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"LEAVING MY FOUND EDEN: A POETOGRAPHY COLLECTION"
An exhibition of "poetography" by Ron L. Zheng is on display through the month of January at the C&P Coffee Company Gallery, 5612 California Ave. S.W. Poetography is an art form that merges English-language tanka poetry with black and white photography printed on large canvas. The diverse cultural references in the show - traditional Japanese poetic form, images resembling Chinese black ink painting; contemporary Western topics with a Gay perspective - reflect Zheng's own diverse background. "My ethnicity is Chinese. I was born and raised in Japan and have lived most of my adult life in America." The theme of the show is the pain of having to leave the city and the man you love as a result of the United States' unfair immigration laws and its refusal to recognize same-sex couples. A book of Zheng's work with the same title as the exhibition has been published to coincide with the Seattle exhibit.

DUNSHEE HOUSE TO HOST OPEN HOUSE & COMMUNITY DISCUSSION TO GATHER INPUT
Are you a stakeholder at Dunshee House? On Saturday, January 24, at 1 p.m., Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St. invites you to an open house and community discussion. Whether you're a group attendee, a volunteer, or simply a caring member of the community, you may be a stakeholder in Dunshee House - Home of SASG (Seattle AIDS Support Group). "As a stakeholder, we would like your input about the future of this organization. Please join us for snacks, open house and a community discussion as we chart our course for the New Year and beyond." For more information, call 206-322-2437; www.dunsheehouse.org.

KNIGHTS OF MALTA JET CHAPTER HOSTS BEGGAR'S FEAST 2009
On Saturday, January 24, the Knights of Malta Jet Chapter hosts Beggar's Feast 2009, the first "Grand Finale" celebrating 30 great "FUN" years. The event will feature a fabulous international six-course meal plus libations. (See website for complete menu.) The event will be held at the All Pilgrim Church, 500 E. Broadway, doors at 5 p.m., feast starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. To obtain advance tickets, call 206-329-0886 or email KofMNews@comcast.net. www.jetchapterkofm.com.

BENT WRITING INSTITUTE PRESENTS "SHIFTING WORDS"
On Saturday, January 24, the Bent Writing Institute presents "SHIFTing Words," an evening of spoken word from 7-9:30 p.m. at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St. This event is FREE and light snacks and beverages will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

SHOWTUNES! THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
On Saturday, January 24, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, January 25, at 2 p.m., Showtunes! Theatre Company presents an "in concert" production of A Man of No Importance, at Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. Based on the cult favorite 1994 film starring Albert Finney, this moving musical play by the Tony award-winning team of Ragtime, playwright Terrence McNally, composer Lynn Ahrens and lyricist Stephen Flaherty, tells the tender, humorous and touching story of Alfie Byrne, a bus driver living in 1960s Dublin, Ireland. A passionate Oscar Wilde fan, Alfie is determined to stage a version of Wilde's Salome at his church, despite the objections of church authorities. In the process of fighting for the play, Alfie is finally forced to confront his homosexuality and take his place in the world.

"I believe it's a very relevant show," says director Frances Leah King, "simply because it deals with the human heart, the human condition - our need to love, our fear of rejection and change, our incredibly fragile yet buoyant souls. The show is set in 1964 Dublin, where there is no separation of church and state. It is a time of dramatic social change, and there is a palpable fear of change. We see how that fear shapes the law. Historically, we can look back and see how our own laws and actions have been based in fear, and how it affected and marginalized parts of society. The issue of allowing others to love whom they love without judgment or condemnation is also a very relevant topic. I think that this show may allow people to see both sides of the issue, and hopefully, will be a catalyst for discussion." Tickets are $24-general admission; $20-seniors; $15-students. For reservations call 425-893-9900 or visit www.kpcenter.org.

COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Spectrum Natural Health at Country Doctor Community Health Clinic, 500 19th Ave. E., offers primary and naturopathic care for the LGBTQ community every Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Providers have been serving the LGBTQ community for many years. Cost is sliding scale - no one turned away for lack of funds. For information and to make an appointment, call 206-299-1600.

KWANCHAI HOSTS HAPPY HOUR BENEFIT FOR EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON
On Friday, January 30, Kwanchai design firm hosts their monthly Happy Hour community fundraiser at their South Lake Union offices located at 511 Boren Ave. N., Ste 100. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails and learn about this month's beneficiary, Equal Rights Washington. Please RSVP to christina@kwanchai.net or call 206-262-1022.

"STRIP-O-RAMA & BANG FOR THE BUCK 2009" TO BENEFIT AIDS/LIFECYCLE
On Friday, January 30, Midori, KellyB., Lydia McLane and Miss Indigo Blue present "Strip-O-Rama & Bang for the Buck 2009" - a special sex-positive Queer event and fundraiser for AIDS/LifeCycle. The event will be held at The Center for Sex Positive Culture, aka The Wet Spot, 1630 15th Ave. W., Bldg. E. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a FREE striptease lesson by burlesque star Miss Indigo Blue. Miss Indigo will teach sexy moves for butches, femmes, Transfolk and Genderqueers to achieve stripping success on the catwalk. FREE, and guaranteed to be fun! Come prepared to take it all off!

Then at 7:30 p.m., Miss Indigo Blue and Lydia McLane join Midori to co-host an outrageous amateur strip-off! This will be a no-holds barred, wild and abandoned show of women, Transfolk and Genderqueers competing to receive the most tips from the audience. The biggest tip-receivers will win BIG prize packages donated by Babeland, Twisted Monk, Pleasure Chest, ID Lube, Stockroom, Stormy leather and Desire. All tips will be donated to AIDS/LifeCycle.

Finally, at 10 p.m., the night turns downright debaucherous! For those who want to play, Hostess Midori will conduct her famous "Auntie Midori's Meat Market!" Everyone is invited to stay and play late into the night for the women, trans, and Genderqueer play and shag party. This is THE hottest event of the winter! Pull out your spiciest outfit and throw your toys in a bag to come out and play for a great cause.

Wet Spot membership not required. Non-members are asked to RSVP to midoriparty@sexpositiveculture.org. Tickets: $15-Strip-O-Rama only, 7:30-10 p.m.; $15-Party only, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $25-Big Bang Ticket, Strip-O-Rama and Party all night. www.bang4thebuck.org; www.aidslifecycle.org/8081.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE PRESENTS FREE CONCERT SPARKS OF GLORY: A VANISHED WORLD
On Saturday, January 31, starting at 2 p.m., Music of Remembrance presents a FREE afternoon concert at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., dedicated to the vibrant and distinctive communal life of Jewish Europe before the Holocaust. David Stock's nostalgic "A Vanished World" summons up the sounds of life in a shtetl built of music, Joseph Acheron's work recalls folkloric elements of Russian Jewish life, Geon Leduc's atmospheric salon pieces echo of Central European gentility, and Lori Littman's song cycle, "The Seed of Dream," sung by baritone Erich Parcel, reports from the horrific last moments of the Vilna ghetto. With an introduction by Artistic Director Mina Miller.

RAIN COUNTRY DANCE OFFERS TWO-STEP LESSONS
Beginning February 3, 2009, Rain Country Dance Association will offer weekly two-step lessons for the GLBTQ community and allies. Beginner's lessons kickoff at 7:00 p.m., followed by intermediate lessons at 8:00 p.m. For both tracks, each week's lessons will build on moves and techniques taught the prior week. Lessons are open to all, regardless of age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, body type, and skill level, and no partner is required. Each six-week series is only $60, with a discount for Rain Country members. More details are available at www.raincountrydance.org.

Founded in 2006, Rain Country Dance Association is a Seattle and Greater Puget Sound non-profit country-western dance organization, catering to the GLBTQ community, but open to all. Rain Country produces "Cuff Country" dance nights on Fridays at The Cuff Complex, as well as regular skill-building workshops. In April 2009, Rain Country will present its second annual weekend event, the Emerald City Hoedown.

DUNSHEE HOUSE LAUNCHES GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB
Come discuss the best of Gay and Lesbian novels at the new Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club. Join other book-lovers on a drop-in basis every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. Come only once or come every meeting. Each month a different title will be discussed. The titles for the next six months are: January - Breakfast With Scot by Michael Downing; February - Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson; March - I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell; April - The City and The Pillar by Gore Vidal; May - The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; June - Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. For more information, call 206-322-2437; nickdimartin@earthlink.net.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BLIND & LOW-VISION QUEERS BEGINS IN FEBRUARY
A new support group for blind and low-vision Queers will begin meeting on Friday, February 6. The group will meet the first Friday of each month from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E. at E. Republican St. For more information, please call Darryl at 206-329-2935.

GLSEN/WA HOSTS TWO OPEN HOUSES TO DISCUSS LOCAL AD COUNCIL CAMPAIGN
At the end of last year, the national GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) office announced the first LGBT-oriented Ad Council campaign ever. Next month, with your help, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Washington State will be bringing those PSAs to Tacoma and Seattle. You know the Ad Council - they've brought us Rosie the Riveter and Smokey Bear and reminded America that "a mind is a terrible thing to waste," "friends don't let friends drive drunk," and "this is your brain on drugs." Now it's "When you say 'that's so Gay,' do you realize what you say? Knock it off!" GLSEN and the Ad Council have engineered a thought-provoking campaign aimed at youth to target the anti-LGBT phrase most often heard in schools. For complete information on the campaign, visit www.thinkb4youspeak.com. GLSEN WA will be showing the PSAs at two Open House meetings on Friday, February 6 in Tacoma (time and location to be determined - check the GLSEN/WA website, www.glsen.org/washington) and on Saturday, February 7 in Seattle from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Soho Coffee Company, 1918 E. Yesler Way. Learn about the work GLSEN is doing and how you can help get these PSAs on local radio and TV. Also, meet Martha Langmuir from GLSEN's national office in New York, along with GLSEN WA board members and volunteers. RSVPs requested to washingtonstate@chapters.glsen.org.

LGBT PILOTS AND AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS GROUP OF THE PACIFIC NW & BRITISH COLUMBIA HOSTS LUNCH MEETING
On Saturday, February 7, the Cascade Flyers - LGBT Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Group of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia - will host a lunch meeting at noon in Georgetown near Boeing Field. Visit their website and/or send email message for location: www.cascadeflyers.org; cascadeflyers@cascadeflyers.org.

VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE FOR LGBTQ YOUTH TO BENEFIT CAMP TEN TREES
On Saturday, February 7, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., a Valentine's Day dance for LGBTQ youth and their allies, ages 12-20, will be held at the All Pilgrims Church, 509 10th Ave. E. Admission is $10 (or a bag of non-perishable food items) and will help support Camp Ten Trees, the Pacific Northwest's only summer camp for LGBTQ youth, children of LGBTQ families, and their straight allies. This event is being sponsored and organized by a current Camp Ten Trees camper! www.camptentrees.org.

COURT OF SEATTLE'S CORONATION COMING UP
The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic & Rainier Empire presents Coronation 2009 - "The President's Ball: A Red Affair" - on Saturday, February 14 (5 p.m.), at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way. The Court of Seattle is once again proud to host the Queen Mother of the Americas, Empress Nicole the Great, as she presents her State of the Empire address to the International Court community in Seattle. We are also honored that she and the International Court Council will present the 2009 Ascension Ceremony, with the appointment of Heirs Apparent to Her Majesty.

The schedule of coronation events is as follows:
Sunday, February 8 at 11 a.m. - Voting Day, Richmark Building, 1605 12th Ave. at E. Pine St.
Sunday, February 8 at 7 p.m. - In-Town Show & Awards, location to be determined.
Thursday, February 12 at 7 p.m. - Salt Lake City/Denver Show, Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. $10.
Friday, February 13 at 7 p.m. - Out-of-Town Show, Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. $20.
Saturday, February 14 at 5 p.m. - Coronation 2009, Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way.
Sunday, February 15 at 11 a.m. - Victory Brunch, Purr Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. $25.
Sunday, February 15 at 3 p.m. - Alaska Bird Water Party, C.C. Attle's, 1501 E. Madison St.
For more information, visit www.imperialcourtofseattle.com

ROSEHEDGE HOUSE HOSTS VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AND DANCE
On Saturday, February 14, join Master of Ceremonies King County Councilmember Dow Constantine, and friends of Rosehedge House for a Valentine's Day dinner, dance and silent auction to benefit Rosehedge AIDS Housing and Health Care.

You can hold hands across a romantic table for two, have fun with friends at a group table for 4, 6, 8, or 10, flirt with the competition for must-have silent auction items, and dance cheek-to-cheek to the sultry jazz styling's of the Dina Blade Band.

The event will be held at the Arctic Club Hotel, Dome Room, 700 Third Ave. at Cherry St. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a hosted champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception. At 6:30 p.m., one lucky guest will receive a special magnum of wine valued at over $150. Enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Thomas Kollasch of Juno.

Tickets are $150/Individual; $300/Couple - you may select seating at a group table of 4, 6, 8, or 10; $350/Sweetheart Table, private table for 2; $550/Lovers' Retreat package, two seats at a group table, plus a luxurious room for the night; $600/Cupid Package, an intimate table for two, plus a luxurious room for the night.

Register today by calling Jennifer at 206-365-6806 ext 229 or online at www.rosehedge.org. Tickets are limited so make your reservation by February 6th to ensure your spot at this extraordinary event filled with friends, fun, frivolity, and romance.

HIV IS STILL A BIG DEAL ONLINE VIDEO SERIES TO HELP PREVENT HIV AMONG GAY MEN
HIV Is Still a Big Deal follows Josh, a young Gay man living in Manhattan, as he deals with everything from love and friendships to online hookups and unsafe sex. To view the first two episodes, go to www.hivbigdeal.org

"PINK AND BENT: ART OF QUEER WOMEN"
During the month of December, glbtq.com, the world's largest encyclopedia of GLBTQ culture, is celebrating contemporary art by Queer women with an online exhibition entitled "Pink and Bent: Art of Queer Women." glbtq.com's online presentation features the work of 24 artists, each of whom is profiled on the site. The exhibition will be featured on glbtq.com's home page throughout December and will remain available on the website indefinitely.

SOLDIERS PROJECT NW OFFERS FREE COUNSELING FOR VETS/ACTIVE MILITARY & THEIR LOVES ONES
Soldiers Project NW is a 100% volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide free counseling to those who have served or are serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to their families and loved ones, including LGBT active military/veterans and their loved ones. Many people choose to receive help directly from the military or the VA. Soldiers Project NW offers an alternative for those who, for whatever reason, do not or cannot utilize those benefits. Soldiers Project NW has put together a list of licensed private practice therapists from Olympia to Bellingham who are willing to see one client (or couple, or family) at no charge, for as long as they need to be seen to deal with any of the stressors that have come from being involved in combat or loving someone who has. For more information, call the Soldiers Project NW's 24-hour phone line, 206-290-1035.

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