Saturday, March 19
March Dinner with the Ottawa Bears
The burly babes of the Ottawa Bears invite folks — bears and bear admirers — out for dinner and a performance-filled evening. The social group, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, chows down on Chinese food and then enjoys drinks and China Doll, the restaurant’s resident karaoke queen.
7pm. Shanghai Restaurant, 651 Somerset St W. facebook.com/groups/oursottawabears
A Night at The Baths (Towel Night)
It’s like a bathhouse, but with shoes (and probably some other unforeseen differences). Lovers of the tubs enjoy a bathhouse-themed night at the bar. The coat check, run by Zelda Marshall, doubles as a clothes check, and white towels are available for those who strip down. DJ Mike Mailly spins for two floors of naughty fun.
9:30pm. Centretown Pub, 340 Somerset St W. For more info, visit Facebook.
Jocks and Socks
The Ottawa Wolves, an inclusive rugby team — as in, they encourage the participation of those who don’t often play the sport — hosts a night of crotch and calf bulges (just aching beneath a thin layer of cotton). It includes a bunch of hot guys modelling jocks and socks that the crowd can bid on. The winning bidders get new pairs of whatever they win.
10pm. Babylon, 317 Bank St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Monday, March 21
Algonquin College’s Pride Week
It’s hard to say how the crowd at Algonquin College will react to all the sexy that its Queer Student Alliance is bringing with its Pride Week burlesque show. Open to the general public, the celebrations also include a game night, a community fair and such presentations as the Trans Panel; Bisexuality, Polysexuality and Pansexuality; and Asexuality and Mental Health Panel.
Runs until Thursday, March 24. Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave. algonquinqsa.com
Tuesday, March 22
Gaymer Night at Swizzles: Trivia Night
This edition of the recurring event for queer game enthusiasts focuses on trivia games. Yes, that means Trivial Pursuit, but also some games made in the last 20 years. Such as the console games Buzz! and You Don’t Know Jack! And for those who don’t like themes, or just want to string together random phrases for giggles, Cards Against Humanity is up at the bar.
6pm. Swizzles, 246 Queen St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Wednesday, March 23
Creative Sex: Lessons Taught by Disability
Most people wouldn’t think having a disability could provide a person with insight into how to have better sex. According to the facilitators of this workshop — Tim and Natalie, founders of the Rose Centre for Love, Sex and Disability — it does. At an event open to people of all abilities, they discuss getting creative with sex, communicating clearly and more.
7:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca
(For more event listings, visit dailyxtra.com/lgbt-events)