Ain't no party like a SX party cuz this SX party don't stop. Better make that your motto because SXSW is here, and so very queer. We're talking gayer than rainbow-colored unicorns rolling in a field of glitter. From the magically absurd number of unofficial parties (just see below and online) to the official events like Ellen Page and Ian Daniel's (Gaycation) keynote and dapperQ's panel on Queering Fashion, this epic Fest is getting a lot more colorful. And remember: Sleep is for the weak.
Package Menswear & Tapelenders Spring 2016 Fashion Show The sexiest spring runway of 2016. Featuring the latest in men's swim, athletic, fetish, and underwear. Catch that bulge. Thu., March 10, 8pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150. Free. www.tapelenders.com.
SXSW: Queer Style: Visual Activism & Fashion's Frontier For the first time ever, SXSW tries on queer fashion. Anita Dolce Vita of dapperQ, Sonny Oram of Qwear, Leon Wu of Sharpe Suiting, and Aja Aguirre of Fit for a Femme will discuss q-style as a movement, a thriving economy, and a mainstay. Fri., March 11, 3:30-4:30pm. The Westin, 11301 Domain Dr., 512/832-4197. SXSW badge required. www.sxsw.com.
2016 #BigGayKickoff Party The AGLCC, Frot Vodka, and Oilcan Harry's invite you to kick off yer SXSW experience with the biggest of #biggaykickoffs. Get at it. Fri., March 11, 6-10pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823. Free w/ RSVP. www.2016biggaykickoff.eventbrite.com.
Loev Film Premiere A film about two friends who realize their bond might run deeper than friendship. A subtle, sad love story about gay men in India. Sat., March 12, 7pm; Mon., March 14, 7:30pm, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar; Fri., March 18, 1:30pm, Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth. Badge or wristband required. www.sxsw.com.
dapperQ Post SXStyle Panel Mixer An evening of impeccable queer style to commemorate SXSW's first-ever queer style panel led and produced by the well-dressed QTs of dapperQ. Girls With Flair! co-hosts. Fri., March 11, 8pm-12mid. The Nook, 309 E. Sixth. $10. www.dapperq.com.
L&B + Lesbians Who Tech Present The Unofficial SXSW Interactive KickOff Party Lesbutante and the Boss join forces with Lesbians Who Tech for one helluva unofficial dance party-meets-SXSW Interactive kickoff. Meet, mingle, make out. No badges required. Fri., March 11, 9pm-2am. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. Free. www.fb.com/thelesbutanteandtheboss.
Pulp Friction: Unofficial SXSW Edition DJs Daddie Dearest and Jessica Rabbet join magical Nineties forces with Zane Zena, Louisanna Purchase, and Franzia Blackout to turn back the clock to 1995. Channel those My So Called Life and 90210 (the Brenda) years and get ready to smell the Teen Spirit on the dance floor. Fri., March 11, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385. $3 in Nineties garb, $5 otherwise.
Gaycation's Ellen Page and Ian Daniel SXSW Keynote Millennial lez icon Ellen Page and her BFF Ian Daniels get yappy about their new Viceland docu-series, Gaycation, as well as their careers, and the fight for real LGBTQIA equality. Sat., March 12, 11am. Vimeo Theater at Austin Convention Center. Gold, Platinum, and Film badges. www.sxsw.com.
"These C*cksucking Tears" A documentary short on the first gay-themed country album. Penned and sung by Pat Haggerty, this film catches up with the man behind Lavender Country. See details for additional showtimes/location. Sat., March 12, 11am. Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside. Gold, Platinum, Film badge; Film Festival wristband. www.sxsw.com.
Girls With Flair! Production presents God Made Man Wrap Party That's a wrap! God Made Man's creators, Kayla Olson and Nate Locklear, plus the cast and crew of the upcoming film, get down and dirty in celebration of the movie's wrap. Catch the trailer and dance some dance. Sat., March 12, 2-5pm. The Nook, 309 E. Sixth, 512/709-1551. Free w/ RSVP. www.fb.com/godmademanfilm.
BPM+Grindr Saturday Grindr joins Highland's BPM dance party for a hawt, hawt night with DJ Bigface playin' the bump 'n grindr. Consider this a SX special. Sat., March 12, 9pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. Free before 2am. www.highlandlounge.com.
Homoground Live at SXSW Homoground – the website that airs queer music podcasts and mixtapes – is headed to SXSW. Catch their panel on queering the Austin music scene, featuring some fab local QTs including DJ GirlFriend, GayBi's Hazey Fairless, Mouthfeel, and Gay Place's very own Sarah Marloff. Part of Dropbox's Podcast Salon Sessions. Tue., March 15, 5:30pm. Lustre Pearl East, 114 Linden. www.homoground.com.
Fourth Annual Rock Your Package Music Showcase Tapelenders brings the sexy back to SXSW. Catch a whole shebang of bands – L.A.'s Bur Gur and Leggy, Austin's Pollen RX and Prom Threat, etc. – performing in their chones, only. Free adult beverages if can prove yer an adult. Wed., March 16, noon. Tapelenders Video, 1114 W. Fifth #201, 512/472-0844. Free. www.tapelenders.com.
therepubliqfest 2016 Another SXSW day, another SXSW gay event. Music Bear Tony Banks, Kristen Ford, Felix and the Future, Violet and the Undercurrents, and wayyy more invite you to their playdate. No wristbands, badges, or RSVPs required. Wed.-Sat., March 16-19. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free w/ RSVP. www.therepubliq.com.
Stargayzer Presents: Willam from RuPaul's Drag Race Drag Race's lovely Willam brings her dash of drag to Stargayzer and SXSW for a dragtastic good time. Big Dipper DJs, with additional performances by TT the Artist, Will Sheridan, Abdu Ali, Louisianna Purchase, and more! Sabel Scities is yer hostess with the mostest, but ya gotta be 18 or older to ride. Wed., March 16, 7pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free for 21+. www.stargayzerfest.com.
Y'all or Nothing presented by Stargayzer x Young Creature x Mouthfeel Get sExcited for the return of Y'all or Nothing! Big Dipper, F Virtue, Witch Hazel, Fee Lion, and Cap'n Tits are queering SXSW to the Nth degree. Thu., March 17, 8pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free for 21+. www.stargayzerfest.com.
SXSW She Shreds x Punctum Records SXSW She shreds seashells on the seashore. Except these grrrls are shredding on guitars, not seascapes. See Facebook for daily lineups. Sponsored by Adelbert's Brewery. Thu.-Sat., March 17-19. Studium, 2108 Rosewood.
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