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posted Friday, February 8, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 6
Northwest News
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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 showcase 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.

BABES NETWORK - ANNUAL ONE-DAY RETREAT FOR HIV+ WOMEN
On Saturday, February 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the YWCA (5th Ave. & Seneca St.), join the BABES Network for a day of education, sisterhood, good food, massage, and free giveaways. RSVP to 206-720-5566. www.babesnetwork.org.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION - NEW PLAYER SKILLS CLINIC
On Saturday, February 9, at 10 a.m., at North SeaTac Park (S. 128th St. & 20th Ave. S., SeaTac), join one of the nation's largest Gay softball leagues, home of two 2012 national champion teams. This practice session is open to new and returning players of all skill levels. Team representatives will be on hand to recruit new players. Please bring a mitt. Rain date: Feb. 10, same time/place. Info: membershipdirector@seattlegaysoftball.com; www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

LES FAERIES VERTES - 5TH ANNUAL MARDI GRAS BALL
On Saturday, February 9, at 6 p.m., at 415 Westlake Ave., join Les Faeries Vertes for an evening of dinner, auction, dancing, and celebration at their 5th annual Mardi Gras Ball. Five years of Faerie Tales as they raise funds to benefit Gay City Health Project. Tickets: $85, includes dinner and drinks. www.lesfaeriesvertes.org.

SISTAH SINEMA VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION
On Saturday, February 9, at Roy Street Coffee & Tea (700 Broadway E.), Sistah Sinema will be celebrating Valentine's Day - whether you are single or partnered. From 7-8 p.m., Sistah Sinema will host a singles speed dating event, followed by a raffle. At 8 p.m., a movie will be shown, followed by mingling at 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. www.sistahsinema.com.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE - CORONATION WEEK
On Sunday, February 10, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Richmark's 12th & Pine Building (12th Ave. & E. Pine St.) cast your ballot for this year's Emperor and Empress candidates, Michael Dior D. and Sahara Dior D. on the Court of Seattle's designated Voting Day. All King County residents (ID required) are eligible to select the coming year's Emperor and Empress.

On Sunday, February 10, 6 p.m. door, 7 p.m., show, at R Place (619 E. Pine St.), enjoy the Imperial Court of Seattle's In Town Show and Awards event featuring performances by Seattle members and friends of the Court paying tribute to the current reigning Emperor and Empress, Rainier 38 Rick Peters-Lake and Olympia 41 Beverly Peters Lake. Awards will be bestowed to selected individuals to recognize their special contributions to the Court of Seattle this past year. No cover.

On Thursday, February 14, 7 p.m. door, 7:30 p.m. show, at R Place (619 E. Pine St.) the Imperial Court of Seattle presents the Denver/Salt Lake City Show featuring dignitaries from Denver and Salt Lake City in town for Coronation. No cover.

On Friday, February 15, 6 p.m. door, 7 p.m. show, at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), the Imperial Court of Seattle presents the Out-of-Town Show featuring dignitaries visiting from outside Seattle in town for Coronation. $15 cover.

On Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Seattle Renaissance Hotel Presidential Suite (515 Madison St.), dignitaries are invited to submit their Protocol for Coronation. $35.

On Saturday, February 16, 5 p.m. door, 6 p.m. pageant, at Seattle Renaissance Hotel (515 Madison St.), join the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire for Coronation 2013: The President's Ball: A Cruise Around the World, Lake Style.

The Court of Seattle is pleased to host Queen Mother of the Americas, Empress Nicole the Great, as she presents her 7th annual State of the Empire address.

The evening will also feature command performances, introduction of visiting dignaries, the crowning and investiture of the Court of Seattle's new Emperor and Empress and final walks of the Court of Seattle's reigning Emperor 38 Rick Peters-Lake and Empress 41 Beverly Peters-Lake.

Tickets for the President's Ball: $50.

On Sunday, February 17, at 11 a.m., at Seattle Renaissance Hotel Visions Ballroom (515 Madison St.), the Court of Seattle hosts Coronation Victory Brunch, celebrating the investiture of the new Emperor and Empress. Cost: $35.

On Sunday, February 17, at 3 p.m., at C.C. Attle's (1701 E. Olive Way), the Court of Seattle presents the Alaska Birdwater Party, featuring dignitaries from Alaska in town for Coronation. No cover.

SKI BUDDIES POTLUCK & SKI BUDDIES WEEKEND
On Sunday, February 10, at 6 p.m., join Ski Buddies for their monthly potluck. (See website for West Seattle location.) Meet LGBTQ ski and snow sport enthusiasts and learn about Ski Buddies outings, including their upcoming Ski Buddies weekend at Steven's Pass, February 21-24. Ski Buddies will have a cabin and be there all weekend, with an apres-ski potluck on Saturday, February 23, at 6 p.m. www.skibuddies.org.

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
Meets 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 hosts this 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 EROTIC BALL
On Tuesday, February 12, from 8 p.m.-2 a.m., at Trinity Nightclub (111 Yesler Way), celebrate Mardi Gras at Sasha Scarlett's 6th Annual Seattle Erotic Ball. Get ready to dance the night away with DJ Jub Jub and DJ Paul Aleinikoff and DJ Girl 6. Enjoy six stages of non-stop entertainment including burlesque dancers, Lady Alycyn, aerial performers, fetish demonstration stages, including live suspension. With special guest: Mr. Peter Big. The Seattle Erotic Ball is a costume mandatory event. Guests without costumes will not be admitted. No ticket refunds provided. $2,000 cash prizes for Sexiest Male, Sexiest Female, Sexiest Couple. The Seattle Erotic Ball is a hate free event and guests of all ages over 21, colors, lifestyles and orientations are welcome. Producers ask all guests to be tolerant and respectful. If such an environment is not comfortable to you as a guest, please do not purchase a ticket or attend the event. Tickets: $20. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/295641. Proceeds benefit Rise 'n Shine. www.sashaeroticball.com.

POZ SEATTLE - 'MARDI GRAS DE CARNIVALE'
On Wednesday, February 13, from 6-8 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.) join POZSeattle for their monthly social get-together. Meet in the downstairs bar for light snacks, socializing, catching-up with old friends, making new ones, and a whole lot of fun. This month's theme is 'Mardi Gras de Carnivale.' Mardi Gras beads included - 'I have to flash you WHAT???'

This event is FREE (except for the cost of beverages), and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size or color. NOTE: If you or your group or organization would like to sponsor one of POZSeattle's monthly socials by either donation or a meal or both, please contact POZ Seattle.

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-Positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. Their primary social event is always held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to the POZSeattle email list, email contactpozseattle@gmail.com or visit www.pozseattle.org.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - BORROWED TIME
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 Febuary, the club is reading Paul Monette's acclaimed Borrowed Time, a love-song to Monette's beloved partner Roger Horwitz dying of AIDS.

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

HISTORIC SEATTLE - CALIFORNIA ARTS & CRAFTS ARCHITECTURE FILM NIGHTS
On Thursdays, February 14 and 21, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave.) Historic Seattle and Northwest Film Forum continues their film program featuring outstanding films produced by Paul Bockhurst on Arts & Crafts architecture in Southern and Northern California and the visionary architecture of Bernard Maybeck.

You'll see familiar and not so familiar examples of buildings and interiors by the region's most accomplished and imaginative designers with commentary and critique by outstanding scholars and authors.

On February 14: 'Designing With Nature: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Northern California.' On February 21: 'Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck.' Tickets: $10 members, $15 general public, $5 student. 206-622-6952; www.historicseattle.org.

'WEST SIDE GLORY' - VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL - AT SKYLARK CAFE
On Thursday, February 14, door at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at Skylark Cafe (3803 Delridge Way SW), Jeffrey Robert (the Lane Bryant of Comedy) hosts a special Valentine's Day edition of 'West Side Glory,' West Seattle's Queer Variety Show. This show will be jam-packed with talent and fun, featuring Mizz Honey Bucket (Pac Highway Superstar), Cubs McGee (The Bear Britney Spears), Betty Fish (from Chameleon Productions), Scandal from Bohemia (Anti-Glamour Adventuress), Hoi Polloi (Man of Mystery), Aphelia Bottom (Tacoma Icon), James & Kerry (Darling Entertainers), Cannoli (Delicious Genderbending), David Johnson (Bear-O-Dynamics Singer/Songwriter), with special guest Stachia Fierce and featuring the Fabulous GoGo Bears. Tickets: $10. Must be 21 and over, ID required. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/327234.

'CUPID'S CARNIVAL'
On Saturday, February 16, from 6-10 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.), Seattle girls of Leather, hosts 'Cupid's Carnival,' a fundraiser to help SgoL provide the hospitality suite for Kink LINCS Leadership and Community Building Symposium (www.kinklincs.org) which will be held in Seattle April 12-14. 'Cupid's Carnival' features carnival booths by Seattle boys of Leather, Seattle Pups and Handlers, Microdungeon, Seattle Men in Leather, Knights of Mantra, Kitsap Aces, Bad Girls, and Snoco R.A.C.K.E.D. Come pet, play, or rent a Sea-Pah puppy. Check out the pastries and pasties of the Seattle girls of Leather, and many more! Tickets: $10 at the door, plus $1 raffle and ride tickets. www.sgol.org

1ST ANNUAL TACOMA GAY & LESBIAN WEDDING SHOW
On Sunday, February 17, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., at McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College (4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW), meet with dozens of LGBT-friendly wedding vendors, enjoy a variety of delicious samples, music, LGBT-specific planning tips, and much more. For more information, visit www.samelovesamerights.com. This is a kid-friendly event.

SOCIAL OUTREACH SEATTLE - 'KICK ASS QUEENS AND FEMMES' STREET SMART & SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
On Sunday, February 17, from 6-9 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.), join host Robbie Turner and instructor Mac McGregor for SOSea's first annual street smart and self-defense class, 'Kick Ass Queens and Femmes.' Learn how to protect and defend yourself from becoming a victim. There will be sections designed for drag queens or women in heels as well as bartenders or other late-night workers and the average citizen. This event is FREE; donations will be greatly appreciated.

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 on February 1 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 lunchtime 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 education. 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 suicidal 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.

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