Gay Place: GSC - the Place to Be

UT's Gender and Sexuality Center throws a decade birthday bash

Gay Place: GSC - the Place to Be

The University of Texas at Austin's wonderful Gender & Sexuality Center turns 10 this week. Congrats, GSC. Now let's celebrate at their Sparkle Party (see Friday).

ON OUR GAYDAR

After Some Reflection Featuring the works of Jenny Granberry, Jaelah Kuehmichel, and Joe Sinness. Show runs through Feb. 8. grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/826-5334. www.grayduckgallery.com/hidden/after-some-reflection.

THR3E ZISTERS A little gender twist on Mr. Chekhov never hurt no one. Plus: zombies. Thu.-Sat., through Feb. 14, 8pm. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886. $20. www.salvagevanguard.org.

Hill Country Ride Kick-Off Like one well-oiled crankin' machine, Austin hops on the saddle to create this massive ride of love through the hills to help folks living with HIV/AIDS. Come kick off and meet your fellow gears (you know, of the bicycle variety). Thu., Jan. 22, 7pm. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541. www.hillcountryride.org.

GSC Sparkle Party Celebrate a decade of UT's Gender Sexuality Center! Everyone who has ever worked with, visited, benefited from, admired, had a crush on, and hung out in the GSC is welcome. Fri., Jan. 23, 5:30-8pm. Student Activity Center Auditorium, 2201 Speedway, 512/232-1831. www.fb.com/utgsc.

Friendship & Freedom group exhibition and Close Encounters Artist Talk MASS' first show of 2015 features the work of Leah DeVun, Edie Fake, and the collective known as Nightmare City. On Saturday, artist/historian Leah DeVun and writer/historian Chelsea Weathers chit-chat about DeVun's work. Opens Friday, runs through Feb. 28. Artist Talk: Sat., Jan. 24, 2pm. MASS Gallery, 507 Calles #108. www.leahdevun.com. www.nightmarecity.org/work.

Coma in Algiers Happy Forever LP release show featuring guests Ringo Deathstarr, Air Traffic Controllers, Popper Burns, and James Arthur's Manhunt. Fri., Jan. 23, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 900 Red River. $3 suggested donation. www.comainalgiers.bandcamp.com.

BT & tyDi "BT," aka Brian Wayne Transeau, aka composer, re: Fast & Furious, Monster, Bowie, Madonna, and an entire alphabet of musical notables. Aussie electophile tyDi opens. Fri., Jan. 23, 9pm. V Nightclub, 409 Colorado. $20-25.

Friday Night Bears A-tisket, a-tasket, check out that bear basket. Fridays, 9pm-2am. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.theironbear.com.

Merry Merry Martini Mixer A decade plus one: That's how long these merrymakers have been merrily making martinis, mixing (or shaking? or stirring?) with like-minded big hearts, all to support our front line at the Lege: Equality Texas. This year's theme: the Cabaret Club. Sat., Jan. 24, 7pm. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth. $65-95.

BookWoman Volunteer Fun Day It's the annual BW inventory roundup, kind of a tradition in these parts. Get to know the stock (and perhaps some staff?) intimately, help a local feminist/queer landmark stay the course, and have some fun (and refreshments) to boot. Shifts available: 9:30am-noon, 10:30am-1pm, 11:30am-2pm, and 12:30-3pm, or choose your own adventure. Sun., Jan. 25, 9:30am-4pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785. bookwomanaustin@gmail.com, www.fb.com/bookwomanaustin.

Sunday Brunch Hey San Marcoans, the brunch gang at the Stonewall has a mimosa (or 12) with your name on it. Sometimes, your name may require a Bloody Mary, and they have those, too. Sundays, 11am-3pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. www.fb.com/stonewallwarehouse.

Out Youth Drop-In Days Austin's amazing drop-in center for Q and questioning youth (ages 12-23). Sundays (ages 12-19), Wednesdays (ages 12-19), Thursdays (ages 18-23), 4:30-8:30pm. Out Youth, 909 E. 49½, 512/419-1233. www.outyouth.org.

Super Sundays Diva Show Join Kelly Kline and Jenny McCall for a night of divinity. Sundays, 10:30pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free. www.oilcanharrys.com.

AGLCC Toastmasters Our local gay chamber of commerce is home to one of the country's fastest-growing LGBT Toastmaster groups. Come buff up those public speaking and communication muscles. Second and fourth Mondays, 6pm. Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third, 512/476-9151. www.aglcc.org/toastmasters.

Naked Yoga For Men Everyone has lots of questions about Naked Yoga, like, "What if I get a boner ...?" There's a FAQ for that. Mondays, 7:30pm at Todd Pilates, 4032 S. Lamar #700; Wednesdays, 8pm and Saturdays, 10:30am at Kirkworks, 1810 Briarcliff. $14 single class, multi-class passes available for deep discounts. www.austinnakedyoga.com.

Geeks Who Drink Quiz Game Be a bear! Drink a drink. Be a geek. Win cash prizes! Mondays, 8-10pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.theironbear.com.

Homo Arigato: Born in Flames Lizzie Borden's vision of America after the Second Revolution. Mon., Jan. 26, 10:45pm. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth. www.drafthouse.com.

TuezGayz Dependably fruitastic: Austin's legendary weekly weekday gay night on Red River. Tuesdays, 9pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River. www.fb.com/barbarellaatx.

Texas Hold 'Em Tourneys Wild West presents puh-puh-puh-poker for your poker face. Tuesdays, 8pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.fb.com/wildwestcasinogames/events.

Bout Time Karaoke Erin O. will set you up. It's up to you to knock it out. Tuesdays, 9pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. www.bouttime2.com.

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.

College Night Ages 18 and up are welcome to this collegial night for collegiates (collegiates numbering apx. 99.9% of the town's sparkle population, btw). Wednesdays. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. www.fb.com/stonewallwarehouse.

Shitty Kitty Big Ball BINGO Ms. Rebecca Havemeyer will have you scrambling for letters, numbers, and ya diaper – ya big, stanky, droopy diaper. Last Wednesdays of the month, 9:30pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. www.fb.com/rebecca.havemeyer.

HO-RIZON

Austin International Drag Festival Save the date for three days of dolled-up diva-inity. Fri.-Sun., May 1-3, 2015. A variety of Downtown venues (stay tuned for details). $99-198. www.austindragfest.org.

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