Qmmunity: Give, Queerly

Then get fancy with Fat Bottom Cabaret and prepare for The L Word’s return


While you get fancy, these FBC babes get dancey (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Just like that, the holiday season and its twinkling lights are back in full swing, and every media outlet from here to there has gift guides aplenty. Of course, so do we – Qmmunity and the Chron (the whole issue is worth a flip through). But I like to think we're extra special cuz at Qmmunity we – and I mean WE – work extra hard to make sure our gift guide not only encourages gifting while queer for the queers lighting up your life, but is also supportive of the many fabulous trans, QPOC, and LGBTQ artists, healers, pathmakers, and business owners doing and making cool shit locally. Of course, we know money can be tight this time of year, so we've kept that in mind with low-price offerings and experience-focused suggestions, but we also know that keeping our cash in the qmmunity keeps the whole bunch of us thriving and jiving. In short, in our 2019 Gift Guide (online) you'll find gifts made for queers (and allies if yer so inclined) by queers – most right here in, or coming to, Austin. However, blame it on this year's 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, but 2019 also gifted us with so many amazing books – from histories to memoirs to fiction and poetry – that each of us couldn't help but include our very favorite books and most coveted histories. They're not all local (though most of them can be purchased at ye local feminist and queer-owned bookstore BookWoman), but trust us – they're worthy of gifting, even if it's self-gifting or we-giving. So from all of us to all of you – happy giving.

2 To Do

Fat Bottom Cabaret & the Midnight Menagerie: Fancy A whole damn year has come and gone, and thank goddess we've had these babes to brighten it up! So of course their "Fancy" 2019 send-off is gonna dazzle. Nikki DaVaughn emcees! Isaiah Esquire of Portland's boylesque/manlesque/queerlesque sensation guest stars! Aurora Hart, Chola Magnolia, Jasper St James, Lady Lola LeStrange, Maxxy Radd, and Zaftigg von BonBon will wow! And remember: All their shows have sold out this year, so plan accordingly. Sat., Dec. 7, 8:30-11pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy.

The L Word: Generation Q Premiere It's back ... but queer? We'll see. Ladies Eat Free hosts a watch party with trivia and prizes, plus laughing, loving, breathing, fighting, fucking, crying, etc. Sun., Dec. 8, 8:30pm-12mid. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.

Q'd Up

Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche A lez laugh-fest. Dec. 5-29, Thu.-Sun. Picture Box Studio, 701 Tillery Ste. A-9. $10-25. www.citytheatreaustin.org.

UnBEARable B and C do Xmas Juggalo-style. Thu., Dec. 5, 10:30pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.

Christmahanakawanzikah Don we now our gay apparel for Austin Gay Men's Chorus' holiday show. Dec. 6-8. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 4pm. 606 W. 15th. $25-45. www.austingaymenschorus.org.

Poo Poo Platter Yovska – of Dragula fame – joins the OutHaus for a very muppet drag show. Fri., Dec. 6, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $10.

Slow Queer Yoga Relax and connect with your body. Saturdays, 11am. Guan Yin Tea House, 4706 N. I-35. $5-15 suggested donation.

BNK Unplugged Catch yer fave queergrass band doin’ an ATX Street Performance. Sat., Dec. 7, 3-7pm. 500 W. Second. Free.

Snow Ball Fashion fundraiser for Project Transitions with designers from Project Runway. Sat., Dec. 7, 6pm. Hotel Van Zandt, 605 Davis St. $42-125. www.projecttransitions.org.

The Red Party W. Naysha Lopez Slide into your best reds to commemorate World AIDS Day.Sat., Dec. 7, 9pm. The Q, 1023 Springdale, Bldg. 14. Free.

TGQ Social For everyone on the trans spectrum.Second Sundays, 6pm. Butterfly Bar, 2307 Manor Rd.

RPDR's Miz Cracker Catch this queen from szn 10. Sun., Dec. 8, 9pm. Oilcan's, 211 W. Fourth. $10-35.

Letter Writing Party Send letters to detained asylum-seeking trans women. Mon., Dec. 9, 6:30pm. allgo, 701 Tillery Ste. A-1.

Homo for the Holigays! Our bb Boiz of Austin are serving up a cuppa that spicy queer cheer. Tue., Dec. 10, 9pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, $5.

Trail of Lights Holigay Walk! World Famous *BOB*'s meetup! Wed., Dec. 11, 7:30pm. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. Free.

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