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Where the queers at on Friday? SXSW!

WHERE MY PEOPLE AT? What to do and where to go beyond all the official Festival folderol? What's Q-friendly at the SXSQ? Let your best gay girlfriends and best gay boyfriends here at the Gay Place guide you.* For starters, check this column in each of the dailies, and look up our online resources:

For the Gay Place Blog, see austinchronicle.com/gayplaceblog.

For additional events listings, see austinchronicle.com/gayplace.

For our gAyTX Fun Guide to queer Austin, see austinchronicle.com/gaytx.

And to interact directly with us (share your queer gossip, info, and tidbits), email us at gayplace@austinchronicle.com.

*All events listed below are for tonight, Friday, March 20, unless otherwise noted.

Nakia (center) and the Fresh Up Girls
Nakia (center) and the Fresh Up Girls (Photo by Kate X Messer)

IT'S NAKIA'S WORLD ... and we just groove in it. Nakia belongs to that sexy genus: Ursus Austinus. Our big brawny Texas bear boasts a soulful snarl this side of David Clayton Thomas meets Sir Elton in the Castro, and we think he's ready to break out onto the national scene. Sometimes Nakia gets soooo wrapped up in the music, wailin' and a-flailin', that he falls right over. Somebody throw a cape on that man! Check the soul-bro's website for all of his South by Southwest appearances. Today, he is all over the place: Front Gate Tickets Party, 10am, 1711 S. Congress; RajiWorld + 1 Party, 4:30pm, Jovita's, 1617 S. First; and his official SX showcase at B.D. Riley's, 9pm. www.nakia.net.

GIRL IN A COMA Be still our Latina-loving hearts, and God bless our horny little feet as we follow Girl in a Coma around the capital city and today's D'Addario Day Party, 3:30pm. Rusty Spurs, 405 E. Seventh, 482-9002. www.therustyspurs.com.

SISSYBOY Today is the last SXSW screening of Katie Turinski's doc about the agony and the ecstasy of life in a renegade Portland, Ore., drag troupe. (See "SXSW Film," p.44.) 2pm, Alamo Drafthouse South, 1120 S. Lamar, 707-8262. SXSW Film badge, pass, or $10 tix (available 15 minutes prior). www.myspace.com/sissyboypdx.

Jualdo and Cayenne Pepper
Jualdo and Cayenne Pepper (Photo by Kate X Messer)

IT AIN'T A MIDLIFE CRISIS, SO I MUST BE A SATURN RETURN Hip-hop hot stud Shunda K has seen her share of drama. Her Yo! Majesty bandmate was arrested. She had to perform part of the U.S. tour herself. She split with her wife. She left Yo! Majesty. She recorded what is sure to be an underground hit with Peaches called "Buck You Like a Billionaire." Highs and lows are no stranger to Ms. K, but things are looking up. In February, Shunda K released her new work, Le Passion, Yo!, a collaboration with Kotchy as a free digital-only EP. You can hook up with Shunda K along with DJ Orion and Josh Bloom. 8pm. Creekside Lounge, 606 E. Seventh, 480-5988. www.thecreeksidelounge.com.

Jualdo and Cayenne Pepper
Jualdo and Cayenne Pepper

YOUR FRIDAY CHO MO The darling Margaret Cho has been doing comedy since she was 16, before she was 20 she had opened for Jerry Seinfeld. In her early 20s, she was already the cream of the college circuit. Now amidst TV shows, burlesque, music, and Broadway, she is still rockin' it old school. Of all the toes in all the different ponds Ms. Cho frequents, the original is still the best. Her comedy is brash, buxom, and beautiful. She'll be yukking it up in two comedy sets: 8pm at the Velveeta Room and 9:05pm at Esther's Follies.

Show Me Tiger!
Show Me Tiger! (Photo by Kate X Messer)

SHOW ME WHUT??? Holy crap, it's the official Show Me Tiger! Dance Party. And it is free. For all ages. And happens today. Food. Beer. Dancing. Punk Rock Pictionary (say whaaaaaa?), and sassy sexy tigers. There is a fabulous lineup of 99,000 bands, and we are most excited about SMT! (who, despite their Gay Place pedigree – conflict of interest alert! – we have never seen) and Jasper James, whom we have. Can I get a Ooooh OOOh and an OH?! Noon-8pm, Khabele School, 801 Rio Grande. www.myspace.com/showmetiger.

Jasper James
Jasper James (Photo by Kate X Messer)

FRIDAY ROUNDUP Mo' shows fo' mo' 'mos. The overload is at maximum wattage, babies.

Little Boots, Pitchfork Party, noon, Emo's Jr., www.littlebootsmusic.co.uk.

Venison Whirled, Leisure Tourniquet Party, 1pm, Salvage Vanguard Theater, www.myspace.com/ venisonwhirled.

Avi Wisnia, Red Gorilla Music Fest, 2pm, Vintage Lounge, 504-B Trinity, www.aviwisnia.com.

Indigo Girls, Paste Party, 5pm, the Belmont, www.indigogirls.com.

Echo & the Bunnymen, Spin Party, 5pm, Stubb's, www.myspace.com/ thebunnymen.

Ladyhawke, New Zealand Party, 7:30pm, Brush Square Park, www.ladyhawkemusic.com.

My Dear Disco, Fleming/Quack Party, 10pm, Soho Lounge, www.mydeardisco.com.

Lady Sovereign, official SXSW showcase, 12mid, Club de Ville, www.ladysovereign.com.

Devo, official SXSW showcase, 12mid, Austin Music Hall, www.clubdevo.com.

Janeane Garofalo, official SXSW showcase, 9:40pm, Velveeta Room, www.janeanegarofalo.com.

Melissa Ferrick, Berklee Party, 4:30pm, Friend's Bar, www.myspace.com/melissaferrick.

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