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posted Friday, December 28, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 52

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MUSEUM OF HISTORY & INDUSTRY (MOHAI) - GRAND OPENING AT LAKE UNION PARK
On Saturday, December 29, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., be among the first to step inside the dazzling new MOHAI at Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave. N., Terry Ave. N. & Valley St., take the South Lake Union Streetcar from 5th & Stewart St. to MOHAI) at this community-wide celebration!

The new beautifully restored facility will provide MOHAI with 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. Come explore, participate in special programming, and see amazing live performances in this exciting new space.

To ensure that all visitors have a fun and worthwhile experience, MOHAI has set up a timed-ticketing reservation system for Grand Opening weekend. Tickets are FREE on Saturday and regularly priced on Sunday. Reserved tickets are recommended, but not required. Visitors can choose to arrive anytime during the Grand Opening and will be let in pending building capacity. The museum estimates it will take about 90 minutes to see most of the exhibits. For more information and advance ticket reservations for the Grand Opening, visit www.mohai.org or call 206-324-1126.

The museum also offers Free First Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., each month. On Thursday, January 3, MOHAI, along with Pabst Brewing Company, will host a celebration for the iconic, 12-foot tall Rainier 'R' sign, which has been restored and placed at the top of the Wall of Icons in the museum's Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium. All are welcome to join for photo ops with the one-of-a-kind Rainier Harley Davidson Fatboy, and to witness the Wild Rainiers grazing throughout Lake Union Park. The event will culminate at 7 p.m. with a short ceremony and presentation of the icon's place in Seattle's heritage.

The museum is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

RADICAL WOMEN & FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY - NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
On Monday, December 31, at 8:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), join Radical Women at their New Year's Eve Party to 'Sweep the Globe Clean in 2013!' Festivities include a Northern Italian Feast, dancing, a Riotous Year-in-Review, and a no-host bar. Door donation $5. Buffet donation $15. Sliding scale and work exchange available for students, unemployed and low-income people. Wheelchair accessible. Hosted by Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party. More info: 206-722-6057; RWSeattle@mindspring.com; RadicalWomen.org/seattle.shtml.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - BECOMING A MAN
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.).

In January, the club will read Paul Monette's National Book Award-winning memoir, Becoming A Man.

All GLBTQ folks are welcome to participate in this FREE book club. For more information email nickdimartin@earthlink.net or visit http://faculty.washington.edu/swittet/SGLBookClub/.

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB - WINTER 2013 SEASON
On Wednesday, January 2, from 7-9:30 p.m., at Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S.), the Seattle Volleyball Club will host a Skills Clinic for new players or for any player who is not yet on an SVC team. Skills Clinics provide basic instruction on the core Volleyball Skills, and allow new and established players a means for finding an SVC team to join for the season. SVC will also host an Open Gym that evening for all players and all skill levels. The cost for Open Gym is $4.

The Winter 2013 Season begins Tuesday/Wednesday, January 8/9 and runs through March. For complete details, including schedule, locations and costs, visit www.seattlevolleyballclub.com.

PUDDLETOWN SQUARES - BEGINNING (MAINSTREAM) SQUARE DANCE CLASS
On Thursday, January 3, from 7-9 p.m., at St. Andrews's Episcopal Church (N. 80th St. & 1st Ave. NE), Puddletown Squares kicks off their next Beginners Lesson Series (Mainstream), a 20 week lesson series to be held on Thursdays from January through May. Cost is $150 for 40 hours of instruction and practice and includes additional perks valed at over $100. Come try the first two weeks before making a financial commitment for the entire series. Come as you are. Singles and couples welcome. For more information email puddletownsqmc@yahoo.com; www.puddletownsquares.org.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
On Monday, January 7, doors 7 p.m., Peter Crow 8 p.m., Hedwig Band 9 p.m., at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave. NW), in anticipation of the run on Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Moore Theatre (January 15-27), join Jerick Hoffer aka Jinkx Monsoon (Hedwig) and the show's band, The Angry Inch, for a special rock show featuring selections from the show plus a few additional glam-rock masterpieces. $6 cover. Must be 21+ with ID.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE - MR. & MISS GAY SEATTLE PAGEANT 2013
On Saturday, January 12, door at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m., at Neighbours (1509 Broadway E.), join Mr. Gay Seattle, Alexander Mentele and Miss Gay Seattle DonnaTella Howe in celebrating their year of service to the LGBTQ community and be part of selecting the next Mr. & Miss Gay Seattle. With special guest hostess Jujubee of RuPaul's Drag Race, Drag U, and Drag Race All Stars. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/304921. Event details: www.DonnaTellaHowe.com/pageant. Presented by the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle.



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