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posted Friday, October 1, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 40
Northwest News
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HEART BREAKS OPEN INTERVIEWS SOUGHT WITH HIV-POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS
The creative team behind the upcoming film Heart Breaks Open is curating an anthology about coming to terms with being HIV-positive. They are looking for anyone who is HIV-positive and willing to be interviewed. Interviews will be recorded over the phone, then transcribed and edited for the anthology. Participants have the choice to remain anonymous. Please help by telling your story.

To participate or for more information, call (206) 925-3163 or e-mail heart@dualpowerproductions.com.

STRAWBERRY THEATRE WORKSHOP PRESENTS 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 Hugh Whitemore's Breaking the Code, a story of espionage and betrayal about Alan Turing, a British mathematical genius and Gay man, considered the father of the modern digital computer, who is credited with cracking the German Enigma code during World War II.

Tickets through September 25: $10, September 30-October 9: $30 general, $15 student, $15 for Thursday performances.

For tickets, call 800-838-3006. For more information, visit www.strawshop.org.

SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING
On Saturday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Miller Community Center Multi-Purpose Room (330 19th Ave. E.), Dunshee House will be hosting a free self-defense training in cooperation with the Fight the Fear campaign and the Seattle Police Department. Space is limited, please RSVP at (206) 322-2437 or via e-mail at jake@dunsheehouse.org.

SOJOURNER TRUTH MINISTRIES HOLDS BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
On Saturday, October 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at the El Centro De La Raza Building (2524 16th Ave.), Sojourner Truth Ministries Christian United Church will hold their Blessing of the Animals Day. Pastor David will be blessing the animals, knowing many are like family members to their owners. We look forward to blessing your favorite pet! Cookies, drinks and pet treats will be served.

For more information, visit www.sojournertruthministries.org.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTÁL: CROATIAFEST 2010
On Sunday, October 3 from noon to 8 p.m. at Center House (Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.), Seattle Center Festál: Croatiafest 2010 celebrates the vitality and distinctiveness of the Croatia homeland, provides a glimpse inside one of the last undiscovered treasures of Europe and honors an integral part of the Croatian culture: sport. The festival this year highlight the local and national Croatian athletes of past and present, from soccer and football to basketball and baseball. It also presents acclaimed dance ensembles and musicians, visiting artists, Croatian foods, a multi-media cultural exhibit in Harrison St. Gallery, tourism information and lecture room discussions - including travel to Croatia , historical displays that showcase Croatia 's rich past, cooking demonstrations and wine tasting. For more information, visit www.seattlecenter.com.

SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS' WE ARE FAMILY CONCERT AND "PERFECT IN PURPLE" HOMECOMING CELEBRATION
On Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. at McIntyre Hall (2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA), Seattle Women's Chorus kicks off its eighth season with a benefit concert on behalf of Skagit PFLAG and its local youth programs, showcasing the full range of family connections. We Are Family features segments of Rosie O'Donnell's HBO documentary film A Family Is a Family Is a Family, complemented by a delightful collection of choral music, performed by one of the finest women's choral ensembles anywhere

Songs include Broadway selections by Sondheim and Rodgers & Hammerstein, original compositions, ballads by Holly Near, classic pieces like "Everything Possible," and well-known pop numbers like "We Are Family." With or without your own family in tow, it'll be a great time. Tickets available by calling (360) 416-7727 ex2 or toll free (866) 624-6897 ex2, or online at www.mcintyrehall.org.

The benefit concert is immediately followed by "Perfect in Purple," the second annual Homecoming/Coming Home Celebration at Skagit Valley College Cafeteria and Media Lounge (2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA). Entertainment by Mount Vernon High School grad and Grammy-nominee Chris Riffle on acoustic guitar. Dance music provided by DJ "Mike in the Morning" Yeoman of KAPS 660AM. Light supper and beverages provided. No-host bar. $5 suggested donation.

GSBA PRIME TIME EAST
On Tuesday, October 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Grand Cru Mixologie Lounge (108th Ave. NE #100), the Greater Seattle Business Association is holding their 2010 Prime Time East. This is your chance to meet other GSBA members, nonmembers, and guests for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The Grand Cru will serve cocktails as well as fabulous wine and have a full happy hour menu.

For more information, call (206) 363-9188 or visit www.thegsba.org.

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.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST DISCUSSION SERIES: MARXIST ECONOMICS 101
On Wednesdays from October 6 through November 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Old Firehouse (402 15th Ave. E.), the Freedom Socialist Discussion Series will hold Marxist Economics 101. This discussion series uses Karl Marx's Wage-Labor and Capital to determine what makes wages and profits rise or fall. $10 for entire series or $2 per session.

For more information contact Megan at 206-240-6463 or FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

CITY OF SEATTLE LGBTQ EMPLOYEE ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY
On Thursday, October 7, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the City of Seattle LGBTQ Employee Association and the Seattle Office of Civil Rights celebrates National Coming Out Day (officially celebrated on October 11) at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Landes Meeting Room, 5th Ave. & Cherry St., with a program of community speakers and entertainment. The public is invited to attend.

GSA REGIONAL CONFERENCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE TRAINING
On Friday, October 8 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Quality Inn & Suites (7001 N.E. Highway 99, Vancouver, WA), the GSA will hold their Regional Conference and Social Training. This summit is sponsored by GLSEN Washington, GLSEN Oregon, and the Pride Foundation. Educate yourself on new and interesting ideas that can help you work with your school, community, or those you come in contact with. GSA leaders, students, teachers, and advisors are all invited. This event overlaps with an educator session workshop on social justice training, where participants will share ideas and resources for implementing the principles of social justice in the workplace and classroom.

For more information about the events or to register, visit www.glsenwa.org or e-mail mail@glsenwa.org.

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.

MEN IN DANCE AGAINST THE GRAIN
From Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway Ave.), Men in Dance present the 8th Festival of Against the Grain. Against the Grain is a festival that showcases a diverse group of talented choreographers and male dancers from Seattle and beyond. It was originally conceived in 1994 by a small but dedicated group of male dancers and choreographers seeking a vehicle that would highlight their specialty and uniqueness. Approximately one in 10 dancers in our North American culture is male. As the minority in this profession, men have sometimes struggled to find their voice. This festival allows them the camaraderie and the opportunity to celebrate their art with pride while serving as a diversified role model for the male dancers of tomorrow. This powerful showcase features the best and brightest of Seattle choreographers, both male and female. They represent a broad cross-section of dance, from the world of classical ballet, to the most current contemporary techniques and ideas.

For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTÁL: USTAV SOUTH ASIAN PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
On Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Seattle Center Pavilion (Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.), join Seattle Center Festál: Utsav South Asian Performing Arts Festival. Presented in Seattle since 2004, this festival of music and dance of India provides an inspiring introduction for communities that are not familiar with this culture. It also serves as an outlet for the diasporic community of East Indian heritage in the region to honor the cultural traditions during this time of the year. Utsav 2010 showcases four types of pure Indian classical dances, folk dances from the states of Punjab, Maharashtra and Assam along with modern Bollywood dances. In addition, Utsav features Carnatic (South Indian) and Hindustani (North Indian) vocal recitals accompanied by instruments. The 22 Festál cultural celebrations highlight the common forms of tradition and expression among ethnic communities in the Pacific Northwest, while underscoring their unique creative contributions, customs, foods and ideals. For more information, visit www.seattlecenter.com.

NARAL'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY LIBERTY BALL AUCTION AND MASQUERADE
On Saturday, October 9 from 5-10 p.m. at Bell Harbor International Conference Center (2211 Alaskan Way), join NARAL Pro-Choice Washington's 30th Pearl Anniversary Liberty Ball Auction. Join us for hors d'oeuvres, three silent auctions, dinner, and a live auction. Proceeds will defend every woman's right to choose. Tickets are $125. www.prochoicewashington.org.

On the day of the auction we'll have volunteer shifts starting as early as 9 a.m. and as late as 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with everything from set-up and clean-up to registration and data entry. For a full list of auction volunteer descriptions contact Eleazar Juarez-Diaz at (206) 624-1990 or eleazarjuarez-diaz@prochoicewashington.org.

OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK TO SUPPORT SUICIDE PREVENTION
On Sunday, October 10, registration at 7:30 a.m., opening ceremonies at 8:45 a.m., walk from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at Green Lake. The Seattle Out of the Darkness Walk is one of nearly 220 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held this fall nationwide through December. The walks are expected to unite more than 60,000 walkers nationally and raise nearly $4 million for suicide prevention efforts. The SGN endorses and is a media sponsor for this event. www.outofthedarkness.org; www.afsp.org.

NORTHWEST NETWORK DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
On Sunday, October 10 beginning at 3 p.m. at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.), celebrate all The Northwest Network has done for the last 23 years with a screening of their new documentary. After the documentary, stay to laugh your way through a fun-filled screening of the Gay '90s (1990s, that is) classic But I'm a Cheerleader. Enjoy popcorn, candy, and soda while you watch, all for a suggested donation of $20 to aid our work to strengthen communities and support LGBTQ survivors of abuse.

For more information, visit www.nwnetwork.org.

GAY FATHERS ASSOCIATION COMING OUT DAY
On Monday, October 11, from 6-10 p.m. at the Issaquah Brew House (35 West Sunset Way, Issaquah), the Gay Fathers Association of Seattle and their friends are celebrating National Coming Out Day. Coming out is still one of the most important things we can do to make our communities aware of inequalities and promote understanding. All are welcome.

SEATTLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 15-24
www.threedollarbillcinema.org

SEATTLE RED DRESS PARTY
The 3rd Annual Seattle Red Dress Party will be held on Saturday, October 16, from 8 p.m.-2 a.m., at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St. Gaysha Starr hosts, with DJ Brian Gorr and special performance by Shokra. Tickets are $40-advance; $50-at the door; VIP $80-advance; $100 at the door (limited quantity available). Must be 21+ to attend. Proceeds benefit local non-profits that care for people living with HIV and AIDS. Red dress required; attitude optional. www.seattleredressparty.org

RAINBOW CITY BAND PRESENTS AN EVENING OF DISNEY MUSIC
On Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts (410 5th Ave. N., Edmonds), join Rainbow City Band for an evening of princes, Dalmatians, beauties, and beasts, as we celebrate 80 years of Disney music. You'll be a kid at heart once again as you hear the 75-piece concert band perform "When You Wish upon a Star," and leave you breathless with the sweeping melodies of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." The band will also explore the Disney of today with a suite of music from the movie Enchanted, and you can discover your inner superhero with the music of The Incredibles (cape and matching boots optional). The evening gets more magical when RCB's own Purple Passion Swing Band takes to the stage with several toe-tapping numbers to make your heart sing. Tickets $25, $10 for children under 12.

For more information or tickets, visit ec4arts.org.

GAY SKATE PARTY
On Wednesday, October 20 from 7-10 p.m. at Skate King Bellevue (2301 140th Ave. NE), Skate King holds their monthly Gay Skate Party. Regular skate rentals free, inline skate rental $4, or bring your own skates. Entry $8 at the door, $5 kids under 18.

For more information, visit www.gayskateseattle.com or e-mail info@gayskateseattle.com.

HONDURAS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS A MAYAN ADVENTURE
On October 23 from 5-11 p.m. at the Intellipass Building (1925 S. 341st Place, Federal Way), join Project Honduras International for A Mayan Adventure. Enjoy culture, music, dancing, food, and fun. Tickets $25. Project Honduras International brings diverse cultures together to give an opportunity for students, their families, medical professionals and other volunteers to serve, learn and experience an impoverished third-world country. This experience changes the lives of children and adults both in Honduras and locally. This helps to spread peace by service and kindness.

For more information, visit www.projecthondurasinternational.org.

"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.

CARING AND AGING WITH PRIDE
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.

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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