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posted Friday, April 28, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 17
MAY is Trans Art Month
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MAY is Trans Art Month

Gay City, Gender Justice League, and Three Dollar Bill Cinema are proud to present Trans Arts Month, featuring performing arts, visual art, film, and more in a month-long series of events celebrating the beauty and diversity of work by Trans artists.

TRANSLATIONS: SEATTLE TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL
May 4-14
various venues


Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival is a groundbreaking film festival that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about Transgender people and the issues facing the Transgender community. The 12th annual festival will be the largest Transgender film festival in the world.

OPENING NIGHT at SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E Pine St), most screenings at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave), several at 12th Ave Arts (1620 12th Ave), one each at Seattle Public Library Capitol Hill Branch (425 Harvard Ave E), or UW Henry Art Gallery (4100 15th Ave E).

Visit www.threedollarbillcinema.org and/or pick up a free festival program for complete details.

MEET THE AUTHORS:
TRANS AUTHOR PANEL
May 4 @ 7pm - FREE
Calamus Auditorium at Gay City (517 E Pike St)


Hear local Trans authors read from their latest works and share their perspectives on writing, from character development and tropes to publishing and promotion. Authors will be Austin Chant, reading from his latest book Peter Darling (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33358438-peter-darling), Christopher Hawthorne Moss (http://authorchristophermoss.blogspot.com/), and Tobi Hill-Meyer.

CLAIRE MICHELLE:
FINAL FAREWELL TO
'OUT OF THE SHADOWS'
May 6 @ 7pm
Calamus Auditorium at Gay City


Claire Michelle's last official show for her 'Out of the Shadows' era. Her songs are emotionally honest and encompass a variety of genres. From slow, melodic stories to hard-hitting, energetic rock and roll, Claire will leave you feeling inspired and wanting more. Come out and get a taste of what's to come in her next era - Flood.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $20 sponsors, 5 FREE radical hospitality tickets available.

COMICS & LIVE MUSIC WITH CLYDE & RAE
May 9 @ 6pm - FREE
12th Avenue Arts


Join musicians Rae Spoon (Gender Failure, Translations 2013; My Prairie Home, Translations 2014) and Clyde Petersen (Torrey Pines, Twist 2016) for an hour of music and comic drawing. Rae and Clyde will play you jams and we can all draw comics together. Super mellow. FREE. Good vibes.

Bring your favorite art supplies (we'll have some to share) and your creativity.

GAY CITY ARTS PRESENTS:
RISING UP!: A SOCIAL JUSTICE PLAY
May 11-14 & 18-21 @ 7pm
Calamus Auditorium at Gay City


A Black Trans Woman exits a failing long-term relationship and re-enters Queer Community through her new residence at a Queer Co-op House in the Central District. As Seattle continues forward with its rapid changes, the characters are impacted by and experience displacement but find survival, support, and tenderness with each other.

Rising Up! co-written and co-directed by Ebo Barton and Sarah Rosenblatt, is a play about the resistance, love, and transition of people we see and know in our community: Queer and Trans People of Color, Queer and Trans People with Disabilities, Queer and Trans Femmes and Queer and Trans working class people. Through the character's journeys, we see how their struggles, identities, and magic come together, endure conflict, and learn about themselves.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $20 sponsor, $12 students, seniors & folks with disabilities, 5 FREE radical hospitality tickets available per show.

NERVE ENDINGS:
THE NEW TRANS EROTIC
SEATTLE BOOK READING
May 23 @ 7-9pm - FREE
Elliott Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave)


Come join Tobi Hill-Meyer, Gender Justice League, Gay City, and Elliott Bay Book Company for a reading of Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic.

Nerve Endings is a new anthology featuring thirty pieces of fiction - all written by, for, and about Trans people - that present the complex erotic lives of Trans people today as only we, ourselves, can present them. The event will feature readings from the book by several of its contributors, including editor Tobi Hill-Meyer, and will be live-streamed to backers of the successful Nerve Endings Kickstarter. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the contributors.

Readings will be done by several of the authors, including: Tobi Hill-Meyer, Katherine Cross, Rachel Katie Zall, Pretty Eyes Ellis, Ryley Knowles, Frances Stewart.

TRANS LIFE AND LIBERATION SERIES
ARTIST'S RECEPTION
May 25 @ 6-8pm - FREE
Calamus Auditorium at Gay City


This art series creates art about and with living trans people on the front lines of our liberation movement. Trans visual artists across the U.S. work with other artists and organizers to create portraits that tell their stories and honor their work. A selection from this series will be on our art wall all month and will be staying in our offices afterward. Come and meet artist Micah Bazant May 25th and learn about this series and where it is going.

About Gay City Arts:
Art is the voice, spirit and conscience of every community and is a vital tool for community reflection, dialogue and pride. Through Gay City Arts, Gay City collaborates with local LGBTQ artists to galvanize an audience for queer arts, foster the development of LGBTQ artists and works and facilitate artistic excellence that is accessible. Gay City Arts is committed to presenting challenging, dynamic and excellent queer art across a wide range of disciplines, including theater, music, dance, film, spoken word, literary and visual arts. Learn more: gaycity.org/arts

Sponsor Tickets: Gay City relies on the generosity of our patrons and supporters to help bring about programs like Gay City Arts. Spending a little more on your ticket will help keep our program running and our ticket prices low.

Radical Hospitality Tickets are provided as an homage to a concept first pioneered by Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, meant to 'erase economic barriers in pursuit of building a truly inclusive' audience. (5 FREE radical hospitality tickets are available for each show.)

Accessibility and Fragrance-Free Space Info:
The Calamus Auditorium at Gay City is ADA accessible, has two single-stall all-gender restrooms, and is a fragrance-free space. For more information about accessibility at Gay City, please visit gaycity.org/access

It is Gay City's policy that smoking and use of fragrances are prohibited on Gay City Health Project premises, including all Gay City Health Project sponsored events and activities. The health of some of our staff, volunteers, and clients may be harmed by exposure to cologne, perfume, or other fragrances, which may cause difficulty breathing, migraine headaches, flu-like symptoms and more. These symptoms are not always readily apparent and sometimes show up hours later or persist for days after an exposure.

Coming to Gay City having used fragranced products on your body or your clothing means that those who are sensitive are faced with the choice to stay and get sick or leave and be unable to access important services or do their job. We ask your help in making Gay City accessible to all by coming to Gay City fragrance free.

Courtesy of Gay City Arts

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2017 Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival - May 4-14
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ArtsWest presents Frozen

A bone chilling story of remorse, grief, and unsettling compassion

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'Love' is not all there is in Seattle Rep's Here Lies Love
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Johann Johannsson and American Contemporary Music Ensemble give mesmorizing performance at Benaroya Hall
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Deadmau5 conquers WaMu Theater with flashy, cool show
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May 2017 theater openings
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The Secret Garden blooms brilliantly
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SGN EXCLUSIVE:
Anime voice actor Vic Mignogna in attendance at Seattle Sakura-Con sets the record straight: 'I am not the least bit homophobic'

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MAY is Trans Art Month
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Soapy romantic epic The Promise fails to deliver
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Letters
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Bumbershoot lineup includes Lorde, Weezer, Solange and Margaret Cho
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Emotionally refined Their Finest a rousing triumph
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Imaginatively vulgar Free Fire a shotgun blast of kinetic insanity
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Lushly enigmatic Lost City worthy of discovery
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Disneynature's Born in China a kid-friendly documentary
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