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posted Friday, May 4, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 18
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.'

RE-ACT THEATRE - '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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION
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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.

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.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - ARE YOU MY MOTHER?
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.). May selection will be Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (author of Fun Home). 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. For discount on cost of books, email Nick.

TRANSLATIONS: THE SEATTLE TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL
MAY 3-6

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is proud to announce the line-up for the 7th annual 'Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival.' This ground-breaking festival is one of only a very few Transgender film festivals in the world. The 12 programs and 27 films that make up this year's 'Translations' slate tell unique and fascinating stories that are poignant, witty, tragic, comic and inspirational. The festival opens on Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m., with The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N.), followed by an opening night party at Solo Bar (200 Roy St.).

The festival continues Friday-Sunday at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.). Friday, May 4: The Last Summer of La Boyita at 7:15 p.m.; Rockin' Roles: Short Films at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5: 'I've Got a Story' - FREE panel discussion at 1 p.m.; Radio Wars at 2:30 p.m.; Free to Be (short films) at 4:30 p.m.; I Stand Corrected at 7:15 p.m.; Doing It Ourselves: The Trans Women Porn Project at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6: Angel at 1 p.m.; I Am a Woman Now at 2:30 p.m.; Austin Unbound at 4:30 p.m.; Facing Mirrors at 7:15 p.m. Cost: $50-festival pass; $11-opening night (includes post-screening opening night party at Solo); $9-single tickets; $7-Three Dollar Bill Cinema members. For more information and complete description of films, visit 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.

'BLACK TIE & SEQUINS' - FLYING HOUSE PRODUCTIONS AKA SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS' & SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS' ANNUAL DINNER, DANCE & AUCTION GALA
On Saturday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m., at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St.), stroll back to the Golden Age of Hollywood for 'Black Tie & Sequins,' Flying House Productions' 16th Annual Dinner, Dance and Auction. Enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and conversation, silent auction, sit down gourmet dinner, live auction, entertainment, dessert and dancing. Tickets: $175 to $250. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

RADICAL FAERIES FILM FESTIVAL
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. Cost: $8. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/242151. 206-200-3020. Conveniently offered on the evening before Goddess Ravenna Ravine. www.goddessravennaravine.webstarts.com.

GLSEN WA - 7TH ANNUAL AUCTION & AWARDS RECEPTION
On Sunday, May 6, from 5-8 p.m., at Bell Harbor, Pier 66 (2211 Alaskan Way), join GLSEN WA (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, Washington State chapter) board members, GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Washington State chapter members and LGBT and allied community members for an evening honoring the work of GSA chapters and chapter members around the state. The event will be hosted by the always fabulous Gaysha Starr, with keynote speaker Seattle City Council President Sally Clark and entertainment by the Seattle Men's Chorus ensemble, Captain Smartypants. Enjoy a fun vegetarian/vegan-friendly taco bar where you can build your own tacos, nachos or salads with a delicious ice cream bar for dessert. A silent auction with some great items will also be held. Tickets: $35-general admission; $20-students. www.brownpapertickets/com/event/213231.

SEATTLE'S ANNUAL LGBTQ PINK PROM FOR YOUTH AGES 13-22
On Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m., at All Pilgrims Christian Church (500 Broadway E.), Lambert House hosts Seattle's 2012 LGBTQ Pink Prom for youth ages 13 to 22. You do not have to come with a date. Creative dress is encouraged, but you do not have to buy fancy clothes. This is a drug, alcohol and hate free event. Suggested donation is $15. Advance tickets include a 10-minute touch-up session with a make-up artist. For more info and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.seattlepinkprom.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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