Combining noise music with performance poetry offers a space for all voices to be heard
The time for silence has ended. Local poet and all around badass, Hannah Jove has teamed up with Houston's Traci Lavois Thiebaud and Dallas' Lauren Belmore to put on an all-female, all-queer noise poetry show (see Saturday). Fueled by fear of Trump's America and what that means for queers, women, people of color, etc., the trio have been writing nonstop in hopes of creating a "safe space for chaos and words," explains Jove. These poets are armed and charged with anger, grace, and "serious fucking words," she says. Dedicated to strengthening the Texas DIY art scene, the three believe they were meant to meet and collaborate. Thiebaud embraces the belief that art is political, and Belmore's work focuses on "the queer self [...] and the analysis of depression and grieving through sonic therapy." Combining noise music with performance poetry offers a space for all voices to be heard. Give it a listen.
World AIDS Day ASA celebrates World AIDS Day: open house (8am), decorating a commemorative tree (1pm), biodegradable balloon release at Nelson Field at Reagan High (2pm), and a Service of Remembrance and Hope with the Care Communities (7pm). Free HIV testing all day. Thu., Dec. 1, 8am-8pm. 7215 Cameron. www.asaustin.org.
Geeks On Fleek: Marvel vs. DC It's the superhero question of the millennium – Marvel or DC? And Austin's draggiest queens are lookin' to answer it. Thu., Dec. 1, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5, $3 if you're in costume.
HIV/AIDS & Aging Symposium Central Texas HIV/AIDS and Aging Coalition presents a day of learning and networking. Fri., Dec. 2, 8am-5pm. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth.
The Capital City Men’s Chorus Presents: Holiday Memories CCMC performers sing their hearts out for their 28th annual holiday concert. Expect seasonal faves as well as new ditties. Sat., Dec. 3, 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 4, 4pm. University Baptist Church, 2130 Guadalupe. $5-15. www.ccmcaustin.org.
Masquerade Ball with Special Performers! Southwest Sexual Health Alliance invites you to celebrate a year of liberating sexual health! Expect burlesque, aerial dance, erotic poetry, stand-up, and more. Masks required. Sat., Dec. 3, 8pm-1am. Ironwood Hall, 505 E. Seventh. $40. www.swsexualhealth.com.
Queer Noise Poetry Experimental "noise poetry" brought to you by Texas' Hannah Jove, Lauren Belmore, and Traci Lavois Thiebaud. A safe space for chaos and words. Sat., Dec. 3, 8:30-11pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.
Verge Winter Art Show Verge returns for their winter installment with 30-plus local artists, craftspeople, and independent publishers. Sun., Dec. 4, 2-8pm. Aveda Institute Austin, 6001 Middle Fiskville Rd. Pay what you can. www.fb.com/vergeartevents
AGLCC December Holiday Luncheon Mingle and jingle at the AGLCC's holidaze edition of their monthly luncheon. Tue., Dec. 6, 11am-1pm. Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd., $20-30. www.aglcc.org.
Agliff Presents King Cobra The Texas premiere of the "stranger-than-fiction" true story that takes viewers behind the scenes of porn. Some of it's real gay. Christian Slater, James Franco (he's a sleaze in real life, but great onscreen), Alicia Silverstone, and Molly Ringwald star. Tue., Dec. 6, 7:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar. $10.83.
G-Spots, P-Spots, and Squirting 101 Sexuality Educator and Pleasure Activist Amy Baldwin leads a 101 on G-spots, P-spots, and squirting. Open to all. Wed., Dec. 7, 6:30-8:30pm. Q Toys, 6800 Burnet Rd., $15. www.qtoysaustin.com.
OUTsider Festival Drop: Into the Wilds! OUTsider is back! Spend a night of mischief, revelry, and gorgeous queer visions with Reverie & Randee. Discounted badges on sale! Wed., Dec. 7, 9-11pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy, $5 sliding scale, free with badge purchase. www.outsiderfest.org.
Guerrilla Queer Bar: Happy Holigays! It's a holidaze installment of #GQB. Get extra merry by donating a queer book for Inside Books Project or menstrual hygiene products for SafePlace. Drink. Talk. Donate. Make out. Thu., Dec. 8, 6-10pm. Full Circle Bar, 1810 E. 12th. Free. www.fb.com/wherethegirlsgoatx.
ACC’s Inaugural Winter With the Queens Drag Show There's a new drag show in town and it's going down at ACC. Profits raised go to Out Youth. Thu., Dec. 8, 7-9:45pm. Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd. Donations accepted.
Inside Books LGBT Book Drive The Austin Anarchist Black Cross is prepping for the Jan. 22 Trans Prisoner Day of Solidarity and they're asking for our help to build up the LGBTQ (bonus points for QPOC-related books) section of their library. Drop 'em off! Thu., Dec. 8, 7-11pm. Inside Books Project, 3121 E. 12th. www.insidebooksproject.org.
Die Felicia presents Suspiria The darlings of Die Felicia are back with a bloody mess of queens playing which witch is which, while Suspiria plays on. 18 and up welcome. Thu., Dec. 8, 9pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5.
Nite School Get schooled in Neu Wave, dark disco, and underground dance. We've got Xander Harris, Secret Sands, Funeral Parlor, DJs Lizzbeth, Adam Killing, and Scorpio. Thu., Dec. 8, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. Free.
Women's Alliance for Leadership Banquet Here to empower LGBTQIA women in Texas, WAL is getting fancy in white and purple for their annual banquet. Awards, dinner, and Chico512 radio personality Carlos Platero hosts while DJ Kimmy K keeps the beats flowing. Sat. Dec. 10, 6-9pm. DoubleTree Hotel University Area, 1617 N. I-35. $20-55. www.waltexas.org.
Karma Werqs Impulse Austin wants to help you network with yer qmmunity. Meet and mingle with queer entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and service providers while local DJs and artists warm up the space. Sun., Dec. 18. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765. $15 to enter. www.impulseatx.com.
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