Get Out! Calendar of Queer Events: January/February 2013

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LumbertwinkTuesday, January 22. YTK: Join Basic Rights Education fund at “YTK,†a community celebration of the historic inauguration of the first lesbian House Speaker in America. Featuring music and merriment. 7-10pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $20 suggested donation. Friday, February 1. Lumbertwink PDX: Furballs, furball-adjacent, and sans-furball — grab your flannels and head to this beard-friendly social where you’ll find drinkin’, dancin’, and mutual beard-rubbing. Bridge Club phenoms DJ Pocket Rock-It and Orographic. 9pm, Funhouse, 2432 SE 11. $2 in plaid, $4 without. Saturday, February 16. Gaycation’s seventh anniversary bash! Yes, Gaycation crosses that lucky number threshold and principal architect Mr. Charming promises they’ve got “quite a night†in the works. 9pm to late, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.

Dance It Out

(And stop complaining about covers; your DJs gotta eat)

First Sundays

And, well, every Sunday. Superstar Divas. Bolivia Carmichaels, Honey Bea Hart, and Ginger Lee perform your favorite Broadway, Cher, Reba, Adele, and Celine hits. Among others. Dance floor opens during intermission and after the show. 8pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free!

First Thursdays

Dirt Bag. Keyword: Bruce LaBruiser. She’ll make all your musical dreams come true. Indie, pop, electro, all of it. Dance to the gayest jams. 10pm, The Know, 2026 NE Alberta. Free. Hip Hop Heaven. Bolivia Carmichaels hosts this hip-hop-heavy jam night every Thursday night at CCs. 9pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free.

First Saturdays

Sugar Town. DJ Action Slacks. Keywords: Soul, polyester. 9pm, The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42. $5. Maricon! DJs Moisti and Ill Camino are redefining the Eagle with their beloved once-month dance party. For homos and their homeys. 10pm, Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard. $3.

Second Sundays

Bear Paw Bust. Keyword: beer bust. Bears, beverages, and boys (men). 4pm, Eagle Portland, 835 N. Lombard. Free. Silverado’s Beer Bust. (Every Sunday.) Sweet jams, lots of skin (the dancers, not yours), and our city’s beloved Stan, making all the jokes via microphone. 4pm, 318 SW 3, Free.

Second Thursdays

I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul. Three keywords, the most important being: DJ Beyondadoubt. Others: soul, shimmy. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.

Second Fridays

BMP/GRND. Portland’s only queer dance night devoted entirely to that tragic(ally wonderful) decade. DJs Kasio Smashio and Rhienna. Wear 90s gear, get in on the cheap. 9pm, The Foggy Notion, 3416 N. Lombard. Free before 10pm, $5 after, $3 w/ themed attire.

Second Saturdays

Realness, Category Is…: Eagle Portland takes on the ubiquitous theme night, with a new one each month. Bridge Club boys Hold My Hand and Little Bear make the blessed noise. 9pm, Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard. $3. Mrs.: The queen of theme. Most recent: Clueless. How’s that for perfection? And DJ perfection: Beyondadoubt and Ill Camino. Costumes, photo booths, all the hits. 10pm, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi. $5.

Third Thursdays

Polari. Back-in-the-day language, music, and elegance. An ease-you-into-the-weekend mixer. Bridge Club boys make the music. Vault patrons have no idea what to do with us when we pour in. 10pm, Vault, 226 NW 12. Free.

Third Fridays

Homodeluxe. Beloved icons Mr. Charming and Roy G Biv invade downtown. Help make their party something the bridge and tunnel folk will remember forever. 10pm, Saucebox, 214 SW Broadway. Free. Ruthless! Eastside deluxe. DJs Bruce LaBruiser, Ill Camino. The fiercest jams all night, they do what they want. 10pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $3.

Third Saturdays

Gaycation all you ever wanted. DJs Charming and Snow Tiger. Get there early so you can actually get a drink. Sweaty deliciousness, hot babes. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $3. Nuttz 2 Buttz. It is exactly what it sounds like. Maricon’s kid brother. DJs Moisti, Ill Camino. Booty shakes. Hug Moisti! Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard. $3.

Fourth Sundays

Gender Abundant Square Dance. All-ages goodness. 7pm, The Village Ballroom, 700 NE Deckum. All ages! $7.

Fourth Fridays

Twerk. DJs Slutshine and II Trill. Keywords: old school. So much dancing. 9pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. Free! Double X Dance. Bears, scruff, musk. 9pm, Embers Avenue, 110 NW Broadway.

Fourth Saturdays

Inferno! DJs Wildfire and D-Zel. Ladies, ladies, ladies. Rotating venue — check online for the latest! Blow Pony. This beast of a dance party takes up two giant floors. Wide variety of music, plenty of room for dancing. Rowdy, crowdy, sweaty betty. 9pm, Rotture/Branx, 315 SE 3. $5. Hey Queen! The more intimate, shoulder-to-shoulder choice. Bruce LaBruiser and special guests. Always fabulous. 9pm, Beulahland, 118 NE 28. Free.

Last Fridays

Temple! Downtown dancing goodness at everyone’s favorite dive bar. Rotating DJs of late have included Kasio Smashio and Pocket Rock-It. 10pm, The Matador, 1967 W Burnside. Free is a very good price.

Get Out!

Thursday, January 17

PQ Press Party. If you’re reading this, you’re already planning on being here, right? Mixer with all the minds and talents that bring you this newspaper month in and month out. This month: Vault. 226 NW 12, 5pm-7pm. Let’s Talk About Age, Baby. Join Q Center and Process Sense: Human Development as they host a “community dialogue about aging in the LGBTQ community.†Coordinated by Aleksandr Peikrishvili, creator of Q Center’s Face2Face Community Dialogue Series and owner of Process Sense: Human Development, alongside Q Center’s Susan Kocen and Miranda May. 6-8pm. Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi. Free. Boy Funk, We Are Like the Spider, and Mattachine Social. Plus Divine Debris DJs. Bands, music, night of sonic bliss. 9pm, Rotture, 315 SE 3. $5.

Saturday, January 19

Retrograde. DJ Airick X of Blow Pony fame makes with spinning all the music at Beaulahland. 9pm, 118 NE 28. Free. Burlescape! “A tantalizing temptation of burlesque and ‘boylesque’ wrapped in a taste of tease.†Special guests are coming all the way from Miami. That’s right, Miami! Hosted by Zora Phoenix, who says “it’s a new year, but we’ve got the same hot show for you.†9pm, Crush, 1412 SE Morrison. $10.

Monday, January 21

Gay Skate, sponsored by yours truly (PQ Monthly). Join Sock Dreams, the Rose City Rollers, and all the amateur skaters in the city at the one and only queer skate night. Work muscles you never knew you had — but don’t fall. 7-9pm, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $6. All ages goodness.

Thursday, January 24

Gay and Grey Fourth Thursday Social. Come on, come all, come socialize. And eat delicious foods. 4pm, Starky’s, 2913 SE Stark. Cockabilly. This, this! I wish we could put this event in lights. A rock and roll disco with homosexual tendencies. This disco derelict features go-go dancers, delinquents, mustache riders, leather lickers, high school dropouts — and everything in between. Not for the faint of heart, says host Chanticleer Tru, who promises to channel all the queer rock and roll vibes you could ever want. DJ Beyondadoubt! 9pm, White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8. $3.

Friday, January 25

Greed: a Bi/Pan/Genderqueer dance night. Greed “provides a space for those unbounded by binaries of love and identity.†Come together in community. DJ Trim Jones spins the hot tracks while Crush serves up the food and drinks to help fuel your evening. Go-go dancers of all stripes. Shake it. 9pm, Crush, 1412 SE Morrison. $5. Temple, a West Side Social: DJs Kasio Smashio and Art of Hot. New drink special will benefit the remodel of nearby Shiny Music Hall. Mix, mingle, and be social. 10pm, Matador, 1967 W Burnside. Free.

Saturday, January 26

QPoP! Queer Parents of Portland. 10am until noon, Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi. Fire and Ice, Q Center’s Winter Gala 2013. Hosted by KGW Newschannel 8’s Reggie Aqui (dreamy!) and Stephanie Stricklen (to be fair, she’s also pretty dreamy). This year’s gala goes down at Castaway. The main event is almost sold out — but there are still after-party tickets. Check out for more information. 6pm, Castaway, 1900 NW 18. Beat the Meat. This month’s Lure. A special fundraiser for the Tony DeBlase Scholarship Fund, managed by the Pride Foundation. Northwest Leather Sir 2013 Quinn and past Leather titleholders will be on hand to dish out the beatings. Yes, we said beatings. Appropriate gear strongly encouraged. 9pm, Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard. Free. Sequin City. Sugar Town’s Sister dance party. Sequin will focus on 70s soul. Organizers promise a sexy sparkle that will undoubtedly lead to lust. Classics, rarities, soul-disco, proto hip-hop, and funky soul. Sequin attire encouraged. 9pm, The Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard. $3.

Tuesday, January 29

McMenamins Friends and Family Night, a benefit for Camp Starlight. Zeus Café, Al’s Den, and Ringlers Annex will donate half of all sales from 5pm until close to Camp Starlight, the week-long residential camp that provides children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS the opportunity to enjoy a caring, safe, recreational, spiritual, and fun camping experience. So this Tuesday, make it a group affair. Grab all your friends and frenemies and dine on Stark. Poison Waters demands it. 5pm to late, 303 SW 12.

Tuesday, February 5

I love Pablito Art Show. Check out local artist Pablo Caceres’ latest work at Sidecar 11. There will be delicious drinks, tasty food, and the newest art by one of our area’s favorite little bears. He’ll have prints for sale and will be offering bear hugs for free. 5-8pm, Sidecar 11, 3955 N Mississippi.

Wednesday, February 6

Magic Mouth! Watch dazzling funk and sexy, atmospheric hip-hop collide. This is quite the spectacular bill: Magic Mouth, Kingdom Crumbs, Dual Mode. I’m sure you recognize Magic Mouth from all of our swooning. Well, they’re worth it. The Merc says “this powerful quartet threatens to match the get-down soul power of any band in this city.†Look, something we can all agree on. 8:30pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $6. A pittance, really.

Friday, February 8

Boots and Beats. “Don’t know if you like boots or what a bootblack is? Come find out.†I have to admit, I think I land squarely in that camp. But this night promises great raffles, shoeshine drink specials, PDX bootblack fun, and boot weekend cruising. It’s almost too much for the senses. 7pm, Crush, 1412 SE Morrison.

Saturday, February 16

Our House’s annual benefit auction. This year’s theme: “Prom Night.†Have the prom you always wanted. Anyone who’s ever been to this yearly, can’t-miss event knows it’s, well, not one to miss. The kids at Our House know how to throw a party. Join them for an unforgettable evening to support Our House and people in our community living with HIV/AIDS. 6pm, Portland Art Museum. For ticket information, visit
Want more? We’ll give you all you can take. Check out our online community calendar, where you can submit your own events. Also, remember to read our weekly weekend forecast — each Wednesday on our blog.