Gay Place: Confidential

Welcome to queer heaven, SXSWers

Oh yeah, he's one of ours. <i>Tab Hunter Confidential</i> hits SXSW Film this week.
Oh yeah, he's one of ours. Tab Hunter Confidential hits SXSW Film this week.

Pssst! You know Austin is a queer haven, where boys who like boys who like girls will be etc., and can be themselves? But, hey, this is Texas, so keep it on the down-low, would you? You won't? Oh, we see. You and your big city ways...

ON OUR GAYDAR

STRIPPER CIRCUS AUDITIONS Whip out your special chones and shake what the good Lord with the devilish grin gave ya. Thu., March 12, 6-8pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth.

HAPPY HOUR WITH MS. WRIGHT Queen of the gay-bar happy hour scene now at the Eastside's sweetest, chillest bar. Thursdays and Fridays, 6-8pm. The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport. Free. www.fb.com/theskylarklounge.

FREE HIV/STD TESTING Keep it clean, fellas. Tuesdays, 1-4 & 8-11pm, Fridays, noon-4pm. Midtowne Spa, 5815 Airport, 512/302-9696. www.midtowne.com.

SXSW: STORYTELLING SUPERHEROES Dykes to Watch Out For creator (and MacArthur Genius, btw) lays it all out. Fri., March 13, 3:30pm. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez. www.dykestowatchoutfor.com.

#BIGGAY KICKOFF PARTY 2015 Welcome to the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's official kickoff to the SXSW season, and the official first place you can pick up the Spring edition of the Agenda and the 2015 gAyTX SXSW Fun Guide produced by the AGLCC and "The Gay Place." Fri., March 13, 6pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. RSVP for VIG badge. www.fb.com/aglcc/events.

aGLIFF SXSW FILMMAKER BRUNCH Rub napkins with the directors of Tab Hunter Confidential, Naz & Maalik, Out to Win, and more (including all those aGLIFF cuties). Sat., March 14, 11am-2pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993. Free. www.agliff.org.

BIG BOI YOGA Hey, hey, Boo Boo, is your yogi a bear? Come Hatha with modifications for big bodies. Saturdays, 11am; Mondays, 7pm. The New Cycleast, 1619 E. Cesar Chavez. www.dawgyoga.com/bigboiyoga.

SXSW: OUT IN THE FIELD: LGBT PRO ATHLETES SX Dream Team panel: NBA's Jason Collins, WNBA's Brittney Griner, and US Women's National Soccer Team's Megan Rapinoe. Sat., March 14, 2pm. Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto. www.fb.com/mpinoe.

YEAST BY SWEET BEAST: DAYS 1, 2 & 3 CD's annual foray into noise nirvana, featuring Wilfred Brimley's Secret Mission, Ouiness, ST 37, Gym Mat Nap, Abigail & Hansel, and more. Sat.-Mon., March 14-16, 5pm. Chain Drive, 84 East Ave. Free.

WOODLAND FAERIE TRAIL BY STARLIGHT Magic, faeries, botanicals, music, hot cocoa, cider, and thou, faerie. Sun., March 15, 7-9pm. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd. $6-15. www.zilkergarden.org.

SUNDAY NIGHT DIVAS w/ TEMPEST DUJOUR Join divas for a night of divinity, this week featuring Ru queen Tempest. Sundays, 10:30pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free. www.oilcanharrys.com.

Gina Chavez plays Tuesday at the Parish and Wednesday at the Austin Music Awards.
Gina Chavez plays Tuesday at the Parish and Wednesday at the Austin Music Awards. (Photo by John Anderson)

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

NO PLAY MUSIC Including: Cheerleader, Residual Kid, In the Whale, New York City Queens, Sealion, and Man Hands. Tue., March 17, 11am. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. Free. www.noplaymusic.com.

FOREPLAY:READING RAINBOW It's either a LeVar Burton tribute or night of Your Mom jokes. You can't lose. Kara Foxx hosts and DJ DefTone spinz. Tuesdays. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150.

SXSW FILM

FRESNO OITNB's Natasha Lyonne plays Martha, the overly optimistic lesbian sis. Sat., March 14, 7pm. Topfer Theatre at ZACH, 202 S. Lamar. Mon., March 16, Wed., March 18, 10:15pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309. www.gamechanger-films.com.

GTFO Video games: Misogyny? Discrimination? Ya think? Sat., March 14, 7pm. Rollins Studio Theatre, 701 W. Riverside. Mon., March 16, 7:45pm. Wed., March 18, 1:15pm. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln. www.gtfothemovie.com.

TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL Hollywood's Sigh Guy liked guys. Oooh la la. Tab: what a beautiful twink. Sun., March 15, 10pm. Topfer Theatre at ZACH, 202 S. Lamar. Mon., March 16, Sat., March 21, 2:45pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar. www.tabhunterconfidential.com.

SHE'S THE BEST THING IN IT Who? 79-year-old character actress, Mary Louise Wilson. Mon., March 16, 4pm. Stateside, 719 Congress. Tue.-Wed., March 17, 9:30pm, March 18, 11:30am. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar. www.shesthebestthinginit.com.

OUT TO WIN Professional gay and lesbian athletes tell their stories. Tue., March 17, 4pm. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth.

KNOCK KNOCK, IT'S TIG NOTARO Doc doc doc about Tig Tig Tig. Tue., March 17, 7pm. Rollins Studio, 701 W. Riverside. www.tignation.com.

SXSW MUSIC

GINA CHAVEZ Austin's Latin-pop queen. Tue., March 17, 8pm. Parish, 214 E. Sixth. www.ginachavez.com.

HAND JOB ACADEMY Brooklyn yeastie-girls with a song called "Lena Dunham." Tue., March 17, 8:25pm. Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. Sixth. www.handjobacademymusic.com.

NEW YORK CITY QUEENS Houston pop combo may be neither queens nor from NYC. Tue., March 17, 1am. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. www.fb.com/newyorkcityqueens.

TASHA THE AMAZON Suckers will know her damn name by the end of SXSW. Tue., March 17, 1am. Friends, 208 E. Sixth.

Ben Aqua, Wednesday at the Vulcan Gas Co.
Ben Aqua, Wednesday at the Vulcan Gas Co. (Courtesy of Brea Photography)

BEN AQUA Overstimulating electro stim for the ear and eye holes, à la ATX. Wed., March 18, 7:30pm. Vulcan Gas Company, 418 E. Sixth. www.benaqua.org.

AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS 2015: VIVA LA DIVA We've no particular bead on any of the proclivities of any of the artists herein (OK, we'll give you Gina Chavez), but we do know our people love a good diva, and this year's AMAs is loaded with them: Gina Chavez, Nina Diaz, Jazz Mills, Sunny Sweeney, Carson McHone, Tameca Jones, and Dana Falconberry. Divas, all. Wed., March 18, 7:55pm. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez. austinchronicle.com/awards/musicawards.

HO-RIZON

GAYBIGAYGAY 2015 VOLUNTEER & POTTY CALL UP Sign up for two-hour shifts. Also, $100 gets you a sponsored pot to call your own for decoration, self-promotion, whimsy, or just put a picture of your face over the bowl. Sun., March 22, noon-12mid. Webberville Dr., next to the Sahara Lounge. Free and open to the public. All ages. gaybigaygay@gmail.com, www.gaybigaygay.com.

SXSW FILM: UPCOMING Damned doc about UK punk daddies. Wed., March 18, 2:15pm. Paramount, 713 Congress. Thu., March 19, 11am. Stateside, 719 Congress. www.officialdamned.com.

Gloria Narrative retelling of the life of Gloria "the Mexican Madonna" Trevi. Wed., March 18, 6:30pm. Alamo at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth. www.gloriathefilm.com.

SXSW MUSIC: UPCOMING The Damned, Frida Sundemo, Kaneholler, Kate Boy, Adrian Conner, SORNE, and so many more, just on Wed., March 18, then prepare for even more. See GP online for full listings. austinchronicle.com/gay.

SOUTH X SAN JOSE Golden Dawn Arkestra, Israel Nash, Not in the Face, the Eastern Sea, Bee Caves, the Trishas, Emily Wolfe, Walker Lukens. Wed., March 18, noon. Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress. www.fb.com/southbysanjose.

THEREPUBLIQFEST LGBT live music, including the 7th Squeeze, Prom Date, Susan Arbuckle, Julie Nolen, Skye Strickler, and many more. Fri.-Sun., March 18-22. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free. www.oilcanharrys.com.

WENDY COLONNA AT ABIA Husky-voiced "Happy Song" creatrix will set your SX soarin'. Wed., March 18, 1pm. Austin-Bergstrom Airport: Ray Benson's Roadhouse, Concourse, near Gate 10. www.wendycolonna.com.

QUEER QUMBIA EN TEJAS & HOUSE OF SHAKUR: HI-TEA Sober QTPOC social networking mixer. Wed., March 18, 7-9pm. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress, 512/480-9373.

BIG DIPPER With Will Sheridan and the Hail Yasss dirty drag Bissshes, live. Ursula hosts à la mosts. Wed., March 18, 9pm. Chain Drive, 84 East Ave.

Y'ALL OR NOTHING Bottoms, the Carry Nation, Big Dipper, Bell's Roar, Francine Thirteen, Christeene, Unicorn Domination, Biz Vicious, and more. March 19-20. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. www.rainon4th.com.

FIESTA DE LA FLOR The Selena Festival we've been waiting for (two decades, actually), with enough Grammy winners to be heard in heaven. Fri.-Sat., April 17-18. Corpus Christi. www.fiestadelaflor.com.

TEXAS' GAY BEACH PARTY: SPLASH-SPI Head to the (almost) border for Texas' largest annual big gay beach bash. Thu.-Sun., April 23-26. South Padre Island, Texas, 956/761-7711. www.splashsouthpadre.com.

AUSTIN INTERNATIONAL DRAG FESTIVAL Three days of dolled-up diva-inity featuring some of the jiggliest names in the biz. Check the URL for updates. Fri.-Sun., May 1-3. $99-198. www.austindragfest.org.

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