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Gay Place: Queerzy Springs

By Kate X Messer, May 4, 2012, Columns

Surely it's some kind of unicorn promised land, this Krause Springs. The main pool seems unchanged since we began dipping our horn over two decades ago. Frozen in time (and in your skivvs), Krause's preeeeetty chilly. So if you go to Sunday's Queer Swim Takeover, bring a coupla towels – or cutie pies to pat you down and keep you warm. (See Sunday.)


COURT LURIE SOLO SHOW Delicate and bold: quite a lovely show. Through Sun., May 20. Lytle Pressley Contemporary, 1214 W. Sixth.

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

THE WHOLE PACKAGE Open weekly discussion forum for gay and bisexual men, ages 18-30. This week: "Puberty: The Awkward Years of Becoming a Man." Third Friday of the month, 7pm. The Q, 3408 West, 420-8557. Free.

QUEER CHORUS CONCERT Support and celebrate the closing event for the first year of this official UT group. Fri., May 4, 7:30-9pm. Student Activity Center Auditorium. Free.

VAGINA: THE ZINE Folds and folds of juicy info on yo' clinfo. Read it. Weep. Read it again. Release! Zine release! Fri., May 4, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. Free, donations.

FEMME MAFIA If you find a horse head in your bed, you might have been mean to a femme. Our local Femme Mafia means business. Look for the pink boa. First Fridays, 9-11pm, self-ID femmes; after 11pm, admirers and friends. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe, 2908 Fruth, 480-9562.

AUSTIN LEATHER SOCIAL Shiny, shiny ... shiny boots of leather. First Saturdays, 8-10pm. Chain Drive, 504 Willow, 480-9017. $5 to benefit CTBOL charities.

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.

THE PLUNGE SPLASH DAY PARTY Ever seen a bear in a puddle? Those boys like it wet. DJ's C-Rail and Bryan Konrad spin as you model your finest swimwear on the dance floor. Sat., May 5, 9pm. Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.

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

DIRTY FILTHY SATURDAY Supa'star 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 every weekend. 9 & 11am. Metropolitan Community Church, 8601 S. First, 291-8601.

QUEER SWIM TAKEOVER This unipony can attest: Krause is sheer sylvan sanctitude. A respite of faerie, unicorn, and leprechaun proportions. Project ABC invites all fat-positive, body-affirming, resplendent, bathing queers to turn out en masse and show what you know. Look for the pink flag. Search "Project ABC Queer Swim Takeover" on Facebook. Sun., May 6, 11am. Krause Springs, 404 Krause Springs Rd., Spicewood, 830/693-4181. Free event with park admission: $6, adults; $4, kids 4-11, free under 4. Camping options available.,

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.

TUEZGAYZ Still the king (queen) of 'em all, y'all. Your weekend just started a li'l earlier. Tuesdays, 10pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River, 476-7766.,

FOODIES HAPPINESS HOUR Boys and girls, happy hour-ing together under one great, big Foodies rainbow umbrella. Joy! Second Tuesdays, 6-8pm. Hugo's Restaurant y Tequila Bar, 300 S. Lamar, 474-4846.

PFLAG NORTH Meet and greet with fellow allies in the cause for love. Second Tuesday of every month, 6:45pm. Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park, 512/302-3524. Free.,,

LIZZY CAROLOKE Tippin': not just something you do to cows. Now on Wednesdays, 8pm-12mid. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. Free.

QUEER POETICS One-day conference chock full of theory, practice, and readings. C'mon, poets! Email for details. Wed., May 9, 9:30am-4:30pm. Student Activity Center, Rm. 2.304, UT campus. Free and open to the public.

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.


QUEERBOMB 2012 is coming. Stay alert.

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