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posted Friday, November 18, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 46
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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.' (Due to Thanksgiving Day holidays, the Kafe will not be meeting November 25.)

BENT MENTOR SHOWCASE FEATURING STORME WEBBER
On Friday, November 18, door at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry), McEachern Auditorium (2700 24th Ave. E.), Bent Writing Institute and TumbleMe Productions presents the Bent Mentor Showcase, an annual showcase of original poetry, storytelling, and spoken word performed by students and instructors at Bent Writing Institute, a Seattle school for LGBTQ writers. This year's event features the work of mentor Storme Webber, a multi-genre spoken word artist. Webber is the Founder/Artistic Director of Voices Rising: LGBTQ of Color Arts & Culture, and has been a City Artist with the Seattle Mayor's Office, a Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House, and a CD Forum Creation Project Artist. Tickets: $15 youth/low income; $20 general admission; $50 patron ticket. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/204205. www.bentwriting.com.

MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY TRUST FALL TREE PLANTING
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust will be hosting a series of native tree and shrub plantings on weekends through early December. Volunteers are invited to help with the project at Seattle and King County locations throughout the greenway. For more information and to sign-up, visit www.mtsgreenway.org and look under the VOLUNTEER menu for Tree Planting.

'AN EVENING AT THE CABARET' WITH THE IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE
On Saturday, November 19, at 7 p.m., at R Place (619 E. Pine St.), Beverly Peters Lake presents 'An Evening at the Cabaret' with special guests Mona, Sofonda Peters, Marcy Kraft, Scotty, Precious Cargo, LaTrina Bidet and many more for an evening of fine drag entertainment. $5 suggested donation. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com

JET CITY HOOPS - SEATTLE'S CO-ED GLBTQ BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Jet City Hoops winter season games will be held on Sundays, November 6-December 18, at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E., just north of E. Thomas St.). Recreational division games will be held 9 a.m.-noon; competitive division games will be held noon-4 p.m. Spectators welcome. www.jetcityhoops.org.

TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE SERVICES
On Sunday, November 20, at 11 a.m., in the Chapel at University Temple United Methodist Church (15th Ave. NE & NE 43rd St.), Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle hosts a Transgender Day of Remembrance service to honor and commemorate the lives of Transgender persons who have lost their lives due to violence or suicide.

On Sunday, November 20, at 7 p.m., Ravenna United Methodist Church (5751 33rd Ave. NE) hosts a Transgender Day of Remembrance program with speakers Karen Williams ('Transgender 101') and Brandon Chud, JD ('Transgender Rights in the Workplace'), choral selections from Wallingford United Methodist Church, and a reading of the names of Transgender persons who have lost their lives due to violence or suicide. A social hour with refreshments follows.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY COMMUNITY MEETING
On Sunday, November 20, from 3-5 p.m., at St. Mark's Cathedral (1245 10th Ave. E.), join Equal Rights Washington and Washington United for Marriage for a community meeting on how to build support for marriage equality in Washington state.

Imagine Gay and Lesbian couples having the freedom to marry in Washington state in 2012. If this is to happen, there is much work to be done. With support for marriage equality growing rapidly, now is the time to be talking with your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, congregations, and elected officials about why marriage matters. Now is the time to be engaging your social networks to grow the movement.

Let's come together to learn about how we can build support for marriage equality. Be part of this exciting human rights movement.

On Monday, November 21, from 7-9 p.m., at East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church (12700 SE 32nd St., Bellevue), a community meeting for marriage equality in Washington state will be held on the Eastside.

www.equalrightswashington.org.

RADICAL WOMEN - WEEKLY FEMINIST READING CIRCLE
Radical Women hosts a weekly roundtable discussion of Frederick Engels' classic work, Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, on the persistent problem of women's inequality and how it can be overcome. The reading circle meets Monday through December 12,, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 3314 Wallingford Ave. N. #4, Seattle. $2 suggested donation per session. Everyone welcome. For more info, call 206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com.

GAY SINGER/SONGWRITER BOBBY JO VALENTINE AT STONE SOUP THEATRE
On Tuesday, November 22, at 7 p.m., at Stone Soup Theatre (4029 Stone Way N.), Bobby Jo Valentine, winner of the 2011 Songwriter of the Year Award at West Coast Songwriters brings his show to Seattle. Tickets $10 at the door or at www.bobbyjovalentine.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 7:30 p.m. in the loft.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - THE STRANGER'S CHILD
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.).

Alan Hollinghurst's stupendous, multi-generational Gay epic is the book club's November selection. The Stranger's Child is a challenging, perceptive, labyrinthine, and hugely satisfying fiction entertainment.

Hollinghurst serves up plenty of the cruelty and sting of the real world, the irrationality of lust, the fickleness of fame, unanticipated deaths, and those unexpected, priceless moments of compassion and grace, with a cast ranging from servants to baronets, from piano teachers, to bankers, a literary field day with its roots in an era when passionate friendships dared not speak their name.

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.

'HAM FOR THE HOLIDAYS: A LARD DAY'S NIGHT'
Seattle sketch mavens Lisa Koch and Paggy Platt (Dos Fallopia) ring in the holidays with the 11th editon of their cult holiday show, chock full of maladjusted characters, tacky costumes, and more wigs than Lady Gaga. 'A Lard Day's Night' features a plethora of questionable taste:

Country duo The Spudds give film noir a makeover with 'Double-Wide Indemnity;' game show 'Who's Your Deity?' spanks dogma with panelists Harvey Fierstein, Kirstie Alley, and Professor Dumbledore - hosted by Sister Mary Agnes; get to know Michele and Marcus Bachmann up close in 'Bachmann Xmas Overdrive;' Ballard stalwarts The Polka Dots mangle popular songs and the English language, polka style; the tiny Sequim Gay Men's Chorus add two new Lesbian members and a name change (S.Q.U.E.E.L.).

The show runs November 25-December 24, at Theatre Off-Jackson (409 7th Ave. S., at S. Jackson St.) with half-price preview on Wednesday, November 23, and pay-what-you can on Wednesday, November 30 - Wed.-Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15-$33. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/202493 or call 1-800-838-3006.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY - THANKSGIVING FEAST TRIBUTE TO NATIVE AMERICANS
On Thursday, November 24, door at 2 p.m., buffet from 3-5 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), join FSP members and friends for a homemade dinner of either roast turkey or harvest-stuffed portabellas for vegans. Posters illustrating Native American struggles will be on display. Relax after dinner with games, movies and good conversation. Dinner donation $15 for adults, $7.50 for children under $12. Sliding scale and work exchanges available. Hosted by Freedom Socialist Party. For more information, call 206-722-2453, email FSPseattle@mindspring.com or visit www.socialism.com. Wheelchair accessible.

'DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOW'
Sleigh bells ring; are you listening? They're heralding the arrival of the 61st annual Dina Martina Christmas Show! Unwittingly hilarious and wonderfully bizarre, Dina Martina is the chanteuse with the leastest; the dancer with the hunchfront; the childlike lady who, year after year, is the holiday gift that truly keeps on giving.

A perennial favorite of the likes of John Waters, Margaret Cho, Matt Stone and Graham Norton, Miss Martina's shows have long been a favorite holiday tradition for those who want something other than the usual holiday fare.

Brimming with botched carols, ungraceful dances, overburdened costumes and truly bizarre audience gifts, this ALL NEW holiday extravaganza guarantees Dina Martina's sidesplitting blend of low-brow, top-notch comedy and near-acid-trip surrealism. And, due to overwhelming demand, this year's ALL-NEW show also guarantees the return of Miss Martina's ace accompanist, former child prodigy CHRIS JEFFRIES!

Over the years, Dina Martina has sung, hoofed, chatted and hyperventilated her way through 18 all-new shows in Seattle and numerous runs in New York, London, San Francisco and Provincetown, among other cities.

'The Dina Martina Christmas Show' runs Friday, November 25 through Saturday, December 31 at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.) Tickets: $20-advance; $25-at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/203891 or call 1-800-838-3006 for schedule of performances and to order tickets. NOTE: All bar sales at Re-bar are cash only. No credit cards accepted for drinks.

23RD ANNUAL SEATTLE LEATHER DADDY & DADDY'S BOY CONTEST
On Saturday, November 26, door at 6 p.m., contest at 7 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St.), Seattle Men in Leather is sponsoring the 23rd Annual Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's boy Contest. Cost is $8 at the door; $6 with toiletry donation for Seattle Girls of Leather's drive for Salvation Army Women's Shelter Program. Contestants will be judged on their preliminary interview, Daddy or Daddy's boy image, Northwest image, impromptu question, dress leather or uniform image & audience vote.

The contest's Meet & Greet will be held on Friday, November 25, from 7-10 p.m., at The Cuff Complex. The Victory Brunch will be held on Sunday, November 27, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at C.C. Attle's Bar & Grille (1701 E. Olive Way). Cost for brunch is $10. www.seattlemeninleather.org.

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS - 'COOL YULE: THE BIG BAND THEORY'
On Saturday, November 26, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 27, at 2 p.m., at Benaroya Hall (3rd Ave. & University St.), the Seattle Men's Chorus kicks off their holiday concert, 'Cool Yule: The Big Band Theory,' with special guest Megan Hilty.

The SMC's 'Cool Yule' concert will also be performed at Benaroya Hall on December 3, 11, 18, 19, 22 and 23, plus concerts in Tacoma (December 15) at Pantages Theater and in Everett (December 17) at Everett Civic Auditorium. For complete schedule and ticket information, call 206-388-1400 or visit www.flyinghouse.org.

SEATTLE RAINBOW CONTRA DANCE
On Sunday, November 27, free lesson at 3 p.m., dance from 3:30-6:30 p.m., at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave.), join Seattle Rainbow Contra Dance for an afternoon dance featuring The Onlies cutting the groove, with Mariah Pepper calling. These guys smoke it! $10 general admission. This event is for LGBTQ folks and friends and all who want to dance. No experience or partner necessary. All dances taught.

YWCA-LBTQ HEALTH & SWEDISH BREAST CENTER - MOBILE MAMMOGRAM SCREENING
On Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Wildrose (1021 E. Pike St.), the YWCA-LBTQ Health and Swedish Breast Center will conduct a mobile mammogram screening for people age 40 and over who are un- or under-insured and income eligible. You will receive a pap test, breast exam, mammogram and blood-pressure check. Insurance is welcome and accepted. For an appointment, please call 206-461-4493 or email lbthealth@ywcaworks.org. Check out their blog at http://lbtqhealth-ywca.blogspot.com.

PAUL DAHLQUIST PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHY AT GHOST GALLERY
NOVEMBER 10-DECEMBER 5

From Thursday, November 10, through Monday, December 5, Ghost Gallery (on Summit Ave. E. between E. Denny Way and E. Olive Way, next to the Hillcrest Market) will be showing work by Northwest painter and photographer Paul Dahlquist.

The show will feature portraits of friends, light studies, urban subjects and nudes by the artistt, including rare and never-before-seen work and photographs of people who have shaped the Northwest art scene for the last 30 years. The show includes paintings and drawings from the '50s and '60s when Dahlquist spent time with Northwest artists, including Mark Tobey and Guy Anderson. He lived with Wesley Wehr and worked for Zoe Dusanne during that time. He began working in photography in the '70s.

Dahlquist is calling his show 'Presences,' a word used by Wendell Berry in his novel Jayber Crow. 'Presences' are any specific times, places or subjects that are intensely experienced.

Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., Saturday/Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday by appointment. www.ghostgallery.org; www.pauldahlquist.com/

'OUR FAMILIES, OUR CHILDREN' BEAUTIFUL 2012 CALENDAR FEATURES LGBTQ PARENTED FAMILIES FROM THE SEATTLE AREA
The Lesbian and Gay Child Care Task Force is excited to offer once again its beautiful calendar of LGBTQ parented families from the Seattle area. The task force has been producing the calendar for ten years with the mission of providing the visual reminder to children, teachers and families that families look different and that all families are welcome. Additionally, the calendar has been displayed in diverse work places and in colleges and universities with teacher preparation programs.

The upcoming year is the tenth anniversary of the calendar. The task force revisited families from the 'early years' and invited twelve (plus two more!) families to come back for another picture shoot. Each family picture has a small inset picture from the first time the family was in the calender. Many families have grown; others have changed their make-up, and the tragic loss of one dad illustrates that our families and our children experience life, death, and change just like other families.

Proceeds from the calendar help the task force to produce the calendar for another year, onward to the twentieth year and beyond.

An order form is online at www.safeschoolscoalition.org/ocof/OFOC_CalendarOrderForm2012.pdf or you can call Bill Sanders at 206-226-3352. Suggested donation is $15, includes shipping and handling.

'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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