Gay Place: Computer Love

We are the robots


Source: Kraftwerk

Way before Robyn fell in love with the robot, before Messrs. Bangalter and de Homem-Christo shaded their manly mugs behind the helmets, there were the original robots, whose initial hits rang on Top 40s as quirky futuriffic curios, finally gaining steam once early house DJs started finding the threads between them and, oh, Kool and Gap and Dazz, and the hybrids began to flow through birth canals, poppin' babies that grew up into all sorts of crossbred/crossfades that inform electronicaverything today. And we think that's mighty queer. (See Friday.)


ON OUR GAYDAR

WTGG ATX's GUERRILLA QUEER BAR Wear blue for this all-gender-inclusive, anti-isms/ists, pro-makeout space courtesy of the cuties at WtGG-ATX. Did you ever hear that rumor about Valhalla being a bear bar? C'mon, lady bears: Make it a thing. Thu., Sept. 24, 6-9pm. Valhalla, 710 Red River. Free. www.fb.com/wherethegirlsgoatx.

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.

SCULPTING THE FUTURE It's the 2015 Scholarship Gala of Austin's LGBT Bar Association featuring honorees Chuck Herring and Jody Scheske. Thu., Sept. 24, 7-10pm. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee. $50. www.austinlgbtbar.com.

JULIE NOLAN Early Julie pre-Patrice, previewing the new Dignity & Grit. This is listed as a clothing-optional show. Thu., Sept. 24, 10-11:30pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar. $5. www.fb.com/julsnol.

PATRICE PIKE Take a hike, and see the Pike. Thursdays, 8-10pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar. www.fb.com/patricepikeband.

KRAFTWERK 3D CONCERT The glorious denizens of the 'bahn (Auto, not Schlitter ...) perform live, and we're not so sure about in the flesh, but 3-D nonetheless. Fri., Sept. 25, 7pm & 10:30pm. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus. $59.50-79.50. www.kraftwerk.com.

CHRISTINE AT THE CROSSROADS This is not Austin's beloved gutter snipe at an important intersection in her life, this is a film about lesbian luv at the Austin Revolution Film Festival. Fri., Sept. 25, 9pm. Doubletree University, 1617 N. I-35. www.fb.com/austinrevolutionfilmfest, www.skellyfilms.com.

THE BLUE BALL Well, don't it make my brown balls blue? All to benefit the Austin PrEP Project. Wear blue for a $5 discount. Fri., Sept. 25, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $15, $10 in blue. www.austinprepaccessproject.org, www.weirdcitysisters.org.

HUMP! TOUR The adorable Nor'westerners bring Dan Savage's Hump! Tour to town to learn how little it takes to get an Austinite on their back. Or up against the wall. Or on all fours. On a cracker. Sat., Sept. 26, 8:30pm. The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth. $20. www.fb.com/humpfilmfest.

THE REAL M WORD Celebrate the milestones met that made marriage equality a reality. Dancing, hors d'oeuvres, and cash bar provided, plus special speakers, including Texas State Representative Celia Israel. Sat., Sept. 26, 6:30pm. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville. $25-50. www.therealmword.com.

ITCHY-O, RUSTY LAZER & FRIENDS Itchy-O, Total Unicorn, Wino Vino, Attic Ted, Pop Noir Sound System, Rusty Lazer, and Ratty Scurvics Singularity invade. Sat., Sept. 26, 7:09pm-3:33am. Super secret Honeycomb Hideout, location TBA. meditationdeathmat.ch/curios/itchy-o.

UNITY DANCE PARTY Can they bring the tribes together? A night of dancing featuring performances by Christi Van Cartier, Sawyer Snätch Kline, and Merci Killingspree. Sat., Sept. 26, 9pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. Free. www.fb.com/leatherbearproductions.

THE GREAT AUSTIN WIG OUT What's that on your head?! Come wig out with your wig out for Austin's drag fest, featuring DJs Mimi Imfurst (RuPaul's Drag Race), Sissy (from Houston), and OneLove (ATX). Sun., Sept. 27, noon. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe, 2908 Fruth. $15. www.internationaldrag.org.

OCH 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 Days and Sundays at the 'Bear. Sundays & Wednesdays, 9:30pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.theironbear.com.

TUEZGAYZ Dependably fruitastic: Austin's legendary weekly weekday gay night on Red River. Tuesdays, 9pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River. www.fb.com/barbarella.austin.9.

SMASHED AT STONEWALL Weekly Smash Bros. tourney. Bring your own controller (and they don't mean your bossy ex). Wednesdays, 6pm sign-up, 7pm brackets. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. $5.

#BOSSBABESATX MEET Meet the "Best of Austin" award-winning group of creative babes who empower through networks of fellow boss babes. All self-IDing women welcome. Wed., Sept. 30, 6-9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. $4. www.bossbabes.org.

QUEERIOUS TRIVIA Don't get curious, get queerious and work out that trivia muscle in groups of four to six. Principa Renfro hosts with such categories as Reading Rainbow, Lez Talk About Sex, and Tit Bits for $600, Alex. Wed., Sept. 30, 6-9pm. Rio Rita, 1308 E. Sixth. www.fb.com/girlfriendatx.

HAPPY HOUR WITH MS. WRIGHT 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.


HO-RIZON

BIANCA DEL RIO'S ROLODEX OF HATE Bianca brings it back after kicking off Austin Pride 2015. Thu., Oct. 8, 8pm. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress. reylopezentertainment@gmail.com, www.fb.com/reylopezentertainment.

STARGAYZER 2015 Early bird 3-day passes available now for this explosion of LGBTQIA musical luv. Stay tuned for info on Spider House pre-party and Sunday Tea wrap-up at Rain. Thu.-Sat., Oct. 15-17. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River; North Door, 502 Brushy; and Elysium, 705 Red River. $25 limited three-day passes available now. www.stargayzerfest.com.

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Austin LGBTQ, Kraftwerk, Electronic music, HUMP Tour, WtGG-ATX, House music, Christine at the Crossroads, Blue Ball, Real M Word, Wig Out Queerious Trivia, Jason Austin

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