitan Community Church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Valentine has performed at a number of Pride events along the West Coast and regularly lends his talents to LGBTQ causes. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Portland’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls hosts a women’s arm wrestling tournament (with two weight classes — Xena and Gabrielle) March 1 at Sloan’s Tavern to raise funds for the camp. It costs $5 to enter and the winners take home a handmade steel unicorn trophy as well as camp swag. In addition to the tournament, contests can challenge anyone on the floor to a challenge for $1. Don’t have the guns to compete? Everyone is eligible to enter the raffle, which includes prizes such as a basketball autographed by the Portland Trailblazers and gift certificates from Ritual Arts Tattoo and Body Piercing, Chapter Four, Fat Fancy, and SheBop. Signups begin at 6:30 p.m. and the tournament starts at 7:30 p.m.. You bring the brawn, DJs Slutshine and Kit Fisto will bring the beats. If you’d rather work your abs that night, get your laugh on with “Lezberados: Comedy with No Bull,†a comedy show featuring Sandra Valls (“Latina Divas of Comedy†and “Pride: Gay and Lesbian Poetry Slamâ€) and Mimi Gonzáles (Logo’s “One Night Standâ€). These funny ladies will be joined at the Bobwhite Theater by PQ Monthly columnist and comedienne Belinda Carroll. Show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $15 in advance via, $20 at the door. “FOURPLAY†— a series of short films exploring sexuality and pathos directed by Kyle Henry and executive produced by Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and Jim McKay — plays at the Clinton Street Theater Feb. 28-March 3 at 8:30 p.m. The film, which world premiered at the 2012 Frameline Film Fest, focuses on the ways in which characters’ lives are changed by their atypical sexual experiences. The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Fest (POW Fest) kicks off March 7 at the Hollywood Theatre with a screening of “ROCK N ROLL MAMAS,†a documentary film following three indie rockers with children — Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols, and Portland hip hop artist Ms.Su’ad. Also featured among a full slate of feature length films and shorts is “UNFIT: Ward v. Ward,†the true story of a lesbian mother forced to fight her convicted murder ex-husband for custody of their 11-year-old daughter. The fest will also honor filmmaker Penelope Spheeris (“Dudes,†“Suburbia,†“Decline of Western Civilization IIIâ€). See the full schedule at Ever wonder why Portland — despite its plethora of strip joints and hot queers — has no explicitly queer strip night? Wonder no more. Hedonistic Decadence is coming to the Local Lounge March 8. Sponsored by Brassy Butterfly, with security provided by Boys in Leather Service, the party starts at 9:45 p.m. and features naked queers, pole dancing, and drink specials. Stay tuned for a complete list of performers. Confluence, the Willamette Valley LGBT Chorus, presents “At the Hop!†a series of concerts featuring love songs from the 1950s. Confluence performs the show — its second of the 2013 season — at Salem’s First Congregational Church (March 8), Portland’s Metropolitan Community Church (March 9), and the UU Fellowship of Corvallis (March 10). For more information and advance tickets, visit The second annual Hot Mess — a 13-week performance based competition created by Ecstacy Inferno — returns March 13 at 8 p.m. at Hamburger Mary’s. There are no rules or boundaries in this shock value competition hosted by Kertie St. James and Carla Rossi. Contact Ectacy Inferno for details on competing. Home Theatre System and Kaj-anne Pepper present Dark Night of the Soul: an evening of stand-up tragedy March 14 at the Old Town Floyd’s Coffee. This non-fiction storytelling experiment features writers, performers, and artists sharing stories of shame, regret, heartache, and failure. Among those reading/performing are Wayne Bund, Rob Smith, Caedmonster, Roran Littleseed, and more. The exorcism begins at 8 p.m., $3 suggested donation. The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents “jazzify!†on March 16 and 17 at Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium. The jazz, blues, and gospel concert will feature Vancouver, B.C. musician Louise Rose, who has performed with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Duke Ellington. PGMC Artistic Director Bob Mensel will be joined by co-conductor Dave Barduhn for the first PGMC show in 25 years dedicated to jazz. Save the date: On March 23, DJ Roy G Biv launches a new quarterly queer party “Control Top†at White Owl Social Club (formerly Plan B). Headlining the party is special guest JD Samson (MEN, Le Tigre). On the decks are DJs Roy G Biv (BENT), Bruce La Bruiser (Dirtbag, Hey Queen, Ruthless), and Mr. Charming (Gaycation). Behind the camera is Deya Card.