5 gay things to do this week

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If you haven't already planned to just lock yourself indoors and hide from this devastatingly cold weather, then there are several hot events going on around town in the next week including Katy Perry on-sale, Andrea Gibson at Cannery Ballroom and the HotMess Dodgeball Season Mixer. Read on for more details, but first a Friday Mixtape Bonus from Nashville's DJ Jane Dupree.

Bonus: Music for Your Friday

Nashville DJ Jane Dupree sent us her latest Mixtape, Know Cover, this week. It's filled with downtempo dance covers including covers of Haddaway's "What is Love," Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right, But It's Okay" and more! 

Check out the mix below:



5) HotMess Dodgeball Season Mixer at Tribe

After a wildly successful HotMess Kickball season that included a championship trip to Las Vegas, Derrick Lachney and company are looking forward to their next HotMess adventure. This time, it's Dodgeball. And before you squirm with anxiety over being picked last, we can assure you this are not be your middle school dodgeball games. 


Teams will gather tonight beginning at 8 p.m. at Tribe for their season mixer. Join in all the fun.

4) Join the Nashville Jackhammer's for a fundraising beer bust at Stirrup

Metro-Nashville Softball Association's newest team, the Nashville Jackhammers, will hold a fundraising beer bust Saturday, January 25 at Stirrup. $10 all-you-can-drink beer will help the team raise funds for their upcoming February tournament in Tampa. The beer bust begins at 9 p.m..

Interested in joining a MNSA team this season? Attend the Jackhammers beer bust or visit the MNSA Facebook page for more details.

3) Kinx 101 at OutCentral

​Just in time for Valentine's Day, Kink 101 returns to OutCentral on Sunday, January 26. Do you know someone who is kinky? Are you curious about kink and the BDSM lifestyle for yourself? Did you know that Nashville hosts one of the foremost dungeons in the country and has a thriving kink community? This is an introduction to kink for the curious.

At the event, they'll talk about terminology, privacy concerns, its link to other alternative lifestyles, safety, myths about BDSM, and other topics. There will be no ‘play’ at this class, but it is adult-themed, so it's asked that all attendees be at least 18 years of age.

Kink 101 begins at 3 p.m..

2) Buy your Katy Perry Tickets

KatyCats, get your money ready! Fans have four area shows to attend for the singer's upcoming Prismatic World Tour . . .and it all depends on who you want to see open. In Nashville, fans will be treated to Capital Cities, whose "Safe and Sound" was one of the biggest hits of last summer. That show takes place June 27. If Kacey Musgraves is more your style and speed, then you'll want to get tickets for Katy's Louisville or St. Louis shows. Those shows are 8/16 and 8/17 respectively. Finally, and quite possibly our favorite, Tegan and Sara will open up Katy's Memphis show, which is scheduled for 10/6. 

Tickets go on sale to general public Monday, January 27. 


1) Check out poet/spoken word artist Andrea Gibson

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement. As the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam, Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.

Watch Andrea Gibson perform "I Do" and get ticket/show information below:


Gibson's current tour makes a Nashville stop on Wednesday, January 29 at Cannery Ballroom. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased here. 

​photo credit: Maria Del Naja