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posted Friday, March 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 10
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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.

'NU' - A NUDE SOIREE FOR MEN
On Saturday, March 12, from 8 p.m. to midnight, at Little Red Bistro's Event Space, 400 Dexter Ave. N., 'Nu,' an alternative nude gathering for men, will meet to honor male erotic energy through art, music and dance. It's an immersive experience that relies upon the creative energy of volunteers from many communities. From the organizers of past 'Romp Naked' events, 'Nu' provides a space for men of all ages, colors, and shapes to express themselves freely. The space that participants generate builds and holds erotic energy. Join us as we venture beyond physicality and explore the depths of beauty and spirit. Celebrate being human! 'Nu' is an event that ebbs and flows, full of erotic and sensual dance, movement and mingling. Come dance with us! 'Nu' is definitely a sexy party, but not a sex party. Tickets: $15. Clothes check at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/162105.

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.

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.

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.

ALLYSHIP LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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.

MOISTURE FESTIVAL
MARCH 17-APRIL 10

Comedy/Varietè/Burlesque performance featuring colorful, uncompromising local, national and international artists. www.moisturefestival.org.

AGING & DISABILITY SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL SEEKS APPLICANTS
Mayor Mike McGinn is looking for applicants to the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services, a 27-member citizen's body that advises and guides Aging and Disability Services of Seattle?King County in providing services for older people and people with disabilities in King County.

Advisory Council members are a vital link to legislators through their lobbying efforts and provide much needed input to The City of Seattle, United Way and King County. Members donate 4-10 hours a month to participate in monthly council meetings, committees, and legislative advocacy. Mayoral appointees serve a term of two years and are required to live within Seattle.

Knowledge and interest in trends, issues and challenges facing older adults and people with disabilities through previous experience in community leadership roles is desired. Strong candidates bring good communication skills, a collaborative spirit, experience in planning or delivery of service systems and the ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds. Members serve without pay.

To be considered, please send a resume and complete an on-line application by Friday, March 18 to Mayor Mike McGinn, c/o Gigi.Meinig@seattle.gov. Online application is available at http://bit.ly/BCApply. To send a paper submittal, fax it to 206-684-0689 or mail to Seattle Human Services, ATTN: Gigi Meinig, Aging and Disability Services, PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215.

WASHINGTON STATE LEATHER PRIDE WEEK MARCH 18-27
www.wsmlo.org

DINA MARTINA: LIVE AT RE-BAR PLACE
On Fridays and Saturdays, March 18 through April 30, at 8 p.m., at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.), join the talent-stuffed Dina Martina and ultra-gifted accompanist Chris Jeffries for their semi-awaited return to Re-bar for a Spring show that's oozing with razzle-dazzle - minus the dazzle! Dina Martina's shows are brimming with unwittingly hilarious songs, point-free stories, astoundingly funny videos, bizarre audience gifts, costumes on their deathbeds and, as The Village Voice says, 'comedy that'll make you piss your pants!' Tickets are $20 and available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/143300 and at the door. NOTE: There are two Sunday matinees on Sundays, April 17 and 24, at 2 p.m.

DUNSHEE HOUSE PEER SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR TRAINING
On Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E., Dunshee House (home of SASG) presents an in-depth look at the fundamentals of peer-led support groups through interactive presentations, role-playing exercises, and peer mentoring. Topics include: structure and framework of groups; group dynamics; listening skills; group focus; creating a safe space for openness and sharing. There will be an hour for lunch each day and lunch will be provided. If you would like to participate in this enriching experience, please contact Josh Wallace, SASG Interim Executive Director, at 206-322-2584 or email josh@dunsheehouse.org for an application. (A fee may apply for outside agencies.) Applications may also be picked up in person. Deadline to register is Monday, March 14. Free parking is available in the Group Health lot across the street from Dunshee House on 17th Ave. E.

SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER PRESENTS 'WAX A BEAR' - A BENEFIT FOR LAMBERT HOUSE
On Saturday, March 19, at 9 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave., at E. Pine St.), join Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy 2011 with hostess Sylvia O'Stayformore, for 'Wax a Bear,' a benefit for Lambert House. www.seattlemeninleather.org; www.lamberthouse.org.

HE'S MY GIRL AT SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
On Sunday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m., at SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.), the Seattle Jewish Film Festival presents He's My Girl / La Folle Histoire D'Amour De Simon Eskenazy. Clarinetist Simon Eskenazy has so much going on that he can't finish his Klezmer record. His ailing, hypochondriac mother wants to move in with him and his ex-wife Rosalie and their son suddenly resurfaces after 10 years. He daydreams about conducting a great love affair with his current partner, Raphael, while a caring, young arab transvestite dazzles him. Based on the director's own life, first seen in the 1998 film Man is Woman, He's My Girl is a wry, intelligent 'rom-com' about lost souls finding love.

KOLENU PRESENTS LGBTQ PURIM PARTY
On Sunday, March 20, at 7 p.m., at The Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike St.), join Kolenu for their third annual Gay 'Ol Purim Party! Purim is often viewed as the Jewish coming out story, so to honor Esterh's 'coming out' as a Jew Kolenu is throwing the biggest LGBTQ Purim Party that Seattle has ever seen!

DJ Evalish will be on site mixing music, and the evening will feature a ton of live entertainment including incredible Queen Ester burlesque by Ms. Indog blue as well as the hilarious drag queen Lili Armani who was recently crowned La Femme magnifique 2010. There will also be plenty of pink haman-taschen, drinks and dancing! $5 cover with 7 p.m. doors and 8:30 p.m. performances. Don't forget that Purim is a holiday to dress up on, so come in costume because Kolenu is giving out some fabulous prizes! RSVP requested by emailing kolenu.seattle@gmail.com or visiting the Kolenu's Facebook page.

EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON EQUALITY DAY IN OLYMPIA
On Tuesday, March 22, join Equality Washington in lobbying our state legislature in Olympia on LGBT equality, HIV/AIDS awareness and other issues of importance. Equality Day 2011 will include a morning orientation and training session, noontime rally on the steps of the Capitol, and meetings with legislators in the afternoon. For more information and to register, call 206-324-2570 or visit www.equalrightswashington.org.

CENTRAL DISTRICT FORUM FOR ARTS + IDEAS PRESENTS U PEOPLE
On Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m., at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.), CD Forum presents U People, an incidental documentary that brings you behind the scenes of a not-so-typical music video shoot. Recently winning the Jury Award at the IMAGE+NATION LGBT Film Festival in Canada and making its national debut on LOGO in 2010, U People was made from the downtime footage of an entire cast and crew of 30 Lesbian and straight women, and Trans folks of color. The images the camera caught will introduce a hilarious, candid and very human voice into the discussion of gender, race and sexuality within the black community. A post-film discussion follows. Ntozake Shange, author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, has said of filmmaker Hanifah Walidah, 'She is a mischievous mix media millenium whip. Hanifah Walidah speaks about black people and the gay community with a passion we associate with Zora Neale Hurston and Amira Baraka.' Cost is $5 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/155512 or at the door.

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

RICHARD HUGO HOUSE OFFERS LGBTQI WRITING CLASS
We all know that the LGBTIQ community is filled with a variety of experiences and identities, but mainstream media often presents only narrow stories or stereotypes.

Do you want to learn how to write stories that represent and honor the specific and unique experiences of LGBTQI people? Are you interested in writing about your own experience as a Queer person, but don't know where to start?

Register for 'Beyond Coming Out' at Richard Hugo House and use your writing to shine a light on your experience. Writers of all levels are welcome, even if it's your first attempt, and classes will offer safe and supportive feedback and instructions.

Contact the lovely Sara Brickman at sarabrickman@hugohouse.org or 206-322-7030 to talk scholarships (requests due March 14th) or registration. This class starts April 5th, so be sure to register today!

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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