Gay Place: OUTside of Society, Indeed

Get OUT and enjoy the sights

OUTsider brings the outside in (Thu.-Sat.).
OUTsider brings the outside in (Thu.-Sat.). (Photo by Jana Birchum)

It doesn't get much more OUT than OUTart, OUTrock, OUTsex, OUTfilm, OUTperformance art out the wazoo. It's OUTsider. It is us.

ON OUR GAYDAR

OUTsider Salons Check the OUTsider schedule for details on these "Conferences on the Couch" which will afford opportunities to rub elbows with the queerati in a living room setting in the cozy neighborhood known as French Place. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 19-21, 11am. See OUTsider schedule for location. www.outsiderfest.org.

Happy Hour with Ms. Wright Her support for and in local gay bars through the years is legendary. That's why the crowd on these nights is so diverse, so warm, so friendly. She's Queen Ally! (See "Entertaining Angels," p.60) Ms. Wright on the black & whites is a great way to kick off your weekend. Thursdays and Fridays, 6-8pm. The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport, 512/730-0759. Free. www.fb.com/theskylarklounge.

Lizzy Caroloke Queeraoke with a vengeance. Third Thursdays, 9pm. Badlands, 1203 Chicon. www.karaokelist.net.

Jenn & Phannie from Girl in a Coma GIAC "bottoms" (as in bass & drum, silly) take over the ones, the twos, and you. Special guests each week. Third Thursdays, 7pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. www.fb.com/stonewallwarehouse.

OUTsider: Tribe 8 Tribute The 2015 inaugural OUTsider presents its first Legacy Award, and this year's goes to dyke rock monsters Tribe 8, who made some great high-profile memories in Austin landmarks back in the Nineties and Aughts. Afterparty features a reunion of the band and your mind being blown. Fri., Feb. 20. Awards: 8:30pm, Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd.; afterparty and reunion, 10pm. Dozen Street, 1808 E. 12th. www.tribe8.com.

HackOut We'd like to see you hack your way out of this preeminent hackathon for the LGBT community. Win! Cash! Consultation! Cloud services! Cash! Sat.-Sun., Feb. 21-22. Tech Ranch, 8920 Business Park Dr. #200, 512/726-5110. hackout@startout.com, www.startout.org/events/hackout-austin-2015.

Black Lives Matter: Dirge March To have solid allies, we must be solid allies. The march takes the form of a mourning ritual: Please wear black or white and bring a sign that says something from the heart. Here are some ideas sent out by the organizers: Black lives matter; We can't breathe; Stop killing us; You shot me, You shot me; I don't have a gun, stop shooting; I LOVE YOU TOO. Sat., Feb. 21, 11:30am. Meet at the large parking area between the ND and Pine Street Station at the corner of Brushy & Fifth. Free.

Bent Queer Art Showcase The main queer art event during SXSW. Opening party: Sat., Feb. 21, 7-10pm; show runs through March. Romani Gallery, 1900 E. 12th. Free. www.fb.com/theromanigallery.

HAIL YASSS: ARMY OF BJÖRK Björk just released her new record. You can release all your innards now. Show features Sylvia Divinorum, Zane Zena, Louisianna Purchase, Althea Trix, Fannie Mae Darling, Miss Farenheit, and DJ set by Young Creature. Sat., Feb. 21, 10pm-2am. Chain Drive, 84 East Ave. Free. www.fb.com/bulimianne.

Lesbian Wedding: A Tea Dance Monthly carpet brunch from the guiding eye behind Free & Queer Cinema featuring different DJs and entertainment. And yes, there's always cake. Always, always cake. Last Sundays, 2-8pm. The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville. Free.

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. www.fb.com/stonewallwarehouse.

Academy Awards Viewing Party More red-carpet antics with your pals at the 'Wall. Who's got the popcorn? Who's got the little gold man? Who's got the shade? Sun., Feb. 22, 6pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. www.fb.com/stonewallwarehouse, www.oscar.go.com.

Planet Fabulous Karaoke's grand dame is holding it down at the 'Bear. Wednesdays, 9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.theironbear.com.

Julie Nolen The Noles plays the Sax. Earlier start time for you early risers. Tue., Feb. 24, 8-10pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar. Free. www.julienolen.com.

Gearaoke Don we now our gayest leather, pick a song, and sing! Joe Stacy hosts. This week: special underwear edition. Tuesdays. Chain Drive, 84 East Ave. Free. www.fb.com/chaindriveatx.

College Night Ages 18 and up are welcome to this collegial night for collegiates. Wednesdays. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos. www.fb.com/stonewallwarehouse.

HO-RIZON

Weird City Sisters Exequatur Watch, support, and toast with a communion wafer all weekend long as your favorite sisses get nunnified, officially, ascending into a fully professed order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Brides-o-Crikey Almighty! Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 1. See site for full schedule. All over Downtown Austin. www.fb.com/weirdcitysisters, www.weirdcitysisters.wordpress.com/exequatur-celebration.

Carnaval Brasileiro 2015 Our official post-Mardi Gras Mardi Gras, led by Austin's beloved Samba School. You've got just enough time to stitch together your feather thong and get some tickets. Time's a wastin'! Sat., Feb. 28, 8pm. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 512/404-4500. $38, VIP $63. www.carnavalaustin.com, www.sambaparty.com.

Texas' Largest Gay Beach Party: Splash-SPI Head to the (almost) border for Texas' annual big gay beach bash: Splash. Get splayed at the Get Leid Pool Party, dance under the stars at the Dancing With the Stars Party, splash at the Splash Pool Bash, and listen to the music of your heart at A Night in White featuring guest of honor Lance Bass at Splash's HQ, Louie's Backyard. Thu.-Sun., April 23-26. South Padre Island, 956/761-7711. www.splashsouthpadre.com.

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