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In the world of queer lady party-throwing, two years feels like a victory

The Boss and the Lesbutante, 
aka Michelle Solorzano Daly (l) 
and Kelly West
The Boss and the Lesbutante, aka Michelle Solorzano Daly (l) and Kelly West (Photo by Lisa Hause)

Time is relevant. For a giant tortoise, two years probably seems like a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment. In the world of queer lady party-throwing, however, two trips 'round the sun feels like a victory. But the duo behind Lesbutante and the Boss haven't just been planning parties, they've been building a Lesbian Empire. Between their second anniversary on Saturday night, and GirlFriend's Babes Playing Music Friday, this weekend is proof it's a good time to be a queer grrrl in Austin.


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Eve Ensler's A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer From the woman who brought us The Vagina Monologues comes a new collection written by the likes of Maya Angelou, Periel Aschenbrand, Michael Cunningham, and more, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. Working to end gender-based violence, the proceeds go to organizations helping survivors of human trafficking. A Q&A will follow the performance. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 25-27, 7pm. Howson Hall Theater, 4700 Grover. $15 ($10, advance). www.vspot.vday.org.

Guerilla Queer Bar: Lady in White This month those guerrilla queers turn the Lustre Pearl into a shimmery queer paradise. Wearing white and making out strongly encouraged. Thu., Feb. 25, 6pm. Lustre Pearl East, 114 Linden. Free. www.fb.com/wherethegirlsgoatx.

As You Like It Shrewd Productions Presents one helluva gender-bending performance of Shakespeare's already gender-bendy classic, As You Like It. Directed by Lily Wolff with original music by T. Lynn Mikeska, the play stars nine women, five men, and 24 cross-gender roles. Through March 6. Thu.-Sun., 8pm (except Feb. 27, 8:30pm). Trinity Street Theatre, 901 Trinity. $18-25. www.shrewdproductions.com.

The Mikado: Reclaimed Director kt shorb flips a classic play upside out. Set in an internment camp of the near future, the play-meets-(in)famous-operetta mixes queer love stories and xenophobia to tell the tale of "human resilience and liberation." Through Feb. 27. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282. $10-30. www.vortexrep.org.

Down and Dirty "Let's get dirrty, I need that, uh, to get me off. Sweatin' 'til my clothes come off." Xtina musta been talkin' about amateur strip-off night with yer hosts Bobby Cook and Sabel Scities, with DJ Protege playin' those dirty jams. Thursdays. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150. www.fb.com/rainon4th.

GirlFriend Presents: Babes Playing Music featuring Von Kiss Get ready to rev those BPMs cuz DJ GirlFriend is bringing Cali-famous DJ Von Kiss to Austin's queer grrrl scene. She's headlining, but Austin babes Cap'n Tits and Bree Rose will also make ya move. Fri., Feb. 26, 9pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-2979. $5 in advance, $10 at door. www.fb.com/girlfriendatx.

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 Premiere Party Beloved kween and season 6 queer Bianca del Rio hosts a special night of Drag Race, with performances by the entire season 8 cast! If yer 18 and older, get this event on the Do It list. Fri., Feb. 26, 9pm. Ironwood Hall, 505 E. Seventh. $55. www.oilcanharrys.com.

Homo Photo Club Presents Ménage à Process Check out the works of the Homo Photo Club – aka Deb Norris, Gretchen Phillips, and Beth Schindler. New prints actually processed in a darkroom. Saturdays. Prizer Gallery, 2023 E. Cesar Chavez. prizeraustin@gmail.com, www.fb.com/prizergallery.

Club Kids Dance Party 2 Finally! Kids of all ages and parents are welcome to this time and space for young Q&Qs/gender nonconformists, allies, etc., to shake it on down. Exerguru Erica Nix and DJ GirlFriend make a safe social space for young ones happen. Sat., Feb. 27, 2-4pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless, 512/923-5859. $10. www.fb.com/transformfitnessaustin.

C-Rail's BEARGASM: Cocked & Loaded IV Grab your cameo and oil yer chest cuz C-Rail and the Iron Bear's Military Party is back! The night benefits Austin PrEP Access Project, so drink up those Jell-O shots, shine those boots, and get ready to get cocked and loaded. Oh my! Sat., Feb. 27, 9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993. www.fb.com/theironbearatx.

Learning Secrets w/ Mood Hut's Local Artist & Neo Image A new vibe in house music. This party might just be the unofficial start of the Texas-Canadian intercontinental highway, with spiffy Vancouver DJs Local Artist and Neo Image flying in for a night of new-wave psychedelic house. Sat., Feb. 27, 9pm. Waller Ballroom, 700 E. Sixth, 512/298-8661. $10 in advance, $15 at door. www.transmissionevents.com.

Year 2 - Lesbutante and the Boss Can you believe it's only been two years since Lesbutante and the Boss entered the lez-party scene? Don your fanciest black and show 'em some love tonight with that free Champagne toast. Sat., Feb. 27, 9pm. Swan Dive, 615 Red River, 512/994-2819. Free w/ RSVP. www.lesbutanteandtheboss.com.

Capital City Men's Chorus Presents: Love for Sale Capital City Men's Chorus returns with their spring benefit bonanza. Act I starts with cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction. Act II spotlights the chorus, with Rob Faubion emceeing and special guests Cathie Sheridan and Brett Barnes. Sun., Feb. 28, 6:30pm. Brass House, 115-B San Jacinto, 512/477-SING (7464). $40. www.ccmcaustin.org.

Hunter Valentine with Emily Wolfe Say it ain't so. The grrrls of lez-pop-punk band (and of The Real L Word fame) Hunter Valentine are disbanding. Catch 'em before they're gone with local dream girl dream rocker, Emily Wolfe. Let's just say goodnight, not goodbye. Mon., Feb. 29, 8pm. Stubb's, 801 Red River, 512/480-8341. $12-14. www.huntervalentine.com.


GAYLY AHEAD

Queerious Trivia: Round 2 Strap on your thinking caps – queer trivia is back! Pairs of two, or quadruples, encouraged. GirlFriend makes the tunes, Lady Grackle hosts, CUC provides the liquor (if you please). Tue., March 1, 6-9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. Free. www.fb.com/girlfriendatx.

Hill Country Ride for AIDS Join the ride, end the stigma, raise some money, and make a difference. Bikers choose between 13, 27, 43, or 65 miles, with a celebratory swim at Krause Springs. Dive in. Ride on. Sat., April 30. www.hillcountryride.org.

The Pink Elephant Hip-Hop Festival Pink elephants rejoice! The largest LGBTQ hip-hop music festival is happening right here in ATX! Twenty-five performers, two days, one fabtastic event. Wed.-Thu., March 9-10. Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th, 512/291-6211. www.fb.com/victorygrill.

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