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posted Friday, April 27, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 17
All Arts and Entertainment Stories
Pride Idol doubles down in week four
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Pride Idol, presented by Smirnoff, Seattle's Best Karaoke, Neighbours Seattle, Seattle Gay News, and MOViN 92.5, is back for week four. This week, three contestants came out to sing not one, but two songs for the judges and audience.

The 2012 Pride Idol is a citywide singing contest hosted by Seattle
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The real Mike Ruiz: Photographer to the stars opens up
about turning his fantasy childhood into a career catalyst

by Chris Azzopardi - SGN Contributing Writer

A child imagines life outside reality by creating a wild, monster-inhabited world of escapism in Pan's Labyrinth, a stylistic fantasy-art film released in 2006 from Guillermo del Toro. That world, or at least a version of it, is very familiar to Mike Ruiz.

As a kid,
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Kristin Chenoweth: Her career, concert, and her new philosophies
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

Kristin Chenoweth in Concert
May 9
Paramount Theatre


Kristin Chenoweth stands only 4'11', but she packs a huge punch. Her career is as eclectic as her choices of material, and she has never disappointed. She is the triple threat appearing on Broadway (Wic
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SGN EXCLUSIVE: A look inside EVO Tapas Kitchen & Cabaret
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

'Community,' said Todd Nordahl, owner of the soon-to-be-open EVO Tapas Kitchen & Cabaret, to Seattle Gay News. 'It's all about giving back to the community.'

That's the vision that Nordahl expressed to SGN during a sneak peak tour of the new Capitol Hill eatery, set to
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Damn Yankees star Christopher Charles Wood
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

Damn Yankees 5th Avenue Theatre Through May 20

Christopher Charles Wood is the kind of unique man musical theater craves. He's young, talented, good-looking, and has a strong voice that lends itself to the stage. He's appeared on stage in the controversial shows Th
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Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival preview
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Contributing Writer

Translations
May 3-6
Three Dollar Bill Cinema


Opening May 3 at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Queen Anne, Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival returns for its seventh go-round with the Northwest premiere of the award-winning The Ba
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Dyke About Town: Inti-Ilimani earns standing ovations
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Tuck and Patti
Zazen joined Mercy for Tuck and Patti at Jazz Alley April 17 because Cuteness was watching Equality play lacrosse. Mercy found Patti's voice in her multicolored gown glorious and Tuck's guitar playing outstanding. Zazen said, 'They are great. He is a
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival in full swing
by Milton W. Hamlin - SGN A&E Writer

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, is in full swing for the spring season with six full productions occupying the Festival's two indoor theaters. Three outdoor productions start previews in early June and two more indoor stagings open in July as two winter/spring openings
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Coldplay dazzles Seattle fans
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Coldplay
April 25
Key Arena


You won't hear Coldplay fans complain after seeing them in concert. That's because they get their money's worth, and then some.

One of the world's most celebrated rock bands, Coldplay was greeted by nearly 20,000
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Giddily gory Cabin worth visiting
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Contributing Writer

The Cabin in the Woods
Now Playing


Five college friends - Dana (Kristen Connolly), Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz), and Holden (Jesse Williams) - head for a weekend in the country at a secluded cabin deep in the
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Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
ARIES (March 20 - April 19): Your efforts at solving problems at work will be mired in obstruction for a while yet. Work off the frustration with moderate exercise. Remember you're the one being edgy and impatient; be nice to colleagues! The good news: money is coming your way!

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Be very careful of sport
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Scissor Sisters announce Paramount show, Sinead cancels
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

By the time you read this, tickets for Scissor Sisters might all be gone. The glam-pop band announced an upcoming concert at the Paramount Theatre this summer, three days before Pride weekend to be exact, and general public tickets went on sale Friday morning, April 27. The group, led by th
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Northwest News
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 allie
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Letters
AN OPEN LETTER TO ARCHBISHOP SARTAIN
Dear Archbishop Sartain,

I have worked for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington for several years. I was drawn to your mission of dignity and respect for all people and I love my job. I put my heart and soul into my work, as I know you do. I could see myself working
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Northwest Bears' Spring Thaw XVIII
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Northwest Bears held its annual Spring Thaw the weekend of April 19-22. The event, now in its 18th year, raised more than $4,500 for Seattle Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

In addition to cocktail hours at participating bars like the Cuff Comple
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Art of Racing takes a few too many laps
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

The Art of Racing in the Rain
Book It Repertory
Through May 13


Book-It's newest adaptation is for you if you like dogs or NASCAR - or dogs and NASCAR. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a bestselling book by local writer Garth Stein. It was brought to Book-
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Minority report
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Boston Camerata at EMG
April 21
Town Hall


The packed audience gave the performers mostly a standing ovation at the end, while I sat fuming over being made to sit without intermission for an hour and 40 minutes to extremely repetitive music in incomprehensible
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Justice unleashes mighty performance in Portland
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Justice
April 24
Roseland Theater (Portland, Oregon)


The illuminated white cross, staked front and center on stage, had nothing to do with health or any kind of rescue mission - least of all anything religious. Instead, it was a symbol of two bad-ass gu
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Last Call: Snow Patrol completes third week of British invasion
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

First came Radiohead. Then it was Coldplay. Now it's Snow Patrol.

The upcoming swing-through by Grammy-nominated band Snow Patrol on May 1 will complete a third consecutive week that Seattle has hosted one of England's finest. The group, who found an American audience with 20
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The welcome return of Trpceski
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Simon Trpceski with the SSO
April 19
Benaroya Hall


The issue of a female conductor should be a non-issue, but there are so few of them that it still seems to be a big deal. When Susanna Mälkki strode out on the stage, she seemed eager and assured. And indeed the
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Team of Heroes an evening of fun
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Team of Heroes: Behind Closed Doors
Annex Theatre
Through May 19


It's time again for the Annex comic-book style legends Team of Heroes! Following the success of Alecto: Issue #1 that launched the Team into the world, Annex decided it needed a prequel, and at l
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Surprising Exit at ArtsWest
By Miryam Gordon, SGN A&E Writer

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
ArtsWest
Through May 13


Playwright Lauren Gunderson was entranced with what she thought was one of the best stage directions she'd read: Exit pursued by a bear. It's in Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale. She's crafted a whole play based on a
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