Gay Place: Pride: Lamé, Not Lame

Celebrate the new Ana Sisnett Library at UT!

Gay Place: Pride: Lamé, Not Lame

Gold-dust woman Leslie Hall killllled it at Austin Pride last week. The spandex-clad diva pranced and preened like Mick Jagger at a neighborhood association meeting. At the end of the set, she even called Pride entertainment honcho Nathan James onstage for an innocent li'l dirty dance. The entire lineup was silly and fun and the constant flux of crowds suggested that there was something for almost everyone. Some thousand hours earlier, the morning parade at cockcrow, while cuddly and endearing and edifying, drew pretty much exactly the crowd we expected: Lots of churches and families, which was great, but the glaringly underrepped service industry and twink contingent were sorely missed. So much to say about Pride. Let's make a date for a thoughtful piece in the near-future, yes? On to the week at hand.

ON OUR GAYDAR

DRAG YOUR FRIEND OUT DJ Divorcee spins while you reverse-auction friends off to have him/her/them done up in drag, all to raise dough for Divas After Dark: Life Beyond the Stage, a doc about drag and trans performers in Tejas. Thu., Sept. 15, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. www.facebook.com/afterpartyproductions.

LIVE AT THE DRIVE: CRIATURAS Tour kickoff with Cruddy, Randa Briggs, and the Request Denied DJs. Thu., Sept. 15, 10pm. Chain Drive, 504 Willow, 480-9017. $2. www.cruddymusicforcruddypeople.com.

#FEELINGS DJ Dubbel Dutch, Track Meet DJ Crew, Procbaborgany Collective, and more, plus interactive vids by VidKidz. Fri., Sept. 16, 10pm. Volstead Lounge, 1500 E. Sixth, 680-0532. Free before 11pm; $5 after.

BOOBIE BAKESHOP II Oh, you know we love baked goods. And tits. Buy Boobie Cupcakes from Kings N Things veteran Mel, who is raising serious dough for some serious health issues. Check the blog for more info. Sept. 16-18. $5 per half dozen. boobiebakeshop.yolasite.com/baking-for-breasts.php.

GAYCL The gay alternative to benefit Equality Texas. Super-yummy roster: Follow That Bird, Rickey Jean Francois, Boy Friend, Kay Leotard, Agent Ribbons, and the Great Aware. Fri., Sept. 16, 6pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. Free. www.facebook.com/girlfriendatx.

QUEER YOUTH ADVICE FOR EDUCATORS The official release of Queer Youth Advice for Educators: How to Respect and Protect Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students, by Abe Louise Young. Snacks, reading, and inspiring tips. Sat., Sept. 17, 7-10pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 472-2785. Free. www.nextgenerationpress.org.

SASSY Don't be a prat; party like Jane Pratt at this new Nineties jam hosted by the Alien She-Js. Third Saturdays, 10pm. Lipstick24, 606 E. Seventh, 474-2950. www.lipstick24austin.com.

SPEW Monthly queer/punk synapse snap featuring DJs David McN, Dave Zombi, Doug; a bitchslap booth; plus live bands Bitterhearts Society, the Smithers, We Know Where You Live, and People vs. De La Rosa. Sat., Sept. 17, 6pm-1am. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. $3. www.facebook.com/SPEW2011.

THE FRONT PORCH Tim'm West and Allgo present a night of open mic poetry, spoken word, hip-hop, acoustic, and soul music featuring Tim'm West, Jurni Rayne, Smut Stud, The Qure, T-Fly, and Yoli. Sat., Sept. 17, 7:30-11pm. Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th. Free. www.facebook.com/timm.west.theartist.

RAINBOW NIGHT For Bobcats (and friends) who swish and sway to a different beat, DJ Kira spins. Sat., Sept. 17, 8pm. Gold Crown Billiards, 205 W. San Antonio St., San Marcos, 512/644-5637. www.facebook.com/rainbownight.

QUEERS GOT TALENT 3.0 Out Youth's creative classers raise dough for their beloved drop-in center. Sun., Sept. 18, 6-9pm. Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th, 291-6211. $10-15 donation. www.outyouth.org, www.historicvictorygrill.org.

DADT REPEAL PARTY Servicemembers Legal Defense Network–Austin wants you to shout it from the mountaintop: "I'm here, I'm queer! Sir! Yes, sir!" Free food and one free drink. This is a celebration, pure and simple. Tue., Sept. 20, 6-9pm. Hush, 408 Congress, 299-0833. www.sldn.org.

ALIEN SHE FIRE RELIEF Miss E and DJs Young Creature and James Blonde (Alien She) say, "Come early and get your crunk-ass crunkin'" for the victims of the Texas wildfires. Or maybe we said that. Wed., Sept. 21, 6pm. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. Donations encouraged.

ANA SISNETT LIBRARY DEDICATION UT's Gender and Sexuality Center names its new library for Ana Sisnett. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Courtney Morris, Evelyn Anderson, and members of Sisnett's family will carry forth her memory and celebrate this honor. Wed., Sept. 21, 6-9pm. Student Activity Center, Room 2.112, UT campus. 232-1831. Free. www.facebook.com/UTGSC.

OUT OF YOUR BODY Chainbow, Agent Ribbons, Black Gum, and Hatchet Wound. Out of your mind, no shit. Thu., Sept. 22, 11:30pm. Volstead, 1500 E. Sixth, 680-0532. Free.

SPOTLIGHT ON ... The Octopus Club presents Trent Gentry and Lindsey Kane to lull you while you slosh and bid. Thu., Sept. 22, 6:30-9pm. W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 866/961-3327 or 542-3600. $10-20 donations encouraged. www.octopusclub.org.

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