Holiday apparel ain't the only thing gay in the gAyTX: Check out some annual traditions.
Two super gay traditions continue this week: Rebecca Havemeyer and Stanley Roy's Xmas mess (see Friday) and Bout Time II's honoring of Daddy Wayne's Free Christmas Dinner (see Wednesday). Stay toasty, luvs. Hold close those dear. And deer.
On Our Gaydar
AUSTIN LGBT BAR ASSOCIATION FESTIVUS PARTY All year long these legal eagles look out for the rest of us. Taco bar, drinkies, and one would hope, the pole? Holiday attire and a food pantry item for ASA are the admission requests. Thu., Dec. 19, 6-10pm. Austin LGBT Bar Association, 1101 Enfield. www.facebook.com/austinlgbtbarassociation.
Margaret Wright Holiday HAPPY HOURs The legendary Ms. Wright on the black and whites is a great way to kick off the holidays. Thursdays & Fridays, 6-8pm. Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport. Free.
HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR Join our allies, pals, and fam from NARAL at this achingly yummy Eastside sandwich mecca. Thu., Dec. 19, 6-8pm. Gourmands, 2316 Webberville. www.facebook.com/prochoicetexas.
BEDPOST CONFESSIONS End the year with a happy ending ... or 12. Thu., Dec. 19, 8-10:30pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $10. www.bedpostconfessions.com.
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION HAPPY HOUR Da bears luv u and show it with hot food, DJ Danny, and drinks so cheap, you'll think it's 1988. Fri., Dec. 20, 3-9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.facebook.com/theironbearatx.
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION CHRISTMAS PARTY Rose spreads the buffet love, and the bar features drink specials as easy as $1-2-3. Fri., Dec. 20, 6-10pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free. www.facebook.com/oilcanharrys.
WHATCHU' TALKIN BOUT CHRISTMUSS? Rebecca Havemeyer and Stanley Roy ain't the half of it. Mitzi, Silky, LSM, Russell, Khatti, the Infant o' Prague, and bacon, bacon, bacon. The MUST-SEE show of the year. And if ya fancy: See it from the balcony with a bottle and thou. And maybe some bacon? Fri.-Sun., Dec. 20-22, 8:30pm. North Door, 502 Brushy. $12-150. www.facebook.com/rebecca.havemeyer, www.ndvenue.com.
WHITE WINTER HOLIDAY BALL Love Inks, Party Girl (members of the Carrots), Tele Novella, Big Bill wish you winter wonders. Fri., Dec. 20, 9pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. $10. www.facebook.com/spiderhouseballroom.
WINTER SOLSTICE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Sweet treats both fattening and aural: book signings with Laurie Coker and the Chronic's own Melanie Haupt; Solstice Ritual + the Poetry of Abe Louise Young; and Solstice Songs singer/songwriters Nancy Scott, Kiya Heartwood, and more. Sat., Dec. 21, 2-6pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785. Free. www.facebook.com/bookwomanaustin.
MINOR MISHAP'S WINTER SOLSTICE PARADE OF LIGHT Lanterns would be lovely. So bring them. Sat., Dec. 21, 5:30-7:30pm. Lady Bird Lake. Free. www.facebook.com/minormishapmarchingband.
LOVE. AT THE STATESIDE The spotlight will be on rotation as Ginger Leigh, Wendy Colonna, Patrice Pike, Hedda Layne, and Shelley King shine, shine, shine, shine, and shine. Sat., Dec. 21, 7pm. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470. $30-75. www.loveaustintexas.com/stateside.htm.
AVANT GLAM: 12 NIGHTS They mean avant. Sassy Delure, Frannie Brown, Roxie Moxie, Lady Luck, and more. Sat., Dec. 21, 8 & 10:30pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562. $15-30. www.facebook.com/avantglamcabaret.
ONCE UPON A TIME AT SANTA'S TWISTED PLAYHOUSE Raffle baskets. "Baskets" – always a scary prospect at le shan dreev. Sat., Dec. 21, 9pm. Chain Drive, 504 Willow. www.facebook.com/chaindriveatx.
ONGINA FROM RU PAUL'S DRAG RACE Ongina, on Prancer, on Dancer, on Vixen. Oooh, Ongina, you Vixen. Sun., Dec. 22, 10:30pm & 12mid. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. www.facebook.com/oilcanharrys.
THE FUNHOUSE BEFORE XMAS The 'haus goes a li'l Nightmare Before Christmas, so don your gayest. Sun., Dec. 22, 10:30pm & 12mid. Castro's Warehouse, 213 W. Fourth. www.facebook.com/campcastro.
25TH ANNUAL DADDY WAYNE'S CHRISTMAS DINNER Spend the holiday with chosen family. Such a gorgeous holiday tradition, with plenty o' booze nearby to make noses. Wed., Dec. 25, 11am. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192. Free. email@example.com, www.bouttime2.com.
A CHRISTMAS STORY GLBT WILDE PARTY Party with your peeps before the lady leg lamp comes out. Thu., Dec. 26, 6pm. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541. $65-100, tickets. www.zachtheatre.org.
THE GENDER BOOK INDIEGOGO Get in on the ground floor. The campaign has exceeded its goals. Let's hope the book does too! Campaign through December, 2013. Book release, January, 2014. www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-gender-book.
SEX TOY RECYCLING What to do with all those toys once Santa leaves you a new buzzing donger? Participate in Q Toys recycling program, and get a $5 certificate for your trouble. Q Toys, 6800 Burnet, 512/772-1614. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.qtoysaustin.com.