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posted Friday, November 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 44
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BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m., at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse (1635 11th Ave., one block north of E. Pine St.), Seattle Parks & Recreation hosts Born This Way Kafe, a welcoming place where LGBTQ youth, friends and allies (ages 13-19) can gather, be themselves, and have fun. Meets every Friday. For more information and to help make it happen, contact Randy at Seattle Parks, 206-883-6110 txt/phone, email randy.wiger@seattle.gov or google 'SeattleParksCOD.' (Due to Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day holidays, the Kafe will not be meeting November 11 and November 25.)

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY - 'SOCIALIST FEMINISM VS. ANARCHISM'
On Friday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), the Freedom Socialist Party hosts a public forum, 'Socialist Feminism vs. Anarchism,' featuring Marxist journalist and organizer Andrea Bauer, who will explore the different philosophical differences between these two schools of thought and political action. Bauer is a Queer rights activist, pop culture critic and environmentalist. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., door donation $3. Hearty snack plates for $7. For more information, call 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com. Wheelchair accessible.

SISTAH SINEMA - THE WATERMELON WOMAN
On Friday, November 4, at 8 p.m. at Chao Bar & Bistro (12th Ave. & E. Pine St.), join Sistah Sinema for a screening of Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman. Produced in 1996, this movie was the first full-length African-American Lesbian feature. It took top honors in film festivals around the globe. Cheryl Dunye will be joining Sistah Sinema via Skype for the Q&A. Tickets: $5. www.sistahsinema.webs.com. Sistah Sinema is a movie event showcasing Black womyn in Queer roles and is held the first Friday of each month. Each showing will be followed by a moderated discussion section.

Sistah Sinema was created to showcase the nuances of Black Queer Womyn culture. It is hoped that the movies will serve as a vehicle to foster honest dialogue on struggles and opportunities unique to Black Queer Womyn. While discussion sections will focus on Black Queer Womyn, all members of the Queer community are invited to attend.

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL THRU NOV. 6
www.earshot.org

UNIVERSITY DISTRICT JAZZ FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 4-6

www.udistrictjazzfestival.com

MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY TRUST FALL TREE PLANTING
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust will be hosting a series of native tree and shrub plantings on weekends through early December. Volunteers are invited to help with the project at Seattle and King County locations throughout the greenway. For more information and to sign-up, visit www.mtsgreenway.org and look under the VOLUNTEER menu for Tree Planting.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL - HMONG NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
On Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, the Hmong New Year Celebration offers an exploration and insights into the unique culture and traditions of the Southeast Asian highlands, showcasing local Hmong dancers, musicians and artists in ways that illuminate and preserve this unique culture. For a full event schedule, visit www.hmongassociationofwa.org.

'RED, WHITE & PROUD' - 2011/2012 MR. & MISS GAY SEATTLE PAGEANT
On Saturday, November 5, door at 5 p.m., pageant at 6 p.m., at Neighbours (1509 Broadway, entrance in alley between Harvard Ave. and Broadway, off E. Pike St.) join the Imperial Court of Seattle and Miss Gay Seattle XLVI Jetta Mae and Mr. Gay Seattle XXXV David, for an evening of fine drag entertainment and celebration. $10 suggested donation. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.

'OMG! WHO ARTED?' - AN ART CONTEST FOR SISTERS' 'CONDOM SAVIOUR' PACKAGING
Do you like to draw, or paint, or just sketch and doodle? Well, if you do, you may want to enter this art contest sponsored by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence - The Abbey of St. Joan and Vermillion Gallery for a chance to have your art featured on the Sisters' 'Condom Saviour' packaging!

All artistic skill levels are encouraged to participate. In the Sisters' spirit of non-judgment and fundraising, the winner will be determined by how much money a particular submission raises through direct donation and silent auction. Who doesn't love a good old-fashioned popularity contest, huh?

From now through November 5, 2011, artists can register (with $10 donation) and pick up their submission packets at Vermillion (1508 11th Ave.). Submission packets will contain a list of rules, image requirements, a release form and a canvas.

On Saturday, November 12, from 6-10 p.m., judging for the contest will be held at Vermillion. This is an all-ages contest and event. There is no cover charge; donations at the door will gladly be accepted. Artists under 18 will need a parent's or legal guardian's permission to enter.

All proceeds from 'OMG! Who Arted?' go to the Sisters' 'Play Fair!' program.

In 1982 as San Francisco's health scene had hit crisis levels, registered nurses Sister Florence Nightmare and Sister Roz erection joined with a team of Sisters and medical professionals to create 'Play Fair!,' the first safer sex pamphlet to use plain sex-positive language, practical advice and humor to educate people on the responsibility of their sexual health.

The Abbey of St. Joan continues the duty of teaching the message that everyone has a responsibility to themselves and their sex partners to stay safe and 'Play Fair.' 'Condom Saviors' and 'Passion Packs' carry supplies and helpful information, all of which are free for the asking.

JET CITY HOOPS - SEATTLE'S CO-ED GLBTQ BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Jet City Hoops winter season games will be held on Sundays, November 6-December 18, at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E., just north of E. Thomas St.). Recreational division games will be held 9 a.m.-noon; competitive division games will be held noon-4 p.m. Spectators welcome. www.jetcityhoops.org.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE - 'WHAT A LIFE!'
On Monday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m., at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall (3rd Ave. & Union St.), Music of Remembrance celebrates the musical contributions of emigre composers, with Hans Gal's satiric camp revue What A Life!, written and performed while he was held in a British detention camp on the Isle of Man. Guest vocalists are Ross Hauck and Eric Parce, and reading from Gals' diary will be ACT's Kurt Beattie! Also: a quartet from Vilem Tausky, and a lushly romantic piano trio by Marcel Tyberg. Tickets: $36. 206-365-7770; www.musicofremembrance.org.

RADICAL WOMEN - WEEKLY FEMINIST READING CIRCLE
Radical Women hosts a weekly roundtable discussion of Frederick Engels' classic work, Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, on the persistent problem of women's inequality and how it can be overcome. The reading circle meets Monday through December 12,, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 3314 Wallingford Ave. N. #4, Seattle. $2 suggested donation per session. Everyone welcome. For more information, call 206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.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.

SEATTLE REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE SEMINAR - WHEN YOUR PATH TO PREGNANCY REQUIRES DONOR SPERM
Increasingly single women and Lesbian couples are looking to achieve pregnancy requiring the use of donor sperm. On Wednesday, November 9, from 6-7:30 p.m., Seattle Reproductive Medicine (1505 Westlake Ave. N., Suite 400) presents 'Optimizing Success Using Donor Sperm,' a free seminar that will cover the process of using donor sperm and answer the most asked questions: How do we find a sperm donor? How long should I keep trying? How old is too old? What does this cost? What's next when inseminations aren't working?

During the seminar, you will have the opportunity to meet an SRM physician and ask your specific family building questions. Pre-registration requested. Call 206-301-5000. www.seattlefertilitylgbt.com. (NOTE: Street level parking is recommended because the garage closes at 7 p.m.)

Seattle Reproductive Medicine is the largest fertility center west of the Mississippi River, with 11 full-time physicians in four locations. Partners have been awarded National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants and their work in reproductive aging has received international recognition.

POZ SEATTLE'S THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SOCIAL
On Wednesday, November 9, from 6-8:30 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.), POZSeattle presents their 3rd annual Traditional (U.S.) Thanksgiving Holiday Social. Meet in the downstairs bar for a fully catered traditional Thanksgiving holiday meal generously provided by some of their wonderful volunteers and members of POZSeattle. Turkey with dressing, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies and holiday dessert is what's on the menu.

Join POZSeattle for dinner, socializing, catching-up with old friends, making new ones, and a whole lot of fun. This event is FREE (except for the cost of beverages), and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size or color. (Donations are always welcome.) POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. Their primary social event is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to their event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit them at www.pozseattle.org. (If you, your group or organization would like to sponsor one of POZSeattle's monthly socials either by making a donation or by providing a meal, or both, please contact POZSeattle at info@pozseattle.org.)

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - THE STRANGER'S CHILD
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.).

Alan Hollinghurst's stupendous, multi-generational Gay epic is the book club's November selection. The Stranger's Child is a challenging, perceptive, labyrinthine, and hugely satisfying fiction entertainment.

Hollinghurst serves up plenty of the cruelty and sting of the real world, the irrationality of lust, the fickleness of fame, unanticipated deaths, and those unexpected, priceless moments of compassion and grace, with a cast ranging from servants to baronets, from piano teachers, to bankers, a literary field day with its roots in an era when passionate friendships dared not speak their name.

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.

BOOK READING & SIGNING WITH GREGORY MAGUIRE, AUTHOR OF THE WICKED YEARS SERIES
On Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m., at University Temple Chapel at the United Methodist Church (NE 43rd St. & 15th Ave. NE), the University Bookstore presents a reading and booksigning with Gregory Maguire. Maguire's immensely popular series The Wicked Years reaches its conclusion with Out of Oz. Amidst the chaos of a Land of Oz in turmoil, a little green baby has come of age and taken up her broom. FREE.

PAUL DAHLQUIST PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHY AT GHOST GALLERY NOVEMBER 10-DECEMBER 5
From Thursday, November 10, through Monday, December 5, Ghost Gallery (on Summit Ave. E. between E. Denny Way and E. Olive Way, next to the Hillcrest Market) will be showing rare and never-before-seen images by Northwest painter and photographer Paul Dahlquist. The show includes paintings and drawings from the '50s and '60s when Dahlquist spent time with Northwest artists, including Mark Tobey and Guy Anderson. He lived with Wesley Wehr and worked for Zoe Dusanne during that time. He began working in photography in the '70s.

Dahlquist is calling his show 'Presences,' a word used by Wendell Berry in his novel Jayber Crow. 'Presences' are any specific times, places or subjects that are intensely experienced.

This show will feature portraits of friends, light studies, urban subjects and nudes, including photographs of people who have shaped the Northwest art scene for the last 30 years. The show will include rare and never before seen images by the artist.

Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., Saturday/Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday by appointment. www.ghostgallery.org; www.pauldahlquist.com/

SISTERS ORGANIZE FOR SURVIVAL MEETING
On Thursday, November 10, at 7 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.) Sisters Organize for Survival host a public meeting to discuss their plans for fighting budget cuts that impact poor and working people in the state. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 206-722-6057. Wheelchair accessible. www.sistersorganizeforsurvival.org.

RISE N' SHINE CHARITY DRAG EVENT AT THE LOBBY BAR
On Thursday, November 10, at 9 p.m., at The Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike St.), Carmen Sense presents the Rise n' Shine Charity Drag Event with special guest performers Miss Gay Washington, Taylor Couture!, Xandria Cox, Brook Lynn Bradshaw, Drew Paridisco, and Lexi Lasso, and more! $5 suggested donation will help support Rise n' Shine's important programs for children affected by HIV/AIDS. www.risenshine.org.

GOODWILL GLITTER SALE
NOVEMBER 12-13

On Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., the Seattle Goodwill (1400 S. Lane St., near the corner of Rainier Ave. S. and S. Dearborn St.) presents their annual Glitter Sale featuring high fashion, formal and glamourous attire and accessories at their famous low prices.

THE NORMAL HEART - STAGED READING BY EDMONDS DRIFTWOOD PLAYERS TO BENEFIT LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE
On Saturday, November 12, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 13, at 2 p.m., the Edmonds Driftwood Players (Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds), presents a staged reading of Larry Kramer's Tony Award winning play, The Normal Heart. Kramer's chronicle of the beginning of the AIDS crisis in 1984 New York is alternately angry and tender, as the protagonist takes on the government, the medical establishment, the media, and even his own Gay community to help those he loves. Shattering and true, the play reverberates with rights withheld and dignity quashed. All seats are $25 - with proceeds to benefit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance. 425-774-9600; www.driftwoodplayers.com.

GENERIC LEATHER PRODUCTIONS OF WASHINGTON (GLPW) HOSTING COMMUNITY MEETING
Generic Leather Productions of Washington (GLPW) and former president Gene Romaine have decided to resign as producers of the Northwest LeatherSIR, Leatherboy & Community Bootblack Contest, effective immediately. The decision does not reflect on their continuing support for the contest or their support for the local titleholders, whom they respect greatly, according to Michael 'Odie' Heaston, acting president of the Board.

After 9 years of producing the regional contest, GLPW and Mr. Romaine have decided that it was time for a fresh perspective on the contest, as well as a need to refocus energies on building the Queer Kink Community in the Pacific Northwest. Plans for new events and a roadshow are currently in the works, as well as deliberations on how to maximize their core mission of producing events that support the alternative sexuality community from Montana to Washington and Oregon to Alaska. In this effort, GLPW has put together a list of projects and events for the coming year.

GLPW and Mr. Romaine are very involved in producing the Leather Leadership Conference XVII, slated to occur in Seattle in April, 2013. Other events that GLPW produces include the Leather Pride Picnic, during Seattle's Pride weekend; Spanksgiving on Thanksgiving evening; and several play parties over the course of the year, many of which coincide with other Leather or fetish events.

With a new direction as their goal, GLPW is putting out an invitation to everyone in the Pacific Northwest who regard the building of a greater Queer Kink Community a priority in their own life to come out and join them for their next meeting to be held on Sunday, November 13, at 1:15 p.m, at the Seattle Public Library, Capitol Hill Branch (Harvard Ave. E. & E. Republican St.), 2nd floor conference room. GLPW will be holding elections to fill three vacant board seats and will be forming committees with both Board and non-board members at the helm to steer the organization and these committees into a brighter future. The new goals of GLPW are in keeping with their mission statement. 'Now is the time to step up and make some news about who we are and what we are doing,' says acting president Michael 'Odie' Heaston.

www.glpw.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

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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