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Find Your Qummunity

That's one darn nice thing about Austin – the blue blip in the raging red rapids, the coolest li'l city that may be losing black people apace with luring rich transplants, the gayest place in Texas that can't sustain one lousy lezbo bar – if you don't like the music, you don't have to dance with who brung ya. There's sure to be a tribe to which you may take a cotton nearby. You can rage at the machine (i.e., condos with ground-floor retail, whitewashing, malewashing, cranes as far as the eye can see) or you can do what these qool qids did: Start your own dang thang and fertilize this soil. Queer Qumbia happens this Thursday; Where the Girls Go – ATX the next.

ON OUR GAYDAR

Queer Qumbia: Muy Muy DJs from Puro Chingón Collective, the House of Shakur, and Queer Qumbia en Tejas present this long-awaited reunion of booty quake to benefit Allgo. Thu., Aug. 13, 9pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. $5-10 suggested donation. www.fb.com/qumbiaqrewatx, www.allgo.org.

Robin Hood: An Elegy Black Robin Hood "magically transcends space and time experiencing state-sanctioned racism" – a familiar story with twisted modern twists. Through Aug. 22, Thu.-Sat., 8pm. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282. $10-30. www.fb.com/genericensemblecompany.

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, 512/524-2870. $15-25, with group and student discounts. www.citytheatreaustin.org.

Forever Plaid Take a trip to doo-wop heaven with four guys in close harmony. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale, 512/926-2203. $20-40. www.austintheatreproject.org.

The Only Knowledge Worth Possessing Art smarties Sarah Bancroft and (the Gay Place's own) Andy Campbell curate the culmination of the six-month Crit Group program of the Contemporary Austin, featuring work by Katie Rose Pipkin, Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, Ben Jurgensen, and Sherwin Rivera Tibayan, among others. Reception: Fri., Aug. 14. Show runs through Sun., Sept. 13. grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/826-5334. www.grayduckgallery.com.

Poo Poo Platter: Hot Nuts & Swamp Butts The hot and sweaty mess that is Poo Poo Platter, plus DJs Divorcee and False Flag. Fri., Aug. 14, 10pm-2am. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5. www.fb.com/poopooatx.

Sex Is Dirty, Right? One-day workshop for gay men explores this age-old conundrum. Spoiler alert: "No." Sat., Aug. 15, 9am-3pm. Rivertree Therapy, 3625 Manchaca #202, 512/789-6754. $150. darren@eightfoldcounseling.com, www.eightfoldcounseling.com.

FEVER: A Cheshire Quarterly A summer fever is usually a sticky, nasty affair, and perhaps this too shall be sticky and nasty, but in this instance, oh so good, and featuring beats (Baby, Beat Bodega, Capyac, Sip Sip), fashion, erotic art, and more, hosted by Cupcake, to benefit the Q. Sat., Aug. 15, 8:30pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $15, $10 in advance. www.theqaustin.org.

Sam Houston's Drag Show & Rococo Rodeo The Memorial Day weekend floods hit Burning Flipside as folks were deep in revelry. Many were stuck until the storms passed and waters receded. This baroque cowboy hoedown is one in a series of fundraisers for those affected at the event and in the community. Sat., Aug. 15, 7pm-12mid. Trinity Hall, 311 E. Fifth. $30-75. flipsidefloodrelief@gmail.com, www.flipsidefloodrelief.com, www.burningflipside.com.

aGLIFF: Nine to Five If Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda aren't three gay enough reasons for you to pay homage at the 35th anniversary of this cult queer classic, we offer this perennial chestnut: Dabney Coleman in a kinky bondage sling. Wed., Aug. 19, 7:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar. www.agliff.org.

Neon Rainbows You gotcher boots and you gotcher booty. What more does a Nineties country queer need? Ezra brings the heehaw to your meemaw. Wed., Aug. 19, 9pm-1am. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free.

Happy Hour with Ms. Wright Simply the most diverse and friendly happy hour in Austin: old, young, hip, square, straight, LGBTQ, red-yellow-black-white-and-brown, and everybody, together in the warm, twinkling glow of legendary piano wild woman Ms. Margaret Wright. Thursdays & Fridays, 6-8pm. The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport. Free. www.fb.com/theskylarklounge.

Where the Girls Go ATX: Guerrilla Queer Bar They'rrrrre baaaaack! It's a qurrr grrrl take-over! The all-gender-inclusive, anti-isms/ists, pro-makeout space dubbed by WtGG-ATX is again a'happenin'. Wear red to ID your peeps and to offset all that blushing. Thu., Aug. 20, 6-9pm. Violet Crown Social Club, 1111 E. Sixth. Free. www.fb.com/wherethegirlsgoatx.

Bedpost Confessions Whisper your secrets to the post. Third Thursdays, 8-10:30pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $10. www.bedpostconfessions.com.

AIDS Walk Kickoff Party Come check out the field at this annual meet-up before the walk, featuring live music, deliciousness from the hosts, and hotties with heart. Kickoff: Thu., Aug. 20, 6-8pm. AIDS Walk: Sun., Nov. 8. Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth. Free. www.facebook.com/aids.walk.austin.

HO-RIZON

Austin Pride Check next week for two weeks' worth of listings. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 22-30, all week long. Sat., Aug. 29, Festival at Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St. and parade through Downtown Austin. www.austinpride.org.

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Austin LGBTQ, WTGG, Where the Girls Go, Queer Qumbia, Love Valour Compassion, Andy Campbell, Poo Poo Platter, Sam Houston, Burning Flipside, Fever, AIDS Walk

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