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posted Friday, June 10, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 23
Northwest News
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ALL THINGS JAPANESE SALE - JAPANESE CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY CENTER JUNE 10-11
The Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) is holding its first ever All Things Japanese Sale on Friday, June 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Cultural Center (1414 S. Weller St.). The sale will feature a wide variety of Japanese items including dolls, furniture, fans, traditional dress, jewelry, art, books, plush toys, tableware and much, much more. There will be something for everyone with over one thousand antiques and collectibles on sale and prices starting at just $0.25. All of the proceeds raised at the sale will go toward supporting the mission of JCCCW to preserve, promote and share Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage. 206-568-7114; www.jcccw.org.

THE GENE POOL AT THE ANNEX THEATRE
From June 3 to June 19, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with an additional performance on Sunday, June 19, at 2 p.m., at The Annex Theatre (1100 E. Pike St., 2nd Floor), Arouet presents the Seattle premiere of The Gene Pool.

Meet the Grays - an average family. Mira cooks, cleans, wears dresses, is sexually frustrated, and her spouse is a workaholic veterinarian. Their son is almost 18, has a new girlfriend that he wants to lose his virginity with, and is always hungry. The only way in which this family is not conventional is that the parents are Lesbians. What happens when their son wants to know who his dad is? The Gene Pool explores the family's relationships and how they are dealing with their mid-life crises, their son's resolution to lose his virginity, and ... oh yeah, his question, 'Moms, who is my Dad?'

Tickets: $12-$18 general admission. Reservations at 425-298-3852 or boxoffice@arouet.us or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/174247. $10 rush tickets will be sold 5 minutes before showtime, depending on availability. http://arouet.us.

CAPTAIN SMARTY PANTS 'GOES BOOKISH' AND SENSIBLE SHOES 'GOES DIVA' AT TOWN HALL
The Seattle Men's Chorus' small ensemble, Captain Smarty Pants, performs 'Eat, Pray, Pant' on Friday and Saturday, June 10 at 8 p.m. and June 11 at 9 p.m., at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St.).

Whether it's The Velveteen Rabbit, The Valley of the Dolls, or The Shining, we all have our favorite books. Captain Smartypants brings ten of their all-time favorite books to musical life as only these snappy boys can. In 'Eat, Pray, Pant' Captain Smarty Pants sings and dances their way through Yertle the Turtle, Twilight, The Wizard of Oz, Frankenstein, The Joy of Gay Sex, Alice in Wonderland, and The Odyssey among others. Classics like Wuthering Heights and Dante's Inferno get the 30-second threatment, Mario Puzo tries his hand at writing kid's books and Shakespeare gets updated a la Riverdance. Librarians will be on hand at the show to sign you up for a library card.

The Seattle Women's Chorus' small ensemble, Sensible Shoes, performs 'Viva La Diva' on Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m., at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St.).

This like-minded small ensemble is made up of members of Seattle Women's Chorus who enjoy discovering their inner 'Diva.' From the Girls Groups of the '60s to the Rockers of the '80s and beyond, they will leave no bra unturned as they explore the sassy, sexy world of the female singing groups, including: the Angels, the Ronnettes, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and more. The song list includes Swinging on a Star, Lollipop, Express Yourself, Big Yellow Taxi, Da Doo Ron Ron, One Fine Day, Be My Baby, My Boyfriend's Back, Toxic, Pocketful of Sunshine, We Got the Beat, Walk Like an Egyptian, I Love Rock and Roll and a few of Sensible Shoes' patented parodies.

Both shows are recommended for mature audiences only.

Tickets: $20-$45 advance; $25-$40 at the door; premium table seating is $35-$50 with limited availability. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

SEATTLE FRONTRUNNERS UNDERWEAR FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER AT R-PLACE
On Friday, June 10, 9 p.m., at R Place (619 E. Pine St. at Boylston Ave.), Seattle Frontrunners and Lady Chablis are hosting a pre-Run and Walk with Pride 2011 underwear fashion show fundraiser with music by Vintage Youth. $5 suggested donation. The Run and Walk with Pride 2011 will be held June 19. www.seattlefrontrunners.org.

CAPITOL HILL COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY JUNE 11
On Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., join Capitol Hill neighbors throughout the Hill and at the community space at Federal Ave. E. & E. Republican St. for a neighborhood wide garage/rummage/yard sale. For more information, visit www.capitolhillgaragesale.com.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL - BLACK ARTS FEST
On Saturday, June 11, noon-8 p.m., and Sunday, June 12, noon-6 p.m., at Seattle Center's Center House, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest 2011, an exploration of the culture of African-Americans living in the Pacific Northwest. Participate in the art of creating beautiful quilts, learn traditional drumming rhythms, discover soulful cuisine from a selection of food vendors and experience the richness of black culture. Enjoy a literary cafe, gospel explosion, art exhibit and sale, history exhibit,, community drill teams, geneology sessions, film documentary, and more, during a weekend filled with continuous entertainment. The festival will educate the community and celebrate people of African descent. www.festivalsundiata.org; www.seattlecenter.com.

'BOYS WILL BE GIRLS' AND 'EMPEROR'S REVENGE' AT NEIGHBOURS
On Saturday, June 11, door at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at Neighbours (1509 Broadway, entrance in alley off E. Pike St. between Broadway and Harvard Ave.), it's time again for Emperor's Turnabout and 'Boys Will Be Girls' when the Drag Queens transformed the 'Boys' into Divas! Join in the fun with special performances by all of the 'new queens.' $5 suggested donation. On Sunday, June 12, door at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at Neighbours (1509 Broadway), it's payback time and 'Emperor's Revenge' when the Emperor and his crew get their revenge. They will be creating their very own drag masterpiece on the faces of the queens from the night before. This is certain to be a great show full of fun and entertainment. In fact, you'll be laughing your socks off. $5 suggested donation.

Sponsored by the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle.

SEATTLE PRIDE IDOL
On Sundays through June 19, door at 6 p.m., competition at 7 p.m., at Neighbours (1509 Broadway, entrance in alley off E. Pike St. between Broadway and Harvard), join Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P) for Seattle's Pride Idol talent competition to see who will represent Seattle Out & Proud on the Pride Idol Float in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26. Wildcard June 12, finale June 19. For complete details, visit www.seattlepride.com.

TAPROOT THEATRE HOSTS 'NEIGHBORS AND STRANGERS'- A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON DIVERSITY AND RACE
On Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m., Taproot Theatre Company (204 N 8th St. just west of Greenwood Ave. N.) hosts 'Neighbors and Strangers: Discussing Diversity and the Experience of Race in Seattle.' Expanding on the themes of their current show, Brownie Points, Taproot has invited a panel of guests - including Pastor Patrinell Wright and her Total Experience Gospel Choir - to engage in a conversation about diversity and the experience of race in Seattle.

The event is free but RSVP is required as seating is limited. For questions and to RSVP contact Sonja Lowe at 206-529-3666 or sonjal@taproottheatre.org.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY - REVOLUTION IN NORTH AFRICA
On Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), join the FSP for a presentation and discussion of the ongoing revolution in North Africa.

From Egypt to Yemen, dictators are on the run - or already toppled. Learn more about the forces driving the upsurge in North Africa and the Middle East: who are the key players, what kind of labor movement exists in these various countries, and why does the U.S. remain silent about repression in Saudi Arabia while bombing Libya? Join the discussion. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. for a $7 donation. 206-722-2453 or FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - ANDRE GIDE'S THE COUNTERFEITERS
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 June is Andre Gide's The Counterfeiters, one of the all-time masterpieces by a Gay author. The novel won Gide the Nobel Prize in 1924 and mixes Gay and straight characters in the same way as Iris Murdoch's A Fairly Honourable Defeat and Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty.

The Counterfeiters has nothing to do with fake money. It's about people who are fake and deceive, and it's an unforgettable reading experience. There are a zillion things to discuss and it's so rich we may well continue with our discussions into July.

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

GSBA BUSINESS LUNCHEON- PRIDE AND TOURISM
On Wednesday, June 15, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Columbia Tower Club (701 5th Ave., Suite 7500), join the Greater Seattle Business Association for their monthly business luncheon. John Tanzella from the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association will be the featured speaker. Cost is $34-members, $39-nonmembers, $34-students. To RSVP, visit www.thegsba.org or call 206-363-9188. This event is co-presented by the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau.

FREMONT FAIR & SOLSTICE PARADE
Fremont Fair meets on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (with the main stage and beer garden open until 10 p.m.) and Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at N. 34th St. & Fremont Ave. N.

Solstice Parade on Saturday, June 18, starts at noon. www.fremontfair.org.

ARTISTS FOR JAPAN JAMFEST
On Saturday, June 18, from noon-8:30 p.m., KOBO at Higo (604 S. Jackson), presents an afternoon and evening of music, featuring Hey Marseilles accordionist, Philip Kobernik, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with 100% of proceeds benefitting the Ashinaga Foundation, which provides support for the education of children who have lost their parents or guardians in the recent earthquake and tsunami. http://artistsforjapan.blogspot.com. 206-381-3000.

NORTHWEST COFFEE FESTIVAL JUNE 18-19
10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion. $15. www.nwcoffeefestival.com

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL - IRANIAN FESTIVAL
On Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., at Seattle Center, Center House, Seattle Center's Festal presents the Iranian Festival, which offers exploration and insights into the culture of Iran. Presented by the Iranian American community Alliance. For a full event schedule, visit www.iaca-seattle.org.

PICNIC AT THE EAST PRECINCT
On Saturday, June 18, from 1-4 p.m., at the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct (1519 12th Ave. at E. Pine St.), all East Precinct residents are invited to a Picnic at the East Precinct, with free food, dancing and children's activities, featuring live music by Land of Pines. Meet your local officers and tke a precinct tour.

MEN OF ALL COLORS AND CULTURES TOGETHER JUNE POTLUCK SOCIAL
On Saturday, June 18, at 6 p.m., call for Seattle (98118) location, join Men of All Colors and Cultures Together for their June Potluck Social. For more information and location, call 206-923-8313 or email macctseattle@yahoo.com.

SEATTLE RAINBOW CONTRA DANCE
On Saturdays, 6/18, no dance 7/2 or 7/9, resumes 7/16, at Ballard Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market St.), join LGBTQ folks and friends (and all who want to dance) for this fun, easy-to-learn, easy-to-dance, gender-neutral contra dance, with live calling and live bluegrass music. No experience or partner necessary. All dances taught. Free lesson at 7 p.m. Dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Cost is $8.

Organizers suggest bringing water to drink. A bin for non-perishable food donations is available at the hall. Please come fragrance free in consideration of those with allergies. Bring a dry shirt to change into if you sweat a lot. No drunkenness, rude or abusive behavior will be tolerated.

http://seattledance.org/contra/rainbow; YouTube: Seattle Rainbow Contra Dance.

CAPTAIN SMARTYPANTS 'EAT, PRAY, PANT'
On Sunday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m., at All Pilgrim's Christian Church (500 Broadway E. at E. Republican St.), join Captain Smartypants for selections from their latest concert, 'Eat, Pray, Pant.' $15 donation at the door.

ARGOSY CRUISES OFFERS PRIDE CRUISE ON ELLIOTT BAY WITH DINNER BUFFET AND CELEBRITY IMPERSONATOR SHOW
On Friday, June 24, Argosy Cruises hosts a 2-1/2 hour LGBT Pride dinner cruise with a hilarious Celebrity Impersonator Show featuring Joan Rivers, Cher, Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga and Sarah Palin. Come expecting lots of audience participation, including a FAB 'AB' contest! All this while enjoying a fabulous dinner buffet on the waters of Elliott Bay.

For reservations and information, call 206-623-1445 or visit www.argosycruises.com.

REEL QUEER YOUTH FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR LGBTQ & ALLIED YOUTH
Film is a powerful way to tell stories. Reel Queer Youth, now in its third year, is a filmmaking workshop for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth and their allies, allowing their unique perspectives to be shown. Three Dollar Bill Cinema, producers of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Reel Queer Youth, is currently accepting applications for this year's program. The week-long workshop will be held July 18-22, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in Seattle's Central District. Participants will use professional camera and editing equipment to create a short film along with a team of professional filmmakers and mentors in a safe, open, and fun environment. A 'Friends and Family' screening of the completed works will be held on the afternoon of July 23.

Applications are available at www.threedollarbillcinema.org/programs/RQY. The application deadline is June 30.

GENDER ODYSSEY SHOW SEEKS ART SUBMISSIONS
As part of Gender Odyssey's 10th anniversary conference, the We Made This Road by Walking art show is an opportunity for reflection and celebration. We Made This Road by Walking references creating a path for oneself when the road to a desired destination doesn't already exist. Our theme is not limited to Transgender topics, but contextualizes our individual and collective experiences in terms of the actions we have taken to move our lives and our community forward.

The submission deadline is June 30, 2011, and the exhibition dates are August 4-7, 2011.

Entry of artwork to this show is open to members of our collective transgender communities. Original 2- and 3-dimensional works and original multimedia works - subject to technical requirements - will be accepted. Display space may be limited so please get your submissions in early. Gender Odyssey 2011 does not guarantee space for all art submissions.

Please visit http://www.genderodyssey.org/submit-art/ for further details, as well as an entry form.

'INJUSTICE AT EVERY TURN' - COMPREHENSIVE TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION STUDY SHARES TWO PERSONAL STORIES ON 'IN THE LIFE'
http://www.itlmedia.org/html/other/Injustice%20at%20Every%20Turn.html

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.

'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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