First thing’s first: You’ve gotta know Liz Lambert.
Non-locals but queer performers to check out include Loamlands, Krudas Cubensi, Johanna Warren, The Spook School, Aye Nako, Marika Hackman, Jay Som, and The Shondes.
Recently I found myself wrapped up in one of those fleeting moments of self-empowerment, tickled by a craving for adventure.
Should you be interested in some more chill literary vibes during the day, Austin is home to Book Woman, a feminist bookstore owned by out lesbian Susan Post that offers artwork, T-shirts, posters and other items you or someone you know may desire as a souvenir.
In North Austin, collective-owned Monkeywrench Books is also full of queer-friendly collectibles.
Managed by a queer woman, this newish gay nightclub has “three floors, a killer back patio, and all the lights and fog a club kid could want,” and the event is being organized by Austin power couple party promoters (and founders of Plezzure Island) Michelle Solorzano Daly and Kelly West.
There’s also an LGBT in Tech Meetup, a Lesbians Who Tech (and Friends) Meetup, LGBTQIA Gaymers & Geeks Meet Up, a panel on LGBT storytelling from It Gets Better, The Business Case for LGBT Equality, LGBT Community Driving Digital Health Innovations, Selling Out: Anti-Oppressive Queer Style Marketing and Using Tech to End LGBT Youth Homelessness.
“She’s known for renovating Hotel San Jose on South Congress.
Their garden courtyard patio is where you will drink the best michelada in town.”Hotel San Jose and Lambert’s other Austin spot Hotel Saint Cecilia are colorful, cool and modern: sleek and chic with a tasteful touch of rock ‘n roll.
This was invigorating, but when you tell yourself you’re going to go on a date, you have to have some destinations in your arsenal. I don’t have one favorite place to eat, drink or be merry in Austin.
Add a date to the mix and the decision becomes more complicated.
If you don’t mind a tiny drive outside of city limits, Whirlaway Farm and Garden is a suggested stop.