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posted Friday, September 9, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 36
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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 Northwest. 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.

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 at the annual King & Queen of Hearts Pageant 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

'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 12. 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.

GAY SKATE IN BREMERTON TO SUPPORT KITSAP COUNTY AIDS WALK
On Tuesday, September 13, at 7 p.m., at Skateland (1740 NE Fusion Rd., Bremerton) join Kitsap Pride Network for an evening of rollerskating to raise money for their local youth program's (The Q Center) team at the Kitsap County AIDS Walk, which will be held on Saturday, September 17 (www.aidswalkkitsap.org). The rollerskating party is an ALL AGES event and cost is $5 at the door.

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB SKILLS CLINIC AND FALL LEAGUE KICK-OFF
On Tuesday, September 13, at 7 p.m., at Garfield Community Center (2323 E. Cherry St.), Seattle Volleyball Club hosts a pre-season skills clinic to teach the fundamentals of volleyball and allow players to compete in scrimmages. The skills clinic also will help league officials determine what division a player should be playing in.

The SVC fall league begins Tuesday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 21, with Division 3 meeting on Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m. at Yesler Community Center (917 E. Yesler Way), Division 4 meeting on Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m. at Garfield Community Center (2323 E. Cherry St.), and Divisions 1 and 2 meeting on Wednesdays from 7-10 p.m. at Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S.)

For more information, visit www.seattlevolleyballclub.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.

COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS FIRST ANNUAL EAT OUT ON CAPITOL HILL
On Wednesday, September 14, all day, eat and drink at a number of fine eating establishments on Capitol Hill and a percentage of your purchase will benefit Country Doctor Community Health Centers (Country Doctor Community Clinic and Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center).

Participating restaurants are: Barrio, Bimbo's Cantina, Cafe Presse, Caffe Vita, Cha Cha Lounge, Coastal Kitchen, Dinette, Eltana Bagel Cafe, Fuel, High 5 Pies, Julia's on Broadway, La Bete, La Cocina, Molly Moon Ice Cream, Monsoon, Oddfellows Cafe, Olympia Pizza, Pete's Coffee Capitol Hill, Piecora's Pizza , Poco Wine Room, Poppy, Poquitos, Quinn's Pub, Ristorante Machiavelli, Smith, Tango, The Copper Vine, The Tin Table, Volunteer Park Cafe.

For the most up-to-date list of participants, visit www.countrydoctor.org/eatout2011.

'BACK-TO-SCHOOL' POZ SOCIAL
On Wednesday, September 14, from 6-8 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.), POZSeattle is pleased to present their last outside BBQ for the 2011 Summer Season. Meet on the back patio for BBQ, socializing, to catch-up with old friends, to make new ones, and a whole lot of fun. Burgers (with or without cheese), chicken breast, kosher hot dogs, salads, chips, cookies, Boca vegetarian burgers, and all the fixin's will be served.

The event is free (except for cost of beverages from the bar) and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size or color.

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. For questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to the POZSeattle event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit them at www.pozseattle.org.

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.). In 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.

'SEATTLE STAND DOWN' OFFERING A HAND UP TO HOMELESS AND AT-RISK VETERANS
On Thursday, September 15, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Seattle Central Community College's Mitchell Activity Center (1718 Broadway), more than 500 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families will be offered a 'hand up' with a variety of services provided by more than 50 organizations and agencies at the first large-scale 'Seattle Stand Down' event. Lunch for attending veterans and their families is being donated by Seattle Elks Lodge #92. Free parking will be available in the Harvard Garage (Harvard Ave. & E. Pine St.). 'Seattle Stand Down' will provide services such as medical and legal aid, employment services, housing resources, alcohol/drug counseling referrals, plus haircuts, showers, personal hygiene items and food.

'Seattle Stand Down' gives us a great opportunity to come together and thank our veterans,' said Sam Barrett, director of 'Seattle Stand Down.' Barrett, who served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, is the former president of Seattle Central's Student Veterans Association. 'Providing these resources can help our veterans and their families achieve what we are all looking for - respect, security, gainful employment, a home, a warm bed, a meal, and the feeling that others care about them. Veterans do not want a hand out; they did not receive them during service, and they do not want them now. However, some veterans do need a 'hand up,' and this is what we hope to provide on September 15.'

For more information, call 206-934-5417 or visit www.seattlestanddown.com.

THE BEEBO BRINKER CHRONICLES - A 1950'S LESBIAN PULP PIN-UP SHOW
SEPT. 15-OCT. 9

The Seattle premiere of The Beebo Brinker Chronicles debuts at Re-Bar (1114 Howell St. at Boren Ave.) on Thursday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m., and runs Thursdays-Sundays at 7:30 p.m. through Sunday, October 9. The award-winning play is based on the iconic pulp fiction written by Ann Bannon that titilated and changed a generation. Ann Bannon will be in attendance to celebrate her birthday on opening night. Tickets: Thursday/Sunday - $18 advance/$22 at door; Friday/Saturday - $20 advance/$25 at door - 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/184155 - with a pay-what-you-will preview on Wednesday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL - SEATTLE FIESTAS PATRIAS
On Saturday, September 17, from noon-11 p.m., and Sunday, September 18, from noon-5 p.m., at Seattle Center's Center House, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, be transported to a celebration of Mexican independence and independence in other Latin American countries. Seattle Fiestas Patrias showcases Latin American art, music and culture. In addition, enjoy the flavors of traditional and contemporary Latin American foods. For complete details, visit www.seattlefiestaspatrias.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. Reunite with 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

SEVEN DEADLY SINS - 'WRATH'
On Saturday, September 17, from 9 p.m.-4 a.m., at Neumos (925 E. Pike St.), Seven Deadly Sins presents 'Wrath' ('You Have a Date with the Devil') with DJs George Roussos from Sydney and Ted Eiel from Chicago. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at door, $30 limited VIP - advance and VIP tickets available at The Lobby Bar, Doghouse Leathers, TwoKnightsEvent.com, Etix.com and Moe Bar.

SERVICEMEMBERS UNITED - 'COUNTDOWN TO REPEAL PARTY' TO CELEBRATE THE END OF 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL'
On Monday, September 19, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., at The Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike St.), join Servicemembers United and local servicemembers, vets and supporters for a New Year's-style celebration of the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE - 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEATTLE AIDS WALK & 5K RUN
On Saturday, September 24, join Lifelong AIDS Alliance and 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. 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 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.

'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

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.

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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