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posted Friday, April 6, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 14
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.'

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.: 4/6-4/7, 4/13-4/14. Bloody Mary/Mimosa Matinee Sundays at 2 p.m.: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22. Tickets are $20 advance ($25 at the door) through www.brownpapertickets.com/event/218811.

TACOMA ART MUSEUM - 'HIDE/SEEK: DIFFERENCE AND DESIRE IN AMERICAN PORTRAITURE'
MARCH 17-JUNE 10

The Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma) presents the groundbreaking exhibit, 'Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,' that debuted at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in 2010 and is the first major exhibition to address the question of how gender identity and sexual orientation have shaped the creation of modern American portraiture. 'Hide/Seek' offers an unprecedented survey of nearly 150 years of American art and includes more than 100 works by masters including Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O'Keefe, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and more. The exhibit was co-curated by noted Gay historian, Jonathan Katz, and Smithsonian curator, David Ward, For more information and a schedule of special events and guest lectures, call 253-272-4258 or visit www.tacomaartmuseum.org.

The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Monday and Tuesday). On the third Thursday of each month, the museum is open until 8 p.m., with free admission from 5-8 p.m. Admission: $10-adults, $8-students, military, seniors 65+, $25-family rate (2 adults and up to four children under 18), children 5 & under free. The museum is accessible from Seattle by Sound Transit bus lines #594 and #586.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION 2012 SEASON UNDERWAY
The Emerald City Softball Association's 33rd season is underway. Games will be played Sundays April 1-May 20, Sunday, June 3, and Saturday, June 9, at North Seatac Ball Fields and Sunset Park, except Sunday, April 8 games are at North Seatac Ball Fields and Celebration Park. The Gay World Series Berth Tournament will be held later in June. www.seattlegaysoftball.com

PRIDE IDOL 2012
On Sundays through 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. FREE admission.

POZ SEATTLE - 'SPRING FLING'
On Wednesday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.), POZSeattle hosts their monthly social. This month's theme is 'Spring Fling.' Join POZSeattle in the downstairs bar for light snacks, socializing, catching up with old friends, making new ones, and a whole lot of fun. Light Spring fare will be provided. There will also be an Egg Hunt with special prizes - so bring your baskets! 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. www.pozseattle.org

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.

PHOTOCENTER NW - OPENING RECEPTION - 'AUTHOR AND SUBJECT: CONTEMPORARY QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY'
On Thursday, April 12, from 6-8 p.m., Photo Center NW (900 12th Ave.), will host a special opening reception for their new exhibition, 'Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography.' The exhibit runs from April 6-May 27 and highlights ten regional and national photographers and video artists who focus on identity, gender, sexuality, courage and the human form. The exhibit has been organized as a response to and in support of the exhibit 'HIDE/SEEK: Gender and Sexuality in American Portraiture' currently at the Tacoma Art Museum.

The opening will be a huge celebration of Queer art and culture in Seattle. It will feature musical performances by Tenderfoot, a gender-bending performance by boylesque sensation Waxie Moon, representatives from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Queer Youth Space, as well as A. Slaven and Adrien Leavitt, founders of LICK! and the Queer zine #1 Must Have, which will be on display in the second floor galleries. This energetic opening will be followed by an after party at the Wildrose (1021 E. Pike St.). The public is invited. www.pcnw.org.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL - SEATTLE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL 2012
The Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival, April 13-15, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Seattle Center, Center House, Fisher Pavilion, and Seattle Center Pavilion, explores the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances and cultural displays.

This year's festival will celebrate Japanese string traditions past and present with 'Harps: East Meets West,' a concert by Tomoko Sugawara, April 14, 4-5 p.m., in Fisher Pavilion. FREE

'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

DAIPAN BUTOH STUDENT SHOWCASE/ TEACHER TEASER
On Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.), DAIPANbutoh presents a collaborative evening of movement and music, the culmination of the 2-month DAIPANbutoh workshop series, 'Emergence of the Deeper Self.' Tickets: $10. www.daipanbutoh.com.

SISTAH SINEMA - 'THE LIES WE TELL, THE SECRETS WE KEEP'
On Saturday, April 14, door at 8 p.m., movie at 9 p.m., at Chao Bar & Bistro (1200 E. Pike St.), Sistah Sinema presents 'The Lies We Tell, the Secrets We Keep.' $10 online; $15 at door. www.sistahsinema.com.

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)

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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