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Don't let anyone tell you how (or whom) to love this Valentine's
ON OUR GAYDAR
WINONA LA DUKE How about a li'l activism to get your heart on? Thu., Feb. 14. University of Texas at Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 471-3434.
ONE BILLION RISING One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. Meet at the South Steps and get ready to break the chains with a flash mob group of fierce femmes (etc.) and allies. Thu., Feb. 14, 10am-1pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 699-1792. www.onebillionrising.org, www.vday.org.
PFLAG SOUTH MONTHLY MEETING Family is nice; allied family is love. PFLAG represents the best of our community. Second Thursdays, 6:30-9pm. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, 444-1314. Free.
PATRICE PIKE Take a hike, and see the Pike. Thursdays, 8-10pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar, 448-2552. www.facebook.com/PatricePikeBand.
DRUNK DIAL'S V-DAY BLIND DATE SCAVENGER HUNT Go looking for love or whatever and come back with who knows (hopefully no one with the initials S, T, or D ...). Plus, drunk craft night. Thu., Feb. 14, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. Free. www.cheerupcharlies.tumblr.com.
THE SECRET SOCIETY BALL Austin Phonograph Company spins tunes, Fun Loving Photos snaps snaps, and the Austin Influentials provide this privvy peek into the wonderful world of Jay and Daisy. Thu., Feb. 14, 9pm-12mid. Swan Dive, 615 Red River, 994-2819. $50; $75 per couple; $40, advanced; $60, advanced couple. www.facebook.com/AustinInfluentialGroup/events.
WORLD'S LARGEST QUEER KISS Stop whatever it is you are doing at 12mid CST right at the onset of Valentine's Day, grab what's near ya, and have a smooch. Search Facebook for "World's Largest Queer Kiss." Thu., Feb. 14, 12mid. Free.
RED & BLACK PARTY 5 Revel in some Lone Star Bearaderie while entering raffles for one of five grizzly-sized wine baskets to benefit Project Transitions. Fri., Feb. 15, 9pm-2am. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. No cover. www.lonestarbears.com.
SOUL SHAKE LOVE'S HANGOVER PAJAMA PARTY DJ Munk spins soul, R&B, Stax, funk, hip-hop, and bump 'n' grind, while Terryl B. MCs you into your tighty-whities or whatever it is you wear to slumber parties. Seriously, come in your PJs. Fri., Feb. 15, 9pm. Lipstick24, 606 E. Seventh, 474-2950. $5. www.facebook.com/Lipstick24.
AUSTIN VALKYRIES FUNDRAISER The best Division I women's rugby team in Texas wants to take it to Nationals in 2014. Lez help 'em out, ballers. Sat., Feb. 16. Rusty Spurs, 680-5256. $5. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.austinvalkyries.com.
LEZZ DANCE DJ BJ spins the lezz into a tizz. Every month, a different beneficiary. Third Saturdays of the month, 6-10pm. Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh, 482-9002. $5. www.rustysaustin.com.
BAILE: THE DANCE 2013 DJ Katrina is in the sweet spot for this year's bighearted, motor-bootied, dance-off fundraiser for ALLGO. Sat., Feb. 16, 7:30-11:30pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River. Tickets online. www.allgo.org/allgo/category/events.
BEARGASM EVENT: COCKED AND LOADED – MILITARY PARTY Really. What more do you need to know than: "Beargasm," "Cocked," and "Loaded?" The "military" part means dress in dress blues or fatigues – whatever makes your little general stand at attention. DJ C-Rail, dancers, and Jell-O shots, with the money going to LGBT veterans. Sat., Feb. 16, 9pm-2am. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.theironbear.com.
NAKED GIRLS READING AUSTIN DoubleDown Dixie, Gemmi Galactic, RubyLamb, Zaftigg Von BonBon, and GlamAmour expose you to some literature. See, we didn't even add that "C." Sun., Feb. 17, 8pm. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 478-5282. $20 ($15, advance). www.vortexrep.org.
QUEER YOGA AUSTIN (NÉE QUEERDALINI) Kundalini and Hatha Yoga in a safe environment. Queerdalini, Mondays, 7:30pm; Hatha, Thursdays, 7:30pm. Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 628-1580. $5+ donations encouraged. email@example.com.
'the texas observer' RABBLE ROUSER Raise some dough for the fourth estate and rouse the rabble with firebrands like keynoters Fort Worth State Sen. Wendy Davis and El Paso Rep. Mary González, who came out as our first out female in the Lege. ... And we just came out as sapiosexual! Whoot! Thu., Feb. 21, 6pm. The White Horse, 500 Comal, 502-4637. $50 and up. www.texasobserver.org/rabblerouser2013.
AGLCC FEBRUARY HAPPY HOUR Mix and mingle with folks dedicated to economic equality through the LGBTQ spectrum. Thu., Feb. 21, 6:30-8:30pm. Graeber House, 410 E. Sixth. RSVP, free. www.aglcc.org/calendar/AGLCC-Happy-Hour-February-2013.
LIVING WITH PRIDE This month: "Religion, Spirituality, and LGBTQ Identities." Thu., Feb. 21, 7-8:30pm. UT Gender and Sexuality Center, Student Activity Center, 2201 Speedway, SAC 2.112, UT campus, 232-1831. www.facebook.com/UTGSC.
GAYBIGAYGAY IS BACK ON, BABIES The beloved queer tape across the finish line of SXSW has traditionally been GayBiGayGay. Last year's was reported to be the last. It was not. It is back on. Watch this space. Sun., March 17, noon-12mid. Springdale & Rogge (the 2011 location).
SHE IS ME: MOMENTS IN MY MIND Alien She-sir Kevin Parks Hauser shows his werq circa 2006-2013. Think: love, gender, and identity via forms of social signifiers through film. Through February. Birds Barbershop, 1107 E. Sixth, 457-0400. Free. www.birdsbarbershop.com.
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