Where my queers at? SXSW, b'duh.
So Much Ghey
The LGBTQ is burstin' out all over. Every year, there are more new gaybies popping out of fresh queer bellies all over SXSW official and non. (Listings marked "SXSW" require credentials.) You know the drill: This print column is but the tip (hush!). So bookmark us online at austinchronicle.com/gay. In addition to up-to-date event listings, check our online daily for reviews, interviews, gossip, pics, and chatter throughout the festival. And baby, we are just talkin' Week 1. Queer questions about the gAyTX? Hit us up at email@example.com.
On Our Gaydar
#BIGGAY KICKOFF PARTY, GAYTX FUN GUIDE & 'THE AGENDA' The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's annual #BigGay Kickoff Party Friday welcomes newcomers and visitors to town for SXSW. It's the first and best way to connect with LGBTQ both local and here for the conference, and serves as the launch party for our gAyTX Fun Guide map (full map of gay bars and LGBTQ SXSW events) and the new issue of The Agenda. AGLCC, in collaboration with The Austin Chronicle (yours truly and the Gay Place krewe), present this spangley digest-sized gay mag promoting economic equality and gender diversity. Fri., March 7, 6pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. www.austinagenda.com, austinchronicle.com/gay.
SXSW: SPEED NETWORKING IRL LGBT, but in digital format. Kinda like Seven Minutes in Heaven but no make-out closet. Fri., March 7, 5pm. Proof Annex, 711 E. Sixth.
THE RAWK SHOW ART EXHIBIT Visual art by rawwwk artists: Nicole Steen (the Pop Tarts), Christy Kane (Hazard County Girls), Jarboe (the Swans), Jill Emery (ex-Hole), and more. March 6-15, 7-10pm. Romani Gallery, 1900 E. 12th. www.facebook.com/therawkshow.
ADD WOMEN & STIR Sketch comedy kinda like V-Monologues on 'roids. Fri.-Sat., March 7-8, 8pm, Sun., March 9, 7pm. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd. www.thedramazons.weebly.com.
POO POO PLATTER WITH SHARON NEEDLES Getcher fix of chix with dix with the Poops and pals. Fri., March 7, 9pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $10. www.facebook.com/poopooATX.
YEAST BY SWEET BEAST Experimental fest at Austin's gear/leather daddy den. Sat.-Mon., March 8-10. Chain Drive, 504 Willow. www.yeastbysweetbeast.com.
SXSW: AGLIFF BRUNCH The film festival formerly known as Polari, formerly known as AGLIFF, sure can throw a party. Free snacks and cocktails by Frank (that's Austin for "hot dog"). Sat., March 8, 11am-2pm. Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.polarifest.com.
SXSW: BOOKSIGNING WITH DR. DANAH BOYD Get her to scribble on your copy of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. Sat., March 8, 3pm. Austin Convention Center. www.zephoria.org/thoughts.
OKCUPID'S RAINBOW CONNECTION Meet your future beau or just taste a couple rainbows at this mo' mixer. Sat., March 8, 6pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. www.okcupid.com/help/events.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY Local lyrical lovelies offer poetry readings and more at our fierce feminist space. Sat., March 8, 6:30-8:30pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar. Free. www.internationalwomensday.com.
SXSW: SOUTH BY BEDPOST Bedpost babes are officially SXSW 2014, hosting confessors from all over to share dark and lovely tales of titillation. Sat., March 8, 9-11pm. Butterfly Bar, 2307 Manor Rd. Free. www.facebook.com/bedpostconfessions.
CARPE NOCTEM Monthly QTPOC dancesplosion, aka a "niplash, circle twerk, and death drop escapade." Sat., March 8, 10pm. Club 1808, 1808 E. 12th.
LGBT ENTREPRENEUR NIGHT Grindr, StartOut, and Queerty present maximum mixer for industrious boys. Sat., March 8, 10pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free.
GRETCHEN'S DISCO PLAGUE (IT'S INFECTIOUS!) Improbable improv by ex-Two Nice Girl's gang. Sun., March 9, noon. HOPE Farmers Market, Plaza Saltillo, 401 Comal. www.gretchen-phillips.com.
SXSW: FROM STRANGER TO LOVER IN ONE SWIPE You: "Where do I go when I wanna do it?" Grindr and DOWN dudes: "There's an app for that." Sun., March 9, 5pm. Sheraton, 701 E. 11th. www.downapp.com.
SXSW: 'PIVOT': TV FOR NEW HEROeS Students of the World's Courtney Spence and Meghan "The Gays' Fave Republican" McCain. Mon., March 10, 5-6pm. Wanderlust Yoga, 206 E. Fourth. www.studentsoftheworld.org, www.pivot.tv/shows/raising-mccain.
TUEZGAYZ Dependably fruitastic: Austin's legendary weekly weekday gay night on Red River. Tuesdays, 9pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River, 512/476-7766.
OUTLANDER FEST Over 30 bands, including Will Sheridan, Big Dipper, Katey Red, Cakes da Killa, Gina Chavez, Lisa Marshall, Hey Moonshaker, Idgy Dean, and many more, playing in the heart of the gay district. Wed.-Sat., March 12-15. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free. www.facebook.com/theoutlanderproject.
OUTLANDER FEST: LOCAL FOCUS Kick it off with locals Bright Light Social Hour, SPEAK, KP & the Boom Boom, Kari & the Hurricane, and more. Tue., March 11, noon-1am. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free. www.facebook.com/theoutlanderproject.
S BY CUC Latasha Lee & the BlackTies, Royal Teeth (NOLA), Whiite Walls, Disco Doom (Sweden), and more. Tue., March 11, noon. Cheer Up Charlie's, 900 Red River. Free.
SKANK, BIG DIPPER Live performance and DJ set with big, burly bucket o' Brooklyn butt. Plus our own tasty bear claw, C-Bass. Tue., March 11, 8pm. Chain Drive, 504 Willow. Free. www.facebook.com/bigdipperjelly, www.facebook.com/collinbass.
WEDZNEZBIANS Tuezgays adorable little sister. Who happens to be a big ol' dyke. Wednesdays, 9pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River.
SOUTH FRY SOUTH FRIENDY'S Rich Aucoin, Netherfriends, Zorch, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Meth Dad, Zula, Twin Steps, Pujol, Spazzkid, and many more. Wed.-Thu., March 12-13. Chain Drive, 504 Willow.
LADY VALOR Story of U.S. Navy Seal's "Warrior Princess." Fri., March 7, 9:30pm, Violet Crown; Sun., March 9, 7:15pm, Alamo Village; Tue., March 11, 2pm, Zach Theatre.
THE CASE AGAINST 8 The movement to overturn Prop. 8. Fri., March 7, 9:45pm, Alamo Slaughter; Mon., March 10, 11am, Rollins at the Long Center; and Tue., March 11, 11am. Zach Theatre.
LITTLE HORRIBLES: MINIBAR From Amy York Rubin's salty, sardonic lez miniseries. Sat., March 8, 2pm and Wed., March 12, 11am, Zach Theatre; and Mon., March 10, 11am, Marchesa.
VERONICA MARS Marshmallows rejoice, it's the world premiere. Sat., March 8, 3pm. Paramount.
UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL Sun., March 9, 1:30pm and Thu., March 13, 4:30pm. Alamo Village.
BLUE EYED BLACKS Namechecks Mag Fields, Vulgar Boatmen, Dolly Parton, and freakin' Gerry Rafferty. We're in. Tue., March 11, 8pm. Valhalla, 710 Red River.
AMY COOK We'll have what she's having. Tue., March 11, 11pm. Stephen F.'s Bar & Terrace, 701 Congress.
SHE SIR Supersaturated Austin shimmer pop posterized and dripping with VU, Pylon-y, Go-Between-y good. Tue., March 11, 11pm. Lit Lounge, 215 E. Sixth.
32ND ANNUAL AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS Not gay per se, but who doesn't love a marching band, and Minor Mishap will pour it on. And the big gay deal? Francis Preve. Wed., March 12, 7:55pm. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez.
NPR PRESENTS Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), St. Vincent, Kelis, and Perfect Pussy. Wed., March 12, 8pm. Stubb's, 801 Red River. www.npr.org/music.
LOWELL Genderfuggin' freedom songs. Wed., March 12, 9:30pm. Swan Dive, 615 Red River.
MIRAH Kroony K Records rasper delights. Wed., March 12, 10:30pm. St. David's Bethell Hall, 301 E. Eighth.
SHY GIRLS Hear the manties and panties drop with each one of Dan Vidmar's Jimmy Sommerville-ceiling scrapes. Wed., March 12, 11pm. 512 Rooftop, 408 E. Sixth.
AGAINST ME! If SXSW dysphoria hasn't kicked in yet then check out Laura Jane Grace & Co. Wed., March 12, 12:50am. Red 7, 611 E. Seventh.
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART Gaze at your shoes and you'll catch them moving to these grunge pop jams. Wed., March 12, 1am. Maggie Mae's, 323 E. Sixth.
GAYBIGAYGAY 2014 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Grab a friend and go sign up for any number of two-hour volunteer shifts pre-Fest in building and arting, and Fest-proper, "in jobs like merch, parking, and water-boi." Sun., March 16, noon-12mid. 1405 Webberville Dr. firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAYBIGAYGAY 2014 Holy gay moly, bat boy, the GayBi lineup is POW! ZAP! BANG! ZOWIE!!! The mise-en-scène is the most heart-bursting of the entire conference season: Take in the joy and wonderment that is the Austin queer community opening her arms (and other parts) to the entire planet and beyond. All day; all gay! All yay! Sun., March 16, noon-12mid. 1405 Webberville Rd. Free and open to the public. All ages. www.gaybigaygay.com.
Many thanks to Neha Aziz, Rob Cohen, Nina Hernandez, and Sarah Marloff for their assistance with SXSW/GayPlace listings.
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