Peep Show Returns, Headlines Your Exquisitely Busy Weekend

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By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Ours is often a spoiled little town--we've got generous, hardworking promoters who work to bring all the Drag Race queens here for your viewing and gawking pleasure. Samuel Thomas has brought the likes of Alaska, Jinkx, Bendelacreme; Kevin Kauer has brought Willam, Detox, and Vicky; now Artemis Chase brings us the exquisite Milk. (More on that below.) There may be all kinds of drag tonight (thank goodness), but there's a hell of a lot more going on this weekend. Check it out: Wednesday Deep House Wednesdays--a happy hour bringing a new deep house experience to our fair city. This will be a weekly bringing you Portland's finest house deejays and guests from around the globe. Check it out here. Housecoat: a queer happy hour. From promoters: "Spring is about to be sprung, y'all and Housecoat is back! We've heard your cries for a queer happy hour full of crafts and wonderment, so we're kicking things off this month with a new time slot. Come by after work with a project, and de-stress with a lovely happy hour cocktail or just stand near the DJ booth and swivel those hips for us, like the damn attractive folks you are. Resident DJs Rhienna Rhienna and Go Ask Your Dad (Cass Hodges ) will be spinning up all the dad jams, shoe gaze, and the witch-y tunes you can sink your teeth into." 6pm, Beech Street Parlor, 412 NE Beech. Peep Show! We wrote a lot about Peep Show in our last issue--so check that out here. From Artemis: "We are coming at you bigger, crazier, sexier, and better than ever. Do not miss this reboot of Portland's most insane variety show--your original hostess Artemis Chase is back with the microphone in hand and ready to make you all scream in delight at the chaos that will ensue. And more than likely she'll get one or two of you to take your clothes off." It's true. The lineup is crazy long--read it here--and Milk tops everything off. 8pm, Analog Theatre, 720 SE Hawthorne. $7. Plus, could he be any cuter? milk2   Thursday The Art of Pablito's Closing Reception. "The Q Center's Aaron Hall Gallery will be displaying the art work of Pablito from February 16th till March 16th. His work has been featured on publications like PQ Monthly and El Hispanic News. His work has also been auctioned off repeatedly at the yearly CAP Art Auction for the past 3 years. We will be holding a closing reception on the 13th of March during the 2nd Thursday Mississippi Street Art Walk." Deejays, music, mixing, mingling. 5pm, Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi.  Queer Life Through an Inter-generational Lens: a monthly series of discussions examining the multiple and overlapping layers of gay/bi/trans/queer men’s life, HIV/AIDS, and age. The goals and objectives are: to deconstruct stigma, to honor the history of HIV/AIDS, to humanize and validate all generations of our community. Discussions will revolve around the following themes: meeting people/dating, relationships, sex/hooking up, HIV/STI prevention, HIV treatment, and more. 5:30pm, Pivot, 209 SW 4th.  IMPROVlesque Burlesque: A fun improvised burlesque game show where performers "compete" by creating acts on-the-spot to music chosen by the audience--and everyone is a winner. Three performers sign up to compete to be the next Glitter King/Queen of Improv, only knowing the show's theme, and are joined by the current reigning Glitter King/Queen in a fun, fast-paced live creativity exercise. Read more here. 7:30pm, Analog, 720 SE Hawthorne. Friday If you're in or around Newport, this night's for you! (And worth the drive.) The Caravan of Glam descends upon the Oregon Coast. friday That flyer is a real thing. Tonight it's a holy trinity of gorgeous celebration. Does anyone remember last year? The music, the beats, the drunken shenanigans? Yep--it's all coming back to you (Celine!), last year was the Betty Ford Party, this year it's all about CRAZYSEXYCOOL--a 90s hip hop/R&B birthday bash for Jeau Breedlove, Anthony Hudson & Samuel Thomas. With a slew of special guests and guest performers--like Shitney Houston and Bomb Ass Pussy--this is shaping up to be a night of dreams. 9pm, Rotture, 315 SE Third. $5 suggested donation, no one turned away for a lack of funds.  Slo' Jams: a Queer Modern R&B & Neo Soul Dance Night on 2nd Fridays at Local Lounge. (Special guest this week, Bruce LaBruiser.) DJ II TRILL (TWERK) and DJ MEXXX-TAPE lay down everything from Mary J // Jagged Edge// Keyshia to Badu//Lauryn// TheeSatisfaction--to just get you started. As a bonus: "We will be doing Holla-grams: Put on a number sticker at the door. See someone cute? Write them a note and we will deliver it to your crush." Find love in the beautiful music. 10pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK.  Saturday Cover Oregon Application Fair: Did you know that open enrollment for health insurance through Cover Oregon ends on March 31, 2014? You still don’t have health insurance? Here’s your last chance to apply for federal financial assistance and enroll in an affordable and quality healthcare plan. Community partners Cascade AIDS Project and Q Center are working with Cover Oregon to provide assistance enrolling for health insurance. Certified Cover Oregon application assisters are here to answer your questions and help you navigate the enrollment process. This service is free and open to everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions or ability to pay. Join us on Saturday, March 15 2014, 10AM–5PM at the Q Center located at 4115 N Mississippi Avenue. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins are welcome.  Hot Flash has its annual St. Patrick's Day party (In Seattle). Get in the spirit and get out! (If you feel like a drive.) Burlescape is celebrating their third anniversary! Hot damn. (From the Phoenix: Boylesque & Burlesque wrapped in a taste of tease is back in March with our 3 year anniversary of bringing high quality entertainment to Crush Bar.) 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison.  gaycation Gaycation all you ever wanted. Dress up/dance it out/Spring is springing, homos. Mr. Charming, Snowtiger, with guests Miss Pop (SF) and II Trill (Twerk, Slo' Jams). A packed, sweaty, joyous dance festival. Make out with a stranger, that's encouraged here--and arrive early so you can get a drink. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $5.  Sunday It's the lord's day, so sleep in and rest. But don't forget the Superstar Divas are always on your evening agenda. We love you, divas. divas   Monday And how could you ever forget: Gay Skate, sponsored by yours truly (PQ Monthly). This month's theme: Divas and Pop Stars. (Get in the spirit!) Every third Monday. 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—I know this is where you’ll meet your next life partner. Innocent, yesteryear fun at one of the last all-ages, booze-free events. 7-9pm, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $6. All ages. Food drive for Take Action--so bring a food donation. Read more about Take Action here. BlogTail_Daniel Borgen