WE HAVE AN OLD SAYING ... usually posed as a question: "Are you single? Or are you single for South by?" The Gay Place's version of this, of course, is: "Are you gay? Or are you gay for South by?" And by that we don't mean, "Are you really, really, really into SXSW?"; we mean, "Are you making the best of your time in Austin exploring more than just panels or films or new bands?" Meh. We've heard worse pick-up lines. Speaking of which, be sure to pick up our special SXSW edition of the gAyTX Events Guide – it's all over town. It's pink. It has a unicorn on it. The guide is also available online, as are more listings just like the ones you see on this here page. Also, feel free to stay in touch. We'd love to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org. austinchronicle.com/gay.
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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. Q Toys, 772-1614. email@example.com, www.qtoysaustin.com.
KWUEEN SHADEZ Queer POC, whut!? Abdu Ali, Ben Aqua, Morgan Robyn Collado, and more at your favorite thrift score thrift store. 11am. Treasure City Thrift, 2142 E. Seventh, 524-2820.
BAYOU MAHARAJAH: THE TRAGIC GENIUS OF JAMES BOOKER "...the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced," says Dr. John. 7pm. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 476-1320. SXSW film badges/tickets.
OUTLANDER FEST Free, free, free LGBT. Tonight features Kari K, Esther LaVonne, Zelazowa, Jen Foster, Tje Austin, and more. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823. Free. www.theoutlanderproject.com
DIAMOND RINGS The baby-faced junior star-man crooner is back. 8pm. VEVOtv Control Room, 304 W. Fourth. SXSW badges/wristbands.
VOCKAH REDU Vockah and his Cru bounce for you. 8pm. Volstead Lounge, 1500 E. Sixth, 680-0532. SXSW badges/wristbands.
SORNE A holy mountain is an appropriate place for Austin's own dark deacon, who pounds like Killing Joke and soars like Kate Bush. 9pm. Holy Mountain, 617 E. Seventh. SXSW badges/wristbands.
MAJICAL CLOUDZ Chests-full of earnest, intent vocals slathered over sympathetica synth washes. 9:10pm. Swan Dive, 615 Red River. SXSW badges/wristbands.
FITZ & THE TANTRUMS Modern soul moshers blow it up. 9:55pm. Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces, 263-4146. SXSW badges/wristbands.
DISCLOSURE Sophisti-dub outfit out of England. 10pm. La Zona Rosa, 612 W. Fourth. 12:50am, Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth. SXSW badges/wristbands.
ANGEL HAZE Haze threw shade at Banks, kicking off the "faggot" war. 10pm. Pandora, 207 W. Fifth. SXSW badges/wristbands.
RHYE Dude sings like a lady. 11pm. Buffalo Billiards, 201 E. Sixth. SXSW badges/wristbands.
LE1F Wut it is? Wut is up? Wut is what? Wut it do? Wut it don't? 11:25pm. Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth. SXSW badges/wristbands.
NATALIE MAINES We love our li'l chick and couldn't be prouder to call her a Texan. 12mid. Central Presbyterian, 200 E. Eighth. SXSW badges/wristbands.
BAAUER Barely legal DJ (OK, OK, he's 23) from New York City kills on the mix. 12:15am. Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth. SXSW badges/wristbands.
CHRISTEENE LIVE Your favorite nasty girl, C Baby, T Gravel, and DJ JJ Booya spank it at the Bear. 21+. 12mid-12:40am. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. SXSW badges/wristbands.
THE AGENDA No.3 The AGLCC in collaboration with The Austin Chronicle (some characters from Gay Place) present issue No.3 of a digest-sized gay publication promoting economic equality and gender diversity. All over town. Free.
SUNDAY SOFTBALL Fields 6-11 come alive with the colors of the rainbow. Players of all levels (maybe even you) compete and bat more than eyelashes. Sundays, 9am-3pm. Krieg Field, 517 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. www.softballaustin.org.
GAYBIGAYGAY 2013 The beloved queer tape across the SXSW finish line is on – Austin's faggoty Woodstock, Southern Decadence, Burning Man, Mardi Gras, Disney World, Dollywood, Von Trapp Family Reunion, Folsom Street, the Vatican, and oh, SXSW rolled into one. Keep your eyes on the Gay Place and here for updates on the line-up, but you may expect amazing indie queers, booty bounce, dance jams, picnic blankets, makeout parties, and unicorns prancing across spring meadows. All day; all gay! All yay! Sun., March 17, noon-12mid. Springdale & Rogge (the 2011 location). Free and open to the public. All ages.
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