Arts & entertainment
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Out in Vancouver: Nov 5–11, 2015

Choice events in the city this week

(It’s time again for everybody’s favourite auntie Linda — seen here on the right, with Clayton Bergquist, in 2014 — to host her annual Prairie Fairies Fowl Supper to raise money for worthy beneficiaries and celebrate an evening of community togetherness. This year’s supper takes place on Saturday, Nov 7, 2015./Tallulah photo)

Thursday, Nov 5

XY Factor Grand Finale

He’s no Simon Cowell but Ryan Steele can be just as bitchy — though a whole lot prettier to watch! The past eight weeks of auditions, drinking, performing, and more drinking, culminate tonight as the first winner of the first XY Factor talent competition will walk off with $1,000 as the grand prize. Grab your posse and get a good seat to cheer them on. Is your pick in the finale? 8pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. No cover.  facebook.com/events/1655923314624649/

Gay Men’s Health Summit

How many of you will read this and think it’s a gay group going mountain climbing? It is a summit of sorts, but this one is for overcoming hurdles in life. This year’s theme is Undoing Stigma, something we can all use a bit of help with. This is a two-day summit continuing Friday, Nov 6. 8am–4:30pm. Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, 515 W Hastings St. Cost $0-75. Register and find more info at cbrc.net/summit

Drill Night 2

I learned my lesson at Drill Night 1: no Viagra/Redbull mixture too early in the night. I was at full mast all night bumping into everything, including the furniture and damn that can hurt, plus peeing is a manoeuvre that just can’t be explained in words. This time the boys will be out in full force in their camo jockstraps and military gear, and they’re ready to drop and give you eight or more if you’re lucky. It’s a night of hot, sweaty military operations, so leave your inhibitions at the door and enjoy the camaraderie. 8pm–12am. Club 8×6, 1775 Haro St. VML members $10, others $15. 8×6.ca  

Friday, Nov 6

Showtunes Fight Night

I’ve tried to sing along here but my craving for half-naked bartenders always seems to get in the way, and even the words on a screen can’t keep me from turning into a drunken, blathering idiot. In my vodka-induced state, I thought they all wanted me. Actually, they all just wanted me to leave. But the restraining order is done and I am allowed back now, so watch for me. Tonight get ready to rumble. Are you a Jet or a Shark, a Mary or a Rhoda? It’s a noisy hall where there’s a nightly brawl and all that jazz. Come belt it out in a good way. 6–9pm. 1181, 1181 Davie St. No cover. facebook.com/events/911097075644670/

Saturday, Nov 7

Van Pah

Puppy play is back! If I were younger, shorter, and built, I would definitely put on the puppy gear and get down to business with the other pups. Although I’m not sure if the doggie tail butt plug is my forte. I would be afraid of sneezing and shooting it across the bar and hitting one of the PJ’s regulars. This is a mosh, an opportunity for pups and handlers to get together and socialize, play and explore. Come down and have some butt sniffing fun. 2–4pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. No cover.  vanpah.com

Health Show

I love the fall shows, especially the Health Show that also includes a fitness portion where fit jocks demonstrate different ways to move your body and improve your health. You will see some of the most perfect rear ends of your life in that demo, and I can tell you that brings to mind a whole plethora of ways to move my body. With hundreds of displays, demonstrations and speakers there is something for everyone. Plus the eye candy is top notch. Show runs today from 10am–6pm, Sunday 11am–5pm. Vancouver Convention Centre, East Exhibit Hall B, 1055 Canada Place. Tickets $10-$12 daily or weekend pass $15. thehealthshows.com/home/locations/vancouver/

Prairie Fairies Fowl Supper

I might be paranoid but I think there is a conspiracy against me. Every year I try to go to this event and it always sells out two months ahead and of course I can’t plan that far ahead so I am hooped. This year there are still some tickets available (but I’ll be trolling for dates at the Health Show and let’s face it, sex wins). But grab yourself a ticket and attend one of the most talked about fundraisers of the year. The Fillmore Family Foundation has been doing this for 15 years and they know how to throw a great party while raising lots of money to support our community groups. This year’s theme is The Sound Of Music so break out the lederhosen and start yodelling. 4:30pm. Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus St. Tickets $60 and info at  fillmorefamily.ca/fowl.html

Monday, Nov 9

Nude Dude Yoga

I don’t know what all the fuss is about the new nutscaping fad, where men dangle their balls over pictures of landscapes. Try doing yoga where 30 sets of low hangers are swinging in front of your face every time you do a downward dog. I even made a game of it by trying to recognize who is who just by the shape of their sack. It’s fun and you get an awesome workout — plus if you’re lucky you can pick a pair you really like and strike up a conversation after class. Be aware of your body in an atmosphere of acceptance, in a class led by professional yoga instructors. Just don’t be slapping my dangly bits out of the way. 7–8:30pm. Club 8×6, 1775 Haro St. Class $15 each, bring your own mat. 8×6.ca

Tuesday, Nov 10

Drums

When I heard that DJ Del Stamp is opening for a night called Drums, I had visions of Del using his penis as a drumstick, which honestly would not surprise me — that thing is a weapon. But Big Roger has brought in DJ Cindel who is called the King of Drums. His signature high-energy mix of fierce vocals and tribal beats is supposed to be legendary. Add in Berlin as the host and some go-go dancers and I’ll be there. 10pm til early morning. Encore Dance Club, 1058 Granville St. Tickets $30 at wantickets.com. More info at: facebook.com/events/496508987194356/

Hershe Bar

I haven’t forgotten you, ladies! It may not be a long weekend, but it’s still a stat day on Nov 11, so Flygirl has you covered. DJ Riki Rocket is back, and Flygirl is excited to welcome UK DJ Nathalie Morel, who has spun the Brit Awards’ official after-party and some Red Bull events. They say they’re also bringing in some amazing dancers to recreate that Coyote Ugly vibe (you know what scene they are thinking about), only less cowboy and more gay-mazing. Think lacy lingerie and dancing on bar-tops. 10pm–2am. Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St. Tickets $15 advance at Little Sister’s, 1238 Davie St and online.  flygirlproductions.com

No Type

My only type is the one that says yes, and then sleeps at home. This No Type is a neon glow party with state of the art black light cannons that will illuminate the entire club in ultraviolet light. Add in glow sticks, go-go girls, DJs Bey and Skylar Love, and some Tuesday night shower dancers and this party may never end. 10pm–3am. Odyssey, 686 West Hastings St. Cover $5 after 11:30pm. facebook.com/events/168218456858697/

Wednesday, Nov 11

The Barron Gurl Show

I personally love a good drag show like the old days. The kind where they did more than just lip synch; where they put on a comedy show, performances and fun all rolled up into one great night. This is that night. Isolde N Barron and Carlotta Gurl bring back what Vancouver has been missing. High-energy theatrics, camp, wacky games, theatrical numbers, DJ DomTop and R-rated comedy. And you just know there’s a cartwheel waiting to happen so Carlotta can show off the goods. I’ll be there too, so you never know what could happen. 10pm–3am. The Odyssey, 686 W Hastings St. facebook.com/events/897629076996548/

(Think there’s an upcoming event I should attend? Click here to list your event on dailyxtra.com or send me a note at oitc.vancouver@dailyxtra.com.)