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"LEAVING MY FOUND EDEN: A POETOGRAPHY COLLECTION"
An exhibition of "poetography" by Ron L. Zheng is on display through the month of January at the C&P Coffee Company Gallery, 5612 California Ave. S.W. Poetography is an art form that merges English-language tanka poetry with black and white photography printed on large canvas. The diverse cultural references in the show - traditional Japanese poetic form, images resembling Chinese black ink painting; contemporary Western topics with a Gay perspective - reflect Zheng's own diverse background. "My ethnicity is Chinese. I was born and raised in Japan and have lived most of my adult life in America." The theme of the show is the pain of having to leave the city and the man you love as a result of the United States' unfair immigration laws and its refusal to recognize same-sex couples. A book of Zheng's work with the same title as the exhibition has been published to coincide with the Seattle exhibit.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP TO DISCUSS HARVEY MILK BIO
On Saturday, January 17, at 1 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., the Q-Squared Book Group will discuss The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts. The group will be comparing and contrasting the book with Gus Van Sant's recent movie, Milk. The book's recounting of the 1978 Proposition 6 campaign in California is especially timely in light of 2008's Proposition 8. The Q-Squared Book Group is open to men who are interested in Gay literature and always welcomes new members. For more information, visit www.qsquared.org.

COURT OF SEATTLE'S CORONATION COMING UP
The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic & Rainier Empire presents Coronation 2009 - "The President's Ball: A Red Affair" - on Saturday, February 14 (5 p.m.), at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way. The Court of Seattle is once again proud to host the Queen Mother of the Americas, Empress Nicole the Great, as she presents her State of the Empire address to the International Court community in Seattle. We are also honored that she and the International Court Council will present the 2009 Ascension Ceremony, with the appointment of Heirs Apparent to Her Majesty.

The schedule of coronation events is as follows: Saturday, January 17 (8 p.m.) - Introduction of Candidates Show at Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. FREE.
Sunday, February 8 (11 a.m.) - Voting Day, Richmark Building, 1605 12th Ave. (at E. Pine St.)
Sunday, February 8 (7 p.m.) - In-Town Show & Awards, location to be determined.
Thursday, February 12 (7 p.m.) - Salt Lake City/Denver Show, Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. $10.
Friday, February 13 (7 p.m.) - Out-of-Town Show, Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. $20.
Saturday, February 14 (5 p.m.) - Coronation 2009, Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way.
Sunday, February 15 (11 a.m.) - Victory Brunch, Purr Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. $25.
Sunday, February 15 (3 p.m.) - Alaska Bird Water Party, C.C. Attle's, 1501 E. Madison St.
For more information, visit www.imperialcourtofseattle.com

SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE HOSTS "PILLOW FIGHT" AT THE CUFF
On Saturday, January 17, from 9:30 p.m. - midnight, join the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pike St., for a pajama party and pillow drive to benefit the Orion Youth Center. Wear your favorite nighties (within public decency laws) or change into them there. A street clothes check with be available. Please bring a new pillow in its original packaging for Orion Center's homeless youth programs.

BAILEY-BOUSHAY HOUSE HOSTS ANNUAL CHEF'S DINNER
Too many cooks in the kitchen will be a good thing on Sunday, January 18, as more than a dozen of Seattle's best and brightest chefs unite for the 16th annual Chefs' Dinner to benefit Seattle's Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled nursing facility for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases. Guests will enjoy the best Seattle chefs have to offer at the hors d'oeuvres reception and silent wine auction. An exclusive multi-course dinner featuring entrées by leading culinarians will follow the reception. [NOTE: The dinner at 7 p.m. is SOLD OUT.] Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, hosts the event.

Tickets for the hors d'oeuvres reception and silent wine auction at 5 p.m. are $75 and are still available. Organizers hope to raise $200,000 to directly support the nutrition program at Bailey-Boushay House. For more information, visit www.virginiamason.org/chefs.

Bailey-Boushay House, opened in 1992, is America's first skilled nursing facility that was planned, funded, built and staffed to meet the needs of people living with AIDS. The nationally-recognized facility provides care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases promoting their health, well-being and functional independence. Bailey-Boushay is operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CELEBRATIONS IN SEATTLE
On Monday, January 19, celebrate MLK Jr. Day in Seattle at one of the following events:

City Year and over 600 community members will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with community service projects: including painting, landscaping, a community mural project, cleaning, organizing and sorting. The work will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact Minerva at mhumphrie@cityyear.org; 206-219-5014.

EarthCorps will again participate in a nationwide "Day of Service" in honor of Dr. King as it leads over 300 youth and adult community volunteers at a natural area on Beacon Hill known as Cheasty Greenspace. The service project includes the removal of English ivy, a non-native aggressive plant species that threatens the diversity of our urban forests and perhaps other landscaping work. The event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee will host their 27th annual region-wide MLK, Jr. Celebration at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., with workshops, 9:30-11 a.m., rally at 11 a.m., and a march starting at noon from Garfield High School to the Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave. Immediately after the march, food and refreshments will be served at Garfield High School's lunch room, free to all participants. www.mlkseattle.org.

The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and the Seattle Center present a staged reading of excerpts of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches at 2:30 p.m., in the Seattle Center Center House Pavilion. From "I Have a Dream" to "Beyond Vietnam," Martin Luther King Jr.'s words are revolutionary in the face of opposition. Dr. King's speeches are powerful, inspiring and controversial and spanned issues from civil and global human rights to nuclear proliferation. www.cdforum.org.

All events are FREE and open to the public.

GAY/BI PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP STARTING IN JANUARY
A FREE support group for Gay/Bi men diagnosed with prostate cancer will kick off on Monday, January 19, 6:30-8 p.m., at Gilda's Club Seattle, 1400 Broadway and will meet the third Tuesday of each month. The group will be a safe space for emotional support on issues of treatment, sexuality, relationships and topics specific to Gay/Bi men. For more information or to attend, please call 206-709-1400.

SHIFT - A PEER RECOVERY NETWORK HOSTS OPEN HOUSE
On Tuesday, January 20, Multifaith Works hosts an Open House for SHIFT - A Peer Recovery Network. The event is FREE and will be held from 4-6 p.m. at Multifaith Works, 115 16th Ave (near E. Yesler St.) Come learn about SHIFT's community-based work and how you can participate. SHIFT is a multi-agency collaboration that provides administrative, emotional, and supervisory support for LGBTQ volunteers and clients in the Seattle/King County area who are struggling with drug/alcohol abuse and addiction issues. SHIFT is a project of Multifaith Works, Seattle Counseling Service, Gay City Health Project, and Dunshee House. For more information on SHIFT, visit www.multifaith.org.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY LAUNCHES WEEKLY DISCUSSION SERIES
The Freedom Socialist Party will be hosting a weekly discussion series: "One Hemisphere, Indivisible: Permanent Revolution and Neoliberalism in the Americas," on Tuesdays, from January 20 through February 24, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St. This timely analysis by Guerry Hoddersen, journalist and feminist organizer, examines the roots of the U.S. economic crisis and its relationship to the upheavals across Latin America, with special emphasis on the role of women, immigrants and U.S. labor in building cross-border solidarity. FREE. Books available at any session, $8.00. Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party, 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

RAIN COUNTRY DANCE HOSTS PREVIEW NIGHT FOR WEEKLY GLBTQ TWO-STEP LESSONS
Beginning February 3, 2009, Rain Country Dance Association will offer weekly two-step lessons for the GLBTQ community and allies. A FREE preview night will be held on Tuesday, January 20, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E. The preview night will include a 45-minute beginner's lesson, a chance to meet the instructors, and an opportunity to register for lessons.

Starting Tuesday, February 3, Rain Country will offer two separate one-hour lesson tracks. Beginner's lessons kick-off at 7:00 p.m., followed by intermediate lessons at 8:00 p.m. For both tracks, each week's lessons will build on moves and techniques taught the prior week. Lessons are open to all, regardless of age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, body type, and skill level, and no partner is required. Each six-week series is only $60, with a discount for Rain Country members. More details are available at www.raincountrydance.org.

Founded in 2006, Rain Country Dance Association is a Seattle and Greater Puget Sound non-profit country-western dance organization, catering to the GLBTQ community, but open to all. Rain Country produces "Cuff Country" dance nights on Fridays at The Cuff Complex, as well as regular skill-building workshops. In April 2009, Rain Country will present its second annual weekend event, the Emerald City Hoedown.

DUNSHEE HOUSE LAUNCHES GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB
Come discuss the best of Gay and Lesbian novels at the new Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club. Join other book-lovers on a drop-in basis every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. Come only once or come every meeting. Each month a different title will be discussed. The titles for the next six months are: January - Breakfast With Scot by Michael Downing; February - Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson; March - I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell; April - The City and The Pillar by Gore Vidal; May - The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; June - Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. For more information, call 206-322-2437; nickdimartin@earthlink.net.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS ON LESBIAN HEALTH TOPICS
The Lesbian Health & Research Center at University of California, San Francisco, seeks workshops and presentations on Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer women's health topics to be presented at the 2009 National Lesbian Health Summit to be held on March 6-8, 2009, in San Francisco. The deadline for proposals is January 21.

The Lesbian Health & Research Center (LHRC) is dedicated to improving the health of Lesbians, Bisexual women, Transgender people, and our families. To achieve this goal, they create comprehensive programs of research, education and trainings, public events and community collaborations. For more information on the 2009 National Lesbian Health Summit - including registration and to submit proposals - go to http://lesbianhealthinfo.org/NationalLesbianHealthSummit/.

CELEBRATE 36TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE AT RALLY IN OLYMPIA
On Thursday, January 22, at noon, celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion by joining with other defenders of choice on the steps of the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia, WA. In previous years, the rightwing "March for Life" has gathered at the Capitol on the date of this historic Supreme Court ruling. This year, however, the Roe v. Wade Celebration Committee took the offensive by reserving the spot for a rally to honor safe and legal abortion.

Radical Women is organizing a carpool from Seattle that will leave at 10 a.m. For more information, please call 206-722-6057 or email rwseattle@mindspring.com. Your donation is needed. Send checks to Roe v. Wade Celebration, PO Box 769, Olympia, WA 98507. For more information, email roevwadecelebration@gmail.com.

COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Spectrum Natural Health at Country Doctor Community Health Clinic, 500 19th Ave. E., offers primary and naturopathic care for the LGBTQ community every Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Providers have been serving the LGBTQ community for many years. Cost is sliding scale - no one turned away for lack of funds. For information and to make an appointment, call 206-299-1600.

NARAL/PRO-CHOICE WASHINGTON CELEBRATES 36TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE
On Thursday, January 22, celebrate the right to choose at NARAL/Pro-Choice Washington's Chocolate for Choice fundraiser, featuring chocolate samples and bite-sized desserts from 50 Seattle-area bakers, restaurants and chocolatiers in a fun and casual atmosphere. VIP chocolate judges will determine this year's best chocolate entries. The evening also includes silent and live auctions of gorgeous chocolate cakes and creations. A fun event for guests of all ages, with a no-host bar and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. The event will be held from 7-9 p.m., at Safeco Field's 1st Base Terrace Club, 1250 First Ave. S. Tickets are: $35 advance ($40 at the door) - Chocolate Bar Lover; $75 - Chocolate Decadence Lover (includes 1/2 pound carry-out box of chocolate); $120 - Chocolate Truffle Lover (includes one pound carry-out box of chocolate), and can be purchased online at www.prochoicewashington.org or by calling 206-624-1990. All proceeds support NARAL Pro-Choice Washington's work to protect and promote the right to choose.

PRIDE FOUNDATION & GSBA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR NOW AVAILABLE
The Pride Foundation and the Greater Seattle Business Association are seeking scholarship applicants for the 2009-2010 school year. Over $350,000 is available in scholarships. Applications must be post-marked by January 23, 2009. For more information about the scholarship program, to download the application and find out about upcoming application workshops in your area, visit www.pridefoundation.org/scholarships.

DUNSHEE HOUSE TO HOST OPEN HOUSE & COMMUNITY DISCUSSION TO GATHER INPUT
Are you a stakeholder at Dunshee House? On Saturday, January 24, at 1 p.m., Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. (at E. Thomas St.), invites you to an open house and community discussion. Whether you're a group attendee, a volunteer, or simply a caring member of the community, you may be a stakeholder in Dunshee House - Home of SASG (Seattle AIDS Support Group). "As a stakeholder, we would like your input about the future of this organization. Please join us for snacks, open house and a community discussion as we chart our course for the New Year and beyond." For more information, call 206-322-2437;

www.dunsheehouse.org. KNIGHTS OF MALTA JET CHAPTER HOSTS BEGGAR'S FEAST 2009
On Saturday, January 24, the Knights of Malta Jet Chapter hosts Beggar's Feast 2009, the first "Grand Finale" celebrating 30 great "FUN" years. The event will feature a fabulous international six-course meal plus libations. (See website for complete menu.) The event will be held at the All Pilgrim Church, 500 E. Broadway, doors at 5 p.m., feast starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 (or $30 if purchased by January 17). To obtain advance tickets, call 206-329-0886 or email KofMNews@comcast.net. www.jetchapterkofm.com.

BENT WRITING INSTITUTE PRESENTS "SHIFTING WORDS"
On Saturday, January 24, the Bent Writing Institute presents "SHIFTing Words," an evening of spoken word from 7-9:30 p.m. at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. (at E. Thomas St.) This event is FREE and light snacks and beverages will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BLIND & LOW-VISION QUEERS BEGINS IN FEBRUARY
A new support group for blind and low-vision Queers will begin meeting on Friday, February 6. The group will meet the first Friday of each month from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E. at E. Republican St. For more information, please call Darryl at 206-329-2935.

"STRIP-O-RAMA & BANG FOR THE BUCK 2009" TO BENEFIT AIDS/LIFECYCLE
On Friday, January 30, Midori, KellyB., Lydia McLane and Miss Indigo Blue present "Strip-O-Rama & Bang for the Buck 2009" - a special sex-positive Queer event and fundraiser for AIDS/LifeCycle. The event will be held at The Center for Sex Positive Culture, aka The Wet Spot, 1630 15th Ave. W., Bldg. E. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a FREE striptease lesson by burlesque star Miss Indigo Blue. Miss Indigo will teach sexy moves for butches, femmes, transfolk and genderqueers to achieve stripping success on the catwalk. FREE, and guaranteed to be fun! Come prepared to take it all off!

Then at 7:30 p.m., Miss Indigo Blue and Lydia McLane join Midori to co-host an outrageous amateur strip-off! This will be a no-holds barred, wild and abandoned show of women, transfolk and genderqueers competing to receive the most tips from the audience. The biggest tip-receivers will win BIG prize packages donated by Babeland, Twisted Monk, Pleasure Chest, ID Lube, Stockroom, Stormy leather and Desire. All tips will be donated to AIDS/LifeCycle.

Finally, at 10 p.m., the night turns downright debaucherous! For those who want to play, Hostess Midori will conduct her famous "Auntie Midori's Meat Market!" Everyone is invited to stay and play late into the night for the women, trans, and genderqueer play and shag party. This is THE hottest event of the winter! Pull out your spiciest outfit and throw your toys in a bag to come out and play for a great cause.

Wet Spot membership not required. Non-members are asked to RSVP to midoriparty@sexpositiveculture.org. Tickets: $15-Strip-O-Rama only, 7:30-10 p.m.; $15-Party only, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $25-Big Bang Ticket, Strip-O-Rama and Party all night. www.bang4thebuck.org; www.aidslifecycle.org/8081.

"PINK AND BENT: ART OF QUEER WOMEN"
During the month of December, glbtq.com, the world's largest encyclopedia of GLBTQ culture, is celebrating contemporary art by Queer women with an online exhibition entitled "Pink and Bent: Art of Queer Women."

glbtq.com's online presentation features the work of 24 artists, each of whom is profiled on the site. The exhibition will be featured on glbtq.com's home page throughout December and will remain available on the website indefinitely.

SOLDIERS PROJECT NW OFFERS FREE COUNSELING FOR VETS/ACTIVE MILITARY & THEIR LOVES ONES
Soldiers Project NW is a 100% volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide free counseling to those who have served or are serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to their families and loved ones, including LGBT active military/veterans and their loved ones. Many people choose to receive help directly from the military or the VA. Soldiers Project NW offers an alternative for those who, for whatever reason, do not or cannot utilize those benefits. Soldiers Project NW has put together a list of licensed private practice therapists from Olympia to Bellingham who are willing to see one client (or couple, or family) at no charge, for as long as they need to be seen to deal with any of the stressors that have come from being involved in combat or loving someone who has. For more information, call the Soldiers Project NW's 24-hour phone line, 206-290-1035.

HIV IS STILL A BIG DEAL ONLINE VIDEO SERIES TO HELP PREVENT HIV AMONG GAY MEN
HIV Is Still a Big Deal follows Josh, a young Gay man living in Manhattan, as he deals with everything from love and friendships to online hookups and unsafe sex. To view the first two episodes, go to www.hivbigdeal.org

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