Casper’s Caleb (Photo by Ashley Bradley)
Powerful diva of desire and dance-pop, queer musician Casper’s Caleb provides the perfect soundtrack for empowerment and rocking those sexy hips at the disco. Today, April 21, the city of Austin is writing the spirit of the mermaid into the history books by declaring Casper’s Caleb Day At the mayor. Tune in to see the honors awarded at noon on ATXN.TVand mark your calendars for May 7, when Hotel Las Vegas hosts the Woman Boy record release party with a lineup that all lives life as a work of art: queer rapper BabiBoihip hop star Mom Dukeand De Casper himself playing alongside Facebook featured players Sabrina Ellis and jacket.
To have a day declared in his honor is a great blessing. “Culture is one of the most important things we have in a society,” says De Casper, “and I’m honored that the people of the city I moved to to start a new life want to commemorate me in theirs.” Previously in the less tolerant region of North Carolina, he recounts via email that it was difficult to thrive in a culture that “reinforced daily that being gay was a sin. … I hid parts of myself to survive and try to do things as simple as keeping my job or running an errand without being hassled for my slight lisp, flabby wrists or painted fingernails.” After traveling 1,500 miles across the country, De Casper found the support and encouragement he needed in the local music community. Woman Boy is in part a way for him to prolong that same support. “I’m on a journey to be the most authentic person I can be, to be proud of who I am, and hopefully help others be proud and stay proud of who they are.”
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Haven Con Three days of all the queer fandom fun you could ever want, including panels on Fan Fiction Binding, Queer Wrestling, and Neopets plus special guest panels. Check out our interview with the Haven Con team online on the Daily Qmmunity blog. Fri-Sun, April 22-24. Austin Marriott South, 4415 S. I-35. $15-65. Havencontx.org.
Austin International Drag Festival Look camp straight in the eye for this four-day festival of drag, drag and more drag. Check out local icons like Gothess Jasmine, Cheeki Khant and the Austin Boyz, alongside out-of-town superstars like Dollya Black, Blackberri and Hunsen Abequeer. Bring the kids on Saturday for story time at 4 p.m. Thu.-Sun., April 21-24. Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 6000 Mid Fiskville. $15-149. fb.com/austindragfest.
Dyke season Gold star, stone butch, high femme, futch, celesbian BFFs – all are welcome. Thu. April 21, 9 p.m. Cheer Charlies, 900 Red River. instagram.com/cheerupcharlies.
Out of spite Transy Warhol brings post-punk queerness, along with openers Sad Cell, BrianBrianBrian and Die Spitz. Fri. April 22, 9 p.m. Swan Dive, 615 Red River. $5. fb.com/swandiveaustin.
Neon Rainbows DJ Boi Orbison sweeps the country. Friday April 22. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. instagram.com/djboiorbison.
Catharsis Black Widow Burlesque is back! Friday, April 22, 7 p.m. Come and Take It Live, 2015 E. Riverside. $25. catharsis.bpt.me.
Booty Short Night Look at those cheeks in your best cut off jeans. Saturday April 23. The Iron Bear, 301 W. Sixth. instagram.com/theironbearaustin.
A real hot girl party Celebrate Megan Thee Stallion at CUC. Includes both a twerking contest and a cool hundo for the best MTS-inspired costume. Saturday April 23, 9 p.m. Cheer Charlies, 900 Red River. instagram.com/cheerupcharlies.
Bottom up! Frida Friday and Wanderlust Wine Co. join forces for a market & drag brunch hosted by Scarlett Kiss & Cheeki Khant. Sun. April 24, noon-4 p.m. Wanderlust Wine Co., 702 Shady. fb.com/fridafridayatx.
Storytime Queer Campfire Share stories, music and marshmallows. Sunday April 24, 7-8 p.m. Butterfly Bar at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd. Papillonbaraustin.com.
Let’s talk about anxiety! allgo talks about anxiety: how to identify it, how it affects you and how to deal with it. Tue. April 26, 6-7.30 p.m. Virtual. Free but RSVP. fb.com/allgoqpoc.