Austin women are doing it for themselves, with two new meetups happening this week (see Thursday and Saturday).
HAPPY HOUR WITH MS. WRIGHT The legendary Ms. Wright on the black & whites is a great way to kick off your weekend. Thursdays and Fridays, 6-8pm. The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport. Free.
THE JODIE FOSTER INVASION "Jodie Foster's Army" was already taken, so invade we shall. New monthly networking confab for lesbians. Wear red for drink specials. All welcome. If coupled, please bring a single pal. Locations will change each month. Thu., Jan. 23, and future Third Thursdays, 6-10pm. The Brixton, 1412 E. Sixth. www.facebook.com/thejodiefosterinvasion.
HILL COUNTRY RIDE FOR AIDS KICK-OFF This "Best of Austin" winner and "community of kindness and support" has been pedaling its brand of love for 15 years now. Here's the party to connect with the pedalers and to join their ranks. Thu., Jan. 23, 7-9pm. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey. Free. www.hillcountryride.org.
QUEER YOGA AUSTIN (NÉE QUEERDALINI) Kundalini and Hatha Yoga in a safe environment, for those who'd prefer to focus on chi rather than he or she. Queerdalini, Mondays; Hatha, Thursdays. 7:30pm. Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 628-1580. $5+ donations encouraged. www.facebook.com/groups/qyogaaustin.
2014 STATE OF THE CHAMBER Current AGLCC prez Jimmy Flannigan gives the State address, laying a course for 2014, looking back on the accomplishments of 2013 (NCLCC Rising Star Chamber of the Year, and more). Refreshments provided. Fri., Jan. 24, 6:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Free. www.aglcc.org/calendar/AGLCC-State-of-the-Chamber-2014.
NEXUS & PJ'S REUNION Party like it's Ninteen-Ninety-somethin' with a DJ (6-8pm), then the Susan Arbuckle Band. Sat., Jan. 25, 6-10pm. Hanover's, 108 E. Main, Pflugerville. www.susanarbuckle.com.
INK & SMILES Sassy ladies – including Roxie Moxie, FiFi Switchblade, Eva Strangelove, Bunny Bang Bang, Ginger Snaps, Ruby Lamb, Black Mariah, Sassy Delure, Zaftigg Von BonBon, among other beauties – 'splain their tats. Hosted by Nicole Lucas. Sat., Jan. 25, 8 & 10pm. North Door, 502 Brushy. $12-25. www.facebook.com/theburlesquerie.
THE UNRULY MOB PROJECT: COUNTER Reproductive rights forces join forces. Join the force? Sat., Jan. 25, noon. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress. Free. www.facebook.com/unrulymob.
BIG BOI YOGA Is your Yogi a bear? Come Hatha flow with modifications for big bois (and whomevers). Hey, hey, Boo Boo! Saturdays, 11am. Soco Yoga, 1109-B S. Congress, 512/445-0773. $10 class, $30 unltd. monthly. www.dawgyoga.com.
WENDY COLONNA & GINGER LEIGH BANDS Two songwriting songbirds share the stage throughout the night. Sat., Jan. 25, 8pm. Strange Brew Lounge Side, 5326 Manchaca Rd. $15. www.strangebrewloungeside.com/schedule-tickets.
BEARGASM: COCKED AND LOADED Dress in dress blues or fatigues – whatever makes your little general stand at attention for this military party. DJ C-Rail, go-go dancers, and softballers selling Jell-O shots, all to show the love to LGBT veterans and service folk. Sat., Jan. 25, 9pm. Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.theironbear.com.
QUEER QUMBIA'S NIGHT MARKET Shake your wallets and support local QPOC concerns. The Queer Qumbia Qids present this mercado of food, apparel, spirituality, health, beauty, and more. Sat., Jan. 25, 9pm-2am. Private location, contact for details. www.facebook.com/qumbiaqrewatx.
LGBTQ SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS FAIR Connect Mind: Learn about local spiritual communities and resources that outstretch warm loving arms to LGBTQ. Connect Body: Come meet local religious and alternative spiritual groups in a fair/booth-setting. Connect Spirit: Follow up! Attend a service. Meet some like-mindeds. Let your spirit free. Sun., Jan. 26, 2-4:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover. Free. www.prideinterfaith.com/spiritualconnectionsfair.
HOMO ARIGATO: 'THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT' These kids love their Germans: "A masochistic, claustrophobic, and melodramatic glimpse of German fashion world lesbians in the early Seventies – told as only a cocaine-addled leather daddy could." Last Mondays, 9:30pm. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320. www.facebook.com/mouthfeelatx.
BOOKWOMAN BOOK GROUP This month: Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo. Joy Freakin' comin' to a Round Top near you Harjo! Fourth Tuesdays, 7pm. Free. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar. www.ebookwoman.com.
NAKIA: BELMONT RESIDENCY All bear, all blues, all soul, all ours. Nakia takes over the Belmont's January happy times with special guests Nightblooms/Karla Manzur. Wed., Jan. 29, 6pm. The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth. www.facebook.com/Nakia.
NATIONAL KARAOKE LEAGUE Sing it, sang it, and swang it! Wednesdays, 8-10pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free.
BEARAOKE WITH KENNY Goes 'til close. Rrrawr! Wednesdays, 9:30pm. Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.
SHITTY KITTY BIG BALL BINGO Ms. Rebecca Havemeyer will have you scrambling for letters, numbers, and ya diaper. Drink cheap, win big. Last Wednesdays of the month, 9:30pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free.
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