Tegan and Sara fill our pop culture void
I first heard Tegan and Sara in 2007. Less than a year after graduating college I had moved to San Francisco and declared myself queer. I would drag my friends to the Lexington Club for The L Word each Sunday that year. I quickly learned: You didn't speak when The L Word was on, and that The L Word was awful. Like my new friends, I began dismissing "mainstream"
lesbian culture for the queerer alternative. So it came as a surprise to everyone when three of us fell head over heels for The Con. The CD (it was 2007 ...) was gifted to me for my 23rd birthday and we played it on repeat that day. Since then my dedication to Tegan and Sara has ebbed and flowed. But I can't pretend I don't appreciate what they do. Seventeen years into their career they've forged new music ground for (queer) women. As queers we're short on pop culture idols, but Tegan and Sara are the real deal (see Saturday).
Check out my interview with Sara Quin at austinchronicle.com/music.
Drag Race Watch Party Tea, Fish, and a whole buncha queens. The Q hosts a Drag Race watch party. Thursdays. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts.
Dirty Dynasty Bingo & Drag ATX's Dirty Dynasty (aka Lady Grackle and Cupcake) host a deliciously nasty game of bingo. Stick around for the duo's drag show after, and dirty dancing with DJ King Louie. We go all night. Thursdays, 8pm-close. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. Free. www.highlandlounge.com.
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. Through Sept. 24. Running Fri.-Sun. with two Thu. shows, and one Mon. Secret location given with ticket purchase. $18-48. www.skycandyaustin.com.
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.
Violet Crown Follies Burlesque A tantalizing night of tantalizing ladies. And some gents. Extra burlesque bonus – this show marks the return of Ruby Joule Burlesque, Jolie Goodnight, and Something Blue onstage with Ruby Lamb. Thu., Sept. 15, 9pm-12mid. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562. $15. www.thejigglewattsburlesque.com.
Tucked Hosted by Rachel Mykels Six queens, one stage. Get a little tucked action, then release that frustration on the dance floor. This week's event gets Cuntry Hunty to benefit Vegas Van Cartier. Fridays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. Free. www.highlandlounge.com.
Tegan & Sara Love You To Death Tour Lez twins and duo musicmakers Tegan and Sara return to Austin with a new album. They just want back inside your head and BWU. Sat., Sept. 17, 7pm. Stubb's, 801 Red River, 512/480-8341. $36. www.teganandsara.com.
Love You To Death: A Tribute to Tegan & Sara DJs XGF and Breezah know how to keep the good times flowing. Join 'em for a Tegan and Sara tribute after the concert ends. Missed the show? Here's your chance to sing along like you didn't. Who knows, mayhaps the Quins will swing through. Sat., Sept. 17, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. Free. www.cheerupcharlies.com.
Power Exchange Social Hour Craving a power exchange and a space to meet people who get it? Here's your opportunity. Email Nathalie for exact times, tips, etc. Sun., Sept. 18, 2pm. Q Toys, 6800 Burnet Rd., 512/772-1614. email@example.com, www.qtoysaustin.com.
Planet Fabulous Karaoke Murrah Noble makes the magic music happen. So sing it loud and proud. Sundays and Wednesdays. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993. Free. www.theironbear.com.
Karaoke on the Catwalk Croon and swoon with the kitty queens in the land of the baying Bobcats. Meoooooow! Mondays, 9pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. www.fb.com/stonewallwarehouse.
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, 512/923-5859. $15. www.transformfitness austin.com.
#MCM aka Man Crush Monday Single and lookin' to mingle, boys? Make yer way to the W's newest weekly, #MCM, a singles "mix & match" event for men. Equality Vodka is a sponsor, which means cheap vodka drinks aplenty! Mondays. Living Room Bar at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3600. Free, but please RSVP. www.whotelaustin.com/mcm.
Queerdalini! Get yer queer OM on with this weekly yoga class! Designed for all queers, genders, sizes, and levels. Mondays, 7:15pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless, 512/923-5859. $10-15.
Poker Night with Wild West Casino Games Ante up, boys. It's time to throw down. Tuesdays. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993. www.theironbear.com.
Bingo-a-go-go Get yer bingo fill Wednesdays at the Warehouse. This ball game is sponsored by and benefits those rainbow Bobcats. Wednesdays, 7-10pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. www.bobcatpridescholarship.com.
MWS Ladies Lineup Formation/Blend E's B-day Celebration Now let's get in formation (again, cuz we've been saying it a lot). Catch DJ Ang with some Minneapolis and Chi-town friends. They say she bangs. Wed., Sept. 21, 10pm. Plush, 617 Red River, 512/478-0099.
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.
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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