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posted Friday, June 8, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 23
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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

2012 PRIDE EVENTS CALENDAR
See the SGN's 2012 Pride Events Calendar starting on page 10 for a comprehensive listing of Pride Events in the Seattle area, around Washington state, and information on Portland and Vancouver, BC Pride celebrations.

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.'

DIVERSE HARMONY - 'HUMAN NATURE'
On Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (104 17th Ave. S.), Diverse Harmony, Seattle's LGBT Youth Chorus, celebrates their 10th anniversary and the beautiful surroundings of the Pacific Northwest with a concert dedicated to nature and the many experiences that we all have with our surroundings. 'Human Nature' celebrates the awe and inspiring elements that allow us to interpret our own emotional experiences. 'From your own 'Corner of the Sky,' we hope you can see past the 'Fire and Rain' and enjoy our 'Moments in the Woods.' Tickets: $12-advance, $15-at the door. FREE for youth ages 22 and younger. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/247045; www.diverseharmony.org.

'FAUX REAL' AT RE-BAR
On Friday, June 8, door at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Re-bar (1114 Howell St.) presents 'Faux Real' with Monique Jekinson (aka Fauxnique). Tickets: $15-advance, $20 at the door. 21+ with ID. www.brownpapertickets.com.

CAPITOL HILL GARAGE SALE
The third annual Capitol Hill Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Capitol Hill residents are invited to clean out their closets and turn their rummage into someone else's treasure. You can add your sale information or register for a community lot spot at capitolhillgaragesale.com.

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. 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. The museum is accessible from Seattle by Sound Transit bus routes #594 and $586.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL - PAGDIRIWANG PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL
On Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, June 10, from noon-5 p.m., at Seattle Center's Center House and the Mural Amphitheatre, the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington presents their annual Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the Philippines through live performances, arts, hands-on activities, martial arts, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. This year's festival showcases the culture's advancements in technology, while looking back in time with a re-creation of Philippine participation at the 1962 Fair. The Philippine Government Pavilion won first prize in exhibits in 1962. The world famous Bayanihan Dance Company that performed at the World's Fair will have a come-back performance at Pagdiriwang. Artifacts from the three regions of the Philippines from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be displayed and the Philippine Department of Tourism will showcase the wonders and tourist attractions of the Philippines. The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry will highlight the latest technology on electronics, energy and IT. www.fchsw-pagdiriwang.org.

GET ENGAGED! TO DEFEND MARRIAGE EQUALITY
On Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m., at the Washington State Trade & Convention Center (800 Convention Place), Washington United for Marriage and Equal Rights Washington host a gala fundraising dinner to galvanize support for the Approve Ref. 74 campaign. Tickets: $174-individual; $1740 table. www.washingtonunitedformarriage.org.

'BEYOND THE THRESHOLD' - SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
JUNE 1-10

www.seattleidf.org

SISTAH SINEMA CELEBRATES THE LIFE AND WORK OF AUDRE LORDE
Sistah Sinema presents a two-part series honoring and celebrating the life and work of Audre Lorde with the screening of Litany for Survial: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde on Saturday, June 9, and Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 on Saturday, July 7. Doors at 8 p.m., shows at 9 p.m., at Chao Bistro (1200 E. Pike St.). Tickets: $10 advance (recommended) and $15 at the door (if available). www.sistahsinema.com.

PRIDE IDOL 2012 GRAND FINALE
On Sunday, June 10, doors at 6 p.m. (with open community karaoke), contest at 8 p.m., at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), join Seattle Out & Proud and the incomparable Gaysha Starr and 10 talented contestants for the Pride Idol 2012 Grand Finale. This grand karaoke contest finale will feature the winners of the first 8 weeks of competition plus the winner and first runner up from last week's Wild Card competition, which featured the first runners up of the first 8 weeks of competition, The grand prize for the Pride Idol 2012 Grand Finale is $1000. The show will include a special performance by last year's Pride Idol, Victor Cruz. www.seattlepride.org/pride-idol. FREE admission.

CALL FOR ART - 'PORTRAITS OF PRIDE 2012'
JUNE 23-JULY 22

What does our creative community look like? How do you see yourself when you close your eyes? From June 23-July 22, Gay City (517 E. Pike St., at Belmont) hosts 'Portraits of Pride 2012' and you are invited to be a part of it.

Whether you prefer to express yourself in photographic detail or to abstract your personality in visual form, this show will bring together the many faces of the LGBTQ community in celebration of LGBTQ Pride!

Pacific Northwest LGBTQ artists (18 years of age and older) are invited to submit self-portraits to be included in this upcoming exhibit. All forms of art are welcome.

If you are interested in participating in the show, please send the following items as attachments to codyblomberg@gmail.com:

Bio or artist statement, including phone number, email and mailing address; 1 to 3 jpeg images of the work to be included in the exhibition, with title and dimensions; if the work is not yet complete, please send images of past work and a timeline for completion.

Deadline for emailed application is Sunday, June 10. Deadline for art delivery is Wednesday, June 20.

If a work is purchased during the show, Gay City requests a 30% commission donation in support of their Project BuildOUT.

Gay City will host a 'Portraits of Pride 2012' Artists' Reception as part of their larger Project BuildOUT Open(ing) House Brunch on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Gay City is in the midst of Project BuildOUT, creating a new 8,500 sq ft home to be occupied this coming June. This new space will embody the growth that Gay City has experienced in recent years, growth that is also reflected in their newly revised mission to 'promote wellness in LGBT communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts and building community.' Gay City's new space will include a 750 sq ft multi-purpose performance space that will provide an organizing center for LGBT artists and Queer Arts in Seattle. 'Portraits of Pride 2012' will be the first installation in the new arts space.'

GSBA EQUALITY BOUQUET BUSINESS LUNCHEON
On Wednesday, June 13, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., st Sheraton Seattle Hotel (1400 6th Ave., Grand D), the GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association), Seattle's LGBT and allies Chamber of Commerce hosts their quarterly business luncheon, with featured speaker Gary Gates, distinguished scholar from the Williams Institute. The Williams Institute reports that marriage equality could bring $88 million to our state in just the first three years. That's quite an impact!

Also at the luncheon, 17 GSBA businesses - accountants, lawyers, event planners, caterers, officiates, etc. - all ready to help you get married when the time comes - will be 'showboating' themselves, before the luncheon begins. With special appearances by representatives from Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau, Washington United for Marriage, and Seattle Out and Proud.

Cost for the luncheon is $34-members, $39-nonmembers, $34-students. RSVP to 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org

POZ SEATTLE SUMMER GRILLIN' PRIDE SOCIAL
On Wednesday, June 13, from 6-8 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.), join POZSeattle on the back patio for some Summer Grillin', socializing, to catch-up with old friends, to make new ones, and a whole lot of fun. Please bring your appetite for burgers, chicken breasts, beef hot dogs, Boca burgers, chips, salads and desserts with all the fixin's!

This event is offered at no cost (no one turned away for lack of funds), but to help defray costs, a $2 donation is requested and you can always give more! Beverages are at cost from the bar. This event is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color.

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-Positive men. www.pozseattle.org.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - THE SWIMMING-POOL LIBRARY
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday, from 6-7:15 p.m., at Seattle Area Support Groups Community Center (303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St.).

June selection is The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst, his first novel, not so experimental, just smart and sexy and the one that propelled him to fame. The Swimming-Pool Library is hot enough to keep your attention if you decide to read it in the park in the sun, with Hollinghurst's trademark gorgeous British prose. Enjoy meeting Will Beckwith and all the lads at the Corinthian Club.

All GLBTQ folks are welcome to participate in this free book club. For more information email nickdimartin@earthlink.net, visit http://faculty.washington.edu/swittet/SGLBookClub/ or contact SASG at 206-322-2437; www.sasgcc.org. For discount on cost of books, email Nick.

DIVAS TAKE THE HILL PRIDE KICK-OFF PARTY
On Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. social; 8:30 p.m. show, at Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.), join Team Diva and raise funds to defend marriage equality. Enjoy local libations, tasty treats and a fabulous drag and variety show to raise money to defend marriage equality. Tickets: $10-advance, $15 at the door. $5 drinks, $5 raffle tickets for local goodies. www.divastakethehill.com

ROMEO & JULIET
Arts on the Waterfront presents Romeo & Juliet on June 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 30, and July 1 at 7 p.m., at 1300 Alaskan Way. The event is totally FREE for all. All donations and proceeds from this event will go to The Trevor Project. www.artsonthewaterfront.com.

FREMONT FAIR & SOLSTICE PARADE
JUNE 16-17

The annual Fremont Fair (Fremont Ave. N. & N. 34th St.) will be held on Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m.-7 p. with the Solstice Parade stepping off on Saturday at noon. www.fremontfair.org

SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL
JUNE 16-17 & 22-24

The 10th annual Seattle Erotic Art Festival will be held over two weekends this year 6/16, 10 a.m.-2 a.m., 6/17, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 6/18, 11 a.m.-2 a.m., 6/23 11 a.m.-2 a.m., 6/24 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St.) Tickets: $10 at the door for day/evening passes. For complete ticketing options, including workshops and weekend passes, and more information on the festival, visit www.seattlerotic.org.

GENDER ODYSSEY 2012 CONFERENCE ART SHOW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - GENDER ODYSSEY 2012 CONFERENCE ART SHOW
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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