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posted Friday, March 30, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 13
Northwest News
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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

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.'

SEATTLE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL 2012
MARCH 30-APRIL 1

On Friday, March 30, through Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Kane Hall, Room 120, University of Washington campus (off Red Square), Deaf Spotlight presents the Seattle Deaf Film Festival SDFF), featuring short and feature length films by, about and for the Deaf Community. This is the first film festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The festival features films in five categories: drama, documentary, animation, comedy, and suspense, from the U.S. and around the world. 'We believe that through cinema, we can promote a vibrant community of emerging and experienced Deaf filmmakers, actors and producers.' On Saturday, March 31, from 5-7:30pm, the festival presents: 'PRISM: LGBT Films & Panels.' Tickets: $11-adult; $8-student with ID/senior 65+ with ID. Weekend passes: $95-adult; $70-student senior. The films will be accessible to both deaf and hearing persons, with many in American Sign Language, but all subtitled in English. For complete information on films and schedule, visit www.deafspotlight.com/sdff.

MOISTURE FESTIVAL
MARCH 15-APRIL 8

Comedy/Variete/Burlesque. www.moisturefestival.org

'DINA MARTINA: AMPLE WATTAGE!'
In springtime, a young man's fancy turns to Dina Martina. OK, maybe not, but it does turn to things exciting and new - like the ALL NEW show, 'Dina Martina: Ample Wattage,' now playing at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.) brimming with new songs, new stories, new costumes, new audience gifts, and brand new video! Like all of Miss Martina's shows, this new show will also be brimming with (as The Village Voice says) 'comedy that'll make you piss your pants!' Get your tickets now and see why, over the years, Dina Martina has been the recipient of countless awards and suggestions! Show dates: Fridays/Saturdays at 8 p.m.: 3/30-3/31, 4/6-4/7, 4/13-4/14. Bloody Mary/Mimosa Matinee Sundays at 2 p.m.: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22. Tickets are $20 advance ($25 at the door) through www.brownpapertickets.com/event/218811.

TASTE WASHINGTON!
On Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, 2-5 p.m. (VIP 1-5 p.m.), at CenturyLink Field Event Center (800 Occidental Ave. S.), experience Seattle's wine and food weekend with 200 Washington wineries and the region's top restaurants. Tickets: $75 general admission ($99 weekend pass for both days); $125 VIP ($150 weekend pass for both days). To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.

GLSEN WA STATE PUGET SOUND GSA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
On Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave. NE), GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) Washington State hosts their annual Puget Sound GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Leadership Summit for GSA leaders, students, teachers, advisors, and educators. The event is free. (Lunch is $10.) For more information, visit www.glsenwa.org.

SEAMEC ANNUAL MEETING
On Saturday, March 31, from 2-4 p.m., at the Capitol Hill branch public library (425 Harvard Ave. E.), join SEAMEC (Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee) for their FREE and open annual meeting. Hear a panel of local and state elected officials discuss the new same-sex marriage bill and LGBT equality issues in Washington State. Learn how you can become a SEAMEC member and/or volunteer to put your skills to use, including evaluating candidates for public office in the important 2012 election. SEAMEC has been working to improve the lives of LGBT citizens and supporters for 35 years. For more information, email: seamec.sc@gmail.com.

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS - 'THE BEATLES - COME TOGETHER'
On Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, April 1, at 2 p.m., at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.), the Seattle Men's Chorus presents their all-Beatles Spring concert, 'Come Together,' performing over two dozen faithfully arranged songs from the Beatles' incredible catalog of songs. Tickets at 206-388-1400 or www.seattlemenschorus.org.

RAINBOW CITY BAND - 'TO THE STARS AND HEAVENS BEYOND'
On Saturday, March 31, at 7 p.m., at Edmonds Center for the Arts (410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds), join Rainbow City Band and Rainbow City Orchestra for 'To the Stars and Heavens Beyond,' a concert of celestial proportions, featuring Gustav Holst's stunning masterpiece, 'The Planets,' and several selections from '2001: A Space Odyssey,' including Richard Strauss' 'Also Sprach Zarathustra.' Tickets: $20-general; $15-seniors and children under 10. 425-275-9595; www.ec4arts.org.

PRIDE IDOL 2012
On Sundays, April 1-June 10 (no Pride Idol May 20), doors at 6 p.m. (with open community karaoke), contest at 8 p.m., at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), join Seattle Out & Proud and your hostess Gaysha Starr for Pride Idol 2012, Seattle's annual LGBT Pride karaoke contest - weekly $100 cash prize; $1000 grand prize. For complete details and to register for the contest, visit www.seattlepride.org/pride-idol. No cover charge for this community event.

GSBA PRIME TIME EAST
On Tuesday, April 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Embassy Suites (3225 158th Ave. SE, Bellevue), join GSBA members, nonmembers and guests for drinks and hors d'oeuvres on the Eastside for this bi-monthly social and networking event. There is no cost for this event. Please invite your friends and colleagues. To RSVP: 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org. The GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association) is Seattle's LGBT and allies chamber of commerce.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL?
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.). COMING UP: April selection will be Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit) and May selection will be Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (author of Fun Home) - both new memoirs by two great women writers. For discount on cost of books, email Nick. 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; www.sasgcc.org.

SISTER SPIT AT RICHARD HUGO HOUSE
On Wednesday, April 11, at 8 p.m. (door at 7:30 p.m.), the legendary, raucous, rowdy performance gang, Sister Spit, comes to Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave., just north of E. Pine St.) with a vanload of multimedia, Queer-centric brilliance! Don't miss this multimedia explosion of taste-makers, novelists, luminaries, chanteuses, performance artists, poets and filmmakers. Featuring your host Michelle Tea, legendary author Dorothy Allison, writer and musician Brontez Purnell, performer and playwright Erin Markey, comic artist and writer Cassie J. Sneider and nationally-ranking slam poet and Mr. Transman 2010 Kit Yan. Tickets: $20; $15 for students and Hugo House members. 206-322-7030 or www.hugohouse.org.

'SUPER HAPPY FUN TIME' - A BENEFIT FOR WASHINGTON UNITED FOR MARRIAGE
On Thursday, April 5 (and Thursdays May 3 and June 7), at 9 p.m., at The Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike St.), join hosts DonnaTella Howe and Alexander Mentele for a fabulous drag and variety show featuring some of the best talent from around town to raise money for Washington United for Marriage. Enjoy yummy drink specials. Yay! No cover. Please bring cash to bid on auction items from local businesses!

www.donnatellahowe.com/events. 'A STAR IS BORN' - THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA 5TH ANNUAL DINNER & AUCTION
On Friday, April 13, from 6-10 p.m. (door at 5:30 p.m.), at Sodo Park (3200 First Ave. S.), join Three Dollar Bill Cinema for a fun and festive dinner and auction in support of their programs. Guests will enjoy silent and live auctions, appetizers, sit down family-style dinner, hosted wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and some cinematic surprises! Three Dollar Bill Cinema produces the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival along with Reel Queer Youth, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema, and Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival. All proceeds from the auction will help further Three Dollar Bill Cinema's mission to enrich, strengthen, and connect diverse communities by supporting and exhibiting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film. Tickets: $130-general; $115-members. For tickets or more information, call 206-323-4274 or visit www.threedollarbillcinema.org.

EMERALD CITY HOEDOWN
The weekend of April 13-15, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel (515 Madison St.), Rain Country Dance Association will host their 5th annual Emerald City Hoedown. The Hoedown will feature three days of dancing, workshops, and social events. The weekend is open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, body type, and skill level, and no partner is required. For complete details and to register, visit www.raincountrydance.org/hoedown.

Part of the proceeds from this year's event will benefit Camp Ten Trees. Last year's 2011 Hoedown raised $4,500 for this charity. Camp Ten Trees is a nonprofit organization offering summer camp sessions in the Pacific Northwest, with a week for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) youth, and a week for children and youth of LGBTQ and/or non-traditional families.

Founded in 2006, Rain Country creates a friendly environment for LGBTQ people and friends to meet and dance in the Pacific Northwest, by providing opportunities to dance, learn, and perform. In addition to the Emerald City Hoedown, Rain Country produces 'Cuff Country' dance nights on Fridays as well as some Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Cuff Complex, and regular skills-building workshops at the Miller Community Center.

HISTORIC SEATTLE - BUILDING RENOVATION FAIR
On Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave.), Historic Seattle is hosting their second annual Building Renovation Fair. Unlike mega-home shows, their fair is geared toward owners of older homes who want to approach remodeling with sensitivity to the value of preserving significant features as they upgrade and make their homes livable and comfortable for today. Meet the region's experts in historic preservation, restoration and renovation, including architects, contractors and engineers, specialty trades people and suppliers who appreciate working on the components of old houses - glass, wood, metal, tile, plaster, and ceramics, plumbing, electrical, hardware, painting, and wood windows. Learn about foundation and seismic repair and using salvaged materials. There will be presentations on a variety of topics throughout the day, including: 'Timeless Style, Modern Living' on updating your kitchen, 'Masonry Restoration,' 'Preparing your Historic Home for Earthquakes,' and 'Interior Storm Windows for Old Buildings.' Tickets: $5; students free. 206-622-6952 or www.historicseattle.org.

WRITING LGBTQ-FRIENDLY CHILDREN'S BOOKS
On six Saturdays, from April 14 through May 19, from 10am-12 noon, Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave.) will host a class about writing LGBTQ-friendly children's picture books. Explore your ideas for a children's picture book that is more inclusive of LGBTQ perspectives. The class will discuss techniques, approach classics from a new angle and experiment in some writing prompts - generating and workshopping your first draft by the end. Cost: $230. Registration details at www.hugohouse.org.

LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
APRIL 14-22

www.langstonblackfilmfest.org

ROSEHEDGE/ MULTIFAITH WORKS - SHANTI TRAINING & CARETEAM TRAINING
Rosehedge/Multifaith Works is offering two trainings this month for volunteers in support of people with HIV/AIDS. Shanti Training will be held over two weekends, April 14-15 and April 21-22, and CareTeam Training will be held on Saturday, April 28. For more information, visit www.rosehedge.org or contact Cherie at 206-787-8412 or cherie@rosehedge.org.

'ANTIQUES ROADSHOW' COMING TO SEATTLE
'Antiques Roadshow,' PBS's most-watched prime time series, has announced their Summer 2012 Tour destinations, and Seattle will be hosting the show on August 18. Admission to the show is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Ticket applications - with complete ticketing rules - are available at www.pbs.org/antiques or by dialing toll-free 1-888-762-3749. Ticket applications must be received by April 16, 2012. Tickets will be awarded by random drawing. Additional information about the Summer 2012 Tour is available at www.pbs.org/antiques.

NORTHWEST BEARS - SPRING THAW XVIII
APRIL 19-22

www.springthaw.org

Q-SQUARED Q-SPRING APRIL 20-22
Over the weekend of April 20-22, join Q-Squared for Q-Spring, a celebration of Self and Spring for Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Men. The weekend is organized around a series of fun and engaging workshops. All the workshops encourage growth through different modes of expression. It's a weekend about celebrating who you are in a healthy communal setting. In addition to workshops, the weekend will include time to play: campfires, sing-a-longs, opportunities for performance, and light-hearted competition. It's a weekend about connecting with self and community. You will dine, work, and play in the company of a diverse group of men, and also have time for individual reflection. Stay in warm, carpeted, three-person rooms, at a recently completed retreat center, each with individual thermostats and a full bathroom with a spacious shower. Linen service provided, just bring your toiletries. The registration fee includes delicious meals served from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch. Cost is $175; scholarships are available. For more information and to register, visit www.qsquared.org.

CAMP TEN TREES - 'SHINE' DINNER & AUCTION
On Saturday, April 21, at 6 p.m. (VIP guest reception at 5 p.m.), at Herban Feast, SODO Park (3200 1st Ave. S.), join Camp Ten Trees staff and supporters for 'Shine,' Camp Ten Trees annual fundraising dinner and auction. Enjoy fine dining and festivities in support of children and youth in the LGBTQA community. Camp Ten Trees offers summer camp sessions in the Pacific Northwest, with a week for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) youth, and a week for children and youth of LGBTQ and/or non-traditional families. Cost: $55-regular; $125-VIP. For more information and to register, visit www.camptentrees.org.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE - DINING OUT FOR LIFE APRIL 26
www.diningoutforlife.com/seattle

'BARE: A POP OPERA' - A BENEFIT FOR WASHINGTON UNITED FOR MARRIAGE
On Saturday, April 28, and Wednesday/Thursday, May 2-3, door at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway). $20 suggested donation. This is an all-ages event.

GENDER ODYSSEY 2012 CONFERENCE ART SHOW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Gender Odyssey conference art show is seeking works of art for their summer conference art show. Last year's art exhibit included drawings, mixed media painting, photography, wood carving, textiles and video by artists from around the U.S. The conference and art show will be held August 2-5. Gender Odyssey, held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center (800 Pike St.), 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. For more information about the conference, the art show, and for an online art show submission form, visit www.genderodyssey.org. Deadline for art show submission is Saturday, June 30.

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