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posted Friday, June 5, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 23
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2015 PRIDE EVENTS CALENDAR

Compiled by Rick McKinnon
SGN Staff Writer

FRIDAY, JUNE 5
The Seattle University LGBTQ Network Q-BBQ
An LGBTQ BBQ for SU students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni. The Second Annual Lavender Alumni Award will be presented at the Q-BBQ. 4:30-6:30 p.m. at SU International Student Center (901 12th Ave.) PAVL 160 – http://heyevent.com/event/nmyys7mu2yjeea/qbbq; https://www.facebook.com/events/550069918465297/; Contact SA-cruzj3@seattleu.edu

SATURDAY, JUNE 6
Drag Queen Story Time & PhinneyWood’s Pride Rainbow Hop

The Seattle Public Library will celebrate PhinneyWood’s third annual Pride Rainbow Hop with a special family story time presented by Sparkle Leigh from 10:30-11 a.m. at the Greenwood Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave. N.). Drag performer Sparkle Leigh will read stories, lead dances, and make rainbow-themed bookmarks. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m, the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group will host the Pride Rainbow Hop. Participating businesses and nonprofits in PhinneyWood promote the value of diversity by hosting events and activities and handing out goodies that focus on diversity and fun. From face painting to rainbow sidewalk art, the Pride Rainbow Hop honors everyone in our community, whether you’re LGBTQ or straight. http://www.phinneycenter.org/pride/index.html

SATURDAY, JUNE 6
Spectrum FREE concert
Spectrum, Diverse Harmony’s small a cappella ensemble, will perform a free concert on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m., at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave. at E. Union St.). www.diverseharmony.org

SUNDAY, JUNE 7
Capitol Hill Clean Sweep
Join us in Cal Anderson Park at the Shelter House (11th Ave. & E. Olive St.) and help us clean up Capitol Hill for Pride month! 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. A very popular community event! We feed you breakfast and lunch, and you help clean the streets of Capitol Hill, and we'll give you a t-shirt. We'll also have DJ L.A. Kendall, DJ Skiddle, and DJ Tony Burns on hand to play some inspiring music to get you in the mood for cleaning those streets! All cleaning supplies provided.
REGISTER TODAY (FREE) – http://www.strangertickets.com/events/24880608/clean-sweep-presented-by-capitol-hill-chamber-of-commerce-and-pridefest Presented by Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and Seattle PrideFest. www.caphillchamber.org; www.seattlepridefest.org.

TUESDAY, JUNE 9
UW Lavender Graduation
Lavender Graduation is open to any student eligible, at any level (undergrad or graduate/professional) for a graduation in the 2014-2015 (including fall 2015) academic year. The Q Center and QSC host Lavender Graduation as a time for the UW LGBT, queer, trans*, two-spirit, same gender loving, and allied communities to come together and celebrate our multiple identities, our accomplishments, and sheer AWESOMENESS. You do not have to be graduating or be of a certain sexual or gender identity/orientation/expression to participate in and/or attend the Lavender Graduation year-end communities celebration. UW Tower (4333 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.), Mezzanine Level Lounge, 6-8:30 p.m. (Graduates please arrive NO LATER THAN 5:15 p.m.) For questions or information, please contact Jaimee Marsh at jaimeem@uw.edu or 206-897-1430 or visit https://www.polisci.washington.edu/news/2015/05/20/3-weeks-until-lavender-graduation

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10
Bearing Witness – A Queer Youth of Color Performing Arts Showcase
Features performances by local Queer Youth of Color sharing their stories and exploring their art, creating space and opening a door for celebration and awareness in the community. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 14th Ave. S. at E. Yesler Way). FREE. For more info, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/LGBTQ or contact Randy at 206-684-0775.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10
POZ Seattle Pride BBQ
Meet us on the back patio for their first Summer Grillin’ event. Please bring out the rainbows, triangles, flags! Wear bright, colorful shirts, shorts, socks, boas, hats, etc. … to show off your pride. 6-8 p.m. $5 suggested donation – no one turned away for lack of funds. Social gathering of POZ and POZ-friendly people meets 2nd Wednesday each month at The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave.). www.pozseattle.org.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11
Multi-Media Art & Literature LGBTQ Pride Celebration
In conjunction with Pride Month Capitol Hill Art Walk, Gay City Health Project and Ingersoll Gender Center present this special LGBTQ Pride Celebration at the Ingersoll Trans* Space and Gay City Arts (517 E. Pike St.) from 6-9 p.m.  Poetry and prose readings begin at 7:30 p.m. (MC’d by Jaimee Garbacik) with poets CA Conrad, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Sarah Galvin. Art work will be on display from the talented members and colleagues of: Entre Hermanos, Seattle Counseling Service, Gender Diversity, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – The Abbey of St. Joan, U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle – the United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance Seattle, Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), Lambert House, LGBTQ Allyship, The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse,  Lion’s Main Art Collective, the City of Seattle LGBT Commission, P.O.W.! (Proud, Out and Wonderful!), Q-Law Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic, Ingersoll Gender Center, Equal Rights Washington, Out in Front and Seattle PFLAG.  The FREE celebration will provide an excellent opportunity to network with members of local LGBTQ organizations and an opportunity for participating organizations to increase their visibility within the larger community.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11
Queer Vision 20/20 – Now, Voyager (1942)
Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.) celebrate Queer cinema and their 20th anniversaries with a special series this month. Happy Hour at 7 p.m., screening at 8 p.m. Tickets at the door: $11 general, $8 youth & senior, $6 member. www.threedollarbillcinema.org

THURSDAY, JUNE 11
The Seattle Boylesque Festival Teaser Party
A prelude to the main event on Friday, June 12 at The Triple Door, the festival kicks off with its Teaser Party (doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.) at Re-bar (1104 Howell St.) hosted by Seattle’s own Ernie Von Schmaltz. The party features over a dozen local and national performers and is sure to titillate. Performers include Al Lykya (Seattle), Ron Dez Vous (Los Angeles), Beau Creep (Canada), Bobby Barnaby (San Francisco), Man Johnson (Seattle), Jesus La Pinga (Seattle), Matt Knife (NYC), Billy Scream (Seattle), Mike Monaco (Massachusetts), Bolt Action (Seattle), Mustang Monroe (Colorado), Tré Da Marc (Minneapolis), Willy LaQueue (Chicago) and more. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1413600 (See Friday, June 12 for the main event.)

FRIDAY, JUNE 12
Out & Equal Northwest Regional Summit
Drawing participants from San Francisco to Vancouver, BC the Northwest Regional Summit will bring together hundreds of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) professionals and straight allies to share innovative strategies to enhance workplace inclusion, visibility, and diversity. Attendees will participate in workshops and hear from business leaders who pioneered welcoming workplaces for diverse professionals. 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Renaissance Seattle Hotel (515 Madison St.). Registration: $195 – http://www.outandequalseattle.org/

FRIDAY, JUNE 12
Seattle U Lavender Graduation
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of the LGBTQ and ally community at Seattle U. All LGBTQ+ undergraduate, graduate, and law students, as well as faculty, staff and alumni, are encouraged to attend this memorable event from 2-4 p.m., in Casey Commons (5th Floor of Casey Building). Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Pre-registration requested to accommodate space, food and resources: 206-296-6374; SA-heltonb@seattleu.edu.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12
The Seattle Boylesque Festival Main Event
Hosted by RuPaul Drag Race favorite BenDeLaCreme, the festival features two performances at The Triple Door (216 Union St.) this evening featuring a stellar line up of international, national and local superstars, including Mr. Gorgeous (NYC), Waxie Moon (Seattle), Lou Henry Hoover (Seattle), Tito Bonito (Los Angeles), Russell Bruner (Portland), Eddie Van Glam (Seattle), Mod Carousel (Seattle), Serge Violland (France), The Luminous Pariah (Seattle), Jonny Porkpie (NYC), Trojan Original (Seattle), Paris Original (Seattle), Gilbert De Moccos (Japan), and more. Door at 5:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. (17+); door at 10 p.m., show at 10:30 p.m. (21+). Tickets: $25 advance general admission; $40 advance VIP; $5 more at the door. www.thetripledoor.com. (See Thursday, June 11 for Teaser Party.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Family: An Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ Gathering
Everyone is invited to this free all-day conference geared toward LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander youth, their families and allies from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at North Seattle College (9600 College Way N.) Registration at http://apifamilyevent.com or at the door. Workshops offered for both LGBTQ youth/adults, as well as allies, will include Trans 101, Social Media/Cyberbullying, Healthy Relationships, Religion, Multiracial LGBTQ Issues, Immigration, and sessions that provide more information about PFLAG and how students can start their own Gay-Straight Alliances (or reinvigorate existing ones). Sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League, Pride Foundation, as well as PFLAG, Tadima, API Chaya, Asian Counseling and Referral Services and more.

SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Seattle Pride Picnic
Join us for the 6th Annual Seattle Pride Picnic! The Seattle Pride Picnic is a chance for family and friends to come together in one of Seattle's iconic parks and celebrate our amazing community. All the fun begins at 11 a.m. at Volunteer Park (14th Ave. & E. Prospect St.) in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. $1 picnic meal includes hot dog, delicious side dishes, refreshments and dessert. All proceeds benefit YouthCare. www.seattlepride.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Portland Pride Festival
Tom McCall Waterfront Park (S.W. Naito Pkwy. and Pine St.), from noon-6 p.m. www.pridenw.org. (Also Sunday following the Pride Parade.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Spokane Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival
www.outspokane.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Lifelong’s Gayest Gay Bingo EVER
Are you ready for the Gayest Gay Bingo EVER? Timed perfectly to celebrate Seattle Pride, Lifelong’s titillating bingo event promises an evening where glitz, glamour and gaiety abound! Packed with a plethora of fabulous special guests, mind-blowing prizes and rainbow-radiant décor (from top to bottom), this event delivers an experience you’ll never forget! Plus proceeds benefit Lifelong, a community health organization that provides food, housing and health services to people living with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.
Get ready for a HOT, HOT, HOT evening!
Fabulous, cheeky, wildly popular – Lifelong created this event over 20 years ago and it sparked the craze across the nation! Gay Bingo is a community fundraiser that has become a beloved Seattle institution. This 21 and over shindig is unbridled fun, complete with ridiculous musical numbers, hilarious drag queen antics, chances to win wonderful prizes, and much more! From 5-10 p.m. at Fremont Studio (155 N. 35th St.). Tickets: $50 general admission; $69 Queen for a Day. www.llaa.org

SUNDAY, JUNE 14
South Park Gay Pride Picnic
The picnic returns with many familiar faces such as DJ Luis V from Neighbours nightclub’s Noche Latina, the South Park Arts Council will feature a kids art table, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be sparkly as ever! The inaugural Queen of the River amateur drag contest at 2:30 p.m. will feature drag queens, drag kings, all-gender drag, everyone welcome. $50 cash 1st place prize; $25 cash 2nd & 3rd place prizes. Winners chosen by crowd applause. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m., at Duwamish Waterway Park (7900 10th Ave. S. at S. Elmgrove St.) on the river and there will be free beef hot dogs and Field Roast veggie dogs for the first 200 people, along with chips and bottled water. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on. You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch. For more info, contact Randy at gaypridesouthpark@hotmail.com

SUNDAY, JUNE 14
Portland Pride Parade & Festival
Parade steps off from W. Burnside St. and N.W. Park Ave. at 11 a.m. Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park (S.W. Naito Pkwy. and Pine St.) from noon-6 p.m. www.pridenw.org.

MONDAY, JUNE 15
ACLU Community Forum – Where Freedom Stands: The State of Civil Liberties at the Supreme Court
A public conversation on the Freedom to Marry, Government Surveillance, the Hobby Lobby Decision, Voting Rights, the Criminal Justice System, and much more. 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St. $5. RSVP: ACLU-WA.org/freedom.

MONDAY, JUNE 15
PBS Independent Lens - Limited Partnership
Limited Partnership chronicles the 40-year love story between Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. In 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, Colorado, Richard and Tony were one of the first same-sex couples to be legally married in the world. Richard immediately filed for a green card for Tony based on their marriage. Richard received a denial letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Services stating, “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.” Outraged at the tone, tenor, and politics of the letter, and to prevent Tony’s impending deportation, the couple decided to sue the U.S. government, initiating the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history. A film by Thomas G. Miller, Limited Partnership premieres on Independent Len, Monday, June 15, 10 p.m.-11 p.m. on PBS.
During a lifetime filled with health issues, money woes, and legal challenges, Richard and Tony never wavered in their love, lost their senses of humor, or gave up their quest for justice. Their personal trajectory parallels the history of the LGBT marriage and immigration equality movements, from their 1971 meeting at an L.A. Gay bar call “The Closet,” to the 1975 signing of the marriage license in Colorado, through the era of AIDS, to the historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Gay marriage in June 2013. A poignant love story, Limited Partnership celebrates Richard and Tony’s long path as they redefined traditional concepts of “spouse” and “family.”

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
GSBA Luncheon – Travel & Tourism
Are LGBT specific cruises, resorts and tours still sought after vacations for the LGBT community? With changing laws and an evolving world, are members of the LGBT community shifting their vacation choices to mainstream cruises and resort areas? How has the marketing of and messaging around these types of vacations changed to reach new audiences? GSBA and Visit Seattle are pleased to welcome Judy Dlugacz, President & Founder of Olivia Travel, to discuss the state of the current LGBT specific travel movement and how her company has not only stayed relevant over the decades, but also successful with innovative products, partnerships and a deep understanding of the consumer.
Arrive early to meet our hospitality and tourism members at the showcase and be one of the first to get your hands on the 2015-2016 GSBA Guide & Directory. Marriott Waterfront, 2100 Alaskan Way. Time: 11 a.m. - registration and showcase opens; program begins at noon. Cost: $45 members; $50 nonmembers; walk-ins $5 more at the door. www.thegsba.org or 206-363-9188.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
Imperial Court of Seattle’s 2nd Annual Mr., Ms. and Miss Teen Pride Pageant
Door at 7:30 p.m., pageant from 8:30-10:30 p.m., at Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway; entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave. off E. Pike St. Hosted by the biggest supporters in the Gay youth community Drew and Jessica Paradisco. Theme: Taste the Rainbow. Pageant contestants: ages 18-20 only. Categories: Theme Wear, Talent, and Formal Wear. $7 to watch the pageant; $10 to compete in the pageant. Alcoholic drinks for 21+ served on the upper level. For more information about the event or competing in the event, contact Aaron-Kayden Bradshow at Akbradshaw12@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 18 - SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Seattle Pride Comedy Series – Gena Yashere (6/18-6/20) and Heather McDonald (6/19-6/20 only)
Seattle Pride and Comedy Live Seattle present Gena Yashere from “Live at the Apollo” and “Mock The Week.” Originally from the UK, Gena broke into the American comedy scene with her appearances on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” where she made it to the final 10. She has been seen in feature films such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mr. In Between, as well as on TV shows such as “The Tonight Show,” TBS’ “Are We There Yet,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” ABC’s “Comics Unleashed.” Gina has a one hour Comedy Special on Showtime, “Skinny B*tch” and recently released her DVD “Laughing to America.” Heather McDonald (6/19-6/20 only) is a comedian, actress, story producer, and best-selling author best known for her roundtable appearances on E!’s top rated show “Chelsea Lately.” Shows on Thursday: 7:30 p.m., Friday: 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m., Saturday: 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. Parlor Live Comedy Club (Seattle) (1522 6th Ave. at Pine St.). Two item minimum purchase. 21+ (18+ Thursday.) Tickets: $20/$30. 206-602-1441. www.parlorlive.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 18
Divas Take the Hill 2015 – a Benefit for Seattle’s Homeless Youth
At 7 p.m., 12th Avenue Arts (1620 12th Ave.) In advance of Seattle PrideFest 2015, Team Diva Real Estate and partners host their 5th annual Divas Take the Hill party. This year’s celebration continues its goal of supporting local nonprofits and small businesses by raising funds for PSKS (Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets), a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) serving homeless and at-risk youth and young adults. Performers include: Donna Tella Howe, Miss Kitty Baby Burlesque, Sylvia O’Stayformore, Deja Nouveau, and more! General admission: $15 advance, $20 at the door; VIP admission: $25; Student: $10. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1597130 More information: http://teamdivarealestate.com/save-the-date-divas-take-the-hill-6-18-2015/; www.PSKS.org

THURSDAY, JUNE 18
“Rainbow City Orchestra Uncorked”
At 7 p.m. at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center (4272 Fremont Ave. N.). Like last year’s hit concert, the orchestra will be pairing music with wines, offering audience members a chance to learn a little about the music and the wine while enjoying the company of friends and a few nibbles to complement the wine. This year’s event will feature jazz classics. Purple Passion Jazz Combo will open the event as guests arrive and are seated, and Rainbow City Orchestra will present its music pairings for the wines as they are poured. New this year is a VIP option with preferred seating, a special dessert, and surprise perks. Tickets: $30 advance tickets; $50 VIP, or a limited number of no drinker tickets at $10. Details at www.rainbowcityband.com

THURSDAY, JUNE 18
Queer Vision 20/20 – Black Lizard (1968)
Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.) celebrate Queer cinema and their 20th anniversaries with a special series this month. Happy Hour at 7 p.m., screening at 8 p.m. Tickets at the door: $11 general, $8 youth & senior, $6 member. www.threedollarbillcinema.org

FRIDAY, JUNE 19
2015 Pride Shabbat Service
Preneg 5 p.m.; service 6 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m. Temple de Hirsch Sinai (1511 E. Pike St.). After the service stay for Shabbat dinner. An ASL interpreter will be available for the evening. Pride Shabbat is an opportunity that provides a way for our community to come together and share joyous and meaningful prayer in an inclusive environment that welcomes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Jews, their friends and families. Last year there was a fabulous turn out of more than 300 participants at the Pride Shabbat service. Pride Shabbat has the endorsement of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and other groups including Congregation Tikvah Chadashah and Kolenu. Its attendance grew when it was a project of Bashert: the LGBT initiative of the Jewish Federation. It has been a celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and questioning Jews, friends, allies and families. 2015 is the seventh year that Pride Shabbat has been endorsed by the full membership of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. We’ve come a long way! It is inspiring to pray for liberation and freedom together. Pride Shabbat 2008 marked a step forward in the embracing of all LGBTQ Jews of our community. In the past rejection by congregations and exclusion from full participation in Jewish life were common and were part of the founding of CTC. Since 2008 Pride Shabbat has demonstrated that the majority of congregations today in our community are welcoming and inclusive. Please register in advance by June 14 – http://www.jconnectseattle.org/events/pride-shabbat-2015/

FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Seattle Women’s Pride
The second annual Seattle Women’s Pride is THE Pride party for Lesbians (and their friends) in Seattle! From 6-10 p.m. at Q Nightclub (1426 Broadway). Headlining the event is none other than Bravo’s Julie Goldman (“The Mindy Project,” “The People’s Couch,” “Faking It,” “Big Gay Sketch Show”). DJ Wildfire of Hot Flash Inferno fame will provide music. Tickets for Seattle Women’s Pride at www.strangertickets.com/events/23535956. Reservations highly encouraged. The $20 price point guarantees entry and a raffle ticket for one of the many prizes that will be given away during the evening. The $35 price point guarantees everything above as well as a Meet and Greet with Goldman post-show. A discount to groups of 10 or more is available and interested parties should contact info@theseattlelesbian.com to reserve. Sponsored by The Seattle Lesbian – http://theseattlelesbian.com/ – www.facebook.com/events/1583515175268500/

FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Seattle Pride Comedy Series – Gena Yashere and Heather McDonald
(See Thursday listing for details.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Habitat for Humanity’s PRIDE BUILD
Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is hosting Pride Build on June 20, bringing together members and friends of the LGBTQ community to sponsor a day of building at La Fortuna, a development of 41 townhomes in the Benson Heights neighborhood in Renton. For more information and to sign-up contact Lauren Petersen-Green at lauren.petersengreen@habitatskc.org or call at (206) 855-3997. www.habitatskc.org/pridebuild

SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Capital City Pride Festival
Olympia’s Pride Festival starts at 11 a.m. in Sylvester Park at Legion & Capital Way. Regional entertainers, food, arts & crafts, booths. www.capitalcitypride.net (Capital City Pride Parade on Sunday, June 21 at 1 p.m.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Mid-Columbia Pride 2015 – “Can’t Stop the Beat”
Parade at 11 a.m. followed by Celebration in John Dam Plaza, Richland WA. www.midcolumbiapride.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Pride ASIA
Founded in 2012, Pride ASIA's mission is to celebrate, empower and nurture the multi-cultural diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally communities through the Asian-Pacific Islander American lens. Hosted by Aleksa Manila. Noon-4 p.m. at Hing Hay Park (423 Maynard Ave. S.) in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. FREE all ages event. www.prideasia.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Seattle Pride Comedy Series – Gena Yashere and Heather McDonald
(See Thursday listing for details.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Mr., Miss & Ms. Fireball Contest
C.C. Attle’s (1701 E. Olive Way) hosts this liquor title contest at 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com and on Facebook.

SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Seattle Men's Chorus – “Queen”
“We Will Rock You.” “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Another One Bites the Dust.” Get ready to experience the full spectrum of songs from this legendary band, produced with the flair of Seattle Men’s Chorus. From chart-toppers and anthems, to the greatest Queen songs you’ve never heard, this masterpiece of a concert will take you on a wild ride through rock and pop history. Introducing Frederick Hagreen as Freddie Mercury. McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.) 8 p.m. Tickets: $28, $44, $53, $68, $78. www.seattlemenschorus.org

SUNDAY, JUNE 21
Seattle Frontrunners 2014 Run & Walk with Pride
Run and Walk With Pride is an annual community event open to all. Meets Sunday, June 21 in Seward Park (5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S.) for a fun 4K run, 10K run, or 4K walk. Registration at 8 a.m. Event starts at 9 a.m. www.rwwp.org; http://www.seattlefrontrunners.org/

SUNDAY, JUNE 21
Capital City Pride Parade & Festival
Olympia’s Pride Parade starts at noon at the State Capitol Building / Festival in the Park starts at 1 pm in Sylvester Park at Legion & Capitol Way. Regional entertainers, food, arts & crafts, booths. www.capitalcitypride.net (Capital City Pride Festival also on Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m.)

SUNDAY, JUNE 21
Seattle Men's Chorus – “Queen”
“We Will Rock You.” “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Another One Bites the Dust.” Get ready to experience the full spectrum of songs from this legendary band, produced with the flair of Seattle Men’s Chorus. From chart-toppers and anthems, to the greatest Queen songs you’ve never heard, this masterpiece of a concert will take you on a wild ride through rock and pop history. Introducing Frederick Hagreen as Freddie Mercury. McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.) 2 p.m. Tickets: $28, $44, $53, $68, $78. www.seattlemenschorus.org

MONDAY, JUNE 22 -
SATURDAY, JUNE 28
Queer Rock Camp – Seattle 2015
Campers ages 12-21. www.queerrockcamp.org

TUESDAY, JUNE 23
Pride Mindfulness Gathering
Join us in a spirit of mindful celebration and presence. A gathering of LGBT community members with interest in mindfulness practice. Offering a talk and meditation to share reflections within Eastern philosophy and spiritual practices. Held in the Tateuchi Room at the Seattle Japanese Garden within the Washington Park Arboretum (1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E.) Optional garden tour at 6 p.m. ($6 fee). Dharma talk at 7 p.m. (admission fee not required). Tea social at 8 p.m. RSVP to info@dharmabuddies.org. Hosted by Lotus Sisters and Dharma Buddies, Seattle area meditation groups.

TUESDAY, JUNE 23 - SATURDAY, JUNE 27
PrideFest Film Festival
Tuesday 6/23 Pride 7 p.m. $3 at Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave.) with free after party @ 9 p.m. at 95 Slide (722 E. Pike St.); Wednesday 6/24 Edie & Thea, Case Against 8 6:30 p.m. $3 at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.); Thursday 6/25 Tranvisible with Bamby Q&A 6:30 p.m. $3 at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.); Thursday 6/25 Born in Flames 8 p.m. $11 at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.); Friday 6/26 Paris is Burning midnight $12 at SIFF Egyptian Theatre (805 E. Pine St.); Saturday 6/27 Lazer Gayzer Light Show 6:30 p.m. $10 at Pacific Science Center (Seattle Center); Saturday 6/27 Hairspray midnight $12 at SIFF Egyptian Theatre (805 E. Pine St.); Sunday 6/28 Lazer Gayzer Light Show 6:30 p.m. $10 at Pacific Science Center (Seattle Center). www.PrideFest.org/filmfest.

TUESDAY, JUNE 23
Out & In: A Pride Comedy Showcase with James Adomian – hosted by Nick Sahoyah; featuring Elicia Sanchez
James Adomian is a daredevil dancing queen – but don’t you know deep down he’s just a kitten! James was a finalist on the 2010 season of “Last Comic Standing,” and his many insane characters appear as celebrated guests all over the podcast-o-sphere. He is a staple on “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and guest stars on the new season of “Children’s Hospital.” Catch James live performing standup and characters across the globe at festivals, comedy clubs, Gay bars, rooftop parties and radical political events. His debut standup comedy album, Low Hangin Fruit, was released in 2012 via Earwolf to rave reviews – so don’t be the last one to hear it. Set phasers to chill! The Neptune Theatre (1303 NE 45th St.). Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance general admission; $16.50 day of show (not including fees). 1-877-784-4849; www.stgpresents.org.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
PrideFest Film Festival
Edie & Thea, Case Against 8 6:30 p.m. $3 at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
All the Letters in the Rainbow: LGBTQI Writers Pride Month Showcase
Readings by Sarah Galvin, Matthew Schnirman, Anastacia Tolbert, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. David Schmader emcees. Books by the writers will be on sale. Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave.) at 7 p.m. FREE, all ages. www.hugohouse.org.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
The Totally Gay Sing Along!
We celebrate Pride with a brand new Sing Along that features divas, camp classics, new tunes, hunks, foot stompers, rump shakers and every video is certified TOTALLY GAY! Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave.) at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 advance; $14 at the door. www.centralcinema.com

THURSDAY, JUNE 25
PrideFest Film Festival
Tranvisible with Bamby Q&A 6:30 p.m. $3 at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.)

THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Seattle Storm Pride Kickoff Game against Minnesota Lynx
7 p.m. at Seattle Center’s Key Arena (1st Ave. N. & Harrison St.). Tickets at www.wnba.com/storm/tickets/

THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Queer Vision 20/20 – Born in Flames (1983)
Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.) celebrate Queer cinema and their 20th anniversaries with a special series this month. Happy Hour at 7 p.m., screening at 8 p.m. Tickets at the door: $11 general, $8 youth & senior, $6 member. www.threedollarbillcinema.org

THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Gender Blender: The Annual Fierce, Weird and Queer Drag Party and Benefit
All night party at Neumos (925 E. Pike St.), 9 p.m. Featuring Miss Fame, Ginger Minj and Violet Chachki. Hosted by BenDeLaCreme. With performances by Amoania, Sheila Dubaii, Artstar, Cherry Surbete, Cucci Binaca and The Markos Sisters. DJs Shelrawka and Rob Winter. Tickets: $35 general admission, $70 VIP. Tickets and info at www.neumos.com or www.narkmagazine.com/tickets. Proceeds benefit Gay City Health Project. Part of the Nark Magazine Pride Festival weekend.

THURSDAY, JUNE 25
GENDER*FIERCE: Youthopolis Edition Queer Youth Variety Show & Awards Ceremony PLUS C85.5 Young Pride Kick-Off Dance Party!
Join HEYO and C89.5 for their second annual GENDER*FIERCE Queer Youth Variety Show, Awards Ceremony, and Dance Party! Kick off Seattle Pride right as they recognize the hard work Queer young people are doing in our community with their Youthopolis awards ceremony that will feature some amazing Queer youth performances. C89.5’s Young Pride Kick-Off Dance Party will take place after and feature amazing C89.5 DJs including performances by Team HeartBreak and Oscillator X! 7 p.m.-12 midnight at 12th Avenue Arts Main Stage (1620 12th Ave.) Don’t miss out! Brought to you by #EndAIDSWA. www.facebook.com/LifelongHEYO; michaelb@llaa.org.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26
Trans* Pride
Annual celebration of the Seattle-area Transgender community. Assemble at the courtyard north of Seattle Central College (1701 Broadway) at 5 p.m.; march to nearby Cal Anderson Park at 6 p.m.; festivities at Cal Anderson Park from 6:45-10 p.m. Trans* Pride Seattle is proud to curate a diverse and powerful group of speakers and performers from around the United States. A few speakers from select local organizations will also be taking the stage to discuss their work and the services and opportunities they offer. In addition, there will be an information and resource fair with a wide variety of community groups and organizations doing outreach. There will also be food trucks and our beloved community out in full force!  Organized by Gender Justice League in association with local organizations who support the Seattle-area Trans* and gender non-conforming community. Details at www.transprideseattle.org.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26
GLSEN 5th Annual Youth Pride Dance
A night for LGBTQ Youth, Friends & Allies up to 21 years. Music, food and fun! Hosted by Donna Tella Howe, Face painting by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Creative, beach theme dress encouraged. 7-11 p.m. Belltown Community Center (415 Bell St.) Pre-registration required: Facebook.com/GLSENWA .

FRIDAY, JUNE 26
Diverse Harmony – “Turn Back the Dial”
Diverse Harmony celebrates PRIDE on June 26 and June 27 with their “Turn Back the Dial” concert. The concert will be a mix of the throwbacks from the ‘70s and ‘80s and will focus on the day in the life of a student. The concerts will be held at the Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway at E. Pine St.) at 7:30 p.m. on both nights and will end in time to celebrate PRIDE with your family and friends. Tickets are FREE for youth 22 years old and younger; $20 general admission. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1659051. Diverse Harmony is the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth chorus. Based in Seattle, Washington, the 58-member chorus presents music that opens the hearts and minds of communities and provides a safe environment for youth of diverse backgrounds to share their love of music and be accepted for who they are. www.diverseharmony.org

FRIDAY, JUNE 26 - SUNDAY, JUNE 28
Georgia Ragsdale in Follow You Everywhere – A Memoir: Growing Up and Coming Out in Texas
Comedian Georgia Ragsdale explores her Texas roots in a quirky, poignant childhood to coming-of-age theatrical memoir. Set in suburban Houston in the 1960s and 1970s, short slide shows using family photos prove she is not making this up as she travels though a world of unusual characters and events. Illuminated with to-the-point stories and movement pieces set to the sound track of the times, the cast includes Seattle dance and actor talents: Lodi McClellan, Lisa Ravenholt, Jack Lush and Eric Pitzenbarger. Georgia Ragsdale, comedian, director and playwright brings her story to life with humor and grace. A simple story, elegantly and economically told in an intimate, theatrical setting – from the heart, direct, truthful and compelling. Tickets: $30 general; $10 students and seniors. Friday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m. at 12th Avenue Arts Main Stage (1620 12th Ave.) www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1332092 Georgia Ragsdale, creator of Seattle favorite Boxiana: The Women's Flyweight Championship of the World, has since toured nationally as a stand-up comedian for 14 years, including numerous comedic film and television roles. This memoir is her first piece after a nine-year hiatus. She is the former recipient of numerous grants including an NEA Individual Artist Grant.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26
PrideFest Film Festival
Paris is Burning midnight $12 at SIFF Egyptian Theatre (805 E. Pine St.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
2015 SVC Pride Quads Grass Tournament
Seattle Volleyball Club is hosting its 6th Annual Quads Pride Grass tournament to celebrate Seattle Pride 2015. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at Judkins Park (2150 S. Norman St.). Cost: $25/player. In the spirit of Pride a BBQ lunch will be available for purchase.  For complete information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/456208574536279/

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
Dignity/Seattle 27th Annual
Pride Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m.-noon at Central Lutheran Chuch Social Hall (1710 11th Ave.) across from Cal Anderson Park. $7 donation. Raffle prizes. Proceeds go to CareTeams, a program of Samaritan Center; Plymouth Healing Communities; Dignity/Seattle.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
Capitol Hill Pride Festival March & Rally
“Never Forget” 1969 Stonewall civic march from Seattle Central College (1701 Broadway) to Main Stage at Broadway & E. Harrison St. steps off at 10 a.m. Celebrate Pride in Seattle’s Gayborhood at this annual street fair on Broadway E. from E. John St. to E. Roy St, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Live local music, food, and more than 100 booths featuring nonprofits, artists, and commercial vendors. Six blocks on Broadway – featuring Revisit Steppenwolf 8-10 p.m. on Main Stage. www.capitolhillpridefestival.info.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
17th Annual Rainbow Health Fair
From 12 noon-4 p.m. at All Pilgrims Church (500 Broadway E. at E. Republican St.) Seattle/King & Snohomish County YWCA Women’s Health Outreach presents the 17th Annual Rainbow Health Fair. Creating a safe space where people of all genders and sexualities are served by LBTQ-friendly health providers and treated with respect. Free mammograms for uninsured people 40+. Free pap tests for all. Insurance welcome. To make an appointment, call 206-461-4493. For more information and volunteer opportunities: jen.boi.peters@gmail.com. Visit us at ywcaworks.org.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
PrideFest Family Day
Cal Anderson Park (11th Ave & E. Howell St.). SPD Picnic: noon-1 p.m., free hot dogs; 1-3 p.m., free popcorn and ice cream, K-9 unit, horses, more. Family & Kids: 1-4 p.m. with drag queen storytime, the NOT-ITS, talented dancing kids, bounce houses. All Ages/Teens: 4-7 p.m. with Massive Monkees dance workshop & performances, Diverse Harmony, more!. Adult Fun Time (11th Ave. just north of E. Pine St. next to Cal Anderson Park): 1-8 p.m., food trucks, live performances, DJs, beer garden, drag queens. Prom Dress (Quake) Rugby in Bobby Morris Playfield. www.seattlepridefest.org/family/.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
PRIDE 2015 Interfaith Celebration Service
Many faiths join together to celebrate PRIDE: the spirit of Love and the Acceptance of all people. This year there will be participants from the Buddhist, Christian, Sufi, Muslim and Jewish faith communities. Come just as you are to sing, pray, chant, and made Sacred Community. 2 p.m. at All Pilgrims Church (500 Broadway E. at E. Republican St.).

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
2015 Pride Cruise / Seattle Pride Boat Party on the Islander Yacht
Hang on to your jock strap (or someone elses...), the epic daytime boat party returns! Join us on The Islander Champagne Cruises for an afternoon out on the water, cruising all around Seattle and dancing in the sunshine. We welcome very special guest DJs Won Love (aka Riz Rollins and Rob Green) and James Cerne (LAX), love and woofs all around boys. Hosted by NARK (Kevin Kauer) & co-hostess Sheila Dubaii. 2 p.m. boarding; 3-6 p.m cruise. The Islander Yacht, 1611 Fairview Ave. E. Tickets: $25. http://www.strangertickets.com/events/23937945/2015-pride-cruise. (Continue the party Saturday night at The Big Building – see NarkMagazine.com for more info.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 - MATINEE
Georgia Ragsdale in Follow You Everywhere – A Memoir: Growing Up and Coming Out in Texas
(See Friday 6/26 listing at 7:30 p.m. for details.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
2015 Seattle Dyke March
The 2015 Seattle Dyke March is on Saturday, June 27. Rally from 5-7 p.m. at the Seattle Central College Plaza at Broadway and E. Pine St. The March steps off at 7 p.m. to go around Capitol Hill and back to the Plaza. We create space on our stage to highlight and honor the experiences, pleasures, activism and identities of queer women and dyke-identified people across the gender spectrum, a space that recharges us and allows us to survive and thrive. We welcome and encourage people of all genders and identities to join us in celebration at the rally and on our march. www.seattledykemarch.com/

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
PrideFest Film Festival
Lazer Gayzer Light Show 6:30 p.m. $10 at Pacific Science Center (Seattle Center)

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
Diverse Harmony – “Turn Back the Dial”
Diverse Harmony celebrates PRIDE on June 26 and June 27 with their “Turn Back the Dial” concert. The concert will be a mix of the throwbacks from the ‘70s and ‘80s and will focus on the day in the life of a student. The concerts will be held at the Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway at E. Pine St.) at 7:30 p.m. on both nights and will end in time to celebrate PRIDE with your family and friends. Tickets are FREE for youth 22 years old and younger; $20 general admission. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1659051. Diverse Harmony is the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth chorus. Based in Seattle, Washington, the 58-member chorus presents music that opens the hearts and minds of communities and provides a safe environment for youth of diverse backgrounds to share their love of music and be accepted for who they are. www.diverseharmony.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
Georgia Ragsdale in Follow You Everywhere – A Memoir: Growing Up and Coming Out in Texas
(See Friday 6/26 listing at 7:30 p.m. for details.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
PrideFest Film Festival
Hairspray midnight $12 at SIFF Egyptian Theatre (805 E. Pine St.)

SUNDAY, JUNE 28
Seattle Pride Brunch
9 a.m. Parlor Live Seattle (1522 6th Ave.) A fabulous meal to start the most fabulous day of the year! Join us for a morning of delicious food, great company, and general merriment before heading over to watch the Seattle Pride Parade. Tickets: $45; $65 includes VIP seating at Westlake Park. www.seattlepride.org/pride-parade/pride-brunch/

SUNDAY, JUNE 28
Seattle Pride Parade
Starting at 11 a.m., the parade kicks off at 4th Avenue & Union St., and will proceed north down 4th Avenue to Denny Way. It will last approximately two and a half hours and will be held rain or shine. www.seattlepride.org/pride-parade/

SUNDAY, JUNE 28
Seattle PrideFest
Seattle PrideFest 2015 “Share Your Love” will be more bedazzling than ever. Four stages, events over four days, dozens of artists, men's and women's parties, and over 130,000 attendees. www.seattlepridefest.org/

SUNDAY, JUNE 29
PrideFest Film Festival
Lazer Gayzer Light Show 6:30 p.m. $10 at Pacific Science Center (Seattle Center).

SUNDAY, JUNE 28
Georgia Ragsdale in Follow You Everywhere – A Memoir: Growing Up and Coming Out in Texas
(See Friday 6/26 listing at 7:30 p.m. for details.)

SUNDAY, JUNE 28 - SUNDAY, JULY 5
Victoria, BC Pride
A week of events and activities culminating in the annual Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday, July 5. www.victoriapridesociety.org

THURSDAY, JULY 2
A Night of Queer Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction
Gay City and Gay Romance Northwest are partnering together for a special Gay City Meet the Author event, which will boldly explore star systems and fantasy realms while spotlighting LGBTQ main characters and relationships. Join us at 7 p.m. at the Calamus Auditorium at Gay City (517 E. Pike St.) for an out-and-proud and out-of-this-world evening of readings by writers Astrid Amara, Matthew Buscemi, Kim Fielding, Laylah Hunter and Nisi Shawl. From Lambda Literary-nominated fantasies to powerful and thought-provoking science fiction stories, each author takes the reader on an exciting, imaginative journey. www.gaycity.org/arts

THURSDAY, JULY 2 -
SUNDAY, JULY 5
DignityUSA Convention in Seattle
www.dignityusa.org

FRIDAY, JULY 10 - SUNDAY, AUGUST 1
Wizzer Pizzer: Getting Over the Rainbow
Theatre22 Summer Pride Series at 12th Avenue Arts presents Wizzer Pizzer: Getting Over the Rainbow by Amy Wheeler.
Somewhere over the rainbow, Gays are checking themselves into Dr. Nora's Reparative Therapy Clinic, where an ex-Gay, ex-Lesbian couple teach them to be born again straight. Adrian, a drag queen (best known for his Judy Garland impersonation), checks himself in after losing the amateur drag contest. So does Jack (a rugged, straight guy who bears a striking resemblance to Adrian's best girlfriend Kandi). When Jack finds love at the clinic with the poster girl for cured Lesbians, all Oz breaks loose. Wizzer Pizzer is a wild, outrageous, modern ride back out the Yellow Brick Road. Tickets: $25 general; $14 senior, military, student. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/907129
"In its world-premiere production at 7 Stages, Wizzer Pizzer revels in the comic possibilities of its timely subject, turns gender politics topsy-turvy and offers something sexy for every orientation."
Atlanta's Creative Loafing

SATURDAY, JULY 11
Out in the Park – Tacoma’s annual LGBTQA Pride Celebration
Noon-5 p.m., Broadway between 9th and 11th streets. Tacoma’s Official PRIDE celebration takes place as an outdoor street festival in downtown Tacoma at the Pierce Transit Park. Out in the Park is a family friendly festival that includes street side vendor booths and live performances by musical groups, drag acts, dignitaries and speakers on the Main Stage. A secondary stage features performances for both the young and the young at heart. www.rainbowcntr.org.

SATURDAY, JULY 11
Bellingham Pride Family Picnic
Come enjoy a picnic at noon in Bloedel Donovan Park (2214 Electric Ave.) with the entire Bellingham Pride family (that includes you!). Donations gratefully accepted to cover the cost of food. www.bhampride.org/events.shtml

SATURDAY, JULY 11
Bellingham Annual ISCEE Pride Drag Show (21+)
Doors 6:30 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. Rumors Cabaret (1119 Railroad Ave.) $5 cover.
Annual Rumor's Pride Celebration to follow. www.bhampride.org/events.shtml

SATURDAY, JULY 11
Bellingham Rumors Pride Celebration (21+)
10 p.m.-2 a.m. (close), Rumors Cabaret (1119 Railroad Ave.), cover. www.bhampride.org/events.shtml

SUNDAY, JULY 12
Bellingham Pride Parade
Noon. Starts at Ohio & Cornwall, travels along Cornwall Ave., ends at Depot Market Square (1100 Railroad Ave.). More info at http://www.bhampride.org/events.shtml

SUNDAY, JULY 12
Bellingham Pride Festival
Until 4:00 p.m., Depot Market Square (1100 Railroad Ave.).
Features various vendors, children’s activities, appearances by local and state dignitaries. Come join the fun! www.bhampride.org/events.shtml

SATURDAY, JULY 18
Kitsap Pride
Kitsap Pride’s annual celebration, noon to 5 p.m., at Evergreen Park (1500 Park Ave.) in downtown Bremerton. www.kitsappride.org. (Kitsap Pride moves from Sunday to Saturday this year. Information about time and location based on previous year’s events.)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2
Vancouver (B.C.) Pride Parade & Festival
Parade begins at noon in Vancouver’s downtown/West End at Robson and Thurlow streets and proceeds via Denman to festival site at Sunset Beach. Sponsored by Vancouver Pride Society. www.vancouverpride.ca.



McCarthy a comedic dynamo in enthusiastically silly Spy
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

SPY
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CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has a good thing going. She's the right-hand woman to superspy Bradley Fine (Jude Law), helping him navigate lethally destructive terrain populated by gunrunners, double agents and terrorists all looking to do him in. But when circumstances involving a stolen nuclear device and the daughter of a slain arms dealer, Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), puts every CIA spy in jeopardy, Deputy Director Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) comes to the conclusion it's time to send a fresh, if inexperienced, face into the field.

Much to the consternation of pompous, loudmouth agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham), Susan volunteers for the assignment. Making him even angrier, Crocker thinks it's a good idea, allowing the analyst to assume a false identity in order to track notorious cutthroat and big money go-between Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale) across Europe in hopes he'll lead them to Rayna. But Susan is a far better spy than anyone wants to give her credit for being, especially Ford. When push comes to shove she's terrific, and if everyone would leave her well enough alone she'll likely nab the bad guy and recover the nuke before anyone knows it's happened.

Melissa McCarthy is as big a talent as there is working today. She deserved her Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids. She held her own up next to Sandra Bullock in The Heat. She stole scenes left and right in a small, yet pivotal, part in the undervalued Bill Murray comedy-drama St. Vincent. She even managed to turn execrable, stomach-churning comedies Identity Thief and Tammy into modest successes (especially the former) due almost entirely to her star power alone, a fact that still boggles my mind far more than I should probably admit.

The great thing about Spy, a comedy-action-thriller hybrid that reteams her with writer/director Paul Feig for a third time and isn't near as much a James Bond parody as one might initially suspect, is that it gives McCarthy a well-rounded, fully sculpted character that's nearly on par with the nurturing single mother she portrayed in St. Vincent. While there are the requisite pratfalls, while references to the character's physical appearance are made, they are not the end-all-be-all as far as the comedy is concerned. This is a smart and talented individual who knows how to do her job and does it better than most, trading on her intellect and her skills to see things through to the end.

This is wonderful for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it allows McCarthy to play an honest to goodness human being and not some foul-mouthed, uncouth hellion. While four-letter words are spoken - lots of them - they're not uttered for shock value. Instead, much in the same way Peter Capaldi wove profane poetry with each and every one of his diatribes in In the Loop, Susan does the same thing here, coming up with creatively vulgar ways to ingratiate herself next to Rayna. More than that, though, she also spends just as much time revealing her character's heart, her humanity, her awe-shucks demeanor not so much a façade as it is a defense mechanism keeping the wannabe spy from living up to her true potential.

The supporting cast is excellent across the board, Byrne, Law and Janney particularly so. But it is Statham, in some ways returning to his Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) roots, in others having a grand time eviscerating his Transporter persona, who stands out the most. His take-no-prisoners bravado is a fish tale of the nth degree, the man elevating his exploits to a place of herculean myth the Greeks themselves would have stood back and laughed at with wide-eyed disbelieving glee. While a case could be made that Ford is around maybe a little too much that doesn't make Statham or his exuberantly manic performance less wonderful, and it's nice to be reminded just how superb a comedic force the action star can be when he puts his mind to it.

Feig directs as soundly as ever, each set piece building upon the last while also setting up all that's about to happen with dexterous confidence. Same time, there are points where he doesn't always know when to say when, a few scenes going on longer than they perhaps need to leading to jokes that, while funny, don't add as much to the proceedings as I'm guessing he wanted them to. It also takes him longer than anticipated to figure out what to do with 'Call the Midwife' star Miranda Hart. Thankfully, when he does, she comes alive in ways that tickle the funny bone beyond imagination, a penultimate joke involving none other than 50 Cent more than worth the wait.

Ultimately, though, this is McCarthy's showcase and she more than delivers. While no one would ever give her an Academy Award for this performance that doesn't make her any less perfect. She gives Spy its reason to exist, McCarthy hitting the comedic bull's-eye so frequently she doesn't so much deserve an Oscar as she does an Olympic Gold Medal.


Big screen Entourage much ado about nothing
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

ENTOURAGE
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Barely a week after his marriage ends in annulment, international superstar Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) is back with his best buddies Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and older brother Johnny (Kevin Dillon). They arrive with news involving Vince's one-time agent and former Hollywood studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). It appears he's back running things, and he's got a script he's certain his former discovery is perfect for.

Vincent agrees, does so without even looking at the script, willing to sign onto the project based solely on Ari's enthusiasm for it. The only caveat? He wants to direct, and whatever contract he signs that's going to be the one sticking point he absolutely will not budge on a single solitary little bit.

That synopsis could be considered the pre-credits teaser as far as Entourage, a feature-length motion picture following in the footsteps of the Emmy-winning HBO series that ran on the network for eight seasons, is concerned, the crux of the film taking place months later with Vince's directorial debut nearing completion. It all revolves around money and power, the actor trying to assert his while Ari does what he can to keep control, his star actor needing more dollars to finish the project and he's reticent to go the Texas moneymen holding the purse strings to ask for additional funds.

Running through all of this are various side stories involving Eric's inability to keep it in his pants while he prepares to become a father alongside cute-as-a-button ex-girlfriend Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui), Turtle attempting to put the moves on UFC champion Ronda Rousey (playing herself) and Johnny trying to assert himself and step outside his kid brother's shadow. There's a lot of bro-centric back and forth between the pals, while a variety of familiar faces (including Russell Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Brady, Piers Morgan, Mark Cuban, T.I., Tameka Harris, Gary Busey, David Arquette, Rob Gronkowski, Jon Favreau, Greg Louganis, Jessica Alba, Liam Neeson, Kelsey Grammer and Pharrell Williams) make guest appearances. Some of the jokes connect, a number of them do not, the whole things structured, shot, edited and scored like three or four episodes of a television series strung together and not anything close to resembling a traditional feature-length motion picture.

In short, fans of HBO's show will likely be pleased, producer, director, writer and creator Doug Ellin (Kissing a Fool) designing things to preach and pander to the faithful and virtually nobody else, and that's a problem. As a movie, Entourage doesn't stand on its own two feet. More than that, it's so blandly thought out, it's main character such a charmless black hole (there's a reason Grenier is second-billed to Connolly) and its central dynamics so unimportant maintaining interest is exceedingly difficult. On top of that, as a Hollywood satire Ellin and co-writer Rob Weiss' (Amongst Friends) story is toothless, its myriad of points, topics and gags so obvious for all their modern day vulgarity they're about as profound as 'See Spot Run.'

Not that I didn't laugh. Even though I never watched the show I totally get how Piven won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for his work as Ari Gold. The guy, while not doing a single thing new since his Grosse Pointe Blank and 'The Larry Sanders Show' early days, is on fire, going from manic to crazed to loving to sympathetic to monstrous at the drop of the hat. He's glorious, dominating in a fashion the other members of the principal cast can only dream of equaling.

Dillon, in all his goofy, buffoonish glory, comes awfully close, and I did appreciate the fact the film kind of wants to concern itself with his character's redemption in the eyes of all his naysayers. Also good, and surprisingly so, is former The Sixth Sense Oscar-nominee Haley Joel Osment, the former child star wonderful as the selfish, uncouth son of the Texas billionaire (played with typical irascible relish by Billy Bob Thornton) financing Vincent's directorial debut. His wide-eyed reaction to the chaos he ends up creating for Ari and all the rest is marvelous, and I liked the way he threw himself into all his character's smarmy shenanigans with delectable glee.

None of which makes Entourage an actual movie. Much like 'Seinfeld' famously made a point about being, this theatrical extension of the HBO series is, at the end of day, about nothing, nothing at all. The whole thing is an excuse to watch good friends gallivant about, make a bunch of off-colored jokes, be a little sexist, a bit more misogynistic and see love found and lost all in the course of roughly 100 minutes. Fans of that sort of thing, and of the characters themselves, will certainly rejoice. As for everyone else, while not going to hate their time sitting in the theater, they're certainly going to wonder what all the fuss is about because, as far as I can tell, this is much ado about - if you'll forgive the verbal regurgitation - nothing, nothing at all.


Gripping Seven Five a nihilistic look at law enforcement
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

THE SEVEN FIVE
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During the early 1980s, New York City Police Officers Michael Dowd and Kenneth Eurell were patrolling the streets of the 75th Precinct, a notorious epicenter of drug abuse and crime. They would see what was going on, would witness the money changing hands and glean the type of power those running things behind the curtain had resting in the palm of their hands. While corruption in the police department was nothing new, under Dowd's direction the pair would end up taking things to an entirely different level, their arrest in 1992 exposing a level of malfeasance so staggering it almost read like a piece of pulp crime novella fiction.

This is the story chronicled in Tiller Russell's (Bad Boys of Summer) searing, if somewhat overly sensationalistic, documentary The Seven Five. Featuring interviews with just about everyone that matters, including Dowd and Eurell, the film attempts to probe into exactly what was going on and why, giving everything a down and dirty sheen that's undoubtedly purposely reminiscent of early Scorsese. It's compelling stuff, fascinating, even, but it also feels a little more like an audition reel for a potential feature than it does an insightful, intimately probing documentary, and that's an issue Russell's investigative opus sometimes has trouble overcoming.

But, wow can Dowd tell a story! The way he weaves his wheeling and dealing, how he documents all the wrongdoings he played the prime role in spearheading, it's all incredible. Not only is he a magnetic, greasily fascinating criminal, he's also a terrific storyteller, making all the abhorrent things he put into action feel insidiously exciting. It's heady stuff, not all of it appealing, of course, but still thrilling and riveting in all the ways that matter, and as such the film comes remarkably close to being essential.

Close, but not entirely. The sensationalism does overwhelm on occasion, and there are more than a few moments where it feels like Russell is almost too enamored with his subject. He loves to play up the seedy nihilism Dowd and his cronies take something akin to gleeful relish in trafficking, and all of this grotesquerie becomes upsetting in a way that's uncomforting, and not in a good way.

Not that it matters. Current events around the country in regards to police and how they're choosing to serve and protect the communities they're charged with overseeing, The Seven Five is an eye-opening descent into the horrors, tragedies and circumstances we task them to traverse through each and every day. While most are not like Dowd, the fact he's not unique is a scary proposition, one that's sadly made more and more clear each and every day.


Insidious journeys back inside The Further (for the first time)
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3
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Before she arrived to save the Lambert family from certain doom, psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) was trying to put her supernatural glory days behind her. With the sudden death of her husband, bearing witness to a powerful revelation that some force beyond the earthly realm would like to do her harm, the woman is trying to be content to live out the remainder of her years in quiet. She just doesn't want to get involved, dealing with ghosts, demons and all of their ethereal counterparts no longer for her.

Then she meets 18-year-old Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott). The smart, emotionally pure teenager has just lost her own mother, the after effects lingering inside her household, transforming her well-meaning father Sean (Dermot Mulroney) into a wreck and leaving her little brother Alex (Tate Berney) quietly wondering what is going on. But when a terrifying accident sends Quinn to death's door and leaves her with two broken legs, it's immediately apparent to Elise she didn't return from the other side alone. Something is stalking the young woman, a demonic thing intent on feasting on her soul, and it's up to the psychic to decide if she's ready to return to the supernatural battlefield or if she'd rather turn a blind eye and let the Brenner family fend for themselves.

Box office hits or no, I can't say I was a fan of director James Wan (Furious 7, The Conjuring) and screenwriter Leigh Leigh Whannell's (Saw, Dead Silence) previous journeys into 'The Further' (the land between the living and the dead), Insidious and Insidious Chapter 2. While each supernatural freak show about a family being hunted by a ferocious evil intent on returning to the living world via possession had their respective moments, they also had their fair share of problems. Lack of focus. Inconsistency in tone. Unforgivable lapses into stupidity. Comedic bits that weren't comedic and were remarkably ill-conceived. All of these issues and more dogged the two horror films from start to finish, and as such I found little other than disappointment in the watching of them both.

Taking over the directorial reins, Whannell finishes up his trilogy with Insidious Chapter 3. But instead of continuing onward from where the second film left off he chooses instead to offer up something of a de facto prequel chronicling how psychic and ghost fighter Elise got her mojo back after suffering a heartbreaking setback. While there are ample hints alluding to the events to come - pictures, references and visual clues abound, as does one gigantic spectral reappearance of a devilish fiend - the filmmaker actually allows this story to stand on its own. This is both as much Elise Rainier's spiritual rebirth as it is a saga of a family in crisis, both coming together at just the right moment, each needing the other more than they initially realize.

The central scenario might be overly familiar, and I honestly can't say Whannell's film doesn't do a darn thing that isn't unexpected, but forgive me if, somewhat surprisingly, I kind of liked this prequel. It moves well, the balance between comedy and scares is solid, it's spectacularly shot by Brian Pearson (Into the Storm), superbly scored by returning composer Joseph Bishara (Dark Skies) and unleashes its onslaught of jump scares (of which there are many, probably too many) with far more skill and effectiveness than usual for this type of affair. The film winks at the audience with knowing self-effacing glee when necessary only to play things cryptically and creepily close to the vest in the very next instant. It's fun stuff, all of it anchored by a performance from Shaye that's complex, strong and emotionally captivating.

Not that Whannell avoids prequel pitfalls entirely. As this effort takes place before the events of the previous two films, it's not like a lot can happen to Elise, so even when she's doing her best Sigourney Weaver impersonation locking horns with the demonic version of the Alien Queen there's never any doubt who's going to come out on top. Tension on that front is difficult to maintain, and even if the Brenner family are an unknown factor it's safe to say that it would be unlikely our heroine would emerge from any of this as empowered and ready to tackle the forces of darkness as her sojourns with the Lamberts showcased if things were to go too deathly sour.

Be that as it may, it's odd that this series keeps learning from its mistakes as it moves along. While not a complete success, and certainly offering nothing new, Insidious Chapter 3 is without a doubt the most consistently entertaining effort this trio of horror enterprises has offered up as of yet. It's frightfully okay, fans of the previous motion pictures almost certain to walk away satisfied.


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