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posted Friday, March 1, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 9

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R PLACE PRESENTS RUPAUL DRAG RACE MARCH DRAGNESS
This month, R Place (619 E. Pine St), brings four RuPaul Drag Race alumni to Seattle for four weekends of March Dragness. The schedule: Latrice Royale, March 1 & 2; Shangela, March 7, 8 & 9; Detox Icunt March 15 & 16; Lineysha Sparx, March 28, 29 & 30. 206-322-8828; www.rplaceseattle.com.

SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
MARCH 2-10

www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org

NUBIAN PRIDE KING & QUEEN PAGEANT - "AN EVENING WITH THE STARS"
On Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m., the 4th Annual Nubian Pride King & Queen Pageant, "An Evening with the Stars," will be held at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway, en-trance in alley off E. Pike St., between Broadway and Harvard). With special guest Latrice Royale, from RuPaul's Drag Race, and Seattle's own Soul Sista' Josephine Howell. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/315102.

FOURPLAY AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
On Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.), Three Dollar Bill Cinema and the Foundation for Sex Positive Cul-ture presents Fourplay - four sex-tales set in four American cities. In Skokie, a closeted woman's crush on her minister's wife erupts during a weekend of dog sitting. In Austin, a young couple discovers a kinky way to keep their relationship alive. In Tampa, a man with an extremely small penis finds his nirvana in a public restroom. In San Francisco, a cross-dressing sex-worker faces a challenging assignment with a quadriplegic man, arranged by the client's wife. www.fourplayfilm.com.

Tickets: $10 general, with student/senior/member discounts. 206-267-5380; www.nwfilmforum.org. NOTE: Director Kyle Henry will be in attendance on Monday, March 4.

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.

2013 AIDS ACTION & AWARENESS DAY
From health care reform to the state budget and funding for HIV/AIDS care and prevention services, there is so much at stake this legislative session. On Tuesday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., join hundreds of advocates and activists from around the state for a day of advocacy trainings and in-person meetings with your legislators in Olympia. No experience needed. Advocacy training provided. Need a ride? Buses will be available (at no cost) from around the state. Stand up for health care access and HIV funding. To regis-ter, visit www.whacan.org or call 206-957-1750. Sponsored by the Washington HIV/AIDS Community Advocacy Network and Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

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 - HEAVEN'S COAST
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 March, the club is reading Heaven's Coast by Mark Doty. Book club facilitator Nick DiMartino notes:

"Books about the AIDS crisis in America are going out of print. I'm sorry to tell you that, but it's true. Our history is fading away behind us. For most of my life, I've avoided reading the wrenching accounts of Gay men losing their lovers to AIDS. I've decided that time has to end, and my ostrich attitude toward the suffering of Gay people before me is over.

"Besides being a vital part of our history and identity, there's a universal truth at work that may be unpleasant to think about but irrevocably true: there is no love between living beings that doesn't end in goodbye. That said, knowing how to say goodbye is one of the vital human skills of compassion, and now that we've read Paul Monette's Borrowed Time [the club's book selection for February], I want to progress to a similar but quite different account of loving and loss in March, Mark Doty's Heaven's Coast.

"Let's see what Mark Doty has to teach us about loving."

According to Nick, this book is officially listed as out-of-print. However, Nick has three copies on order. Email him if you want one or check out the libraries and used book-stores.

All GLBTQ folks are welcome to participate in this FREE book club. For more information visit http://faculty.washington.edu/swittet/SGLBookClub/.

LATINO THEATRE PROJECTS
Latino Theatre Projects presents Women of Sand/Mujeres de Arena by noted Mexican playwright and dramaturge Humberto Robles, Thursday-Saturday evenings, March 7-16 at 8 p.m., at Southside Commons (3818 S. Edmunds St.) The play is a theatrical documentary about the on-going kidnapping, rape, and murder of women in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. It is estimated that over 1,500 women have been murdered or "disappeared" since 1993 in this border city. The play is a powerful and emotional statement about the situation. This production is being presented in recognition of International Women's Day, March 8.

$15 suggestion donation. To reserve seats, email Robert@latinotheatreprojects.org Limited seating. No advance ticket sales.

RISE N' SHINE - THE BIG BAILOUT
On Wednesday, March 6, from 4-9 p.m., at The Grill on Broadway (314 Broadway E.), help Rise n' Shine raise money to send children affected by HIV/AIDS to summer camp. Grab your team of four and come on down to the Rise n' Shine jail and their sheriff will sentence you to an hour of jail time. Call friends and family to raise your bail and send a kid to camp. If jail is not your thing, you can support camp with cash. Donate at www.risenshine.org. For more information, contact Rick at 206-628-8949, ext. 216.

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 in-tentionally 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 inter-preter, please register by Wednesday, February 18. www.nwnetwork.org

PUDDLETOWN SQUARES - RAIN FESTIVAL 2013: "CROSS OVER THE RAINBOW"
On Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10, Puddletown Squares hosts their annual fly-in at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave.) bringing LGBT square dancers from around the U.S. and Canada to Seattle for a weekend of square dancing and festivities.

Schedule: Friday, March 8, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 10, from 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost: $95; $50 for new mainstream graduates as of March 8.

www.puddletownsquares.org

ANNUAL SKAGIT HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL
On Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m., at Skagit Valley College, Knutzen Cardinal Center, Multipurpose Room, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA, the Pride Foundation is proud to sponsor lunch, the film Faces and Facets of TransGender Experience, and a panel - with Marsha and Aiden Aizumi, mom and son authors of Two Spirits: One Heart; Attorney Roberta Zenker, who just wrote TransMontana; Barbara Yaple of Washington Gender Alliance; and Eleanor Hubbard, editor of the resource book, Trans-Kin.

For more information, contact Kathy Reim at 360-856-4676 or email her at Kreim@earthlink.net.

LEATHER PRIDE WEEK
MARCH 15-24

www.WSMLO.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 lunch-time 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 educa-tion. 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 sui-cidal 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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