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posted Friday, September 30, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 39
Northwest News
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BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m., at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse (1635 11th Ave., one block north of E. Pine St.), Seattle Parks & Recreation hosts Born This Way Kafe, a welcoming place where LGBTQ youth, friends and allies (ages 13-19) can gather, be themselves, and have fun. Meets every Friday. For more information and to help make it happen, contact Randy at Seattle Parks, 206-883-6110 txt/phone, email randy.wiger@seattle.gov or google 'SeattleParksCOD.'

'ENGENDER BENDER' AT Q CAFE
On Friday, September 30, at Q Cafe (3223 15th Ave. W.), quiet presents quiet Speaks, an arts and literary showcase. The theme is: 'enGender Bender: Exploring our social blueprints.' Art exhibit 7-8 p.m., spoken word 8-10 p.m. $5 cover.

'DECIBEL IN THE PARK'
On Saturday, October 1, from noon to 6 p.m., at Volunteer Park amphitheatre (1400 E. Prospect St.), the Decibel Festival presents 'Decibel in the Park,' the most talked-about and well attended showcase of the 5-day international festival of electronic music performance, visual art and new media.

The 2011 'dB in the Park' event will feature four artists from the Bay Area based Frite Nite label (EPROM, Salva, Comma and Danny Corn). In addition, Northwest bass luminaries Natasha Kmeto, Ill Cosby, Sonny Chiba and HZ Donut will be bringing the heat. FREE and all-ages, 'dB in the Park' promises to once again unite a wide and colorful array of music lovers of all types. Frisbees, hula hoops, picnic baskets and blankets encouraged!

PLEASE NOTE: In case of rain this event will take place at Chop Suey (14th Ave. & E. Madison St.)

www.decibelfestival.com.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE SPARKS OF GLORY - 'FROM THE MONKEY MOUNTAINS'
On Saturday, October 1, at 2 p.m., at Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium (1st Ave. & University St.), Music of Remembrance presents a FREE 90-minute chamber music concert-with-commentary. MOR Artistic Director Mina Miller discusses the Seattle Art Museum's exhibit 'Our National Game' - exploring Jackie Robinson's 'athletic resistence' as a counterpoint to the artistic resistance to the Holocaust that MOR's music commemorates. Audiences will hear music from Pavel Haas, one of Janacek's most talented students, who wrote his String Quartet No. 2 ('From the Monkey Mountains') as a kind of musical postcard from a favorite vacation spot. Hear the true story of teenage boys imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in their own words in this song cycle version of Lori Laitman's Vedem - based on the poetry the boys wrote for their secret magazine. Guest vocalists: Angela Niederloh, a Portland Opera mezzo soprano, and Seattle tenor Ross Hauck. www.musicofremembrance.org.

SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS - 'TRUE COUNTRY' WITH CHELY WRIGHT
OCTOBER 1 & 2

On Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, at 2 p.m., at Benaroya Hall (3rd Ave. & Union St.), the Seattle Women's Chorus celebrates the uniquely American phenomenon that is country music, with a special focus on female country music legends like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Marty McBride, Dixie Chicks, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Anne Murray.

Add to this illustrious line-up of stand-out performers, SWC's special guest artist, singer-songwriter Chely Wright. Wish Me Away, a new documentary film about Wright's courageous decision to come out as a Lesbian within the conservative world of country music recently (and remarkably) won 'Best Documentary' at the Nashville Film Festival. Backed by the rich harmonies of Seattle Women's Chorus, Chely Wright will share her unforgettable story and her unmistakable musical talent.

'True Country' will be hosted by the semi-popular mother-daughter duo Euomi and Wynotta Spudd (The Spudds) bringing their songs and down-home dysfunction to SWC's stage. The Spudds are the creation of the outrageous Seattle kamikaze comedy duo, Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (Dos Fallopia).

Tickets: $20-$65 in advance at 206-388-1400 or www.flyinghouse.org and at the door.

GAY IN AMERICA - BOOK EVENT AT ELLIOTT BAY BOOK CO.
On Monday, October 3, at 7 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co. (1521 10th Ave.) presents photographer Scott Pasfield with his new book Gay in America, a first-ever photo survey of Gay men in the U.S., depicting in pictures and words 140 men who live in all fifty states, and are part of all aspects and currents of American life. A project that took over three years and 54,000 miles, the book includes an introduction by Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy. This evening will include a photo slideshow, the presence of some participants and overall celebratory energy. FREE. www.elliottbaybook.com.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - THE LADIES
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Seattle Area Support Groups Community Center (formerly Dunshee House) (303 17th Ave. E. & E. Thomas St.). Women members have been requesting a book about women, so the October selection is an elegant novel based on the very real, non-fiction, love of two women in the 1770s. Doris Grumbach's The Ladies is her telling of the true story of Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby who became known as the Ladies of Llangollen, two Irish women who defied convention way before their time, eloped and lived as a married couple to be visited by the celebrities of the day. All GLBTQ folks are welcome to participate in this FREE book club. For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net, visit http://faculty.washington.edu/swittet/SGLBookClub/ or contact SASG at 206-322-2437.

QUEERLY CLASSED DISCUSSION SERIES - 'A CASE FOR QUEER MEDICINE'
On Wednesday, October 5, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Annex Room, 1002 E. Seneca St., Allyship presents 'A Case of Queer Medicine,' a panel and community discussion featuring Marcos Martinez from Entre Hermanos, Sean Leao, a Transgender individual who will talk about Transgender health care disparities, and Gina Owen from Washington Community Action Network. For more information, email Debbie at allyship@yahoo.com. FREE.

PRIDE SKATE SEATTLE AT SOUTHGATE ROLLER RINK
On Wednesday, October 5, from 8:30-11 p.m., at the Southgate Roller Rink (9646 17th Ave. SW), come get your skates on at this new LGBT skating party that will be held the first Wednesday of each month. Admission is $8, which includes skate rental. The party continues after at Company (9608 16th Ave. SW) with drink specials and karaoke one block from the Southgate Roller Rink. www.southgaterollerrink.com.

QLAW FOUNDATION'S SIXTH ANNUAL FALLTACULAR
On Thursday, October 6, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Portage Bay Cafe in South Lake Union (391 Terry Ave. N.) join Q-Law members and friends for a fall fundraiser in support of the foundation's charitable activities, including public interest law internships, free legal services, and public education benefitting the LGBT community. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a fantastic local Latin jazz band, the Fred Hoadley Trio. Tickets $40. Purchase your ticket by Wednesday, October 5, and receive a free drink coupon. RSVP at www.q-law.org.

VETERANS & SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST WAR
On Friday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.) veterans and soldiers speak out against war on the 10th anniversary of the U.S. incursion into Afghanistan. Army Reservist LeAnna Waldbauer, who has served in Iraq, Navy veteran and labor organizer Steve Hoffman, and Gulf War conscientious objector Warren Davis will examine the human and economic costs of U.S. military actions, including the rise of anti-war sentiment and suicide rates among the troops. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Door donation $3. Hearty snack plates for $7. Sliding scale for students, strikers and the unemployed. Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party. For more information, call 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com. Wheelchair accessible.

'QUEER IT YOURSELF: BE IT, DO IT, MAKE IT'
On Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m., at Seattle University, Pigott Building, Rooms 202, 203 and 204 (12th Ave. & E. Marion St.), attend a day-long conference for Queer artists in the Northwest. The 'Queer It Yourself: Be It, Do It, Make It' conference will provide a space for LGBTQ artists to talk, collaborate, skill share and intellectualize about art, creativity and social justice. Cost is $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. SU students, staff and faculty get in free. To celebrate the conference, organizers will also present a Queer artist showcase, with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., at the Wyckoff Auditorium on the Seattle University campus. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Advance tickets for the conference and the showcase are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/200477. This event is presented by The Producers' Collective. www.theproducerscollective.weebly.com.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL - ARAB FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 8-9

On Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, the Arab Festival offers exploration and insights into the rich and complex cultures of 22 countries and two continents in the Arab world. The 2011 theme, 'Al Noor: Illuminating the Faces of Arab Culture,' invites visitors to dance to Arab music, play backgammon, and engage in the culture through exhibits, films, children's music, dance workshops and panel discussions on Arab history and current affairs. Food vendors will offer Middle Eastern fare, including Moroccan and Algerian food and traditional favorites of falafel and shwarma sandwiches. For a full event schedule, visit www.arabcenterwa.org.

'ICON: A CELEBRATION OF DRAG, ART & LIFE' - A BENEFIT FOR SEATTLE COUNSELING SERVICE
On Sunday, October 9, at 5:30 p.m. (VIP reception with hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment plus dinner and show), 6 p.m. (general registration includes dinner and show), 7 p.m. (ICON! begins) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (721 Pine St.), join Seattle's celebrated entertainer and social activist Aleksa Manila and friends for 'Icon: A Celebration of Drag, Art & Life' - a benefit for Seattle Counseling Service. Featuring live entertainment from Jennifer Wagner, Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse with Victor Janusz, and Jinkz Monsoon. To celebrate the glamour and history of the '80s are Isaac Scott and Ryan Stone of Julia's on Broadway's 'Le Faux,' plus Nina Maxwell, Diamond St. James, Gaysha Starr and the reigning Queen of Burlesque, Miss Indigo Blue. Plus surprise performances. Tickets: $100-general admission; $125-VIP admission. Advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/200461. For more information, visit www.seattlecounseling.org/ICON or 206-323-1768.

GSBA PRIME TIME 'PINK $ EXPO'
On Wednesday, October 12, from 4-8 p.m., at Herban Feast - Sodo Park (3200 1st Ave. S.), join GSBA members and friends for 'Pink $ Expo.' Enjoy refreshments, good conversation and browse the tables of GSBA exhibitors at this beautiful venue. Cost: $10-GSBA members, $15-nonmembers, $10 students. RSVP to 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org.

'COMING OUT LOCAL' - A DINNER, DISCUSSION & AUCTION FOR OUT FOR SUSTAINABILITY
On Thursday, October 13, from 5:30-10 p.m., at 415 Westlake, join OUT for Sustainability for their third annual 'Coming Out Local' dinner, discussion and auction, featuring a conscious and tasty, multiple course, locally sourced feast, with inspiring speakers and an auction of goods and services from local LGBTQ celebrating businesses.

Doors open for wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with closing by 10 p.m. Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark will be the keynote speaker. GSBA executive director Louise Chernin will be honored for her community service. Tickets: $65 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/194058. www.outforsustainability.org.

COLUMBIA CITY BAKERY 6TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY & COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING BAKE SALE
On Friday, October 14, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Columbia City Bakery (4865 Rainier Ave. S.), will celebrate their 6th anniversary by donating 100% of their sales dollars for that day to three local community organizations selected by their management team. This year's beneficiaries are Equal Rights Washington, Seward Park Audubon Center, and Homeward Pet Adoption Center.

Two years ago Columbia City Bakery supported the Approve Ref. 71 campaign by baking and selling their Equality Cookies in support of Washington state's Domestic Partnership Law.

Columbia City Bakery has established themselves as one of Seattle's premier scratch bakeries in the city.

In addition to their Columbia City location, they are currently selling their baked goods on Sundays at the Broadway Farmer's Market, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., through December 18. www.columbiacitybakery.com.

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA - SEATTLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 14-23

www.threedollarbillcinema.org

'LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!' - THE 2011 LESBIAN & GAY BAND ASSOCIATION CONCERT AT MCCAW HALL
On Sunday, October 16, at 3 p.m., at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.) Seattle's Rainbow City Band hosts the 2011 Lesbian & Gay Band Association Concert, 'Lights, Camera, Action!' featuring music from the cinema - from silent film to contemporary blockbusters, from quiet romance to thrilling adventures - performed by a 200 member symphonic band comprised of band members from around the country. Tickets: $25-$45. Rainbow City Band is offering SGN readers a 25% discount through Ticketmaster. Go to www.LGBA2011.org, click on BUY TICKETS and you'll be taken to the Ticketmaster website. Enter the promotional code RCBLCA under 'enter offer code/password' on the Ticketmaster order form to receive the discount.

SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY SEEKS VOLUNTEER GARDENERS
The Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to help maintain attractive grounds at 12 neighborhood branches this summer and fall. Volunteers will weed gardens, rake leaves and pick up litter. Work parties will be scheduled June through October - on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Anne Vedella, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at anne.vedella@spl.org or 206-386-4614. Volunteer applications can be downloaded from www.spl.org - select 'Support Your Library' and go to the 'Volunteer Opportunities' page.

ANSEL ADAMS' MANZANAR PHOTOS AT BAINBRIDGE MUSEUM
'Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar' at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum (215 Ericksen Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA) examines the internment-camp experience of West Coast Japanese-Americans during World War II. This new exhibit of photos from the Library of Congress includes some of Ansel Adams' images that have never been exhibited before. The museum is open Monday-Sunday (closed on Tuesdays), 1-4 p.m. (with extended hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during the summer) and is a short walk from the Bainbridge ferry terminal. Admission: $4 adults, $3 students/seniors, $6 family, museum members and children under 5 free. An outdoor picnic area is available nearby. 206-842-2773. www.bainbridgehistory.org. The exhibit runs through December 7, 2012.

'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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