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We all need a gaycation every now and then

Plezzure Island's SheWolves (Photo courtesy of Lisa Hause)

The time has come, ladies. The first annual Plezzure Island kicks off today in Galveston, and we're certain that the Wolfpack (aka the women behind the party, aka Kelly West, Ashley Marshall, Gabby Ayala, and Michelle Daly) couldn't be more excited ... and just a twinge nervous. So while it's not happening in Austin proper we wanted to send them a bunch of good glittery Gay Place vibes for a fab resort takeover – Texas' very first. Of course, this is the week(end) to duck outta town. Why you say? Not because there's not amazing things happening (the best daytime dance party, Lesbian Wedding, returns Sunday; Tom Boiz take over Cheer Ups Tuesday, and the Kiyomi Valentine acoustic set with Tina She Wednesday), but the grrrl behind Gay Place is on a gaycation, so all of you should be too.


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.

LezzDance Those lezzies are back at the Taco Xpress. Get yer dance on cuz your door fee goes to Guide Dogs of Texas. Sat., Oct. 1, 6-10pm. Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar, 512/444-0261. $10.

BPM Saturday DJ BigFace and the Boys of ATX make sure that Highland dance floor stays slick. Go ahead, break a sweat and wrap it up. Saturdays. Free before 2am.

HIGHLAND SUNDAY FUNDAY It's a special edition of Sunday Funday this week with Evelyn Saïd in the Highland house and yes – you could Win Her Box (we're not sure what kinda box she's referring to, but we do love surprises!). Absolute Brunch and ADA Hold 'Em happen beforehand. Every Sunday. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. Free.

Lesbian Wedding: End of Summer Jam We're hoping a new month means summer's end. So do an autumn dance with the chillest day party this side of the Mississippi. And get ready to sing for Lizzy Caroloke. Sun., Oct. 2, 2-9pm. The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd., 512/927-0700. Free.

Score@OCH First Sundays Let's see those jerseys out in force. (They earn you some discounts at the bar.) Come get social with other sports-minded jock-o-philes. First Sundays of the month, 3pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823.

Cheer Up Charlies Workout Who doesn't wanna squat and release at the local watering hole? Workout guru Erica Nix leads the queer sweat sesh at CUC. Spandex (should be) required. Sun., Oct. 2, 6pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133.

Planet Fabulous Karaoke with Murrah Noble Murrah makes the magic music happen. So sing it loud and proud. Sundays & Wednesdays. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993. Free.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tomboy Tuesday's Drag On The Fly It's time for the kings to do their drag thang. Stick around for a spec performance from She Stole the Pistol after the winner is named and DJ Nixx keeps the moves moving. Tue., Oct. 4, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. $10 for 18-20 (free 21 and over).

Kiyomi Valentine and Tina She A gay-owned club with some fab gay a$$ music. Kiyomi Valentine goes solo, and Tina She (formerly of Goddess & She) debuts her new band to Austin. Meredith and Gia of She Stole the Pistol kick off the evening. Wed., Oct. 5, 8pm. Red Shed Tavern, 8504 S. Congress, 512/280-4899. $7.

Them//They Wednesdays Shake up yer week with GirlFriend's Wednesday dance party of the most queerest variety. Wednesdays. Volstead Lounge, 1500 E. Sixth, 512/680-0532. Free.

Queerbomb Meeting Make Queerbomb 2017 a reality. Consider this your invitation. Find the team in the small meeting room. Thu., Oct. 6, 7pm. Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzalez.

Summer Osborne & Crys Matthews Catch award-winning, knee-shakingly good music with Crys Matthews' Americana/folk/jazz/blues/funk concoction, and Summer Osborne who's evolving the soul one song at a time. Thu., Oct. 6, 7-9pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785.


GAyCL 2016 GirlFriend's gAyCL returns for the sixth annual one-day music fest. Gaymous, Tina She (of Goddess and She), Sailor Poon, Mama Duke, Thelonious Love, Common Velvet, and so many more put the queer back in weird. Sat., Oct. 8. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133.

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.

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.

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