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posted Friday, January 14, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 02
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DAVID WOJNAROWICZ'S CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO, A FIRE IN MY BELLY, SHOWING IN SEATTLE
David Wojnarowicz's controversial video, A Fire in My Belly, that was part of a show of Gay and Lesbian related art at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery recently, until it was removed from the exhibition in response to a deluge of unfavorable calls and emails from the Catholic League and its partisans, is being shown with other less controversial works by Wojnarowicz at the Greg Kucera Gallery (212 Third Ave. S.) and the Henry Art Gallery (15th Ave. NE & NE 41st St.) through February 13. The Seattle Art Museum, (First Ave. & Union St.) presents other works by Wojnarowicz through January 30.

The video can also be seen online by Googling 'David Wojnarowicz,' including http://vsthepomegranate.blogspot.com/2010/12/fire-in-my-belly-by-david-wojnarowicz.html

ALLYSHIP SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Allyship is an organization that does multi-issue organizing in the social justice community as out Queers and connects social justice issues within LGBTQ communities. For several years Allyship has been sponsoring a discussion series called 'Queerly Classed,' as well as mobilizing for marches and actions, and building relationships in the labor, feminist, immigrant rights, housing and health care movements. This year Allyship will be creating campaigns around health care, workers' rights and Queer youth and is looking for volunteers to help with campaign research, social media, and outreach. For more information, including a description of tasks and time commitment for volunteer positions of researcher, social media assistant, and outreach assistant, email ladyking6k@yahoo.com or allyship@yahoo.com.

KNIGHTS OF MANTRA BEGGARS' FEAST - SOMETHING MEDIEVAL
On Saturday, January 22 at 6 p.m. at Russian Hall (704 19th Ave. E.), the Jet Chapter of the Knights of Mantra will hold their 2011 Beggars' Feast - Something Medieval. Price includes five-course meal and dessert. Games, stocks, spanking stools, great food, entertainment, and special surprises. $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

For tickets, contact a Knights of Mantra member.

FORECAST: COMMUNICATING WEATHER AND CLIMATE - ARTS & SCIENCE EXHIBIT AT WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION CENTER
From Monday, January 24, through Saturday, April 9, EcoArts Connections presents an arts and science based exhibit, Forecast: Communicating Weather and Climate, at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Pike St. (North and South Gallerias). Commissioned by the American Meteorological Society for their 91st AMS annual meeting at the WSCC (January 24-27), the exhibit features the work of 36 regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists based in Washington state whose work has been inspired and/or informed by weather and climate.

Eight scientists from four states and two countries collaborated with the artists for the exhibition.

'I can say from personal experience that working with an artist, you discover the commonality between the sciences and the arts. The creative process is similar: both can end up looking at our world in way that no one has before, and both are compelled to communicate that insight to others,' comments Peggy LeMone, 2010 AMS President and Senior Scientist Emerita at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 'These scientist-artist dialogues give us a better chance of communicating this vision - and through the arts we can avoid the barriers people might have to learning something new.'

Forecast works will range from documenting nature or science, to science informing and/or inspiring art, to co-equal science/arts collaboration. In addition to being an exhibit that is exciting, interesting, and attracts new audiences, Forecast is designed to engage scientists, artists, and the general public in cross-disciplinary dialogue on innovative ways to communicate and understand weather and climate issues. www.box.net/shared/rgz4mos84j

GAY CITY WRITING WORKSHOP
On Mondays from January 24 through March 7 at Gay City Health Project (511 E. Pike), Gay City Arts presents Smudgy Notebook, the Gay City Writing Workshop Series. For this winter session, Gay City will focus on basic writing techniques such as point of view, setting, character development, allegory/ fable/ metaphor, poetry and short story form/structure, and others. The goal is to foster an understanding of writing on a literary level. Each week we will have an informal discussion concerning a specific writing technique or tool, and focus our attention on developing and/or honing our skills in that area. This Queer-friendly course is open to women, Trans-folk, and men, and is designed to accommodate beginners and more advanced writers. Cost is $50; need-based scholarships are available; January 24 is FREE.

For more info, please contact Kevin at (206) 850-1575 or Susan at (206) 388-1707 or susan@gaycity.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.

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 January is Hindoo Holiday, also by J.R. Ackerley - his true-life travel adventure about the few months he was hired as the private secretary to an eccentric Maharajah in a little principality of India who has a penchant for beautiful boys. It's a novel by a Gay author with Gay content - but not about Gay love or Gay sex. Think about your Gay friends - Gay people exist most of the time OUTSIDE of the bedroom, and what happens otherwise is often just hinted at - well, that's the kind of Gay writing this is.

It's a Gay man's perceptions of a Maharajah who obsesses over handsome lower-caste youths. Ackerley's acerbic wit demolishes several haughty British ladies also visiting the Palace, and the bits of dialogue scattered throughout are often hilarious. It's travel writing at its best - an utterly personal plunge into a colorful world very different from our own.

And now, a special message for Gay book lovers:

I've now read the first 150 pages of our February book, and I'm making myself stop long enough to send this e-mail. I've discovered a new hero. He writes like a Gay Iris Murdoch, with gorgeous sentences, hilarious stinging satire, and flawed fascinating characters. I'm talking about a big Gay novel with hot sex scenes, catty comments, relentless realism and hilarious perceptions, the novel that surprised the English-speaking world by running away with one of the most honored annual literary prizes on this planet, the 2004 Booker.

I'm talking about Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty. Originally I hesitated over this book because (1) I thought it might be too literary and difficult, and (2) because it's long, 438 pages of small print. Well, (1) as soon as you hit Chapter 2 and the elaborate, delightful sex encounter, you'll keep reading effortlessly, and (2) at this point, 150 pages into the story, the book can't be long enough, I'm having so much fun reading it.

I've noticed that the University Book Store has a hefty pile of this book at a discounted price of $6.98. My advice to you is: snag one of them immediately, and since this book is a bit longer than our usual selection, get cracking on it. You won't want to rush such a delightful experience. Believe me, my mouth muscles are tired from smiling so much. Give yourself time to enjoy it.

And I hear there's an excellent British three-hour miniseries adaptation of The Line of Beauty. I'll bet they have it at Scarecrow Video! We'd have to spread it over two meetings, so February might not be quite long enough for all this - our Hollinghurst festival may lap over into March, but who cares? I get the feeling there's going to be LOTS to discuss.

Hope to see some of you this coming Wednesday and the rest of this month in our ongoing discussion of J. R. Ackerley, this time reading his very funny Hindoo Holiday.

But if you've fallen behind in our two Ackerley memoirs, if you've been absent from our club for a while, The Line of Beauty might be the perfect opportunity to dive into a big, entertaining, stimulating Gay novel and give yourself enough time to read it, so you can discuss it with us at Dunshee House, any and every Wednesday evening in February at 6 p.m.

For more information, e-mail nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.

AN EVENING AT LE FAUX DUNSHEE HOUSE FUNDRAISING EVENT
On Friday, January 28 at 10 p.m. at Julia's on Broadway (300 Broadway E.), join the cast of Seattle's longest-running celebrity impersonation show, Le Faux, in supporting the community through services provided at Dunshee House. Proceeds from ticket sales on Friday, January 28 will go directly to benefit Dunshee House. The show begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/113129. Dinner is also available prior to the show.

For reservations call (206) 334.0513.

DIVERSE HARMONY PRESENTS A WINTER CONCERT
On Saturday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Diverse Harmony, presents their winter concert, 'Lose Yourself.' Experience the youth of Diverse Harmony as they shed their own notions of identity to discover what really makes us all tick. By 'losing ourselves' in the moment of self-expression we come closer to who we truly are. Tickets are $15 at the door (cash or check only); youth 21 and under FREE.

Diverse Harmony provides a safe, affirming environment for youth where everyone is accepted for who they are. 'We use the passion and the power of music to inspire the celebration of differences in our homes, community and the world.' www.diverseharmony.org.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTÁL: TET FESTIVAL
On Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seattle Center Festál presents Tet Festival in the Center House. The Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival offers entertainment, exploration and insights into the culture of Vietnam. Craft bookmarks, create an apricot blossom boutonniere and express your inner artist through painting workshops. Revisit thousands of years of the Vietnamese history at this festive New Year celebration as you immerse in the dance, traditional music performance, visual and martial arts of Vietnam.

Seattle Center Festál: Tet Festival is produced by Seattle Center in partnership with Tet in Seattle. For a full event schedule, visit www.tetinseattle.org and for more information on this cultural series and other Seattle Center programming, click on www.seattlecenter.com.

PRIDE FOUNDATION/ GSBA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Pride Foundation/GSBA Scholarship Applications are now available at www.PrideFoundationScholar.org. This year, $500,000 is available in scholarships to support education and leadership development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer students of any age; students who have an LGBT parent; and students who are straight allies and are committed to civil rights for the LGBTQ community. Since 1990, more than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded. Pride Foundation and the GSBA Scholarship Fund would like to encourage you to share this excellent opportunity for students of any age or sexual orientation from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington who are pursuing any post-secondary education (including community college, public or private colleges and universities, trade apprenticeships, or certificate programs)! There are 50 different types of scholarships with awards up to $10,000, but only one web-based application to complete!

Applications can be completed online at www.PrideFoundationScholar.org and are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 31, 2011.

For information on other LGBT scholarship programs, visit the Safe Schools Coalition's scholarship resource list at www.safeschoolscoalition.org/youth.

SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL CALL FOR ART SUBMISSIONS
The Seattle Erotic Art Festival announces the Call for Art for its ninth annual event to be held May 20-22, 2011. Submissions will be accepted from January 1-31, 2011. All artists age 18 and older are encouraged to submit up to five works of erotic art of any medium. Sculptors, multimedia artists and painters are particularly encouraged to apply. Submissions can be made online at SeattleErotic.org throughout January. The Festival stands by its mission to support a vibrant creative community, supporting living artists with low submission fees and commission rates. Selected art will be showcased throughout the three-day event to thousands of patrons. Most importantly, the Festival sells far more art than any other erotic art festival. Artists may also choose to submit to the Festival Store, which has a later submission deadline (to be determined). Artists do not need to attend the Festival in order to participate.

HIV VACCINE TRIALS UNIT/ FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER PRESENTS FREE PUBLIC SCREENING OF HIV/AIDS DOCUMENTARY
On Wednesday, February 2, the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Thomas Clinical Research Building, 1100 Fairview Ave. N. (Pelton Auditorium), presents a free public screening of The Other City - a documentary about a side of Washington, DC, that visitors rarely see. The nation's capitol has an HIV/AIDS rate that is not only the highest in the U.S., but rivals that of some African countries.

The event begins with a reception and lab tours from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., opening remarks at 6 p.m., screening from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., community discussion from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Candice Wiggins, a guard for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx and former All American basketball player for Stanford University, will provide opening remarks. Wiggins lost her father, former Major League Baseball player Alan Wiggins, to AIDS when she was 4 years old and today is outspoken about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

Seating is limited. For free tickets, information about transportation and directions, please contact James at 206-667-1979 or info@seattlevaccines.org.

The screening is sponsored by the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in collaboration with the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival.

CORNISH DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO MERCE CUNNINGHAM
Cornish Dance Theatre will present a series of free public events in February, March and April to honor the legacy of modern dance choreographer Merce Cunningham.

The Merce Cunningham minEvent will be a dance of uninterrupted excerpts drawn from three Cunningham masterworks: Roaratorio (1983), Fabrications (1987) and Enter (1992) to music by John Cage performed by the Cornish Music Departments's Indeterminacy Ensemble. The min-Event performance will run 20 minutes.

The minEvent will be performed on Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at ACT Theatre, Bullitt Cabaret, 700 Union St., on Saturday, February 5, at 10 a.m., at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St.

On Friday, March 4, at 12:15 p.m., at Cornish College Main Gallery, 1st Floor, 1000 Lenora St., an interdisciplinary conversation with Seattle artists Catherine Cabeen, Tonya Lockyer and Jarrad Powell will look at the legacies of Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Yves Klein.

The minEvent will be performed again on Thursday, April 7, and Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Seattle Art Museum, 3rd Ave. & University St. (free with museum admission).

For more information, visit www.cornish.edu/merce/

NOTE: The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will make a stop in Seattle on its final Legacy Tour, appearing at the Paramount Theatre on October 24. When Cunningham died in 2009, plans were initiated for a final farewell tour by his company. It will be the last opportunity to see the choreographer's works performed by dancers he personally trained.

ROSEHEDGE HOUSE PRESENTS 'LOVE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES'
On Sunday, February 13, doors at 6 p.m., join Rosehedge House for 'Love Without Boundaries' at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Madison Ballroom, 515 Madison St. Enjoy a romantic champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception, gourmet dinner, silent auction and Valentine's Day dance with proceeds to benefit Rosehedge House, with emcee Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist David Horsey and the Dina Blade Jazz Quartet.

Tickets: $150 individual at party size table; $350 for private party seating for two.

For more information, visit www.rosehedge.org.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE'S 'MAKING A DIFFERENCE' ANNUAL BENEFIT BREAKFAST WITH GREG LOUGANIS
On Thursday, February 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m.), join emcee Jean Enerson, guest speaker Greg Louganis, the Lifelong AIDS Alliance board and staff, and caring community members for a fundraising breakfast in support of Lifelong AIDS Alliance at The Red Lion Hotel, 1415 5th Ave.

Dr. Lawrence Corey, president and director-elect of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, an American physician-scientist and an internationally recognized expert on infectious diseases, whose discoveries have been recognized as having advanced the understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of diseases caused by viruses, especially the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), will receive the 2011 Ned Behnke Leadership Award.

For more information, contact 206-957-1742; www.lifelongbreakfast.org. Suggested minimum donation is $150.

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.

SEATTLE GAY PRIDE DAY VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Pride Day took place on June 27, 2010. The parade and festival included all financial and social segments of society, all religions, races, and gender expressions. The parade had an estimated 450,000 people in attendance. After the Parade, some 70,000 attendees flowed into the Seattle Center for the PrideFest. This combined cross-section of humanity is most noted for its astonishing diversity. The following videos were shot over a four-hour period:

Gay Pride Day Seattle 2010 Part 1 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=ITmRcnX0VFs
Gay Pride Day Seattle 2010 Part 2 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=M69Q_z3E74I
Demian's YouTube Channel All Videos - http://youtube.com/777demian

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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