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posted Friday, April 25 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 17
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'REVEALING QUEER' - LGBT HISTORY AT MOHAI FEBRUARY 14-JULY 6 Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (860 Terry Ave. N. in South Lake Union) presents 'Revealing Queer,' a landmark exhibit on the history of the Puget Sound region's LGBTQ community. Admission: $14 general; $12-student/senior/military/teacher; children under 14 free when accompanied by an adult. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Thursdays until 8 p.m. First Thursdays FREE. www.mohai.org.

2014 LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL APRIL 25-MAY 4 www.langstoninstitute.org

'DINA MARTINA: HER GREATEST VIDEOS & AND MORE!' FINAL WEEKEND! On Fridays and Saturdays, at 8 p.m., and Sundays, at 2 p.m., through Sunday, April 27, at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.), this show, hosted by Miss Martina herself, celebrates Dina Martina's legacy by featuring all her best film and video segments plus new video, live singing and dancing. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/546683.

GAY CITY ARTS - 'KEEFEE'S HOUSE OF CARDS' APRIL 24-26 On Thursdays-Saturdays, April 24-26, at 8 p.m., Gay City Arts presents 'Keefee's House of Cards,' an improvisational, interactive, blackjack theater experience at Calamus Auditorium at Gay City (517 E. Pike St.) Come watch or play blackjack live with Keefee, your sassy, unpredictable and often intoxicated dealer. Tickets: $15. www.gaycity.org

SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL - LAUNCH PARTY On Friday, April 25, from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., at Within Sodo (2916 Utah Ave. S.), dance the night away to music by DJs Raymond Forbes, Jayson Spaceotter, and Ramaro of Uniting Souls. Enjoy amazing aerial bondage performances by Suspended Animation, sexy Go-Go Dancers, and a variety of delicious art from past Seattle Erotic Art Festivals. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at the door. www.strangertickets.com.

SEATTLE PET EXPO The Seattle Pet Expo will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (on Mercer St. between 3rd Ave. N. & 4th Ave. N.). Over 125 exhibitors, plus discount vaccinations and microchipping. FREE admission. Bring your pet. For more information, visit www.SeattlePetExpo.com.

SEATTLE PRIDE IDOL On Sunday, April 27, Seattle Out & Proud (SO&P) hosts the 6th annual Seattle Pride Idol talent showcase and competition. The event will be held at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway) - with contestant registration beginning at 6:30 p.m., doors at 7 p.m. and contest at 8 p.m. Registration is free, and contestants may bring their own musical accompaniment. There is no cover charge.

The amateur voice competition will feature up to 10 different competitors at each event through the June 8 finale. Each competition winner will advance to the Finale to compete for the title of 2014 Pride Idol, while the runners-up will face off in the Wild Card Night on June 1 for two coveted spots at the Finale. A panel of three to four judges will rate the contestants weekly based on vocal ability, overall performance and stage presence. The first place winner each night will win $100, second place $50 and third place $25.

Contestants may choose from over 10,000 songs (covering the 1950s to the present) from an extensive karaoke song list. Contestants may also bring their own music on audio compact disc (CD). Audio track must be instrumental without lead vocals. All accompanying music not selected from the karaoke music library must be submitted on CD at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the evening's contest.

The 2014 Pride Idol winner will perform in the Seattle Pride Parade on June 29, at the Pride Picnic on June 14, and potential performances at other events representing Pride Idol, and receive the grand prize of $1,000 and a vacation package from Alaska Airlines. The first runner-up will receive $500 and a T-Mobile iPad Mini, and the second runner-up will receive $250 and a Microsoft Surface Tablet. All competitions will be hosted by Miss Gay Seattle, Olivia LaGarce. Regular competitions will be held every Sunday, April 4-May 25 (except May 18) at Neighbours Nightclub. Regular competitions will also be held on Thursday, May 1 at Baltic Room (1207 Pine St.), Wednesday May 7 at The Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike St.), and Thursday May 22 at OutWest Bar (5401 California Ave. SW). The Wild Card Night will be held on Sunday, June 1 at Neighbours and the Finale on Sunday, June 8 at Neighbours.

For more information, call 206-322-9561, email info@seattlepride.org, or visit www.seattlepride.org.

GAY CITY ARTS - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2014-2015 SEASON: CROSSING THE LINE The Gay City Arts Curating Council is seeking proposals for the 2014-2015 Season: Crossing the Line. We invite LGBTQ artists to present the best of Queer performance art in Gay City's 49-seat fringe theater space, Calamus Auditorium. This is an opportunity to propose performances and events, which seek to push the boundaries, perception and perspective of queer performance. In order to express the LGBTQ experience, what lines have been crossed in the past? What lines need to be crossed now and in the future? Gay City Arts is committed to bringing the Seattle community the best of queer art and performance from a variety of disciplines. Theater, dance, music, performance art, spoken word, film/video, new media and interdisciplinary projects are welcome.

The Season Two guidelines and application form are available at www.gaycity.org.

Have questions or need help with your application? An informal workshop and a Gay City Arts Mixer will be held on Monday, April 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Calamus Auditorium (1517 E. Pike St.). DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is Thursday, May 15.

Art is the voice, spirit and conscience of every community and is a vital tool for community reflection, dialogue and pride. Through Gay City Arts, Gay City collaborates with local LGBT artists to galvanize an audience for queer arts, foster the development of LGBT artists, and facilitate artistic excellence that is accessible, including the promotion of new works. Gay City Arts is committed to presenting challenging, dynamic and excellent queer art across a wide range of disciplines, including theater, music, dance, film, spoken word, literary and visual arts.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - TELL THE WOLVES I'M HOME AND THE NORMAL HEART The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m., at Seattle Area Support Groups Community Center (303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St.).

In April, the club will discuss Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Riftka Brunt. It's 1986. The world is terrified of the new plague. We learn in the very first sentence that the fourteen year-old girl narrator loves more than any other person alive her Gay uncle who is dying of AIDS. Which is walloping in itself - but wait until Uncle Finn's lover seeks her out as the only one who loved her uncle as much as he did. Get your handkerchiefs ready. As Gay literature enters the mainstream, let's think about how we describe ourselves and how straight people describe us. We will be able to talk for hours about the way Brunt uses her Gay characters in her novel. DON'T read the back of the book - the blurb gives away half the surprises. Bring your opinions!

[NOTE: The group will not be meeting on Wednesday, April 30. Instead, that week, the group will meet on Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at the University Bookstore (4326 University Way NE) for a book launch and book signing by book club group leader Nick DiMartino for his new novel, Student Union.]

In May, the club will discuss Larry Kramer's 1985 AIDS play, The Normal Heart. On May 7, the group will read aloud Act One; on May 14, the group will read aloud Act Two; on May 21, the group will discuss the play; on Sunday, May 25, HBO will telecast the made-for-television movie, The Normal Heart, with Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo; on May 28, the group will discuss the made-for-television movie.

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

GAY CITY ARTS - MEET THE AUTHOR: THE QUEER DETECTIVE On Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m., at Seattle Central Library's Microsoft Auditorium (1000 4th Ave.), discover LGBT mysteries and suspense fiction. Murder, theft, cons and crimes shadow the streets within a mystery novel, but thankfully for its innocent denizens, there's a hero or heroine on the case, striking fear into villains and solving the toughest of puzzles, all while alluding danger and living out of the closet.

'Queer' detectives, investigators, and mysteries solvers are not new to the noir world. Protectors of its dark cityscapes include such literary LGBT luminaries as Joseph Hansen's dogged investigator Dave Brandstetter, Nicola Griffith's steely heroine Aud Torvingen, and Josh Lanyon's inquisitive bookseller Adrien English.

Join Gay City, Gay Romance NW Meetup, and the Seattle Central Public Library as Gay City Arts presents their latest Meet the Author reading with three Northwest writers who spotlight crime solvers who find the culprit and celebrate LGBT love and relationships. This reading event will include Lambda Literary winner Nicole Kimberling (Bellingham Mysteries), Rainbow Award winner Lori L. Lake (Gun Shy) and Lou Sylvre (Loving Luki Vasquez). This event is FREE and open to the public. www.gaycity.org/meet-the-author.

CAPITOL HILL GOODWILL STORE GRAND OPENING On Friday, May 2, at 9 a.m., Capitol Hill Goodwill (115 E. Belmont St.) will host their Grand Opening with prizes and giveaways. There will be a DJ with live music in the evening.

JAKE TALKS On Saturday, May 3, from 10-3 p.m., at Calamus Auditorium (1517 E. Pike St.), join us for JAKE Talks - conceived to spotlight the voices of speakers and thought-leaders who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender that can intimately speak to the unique cultural experiences we celebrate as a community alongside our allies in an entertaining yet inspiring and accessible format. Tickets: $26. www.jake-talks.com.

ENTRE HERMANOS - CINCO DE MAYO CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH On Sunday, May 4, at noon, at El Quetzal (3209 Beacon Ave. S.), join Entre Hermanos for their Cinco de Mayo Champagne Brunch. Enjoy delicious, authentic Mexican food and live music! Help Entre Hermanos continue their mission of promoting the health and well-being of the Latino LGBT community through health education, support groups, and referrals to services and advocacy. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door. www.entrehermanos.org.

THE GODDESS RAVENNA RAVINE - CELEBRATION OF SPRING On Sunday, May 4, at noon, the Goddess Ravenna Ravine cordially invites you to the twenty-sixth manifestation of Her Celebration of Spring. Celebrants assemble at Cowan Park (Brooklyn Ave. NE & NE Ravenna Blvd.). The jubilant procession will dance its way down the Ravenna Ravine with sumptuous feasting and revelry to follow on the South Bluff. The Goddess has ordained Celebrants to wear festive dress and mask. Bring musical and percussion instruments and provide divine picnic foods. All friends of the earth are welcome.

SOUTHEAST LESBIAN EVENING GROUP - POTLUCK & LGBT HISTORY DISCUSSION On Wednesday, May 7, at 6 p.m., at Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 S. Holly St., upstairs meeting room), join the Southeast Lesbian Evening Group for a casual history discussion led by Golda and Diane using the 'Revealing Queer: Discover 40 Years of LGBTQ History in Puget Sound' at MOHAI as inspiration for sharing your personal experiences in 'making herstory.' Potluck dishes welcome. FREE.

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA - TRANSLATIONS: THE SEATTLE TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL MAY 8-11 http://translations.strangertickets.com

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS & SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS - BLACK TIE & SEQUINS: 'A VENETIAN BALL' GALA DINNER, DANCE & AUCTION MAY 10 www.flyinghouse.org

THEATRE 22 - SUMMER PRIDE SERIES: THE LISBON TRAVIATA RICHARD HUGO HOUSE JUNE 6-28 Theatre22's first annual SUMMER PRIDE SERIES presents The Lisbon Traviata, by Terrence McNally. Catty comedy meets operatic tragedy. Stephen adores Maria Callas and shares this obsession with his best friend, the wildly flamboyant opera queen, Mendy. They dish the latest gossip late into the night to distract Steven from a crumbling relationship with his longtime boyfriend. When Steven attempts to confront personal demons, his life takes on the scale of grand opera.

The Lisbon Traviata is a story about Gay men in New York in 1985 when few had faith in the adage that love conquers all. Being rejected by a lover is painful for anyone. But for a middle-aged male homosexual living in the age of AIDS, rejection is more than humiliation and hurt - it carries the threat of lifelong loneliness and celibacy, alleviated only by extremely risky sexual encounters. This threat is chilling, and the emotions it triggers are positively operatic in intensity.

Wikepedia writes: 'The Lisbon Traviata is a play by Terrence McNally initially written in 1985 and revised in 1989. 'It focuses on two of the playwright's favorite subjects, Gay relationships and Maria Callas, and includes one of his most memorable characters, flamboyantly bitchy and viciously wicked opera queen Mendy. Stephen, a depressed literary editor and opera fanatic, is on the verge of losing his doctor lover to a considerably younger Columbia University student. In Act I, he takes temporary refuge at the apartment of fellow opera aficionado Mendy to dish about divas, listen to records, and avoid thinking about his rapidly unravelling eight-year relationship. In Act II, he returns home to confront his unfaithful partner.

'The play derives its title from an actual 1958 Callas production of La Traviata at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in the Portuguese capital. Two thousand copies of an unauthorized recording made by a cast member during a live performance, despite their amateur quality, quickly became collector's items among the diva's fans. Stephen recently has acquired one, which he neglected to bring with him, and Mendy is obsessed with his going home to retrieve it.' Theatre22's production opens on Friday, June 6, at 8 p.m., at Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave.) and runs Thursdays through Saturdays through June 28 at 8 p.m., with two matinees on Saturdays, June 21 and June 28 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $22-general admission; $14-senior/student/military; $10 TPS members. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/575647. www.theatre22.org.

'It seems wholly appropriate to me that The Lisbon Traviata is Theatre22's first presentation with what will eventually become our 'Annual Summer Pride Series.' It's a rich and thought-provoking play that I think will very much connect with Seattle's LGBT community. And the wonderful thing is that it's a play that connects with all audiences. One doesn't have to be Gay or an opera nut to really 'get' this play. That's the genius of McNally's writing. It's a play about all of us.' -Gerald B. Browning, Director, The Lisbon Traviata

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