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posted Friday, March 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 09
Northwest News
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POZ SEATTLE MONTHLY SOCIAL MARCH 2011: ST. PATRICK'S DAY
POZSeattle is pleased to present its Monthly Social Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 from 6-8pm at the Cuff (13th & Pine).

This months theme: "St. Patrick's Day"

Meet us in the downstairs bar for light snacks, socializing, catching-up with old friends, making new ones, and a whole lot of fun- (Grilled Corned Beef /Ruben sandwiches included!!)

This event is free (except for the cost of beverages), and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color. Please spread the word about us! If you or your group or organization would like to sponsor one of our monthly socials by either donations, or a meal, or both...please contact us by the email address below.

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. Our primary social event is always held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to our event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit us on the web at www.pozseattle.org.

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, and seating is limited to 25.

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

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

HEART BREAKS OPEN QUEER FILM FESTIVALS 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 (see SGN's February 11 edition for details). 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.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - 'HONORING OUR FIERCE AND FABULOUS SISTERS'
On Tuesday, March 8, from 6-9 p.m., at POCAAN (1609 19th Ave. just south of E. Madison St.), join a broad coalition of feminist and other progressive activists for the second annual community event to honor women grassroots activists on International Women's Day. During the first hour, an old-fashioned potluck dinner will provide an opportunity for community members to socialize, network, and celebrate the solidarity of International Women's Day. From 7-9 p.m., the coalition will present awards of appreciation to eleven grassroots women activists whose work for justice, peace, and human rights is all too often unrewarded. Interspersed between the tributes, local performers will entertain, including the Pinay choir, Sistah Drum, Marla S. Nonken and musician and activist Jacque Larrainzar, who will also emcee. POCAAN is a wheelchair accessible venue, and the program part of the event will be ASL-interpreted. Please do not wear fragrances. For more information, call 206-722-0729 or check out Seattle International Women's Day on Facebook. Organizers invite all members of Seattle's progressive community to join them in honoring these unsung heroines of many local movements, and relaxing together in order to build community and gather strength to continue our efforts for change. In making these connections we truly honor the sacrifice and the struggle of the workers of the Triangle factory.

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 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.

GSBA PRIME TIME MIXER
On Wednesday, March 9, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Sorrento Hotel (900 Madison St.), come mingle with fellow GSBA members and guests while gazing over the city from the Top of the Town. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine in the gracious atmosphere of this wonderful room in this landmark hotel. Cost is $10 members; $15 nonmembers; $10 students. RSVP requested. 206-366-9188; www.thegsba.org. The GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association) is Seattle's LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

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 March is Dry by Augusten Burroughs.

For more information, e-mail nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL: IRISH FESTIVAL
On Saturday, March 12, noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Irish Festival at Seattle Center's Center House offers entertainment, exploration and insights into the culture of Ireland. Shop for authentic Irish products, create Celtic arts and crafts and enjoy a weekend of non-stop Irish music, award-winning dance and children's activities. Festival-goers may trace their roots in genealogy workshops, learn the Irish language and take in colorful cultural exhibits and contemporary Irish short films. For a full event schedule, visit wwwirishclub.org.

SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 12-20
Now in it's 16th year, the annual American Jewish Committee's Seattle Jewish Film Festival is a 10-day international cinematic exploration and celebration of Jewish life, culture, identity and history that strives to build bridges of mutual understanding between diverse groups in our Puget Sound region. AJC-SJFF uses film to both entertain and educate the Jewish and general communities about the complex issues facing the Jewish people and world community alike, while challenging conventional perspectives. This year's thematic programming is 'Building Bridges' of mutual understanding through cinema, dialogue, interfaith dialogue and cultural crossings in community and globally. The new 'AJC Bridge Series' features four vibrant films and speakers, panelists and chances for audiences to build bridges in dialogue. www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org.

RADICAL WOMEN CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
On Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, a tribute to female-led uprisings, strikes and protests from 1911 to 2011, with a lively overview of key events and personalities by activist and writer Tamara Turner, plus video clips, poetry and song. Door donation $2. Around-the-World Brunch served at 1:30 p.m. for $9 donation. For more information, rides and childcare, call 206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com. Everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

ARNALDO! PRESENTS 'C'EST SI BON! - A TRIBUTE TO EARTHA KITT'
On Sunday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m., at Julia's on Broadway (300 Broadway E., at E. Thomas St.), join Arnaldo! for his special tribute to Eartha Kitt, his cabaret muse, with Bob Bruneau, musical director, and Bruce Phares, bass. Tickets: $15-advance purchase online at wwwbrownpapertickets.com/event/155649; or $25-at the door by calling 206-334-0513 + 2 drink minimum.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE SPARKS OF GLORY: THE SEED OF DREAM
On Monday, March 14, at 6 p.m., at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.), Music of Remembrance presents a free 90 minute chamber music concert-with-commentary, and a post-concert chat with composer Lori Laitman. Learn about the Vilna ghetto in Nazi-occupied Lithuania, where Yiddish poet and resistance fighter Abraham Sutzkever, 'the greatest poet of the Holocaust,' was imprisoned, then hear five Sutzkever poems in Laitman's song cycle, The Seed of Dream. Baritone Erich Parce will sing. Also on the program: Hungarian composer Laszlo Weiner's Duo for violin and viola; Czech composer Pavel Haas' String Quartet No. 3. www.musicofremembrance.org.

GSBA BUSINESS LUNCHEON
On Wednesday, March 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Courtyard Marriot Pioneer Square (612 2nd Ave.), join GSBA members and guests for an intriguing look at social media with special guest speaker, Hanson Hosein, Director of the Master of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington. Come hear what cutting edge technology your business may need to remain relevant and sustainable, what's the latest and greatest technology and what are the pitfalls of social media.

Cost is $34-members; $39-nonmembers; $34-students. RSVP requested at 206-363-9188 or www.thegsba.org. The GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association) is Seattle's LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

'THE BIG BAIL OUT' FUNDRAISING 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. Drop in on the fun! www.risenshine.org.

ALLYSHIP CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF AND CELEBRATION
On Wednesday, March 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Rendezvous, Jewel Box Theater (2322 2nd Ave), join us as we celebrate and commence our social justice campaigns for 2011, with special performances by local Queer burlesque and drag king performers and silent auction by local Queer artists. Suggested donation is sliding scale from $5 to $10.

Allyship will continue to fight for accessible health care and economic justice. We will begin a new focus area and start working with the homeless Queer youth movement. Come find out how you can get involved and make a difference for LGBTQ people in the Seattle area.

For more information, email allyship@yahoo.com.

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA'S 4TH ANNUAL DINNER & AUCTION
On Friday, March 25, at 6 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.), at Sodo Park (3200 1st Ave. S.), join Three Dollar Bill Cinema for 'Velvet Goldmine,' their 4th annual dinner and auction. Enjoy silent and live auctions, appetizers, sit down dinner, hosted wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and some cinematic surprises! All proceeds from the auction will help further Three Dollar Bill Cinema's mission to enrich, strengthen, and connect diverse communities by supporting and exhibiting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film. Tickets: $125-regular; $100-members. www.threedollarbillcinema.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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