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The Laramie Project's Wilde Party, VAC's new Traditional Family Values, and ArtErotica top this week's list of must-do gAy-TX arty party fun

Art Erotica: This Saturday
Art Erotica: This Saturday (Image courtesy of Christoper Alex Michaud)

We have been assigned 10 "Como La Flor"s as penance for listing Selena as a San Antonio homegirl. We are so sorry, Corpus Christi. We've even taken the pilgrimage to her statue in your park, so WTF? Mea culpa, for sure!

ON OUR GAYDAR

LOVE. AT THE CANTINA Each week, power vox fox Ginger Leigh hosts. This week: Shelley King and Kanude. Thu., April 5, 8-10:30pm. Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. Sixth, 494-9336. $12.

CHOCOLATE NIGHT Tasty movie night: Chocolat at 6pm; Willy Wonka sing-along at 8pm. Thu., April 5, 6-10pm. The Q, 3408 West, 420-8557. Free. www.theqaustin.org.

STEAK NIGHT at a gay bar? Why, that's as American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet. Thursdays, 6-8pm. Town N Country, 1502 W. Ben White, 445-9122. $7 for full meal.

TRADITIONAL FAMILY VALUES Artists Arturo Agüero, Sarah Holman, and M. Mendez queer up your concept of family with their reality of chosen family and non-normative childhoods. Through April 14. Tue.-Thu., 10am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-5pm. Closed, Sun.-Mon. Visual Arts Center, 23rd and Trinity, 471-1108. Free. www.utvac.org.

THE LARAMIE PROJECT WILDE PARTY Emotional powerhouse in two parts. You're invited to a special LGBT preshow reception, and you know you'll be in good company. Thu., April 5, catered reception, 6:45pm; show, 8pm. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 476-0541 x1. www.zachtheatre.org.

SLEEPOVER! The VAC's "Traditional Family Values" show invites you to a BYOP* sleepover performance party (*pillow, of course). Fri., April 6, 6:30-8pm. Visual Arts Center, 23rd and Trinity. Free. www.utvac.org.

FEMME MAFIA If you find a horse head in your bed, you might have been mean to a femme. These mamas mean business. First Fridays, 9-11pm, self-ID femme time; after 11pm, admirers and friends. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe, 2908 Fruth, 480-9562.

AUSTIN LEATHER SOCIAL Shiny, shiny ... shiny boots of leather. Every first Saturday. This month: Rope suspension demo. First Saturdays, 8-10pm. Chain Drive, 504 Willow, 480-9017. $5 to benefit CTBOL charities. www.ctbol.org.

LONE STAR BEARS PRESENT: OMG DJ Nini will gag you with a bear. Sat., April 7, 8pm-2am. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 482-8993. Free.

EXQUISITE CORPSE: NOW I'M FEELING ZOMBIFIED! "In honor of the upcoming Easter holiday (and No. 1 undead guy, zombie Jesus)." DJ Pasht, RecSpec, and Devaki on the lens. Need we moan more? Fri., April 6, 10pm-1am. Swan Dive, 615 Red River, 994-2819. $5 = zombified, $7 = get eaten.

ALIEN SHE Alien She-Js (James Blonde + Young Creature) x special guest Ke¢ha = a "weird queer realness." First Saturdays, 10pm. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. Free.

AUSTIN OUTLAWS' 80S DANCE PARTY Don't cha wanna dance? Say you wanna dance! Sat., April 7, 10pm-2am. Lipstick24, 606 E. Seventh, 474-2950.

ART EROTICA 2012 They don't call it the Homo Depot for nuthin'. Come "plug in" to this year's romp through local erotic art. Sat., April 7, 8:30pm-12:30am. The Old Home Depot, 7211 N. I-35 (I-35 & St. Johns). $60 this week; $75, day of event. www.octopusclub.org/ArtErotica.

BE WHO YOU ARE & WIN: QUEER HISTORY TEACH-IN Search "OccuQueers" on Facebook and learn about this fab group, then come to this event to learn about your fierce queer history. Dress as you are and get ready to afterparty. Sat., April 7, 5-7pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220. Free.

DIRTY FILTHY SATURDAY Supastar DJ Filthy Rich spins gobs of gay gold. Just gobs of it. Saturdays, 10pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 494-1150.

'BOUT TIME FOR VOLLEYBALL! Get buff and social all in one volley. Check out 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.

LAID-BACK CHURCH God bless everybody, no exceptions. Join the progressive, all-inclusive, and laid-back God Squad at MCC at Freedom Oaks. 9 & 11am. Metropolitan Community Church, 8601 S. First, 291-8601. office@mccaustin.com, www.mccaustin.com.

EASTER BONNET SOCIAL Q and Benchmark Recovery team up for the biggest egg hunt of them all. Sun., April 8, 1-5pm. The Q, 3408 West, 466-1381. $35 ($20, advance). jason.howell@soberhood.org, www.easterbonnetsocial.org.

GOSPELFEST 2012 The Austin Babtist Women present this annual eve of joyful noise to raise dough and awareness for Austin Gay & Lesbian Senior Services. Sun., April 8, 7-10pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823. www.babtistwomen.com, www.aglss.org.

CUBARET Start your week off with this merger of cubs and berets (you don't really have to wear one) with hosts Eric and Scott. Mondays, 10pm-2am. Chain Drive, 504 Willow, 480-9017. Free. www.facebook.com/ChainDriveATX.

PFLAG NORTH Meet and greet with fellow allies in the cause for love. Second Tuesdays, 6:45pm. Live Oak Unitarian Universalist, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park, 512/302-3524. Free. www.pflag-austin.org, www.straightforequality.org.

KARAOKE WITH KRAMER Croon with the Krame, or whatever nickname you want to call him. Wednesdays, 9:30pm. Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.

On THE HO-RIZON

RED, HOT, AND ROLLER RINK Not that Zach Theatre's spring/summer lineup isn't already, um, totally gay, but this year's Red, Hot & Soul fundraiser rounds the bend with a preview of the upcoming ONJ-homage Xanadu: The Musical. There you are! (A shooting star!) Sat., April 21. Hilton Hotel Downtown, 500 E. Fourth, 476-0594 x260. escott@zachtheatre.org, www.zachtheatre.org.

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