The East Austin Studio Tour signifies fall
November in Austin: a little rain, a hope for fall temps, and East Austin Studio Tours (this weekend and next). After only four falls in Austin, I've come to appreciate EAST as a sign of the time, and this year it sounds even better thanks to workout queen Erica Nix who's doing her part to queer it up. Nix is transforming Transform into the gayest stop on the block, starting with the Brooklyn-based artist KC Crow Maddux whose show – promising to "melt your gender hairs" – opens Thursday night. His work (pictured here) will be displayed all weekend long and will offer an interesting background to the daily in-house performances by Adrienne Anemone (Sat.), the Mimi's (Sun.), and Queer Mountain (Sat, Nov. 19). The cherry on top isn't Nix's brilliant red hair, it's the traveling workout tour she's leading to all the queer shows (see sched below). It's time to embrace your inner Jane Fonda – leg warmers and all.
Below the Belt Join the Q Boyz for an interactive discussion on modern safer sex options and dating in ATX. They're serving free food and giving away gift cards. Thu., Nov. 10, 7-9pm. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts. Free. www.theqaustin.org.
Color Out Cancer Community is stronger than cancer. Fight it with friends at the second year Color Out Cancer event. Thu., Nov. 10, 7-10pm. V Austin, 409 Colorado. $20-40. www.fb.com/coloroutcanceratx.
KC Crow Maddux “Post-Human Animal Instinct” KC Crow Maddux wants to melt your gender hairs, and we're already feeling tingly over this NYC artist. Check him and his work out at Transform all EAST weekend long. Thu., Nov. 10, 7-10pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless. www.kccrowmaddux.com.
Nite School Anniversary Party Five years of night moves and cool kids. Celebrate the School with Robert Valera, Spit Mask, George Quartz, Teen Slut, Private Service, and DJs Roger Wilson, Scorpio, and Monsieur M. Thu., Nov. 10, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. Free.
L&B Friday Night Ladies Night Lez bust out those dancin' shoes cuz it's that time of the month again! Lesbutante & the Boss return with their magical ladiez night. Second Fridays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. www.lesbutanteandtheboss.com.
Hail Yasss! Gorgeous Georges That's right y'all, Poo Poo Platter is celebrating their fourth anniversary and they're givin' their all to Boy George and George Michael. 18 and up welcome! Fri., Nov. 11, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5. www.fb.com/poopooatx.
The Coalition Exhibition Expedition The one and only Erica Nix combines working out and queer art this EAST! Break out that spandex and pull on those leg warmers cuz this 2.5-hour tour is gonna make you sweat and swoon. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 12-13, 11am & 3pm. Museum of Human Achievement, Springdale & Lyons, $20. www.themuseumofhumanachievement.com/tour.
Words of Fire! Women Loving Women in Latin America Author Antonia Amprino and translator Katie Gray are bringing their book to town for a signing. Get ready for a bilingual discussion on lesbian and bisexual identities in Latin America. Sat., Nov. 12, 6-8pm, Bookwoman. Sun., Nov. 13, 7-9pm, Butterfly Bar. www.transgresspress.org.
Shana Falana, Part Time, and More The Nothing Song Presents Shana Falana (NY), Part Time (L.A.), the Diamond Center, Krista Van Liew, Hidden Ritual, and Grape St. La la la ... Sat., Nov. 12, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. $5 suggested donation.
PWR BTTM These queer Brooklyn punk rockers are known for screaming "I wanna be a boi." Mon., Nov. 14, 9pm. Mohawk, 912 Red River.
Human Influence Presents Raise Her Voice Freshen up to the latest sounds of Austin's newest and coolest lady musicians. Mélat Kay, Amea, Cara Bishop, and Raynna take the stage. Tue., Nov. 15, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, $5.
ABP: SIP + MIX Fundraiser Close out 2016 with the fabulous queers of Austin Black Pride. They're raising glasses and funds for next year's Black Pride festivities and they wanna do it with you! Wed., Nov. 16, 6:30-9pm. Buenos Aires Café Este, 1201 E. Sixth. $12-100. www.fb.com/austinblackpride.
Q Core Group A place for queer men (18-29 years old) to come together, plan events, shoot the sh*t, and build community. All in the name of sexual health! Wed. 7pm. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts. www.theqaustin.org.
aGLIFF presents: Staying Vertical French director Alain Guiraudie's new film takes viewers on a "queer oddity." Enjoy the ride. Wed., Nov. 16, 7:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040. $10. www.agliff.org.
Winter 2016 Fashion Show Luckily, Package Menswear and Tapelenders aren't concerned with being too sexy for the catwalk this winter. Check out the show and stay for the #DownandDirty. Thu., Nov. 17, 9pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. www.packagemenswear.com.
Noche LatinA Highland is heating up just in time for fall temps. Join them for their first ever Noche Latina. DJ robertmichael promises to play the best Latin pop from now 'til the Nineties. Thu., Nov. 17, 11pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. Free. www.highlandlounge.com.
ACC Queer Writing Class With Louisa Jackson Spaventa It's that time of year again – the one and only Louisa Jackson Spaventa is teaching her fabulous Honors English/Queer Writing Class. This only happens once a year and it's only open to 15, but you'll be wooed. Register now for the spring semester. ACC Rio Grande campus, 1212 Rio Grande. www.austincc.edu/honors.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Take an evening to honor the trans and gender non-conforming whose lives were cut too short by hate, including our own Monica Loera. Sun, Nov. 20. Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lavaca. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tdor.info, www.glaad.org/tdor.
World AIDS Day Since 1988, people worldwide have united on December 1 to support those living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS. In Austin, ASA hosts an extra special open house. Dec. 1. AIDS Services of Austin, 7215 Cameron. www.worldaidsday.org/the-red-ribbon.
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