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May Day! May Day! May Day! It's May, gays!

By Kate X Messer, Fri., April 25, 2014

Celebrate May Day the gay way (see Thursday).
Celebrate May Day the gay way (see Thursday).

ON OUR GAYDAR

WAY BEHIND THE MUSIC Voice soul-bear Nakia and Kathy Valentine (Bluebonnets, Textones, Girlschool, and, oh yeah, the Go-Go's) are among the readers of this Lit Crawl send-up of your fave music-related authors (i.e., Liberace, Sammy Hagar, Justin Bieber, et al.). Thu., April 24, 7pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $15. www.texasbookfestival.org/way-behind-music.

QUEER LIFE DRAWING: SPRINGTIME SADNESS The Q presents an event inclusive of the less-testicularly inclined among the Austin LGBTQ. That said, if you'd like to learn to draw the damn things, this might be a fine opportunity. Thu., April 24, 7:30-9pm. The Q, 3408 West, 512/420-8557. www.facebook.com/theqaustin.

THE GREAT CHURCH OF THE HOLY FU*K! Hole-y, hole-y, hole-y. Annie Danger leads as flocks flock to their hole-ies. Thu., April 24, 8-10pm. Treasure City Thrift, 2142 E. Seventh, 512/524-2820. $5 suggested donation. www.facebook.com/annie.danger.

MASS PRESENTS: YOUR HEART IS CLEAN Wura-Natasha Ogunji presents new hand-embroidered stunners on paper. Fri., April 25, 7-10pm. MASS Gallery, 507 Calles. www.wuraogunji.com, www.massgallery.org.

BUGGIRL Runnin' with the devils of their new album, Lesbians for Satan. With San Antonio's Langton Drive. Fri., April 25, 8pm. Badlands, 1203 Chicon. www.soundcloud.com/the-buggers/lesbians-for-satan.

TUATHA DEA: DOING THEIR THING AT THE LAIR Stevie Bear cares, and Stevie Bear's Lair presents this night of Celtic tribal wildness. Fri., April 25, 8-11pm. Private location. Contact for info. $15, sliding scale. www.facebook.com/steviekbear.

28TH ANNIVERSARY JURASSIC DISCO F*ck condos. Let's dance. Bellbottoms. Platforms. Do it. Do it. Do it 'til you're satisfied. Sat., April 26, 8pm-2am. Chain Drive, 504 Willow. www.facebook.com/chaindriveatx.

FLAWLESS FASHION SHOW Local designers like Eat Your Heart Out, JLV Designs, Jinxedaposed, and more are outfitting the Poops in an homage to the Club Kid scene. Sat., April 26, 10pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. Free. www.facebook.com/poopooatx.

KINGS N THINGS BIRTHDAY SHOW Mirandom Violence, Fat Bottom Cabaret, Baruzuland Shadow Theater, and the Kings fracture your fairiest tales. Sat., April 26, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5-7. www.facebook.com/kingsnthings.

APRIL SHOWERS It's the eighth annual of this splishy fundraiser with a silent auction, cake walk, and Andy's Backyard Barbecue for Wright House Wellness Center and Project T. Sun., April 27, 4pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. www.projecttransition.com, www.thewrighthouse.org.

OVETA CULP HOBBY Book launch about this "colonel, cabinet member, and philanthropist" by award-winning author Debra L. Winegarten. Sun., April 27, 4-6pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785. Free. www.facebook.com/mitzvah.shammash.

DRAG OUT THE FASHION! Gender-bending fashion event/costume party where the audience is the designer and models the fashions. Drag show with the Castro's Funhouse Carnival Couture crew. Sun., April 27, 6pm. 912 Congress. $7-10. www.genderportraits.com, www.facebook.com/genderportraits.

SUPER SUNDAYS DIVA SHOW With April Carrion Join divas Kelly Kline and Jenny McCall for a night of divinity, this week featuring RuPaul's Ms. Carrion just in time for Fashion Week. Sundays, 10:30pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. $5. www.facebook.com/aprilcarrion.

THE FUNHOUSE: CARNIVAL COUTURE It's Austin Fashion Week and the Castro queens are tilting and whirling carnival looks. Sun., April 27, 10:30pm. Castro's Warehouse, 213 W. Fourth. www.facebook.com/althea.trix.

HOMO ARIGATO: 'NOWHERE' Greg Araki's classic Nineties film with all ya homo pals. Plus: Shannon Doherty. Last Mondays, 9:30pm. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth. $10. www.drafthouse.com/movies/homo-arigato-nowhere/austin.

FREE & QUEER: 'THE PUNK SINGER' Feral Future opens the night with some Kathleen Hanna before the film. Tue., April 29, 7pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. Free. www.thepunksinger.com.

CHICKS WITH STICKS Space Vampire and Barefoot on Bumblebees pound in this showcase of bands with women drummers. More to come. Thu., May 1, 7-10pm. Trailer Space Records, 1401-A Rosewood, 512/524-1445. Free. www.facebook.com/spacevampire.

OUTSIDER: MAYDAYGAYDAY! Austin has a new queer fest launching February 2015. And on this gay May Day, local artists will tiptoe through the tulips of art forms not often associated with them: Filmmaker PJ Raval shall dance. Unabashed Ursula shall mime. You hear the picture? Also, they offer rides (We guess?) on a thing called the Rough Rider, which we really, really hope is Paul Soileau on his knees giving piggybacks. Thu., May 1, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 900 Red River. $5 donation. www.facebook.com/outsiderfest.

TASTY FIRST THURSDAYS Happy International Workers' Day! DJ Ang.G spins the afterparty for Austin Beloved Community May Day March. Thu., May 1, 9pm. The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd. $4 donation. www.facebook.com/deejay.ang.g.

RAINBOW NIGHT Drag show, special guests, DJs, drink specials, and happy, happy family. First Thursdays, 9:30pm. Fullmoon Saloon, 16480 S. Hwy 123, San Marcos, 512/396-2288. www.facebook.com/rainbownight, www.facebook.com/fullmoon.sanmarcos.

HO-RIZON

CONTEMPORARY COUPLES CONFERENCE 2014 Hey, guess what? We might get to get married! WHAT?! Well now what do we do? We bone up on all the dating and relationship skills we can get in preparation for marriage equality. Yeeeeeeeah. Thu., May 1, 8am. St. David's Bethell Hall, 301 E. Eighth. $99-149. www.contemporarycouples.com.

HILL COUNTRY RIDE FOR AIDS What the heck are they pedallin' this year? Oh, amazing care for our loved ones. Choose your own adventure: Ride 13, 27, 53, 70, or 100 miles for love. Sat., May 26. www.hillcountryride.org.


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