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posted Friday, May 23 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 21
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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.

NOTE: MOHAI is sponsoring walking tours of Early, Queer Pioneer Square 6/7 and Capitol Hill 6/21. Call 206-324-1126 or visit website for details. Cost: $25 general; $20 MOHAI members.

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 on June 8. 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.

FANTASTIC Z. - QUEERSPAWN
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
MAY 23-25

www.camptrc.org

MIRRIM 3D PORTRAITS - A 'TASTE OF MIRRIM'
On Saturday, May 24, from 1-5 p.m., at Calamus Auditorium at Gay City (517 E. Pike St.) see a demonstration of a new technology that creates 3D portraits. There will be a door prize drawing for one free 1:12 size (6') Mirrim portrait valued at $250. http://mirrim3d.com.

GSBA - YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WITH PRIDE
On Tuesday, May 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Mezcaleria Oaxaca Rooftop (422 E. Pine St.), the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), host a Young Professionals with Pride get-together. The GSBA's Young Professionals with Pride is dedicated to providing Seattle's LGBT and allied young professionals unique and valuable opportunities to enhance personal and professional development through social, educational, and philanthropic activities. Pre-registration: $10 members, $15 nonmembers, $10 students, walk-ins $5 more at the door. 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org.

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE - LAVENDAR EVER AFTER: GEN SILENT
On Thursday, May 29, from 6-8 p.m., at UW School of Social Work (4101 15th Ave. NE, Room 305), join Jewish Family Service (with support from Social Work Q and Gerontology Social Work student groups) for a screening of Gen Silent (2011), a critically-acclaimed documentary about the lives of six LGBTQ seniors. Charles P. Hoy-Ellis, LICSW will facilitate a conversation and share insights from the 'Caring and Aging with Pride' research project. Kosher refreshments will be served. FREE. Register in advance at gensilent.brownpaperticket.com. For more information, contact Leonid Orlov, 206-861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.

VELOCITY DANCE CENTER - 'ORANGE' A SHOW WITH PAT GRANEY AND FRIENDS
On Thursday, May 29 & Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.), enjoy an evening of dance works by Pat Graney with Jody Kuehner, Shannon Stewart, Kaitlin McCarthy and Jenny Peterson, Amelia Reeber. Tickets: $15 general; $12 senior. www.strangertickets.com.

GAY CITY ARTS - LEZ STAND UP
MAY 30-JUNE 1

On Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1, at 8 p.m., at Calamus Auditorium, Gay City Arts (517 E. Pike St.) presents Lez Stand Up - may be the first comedy show ever that is Lesbian, feminist, AND funny. Featuring some of the best Queer comics in the Pacific Northwest, bring a diaper, because you just might pee your pants! Joining the regular line up of Lez Stand Up will be local comics Elicia Sanchez, Danielle Radford, Abbey Drake, and Sadie Blake. Tickets: $12. www.gaycity.org.

SEATTLE BUTOH FESTIVAL
MAY 30-31 www.daipanbutoh.com

SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL
MAY 30-31 & JUNE 1
SEATTLE CENTER EXHIBITION HALL

Three days filled with the world's finest erotic visual, installation, short film and literary art with performances, late night music, Sunday brunch and the festival store. www.seattleerotic.org

PRIDE ASIA - RICE BALL 2014
On Saturday, May 31, doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), Pride Asia presents Rice Ball 2014, a fundraising event and show hosted by Miss U.T.O.P.I.A. 2014 Atasha Manila with 2012 Pride Idol winner Chase Silva. With keynote speaker Ms. Norma Timbang, music by DJ Bish of JKPop Seattle, and featuring many of Seattle's fine drag entertainers, singers Jack Mozie and Yee-shin Huang, and more. Tickets: $20 advance via riceball2014.bpt.me; $25 at the door. Proceeds to benefit Seattle's PrideASIA celebration. www.PrideASIA.org

EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON - 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
On Tuesday, June 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall (600 4th Ave.), join Equal Rights Washington for their 10th anniversary celebration. www.equalrightswashington.org.

A RARE SCREENING OF THE CELLULOID CLOSET
On Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m., at the Calamus Auditorium at Gay City (517 E. Pike St.), enjoy a rare screening of The Celluloid Closet. What That's Entertainment did for movie musicals, The Celluloid Closet does for Hollywood homosexuality, as this exuberant, eye-opening movie serves up a dazzling hundred-year history of the role of Gay men and Lesbians on the silver screen. Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Curtis, Harvey Fierstein and Gore Vidal are just a few of the many actors, writers and commentators who provide funny and insightful anecdotes. Based on Vito Russo's groundbreaking book on the history of the GLBT community's portrayal in the movies. Admission is FREE.

SEAMEC - SEEKING CANDIDATE EVALUATION INTERVIEWERS
Get engaged in LGBTQ politics. Become a Volunteer SEAMEC Candidate Evaluation Interviewer! Election season is upon us once again, and it is time for our community to actively determine which candidates for public office are LGBTQ friendly. The Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee (SEAMEC) is a non-partisan, all volunteer organization whose members are dedicated to rating candidates on how educated and amendable they are toward their LGBTQ constituents and their issues. SEAMEC needs volunteer candidate evaluation interviewers who can spare 3 hours on a weekday evening to ask our future leaders a whole lot of pointed questions, and rate them on their response.

'We need about 20 interviewers who are available in the last three weeks in June. This is a great chance to get face time with future state legislators, judges, and members of the U.S. Congress. The interviews go in depth, but there is an opportunity for volunteers to ask their own questions at the end,' said a SEAMEC Board member. A high-ranking score from SEAMEC is much coveted by progressive and open-minded candidates.

A volunteer orientation for prospective SEAMEC interviewers will be held on Saturday, June 7 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Library located at 425 Harvard Avenue East. To get on the list of volunteers, call 206-666-8058 and leave a message, or email your name and phone number with a note that you would like to volunteer to seamec2014@gmail.com.

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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