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SXSW through a rainbow prism

By Kate X Messer, March 20, 2015, Columns

So long, farewell! Auf Wiedersehen, adieu!

Adieu, adieu, to you and you and you!

Welp, another SXSW hits the home stretch. We hope we've helped you find your tribe and navigate the maze of craziness. As the big Fest blows out on Saturday and begins to cool down on Sunday, across town on the Eastside, the lovely tradition of GayBiGayGay gathers. What began as a backyard party has grown into an annual gathering of the modern queer tribes. You can bring a blanket, lawnchairs, a cooler, and just spread out for the day. The party continues in the evening until the wee hours.

See you at GayBiGayGay? Have a safe trip back (or nice downtime, if you're local) and please do stay in touch. Follow our antics all year long at

Many thanks to Neha Aziz, Blake McCoy, and Carmen Rising for massive SXSW assistance.


TherepuBliqfest Susan Arbuckle, Phil Dutra, Skye Strickler, and more. Fri.-Sat., March 18-21. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free.

SOUTH FRY SOUTH FRIENDY'S Prom Date, Hot Goon, Michael Parallax, Shmu, Treasure Mammal, Ava Luna. Fri.-Sat., March 20-21, 3pm. Chain Drive, 84 East Ave.

PEREZ HILTON'S ONE NIGHT IN AUSTIN Ting Tings, Tove Lo, Clean Bandit, Melanie Martinez, Elle King, Ivy Levan, Mowgli's, and Jess Glynne, Benefiting VH1's Save the Music campaign. 5pm. Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces. $23.67 on up.

Austin PRIDE Showcase Big Dipper, Katey Red, Normaling, and Nicky Click. CupCake and Lady-Grackle Birdbreath host. 6pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free.


Tab Hunter Confidential Almost 10 years after his revealing biography comes this doc with Mister Squeal Appeal telling it like it is: Hollywood's Sigh Guy liked guys. Oooh la la. Tab: What a beautiful twink. 2:45pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309.


LIVE IN COLOR SHOWCASE It may not be the first ever SXSW official LGBT showcase, but it's a good'un: Amanda Perez, Avan Lava, Jo'zzy, Kin4life, Bottoms, Butterscotch, DJ HerShe, DJ Cwade, Tourmaline, and hosted by HARTBEAT. 7:30pm-2am. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.

Kin4life They sent out their anti-bullying "Lone Ranger" in support of LGBTQ youth. That's family. 9-9:40pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.

Lowell Outspoken and out loud, Lowell lets the music do the talking. 9:25-10:15pm. Swan Dive Patio, 615 Red River.

THEESatisfaction Chant-y, jazzy trip-hop and self-proclaimed "Queens of some Thing." 10pm. Mohawk, 912 Red River.

GINA CHAVEZ Hades and gente'mens, the Austin Music Awards Musician of the Year and Austin's Latin pop queen. 10-10:40pm. Lamberts, 401 W. Second.

Christine & the Queens Not to be mistaken for our (Austin's) gutter queen Christeene except for their need to dance. 10-10:50pm. Empire Garage, 606 E. Seventh.

Hinds Watch out for these Madrid darlings, (fka Deers) and their lo-fi adorability. 10-10:40pm. Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto.

The Ting Tings You'll know you're in the right club when they totally kill with "Wrong Club" from their new Super Critical. 11pm. Austin Music Hall.

WAR ON WOMEN Feminist. Hardcore. Where have you been all our lives? Oh, Baltimore? 11-11:40pm. BD Riley's, 204 E. Sixth.

DJ HerShe Chelsea's been spinning since grade school, when she first heard "My Humps." 11pm-12:15am. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.

Jo'zzy aka Dopebyaccident There's nothing accidental about Jo'zzy's dopedy dopeness. 11-11:40pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.

Marina & the Diamonds Crazy Diamonds shine on. 11pm. Empire Garage, 606 E. Seventh.

Tunacola Butt wiggling Chilean electro-pop that makes sense as bill mates with the Ting Tings and Girl Talk. 11-11:40pm. Maggie Mae's, 323 E. Sixth.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS Heehaw! Hoopdedoo! Home is ... oh, you know. 11:50pm-12mid. St. David's Historic Sanctuary, 301 E. Eighth.

TOVE LO Swedish dance pop's queen of the clouds. 11:50pm-12:15am. Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces.

Avan Lava Nile Rodgers' right hand choppiness filtered by those two robots we all admire. 12-12:40am. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.

Amanda Perez Up from the streets and out the vocal trill and trill of a songbird. 1-1:50am. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.

The Knocks This NYC producer duo knows it's (Andrea) True. There's always room for More (More, More) of that Daft Punk-y "Get Lucky" hooky feeling. 1-1:50am. Empire Garage, 606 E. Seventh.


GayBiGayGay 2015 Austin's annual Ghey Fambly Reunion: The churchyard next to the Sahara is the place for the day party (noon-9pm-ish). Inside the Sahara, #CODESWITCH, presented by Austin QTPOC collectives, House of Shakur and Queer Qumbia en Tejas happens 5-9pm, then live music takes over. Here's what we know so far (in no particular order): Cunt Mafia, Mika Haka, Popper Burns, Rainbow Noise, Bells Roar, DJ Pre Colombian, Fade_Dra, SSTR, Thelma & the Sleaze, Saturn Rising, Big Bill, M Lamar, Adrienne Anemone & Khattie Q, "Richard Simmons," and "Cher." See you cher, cher. Sun., March 22, noon-12mid. 1405 Webberville, next to the Sahara Lounge. Free and open to the public. All ages.

Love. on the Rooftop Rebecca Loebe, Patrice Pike, Buggaboo, Ginger Leigh, Hedda Layne, DJ set by 4Jackz, and more. Sun., March 22, noon-9pm. 219 West, 612 W. Sixth. $10.

Ruby Rose Jailhouse Jamboree Ruby Rose (in dress oranges, we bet), DJ Nixx, Pope the Barber, Madzilla, and more. Sun., March 22, noon-12mid. The Nook, 309 E. Sixth.

SXSW MUSIC: FREE SOUL CLAP & DANCE-OFF All night dance party kicked off by Vockah Redu, featuring the Gooch Palms, Barberettes, DJ Jonathan Toubin, and more. Sun., March 22, 7:30pm-2am. The Palm Door on Sixth, 508 E. Sixth. Free.

Sucia X Shock Value Featuring Juliana Huxtable, Puppy Butt, Adzul-gette, and more. Sun., March 22, 8pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free.

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