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posted Friday, January 25, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 4
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DIVERSE HARMONY
IN CONCERT -
'HARMONY VS. DISSONANCE'

On Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m., at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (104 17th Ave. S.), Diverse Harmony, Seattle's LGBTQA youth chorus, presents a concert of songs reflecting the positive and negative issues that we may deal with in our daily lives. This concert is open to the general public. Tickets: $20 general ad-mission; FREE for youth 22 and under. www.diverseharmony.org.

NOTE: Diverse Harmony will be hosting auditions on Tuesday, February 5, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave.) for youth ages 13 to 22 or just show up to one of their practices on Tuesday nights. See website for details.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
JANUARY 15-27
AT THE MOORE

Seattle Theatre Group and Balagan Theatre present Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the historic Moore Theatre (1932 2nd Ave. at Virginia St.), January 17-27, with preview per-formances on January 15 and 16.

Directed by Ian Bell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of an East Berlin born rock-and-roll-goddess Hedwig Schmidt, a botched sex change, stolen music and a love af-fair with an American GI. Rising star Jerick Hoffer (most recently seen in the role of Angel in the 5th Avenue production of RENT) portrays Hedwig as she recounts her outra-geous life story as the lead singer in a sleazy lounge act, backed by her rock-and-roll band 'The Angry Inch.'

Hoffer (Hedwig) has also been seen on stage at Balagan (Spring Awakening), Book-It Repertory Theatre (Red Ranger Came Calling), and Seattle Shakespeare Company (Threepenny Opera). A recent graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, the role of Hedwig is a perfect fit for Hoffer, also known to many in Seattle as preeminent drag queen chanteuse Jinkx Monsoon, host of the popular 'An Evening at Le Faux' weekly celebrity impersonation show at Julia's on Broadway.

Tickets: $17.50-$32.50 (not including fees) at www.stgpresents.org.

SEATTLE ASIAN AMERICAN
FILM FESTIVAL
JANUARY 25-27

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival will showcase works by Northwest Asian American filmmakers, as well as films from across the country dealing with Asian American people, issues, and themes, including LGBTQ focused films. All screenings will take place at the Wing Luke Museum's Tateuchi Story Theatre (719 S. King St.). www.seattleaaff.org. The festival is co-sponsored by the Pride Foundation.

SEATTLE-KING COUNTY
GUN BUYBACK PROGRAM

On Saturday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the parking lot (600 7th Ave.) beneath I-5 (between Cherry and James Sts.), the Seattle Police Department will be collecting unwanted guns from private citizens as part of the Seattle-King County Gun Safety Initiative. Receive up to a $100 gift card in exchange for handguns, shotguns, and rifles and up to a $200 for assault weapons. Receive up to $25 for high-capacity clips (max 3) when turned in with a gun. Trigger locks and gun safety information will also be available. For more information, go to seattlepolicefoundation.org.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE -
SPARKS OF GLORY CONCERT

On Saturday, January 26, at 2 p.m., at Seattle Art Museum's Plestcheeff Auditorium (1st Ave. & University St.), Music of Remembrance presents their second Sparks of Glory concert-with-commentary, free-to-the-public outreach concert featuring Steve Reich's Different Trains and Lori Laitman's The Seed of Dream. www.musicofremembrance.org.

SEAMEC HOSTS
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

On Saturday, January 26, starting at 2 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Library (Harvard Ave. & E. Republican St.), SEAMEC (Seattle Municipal Elections Committee) will host their annual business meeting.

SEAMEC is a community organization that has been interviewing and rating political candidates on their knowledge and positions on LGBT issues and publishing voter advisory election ratings since 1977.

The agenda for this meeting includes the election of new steering committee members and a discussion of priorities for the future. SEAMEC survives on donations and volun-teers to help with questionnaire development, candidate research, candidate interviews and compilation and distribution of ratings.

Much has changed in Washington State, King County and City of Seattle politics since SEAMEC was founded. With the advent of legalized marriage for Gays and Lesbian, it is important to maintain the support of our lawmakers. Anyone who is interested in supporting this cause is welcome to attend the SEAMEC annual meeting.

SEATTLE QUAKE RUGBY
NEW PLAYER ORIENTATION

On Saturday, January 26, from 2-4 p.m., at Magnuson Park Field #5 (7400 Sand Point Way NE), Seattle Quake Rugby hosts a new player orientation. Learn rugby! Never played a sport? No problems. For complete information, visit www.quakerugby.com.

KNIGHTS OF MANTRA -
BEGGARS FEAST

On Saturday, January 26, doors at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., at the Russian Cultural Center (704 19th Ave E.), join the Knights of Mantra for their annual Beggars Feast. 'A Feast to the Royal Family and their Glorious Members and their Glorious Jewels' will feature a seven course dinner, including wine, plus an evening of entertainment and games. Tick-ets: $35. www.jetchapterKofM.com.

METROPOLITAN OPERA
AUDITIONS AT MEANY HALL

On Sunday, January 27, at 1 p.m., at the UW's Meany Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera will hold their Northwest Auditions featuring an exciting lineup of 11 young singers who have won their respective district auditions all over the Northwest.

Winner(s) will go to New York for semi-finals and possibly final auditions. Come hear the cream of the arias at what is still the best cultural bargain in town! Tickets: $20-general, $15-students.

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB -
WINTER 2013 SEASON

The Winter 2013 Season runs through March. For complete details, including schedule, locations and costs, visit www.seattlevolleyballclub.com.

LGBTQ YOUTH BASKETBALL
Meeting weekly on Tuesdays, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at the International District/Chinatown Community Center (719 8th Ave. S.), Seattle Parks and Recreation will be host-ing their FREE LGBTQ youth basketball program for LGBTQ Youth, Queer Youth of Color, allies and friends, ages 14-19. For more information, contact Randy Wiger at 206-883-6110 phone/text or email randy.wiger@seattle.gov.

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 is reading Paul Monette's National Book Award-winning memoir, Becoming A Man. Published in 1992, when Monette was 46 and dying of AIDS, this book is the message he wanted to leave behind for those of us who came after.

On Wednesday, January 30, at 6 p.m. sharp, the club will show the documentary: Paul Monette: On the Brink of Summer's End.

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

NICOLE GEORGES -
CALLING DR. LAURA
AT ELLIOTT BAY

On Wednesday, January 30, at 7 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co. (1521 10th Ave.) presents Portland artist, activist and 'zinester Nicole Georges. Her hip and heartfelt new memoir comic, Calling Dr. Laura, opens when Nicole discovers that her presumed-dead father is actually alive, something her entire family had kept from her for years. But she's been keeping something from them, too: she's Gay. With a supporting cast of friends, girlfriends, rescued dogs, pet chickens, and the occasional conservative radio host, Nicole figures out how to confront - and come out to - a mother she no longer trusts.

PRIDE FOUNDATION &
GSBA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Since 1993, Pride Foundation, along with their partner, the GSBA Scholarship Program, have awarded over $4 million in scholarships to more than 1,400 students to support education and leadership development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and straight-ally students.

On their 20th anniversary of supporting education in the community, Pride Foundation encourages students of any age, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression living or studying in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, who are pursuing any post-secondary education (including community college, public or private colleges and uni-versities, trade apprenticeships, or certificate programs, to apply now.

Along with their scholarship partners, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), they offer over 50 different scholarships, but have only one application to complete. A combined total of over $500,000 will be awarded during this scholarship cycle. The joint application is available at www.PrideFoundationScholarship.org. The deadline for appli-cation is Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 5 p.m. PST.

The GSBA and Pride Foundation scholarships take into account a wide variety of experiences and academic levels. All scholarships require that students be committed to LGBTQ advocacy and equal rights in their community. That can look different depending on where you are and who you are. They have straight allies who help start Gay Straight Alliances in their schools, LGBTQ students who have organized Queer youth rallies, and older members of the community returning to school after fighting inequality for all their lives. Leadership can take many different forms and Pride Foundation encourages everyone to share their vision with them and apply.

For more information and questions, visit www.pridefoundation.org or call 800-735-7287.

NAMOLI BRENNET
IN CONCERT -
WITH LIVE STREAMING
BENEFIT FOR LAMBERT HOUSE

On Friday, February 1, at 7 p.m., Namoli Brennet, a nationally touring singer/songwriter, who happens to be Trans, will perform at Empty Sea Studios (6300 Phinney Ave. N.). Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door. For those who would like to watch the concert streaming live, viewers can stream the show for $6.99 and $2 from each view will go to Lambert House LGBTQ Youth Services Center. www.namolibrennet.com; www.emptysea.com

SURVIVING PARTNERS
On Saturday, February 2, at 10:30 a.m., (email facilitator for South Lake Union location), SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) hosts a new group for the LGBT community focusing on those who have survived the loss of a partner. It's a member-driven group that will meet for an hour of discussion and then an opportunity for social activities. The group will meet the first Saturday of each month. For location and more information, contact Trish at pthroop@eldercareconsulting.info.

'OUT OF THE SILENCE'
EXHIBIT IN OLYMPIA
FEBRUARY 1-MARCH 31

'Out of The Silence,' a calligraphic art exhibit that 'celebrates diversity, love and understanding' is slated to open in the historic Hotel Olympian (116 Legion Way, Olympia) on February 1. (An opening reception will be held at the Hotel Olympian's Urban Onion Restaurant from 5-8 p.m., with a presentation at 6 p.m. The reception is FREE and open to the public.) The exhibit will be on display through March 31.

The exhibit was developed by Sally Penley, a local Olympia calligrapher, to address the issues of bullying and hate crimes against LGBTQ youth who are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Thirty-nine calligraphers from across the U.S. and Canada have donated 60 pieces of art displaying powerful messages that address the issues.

When 'Out of The Silence' closes in Olympia at the end of March, the exhibit will travel to various venues until the summer of 2014, when the art will be offered for sale in an online auction. All proceeds from the sale of the art, as well as sale of cards and prints from the exhibit, will go to benefit Pizza Klatch.

Pizza Klatch was started in 2007 because of the increasing number of suicides of kids in Thurston County who were Gay or thought to be Gay. Pizza Klatch offers weekly lunch-time support grups for LGBTQ youth and their allies. They provide free pizza, two trained facilitators for each group, and a convenient and safe forum for discussion and educa-tion. Currently, there are 11 Pizza Klatch groups in 6 Thurston County high schools. Proceeds from this exhibit will help the program expand to other communities. www.pizzaklatch.org

The goals of the Pizza Klatch groups are to: diminish bullying in schools; help students to feel strong enough to intervene when they witness bullying; decrease suicide and sui-cidal attempts by LGBTQ students; lend support so LGBTQ students feel less isolated in the school setting; educate group members on various subjects and resources related to gender identity and sexuality.

For more information about the purchase of art prints and the online auction of the original art to benefit Pizza Klatch, contact Lynn Grotsky at lynngrotsky@gmail.com.

SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS -
'CELEBRATE!'
FEATURING VICCI MARTINEZ

On Friday, February 8, at 8 p.m., at Benaroya Hall (3rd Ave. & University St.), Seattle Women's Chorus celebrates their 10th anniversary season 'Celebrate!' with special guest Vicci Martinez.

Featuring songs from some of the fantastic musical divas of the past few decades, written by some of the great female singer-songwirters of the modern era, this chorus of 200 women will be setting the stage on fire with songs such as 'Constant Craving' (k.d. lang), 'Rumor Has it' (Adele), 'Give Me One Reason' (Tracy Chapman) and 'Natural Woman' (Carole King) and other tunes. Vicci Martinez, known for her rocking acoustic guitar and electrifying performances, will join the chorus on stage for a few songs and will show-case her impressive musical talents.

The event continues with a FREE post-concert dance party in the Benaroya Hall lobby. DJ Stacey Cooks (The Original Timberline, The Cuff, Hotflash, and Girl 4 Girl) will spin celebratory music from the '70s to the present. The party continues until 1 a.m. There will be a cash bar and all are welcome.

Tickets to the Seattle performance are $25-$65 and can be purchased in advance at 206-388-1400 or at www.SeattleWomens Chorus.org.

NOTE: The Seattle Women's Chorus' Friends and Family Preview Concert will be held on Saturday, February 2, at 8 p.m., at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center (400 S. 2nd St., Renton). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at 206-388-1400 and at the door. The preview concert does not include the appearance by Vicci Martinez.

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