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posted Friday, May 21, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 21

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NORTHWEST NEWS (for 05/21/10) FREE RÉSUMÉ AND JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS
South Seattle Community College's WorkSource Center is partnering with the Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System to offer résumé and job search workshops. The Seattle Public Library events will be held at the downtown Central Library (1000 Fourth Ave., Room 4 on Level 4). No registration is required, but seating may be limited. For more information, contact South Seattle Community College WorkSource Center at 206-764-5304 or visit www.southseattle.edu for complete schedule.

REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE
Registration is underway for the 2010 Seattle Pride Parade and March. The theme this year is "Over the Rainbow - Be Seen, Be Heard, Be There." The event will be held on Sunday, June 27, starting at 11 a.m. on 4th Ave. between Union St. and Denny Way. For complete details, visit www.seattlepride.org.

GAY GAMES VIII COLOGNE 2010 SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
The Cologne Gay Games, July 31-August 7, is seeking volunteers to help with the presentation of the games. Visit the "Take Part" page at www.games-cologne.com for complete details.

CHCC CLEANS UP CAPITOL HILL
On Saturday, May 22, The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and 12 local businesses will combine their efforts to clean up Capitol Hill, starting in Cal Anderson Park (11th Ave. and E. Howell St.) at 10 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to meet up for breakfast snacks at the Volcano in Cal Anderson Park before a presentation by Ed Murray and Sally Bagshaw, after which groups will clean different blocks of the Pike/Pine corridor. Pizza and ice cream will be served after an hour or two of cleaning. This event has been growing each year, and 100+ are expected to attend. For more information, visit www.caphillchamber.org.

2010 SHANGHAI EXPO
On Saturday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seattle Center Festál will host A Glimpse of China - Chinese Culture and Arts Festival at Center House (305 Harrison St.). The festival showcases the unique traditional art and culture of China through visual and performing arts, gift booths, and exhibitions. The one-day schedule includes Chinese music, dance, Wushu performances, works by nationally acclaimed artists, seminars, and interactive activities. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.seattlecenter.com.

SEATTLE OUT PROTEST RALLY AT WESTLAKE PARK TO PASS THE FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT AND REPEAL DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL
On Saturday, May 22, from noon-2 p.m., attend a rally at Westlake Park (4th Ave. & Pine St.) organized by Seattle Out Protest in support of passing the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act and repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

GAY BINGO TO BENEFIT LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE
Lifelong AIDS Alliance's long-running Gay Bingo season continues on Saturday, May 22 with "Blue Hair Gay Bingo" at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St.) - doors at 6 p.m., game starts promptly at 7 p.m. Final Gay Bingo of the season on June 19 is "Beach Blanket Gay Bingo." Tickets are $25 and a full bar will be available. Due to Washington State Liquor Control regulations, all guests must be 21 years of age or older. Visit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance Gay Bingo website at www.gaybingoseattle.com for more information and to buy your tickets. Or contact Gay Bingo at 206-323-0069 or gaybingo@llaa.org

CAPTAIN SMARTYPANTS & SENSIBLE SHOES - SPRING CONCERTS
On Saturday, May 22, Sensible Shoes performs at Town Hall at 7 p.m., followed by Captain Smartypants at 9 p.m. Tickets: for single performance of either group, $20-advance general admission, $25-at the door, $35-premium table seating (limited availability); for both shows, $35-advance general admission; $40 at the door; $50-premium table seating (limited availability). 206-388-1400, www.captainsmartypants.org, www.sensibleshoes.org

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION'S SPRING SEASON
Visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org for information about the Emerald City Softball Association's Open League for Gay and non-Gay men and women. Sundays through June 20. Visit www.eteamz.com/womensecsa for information about the Emerald City Softball Association's Women's League for Gay and non-Gay women only. Sundays through June 20.

MIZZ GAY CHEERLEADER CHEER-OFF CONTEST
On Sunday, May 23, from 5-8 p.m. at Kaladi Brothers Coffee (511 E. Pike St.), join Seattle SNAP for the Second Season Sponsor Night and support ECSA's first and only recovery softball team. The event will feature the Drag Cheer-Off Contest. Suggested donation is $5.

LAFEMME MAGNIFIQUE WASHINGTON PAGEANT SEEKING CONTESTANTS
On Sunday, May 23, Gaysha Starr Productions presents the LaFemme Magnifique Washington Pageant, at Neighbours (1509 Broadway, entrance in alley between Harvard and Broadway off E. Pike St.) - door at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

The pageant will be hosted by pageant founder and Portland legend Darcelle XV. Competition categories are: Evening Gown, Theme Wear: "The Garden of Eden," Talent Presentation, and Las Vegas Showgirl. Admission is $12 at the door, with partial proceeds to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Washington State. The winner and first runner-up of both LaFemme Magnifique Washington and LaFemme Magnifique PLUS Washington will go to the International Pageant Labor Day Weekend at the Oregon State Convention Center for a $1,000 cash prize, crown, sash, jewelry and the title, in both categories.

For complete information, contact pageant coordinator Gaysha Starr at gaysha.starr@gmail.com.

PRIDE IDOL CONTEST AT R-PLACE
Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP), producers of the annual Seattle Pride Parade, in association with Esurance, presents Pride Idol 2010, Seattle's talent search contest to find the best vocalists in the area. The Pride Idol contest runs every Sunday through June 20. The contest will be held at R-Place (619 E. Pine St.), door at 7 p.m., contest at 8 p.m. Winners will be awarded cash and additional prizes and get to ride on the official Seattle Pride Idol float in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 27. For more information, visit www.seattlepride.org, call the Pride office at 206-322-9561 or email info@seattlepride.org.

Q-SQUARED MEN FUNDRAISER
Sunday, May 23, is your last chance to win 7 nights' lodging (one bedroom standard lodging) anywhere in the world (subject to availability). (Does not include meals or airfare.) Choose the location from thousands of properties at www.rci.com. The opening bid is $600. All proceeds go to CAMP operations and scholarships. Questions, bids, and counterbids are to be submitted to bid@qsquared.org and must be received by May 23.

THE ELITE HOSTS FREE ASL LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS
Have you ever wanted to learn basic American Sign Language? If so, you can get some beginning ASL instruction at the Elite (1520 E. Olive Way). The FREE lessons will be held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the loft.

MAYOR'S OFFICE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS HEALTHY AGING FAIR
"Age Strong! Live Long!" is the theme of the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Healthy Aging Fair, to be held Wednesday, May 26, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Central Building (810 Third Ave.). The fair will include workshops, health screenings, and exhibits. Workshops will include Community Kitchens, Aging Well in the Community, and Financial Management 101. Free health screenings include blood pressure, bone density, spine, and hearing tests. Free massages and acupuncture assessments will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/seniors or call (206) 684-0500.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB AT DUNSHEE HOUSE
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dunshee House (303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St.). The club is pleased to announce the following title to be discussed in their ongoing reading and discussion series: May - The Satyricon by Petronius (translated by William Arrowsmith), a comic satire of Ancient Rome which follows two Gay young men chasing the boy of their dreams and on which Federico Fellini based one of the greatest films of his career. All GLBTQ folks in the community are welcome to participate in this free book club. The reading list is chosen and the discussion facilitated by Nick DiMartino, published novelist and playwright, currently a book reviewer for ShelfAwareness.com, and a 30-year employee of University Book Store. For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.

"KICK OFF TO DIVERSITY" AT VOLCANO NIGHT CLUB IN WENATCHEE, WA
On Wednesday, May 26, the Volcano Night Club, 27 N. Chelan Ave., Wenatchee, presents "Kick Off to Diversity," Wenatchee's first Gay and straight event, doors at 8 p.m. The night begins with amazing local drag performers, followed by a contest for the best drag costume coming through the door. Then enjoy the headline entertainment featuring professional drag performers from Dempsey's Brass Rail in Spokane. Enjoy dancing and door prizes throughout the night. Tickets: $10 reserved seating, including one free well drink; $5 at the door. Sponsored by The Spot A Gay Hangout - a hangout for Gays and Lesbians in Wenatchee. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thespotagayhangout/.

KING COUNTY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT NETWORKING EVENT
On Thursday, May 27, the King County Youth Development Network will hold a networking event from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Kirkland Teen Union Building (348 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland). The purpose of these networking events is to provide space for King County youth workers to learn about successful local programs, opportunities for partnering, and peer-led discussions and trainings on relevant youth topics. The event will feature a panel discussion by youth workers and a presentation by Put This on the Map. Light refreshments will be provided. To suggest a topic, join the planning group, or for more information, e-mail kyla@childrenandyouth.org.

COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Spectrum Natural Health at Country Doctor Community Health Clinic (500 19th Ave. E.) offers primary and naturopathic care for the LGBTQ community every Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Providers have been serving the LGBTQ community for many years. Cost is sliding scale - no one turned away for lack of funds. For information and to make an appointment, call 206-299-1600.

DIVERSE HARMONY'S NEW MUSICAL: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER
On Friday, May 28, and Saturday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m., Diverse Harmony will perform their new musical, Best Friends Forever, at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave.). Best Friends Forever, written by chorus member Kat Miller, is Diverse Harmony's first-ever original musical. Be a part of Seattle's version of Glee at this special event. Tickets: $15, www.diverseharmoney.org/tickets.php. Under 22 years old, FREE. Diverse Harmony is a musically creative social connection in the greater Seattle area designed to nurture friendships, promote musical abilities, and provide a safe place where youth can be accepted for who they are. www.diverseharmony.org.

IMPERIAL COURT OF TACOMA FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHOW
On Friday, May 28, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma will hold a Friends and Family Appreciation Show at 9 p.m. in the Poodle Dog Pup Room (1522 54th Ave. E., Fife, WA). Doors at 8 p.m., tickets $10. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/courtoftacoma.

KNIGHTS OF MANTRA CAMPOUT 2010
From Friday, May 28, to Monday, May 31, Knights of Mantra will hold their Campout 2010: New Moon at Miller River at Miller River Campground. The weekend includes campsite, run pin, T-shirts, breakfasts, brunch, lunch, and dinners, beverages, showers, fun, games, and more. Tickets are $125. For more information, visit www.jetchapterkofm.com.

TRIANGLE RECREATION CAMP MILITARY MADNESS 2010 FUNDRAISER EVENT MAY 28-31
www.camptrc.org QUEER YOUTH SPACE HOSTS PINK PROM
On Saturday, May 29, from 7-10 p.m., come to the Pink Prom at Halle's Loft (500 E. Pike St.). Queer youth and allies everywhere are invited to this year's Pink Prom, hosted by Queer Youth Space, the youth-led organization committed to empowering Queer youth everywhere. Come over the a night of fabulous fun, great music, dancing, and friends. No date? No worries! Just bring your beautiful self on over and we'll promise you the night of your life. There's no cost and no dress code, so dress as casually or as formally as you want! For more information, visit www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=107883869230601.

IMPERIAL COURT OF TACOMA CHAOS UNDER THE BIG TOP
On Saturday, May 29, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma, Diamond Empire of the Cascades, presents Chaos Under the Big Top: the Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Tacoma 2010 contest at 7 p.m. in the Poodle Dog Pup Room (1522 54th Ave. E., Fife, WA). Doors at 6 p.m., tickets $20. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/courtoftacoma.

VOICES RISING
On Saturday, May 29, Voices Rising presents an evening of spoken word by LGBTQ performers of color, doors 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m., at the new Southside Commons, 3518 S. Edmunds St., in the Columbia City neighborhood. Featured performers are: Mami Watu and Avery Young, Storme Webber, Chad Goller-Sojourner, Malkia Cyril, Mikeya Jackson Harper. Tickets: $10-$25 sliding scale. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/96z3EL.

SEVEN DEADLY SINS PARTY: VANITY
On Saturday, May 29, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Neumos (925 E. Pike St.), come party with DJ Craig Gaibler at Two Knights Events' VANITY party, featuring a special appearance by international recording artist Ultra Naté. Tickets $12 in advance at The Lobby and the Seattle Eagle, $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Gay City. Tickets also available at www.ticketswest.com.

SYLVIA O'STAYFORMORE'S FINAL MAGNUM SHOW
On Saturday, May 29, Sylvia O'Stayformore will present her final Magnum night at Rebar (1114 Howell Street) at 10:30 p.m. Sylvia will round up the top male burlesque performers in Seattle for the final installment, including Otter-Pop, Disgrace Jones, James and Peter, Emper Roarf Abulous, Jaques 'n' Awe, and Sin. The Portland Porn Stars will also be there, as will DJs Stormy and Jimmie Jamma. Tickets: $8. For more information, visit www.stayformore.com.

IMPERIAL COURT OF TACOMA VICTORY BRUNCH
On Sunday, May 30, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma will hold their Victory Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Poodle Dog Pup Room (1522 54th Ave. E., Fife, WA). For more information, visit www.myspace.com/courtoftacoma.

ENTRE HERMANOS' LATINO PAGEANT 2010
On Saturday, June 5, Entre Hermanos will host their 2010 Latino Pageant at 6 p.m. at Seattle University's Campion Ballroom (914 E. Jefferson St.). This annual pageant is the signature event of Entre Hermanos and brings together the Latino LGBT community and friends in a wonderful celebration. The pageant culminates with the selection of Mr. Gay Latino, Miss Gay Latina, and Mr. Lesbian Latina, who then go on to represent and create visibility and a positive image of Entre Hermanos. The pageant brings adults together to socialize, meet new people, and find a space where sexual diversity is valued. There will be dinner and a no-host bar. General tickets are $30, with special tickets $35 and preferred tickets $50. www.brownpapertickets.com/99957. For more information, call (206) 322-7700 visit www.entrehermanos.org.

GAY SKATE PARTY AT BELLEVUE SKATE KING NEW MONTHLY DATE
On Wednesday, June 9, from 7-10 p.m., enjoy an evening of roller-skating at Bellevue Skate King (2301 140th Ave. NE, Bellevue) at this monthly (2nd Wednesdays) LGBTQ community social event for friends and family. Cost is $10 at the door; $7 under 18 (a portion of proceeds benefit Dunshee House). Regular skate rentals: FREE. Inline skate rentals: $4 or bring your own skates. For more information and directions, call 425-458-4707. www.GaySkateSeattle.com; info@gayskateseattle.com.

BEND-IT EXTRAVAGANZA TO SHOWCASE QUEER ARTISTS
From Friday, June 25 to Sunday, June 27, the Queer activist collective Bend-It will be showcasing local Queer artists at their 8th annual Bend-It Extravaganza. To get involved, visit www.BendItBandits.org. As part of the Bend-It Extravaganza, Bend-It will also have a table where Queer zinesters can leave or pass out their zines for free. Everyone who contributes will receive free photocopies for work sent in by June 11. For more information, contact Quinn at quinnwyatt@gmail.com or visit benditbandits.org or www.myspace.com/bend_it

"WAY OF THE QIN" EXHIBIT SHOWCASES CHINESE PHILOSOPHY
The current exhibit at the Taoist Studies Institute (225 N. 70th St.) features over 50 items illustrating Chinese culture and philosophy. Accompanying the exhibit will be a rich array of educational public programs, as well as related items available for sale. The Qin, commonly known as the Guqin, is an ancient zither which has been played in China for over 2,000 years. The "Way of the Qin" exhibit will be accompanied by an array of public programs focusing on Taoist and Chinese culture, as well as Guqin concerts and workshops.

The exhibit runs Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. through October 24. For more information, visit www.taoiststudiesinstitute.org.

LGBT LIBRARY NOW OPEN
The LGBT Library houses a wide range of fiction and non-fiction works of interest to those in the LGBT community and its allies. The Library is located at Gay City's offices, 511 E. Pike St., on the ground floor behind Kaladi Brothers Coffee (just follow the signs). Library hours are Mon-Fri, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Items may be borrowed free of charge; however, ID is required. For your convenience, a drop box for returning borrowed items is available next to the front door when the library is closed.

LGBT RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE
The Resource & Referral Line can connect you to LGBT-friendly resources throughout Puget Sound and beyond. Coming out and just learning what is out there? Visiting and want to know about nightlife options? Interested in drug or alcohol counseling? For these or any other LGBT issues, call 206-323-LGBT. Phone line hours are Mon-Fri, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Leave a voice message at all other times and your call will be returned. Alternatively, you can view our resource lists at www.gaycity.org under the resources menu.

GAY CITY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR LGBT LIBRARY AND RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE
Gay City Health Project's newest program needs your help! They have taken charge of the 323-LGBT community resource line and need your help to make it successful! Some duties include answering phones, connecting people to resources, updating material for their records, checking out books and reshelving. If you are interested, please contact Susan at 206-388-1707 or email her at susan@gaycity.org.

"COMMUNITY STORIES" DOCUMENTS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES & HEALTH CARE STRUGGLE AROUND THE AIDS CRISIS IN SEATTLE IN THE 1980S
The onset of AIDS "was a health crisis, but it was also a civil rights crisis," recalls Carol Sterling, former director of the Chicken Soup Brigade. Produced by the Seattle Channel (Cable Channel 21), "Community Stories" looks back to the 1980s and the start of the AIDS epidemic in Seattle. This history is told through the words of people - including Sterling, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Seattle Gay News editor George Bakan and King County AIDS Program Director Bob Wood - who lived and worked on the front lines in the community. Learn about this important history by following this link now: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3170902.

SOLDIERS PROJECT NW OFFERS FREE COUNSELING FOR VETS/ACTIVE MILITARY & THEIR LOVES ONES
Soldiers Project NW is a 100% volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide free counseling to those who have served or are serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to their families and loved ones, including LGBT active military/veterans and their loved ones. Many people choose to receive help directly from the military or the VA. Soldiers Project NW offers an alternative for those who, for whatever reason, do not or cannot utilize those benefits. Soldiers Project NW has put together a list of licensed private practice therapists from Olympia to Bellingham who are willing to see one client (or couple, or family) at no charge, for as long as they need to be seen to deal with any of the stressors that have come from being involved in combat or loving someone who has. For more information, call the Soldiers Project NW's 24-hour phone line, 206-290-1035.



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