The Mix is back with this week’s Friday Five. From beards and bears, to geeks and rockers, don’t miss these five really amazing, hand-picked events happening in the PNW this weekend.

Friday, October 7

All Weekend
Various Locations (Portand)

It’s the 1st Annual Beardlandia, a big weekend of events and entertainment to showcase all of what Portland has to offer. Events happen all weekend, including Lumbertwink on Friday, Bearracuda on Saturday, and Lilith Bear on Sunday afternoon. Get out your favorite plaid flannel and your best beard oil for this festival of beards, bears, cubs, chubs, and chasers.


Adrian Ryan Approved

Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys
Saturday, October 8 / 8pm

Re-Bar is in serious peril. The dank and beloved jewel in the dented crown of our Gay Seattle certainly seems slated for the slaughterhouse too, another tragic casualty of Seattle’s manic land-grab. Have you seen her lately? She looks terrified.

Terrible looming skyscrapers have sprung up rudely all around her, like poisonous metal mushrooms (almost overnight!), and she sits there, shivering and scared, crying out for us to help her. Now certain groups of certain people have lept in to play her savior, and are conspiring to somehow finagle the dingy and delightful little dive enough of a historical status so save her from the wrecking ball (that under-washed Cobain fellow once trashed the place in an infamous scene, after all–among other things).

In the meantime, like a beloved and tragically terminal great auntie, we can only enjoy the living hell out of the place whist it still holds vital breath, and lavish upon it our time, our ardour, and our money. And tonight is a perfect opportunity to do exactly that by simply enjoying what Re-Bar has long done best: genre-skewering indie-theater with an excessively queer bent!

A very likely cast of very funny local characters including Todd Hull, Shannon Kipp, Ron Sandahl, and Craig Trolli bring us a queered-up, bottoms-up take on the old Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries, Hardy Drew and The Nancy Boys! Tight pants, eye-rolling gay innuendo and nosey dykes hungry for justice shall indeed ensue. It’s this week’s Adrian Ryan Approved Event™!


Saturday, October 8

Geek Girl Con
Oct 8-9
The Conference Center at WA State Convention Center (8th & Pike, Seattle)

Geek Girl Con, a celebration of women in geek culture, is back for another weekend in downtown Seattle. From programmers and developers to creators and player, women make up an important and invaluable part of the geek community. Drop by the convention center for a diverse set of panels, game demos, artists and vendors. We’ll be there too!


Saturday, Oct 8 / 8pm
Seattle Eagle Tavern (314 East Pine St)
$8 before 10pm / $10 after

DJ Gingerbear’s Bawdyhaus is back in Seattle for another session of body positive dirty fun. Tommy K joins Gingerbear in the booth, with Anuar, Aaron, and Cast getting naughty in the cage. Get there early for a cheaper cover, and bring your cash because the Eagle won’t take your cards.



Sunday, October 9

Hershe Bar with Kiyomi Valentine
Sunday, Oct 9 / 9pm
Bar None (1222 Hamilton St, Vancouver)

Celesbian star of The Real L Word Kiyomi McClosky hits up gorgeous Bar None to celebrate National Coming Out Day for Flygirl’s Hershe Bar. Kiyomi starts things off with a special unplugged and intimate performance at 9:30, followed by wild times at 10:30 with Kiyomi along with DJs Riki Rocket and Miss M.