On Friday, August 27, from 6-9 p.m. at The Lobby Bar in Seattle (916 E. Pike St.), the Palm Spring Cocktail Challenge will be held. Palm Springs, America’s Gay oasis, is seeking the best bartenders in eight Gay clubs nationwide, including Seattle. Palm Springs is challenging bartenders to stir, mix, and shake up some poolside cocktails for its inaugural “Palm Springs Cocktail Challenge.” In addition, the Desert Gay Tourism Guild will be distributing summer travel deals and promotions. A winner will be selected from each city and brought to Palm Springs to compete in a cocktail challenge finale on September 12, 2010 at 5 p.m. at AZUL/Georgie’s Alibi. Seattle’s newest LGBT lounge, The Lobby Seattle, will be the venue for bartenders to compete and create three signature drinks (cocktail; signature and martinis); and will be evaluated on taste, presentation and name. The bartenders will also be judging on looks and attire, as well as presentation and audience participation. Contestants will receive bonus points if “Palm” or “Springs” is in the name or recipe of the signature drinks. Club attendees can also win a six-day, five-night vacation for two people to Palm Springs.
For event information, visit www.PalmSpringsCocktails.com.
FOR MY WIFE… SCREENING
AND DVD RELEASE PARTY – VASHON ISLAND
On Friday, August 27, beginning at 8:30 p.m. at The Vashon Theater (17723 Vashon Highway SW), join Marriage Equality activist Charlene Strong and Sen. Joe McDermott for a Vashon Island screening of the award-winning documentary film for my wife... and see the updated version of the film. A reception with the filmmakers precedes the screening, followed by an after-party at The Hardware Store. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., the screening begins at 7:30 p.m., and the after-party begins at 8:30 p.m.
Screening $10, tickets at the box office.
THREE DOLLAR BILL
OUTDOOR CINEMA PRESENTS
“BLONDE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”
SUMMER OUTDOOR MOVIES
On Friday, August 27, Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents Candleshoe – a fun and FREE movie shown at Cal Anderson Park, 11th Ave. & E. Olive St., this summer, under the stars! The screening will start at dusk – around 9:15-9:30 p.m. To make your movie-going experience complete, concessions will be sold at the screenings.
For more information and to see trailers for the “Blonde But Not Forgotten” movie series, visit www.threedollarbillcinema.org. Three Dollar Bill Cinema sponsors the annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in October.
8TH ANNUAL SEATTLE
On Saturday, August 28, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at South Seattle Community College, Brockey Conference Center (6000 16th Ave. SW), the 8th annual Seattle Race Conference will explore the theme “Racism and Health Inequities: Eliminating Barriers and Healing Our Communities.” Participants will engage in dialogue on the relationship between health inequity and racism in the Seattle area, meet other members of the community, and build relationships to continue to improve racial inequity in the Seattle area.
For more information, visit www.seattleraceconference.org.
HAIR & HEELS
On Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. join the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle at the C.C. Attle’s parking lot (1501 E. Madison St.), for the Hair & Heels Car Wash. Proceeds will benefit the Court of Seattle Scholarship Fund. Suggested donation $10.
FESTÁL: TIBET FEST
On Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Center House and Fisher Pavilion (Seattle Center), Seattle Center Festál presents Tibet Fest. Symbolic masks, arts and crafts, sand mandala demonstrations by Tibetan monks, children's activities and traditional foods, along with prayer flags and expert speakers, illuminate the culture's foundation in Buddhism. H.H Sakya Dakchen Rinpoche, head of Sakya Sect, will bless the opening ceremony. Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams will welcome guests and Tibetan artists from Minnesota will present Tashi Shoepla - a good luck dance performed with colorful masks and dresses. The dance has been presented since the time of the fifth Dalai Lama, in 1642. Tibet Fest features Tibet's best-known R&B singer, Phurbu T. Namgral, along with several traditional dance troupes and singers. The two-day festival also offers "Narrative Glimpses of Tibet" exploring the Tibetan government in exile and the rights and responsibilities of women in Tibet, and workshops on community circle dances.
For more information on this cultural series and other Seattle Center programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com/festal or call 206 684-7200.
BIG-ASS RUMMAGE SALE
On Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church (500 Broadway E.), the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will hold their annual rummage sale. Sift through an eclectic collection of clothing, shoes, electronics, odds and ends. Sharpen your haggling skills, but don’t expect to get something for nothing – the Sisters are pros when it comes to separating you from your money, especially when it all goes to fantastic charitable organizations through the Sisters Charity Grant Fund.
AT ELLIOTT BAY BOOKS
On Saturday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at Elliott Bay Books (1521 10th Ave.), Roberta Gregory and Bruce Taylor will be reading from their recently published works from The Landis Review Press at The Elliott Bay Book Company. Bruce will be reading from the first book of a spiritual trilogy, The Mountains of the Night. Bruce (also known as "Mr. Magic Realism") explores living with a chronic illness through the metaphor of hiking through a wilderness. Roberta Gregory, creator of "Bitchy Bitch," will give an entertaining visual presentation based on her book, Follow Your Art: Roberta's Comic Trips, which includes pieces on her residency at Hedgebrook, a cross-country Amtrak trip and some entertaining stories about budget book tours.
For more information, visit elliottbaybook.com.
PURR AND SGN’S
EMMY AWARDS PARTY
On Sunday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at Purr Cocktail Lounge (1518 11th Ave.), join your friends from Purr and the SGN for the annual Emmy Awards Party. Watch the awards on multiple flatscreen TVs. Predict this year’s winners for a chance at taking home a prize of your own!
For more information, visit www.purrseattle.com.
GSBA’S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
WITH PRIDE CELEBRATION
On Tuesday, August 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cascina Spinasse (1531 14th Ave., between E. Pine & E. Pike Sts.), mix it up Northern Italian style as owner Michael Galloway and owner/chef Jason Stratton open their doors and kitchen to the Young Professionals with Pride. Network and socialize while enjoying delicious food prepared by Chef Jason, who was just named one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs for 2010! Cost is $10 for GSBA members and students, $15 for nonmembers.
For more information, contact the GSBA at www.thegsba.org or 206-363-9188.
OUT IN FRONT
Out in Front Seattle is now accepting online applications for the Class of 2011. The program starts in October. If you or someone you know is interested in attending this nationally recognized leadership program, please view our website and application at http://www.outinfrontseattle.org. Applications are due before August 31. Out in Front is committed to fostering the development of “effective, engaged, and passionate leaders in order to build a thriving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community.” In addition to becoming more active members of the regional community, skills and expertise gained through the program help participants be more self-confident, as well as effective employees and advocates for a variety of local, regional, and national causes. In order to assure a diverse cohort, we are particularly interested in seeking applications from women, employees employed by government agencies and local businesses, members of communities of color and local religious organizations. The average age of participants is roughly 31, with an age range between 22 and 45. Previous classes have included ethnic diversity and balanced representation from private, business, and nonprofit sectors.
If you have questions about the program, please call at 206-325-4595. Thank you.
THE ELITE HOSTS
FREE ASL LESSONS
Have you ever wanted to learn basic American Sign Language? If so, you can get some beginning ASL instruction at the Elite (1520 E. Olive Way). The FREE lessons will be held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the loft.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
FOR BOYZ IN THE WOODS
LABOR DAY WEEKEND CAMP
SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN
BOOK CLUB AT DUNSHEE HOUSE
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dunshee House (303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St.). All GLBTQ folks in the community are welcome to participate in this FREE book club. The book for September will be Portrait of the Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg. Get ready to learn the real ferocity of addiction, as a very human young man tells you about his battle. It's harrowing and gorgeously-written, and by the time you finish it, you realize it's also a work of art. The reading list is chosen and the discussion facilitated by Nick DiMartino, published novelist and playwright, currently a book reviewer for ShelfAwareness.com, and a 30-year employee of University Book Store. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.
LIFE SUPPORT SCREENING – IN TACOMA
On Wednesday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Cinema (606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma), the Pierce County AIDS Foundation invites you to attend a free screening of HBO Films’ poignant tale of one women’s journey to the brink of self-destruction and her inspirational fight to gain back her dignity and her family. Starring Queen Latifah in her first Emmy-nominated role, Life Support is based on the true story of AIDS activist Andrea Williams. Following the film, there will be a dessert reception courtesy of Old Milwaukee Café and Dessert Company (3102 6th Ave., Tacoma).
For more information, visit piercecountyaids.com.
FOR MY WIFE… SCREENING
AND DVD RELEASE PARTY – IN SEATTLE
On Wednesday, September 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at The Jewelbox Theater (2322 2nd Ave.), join Marriage Equality activist Charlene Strong for a Seattle screening of the award-winning documentary film for my wife... and see the updated version of the film. A reception with the filmmakers precedes the screening, followed by an after-party at the Rendezvous. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., the screening begins at 7:30 p.m., and the after-party begins at 8:30 p.m.
RSVP: Advance purchase through PayPal required. Screening $10, screening with special Rendezvous Café burger dinner $20.
To order tickets, e-mail RSVP to: email@example.com.
THE LOGIC OF MARXISM
On Wednesdays through September 15 at the Old Firehouse (402 15th Ave. E.) from 7-9 p.m., The Logic of Marxism, by socialist scholar George Novack, will be discussed. This book provides an accessible introduction to Marx’s dialectical materialism and contrasts it with other political philosophies. Free. Drop-ins welcome. Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Discussion Series.
For information, call 206-722-2453 or visit www.socialism.com/seattle.
COMES TO SEATTLE CINEMA
Running Wednesdays through September 29, Columbia City Cinema will be showing current productions from famous European opera houses (and London’s Globe Theatre). The productions will show at 4 p.m. ($15) and 7 p.m. ($20) each Wednesday. Screenings will be shown a block down across the street from the Cinema at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S. Alaska St.).
For more information, visit www.seedseattle.org/seedarts/rvcc/rvcc_index.html.
TRIANGLE RECREATION CAMP’S
MARDI GRAS MADNESS
From Friday, September 3 to Monday, September 6, join Triangle Recreation Camp for their 2010 fundraiser event Mardi Gras Madness XII. A $25 donation gets you a weekend party pass. Friday: meet and greet. Saturday: costume extravaganza. Sunday: “Fright night” tea dance.
For more information, location, or directions, visit www.camptrc.org.
LABOR DAY BASH
On Saturday, September 4 at 7 p.m. at Café Metropolitain (1701 E. Olive Way), Miss Jane and Quyen Luu of Nubian Pride will hold their Labor Day Bash. Celebrate with drink specials, food, and special performances by Miss Diamon St. James, Miss Regine, and Miss Victoria Love. Music by DJ Dana Dub.
WINNERS OF THE 2010
ON DISPLAY AT BURKE MUSEUM
Through September 5, the Burke Museum (UW Campus, NE 45th St. & 17th Ave. NE) will display more than 75 images from the 2010 International Conservation Photography Awards founded by Art Wolfe, a Seattle native and well-known nature photographer and published author.
The museum is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is $9.50-general, $7.50-senior, $6 student/youth. First Thursdays are FREE. www.burkemuseum.org.
GSBA’S PRIME TIME EAST
On Tuesday, September 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel (3225 158th SE, Bellevue), the GSBA will hold Prime Time East. Mix and mingle with others in the elegant atrium while enjoying complimentary appetizers, wine, beer, and a coffee bar. This event is free.
For more information, visit www.thegsba.org/events.
Register by September 8 to take part in the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse's Fall 2010 Relationship Skills Class. Topics include identifying cultural norms and personal values, accountability, naming and setting boundaries, strengthening support networks, and more! This class is open to Bisexual people and their friends and loved ones, Trans people and their friends and loved ones, other LGBTQ people, and all people regardless of relationship status or history. Suggested donation $90, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Scholarships and trades available.
For more information, accessibility questions, or to register, contact Yecelica at 206-568-7777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may subscribe to the list by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
On Thursday, September 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Cal Anderson Park (11th Ave. & E. Olive St.), the ACLU of Washington will hold its 75th birthday party. Join special guest Constance McMillen to celebrate the freedom to love whomever you choose. There will be cupcakes, prom photos, and merriment. Free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.aclu-wa.org.
“WAY OF THE QIN” EXHIBIT
The current exhibit at the Taoist Studies Institute (225 N. 70th St.) features over 50 items illustrating Chinese culture and philosophy. Accompanying the exhibit will be a rich array of educational public programs, as well as related items available for sale. The Qin, commonly known as the Guqin, is an ancient zither which has been played in China for over 2,000 years. The “Way of the Qin” exhibit will be accompanied by an array of public programs focusing on Taoist and Chinese culture, as well as Guqin concerts and workshops.
The exhibit runs Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. through October 24. For more information, visit www.taoiststudiesinstitute.org.
CARING AND AGING
Are you a LGBT adult 50 years of age or older? Or can you pass this information on to someone who is? We need your help with a groundbreaking project: Caring and Aging with Pride, a partnership between Senior Services and The Institute for Multigenerational Health at the University of Washington. Our goal is to understand the aging and health needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender adults 50 years of age and older in our community for generations to come. You are eligible for a raffle drawing awarding a $500 Visa gift certificate to three randomly selected individuals. Visit http://bit.ly/SnrSvcs to enter the raffle and request a questionnaire. You are eligible for the raffle regardless of whether you complete a questionnaire or not. Please keep in mind your participation in the project is completely voluntary.
If you have any questions about the project, please contact us at 1-800-558-8703 or visit our website at CaringAndAging.org. Voice your needs!
LGBT LIBRARY NOW OPEN
The LGBT Library houses a wide range of fiction and non-fiction works of interest to those in the LGBT community and its allies. The Library is located at Gay City’s offices, 511 E. Pike St., on the ground floor behind Kaladi Brothers Coffee (just follow the signs). Library hours are Mon-Fri, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Items may be borrowed free of charge; however, ID is required. For your convenience, a drop box for returning borrowed items is available next to the front door when the library is closed.
& REFERRAL LINE
The Resource & Referral Line can connect you to LGBT-friendly resources throughout Puget Sound and beyond. Coming out and just learning what is out there? Visiting and want to know about nightlife options? Interested in drug or alcohol counseling? For these or any other LGBT issues, call 206-323-LGBT. Phone line hours are Mon-Fri, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Leave a voice message at all other times and your call will be returned. Alternatively, you can view our resource lists at www.gaycity.org under the resources menu.
GAY CITY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
FOR LGBT LIBRARY AND
RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE
Gay City Health Project’s newest program needs your help! They have taken charge of the 323-LGBT community resource line and need your help to make it successful! Some duties include answering phones, connecting people to resources, updating material for their records, checking out books and reshelving. If you are interested, please contact Susan at 206-388-1707 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Produced by 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.
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.