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The end (of SX) is nigh, but she won't go down without a fight.

ATX punk band Mean Girls playing Saturday at We Exist (Photo by Zach Ryan)

The end (of SX) is nigh, but she won't go down without a fight. There's another 96 hours of nonstop queer shows, queer bands, and queer queers. It's exhilarating. It's exhausting. And it's about to get kweerer for each and every LGBTQer. Raunchy "Bear" Big Dipper will make several appearances, sissy bounce star Katey Red is shakin' it twice, and if ya like punk rawk check We Exist (see Saturday). A punk showcase for the queers, trans, femmes, and POC punx. And PSA: Lesbian Wedding marks the end with an homage to GayBiGayGay.


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.

CatvsOwl Showcase Queer lady, singer-songwriter Kristen Ford lands herself smack dab in the middle of Cherrywood's SX showcase. This is in all-ages show! Find the full lineup online. Thu., March 17, noon-10pm. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38½, 512/538-1991. Free.

Mama Dukes at Trill Rockstar Showcase An 18-and-up showcase with local, L MC Mama Dukes gettin' it turned up! Thu., March 17, 4-10pm. LUX, 620 W. Sixth, 713/824-7002. $10; free with badge/wristband.

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, 512/494-1150. Free for 21+.

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 Ave.

Wheelchair Sports Camp Official SXSW Showcase Kalyn – 28, 53 pounds, and 3 feet, 6 inches tall – MCs Wheelchair Sports Camp. But this ain't your mother's hip-hop. Kalyn combines electro, jazz, and hip-hop for experimental goodness. Thu., March 17, 11:30pm. Soho Lounge, 217 E. Sixth, 512/236-1705. SXSW badge or wristband required.

Cloud Rap Radio & T.E.A.C.H. Fest Present Key to the Street LGBT MC Mama Dukes takes the stage with Z-Ro and TK-N-CA$H and Dice Soho for an unofficial showcase to rock socks. Fri., March 18, noon-7pm. The 512, 408 E. Sixth.

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. Fri., March 18, 1:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar. Badge or wristband required.

South by North Lamar – Celebrating the Power of Women in Music Jan Seides hosts a night of rad women in music. The annual showcase features Stacy Lieder, Andrea Dawson, Ally Means, and more. Proceeds go to keepin' BookWoman's doors open. See Facebook for full lineup. Fri., March 18, 6pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785.

Austin PRIDE during SXSW The gays behind Pride bring you a night of queertastic music. Big Dipper, Katey Red, Jwl B of Yo! Majesty, Hot House Gruv, Fresh the Kidd, Sea Battle, MC Markeyth, and Joc get jiggy with it. Rawk Show's Nathan James hosts. Plus, Rachel Mykels' Tucked follows. Talk about a rawkin' good time! Fri., March 18, 7pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212.

Field Daze: Unofficial SXSW Showcase Drop it down and wrap it up. SX that is. This event is great bands, chill mood, reclining in a field kinda day. See Facebook for the lineup. Due to free Austin Beerworks, it's 21 and up. Sat., March 19, 11am. 1138 Gunter. Free.

We Exist! Ft. The Noids, Amygdala, Mean Girls, Body Pressure + More Who exists? People of color, femmes, queers & trans folks, and they make the punk scene that much radder. ATX's very own Mean Girls and Body Pressure play with Denton's the Noids and San Antonio's Amygdala. 21 and up punx only tho. Sat., March 19, noon-7pm. Beerland, 711 Red River, 512/479-7625. Free.

The Southwest Sexual Health Alliance Presents: Spark! Roundtable Salt-N-Pepa said it best: Let's talk about sex. This SX the SW Health Alliance holds a roundtable talk on the merging of sex and tech. Think virtual reality porn (by BaDoinkVR), SexBit (like FitBit) – it's gonna get juicy. Sat., March 19, 1:30-4:30pm. Omni Hotel Southpark, 4140 Governor's Row. $16-33.

Stargayzer SXSW 2016 Austin's very own queer music fest hosts a special SXSW showcase complete with the dirty, dirty acts of Christeene, Katey Red, Dai Burger, Yo! Majesty, Fee Lion, and a Big Dipper DJ set. The always klassy Louisianna Purchase hosts. Getcher glitter on. Sat., March 19, 7pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765. $10, open to the public.

Deep Inside: Official SXSW Showcase DJs Mouthfeel and Dylan Reece bring the return of the rush with visuals to blow yer mind by La Roncha. A queer SX explosion. Sat., March 19, 8pm-2am. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993.

Lavender Country Official SXSW Showcase Three words: gay. country. music. Patrick Haggerty returns to his frontman duties he began in 1973 to release the first ever q-ountry music. These lavender boyz take the stage at midnight. Sat., March 19, 8pm. The Hideout, 617 Congress, 512/443-3688. Music or platinum badge, music festival or artist wristband required.

#Feelings Official SXSW Showcase ft. House of Kenzo San Antonio q-art collective heads to SXSW for an officially official showcase with Ben Aqua and Yfynyt Scroll. Kenzo offers two performances – live and installation – with spankin' new songs from their very own DJ LeDef. Plant it. Help it grow. Give it love. Sat., March 19, 8:30pm. Barcelona, 209 E. Sixth.

Lesbian Wedding SXSW Edition Instead of mourning the death of GayBiGayGay, Hazey and Beth invite you to say "I do" to Lesbian Wedding. Performers TBA, but this party is always 100%. Check Facebook for lineup. Sun., March 20, 2pm. The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd., 512/927-0700. Free.

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