Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Ottawa: Nov 16–30, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

On Nov 19, 2016, The Queer Mafia hosts another round of its popular, inclusive dance party, Offbeat Strictly Dance at Babylon Nightclub. Credit: Courtesy Brit Cory

Thursday, Nov 17

Hard Cover Book Club

Edmund thought he was going to die, but that didn’t happen. Given a reprieve from HIV, and looking to start his new life, he launches himself into drugs and sex. At this event, men scarf down a few cookies (PS, bring cookies) and discuss Greg Kearney’s funny and moving novel, The Desperates

6:30pm. Centretown CHC, 420 Cooper St. aco-cso.ca/gayzonegaie

Bruce House Charity Show 

The community comes together to be entertained and raise funds for Bruce House, the charity that provides housing and other support for people living with HIV/AIDS. The evening includes drag, burlesque and more, by Jak Ammer, Rhapsody Blue, Zelda Marshal, Dynasty Starr and others.

10pm–1am. Swizzles, 246 Queen St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Saturday, Nov 19

Offbeat Strictly Dance

The community organization The Queer Mafia is back with one of its popular, inclusive dance parties. Folks of every stripe mingle, dance and relax to the music of DJ Kitty Funk. Proceeds from the event will to go some of the various causes that The Queer Mafia supports.

10:30pm–2:30am. Babylon Nightclub, 317 Bank St. facebook.com/thequeermafia

Offbeat Strictly Dance is an inclusive party hosted by The Queer Mafia, held on Nov 19, 2016 at Babylon Nightclub.
Courtesy Alexandre Brault

Tuesday, Nov 22

Going Down: A Guide to Fellatio 

Do your attempts at sucking cock often result in disaster? Is it all teeth and screaming and flailing, and gagging with a sound like an angry, clogged toilet? This workshop for people of all genders and orientations covers the ins and outs of doing it safely and well. 

6:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca

Thursday, Nov 24

Cards Against Misogyny 

It’s a night of rambunctious feminist buzzkills playing a better, less-offensive version of the controversial card game Cards Against Humanity. Hosted by Queering613 and the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, the event has volunteers on hand to explain how to play.

7pm. Happy Goat Coffee Co, 35 Laurel St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Blood, Sweat and Heels Charity Drag Show 

And this is more partying for a good cause. It’s drag (of both the king and queen varieties) by members the Capital Kings drag king troupe and others. Proceeds will go toward bringing a refugee, or refugees — an at-risk LGBTQ individual or couple — to Ottawa. 

7pm–midnight. The Lookout, 41 York St. thelookoutbar.com

Friday, Nov 25

Throb 1 Year Anniversary 

The dance party with a rave feel celebrates its first anniversary by being a little harder, darker and sexier. And hopefully guys take off their shirts and make the most of it. DJ Ashley Gauthier provides the soundtrack for the celebration. This is a monthly event.

10pm–2:30am. Kavali Nightclub, 34 Clarence St. facebook.com/throb.club

On Nov 25, 2016, Throb celebrates its first anniversary at Kavali NIghtclub with DJ Ashley Gauthier (pictured) providing the soundtrack.
Courtesy Dan Ziemkiewicz

Sunday, Nov 27

Bear Coffee

Bears take a break from their busy schedules of picnic basket-thievery for an afternoon of socializing and drinking coffee (and presumably thinking about picnic basket-thievery). Following the meet-up — which is open to anyone — attendees head out to a restaurant for dinner. This takes place every Sunday. Admirers welcome. 

3–5pm. Centretown Pub, 340 Somerset St W. oursottawabears.ca