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RAINBOW CITY BAND PRESENTS "MADE IN AMERICA!"
On Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m., the Rainbow City Band, Seattle's non-audition LGBTQA community concert and marching band, presents their Spring concert, "Made in America!" The concert will feature a variety of musical styles from classical and contemporary American composers, including a world-premiere performance. Join the Rainbow City Band, the Purple Passion Swing Band, and the SpinOUT Color Guard for a high-energy ride that will include the whimsy of Aaron Copland's "Rodeo," the powerful music of John Williams, and the breathtaking beauty of the American classic, "Shenandoah." RCB will also be performing two unpublished works for wind band, Steve Reisteter's "Welsh Folk Rhapsody," and Joel Kurzynski's "Musical Chair Rag," composed just for the concert. The concert will be held at the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway (at E. Pine St.). Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/56428 and at the door. For more information, call 1-866-841-9139 ext 2126 or visit www.rainbowcityband.com.

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS PRESENTS "SINGING&IN THE RAIN" WITH AMERICA'S SWEETHEART, DEBBIE REYNOLDS
On Saturday, March 28, at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m., the Seattle Men's Chorus presents their spring concert, "Singing&In The Rain," with special guest, Debbie Reynolds at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. "Singing&In The Rain" will salute the golden age of Hollywood musicals and when silver screen legend Debbie Reynolds joins forces with the Seattle Men's Chorus you can be sure history will be made. The classic movie musicals of the 1940s and 1950s are feted in this toe-tapping and tuneful extravaganza. Several famous production numbers will be recreated, including "Hallelujah!" from Hit the Deck and, of course, "Singin' in the Rain." An entire section will be devoted to favorite songs from classic westerns such as How the West Was Won, High Noon, and Blazing Saddles. Another section features Oscar-winning songs from the era such as "Moon River" and "The Way You Look Tonight." Ms. Reynolds will perform songs from her celebrated roles in Tammy, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Singin' in the Rain, as well as a tribute to the songs Judy Garland brought to life in film. A gifted storyteller as well, Ms. Reynolds will treat the audience to some of her saucy, riotous, and touching tales from the Hollywood back-lots.

In addition to the spectacle and harmony, a generous splash of the ridiculous is planned: singing nuns do battle with the Van Trapp Family Singers, Captain Smartypants sends up movie musicals with a bouncy song fraught with double entendre, and "Think Pink" from Funny Face comes fully furnished with the actual video from movie, in all its rosy, Technicolor glory. Available tickets are $35 and can be purchased at 206-388-1400 and online at www.flyinghouse.org.

GAY CITY TV PRESENTS "RACE BEHIND THE RAINBOW: IT'S MORE THAN JUST BLACK & WHITE"
On Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m., Gay City Health Project and Three Dollar Bill Cinema present the latest Gay City TV short film, which explores race, homophobia, and Gay community. The event will be held at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. "Join us for this free film and discussion!"

STATE SENATOR ED MURRAY HOSTS 43RD LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT TOWN HALL MEETING
On Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m., Senator Edward B. Murray (D-43), hosts a Town Hall discussion on the 2009 Legislative Session. The event will be held at Hamilton International Middle School auditorium (at Lincoln High School), 4400 Interlake Ave. N. in the Wallingford neighborhood.

GAY SOCIAL DINNER CLUB OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY
The Gay Social Dinner Club of Snohomish County is an informal group of Gay men living in Snohomish County who meet for dinner every Monday at a different restaurant in Snohomish County. The next get-together will be Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m., at Arnie's Restaurant, 714 2nd St., Mukilteo, WA.

"The intent of the club is not to hook up, but rather try different food, share a joke or life experience, create friendships and a social circle of people to hang out with. It's a lot of fun and it gives you a chance to try different restaurants, meet new people. The club has 175 people on their mailing list with about 18-20 guys getting together for dinner each week."

If you are planning to attend this Monday, please RSVP via email by Sunday evening so Ricardo can reserve a section of the restaurant large enough to accommodate everyone. For more information and to RSVP, contact Ricardo at knead2feelgood@yahoo.com.

RISE N' SHINE'S 11TH ANNUAL BIG BAIL OUT FUNDRAISER
On Wednesday, April 1, from 2-9pm, at The Broadway Grill, 314 Broadway E., Rise N' Shine's teams of volunteers will be "bailing" themselves out of "jail" to raise money to send kids affected by HIV/AIDS to summer camp. To support their efforts, stop by The Broadway Grill and make a donation to Rise N' Shine or donate online at www.risenshine.org/donate.htm. For more information, contact 206-628-8949 ext 211 or email rick@risenshine.org.

DUNSHEE HOUSE 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 three months are: 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.

DEFLOWERED: MY LIFE IN THE PANSY DIVISION - BOOK READING AT ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY
On Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m., Jon Ginoli, a founding member of the first openly Gay pop-punk band, Pansy Division, will be reading from his memoir about his experiences with the band at Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S. Main St. FREE.

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.

"EXPOSED: A CELEBRATION OF QUEER ARTISTRY"
On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., Gay City Health Project presents its second annual exhibit, "Exposed: A Celebration of Queer Artistry." The exhibit will be held at the Century Ballroom's West Hall, 915 E. Pine St. The juried show will feature some of Seattle's most gifted artists, presenting a wealth of Queer art in a variety of media - visual, sculpture, ceramic and functional. All artwork will be available for purchase. Tickets in advance are $40-VIP, $25-general, $20-student at www.gaycity.org. All tickets are $5 more at the door. All proceeds benefit Gay City Health Project.

MILK TO BE SHOWN AT BETHANY UCC
On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., the Bethany United Church of Christ's Social Justice Committee will show Gus Van Sant's recent film Milk at Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave. S. (at S. Graham St.). FREE. Coffee and discussion follow.

DHARMA BUDDIES HOST FIVE DAY SILENT RETREAT FOR GAY/BI & TRANS MEN
Dharma Buddies, a peer-led meditation and discussion group for Gay, Bi and Transgendered men that meets every Sunday at 11 a.m. at Cal Anderson House, 400 Broadway, will be sponsoring a five-day silent meditation retreat April 3-8 at Camp Sahale on the Kitsap Peninsula on 65 wooded acres with a stream running through it. LarryYang, a meditation teacher from Spirit Rock in Marin County, CA, will be leading the retreat for the third year. This is an opportunity for Queer-identified men to be together as spiritual family. It is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators alike. You will be invited to practice with the Buddha's instructions on freedom, mindfulness, and loving kindness. Each day consists of silent sitting, walking, movement, and eating meditations, question and answer sessions, and a Dharma talk. There will also be an opportunity to meet with the teacher in small group discussion.

The retreat is limited to 20 men. The registration varies from $380 to $475 and includes all meals and lodging for five days. Dana for the teacher is extra. For more information email Dharma@wamail.net or call James at 253-306-9880. The group has a website at www.dharmabuddies.org. You can go to Larry Yang's website - larryyang.org to get a feeling for his teachings. If you have more questions about the group, you can call Forrest at 206-920-6117.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE CARE TO SHOP FOOD DRIVE
Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong AIDS Alliance's food program, sponsors an on-going food drive program to provide bags of groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS in Seattle/King County. "Care to Shop" is held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following stores:

The first Saturday of the month at QFC, 416 15th Ave. E., Seattle; the second Saturday of the month at QFC, 417 Broadway E. (Broadway Market), Seattle; and the third Saturday of the month at Thriftway, 9740 SW Bank Rd., Vashon Island.

They particularly need: cereal, canned tuna, canned meals (soup, stew, etc.), juice, canned beans, peanut butter, jam/jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni & cheese, dry pasta, canned or jarred spaghetti sauce. Store gift cards and cash donations are also always appreciated. You can also help by organizing your own food drive at an office gathering or holiday party. For more information, call 206-328-8979.

CASCADE FLYERS HOST LUNCH MEETING IN GEORGETOWN
On Saturday, April 4, the Cascade Flyers, an LGBT Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Group of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, will be hosting a lunch meeting at noon at the Hangar Café, 6261 13th Ave. S., near Boeing Field. For more information, visit www.cascadeflyers.org or email cascadeflyers@cascadeflyers.org.

AN EXHIBIT ON WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN SEATTLE
Through May 31, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, located in the former Cadillac Hotel at 319 2nd Ave. S., is presenting a tribute to Catherine Blaine (1829-1908), the suffragist who opened Seattle's first school in 1854 in a house at the intersection of what is now First Avenue and Madison St. The museum will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Special events will be held throughout the run of the exhibit. Special lectures and presentations will be held on April 4 at 2 p.m. (a dramatization of the story of prim-and-proper Emma Smith DeVoe and flamboyant May Arkwright Hutton who, despite contrasting styles, helped win the vote for women in Washington State), April 5 at 2 p.m. (a fashion show demonstrating how the women's rights movement influenced women's clothing styles up to the time women gained the right to vote in 1910), and May 9 at 2 p.m. (a presentation on Fay Fuller, the first woman to climb Mt. Rainier [in 1910]; Helen Thayer, an adventurer and explorer; and Minnie Peterson, a mountain guide).

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SEASON KICK-OFF SOCIAL & FOOD DRIVE
On Sunday, April 5, starting at 4 p.m., the ECSA Open Division hosts a season kick-off social and food drive to benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance at Purr Cocktail Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. Every player, coach, manager and fan are asked to bring at least one canned or non-perishable food item for the food drive. The Open Division Spring League begins on Sunday, April 12, at the North SeaTac and Celebration Parks. www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

MR. NUDE SEATTLE CONTEST
The 11th annual amateur Mr. Nude Seattle Contest hosted by Mark "Mom" Finley and Latrina Bidet will be held on Monday, April 6, at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S. (at Yesler St.) With special guest performance by Titan Men Media Porn Model/Actor Brodie Newport. Tickets: $20 at the door. Contestant applications are available at the door or email RainierXXX@aol.com. Contest segments: first look (clothed), striptease, question & answer, last look (nude).

MR., MISS & MS. GAY WASHINGTON PAGEANT
The annual Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant will be held this year on Saturday, April 11, doors at 5 p.m., pageant at 6 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave. E., in Fife, WA. Tickets for the pageant, which includes a buffet, are $35. On Friday, April 10, the 2008-2009 Gay Washingtons will present their Last Show & Awards Celebration, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant. Tickets are $15. On Sunday, April 12, the Gay Washington Pageant Victory Brunch will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant. Order brunch off the restaurant's menu. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/mccaskillrainbow and scroll down to Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Washington section.

MAYOR GREG NICKELS SEEKING YOUNG ADULTS FOR CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is seeking people 18 to 29 years old who are interested in making a difference through public service. As part of the YMCA's Get Engaged program, Nickels will appoint people in this age group to 13 of the city's boards and commissions this fall.

The Get Engaged program aims to give young adults a voice in city government and foster long-term citizen participation in government. Participants serve on boards and commissions that advise city government on a variety of issues, including human rights, historical preservation, city planning and the arts. In addition to being appointed to a year-long term as voting commissioners, participants join a group of inspired young adults who are dedicated to making Seattle a better place to live through community building and leadership development.

To apply, you must be an adult between the ages of 18 and 29 and reside in the city of Seattle. If you are interested in applying to the Get Engaged program, or want more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/boards.htm or contact Alexandra David, metrocenter YMCA, at 206-382-5005 or via email at getengaged@seattleymca.org. The application deadline is April 19.

PACIFIC NW LESBIAN ARCHIVES SPONSORING WOMEN'S WEEKEND IN THE WOODS IN JUNE
The gathering you've only dreamed about is happening! Join us for a relaxing weekend on Kitsap Peninsula this summer. Choose to sleep under the stars or in the cabins at Camp Indianola. Visit http://www.pnwlesbianarchives.org for all the details. When you are on the website, you may need to follow a few links in order to find pricing, registration, etc. If you know of any women who do not have internet access, but may be interested in attending, please spread the word and let them know how to get in touch with us. Pacific NW Lesbian Archives, PO Box 27671, Seattle, WA 98165; 206-654-4477.

SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE
On Sunday, June 28, starting at 11 a.m. at 4th Ave. & Union St., Seattle Out & Proud presents Seattle's annual Pride Parade, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. As in recent years, the parade will travel north of 4th Ave. to Denny Way. Immediately following the parade, the Seattle Pride Festival will be held again this year at the Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion and International Fountain. This year's theme is "Peace, Love and Equality" and celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with an emphasis on marriage equality in Washington state. Online registration for participation in the parade is now open. Nominations for grand marshals are being solicited. Artists are being sought to reflect this year's theme in their work (painting, sculpture, music, dance, film, video, short stories, poetry) and become official artists for Seattle Pride 2009. Volunteers and board members are being sought. For complete information, visit www.seattlepride.org.

"COMMUNITY STORIES" DOCUMENTS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES & HEALTH CARE STRUGGLE AROUND THE AIDS CRISIS IN SEATTLE IN THE 1980S
The onset of AIDS "was a health crisis, but it was also a civil rights crisis," recalls Carol Sterling, former director of the Chicken Soup Brigade. Debuting recently on the Seattle Channel (Cable Channel 21), "Community Stories" looks back to the 1980s and the start of the AIDS epidemic in Seattle. This history is told through the words of people - including Sterling, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Seattle Gay News editor George Bakan and King County AIDS Program Director Bob Wood - who lived and worked on the front lines in the community. Learn about this important history by following this link now: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3170902.

COMING OUT GROUP FOR WOMEN OF CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS
This group is for women identifying as Lesbians (publicly or privately) who are also "coming out" of conservative religious backgrounds. Coming out is, and should be, an exciting time. However, when you face the loss of support from family and friends, and maybe even question your faith, it can feel like your foundation is crumbling. This group is designed to be a safe place to explore the questions, the loss, and the joy of coming out with other women on the journey. The group is led by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and is eight weeks in length. For more information, please contact Stephanie Bender, MA, LMHC, 206-853-8349 or stephanie@stephaniebender.com.

"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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