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The Gender Unbound Art Fest will spotlight the work of trans, intersex, and gender nonconforming artists and musicians


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"Too often, stories of trans and intersex people are centered around our bodies, bathrooms, victimhood, surgeries, and transitions," says Gender Portraits artist and nonprofit founder Drew Riley. Instead of focusing on the negative, Saturday's Gender Unbound Art Fest will spotlight the work of trans, intersex, and gender nonconforming artists and musicians. This evening mini-festival is a celebration and "declaration of the vibrant talents that reside in [these] communities." Brooklyn's KC Crow Maddux will have his art on display as will New Hampshire's Catherine Graffam, who will also speak during the fest. The 10 additional artists were chosen from an open call, and the lineup is stellar. Local queer bands, including Brand New Key and Pillow Princess, round out the sound while ASA offers free HIV testing on-site. "It's my hope that having trans and intersex people working side by side in an event like this will help build stronger bridges between our communities," says Riley. "And make us better allies to each other for both our benefit."

GAYDAR

Sky Candy and Rudy Ramirez present Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade 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. Thu.-Sat. Secret location given with ticket purchase. $28-48. www.skycandyaustin.com.

Bear Tubing Weekend It's a bear float, not a beer float, though that can happen too. Fri.-Sun. Heidelberg Lodges in New Braunfels.

Girls Rock Austin's Rock-A-Thon Empowering young grrrls to rock like rock stars. Help keep GRA going and rock out yerself with Outskirts, Queue Queue, and more. Got a wee one? They have a chaperoned kids' corner for this all-ages event. Fri., Sept. 23, 5-9pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562. $10. www.girlsrockaustin.org.

Out in the Park Roller coasters, drag queens, and a theme park filled with gays. Get ready to scream. Drag Race stars and more perform! Fri., Sept. 23, 6-11pm. Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 17000 I-10 W., San Antonio, 210/697-5050. $45.99 till Sept. 22, $50.99 after. www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas/special-events/out-park.

Austin Babtist Women Bar Crawl To the windows. To the walls. All these babtists crawl. Celebrate 30 years of ABW. Fri., Sept. 23, 9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993. Free. www.babtistwomen.com.

Austin Babtist Women Roast These cats have claws – and they're bedazzled. Queer entertainers from across the country toast or roast ABW. Sat., Sept. 24, 5pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823. www.babtistwomen.com.

Gender Unbound Art Fest Queer art, don't stop. Gender Portraits has created a day of art and music to showcase an array of talented trans, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people. For the full fab lineup see FB. Sat., Sept. 24, 6-11pm. Soma Vida, 2324 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/628-1580. Pay as you wish. www.fb.com/genderportraits.

Blue Ball Clutch those pearls close, cuz rumor has it the Weird City Sisters and PooPoo Platter have joined forces to raise moneys for the Austin PrEP Access Project. Dress to impress yer runway judges (see FB for details), but get blue. Sat., Sept. 24, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385. $10, $5 if dressed in blue. www.austinprepaccessproject.org.

Flannigan's Fall Fundraiser Help Jimmy get to City Council. Heather & Dan host his fall fundraiser. Congressman Lloyd Doggett opens the afternoon. RSVP to kiefer@susanharry.com. Sun., Sept. 25, 1:30-3:30pm. Address provided upon RSVP. $50+.

Urbanity: Downtown cocktails for a cause The Octopus Club invites you to host a cocktail party for a cause. They provide their "bar kit" featuring liquor, beer, wine, mixers, and a tip jar sign. The money raised goes to the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund at AIDS Services of Austin. Sun., Sept. 25, 3-5pm. Locations vary, see website. www.asaustin.org.

Black Widow Cinema: Tank Girl It's a queer lady cult classic. Relive the experience or swallow it whole for the first time. Presented by I Luv Video & Spider House Ballroom. Sun., Sept. 25, 7-10pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562.

Austin Babtist Women's Anniversary Celebration 30 years my queers! The Austin Babtist Women – the all-male, all-volunteer comedy fundraising troupe – celebrate three decades! Sun., Sept. 25, 7-10:30pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192. $5 suggested donation. info@babtistwomen.com, www.babtistwomen.com.

Burlesque for Beginners Go ahead, give in to your burlesque craving. You know you wanna learn the ropes from Miss Sophie, and babes of all levels are welcome to get their groove on. Mondays, 7:30pm. Vamps Dance, 1601 E. Fifth #104, 512/981-5873. $41.50-99. www.vampsdance.com.

Burlesque Choreography & Performance Series Class Learn to twirl those tassels and put extra shimmy in yer shake with Miss Sophie's – an Austin burlesque veteran – weekly class. You'll even learn cool tricks like how to make your own pasties. Mondays, 8:30pm. Vamps Dance, 1601 E. Fifth #104, 512/981-5873. $200. www.vampsdance.com.

Bingo-a-go-go Get yer bingo fill Wednesdays at the Warehouse. Every Wed., 7-10pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. www.bobcatpridescholarship.com.

Lesbians Who Tech (and friends) Meetup Expect a heated discussion on the LGBTQ White House Tech Summer, Pokémon Go, and more. Get techy, ladiez. Wed., Sept. 28, 7-10pm. IBM Design Studio, 11501 Burnet Rd. Free. www.lesbianswhotech.org.

Plezzure Island It's here! The first (and only) all-grrrl resort takeover to hit the Texas coast. It's sure to be an epic weekend of pool party adventures and sleepover daydreams. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Hilton Galveston Island Resort. $200. www.plezzureislandtexas.com.

GAYLY AHEAD

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.

Drag Me To the Opera Holy haawaaacamolé! If drag and opera had a love child this would be it. Watch as six opera stars unite with six queens for a night of drapera. Sat. Oct. 15, 7pm. The North Door, 501 Brushy, 512/710-9765. $20-35. www.internationaldrag.org.

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