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posted Friday, September 7, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 36
Northwest News
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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

REGISTER TO VOTE
Register to vote at myvote.wa.gov. Mail-in voter registration forms can also be obtained in person at city and county public libraries and county election offices around the state. For more information on the 2012 election, visit www.vote.wa.gov.

The deadline for online and mail-in voter registration as well as CHANGES OF ADDRESS and other updates is Monday, October 8. (Because Monday, October 8, is a federal holiday, if you are planning to mail in your voter registration, you are advised to mail it in no later than Saturday, October 6, before the last mailbox pick up time that day, because the post office will not be processing mail on October 8.)

Because Washington State has a vote-by-mail system, it is important to submit changes of address to ensure you receive your ballot in the mail. If you have not submitted a change of address by October 8, you can still vote, but you will need to pick up your ballot from your previous address or contact your county elections office for information on other voting options.)

The FINAL deadline for NEW (in person only) Washington State voter registration is Monday, October 29. After October 8, the only option to register to vote in Washington State is to go in person to your county elections office. The King County Elections Office is located at 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057. The Snohomish County Elections Office is located at 3000 Rockefeller Ave. #505, Everett, WA 98201. The Pierce County Elections Office is located at 2501 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 98409. For other county locations contact the Washington State Elections Office, 360-902-4180.

The 18-day mail-in voting period for the 2012 General Election is October 19-November 6.

Ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 6. If you mail your ballot on Tuesday, November 6, be sure to put your ballot in the mail box before that mail box's last scheduled pick up of the day so that it is postmarked November 6. (Earlier voting is recommended.) Your county elections office can also provide you with locations where you can drop off your ballot in person.

The November 6 General Election has several important candidates and issues on the ballot - including President of the United States, Governor of the State of Washington, Attorney General of the State of Washington, Referendum 74 to APPROVE Marriage Equality (LGBTQ Marriage) in Washington State, and Initiative 502 to Decriminalize Marijuana in Washington State.

For more information, contact the Washington State Elections Office, 360-902-4180; 800-448-4881 (voter hotline).

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.).

'EQUINOX 2012' - SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER'S ANNUAL LEATHER WEEKEND
SEPTEMBER 7-9

www.SeattleMeninLeather.org

SEATTLE DESIGN DISTRICT SIDEWALK SALE
On Saturday, September 8, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in Georgetown (6th Ave. S. & S. Orcas St.), the Seattle Design District Association invites you to their annual sidewalk sale featuring extraordinary deals on furnishings, collectables, home accessories and more! Enjoy music, food and raffle. www.seattledesigndistrict.com.

KENT PRIDE 2012
SEPTEMBER 8-9

The City of Kent, WA is having its own Pride event in September! On Saturday, September 8, come down to the Long Dog Tavern (209 E. Meeker St.) for an evening kick-off get together at 8 p.m. Come in drag, come anyway you like, bring friends! The next day, from 2-5 p.m., join us at the Gazebo Stage located at the Burlington Green Park, just off Railroad Ave. and E. Meeker St. Guests include Mayor Suzette Cooke, Kent City Council President Dennis Higgins, State Representative Dave Upthegrove, and many more, to speak about the importance of getting the word out to vote in November. Come show your support for the LGBTQ community and rally for our rights! This event is endorsed and sponsored by the Kent Downtown Partnership and Long Dog Tavern.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE - KING & QUEEN OF HEARTS PAGEANT
On Saturday, September 8, door at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at R Place (619 E. Pine St.), join the Imperial Court of Seattle for the King & Queen of Hearts Pageant. $7 donation.

'RUGBY IS A DRAG' FUNDRAISER TO APPROVE REFERENDUM 74
On Sunday, September 9, door at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., join hostess Gaysha Starr and Seattle Quake Rugby at Neighbours (1509 Broadway, entrance in alley off E. Pike St.) for a special 'Rugby is a Drag' fundraising benefit for Washington United for Marriage's campaign to Approve Referendum 74. $5 cover.

SING JAZZ!
BlueStree Jazz Voices will be holding auditions on Monday, September 10 and by appointment. Visit www.bluestreetvoices.com for audition information. Email bluestreetjazz@hotmail.com.

EAT OUT ON CAPITOL HILL TO BENEFIT COUNTRY DOCTOR
On Wednesday, September 12, eat out at participating Capitol Hill restaurants (see ad in SGN or visit www.countrydoctor.org) and a portion of your bill will be donated to Country Doctor Community Health Centers.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY FUNDRAISER - IN BELLEVUE
On Wednesday, September 12, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Let's Do Lunch! (1471 130th Ave. NE, Bellevue), come and learn why marriage equality is important to Washington State, what will need to be done to ensure victory in November, and how you can help. Suggested donation $20. Enjoy 50% off meals. Please RSVP to Mea at 206-767-2014 or mea@washingtonunited.org. Learn more about the campaign to Approve Ref. 74 at www.WashingtonUnited.org.

POZ SEATTLE HOSTS 'BACK TO SCHOOL' SOCIAL
On Wednesday, September 12, from 6-8 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. E. & E. Pine St.) join POZ Seattle for their monthly POZ Social. Meet on the back patio for the last Summer Grillin' event of the year, socializing, to catch-up with old friends, to make new ones, Trivia, and a whole lot of fun. Bring your appetites for burgers, chicken breasts, beef hot dogs, Boca burgers, with all the fixins, chips, salads and desserts.

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

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. For more information, to plan your own social event, or to be added to the POZ Seattle event promotions email list, contact info@pozseattle.org or visit www.pozseattle.org.

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, September 12.

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.

BLACK NAIL KARAOKE AT JULIA'S ON BROADWAY
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

Black Nail Karaoke is now hosting karaoke on Wednesday evenings, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., at Julia's on Broadway (Broadway E. & E. Thomas St.)

'STORIES I CAN'T TELL MAMA' - LESLIE JORDAN AT RE-BAR
On Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14, at 8 p.m., Re-bar (1114 Howell St.) presents comedian Leslie Jordan in his one-man hit show 'Stories I Can't Tell Mama.' Tickets: $20-advance, $25 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/265113. Must be 21+ with ID.

2012 GSBA CANDIDATE FORUM
On Friday, September 14, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Red Lion Hotel (1415 5th Ave.), the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), your LGBT Chamber of Commerce, hosts the 2012 GSBA Candidate Forum Luncheon with Jay Inslee (candidate for Governor), Bob Ferguson (candidate for Attorney General), Kathleen Drew and Kim Wyman (candidates for Secretary of State), and Noel Christina Frame and Gael Tarleton (candidates for State Representative Pos. 2, 36th Legislative District).

OUT FOR SUSTAINABILITY - 'OUT AT THE BEACH'
On Saturday, September 15, OUT for Sustainability will participate in International Shoreline Cleanup Day at Ocean Shores with shoreline cleanup activities followed by a Beach Ball with food, music and fun! For more information and to register, visit www.out4s.org.

(OUT for Sustainability will be hosting their annual Coming Out Local dinner on Sunday, September 30.)

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY - 'GRAND JURIES, RAIDS AND WITCHHUNTS: THE GOVERNMENTS RENEWED ATTACK ON DISSENT'
On Friday, September 14, doors at 6:30 p.m., forum at 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), Neil Fox, president of the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and veteran civil rights attorney Val Carlson will discuss escalating FBI and police surveillance and arrests of political protesters at a public forum. These prominent civil liberties attorneys will also examine the history of grand jury resistance by radicals here in Seattle and across the country, as well as strategies to defend the free speech rights of protesters, be they striking unionists, anarchists, occupiers or immigrant rights advocates. $3 door donation. Snack plates available for $6. Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party. Wheelchair accessible. For more information and to reserve childcare, call 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

ROY HORN EXPERIENCE - 'THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE' PERFORMANCE TO BENEFIT EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON
On Saturday, September 15, at 5 p.m., at the Scarlet Tree Restaurant and Lounge (801 NE 65th St.), join the Roy Horn Experience Band in support of Equal Rights Washington. 'The Roy Horn Experience is Roy Horn on wind synth, Darrius Willrich on piano and vocals, Ev Stern on acoustic bass, Jamael Nance on drums and Tena Duberry on vocals - and there will be some exciting special guests.' Tickets: $20. 206-324-2570. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/267744.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN PACIFIC NORTHWEST GALA DINNER
On Saturday, September 15, 5:30 p.m. registration, 5:30-7:30 p.m. silent auction and cocktails, 7 p.m. gala, at Sheraton Seattle Hotel (1400 6th Ave.), join local HRC supporters and HRC President Chad Griffin for an evening in celebration of the work of HRC. Featuring HRC Visibility Award Recipient Dustin Lance Black (winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for MILK) and Special Guest Megan Hilty. Tickets: $225 regular, $150 student (with ID), seniors and elected officials. www.hrcseattle.org/dinner.

BUG BLAST! AT THE BURKE MUSEUM
On Sunday, September 16, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the University of Washington's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (17th Ave. NE & NE 45th St.), presents 'Bug Blast,' displaying their stunning and extensive collection of mounted insects, including iridescent beetles (scarabs) and butterflies. In addition, two entomologyists will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the handling of live insects. Bug Blast is included with museum admission: $10 general with student/senior discounts; FREE to museum members and UW faculty, staff, students. www.burkemuseum.org.

SEATTLE PRIME TIMERS - 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & POTLUCK

On Sunday, September 16, at 2 p.m., at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave.), join Seattle Prime Timers for their 20th anniversary celebration and monthly potluck. There is a $4/person door fee to help pay for the rental cost of the hall. Please bring a dish to share that will serve eight or more people. A special dessert will be provided so don't bring a dessert this month. www.seattleprimetimers.org.

SEATTLE FRINGE FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 19-23

For five intense days, Seattle Fringe audiences will enjoy an eclectic array of new work by artists from Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, and, of course, Seattle. Twenty-one performance groups will shine on Capitol Hill with shows at Annex Theatre, the NW Film Forum, West Hall at Century Ballroom, and Odd Duck Studio. Ranging from serious drama to light, family-friendly fare, from existential Butoh to saucy cabaret, from highbrow to lowbrow to no-brow - Seattle Fringe Festival has something for everyone. Single tickets: $10; all-festival passes $125. www.click4tix.com. Tickets to non-sold-out shows will be available at the door. For more information and schedule of events, visit www.seattlefringefestival.org.

SEATTLE AIDS WALK & 5K RUN
SEPTEMBER 22

www.SeattleAIDSWalk.org

SEATTLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 11-21

www.threedollarbillcinema.org

'WICKED' FOR MARRIAGE On Thursday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m., join the Washington United for Marriage campaign to Approve Referendum 74 at the Paramount Theatre (911 Pine St.) for a special fundraising performance of the musical 'Wicked.' www.wickedformarriage.com.

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