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gAyTX Nights: November 2015

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It has been a crazy past several months, pretty much non-stop since late summer when we kicked off Austin Pride and it’s been a run of festivals and events since then. While we had planned to reboot our monthly gAyTX Nights post back in Austin, time simply wasn’t on our side … until now. Each month, gAyTX Nights will gives you a rundown on what’s going on in Austin’s nightlife scene, with a focus on the gay bars and clubs. You’ll get a heads up on any upcoming changes and a spotlight on special events. Please note that this is a work in progress as details for many events, especially those toward the end of the month, aren’t often finalized until the much later. We’ll update this post when necessary.

This month, there’s plenty going on: Glenn Eaddy’s annual toy drive celebrates 15 years, BT2 celebrates three years, Del Shores returns to Austin, the American Cancer Society Colors Out Cancer and much, much more.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h3″ color=”#ffffff” background=”#e44a64″ font_weight=”bold”]BT2[/gdlr_heading]

BT2, 6607 N Interstate 35, Austin TX 78752 / 512-419-9192 / www.bouttime2.com

The LGBTQ outpost in North Austin is celebrating birthdays this month. BT2 turns three years old and will be celebrating the entire weekend with drink specials all day/night long, big screen television giveaways and BBQ from Saturday, November 7 through Sunday, November 8. If you happen to have a birthday in November, they’re hosting a birthday masquerade ball just for you on Wednesday, November 18.

[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]BT2 3RD ANNIVERSARY[/gdlr_heading]

This north Austin outpost turns three years this month and will be celebrating the entire first weekend of November with drink specials all day/night long, big screen television giveaways and BBQ. BT2, 6607 N Interstate 35, Austin TX 78752. Saturday, November 7, 2015, 2 PM – Monday, November 9, 2 AM.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY MASQUERADE BALL[/gdlr_heading]

Got a birthday in November? BT2 is throwing a party for you with a birthday masquerade ball. Grab a mask and come join the fun! BT2, 6607 N Interstate 35, Austin TX 78752. Wednesday, November 18, 2015. 10 PM.

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Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701 / 512-431-2133 / www.cheerupcharlies.com

Big Dipper and Will Sheridan perform on the outside stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s during Stargayzer on October 17, 2015. / photo credit: Chase Martin / therepubliq.com

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Just when you thought all the festivals were over, here comes Fun Fun Fun Fest. This year, Cheer Up Charlie’s is one of the host venues for Fun Fun Fun NITES from Thursday, November 5 to Saturday, November 7 after Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores. Entry is limited to those with FFF wristbands. 3-day passes and day passes are still available online at $199 and $89 respectively.

[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]THE GENTS RESIDENCY[/gdlr_heading]

Austin band The Gents will be playing a residency at Cheer Up Charlie’s every Tuesday night in November, starting with their EP release on November 3. You can head them on stage each Tuesday at 10 PM. Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Every Tuesday in November. 10 PM. FREE. 21+.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]HOOP DREAMS[/gdlr_heading]

While not exactly nightlife, every Sunday, Cheer Up Charlie’s turns the parking lot in to a basketball court, ready for your Sunday pick-up games. All levels welcome. Bring your squad, bring your game. Drink specials: GAYTORADE (Gatorade cocktails with your choice of flavor). Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Every Sunday. 3-7 PM. FREE. 21+.

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Highland, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701 / 512-649-1212 / www.highlandlounge.com

Highland recently opened back up on Wednesday nights from 10 PM – 2 AM for Electronic Underground, giving guest deejays an opportunity to spin their personal brand of music and draw a crowd. Electronic Underground debuted on October 14 with Rambeaux, followed by DJ Roger Wilson on October 21 and Kadabra on October 28. No word yet on deejays for Wednesdays in November. We’ll update this post once more information becomes available.

[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]LESBUTANTE & THE BOSS LADIES NIGHT[/gdlr_heading]

Lesbutante & the Boss present their monthly Ladies Night the second Friday of each month at Highland. VIP includes access to the upstairs lounge with access to private bartender. Highland, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, November 13, 2015. 9 PM. FREE, VIP $10.

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The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701 / 512-482-8993 / www.theironbear.com

[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]LEATHER & LATEX[/gdlr_heading]

The Weird City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence presents Novice Sister Genie Inna-Tuaca Bottle’s novice project benefiting Project Transitions featuring a cigar social, silent auction and performances by the Rhea Sisters and Ms. Tippi St Clare. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, November 14, 2015. 8 PM – 12 MID. FREE. 21+.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]GLENN EADDY’S ANNUAL TOY DRIVE[/gdlr_heading]

Glenn Eaddy has helped brighten the holidays of a child living with HIV/AIDS at Project Transitions by ensuring they have a new toy under the tree on Christmas morning. This year he celebrates 15 years of his annual toy drive with his Birthday Party Toy Drive down at The Iron Bear, who along with Oilcan Harry’s, sponsors the event. Consider picking up a toy for a child next time you’re at the store and drop it off, unwrapped at The Iron Bear on November 15. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Sunday, November 15, 2015. 4-11 PM. FREE. 21+.

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Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701 / 512-320-8823 / www.oilcanharrys.com

Huge crowds lined up to get in to Oilcan Harry’s on Halloween night on October 31, 2015. / photo credit: Chris Rodriguez / Oilcan Harry’s

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Things are shaking up on Tuesday nights at OCH, as the iconic 4th Street bar brings back it’s amateur strip off. Now, the dancers of GoGo ATX kick off Tuesday night at 11 PM with some fun adult games hosted by Austin’s Wonder Woman of Drag — Kelly Kline. Then at midnight, Kelly hosts the amateur strip off, with $150 up for grabs — $100 for 1st place and $50 for 2nd place.

The popular Drag Survivor, hosted by Kelly Kline, returns with a 5th season starting on Wednesday, November 11 at 11 PM as this season’s contestants are revealed. Come see the entertainers who are gonna fight whitened tooth and manicured nail for a shot at the $1000 cash prize.

There’s a reason Oilcan’s won Reader’s Choice for Best Drag Show in the Austin Chronicle‘s 2015 Best of Austin and that reason is Sunday night. The Super Sunday Diva Show features two rounds of performances — 10:30 PM and again at MIDNIGHT — serving up some of Austin’s best drag performers and featuring a different queen from RuPauls’ Drag Race each week. This month: 11/08 – Stacy Layne Matthews, 11/15 – Raja, 11/22 – April Carrion, 11/29 – Roxxxy Andrews.

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Back by popular demand, come see the entertainers who are gonna fight whitened tooth and manicured nail for a shot at the $1000 cash prize. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Every Wednesday night. 11 PM. FREE. 21+

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]GOBBLE UNTIL YOU WOBBLE[/gdlr_heading]

The United Court of Austin presents its monthly second Saturday show, Goggle Until You Wobble, hosted by Alix Courtney, to get you in the mood for the fall season and ready for Thanksgiving. Proceeds benefit UCA charities. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, November 14, 2015. 8-10 PM. FREE. 21+

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Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701 / 512-494-1150 / www.rainon4th.com

The storms didn’t keep people away from Friday night with DJ Tony Castro on October 30, 2015. / photo credit: Chase Martin / Rain on 4th

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The first semester of Drag Class, hosted by Sabel Scities, is over, with Colleen DeForrest named the valedictorian of the graduating class along with her mentor Emma Sis. She walked away with a $1000 cash prize, VIP passes performance slots at the 2016 Austin International Drag Festival and a shopping spree at Package Menswear. The next semester of Drag Class is set to start in February 2016.

Until then, Sabel Scities will host Showstopper, on Tuesdays, starting at 9 PM. Open to all drag entertainers, the first 8 sign-ups are guaranteed to compete, just bring a CD with your music. $50 cash prize to the top performer. Winner is selected based on crowd response, so bring your friends.

Due to the Thanksgiving holidays, Rebecca Havemeyer will not be hosting her monthly Shitty Kitty Big Ball Bingo the last Wednesday of the month. SKBBB is expected to return in December. We’ll post details as soon as they are announced.

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Enjoy nibbles and drinks from the cookbook while meeting some of the models and get your cookbook signed. There will be a raffle benefiting AIDS Services of Austin. Prizes include copies of Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook, Tyler Curry’s Peacock amongst Pigeons and Fleshjacks. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, November 14, 2015. 6-9 PM. FREE, 21+.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]DEL SHORES: SINgularly SORDID[/gdlr_heading]

The creator of the award-winning film Sorid Lives, writer/director/producer and now comedian Del Shores, returns to Austin with a stand-up comedy show, SINgularly SORDID, featuring all new hysterical, sordid stories and some new celebrity dish on Dolly Parton, Leslie Jordan and more. The censors will be absent and if you are easily offended – Shores warns, “Stay home!” Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Sunday, November 15, 2015. 9-10:30 PM. FREE, 21+.

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V Austin, 409 Colorado St., Austin TX 78701 / 512-472-8882 / www.vnightclubatx.com

Mondays are Country Night at V Austin, with free country dance lessons each week starting at 7 PM.

The underage crowd has a new place to go now that V Austin has announced that 18+ are welcome all week long. This is welcomed news for minors who were essentially shut out of the Warehouse District after several gay bars on or around 4th Street barred (or restricted) the under 21 crowd earlier this summer.

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The American Cancer Society presents its first Color Out Cancer benefit to reach out to the LGBT community to help raise awareness of cancer-related challenges that specifically affects the LGBT community. Featuring DJ Ariz, drink specials, food and treats, performances by Grandma Steven, Emerald Van Cartier & Althea Trix, and more. V Austin, 409 Colorado St., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, November 12, 2015. 6:30-9 PM. Tickets are $20, available online, and limited to 150 attendees.

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gAyTX Nights is therepubliq’s monthly nightlife column that takes a look at what’s going on in Austin’s nightlife scene, with a focus on Austin’s gay bars and clubs. Bar owners/managers, email details about upcoming changes or special events to chase@therepubliq.com to be considered for the next edition.

[gdlr_icon type=”icon-camera-retro” size=”16px” color=”#999999″]TOP IMAGE: Glenn Eaddy and his annual toy drive celebrate 15 years / photo credit: Glenn Eaddy / Facebook

Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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