NOTE: Please see PRIDE EVENTS calendar this week for Pride related events.
'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.
The Prime Time Emmy-nominated producers of 'HOARDERS,' 'Women of Homicide' and 'Sell This House' are launching an empowering new reality series for a major cable network about brave young people going through a divorce and embarking on a new journey in their lives. With the right to marry for so many now a reality, divorce in the LGBTQQIA community is inevitable. Long excluded as traditionally recognized couples, LGBTQQIA voices are now part of the national narrative on marriage; likewise, LGBTQQIA people will have a visible presence in divorce.
This new series will profile both Gay and straight individuals as they end their relationships and embark on new lives.
The National Center for Health Statistics reports 60 percent of marriages for couples between the ages of 20 and 25 end in divorce. People get married for all sorts of reasons and they get divorced for just as many. This new show will explore the changes and challenges facing young people as they uncouple and get divorced. People who might be interested in participating in this new reality series can respond with their name, age, recent photo, and a brief summary of their situation by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to the casting page at www.sfpseattle.com/casting
VELOCITY DANCE CENTER -
A SHOW WITH PAT GRANEY
On 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.
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 doorFantastic.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.
SEATTLE BUTOH FESTIVAL
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
SEATTLE PRIDE IDOL
WILD CARD COMPETITION
On Sunday, June 1, first runners-up in Seattle Out & Proud's (SO&P) 6th annual Seattle Pride Idol weekly talent showcase and competition that has been going on since April 4 will compete for a coveted spot in the Sunday, June 8 Finale. Doors at 7 p.m. and contest at 8 p.m. A panel of three to four judges will rate the contestants. There is no cover charge.
The 2014 Pride Idol Finale 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.
The Wild Card Night will be held on Sunday, June 1 at Neighbours (1509 Broadway) and the Finale on Sunday, June 8 at Neighbours.
All competitions will be hosted by Miss Gay Seattle, Olivia LaGarce.
For more information, call 206-322-9561, email email@example.com, or visit www.seattlepride.org.
MEET THE DEVELOPERS
On Monday, June 2, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., presentation begins at 6 p.m., at Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway). www.capitolhillchampion.org
SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN
BOOK CLUB - FIREFLY
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 June, the club will discuss Firefly by Janette Jenkins. For almost fifty years, the most popular playwright in the world was Noel Coward. At the end of his stellar career, to escape brutal British tax laws, he (and Ian Fleming, another Brit) went to live in Jamaica - and that's where he built Firefly, his final retreat from the world. Janette Jenkins' Firefly is a short (150 pages) and lovely written novel about this hugely successful 71 year-old Gay British playwright in Jamaica reflecting back on his life, and his friendship for one week with a temporary young Jamaican servant named Patrice, whose wildest dream is to be a silver-service waiter at the Ritz in London.
All GLBTQ folks are welcome to participate in this FREE book club. For more information, visit http://faculty.washington.edu/swittet/SGLBookClub/
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.
LOVE IS THE MESSAGE -
A NIGHT AT THE GALLERY 1977
SPECIAL BENEFIT SCREENING:
GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT
On Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.), Derek Pavone and Bottom Forty present a screening of Nicky Siano's documentary film Love is the Message - A Night at the Gallery 1977 that takes the viewer back to the heydey of dance music for one night at New York's famed club, The Gallery, presenting an important snapshot of American dance music history. Tickets: $10 at http://loveisthemessage.brownpapertickets.com and at the door.
Opened in 1972 by Siano and his brother, The Gallery had such an effect on the dance music scene that it is still felt today in clubs around the world. Before Studio 54, Paradise Garage, and The Warehouse, there was The Gallery, where Nicky Siano could be found in the DJ booth every Saturday night. Grace Jones and Loleatta Holloway both made their first appearances at The Gallery, and Frankie Knuckles used to blow up balloons for the club. Frankie would also often bring DJ Larry Levan around to check out the music. This was a time before disco was disco, and before the imposing velvet ropes of the high-society discotheques.
To honor Siano's work with HIV/AIDS prevention and alternative treatments, all proceeds of this screening will benefit Gay City Health Project. Additionally, a contribution of $5 will enter the donor into a drawing for a signed copy of the DVD. A total of eight copies will be given away during a random drawing of all qualified donors. A Paypal account is required to donate online. Cash only donations can also be made at each screening. The drawing will be held on Sunday, June 8, and winners will be contacted. www.loveisthemessagemovie.com; www.facebook.com/events/480575998735739/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
1ST SECURITY BANK HOST SHRED-IT!
KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SECURE
Clean out those closets and garages! On Sunday, June 8, from noon-2 p.m., 1st Security Bank hosts Capitol Hill Shred-it & eWaste Recycling Day in conjunction with the 10th Annual Capitol Hill Chamber Clean Sweep Event at Cal Anderson Park, in the Hugo House parking lot (1634 11th Ave.).
To help support the reduction of identity theft crimes, 1st Security Bank invites residents from our Puget Sound communities to shred and recycle their sensitive documents and/or recycle electronic eWaste such as computers, laptops and televisions that are no longer in use.
You may bring up to 10 boxes or bags of paper to be shredded. Shredding is free and will be done on a first come, first served basis until the truck is full.
There are items that can be put into the shredder with the paper and there are items that cannot:
What is okay: Paper clips, staples, Acco fasteners (metal prongs in manila folder), binder clips, rubber bands, window envelopes, and manila folders.
What must be removed prior to shredding: X-rays, actual photographs, anything covered in plastic (for example, sheet protectors and transparencies), all 3-ring binders, all computer data binders (used primarily for continuous form paper), newspapers, and magazines.
Electronic Waste Recycling: You're invited to bring up to 10 of the *FREE* items listed below (per person).
*FREE*: TV, CPUs, computer monitors, laptops, cell phones.
$5 per Item: DVD players, fax machines, cable boxes, small servers, MP3 players, VHS players, scanners, stereo and speakers, modems, video game consoles, small printers (for home use).
$10 per Item: Large printers, large fax machines, microwaves (no old push-button styles).
$20 per Item: Large microwaves.
Extra large printer? Please call (425) 239-4118 and ask for price.
For more information, please visit our website: www.fsbwa.com/shred-it
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.
'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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