Gay Place: Hey, Sailor!

Agent Ribbons (plus a certain swarthy columnist) plays Sunday.
Agent Ribbons (plus a certain swarthy columnist) plays Sunday. (Photo by Devaki Knowles |

You here for a conference? That's our theme this season and the name of the free party Gay Place is throwing this Sunday, 7pm-midnight at Bernadette's.


This we know in our hearts re: South by Southwest, but have never clearly articulated it. Every year, in different pockets around town, family reunions are happening. This is blowing up in the LGBTQ realm, with SX morphing into something so positively rainbow-tinged what with the sheer number of events. Opportunities to create and foment LGBTQ fambly is as important as any direct political action. Loved ones shall reunite at Feast of Fun's Meet Up, at the Bent Compass party, at Outlander, and most insanely at the big gay daddy of them all, GayBiGayGay, Sun., Mar. 18. Thank you SXSW, from the bottom of our dandy heart, for making so many family reunions possible. Now let's get to it!


BEDPOST CONFESSIONS Erotic readings, Austin-style: Gay Placer/art prof Andy Campbell, author Sophia Agepedis, a screening of Fourplay, featuring Paul Soileau, and more. Thu., March 8, 8-10:30pm. 29th Street Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 480-9562. $5.

TRIUMPHANT THURSDAYS DJ Frogg Iyz presents LGBT hip-hop night. Thu., March 8, 10pm-2am. Meltzer Uptown Pub, 7522 N. I-35, 420-2333. Free; $7, under 21.

SXSWI PANELS So queer this year, including Evolving GLBT Suicide Prevention, Queer Viral Practices, What's the Next Big Thing?, and more. Fri., March 9. Free to badge holders.

FEAST OF FUN LGBT MEET-UP Meet the deliriously luscious Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion from one of the planet's hottest podcasts, Feast of Fun – well you and a packed 'can of hungry, hungry Hip 'mos. Fri., March 9, 7-9pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823. Free for SXSW badge holders or smart phone followers of @oilcanharrys.

VAGINA MONOLOGUES Locals tackle the V to raise dough for SafePlace. Fridays, March 2 & 9 and Sat., March 10, 7pm. 29th Street Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 699-1792.,

SXSW FILM So queer this year, including Wildness, Liar, Italy Love It or Leave It, Gayby, Christeene's "African Mayonaisse," and more. Badges and tickets at the door.

TENT'S MONTHLY CAPITAL AREA PROGRAM Kayden Althen discusses queer and trans identities in Western Culture and as a point of comparison, South Asia. Sat., March 10, 3-4:30pm. Out Youth, 909 E. 49 1/2, 419-1233. Free.

SXSW INTERACTIVE LGBTQ MEET-UP Yes, our own meet-up, queer-bos. And Yours Truly, Kate X, is the host. Fret not, dear nonbadgers, there are after parties. (See below.) Sat., March 10, 3:30-4:30pm. Palm Park, 601 E. Third, 454-5766. Free to badge holders only. [email protected],

LGBTQ MEET-UP AFTERPARTY It's a party for the official SXSWers to meet the locals, hosted by the Gay Place and AGLCC. You don't need no steeenkeen badges! Sat., March 10, 5-8pm. Chain Drive, 504 Willow, 480-9017. Free and open to the public.

MOUTHFEEL DISCO BRUNCH Carpet brunchers and brunch packers get your disco stick with Mouthfeel and friends. Sun., March 11, 2-8pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. Free.,

AGLIFF SXSW LGBTQI MEET-UP Bridging the film communities over some delicious wieners. Sun., March 11, 4-6pm. Frank, 407 Colorado, 494-6916. Free to badge holders and aGLIFF 25th season members.

DANDY UNICORN PRESENTS the Hey Sailor, You Here for a Conference? Party! Visiting badges meet local flavor at our fave queer dive bar. Special guests Agent Ribbons and more. Sun., March 11, 7pm-12mid. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport, 454-5766. Free and open to the public.

BANDS AT BERNADETTE'S Lechuguillas, Orchard Thief, and more. Mon., March 12, 6-12pm. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. Free, donations.

TUEZGAYZ Still the king (queen) of 'em all, y'all. Tuesdays, 10pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River, 476-7766.,

BANDS AT BERNADETTE'S A full day and night, featuring Foreign Resort, Shortwave Party, Bearstronaut, the Tontons, and more. Tue., March 13, noon-12mid. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. Free, donations.

OUTLANDER SPRING FESTIVAL The Outlander Project brings you local and touring LGBT music. Tue.-Sat., March 13-17. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823. Free.

OUTCAST SXSW RADIO SPECIAL Join Stephen, Bradley, Chase, and more for a live and lively LGBT broadcast focused on the Q presence at the fest. Tue., March 13, 6-7pm. KOOP 91.7.

SXSW MUSIC So queer this year, including Nakia, Girl in a Coma, New Orleans Bounce, Yelle DJs, Amy Ray, Hurray for Riff Raff, Yacht, and more. Badges, wristbands, and tickets at the door.

GET OFF THE INTERNET, out of those clothes, and check out this feminist/queer show, with Shondes, Christeene, Agent Ribbons, Katastrophe, Chainbow, Las Krudas, and more! Wed., March 14, 12-6pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. Free.

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