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posted Friday, May 18, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 20
Northwest News
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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

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.'

BORDER RIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB SUMMER RIDES
MAY 18-21 and monthly through October www.borderriders.com

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MAY 17-JUNE 10

www.siff.net

'STANDOUT/STAND TOGETHER' - THE 2012 GSBA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS DINNER
On Friday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m., at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront (2100 Alaskan Way), join GSBA members and friends for the 2012 GSBA Scholarship Awards Dinner. Celebrate this year's award recipients and enjoy special remarks by guest speaker Gautam Raghaven from the Office of Public Engagement, The White House. Tickets: $120 GSBA members; $140 non-members; $100-students. For more information and to register: 206-366-9188; www.thegsba.org. The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) is Seattle's LGBT and allies Chamber of Commerce.

SEATTLE PRIME TIMERS - COFFEE REUNION
On Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m., Seattle Prime Timers meets at Starbucks (1600 E. Olive Way) for their monthly Coffee Reunion, a great time to informally meet and greet, socialize, chat, swap lies, find what your friends have been doing, let others know your latest theatre recommendations, etc., etc. Come on down! www.seattleprimetimers.org.

CAPTAIN SMARTYPANTS - 'A PANTY LINE - BECAUSE BROADWAY ISN'T GAY ENOUGH'
On Fridays and Saturdays, May 18, 19, 25, 26, at 8 p.m., at Erickson Theatre (1524 Harvard Ave.), Captain Smartypants presents 'A Panty Line - Because Broadway Isn't Gay Enough.'

For over a hundred years, Broadway has been delighting, inspiring, and irritating people all over the world. No subset of humanity has been more attuned to the songs, the stars, the hits and the flops than Gay men. Captain Smartypants takes this premise to task with 'A Panty Line' - their twisted take on some of the best, some of the worst, and some of the funniest moments from The Great White Way.

Songs from Cabaret, Into the Woods, The Music Man, Gypsy, Mame, Oklahoma, Company, Sweeney Todd, TOMMY, Chicago, Spamalot, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Rent, Hairspray, and a dozen more will be featured, each in their own particular 'Smartypants' style. In addition, you will see some never-before-seen Broadway hybrids, such as 'Sweeney Poppins,' 'The Lion King and I,' and 'My Fair Lady Gaga.' You will also see world premieres of the mini musicals Exorcist and Downton! as well as parodies of 'The Ladies Who Lunch' and 'All I Care About is Love.'

Tickets: Limited seating available. www.flyinghouse.org.

SEATTLE CHEESE FESTIVAL PIKE PLACE MARKET
MAY 19-20

www.seattlecheesefestival.com

UNIVERSITY DISTRICT STREET FAIR
MAY 19-20

www.udistrictstreetfair.org

TACOMA ART MUSEUM - 'HIDE/SEEK: DIFFERENCE AND DESIRE IN AMERICAN PORTRAITURE' THROUGH JUNE 10
The Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma) presents the groundbreaking exhibit, 'Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,' that debuted at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in 2010 and is the first major exhibition to address the question of how gender identity and sexual orientation have shaped the creation of modern American portraiture. 'Hide/Seek' offers an unprecedented survey of nearly 150 years of American art and includes more than 100 works by masters, including Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O'Keefe, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and more.

The exhibit was co-curated by noted Gay historian, Jonathan Katz, and Smithsonian curator, David Ward. The exhibit will include special events and guest lectures. For more information on the exhibit and special events, call 253-272-4258 or visit www.tacomaartmuseum.org.

The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Monday and Tuesday). On the third Thursday of each month, the museum is open until 8 p.m., with free admission form 5-8 p.m. Admission: $10-adults, $8-students, military, seniors 65+, $25 family rate (2 adults and up to four children under 18), children 5 & under free. For bus riders, the museum is accessible from Seattle by Sound Transit bus routes #594 and $586.

PHOTO CENTER NW - 'AUTHOR AND SUBJECT: CONTEMPORARY QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY'
Photo Center Northwest (900 12th Ave.) presents 'Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography.' The exhibit runs April 7-May 27 and highlights ten regional and national photographers and video artists who focus on identity, gender, sexuality, courage and the human form. The exhibit has been organized in response to 'HIDE/SEEK: Gender and Sexuality in American Portraiture' currently at the Tacoma Art Museum. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday-Sunday, 12 noon-8 p.m. FREE admission. www.pcnw.org.

'PURPLE PROM'
On Saturday, May 19, from 8-11 p.m., at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E.), Seattle Parks & Recreation and Born This Way Kafe host the Purple Prom. The Purple Prom is an event for Queer youth of color, all Queer youth, friends, and allies, ages up to 20 years old. The evening features live DJs, a great dancing opportunity, food and fun. The event is FREE and advance tickets are required. The event capacity is 100 people. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/243179.

Born This Way Kafe is a component of Seattle Parks and Recreation Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) youth programming. The program goals focus on creating safe and community-based connections between LGBTQ youth within their neighborhoods. Environments like Born This Way Kafe help nurture healthy LGBTQ youth and pave the way for civic engagement with the greater community. These LGBTQ programs work with the youth in these communities to bridge perceived differences and to build common ground. These LGBTQ programs are centered to identifying and working with the communities to decrease the programming gap to LGBTQ youth.

For more information on Seattle Parks GLBTQ Teen Programs, contact Randy.Wiger@seattle.gov or text or phone 206-883-6110 or by visiting www.Facebook.com/SeattleParksCOD. Seattle Parks page for teen activities: www.seattle.gov/parks/teens.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION
www.seattlegaysoftball.com

RAINBOW WEDDING NETWORK'S GAY & LESBIAN WEDDING EXPO
On Sunday, May 20, from 1-4 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (1113 Sixth Ave.), the Rainbow Wedding Network's 4th Annual Seattle Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo will feature over 30 local wedding professionals, as well as professionals representing travel, gift, legal, real estate and family-related industries. The event will include music, ceremonies, tips, samples and giveaways. A representative from Equal Rights Washington will discuss the upcoming campaign to Approve Referendum 74. The event is free to attend; a $5 donation is requested. To RSVP, visit www.samelovesamerights.com.

BITE ON BROADWAY & MUSIC WALK
On Sunday, May 20, from 3-7 p.m., sample food bites (up to $3 per bite) from over twenty participating restaurants on Broadway between E. Roy St. and E. Pike St., and enjoy music by local artists. Punch cards listing participating restaurants and businesses are available at participating businesses. Sponsored by the Broadway Business Owners Association. www.facebook.com/BBOAEvents.

SEATTLE RAINBOW CONTRA DANCE
On Sunday, May 20, free lesson at 3 p.m., dance from 3:30-6 p.m., at Dance Underground (340 15th Ave. E.), join Seattle Rainbow Contra Dance for an afternoon of live music and gender-free dancing for LGBTQ folks and friends and all who want to dance. May 20 features the music of Jesse Partridge & Jay Finkelstein from Olympia. Mariah Pepper calls. $10 general admission.

'HATS, HATS, HATS' - LA FEMME MAGNIFIQUE WASHINGTON PAGEANT
On Sunday, May 20, door at 6 p.m., pageant at 7 p.m., at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway, entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave. E., off E. Pike St.) Darcelle XV and Gaysha Starr present the 2012 La Femme Magnifique Washington Pageant, 'Hats, Hats, Hats!' Tickets: $15. Partial proceeds to benefit the campaign to Approve Referendum 74 Marriage Equality in Washington State. For contest information and advance tickets, email Gaysha@gayshastarr.com.

THE AVENGERS, PANSY DIVISION AND GUESTS AT THE FUNHOUSE
On Tuesday, May 22, at 9:30 p.m., the Funhouse (206 5th Ave. N.) presents Penelope Houston/The Avengers, a seminal San Francisco punk band, and Pansy Division, the openly Gay rock band founded in San Francisco in 1991, and guests. Tickets: $10-advance, $12-day of show. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/239939.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - ARE YOU MY MOTHER?
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday, at 6 p.m., at Seattle Area Support Groups Community Center (303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St.).

May selection will be Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (author of Fun Home).

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; www.sasgcc.org. For discount on cost of books, email Nick.

'DRAG NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA' AT SOUTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
On Thursday, May 24, door at 6:30 p.m., show at 7-9 p.m. the SSCC College Club Center presents their 5th annual 'Drag Night Extravaganza' at the Jerry M. Brockey Student Center, SSCC (6000 16th Ave. SW). Students, faculty, staff and the community will join host Regine Dynasty St. James and the College Club Center for a night of gender-bending entertainment for all ages, with a special performance by Kutt 'N' Up. There will be door prizes and fun activities throughout the evening. $5 suggested donation.

'AN ELEGANT EVENING WITH A TWIST' - A CENTER FOR SEX POSITIVE CULTURE EVENT FOR CROSSDRESSERS
On Friday, May 25, the Center for Sex Positive Culture (1602 15th Ave. W.) hosts a celebration of crossdressing and deliberate gender presentation: Male to Female, Female to Male, Butch to Femme, Femme to Butch, Genderqueer, Genderfluid, Minimalist, or Over The Top!

From 7-9 p.m., there will be a Social, Salon and Clothing Exchange. A representative from a skin care, makeup and body care company will be coming to teach a class on makeup application, color matching, and more. Everyone is encouraged to bring a few articles of clothing, makeup and/or hair products, etc., to share with others. In the past, there have been wigs and facial hair to share as well.

The Party will be held from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The lights will be turned down and the event is open to socializing, dancing and romantic encounters.

This event is open to adults (18+) of all self-identifications and orientations. CSPC membership is not required. COST: Salon only: $10 for CSPC members, $15 for non-members; Salon and Party: $20 for CSPC members, $30 for non-members.

The Center for Sex Positive Culture (CSPC) is an adult (18+) members-only community center with a focus on sex positive culture and the sex positive community. It is a non-smoking, drug and alcohol free space for people to explore sexuality in a physically and emotionally safe environment. For more information about this event and other events offered at CSPC, visit www.sexpositiveculture.org.

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
MAY 25-28

www.nwfolklife.org

TRIANGLE RECREATION CAMP AT BENDER CREEK - THE MILITARY PARTY WEEKEND
MAY 25-28

www.camptrc.org

PRIDE IDOL 2012
On Sundays through June 10 (no Pride Idol May 20), doors at 6 p.m. (with open community karaoke), contest at 8 p.m., at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), join Seattle Out & Proud and your hostess Gaysha Starr for Pride Idol 2012, Seattle's annual LGBT Pride karaoke contest - weekly $100 cash prize; $1000 grand prize. For complete details and to register for the contest, visit www.seattlepride.org/pride-idol. No cover charge to watch.

'BEYOND THE THRESHOLD' - SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
JUNE 1-10

www.seattleidf.org

CALL FOR ART - 'PORTRAITS OF PRIDE 2012'
JUNE 23-JULY 22

What does our creative community look like? How do you see yourself when you close your eyes? From June 23-July 22, Gay City (517 E. Pike St., at Belmont), hosts 'Portraits of Pride 2012' and you are invited to be a part of it.

Whether you prefer to express yourself in photographic detail or to abstract your personality in visual form, this show will bring together the many faces of the LGBTQ community in celebration of LGBTQ Pride!

Pacific Northwest LGBTQ artists (18 years of age and older) are invited to submit self-portraits to be included in this upcoming exhibit. All forms of art are welcome.

If you are interested in participating in the show, please send the following items as attachments to Cody Blomberg at codyblomberg@gmail.com:

Bio or artist statement, including phone number, email and mailing address; 1 to 3 jpeg images of the work to be included in the exhibition, with title and dimensions; if the work is not yet complete, please send images of past work and a timeline for completion.

Deadline for emailed application is Sunday, June 10. Deadline for art delivery is Wednesday, June 20.

If a work is purchased during the show, Gay City requests a 30% commission donation in support of their Project BuildOUT.

Gay City will host a 'Portraits of Pride 2012' Artists' Reception as part of their larger Project BuildOUT Open(ing) House Brunch on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Gay City is in the midst of Project BuildOUT, creating a new 8,500 sq ft home to be occupied this coming June. This new space will embody the growth that Gay City has experienced in recent years, growth that is also reflected in their newly revised mission to 'promote wellness in LGBT communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts and building community.' Gay City's new space will include a 750 sq ft multi-purpose performance space that will provide an organizing center for LGBT artists and Queer Arts in Seattle. This new space will exponentially increase Gay City's capacity for collaborating with LGBT artists across a range of disciplines, including theatre, film, spoken word, music, visual arts, workshops and community meetings. 'Portraits of Pride 2012' will be the very first installation in the new arts space.

GENDER ODYSSEY 2012 CONFERENCE ART SHOW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Gender Odyssey conference art show is seeking works of art for their summer conference art show. Last year's art exhibit included drawings, mixed media painting, photography, wood carving, textiles and video by artists from around the U.S. The conference and art show will be held August 2-5.

Gender Odyssey, held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center (800 Pike St.), is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of Transgender and gender non-conforming people. Packed with thought-provoking workshops, discussion groups, social events and entertainment, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing and community.

For more information about the conference, the art show, and for an online art show submission form, visit www.genderodyssey.org. Deadline for art show submission is Saturday, June 30.

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