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posted Friday, February 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 08
Northwest News
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'SWING INTO LAUGHTER' - SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS IN CONCERT
On Friday, February 25, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 27, at 2 p.m., at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., join the Seattle Women's Chorus and special guest, Kathy Najimy, for an evening of musical entertainment. Tickets: $20-$55 available at www.flyinghouse.org or by calling 206-388-1400.

SEATTLE PARKS AND RECREATION CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH SERIES OF PERFORMANCES
On Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27, Seattle Parks and Recreation will celebrate Black History Month with a series of short performances highlighting the lives of African Americans the City has honored by naming parks after them. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center will present eight performances in eight parks. Each event will be approximately 15 minutes in length. These events are free and open to the public, and everyone is invited.

Performances on Saturday, February 26:

1 p.m. - Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park (2100 S Jackson St.) Dr. Lavizzo was the first African-American woman pediatrician in the state of Washington. She was the founding medical director of the Central Area's Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, whose motto is 'Quality Care with Dignity.'

2 p.m. - Edwin T. Pratt Park (1800 S Main St.) Edwin Pratt was a civil rights leader and Seattle Urban League Executive Director. He was killed by a shotgun blast at his Shoreline home in 1969. The crime has never been solved.

3 p.m. - Homer Harris Park (2401 E Howell St.) Dr. Harris was a University of Iowa graduate who wanted to play professional football, but in the 1930s black players were banned from the National Football League. He went on to become Seattle 's 'go-to' dermatologist and treated generations of Seattle teens.

4 p.m. - Prentis I. Frazier Park (401 24th Ave. E.) Frazier was a former slave who came to Seattle in 1916. In the 1920s he started and published a newspaper for the black community, the Seattle Enterprise, which later became the Northwest Enterprise. He is remembered as a generous philanthropist and business entrepreneur.

Performances on Sunday, February 27:

1 p.m. - William Grose Park (1814 30th Ave.) Grose was a pioneer who arrived in Seattle in 1860 after serving in the U.S. Navy. By the 1880s he was Seattle's wealthiest black resident.

2 p.m. - Alvin Larkins Park (corner of E Pike St. and 34th Ave. E.) Another U.S. Navy man, Larkins was stationed at Sand Point Naval Air Station in 1943 when he became a member of the band the Jive Bombers. He spent the rest of his career as a renowned music teacher and member of the Rainy City Jazz Band.

3 p.m. - Powell Barnett Park (352 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way) Barnett was a prominent community organizer and the first president of the Leschi Improvement Council.

4 p.m. - Flo Ware Park (corner of S Jackson St. and 28th Ave. S.) Flo Ware was a tireless education activist and supporter of Head Start and Meals on Wheels. She anchored the King County Economic Opportunity Board in the 1960s and raised 20 foster children. For more information, please visit www.seattle.gov/parks.

GAY, LESBIAN, STRAIGHT EDUCATION NETWORK (GLSEN) VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION AND INFORMATION SESSION
On Saturday, February 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave.) in the multi-purpose room, join GLSEN Washington State board members and current and prospective volunteers to find out how you can support the work of this important community organization that works to support LGBT students and raise awareness about LGBT issues (including bullying, harassment and homophobia that LGBT youth face) in schools. GLSEN supports Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), Day of Silence and No Name Calling events, and organizes an annual GLSEN/GSA Awards/Recognition Banquet. For more information, call 206-330-2099, www.wagsa.org, www.glsenwa.org; mail@glsenwa.org.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY'S BLACK HISTORY MONTH FORUM: 'THE FBI'S WAR ON THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY - THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER'
On Saturday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), FSP hosts a panel discussion featuring local activists Elmer Dixon and Megan Cornish with a special message from behind the walls from Eddie Conway. Door donation $5. Jones Barbeque Smoked Turkey Dinner at 6 p.m. for $10 dinner donation. Vegetarian option available. Sliding scale or work exchanges available for students and unemployed. For information or to reserve childcare, call 206-722-2453; www.socialism.com.

NIGHT FANTASIA
On Saturday, February 26, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Nijo Sushi Bar & Grill (83 Spring St.), join Aleksa Manila for an evening in celebration of the GLBT Asian community. Enjoy live DJ, great food and drink, with special raffle drawing fundraiser for the GLBT Youth Suicide Prevention Program. Happy Hour menu available throughout the evening. 21+ w/ID. Sponsored by Kwanchai.

JET CITY HOOPS 2ND ROUND PLAYOFFS & CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
On Sunday, February 27, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Miller Recreation Center (330 19th Ave. E.), Jet City Hoops, Seattle's GLBT basketball league, is hosting their 2nd Round Playoffs and Championship Games for the Recreational and Competitive Divisions. The Recreational Championship Game will be held a 12:30 p.m. and the Competitive Division Championship Game will be held at 4:30 p.m. Come out and watch some great basketball and show your support for the hot men and women of Jet City Hoops! Admission is FREE and open to the public. To learn more about the largest GLBT basketball league on the West Coast, visit www.jetcityhoops.org.

NINTH ANNUAL HRC SEATTLE BOWLING FOR EQUALITY
On Sunday, February 27, from 3-5 p.m., 5:30-7:30 p.m., and 8-10 p.m., join Human Rights Campaign Seattle supporters and friends at The Garage (1134 Broadway) for light appetizers, great entertainment and 2 hours of bowling (bowling shoes included). Tickets: $40 before 2/19, $45 after, VIP tickets $70. An annual membership to HRC is included with any ticket purchased. To RSVP, visit www.hrcseattle.org/bowling.

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA & GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT HOST 6TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS PARTY AT SEATTLE CINERAMA
On Sunday, February 27, doors 4:30 p.m. (VIP doors 3:30 p.m.), at Seattle Cinerama (2100 4th Ave. at Lenora St.) join Three Dollar Bill Cinema (Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival organizers) and Gay City Health Project on the red carpet for Seattle's most fabulous Academy Awards Party. Watch Hollywood's biggest night on the biggest screen in town and support two important community organizations.

Dress casual or in Hollywood red carpet inspired attire, and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, fantastic raffle prizes, and much more. Tickets: $25 general, $50 VIP. www.threedollarbillcinema.org; www.gaycity.org.

THE ELITE HOSTS FREE ASL LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS
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.

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. Discussion of February's book, The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst will continue on March 2. Then the discussion turns to Dry by Augusten Burrough for the remaining Wednesdays in March. For more information, e-mail nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.

SAINT MARK'S CATHEDRAL HOSTS FORWARD TOGETHER SYMPOSIUM
From Friday, March 4 to Sunday, March 6 at Saint Mark's Cathedral (1245 10th Ave.), LGBT support groups will work together to promote education and heal broken relationships within families, the church, and local communities. Integrity at St Mark's, the local chapter of the international group for Gay Episcopalians, has joined with Forward Together, Saint Mark's fellowship of LGBT folk, to hold a three day symposium entitled Forward Together With Integrity. The event is in honor of the historic 2009 General Convention, which sanctioned Gay marriage blessing and affirmed the ordination of Gay and Lesbian bishops. It will include prayer services and fasting, discussion groups, guest speakers, and late-night movies. We invite everyone to join us as you have time and interest to attend.

Registration beforehand is needed only for the Mennonite training on Sunday at 1 p.m. Register with Jim Bachmann at ForwardTogether@saintmarks.org. Registration cost for Sunday is $10.00, and seating is limited to 25.

For a full schedule of events and more information, visit www.saintmarks.org.

INTERFACE PANEL: KLEIN, CAGE & CUNNINGHAM
On Friday, March 4, at 12:15 p.m., at Cornish Main Gallery (1000 Lenora St.), Cornish College presents an interdisciplinary conversation looking at the legacies of Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Yves Klein with Seattle artists Catherine Cabeen, Tonya Lockyer and Jarrad Powell. Presented by the Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department and Interface Series (an event series designed to encourage and celebrate collaborative and cross-disciplinary artistic projects and foster departmental interactions). This event is FREE and open to the public.

NUBIAN PRIDE KING & QUEEN PAGEANT
On Sunday, March 6, at 6 p.m., at Neighours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave. off E. Pike St.) Honoring King Philip Agape and Queen Diamond St. James. Join us as we celebrate the beauty and class of our African American culture through pageantry. www.nubianprideproductions.org.

HEART BREAKS OPEN BENEFIT GALA
On Sunday, March 6, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. - Act I at Julia's on Broadway (300 Broadway E.) and Act II at Broadway Grill (314 Broadway E.) - come out for an evening of fun, cocktails, food and a gala advanced sneak preview screening of the film Heart Breaks Open. Proceeds from the event will send the cast and crew to the 2011 season's international Queer film festivals in London and beyond. Visit www.heartbreaksopen.com for more information.

SEATTLE EROTIC BALL MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
On Tuesday, March 8, doors at 8 p.m., at Trinity Nightclub (111 Yesler Way) enjoy Seattle's biggest, sexiest Mardi Gras party at the Seattle Erotic Ball. Hosted by Sasha Scarlett with DJ Sonny Boy!, enjoy live circus and fetish performances, burlesque dancers, aerialists, fire dancers, stilt walkers, costume contests. 'You are the party, so dress to thrill!' More than 1500 guests are expected. Advance tickets: $15-general admission; $30-VIP available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/153061, www.SeattleEroticBall.com, Julia's on Broadway (300 Broadway E.) and The Crypt (1516 11th Ave.). A percentage of all ticket sales will benefit Rise 'n Shine. www.risenshine.org.

'THE BIG BAIL OUT' BENEFIT FOR RISE N' SHINE
On Wednesday, March 16, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Broadway Grill (314 Broadway E.) stop by the 'jail' and make a financial contribution to help volunteer 'outlaws' make 'bail' to benefit Rise n' Shine's programs in support of kids affected by HIV/AIDS. It's a party! www.risenshine.org.

ALLYSHIP SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Allyship is an organization that does multi-issue organizing in the social justice community as out Queers and connects social justice issues within LGBTQ communities. For several years Allyship has been sponsoring a discussion series called 'Queerly Classed,' as well as mobilizing for marches and actions, and building relationships in the labor, feminist, immigrant rights, housing and health care movements. This year Allyship will be creating campaigns around health care, workers' rights and Queer youth and is looking for volunteers to help with campaign research, social media, and outreach. For more information, including a description of tasks and time commitment for volunteer positions of researcher, social media assistant, and outreach assistant, email ladyking6k@yahoo.com or allyship@yahoo.com.

FORECAST: COMMUNICATING WEATHER AND CLIMATE - ARTS & SCIENCE EXHIBIT AT WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION CENTER
Through Saturday, April 9, EcoArts Connections presents an arts and science based exhibit, Forecast: Communicating Weather and Climate, at the Washington State Convention Center (800 Pike St. - North and South Gallerias). Commissioned by the American Meteorological Society for their 91st AMS annual meeting at the WSCC (January 24-27), the exhibit features the work of 36 regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists based in Washington State whose work has been inspired and/or informed by weather and climate.

Eight scientists from four states and two countries collaborated with the artists for the exhibition.

'I can say from personal experience that working with an artist, you discover the commonality between the sciences and the arts. The creative process is similar: both can end up looking at our world in way that no one has before, and both are compelled to communicate that insight to others,' comments Peggy LeMone, 2010 AMS President and Senior Scientist Emerita at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 'These scientist-artist dialogues give us a better chance of communicating this vision - and through the arts we can avoid the barriers people might have to learning something new.'

Forecast works will range from documenting nature or science, to science informing and/or inspiring art, to co-equal science/arts collaboration. In addition to being an exhibit that is exciting, interesting, and attracts new audiences, Forecast is designed to engage scientists, artists, and the general public in cross-disciplinary dialogue on innovative ways to communicate and understand weather and climate issues. www.box.net/shared/rgz4mos84j

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.

LGBT RESOURCE & 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 susan@gaycity.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. 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.

SEATTLE GAY PRIDE DAY VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Pride Day took place on June 27, 2010. The parade and festival included all financial and social segments of society, all religions, races, and gender expressions. The parade had an estimated 450,000 people in attendance. After the Parade, some 70,000 attendees flowed into the Seattle Center for the PrideFest. This combined cross-section of humanity is most noted for its astonishing diversity. The following videos were shot over a four-hour period:

Gay Pride Day Seattle 2010 Part 1 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=ITmRcnX0VFs
Gay Pride Day Seattle 2010 Part 2 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=M69Q_z3E74I
Demian's YouTube Channel All Videos - http://youtube.com/777demian

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.

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