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CAn You Handle THis? Hot off the inauguration and Super Bowl, we'd say the deck is stacked. But who doesn't love a li'l mononymous standoff? www.sirwithlove.tumblr.com.
ON OUR GAYDAR
INTERSECTIONALITY WORKSHOP Kim Katrin Crosby explores power dynamics in communities of color. Preach! Thu., Feb. 7, 6-8pm. UT Multicultural Center, 100 W. Dean Keeton, SSB 1.104, 232-2958. www.kimkatrincrosby.squarespace.com.
EMPANADA: A LESBIANA STORY EN PROBADITAS San Antonio-based Anel I. Flores. Thu., Feb. 7, 7-8:45pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 472-2785. Free. www.ebookwoman.com.
LGBTQ GRAD AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT MIXER Thu., Feb. 7, 7-8:30pm. UT Gender and Sexuality Center, Student Activity Center, 2201 Speedway, SAC 2.112, UT campus. Free. www.facebook.com/UTGSC.
VALENTINE PARTY This year, Mardi Gras and V-Day clash, and Coco Coquette and Charm School Vintage close for the holiday. Catch them before they head to NOLA. Thu., Feb. 7, 7-10pm. 2109 E. Cesar Chavez, 344-9173. www.coco-coquette.com.
FOURPLAY AND AFTERPARTY A four-way sex romp through the playgrounds of your mind. Thu., Feb. 7, 8pm. Screening: Alamo Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 459-7090; afterparty: Cheer Up Charlie's. Adults only, $15. www.austinfilm.org/film-fourplay-film.
BEYONCE VS. RIHANNA Special edition lady party with DJ S.I.R. Thu., Feb. 7, 10pm-2am. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth. www.sirwithlove.tumblr.com.
NAKIA Our bear voice in the lone star wilderness. Thursdays, 10pm-12mid. Sahara, 1413 Webberville Rd. $5. www.nakia.net.
GLORIA ANZALDÚA LUNCHEON Honor the impact and legacy of Gloria Anzaldúa and other queer feminists of color. Fri., Feb. 8, 11am-1pm. UT Student Activity Center, 2201 Speedway, 232-0818. Please RSVP to attend. www.kimkatrincrosby.squarespace.com.
CABARET ENAMORADA Performers will get the ventricles trickling, and there will be herbs out the yin-yang. Yin! Yang! Fri., Feb. 8, 8-11pm. La Botanica, 801 Tillery, 602/284-5449. $8; $14 Sweetheart Special (for two). www.facebook.com/labotanicaaustin.
LOVE. LIVE. Shelley King, Ginger Leigh, and Ruthie Foster swap songs while you swap ... wives? spit? luvvahs? That's none of our business. Fri., Feb. 8, 8pm. One-2-One Bar, 1509 S. Lamar, 473-0121. $15.
BIG GAY HEARTBREAK BRUNCH Bobby Cook, OCH, and Rain on 4th host this cornucopia of carafes and camaraderie, and who's kidding whom? Booze. Sat., Feb. 9, 11am-3pm. 219 West, 612 W. Sixth.
HRC GALA: LOVE CONQUERS HATE Join Austin's Human Rights Campaign as they honor Zach's Dave Steakley and AT&T's Laura Hernandez. Sat., Feb. 9, 6-10pm. Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto, 478-4500. $300; $125, Federal Club. www.hrcaustin.org.
Q TOYS GRAND OPENING DJs Fine & Dandy (ahem) spin while you pick up something nice and naughty for your boo, all for ASA. Sat., Feb. 9, 6pm. Q Toys, 6800 Burnet. $5 donation suggested. www.qtoysaustin.com.
KNT'S THE LOVE SHOW Austin FTM drag monarchs Kings N Things take you down the love hole to queer up your Valentine's. Sat., Feb. 9, 9pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $7-10 sliding scale, 18+. www.kingsnthings.org.
MIDTOWNE SPA MARDI GRAS PARTY He put his beads around his what? Sat., Feb. 9, 11pm-5am. 5815 Airport, 302-9696. www.midtowne.com.
READINGS AT BOOKWOMAN Deva Haney, Spike Gillespie, and Sandy Rankin. Sun., Feb. 10, 3:30-5:30pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 472-2785. Free. www.ebookwoman.com.
THE DELECTABLE DOLLS LAUNCH PARTY Farrah Moan presents a new contest (prizes! prizes! prizes!), new girls, and new attitudes. Second Sundays, 10:30 and 11:30pm. Haven, 409 Colorado, 751-6885. No cover 'til 10:30. www.havenaustin.com.
TENT VOLUNTEER MEETING Our transgender network is looking for some able bodies. Mon., Feb. 11, 8-9:15pm. Q Austin, 3408 West Ave., 203/241-3674. Free. www.transtexas.org.
KREWE OF THE GLITORIS: FAT TUEZGAYZ Beads, the night's currency. Oh my, what they can buy. Beers and shots, ya heard? Tuesdays, 10pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River, 476-7766. www.theglitoris.tumblr.com.
'GRL TALK' BOOK LAUNCH Carla DeSantis Black reads, signs, and launches GRL Talk: 231 Memorable Quotes from ROCKRGRL Magazine. Wed., Feb. 13, 7-8:45pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 472-2785. Free. www.ebookwoman.com.
LIZZY CAROLOKE IS BACK! Now with about a million songs you can access on your iPhone. Fancy! Wednesdays, 8pm-12mid. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. Free. www.bernadettesbar.com.
WINONA LA DUKE How about a li'l activism to get your heart on? Details soon. Thu., Feb. 14. UT-Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 471-3434.
ONE BILLION RISING One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. Meet at the South Steps and get ready to break the chains. Thu., Feb. 14, 10am-1pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 699-1792. www.onebillionrising.org, www.vday.org.
WORLD'S LARGEST QUEER KISS Stop whatever it is you are doing at midnight CST right at the onset of Valentine's Day, grab what's near ya, and have a smooch. Search Facebook for "World's Largest Queer Kiss." Thu., Feb. 14, 12mid. Free.
SHE IS ME: MOMENTS IN MY MIND Alien She-sir Kevin Parks Hauser shows his werq circa 2006-2013. Think: love, gender, and identity via forms of social signifiers through film. Through the month of February. Birds Barbershop, 1107 E. Sixth, 457-0400. Free. www.birdsbarbershop.com.
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