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You can't help but notice that adult proms are all the rage


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Peruse the listings this week (and last) and you can't help but notice that adult proms are all the rage for promoters and fundraisers alike (see Cheer Ups Friday, and Out Youth Saturday). Sure, at Gay Place we love any excuse to show off just how nicely we qlean up, but these parties aren't just about getting fancy. True, some of us already waved our rainbow flags on the dance floor, and some of us who were flag-less didn't mind. But not everyone lived the high school prom of their dreams, and there's something comforting about second chances for all of us. Maybe it's because "it gets better," or maybe we just find better dance partners. Either way, this weekend you can dance the night away.

GAYDAR

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. $5 in advance, $8 at the door.

Trap Attack DJ Boyfriends, DJ GirlFriend, and a night of nonstop queer hip-hop. Drop it, drop it low, grrrl. Thu., May 26, 10pm. Swan Dive, 615 Red River, 512/943-7926. Free.

Goddess Unleash your inner goddess with this upscale party for the LGBTQ ladies of center. Make sure those shoes look fly and that outfit's on point tho, cuz this dress code is strictly enforced. Fri., May 27. The Madison, 307 W. Fifth, 832/878-4527. Free; VIP, $150 and up. www.sleeqproductions.com.

Splash Weekend The gay summer opener is back at Hippie Hollow, and all we can say is get ready to get wet. Check out Sunday's 11am-3pm party barge, and kiss yer sexy sponsors: Oilcan's, Rain, Iron Bear, Midtowne Spa of Austin, and Pride Radio. Fri.-Sun., May 27-30. Hippie Hollow, 7000 Comanche Trl.

Pageant The Musical It's gay, wild, and crazy. It's a musical beauty pageant of dudes. Together they'll compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse. May 27-June 19: Thu.-Sat., 8pm, Sun. 3pm. City Theatre, 3823-D Airport, $20-35. www.citytheatreaustin.org.

The Prom That Never Happened 'Tis the season for adult proms. If yer looking for something funkier than fancier, then Free Rent ATX and the Electric Church have the prom night for you. Fri., May 27, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free, donations welcome. www.cheerupcharlies.com.

Urban LGBT Night Hold on to yer panties – there's a new takeover in town for the "urban LGBT." Join 'em and DJ Q Marie for a night that'll getcha hot'n'bothered. This event is 18 and up. Fridays. ScratchHouse, 617 E. Seventh. $10 for 21+, $20 for 18+.

Poo Poo Platter presents GAGTGIFU Thank God It's F*cked Up (TV Shows) Get back into the ring for round five of the Poo's Get a Gig. Ten queenlike contestants go wig-to-wig using TV shows as weapons. Bulimianne Rhapsody hosts, and Arcie Cola, Kitty Buick, and Cupcake judge. 18 and up always welcome. Fri., May 27, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5. www.fb.com/poopooatx.

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, 8-11pm. W Hotel, 200 Lavaca. $50 regular, $100 VIP. www.outyouth.org.

Nakia Returns To The Saxon Pub After two years away from this stage, Nakia returns with an all-new band to titillate your eardrums. Sat., May 28, 10pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar, 512/448-2552. $10. www.nakia.net.

Queer Up Charlies Two stages and countless queers (Sailor Poon, Dylan Reece, Mouthfeel, Gemel Kenzo, and more) embrace the start of summer with a queertastic night at CUC. Fine horror queens Louisianna Purchase and Zane Zena offer up a midnight disco ritual, while Julian Eternal illuminates yer gay face. Sat., May 28, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free.

Buffy Boot Camp That's right, it's a slayer-themed fitness class and we're totes not talkin' 'bout that strange metal band. We're talking Buffy (insert valley girl accent here). Role playing, boxing, running – hell, you might even learn how to throw a stake. Sun., May 29, 7-8:30pm. Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath. $10.

Workout! with Erica Nix Make exercise fun again. Dance and strength training workouts inspired by Eighties and Nineties aerobics (think Richard Simmons, Jane Fonda, and a side of Big Freedia). Mondays, 6pm; Wednesdays, 6:30pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless. $15. www.transformfitnessaustin.com.

Queerious Trivia Ya know the drill. Strap on those thinking caps and get yer queer trivia on. GirlFriend makes the music, and Lady Grackle is the hostess with the most baby bird shots. Tue., May 31, 6-9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. www.fb.com/girlfriendatx.

Homo Arigato presents Madonna's Truth or Dare It's a night of anniversaries. Madonna's Truth or Dare is 25 years young, and Homo Arigato is 3 years old. Celebrate both with movies, magic, and a sneak peek at "Queens Without Mirrors," a short by the Homo team featuring Trixie Mattel of RuPaul's Drag Race, we dare ya. Wed., June 1, 7pm. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth. www.fb.com/homo-arigato-516273625146089.

Ginny Gilder Reading & Signing Ginny Gilder: rowing's Olympic silver medalist, queer woman, CEO, and co-owner of the Seattle Storm. Join her for a reading and signing of her memoir, Course Correction. Thu., June 2, 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A. www.ebookwoman.com.

The Nothing Song makes making music look easy. Say bon voyage to Ponyboy & the Horsegirls and Unpopular cuz they're headed out on tour. Pema, on the other hand, celebrates an LP release. Thu., June 2, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. $3 suggested donation. www.cheerupcharlies.com.

GAYLY AHEAD

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. Free. www.fb.com/qbatx.

Austin Pride 2016 Pride is coming. Werk Fashion Show: Sat., Aug. 20. Festival and parade: Sat., Aug. 27. $13-125. www.austinpride.org.

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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