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Portland Queer Music Festival announces lineup

Ever since Homo-a-Gogo left the PacNW for the shores of Cali, there’s been a little queer hole in our music festival scene (and not in any good way). Though it is only one day, the upcoming first of its kind Portland Queer Music Fesitval is chock full of gay goodness for your aural pleasure. The festival features a whopping 27 bands from 3pm to the wee hours and has just announced the official lineup, which I have included below.

In a ridiculously simple but smart and elegant move, the fest will feature 2 stages that will alternate so that each band has time to setup, but you can catch every act without any wait time in between. Brilliant.

With acts from far and wide, encompassing folk, hip hop, electronic and garage rock, there should be something for pretty much everyone. Some of my favorite locals include SistaFist, CJ & the Dolls, and Play/Start and I’ve heard great things about Mattachine Social and Kiss Kill, even if I haven’t made it out to see them. Then there are so many more to discover with names as enticing as I’m sure the performances will be.

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Pride continues with Vancouver’s Saturday in the Park

Our little neighbor to the north really isn’t so little anymore, and it’s a pretty decent place to be a gay person, even if they did recently lose their only gay bar (hey, we lost our only lesbian bar). This weekend Vancouver, Washington celebrates their Gay Pride with Saturday in the Park.

A decidedly different approach than the debaucherous Prides of most cities, VanWa’s celebration begins with Lyle’s Miles” 5k run and bills itself as the only family friendly Gay Pride celebration in existence. The annual charity walk/run goes through downtown Vancouver to raise money for Cascade AIDS Project, Martha‚Äôs Pantry and Global Partners for Development. The non-competitive walk/run event starts at 8:30am and is open to all.

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Vive la Q! this weekend…’That’s so Gay!’…and so is Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie,'s portrait of model/actress Jenny Shimizu - Jenny (Bed), 2009. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery

Thursday

Catherine Opie talks about her current exhibition GirlfriendsEveryone loves a portrait they can relate to. For the queer community Opie’s work is the perfect synthesis of artistry and familiarity. Our very on heartfelt Annie Leibovits-style gaylebrity photographer. She pushes the envelope while making us queerdos feel uniquely at home.

CafeteriaHot lunch is back on the dance floor with this tiny bar crowded school daze celebrating gay night. Really great gender mix. You know this one.

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