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posted Friday, July 1, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 26
Northwest News
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BOUNCE: THE SPORT OF STORYTELLING
A new spoken word competition rooted in the literary, jazz, and basketball legacies of the Harlem Renaissance joins Columbia City's Beatwalk on Friday, July 1. BoUnce combines African storytelling traditions, poetry, hip hop and the improvisational skills of basketball for a cash prize. BoUnce is an all-ages, all genres open mic held at Cultural Corner, 3651 S. Edmunds St. Sign-up at 7:30 p.m. Competition from 8-10 p.m. Seattle's 2007 Poet Populist, Jourdan Keith, invites others to accept the challenge to perform at the BoUnce kick-off, a spoken word and basketball game between storytelling sports teams.

'You can Slam, but can you BOUNCE?' is a challenge to all spoken word artists from storytellers, to poets and hip hop artists,' says Jourdan Keith, founder and director of Urban Wilderness Project, who designed the program. The challenge, which she calls 'The Sport of Storytelling' is that you must play and win as a team. The performance is a cooperative competition between two all-ages storytelling sports teams. Individuals sign up in advance to perform and are then randomly placed with 2-4 other individuals to form 3 on 3 or 5 on 5 teams. The competition alternates between basketball and storytelling skills. The winning team receives a cash prize. 206-464-8364; www.urbanwildernessproject.org.

EMERALD CITY CLASSIC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
JULY 1-3

www.seattlegaysoftball.com

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL BEERFEST 2011 AT SEATTLE CENTER
JULY 1-3

Featuring 160 beers from 15 countries with live entertainment. Hours: Friday/Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Cost: $20-advance; $25-gate; VIP express pass $35 advance. www.seattlebeerfest.com.

RAINBOW CITY BAND - 'LIGHTS ... CAMERA ... ACTION! MUSIC-A-THON'
On Saturday, July 2, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at the KOMO/Fisher Plaza (4th Ave. and Denny Way) Rainbow City Band will present a 10 hour music-a-thon outdoor concert to raise funds in support of the 2011 Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA) conference and concert to be held in Seattle, October 14-16. The day will be filled with music ranging from classical to pop tunes, by ensembles ranging from marching bands to jazz bands to small chamber ensembles. Stop by to enjoy the music and/or go online to http://rainbowcityband.com/lgba2011/musicathon.php and make a financial contribution.

The 2011 LGBA Conference Mass Band Concert 'Lights ... Camera ... Action!' will be held on Sunday, October 16, at 3 p.m., at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.), with 200+ visiting LGBT and allied musicians in town for the conference joining Rainbow City Band for this exciting concert. http://rainbowcityband.com.

CAPITOL HILL INDEPENDENCE DAY COMMUNITY PICNIC
On Saturday, July 2, from noon-5 p.m., at Cal Anderson Park (11th Ave. and E. Olive St., just north of E. Pine St.), the Cal Anderson Park Alliance hosts the 9th annual Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic with live bands including the Not-Its and Land of Pines, plus feel-good, all-ages interactive fun, including the amazing Carbon Neutral Spin Art Bike, full-of-surprises Pet/Human Look Alike Contest, the fabled Root Beer Float Tasting Garden, Urban Family Photo Portraits and the unbelieveably funny Pie Eating Contest. Info: www.calandersonpark.org.

SEATTLE TENNIS ALLIANCE - SEATTLE CLASSIC 2011 JULY 2-4
www.seattletennisalliance.org

MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY 20TH ANNIVERSARY TREK
JULY 2-10

www.mtsgreenway.org

OLYMPIC MUSIC FESTIVAL - 'CONCERTS IN THE BARN' QUILCENE, WA
JUNE 25-SEPT. 4

www.olympicmusicfestival.org

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY KARAOKE FOR YOUR KALAYAAN* FUNDRAISER
On Sunday, July 3, at 7 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), enjoy an evening of vocal pyrotechnics and sing out your favorite tunes. Go solo, form a duet or trio, and cheer on performers. Featuring 'build your own' Halo Halo - shaved ice dessert, 'mix, mix' with tropical fruits and ice cream. Door donation $5, Halo Halo $5. Proceeds benefit the Freedom Socialist newspaper fund drive. *Kalayaan is 'independence' in Tagalog.

FAMILY FOURTH FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT LAKE UNION
On July 4, at 10 p.m., the Family Fourth fireworks display will be held over Lake Union. Pre-fireworks celebration will be held at Gas Works Park, noon-10 p.m. For complete details, visit www.familyfourth.org. (Organized clean-up on Lake Union on July 5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

DEMIAN'S VIDEO - FREMONT SOLSTICE PARADE'S NAKED BICYCLE RIDERS
2011 - 'Being Shy' - http://vimeo.com/25390586 2010 - 'Body Pain(t)'- http://vimeo.com/25327597

SEATTLE ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION MODEL EXHIBIT - 'TRANSITIONS'
JUNE 21-JULY 24

Seattle Architecture Foundation presents their annual model exhibit featuring more than 100 physical architectural models, renderings and digital images, at Pacific Place (600 Pine St.), on the first floor in the former Restoration Hardware retail space. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 1:30-6:30 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, noon-6:30 p.m.; closed Mondays. Free admission, small donation suggested. www.seattlearchitecture.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 - ADAM HASLETT'S UNION ATLANTIC
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Seattle Area Support Groups Community Center (formerly 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 July is Adam Haslett's Union Atlantic - a Lambda award-winning novel.

Failing banks, war crimes, and first love, this novel has it all - a topic utterly relevant to today, an intimate knowledge of banking that bristles with telling details, and an explosive story that's a lot like opening a bottle of Coke that's been throughly shaken.

Seventeen-year-old Nate Fuller, a senior at Finden High, has failed to fill out his college applications and hires as a tutor old Charlotte Graves, a former history teacher who was let go for her outspoken politics. She's about to bring a law suit against the town of Finden for illegally selling land bequeathed to the town's safekeeping by her father. It's been sold to a handsome, thirty-seven-year-old ex-military banking executive who has chopped down the trees to build an obscenely large dream house. When Nate breaks into that dream house and is caught by the young banker, he stumbles into a deadly web of secrets, lies and betrayals.

Compulsively readable, hilarious and heartbreaking, it's a complex morality tale for thinking adults, as timely as yesterday's headlines.

For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact SASG at 206-322-2437.

FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK AT VOLUNTEER PARK
On Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m., GreenStage presents Antony and Cleopatra at the Volunteer Park amphitheater (14th Ave. E. & E. Prospect St.). Additional performances of Antony and Cleopatra will be held in Volunteer Park on Thursday, August 11, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m., GreenStage presents The Tempest at the Volunteer Park amphitheater. Additional performances of The Tempest will be held in Volunteer Park on Sunday, July 17, at 7 p.m., Friday, August 12, at 7 p.m., and Saturday August 12, at 3 p.m.

For a complete schedule of GreenStage's Shakespeare in the Park performances around Seattle and King County, visit www.greenstage.org.

On Saturday, July 9, at 2 p.m., Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O presents Macbeth at the Volunteer Park amphitheatre.

On Sunday, July 10, at 7 p.m., Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O presents A Comedy of Errors at the Volunteer Park amphitheatre.

For a complete schedule of Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O performances around Seattle and King County, visit www.seattleshakespeare.org and select 'Wooden O' from the menu at the top.

SEATTLE UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE SUMMER SEASON
The Seattle United Soccer League's summer season begins on Saturday, July 9, at Miller Soccer Complex (19th Ave. E. & E. Thomas St.). http://seattleunitedsl.com.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY - 'DEBATE FOR BEGINNERS'
On Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), Freedom Socialist Party hosts a hands-on workshop for opinionated people. Improve your skills as a social advocate and work out your public speaking jitters in a friendly environment with experienced coaches. $20 fee includes lunch and materials. To register, call 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

BALLARD SEAFOOD FEST
On Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat.) and from 11 a.m-7 p.m. (Sun.), in the heart of downtown Ballard, 22nd Ave. NW and NW Market St. , enjoy a variety of seafood entrees, including the Ballard Chamber's annual Salmon Barbecue, plus wine and beer garden, a great line-up of musical entertainment (including Stan Boreson) on the MainStage, and storytelling at the FamilyStage, along with clowns, reptiles, musical games and lots of kids' activities, a quality arts and crafts sale and a sidewalk sale by local merchants, raffle tickets for a Tropical Cruise and Viking paraphernalia at the annual Ballard Seafood Fest. www.seafoodfest.org.

BASTILLE DAY FESTIVAL
On Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Seattle Center's Center House and Fisher Pavilion (including the lawn and roof of the pavilion), enjoy a full schedule of events in celebration of Bastille Day, including entertainment, cooking demos, wine tastings, episodes of Rick Steves' Europe, children's activities. http://seattle-bastille.org.

BINET SEATTLE ANNUAL PICNIC AT RAVENNA PARK
On Saturday, July 9, from 3-7 p.m, at Ravenna Park (entrance on 20th Ave. NE and NE 58th St., about a block north of Ravenna Blvd. NE), at the picnic shelter, join Bi-Net Seattle for this family-friendly event. Bring your kids and your partners and enjoy the sun and the shade. They will provide burgers, sausages, vegetarian burgers, and plates. You bring a non-alcoholic beverage and something to share, such as a salad or dessert. Please RSVP to http://www.socializr.com/event/binetseattle/picnic2011.

THIRD ANNUAL QUEER TV SHOW TO BENEFIT ALLYSHIP
On Saturday, July 9, door at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.), Ladyking Productions presents the Third Annual Queer TV Show, a benefit show for Allyship, starring Sylvia O'Stayformore, Aleksa Manila, Gams Galore, Renten, Anita Goodman, Pidgeon von Tramp, Dahlia Ste. Cyr, Glitter Tribe, Luscious Ladypop, and much more, with MC Kosha. Sliding scale $10-$20 at the door. For more information, visit www.LGBTQAllyship.org.

EYEWITNESS REPORT FROM LABOR COMMUNITY FIGHT BACK CONFERENCE
On Sunday, July 10, from 2-4 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), Amalgamated Transit Union delegate Linda Averill will report back from a national conference being held June 24-26 at Kent State (Ohio), to plan a coordinated response to the devastating budget crisis. Meeting is FREE; brunch will be served at 1 p.m. for a $7 donation. All welcome. 206-722-2453; FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

P-PATCH TRUST CHEF IN THE GARDEN AL FRESCO DINING EVENT
On Wednesday, July 13, hors d'oeuvres with wine and other beverages and silent auction at 6 p.m., seating for four-course dinner at 7 p.m., at the Interbay P-Patch (2451 15th Ave W.), Seattle's renowned culinary master Tom Douglas prepares an evening of gourmet dining with Northwest wine pairings, featuring locally sourced, garden-fresh ingredients and innovative flavor combinations to benefit Seattle's P-Patch Trust, a nonprofit organization that works to acquire, build and protect community gardens in Seattle neighborhoods. Seating is limited to 100 diners and all-inclusive cost is $119. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/175588. Last year's event sold-out in advance of the date. The Trust partners with the Seattle P-Patch Community Gardening Program and owns several garden sites. It strives to provide community gardening opportunities for all Seattle residents, particularly those of low-income, and promotes donations of produce to local food banks. www.ppatchtrust.org.

'A LITTLE BIT OF GAY PARIS' - PUDDLETOWN SQUARES' 'A TASTE OF SQUARE DANCING' On Thursday, July 14, from 7-9 p.m., at St. Andrews Episcopal Church (111 NE 80th St., near Greenlake), Puddletown Squares hosts a free 'taste of Gay square dancing' event - 'A Little Bit of Gay Paris.' 'We see London ... We see France ... Come get an Eiffel of Gay Square Dance.' So come on out and see what Gay square dancing is all about! 'This ain't your Grandma's square dancing anymore.' Casual dress, gender-neutral partnering, singles and couples welcome. Come out and meet Seattle's LGBT veterans and first responders. www.puddletownsquares.org.

BITE OF SEATTLE AT SEATTLE CENTER
JULY 15-17 From Friday to Sunday, July 15-17, at Seattle Center, Comcast presents the Bite of Seattle, the Northwest's premier food festival. FREE admission; food bites available at nominal cost.. Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. For complete details, visit www.comcastbiteofseattle.com

SEATTLE RAINBOW CONTRA DANCE On Saturdays, no dance 7/2 or 7/9, resumes 7/16, at Ballard Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market St.), join LGBTQ folks and friends (and all who want to dance) for this fun, easy-to-learn, easy-to-dance, gender-neutral contra dance, with live calling and live bluegrass music. No experience or partner necessary. All dances taught. Free lesson at 7 p.m. Dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Cost is $8.

Organizers suggest bringing water to drink. A bin for non-perishable food donations is available at the hall. Please come fragrance free in consideration of those with allergies. Bring a dry shirt to change into if you sweat a lot. No drunkenness, rude or abusive behavior will be tolerated.

http://seattledance.org/contra/rainbow; YouTube: Seattle Rainbow Contra Dance.

NOTE: Seattle Rainbow Contra Dance will be taking the summer off following the 7/16 dance and plans to resume in October.

'THE NEXT FIFTY' - A CALL FOR TEMPORARY ART, CULTURE AND DESIGN PROJECTS AT SEATTLE CENTER Seattle Center seeks up to 20 temporary projects to highlight, art, culture and design at 'The Next Fifty.' The temporary art, culture and design projects will help enhance the activities and experiences of 'The Next Fifty,' six-months of events and exhibitions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, illuminating today's challenges and imagining tomorrow's possibilities. 'The Next Fifty' focuses on the themes of Arts, Culture and Design; History; Sustainable Futures; Science and Technology; Global Health; Learning; Commerce and Innovation Economy; and Civic Action. Letter of intent and application materials are due Friday, July 22, 2011. Final proposal and support materials are due Friday, October 21, 2011 at 5 p.m. http://www.TheNextFifty.org.

NORTH AMERICAN OUTGAMES VANCOUVER, BC JULY 25-31 www.vancouver2011outgames.com

THREE DOLLAR BILL OUTDOOR CINEMA - 'ROCK & ROLL FANTASY' Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents 'Rock & Roll Fantasy' outdoor cinema. Unlock your mind and get ready to rock with these fantastic summer movies, full of music and fun! FREE screenings start at dusk. Concessions for sale onsite. Schedule of films: July 29, Xanadu; August 5, Labyrinth; August 12, The Apple; August 19, Footloose. www.threedollarbillcinema.org.

SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY SEEKS VOLUNTEER GARDENERS The Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to help maintain attractive grounds at 12 neighborhood branches this summer and fall. Volunteers will weed gardens, rake leaves and pick up litter. Work parties will be scheduled June through October - on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Anne Vedella, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at anne.vedella@spl.org or 206-386-4614. Volunteer applications can be downloaded from www.spl.org - select 'Support Your Library' and go to the 'Volunteer Opportunities' page.

'17 SWEDISH DESIGNERS' AT NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
JUNE 3-AUGUST 21 The Nordic Heritage Museum's new exhibit, '17 Swedish Designers,' features the recent work of young, progressive women working in contemporary industrial and interior design. More than 60 examples of high design in the form of furniture, textiles, glass, and ceramics represent innovative development of objects for everyday use. The museum is located at 3014 NW 67th St. and is open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. $6 general admission with discounts for seniors, college students, children. www.nordicmuseum.org.

'INJUSTICE AT EVERY TURN' - COMPREHENSIVE TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION STUDY SHARES TWO PERSONAL STORIES ON 'IN THE LIFE' http://www.itlmedia.org/html/other/Injustice%20at%20Every%20Turn.html

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.

'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.

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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