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2013 State of the Chamber

Kind of like the State of the Union but without the red guys frowning and the blue peeps cheering. In 2012, Austin's gay chamber of commerce grew from 15 to over 220 members. Come learn what 2013 holds in store. Free appetizers; cash bar. 6:30-8:30pm. Free, $5 parking.

Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234

www.aglcc.org/calendar/AGLCC-State-of-the-Chamber-2013

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

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

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

www.bedpostconfessions.com

Bedpostin' With the Confession Kids

Very nice bedtime stories, if you know what we mean. Like the swinging from the rafters kind. This month: The Gay Place's own Andy Campbell heats you up like a Hot Pocket. Ungh! 8pm. $10.

ND Austin, 501 N. I-35, 512/485-3001

www.bedpostconfessions.com

DFW

#TeamTakeOver presents Down for Whatever, a Hip-hop hell-yeah with Yella Stud, DJ LaDiDa, and friends. Thursdays, 10pm. Free 21+; $5, 18-21.

Basement, 422 Congress, 832/878-4527

Double Feature Movie Night

Every Thursday, 6-10pm. Free.

The Q, 2906 Medical Arts, 512/420-8557

www.qboyz.org

Hook'd

Lauren YellaStud and Demetrius Campbell present Dee Jay Munk-in-the-Mix spinning this urban LGBT night in the Highland/Lincoln area. Thursdays, 10pm. Free before 11pm; 21+, $5 and 18-20, $10 after 11pm.

Club Ambitious, 6700 Middle Fiskville, 832/878-4527

www.soe-ent.com, chay@soe-ent.com

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

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

ONGOING

'Austin Chronicle' Gay URLS!

You can directly access the Chronicle's gay listings online without clicking until your fingers turn blue. Plus the URLs are super easy to remember. The Austin Chronicle gAyTX Fun Guide is our regularly updated list of fine local queer establishments and concerns, Gay Place is, of course, what you are reading here, our weekly best of the best of queer Austin, and check out our blog for some extra fun.

454-5766

austinchronicle.com/gaytx, gayplace@austinchronicle.com

'Bout Time II Is Open

The luvvies behind the original Charlie's and 'Bout Time turn the page on a new chapter.

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

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, PO Box 2340, 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

Erasure's Vince Clark

Depeche, Yazoo, Erasure, remix master: That's some heavenly action, babies. Sun., Jan. 20, 9pm. $10, $50 VIP.

Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-2979

www.vinceclarkeaustin.eventbrite.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

Guess What's Coming?

That's right, Project Transitions' Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is guess what's coming. Details on the Gay Place blog and in next week's issue. Sat., Feb, 2, 6pm. $100.

Various homes and venues across Austin

www.guesswhos.org, info@projecttransitions.org

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

HRC Gala

Watch this space for upcoming details on this annual glitzy affair. In the meanwhile, check the site and search HRC Austin. Sat., Feb. 9. $300.

Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, 512/478-4500

https://www.boxofficetickets.com, tablecaptains@HRCAustin.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

Lipschtick Seeks Schtickers

We've often fantasized about how a band of performative queerballs would play in the Poconos. We think we might be onto something with this one. The recently relocated (to Austin) Lipschtick Collective wants you, fire-spinners, jugglers, contortionists, acrobats, tassel-twirlers, aerial-silks aficionados, shwanky dancers, shower-singers, musicians, drag queens and kings, and actors.

363-5566

lipschtickcollective@gmail.com

Merry Merry Martini Mixer

Shake and stir your social connections at this annual January soiree with a "Rock the Casbah" theme. Sat., Jan. 25, 7-11pm. $45 special early rate.

499 Congress

www.merrymartinimixer.org, atxaraiza@utexas.edu

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 Talk: A Symposium with Benefits

Let's talk about sex, baby, with a panel of sexperts, including a certain mister Dan Savage. Stay tuned. Mon., Jan. 28, 8am-7pm. Free with pre-registration; open to the public.

Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown, 512/863-1504

www.southwestern.edu/academics/brownsymposium/index.php

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

Yo, Volunteer Caregivers!

Project Transitions needs you! Here are the ranks you'll be joining: "Soon-to-be Peace Corps workers, retired adults, nursing students, social work students, and generally compassionate people." And hotties. Did we say hotties? Call/e-mail to sign up for trainings. Free.

Project Transitions, 7101-B Woodrow Ave, Austin,, 454-8646 x104

www.projecttransitions.org, eholton@projecttransitions.org