10 queer things to do this weekend in Los Angeles, including Cuties Coffee, comedy show

Get into the fall season with your Big Gay Guide this weekend, featuring poetry readings, Music Tastes Good, and a flirty coffee night.


Storytelling Competition

What: Unleash your queer, inner storyteller on stage at the LA LGBT Center in a competition to win a cash prize and a chance to tell your story on the radio. The audition tonight is a five-minute story on family.

When: 6-8 p.m.

Where: LA LGBT Center at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

Admission: RSVP to 323-860-5830 or email [email protected]

Flirt at Cuties

What: Pick the wristband of your liking (green for “come talk to me,” pink for “I’m here to observe”), sip some coffee or tea, and get your flirt on with the 18+ crowd.

When: 8-11 p.m.

Where: Cuties Coffee

Admission: $10 suggested donation to support the struggling coffee house; nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Ross Matthews

Ross Matthews produces a Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch at Rockewell Table and Stage in Silver Lake every Saturday. The show will feature drag queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Matthews will attend some Saturdays. Photo: Phil Bigger.


Drag Brunch

What: Celebrity personality Ross Matthews produces an interactive brunch every Saturday, featuring drag queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and a “lip-sync for your drink” contest. Matthews will attend some Saturdays.

When: Doors open at 11 a.m., brunch noon – 2 p.m.

Where: Rockwell Table & Stage

Tickets: $20-$35

Literary Festival

What: Lambda Literary’s LitFest is a celebration of LGBTQ writers and readers featuring panels, talks, readings, and workshops.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Admission: No cover; register here.

Music Tastes Good

What: Music and food festival in Long Beach featuring several queer artists.

When: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Marina Green

Tickets: Single day $85, weekend pass $150

Film Screening

What: The documentary “Raising Zoey” follows 13-year-old Zoey, who fought for her right to self-identify in school and gain acceptance from her family and the Latinx community; followed by a Q&A with the cast and director.

When: 3-5 p.m.

Where: Plaza de la Raza

Admission: RSVP here.

Comedy Show, Dance Party

What: Rachel Scanlon will host an LGBTQ stand-up comedy show followed by a lesbian and queer dance party with DJ Matriarchy.

When: 7 p.m.-1:45 a.m.

Where: The Other Door

Tickets: Online pre-sale $10 plus service fee, door is $15. Portion of proceeds go toward HoneyLove, a non-profit committed to bee conservation.

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae will perform at Music Tastes Good this weekend in Long Beach.


Meditation Potluck

What: California Men’s Gathering will host a meditation and potluck brunch in West Hollywood.

When: 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: 1203 N. Genesee, West Hollywood

Tickets: $5 suggested donation; RSVP to [email protected]

Poetry Reading

What: Lambda Litfest will feature a book reading of “Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos” followed by queer poets of color showcasing their work.

When: 2-5 p.m.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Admission: No cover, register here.

Janelle Monáe

What: If you haven’t thought about attending Music Tastes Good, think again. Janelle Monáe performs.

When: 7 tonight

WhereMarina Green

AdmissionSingle day $85, weekend pass $150

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Lauren Torres

Lauren Torres is a journalist who has watched enough "Investigation Discovery" to be obsessed with chasing investigations through writing for the rest of her life. When not chasing investigations or aliens, Torres writes non fiction, collects anything Spider-Man related, and eats copious amounts of Hot Cheetos while watching "The Office."

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