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posted Friday, May 2 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 18
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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.

SEATTLE CINERAMA SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL
MAY 1-11

www.cinerama.com

ASUW QUEER STUDENT COMMISSION - 'QSC BALL 2014'
On Friday, May 2, from 6:30-9 p.m., at the Ethnic Cultural Center Unity Ballroom (3931 Brooklyn Ave. NE), the ASUW Queer Student Commission presents 'QSC Ball 2014,' featuring a drag showcase and dance party with performance and DJ set by special guest Cat Harris-White from TheeSatisfaction aka DJ Sassy Black. Celebrate and boogie in your gender with your Queer and Trans community. Campus and local organizations will also be tabling with activities. Photobooth provided! FREE admission and open to the public. In consideration of those with chemical injury or multiple chemical sensitivity, please do not use/wear scented/fragranced products or essential oils to this event.

2014 LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
APRIL 25-MAY 4

On Saturday, May 3, at 1:30 p.m., the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (104 17th Ave. S.) presents The New Black, a groundbreaking documentary about the conversation on same-sex marriage in the African American community during Maryland's fight for marriage equality in 2012. www.langstoninstitute.org

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.

SEATTLE PRIDE IDOL
On Sunday, May 4, 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.

HEYO GENDER*FIERCE ORGANIZING MEETING FOR YOUTH PRIDE VARIETY SHOW & DANCE PARTY
On Monday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m., at the HEYO Loft (1017 E. Union St., door to the left of the Lifelong AIDS Alliance Thrift Store), Lifelong's HEYO program is seeking a GENDER*FIERCE organizing team to help make this year's awesome Youth Pride Variety Show & Dance Party a reality....

'We've secured the date (Thursday, June 26). We've secured the venue (Fred Wildlife Refuge, 127 Boylston Ave. E.). We have secured an amazing collaborative partner (C89.5 radio station, Seattle's HOTTEST music!). What we need now is the support of an amazing organizing team to help in ALL facets of the organizing and event production.

'Support is needed across numerous areas to make this event as huge and awesome as possible. We need help engaging community partners, decorating/event design, creating flyers & promotional materials, advertising & marketing, scouting & securing youth performers, and just general organizing team support.

'Please RSVP if you are interested or want to learn more!!' Email Michael at michaelb@llaa.org.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - 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 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/

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.

SOUTHGATE ROLLER RINK - PRIDE SKATE
On Wednesday, May 7, from 9-11 p.m., come get your skate on at the Southgate Roller Rink's (9464 17th Ave. SW) monthly LGBT Pride Skate event. Meets the first Wednesday each month. Cost is $7 (with free skate rental, if needed). This is an ages 18 and older event. www.southgaterollerrink.com.

COMMUNITY MEETING - TO DISCUSS 'AUTOMATIC CONVERSION' OF REGISTERED DOMESTIC PARTNERS WHO WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE GETTING MARRIED
ON JUNE 30

On Thursday, May 8, from 5:30-7 p.m., at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room (600 4th Ave., entrance on 5th Ave.), join the ACLU, GSBA, Legal Voice, Pride Foundation, QLaw Foundation and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights for a FREE community education event on Washington state's 'automatic conversion' law affecting many Washington state-registered domestic partners.

If you are in a Washington state-registered domestic partnership, you might be getting married on June 30, 2014 - without doing a thing. On that day, most Washington state-registered domestic partnerships will be 'automatically converted' to marriages under State law.

Do you have questions about how the 'automatic conversion' may affect you and your family? LGBT family law attorneys will present information and answer your questions, including: 1) who will be affected by the automatic conversion; 2) legally, how would becoming married affect you; 3) if you don't want to become married, what can you do?; 4) how will you get a marriage certificate and what will it look like?

Panelists will include Cynthia Buhr (Law Offices of Cynthia F. Buhr), Denis Diskin (Steve Teller & Associates), Janet Helson (Skellenger Bender), and representatives from the Washington State Department of Health. The event will be moderated by David Ward (Legal Voice).

NOTE: The 'automatic conversion' only applies if you and your partner registered your domestic partnership with the Washington Secretary of State. Also, a state-registered domestic partnership won't convert to a marriage if at least one partner is 62 years of age or older on June 30.

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA - TRANSLATIONS: THE SEATTLE TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL
MAY 8-11

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THE NORTHWEST VINTAGE WEDDING FAIR
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SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS & SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS - BLACK TIE & SEQUINS: 'A VENETIAN BALL' GALA DINNER, DANCE & AUCTION
On Saturday, May 10, at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St.) doors at 5:30 p.m., with silent auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner at 7:30 p.m., live auction at 7:45 p.m., dancing at 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of fundraising, fine dining and dancing in support of the Seattle Men's Chorus and the Seattle Women's Chorus. Tickets: $225 patron and $265 benefactor. www.flyinghouse.org

ALLYSHIP'S FIRST DANCE-A-THON - 'DANCING WITH THE STARZ: A NIGHT OF SOCIALIZING FOR JUSTICE'
'If I can't dance, it's not my revolution!' - Emma Goldman

On Saturday, May 10, from 6 p.m. to midnight, at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave.), join Allyship for an evening of dancing in support of Allyship's programs:

Dance and support W.E.R.Q. (Work, Economics and Resources for Queer Youth and Young Adults) Summer Institute for LGBTQ marginalized youth and young adults and help prevent LGBTQ homelessness through an 8-week course utilizing art to teach leadership development, life-skills and civic engagement.

Dance to provide bus tokens to LGBTQ marginalized youth/young adults to attend Allyship's free W.E.R.Q. Summer Institute.

Dance to ensure LGBTQ marginalized youth/young adults receive a stipend for participating in the W.E.R.Q Summer Institute. This supports low-income youth and young adults to earn some money while learning about LGBTQ social justice and history.

Dance to support Allyship's LGBTQ Intergenerational Project to facilitate deeper intergenerational conversations, build a strong advocacy community against youth and senior ageism and end isolation across the generations. Dance because you believe in LGBTQ Economic Justice.

Three local DJs from the social justice community will be playing hip-hop, house, R&B, funk, disco, pop, and more. This is an all-ages event and is wheel chair accessible.

Food and beverage will be available for a small donation.

You can attend by raising pledges or making a donation:

'Dancing with Myself' individual ticket: $25; 'Drop It Like It's Hot' couple ticket: $45; 'Bust a Move' team of four ticket: $90; 'Getting Jiggy with It' team of six ticket $140.

Themed, creative and fabulous costumes and dance moves encouraged and prizes will be awarded!

The 'Bring It On' Grand Prize is for the individual or team who raises the most money.

The 'Dirty Dancer's Delight' Prize is for the individual or team with the most fabulous dance moves.

The 'Footloose and Fancy Free' Prize is for the individual or team with the best costume.

(Dancers in attendance will vote on who wins the last two prizes. Ballots will be available and a dance-off is guaranteed.)

There will be a full six hours of dancing! Registration starts at 6 p.m.

There will be 10 minute breaks every hour.

For teams you need at least two people on the dance floor at all times (outside of breaks).

Prizes will be given out starting at 8:30 p.m. and you must be present to win.

Advance registration requested online or mail in a check to Entre Hermanos, 1105 23rd Ave., Seattle WA 98122 (make out check to Entre Hermanos with 'Allyship' in the memo space) or you can register at the door.

Registration fees or pledges are due on the night of May 10th.

For more details and to register, visit www.lgbtqallyship.org.

Dancing ain't your thing, but you want to watch or hang out? No problem, buy a ticket today and enjoy Allyship's dancing vibe.

OASIS YOUTH CENTER'S ANNUAL QUEER PROM
On Saturday, May 10, from 7:30 p.m.-midnight, at Pacific Lutheran University's University Center at Chris Knutsen Hall (at Park Ave. and 122nd St., in Tacoma), LGBTQA youth ages 14-24 are invited to Oasis Youth Center's annual masquerade-themed, drug and alcohol free Queer Prom for a fabulously great time. $2 suggested donation. For more information or if you have any questions or concerns, email oasis@oasisyouthcente.org or call 253-671-2838.

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.

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.

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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