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Gay Place: Back in Black

Be a guerrilla

By Kate X Messer, October 23, 2015, Columns

Austin's queer takeover of local spaces continues apace.


GUERRILLA QUEER BAR: BLACK ON BLACK They're baaaack and wearin' blaaaaack. Drink. Talk. Make out (all-gender-inclusive, anti-isms/ists, pro-make-out spaces). Thu., Oct. 22, 6-9pm. Swan Dive, 615 Red River.

HAPPY HOUR w/ MS. WRIGHT 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.

TRANSITION w/ ERICA NIX Erica Nix will PUMP. YOU. UP. Errrr, we mean: Erica Nix will help facilitate your process of change. Early session for bulking up. Second session for long and lean. Thursdays, 6:45pm. The Center Spot, 213 W. North Loop. $10-15, sliding scale.

BROKEBACK THURSDAYS They just can't quit you. Stonewall goes country every Thursday. Thursdays, 8-10pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos.

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

STRIPPER CIRCUS Go ahead. Step right up, and hum "I'm in Love With a Stripper" all the way home. Thursdays, 10pm-3am. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth.

BRAND NEW KEY Yeehaw and boy howdy all five kid- and dog-friendly Fridays in October. Openers Hot Tub Cuzzins. Fridays in October, 6-9pm. In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd. Free.

BONER BIZARRE This naughty, naughty, big and bawdy "Halloween Wet Dream" will feature performances by Eve Calientina, Zaftigg von BonBon, Sabor Insanity, Danae Paskero, Zoja Ülesoo, Bethany Summersizzle, Surly Gurly, with emcees Snake Tits and Dean Zaggler. Fri., Oct. 23, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. $7, $5 in advance.

BIG BOY 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, 10:30am. Yoga Illumined, 3801 S. Congress #111. $10 class.,

SUSAN ARBUCKLE AT THE LAIR Hey! The bear's got new hair! Tell ol' Stevie the unicorn says, "Nice 'do!" Joni Lovvorn and Katie Marie play, too. Sat., Oct. 24, 7:30pm. Bear's Lair, 11505 Circle Bend. Donations.

ALLGO TURNS 30 DANCE PARTY It's the 30th anniversary of Allgo: From a pool party in 1985 to a dance party in 2015, let's grab some mangoes and celebrate! Sat., Oct. 24, 9pm. Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th, 512/391-0399. Donations accepted.

BEARWOLF BOOGIE PrEP BENEFIT It's a night of flying fur (Man Beast underwear auction and fur transformation station), fangs (fang-berry jello shots), and fun (DJ Kelly and more). Sat., Oct. 24, 9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth.

FANATíK: DRAGOWEEN Lashes, the gender-bending clown, leads two shows of audiences through the valley of diva drag freaks – enough to send you screaming back to the comforts of normativity. Sun., Oct. 25, 6 & 9pm. R.L. Davis Auditorium, 1102 S. Congress. $25-75.

CREEP OUT Lucid Dementia, Torque Order, and Toxic Water. Sat., Oct. 24, 9pm. Badlands, 1203 Chicon. $5.

FREE BUFFET It's about time someone served up some yummy free grub all week long to soak up all those drink specials. Mon.-Fri., 5-7pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. Free.

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. $5+ donations encouraged.

FREE HIV/STD TESTING Know your status. Tuesdays, 1-4pm & 8-11pm; Fridays, 1-4pm. Midtowne Spa, 5815 Airport.

TUEZGAYZ Dependably fruitastic: Austin's legendary weekly weekday gay night on Red River. Tuesdays, 9pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River.

BOOKWOMAN BOOK GROUP Book 'em, wo-mano. Different title each month. Fourth Thursdays, 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A. Free.

BOOWLING HELL The Q presents this Queer Night In. Tue., Oct. 27, 8-11pm. Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover, 512/452-2518.

QUEER RIDE Check the QR Facebook group for up-to-date details on meeting spots and stops of this weekly ride. Wednesdays, 7pm; wheels down, 7:30pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress. Free.

SHITTY KITTY BIG BALL BINGO Ms. Rebecca Havemeyer will have you scrambling for letters, numbers, and ya diaper. Drink cheap, win big. Last Wednesday of the month, 9:30pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth.


WITCH BITCH Halloween ExtravaGAGza with Zane Zena, Ursula Lucadevjic, Merci Killingspree, DJs Nymble Digitz, Boyfriends, and Knos. Fri., Oct. 30, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River.

ZOMBIE BALL Join DJs from Mix 94.7 and 96.3 RnB, including "Best of Austin" award-winning Suga Rae for a night with ghouls, goblins, and Salt-N-Pepa. Sat., Oct. 31, 7:30pm. ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd. $39.50-59.50.

NIGHTMARE ON RED RIVER STREET Birthday ghoul Zane Zena throws down some Drag Mortal Kombat with these lip-sync-offs: Fela Trix vs. Jinxy Deviate; Drew Hart vs. Kitty Buick; Honey St. Claire vs. Sylvia Divinorum; and Jade D'Shay Kline vs. Warhola Pop. Tricks, treats, and Merci Killingspree. (We're not making any connection there whatsoever.) DJs Divorcée and Girlfriend keep you spinning like Linda Blair's head. Sat., Oct. 31, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.

ALLGO'S DAY OF THE DEAD/DíA DE LOS MUERTOS Allgo is, if anything, family and tradition. Their annual remembrance of loved ones passed is a reliable touchstone that kicks off the Austin holidays. Come and honor. Bring heart-offerings for the altars. Mon., Nov. 2, 6pm. Allgo, 701 Tillery Ste. 1-A, 512/472-2001.

AIDS WALK AUSTIN Strap 'em on (those tennies, silly), and get ready to hoof with your great big fam for a great big cause. Sun., Nov. 8. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe. Suggested registration fee of $20. [email protected],

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