The Mix is back with this week’s Friday Five. From red dresses and queer spaces to trans arts and long weekend parties, here are five really amazing, hand-picked events happening in the PNW this weekend that you won’t want to miss.

Friday, May 20

Friday May 20 / 10:30pm
Re-bar (1114 Howell St, Seattle)
$10 before 11:30/$7 after

This month party is dedicated to creating safer spaces for QTPOC folks. Every is welcome, of course, as long as the play nice. DJs King Dee, Toya B, Mixx, and Reverend Dollars will be joined by a live performance from Aeon Fux.


Saturday, May 21

A Princess of Great Daring: Transgender Children’s Book Reading
Saturday, May 21 / 11am
Seattle Public Library (1000 4th Ave, Seattle)

Local author and Gender Justice League board chair Tobi Hill-Meyer reads from her children’s book, A Princess of Great Daring, which follows a young transgender girl’s daring adventures with her friends. A question and answer session follows the reading, and copies of the book will be available for sale. This event is part of Trans Arts Month, a collaboration between Seattle’s Gay City, Gender Justice League, and Three Dollar Bill Cinema.


2016 Red Dress PDX Party: Walking Red
Saturday, May 21 / 8PM
Old Freeman Factory (2638 NW Wilson St, Portland)
$55 GA / $155 VIP

A sister to Red Dress events around the country, this HIV/AIDS fundraiser of a certain color has been raising the roof in Portland for 15 years. This year’s party will feature Cake Fvcker, DJ Chelsea Starr, Buckmaster, Mr. Charming, David Sylvester, Orographic, and DJ Jakob Jay. Tickets may seem a little pricey, but this party is for a good cause. Don’t show up without your vestido rojo, though, because it wouldn’t be Red Dress Party otherwise.


Sunday, May 22

The Enchanted Life and Temporary Death of Sadie December
Sunday, May 22 / 7pm
Calamus Auditorium at Gay City (517 E Pike St, Seattle)

Don’t miss the final night of the final show of Gay City Arts’ third performing arts season. This one-woman, multi-media play by Dorothy Frances Kent is part autobiography and part magical realism. It chronicles Sadie’s spiritual childhood in the pacific northwest, the harsh realities of having to live as a boy, and finally, rediscovering herself through art, community and the natural world. This event is part of Trans Arts Month, a collaboration between Seattle’s Gay City, Gender Justice League, and Three Dollar Bill Cinema.


RUFF Vancouver
Sunday, May 22 / 9PM
The Pint (455 Abbott Street, Vancouver)

Take advantage of the long weekend with this Sunday night MN Events party at The Pint. Seattle’s Nark heads north of the border, joined by DJ Nick Bertossi, with performances from Shane (Mr Ruff 2016), Jesse, Anuar, Thomas, Drake and Boy Spence. The fun continues afterward around the corner at Steamworks.