Happy Friday, Big Gay World! We’re trying out something new today, by introducing Queerty Weekend, your select guide of the best gay events around the country. We’re planning to make this a regular feature, so if you’re planning an event, give us a holla.
While it might be Easter, that doesn’t mean you have to spend your days off on your knees, right? Whether your looking to dance the night away, don a bonnet or experience the nation’s best amputee fetish art, we’ve got a way to fill up your date book.
4.11 – 7pm-9pm
Clownie * Baby * Amputee Opening
1643 N. Las Palmas Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
It’s Art L.A. weekend in Southern California, but there’s one stop on the cultural cognoscenti tour that would give even the most jaded tweedy hipster a jolt. Dubbed “America’s only fetish gallery”, Rick Castro’s Antebellum Gallery is a far cry from LACMA or MOCA. This Saturday, the venue hosts the opening for its latest exhibition, “Clownie * Baby * Amputee”, subtitled, “Three unique fetishes together at last!” It’s $0 to get in, but $5 with a costume. Does tucking your arm in your sleeve count?
813 St. Emanuel
The Bayou City Boys Club started out its yearly event as a small birthday party for friends, but like everything in Texas, it just keeps getting bigger. DJ Brett Henrichsen spins all night at tis 18+ party that raises money for local HIV/AIDS programs. Hurricane Ike made this year’s party a challenge for organizers, but they promise to deliver a tropical themed alternative to your typical Easter Sunday.
Gay Easter Parade
The French Quarter
You’ll want to write a sonnet about gay love after watching The Big Easy’s annual gay Easter Parade. Now in its tenth year, the parade is a more decorous counterpoint to Mardis Gras and officials advise that there’s no sexually explicit bead throwing allowed. Still, the costume attire includes everything from tuxedos to swimwear (and of course bonnets galore), so we have a feeling that “conservative dress” in New Orleans means something different from the rest of the country. An after-party at the nearby 700 Club follows.
Hedwig & The Angry Inch
1909 W Byron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
The American Theater Company transforms its warehouse into a nightclub for a concert event that mixes Plato’s Symposium with East German transsexual immigrants. If you’ve seen John Cameron Mitchell’s movie version of his one-man show, you’re missing out. The stage version of the show is far superior. The Chicago production promises to be a totally new take on the show. ATC Artistic Director PJ Paparelli say,s “Think Blondie meets Bowie.” We’re sold. Side note: If you can, grab yourself a copy of Yoko Ono’s cover of “Hedwig’s Lament”. It’s genius.
Palm Springs Convention Center and various locations
Lady Gaga headlines the 20th Anniversary of Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party in Palm Springs. In recent years, Sanker has tried rebranding certain elements of the party as a “Gay Spring Break” to make the event seem less like a circuit party, but who’s he kidding? Advertising “mind altering lighting” as one of the features of the event sure sounds like some kind of code, doesn’t it? But if the idea of splashing around in a pool with hundreds of nearly naked guys sounds fun and you can stand the occasional queries as to whether you’re carrying, the White Party may just be for you.