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The second annual Austin International Drag Fest returns this weekend


Laganja Estranja performs this weekend at Drag Fest. (Courtesy of Austin Young)

And all that Drag! That's right, the second annual Austin International Drag Fest returns this weekend – and shenanigans are already going down. Queens from all across the land have traveled far and wide to grace our humble city with their glorious presence(s). They'll be rocking big heels, big hair, and big ... attitudes. They'll be serving a healthy dose of debauchery to boot. This weekend is gonna make ya wanna lip sync for your life!


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Austin International Drag Festival ATX Drag Fest year two is upon us. Spend the days dolling around Drag Village, spend those nights stunned by stunning showcases. Plus a welcome dinner and show on the first night and a Bye Felicia Breakfast the final morning. It's a glamorama good time. See the "Gay Place" online for the night shows and the website for full schedule. Thu.-Sun., all day. $30-99. www.austindragfest.org.

Drag Fest: Feast of Fun Live Podcast & Drag Show Feast of Fun podcast open their doors for a live taping with Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion. They've got Japanese drag wrestler Ladybeard and Puerto Rican queen from RuPaul's Drag Race Cynthia Lee Fontaine lined up for questioning! Thu., April 28, 12:30-1:30pm. Holiday Inn Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville. www.feastoffun.com.

Guerrilla Queer Bar: (p)Leather Please They say leather is the new denim and straight bars are the new queer spaces so pull on some (p)leather and rock yerself to Volstead for a punk rawk inspired GQB. Ya know the drill – drink, talk, make out. Thu., April 28, 6-10pm. Volstead Lounge, 1500 E. Sixth. www.fb.com/wherethegirlsgoatx.

Austin LGBT Bar Association 1/2 Day CLE It's that time again – Austin Bar Association returns with their half-day CLE. This year they're offering a fab lineup of law talks pertaining to us LGBTQIAers. Tiff's Treats to eat, and happy hour to follow! Fri., April 29, 1:30-5pm. Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress #700. $70 ($50, members). www.austinlgbtbar.org.

Dragula: Official Dance Ball of Austin Int'l Drag Festival 2016 The best kind of depravity happens on the dance floor – especially one filled with the likes of Christeene, San Francisco's Peaches Christ, L.A.'s Saint Peter D'Vil, Manchester's Cheddar Gorgeous, Brooklyn's Merrie Cherry, and so many more. "Monster Drag Shows, Leather Daddy Dancers, Horny Packed Dance Floor" and $300 to the pageant winner! Deets on the Facebook page. Fri., April 29, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385. $20 w/o pass. aidf.queueapp.com.

Hoot! 2 Nights of Musical Comedy A musical medley of comedy cabaret. Queer performers (Jay Byrd, Khattie Q, Alexis Scott and Panda, Erik Secrest, Ammon Taylor, and more) delight, while the spectacle itself entertains. Get dazzled. Fri.-Sat., April 29-30, 10:30pm. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886. $13 ($8, advance). www.heckleher.com.

Tucked with special guest Jujubee Ru's infamous queen, Jujubee, is helping Rachel Mykels get tucked this week. Quality drag followed by a meet+greet and dancin'. Fri., April 29, 11pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. Free. www.highlandlounge.com.

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, 7am-7pm. Krause Springs, 404 Krause Spring Rd., Spicewood. www.hillcountryride.org.

Lesbian Wedding: May Day Lesbian Wedding is always a lovely celebration of queerness and franz, but this month gets extra celebratory with a legit May Day lez wedding. Feel the love and offer congrats to Hazey and Niki! Sun., May 1, 3-6pm. The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd., 512/927-0700.

Kawaii Cumbia A (day) party for the after-brunch crowd. Music from and inspired by anime, Dance Dance Revolution games, and reggaeton. DJ Boyfriends and Jackie Sue wanna end yer weekend with a POP. Sun., May 1, 4-9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. www.fb.com/suciafiesta.

Pride! Unity! Love! The Capital City Men's Chorus Spring Concert Let your heart go on with the guys of CCMC. They'll be belting out ballads and pop songs about the loveliest thing – love. And a tribute to the esteemed Maya Angelou is promised. Once more, they've opened the door. Sun., May 1, 4pm. McCallum Fine Arts Academy Theatre, 5600 Sunshine, 512/414-7568. $10-20. www.ccmcaustin.org.

No Love For Mom with Israeli filmmaker Anat Zuria Feminist filmmaker leads a talk and workshop on "the untold story of mothers in the USA." Participants welcome to share stories and questions concerning motherhood. Sun., May 1, 6pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar. www.ebookwoman.com.

Tomboy Tuesday: The Official AIDF Rehab Show Experiencing Drag Festival withdrawals? These boiz have the cure. Boiz 4 Now lead the show with a few special guests from the weekend's dragtivities. Tue., May 3, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free for 21 and up, $10 for ages 18-20. www.cheerupcharlies.com.

Julie Nolen Band at Halcyon Americana's Ms. Nolen gets her Downtown show on. Rock out. Tue., May 3, 17, & 31, 10pm. Halcyon, 218 W. Fourth, 512/472-9637. www.julienolen.com.

Paramount Theatre presents David Sedaris Writer extraordinaire David Sedaris is all up in Austin's biz tonight. Love him or hate him, one thing's for sure: He'll make you laugh. Wed., May 4, 8pm. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., UT campus, 512/471-2787. $24-50.

Patrice Pike & Julie Nolen at Saxon Pub It's a badass double-header of lady musicians. Why choose one when you can have both? Thu., May 5, 8pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar. $5-10. www.julienolen.com.


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Out Youth's Second Chance Adult Prom Magical proms, the myth of Eighties and early-Aughts teen movies, but here's your chance to relive and redo prom in the gayest way. So get yer mermaid on cuz Out Youth (sans youth) are taking you under the sea to an ocean filled with drag queens and cocktail attire. Sat., May 28. W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3600. $35 early bird, $50 regular, $100 VIP. www.outyouth.org.

Queerbomb 2016 Queerbomb returns for the annual rally, march, and fabulous kweer party because the greatest protests are the ones with glitter, dancing, and this gorgeous qmmunity. We're here! We're queer! Help light the spark. Sat., June 4. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth. www.fb.com/qbatx.

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