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FAMILIES OF COLOR DAY OUT & CHOCOLATE CITY

Portland Black Pride caps off a five-day event frenzy with a post-parade picnic at Kenton Park. The event (partnered with Adelante Mujeres and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) guarantees an evening of rappers, grillers, and politics-free communing with straight and queer, vegans and carnivores, families and singles. NOTE: This Sunday picnic might be some hard-earned recovery from the Chocolate City pajama jam the previous evening. Co-sponsored by Portland Black Pride, this monthly dance party will be even hiphoppier this weekend. Wearing pajamas (whatever "pajamas" means for you) gets you a $1 discount at the door and enters you in the contest for hottest (female) and swaggest (male) nightwear. Like the picnic, Chocolate City at Crush welcomes all and—hell yeah!—assures me some free appetizers. WILL GARDNER

Chocolate City, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison, Sat June 18, 9 pm, $5-6; Families of Color Day Out, Kenton Park, 8417 N Brandon, Sun June 19, 4-9 pm, free, all ages

AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW

Pride ends in all sorts of style with At the End of the Rainbow, a massive performance/dance fest that kicks off with Blondie cover band Blondage, then spirals in roughly 5,000 different directions. There'll be a vaudeville performance from Tampon Troupe, a boy burlesque number from impressive boy burlesquers Burlesquire, some dancing courtesy of dance troupe the Dolly Pops, stand-up comedy from Whitney Streed, a performance from drag queen Asia Ho Jackson, and more. Ruby slippers? Tonight's the night to rock 'em if you've got 'em. ERIK HENRIKSEN

Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th, Sun June 19, 6 pm, $7-15

HOT CHOCOLATE: THE PRIDE EDITION & THE CHURCH OF THE POISON MIND

Get ready for a delicious double dose of one of Portland's finest drag entertainers—all in one fabulous day! Poison Waters will lead a crazy talented troupe of dolls (including Maria, Tiara Desmond, Kourtni Capri Duv, and Alexis Campbell Starr) in Hot Chocolate, a sisterhood-inspired evening of comedy and song at Darcelle's. AND THEN! Dash down the street to the Silverado, where the male stripperific Church of the Poison Mind will be in session—also hosted by her loveliness Poison Waters! HOW CAN SHE POSSIBLY BE IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE?!?! With Poison, all things are possible. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Hot Chocolate: The Pride Edition, Darcelle XV, 208 NW 3rd, Sun June 19, 6 pm, $10; Church of the Poison Mind, Silverado, 318 SW 3rd, Sun June 19, 4-9 pm, free

PORTLAND GAY MEN'S CHORUS: REVOLUTION!

The Portland Gay Men's Chorus is rightfully tickled pink to welcome guest star Levi Kreis to their performance because (1) the Tennessee native is smokin' hot, and (2) he's an accomplished performer with multiple recordings under his belt, and winner of the 2010 Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical as Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet. (You may also recognize him as Roger from the national tour of Rent.) For "Revolution!," Kreis and the PGMC will tackle "two of the most important choral works ever written for male voices": Randall Thompson's Testament of Freedom, based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson, and NakedMan, which tells the stories of gay men living in the early '80s. MARJORIE SKINNER

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Sat June 18, 7:30 pm, $16-42

CRAVE

Last year's lesbian-friendly Crave Pride kick-off party at Crush packed 600 dancin' ladies and gentlemen into the modest Southeast bar. So if you crave the crush on the dance floor this is the place to let your disco flag fly. Make a smart impression—grab your gals, grab your glittery accoutrements, and boogie the night away to the hiphop and electro tune-age of hottie DJs Wildfire and Alicious. Go-go gals, jungle juice, VIP lap dances, and a packed room of queer folk—sounds like good times to me. COURTNEY FERGUSON

Crush, 1400 SE Morrison, Fri June 17, 8 pm, $6-8

MARICÓN QUEER NIGHT

Run with the bulls, and the boys, at the near-weekly Maricón queer night at the loveable West Burnside dive that is the Matador. This designated night for "Homos and Their Homeys" will trot out a wide array of talent on the ones and two—including DJs Moisti, Shreddie, Trans Fat, and Il Camino—ensuring that you will most certainly shake it until you make it. The drinks are stiff, the music is loud, and clientele is hot—what in the holy hell are you waiting for? EZRA ACE CARAEFF

The Matador, 1967 W Burnside, Sat June 18, 10 pm, free

QUEER ACADEMY: PART ONE—THE MEN

Artist Dal Williams wants to give LGBT youth something to be proud of: Queer Academy: Part One—The Men is a series of portraits of gay men who have made significant contributions to our culture, including Harvey Milk and Billy Bean. (Presumably Part Two of the series will tackle the ladies' contributions, or maybe work the "T" in LGBT in there somehow.) By creating iconographic images of famous LGBT figures, Williams aims to educate the kids about important historical figures who faced and overcame discrimination based on their sexual orientation, a sort of visual "It Gets Better." ALISON HALLETT

Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, Fri-Sun noon-5 pm, through June 26, free

DINING WITH THE DIVAS & THE DOLL HOUSE

Hamburger Mary's was made for sexy puns. The queer-friendly diner is the place to be if you're "hungry for some juicy buns" or seeking some "special sauce." Their regular calendar of flaming events (sorry) takes on some extra heat (okay, really, that's enough) during Pride. Friday night, brand-new-to-town drag queen Godiva Devyne hosts Dining with the Divas, a high-energy drag variety show and dinner, featuring Bruce TD King and Honey Bea Hart. Then Saturday night, the place hosts Doll House, a rare downtown lesbian dance party (the other clubs clearly need to ketchup!). Mary's promises go-go girls and pop hits, so it will certainly be a night to relish. SARAH MIRK

Dining with the Divas, Hamburger Mary's, 19 NW 5th, Fri June 17, 7 pm, free, all ages until 9 pm; Doll House, Hamburger Mary's, 19 NW 5th, Sat June 18, 9 pm, $3, 21+

FIERCE

Here's how you can put your money where your moneymaker is: The Fierce party is a "FUNdraiser" for the Q Center, but it'll also be a slammin' good time, with classic house and tribal beats from San Fran's Marcus Jerard, who weaves together jazzy, jacky, swingy beats for a groove that won't quit. Portland's own DJ Tronic also spins two sets of relentless hard-party beats—the first being more vocal-based jams, the second with harder tribal and high-energy house music. That's not all! There are midtempo grooves out on the Whiskey's patio from El Cucuy and Darkcloud13, so whatever speed you're at tonight, there's something up your alley. NED LANNAMANN

The Whiskey Bar, 31 NW 1st, Sat June 18, 9 pm, $5

QUEERLANDIA!

Likely populated by the beautiful renegade queers too kool for other Pride events, Queerlandia promises badass rap bitches ChiChi and Chonga hosting an evening of faggy DJs like Lunchlady and Hufnstuf, performances by the bands Magic Mouth and BabyPuppySailorSuit, arts and crafts—not to mention a wee bit of "gay feng shui." Although Prince and the Revolution have warned us many times that "the beautiful ones, they hurt U everytime," Queerlandia makes masochism FUN! WG

Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, Thurs June 16, 9 pm, free

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