VELOCITY DANCE CENTER
FALL KICK-OFF EXTRAVAGANZA
On September 10-12 at Velocity Founders Theater (1621 12th Ave.), Velocity Dance Center will hold their Fall Kick-Off Extravaganza benefit. At 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, an eclectic mix of some of Seattle's most talented and charismatic choreographers (and two from Japan) come together to benefit Velocity Dance Center, the hub of contemporary dance in Seattle. Friday, September 10: Shannon Stewart + Jody Kuehner, Paige Barnes, Alice Gosti, Michele Miller, Salt Horse, Yukio Suzuki. Saturday, September 11: Amy O / tiny rage, Donald Byrd / Spectrum, Jurg Koch, Stimulate Dance, Ratna Roy, Zan Yamashita + Ezra Dickinson. Sunday, September 12: Kristin Hapke, Marissa Niederhauser, Cherdonna and Lou, Can Can Castaways, Alianna Jaqua, Khambatta Dance Company, Pat Graney Company. (Artists are subject to change.) Tickets are $16 for each night.
On Saturday, September 11 from 6-7:30 p.m., there will be a pre-show wine tasting at 12th & Olive Wine Co. $20 suggested donation, $30 for wine tasting and show. Proceeds benefit the Velocity Forever Capital Campaign.
For more information, visit velocitydancecenter.org.
BREAKING THE CODE
Running Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at Erickson Theatre Off Broadway (1524 Harvard Ave.) through October 9, Strawberry Theatre Workshop presents Breaking the Code, a play about the life of Alan Turing, the British mathematical genius and Gay man, considered the father of the modern digital computer, who is credited with breaking the Nazis Enigma code during World War II. Tickets through September 25: $10, September 30-October 9: $30 general, $15 student/senior, $15 for Thursday performances.
For tickets, call 800-838-3006. For more information, visit www.strawshop.org.
GAY CITY UNIVERSITY
On Saturday, September 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northwest School (1415 Summit Ave.), Gay City University is going back in session. Sharpen your pencils, get out your backpacks, and choose your best back-to-school outfit, because Gay City University is back. Learn more about aging, financial strategies for Gay men, dating, film and theater, holistic medicine, fitness/exercise, Gay/Bi history, politics, literature and writing, home interiors, pop culture, arts and crafts, relationships, sexuality and erotica, gardening, travel, career development, and much more! Enrollment is $20 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available.
Gay City Health Project is a multicultural Gay men's health organization and the leading provider of HIV and STD testing in King County. Our mission is to promote Gay and Bisexual men's health and prevent HIV transmission by building community, fostering communication and nurturing self-esteem.
To register, go to www.gaycity.org.
PRIDE CAR WASH
On Saturday, September 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at C.C. Attle's (1501 East Madison Street), Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle will hold its annual PRIDE Car Wash. Suggested donation: $5-$10. Proceeds will go to the church's "Let Our Light Shine" fund which will be used to present two community workshops during October's LGBT History Month and Coming OUT Month activities. These workshops are ECMCCS's attempt to bridge the gap between need and required actions by adults to offer real hope and help to our Queer youth. Research indicates that Queer and Transgender young people are more than four times as likely to have attempted suicide in the past year than their peers, as well as face an increased risk of harassment at school, drug and alcohol use, and of being the victims of physical violence. Queer and Transgender youth are also over-represented in the juvenile justice system and in systems of state care, where policies and practices often don't meet the most basic safeguards. Educators, health providers, service organizations, and state agencies often lack confidence and competency to help and address structural issues related to gender and sexuality.
For more information on the workshops, contact Rev. Ray Neal, pastor, Emerald City MCC Seattle, at 206-325-2421 or 206-325-2421. ECMCCS currently meets for worship on Sundays at 11:00 AM in the Chapel at University Temple UMC, 1415 NE 43rd St.
FRIENDS OF THE CONSERVATORY
FALL PLANT SALE
On Saturday, September 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Volunteer Park (1400 East Galer St.), the Friends of the Conservatory in Volunteer Park are having their annual Fall Plant Sale. Located on the lawn across from the Conservatory, the Fall Plant Sale will be selling plants featured in the Conservatory, as well as specimens from the Conservatory's own collection. Afterward, step into the Conservatory and pay a visit to the Gift Shop for 20% off all containers.
For more information, visit www.volunteerparkconservatory.org.
EATTLE CENTER FESTÁL:
ALOHA HAWAIIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL
On Sunday, September 12, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Center House and Mural Amphitheatre (Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.), Seattle Center Festál: Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival provides a feast for the senses as visitors journey through the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii with Hawaiian music and hula, workshops, Hawaiian crafts, keiki-activities, exhibits and ono food. Join many of the over 50,000 Hawaiian Islanders who call Washington their home as they share their homeland's colorful history. The 2010 Festival features local halau and Hawaiian music groups, hands-on lei making and lauhala weaving workshops, and Hawaiian craft vendors. Learn more about Hawaii's history with Hawaiian history documentaries and exhibits. Visitors will also experience a day in the life of an ancient Hawaiian with the Hawaiian Living History exhibit where visitors can taste poi, learn to chant, and view ancient Hawaiian artifacts. Special guests this year include award winning ukulele players Herb Ohta, Jr. and Keoki Kahumoku as well as world-renowned Grammy Award Winning slack-key guitar player Cyril Pahinui.
For more information, visit www.seattlecenter.com.
On Sunday, September 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Seattle Town Hall (1119 8th Ave.), there will be a public forum for "Where Is Marijuana Reform Heading?" The ACLU of Washington presents a discussion on the history, current status, and future of marijuana-law reform in Washington and the United States. Local and national panelists include travel writer Rick Steves; Keith Stroup, founder of and legal counsel to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws; Washington state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles; Rob Kampia, co-founder and executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project; and Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Moderated by ACLU-WA Drug Policy Director Alison Holcomb.
For more information, please visit www.aclu-wa.org.
WRITING THROUGH CHANGE
Starting September 13, 7:30-9:30 P.M., and continuing each Monday at Gay City Health Project (511 E. Pike St.), Gay City presents Writing Through Change. All literature and all people deal with change. Through this six-week, Queer-friendly, writing-intensive workshop, explore the way change manifests through writing. This workshop is open to both women and men. You do not have to be a writer to participate. Instructors: Susan Rees and Kevin Skiena. $25 for the entire six-week series.
For more information or to enroll, visit www.gaycity.org.
MAINSTREAM CLASS BEGINS
On Monday, September 13, from 7-9:30 p.m., Puddletown Squares kicks off their fall mainstream square dance class at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St., just north of Greenlake and west of I-5. The class will meet every Monday for 20-22 weeks. The first three classes are FREE, so you can give the classes a try. The cost for the entire session is $150, with monthly payment plans available. www.puddletownsquares.com.
THE ELITE HOSTS
FREE ASL LESSONS
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.
PRISM COMICS QUEER PRESS
The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant was established by Prism to assist in the publication and promotion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender comics. "The Queer Press Grant continues to be one of the most significant grants dedicated to supporting independent comic books," says Justin Hall, Prism's Talent Relations Chair. "The Grant is given to a cartoonist, comics writer/artist or team working on a project with LGBT characters or themes, to assist them in publishing a new project or expanding an existing one. Since 2005, the annual Grant has provided recipients with a substantial sum of money, which has varied according to our fundraising efforts; for the past two years, we have awarded $2000, our highest Grant amount, and hope to continue to increase the amount with the generosity of our donors."
This year's QPG deadline is September 15. For a full breakdown of the Grant's guidelines and to fill out an application, please go to prismcomics.org/grant.?
COMES TO SEATTLE CINEMA
Running Wednesdays through September 29, Columbia City Cinema will be showing current productions from famous European opera houses (and London's Globe Theatre). The productions will show at 4 p.m. ($15) and 7 p.m. ($20) each Wednesday. Screenings will be shown a block down across the street from the Cinema at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S. Alaska St.).
For more information, visit www.seedseattle.org/seedarts/rvcc/rvcc_index.html.
On Wednesday, September 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Columbia Tower Club (701 5th Ave.), the Greater Seattle Business Association presents the Stoli TASTEful Cocktail Contest. Kick off the beginning of TASTE by attending this year's cocktail contest! Come vote for the best cocktail, bartender and decor - the winning cocktail will be the signature drink at the TASTE of GSBA - Come Fly With Us. This year's contenders are BARRIO Capitol Hill, Broadway Grill, The Chapel, The Lobby Bar, Pan Pacific Hotel, Poppy, Rosebud Restaurant & Bar, Sazerac, Sorrento Hotel, The Space Needle, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, and Urbane. Admission is a bottle of fine wine valued at $50 or more (to be auctioned at the 2010 TASTE of GSBA - Come Fly With Us).
To register, please call the GSBA office at 206-363-9188 or email
On Wednesday, September 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Cuff (13th & Pine), POZSeattle will hold their annual Back-To-School Social. Meet on the outside patio for grilled burgers, chicken, dogs (veggie fare, too) and all the fixings, socializing, catching up with old friends, making new ones, and a whole lot of fun. This event is free, except for the cost of beverages from the bar (donations are always welcomed) and is for all HIV-positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color. Please spread the word about us! If you or your group or organization would like to sponsor one of our monthly socials by either donations, or a meal, or both, please contact us at www.pozseattle.org. POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun social activities. Our primary social event is always held on the second Wednesday of each month. For questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to our event promotions e-mail list, e-mail email@example.com or visit us on the web at www.pozseattle.org.
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.). All GLBTQ folks in the community are welcome to participate in this FREE book club. The book for September will be Portrait of the Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg. Get ready to learn the real ferocity of addiction, as a very human young man tells you about his battle. It's harrowing and gorgeously written, and by the time you finish it, you realize it's also a work of art. 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, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.
THE LOGIC OF MARXISM
On Wednesdays through September 15 at the Old Firehouse (402 15th Ave. E.) from 7-9 p.m., The Logic of Marxism, by socialist scholar George Novack, will be discussed. This book provides an accessible introduction to Marx's dialectical materialism and contrasts it with other political philosophies. Free. Drop-ins welcome. Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Discussion Series.
For information, call 206-722-2453 or visit www.socialism.com/seattle.
LGBTQ ELDER SUMMIT
On Thursday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Senior Services presents an LGBTQ Elder Summit, with keynote speaker, Margarethe "Grethe" Cammermeyer, at Asian Counseling & Referral Services (3639 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S.).
This forum is a collaboration of elders, aging service providers, community members, funders and activists supporting LGBTQ aging. The morning session will highlight experiences in "Serving LGBTQ Elders Today and in the Future." After lunch, the afternoon panel will address "Moving Forward: The Future of LGBTQ Aging." Grethe Cammermeyer will make closing remarks. To register, visit www.seniorservices.org, email email@example.com or call 206-448-5757.
On Thursday, September 16, from 6-8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave. S.), Northwest Network will hold their Queer Parent Networking Dinner. This is a monthly dinner to meet other LGBTQ families and parents and talk about parenting and other issues that are affecting your lives. It is open to ALL Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian, Gay, Two-Spirited, Queer, and Questioning families, including co-parents, and people who have a significant role in the life of a child.
RSVP to DeAnn at (206) 568-7777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may subscribe to the list by sending e-mail to email@example.com
On Saturday, September 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), Radical Women will hold their giant rummage sale. Thousands of items, including house wares, sports equipment, collectibles, furniture, books, and clothing. On Sunday, everything is half-price 10 a.m. to noon, and all you can fit in a bag for $2 from noon to 3 p.m.
To donate rummage, volunteer or for more information, call 206-722-6057, 722-2453, or e-mail RWFSPRummageSale@gmail.com.
TELENY AND CAMILLE
BOOK RELEASE PARTY
On Saturday, September 18, at 7 p.m. at the BottleNeck Lounge (2328 E. Madison St.), there will be a release party for Jon Macy's graphic novel Teleny and Camille. The book is an adaptation of the anonymous Gay erotic novel Teleny, published in London in 1893 and attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle of writers and poets. Macy will be in attendance to sign copies of the book, do sketches, and mingle with readers. Attendees will also be able to enjoy featured drink specials and green carnations for their lapels. Teleny and Camille is about a secret love affair between a wealthy young gentleman and an exotic pianist. Though it's a period piece, Macy assures readers the novel is anything but dry; he has attempted to create a work that evokes the period without becoming a costume drama and keeping its audience at arm's length. The characters in Teleny and Camille are treated as real people, overcome and undone by long-suppressed passions.
For more information, check out their website at bottlenecklounge.com.
SEVEN DEADLY SINS - "SLOTH"
On Saturday, September 18, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Two Knights Events presents "Sloth," a dance party benefit with special guest DJs, amazing music, visuals and eye-popping live entertainment, at Neumos (925 E. Pike St.). Tickets are $12 advance at The Lobby Bar or $15 at the door. Partial proceeds benefit Gay City Health Project. www.gaycity.org.
RUMMAGE FOR RECOVERY
On Sunday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dunshee House (303 17th Ave. E.), SHIFT - A Peer Recovery Network will hold their Rummage for Recovery, a fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Alano Club. Includes BBQ and goodies all day. Creative arts project will take place inside from noon-3 p.m.
SOJOURNER TRUTH MINISTRIES
STONE SOUL GATHERING FAMILY BBQ
On Sunday, September 19 at noon at El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave. S.), the Sojourner Truth Ministries Christian United Church will hold their Stone Soul Gathering and Family Day BBQ. This is an annual summer community event in appreciation of fellowship in the spirit. Everyone is welcome! This is a great way to meet others while having great food and fun.
For more information, visit www.sojournertruthministries.org.
OUTLOUD PROGRAM SHOWS
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
On Tuesday, September 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave.), the Youth Suicide Prevention Program's OUTLoud program presents: You Are Not Alone,a YSPP video spotlighting the lives of three local LGBTQ youth, risk for suicide, self-harm, and depression, and how to intervene with a suicidal youth. Hosted by Aleksa Manila, with special guest Ed Murray. Enjoy a screening of the film, a youth panel and discussion, a silent auction, and food and drink. Suggested $25 donation at the door.
ANNUAL SEATTLE AIDS WALK
AND 5K RUN
On Saturday, September 25, the 24th Annual Seattle AIDS walk and 5k Run will take place. Lifelong offers many programs and care services, including: The Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong's Food Program, provides nutritious meals and a grocery program that feeds people in our community The meals are specifically tailored to meet the medical and cultural needs of each client. The Mental Health Access Project (MHAP) helps break down the financial barriers our clients face in accessing mental health care. The Evergreen Health Insurance Program provides assistance to those who are having difficulties paying their insurance premiums. Lifelong is now caring for more people than ever before and our need for funds has never been greater. The Seattle AIDS Walk & 5K Run offers our biggest and best opportunity to fill our funding gap. The funds we raise make it possible for Lifelong to continue our mission of feeding those in need, preventing new infections and caring for those affected by HIV and AIDS.
For more information, to donate or volunteer, visit www.llaa.org.
SEATTLE CENTER FESTÁL:
ITALIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL
On Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Center House, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion (Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.), Seattle Center Festál: Italian Culture Festival, inaugurated in 1988, will feature food vendors, crafts, puppet theatre, Italian films, a grape-stomping contest, pizza tossing competition, and a bocce ball tournament that honor the "old country" and recognize the remarkable contemporary contributions of this dynamic and artful culture. Admission is free. Anne Burrell, host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cooks in America on the Food Network, highlights "Great Italian Chefs" cooking demonstrations featuring local chefs from Seattle's best Italian restaurants. Special guest appearances by Public Broadcasting Service's Nick Stellino, host of Nick Stellino's Family Kitchen, and John and Caprial Pence. Burrell appears daily at 3 p.m. Also part of the festival: Opera previews. Local luminaries offer live excerpts from the 2010 / 2011 seasons of Seattle Opera, Bellevue Opera, and the Early Music Guild, all presented live on the Classical KING-FM Stage.
For more information, visit www.seattlecenter.com.
GLSEN'S CONFERENCE FOR
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OF COLOR
Register by October 8 at www.glsen.org/washington for GLSEN Washington's High School Students of Color Organizing Conference on October 30. During the one-day conference, you will learn to build community organizing skills, explore connection between communities of color and the safe schools movement, network with LGBT and allied youth of color from Seattle and Tacoma, develop healthy partnerships with adult allies, and plan to make your school safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
"WAY OF THE QIN" EXHIBIT
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.
CARING AND AGING
Are you a LGBT adult 50 years of age or older? Or can you pass this information on to someone who is? We need your help with a groundbreaking project: Caring and Aging with Pride, a partnership between Senior Services and The Institute for Multigenerational Health at the University of Washington. Our goal is to understand the aging and health needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender adults 50 years of age and older in our community for generations to come. You are eligible for a raffle drawing awarding a $500 Visa gift certificate to three randomly selected individuals. Visit http://bit.ly/SnrSvcs to enter the raffle and request a questionnaire. You are eligible for the raffle regardless of whether you complete a questionnaire or not. Please keep in mind your participation in the project is completely voluntary.
If you have any questions about the project, please contact us at 1-800-558-8703 or visit our website at CaringAndAging.org. Voice your needs!
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.
& 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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