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Gay Place: Cheer Up, Goth

Austin's gay summer is off to a bright and sunny start: It's World Goth Day

Fri., May 16, 2014

Gay Place: Cheer Up, Goth

It's World Goth Day (see Thursday, May 22).

ON OUR GAYDAR

CHURCH OF THE PASSIONATE CAT Underbelly and Rude Fusion present this jazz-age film noir detective whodunit. Thu.-Sun., May 15-18, 8pm, Sat., second show at 10pm. The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833. $15, $10 students. www.fb.com/underbellytheatre.

PATRICE PIKE Thursdays, 8-10pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar. www.fb.com/patricepikeband.

HIP-POP CO-ED STRIP OFF DJ Deftone and hostesses Rachel Mykels and Nadine Hughes take you to bareness. Thursdays, 10pm. Castro's Warehouse, 213 W. Fourth. www.fb.com/castroswarehouse.

THE CHESTNUT THEATER PARTY Pink Miss Liss & the Sea of Strings and Minor Mishap Marching Band put out to benefit the Chestnut Theater. Fri., May 16, 8pm. TBA. www.fb.com/chestnuttheater.

COME OUT FOR JIMMY Show your support for (and learn how you can help) Austin City Council District 6 candidate Jimmy Flannigan whilst enjoying bevvies and hors d'oeuvres at a lovely home. Fri., May 16, 4-7pm. Private residence; contact campaign for details. allison@jimmyflannigan.com, www.fb.com/flanniganforaustin.

WHAT'S GOIN' ON? Inspired by Brecht, found objects, and Anne Bogart's Viewpoints, and starring Morgan Robyn Collado, Kannou, Olivia Jimenez, James McMaster, Smalls McCoy, Saray de Jesus Rosales, and Wendy Vastine. Directed by kt shorb. Fri.-Sun., May 16-19, Thu.-Sun., May 22-25 and 29-31. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282. $20, $30 priority seating, $10 student/senior/artist. www.vortexrep.org, www.genenco.org.

c.l.i.t. Fest D.I.Y. and P. U.N.K. Hey ladieeeez! Fri.-Sun., May 16-18, various times. Cheer Up Charlie's, Museum of Human Achievement, & Hotel Vegas. www.fb.com/austincf2014.

CONTEMPORARY COUPLES CONFERENCE 2014 Not just for LGBTQ couples, but also for singles, swingles, and minglers, and the pros who serve us: therapists, psych pros, social workers, clergy, counselors, and anyone invested in our hearts. Sat., May 17, 8am. Bethell Hall, St. David's, 301 E. Eighth. $169, $99 students. www.contemporarycouples.com.

ARTS & CRAFTS WITH QUEERBOMB She's gettin' ready to blow! It's the fifth year of QB, and each year it takes a village to pull together all the artness for one of Austin's largest (if not the largest) annual nighttime processions. Expect "crafting, painting, cutting, drying, hanging, crying, drinking, eating, laughing, loving, and hefty amounts of cardboard, glitter, and glue." Sun., May 18, 12-6pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 900 Red River. www.fb.com/QBATX.

TINA CANNON MEET & GREET Jesse Lunsford hosts this candidate meet & greet for Cannon, City Council District 10 candidate. Sun., May 18, 2pm. 2922 E. Cesar Chavez. www.fb.com/electtinacannon.

FLIP CUP FOR A CAUSE The National Karaoke League puts down the microphones to raise money for a member's top surgery medical expenses. Sun., May 18, 3-8pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. $30 per team, $10 individual. www.fb.com/nationalkaraokeleague.

FREE BURGERS Drink specials start at 2pm followed by free food at 4pm. Sundays, 4-6pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192. Free. www.bouttime2.com.

SUNDAY CHURCH Althea Trix wants to get an AMEN. And some men. Burlesque, drag, and a Champagne train. PREACH! Sundays, 6-9pm. Castro's Warehouse, 213 W. Fourth. Free.

MERMAID CONCERT CRUISE High Cs on the high sea! Or at least Laura Scarborough's Musiklandia experience on Lady Bird Lake. Oh, and mermaids! Sun., May 18, 6:30-8:30pm. Capital Cruises, 208 Barton Springs, 512/480-9264. $46.50. www.fb.com/laura.scarborough.musik.

SUPER SUNDAYS DIVA SHOW Join divas Kelly Kline and Jenny McCall for a night of divinity often featuring special guests, each week, a new Ru queen from RuPaul's Drag Race. Sundays, 10:30pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823. Free. www.oilcanharrys.com.

FREE BUFFET It's about time someone served up some yummy free grub all week long to soak up all those drink specials. Mon.-Fri., 5-7pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. Free.

'GOD LOVES UGANDA' tv PREMIERE Compelling and harrowing doc debuts right there on your American TV. Mon., May 19, 9pm. See your program provider for channel location. www.klru.org, www.pbs.org/independentlens.

GEEKS WHO DRINK QUIZ GAME Be a geek. Be a bear! Buy a drink! Win cash prizes! Mondays, 8-10pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.theironbear.com.

DRINK-N-DRAG Xacora Cayne hosts. Weekly performers include: Jame Perry, Mai Flirt, Brandi Williams, Cici Carerra Ortiz, and Kara Foxx Paris. Tuesdays, 11pm. Mister Tramps Sports Pub & Cafe, 8565 Research. Free. www.eventsxtreme.net.

QUEER RIDE Search QR on Facebook for up-to-date details about and stops for this weekly social ride. Wednesdays, 7pm. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside. Free.

NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR Netwerk! Wed., May 21, 6-8pm. W Hotel, 200 Lavaca. www.startout.org/events/networking-happy-hour.

WORLD GOTH DAY The gays love the goths and the goths love the gays, and many, if not most times, the twains meet. The first phase is dinner and drinks at the Dog & Duck with the afterparty at Elysium. Thu., May 22, 6:30pm-2am. Dog & Duck Pub, 406 W. 17th; Elysium, 705 Red River. www.worldgothday.com.

LISA MARSHALL & BABY ATLAS Soul and roots on SoCo. Thu., May 22, 10pm. Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress. $7. www.fb.com/lisamarshallmusic.

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