Gay Place: Wholly Holy Holey

Mo' gifts fo 'mos

Balls. The Gay Place luvs 'em.
Balls. The Gay Place luvs 'em. (Photo courtesy of Mark Mendoza)

O, Ho-sanna, sweet 'mos. 'Tis the season. And some folks have different reasons for the season. So, however you worship (or not) and however you identify (or not), know that your buds here at the Gay Place and the Gay Place blog – yours truly, Kate X; Andy; Rob; Julie; Frank; and Daniel – adore you. Come, let us adore you. Happiest of happys, pals!

ON OUR GAYDAR

GINGERBREAD VAGINA PARTY Celebrate the holiest of hole-ies by making your own. ABC Vagina Supply will supply the gingerbread, frosting, icing, candy, sprinkles, and more. You are welcome to bring your own. (Toppings, silly.) Thu., Dec. 22, 8pm. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. $10. www.abcvaginasupply.com.

TRILLIANT THURSDAY Procbaborgany Collective throws it two Thursdays in a row, featuring DJs Lotic and Moral Support. Dec. 22 & 29, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133.

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION HAPPY HOUR Fri., Dec. 23, 5-9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 482-8993. Free. www.theironbear.com.

FUCK YOU, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY Bounce master (Big Freedia DJ), NOLAman, and Austin ex-pat Rusty Lazer (along with Corrine, aka Lady Business) celebrate his B-day. Yay! Fri., Dec. 23, 10pm. Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. Sixth, 589-1411. Free.

FUCKME FUCKME FRIDAYS Who you know and who you blow come together on the dance flo'. Every second and fourth Friday, 10pm. The Eastern, 1511-B E. Sixth. Free.

E TAKES A HOLIDAY Bernadette's will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 3, save for one night: New Year's Eve! Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. www.bernadettesbar.com.

PATTERN LANDS SHOW Callie Thompson has a new show. Saturdays & Sundays by appointment through Dec. 28. Gallery Black Lagoon, 4301-A Guadalupe, 371-8838. Free. www.galleryblacklagoon.com.

SUNDAY FUNDAY A mere $5 gets you a heaping helping of beef or poultry. A paltry $3 earns a yummy hot dog or burger, plus all the fixings and drink specials all afternoon and evening. Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh, 482-9002.

THROWBACK TUESDAYS DJ BJ hits the unos y doses throwin' back to the Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties. Through Dec. 19. 'Bout Time, 9601 N. I-35, 832-5339.

'BOUT TIME FOR VOLLEYBALL! Missing Charlie's? Need to shed a few before the holidays? Well, there's always team play on Wednesday and Sunday nights and pickup games every day at everyone's fave up-north gay bar. 'Bout Time, 9601 N. I-35, 832-5339.

LAST HOMOSCOPE CINEMA LAB OF 2011 This "program of four films is designed with transition in mind, from one year to the next, one country to another, to our ever changing queer bodies and spirits." O Homoscope! O Homoscope! How richly Bug has decked thee! Thu., Dec. 29, 8-10pm. The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 443-3688. Donations accepted; no one turned away.

QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT! These two New Orleans nuts will be joined by Mind Spiders, the Manatees, and Flesh Lights. One of the last Red River Emo's shows ever. Thu., Dec. 29, 9pm. Emo's, 603 Red River, 505-8541. $12; $10 in advance. www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/76463.

NEW QUEER'S EVE LISTINGS Check our special New Year's Eve section for all the queer doings, including God-des & She at Lipstick24, Bearracuda at the Iron Bear, Bernadette's reopening (just for the night), and more! austinchronicle.com/newyears.

HO-LIDAY GIFTIES

Pride goeth before the sock Hang it by the chimney with care in a full array of rainbow stripes. This year also in stylish black. www.pridesocks.com.

CHRIS BAKERY CAKE BALLS We can highly recommend these. Plus, they're made by family! Get 'em while they're gooey. Now through Sat., Dec. 24. $5.50, half-dozen; $10, dozen; order five dozen, get six balls free. chrisbakerycakeballs@gmail.com.

QPOCALYPTIC ALLGO, Texas' statewide people of color org, presents all the dates you need in the new year in this 2012 QPOC calendar, featuring portraits of local QPOCs! Now through Sat., Feb. 4. ALLGO, 701 Tillery, 472-2001. $15, local pickup; $19.95, delivery. www.allgo.org.

HEAD FIGUREHEAD The Search for the Hidden Life of Rick Perry details former Texas Rep. Glen Maxey's search for answers to that age old question: Is Rick Perry gay? We haven't read it yet. Only his hairdresser knows for sure? For some reason it's not at any local book outlets, not even the gay ones. $19.99, paperback; $9.99 download for Kindle.

BOOKWOMAN 2012 CALENDAR SALE We hotly endorse simply going to Austin's feminist heat source just to get your browse on. We guarantee you'll find gifts aplenty. At the very least, send a calendar. Gift from this selection of laydeee-centric date-keepers: Retro Mama, Pema Chodron, Dragons, Ann Taintor, Sierra Club Wilderness Wall & Datebook, We'Moon, Nikki McClure, Thich Nhat Hanh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Celtic Mandala, Susan Boulet's Goddesses, etc. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 472-2785. www.ebookwoman.com.

AUSTIN FACES AIDS AIDS Services of Austin presents the full multimedia blowout of Jo Ann Santangelo's new portrait show. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-4pm, through December. Falcon 5, 1000 E. Fifth. Free. www.joannsantangelo.com.

BRASS OVARIES DECEMBER DEALS You know what Jerri Blank says, right? Oh, we'll just leave it up to your imagination. But if your girl loves either or both, she'll totally dig a gift cert from these fab fliers on the big stick in the sky. And you'll dig the savings through December. Brass Ovaries Studio, 4809-B S. Congress, 477-POLE. www.brass-ovaries.com.

PHILLIPS & DRIVER: DISCO DANCE PARTY 2000 Austin lez-gend Gretchen P. releases her inner (and very outer) disco diva with a slew of original tunes colabbed with NYC compadre David D. on a new slab of vinyl and downloads. End of an Ear, 2209 S. First, 462-6008. bit.ly/vWE5C4.

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