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posted Friday, April 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 16

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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.'

PHOTO CENTER NW - 'AUTHOR AND SUBJECT: CONTEMPORARY QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY'
Photo Center Northwest (900 12th Ave.) presents 'Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography.' The exhibit runs April 7-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 in response to 'HIDE/SEEK: Gender and Sexuality in American Portraiture' currently at the Tacoma Art Museum. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday-Sunday, 12 noon-8 p.m. FREE admission. www.pcnw.org.

NORTHWEST BEARS - SPRING THAW XVIII
APRIL 19-22

www.springthaw.org

LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
APRIL 14-22

www.langstonblackfilmfest.org

'PRODIGAL SONS'
On Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m., Magnolia United Church of Christ (3555 W. McGraw St.), presents a screening of 'Prodigal Sons.' The story follows three siblings - a Transgender woman, a Gay man, and their adopted brother, who discovers he's the grandson of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth - back to their Montana hometown, where a powerful story of an entire family's transformation unfolds. After pulling for this family through trials and tribulations, we learn that a poignant sense of hope will carry them through. FREE admission.

'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.: 4-20-4/21. Bloody Mary/Mimosa Matinee Sundays at 2 p.m.: 4/22. Tickets are $20 advance ($25 at the door) through www.brownpapertickets.com/event/218811.

RE-ACT THEATRE PRESENTS CHAY YEW'S 'A LANGUAGE OF THEIR OWN'
On Fridays and Saturdays, April 20-May 12, at 8 p.m., at Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave.), ReAct Theatre, Seattle's only Multi-ethnic Philanthropic Theatre Company, proudly presents a new staging of the newly revised edition of 'A Language of Their Own,' the award-winning 1995 play about the lives and relationships of four Gay men written by Chay Yew. In every relationship, a new language is forged and this early AIDS play explores the nature of desire, sexuality, race and self-definition. Wonderfully simple yet beautifully complex, 'A Language of Their Own,' looks at the universal aspects of love, particularly how the past can affect the present in matters of the heart. Tickets: $15-general admission; $12-students/seniors/military/disabled - with a $3 discount for advance purchase through www.brownpapertickets.com/event/239555, 800-836-3006 or Elliott Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave.), 206-624-6600.

TACOMA ART MUSEUM - 'HIDE/SEEK: DIFFERENCE AND DESIRE IN AMERICAN PORTRAITURE'
THROUGH 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. The exhibit will include special events and guest lectures. For more information on the exhibit and special events, 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 form 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. For bus riders, the museum is accessible from Seattle by Sound Transit bus routes #594 and $586.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE - SPARKS OF GLORY: 'FAR FROM MY HOME'
On Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m., at Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium (1st Ave. and University St.), Music of Remembrance presents a 90-minute program of chamber music featuring works by three Czech composers imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. MOR Artistic Director Mina Miller contrasts SAM's 'Gauguin & Polynesia' exhibit, and the themes of primitivism in art, and non-European influences, with Pavel Haas' Four Songs on Chinese Poetry and Erwin Schulhoff's Five Pieces for String Quartet inflected with jazz, folk, and dance influences. The work by Pavel Haas and Gideon Klein's Fantasy and Fugue for String Quartet were both written in Terezin - inspiring evidence of the composers' refusal to surrender their creative spirit. With guest vocalist baritone Erich Parce. FREE admission. www.musicofremembrance.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.

OASIS YOUTH CENTER & RAINBOW CENTER PRESENT QUEER YOUTH PROM
On Saturday, April 21, from 6 p.m.-12 midnight, at Pacific Lutheran University, Chris Knutsen Hall (Park Ave. and 122nd St. S., Tacoma - 3 blocks from the Parkland Transit Center), the Oasis Youth Center and Tacoma's Rainbow Center present 'Queer Prom,' a drug and alcohol free event for LGBT and questioning youth ages 14-24. $2 suggested donation. For more information and to volunteer, contact Chris at 253-671-2838 or email oasisyouthcenter@gmail.com. www.oasisyouthcenter.org.

'TEN MORE GOOD YEARS' - SCREENING AND MEET & GREET AT LOBBY BAR
On Saturday, April 21, from 7-10 p.m., the Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike St.) in conjunction with Seattle Office for Civil Rights, SEqual Seattle LGBTQ Employees for Equality, Seattle LGBT Commission, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and LookOut Films will host a screening and discussion of 'Ten More Good Years,' a documentary film featuring LGBT Elders who share inspiring stories of their lives and Queer History, which reveal governmental and social inequities and injustices that LGBT elders face, such as: outdated tax laws, Medicaid and Medicare regulations, Social Security and inheritance laws, a lack of cultural competency within social services, and the need for non-discriminatory housing. 'Ten More Good Years' corroborates these injustices with interviews with gerontologists, social service workers, lawyers from National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), senior strategists from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and others. The documentary also investigates the process and outcome of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, an event scheduled every ten years to guide national policies on aging. The screening will begin at 7 p.m., with an opportunity to meet and engage the director in a dialogue about this important issue.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY 2012 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
On Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m., meet U.S. vice-presidential candidate Christina Lopez at a campaign kick-off open house and fundraiser at 1903 NE 82nd St. Ms. Lopez is running as a Freedom Socialist Party write-in candidate with Stephen Durham of New York. A dedicated, longtime fighter for immigrant rights, Ms. Lopez, as president of Seattle Radical Women, has led community organizing to oppose wars abroad and social service cuts to Washington state. Supporters will share stories from the campaign trail and appetizers and desserts will be served for an $8 donation. Sponsored by the Freedom Socialist 2012 Presidential Campaign. For more information, call 206-722-2453 or www.votesocialism.com.

JONATHAN BYRD
Folk musicians Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh present two concerts in Seattle on Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m., at Empty Sea Studios (6300 Phinney Ave. N.) (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/234354) and Sunday, April 22, at 8 p.m., at Columbia City Theater (4916 Rainier Ave. S.)

(www.brownpapertickets.com/event/242363). www.jonathanbyrd.org

OUT FOR SUSTAINABILITY - EARTH GAY 2012 DAY OF SERVICE
APRIL 22

On Sunday, April 22, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., OUT for Sustainability sponsors a day of environmental activism that will focus on restoring the NW corner of Lake Union along the Cheshiahud Trail that circles the lake into a vibrant walking destination and biking trail. A range of tasks for a range of interests will take place throughout the day, including removing invasive species like ivy, laying down mulch, planting wildflower seeds and native plants, trash pick-up, weeding, improving public access to water, painting signage for the trail, and assembling plant starts. There will be three 2-hour work shifts throughout the day with half-hour transition breaks between each shift. Food and refreshments will be served.

The day's schedule is as follows: 9:30-10 a.m., set-up, registration and coffee/pastries; 10 a.m.-noon, Work Group 1; noon-12:30 p.m., break, work group transition, and food; 12:30-2:30 p.m., Work Group 2; 2:30-3 p.m., break, work group transition, and food; 3-5 p.m., Work Group 3; 5-5:30 p.m., clean-up and food.

For more information and to pre-register for this year's LGBTQ Earth Day day of service, visit www.out4s.org. Earth Day was founded in 1970 to raise awareness about environmental issues facing our shared planet.

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. No cover charge to watch.

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.). April selection is 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.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE - DINING OUT FOR LIFE
APRIL 26

www.diningoutforlife.com/seattle

BUTCH BLUM - HAMILTON/MAC & JACKS' BREW FEST
On Thursday, April 26, from 5-7 p.m., Butch Blum (1408 5th Ave.) hosts their Hamilton/Mac & Jack's Brew Fest. Hamilton Shirts, Butch Blum's favorite made-to-measure shirt maker, will be offering up Spring's best customized men's shirts especially for you at a 20% discount, beginning Thursday the 26th through Saturday the 28th. To celebrate they've invited Capelli's - their neighborhood barber - who will provide hot towel neck shaves and a quick restyle for the rest of your evening. BOKA restaurant will serve up tasty bites to accompany small-batch brews from Mac & Jack's Brewery. To RSVP, contact promotions@BUTCHBLUM.com or call 206-622-5760. Everyone is welcome, but reservations are limited. Please RSVP by April 24.

SEATTLE GIRLS OF LEATHER 'KINK NIGHT' TAKEOVER
On Friday, April 27, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Bar Myx (1212 California St., Everett), Seattle Girls of Leather will be taking over 'Kink Night' at Bar Myx, a new club very eager to serve its kinky community. Enjoy DJ, dancing and debauchery. Must be 21+. www.sgol.org.

ROSEHEDGE/ MULTIFAITH WORKS - CARETEAM TRAINING
Rosehedge/Multifaith Works is sponsoring a CareTeam Training on Saturday, April 28, for volunteers in support of people with HIV/AIDS. For further information, visit www.rosehedge.org or contact Cherie at 206-787-8412 or cherie@rosehedge.org.

'FLORABUNDANCE' SPRING PLANT SALE AT ARBORETUM
On Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center (2300 Arboretum Drive E., at the north end of the Arboretum), the Arboretum Foundation sponsors 'Florabundance,' the Arboretum's annual spring plant sale featuring herbs and vegetable starts, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. This event is FREE and open to the public.

In conjunction with the sale, the Foundation is hosting a member pre-sale and party on Friday, April 27, from 5-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-early-bird/$40 after April 20 and includes first pick of the plants, live music, wine and snacks. For tickets and membership, call 206-325-4510 or visit www.arboretumfoundation.org.

Proceeds from this weekend event benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.

'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., Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway) presents 'Bare: A Pop Opera,' a compelling story of a group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school facing issues of sexuality and personal identity. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are, and who the world thinks they should be, they seek answers from their Church, their friends, and ultimately, from within themselves. Its rich, vibrant score draws on many styles of popular contemporary music. The show is directed by Yee-shin Huang and features a talented cast, including SGN Associate Editor Shaun Knittel. Tickets: $20 suggested donation at the door to benefit Washington United for Marriage. This is an ALL-AGES show.

EMERALD CITY PRIDE BINGO TO BENEFIT CAPITOL HILL PRIDE FESTIVAL
On Sunday, April 29, from 7-9 p.m., at Julia's on Broadway (300 Broadway E.), enjoy an evening of bingo and drag entertainment to benefit Capitol Hill Pride Festival 2012. Must be 18+.

SEATTLE FOUNDATION GIVE BIG 2012 - MAY 2
On Wednesday, May 2, The Seattle Foundation sponsors their one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a better place to live. Each donation made to the more than 1200 organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation's website between midnight and midnight on May 2, 2012, will receive a pro-rated portion of the Foundation's matching funds (or 'stretch') pool. The amount of the 'stretch' depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. For example, if a nonprofit organization receives 3 percent of the total donations during GiveBIG, then it will receive 3 percent of the stretch pool. Throughout GiveBIG, donors will be chosen at random to have an additional $1,000 given to the charity that received their donation. The selected donor will also be eligible to win a Starbucks gift card worth $100. For complete details and list of nonprofit organizations, including a number of LGBT community organizations, visit www.seattlefoundation.org.

TRANSLATIONS: THE SEATTLE TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL
MAY 3-6

www.threedollarbillcinema.org

CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA 5K OLE! AND TACO TRUCK CHALLENGE AT VOLUNTEER PARK
On Saturday, May 5, Volunteer Park (14th Ave. & E. Prospect St.) hosts the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 5K Ole! Run/Walk and Taco Truck Challenge. Registration for the run/walk begins at 7:30 a.m.; the run/walk takes off at 9:30 a.m. The 107.7 The End beer garden and concert opens at 10:15 a.m. Must be 21+ ID required. The Taco Truck Challenge begins at 11 a.m. - open to all ages. Live music starts at 1 p.m. The event ends promptly at 9 p.m. This is a CASH ONLY event; ATM's will be available onsite.

RADICAL FAERIES
On Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m., at the fabulous Fred Wildlife Refuge (127 Boylston Ave. E., across from C.C. Attle's), the Radical Faerie Short Film Festival will feature approximately 80 minutes of creative, outrageous, moving, and colorful films about the Radical Faerie experience. (Girl! if you don't know what that means, start here: www.radfae.org.) Cost: $8. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/242151. 206-200-3020. Conveniently offered on the evening before Goddess Ravenna Ravine: www.goddessravennaravine.webstarts.com.

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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