Your Weekend Forecast: Basically a Weekend of Dreams

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By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
I'm so sad to report I'll be enjoying a beautiful tropical retreat this weekend, so I won't be able to indulge in all our city's pleasures. Do it for me, will you? I'll bring you back a nice, dark tan. Your weekend: Wednesday Queens of the Night! This queen--Alexis Campbell Starr--is everything. This event is every third Wednesday--featuring an all-"starr" cast including Isaiah Esquire, Jayla Rose, and special guests. Don't miss it! 9pm, Local Lounge, 356 NE MLK. $3. DJ Michael Morris spins all night long. Comedy at Crush: Belinda Carroll and a slew of locals rustle up some funny. Special guests, and Crush’s signature cocktail and food menus. Donations, sliding scale. (Comics have to eat and drink, too!) 9pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison. Thursday PQ Monthly Press Party: Mix and mingle with the makers of your favorite queer newspaper—writers, artists, this party has it all. This goes down every third Thursday, at rotating venues. (Mark your calendars.) You’ll never know who you’ll gaze at from across the room, maybe it’s your new soul mate. This month: The Bitter End. (I’m celebrating our return to the West Side!) 5pm-7pm(ish), 1981 W Burnside. Free, clearly. Read about Topaz Lately here.   Free HIV & STD Testing: Committed to the health of Portland’s community, Hawks PDX offers both free HIV and STD testing, twice monthly. Presented in conjunction with Cascade AIDS Project and Multnomah County Health Department, you can check your status to protect your health and those you play with, as well as speak to counselors if you have questions. Hawk’s PDX, 234 SE Grand. Dark Night of the Soul III: What started as a kernel of an idea by our beloved Jason Myers has turned into a storytelling behemoth. No matter the incarnation, Home Theatre System delivers. From the architect himself:  Back for a second year, Home Theatre System proudly presents another storytelling experiment in stand-up tragedy. Watch these queer men flaunt their shame, heartache, and failure as they take off their “mascs†with nonfiction tales of vulnerability and darkness. Last one! Testify takes over soon. 8pm, Old Town Floyd’s, 118 NW Couch. $5 Polari. Troll in for buvare. Back-in-the-day language, music, and elegance. An ease-you-into-the-weekend mixer. Bridge Club boys make the music. Bridge and tunnel patrons have no idea what to do with us when we pour in. Hint: it’s always the Thursday we go to press. 10pm, Vault, 226 NW 12. Free. Friday Twirl Spectacular! A benefit for Soulforce. Justin Buckles has teamed with Ecstacy Angel Hanson Esmé Rodríguez, Valerie DeVille, Jayla Rose Sullivan, and APHASIA Piwacket Extraordinaire to bring you a titillating night of dreams—and all for a good cause. Soulforce is a national non-profit that works nonviolently to end the religious and political oppression of LGBTQ people. 9:30pm, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE Eleventh. Google Soulforce. You’ll be glad you did. Ruthless! Eastside deluxe. DJs Ill Camino, Rhienna. Come welcome new resident deejay Rhienna and listen to the fiercest jams all night long. Keyword: cha cha heels. 10pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $3. Saturday Fotografie. Calling all glamour gods, creatures and superstars needing a photo session. Let Shorty Shorts create a new you with our hair and make-up team, or just get captured the way you are. For one evening, Ivan Dollar Salon will be transformed into Eric Sellers and his team’s portrait studio. The lens will be open to you. Eric Sellers (Gula Delgatto) is a local designer, photographer and founder of Shorty Shorts, a Portland based queer film festival showcasing talent from our community. This is an open call to anyone wanting to be a part of this photo performance benefit with a gallery reception to be held at a later date. More info about the event/packages here: http://www.shortyshortsfilmfest.com/fotografie.html. Blowpony celebrates its seventh anniversary. (Congrats, kids, on many years of making Portland very fucking weird and queer.) In the past 7 years, this party has hosted more astoundingly wonderful performers than we can possibly begin to list here. This night will be no exception on the talent front—Double Duchess (SF) and Man Up (BC) are slated to headline. 9pm, Rotture, 315 SE Third. $5. Sunday Darcelle’s All-Ages Show! Join Peacock Productions, Inc. and Darcelle XV & Company for the 19th Annual All Ages—1 to 100—get to see the magic of Darcelle’s. Doors at 5pm, show at 6pm. $5.00 donation at the door to benefit the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund. Darcelle XV Showplace, 208 NW Third. Beat It at Black Book: Samuel Thomas has a beautiful new night all for you at one of the city’s most exciting new(ish) venues. (Sundays are real, real gay.) A monthly event celebrating everything from beards and tattoos to butch queens. Mark your calendars: THIRD Sundays. Hosted by JC Powers, killer deejays. 7pm, Black Book, 20 NW Third. $3 (free if you have a mailed invite). Editor's note: There's a misprint in Dance in Out that lists Beat It on the wrong day of the week--it's every third Sunday, children. BlogTail_Daniel Borgen