Gay Place: A New Outfit
Meet Rob Townsend ... Again
Who came first, the chicken or the chicken hawk? When young Rob Townsend first made his name in this town as songwriting singer for Belleville Outfit, were the roots he was showing what was really underneath, or was he, as so many young musicians, simply exploring genres expected, while tamping down the cute li'l dance music popster within? Hmmm, either way, some great music is what happens when he opens his mouth. This time out, it's just a li'l more out, a li'l more Scissor Sisters, Robin Thicke, Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars, even Elton John. Celebrate his coming out, of sorts, with 10-piece band, this Friday at Threadgill's HQ then on Saturday for gAyCL.
ON OUR GAYDAR
TRANSITION WITH ERICA NIX Facilitate your change. Thursdays, 6:45pm. The Center Spot, 213 W. North Loop. $10-15, sliding scale. www.northloopcenterspot.com.
THE STUDIO COLLECTION What better time to check out the work of viz artist (and salon smartie) Jen Rische than SoCo's First Thursday? Thu., Oct. 1, 8pm. Wet Salon, 1109 S. Congress, 512/444-7375. www.fb.com/jen.rische.
FREE HIV/STD TESTING Know your status. Tuesdays, 1-4pm & 8-11pm; Fridays, 1-4pm. Midtowne Spa, 5815 Airport, 512/302-9696. www.midtowne.com.
BRAND NEW KEY Yee-haw and boy howdy all five Fridays in October. Openers Mare Kretchmar & Brian Burwa (block party, 10/2), Ethan & Jeff (10/9), Boonesboro (10/16), Hot Tub Cuzzins (10/23), and Sam Pulse & Ryan Fan (10/30). Kid- and dog-friendly. Fridays in October, 6-9pm. In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd. Free. www.fb.com/brandnewkeymusic.
LOVE ALONE Life after the love and loss of a partner is explored in this Austin premiere of the Deborah Salem Smith play. Oct. 2-18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, 512/524-2870. $15-25. www.citytheatreaustin.org.
ROB TOWNSEND EP RELEASE If you had any doubts as to Rob Townsend's queer cred during his Belleville Outfit days, the performance of his new EP, including the soon-to-be-more-than-underground-hit "Skinny Boys" should clear things up for ya. Ghost Wolves and DJ Divorcée make it a party. Fri., Oct. 2, 8pm. Threadgill's World HQ, 301 W. Riverside, 512/472-9304. www.rob-townsend.com.
LAMPLIGHT COMEDY NIGHT Featuring the hilarity of Daniel Rugg Webb, Sara June, Pat Sirois, and more. Fri., Oct. 2, 9pm. The Townsend, 718 Congress Ave. $10, $7 in advance. www.thetownsendaustin.com.
HAPPY B-DAY, TAYLOR CAGE! Tune in to "Adventures in Sound" to celebrate the birthday of bon vivant and the host of KOOP's ol' "Queerwaves." Sat., Oct. 3, 1pm. Tune in to KOOP 91.7FM. www.koop.org.
QUEER YOGA THERAPY Start slow, and you'll be a gay pretzel in no time. Saturdays, 4pm. The Center Spot, 213 W. North Loop. Free, donations encouraged. www.fb.com/spectrumyogatherapy.
HOUSE CUP TOURNAMENT The Roller Derby mamas meet Harry Potter. Dress for the occasion. Sat., Oct. 3, 4:30pm. The Thunderdome, 9402 United. $15, $5 for kids 12 and under. www.fb.com/txrollerderby.
gAYCL DJ GF hosts another year for the queer. Featuring Daniel Rugg Webb, Gretchen's Disco Plague (Outer Space), Rob Townsend & Friends, House of Kenzo, Mike G, DJs Boyfriends, Girlfriend, Divorcée, Spank Rock, & special TV on the Radio DJ set. Sat., Oct. 3, 5pm-2am. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free. www.fb.com/girlfriendatx.
LEZZDANCE AT MARIA'S Guest emcee Cherie Mathews and DJ Kimmy K shall entertain as dough is collected for Texas Mamma Jamma. First Saturdays, 6pm. Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar. $10.
HAPPY FIFTH B-DAY, FAT BOTTOM! Shaking ass for half a decade. Come wish Chola Mag, Zaftigg von, Lola Le, Vita, Alexandra, Dino, and the gang a big ol' happy one. Sat., Oct. 3, 7:30pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. Pre-sale $10, booty seats $15, VIP $50. www.fatbottomcabaret.com.
FREE BURGERS Drink specials start at 2pm followed by free food at 4pm. Sundays, 4-6pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192. Free. www.bouttime2.com.
QUEERDALINI Yoga for those who'd prefer to focus on chi rather than he or she. Mondays, 7:30pm. Soma Vida, 2324 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/628-1580. $5-10. www.fb.com/groups/qyogaaustin.
BIG BOOBIE BINGO Bring your big ... BINGO daubers and raise some dough for Austin Pride with CupCake and Maeve Haven. First Tuesdays, 7-10pm. Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar, 512/444-0261. Free. www.fb.com/austin.pride.official.
QUEER RIDE: THUNDERDOME Check the QR Facebook group for up-to-date details on meeting spots and stops of this weekly ride. Tonight kicks off a month of costumes. This week: Thunderdome! Wednesdays, 7pm; wheels, 7:30pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free. www.fb.com/#queerride.
QUEER MOVES Judgment-free, booze-free, smoke-free movement night for queer and trans folk to shake it all out. Wednesdays, 6pm. First Street Studio, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #202. $5-10 sliding scale. firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY NIGHT LADIES NIGHT Join Lesbutante and the Bo$$ for VIP upstairs with private bartender: Girls With Flair! Second Fridays, 9pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. Free, $10 VIP. www.fb.com/lesbutante.andtheboss.
BIANCA DEL RIO's ROLODEX OF HATE Bianca brings it back after kicking off Austin Pride 2015. Thu., Oct. 8, 9pm. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470. email@example.com, www.fb.com/reylopezentertainment.
STARGAYZER 2015 Early bird three-day passes available now for this explosion of LGBTQIA musical luv, including Erase Errata, TT The Artist, Dai Burger, Christeene, Double Duchess, Big Dipper, and more. 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. $35 limited three-day passes available now. www.stargayzerfest.com.
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