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posted Friday, September 14, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 37
Northwest News
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Northwest News
compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

REGISTER TO VOTE
Register to vote at myvote.wa.gov. Mail-in voter registration forms can also be obtained in person at city and county public libraries and county election offices around the state. For more information on the 2012 election, visit www.vote.wa.gov.

The deadline for online and mail-in voter registration as well as CHANGES OF ADDRESS and other updates is Monday, October 8. (Because Monday, October 8, is a federal holiday, if you are planning to mail in your voter registration, you are advised to mail it in no later than Saturday, October 6, before the last mailbox pick up time that day, because the post office will not be processing mail on October 8.)

Because Washington State has a vote-by-mail system, it is important to submit changes of address to ensure you receive your ballot in the mail. If you have not submitted a change of address by October 8, you can still vote, but you will need to pick up your ballot from your previous address or contact your county elections office for information on other voting options.)

The FINAL deadline for NEW (in person only) Washington State voter registration is Monday, October 29. After October 8, the only option to register to vote in Washington State is to go in person to your county elections office. The King County Elections Office is located at 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057. The Snohomish County Elections Office is located at 3000 Rockefeller Ave. #505, Everett, WA 98201. The Pierce County Elections Office is located at 2501 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409. For other county locations contact the Washington State Elections Office, 360-902-4180.

The 18-day mail-in voting period for the 2012 General Election is October 19-November 6. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 6. If you mail your ballot on Tuesday, November 6, be sure to put your ballot in the mail box before that mail box's last scheduled pick up of the day so that it is postmarked November 6. (Earlier voting is recommended.) Your county elections office can also provide you with locations where you can drop off your ballot in person.

The November 6 General Election has several important candidates and issues on the ballot - including President of the United States, Governor of the State of Washington, Attorney General of the State of Washington, Referendum 74 to APPROVE Marriage Equality (LGBTQ Marriage) in Washington State, and Initiative 502 to Decriminalize Marijuana in Washington State.

For more information, contact the Washington State Elections Office, 360-902-4180; 800-448-4881 (voter hotline).

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY - 'GRAND JURIES, RAIDS AND WITCHHUNTS: THE GOVERNMENT'S RENEWED ATTACK ON DISSENT'
On Friday, September 14, doors at 6:30 p.m., forum at 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), Neil Fox, president of the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and veteran civil rights attorney Val Carlson will discuss escalating FBI and police surveillance and arrests of political protesters. These prominent civil liberties attorneys will also examine the history of grand jury resistance by radicals here in Seattle and across the country, as well as strategies to defend the free speech rights of protesters, be they striking unionists, anarchists, occupiers or immigrant rights advocates. $3 door donation. Snack plates available for $6. Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party. Wheelchair accessible. For more information and to reserve childcare, call 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

'STORIES I CAN'T TELL MAMA' - LESLIE JORDAN AT RE-BAR
On Friday, September 14, at 8 p.m., Re-bar (1114 Howell St.) presents comedian Leslie Jordan in his one-man hit show 'Stories I Can't Tell Mama.' Tickets: $20-advance, $25 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/265113. Must be 21+ with ID.

'VOICES UNITED FOR MARRIAGE' ON TOUR - SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS/ SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS
The SMC and SWC will showcase their support for marriage equality with a series of free concert events (no tickets required) in five cities throughout Western Washington. Each program will feature a 90-minute set of music, stories, and speakers devoted to building awareness and engaging audience members to help Approve Referendum 74. The concert schedule is:

Tacoma: Friday, September 14, 8 p.m., Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway.
Edmonds: Saturday, September 22, 3 p.m., Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N.
Olympia: Saturday, September 29, 8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE.
Bellingham: Sunday, October 21, 3 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
Seattle: Friday, October 26, 8 p.m., Center for Spiritual Living, 5801 Sand Point Way N.E.

OUT FOR SUSTAINABILITY - 'OUT AT THE BEACH'
On Saturday, September 15, OUT for Sustainability will participate in International Shoreline Cleanup Day at Ocean Shores with shoreline cleanup activities followed by a Beach Ball with food, music and fun! For more information and to register, visit www.out4s.org.

ROY HORN EXPERIENCE - 'THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE' PERFORMANCE TO BENEFIT EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON
On Saturday, September 15, at 5 p.m., at the Scarlet Tree Restaurant and Lounge (801 NE 65th St.), join the Roy Horn Experience Band in support of Equal Rights Washington. Tickets: $20. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/267744.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN PACIFIC NORTHWEST GALA DINNER
On Saturday, September 15, 5:30 p.m. registration, 5:30-7:30 p.m. silent auction and cocktails, 7 p.m. gala, at Sheraton Seattle Hotel (1400 6th Ave.), join local HRC supporters and HRC President Chad Griffin for an evening in celebration of the work of HRC. Featuring HRC Visibility Award Recipient Dustin Lance Black (winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for MILK) and Special Guest Megan Hilty. Tickets: $225 regular, $150 student (with ID), seniors and elected officials. www.hrcseattle.org/dinner.

THE BURKE MUSEUM - 'BUG BLAST!'
On Sunday, September 16, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the University of Washington's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (NE 45th St. & 17th Ave. NE) presents 'Bug Blast!,' the annual display of the Burke's comprehensive and stunning collection of mounted insects, including their collections of iridescent beetles (scarabs) and butterflies. In addition, two entomologists will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the handling of live insects. Bug Blast! is included with museum admission: $10 general admission with student/senior discounts; free to museum members and UW faculty, students, staff. www.burkemuseum.org.

SEATTLE PRIME TIMERS - 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & POTLUCK
On Sunday, September 16, at 2 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave. at E. Union St.), join Seattle Prime Timers for their 20th anniversary celebration and monthly potluck. There is a $4 per person door charge to help pay for the rental cost of the hall. Please bring a dish to share that will serve eight or more people. A special dessert will be provided so don't bring a dessert this month. www.seattleprimetimers.org.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday from 6-7:15 p.m., at Seattle Area Support Groups Community Center (303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St.).

Forty years after the events he novelized in The Berlin Stories, Christopher Isherwood wrote about the same incidents and this time told the truth in his memoir, Christopher and His Kind, the book club's selection for this month. The BBC film adaptation will be shown September 26.

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.

QUEERLY CLASSED DISCUSSION SERIES - 'WEDDING CRASHERS: MARRIAGE AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE'
On Wednesday, September 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Southside Commons (3518 S. Edmunds St.), LGBTQ Allyship's Queerly Classed Discussion Series presents 'Wedding Crashers: Marriage and Economic Justice in the LGBTQ Community.' For more information, visit www.LGBTQAllyship.org.

BLACK NAIL KARAOKE AT JULIA'S ON BROADWAY WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
Black Nail Karaoke is now hosting karaoke on Wednesday evenings, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., at Julia's on Broadway (Broadway E. & E. Thomas St.)

SEATTLE FRINGE FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 19-23

For five intense days, Seattle Fringe audiences will enjoy an eclectic array of new work by artists from Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and, of course, Seattle. 21 performance groups will shine on Capitol Hill with shows at Annex Theatre, the NW Film Forum, West Hall at Century Ballroom, and Odd Duck Studio. Ranging from serious drama to light, family-friendly fare, from existential Butoh to saucy cabaret, from highbrow to lowbrow to no-brow - Seattle Fringe Festival has something for everyone. Single tickets: $10; all-festival passes $125. www.click4tix.com. Tickets to non-sold-out shows will be available at the door. For more information and schedule of events, visit www.seattlefringefestival.com.

GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT OPEN HOUSE
On Thursday, September 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Gay City (517 E. Pike St.) hosts an Open House to showcase their new space right next door to their old one, at the corner of E. Pike St. and Belmont Ave. Check out Gay City's newly expanded Wellness Center and the Michael C. Weidemann LGBT Library, visit their new partners, Ingersoll Gender Center and Washington United for Marriage, and then grab a coffee at Kaladi Brothers. Gay City Health Project offers HIV/AIDS and STD testing Monday through Saturday by appointment with some walk-in appointments available. 206-860-6969; www.gaycity.org

RADICAL WOMEN - 'PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE: ARIZONA'S BATTLE OVER ETHNIC STUDIES'
On Thursday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), Radical Women presents an award-winning documentary about an epic civil rights battle in Tucson high schools. The 70-minute film shows committed students, parents and teachers mobilizing to save Mexican-American Studies from a legislative ban on 'ethnically divisive' classes and books. $2 door donation. Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. for $8.50 donation. For more information, rides, or childcare: 206-722-6057, RWseattle@mindspring.com. Everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 20-23

Meet at the 'design block,' the hub of the 2012 Seattle Design Festival, at Denny and Westlake in South Lake Union.

www.seattledesignfestival.com

'LUNCH, LOVE, SEX & MARRIAGE' - LUNCH WITH CYNTHIA NIXON TO BENEFIT PLANNED PARENTHOOD & WA UNITED FOR MARRIAGE
On Friday, September 21, 11:30 a.m. registration, 12 noon luncheon and speaking program, at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, join celebrity guest Cynthia Nixon for a gala fundraising luncheon to benefit Washington United for Marriage and Planned Parenthood.

Cynthia Nixon is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Miranda in Sex and the City. She has won two Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy. Cynthia, a native New Yorker, and her longtime girlfriend, Christine Marinoni, a native of Bainbridge Island, were finally married in New York City this spring: an event that made them and their families profoundly happy. Christine and Cynthia have 3 children - Samantha, 15, Charlie, 9, and Max, 1-1/2. Both Christine and Cynthia are ardent supporters of Planned Parenthood as well as marriage equality and equal rights for all people.

Tickets: $125-silver guest; $250-gold guest; $1,000-private reception and priority seating. RSVP to Gina Topp at 206-328-2969 or gina@newmanpartners.com. To reserve your seat online, visit www.nixonseattle.com.

BORDER RIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB SUMMER CAMPING
The Border Riders Motorcycle Club is the largest and one of the oldest Gay motorcycle clubs in North America. Founded in 1969, BRMC currently has over 70 members primarily from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The club provides social and educational opportunities for our members and guests interested in recreational motorcycle touring. Our diverse, international membership is composed of both seasoned riders and beginners, and we come from all walks of life and professions.

Border Riders hosts a short monthly Meet and Greet gathering on the Wednesday before the third weekend of each month at 7 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave.). The next Meet and Greet will be held on Wednesday, October 17.

From May through October, BRMC hosts monthly weekend camping trips - May 18-21, June 15-17, July 20-22, August 24-26, September 21-23, and October 19-21.

For more information, visit www.borderriders.com.

TWO-SPIRIT CIRCLE WITH JOHNNY MOSES
On Friday, September 21, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church (3201 Hunter Blvd. S.), the Seattle Red Cedar Circle will be holding a Two-Spirit Circle. Johnny Moses, a master storyteller, oral historian, traditional healer and respected spiritual leader of the Si.Si.Wiss Medicine Teachings, will bring out gender teachings of the Northwest Coast Salish tribes. The event is free, with donations accepted for the teachings and building use. The meeting will be held in the church basement, accessible through the back entrance of the church.

SEATTLE AIDS WALK & 5K RUN
On Saturday, September 22, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Volunteer Park (1400 E. Prospect St.), Lifelong AIDS Alliance hosts the Seattle AIDS Walk. The park will open at 9 a.m. for donation drop-off and T-shirt pick-up and the official stage program will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Walk & Run will step-off at 10 a.m. via E. Prospect St. to 12th Ave., 12th Ave. to E. Union St., E. Union St. to Broadway, Broadway to E. Prospect St., returning to Volunteer Park for an after party that includes music, snacks, and celebration.

The Seattle AIDS Walk is the Pacific Northwest's largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser, with all funds supporting Lifelong and partnering community service organizations. Through the AIDS Walk, we are able to educate the community and raise awareness about the continued importance of fighting HIV and AIDS. www.SeattleAIDSWalk.org

SOUTH SOUND AIDS WALK
On Saturday, September 22, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Cheney Stadium (2502 S. Tyler St., Tacoma), the South Sound AIDS Walk will raise funds to support critical HIV care and prevention services in Pierce, Thurston and Lewis Counties. For more information, call 253-383-2565, email events@piercecountyaids.org or visit www.piercecountyaids.org

SEATTLE BURLESQUE OLYMPICS 2012
On Saturday, September 22, at 8 p.m., at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.), Miss Kitty Baby presents Seattle Burlesque Olympics 2012 - a Burlesque show fundraiser featuring a variety of Seattle talent to benefit the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Join us for a night of campy competition as Seattle Burlequers twirl and tease to the finish line for the Ultimate Grand Supreme Medals and Rhinestone Trophies. With Sports Announcer, Ernie Von schmaltz, and Celebrity Judges, Miss Indigo Blue and Waxie Moon. Tickets: $15. http://seattleburlesqueolympics2012.eventbrite.com.

'SMUDGY NOTEBOOK: BETWEEN THE LINES' - A QUEER WRITING WORKSHOP
On Tuesdays, September 25-October 30, from 7-9 p.m., Gay City Health Project (517 E. Pike St.) presents Smudgy Notebook: Between the Lines,' a Queer writing workshop.

Just like our personal experiences, everything that we read and write is based on context. Many diverse factors, such as our sexuality, gender expression, class, race/ethnicity, even geography, can influence our point of view. After all, no two points of view are exactly the same. During this six-week course, participants will read between the lines to look at how these unspoken factors can influence our writing. Cost: $75 (scholarships may be available). For more info and to sign-up, call Susan Rees at 206-388-1707 or email susan@gaycity.org.

DECIBEL - INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC, PERFORMANCE, VISUAL ART & NEW MEDIA
SEPTEMBER 26-30

www.decibelfestival.com

NORTHWEST CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 29-30

Washington State Convention & Trade Center. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: $25-advance, $30 at the door. www.nwchocolate.com

OUT FOR SUSTAINABILITY - 'COMING OUT LOCAL' ANNUAL DINNER
On Sunday, September 30, at 5 p.m., at Melrose Market Studios (1532 Minor Ave.), join guest of honor State Senator Ed Murray (D-43), and keynote speaker Jill Bamburg, a leader in the Local Living Economy movement, for Out for Sustainability's annual dinner, discussion and auction that highlights how a thriving local economy fosters a local community that celebrates diversity. Coming Out Local is for all who care about sustainability and want to have remarkable local food while sampling local wine, bidding on wares and services from local businesses and learning from the evening's guests. This year Skillet will prepare a four course main dinner, along with several local LGBTQ chefs for additional pre-dinner appetizers and dessert. Tickets: $75 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/262113. www.out4s.org.

ENTRE HERMANOS LATINO PAGEANT 2012
On Saturday, September 29, at 7 p.m., at Seattle University, Campion Ballroom (12th Ave. & E. Marion St.), Entre Hermanos presents Latino Pageant 2012, culminating in the selection of Miss Gay Latina, Mr. Gay Latino and Ms. Latina Lesbian. Tickets: $35-general, $50-Friends of the Board. For more information and tickets: 206-322-7700, www.entrehermanos.org, or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/272724.

SEATTLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 11-21

www.threedollarbillcinema.org

'WICKED' FOR MARRIAGE
On Thursday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m., join the Washington United for Marriage campaign to Approve Referendum 74 at the Paramount Theatre (911 Pine St.) for a special fundraising performance of the musical 'Wicked.' For tickets, visit www.wickedformarriage.com.

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