LGBT may be well on its way to mainstream, but that doesn’t mean our little niche isn’t full of diversity. Soak up some subculture this week.
Pride After Dark, 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.)
Ball culture is taking hold in Buffalo, and Pride Center of Western New York is upping its game in time with the beat. A new and improved “Vogue Night” features new categories, a new venue and cash prizes.
Born out of queer culture in New York City, the ballroom community is an underground LGBT subculture dominated by hip-hop fashion and music. An evolution of drag pageants, ball contestants compete in categories for realness, vogue (performance), runway, sex siren and bizarre, among others.
This month’s theme is “Night,” and contestants should interpret that as sexy, scary, creepy or fun. Cover is $5, or free before 11 p.m.
DJ SkaMan’s Alternative Night, 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Ohm Ultra Lounge (948 Main St.)
DJ SkaMan is bringing back the legendary punk vibe that gave clubs like The Continental their heyday in the late ’80s and early ’90s. He’ll deal the crowd everything from new wave, punk and industrial to goth, funk, metal, EDM and Riot Grrrl music from the ’70s to the 2000s. Cover is $1.
SkaMan started deejaying in 1980 and has worked on-air in Utica, Syracuse and New York City. He played nightclubs in the city, Syracuse and Toronto before returning to Buffalo. Catch him again from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday for Ohm’s End of Summer Tea Dance under his alias DJ SkaBear, when he’ll focus on dance music more than punk.
Looking for more alternatives? Check out Radiation at Underground Nightclub (274 Delaware Ave.) from 11 p.m. to close every fourth Friday of the month.