Gay Place: Loss

Let someone save your life tonight, sugarbear …

Bettie Naylor, 1927-2012
Bettie Naylor, 1927-2012 (Photo by Aubrey Edwards)

Deep. Feeling it this week. 'Nuff said.

ON OUR GAYDAR

EQUALITY TEXAS RECEPTION Hustle up to the rooftop to learn about becoming part of ET's Capitol Club and the upcoming Lege session. Special guest speaker: Rep. Mark Strama. Thu., April 26, 5:30-8pm. One American Center, 600 Congress, 320-7100. $100 suggested donation.

QUEERDALINI YOGA Yup. It's Kundalini in a safe environment for those who'd prefer to focus on chi rather than he or she. Thursdays, 7-8:15pm. Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 628-1580. Donations encouraged. queerdalini@gmail.com.

LIVING WITH PRIDE: ALLIES ACROSS THE ALPHABET Cross-pollination, diversity, collaboration: Not just a great strategy for plants, but a fine social model to boot. Thu., April 26, 7-8:30pm. Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Texas Austin, Student Activity Center, Rm. 2.112, 232-1831. Free.

CHERRY BOMB Free food while it lasts, prizes, hot music, sexy dancers – well, that's most of your needs met right there. Last Thursday of the month, 9pm-2am. Deco Lounge, 408 Congress. $5 ($3, advance). www.facebook.com/fierceloveproductions.

LIZZY CAROLOKE This is the last Friday karaoke. Next week, Lizzie and crew switch to hump day. Friday, April 27, 8-12mid. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport.

LIL' QUEER PICNIC Carpool with the Q gang or meet up for some splendor in the grass with ACC's GSA. Fri., April 27, 5-9pm. Eastwoods Park, 3001 Harris Park Ave. Free. www.theqaustin.org.

1983 Cold. New. Electro. Synth. Your roots, minimal babies. Last Fridays, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. Free. brookesterryemail@gmail.com.

ARE YOU THERE BEYONCÉ? IT'S ME, MOUTHFEEL Blue Ivy tribute night with a "black mass at midnight with Miss Coral Rose to induct us into the Illuminati." What?! Yes! Fri., April 27, 10pm-2am. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823. Free.

HILL COUNTRY RIDE FOR AIDS The big ride rolls out and ends up at Reunion Ranch. There's still time to volunteer. Call or email today! Sat., April 28, 7am-9pm. Reunion Ranch, 850 CR 255, Georgetown, 371-7433. info@hillcountryride.org, www.hillcountryride.org.

HYDRATE! T-Dance on the back patio with DJ DefTone. Sat., April 28, 3-7pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 494-1150. Free. www.rainon4th.com.

LONG CENTER PURPLE PARTY Someone's gonna save your life tonight, sugar bear, at the Long's fourth anniversary featuring Jeans 'N Classics Band ('ello, Sir Elton) with the Austin Symphony Orchestra Sat., April 28, 8-12mid. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 457-5100. $49-89. www.thelongcenter.org/purple_party_4.aspx.

JUST THE TIP It's guaranteed "wind, grind, crunk, bump, drop it to the floor, pop-lock, and never, ever stop" with your dream dates Stanley + In2Deep, laying rap and R&B all night long. Sat., April 28, 9pm. Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. Sixth, 589-1411.

LAID-BACK CHURCH God bless everybody, no exceptions. 9 & 11am. Metropolitan Community Church, 8601 S. First, 291-8601. www.mccaustin.com.

TEA DANCE WITH PORSCHE Sunday Brunch with DJ Divorcee and internationally notorious drag diva Porsche. Sun., April 29, 12-8pm. Trinity Hall, 401 E. Sixth. www.oldschoolaustin.com/home/menus.

CAPTURE THE FLAG Team Homo presents this rousing, jaunty turf war with water guns. Sun., April 29, 2-4pm. Halcyon, 218 W. Fourth, 472-9637. Free. www.facebook.com/austinTPH, www.teamprohomo.org.

BEARADISE GARAGE Two tickets (as the song says) to one hairy heaven! DJ CBass keeps you lubed up with the Crisco disco, and the bar follows suit with obscenely cheap drink specials. Sundays, 4-10pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 482-8993. Free. www.soundcloud.com/bearadise, www.theironbear.com.

HARVEY MILK DAY SOCIAL & FUNDRAISER Big push to raise dough for the upcoming conference, May 24-27. Mon., April 30, 6:30-11pm. Vivo, 12233 RR 620 #105, 331-4660.

AGLCC NETWORKING LUNCHEON Mingle and get to know your fellow LGBT entrepreneurs. Tue., May 1, 11:30am-1pm. Gusto Italian Kitchen, 4800 Burnet, 458-1100. $20 ($15, AGLCC members). www.aglcc.org.

LUSHE Hot lady 'tenders by the eyeful. Not just for lushes, lady. First Tuesdays, 9pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 494-1150. www.rainon4th.com.

OCCUPY AUSTIN OCCUQUEERS MEETING Take up your rightful visceral and political space. Come help plan for Harvey Milk, May Day, the overall mission statement, and more. Search "Occuqueers" on Facebook for event page. Every other Wednesday, 5-6:30pm. The Q, 3408 West, 420-8557. Free.

QUEER RIDE Search "Queer Ride" on Facebook for up-to-date details on meeting spots and stops of this weekly ride for Qs and supporters. BYO pals, helmets, lights, locks, IDs, and monies. Wednesdays, 7pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 305-8400. Free.

NO DOVES FLY HERE Bats do. Twice-a-month goth with DJs Damage Done, Death Church, and Straylight. Darkness! Realness! First and third Wednesdays. Chain Drive, 504 Willow, 480-9017. Free. www.facebook.com/nodoves, www.nodovesflyhere.com.

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. Catered reception, 6:45pm; show, 8pm. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 476-0541 x1. Single event or Wilde Party Season tickets available. www.zachtheatre.org.

HO-RIZON

THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR BETTIE NAYLOR How to celebrate a life so dear? Go big or go home. Bettie wanted a party, so there shall be a party right after this service. Also, in lieu of flowers, etc., please consider a donation to Family Eldercare, c/o the Bettie Naylor Fund, established to provide care for aging LGBT seniors. Sat., May 5, 3pm. First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, 478-5684.

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