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posted Friday, June 29, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 26
Northwest News
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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

CONCERT UNDER THE COLUMNS
Every Friday from June 1 to September 7, noon-2 p.m. and 4-8:30 p.m., the public is invited to FREE concerts by local musicians at the Columns (Boren Ave. & Pike St.).

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.'

VOICES RISING - 'FIERCE PRIDE'
On Friday, June 29, doors 7 p.m., show 8-10 p.m., at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave.), Voices Rising presents 'Fierce Pride' with special guest Blackberri. Blackberri is a singer, song-maker, poet, writer, photographer, health educator and community advocate. Born in 1945 in Buffalo, NY, Blackberri grew up in Baltimore. He has written and performed original music for films, including Word is Out and Looking for Langston, as well as recording the soundtrack for the Haight-Ashbury radio history of San Francisco 'Knocking at the Gateway of Gold.' He appeared in the first anthology of Gay Men's music. His debut album Blackberri and Friends (1981) featured the classic song 'Eat the Rich.' Blackberri has performed music and appeared in Marlon Rigg's groundbreaking films, Tongues Untied, No Regrets, Anthems, Affirmation, and Black is Black Ain't. He has become one of the most visible Black Queer artists in the country and lives in Oakland, CA.

Joining Blackberri on the program will be Amber Flame, Crystal Ybarra, Imani Sims, and Okanomode. Last of the Red Hot Mamas is a collaborative band created by poet and singer Amber Flame. This ensemble weaves lyrical poetry and soul-based blues with instrumental and vocal grooves. Crystal Ybarra - Automatic, Iconoclastic, Psychosomatic, Enigmatic, Melodramatic, Erratic, Traumatic, Climactic, Whackytastic and smoothly Charismatic. Imani Sims is a brilliant Queer poet who uses her poetry as a vehicle for community transformation. Okanomode (pronounced u-kahn-uh-mah-day) is the grandson of a pastor & protégé of afronauts, poets, sex therapists and porn stars. A musical, literary and visual shape-shifter, he ceaselessly re-defines genre, gender, spiritual and sexual expression with irrefutable funk and grace. Tickets: $10-$25. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255606.

TRIANGLE RECREATION CAMP AT BENDER CREEK - BLACK FOREST LEATHER WEEKEND
JUNE 29-JULY 2

Triangle Recreation Camp at Bender Creek hosts LGBTQ camping all summer long. TRC also hosts several special weekend theme parties during the summer, including Black Forest Leather Weekend from June 29-July 2, Underwear/Foam Weekend, August 10-12, and Mardi Gras Weekend, August 31-September 3. www.camptrc.org.

EMERALD CITY CLASSIC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
JUNE 30-JULY 1

www.emeraldcitysoftball.org

SEATTLE TENNIS ALLIANCE - SEATTLE CLASSIC 2012
JUNE 30-JULY 2

www.seattletennisalliance.org

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL - FESTIVAL SUNDIATA: BLACK ARTS FEST JUNE 30-JULY 1
On Saturday, June 30, noon-8 p.m., and Sunday, July 1, noon-6 p.m., at Seattle Center Armory/Center House and Fisher Pavilion, explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture through live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and worldly gifts. Join in African dance workshops, learn traditional drumming rhythms, and take in the richness of black culture during a FREE weekend filled with continuous entertainment. www.festivalsundiata.com

'PORTRAITS OF PRIDE 2012'
THRU JULY 22

Gay City (517 E. Pike St., at Belmont) hosts 'Portraits of Pride 2012 thru July 22. 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. This new space will exponentially increase Gay City's capacity for collaborating with LGBT artists across a wide range of disciplines, including theatre, film, spoken word, music, visual arts, workshops and community meetings. 'Portraits of Pride 2012' will be the first installation in the new arts space.'

REEL QUEER YOUTH VIDEO PRODUCTION
Reel Queer Youth is a media literacy and video production training program for LGBTQ-identified and allied youth ages 14-20. The program runs from July 16-20. Use professional camera and editing equipment to express yourself in a safe, open, and fun environment with a team of professional filmmakers and mentors. Working in small groups, participants will complete a short film. Deadline to apply for the program is Saturday, June 30. For more information and application, visit:

http://threedollarbillcinema.org/programs/RQY/application, http://reelqueeryouth.org; www.facebook.com/pages/Reel-Queer-Youth/208139612538906

ROMEO AND JULIET ON THE WATERFRONT
Arts on the Waterfront presents Romeo and Juliet on June 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.

NORTHWEST NETWORK HOSTS WEBINARS ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Tuesday, July 3, noon-1:30 p.m. http://bwjp.ilinc.com/register/hpbtkkk. 'Moving Beyond the Wheel: Understanding Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Communities.'

Tuesday, July 10, noon-1:30 p.m. http://bwjp.ilinc.com/register/xcyrhit. 'Rethink Tank: What's All This Then? DV Interventions, Survivors Use of Violence and Services for Men'

Sponsored by the Northwest Nework of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse. 206-568-7777; www.nwnetwork.org

ZOO TUNES OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS K.D. LANG & MELISSA ETHERIDGE
On Tuesday, July 3, doors at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m., Zoo Tunes, Woodland Park Zoo's annual outdoor summer concert series, presents k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang with The Milk Carton Kids. On Sunday, August 12, doors at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m., Zoo Tunes presents An Evening With Melissa Etheridge. For more information, visit www.zoo.org/zootunes.

'FREEDOM FANTASIA'
On Tuesday, July 3, and Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. (17+) and 10:30 p.m. (21+), at The Triple Door (216 Union St.), join Kitten LaRue, BenDeLaCreme, and Lou Henry Hoover for their second Fourth of July spectacular: 'Freedom Fantasia,' a liberty-encrusted, justice-soaked, apple pie scented pageant of patriotism, featuring a bombastic and diverse cast of Seattle's drag, cabaret, music, burlesque, and contemporary dance all-stars. Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show; www.tripledoor.net; 206-838-4333.

'FEMMETASIA!' - A NIGHT OF QUEER FEMME CABARET
On Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7, door at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S.), enjoy an evening of Queer Femme Cabaret with Cattitude, Amber Flame, Tamara the Trapeze Lady, Lily Divine, Ginger Snapz, Pidgeon Von Tramp and more! Tickets: $10-advance; $15 at the door. www.bpt.me/e/251300.

NATE GOWDY - PHOTO EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN
Celebrated SGN photographer Nate Gowdy is displaying and selling his photographs around town at four locations this month and into July and August! His work can be seen at Poco Wine Room (1408 E. Pine St.) thru mid-July, at Adobe's Fremont Campus (801 N. 34th St., near the Fremont Bridge) thru July, The Grill on Broadway (314 Broadway E.) thru August, and Frame Central (901 E. Pike St.) in the storefront window during June and the upstairs gallery in August. His work 'Elderly Drag Queen' was recently selected to be published in the leading juried photography annual in North America. For inquiries regarding his event and wedding photo services, Nate can be reached at nate.gowdy@gmail.com or 206-992-5857.

OUT THERE POETRY CAMP FOR YOUTH AND ALLIES
JULY 9-13

www.outtherepoetrycamp.com

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - MARS VERSUS MAPLE SCHOOL
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday (except no meeting on July 4), from 6-7:15 p.m., at Seattle Area Support Groups Community Center (303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St.).

July selection is Mars Versus Maple School, by Nick DiMartino, SGL Book Club facilitator. The advance printing of his new autobiographical novel about a pudgy eleven-year-old bookworm who doesn't know what the word 'homosexual' means as he grows up in Seattle, 1957, will be available for $9.00 exclusively at the University Book Store. Contact Nick to reserve your copy. Your feedback from the July discussions will be taken into consideration and may be incorporated into the final work, before it's published in September.

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.

SISTAH SINEMA - CELEBRATING AUDRE LORDE
On Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m., at Chao Bistro (1200 E. Pike St.), Sistah Sinema presents 'Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years, 1984 to 1992,' followed by a reading from powerful poet, Imami Sims. Tickets: $10 advance; $15 at the door, if available. www.sistahsinema.com.

BORDER RIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB
SUMMER CAMPING
The Border Riders Motorcycle Club is the largest and one of the oldest Gay motorcycle clubs in North America. Founded in 1969, BRMC currently has over 70 members primarily from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The club provides social and educational opportunities for our members and guests interested in recreational motorcycle touring. Our diverse, international membership is composed of both seasoned riders and beginners, and we come from all walks of life and professions. Border Riders hosts a short monthly Meet and Greet gathering on the Wednesday before the third weekend of each month at 7 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave.). The next Meet and Greet will be held on Wednesday, July 18.

From May through October, BRMC hosts monthly weekend camping trips - May 18-21, June 15-17, July 20-22, August 24-26, September 21-23, and October 19-21. For more information, visit www.borderriders.com.

GENDER ODYSSEY 2012 CONFERENCE
AUGUST 2-5 www.genderodyssey.org

FESTIVAL OF THE BABES SOCCER TOURNAMENT IN SEATTLE
LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Festival of the Babes is a soccer tournament for Lesbians, and those willing to be mistaken for one! Register a team of up to 15 ladies, register as a single player or get into all the events for FREE by volunteering. http://festivalofthebabes.com.

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