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

Friday, July 15

REFUGE: Sanctuary
Friday, July 15 / 7:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St, Vancouver)
$30 ($20 Students)

Under the direction of Mark Reid, Vancouver’s summer chorus of queer classically trained singers Cor Flammae presents REFUGE. The performance includes new works by Vancouver composers Shane Raman and Michael Park, plus works by Peter Tchaikovsky, Joan Szymko, Stephen Smith, Rodney Sharman, Dominique Phinot, and more, in the beautifully restored Christ Church Cathedral. Also on Saturday night at Pyatt Hall.


Saturday, July 16

Saturday, July 16 / 9pm
Bossanova Ballroom (722 E Burnside, Portland)
$7 / 21+

After being unceremoniously kicked out of their old venue like a trick that’s overstayed their welcome, Blowpony saddles up and rides into their home this weekend. Hosted by Tammie Brown, featuring Double Duchess, and NYC’s DICK VAN DICK! Giddy up on down and show Bossanova Ballroom some love for taking in the formerly homeless queer extravaganza.



West Side Glory–In Heat
Saturday, July 16 / 8pm
Skylark West Seattle (803 Delridge Way SW, Seattle)
$10 ADV/$12 DOS / 21+

I have decided to peek my blinking and bleary-eyed gay head from the glamorous and secret recesses of Adrian’s Millionth Annual Summer Sabbatical™ for just a wee moment to express my endorsement of this very wonderful thing (no, not Hillary effing Clinton, bit your sassy tongue): West Side Glory: Seattle’s Quarterly Somewhat Queer Variety Show! And why? Because it has been one rock-solid month of SUCK (I am sure we can all agree), and I think we all deserve a little whole lot of naughty fun-times and comrade-y come-together-ness. Except me of course. As I am on my annual sabbatical. Working on my tan or something. Like I said. Thank you.

Anyway: Yes, yes, I realize that “Seattle’s Quarterly Somewhat Queer Variety Show” is a lot of adjectives. But what it all boils down to is this: a whole mess of drag queens, bushels of big funny and burlesque, a little music, a little dancing, and even an illusionist! (And when was the last time you enjoyed a good illusionist? I ask you.) Cookie Couture will be performing (relatively new to the drag scene, yet turning heads), as will our old friends Arson Nicki and Mizz Honey Bucket, Bella Lunacy, and notable comedians from San Francisco and NYC respectively, called Jeremy Talamantes, and Yogi Paliwal. There will even a dancing troupe of Butt Shaking GoGo Bears! Imagine! And let’s not forget Jeffrey Robert–a very funny, fuzzy little bear himself, indeed. Besides, it’s in West Seattle, and won’t it be a relief to escape the relentless bro-ings of the New Cap Hill and refresh our palates a bit? Of course it will.


Lick Club / Queer Fam Jam / 1 Year Anniversary!
Saturday, July 16 / 10pm
Hindenburg (23 West Cordova, Vancouver)
$10 / 19+

It’s Pride season, with Vancouver Pride yet to come. Lick Club, for their 1 year anniversary, are throwing a pre-pride bash honoring and highlighting our history our progress and the future of Vancity’s queer community. Hosted by Brigee-K, with music from DJ Denise, Skylar Love, DJ T, and DJ Zeal, along with performances from The Pretty Boys and Owen. Also, while there’s a $10 cover, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Sunday, July 17

Othello Quartz Festival
Sunday, July 17 / 1pm
John C Little Senior Park (6961 37th Ave S, Seattle)

Lion’s Main Art Collective presents the Othello Quartz Festival, a daytime event centered on connecting queer/trans* artists, especially artists of color, with the South Seattle community. Artists include Roldy Aguero Ablao (Kapwa Mana Collective), Jack Carroll (Lions Main Art Collective), Cassie Castrejon, and Jacqueline Wong, with more to be announced.