Gayly Forward: Queer arts shows this week & beyond
Now thru 5/26 (Friday-Saturday)
Bent @ Changing Scene/Dukesbay (Tacoma)
Play, tickets $18
Martin Sherman’s classic play on queer men during the Holocaust. Read my review here.
7:30 pm. Info and schedule here.
(Queer historical play)
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche @ Fantastic.Z/Ballard Underground (Ballard)
Play, tickets $20 general
A silly, sapphic story of pastry and forbidden love. It’s 1956 and the women of The Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their Annual Quiche Breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when communists threaten their idyllic town, turning their community center into a bomb shelter? Read SGS preview here.
8 pm, Sunday 2 pm (5/27 only). Info and schedule here.
Goldie, Max and Milk @ UW Drama/Penthouse Theater (UW main campus)
Play, tickets $20 general
With post-show discussion 6/3
In this new play by Karen Hartman (of the Rep’s Roz & Ray), conflicting family values surround Max, a single lesbian who just gave birth and is unemployed, with a house that’s falling apart, an ex on the loose, and no clue how to nurse her newborn.
ReShape @ Slate (International District)
Performance art/installations, tickets pay-what-you-will
Six artists from different backgrounds have crafted a two-day art extravaganza emerging from a curiosity and dissatisfaction with how mental health is portrayed in American culture, especially for underrepresented voices. Recommend viewing detailed schedule here; read my preview here.
8 pm both days (artist installations), plus workshops all day Saturday. Info and tickets here.
(Queer arts, Participatory)
Hot Takes With Hot Dykes @ Pocket Theatre (Greenwood)
Comedy show, tickets $10 online, $14 door
The hosts of Hollow Earth Radio’s Hot Takes With Hot Dykes (Clara Pluton & Val Nigro) bring you their celebrated brand of lez chat, live & in sketch form. Featuring brand new, fresh sketches that span the dyke diaspora. Part of Sketch Month at the Pocket.
10 pm. Info and tickets here.
(The duo’s next show after is stand-up at Jai Thai on 6/16; info here.)
Lustré: A Decadent Queer Discothèque @ Kremwerk (Denny)
Fundraiser party, tickets $10-$50
Dress up in your shiny best for a fundraising party, with proceeds going benefiting Gay City.
Lustré is a night of shining your brightest! Come out and spread the word of love and brilliance.
artStar Charlatan & J3ANNE-MARI3
10 pm. Info and schedule here.
A Fantastic Woman @ NW Film Forum (Capitol Hill)
Film screening, free admission (no tickets/RSVPs), donations requested
This Academy Award-winning film follows a Chilean trans woman’s quest for acceptance and comfort. Free screening for the community; please consider donating to the trans-led organizers, Gender Justice League, Ingersoll Gender Center, and U.T.O.P.I.A Seattle.
Noon. Info and accessibility info here; please arrive scent-free.
(Trans focus, Queer fundraiser)
You Can’t Spell “Queer” Without “Whores” @ Gay City Arts (Capitol Hill)
Showcase, tickets free, donations accepted
Sex workers are the invisible faces of the gay and queer rights movements. This show brings Queer and Trans sex workers to the forefront to express their feelings about the marginalization they have experienced through a variety of different artistic mediums.
7 pm. Info and accessibility info here; please arrive scent-free. RSVP online here.
Burien Pride Showcases @ Burien Town Square Park (Burien)
Pride festival & artists showcase, admission free
Events include drag queen bingo on Friday night, and performers all day Saturday. See SGS preview here.
5 pm (Friday), 10 am (Saturday). Info and schedule here.
Fuck Fest: All-Day Art & Performance Fest @ Studio Current (Capitol Hill)
Performance art; all-day festival pass $25
Festival features film screenings, mimosas, art happenings, performances, & an after party! Come and go as desired with an all-day pass. All proceeds benefit Studio Current’s Artist Residency Program.
2 pm to midnight, with after-party til 2 am. Info here; tickets here.
(Performance arts, Queer arts)
Jono Vaughan: Do You See Me @ Bryan Ohno Gallery (Pioneer Square)
Seattle-based artist Jono Vaughan displays works this month at the Bryan Ohno Gallery, in addition to her exhibit at Seattle Art Museum (see below). Make it a Jono month!
Admission free, open Wednesday-Saturday 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Info here.
Kook Teflon: Queer Womb @ Gay City Arts (Capitol Hill)
An artist and documentarian launches a new ‘zine (Queer Womb) and a collection of 8 paintings, all inspired by the album Drag King by Sister George.
Jono Vaughan: Project 42 @ Seattle Art Museum (Downtown)
Seattle-based artist Jono Vaughan contends with the pattern of violence against transgender people through Project 42, which consists of 14 wearable pieces (eventually 42) commemorating trans people murdered in the U.S. Each of the three dresses in this exhibition memorializes the life and death of a trans woman who was murdered: Myra Ical, Deja Jones, and Lorena Escalera Xtravaganza. The series name from the short life expectancy of transgender individuals in the U.S., which the artist estimates is 42 years. Additionally, for those who happen to catch them — in a series of pop-up (unannounced) movements accompanying the exhibit, a collaborator wears each dress in a performance that commemorates and celebrates the individual, an act that Vaughan describes as “the returning of humanity and the sharing of missed opportunities.”
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ReShape Afternoon Workshops @ Slate (International District)
Workshops, free admission or by donation (pay-what-you-will)
As part of the ReShape two-day art extravaganza (see description above), the community is invited to create works of their own. Workshops are held Saturday from 12-6 in scheduled blocs, and include yoga, restorative writing, humor, and something probably performance-arty from the creator-performer of Broken Bone Bathtub (which heads to Olympia and then Portland next; see review here). Read my preview here.
12-6 pm. Detailed workshop schedule here.
Apply to Help Design the AIDS Memorial Pathway @ Cal Anderson Park (Capitol Hill)
Project scheduled for 2020 completion; applications due 5/29. Read SGS coverage here.
Punk Prayers with Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender @ Velocity (Capitol Hill)
Meditation, yoga & dance class, admission $0-$15 (all funds levels welcome)
Queer guided meditations, yoga for all levels, dance exercises to shake off the haters, a qtpoc led event for all interested humans.
8 pm. Info here.
(Move & heal!)
Application for 2019 Season @ Theatre Off Jackson (International District)
Want YOUR art to be a part of Theatre Off Jackson’s next season? Submit your application now! TOJ uses a co-production model, in which they supply the performance and rehearsal space, technical support and front-of-house staffing, and you keep 80% of the box office proceeds. Applications now accepted for 1/1/19-6/30/19 productions. Deadline 6/18; more info here.
Application for Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) @ Artist Trust
Working on something that $1,500 would help you finish? Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) provide support for artist-generated projects, which can include development, completion, or presentation of new work in any discipline. This year’s cycle will award grants to 61 artists — why not you? Deadline 6/25; more info here.
Open now (deadline TBD)
Application for 2018-19 Season @ Annex Theatre (Capitol Hill)
Want YOUR art to be a part of Annex’s next season? Submit your application now! Annex wants you to submit your bold new work for its 2018-2019 season, and invites submissions from playwrights, directors, performance artists and more. Very few conditions apply except that it must be BIG, it must be BOLD, and it must be NEW. Deadline TBD; more info here.
PRIDE MONTH IS COMING!!
Clear your calendars for an onslaught in June! Here are some early picks.
Proud: Queer Musician Showcase @ Columbia City Theater (Columbia City)
Music, no cover
Monthly showcase (first Thursdays); this month’s features Thadayus & the Electrofucks, Joey Walbaum, & Hueman.
8 pm. Info here.
Oh My Glob!: An Adventure Time Drag Experience @ Rendezvous (Belltown)
Drag show, $20-$30 tickets
Drag artists will be performing numbers based on favorite Adventure Time characters. Hosted by local legendary good-guys Mercury Divine (as Ice King) & SHE (as Lumpy Space Princess).
NOTE: This show is collecting gifts & donations to the Queer & Trans Clothing Exchange, Seattle. Bring your thoughtful contributions for a chance to win exclusive merch!
9:30 pm. Info and tickets here.
They, Them, Their @ Dorothy’s Piano Bar/Rendezvous Jewelbox (Belltown)
Cabaret, $20 tickets
A cabaret starring trans and non-binary performers, featuring music, comedy, burlesque and more. Part of ticket sales benefit Gender Justice League. (Bar venue; ages 21+)
(Trans focus, Fundraiser)
DISCLAIMER: DO NOT RELY ON THE ABOVE INFO. Though we strive for accuracy, please check with the venue itself before making plans.
Column will run every week. Wondering about the title? Urban Dictionary explains it for you: “Gay people, even when taking directions, do not ‘go straight.’ When we proceed in the direction we are facing we move gayly forward.”
Tags: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche @ Fantastic.Z, A Fantastic Woman @ NW Film Forum, Bent @ Changing Scene/Dukesbay, Fuck Fest: All-Day Art & Performance Fest @ Studio Current, Gay City, Hot Takes With Hot Dykes @ Pocket Theatre, Jono Vaughan: Do You See Me @ Bryan Ohno Gallery, Kook Teflon: Queer Womb, Kremwerk, Lustre, You Can't Spell "Queer" Without "Whores"