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posted Friday, October 8, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 41

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NEW CLASSICS THEATRE PRESENTS A DROPPED STITCH
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from now through Saturday, October 16, New Classics Theatre presents A Dropped Stitch, a new play written and directed by local playwright Jeff Stilwell, at New Space Theatre (17517 15th Ave. NE #202, Shoreline). Show at 8pm; tickets $20.

The four-person farcical play deals with gender roles and features the over-the-top catalyst character The Metro - a metrosexual neighbor - along with mother/daughter pair and Bertram, a friend of the family.

The role of Bertram is performed by Robert Geller, former SGN contributing book review writer and the one and only track announcer at Emerald Downs, Seattle's horse racing track. As one of the more accomplished announcers in the industry, he was featured in a recent book They Call the Horses by Edie Dickenson.

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.

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.

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 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 10 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. 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.

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. We'll need volunteers 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., the Out of the Darkness Community Walk will be held 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 their work to strengthen communities and support LGBTQ survivors of abuse.

For more information, visit www.nwnetwork.org.

SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE PRESENT ¡JUEGA BIEN!
On Sunday, October 10 at 10 p.m. at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will launch ¡Juega Bien! (Play Fair) during a special Latino night. The $7 cover charge will benefit the community through Entre Hermanos and the Sisters.

GAY FATHERS ASSOCIATION COMING OUT DAY CELEBRATION
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

POZSEATTLE OCTOBER SOCIAL
On Wednesday, October 13 from 6-8 p.m. at The Cuff (13th & Pine), POZSeattle will hold their October Social. Meet inside the downstairs bar for socializing, with a light catered fare, provided by volunteers and donations, 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. POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. www.pozseattle.org.

RECUERDOS DE LAS MUJERES WOMEN REMEMBERING WOMEN
On Thursday, October 14 at 6 p.m. at ArtXchange Gallery (512 First Ave. S.), attend a reading by four women writers from La Sala, a collective formed to coalesce and mobilize the growing Latino/Latina arts community of the Seattle area. Wendy Call, Catalina M. Cantú, Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, and Christina Montilla will read their prose and poetry in preparation for Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. Come enjoy literary remembrances and hear live music by Japanese/Latin fusion duo Miho and Diego. Dia de los Muertos-related activities, art and food will round out the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo (or photocopied photo) of a woman they would like to honor for a remembrance altar. Music begins at 6 p.m., reading begins at 7 p.m.

This event is part of Theater Puget Sound's "Arts Crush," a month-long festival that connects artists and audiences with invigorating new experiences at hundreds of events across the region.

WOMEN'S FUNDING ALLIANCE AMPLIFY! FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST
On Thursday, October 14, from 7-8:30 a.m. at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion (Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.), Women's Funding Alliance will hold their Amplify! Fundraising Breakfast. Come for the music, food, inspirational stories, and a challenge for all of us from author, activist, and social change fundraiser Kathy LeMay to give our time, treasure, and talents to amplify our generosity, even in these uncertain financial times, to benefit the most vulnerable in society: women and girls. Hear inspirational stories of real change from the people on the frontlines and the women they are helping, as well as three generations of women who have made philanthropy a cornerstone of their lives. Special signing of LeMay's book The Generosity Plan after the program. Free and open to the public.

For more information, call (206) 467-6733 or visit www.wfalliance.org.

COMING OUT DAY WORSHIP SERVICE
On Friday, October 15, at 6 p.m., University Baptist Church and University Christian Church will host a Coming Out Day Worship Service: Blessing the Journey of LGBTQ Individuals and their Allies at University Christian Church (4731 15th Ave. NE). The service celebrates the sacred act of coming out, recognizing that when we tell our stories, when we come out, God celebrates and rejoices with us.

For more information, contact Rev. Jamie Haskins at jamie@uchristian.org.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTÁL: TURKFEST
On Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Seattle Center Pavilion (Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.), join Seattle Center Festál: TurkFest. This year's schedule includes several interactive Turkish experiences: "Istanbul House," Turkish foods and food demonstrations, "A Turkish Experience" - a presentation by Wole Moses of Microsoft, who lived and worked in Istanbul and a paper marbling workshop. Also featured are Mavi Dance, the only dance company in New England to boast a repertoire that includes Turkish, Georgian, Indian, Russian, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Tajik pieces; Sufi performance by Mevlevi Order of America; Bosnian music and dance by SEVDAH and Mary Sherhart; Turkish children's rock band, Group Zamane; performance by high school student/jazz singer, Katherine Stuber; Middle Eastern music by the renowned George Sadak; Central Asian musical performance by Masguda Shamsutdinova; Turkish costumes throughout history, fashion show; "Capture Istanbul" photography exhibit.

For more information, visit www.seattlecenter.com.

DUNSHEE HOUSE FALL CRAFTS FAIR
On Saturday, October 16 from noon-4 p.m. at Dunshee House (303 17th Ave.), Dunshee House will hold their Fall Crafts Fair, featuring handmade items crafted by local artists. Join this special fall event and get a chance to win a gift basket for a $1 donation raffle ticket. All proceeds go to Dunshee House.

For more information, visit www.dunsheehouse.org.

SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS' WE ARE FAMILY CONCERT
On Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Benaroya Hall (3rd Ave. & Union St.), Seattle Women's Chorus celebrates its eighth season with a concert 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 $20 to $50 are available by calling (206) 388-1400 or at flyinghouse.org. Tickets are 2-for-1 when you call the box office noon to 7 p.m. and use the password "Rosie." In addition, through their Youth Ticket Program, all children in your family under the age of 21 can receive a complimentary ticket to attend the concert with you.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE: SPARKS OF GLORY
On Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m. at Seattle Art Museum (1300 1st Ave.), Music of Remembrance presents Sparks of Glory: Art and Defiance. At MOR's acclaimed outreach series, artistic director Mina Miller uses examples from SAM's Picasso exhibition to examine the power of art and music to speak against oppression. Pablo Picasso's life and his art reflect his passionate engagement with the events and forces that transformed the world during his lifetime. The musical program includes Paul Schoenfield's "Sparks of Glory" (narrated by Erich Parce), Erwin Schulhoff's "Duo," and Ernest Bloc's "Nigun," performed by violinist Marie Rossano. Free to the public.

For more information, visit www.musicofremembrance.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.seattlereddressparty.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.

EMERALD CITY MCC SEATTLE'S COMING OUT TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WORKSHOP
On Sunday, October 17 from 12:30-4 p.m. at UW Wesley Club, George Russel Hall Suite 202 (1414 NE 42nd St.), Emerald City MCC Seattle will hold a free Coming Out to Your Friends and Family workshop for youth and young adults. Co-sponsored by UW Wesley Club and Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle.

For more information call Rev. Ray Neal, Emerald City MCC Seattle, at 206-325-2421 or revray@comcast.net, or Rev. Amy Wyatt, Wesley Club, wesleyuw@gmail.com or 206-632-5210.

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.

MARCH AND RALLY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY
On Friday, October 22, at 5 p.m. at Seattle Central Community College (Broadway & Pine), the 15th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation will be held. Rally starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by a march downtown to sites of police brutality and murder. Wear black to remember the stolen lives from police brutality and to support families who have lost loved ones to police brutality. Seattle area has had several high profile cases. Police brutality occurs every day across this country and hundreds of people are killed by law enforcement every year. Be there! Stand together to say "Enough is enough!"

For more information, call (206) 264-5527 or e-mail oct22seattle@hotmail.com.

PROJECT 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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