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posted Friday, July 29, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 30
Northwest News
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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.

NORTH AMERICAN OUTGAMES VANCOUVER, BC
JULY 25-31

www.vancouver2011outgames.com

PUGET SOUND OLOC - PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGIONAL GATHERING OF OLD LESBIANS ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE IN TACOMA
JULY 28-31

From Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31, at LaQuinta Inn and Suites (1425 E. 27th St., Tacoma), join Puget Sound OLOC for the Pacific Northwest Regional Gathering of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change with keynote speaker, Lillian Faderman, and Canadian singer-songwriter Lucie Blue Tremblay.

Lillian Faderman is internationally-known scholar of Lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. She is an award-winning author whose books include: She will speak to the gathering's theme: Community, Visibility and Action. Lucie Blue Tremblay is a Canadian singer-songwriter who made her first U.S. appearance aat the 1985 Michigan Womyn's Music Festival's day stage singing a duet with another local favorite, Canadian singer-songwriter, Ferron. She is known for her Lesbian-themed love songs sung in a sultry blend of French and English. She is also a passionate activist against breast cancer.

For more information and to register, visit www.psoloc.org.

BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM ARTS FAIR, BELLEVUE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, AND 2011 6TH STREET FAIR
JULY 29-31

BAM artsfair will be held Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Bellevue Square (855 106th Ave. NE, Bellevue) and Bellevue Arts Museum (510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue). BAM artsfair is one of the largest, most prestigious art festivals in the Pacific Northwest, featuring over 300 juried artists from around the continent plus live music, performance art, artist demonstratons and delicious food. Free admission to artsfair and the Bellevue Arts Museum. www.bellevuearts.org/fiar/index.html

Bellevue Festival of the Arts will be held Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., along NE 8th St at Bellevue Way, featuring the work of 180 artisans and craftspeople in the Northwest and beyond. www.bellevuefest.org.

2011 6th Street Fair will be held Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., on NE 6th St. in downtown Bellevue next to the Bellevue Galleria (500 106th Ave. N.E., Bellevue), and adjacent to Bellevue Square and Bellevue Arts Museum, featuring the work of 130 artists and craftspeople. www.bellevuedowntown.org/events/sixth_street/

NEW WORLD WAKING BENEFIT PERFORMANCE FOR PFLAG-OLYMPIA
On Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at South Puget Sound Community College (2011 Mottman Road SW., Olympia), a 'musical insurrection for peace' starring Steve Schalchlin with Josh Anderson aka Saul Tannenbaum, Christina Collins, Lauren O'Neill, and students from the SPSCC will take place to benefit PFLAG-Olympia. With concept, music, and lyrics by award-winning composer Schalchlin, this musical event was first performed by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Davis Symphony Hall in San Francisco. It is an ever-evolving theatrical event.

Tickets $20, $10 for SPSCC students and are available at (360) 753-8586 or at tickets.washingtoncenter.org/online/. For more information, visit pflag-olympia.org.

'ROCK & ROLL FANTASY' - THREE DOLLAR BILL OUTDOOR CINEMA AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents 'Rock & Roll Fantasy' outdoor cinema at Cal Anderson Park (11th Ave. & E. Olive St., one block north of E. Pine St.). 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.

'BOLLYWOOD PANORAMA' - OUTDOOR FILM SERIES AT VOLUNTEER PARK
On Fridays, July 29 and August 5, at 9:30 p.m., enjoy free outdoor screenings of Bollywood hits at the Volunteer Park amphitheatre (14th Ave. E. & E. Prospect St.), on the lawn across the street from the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Enjoy a performance of sarod and tabla music before showtime. East Indian food trucks will be on site on July 22 and 29. Film titles: 7/29 - Chandni Bar, 8/5 - The Namesake. Bring a blanket to sit on.

SEATTLE UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE SUMMER SEASON
The Seattle United Soccer League's summer season games on Saturdays through August 27 at Miller Soccer Complex (19th Ave. E. & E. Thomas St.). Games and semi-finals (August 27) at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., with final game (August 27) at 7:30 p.m. http://seattleunitedsl.com.

YAKIMA PRIDE FEST AND PRIDE DANCE
On Saturday, July 30, from 10am-6pm, at Yakima's Franklin Park, Yakima's 1st Fridays presents the 16th annual Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park, featuring food, entertainment, vendors, non-profits, free HIV/AIDS testing. On Saturday, July 30, from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., at Yakima's Howard Johnson Hotel, 1st Friday's hosts an all-ages dance with D.J. Kevin Anderson and a limited drag show. $10 cover. For more information, call 509-576-0276 or email 1st-Fridays@gayyakima.com.

SEATTLE CENTER'S MOVIES AT THE MURAL
Seattle Center presents FREE movies under the stars on Saturdays, July 30, and August 13 through August 27, and Sunday, August 28, starting at dusk at the Mural Amphitheatre just south of Center House. Films to be shown are: 7/30 - The Princess Bride; 8/13 - Inception; 8/20 - Raiders of the Lost Ark; 8/27 - The Incredibles; 8/28 - O Brother, Where Art Thou? A NFFTY Short from the 2011 National Film Festival for Talented Youth will be showcased at the beginning of each film. Seating is first-come, first-served. Low back chairs, blankets and bean bags are recommended. Large bags, large coolers/ice chests, umbrellas, video and audio recorders are not allowed. For information, updates and inquiries regarding rain cancellations, call Seattle Center at 206-684-7200 or visit www.seattlecenter.com.

VANCOUVER, BC DYKE MARCH
JULY 30

www.vancouverdykemarch.com

VANCOUVER, BC PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL
JULY 31

www.vancouverpride.ca.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY ANNIVERSARY PICNIC
On Sunday, July 31, from 1-5 p.m., at a private home (5236 S. Fontanelle Pl., in Seattle), the Freedom Socialist Party celebrates the 45th anniversary of their feminist party founded in response to the explosive Black civil rights movement and antiwar activism in 1966. Hear about the raucous debates over leadership, socialism, anarchism, and women's status in society and the movement as hippies and Marxists alike grappled with the problems facing a new generation of rebels. A picnic brunch with be served from 1-2 p.m. for a $7 donation. For more information, call 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

MICHIGAN WOMYN'S MUSIC FESTIVAL
AUGUST 2-7

www.michfest.com.

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 7:30 p.m. in the loft.

SQUARE DANCE BOOT CAMP FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
On Wednesday, August 3, from 7-9 p.m., at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (NE 80th St. & 1st Ave. NE) (on Metro bus route #16), Puddletown Squares has challenged Seattle LGBT recreational sports organizations to try to prove that they're any more agile, flexible, quick on their feet, or able to synchronize their limbs in coordinated movement than Puddletown's team of square dancers. Who will be the better sports, the gals or the guys? Come out and team-up with members of your favorite groups to see what it's all about - FUN!

You may be thinking SQUARE DANCING!!???? But Puddletown promises you that their energetic and non-traditional, public introductory events are a far cry from what you may remember from grade school, old B&W movies, or hillbilly cartoons. Expect to hear pop music, salsa, ethnic, be-bop or swing, keeping it exciting and fresh!

No experience necessary. Everything you need to know will be taught at the event. Good exercise for your body and your brain and this introductory evening is FREE. Singles and couples are welcome with gender-neutral partnering. Casual attire - wear your favorite team's logo, if you like. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. www.puddletownsquares.org.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB
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. & E. Thomas St.). All GLBTQ folks are welcome to participate in this FREE book club. For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact SASG at 206-322-2437.

LAMBDA LEGAL'S SEATTLE GARDEN PARTY 2011 WITH LAMBA LEGAL'S KEVIN CATHCART
On Thursday, August 4, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the home of Susan and Eric Benson (RSVP for location), Lambda Legal hosts their annual reception in Seattle featuring hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and a brief program about Lambda Legal's work across the nation. Guests include law firm partners, lead attorneys, corporate executives and civic and community leaders. This year's event will feature Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart and guest speaker Zach Wahls. Tickets: $100, $250, $500 and up, to $10,000. For more information, contact Anna Wipfler at 212-809-8585, ext 286. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, visit www.lambdalegal.org and select 'EVENTS' for Washington state.

(A brown bag luncheon with Kevin Cathcart for Q-Law members will be held on Thursday, August 4, from noon-1pm at Perkins Coie. Visit www.q-law.org for details.)

SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF DANCE IMPROVISATION
JULY 31-AUGUST 7

A week of classes, panel discussions, night jams, and performances.

On Thursday and Friday, August 4 and 5, at 8 p.m., at Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway), SFADI presents 'Off the Cuff' - Dance Innovators in Concert. $15/night; $25 both nights. www.brownpapertickets.com

For complete information on the festival, visit www.sfadi.org or call 206-686-SFAD.

MISS & MS. GAY WASHINGTON 'FOR THE LOVE OF PRIDE' BACHELOR OF THE YEAR CONTEST & AUCTION
On Thursday, August 4, doors at 9 p.m., contest/auction at 10 p.m., join Taylor London Couture and Beyonce Blaque, Miss and Ms. Gay Washington 2011-12, and hosts Aleksa Manila and Kertie St. James Dupont, for a fun evening benefiting the Gay Washington Fund and the Diamond Empire. Tickets: $10 in advance online or $15 at the door. www.thediamondempire.org/gaywaevents.

GENDER ODYSSEY CONFERENCE
AUGUST 5-7

Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Packed with thought-provoking workshops, discussion groups, social events and entertainment, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing and community in Seattle. With keynote speakers Chaz Bono, Jana Marcus, Cheryl Kilodavis, Dean Spade and Gene Tagaban. www.genderodyssey.org.

50TH ANNUAL ANACORTES ARTS FESTIVAL
AUGUST 5-7

www.anacortesartsfestival.com

SEAMEC ANNUAL COMMUNITY MEETING - BOARD MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS WANTED
On Saturday, August 6, from 2-4 p.m., at the Capitol Hill branch library (425 Harvard Ave. E.), SEAMEC, Seattle's grassroots independent non-partisan LGBT community organization which interviews, evaluates and publishes ratings of candidates running for public office in Seattle/King County, is seeking interested community members who would like to serve on their board as well as others interested in sitting on candidate interview evaluation panels, conducting candidate research, engaging in online networking, or becoming involved in any aspect of their process. No prior experience necessary - just an interest in good government and the outcome of elections. SEAMEC is also seeking input and participation from the community on re-evaluating their operational structure and evaluation process in light of technological changes impacting campaigns and elections in the 21st Century. (Free parking in library's basement garage.)

'JOCKSTRAPS AND GLITTER 2' - SEATTLE QUAKE RUGBY VS. THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE, THE ABBEY OF ST. JOAN
On Saturday, August 6, starting with 5 p.m. kick-off, at Miller Park Playfield (19th Ave. E. & E. Thomas St.) join host Lily Armani and umpires Seattle Men in Leather's Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's boy 2011 for a riotous afternoon of rugby to benefit Seattle Quake Rugby and the Sisters. A Victory Beach Party and Swim Suit Contest follows at 8 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.) with special guest DJ Chi Chi LaRue with proceeds benefitting Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities and Lifelong AIDS Alliance's Chicken Soup Brigade.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY - EMPIRE OF DREAMS CORONATION 2011
On Saturday, August 6, doors at 5 p.m., event begins at 6 p.m, at the Edward G. Hansen Event Center, Comcast Arena (2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett), join Emperor 21 Victor Fantasy Girthwood and Empress 21 Rodeo Drive D'Ville, for 'A Return to Tara, A True Southern Affair,' the Imperial Court of Snohomish County - Empire of Dreams Coronation 2011. Tickets: $45.00.

MEMORIAL RETROSPECTIVE FOR ROBERT THURMAN ART/NOT TERMINAL GALLERY FOUNDING MEMBER AUGUST 6-31
On Saturday, August 6, from 7-10 p.m., at the Art/Not Terminal Gallery, Subterranean Space (2045 Westlake Ave.) an opening reception will be held for a memorial respective of Art/Not Terminal Gallery founding member Robert Thurman (1947-2011) featuring paintings on canvas, sculptures in bronze, and sketchbooks. The exhibit continues through August 31. Hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 1-6 p.m., Sunday 1:30-5 p.m., Belltown Art Walk, 8/18, 6-10 p.m.

FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK AT VOLUNTEER PARK
On Thursday, August 11, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m., GreenStage presents Antony and Cleopatra at the Volunteer Park amphitheater (14th Ave. E. & E. Prospect St.).

On Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 12 at 3 p.m., GreenStage presents The Tempest at the Volunteer Park amphitheater.

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

'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

DEMIAN'S VIDEOS - FREMONT SOLSTICE PARADE'S NAKED BICYCLE RIDERS
2011 - 'Being Shy' - http://vimeo.com/25390586

2010 - 'Body Pain(t)'- http://vimeo.com/25327597

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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