While on my way out the door of Nest with Rebecca Havemeyer and awesome Chronicle intern Ayeesha Green, after the Champagne and dessert cap-off to Project Transitions' Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, I met a fetching and dandy man, and we exchanged a few pleasantries. He told me he reads me all the time, at which I guffawed: Kind of a combination, "Oh, shucks," and "Get the hell out; you do not." As I turned to leave, he pulled me aside and said, "I just wish you'd write more about the boys." I scrunched my face. "And less," he continued, "about the girls." We exchanged further pleasantries and noted that it is very difficult to cover a scene that is increasingly reliant on spotty and unstable social media to get the word out (forgetting how much an alt-weekly can still help) and I encouraged him to keep reading. But really what I wanted to say was, "Bullshit. I call bullshit, because it is exactly this type of polemic I have a hard time wrapping my head around, and if you really read me, you'd already know that." But who really knows whom when they read a column, right? And I can't know which weeks or years he was reading .... So, J, if I may call you J, please keep reading, because the Gay Place is one of the few places in town that covers the fleshier B,T, and Q of the LGBTQ spectrum. And if you factor in those listings, it gets really, really tough determining which male or female label to assign. And that is kind of the point. Our mascot is a frickin' unicorn after all. Oh, and all of this is a great lead-in to the reminder that this Friday is QueerBomb's Lovebomb! (P.S. Read the Gay Place blog this week for more on our antics at PT's most fab Guess Who event.)
'NEXT TO NORMAL' WILDE PARTY Austin premiere of the hit Broadway musical. Special LGBT preparty. Catered reception, 6:45pm; show, 8pm. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 476-0541 x1. www.zachtheatre.org.
ROLLER DISCO Mouthfeel and DJ Cap'n Tits spin while you spin, I spin, we spin, and Unitering will sign you up to volunteer for good causes. Thu., Feb. 9, 7:30pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 472-6932. $5 including skates.
BEDPOST CONFESSIONS While everyone else is obsessing over love this month, let's get real: It's all about teh SeXXX. Thu., Feb. 9, 8-10:30pm. 29th Street Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 480-9562. $5. www.bedpostconfessions.com.
ROLLER DISCO AFTERPARTY After you roll, bounce with Unitering at the Millenium, come sit while DJ Hot Britches and pals spin. Thu., Feb. 9, 11pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133.
QUEERBOMB LOVEBOMB Light the fuse for the 2012 summer QB at this VD par-tee with Bombassadors from all your fave groups taking a stand (sometimes lying down) for queer visibility and yum. Pass the love bucket! Fri., Feb. 10, 9pm. Lipstick24, Empire, and Side Bar, 602-606 E. Seventh, 474-2950. www.queerbomb.org.
BECKY ALTER Welcome back singer-songerwriter Becky. Sat., Feb. 11, 6pm. Flipnotics, 1601 Barton Springs Rd., 480-8646. www.beckyaltermusic.com.
FREE GENDER BENDERS SHOW GB is joined by Sistine Ceiling and Shiva Create. Sat., Feb. 11, 7-11:30pm. Kick Butt Coffee, 4600 Guadalupe, 467-IDOL. Free. www.facebook.com/genderbenders.
KNT LOVE SHOW Explore the palpitant nature of genderfuckery on the gloopiest holiday of the queer. Look for some visiting guests, plus La Glitoris in a postshow dance party. Sat., Feb. 11, 9pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 478-2979. $10. www.kingsnthings.org.
THE RUBY ROOM This special Valentine's edition features burlesque, Savanna Kate, and the upright-bass-thumpin', horn-tootin' goodness of Danger Cakes. Sat., Feb. 11, 9pm. Lipstick24, 606 E. Seventh, 474-2950. $5. www.reverbnation.com/dangercakes.
REGRESSION: VALENTINE'S SPECIAL Go back. Waaaaaay back. Back to love. Remember love? DJs Pumpkin Spice & Boba Fett do. Sun., Feb. 12, 8pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 478-2979.
SINGLED OUT/PLAYGROUND LOVE Live photo booth, sideshow performers, and kisses – meet your future ex! Tue., Feb. 14, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133.
ENFANT TERRIBLE: PINK NARCISSUS Alien SheJ Young Creature's new once-a-monther. This month, delve into Pink Narcissus, the stuff Pierre et Gilles fantasies are made of ... quite literally. Third Wednesdays, 9pm. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport.
'CAFE AT THE END OF TIME' This ensemble cast play is set in the Florida Keys in a Seventies/Eighties gay bar that sounds an awful lot like some gay bars we spend way too much time in now. Through Feb. 19, Fridays-Sundays, 7:30pm. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 974-4000. $20. www.odielouisefoundation.org, www.nowplayingaustin.com/page/austix.
LIPSCHTICK SEEKS SCHTICKERS We often fantasize about how a band of performative queerballs would play in the Poconos. We might be onto something with this one. The recently relocated (to Austin) Lipschtick Collective wants you – fire-spinners, jugglers, contortionists, acrobats, tassel-twirlers, aerial-silks aficionados, shwanky dancers, shower-singers, musicians, drag queens/kings, and actors. More info soon. 363-5566. email@example.com.
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