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Are You Worth a Million in Prizes?

How about $300? Well, come on down and take it all off, Bruce; we'll be the judge of that. All-male and amateur, just like you like it. Thursdays, 9pm.

Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150

www.rainon4th.com

Bedpost Confessions

Smart and sexy readings for us all to express thanks: Stories from Sadie Smythe, M Daviau, Giulia Rozzi, Holly Lorka, and host Julie Gillis. 8pm.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002

www.thenorthdoor.com

Bedpost Confessions

Whisper your secrets to the post. Third Thursdays, 8-10:30pm. $10.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002

www.bedpostconfessions.com

Diva Relay Cabaret

In honor of Capture the Flag Collective's EAST injection, Weird City Sisses screen Children of the Cockettes amongst all sorts of drag divinity. Cover benefits Project Transitions. 9pm. $5 donation.

Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-2979

www.fb.com/capturetheflagcollective

Happy Hour with Ms. Wright

The legendary Ms. Wright on the black & whites is a great way to kick off your weekend. Thursdays and Fridays, 6-8pm. Free.

The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport, 512/730-0759

www.fb.com/theskylarklounge

Hip-POP Co-Ed Strip Off

DJ Deftone and hostesses Rachel Mykels and Nadine Hughes take you to bareness. Thursdays, 10pm.

Castro's Warehouse, 213 W. Fourth

www.facebook.com/CastrosWarehouse

Lizzy Caroloke

Bernadette's Wednesday night staple is back with a vengeance. The list is online (thanks to Adam). Study up. Third Thursdays, 9pm.

Badlands, 1203 Chicon

www.karaokelist.net

Mr. Cook's Strip-Off

It's a competitive, amateur taking-off of the clothes. But we think Bobby stays clothed. Sorry. Does $300 in cash prizes make up for your disappointment? Thursdays, 12am.

Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150

www.rainon4th.com

Patrice Pike

Patrice Pike

Take a hike, and see the Pike. Thursdays, 8-10pm.

Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar, 512/448-2552

www.fb.com/patricepikeband

Queer Yoga Austin (Née Queerdalini)

Queer Yoga Austin (Née Queerdalini)

Kundalini and Hatha Yoga in a safe environment, for those who'd prefer to focus on chi rather than he or she. Queerdalini, Mondays, 7:30pm; Hatha, Thursdays. 7:30pm. $5+ donations encouraged.

Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 512/628-1580

www.fb.com/groups/qyogaaustin, queerdalini@gmail.com

Reception & Artist Talk with LaToya Ruby Frazier

“We need longer sustained stories that reflect and tell us where the prejudices and blind spots are and continue to be in this culture and society.” See her work at the VAC, and hear her speak at the HRC. 6pm.

Visual Arts Center, 23rd and Trinity

www.fb.com/utvisualartscenter

Score!

Your roommate may think you wildly optimistic when you shout, "I'm going to score at Oilcan Harry's!" But that's just because he doesn't know about OCH's new sports bar, featuring six honkin' LED flat screens with sports packages. Yes, we said "packages." From DirecTV, silly.

Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823

www.oilcanharrys.com

Stripper Circus

Go ahead. Hum "I'm in Love With a Stripper" all the way home. Thursdays, 10pm-3am.

Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823

www.oilcanharrys.com

Sync Up & Socialize

at this Tech Pride mixer. Third Thursdays, 6-8pm. Free.

Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150

www.fb.com/rainon4th

Texas Hold 'Em Tourney

Texas Hold 'Em Tourney

Wild West presents puh-puh-puh-poker for your poker face. Thursdays, 7:30pm.

Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823

www.fb.com/wildwestcasinogames/events

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Mark your calendar with a giant red heart for the love and memory of murder victims in the trans branch of our LGBT family killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. More details next week. 6:30pm. Free.

Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lavaca, 877/532-6789

www.transtexas.org, info@transtexas.org

ONGOING

'Austin Chronicle' = Gay

You can directly access the Chronicle's gay listings online without clicking until your fingers turn blue. And alls it takes is one URL.

454-5766

austinchronicle.com/gay, gayplace@austinchronicle.com

ACC: Queer Writings

Louisa Spaventa guides this honors-level (1302) composition class that explores stories by and about LGBTQ people. "Side effects may include inspiration, empathy, pride, laughter, awe, gratitude, lament, epiphany, and … ." Registration open through Jan. 14. Spring semester: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30–2:50pm.

Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus, 1212 Rio Grande, 512/223-3000

Adventuring Outdoors

Austin's gay and lesbian group for making the nature scene. Minimal dues, maximum fun!

236-7176

www.main.org/adventuring, adventuringoutdoors@gmail.com

Are You a Proud Texan?

Do you care what happened in this Lege session? About fights for equality and equal protection under the law? Get on Equality Texas' list. They have daytime, afterwork, and club-hopping opportunities.

Equality Texas, 474-5475

www.equalitytexas.org, info@equalitytexas.org

Austin Front Runners

Gay runners meet Tuesday and Thursday (5:30pm) and Saturday (9:45am). Oooh, girl, when they told you you were "fast" at the club, they had no idea! And such stamina! $25 yearly membership.

Meet at north shore of Lady Bird Lake under the MoPac bridge, 453-8878

www.austinfrontrunners.org/

Austin Gay Basketball League

Nothin' but net, baby! Internet, that is. The AGBL's website will keep you in the loop, or in the hoop, as it were. Whoosh! Check out the current season (season registration is now!) and info on afterparty socials after Thursdays games. Email to register. Thursdays, 7pm and 8pm games.

Austin Sports Center, 425 Woodward

www.atxgbl.com, info@atxgbl.com

Bloggity Blog Blog Blog

Why wait 'til Thursday? Come visit us online at the Gay Place Blog and on our design blog, Chronique. Join the fun; leave a comment. Maybe win yourself a nice unicorn or T-shirt or something. Or go naked for all we care. (You can do that while you read a blog.)

454-5766

austinchronicle.com/gayplaceblog, gayplace@austinchronicle.com

Communicate Queerly

Finally! A socially intricate yet easy-to-use Web presence designed to "help foster communication and planning within the queer community to avoid competing events." Thank you, Poochie. Go check it out, and upload all your events. Now! What are you waiting for? Free.

www.communicatequeerly.com

Free Buffet

From the folks who brought you the original Bout Time and the legendary downtown Charlie's, free buffet every weekday and a six-hour happy hour. Whoa. Weekdays, 5-7pm. Free.

Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192

www.bouttime2.com

HIV Resource Guide

is a great resource for folks in need of services as well as those who just want to volunteer or help. Free.

974-2615

www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-area-comprehensive-hiv-planning-council

HIV+ Counseling

HIV-positive? This group explores issues from recent diagnosis to life with HIV. Free to individuals who qualify; sliding scale for everyone else.

Waterloo Counseling Center, 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. #301, 444-9922 x100

www.waterloocounseling.org

HOT Bears Say Rrrrroooow!

The cuddliest, hairiest, most barrel-chested bigboys of the Heart of Texas Bears are a social service group dedicated to all things "grrrrr." Get on their list for info about monthly coffees, movie nights, beer busts, etc.

www.facebook.com/groups/hot.bearz, info@heartoftexasbears.org

Inside Books Needs GLBT Books

Studies show that education reduces recidivism! Send your tax-deductible books and donations now. All topics in the GLBT spectrum needed (especially trans topics).

www.insidebooksproject.org

Invite to a Wilde Party

For those who are wild about the theatre, Zach brings you the Wilde Party offered at each main-stage show. Food, drinks, and a fabulous show especially for the family and those that love us. Preshow mixer, 6:45pm; show at 8pm.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 476-0541

www.zachtheatre.org

Just Visiting? Where the Queers At?

Welcome to Austin! Don't know where to go, you big beautiful queer? Let our Austin Chronicle gAyTX Fun Guide assist you.

www.austinchronicle.com/gaytx, gayplace@austinchronicle.com

Lambda of Texas State

Get back to class with class, and hang out with fellow LGBT Bobcats and allies. Check the website for weekly meetings and the awesome, twice-a-year Bobcat Ball.

Texas State University campus, San Marcos

www.sdi.txstate.edu/Support-and-Empowerment/LGBTQI-and-Allies/LambdaofTexasState.html

Midtowne Spa Free Pass

Yo, Hunky Brewster: Get on the Midtowne site, and click on the Free Pass link to get free admission to some steamy relief. 18 and up, no alcohol.

Midtowne Spa, 5815 Airport, 512/302-9696

www.midtowne.com

Out Youth Drop In

High school can be hell, especially for the li'l tyke dykes and fag-o-tots. Our local nonprofit support/drop-in center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning peeps, ages 12-19, is open to youth three days a week. A place where they can be. Just ... be. Sun. & Wed.-Thu., 4:30-8:30pm.

Out Youth House, 909 E. 49th, 512/419-1233

www.outyouth.org

Oy Yoga

Oy Yoga

It's Jewish with a queer bent or queer with a Jewish bent, either way, you won't get bent, you'll get strrrrrretched into some fabulousness, three times a week. Pick your power: Night Light (Sundays), Go Flow (yoga and dance, Mondays), or Salute the Sun (Wednesdays). Sundays, 8:30pm; Mondays, 7:30pm; and Wednesdays, 8am. $8-10 suggested donation, sliding scale.

Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 512/628-1580

www.facebook.com/oyyoga

Positive Influence

Therapy/support group for HIV-positive gay men. Eight-week sessions. Call for schedule. Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm.

784-8220

Q Austin

Q stands for cute. And these cute fellas are on a mission to fight HIV/AIDS with a variety of ongoing social events. Volunteer and internship opportunities available. Free.

Q Boyz, 3408 West Ave., 420-8557

www.theqaustin.org, qboyz@qboyz.org

Roses Buffet/Stripper Pimp Dancers

Watch the Men of Manwatch wiggle as you scarf down that free buffet, 5-8pm. DJ Bryan Konrad spins, 7-10pm. Wipe your chin, skippy. Fridays.

Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823

www.oilcanharrys.com/ComingEvents.html

Sex Toy Recycling

Sex Toy Recycling

Every closet purge, you run into it – that slab of silicone or whatever, the one that reminds you of … you know who. What the hell do you do with an old dong? Or buzzing egg? Or Fleshlight? Why, you recycle it, of course. Read the requirements to participate in Q Toys recycling program, and get a $5 certificate for your trouble … and for a less stressful closet. Starts March 1.

Q Toys, 6800 Burnet Rd., 512/772-1614

www.qtoysaustin.com, info@qtoysaustin.com

St. Edward's PRIDE: Promoting Respect, Inclusion, Diversity, and Empowerment

Austin's own St. Ed's has its own LGBTQ group that's all about social event and social awareness. That's one big rainbow up on that hill.

St. Edward's University campus, 466-1093

https://stedwards.collegiatelink.net/organization/PRIDE, pride@stedwards.edu

Texas Exes LGBT Network

Connect with fellow Horns o'plenty from all stripes of our purdy, purdy rainbow.

471-7295

www.texasexes.org/lgbt, lgbt@alumni.utexas.net

Texas Hill Country Faeries, Elves, & Satyrs

That's THCFES to you, delicate nymph of the forest glen. (All's we wanna know is: Where are the fekkin' unicorns?!) THCFES is a group for alternative/progressive gay men who understand the goodness of all things fae. Yae!

groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/austinradicalfaeries/info

The Whole Pole and Nothing but the Pole

Check the brass on those ovz, dude. Whoa. And check the Brass Ovaries website for info on events and upcoming pole-dancing classes.

477-POLE

www.brassovariespoledancing.com

Top Drawer Thrift Seeks Your Sweet Swag

Gently used goodes! Junque! Crappé! Austin's darling den of dignified detritus wants your stuff. Give until your closets are squeaky clean. Donations accepted on-site, Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Pickups arranged by appointment.. Free.

Top Drawer Thrift, 4902 Burnet Rd., 454-5161

www.projecttransitions.org

Transformations Psychotherapy Services

Katy Koonce, LCSW, offers transgender support groups with a holistic approach. Donations accepted.

Katy Koonce & Associates, 2520 Longview #302, 512/297-7799

katykoonce.com

UT Gender & Sexuality Center

Your Longhorn queer hub, as it were. Regular business hours (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm) so you can learn about cool campus doin's like Queer Students Alliance, GLBTGrad, OutLaw, Queer People of Color and Allies, Transgender Texas, She Says, and more.

232-1831

www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/gsc, gsc@uts.cc.utexas.edu

UT GSC Listserv

UT's Gender & Sexuality Center maintains, among other fabulous things, a helluva listserv. To submit something for or to subscribe to the e-mail list, please send an e-mail.

www.utgsc.com, gsc@uts.cc.utexas.edu

Violet Crown Counseling

Specialized individual and relationship psychotherapy for the LGBTQIJKLMNOP and open-minded. More than 86 years experience between 'em.

796-3457

www.violetcrowncounseling.com

Waterloo Moves North

Austin's hub for GLBT support and support groups has moved its hub up to the Highland Mall area.

Waterloo Counseling Center, 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. #301, 444-9922

www.waterloocounseling.org

Waterloo's HART Program

Low- to no-cost mental health counseling and support for folks struggling with HIV or AIDS. Bilingual? ¡Sí!

Waterloo Counseling Center, 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. #301, 444-9922 x329

www.waterloocounseling.org

Xena Movie Petition

In a time of ancient gods, warlords, and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a movie, and this online petition might just make it happen. Don't you want to be able to tell your grandkids that you helped reunite Xena & Gabrielle? Sign the petition now, before that nasty Samurai gets wind of all this.

www.xenamovienow.com