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An Angel shows her halos and Queer Ride gets porny

Angeliska's crowning achievements on display at Maison d'Etoile (see Thursday)
Angeliska's crowning achievements on display at Maison d'Etoile (see Thursday) (Photo courtesy of Angeliska Polacheck)

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BEDPOST CONFESSIONS Hear the darkest and dirtiest of Sara Henry (swoon!), Lea Comte (gasp!), Robert Arjet (sigh!), and Mia Martina (pant pant!), all hosted by Julie Gillis (arrrgglllgggh!). Thu., Jan. 16, 8-10:30pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $10.

CROWNING GLORY This costume retrospective/art show merges myriad mega-forces in the Austin Costume Renaissance: Artist/costume-designer Angeliska Polachek showing in the context of costume hub Maison d'Etoile, home of Coco Coquette, et al. Amelia Foxtrot of Austin Phonograph Company spins (cranks?) and as usual, there will be lovely libations. Thu., Jan. 16, 8-11pm. Maison d'Etoile, 2109 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/344-9173. Free.

The LOVE LEIGHS Mesmerizing and melodic. Uke can't get enough! Come for Ms. Wright's happy two hours (6-8pm) and stay for these lovelies. Thu., Jan. 16, 8-10:30pm. The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport. Free.,

DANGER 'N DOLLS XO, KURRAKÄ, and special guest DJ d_castle. Bang. Your. Head. (... and other parts.) Thu., Jan. 16, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5.

QUEER RIDE: BIKESMUT KINKY KOLLAGES Special edition QR pedals porn and the cycling connection, concluding the ride from the Long to the BikeSmut show at Spider House. Donations of cycling or porn mags with unstuck pages encouraged. Fri., Jan. 17, 5pm. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside. Free.

BIKESMUT PORNY EXPRESS After Queer Ride's Kinky Kollage party, the real down and dirty starts: the Porny Express film fest and more. Fri., Jan. 17, 6pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. Free.

LEADATX17: ELDERS' DINNER Facebook-based L.E.A.D. (Learning and Exploring Anti-Racist Dialogue) meets monthly, sometimes in public places (like Treasure City) or in private homes. This event is a potluck which will feature "a conversation with ... prominent elders [with] perspectives on social justice work in Austin." Fri., Jan. 17, 7-11pm. Private location, contact for info. Free.

MERRY MERRY MARTINI MIXER This year, Equality Texas wrote a poem for their Masque at the Mansion event: "Eye of gold, Thigh of blue, True is false, Who is who?" Come to the costumed version of this 10th annual cocktail shebang for the best li'l lobby in Texas. Fri., Jan. 17, 7-11pm. The Mansion, 2312 San Gabriel. $55-80.

BIG BOI YOGA You can dooo eeet! Saturdays, 11am. Soco Yoga, 1109-B S. Congress, 512/445-0773. $5-15.

2 AT THE Q: REACHING FOR EQUALITY You have a dream? Total equality? Come on down and reach out along with other local social justice groups. Sat., Jan. 18, 2pm. The Q, 3408 West, 512/420-8557. Free.

Q TOYS IS ONE Happy birthday to Q! Happy birthday to Q! Happy birthday, dear purveyor of that which gets us off, QuuuuuHuuu, Happy birthday to Q! Come party. Food, drank, music, and, of course: toys. Sat., Jan. 18, 6-9pm. Q Toys, 6800 Burnet Rd., 512/772-1614. Free.

QUEER CHURCH REVIVAL Artist Billy Beasty is on a mission from God. Or G-d. Or dog. Or somebody. In the modern world, the distillations of traditional faith sometimes leave warm hearts cold or yearning for something more lifelike or reasonable. A bunch of seekers seek potluckers, choir singers, congregation builders, et al. Contact BROTHER Bear, 512/524-0990.

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE & DARREL MAYERS Brillzy poet and cool composer (respectively) showcase poems/tunes. Sun., Jan. 19, 4-6pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785. Free.

SUNDAY CHURCH Althea Trix wants to get an AMEN. And some men. Burlesque, drag, and a Champagne train. PREACH! Sundays, 6-9pm. Castro's Warehouse, 213 W. Fourth. Free.

HER HRC Come dressed up as your favorite heroine in history. Then listen to Battle of the DJs, featuring DJs C-Rail, Cindy Lopez, JaysonM, and BJ Laray. Sun., Jan. 19, 6:30-11pm. The Hangar Lounge, 318 Colorado. $15.

BOUT TIME HAPPY HOUR That's seven happy hours if you're nasty ... Every day, 2-9pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35.

FREE BUFFET Yummy, free grub all week long to soak up all those drink specials. Mon.-Fri., 5-7pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. Free.

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

GO-GO TUESDAYS Boys of Austin Go-Go booties and DJ Deftone offer another place to dance on that night of the week that's become a big gay staple. Tuesdays, 9pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150. Free.

NAKIA: BELMONT RESIDENCY All bear, all blues, all soul, all ours. Nakia takes over the Belmont's January happy times with special guests Lex Land (Jan. 15), Emily Bell (Jan. 22), and Nightblooms/Karla Manzur (Jan. 29). Jan. 15, 22, and 29, 6pm. The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth, 512/476-2100.

QUEER RIDE Search QR on Facebook for up-to-date details on meeting spots and stops of this weekly ride. Wednesdays, 7pm. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside. Free.

BEARAOKE WITH KENNY Goes 'til close. Rrrawr! Wednesdays, 9:30pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.theironbear.

HAPPY HOUR WITH MS. WRIGHT The legendary Ms. Wright on the black & whites. Thursdays and Fridays, 6-8pm. The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport. Free.

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