Old friends bring new art to new gallery, and it's Q as all get-out
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MR. COOK'S STRIP-OFF It's a competitive, amateur taking-off of the clothes with $300 in cash prizes. Thursdays, 12mid. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth.
HAPPY HOUR WITH MS. WRIGHT A great way to kick off your weekend. Thursdays and Fridays, 6-8pm. The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport. Free.
PATRICE PIKE Take a hike, and see the Pike. Thursdays, 8-10pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar.
RAINBOW NIGHT Drag show, special guests, DJs, drink specials, and happy, happy family. This month: DJ Kira, Gia De La Flor Gilbert Garza, Amanda Riley, Kitana Kush, and Kimberley St. James. First Thursdays, 9:30pm. Fullmoon Saloon, 16480 S. Hwy 123, San Marcos. www.facebook.com/rainbownight.
2014 STATE OF THE CHAMBER 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., Feb. 7, 6:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Free. www.aglcc.org.
FEMME MAFIA Open to femmes of all genders. First Fridays, 8-11pm. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe, 2908 Fruth. email@example.com.
WHITE PARTY FOR JOEL Celebrate Joel's birthday with DJ Tru, Stephen Rideaux, sassy Serotonin, and all the way from Italy: Piqued Jacks. Fri., Feb. 7, 8pm. The Roost, 2113 Wells Branch Pkwy. $15. www.theroostaustin.com.
LEGISLATE THIS! IS FOR LOVERS! Take it off, Fat Bottom Cabaret, Queertini Time, Goldie Candela, Chola Magnolia, Ginger Snaps Burlesque (and more)! Take it all off for a woman's right to choose! For the great services provided by Planned Parenthood to fill the many gaps left by an unconscionable profit-focused health care system. Fri., Feb. 7, 8:30pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $15, $12 advance. www.plannedparenthood.org/greater-texas.
NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY Come support awareness with free HIV/STI testing (among other health services and info), entertainment, and special guests. Sat., Feb. 8, 11am-4pm. H-E-B, 7112 Ed Bluestein. Free. www.facebook.com/AustinHIVPreventionProgram.
BOBBY & DANNY'S BIG GAY BRUNCH Who is this "Danny," and will he eat all the cereal? #EatYourFeelings. Sat., Feb. 8, 11am-3pm. 219 West, 612 W. Sixth. www.facebook.com/abcdeevents.
TCT 25¢ SALE You could conceivably bring one lone George Washington and bring home a buttload. But don't forget your bag: Those cost $1. Sat., Feb. 8, 11am. Treasure City Thrift, 2142 E. Seventh.
TGQ SOCIAL – IV INSTALLMENT Open event for all genders and expressions with an emphasis on gender-diverse community. Sat., Feb. 8, 6-9pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. Free.
BENT: ART OPENING It's an eve of LGBTQQQ whine and jeez. Art by smarties like Bug Davidson, Drub Skin, William Heath, Nathan Dance, and mo'. Sat., Feb. 8, 6-9pm. Romani Gallery, 1900 E. 12th. www.theromanigallery.weebly.com.
ANNE MCCUE & AMELIA WHITE Songs from some sassy Nashville cats. Sat., Feb. 8, 7:30pm. Strange Brew Lounge Side, 5326 Manchaca Rd.
ROCK ME AMADEUS "A night of classical music and punk rock-oco." You know what that means: Getcher powdered wig on. Last year, Bach. This year, Mozart. Sat., Feb. 8, 8pm-12mid. Butterfly Bar at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd. $5-20 donations. www.facebook.com/thesoundbridgeproject.
TRASH DISCO Gift cards! Goodie bags! An array of rotating host(esse)s and emcees Ramiro Villegas, aka Elizabeth Selmiro, and Sasha Starr! Seventies! Eighties music for your booty! Trash it up, babies! Saturdays, 9pm-1am. Iron Cactus North, 10001 Stonelake. Free. www.ironcactus.com.
HOUSE OF SHAKUR: CARPE NOCTEM We sure can't put it any better than "a niplash, circle twerk, and death drop escapade ... a monthly QTPOC installation. Sat., Feb. 8, 10pm-2am. Club 1808, 1808 E. 12th. $4, no one turned away due to being broke.
DRAG OUT FUNNY Support Texas State Bobcats LGBTQ by ROTFL. Sun., Feb. 9, 8-10pm. The Marc, 120 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos. $15, $10 students. www.bobcatpridescholarship.com.
AGLCC TOASTMASTERS Come buff up those public speaking and communication muscles. Second and fourth Mondays, 5:45pm. Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third. www.aglcc.org/toastmasters.
PFLAG NORTH Allies in the cause for love. Second Tuesday of every month, 6:45pm. Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park. Free. www.pflagaustin.org, www.straightforequality.org.
FANTASY'S PRE-VALENTINE'S DAY SHOW & TELL Fantasy cannot wait for the new Cheer Ups. Literally. Enjoy this month's show in a temporary home with a sneaky secret li'l hidey-hole passage. Just like someone else we know. Tue., Feb. 11, 7pm. Free. Firehouse Lounge, 605 Brazos. www.facebook.com/stanley.r.williamson.
LEADATX: CALLING IN VS. CALLING OUT L.E.A.D. (Learning & Exploring Anti-Racist Dialogue) explores the trend of Call-Out Culture and its kinder cousin, Call-In. Wed., Feb. 12, 7-9pm. Treasure City Thrift, 2142 E. Seventh. www.facebook.com/groups/leadatx.
JOHN TALABOT + LEARNING SECRETS Blip bop bibbity blip blip oonce oonce swoooosh. Here comes some supah fine Tech House in the form of España's John Talabot and our own Learning Secrets. Wed., Feb. 12, 10pm-2am. Kingdom Nightclub, 103-B E. Fifth. $15. www.facebook.com/learningsecrets.
PFLAG SOUTH MONTHLY MEETING Family is nice; allied family is love. Second Thursdays, 6:30-9pm. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf. Free.