Gay Place: Back To ... Normal?

Compared to last Saturday, this weekend gay Austin may be able to hear a pin drop, but there's still too much to do

Maison d'Etoile's Allyson Garro at Queerbomb. Le Maison's anniversary party happens this weekend (see Sunday).
Maison d'Etoile's Allyson Garro at Queerbomb. Le Maison's anniversary party happens this weekend (see Sunday). (Photo by Kate X Messer)

Really, what is "normal?" Post-Queerbomb reality? Now let's get through this summer and make it to Pride. Do you realize how lucky we are to live in a town that supports so many LGBTQ celebrations? San Marcos, for example, is celebrating their first Pride later this month. We checked our watch. Yes, it is still 2013.


ATX GAY BASKETBALL LEAGUE BBQ SOCIAL Spectators, fans, groupies, and of course players welcome at this aftergame mingle. Thu., June 6, 7pm. Ruby's B-B-Q, 512 W. 29th. Free.

TEXAS HOLD 'EM TOURNEY Wild West presents poker. Thursdays, 7:30pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth.

KRUDAS CUBENSI East Side Latin Jam plays early; Krudas at midnight with open mic. Thu., June 6, 9pm. The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd. $5.

MARIAH VS. WHITNEY It's another ripe Girlfriend Lady party. Thu., June 6, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth. Free.

THIRST FURRSDAY Monthly array of performative oddities with your hosts, Attic Ted and DJ Stephy B. First Thursdays, 10pm. Chain Drive, 504 Willow.

'COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER' SCREENING Polari presents some serious sociosexxeh with directors in attendance for a Q&A. Fri., June 7, 7pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. Free.

FEMME MAFIA Meet La Femme Nostra at the picnic tables in the outdoor back patio next to the tattoo/screen-printing shop. Open to femmes of all genders. First Fridays, 8-11pm, self-ID femme time; after 10pm, allies, admirers, and pals may join. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe, 2908 Fruth. [email protected].

AFTER HOURS DANCE 2am until ... ? First Fridays of the month. Basement, 422 Congress.

BOOKWOMAN NEW MOON CIRCLE Gemini New Moon sacred circle with Heather. What! Sat., June 8, 7-9pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar, 512/472-2785. Donations.

MAISON D'ETOILE TURNS 3 Happy, happy, happy, joyeux anniversaire, mon cher! Celebrate the magical mavens who top your tops and flip your wigs. Food, booze, bands, a raffle, WHAT?! Let's make sure they stick around by contributing to their building-improvement fund. Sun., June 9, noon-7pm. Maison d'Etoile, 2109 E. Cesar Chavez. $5 suggested donation.

OUT YOUTH LAVENDeR GRADUATION Hey, matriculateds: Honor your accomplishment in a proud and purple fashion, yo. Congrats to all grads, whether ye be middle, high, tech, karate, cosmetology, what have you. Families and friends encouraged to come cheer. Sun., June 9, 4pm. Out Youth House, 909 E. 49th, 512/419-1233. Free.

ANAL PLEASURE FOR EVERYBODY WORKSHOP Julie Sunday (on Sunday, ha) talks safety, partner/solo play, toys, and more. Donations go to Planned Parenthood. Sun., June 9, 6pm. Q Toys, 6800 Burnet, 512/772-1614. $10 donation.

AGLCC TOASTMASTERS Our local gay chamber of commerce is home to one of the country's fastest growing LGBT Toastmaster groups. Come zhoosh your public speaking and communication skills. Second and fourth Mondays, 5:45pm. Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third.

GEEKS WHO DRINK QUIZ GAME Be a geek. Be a bear! Buy a drink! Win cash! Mondays, 8-10pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth.

LISTEN TO OUTCAST! Tweak your knobs to 91.7FM: KOOP = queer, yo! Tuesdays, 6-7pm.,

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.,

LADIES NIGHT DJ BJ spins the early shift. Wednesdays, DJ 6pm, live bands 10pm. Stompin' Grounds Coffee & Cocktail Lounge, 3801 S. Congress.

ESOTERIC Not your typical gay bar beats. Each week explores alt-labels like SubPop, Touch & Go, etc. You know, shizzzz grizzled old punk daddies might luv. Wednesdays, 8pm-12mid. Chain Drive, 504 Willow.

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. Free.


FIRST ANNUAL PRIDE CELEBRATION IN SAN MARCOS DJs Kira and E-Mortal keep it fresh for performers Gia De La Flor, Amanda Riley, Kitana Kush, Adi De La Flor, and Kimberley St. James at this first ever San Marcos Pride! Come on Austin, let's go down there and support. (If beer sales go well, they get to stay open 'til 2am.) A dollar out of each admission goes to the Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund. Search "Rainbow Night @ VFW SMTX" on Facebook for more details. Sat., June 29, 8pm-12mid. VFW Post 3413 San Marcos, 1701 Hunter, San Marcos, 512/644-5637. $3 until 10pm, $4 after, 18+ (16-17 year-olds allowed with parent).

HELP AARON FLYNN Art activist and delicious bon vivant Aaron Flynn is recovering from a vicious hit-and-run assault. Friends have pulled together an Indie-Go-Go, and a live benefit at Cheer Ups is in the works. The online campaign offers art and bowties, and the live gig features an incredible array of items up for bid including two live-DJ gigs from a certain coupla vinyl-only unicorns. Mon., June 10, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth.

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