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Gay Place: Do You Feel So Used?

Buy a cute new outfit at the Big Gay Garage Sale, then hit up some fab events

By Kate X Messer, April 17, 2015, Columns


Well, add to that "discarded." Now you know how the items at Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival's Big Gay Garage Sale feel – that is, before you find them and take them and make them your own.


AGLCC Happy Hour Get out and enjoy this gorgeous spring with the nice folks at our gay CC. Thu., April 16, 6:30-8:30pm. The Great Outdoors, 2730 S. Congress. Free.

April BedPost Confessions Let Jay Byrd, Sara Henry, Teacher Kate, Claire Evora, Boye Nagel, and mostess hostess Mia Martina whisper sweet somethings in your cranial cavity. Thu., April 16, 8pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $10.

fLAWLESS: A Surrealist Ball It's the second annual pageant of the Poops, Fashion Week edition. This year, with a surreally great theme and entertainment by Russell Reed and Sky Candy. Thu., April 16, 8pm-12mid. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th. Free.

Ginger Leigh Ginger, Scott Clark, and Stewart Cochran whoop you upside, trio-style. Thu., April 16, 8pm. Strange Brew Lounge Side, 5326 Manchaca Rd.

Patrice Pike Take a hike, and see the Pike. Thursdays, 8-10pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar.

Selena's Birthday With Bidi Bidi Banda Stephanie Bergara, her big red lips, and this all-star cumbia (and then some) will make you feel like 1995 never happened and all is well with the world. ¡Siempre Selena! Thu., April 16, 9pm. Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., 1305 W. Oltorf.

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. $5, seriously, $5; $2 ages 5-12, under 5 are free.

Mr. Leather Bear On Friday, meet and greet potential Mr. LBs, and on Saturday, come see the contest. Fri. & Sat., April 17 & 18. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.

EatWith Equality Texas Enjoy the bounty of EatWith, and raise dough for ET. Join other benevolent eaters at the private home of a local chef who will make your generosity work in your flavor. Fri.-Sun., April 17-19, 7:30-9:30pm. Private Downtown residence. Register for details, 512/705-0745. $44.,

Glam + Glitter Chasca, Dead Love Club, New Age Love, DJ DOA, and all those children that you spit on. Fri., April 17, 9pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. $7, $10 for minors; $2 discount if yr glamified.

Sleater-Kinney Afterparty A benefit for Girls Rock Camp with Karaoke Underground. Fri., April 17, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Donations to GRC.

Milonga Queer in Austin I dip, you dip, we dip. Now with more Granny Panty! Third Fridays, 9:15pm-1am. Go Dance, 2525 W. Anderson, 512/934-8477. $10, bring partner/friend for free.

AA Triple Yasss Peaches Tribute Are the muh-fuhs ready for the fatha-fuhs? Poop on some Peaches. Fri., April 17, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5.

Big Gay Garage Sale Extravaganza aGLIFF's tag sale with the great tag line: "Fabulous for fabu-less!" Sat., April 18, 8am-2pm. 1427 Suffolk. Free.

Queer Yoga Let the Q twist you up into all sorts of healthy shapes (like the letter Q). Sat., April 18, 2-3pm. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts. Free.

Fusebox: Gently Fried: Part II Opening reception featuring work by Claire Ashley, Jill Bedgood, Candace Briceño, Susi Brister, Jimmy Canales, Puro Chingón Collective, the Color Condition, Katelena Hernandez Cowles, Sarah Hill, Jenny Kendler, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Gil Rocha, and more. Sat., April 18, 7-10pm. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River. Free.

Iconic Musicians/The Smiths & Friends Photos by Stephen Wright. In addition to mopey Mo' and pals, there's more, including New Order, Madonna, Miles Davis, Prince, John Lydon of Public Image Limited, and Bono of U2. Reception: Sat., April 18, 7-10pm; show runs through May 23. Modern Rocks Gallery, 916 Springdale, Bldg. 3 #103, 512/524-1488. Free.,

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. This month, Grrl/Grill: DJ Girlfriend and a BBQ grill. Third Sundays, 2-8pm. Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville. Free.

Baroque n' Records Well, whip out that powdered whatsit, and get down with your Bach-self with the tuneful stylings of Lacy Rose & Her Ghost Music, Panjoma, and a set by DJ Dennis Campa. Costume theme (contest, of course): Posh Pastels vs. Rococo Rebels, all to benefit the Amala Foundation. Sun., April 19, 4-9pm. The Sanctuary, 1006 S. Eighth. Free.

Planet Fabulous Karaoke Karaoke's grande dame is back and at the 'Bear. Wednesdays, 9:30pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993. Free.

Food For Thought: Coming Out Trans Learn about the life journey of local activist and pal about town, Cavan O'Raghallaigh, with Q&A. Mon., April 20, 7-8:30pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway. $3 for nonmembers.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga A match made in some place close to heaven. Or crazytown. Thu., April 23, 7pm. ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999. $85-375.,


Texas' Largest Gay Beach Party: Splash-SPI Head to the (almost) border for Texas' annual big gay beach bash featuring guest of honor Lance Bass at Splash's HQ, Louie's Back Yard. Thu.-Sun., April 23-26, 2015. South Padre Island, 956/761-7711.

Austin International Drag Festival Where my diiiiiiivaaaaaaas? Some of the jiggliest names in the biz come glam it up. Don't miss out. Fri.-Sun., May 1-3, 2015. A variety of Downtown venues (stay tuned for details). $99-198.

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