Friday, Jan 8
Filthy Dirty Art Show
Each year, this sex and book shop holds a sexy art exhibit fundraiser for its bursary fund. The third annual show includes work by Rebekah Elkerton, Leah Hicks, Jaymie Delight, Mark Seabrook and Kalkidan Assefa. DJ Sarita provides the soundtrack for opening night.
8:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca
Monday, Jan 11
OSPN LGBT Seniors’ Bowling
A fun evening of five-pin bowling for seniors. The Ottawa Senior Pride Network’s event takes place twice each month. Bowling shoes are provided free of charge to those who need them. For more information, call George at 613-263-0609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6:30pm. West Park Bowling, 1205 Wellington St. ospn-rfao.ca
Tuesday, Jan 12
Jack Charles v The Crown
Aboriginal tribal elder, actor, addict, cat burglar, homosexual — Jack Charles has been many things. And through it all, he’s maintained an unswerving optimism. The co-founder of an Australian indigenous theatre brings his autobiographical play to Canada.
Runs until Saturday, Jan 16, various showtimes. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St. nac-cna.ca
Wednesday, Jan 13
The Rideau Speedeaus
The primarily queer swim team begins its eight-week Learn-to-Swim program. Participants will learn the basics of freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. The course also covers such topics as etiquette and developing aerobic pacing. To register, contact lts@rideauspeedeaus.
For more info, visit rideauspeedeaus.com
Thursday, Jan 14
Snow Pride 2016 Launch Party
With DJ JC Simon spinning and sexy shooter boys scooting hither and thither, the local bar provides an entertaining kick off for Snow Pride. Taking place in late February at Mont Ste Marie, Quebec, Snow Pride is a winter-sport focused annual event for queer people.
10pm. The Lookout, 41 York St. thelookoutbar.com
Friday, Jan 15
If you can’t stand the sight of shirtless guys making out on a dancefloor, you probably shouldn’t come to this. A recent addition to Ottawa’s nightlife, this monthly party for gay guys has a dark and dirty rave feel. Toronto’s DJ Neill MacLeod provides the intense techno beats.
10pm. 310 Dalhousie St. throb.club
Monday, Jan 18
Knotty Fun: An Intro to Rope Bondage
Whether you’re dominant or just like to pretend you’re a melodramatic villain tying people to train tracks in a black and white film, this workshop is for you. It covers such topics as safety, buying tips and the best knots, and includes hands-on practice (a length of rope is provided).
6:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca
(For more event listings, visit dailyxtra.com/lgbt-events)