Gay Place: HEY, TURKEYS!
Turkey-time at three gay bars
By Kate X Messer, Fri., Nov. 27, 2015
Or tofurkeys! Watch out. Thursday's comin'. Three gay bars – BT II, OCH, Iron Bear – are providing safe haven and free meals to those who might not have a cozy place to go. And even for those who do: What a great time for chosen family. See below, and see News, p.30, and Food, p.51, for more.
BT II THANKSGIVING POTLUCK Have a real family meal! No one is turned away. Born of a crew of big hearts back in the day, Bout Time's Turkey Day is a feast that's been feeding bellies and hearts since the mid-Eighties. Yes, dear, it's turkey, dressin', and alllll the fixin's. All for free. Thu., Nov. 26, 1pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192. Free. www.fb.com/bt2atx.
GERALD'S THANKSGIVING BUFFET POTLUCK Play your cards right, and you could make your way around to the other two free Thanksgivings and end up with the cuddly crew at the 'Bear. Side dishes to share are encouraged but not required. Yes, dear, you know the score: turkey, dressin', and all the fixin's. Still free. Thu., Nov. 26, 5pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993. Free. www.fb.com/theironbearatx.
OCH THANKSGIVING Free Thanksgiving with chosen family! No strings, no, really. No one is turned away. Yes, dear, this too is turkey, dressin', and alllll the fixin's. And, did we say, free? Thu., Nov. 26, 4pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823. Free. www.fb.com/oilcanharrys.
ON OUR GAYDAR
BROKEBACK THURSDAYS They just can't quit you. Stonewall goes country every Thursday. Thursdays, 10pm-12mid. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. www.fb.com/stonewallwarehouse.
PATRICE PIKE Take a hike, and see the Pike. Thursdays, 8-10pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar. www.fb.com/patricepikeband.
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.
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.
NAUGHTY BLACK FRIDAY Looking for some squeals with your deals? How about some jerky with your turkey? The Tapelender boys have a special: adult DVD blowout sale ("starting at" $5). Also, your goose will earn ganders in a nice set of Nasty Pig 3-in-1 suspenders. Oink. Fri., Nov. 27, 10am. Tapelenders Video, 1114 W. Fifth #201, 512/472-0844. www.tapelenders.com.
THE RAIN REPORT on ATX UNCENSORED(ISH) Soldier through the Gaar(ish) humor and watch for the sassy segment starring drag diva Sabel Scities' homo hilarity. Weeknights, 9:45pm. KXAN the CW Austin, call your provider for channel. www.rainon4th.com, www.thecwaustin.com/category/atx-uncensoredish.
INDIES FIRST: AUTHOR PARTY What better way to celebrate and honor Small Business Saturday than to holiday-shop at our storied feminist/LGBTQ bookstore? BW is one of the longest-running bizzes in our community. Come say hi to the bookwoman herself, Susan, and a slew of Texas authors, including: Debra Winegarten, Catherine Musemeche, Paige Schilt, Mary Helen Specht, Mary S. Black, Pamela Ferguson, Pam Booten, and so many more. Sat., Nov. 28, noon-5pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785. www.ebookwoman.com.
COMING HOME: AUSTIN QUEER YOGA Get centered for the holiday onslaught, turkey. Sat., Nov. 28, noon-2pm. Yoga Yoga, 2167 W. Anderson, 512/380-9800. www.fb.com/austinqueeryogacollective.
ANOTHER NIGHT, ANOTHER DREAM StoneCold Snugglas take you there via the Nineties way-back machine. Free something or other, and your ass supposedly will ... follow? Sat., Nov. 28, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. www.fb.com/stonecold.snugglas.
TOMBOY TUESDAY Girls With Flair want you to strut the swagg of the tomboy flair. Enjoy the debut of new drag kingers BOiZ 4 NOW. Sat., Nov. 28, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free. www.fb.com/girlswithflairofficial.
HIGHLAND SUNDAY FUNDAY It's an afternoon filled with Absolute Brunch and ADA Hold 'Em. Sundays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. Free. www.highlandlounge.com.
HOMO ARIGATO! Gayness realness set in the Roman Empire via Derek Jarman & Paul Humfress' Sebastiane on the big screen. Mon., Nov. 30, 7:15pm. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth. $10.50. www.drafthouse.com/series/homo-arigato.
WORLD AIDS DAY SERVICE Reflect, pray, remember, hope ... love. Tue., Dec. 1, 7pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway. Free. www.fb.com/thecarecommunities.
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.
THE NOTORIOUS RBG BALL The Ruth! The Ruth! The Ruth is on FIYAH! Female-fronted ¿Qué Pasa?, KB the Boo Bonic, the Please Please Me, Leslie Sisson & Rozie Castoe from the Moving Panoramas' side project, and Girls' Rock Camp honor Her Honor and help shine the light on Planned Parenthood and the struggle to keep her afloat. Wed., Dec. 2, 10pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. $7.
HAPPY HOUR w/ 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.
OUTSIDER 2016 This year's legacy goes to Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stevens. A limited number (100) of fest badges available right now for a low, low price until they sell out. Wed.-Sun., Feb. 17-21, 2016. Location TBA. $35. www.outsiderfest.org.
ACC QUEER WRITING Honors English 1302, Rio Grande campus, M-W, 1:30-2:50pm. Dig deep into your heritage, or learn about a culture kept down for too long, with so much love and art and brilliance to spare ... and share. Prof. Louisa Spaventa guides you through this semester-long queer quest. Register now! Class will likely fill. Class begins Jan. 19; registration ends Jan. 13. ACC Rio Grande campus, 1212 Rio Grande. email@example.com, www.austincc.edu/honors.
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