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posted Friday, January 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 03
Northwest News
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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB
The Winter 2012 League Season has begun. For more information, visit www.seattlevolleyballclub.com.

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.'

DIVERSE HARMONY - 'TRAVELIN' THRU: SONGS FROM THE ROAD'
On Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m., at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave. at E. Union St.), Diverse Harmony, the nation's first Gay-Straight Alliance chorus presents 'Travelin' Thru: Songs from the Road.'

'In this concert, we celebrate both the physical and (frequently) emotional journeys that we experience throughout our lives. Many of the songs are near and dear to our youth's hearts, because many of our performers ultimately have to leave the chorus because of work, school, or age. In addition, many of us can understand how our journeys can be both exciting and isolating. Please join us for a high-energy, upbeat show that includes 'Go the Distance,' 'Sittin' on the Dock,' 'Take the A-Train,' and 'Midnight Train to Georgia.' We hope to see you there!'

Tickets: $12-in advance, $15 at the door; FREE for youth 22 years old or younger.

www.diverseharmony.org or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/215928.

VELOCITY DANCE CENTER'S 'THE BRIDGE PROJECT' & SEATTLE DANCE PROJECT'S 'PROJECT 5'
On January 20-22, at 8 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.), 'The Bridge Project' features four new works by four emerging artists. Tickets: $15-general, $12-student/senior. www.velocitydancecenter.org.

On January 20-22, at 8 p.m. (with pay-what-you-will dress rehearsal on January 19, at 8 p.m.), and January 22 matinee at 2 p.m., and on January 27-28 at 8 p.m., and January 29 matinee at 2 p.m., at ACT Theater (7th Ave. & Union St.), the critically-acclaimed Seattle Dance Project launches their fifth season with 'Project 5,' a collection of new works and returning favorites - including Brahms Afoot, a new, multidisciplinary collaboration with The Inverse Opera, a group that explores the unique storytelling aspects of the classically-trained voice; and a world premiere by choreographer and former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago member Jason Ohlberg - a mixture of music, movement and spoken word, incorporating audio from dancer interviews into the score. To round out the program, Seattle Dance Project brings back a number of audience favorites from past seasons, including 'Planes in the Air,' by Molissa Fenly, Edwaard Liang's 'To Converse Too,' and Kent Stowell's 'B6.' Tickets: $25-general, $20-student/senior. www.seattledanceproject.org.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL - 'TET FESTIVAL: VIETNAMESE LUNAR NEW YEAR'
On Saturday, January 21, from 10:45 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, January 22, from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at Seattle Center's Center House and Fisher Pavilion, Tet Festival celebrates the traditions of Vietnamese-Americans by presenting and promoting the arts, music, performances and foods that are unique to Vietnam. FREE. For more information and complete schedule of events, visit www.tetinseattle.org.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE - 'APHRODITE'S AUCTION & CUPID'S DRAW'
On Saturday, January 21, at 6 p.m., at Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike St.), join hosts Mr. Gay Seattle, Alexander Mentele, and Miss Gay Seattle, DonnaTella Howe, for a benefit raffle and auction for the Imperial Court of Seattle and the J.C. & Lady Graytop Memorial Scholarship, with some drag performance. The auction will include two nights accommodations in a one-bedroom suite at The Westin Grand, Vancouver, BC, located in a prime downtown location at the crossroads of trendy Yaletown and Robson St., close to the city's best dining, shopping, and entertainment. The Westin Grand offers all-suite luxury in a boutique style.

Other items for the auction and raffle include dining at Sip and the Grill on Broadway, fashion from Timoteo and The Crypt, RuPaul's Drag Race memorabilia, Swiss Navy Lubricant, Aveda beauty products, and Kendall Lauren Photography. With FREE gift bags provided by the Aveda Alderwood Experience Center for the first 100 guests. NO COVER. After your fix of FABULOUS, guests are welcome to join the Court of Seattle for the official dance After Party hosted by R Place (619 E. Pine St.). A special reduced cover will be available in advance for guests.

QLAW FOUNDATION PROJECT OUTREACH - 'GLBT AND GROWING OLDER: ISSUES IN THE GOLDEN YEARS'
Growing older presents complicated legal issues for almost everyone, but Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender elders face even greater challenges. On Tuesday, January 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Hill branch library (425 Harvard Ave. E.) join QLaw Foundation Project OUTreach for a lively discussion of legal issues facing LGBT elders. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Lawyers will present important information and will be available to answer questions. Topics include: the importance of legal documents such as wills, medical directives, and powers of attorney; long-term care financing; domestic partnerships and public benefits; discrimination against LGBT elders.

This event is part of the Project OUTreach program of the QLaw Foundation and is supported by a generous Pride Foundation grant. A podcast of the event will be available at www.q-law.org/educationcommittee along with podcasts of previous community education panels on LGBT bullying and LGBT parenting.

NATE GOWDY'S FIRST PHOTO SHOW
On Wednesday, January 25, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Seattle Mobile Espresso (13000 Linden Ave. N. #106), SGN staff photographer Nate Gowdy launches his first one-man show with an opening night party. The evening will be hosted by The One and Only Mama Tits, Seattle's Skyscraper Hostess, and will include a special performance by Nate's favorite drag king. Matted prints and a 120-page book as well as framed work on the wall will be available for sale. Cash or checks only. Ten percent of net profits will be donated to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan, who work to raise money for AIDS charities and fight for Queer rights and visibility.

There will be free food and drink generously provided by the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, where Nate also works, and there will be beer and wine tasting with ID.

PUBLIC MEETING ON 12TH AVE. TRAFFIC SAFETY
On Wednesday, January 25, at 6 p.m., at the Capitol Hill branch library (425 Harvard Ave. E.), join the Capitol Hill Community Council for the second of three public meetings to identify how to make dangerous spots along 12th Ave. and 12th Ave. E. safer. Help make traveling on Capitol Hill safer for all.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - FINISTERE
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Seattle Area Support Groups Community Center (303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St.).

January's selection is Fritz Peters' pioneering Gay novel of 1951, Finistere, a classic from the era of Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar.

February's selection will be We the Animals by Justin Forres, about three brothers, one of whom is Gay. Composed of small vignettes, this slender volume has received rave reviews, including praise from Dorothy Allison, Michael Cunningham, and Marilynne Robinson.

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

NEW GROUP FORMING FOR ALL SCHOOL EMPLOYEES TO DISCUSS LGBTIQ DIVERSITY ISSUES FOR ADULTS WORKING IN THE K-12 SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
On Thursday, January 26, from 4-6 p.m., at Roy Street Coffee (700 Broadway E.), a new social and discussion group for all school employees will begin meeting on a monthly basis to share coffee, tea and resources concerning LGBTQI diversity issues related to adults working in the K-12 school environment. You are invited to lend your spirit and hand to this venture. RSVP not required. For more information, contact Doug at 206-329-5676 or Jill at jilldavidson53@gmail.com

Except for this first meeting in January, the group will meet the third Thursday in February, March, no meeting in April, starting up again in May and June, with no meetings over the summer.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE'S SPARKS OF GLORY SERIES - 'BETWEEN TWO WORLDS'
On Saturday, January 28, at 2 p.m., at Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.), Music of Remembrance presents a FREE concert showcasing the avant-garde art music of early-20th-century Russian composer Joel Engel. Artistic Director Mina Miller discusses how Engel's Dybbuk Suite was influenced by folk legends and melodies, transmitted across generations by Hassidic Jews from the Pale of Settlement. Plus: Shostakovich's controversial song cycle 'From Jewish Folk Poetry.' Guest vocalists: soprano Megan Chenovick, mezzo soprano Kathryn Weld, tenor Ross Hauck.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE COLLEGE OF MONARCHS - 'AN EVENING AT THE MOCAMBO'
On Saturday, January 28, door at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway Ave., entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard off E. Pike St.), the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire College of Monarchs invites you to an evening of fine drag entertainment and special celebration hosted by Nina Maxwell and Aleksa Manila featuring the Emperors and Empresses of Seattle from 1972 to 2011 - including Queen Mother Scotty I and King Father John Frangelico, La Trina Bidet, Coco Vaughn, Larry Ryan, Candace Derriere, Eric Bonesteel, Bruce Butler and more! $7 suggest donation at the door. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com

GAYSHA STARR'S 40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT NEIGHBOURS NIGHTCLUB
On Saturday, January 28, doors at 9 p.m., at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway, entrance in alley), you are cordially invited to cocktails to celebrate the 40th birthday of Robert Matencio a.k.a. Gaysha Starr. Must be 21+ with ID. www.gayshastarr.com.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY SNO-GLOBE EQUALITY ALLIANCE 2012 WINTER FILM FESTIVAL
On Sunday, January 29, from 1-6 p.m., at Everett PUD Theatre (2320 California St., Everett), the Snohomish County Sno-GLOBE Equality Alliance (www.snoglobe.us) presents their inaugural program showcasing three films that draw attention to the lives and hearts of LGBT people and their stories young and old. You are cordially invited to join them for an afternoon of inspiring stories. The films: Inlaws & Outlaws - 'It's marriage from the inside and out.'

2011 Web Cam Confessions - a film short highlighting the voices of Snohomish County LGBTQ Youth. This 8 minute short highlights the voices of Snohomish County's GLOBE (GLBT Loving Ourselves Becoming Empowered) youth on topics of identity, coming out, bullying, religion and what's most important to them.

Out in America - an uplifting collection of unique, transformative stories and inspiring personal narratives told through the lens of the country's most prominent LGBT figures and pioneers, as well as many average, yet extraordinary, citizens from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Tickets: $10. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/217007.

2012 GSBA & PRIDE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Deadline for application is January 31. For more information, visit www.pridefoundation.org/pride-foundation-scholarships-apply-online-today1

SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION - LOCAL AND NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS
www.safeschoolscoalition.org

WINTER PRIDE WHISTLER, BC
FEBRUARY 5-12

www.gaywhistler.com

TACOMA LESBIAN CONCERN'S FORT FLAGLER RETREAT
On February 17-20 (or 15-20) Tacoma Lesbian Concern hosts their annual retreat at Fort Flagler on Whidbey Island. According to their newsletter, the event is unique: each woman basically customizes the experience to suit her own interests and abilities.

Some of the hardier, more able-bodied women spend a lot of time hiking the beach and exploring the outdoors. Others take full advantage of an opportunity to curl up with a good book and read to their hearts content. Some play cards, games and do jigsaw puzzles. Others spend much of their time talking and getting to know everyone better.

TLC will be reserving two buildings to provide comfy accomodations for everyone to cook, eat, sleep and socialize. Costs will be shared by those who reserve - probably close to $25 per person plus pitching in some food. Some financial assistance is available. Day visitors are welcome. For complete information, visit www.tacomalesbianconcern.org.

THE IMPERIAL SOVEREIGN COURT OF SEATTLE - SEATTLE CORONATION 2012, THE PRESIDENT'S BALL: 'CHANNEL 41: A YEAR TO REMEMBER'
On Saturday, February 18, door at 5 p.m., coronation pageant at 6 p.m., at Seattle Renaissance Hotel (515 Madison St.), the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire presents Seattle Coronation 2012, the President's Ball 'Channel 41: A Year to Remember.' Join Their Most Imperial Majesties Rainier XXXVII Mark Surreal and Olympia XL Precious Cargo with many local and out-of-town visiting dignitaries for an evening of fine drag entertainment and pageantry paying tribute to the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle, its reigning monarchs and title holders, past and present, visiting dignitaries from with the Olympic and Rainier Empire and beyond, culminating in the crowning of the Imperial Court of Seattle's new reigning Emperor and Empress for the coming year. Tickets: $50. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com. On Thursday, February 16, at 7 p.m., at R Place (619 E. Pine St.), the Imperial Court of Seattle presents the Denver/Salt Lake Show, featuring performers and dignitaries from Denver and Salt Lake City. On Friday, February 17, at 7 p.m., at R Place, the Court presents the Out-of-Town Show, featuring performers and dignitaries from out-of-town near and far. On Sunday, February 19, at 10:30 a.m., at Seattle Renaissance Hotel, the Court presents the Seattle Coronation 2012 Victory Brunch, celebrating the newly crowned Rainier XXXVIII and Olympia XLI.

SEATTLE RED DRESS PARTY
On Saturday, February 18, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St.), join the incomparable Gaysha Starr with special guest performer Deborah Cox in her Seattle debut at the Seattle Red Dress Party with DJs Brian Gorr and Almond Brown. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Gay City Health Project, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Multifaith Works, and Rise 'n Shine. Tickets on sale now: $40-general admission advance ($60 at the door), $100-VIP advance ($120 at the door, if available). Must be 21+ and MUST wear a red dress to attend. www.seattlereddressparty.org. .

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