The Gay Place thanks you from the bottom of their dark little rainbow hearts
Oh, You shouldn'T Have Thank you to all who voted in this year's first Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce awards. The Austin Chronicle and yours truly were thrilled to be among a roster of amazing nominees, let alone to win. The vote was open to the general pubic, and we were awarded Member of the Year and MVV – Most Valuable Volunteer. Wow. This is so sweet. And this week, we got word that we'd been nominated for King (along with Rebecca Havemeyer for Queen) of 12th Night Austin, our town's first ever (see HO-RIZON). Friends, again, thanks. Your faith in us means the world.
ON OUR GAYDAR
QUEER UP CHARLIE'S Have you ever actually met Charlie? He's a pretty dapper li'l fellow. Well, this is his night to turn it out. Join Dylan Reece Vibe Zone, Mouthfeel, Spectrum Visuals as they make you go, "Woof!" Fri., Dec. 28, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133.
FRIDAY NIGHT BEARS A-tisket, a-tasket, check out that bear basket. Big burly gear night with cheap quaff. Fridays, 9pm-2am. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.theironbear.com.
COWBOY MOUTH & LESBIANS That crafty Facebook revealed details of lots of lezdies going to this show. Hmmm. Fri., Dec. 28, 8pm. Antone's, 213 W. Fifth. $15 general admission. www.antones.net/calendar.
NAKIA LIVE New band, plus horns, plus Courtney Sanchez and Akina Adderly? Heck yes! Fri., Dec. 28, 11pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar. $10. nakia.net.
'THE AGENDA' NO.2 IS HERE The AGLCC, in collaboration with The Austin Chronicle (yours truly, plus some characters from Gay Place blog), present issue No.2 of a digest-sized gay publication promoting economic equality and gender diversity. Hits the streets Fri., Dec. 21. All over town. www.austinagenda.com.
JESS WILLIAMSON Plus Sleep Over and Molybden. Sat., Dec. 29, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth.
SISTER 7 The sis plays with Wendy Colonna and Water & Rust. Sat., Dec. 29, 7:30pm. One 2 One Bar, 1509 S. Lamar.
BIG FREEDIA AND GOD-DES & SHE AFTERPARTY Bounce diva tears you up, then G & S put you back together again at the afterparty. Sat., Dec. 29, 8pm. Mohawk, 912 Red River. $12-14; free afterparty. www.bigfreedia.com, mohawk.frontgatetickets.com, www.god-desandshe.com.
RINGO DEATHSTARR NEW YEARS EVE BLACKLIGHT PARTY Plus, the Sour Notes, Megafauna, Residual Kid, Mighty Mountain, and the Sun Machine. Mon., Dec. 31, 7pm-2am. Frontier Bar, 2421 Webberville Rd. $15 includes one drink and champagne toast; $25 includes dinner, hosted bar, gift bag, and toast.
THE FAMILY STONE NEW YEAR'S EVE As in Sly & the ..., minus the Sly. 10pm show includes champagne toast. Mon., Dec. 31, 7:30 & 10pm. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey. $35 and up. www.zachtheatre.org/show/the-family-stone.
LONE STAR BEARS NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY The furriest way to ring in the new year. DJ C-Rail spins. Mon., Dec. 31, 8pm-2am. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.facebook.com/TheIronBearATX.
NEW YEAR'S EVE AT CHEER UP CHARLIE'S A buncha bands (Hundred Visions, Love Inks, Mirror Travel, Pompeii, and the Laughing, Deep Time, the Sour Notes), plus champers at midnight and a dance party with DJ S.I.R. Mon., Dec. 31, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth.
A*FAB AND ASA NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY The Susan Arbuckle Band, special musical performer Tje Austin, and host Rich Segal headline this schmancy evening of doing good and having a blast with friends and fam all at the same time. Ring in the new year with the requisite champagne toast, and welcome 2013 with a yummy midnight breakfast buffet. Proceeds go to embetter all the great work AIDS Services of Austin does all year long. Mon., Dec. 31, 9pm. Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 477-1234. $125 and up. www.afabaustin.com.
A NIGHT IN OLD AUSTIN Rusty's is your three-in-one yee-haw-go-to for holiday hijinx. They boast country dancing in the Dancehall, Machete Western live on the Biergarten Stage, and the award-winning drag dolls of "The Dames of Deception" in the Cabaret Lounge. Lone Star Drop and Champagne Toast at midnight. Like we said: Yee haw! Mon., Dec. 31, 9pm. Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh. Free. www.rustysaustin.com.
LISTEN TO OUTCAST! Tweak your knobs to 91.7FM: It's OutCast with Stephen Rice. Tuesdays, 6-7pm. KOOP Radio 91.7FM. www.outcastaustin.com.
LEZRIDE! Bike with the butchie babes and betties every Tuesday. Tuesdays, 7pm. Q Austin, 3408 West Ave. Free. lezrideatx.tumblr.com.
ELECTRIC/INDIEPOP NIGHT Go underneath to feel the tunes that go pop. Wednesdays, 9pm. Basement, 422 Congress. www.facebook.com/BasementAustin.
QUEER RIDE Search Team ProHomo on Facebook for up-to-date details on meeting spots and stops of this weekly ride. Wednesdays, 7pm. The Long Center. Free. www.facebook.com/AustinTPH.
GAY IN AUSTIN Local real estate agent's gay info website hosts a happy hour so you can get your paws on newbs. First Thursdays. Floating locations; check website for details. Free. www.gayinaustintexas.com.
12TH NIGHT AUSTIN Austin kicks off the Mardi Gras season with this first ever procession (from Coco Coquette), coronation (Vote online for a King & Queen now!), and afterparty (at the Blackheart, where they're pulling out the big guns: KOOP's Tom Mahnke from the Fais-Do-Do Show!) Sat., Jan. 5, 7pm. Maison d'Etoile, 2109 E. Cesar Chavez, 344-9173, then afterparty at the Blackheart, 86 Rainey.