Whatchu Know ’Bout Me: Back to School
Class is in session and your favourite ladies of hip hop are on the reading list: Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliot, Azealia Banks and Lauryn Hill. DJ “Principal” Orange Pekoe is spinning, and both attendance and dancing are mandatory.
Saturday, Sept 26, 11pm. The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W. For more info, visit Facebook.
Proud to Vote
With the federal election soon upon us, various local organizations present a political debate on queer issues. Moderated by Brenda Cossman, the debaters are candidates Bill Morneau (Liberal), Craig Scott (NDP) and Chris Tolley (Green).
Thursday, Sept 24, 5pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com
Game n’ Gear Night
Kinky pups and pup enthusiasts gather for an evening of gear wearing, socializing and playing such games as Brawl, Mario Kart and Cards Against Humanity. It’s also an unintimidating way for newbies to the world of puppy play to get their feet wet (but not the carpet).
Saturday, Sept 26, 7pm. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Women and trans folk fantasize, flirt and fuck in a spa environment. When not getting wet in the pool (or the rooms, for that matter), attendees enjoy Carlyle Jansen’s workshop, Sex Yourself, and a performance by drag kings Spencer Munny and Maximum Capacity.
Sunday, Sept 27, 8pm. Oasis Aqualounge, 231 Mutual St. oasisaqualounge.com
Choreographer Peter Chin’s dance performance is about (as billing for the event says), “the spirit of traditional weaving communities” in Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico and Canada. Called Woven, the performance includes live music, five dancers and a weaver.
Thursday, Sept 24–Saturday, Sept 26, 8pm. Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay W. danceworks.ca
Gay Play Day
Now in its fourth year, this festival of queer theatre includes eight plays about the “queer experience.” It includes Josh Downing’s The Wedding, about a mother who won’t attend her son Alex’s wedding because she can’t say the words “gay wedding.”
Friday, Sept 25–Saturday, Sept 26, various showtimes. Fraser Studio, 76 Stafford St. gayplayday.brownpapertickets.com
Comedy Whore: Fall Down Laughing
Mandy Goodhandy, the self-proclaimed first Canadian trans woman stand-up comedian, hosts an eclectic evening in the cozy nook beneath Club 120. It includes musicians and a lineup of comedians to go with your schmoozing and boozing.
Saturday, Sept 26, 9:30pm. 120 Diner, 120 Church St. 120diner.com
(For more event listings, visit dailyxtra.com/lgbt-events)