Summer kicks off with the wafting scent of roasting Ursula
Austin is not wanting in the character department. The queen of the queer Red River scene, Ursula, for example, brings it in spades. Well, that feels unfortunately worded, but you know what we mean. Check out the birthday bash-cum-roast of the one, the only Ursula (see Friday).
ON OUR GAYDAR
Happy Hour with Ms. Wright The legendary 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. Free. www.fb.com/theskylarklounge.
Paul van Dyk PvD in the place to be. Thu., May 21, 9pm-2am. Vulcan Gas Company, 418 E. Sixth. $25. www.soundcloud.com/paulvandykofficial.
Free HIV/STD Testing Keep it clean, fellas. Know your status! Then plan accordingly and compassionately. Tuesdays, 1-4pm & 8-11pm & Fridays, 1-4pm. Midtowne Spa, 5815 Airport, 512/302-9696. www.midtowne.com.
First Splash Memorial Day tradition: Local gay bars barge together on the li'l cove at Hippie Hollow. Pre-parties and afterparties, of course, at the clubs: Oilcan Harry's, Rain on 4th, the Iron Bear, Highland Lounge, Midtowne Spa of Austin. Fri,-Sun., May 22-24. Hippie Hollow, 7000 Comanche Trail. Free. www.oilcanharrys.com.
Happy Birthday Ursula Roast We know she can take it, but can she take it? Find out as roasters Dylan Reece, Jeremy Timothy-John von Stilb, Julian Bendaña, Becca Hyatt, Jorge Peña, Joseph Aguirre, Julian Bendana, host Toyota Lopez, and special guest roaster (TBA) turn her on a spit. DJ Honeycomb spins to keep it friendly. Fri., May 22, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.
"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, Bono of U2. Show closes May 23. Modern Rocks Gallery, 916 Springdale, Bldg. 3, #103, 512/524-1488. Free. www.modernrocksgallery.com.
Lizzy Caroloke Lizzie is back with a vengeance. The list is online and new songs are on the way. Study up. Fri., May 22, 9pm. Badlands, 1203 Chicon. www.karaokelist.net.
Highland Fridays Come on in and take a dip. Fridays, 10:30pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. Free.
Big Boi Yoga Hey, hey, Boo Boo, is your yogi a bear? Come Hatha flow with the handsome, gingerly JohnMark and modifications for big bodies (big bois, ladybears, et al.). Saturdays, 11am; Mondays, 7pm. Cycleast, 1619 E. Cesar Chavez. $10 class, $30 unltd. monthly. www.fb.com/groups/bigboiyoga.
"Fusebox: Gently Fried" Examine the rapidly changing face of Austin and the voices that are transformed by its growth with artists Claire Ashley (Chicago), Autumn Knight (Houston), Jimmy James Canales (San Antonio), Katelena Hernandez Cowles (Austin), the Color Condition (Dallas), Sarah Hill (Austin). Fri, May 23, noon-2pm. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River. Free. www.losoutsiders.org.
Ludacris & Girl Talk A double bill of perplexing (yet delightful) proportions. Sat., May 23, 7pm-1am. Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306, New Braunfels, 830/964-3800. $40-1,020. www.ludaversal.com, illegal-art.net/girltalk.
Naked Girls Reading: Wandering the Woods Ruby Lamb, Zaftigg Von BonBon, Doubledown Dixie, Dawn Muses (aka GlamAmour), and Courtney Crave observe: "My, what a big ¢@/%$ you have!" Sat., May 23, 8pm. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. $20, $15 in advance. www.fb.com/nakdgirlsreadingaustin.
C-Rail's Beargasm: H2O Splash Enjoy this sploosh of backed-up bear pressure with DJ Alpha. Whoa. Wear your skivvs or your splashiest. Sat., May 23, 10pm-2am. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.fb.com/theironbearatx.
Sunday Funday Burgers on the patio. Pass the T. Sundays. 4-8pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free.
Planet Fabulous Karaoke Karaoke's grande dame is back and humpin' for Hump Day at the 'Bear. Wednesdays, 9:30pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.theironbear.com.
PFLAG-Georgetown Allied love is the best family. Fourth Mondays, 6:45-9pm. Independent Bank Community Room, 1503 Rivery Blvd., Georgetown. www.pflagaustin.org.
Queerdalini Yoga for those who'd prefer to focus on chi rather than he or she. Mondays, 7:30pm. Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood. $5+ donations encouraged. www.fb.com/groups/qyogaaustin.
Karaoke Night Croon and swoon in the land of the baying Bobcats. Meoooooow! Mondays, 9pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos. www.fb.com/stonewallwarehouse.
TuezGayz Dependably fruitastic: Austin's legendary weekly weekday gay night on Red River. Tuesdays, 9pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River. www.fb.com/barbarellaatx.
Mom, I'm Gay Conference in the Fellowship Hall with author Susan Cottrell. Tue., May 26, 10am-3pm. Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Eighth, 512/472-2445. Free.
BookWoman Book Group Book 'em, wo-mano. Different title each month. Fourth Tuesdays, 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785. Free. www.ebookwoman.com.
Shitty Kitty Big Ball BINGO Ms. Rebecca Havemeyer will have you scrambling for letters, numbers, and ya diaper. Drink cheap, win big. Last Wednesdays of the month, 9:30pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth.
Mr. & Miss Austin Pride Pageant 2015 Who will represent Austin Pride this year? Who will win the title and perform on the main stage in front of thousands at Austin Pride in late August? You? You? You? Time to enter and win. Kelly Kline hosts and RuPaul's Raven makes a special guest appearance. Wed., June 3, 10pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.austinpride.org.
Queerbomb Herein lies the power (for the sixth year in a row) of the word Queerbomb: Just say it, set a date, and 6-7,000 of your closest, queerest, creative class friends, curiously playful mainstream gays, neighbors, lovers, allies, kids, pets, granny-grampies, and supporters will show up at Fair Market (right across from the beloved Pine Street Station, R.I.P.). Sat., June 6, 6pm. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth. Free. www.fb.com/qbatx.
Austin Pride 2015 It's on, baby bunnies. Check the web for pre-sale discounts and to make your plans to conquer Fiesta Gardens, Downtown, and so many more localities. Hurry, pre-sale discounts end Mon., June 1. Sat., Aug. 22-30. www.austinpride.org.
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