The season has begun. Let the merry begin, fairies.
HOLIDAY SMACKDOWN Or up, depending on your personal peccadilloes and proclivities. Let us just agree: It hath begun.
ON OUR GAYDAR
FACE AIDS Bring it all the way back to the Eighties with DJ Waide and karaoke in the back. Thu., Nov. 29, 8pm-2am. Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh. $7. faceaidsaustin.ticketbud.com/back-to-the-80-s.
POKER NIGHT by Wild West Casino Games. Thu., Nov. 29, 8-11:30pm. Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh.
ALL DAY WORLD AIDS DAY The local, state, and global perspective on where we are at. Over 30 community-group booths, AIDS Quilt sections, workshops, break-out sessions, and more. Come plug in to this local reflection of all who have passed, suffered, survived, and thrived. Fri., Nov. 30, 8:30am-5pm. For the City Center, 500 E. St. Johns. www.forthecity.org.
SYMPHONY IN G "Exclusive backstage dressing room party"? "With drinks and appetizers"?? "An opportunity to meet ASO Conductor Peter Bay"??? Count us in! Fri., Nov. 30, 6pm. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 474-LONG. $23-54. www.austinsymphony.org.
MAHOGANY PROJECT PREVIEW Readings by actors evoking the lives of black, queer men. Feedback-offering audience sought. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 6:30pm. UT Department of Art & Art History, 2301 San Jacinto, 475-7718. Free. www.facebook.com/MahoganyProject.
WORLD AIDS DAY INTERFAITH SERVICE Join the entire faith community for this solemn yet energizing service of song and solidarity. Bear witness not only to the lives lost to HIV/AIDS, but to the loves and true lives behind the stats. Fri., Nov. 30, 7pm. Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1610 E. 11th, 472-3741. Free. www.thecarecommunities.org.
NAUGHTY or NICE TOYS FOR TOTS PARTY Keep the toys nice, but you can get naughty! Ho ho ho! Bring an unwrapped toy for kids, infant-14 years. Fri., Nov. 30, 9pm-2am. Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh. Free. www.facebook.com/quadbeatproductions.
TAKE ACTION ON WORLD AIDS DAY Put change in motion: Call your legislator. See: www.texashiv.org.
HOLIDAY SWING 2012 'Twas the Night Before the Morning After, babies! So get in there, dressed for excess and lookin' like a mess after you tear up the silent auction, the "mouthwatering morsels, scintillating sweets," and the dance floor. Sat., Dec. 1, 7pm-12mid. Norris Center, 2525 W. Anderson, 454-8646. $90; $80 in advance. www.projecttransitions.org.
FEMMES FOR SIMS Delve into this "Night of the Chanteuse," featuring Jazz Mills, Nina Diaz, and Pamela Hart, with house band featuring David Garza and Graham Reynolds, and choreographer Sassy DeLure. Whoa! Dang! This is top-notch all the way. Sat., Dec. 1, 8pm. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th. $50. www.simsfoundation.org/femmes.html.
AUSTIN GAY & LESBIAN WEDDING EXPO Rainbow Wedding Network lays out a luscious spread before you leap at nuptials. Sun., Dec. 2, 1-4pm. Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3401 S. I-35. www.rainbowweddingnetwork.com.
BEER BUST & BBQ Steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken. Come get a-lickin'. Sun., Dec. 2, 4-8pm. Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh. www.rustysaustin.com.
DJ PROTEGE'S FIRST AID Heal what ails ya and shake before serving. Sundays, 5-10pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free. www.rainon4th.com.
GRETCHEN'S DISCO PLAGUE Jenny Hoyston's new musical adventure, plus Disco Plague, plus Gretchen and Stephanie and Jenny DJing afterwards, equals whut whut whut. Sun., Dec. 2, 4pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth. www.facebook.com/GretchPhill.
GIZA PYRAMIDS PLANETARY ALIGNMENT For the first time in 2,737 years, the planets (Merc, Venus, Saturn) align with the Giza Pyramids, just like those crazy golden people intended. Hey, it's on the Internets. Mon., Dec. 3. www.beforeitsnews.com.
ANN CVETKOVICH BOOK LAUNCH Trust us, despite the sound of Depression: A Public Feeling, good prof Ann will have you uplifted and dancing a jig. And if not, well, that's kinda the point: It's a public feeling, yo. Come celebrate Ann. She's a keeper. Mon., Dec. 3, 7-9pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar. Free. www.ebookwoman.com/event.
CAPITAL CITY BAKERY MINI CUPCAKE DAY Usually, we gaywads are size queens, but we also know variety is the spice of life. Hence this day of wee (and inexpensive) babies in all flavors. All vegan, to boot! Whoot! Tue., Dec. 4, noon-6pm. Capital City Bakery, 1901 Rio Grande. $1.25 each + tax. www.facebook.com/CapCityBakery.
TASTY TUEsDAYS LGBT night at Lincoln Village's tastiest spot, with Lauren YellaStud and SDot SwaggaRipe, Gina DJgiiq Laughland, and bartender Alexis Wilder. Tuesdays, 9pm. MoJoe Room Bar & Grill, 6406 N. I-35. Free. www.yellastud.com, www.mojoeroom.com.
LIZZY CAROLOKE Now with a billion songs you can access on your iPhone. Wednesdays, 8pm-12mid. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. Free.
LADIES NIGHT Ladies of all shadies get out and werk! Thursdays, 9pm. Basement, 422 Congress. www.facebook.com/basementaustin.
ZACH'S WILDE PARTY: WHITE CHRISTMAS You know it's our night, and this one will be merry and bright, all to celebrate this seasonal classic, Wilde-style, with chosen family. Thu., Dec. 6, 6:45pm. Zach's Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar, 476-0541. Free. www.zachtheatre.org/buy-tickets.