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posted Friday, February 15, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 7
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SEATTLE HOME SHOW
FEBRUARY 16-24

From Saturday, February 16, to Sunday, February 24, the Seattle Home Show will be held at CenturyLink Field Event Center (800 Occidental Ave S.). You're invited to America's Biggest Open House to celebrate all that's new and bright for your home and garden. the Seattle Home Show's House Party is an Idea Party with you as the guest of honor. Gain knowledge and build relationships with trusted companies at the locally-owned, family-run Seattle Home Show, featuring hundreds of home and garden products and services dedicated to providing you with the information and expertise to make your home improvement dreams come true. Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, noon-8 p.m. Tickets: Adults-$12; Seniors (60+) $8, Juniors (7-15) $3, under 7 free. www.SeattleHomeShow.com

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE - CORONATION WEEKEND
On Friday, February 15, 6 p.m. door, 7 p.m. show, at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), the Imperial Court of Seattle presents the Out-of-Town Show featuring dignitaries visiting from outside Seattle in town for Coronation. $15 cover.

On Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Seattle Renaissance Hotel Presidential Suite (515 Madison St.), dignitaries are invited to submit their Protocol for Coronation. $35.

On Saturday, February 16, 5 p.m. door, 6 p.m. pageant, at Seattle Renaissance Hotel (515 Madison St.), join the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire for Coronation 2013: The President's Ball: A Cruise Around the World, Lake Style.

The Court of Seattle is pleased to host Queen Mother of the Americas, Empress Nicole the Great, as she presents her 7th annual State of the Empire address.

The evening will also feature command performances, introduction of visiting dignaries, the crowning and investiture of the Court of Seattle's new Emperor and Empress and final walks of the Court of Seattle's reigning Emperor 38 Rick Peters-Lake and Empress 41 Beverly Peters-Lake.

Tickets for the President's Ball: $50.

On Sunday, February 17, at 11 a.m., at Seattle Renaissance Hotel Visions Ballroom (515 Madison St.), the Court of Seattle hosts Coronation Victory Brunch, celebrating the investiture of the new Emperor and Empress. Cost: $35.

On Sunday, February 17, at 3 p.m., at C.C. Attle's (1701 E. Olive Way), the Court of Seattle presents the Alaska Birdwater Party, featuring dignitaries from Alaska in town for Coronation. No cover.

'CUPID'S CARNIVAL'
On Saturday, February 16, from 6-10 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.), Seattle girls of Leather, hosts 'Cupid's Carnival,' a fundraiser to help SgoL provide the hospitality suite for Kink LINCS Leadership and Community Building Symposium (www.kinklincs.org) which will be held in Seattle April 12-14. 'Cupid's Carnival' features carnival booths by Seattle boys of Leather, Seattle Pups and Handlers, Microdungeon, Seattle Men in Leather, Knights of Mantra, Kitsap Aces, Bad Girls, and Snoco R.A.C.K.E.D. Come pet, play, or rent a Sea-Pah puppy. Check out the pastries and pasties of the Seattle girls of Leather, and many more! Tickets: $10 at the door, plus $1 raffle and ride tickets. www.sgol.org

1ST ANNUAL TACOMA GAY & LESBIAN WEDDING SHOW
On Sunday, February 17, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., at McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College (4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW), meet with dozens of LGBT-friendly wedding vendors, enjoy a variety of delicious samples, music, LGBT-specific planning tips, and much more. For more information, visit www.samelovesamerights.com. This is a kid-friendly event.

SEATTLE PRIME TIMERS - MONTHLY POTLUCK
On Sunday, February 17, at 2 p.m., at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave.) (enter through the Harvard Ave. glass doors, join Seattle Prime Timers for their monthly potluck. In addition to sharing a meal together, Seattle Prime Timers will be showing the documentary film, Walk Like a Man, which traces the journey of two of the world's best Gay rugby teams - reigning champions, San Francisco Fog and feisty upstarts, Sydney Convicts, as they prepare to battle in the World Cup of Gay rugby - the Bingham Cup. Please bring a dish to share that will serve eight or more. A $4/person door fee (please try to bring exact change) is requested to help pay for the cost of the hall. www.seattleprimetimers.org

SOCIAL OUTREACH SEATTLE - 'KICK ASS QUEENS AND FEMMES' STREET SMART & SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
On Sunday, February 17, from 6-9 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.), join host Robbie Turner and instructor Mac McGregor for SOSea's first annual street smart and self-defense class, 'Kick Ass Queens and Femmes.' Learn how to protect and defend yourself from becoming a victim. There will be sections designed for drag queens or women in heels as well as bartenders or other late-night workers and the average citizen. This event is FREE; donations will be greatly appreciated.

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB - WINTER 2013 SEASON
The Winter 2013 Season runs through March. For complete details, including schedule, locations and costs, visit www.seattlevolleyballclub.com.

LGBTQ YOUTH BASKETBALL
Meets weekly on Tuesdays, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at the International District/Chinatown Community Center (719 8th Ave. S.), Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts this FREE LGBTQ Youth basketball program for LGBTQ Youth, Queer Youth of Color, allies and friends, ages 14-19. For more information, contact Randy Wiger at 206-883-6110 phone/text or email randy.wiger@seattle.gov.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - BORROWED TIME
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.). In February, the club is reading Paul Monette's acclaimed Borrowed Time, a love-song to Monette's beloved partner Roger Horwitz dying of AIDS. All GLBTQ folks are welcome to participate in this FREE book club. For more information visit http://faculty.washington.edu/swittet/SGLBookClub/.

NORTHWEST FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW WITH GALA OPENING PREVIEW
FEBRUARY 19-24

On Tuesday, February 19, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. (patrons and benefactors), and 6:30-9:30 p.m. (members and non-members), at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center (8th Ave. & Pike St.), join the Arboretum Foundation, for a Hollywood-themed extravaganza. Come dressed as your favorite movie character, strut your stuff on the red carpet and pose for paparazzi, enjoy fine wine, delicious food, and live entertainment, and your favorite movies brought to life in 23 luscious show gardens. Play a starring role and support Seattle's beautiful Washington Park Arboretum. Tickets: $75-$500. 206-325-4510; www.arboretumfoundation.org

The show runs Wednesday, February 20, through Sunday, February 24. Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: $16/$20-adults, $5-youth ages 13-17; children 12 and under are admitted free to show. www.gardenshow.com.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY - 'RACE, MAP TESTS AND PRIVATIZATION: THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY IN PUBLIC EDUCATION'
Dr. Steven Strauss, a Baltimore neurologist, author, and Save Our Schools activist brings his passion as a parent with two children educated in public schools to a forum Wednesday, February 20, 7 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.). Door donation $3, students $1. Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party. For more information call 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com. Wheelchair accessible.

GREATER SEATTLE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION BUSINESS & HUMANITARIAN AWARDS BANQUET
On Thursday, February 21, at 5:30 p.m., at Seattle Marriott Waterfront (2100 Alaskan Way), join GSBA members and friends, for the GSBA's 32nd annual GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards Banquet, featuring keynote speaker, John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management - U.S. Mr. Taft was the executive sponsor for RBC's Gay, Lesbian, Allied and Diverse Employees (GLADE) resource group. He was named the 2010 Outstanding Corporate Diversity Leader by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), and he is the Republican CEO who took a vocal stand for equality and led the corporate charge against the 2012 anti-Gay constitutional amendment in Minnesota. With emcee Gary Tucker from Pacific Northwest Ballet. Tickets: $140-members, $160-nonmembers. Details & registration: www.thegsba.org, 206-363-9188.

HISTORIC SEATTLE - CALIFORNIA ARTS & CRAFTS ARCHITECTURE FILM NIGHTS
On Thursday, February 21, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave.) Historic Seattle and Northwest Film Forum continues their film program featuring outstanding films produced by Paul Bockhurst on Arts & Crafts architecture in Southern and Northern California and the visionary architecture of Bernard Maybeck.

You'll see familiar and not so familiar examples of buildings and interiors by the region's most accomplished and imaginative designers with commentary and critique by outstanding scholars and authors.

On February 21: 'Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck.' Tickets: $10 members, $15 general public, $5 student. 206-622-6952; www.historicseattle.org.

SKI BUDDIES WEEKEND
Ski Buddies hosts a Ski Buddies weekend at Steven's Pass, February 21-24. Ski Buddies will have a cabin all weekend with an apres-ski potluck on Saturday, February 23, at 6 p.m. Enjoy the company and camaraderie of LGBTQ ski and snow sport enthusiasts this weekend. For more information, visit www.skibuddies.org.

QUEER YOUTH SPACE ART SHOW - 'VIEWS FROM THE CLOSET DOOR'
On Saturday, February 23, from 4-7 p.m., at Queer Youth Space (911 E. Pike St., Ste 202), join Queer Youth Space and local Queer youth artists for a show and sale of locally produced art work. 'Views from the Closet Door' showcases the struggles, joy, strength and creativity of the Queer youth of Seattle through a variety of artistic mediums, including photography, painting, and sculpture. Proceeds of art sales go directly to the artists to support their artistic passion. This event is FREE and open to anyone who wants to support youth, see art, hear some fabulous poetry and gain a new perspective. www.queeryouthspace.org; 206-495-9963.

CENTURY BALLROOM'S SWEET 16 DEBUTANTE BALL (& TAX RELIEF FUNDRAISER)
On Saturday, February 23, Century Ballroom hosts their Sweet 16 Debutante Ball (& Tax Relief Fundraiser) in the Odd Fellows Hall Building (915 E. Pine St.) The schedule: West Hall - 8 p.m. Swing lesson, 8:30 p.m. dancing; in Century Ballroom: 8:30 p.m. Salsa lesson, 9 p.m. dancing; in East Hall: a mix of West Coast Swing, Tango, Country Two-Step, Waltz, etc.

Help raise money, and have a good time, too, to help Century Ballroom pay off Washington State's Department of Revenue's recently (two-year's ago) reinterpreted 'opportunity to dance' tax which is seriously impacting several local nightclubs and one dance hall (Century Ballroom).

Cost: $8 lesson/$8 dance gets you into all 3 dances (FREE with lesson). Formal attire encouraged, tiaras always a plus, think pink, 16 DJs, 16 performances, 16 types of champagne. If you want to assist in the fundraising effort, but are unable to attend, you can mail checks payable to Hallie Kuperman (owner of Century Ballroom and The Tin Table) c/o Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., Seattle 98122. (NOTE: They cannot accept gift checks payable to Century Ballroom.) For more information, you can contact Hallie directly at office@centuryballroom.com or by phone (Mon-Fri) 206-324-7263.

NIGHT FANTASIA
On Saturday, February 23, from 9 p.m.-close, join Kwanchai with your hosts Aleksa Manila and Atasha Manila at Nijo Sushi Bar & Grill (83 Spring St.), for Night Fantasia, an LGBT Asian-themed party with DJ Ericket. Enjoy specialty appetizers and cocktails, good company, and a fundraising raffle with suggested donations for Pride Asia. www.kwanchai.net.

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA & GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT -
On Sunday, February 24, at 4 p.m., at The Social (1715 E. Olive Way), join Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Gay City Health Project for their 8th annual Academy Awards Party. Get out your party clothes and celebrate the Academy Awards. Enjoy light bites and delicious drinks while supporting two important community non-profits. Tickets: $25-general; $75-VIP. www.gaycity.org.

NORTHWEST NETWORK - WINTER 2013 MINI RELATIONSHIP SKILLS CLASS: RECOVERY & ADDICTION
On Wednesdays, March 6 and 13, from 6-8:30 p.m., Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse hosts their Winter 2013 Mini Relationship Skills Class: Recovery & Addiction - exploring the skills we need to build the relationships we want. Have you ever been impacted by your own or a loved one's addiction? How has that affected your relationships? Come share and learn about how to show up to relationships intentionally in a way that is aligned with your values. Topics include: personal values, accountability, naming and setting boundaries, strengthening support networks and more! This class is open to: anyone who has been impacted by addiction, Bisexual people and their friend and loved ones, Trans people and their friends and loved ones, along with other LGBTQ people, and is open to all regardless of relationship status or history. $40 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Scholarships and trades available. For more information, accessibility questions or to register, contact deann at 206-568-7777 or deann@nwnetwork.org. Registration requested by February 28. If you need an interpreter, please register by Wednesday, February 18. www.nwnetwork.org

EXHIBIT IN OLYMPIA
FEBRUARY 1-MARCH 31

'Out of The Silence,' a calligraphic art exhibit that 'celebrates diversity, love and understanding' is on display at the historic Hotel Olympian (116 Legion Way, Olympia) through March 31 and then will travel to Seattle (details will be forthcoming) and around the state.

The exhibit was developed by Sally Penley, a local Olympia calligrapher, to address the issues of bullying and hate crimes against LGBTQ youth who are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Thirty-nine calligraphers from across the U.S. and Canada have donated 60 pieces of art displaying powerful messages that address the issues.

When 'Out of The Silence' closes in Olympia at the end of March, the exhibit will travel to various venues until the summer of 2014, when the art will be offered for sale in an online auction. All proceeds from the sale of the art, as well as sale of cards and prints from the exhibit, will go to benefit Pizza Klatch.

Pizza Klatch was started in 2007 because of the increasing number of suicides of kids in Thurston County who were Gay or thought to be Gay. Pizza Klatch offers weekly lunchtime support grups for LGBTQ youth and their allies. They provide free pizza, two trained facilitators for each group, and a convenient and safe forum for discussion and education. Currently, there are 11 Pizza Klatch groups in 6 Thurston County high schools. Proceeds from this exhibit will help the program expand to other communities. www.pizzaklatch.org

The goals of the Pizza Klatch groups are to: diminish bullying in schools; help students to feel strong enough to intervene when they witness bullying; decrease suicide and suicidal attempts by LGBTQ students; lend support so LGBTQ students feel less isolated in the school setting; educate group members on various subjects and resources related to gender identity and sexuality.

For more information about the purchase of art prints and the online auction of the original art to benefit Pizza Klatch, contact Lynn Grotsky at lynngrotsky@gmail.com.

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