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Gay Place

It's Valentine's! Who's your lover? Gay Place, that's who.

By Kate X Messer, February 14, 2014, Columns

ON OUR GAYDAR

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.

PFLAG SOUTH MONTHLY MEETING Family is nice; allied family is love. Second Thursdays, 6:30-9pm. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf. Free.

FROT VODKA TASTING WITH BARBIE Ain't nothing plastic about this Drag survivor. She'll be puckered up in the kissing booth when you come to sample the smooth, smooth sip of Frot. Fri., Feb. 14, 6-8pm. King Liquor, 5310 Burnet Rd. Free, donations accepted for Care Communities. www.thecarecommunities.org.

VALENTINE'S DAY MAKE OUT SESH ... UM ... CON­CERT The lush and plush Kewpie doll that is Datri Bean (the wild woman in front of Minor Mishap Marching Band) sings songs to make you and your lover swoon so hard you'll be knocking over peeps to get to the hostel's secret passageway. Fri., Feb. 14, 10-12mid. Firehouse Lounge, 605 Brazos. www.facebook.com/datribean.

BIG BAD GINA Serious (and not so serious) womyn's music in the lounge of one of Austin's friendliest lady bears. Fri., Feb. 14, 7pm. Bear's Lair, 11505 Circle Bend. $15. www.bigbadgina.com.

ME GUSTAS TU! Where do the girls go on V'Day? Girlfriend: GirlFriend and your girlfriends at El Sol y la Susan Arbuckle Band got you lovered. Fri., Feb. 14, 7:30-11:30pm. El Sol y la Luna, 600 E. Sixth. Free. www.facebook.com/girlfriendatx.

AIN'T LOVE A DRAG Ripped right out of the pages of contemporary Austin lore, a fully immersive tale of Eastside gentrification and drag and the first in the Subterranean Series. Um, dang. Fri., Feb. 14, 9pm. Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th. $20. www.presentcompanytheatre.com.

LOVEBOMB! With a rotating DJ list, the sweetest li'l goth club in Texas to call home, and dirty dance moves to spare, this annual fundraiser invests the community in what cracked open Queer Austin: Queerbomb! Why wait 'til summer? Fri., Feb. 14, 9pm-2am. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5-10 donation. www.queerbomb.org.

RED & BLACK PARTY IV DJ Faizen and the Lone Star Bears spin you to win you. Fri., Feb. 14, 9pm-2am. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.facebook.com/groups/lonestarbears.

FETISH: A VALENTINE'S AFFAIR Performers on poles, lyras, chairs, silks, trapezes, and aerial chains of love, for you and your love. Fri., Feb. 14, 10:30pm. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35. $30. www.facebook.com/brassovaries.

STARTOUT: THE FUTURE IN AUSTIN We'd like to see you hack your way out of this one. Win: Cash! Consul­tation! Cloud services! Cash! See the Gay Place daily for full online feature. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 15-16. Capital Factory, 701 Brazos, 16th Floor. $30; $5 for students. www.startout.org/events/hackout-austin-2014.

SECRET OKTOBER'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY Happy decade, you decadent outfitters of all that is dark and lovely. Sat., Feb. 15, noon-8pm. Secret Oktober, 1905-B S. First. www.facebook.com/secretoktober23.

DRESSED TO THE NINES GOTHIC BALL Celebrate Secret Oktober's 10th in style. Sat., Feb. 15, 9pm-2am. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5. www.facebook.com/secretoktober23.

HRC AUSTIN GALA 2014 Love may know no limits, but admission does. Three Bens a pop, friends. $300. Sat., Feb. 15, 7-10pm. Four Seasons Hot­el, 98 San Jacinto. www.facebook.com/HRCAustin.

GINA CHAVEZ CD RELEASE Latin folk-pop lady has a new LP and a new single, "Gotta Get." Get it. The night features Amy Cook and Emily Wolfe and benefits the Niña Arriba College Fund. Sat., Feb. 15, 6:30pm. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress. $32. www.ginachavez.com.

BAILE! THE DANCE That's Spanish for "Dance! El Baile." Queer Qumbia's DJ Ang. G will make those mangos quake. Sat., Feb. 15, 8pm-1am. Capital City Event Center, 6700 Middle Fiskville. $15. www.allgo.org.

CHAOS FUNDRAISER Come out and hit a home run to support strapping boys with balls, bats, and supporters. Those kind. Sat., Feb. 15, 8pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. www.bouttime2.com.

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.

THE DIVAS OF DESIRE The Kiki Krew does Motown. That's 'Mo town to you, baby, featuring "The Divas of Desire," Rachel Mykels, and Mechelle Marco. Kara Foxx-Paris hosts. Sat., Feb. 15, 11pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. Free. www.bouttime2.com/upcoming-event.

GIRLS WITH GUITARS A round robin of some serious songbirds: Amy Loff, Julie Nolen, Amanda Cevallos, Joy Davis. Sun., Feb. 16, 1-6:30pm. Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport. Free. www.facebook.com/theskylarklounge.

FREE AND QUEER: SAVED! It's free. It's queer. It's here. It's dear. It's such a lovely way to see a movie. And this one's a great one. Presented in part by Brother Bear and his big-ass Queer Church Revival. Ha.Lay.Lou. Tue., Feb. 18, 7:30pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. Free.

HO-RIZON

GAYBIGAYGAY 2014 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Baaaabies, gaaybies, feybies, GayBi's back. Tell a friend. Or grab that friend and go sign up for a volunteer shift. Sun., March 16, noon-12mid. Springdale & Rogge. gaybivolunteer@gmail.com.

GAYTX FUN GUIDE It's coming. The one. The only. The original. Just in time for SXSW. Hold on to your horns. austinchronicle.com/gay.


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