Hosted by Seattle transwoman comedian, Barbara Sehr start your Pride weekend off with 2 chances for laughs courtesy Jason Stuart and Belinda Carroll. I’d try to drink some coffee and stay up for the later show as after 11 it’s R rated (though c’mon, we’re Portland, we can take NC-17).
This NW Pride comedy showcase’s 5th anniversary has the pleasure of bringing you Jason Stuart, a 20 year comedy veteran with appearances on LOGO,NBC, Comedy Central and so much more! The prolific character actor has a Stand-Up Special, Jason Stuart: Making it to the Middle and CD Jason Stuart: Gay Comedy Without A Dress under his belt and just completed in Love is Strange opposite John Lithgow, Alfred Molina & Marisa Tomei.
Shows at 9pm and 11pm
$15.00 in Advance and $20.00/door
2432 SE 11th Ave
Now in its 3rd (4th? I dunno, I’m getting old) year, Queerlandia is becoming the traditional kickoff for Portland Pride and also a reminder that Embers, the only gay bar still sporting prominent rainbows in a very visible area downtown, is still a thing. It’s a particularly great start because it features not only the club vibe dance party but also a craft fair, performances and 2 rooms to give you room to create the Pride that’s right for you.
Host Serendipity Jones will guide you through a stage that is bound to be energetic with performances from Carla Rossi + the Gays of Future Past and there are so many DJs you’ll be exhausted dancing (yeah on a Thursday) through the sets of:
Riff-Raff (Shade | Seattle’s Opulent Queer Empire)
Sappho (Turnt Up!/Chicken Strip/Hard Yes)
HOLD MY HAND (Bridge Club/Polari)
Orographic (Queerlandia/Bridge Club)
Huf N Stuf (Queerlandia/Bridge Club)
And in the chiller corner are caricatures by Tuna Doodle and goods to quench your local shopping thirst by Scrafts, Bang Bang Crafts and more.
And lest you forget that being gay wasn’t always (and still isn’t always) just a big party, it is also a benefit for Bradley Angle’s LGBTQ domestic violence services.
9pm, Thursday June 12th
110 NW Broadway
Authentic NYC Vogue Ball brought to you by SHINY Presents & Alexis Campbell Starr means a night of drag judgement from San Francisco’s Trannyshack Heklina and local long-time superdiva Poison Waters. Cash prizes and trophies to the category winners so get your game plan ready girls.
2. BUTCH QUEEN UP IN DRAG
3. 5TH ELEMENT REALNESS
4. RICH BITCH
Grand prize: $250
$10 Advanced, $15 at the door
9pm (10pm performances, 11:30 category call time)
Thursday June 12th
315 SE 3rd Ave
This coolest super underground (it’s in a goddamn Bodega people so bring your cash and I hope you don’t want a cocktail) is having its own Pride Edition. Because it’s tiny but popular expect to get your sweat on, which is a good thing in my opinion and head their sound advice:
please be cool and invite your friends. dont bring some rando everyone hates. dont bring your friend that everyone else thinks is an asshole.
we’re just trying to get our freak number set right. dig.
Be ready for the close up go-go-ing of Ryan Lass and stylings of residents Roy-G-Biv and Aaron Boeke and guest L Train. Hosted by Amoania and performances (quite literally in your face I’m guessing and maybe on top of some Rice a Roni shelving) Du Oh Meg.
And yes, there is a makeout room and patio.
$7, 9pm Friday June 13th
2519 SE Belmont
The parties capacity is 200 people. We suggest coming early to avoid being turned away due to capacity.
Something a little different than the usual dance a drink-a-thon this early evening event gives you a chance to mingle with some of the Northwest’s best queer writers including:
Tom Spanbauer, author, I Loved You More (Hawthorne Books), and founder of Dangerous Writers
Lidia Yuknavitch, author, The Chronology of Water & Dora: a Head Case (Hawthorne Books)
Carter Sickels, author, The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury USA)
A.M. O’Malley, Independent Publishing Resource Center
Cathy Camper, author, Low Riders in Space, reviewer Lambda Literary
Chloe Eudaly, owner, Reading Frenzy bookstore
Michael Sage Ricci, teacher, Dangerous Writers, publicist, Hawthorne Books
Plus, the first 100 folks in the door nab a free beer and hosted appetizers. Cash bar for those of us operating on QST (Queer Standard Time).
Free, 5-7pm, Friday June 13th
Bridgeport Brewery’s Heritage Room
(up the stairs and to the left, past the bar)
1318 NW Northrup
For reals, here’s the deal..We’re gonna have a little shit show of a daytime party at Habesha. Just come and see what happens.You know if you’re coming to dance at 1pm on pride Saturday, you’re on a damn level queen.
PS, there’s a stage..Feel the call?
Dance Party // Patio // Performance // Shit Show For Sure
Please dontate $3-5 at the door for our DJ’s and Performer!!
Sappho (Turnt Up/Chicken Strip)
Riff Raff (Shade Seattle)
Troubled Youth (Blackbook Thursday’s)
$3-5, 1pm Saturday June 14th
801 NE Broadway St
Organizer and DJ Roy-G-Biv aka Katey Pants knows how to throw a party. Lines have gone around the block for the past 2 years this Pride event has gone down. This year you can avoid that stress (and save 3 bucks) by getting pre-sale tix. And believe me you’ll want to. With young Rye Rye, the future of hip hop headlining the bill this party is bound to be more popular than ever.
Hosted by the flawless Chanticleer Tru (of Magic Mouth and other projects), musical performances by Rye Rye and Bomb Ass Pussy, and DJ stylings of Roy G Biv, Nark, Mr. Sister and Gossip Cat this might just be the party to be at Saturday night for the queer crowd.
$12 Advance//// $15 DOS,
9pm Saturday June 14th
White Owl Social Club
1308 SE 8th Ave
DJ Tristan Jaxx’s hard-hitting signature brand of visceral house music commands an enthralling blend of deep, pounding sound, larger-than-life vocals and vast & voluminous instrumentals.
Isaiah Esquire is the producer and headliner of the hit bi monthly show Boyeurism, which has always made me swoon. His performance style that is intensely emotive, athletic, and explosive incorporating elements of dance, burlesque, drag, and contortion.
John-Nuriel Yeshua Vissell (Johnny Nuriel) fuses burlesque, belly dance, aerial, and LED together to create unique and vibrant performances, sometimes uniting all four in a single act
Lights by Laseronics for your eye holes.
$15 presale, $20 advance
with Hotflash/Inferno $22.50
$50 VIP, $40 Pride NW VIP
10pm, Saturday June 14th
1332 W Burnside
Doing Pride the Mrs way (you know, themes, my favorite) means Tom of Finland. So get out your best leather or sailor outfit (will I get to wear it again so soon?!) and giantest dildo because whether you were born with a member or no it ain’t no ToF…
Hostess (Kaj-Anne) Pepper Pepper will be there (with butch queen realness? I can only surmise) as well as special guest performer Dieana Dae who join residents Ill Camino and Portland’s biggest queer DJ BeyondaDoubt and photobooth maven Ally Picard.
HOW IT WORKS BBZ:
♥ LOOK FIERCE & HAVE FUN CHILDREN ♥
MRS is an queer event encouraging unbridled creativity & participation while we celebrate YOU, our community.
It’s not just about being the MRS, but about creating a visually expressive, fun, liberating nightlife experience for all of us homos.
How it works:
1: You vote on the themes that inspire you on our page facebook.com/MRS.PDX
2: You & your friends come dressed in your interpretations of that theme.
3: Get in that Bloodhound photobooth!
4: The MRS is chosen, gets a photoshoot with Ally
& basically receives a free party with guest list & drink tickets!
5: Repeat monthly
$5 Saturday June 14th
3939 N Mississippi Ave
Note: This is already sold out. Crazy! And it’s a boat so that’s a pretty solid capacity. But maybe there will be a ticket contest somewhere or something? I’ll keep you posted.
When Portland gets get on the boat your trapped in the most wonderful way, partying on the high seas (or the Willamette, whatever) with host Carla Rossi, DJs Mr Charming (Gaycation), Kasio Smashio (Blow Pony) and Travis Blue (Ceremony). You’ll want to pay attention to performances by Pepper Pepper, Isaiah Tillman and Lulu Luscious. But the lady everyone will want to be closest to is RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 star Bianca Del Rio. And those of you who dig just a little deeper into your packetbooks will be able to chill with her at a celebrity meet and greet after deboarding.
$50.00 VIP (featuring a meet & greet, exclusive merch and a pass to Branx Pride w/ Sam Sparro at 8pm directly following the boat ride)
Buy tickets online
Boarding 2:30, Boat leaves at 3 SHARP and return promptly at 5pm
Celebrity meet and greet until 6:00PM!
Sunday June 15th
Portland Spirit River Cruises
110 SE Caruthers
Regarding the name I have no idea as we are instructed not to ask any questions, but what else do you need to know than a night on the town with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Bianca Del Rio? Maybe two floors of hot music (DJs Monica MHz, Jakob Jay, Pavone, Art of Hot), go-go dancers, drag queens and dancing ends Pride weekend with a bang? Upstairs Rotture turns into Jackie Daniels Interior Delusions VIP Lounge with an exclusive meet and greet with Sparro, smoking patio, and no bathroom or bar lines.
$15 general admission
$40 VIP (access to Jackie Daniels’ Interior Delusions Lounge, meet & greet w/ Bianca Del Rio & more!)
8pm Sunday June 15th
320 SE 2nd