Gay Place: A Feather in the Cap
You can't get much whiter than British folklore's Robin Hood
You can't get much whiter than a British folklore legend, one that's been cast and recast through the ages as either rebel with a feed-the-hungry cause or benevolent rich guy (not unlike Bruce Wayne) driven to do good with his money bags and longbow. This current iteration, Robin Hood: An Elegy, comes from local director kt shorb (The Majestic, of chicks, dicks, and chinks, and more) and tackles way more than a Maid Marian love story and hijinx of white dudes in tights hanging out in the woods. It's kt, so you know it's gonna hit hard and feel right (see Thursday).
ON OUR GAYDAR
Down & Dirty Strip-Off It's a competitive, amateur taking-off of the clothes. Thursdays. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth.
Transition with Erica Nix Erica Nix will PUMP. YOU. UP. Errrr, we mean: Erica Nix will help facilitate your process of change. Thursdays, 6:45pm. The Center Spot, 213 W. North Loop. $10-15, sliding scale. www.northloopcenterspot.com.
(un)Spoken BedPost Confessions presents tales that are tough to share. Not your typical BedPost romp. Powerful readers include Julie Gillis, Scott Wallace, Mandi Chase Wolfe, Ejede, and Adam Sultan. Thu., Aug. 6, 8pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. $10. www.bedpostconfessions.com.
Free HIV/STD Testing Keep it clean, fellas! Tuesdays, 1-4pm & 8-11pm; Fridays, 1-4pm. Midtowne Spa, 5815 Airport, 512/302-9696. www.midtowne.com.
Haute Couture: A Fashion-Forward Affair The United Court of Austin celebrates and invites you to celebrate Coronation XXII weekend. Hardeaux and Pannica Tack will be stepping down, and they will be crowning the new Monarchs of Reign XXII. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 7-9. Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville. $15-40. www.fb.com/unitedcourtofaustin.
Robin Hood: An Elegy Local force kt shorb directs this ensemble cast in a play that ventures to days pre-hashtag as well as to #blacklivesmatter with Black Robin Hood "who magically transcends space and time experiencing state-sanctioned racism" – a familiar story with twisted modern twists. Aug. 7-22, Thu.-Sun., 8pm. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282. $10-30. www.fb.com/genericensemblecompany.
AUSTIN QUEERLESQUE SHOWCASE Queertini Time, Chola Magnolia, Tittywinks, Vertically Challenged, and more. Sat., Aug. 8, 9pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. Free. www.elysiumonline.net.
Fierce Fab Fridays Come on in and take a dip with Nadine Hughes and a sassy pool full of queens. Fridays, 10:30pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. Free. www.highlandlounge.com.
Mistress Stephanie & Her Melodic Cat Long-awaited video release and performance. Meeeeeeow! Sat., Aug. 8, 9pm-12mid. Dozen Street, 1808 E. 12th. Free. www.fb.com/mistressandkitty.
Ms. Divine's Sunday Brunch Spectacular Dragtastic brunch featuring Ruby Dickulous, Topaz, Eaton Johnson, Christi Van Cartier, Alexandria McKing, and Simone Riviera. Proceeds go to Austin International Drag Foundation. Sun., Aug. 9, 10am-3pm. Opal Divine's Penn Field, 3601-K S. Congress. www.fb.com/austindragfest.
Fab & Fierce Sunday Funday Express your true dang self! Out Youth offers the services of hairstylists, makeup artists, and a fashion designer for free haircuts, makeup, and skincare tips/tutorials, and "first day of school" outfits for LGBTQ+ youth ages 12-18 who wish to break free of the confines of how others ID them. Call OY for details on parental consent requirements. Sun., Aug. 9, 5-8:30pm. Out Youth, 909 E. 49½, 512/419-1233. www.outyouth.org/fab.
CINEMA EAST: Naz & Maalik Last screening of the series. Two closeted Muslim teens have their Friday afternoon ruined by FBI surveillance. Sun., Aug. 9, 7-11pm. French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St. $3-5 sliding scale. www.cinemaeastaustin.com, www.nazandmaalik.com.
DRAG QUEEN BACKDOOR BINGO Cupcake and Lady Gracklebreath host this last big chance to FUNdraise for Pride 2015. The sponsor pockets go deep with great prizes and food from Ten Oak. Tue., Aug. 11, 7pm. Speakeasy, 412 Congress, 512/476-8017. Free. www.fb.com/austinpride.
HOMO ARIGATO: TONGUES UNTIED Spoken word, dance performance, and testimonials with the Mahogany Project exploring the black gay male experience. Wed., Aug. 12, 7pm. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth.
PFLAG North Meet and greet with fellow allies. Second Tuesdays, 6:45pm. Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pflag-austin.org, www.straightforequality.org.
PFLAG South Monthly Meeting Family is nice; allied family is love. Second Thursdays, 6:30-9pm. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf. Free.
Love! Valour! Compassion! Eight gay men, three summer holidays, one helluva playwright. Through Aug. 23. Thu.-Sat. 8pm; Sun., 5:30pm. City Theatre, 3823-D Airport. $15-25, with group and student discounts. www.citytheatreaustin.org.
Queer Qumbia: Muy Muy Join DJs from Puro Chingón Collective, the House of Shakur, and Queer Qumbia en Tejas for this long-awaited reunion of booty quake all to benefit Allgo. Thu., Aug. 13, 9pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. $5-10 suggested donation. www.fb.com/qumbiaqrewatx, www.allgo.org.
WERK! FASHION SHOW Fashionistas from Project Runway and hosts Margaret Cho and Bianca Del Rio will make you werq, beeyotch. Sat., Aug. 22, 8pm. ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd. $30. www.werkfashionshow.com.
Austin Pride Check the Gay Place blog for full deets and lineup as they develop. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 22-30, all week long. Festival: Sat., Aug. 29, Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St. www.austinpride.org.
Splash Days Club all you like, but the main event is at the lake, the weekend before Labor Day. Sign up to volunteer to earn free tickets. Check the website for specific party details. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 4-6. Hippie Hollow, 7000 Comanche Trl. www.splashdays.com.
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