Happy Thanksgiving, gaybirds!
Hey, thanks! It's time, turkeys. We'll keep this brief, cuz so much is going on (and, you know, short attention spans are in ... until you get bored with them). 1) World AIDS Day is blown' up Thursday, Dec. 1, with a ton of stuff going on. 2) Mail Art With Dandy returns to Wednesdays at Bernadette's. 3) Some gay bars still serve free Thanksgiving meals. 4) Dandy Unicorn will still love you even after you break his spirit and steal the last piece of punkin pie. 5) The Rhizome resurrection is buoyed (boi'd?) by lots o' queerness. Occupy hearts. Occupy pie. Happy Thanksgiving, gaybirds!
ON OUR GAYDAR
ESTHER'S FOLLIES: BARAKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW It's the last week of this tarty, cross-dressing send-up. Through November: Thursdays, 8pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 8 & 10pm. Esther's Pool, 525 E. Sixth, 320-0553. $20-27 (discounts available).
FREE THANKSGIVING BY ROSE Home for the holidays: a meal with family. Thank you, Rose! Thu., Nov. 24, 2pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823.
THANKSGIVING POTLUCK BT provides the turkey, and folks bring the rest. Dinner with the fam! Thu., Nov. 24, 2pm. 'Bout Time, 9601 N. I-35, 832-5339.
THE RETURN OF THE RHIZOME COLLECTIVE From a humble li'l rhizome bursts new life, and this night signals a rebirth for Austin's beloved collective. Come learn all about it and celebrate with Las Krudas, Magnetar, Huerta Culture, Wino Vino, Son Armado, Souliotes, Gente Boa, and Dame Moneda. That's quite a burst. Fri., Nov. 25, 6pm-2am. 29th Street Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 203-1339. Donation.
SCOTT KENNEDY The Gay Comedy Jam co-founder asked and told more than 40 times while entertaining our troops in Iraq. Come see his schtick right here in Texas. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 25-26. Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research #100, 467-2333. www.comicscott.com.
LATIN NIGHT You know what that means: hot mamis and time to brush up on your "¡Por favor!"s. Fri., Nov. 25, 9pm. Lipstick24, 606 E. Seventh, 474-2950.
1983 Cold. New. Electro. Synth. Your roots, minimal babies. Last Fridays, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. Free. email@example.com.
THE BATHHOUSE: STUFFING Sticky house amid the rolls of bears at this club of grrrr. Last Fridays, 10pm. Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.facebook.com/bathhouseaustin.
GLOW: A BLACKLIGHT AFFAIR You, a 'mo, and every ho you know. Glow, yo. Saturdays, Deco Lounge, 408 Congress. Free. www.facebook.com/#!/events/257548360960304.
VINTAGE VIVANT: FORBIDDEN VICES Ummm, yeah. For many of us, this is not really a guise. But you know the drill: Dress to excess for a discount on the cover. Featuring Sick + Prof. Reese Gray, and the most delectable Frannie Brown. Sun., Nov. 27, 9pm. Swan Dive, 615 Red River, 994-2819. $10, vintage attire; $13, street clothes. www.swandiveaustin.com.
BROOKLYN JAMES The Austin-based singer-songwriter and mystery writer reads from her latest, Vigilare. Mon., Nov. 28, 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 472-2785. Free. www.brooklyn-james.com.
QUARTER-LIFE & QUEER This drop-in discussion group is a great way to casually stroll in and meet a new crew (all genders/expressions, ages 18-30). Mon., Nov. 28, 7-8:30pm. The Q, 3408 West, 420-8557. Free. www.qboyz.org.
HRC: TUESDAYS TOGETHER Meet the fine folks at HRC. Learn how you can affect national change from right here in Austin. Tue., Nov. 29, 6:30pm. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos, 300-5539.
CELLULOID HANDBAG: 'HEATHERS' Angel dust. Switchblades. Sexually perverse photography exhibits involving tennis rackets. When Rebecca Havemeyer is the head of the clique, everybody wins. Two nights, cuz you know this beeyotch is gonna fill up. Tue.-Wed., Nov. 29-30, 8pm. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 476-1320. $12. firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAIL ART WITH DANDY Gay Place presents a craft night to 1) make and send cards to incarcerated queers and folks living with HIV/AIDS, 2) get crafty with new pals, and 3) stick it to the man. Wednesdays, 7-10pm.Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. www.bernadettesbar.com, www.facebook.com/dandyunicorn.
WORLD AIDS DAY: PROVIDER EDUCATION DAY This gathering – nay, this citywide collaborative event – brings together Central Texas' top HIV/AIDS care providers, strategists, feelers, and thinkers and is free and open to the public. (Plenty of seating for general public; registration for CEUs is full but get on the waiting list if interested.) Thu., Dec. 1, 8:30am-6pm. For the City Center, 500 E. St. Johns, 961-5587. www.austinhiv.com.
ALL-DAY WORLD AIDS DAY Local photo maestro Jo Ann Santangelo, plus more than 30 community-group booths, AIDS Memorial Quilt sections, and more will be on view for your pondering. Come plug in to this local commemoration of all who have passed, suffered, survived, and thrived. Thu., Dec. 1, 8:30am-6pm. For the City Center, 500 E. St. Johns, 961-5587.
INTERFAITH SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE & HOPE Let your love ring out on the AIDS Bell banner and gather in reflection for World AIDS Day. Thu., Dec. 1, 7-9pm. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 610-3500. Free.
AUSTIN FACES AIDS AIDS Services of Austin presents the full multimedia blowout of Jo Ann Santangelo's new portrait show. See next week's GP for details on the Fri., Dec. 2, reception. Through December. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Falcon 5, 1000 E. Fifth. Free. www.joannsantangelo.com.
MEG BARNHOUSE Meg reads and sings from her repertoire, including her latest, Broken Buddha. Thu., Dec. 1, 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 472-2785. Free. www.megbarnhouse.com.
BEARRACUDA NEW YEAR'S EVE Ooooh, call it a New Bear's Eve! Details a-comin'. Watch this space! Sat., Dec. 31, 8pm. ND at 501 Studios, 501 N. I-35, 485-3011. $15. www.bearracuda.com.
BLUE SANTA PARTY Help Dino and the crew pull together some treats and trinkets for the wee ones. Sat., Dec. 3, 8pm. Lipstick24, 606 E. Seventh, 474-2950
SWING IT FOR HOLIDAY SWING This annual Project Transitions holiday get-down still needs volunteers and auction items. Get in touch ASAP! Holiday Swing: Sat., Dec. 3. 454-8646. email@example.com, www.projecttransitions.org.
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