Cyndi Lauper and aGLIFF just wanna have fun
We can't help but be jazzed for the 29th annual Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. While the name leaves out the BTQ, this year's lineup most definitely does not. In fact, the 2016 fest is filled with legit movies – narrative and documentaries – that go far beyond the typical gay movie and lez romance. (For more on that, see Screens.) Of course, the one and only Cyndi Lauper is showing the town her true colors Saturday night, and those kweer kweens of the Platter persuasion are dedicating their night of drag to her. Lastly, if you didn't fill up on rainbows at Pride, you can always bring some beads and drive on down to San Marcos for their hometown celebration, happening Saturday – they'd love to have you! Doesn't it feel good to be here, queer?
Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival Austin's queer film fest returns for its 29th year and a fab lineup of LGBTQIAxyz-themed films. Expect anticipated docs like Free CeCe! and Check It, classics like Hedwig, and some queertastic sounding narrative features. Thu.-Sun, Sept. 8-11. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040. $50-300. www.agliff.org.
Summer Breeze: Yacht Rock Dance Party Channel tropical breezes, boat shoes, and piña coladas with this summery yacht rock party. DJs Daddie Dearest and Shane Black will be your co-captains. Thu., Sept. 8, 10pm. Badlands, 1203 Chicon, 512/999-1917. Free.
Flow Factory: an Interactive Audio + Visual Installation New media arts collective vûrv is taking over CUC's parking lot for a evening of flow. Hands on, lights off. Fri., Sept. 9, 8-10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. Free.
Sky Candy and Rudy Ramirez present Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Agent Andromeda! This queer-pos, sex-pos "aerial sci-fi romp" takes audiences on a galaxy quest with aerial acrobatics, burlesque performances, music, and more. Oh my, superwoman. Running Fri.-Sun. with two Thu. shows, and one Mon. Secret location given with ticket purchase. $18-48. www.skycandyaustin.com.
Hail Yasss! Queens Just Wanna Have Fun (a drag tribute to Cyndi Lauper) Grrrls just wanna have it and queens just wanna serve it up. The Platter picks it up for Cyndi since she's in town. Catch her sing, then catch these drag stars impersonate. Daddie Dearest brings the she-bop. Fri., Sept. 9, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385. $5, free with Detour Tour ticket stub.
SMTX Pride Our neighbors in San Marcos are showing their Pride feathers with a spectacular lineup of queerness. Nina Diaz, 2Mun2 & Kris Smith, Fea, and way more make the magic happen. Sat., Sept. 10, 10am. San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Pkwy., 512/644-5637. www.smtxpride.org.
Softball Austin Fall Recruitment Let's play ball! Austin's LGBT softball league is recruiting new members. If ya wanna play with bats and balls get to field 3. All skill levels welcome for open and women's divisions. $40 a season. Sat., Sept. 10, 10am-noon. Krieg Field, 517 S. Pleasant Valley. Free. email@example.com, www.softballaustin.org.
Celebrating 30 Years With HIV Community member Dave Martin invites Austin's LGBTQers to come out on his 30th anniversary of contracting HIV to reflect on those we've lost. Sat., Sept. 10, noon-3pm. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts.
All Access: Austin The Bridge Collective, Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, and Texas Freedom Network have come together in the name of repro rights! Performers include Krudas Cubensi, BettySoo, and the Light Upstairs. This event is in solidarity with events happening across the U.S. Sat., Sept. 10, 6:30pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562. www.allaccess2016.com.
Austin Book Launch: After Projects the Resound Poet Kimberly Alidio creates a space for visible queer of color poetics. (Self) love will be invoked as she reads through her release. Sat., Sept. 10, 7pm. Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th. www.spdbooks.org/products/9780996400183/after-projects-the-resound.aspx.
Cyndi Lauper in Austin She bops to the beats of girls just wanna have fun, time after time. And it never gets old. Sat., Sept. 10, 7:30pm. ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999. $48.50-78.50. www.cyndilauper.com.
Gretchen Phillips with Thor & Friends The ever-fabulous Gretchen Phillips joins forces with Thor & Friends for what she describes as a "great big sprawling instrumental band of serious beauty." Sat., Sept. 10, 8pm. Cactus Cafe, 2247 Guadalupe, 512/475-6515. $12-15. www.cactuscafe.org.
Color Out Cancer Pre-Party Bash Help beat cancer while partying with Package Menswear's male models. They'll shine yer car while you sip on Virus Vodka and win prizes. Color Out Cancer returns Nov. 10. Sun., Sept. 11, 2-4pm. Package Menswear, 1114 W. Fifth, 512/472-0844. www.coloroutcanceratx.com.
Mattachine~ aGLIFF Closing Night Party w/ John Cameron Mitchell Another year, another round of queer film. Send off the 29th aGLIFF with Hedwig creator John Cameron Mitchell and the (sorta) infamous New York kweer dance party. Sun., Sept. 11, 5pm-1am. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. www.agliff.org.
TGQ Social XXX: We turn 3! Three years here and queer with TGQ Social. Everyone on the trans spectrum (and lovers) welcome. Who wants cake?! Sun., Sept. 11, 6-9pm. Butterfly Bar at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd. www.fb.com/tgqsocial.
Back That Ass Up: Anal 101 with Amory Jane Sex educator and therapist Amory Jane talks, demonstrates, and teaches on backdoor pleasures and breaking taboos. Mon., Sept. 12, 7pm. Q Toys, 6800 Burnet Rd., 512/772-1614. $20. www.qtoysaustin.com.
Queer Cult Classics The Boiz of Austin are turning things up with acts inspired by queer fan faves. Tipping is extra encouraged. Tue., Sept. 13, 9pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385. $5.
Krudas Cubensi Krudas Cubensi headlines an already amazing lineup of Niña Dioz, Como Las Movies, and Mamis. Caliente! Thu., Sept. 15, 9pm. The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd., 512/927-0700. www.saharalounge.com.
GAyCL 2016 Who needs ACL when GirlFriend's giving us gAyCL? That's right, it's the sixth annual all queer, all indie one-day music fest. Check the Face for the full lineup! Sat., Oct. 8. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. www.girlfriendatx.co.
AIDS Walk Austin Grab your walking shoes and get ready to strut your stuff. Austin's AIDS Walk celebrates and supports people living with HIV/AIDS in our dear community. Sun., Oct. 16. Palm Park, 601 E. Third, 512/477-1566. www.aidswalkaustin.org.
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