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

Friday, September 9

Glory in Ruin
September 9 & 10 / 7pm / September 11 / 2pm
Gay City (517 E Pike St, Seattle)
$15 General Admission / $12 Students & Seniors

Gay City Arts presents Glory in Ruin, a burlesque journey through trauma & triumph from renowned burlesque performer Ms. Briq House. When is the last time your were utterly torn apart, completely undone, set asunder, destroyed? If you are reading/hearing this description it means that you are somehow still actively surviving and so are we. The Artists in this show are tired of playing “Pretty” and are ready to give you a rare chance to see them in all of their gritty, dirty, ugly, ruined, and put back together again glory. This show runs through Sunday, September 11.


Saturday, September 10

Rose City Comicon
September 10-11
Oregon Convention Center (777 NE MLK Blvd, Portland)

It’s the 5th year of Portland’s Comicon, the city’s premiere celebration of pop culture. Check out your favorite comic book writers, artists, and publishers, big or small, or throw down a little extra dough to meet some of your favorite geek idols. Pro-tip: both John and Joan Cusack will be appearing on Saturday, in convergence of cool. Don’t miss it.


Saturday, September 9 / 6:39pm
Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville Street, Vancouver)

SHINE! is a fashion and dance extravaganza staged by hundreds of volunteer models, dancers, actors and musicians–sponsored by volunteer local fashion designers, top hair stylists and make-up artists–who rally together to raise funds and awareness for mental health and addiction while addressing the stigma of mental illness. Over 900 guests will converge for an unforgettable evening of fashion, fun and entertainment for the inaugural year of SHINE!



Saturday, September 10 / 10pm
Timbre Room (1809 Minor Ave, Seattle)

I am nothing if not a brave champion of What’s New, What’s Fresh, What’s Irrepressibly Queer. So with that in mind, it should come as no surprise whatsoever that this week’s Adrian Ryan Approved Event™ is new (brand-spankin’!), fresh (mmm…new car smell!) and, um, irrepressibly queer (pay attention!): RAPTURE at the Timbre Room. (Before we sally forth, I will have it known for posterity that the word, “rapture” is itself one of the most scrumptious in the entire language and a personal favorite–when it’s completely stripped of its silly apocalyptic Judeo-Xtian overtones and instead used to describe things like atom-splitting orgasms and truly exceptional cuisine, naturally. Anyway…)

The progenitor of the evening, one Arson Nicki, sells us the new event as, “a queer evening for avant garde experimentation, boundary-bursting drag performance, and overall dark techno dance vibes”, so I picture it as an EDM Cure remix with exploding cubistic drag queens, but my imagination is known to rush off without me… Rob Winter of Mobius Sisters is responsible for the beats along with Will Winston of Free Axis, and we will all be graced with performances by Mona Real and Kara Sutra! There will of course be a professional photo-booth (they are simply all the rage), and if your wrist bears an entry-stamp from that irascible reprobate Cucci Binaca’s event “Cucci’s Critter Barn” (which happens the same night, so don’t worry, you can shower if you want to–not that Cucci has ever overly concerned herself with such matters), they will knock three dollars off the cover charge.


Critical Mascara
Saturday, September 10 / 10:30pm
PICA at Hancock (15 NE Hancock, Portland)

Critical Mascara, “A Post-Realness Drag Extravaganza,” returns for its fourth year serving a wild hybrid of dance, vogue, and drag competition unlike any other! Critical Mascara celebrates community and creativity through competition and now collaboration. Producer and Hostess Pepper Pepper with DJ Zaq Desfleurs are joined by celebrated choreographer Kumari Suraj as MC and Portland’s luminaire Isaiah Esquire. Together they curate and judge the Pacific Northwest’s largest, queerest, and most fabulous extravaganza.