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posted Friday, September 2, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 35
Northwest News
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'THE BIG DYKE POTLUCK & SING ALONG' - A SPOOFEBRATION OF LESBIAN CULTURE
On Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3, door at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S.), Pidgeon Coop Productions presents 'The Big Dyke Potluck & Sing Along - A Spoofebration of Lesbian Culture.' Must be 21+. Tickets: $10 advance; $15 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/192625.

For more information, visit http://pidgeoncoopproductions.com/events-calendar.

Pidgeon Coop Productions engages Queer performers in inclusive, innovative performance and raises funds for Queer organizations working towards social justice. They have made donations to the Femme Collective, arewemarried.com, Femmecast, Homoagogo, and Dirty Queer.

QSQUARED CAMP
SEPTEMBER 2-5

Camp is held each year at a private retreat center nestled among towering trees with scenic trails and rivers. Stay in modern cabins with hot showers and modern conveniences or pitch your own tent and sleep under the stars. Meals are prepared by the onsite staff and are enjoyed family style. CAMP is produced each year by the 'Boyz in the Woods.'

www.qsquared.org

'MARDI GRAS WEEKEND' - TRIANGLE RECREATION CAMP AT BENDER CREEK
SEPTEMBER 2-5

And Rocky Horror Picture Show party. www.camptrc.org

BUMBERSHOOT AT SEATTLE CENTER
SEPTEMBER 3-5

www.bumbershoot.org

LAMBERT HOUSE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
Lambert House LGBT Youth Center is seeking volunteers. Email volunteer@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *817 for more information.

GSBA PRIME TIME EAST On Tuesday, September 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Hyatt Regency Bellevue (900 Bellevue Way NE), meet other GSBA members, nonmembers and guests for drinks and hors d'oeuvres on the Eastside. For more information, contact the GSBA at 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org for more information. There is no charge for this event.

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.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - MOFFIE
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.). For September, the group will read the brand new South African novel, Moffie, by Andre Carl van der Merwe, about a frightened Gay white boy conscripted in the South African army. The story is set in South Africa about 20 years ago, and takes place during the Angola Bush War. The author will be getting in touch with the club toward the end of September for a conversation about the book and to answer any questions. Following is a summary of Moffie:

Nicholas van der Swart is a skinny, white nineteen year old drafted into the South African army to serve his two years mandatory military service, conscripted to fight for a country that degrades Gay men as 'moffies,' where a kiss between men is violently punished. Brutalized by his father for being too gentle and sensitive, he's bullied by his baboon-killing uncles and cousins who respect only the harsh masculine code of aggression and dominance. Nicholas keeps his real identity buried deep inside and lives in terror of being exposed, knowing that the thing his parents most despise is what he is.

From the sadistic fury of vengeful officers and body-crippling exercise drills to the spirit-breaking final physical tests and the terrors of combat, Nicholas somehow manages to psychologically survive, with the help of his best friend, Malcolm, and Ethan, the boy he adores, and Dylan, the lovely young poet from a wealthy family who falls in love with Nicholas.

Andre Carl van der Merwe skillfully recreates the emotional gauntlet Nicholas has to endure in his passage to adulthood. In an insane military world, Nicholas is tested to his limits. His ordeal makes compelling, first-rate reading.

All GLBTQ folks are welcome to participate in this free book club. For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net, visit http://faculty.washington.edu/swittet/SGLBookClub/ or contact SASG at 206-322-2437.

'QUEER IT YOURSELF: BE IT, DO IT, MAKE IT' - WORKSHOP PROPOSALS BEING SOUGHT
The Producer's Collective is seeking workshop and performance proposals for the upcoming 'Queer It Yourself: Be It, Do It, Make It' day-long conference to be held on Saturday, October 8, at Seattle University's Pigott Auditorium. The conference seeks to provide a space for Queers and social justice artists to talk, collaborate, skill share and intellectualize about art and creativity. Two celebratory shows will be held that evening at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Seattle University's Wyckoff Auditorium. Deadline for workshop proposals is Monday, September 8. Workshops will be 1-1/2 hours in length. Compensation for workshop presentations is free admission to the day-long conference.

The Producer's Collective is a Queer-led production company dedicated to building a Queer artist community that values social justice that fosters art in the LGBTQ community, and challenges oppression while still being joyful and entertaining. The collective is an ambitious group of four, all artists raising the bar on art, community, creativity, politics and fun.

Examples of the kinds of workshops they are looking for:

'Intellectualizing' - The Politics of Queer Performance, The Politics of Performing Gender, What Does Social Justice Art Look Like? What Is An Artist Community? Get Inspired: How Queer Artists Are Pushing the Envelope, Is Everyone an Artist? How to Embrace Your Artist Self, Body Positive in the Burlesque World, The Politics of Payment as an Artist; Racism in Queer Artist Community; How to be an Ally to Marginalized Artists.

'Art and Skill Sharing' - Drag Kinging 101, Burlesque 101, Learning How to Sing, Learning How to Make a Video, Video Editing, Want to Be a Spoken Word Artist? Want to Be a Good MC? How to Create a Group Number, How to Start a Troupe, How to Produce a Show, Improv, Acting 101, Sketch Comedy, Scriptwriting, Self-Care as an Artist and Longevity/Sustainability as an Artist, How to Do Publicity.

Seattle has a long history of Queer artists who push boundaries around gender, sexuality, politics, sex, sexism, sizism, ablism, classism and racism. The Seattle LGBTQ community has been on the convergence of creativity and social justice for the last 20 years with productions such as 'Fallen Women Follies' and Kaleidoscope Cabaret (a people of color production), Push: a Magazine of Queer Feminist Subversions - featuring LGBTQ writers, photographers and visual artists, Voices Rising (people of color and LGBTQ artists), Bend-It (art by youth, Bent (a Queer Writers Institute), and troupes like the Bamboo Clan, Milky Way, The Von Foxies and the Queen Bees.

Be part of this long Queer artist tradition. Create a workshop, perform in the show, and attend the conference. Workshop presenters will be given first priority for performing in the shows.

For more information or to get a workshop application, please go to theproducerscollective.weebly.com.

BETWEEN THE COVERS: LGBT BOOK CLUB - NAKED
On Saturday, September 9, at 2 p.m., at Kaladi Brothers Coffee Green Room (511 E. Pike St.), join Gay City staff and community members for a discussion of David Sedaris' Naked, a collection of hilarious and poignant reflections on his quirky life. The book is available at Gay City's LGBT library.

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB - EMERALD CITY CAT FIGHT TOURNAMENT
SEPT 9-11

Seattle Volleyball Club hosts the Emerald City Cat Fight tournament featuring fierce and friendly competition amongst LGBT volleyball teams from around the U.S. and Canada. Team registration will be held on Friday, September 9, from 7-10 p.m., at R Place (619 E. Pine St.). The tournament spikes off on Saturday, September 10, from 8am-6pm, at Garfield High School Gymnasium (400 23rd Ave.) and Garfield Community Center (2323 E. Cherry St.). Saturday evening, players will gather at Purr (1518 11th Ave.) for the 'Seed Party' to allow players from competing teams to meet one another off the court. On Sunday, the tournament continues from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S.) and Garfield High School Gymnasium (400 23rd Ave.) from 8am-6pm. (See related article in this week's SGN for information on how to get involved in SVC's fall league.)

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE - KING & QUEEN OF HEARTS PAGEANT
On Saturday, September 10, door at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at Neighbours Underground (1509 Broadway), join King of Hearts 33 Patrick Lucey and Queen of Hearts 33 Jackie Scott and the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire for an evening of fine drag entertainment and the selection of the Court's new King and Queen of Hearts. $7 suggested donation at the door. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com

SEATTLE LEATHER DADDY & DADDY'S BOY 2011 WINTER COAT SALE
On Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, from noon-4 p.m., at R Place (619 E. Pine St.) join Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's boy 2011 for a winter coat sale of unclaimed coats collected from local bars' coat checks. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong AIDS Alliance's food program. Stop by for a great deal on a winter coat!

GRACE GOSPEL CHAPEL REUNION, CONCERT & PASTOR APPRECIATION NIGHT
On Saturday, September 17, join Grace Gospel Chapel (2052 NW 64th St.) as they welcome back former pastors who have served the church in the past 30 years to celebrate over 30 years of Grace in Seattle. Find old friends, make new friends and tell your pastor what they mean to you! Hospitality hour with light fare, refreshments and dessert starts at 5 p.m. Concert with nationally touring contemporary Christian artist Shawn Aaron Thomas debuting his new album 'Covered and Created' starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 206-784-8495 or visit www.gracegospelwa.org.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE - WHITE TOWEL PARTY
On Saturday, September 17, from 9 p.m. to closing, at The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St.), join the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire for a fundraising party (undergarments required) to benefit the Youth Suicide Prevention Program. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE - 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEATTLE AIDS WALK & 5K RUN
On Saturday, September 24, join Lifelong AIDS Alliance and concerned and caring community members from all walks of life for the 25th Anniversary Seattle AIDS Walk & 5K Run. The event will be held at Volunteer Park (14th Ave. E. & E. Prospect St.) with day-of registration, donation drop-off and T-shirt pick-up from 9-9:30 a.m. The stage program will take place from 9:30-10 a.m. The run begins promptly at 10 a.m., followed by walkers at 10:05 a.m. The after party at the park will be held from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For complete information on how you can participate as a walker, runner, donor or volunteer, visit www.SeattleAIDSWalk.org or call 206-328-8979.

MR. & MISS GAY ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER PAGEANT
On Saturday, September 24, door at 5:30 p.m., pageant at 7 p.m., Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway) hosts the Mr. & Miss Gay Asian/Pacific Islander Pageant with competition categories in National Costume, Swimsuit, Talent, Formal Wear and Q&A with $250 cash prize to both Mr. & Miss API 2011. This is sure to be a hot show! Tickets: $15-advance; $18 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/196920. For contestant sign-up, program advertising or sponsorship information, email gaysha@gayshastarr.com or teriyakitemple@aol.com. Partial proceeds to benefit the Youth Suicide Prevention Program.

THE SEATTLE AIDS MEMORIAL: 30 YEARS OF SORROW, COMFORT & HOPE - A MULTI-FAITH OBSERVANCE IN READINGS, SONG AND CANDLELIGHT
On Saturday, September 24, at 7 p.m., at St. Mark's Cathedral (1245 10th Ave. E.), join the Seattle Choral Company and Seattle area religious communities for this multi-faith service observing 30 years of sorrow, comfort and hope in the face of AIDS. www.saintmarks.org.

SEATTLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 14-23

www.threedollarbillcinema.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

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.

ANSEL ADAMS' MANZANAR PHOTOS AT BAINBRIDGE MUSEUM
'Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar' at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum (215 Ericksen Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA) examines the internment-camp experience of West Coast Japanese-Americans during World War II. This new exhibit of photos from the Library of Congress includes some of Ansel Adams' images that have never been exhibited before. The museum is open Monday-Sunday (closed on Tuesdays), 1-4 p.m. (with extended hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during the summer) and is a short walk from the Bainbridge ferry terminal. Admission: $4 adults, $3 students/seniors, $6 family, museum members and children under 5 free. An outdoor picnic area is available nearby. 206-842-2773. www.bainbridgehistory.org. The exhibit runs through December 7, 2012.

'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.

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.

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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