'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.
NOTE: MOHAI is sponsoring walking tours of Early, Queer Pioneer Square 5/10 & 6/7 and Capitol Hill 5/17 & 6/21. Call 206-324-1126 or visit website for details. Cost: $25 general; $20 MOHAI members.
GREATER SEATTLE BUSINESS
GSBA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
On Friday, May 15, from 5:30-9 p.m., at Seattle Marriott Waterfront (2100 Alaskan Way), join the GSBA board, staff and members for an inspirational evening as they introduce and celebrate their 2014 scholars. This year the GSBA is proud to award a record-breaking $330,000 to deserving students.
The GSBA Scholarship Fund awards educational scholarships to post secondary LGBTQ and allied students who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and who are actively involved in school and community organizations. Their scholars represent a diverse group of students who have dreams of making our community and the world a better place; each of them possesses the skills, talents and dedication to make those dreams a reality.
Registration: $135 members, $145 nonmembers, $100 students. 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org.
GAY CITY ARTS -
THE BLOOD AND
POT ROAST, APRONS
AND JUNE CLEAVER
On Thursday, May 15-Saturday, May 17, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m., at Gay City, Calamus Auditorium (1517 E. Pike St.), presents Dani Tirrell's The Blood and pot roast, aprons and June Cleaver - two works of dance theater exploring love, hate, and spirituality in the midst of discovering and maintaining one's identity.
Dani Tirrell's The Blood is a dance theater piece that deals with one man's journey to find peace with God and come to terms with his sexuality while serving 'the black church.' After being oppressed by scriptures and sermons, he finds restoration to God in order to love himself completely.
pot roast, aprons and June Cleaver explores the dreams and hopes of a Trans-identified person and their relationshp to love and marriage.
Tickets: $16 general admission; $12 students and seniors. www.gaycity.org
TRAPEZE ARTS -
'PINSTRIPES AND PIN-UPS'
On Thursday, May 15, doors at 8 p.m. (all ages), and Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, doors at 9 p.m. (21+), join Emerald City Trapeze Arts (2702 6th Ave. S.), for their spring show 'Pinstripes and Pin-Ups,' featuring a variety of flying trapeze and aerialists coming in from around the world who throw incredible tricks such as the triple tuck, triple pike, and double double! These amazing feats will be followed by mesmerizing aerial performers who will captivate your minds and enthrall your senses with different apparatuses such as Cyr Wheel, strips, and rope, for an amazing show, followed on Friday and Saturday night with a DJ and dancing all night. Tickets: Thursday (all-ages) $25 general and $40 VIP, Friday and Saturday (21+) $45 general and $75 VIP. 206-906-9442; www.emeraldcitytrapeze.com.
THE 33RD ANNUAL
LA FEMME MAGNIFIQUE SEATTLE
AND SEATTLE PLUS PAGEANT
On Sunday, May 18, doors at 6 p.m., pageant at 7 p.m., at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway, entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave. off E. Pike St.), Darcelle XV, Gaysha Starr, and Sinfinite Events present 'The 33rd annual La Femme Magnifique Seattle and Seattle Plus Pageant.' (See article in this week's SGN, Section 2, for complete details.)
CAPITOL HILL HOUSING -
'LAUNCHING A CAPITOL HILL ARTS DISTRICT:
A COMMUNITY FORUM'
On Monday, May 20, at 5:30 p.m., at OddFellows Hall, Capitol Hill Housing invites you to their annual community forum. With special presentation by Greg Esser of the Roosevelt Row Arts District in Phoenix, AZ, plus a conversation moderated by Andy Fife, well-respected Seattle Arts Innovator and a distinguished panel of guests, including remarks from Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata. Get details and to register: bit.ly/artsdistrictforum
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/
SEATTLE PRIDE IDOL
On Sunday, May 25, 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 email@example.com, or visit www.seattlepride.org.
FANTASTIC Z. -
Local theatre company, Fantastic Z., is proud to present the West Coast premiere of queerSpawn by Mallory Avidon, Thursday through Saturday nights, from May 23-June 7 at 8 p.m., at Eclectic Theater (1214 10th Ave.).
queerSpawn is a playfully significant look at a different kind of bullying. A heterosexual cisgendered teenage boy with Lesbian mothers 'who love him more than sunshine' struggles with surviving high school in a small town. Facing four more years of outrageous bullying, he attempts to cope with this harsh reality by creating imaginary friends of tabloid headliners rather than telling his parents.
Tickets: $15 online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/647037 or $20 at the door, with a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, May 22.
Fantastic.Z is a Northwest grown LGBT nonprofit theater company focusing on new and under produced works. This madcap, musically inclined, fun loving ensemble constantly strives to amuse, amaze, and entertain the community as a whole. By enlisting the strengths of burlesque performes, photographers, stand up comedians, and other 'can do' theatre artist into their ensemble, Fantastic.Z is proud to bring you queerSpawn.
TRIANGLE RECREATION CAMP -
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CAMPOUT
GAY CITY ARTS -
LEZ STAND UP
MAY 29-JUNE 1
SEATTLE BUTOH FESTIVAL
SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL
MAY 30-31 & JUNE 1
SEATTLE CENTER EXHIBITION HALL
THEATRE 22 -
SUMMER PRIDE SERIES:
THE LISBON TRAVIATA
RICHARD HUGO HOUSE
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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