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Free Thanksgivings at two gay bars!
Free Thanksgivings at two gay bars!

Be grateful! Happy day, to all in the LGBTQIA family, especially during the holidays, which can be so lonely for some. Whether it's family, food, or fun, share what ya got and spread the luv.


FREE Traditional Thanksgiving Feast The annual heartburst of a place to land for Turkey Day happens at two gay bars this year. This is one of two free holiday meals today. Play your cards right (and wear a belt with plenty of notches to loosen), and you could end up stuffed like a Butterball. Bring a dish to share at this sweet way to meet new people and make community. Thu., Nov. 27, noon. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192. Free.

Gerald's Annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner Share the holidays with chosen family. Mr. Penny makes sure there's plenty of turkey, ham, dressing, and desserts. Guests bring the rest. Thu., Nov. 27, 5pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.

Happy Hour with Ms. Wright What a great way to kick off your weekend. Thursdays and Fridays, 6-8pm. The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport. Free.

Stripper Circus Go ahead. Hum "I'm in Love With a Stripper" all the way home. Thursdays, 10pm-3am. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth.

Santa on the Terrace In the summer, they show films; when it's cold outside, come get some cocoa and visit with Santa. It's free. Free photos, even. And you don't even have to be a kid. (But bring kids if you've got 'em.) Why not start a new Friday-after-Thanksgiving tradition? Fri., Nov. 28, 10am-2pm. Long Center for the Performing Arts City Terrace, Riverside & South First. Free.

Night OUT: Elf the Musical Opening night reception with light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Fri., Nov. 28, 6pm. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside. Free with opening night ticket.

A Kodachrome Christmas Earlene Hoople (Jay Byrd), the "Queen of Rural Media" tapes her Christmas special in front of a live studio audience: You. Proceeds benefit Blue Santa. Fri., Nov. 28, 8pm; Sat., Nov. 29, 3 & 8pm. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. $15.,

Big Boi Yoga Hey, hey, Boo Boo, is your yogi a bear? Come Hatha flow with the handsome, gingerly JohnMark and modifications for big bodies (big bois, ladybears, et al.). Saturdays, 11am; Mondays, 7pm. The New Cycleast, 1619 E. Caesar Chavez. $10 class, $30 unltd. monthly.,,

Thankscrimmage Roll out at this third annual b&w pickup-style flat-track scrimmage. Wanna skate? Bring both color shirts and a nonperishable food item or cash donation for the Capital Area Food Bank. Wanna just watch? Limited seating for spectators. Sat., Nov. 29, 2-4pm. Texas Roller Girls' Blood Shed, 6110 Trade Center. Cost: a nonperishable food item or cash donation for the Capital Area Food Bank.

Shelley King at Bear's Lair Ms. King is Building a Fire so hot she named her CD after it. Come help her spark it up for the holiday. Sat., Nov. 29, 7:30-10:30pm. Bear's Lair, 11505 Circle Bend Dr. $15.

Bare Foot (Patrol) Dance Foot Patrol with Day vs. Night and I'm Gorgeous Inside. Sat., Nov. 29, 8pm. Dozen Street, 1808 E. 12th.

The Boys of Austin Dance Still dirty. Still filthy. Supastar DJ Filthy Rich spins gobs of gay gold. Just gobs of it. Saturdays, 10pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150.

Download Ginger Leigh's Amazing Drive our local diva to the top of the download charts. Sun., Nov. 30.,

Cape Cod Sundays Come get a big XO from Dan X.O. and the crew. Sundays, 2-5pm. Tapelenders Video, 1114 W. Fifth #201. Free.

DJ Protege's First Aid Heal what ails ye and shake before serving. Sundays, 5-10pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150. Free.

Rain Live! BOTF and BLXPLTN. NFW! LOL. J/K. Sun., Nov. 30, 9pm-12mid. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free.

World AIDS Day Service Reflect, pray, remember, hope ... love. Mon., Dec. 1, 7-9pm. Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2200 Justin. 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.

Drink-N-Drag Xacora Cayne hosts. Weekly performers include: Jame Perry, Mai Flirt, Brandi Williams, Cici Carerra Ortiz, and Kara Foxx Paris. Tuesdays, 11pm. Mister Tramps Sports Pub & Cafe, 8565 Research. Free.

TuezGayz Dependably fruitastic: Austin's legendary weekly weekday gay night on Red River hosted by none other than the adorable Glitoris. Tuesdays, 9pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River, 512/476-7766.

Bearaoke With Kenny Goes 'til close. Rrawr! Wednesdays, 9:30pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.

Dance Battles Put your name down by 11pm; battle at 11:30pm. Battle on, dancing queen, battle on. Wednesdays, 11pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823.

Rainbow Night Keep the rainbow glow flowing. Drag show, special guests, DJs, drink specials, and more. First Thursdays, 9:30pm. Fullmoon Saloon, 16480 S. Hwy 123, San Marcos.,


ACC: Queer Writings Louisa Spaventa guides this honors-level (1302) composition class that explores stories by and about LGBTQ people. "Side effects may include inspiration, empathy, pride, laughter, awe, gratitude, lament, epiphany, and ...." Registration open through Jan. 14. Spring semester: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:50pm. Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus, 1212 Rio Grande, 512/223-3000.

Below the Belt Learn the safe-sex ropes, Q newbs at this monthly group for the fellas – however you ID. Tue., Dec. 16, 7pm. The Q, 2906 Medical Arts, 512/420-8557. Free.

New Year With Family A*Fab's annual New Year's Eve bash has some company: Austin Pride. Come enjoy Luciana, Kristine W., and the Atlantics featuring the wild and wonderful Courtney Sanchez. Wed., Dec. 31, 8pm. Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234. $141.39 or $260.99 per couple; early bird tickets available until Dec. 10.,

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