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posted Friday, July 25 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 30
OUTBOUND: Vancouver Pride next weekend
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OUTBOUND: Vancouver Pride next weekend

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

It's that time again, when our friends up North are at their proudest. Vancouver Pride happens next weekend with block parties, bar events, and, of course, the Pride Parade on Sunday, August 3, that runs from downtown to English Bay. The parade steps off from Thurlow and Robson at 12 noon, traveling down Robson to Denman, then along Denman to Beach Avenue to Sunset Beach. In its 36th year, crowds from throughout British Columbia, Washington state and other Northwest areas are expected to converge in the thousands to celebrate unity, equality and the LGBT community. Aside from the parade, which starts at noon, the Davie Street Party on Friday (4 p.m.-midnight, $10) and Pride Festival and Market on Sunday (11 a.m.-6 p.m., free) are two events not to miss. For a complete lineup of activities, listing of grand marshals and other information, visit www.vancouverpride.ca.

For those on a budget, yet needing to bust out of Seattle for a day, take advantage of the close proximity of Tacoma. It used to stink, literally, because of its pulp mill industry, but changes to the air quality and city landscape in the past 10 to 15 years have really made it a pleasant spot to spend an afternoon or overnight at. Recommended to see and do are the Museum of Glass (www.museumofglass.org), Tacoma Art Museum (www.tacomaartmuseum.org) and Washington State History Museum (www.washingtonhistory.org) - all located next to each other in downtown; Ruston Way Park for a waterfront picnic or dinner with scenery; America's Car Museum (www.lemaymuseum.org) for vintage automobile sightseeing; the 6th Avenue District (www.on6thave.com) for eating and shopping with the hipster crowd; and a live show at either Pantages Theater, Rialto Theater or Theatre on the Square, which now comprise Tacoma's redeveloped Theater District (www.broadwaycenter.org). Hotel Murano (www.hotelmuranotacoma.com) and Courtyard Marriott (www.marriott.com) are both located in downtown and within a half block of light rail stations (tip: light rail is free). If you're car-less, you can travel to Tacoma via Sound Transit by bus or commuter train; inquire at www.soundtransit.org.

Tempe, Arizona has one of the most active live theater scenes in the country - believe it, or not - and a huge reason for this is ASU Gammage, located on the campus of Arizona State University. Opened in 1964, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed auditorium hosts a slew of live musicals and other productions, sometimes direct from Broadway. Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, the Executive Director for ASU Gammage and Assistant Vice President for Cultural Affairs, leads the way in bringing top-notch shows to Tempe. She's a lovely, energetic woman who's heavily involved in arts and culture, and she's also a Tony Award voter. ASU Gammage celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year with a kick off event, an open house, on September 28, but most importantly the launch of a brand new season begins with 2013 Best Musical winner Kinky Boots on September 16-21, followed by Pippin on December 2-7, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on January 13-18, Dirty Dancing on February 17-22, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on March 10-15, Motown on April 21-26, and The Phantom of the Opera on May 27-June 7. Looking ahead to next year, Chicago will play March 27-29 and Wicked on August 26 through October 4. For tickets and information, go to www.asugammage.com. You can travel between downtown Phoenix and Tempe by light rail, and either walk to ASU campus from the Mill Avenue train station or take a short cab ride.00

Get ready for another new hotel in downtown Seattle, the Palladian. Part of the ultra Gay-friendly Kimpton chain of hotels, the Palladian will occupy the corner of 2nd and Virginia, across the street from the Moore Theatre. This was originally the site of the Calhoun Hotel, built in 1910, then became the Palladian Building. The new hotel will feature 97 guest rooms, 1,100 square feet of meeting and event space, and a sophisticated restaurant and adjoining lounge. It will become the fourth Kimpton property in Seattle when it opens this fall (no specific date yet) joining the Alexis, Hotel Monaco and Hotel Vintage Park.

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