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What an excellent day for an exorcism

Die Felicia's scream queen hostesses Zane Zena (l) and Louisianna Purchase
Die Felicia's scream queen hostesses Zane Zena (l) and Louisianna Purchase (Photo by Jimmie Kadaver)

What an excellent day for an exorcism. When it comes to Zane Zena and Louisianna Purchase, any day is a good day for some spooky fun. That's why the gruesome twosome started their Die Felicia series – a semimonthly night that incorporates classic horror films, drag, and trivia in one safe space for horror fans. So what made these scream queens choose the 1973 classic The Exorcist? Well, the power of Christ compels them, and by that we mean the fans. "The crowd response for The Exorcist was overwhelming," says Zane, who attributes her love of horror to her Halloween birthday. "Everyone is welcomed – just throw on some blood and get ready to Die Felicia!" (See Saturday.)


GAYDAR

Happy Hour Meet-Up with Beyond Brothas Beyond Brothas is a spacemaking social org for black queer men. Gay, bi, or trans, this group wants to know and support ya while fighting the good fight. Thursdays. Side Bar, 602 E. Seventh. www.fb.com/beyondbrothaint.

Class Transitions A strength-training-meets-boot-camp-style class developed for Austin's trans community. Thursdays, 7:15pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless. $15. www.transformfitnessaustin.com.

Patrice Pike Band Sweetness Another night of queer musicmaking with Patrice Pike and the band. Thu., May 19, 8pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar. www.patricepike.com.

Nite School "Always free, never cheap." Nite School brings the dark wave party. Workin' on those nite moves, are we? Thu., May 19, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free. www.fb.com/niteschoolatx.

A Celebration of Music by Björk Get yer swan dress on for this tribute to the original queen B – Björk. Put on by LTP Productions, with visuals by Fez and Will Anderson. Tributers include Botany, Black Books, Hard Proof, and members of Technicolor Hearts, Löwin, and the Human Circuit. Fri., May 20, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. $5 for under 21. www.fb.com/lucythepoodleproductions.

Urban LGBT Night Hold on to yer panties – there's a new takeover in town for the "urban LGBT." This event is 18 and up. Fridays. ScratchHouse, 617 E. Seventh. $10 for 21+, $20 for 18+.

The Fetish Ball Costume + Masquerade Party Benefiting SOS A kinky feel-good night to remember. Kinky for the costumes, feel-good for the cause: Survivors Offering Support. SOS works to increase equality awareness in Texas. Plus DJ Def Tone makes it rain gay, and a raffle to boot. Fri., May 20, 10pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free. www.rainon4th.com.

Strike A Pose: A Queerbomb Fundraiser! In honor (and help) of Queerbomb, Austin Queer Yoga Collective, Erica Nix, and Kewal Hausmann – aka Jackalin Paradise – combine vogueing with yoga for the fiercest workout class of yer gay daydreams. Strike a (tree) pose. Sat., May 21, 2-5pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless. $20.

2016 TGRA Austin Annual Swimwear Auction Love you some gay rodeo? How 'bout dudes in swimwear? Then getcher self to Highland for TGRA's Annual Swimwear Auction. Simone Riviera emcees. Sat., May 21, 9pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. www.tgra.org.

Die Felicia! presents The Exorcist There will be blood, and – if you play your drag cards right – split pea demon vomit. The zaniest of Zenas and Louisianna Purchase present The Exorcist with a costume contest and trivia. 18 and up welcome. Sat., May 21, 10pm. Badlands, 1203 Chicon. $3.

Queer Ride: Biking for Beers & Barks Three things queers love: dogs, bikes, and beer. This ride brings all three together. Meet at the Capitol's south gates and bike to local breweries. Buy a $20 pint glass: get free pours and help fund Divine Canines. Sun., May 22, 11:30am. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress. www.divinecanines.org/barksforbeers.

QueerBomb 2016 Craft Party! Let's get together and qraft for Queerbomb. Craft queens bring yer toolboxes of glitter, glue, and all the fixins. Snacks make friends and sharing is caring. Sun., May 22, 1-4pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free. www.fb.com/qbatx.

Cuddle Up! (Queer Edition) & Consent Workshop Some days ya just need some PG cuddles. Join Faye Fearless for a consent workshop and safe space to enjoy "the power of human touch." Sans alcohol, this cuddle puddle is exclusively for the queers. Sun., May 22, 6:30pm. Rose Movement Studio, 2015 E. Riverside. $16.82.

Karaoke Underground It's karaoke of a queerer, punker persuasion. Belt your heart out. Mon., May 23, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. www.karaokeunderground.com.

Black Dove Reading and Signing Poet and author Ana Castillo brings her latest stories to Austin. Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me looks at what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality. Wed., May 25, 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A. www.ebookwoman.com.

Mr. and Miss Austin PRIDE Pageant 2016 Kelly Kline gets her host on for a night of celebrity illusions as contestants battle it out for the titles of Mr. and Miss Pride. Winners will take the main stage at Pride on Aug. 27. Wed., May 25, 10pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. www.austinpride.org.

The Please Please Me EP Release w/ Signy, Keeper, Common Velvet It's an all-indie all-grrrl lineup. Rockin' out in honor of the Please Please Me's EP Volume 2. Thu., May 26, 8pm. Empire Control Room, 606 E. Seventh. $8 ($5, advance).


GAYLY AHEAD

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. $35 early bird, $50 ($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.

Plezzure Island That's right ladiez (and gents mayhaps) – it's the first (and only) all-grrrl resort takeover to hit the Texas coast. Get yer swimsuits packed for pool party adventures and sleepover daydreams. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Hilton Galveston Island Resort. $200. www.plezzureislandtexas.com.

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