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Support Planned Parenthood With “Pussy Grabs Back 5k Run”

by Monday at 2:26 pm

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The Horrid Day that the Orange One and his Brood of Morons takes over the American Government is fast approaching. Obviously, PLANNED PARENTHOOD is high on their list of very worth while organizations to destroy and decimate. Despite the fact Planned Parenthood does so much more than pregnancy termination, it’s always been a big target for the Brood of Morons on the Right…how dare they work so hard to enable women to have safe, effective means of taking care of their reproductive health? The nerve of them!

To help Planned Parenthood in their ongoing fight against the forces of oppression and to guarantee their survival as a vital healthcare organization not only for women but for everyone in the community, Seattle area friends of Planned Parenthood staging a fundraising charity fun run on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Green Lake Boathouse in north Seattle. And, to mock our soon to be First Predator, they’re calling it PUSSY GRABS BACK 5K in honor of the Orange One’s shocking admission of a tendency to grope and molest women he finds attractive.

It’s a fun short run (hell, even I can do 5k…walking) happening at Green Lake on a Saturday morning, a time when half of Seattle is already probably at Green Lake anyway. It’s a relatively cheap fundraiser…only $15 for adults to enter and participate, $10 for students and $8 for kids. Top finishers will get prizes from Babeland and Central Cinema PLUS there will be free desserts. Go HERE to register for the run.

Oh, and the final donation to Planned Parenthood after the event is over will be made in Vice-President Mike Pence’s name. The soon to be Vice Henchman is a notorious enemy of Planned Parenthood (as well as anything else that actually helps humanity) and we hope his reign will be brief.

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Just The Facts: The State of The World on AIDS Day 2016

by Thursday at 1:31 pm

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It’s the last World AIDS Day under the legitimate regime of President Barack Obama and the White House has released a Fact Sheet about the State of the World and the battle to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime.

Considering what’s coming under the impending nightmare-ocracy of Cheeto Trumpolini, this might be the last positive news we get on the battle to end HIV/AIDS for at least 4 years…or, until the impeachment/treason trials begin.

Some good news:

Not so good news:

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Take A Break From Political Freaking Out With…The Freakout Music Festival!!!

by Thursday at 12:47 pm

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God DAMMIT, I’m sick of being pissed off/depressed/seriously fucking annoyed/distraught and plain ole FREAKED THE FUCK OUT about this fucking atrocity of a presidential election!

FUCK THIS SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’d head to the Valley of the Dolls but “dolls” don’t work well with heart medications.

FUCK BEING OLD!!!!!

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Christine Gregoire Headlines GSBA Annual Holiday Luncheon

by Tuesday at 7:59 pm

Former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire will be the head speaker at the GSBA annual Holiday Luncheon at McCaw Hall on December 14, 2016.

Former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire will be the head speaker at the GSBA annual Holiday Luncheon at McCaw Hall on December 14, 2016.

Oh, this should be good…former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire will be a very special guest and speaker at the Greater Seattle Business Association’s annual meeting and holiday luncheon at McCaw Hall on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. We’re sure the former governor will have PLENTY of things to talk about in our brave new post-election Trumpian world.

Plenty of things…if you’re a member of the GSBA or just interested in hearing perspectives from community leaders on the future for Seattle it might behoove you to attend. It might help us all navigate the uncertain waters of the next few years…

More dish from the GSBA website:

Take a mid-day break and raise a glass with your GSBA colleagues and friends! This year’s luncheon features a discussion with former Governor Christine Gregoire about Challenge Seattle, a private sector initiative taking on challenges that must be addressed to ensure our region continues to grow, transform, and thrive, while maintaining our quality of life. This is also the time to thank you, our membership, and to announce the 2016 Business & Humanitarian Awards recipients. Arrive early to enjoy our Sponsor Showcase and a special performance by Diverse Harmony, the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth choir.11:00am | Arrival, registration, and Sponsors’ Showcase
12:00pm | Luncheon begins
12:15pm | Annual Meeting, GSBA Board Members presentation, announcement of the 2016 Business & Humanitarian Awards recipients
12:30pm | Conversation and Q&A with former Governor Christine Gregoire, CEO of Challenge Seattle
1:00pm | Luncheon ends

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Resist. Protest. Obstruct. Inform.

by Saturday at 4:24 pm

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Resist. Protest. Obstruct. Inform.

That’s what we have to do for the next four years while the illegitimate Trump Regime and the Republican majority Congress holds power.

I say “illegitimate” because Mr. Trump is obviously not the people’s choice to be President of the United States. Due to the archaic, out of date and very dangerous American system of electing presidents via the Electoral College he “won” the electoral vote despite Hillary Clinton winning over a million more votes nationally.

Mr. Trump is ill-equipped to be President of the United States. He has zero experience in government or even management. He’s a real estate developer who became a celebrity largely due to his own ego and ability to master the art of self-promotion. And, not quite two weeks after the election, his alarming choices for key advisory and Cabinet positions in his administration have already made it clear that he entends to do great harm to a great many people in this country. Every marginalized group in this country has cause to worry as Mr. Trump and his thuggish minions declare war on immigrants, Muslims, the elderly, the poor, people of color, the queer community and all women and their reproductive rights. We’re all under the threat of dangerous actions that can affect our lives, and in some cases, end lives as well.

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Exit Interview: We Talk To DJ El Toro About His Last “Tea Dance”

by Friday at 5:32 pm

Kurt B. Reighley aka DJ El Toro in the highly photogenic men's room at Pony. The DJ and his husband are leaving Seattle for the cheaper charms of Tucson. Photo: Kelly O

Kurt B. Reighley aka DJ El Toro in the highly photogenic men’s room at Pony. The DJ and his husband are leaving Seattle for the cheaper charms of Tucson. Photo: Kelly O

One of Seattle’s Queer Power Couples is leaving town next week.

Popular KEXP disc jockey Kurt B. Reighley aka “DJ El Toro” and his husband, acclaimed artist/designer Mark Mitchell are packing their bags and moving to Tuscon, Arizona…and, Seattle isn’t very happy about it. The couple have a huge circle of friends as well as fans and many people are mourning their move which the couple is admitting is happening partly due to the increased cost of living in Seattle. Both Kurt and Mark have candidly stated that the rampant gentrification in recent years coupled with the inflation that goes along with it, has prompted their move to a smaller city with a cheaper cost of living.

Kurt/El Toro had his final show on KEXP last night and as he multi-tasks packing up his life for the big move, prepping for his farewell gig at Pony on Sunday for his final “World’s Tiniest Tea Dance” as well as looking forward to the return of his husband who’s been in Beirut, Mr. Reighley kindly agreed to chat with us about The Big Move, Queer Music Icons, Saying Good-Bye to Seattle/Hello to Tucson and our mutual admiration for everyone’s favorite go go boy, James Darling.

Michael Strangeways: Last night was your final KEXP show…how are you coping? Are you still verklempt?

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“Sedaris-istas” Prepare To Swoon…David Sedaris To Workshop New Book In Seattle

by Thursday at 1:23 pm

Local fans of beloved gay storyteller David Sedaris all went into a collected swoon with the news that the insanely popular writer noted for his humorous and numerous books detailing pretty much every incident in his life will be work shopping his next book, apparently titled “Theft By Hiding”  in Seattle. Apparently, the humorist does this for every new book…he selects a couple of cities to “try out” his new material before completing his final draft prior to publication. As Sedaris makes much of his living from live performances of his stories at large concert halls across the world, it’s rather important that his tales work well when read aloud.

Mr. Sedaris was in Seattle last night for his yearly gig at Benaroya Hall and announced from the stage he would return to Seattle to give 8 workshop readings at Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill from January 14 – 20, 2017. Tickets are already on sale for these very special events which will include a Q&A at each performance. As the BPH is a small-ish space (295 seats) it’s probably wise to snag tickets ASAP if you want to participate in this unique opportunity.

Some more poo:

David Sedaris is the author of the books Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Ira Glass’ This American Life. He lives in England with his partner Hugh.

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“How To Survive A Plague” Is Now A Book…Author David France At Town Hall On Nov 28

by Wednesday at 6:12 pm

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David France’s acclaimed documentary How to Survive a Plague is a fascinating and emotionally powerful look at the AIDS epidemic and the activists who demonstrated and demanded that governments, health organizations, the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry all needed to step up and fight the onslaught of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 90s. His first film, it won accolades (the Peabody/the Director’s Guild) and nominations (the Oscar and Emmy) and captivated audiences around the world.

France returns to his roots as a writer and has adapted his film into a book of the same name from Knopf to be released on November 29, 2016. Expanding on the material in the film, it’s a sprawling decades long story of the fight to tame AIDS from a killer to a managed disease and early reviews are already comparing it to the late Randy Shilt’s seminal early AIDS history,  And the Band Played On.  How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS is, essentially, the second part of that story started by Shilts (who himself died of AIDS in 1994).

The director/author will be in Seattle on Monday, November 28 on a tour to promote the publication and will give a reading/lecture entitled “The Battle Against AIDS in America” at Town Hall, 1119 8th Avenue at 7:30 pm. Tickets are only $5 (really, folks…Town Hall events are one of Seattle’s greatest cultural treats as well as a great bargain…they host a wide variety of terrific events. There’s something for everyone at some point in the year.) Snag them HERE.

It should be noted that with the election of Donald Trump, we could probably learn many lessons from “How To Survive A Plague”…the demonstrations in the days since the election have shown that public protests and civil disobedience are going to be needed to survive this new kind of conservative “plague” which could see the dismantling of public health programs in addition to general revisions/retractions to recently acquired civil liberties for the LGBTQ community.

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Stuff To Do: Turkey “Bacon”….Genderfierce…Dapper Down Anniversary…

by Saturday at 2:27 pm

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Are we still in an awful mood after this week’s shitty election results? Tired of blaming each other? Sick of worrying about what’s gonna happen?

You can always leave the house and go DO stuff to take your mind off our impending doom…

There’s the drag silliness of Sylvia O’Stayformore’s BACON STRIP, the ‘big gay variety show’ now in its 38th year and now at Theatre Off Jackson in the International District. It’s the “Stuff Your Face” Thanksgiving Edition with your host Sylvia plus co-host, Honey Bucket  with the Darlings on hand as well as the current reigning Ms Bacon Strip Queen Dan’l (and let us say, it’s refreshing to see the current Ms Bacon Strip actually take the time and effort to continue performing at/supporting the show…it was a tad annoying to see a couple divas crowned and then they seldom actually bothered to perform after they won…) Strawberry Shartcake, Abbey Roads and Vanity White will also be on hand along with FREE bacon and plenty of filthy shenanigans…oh, and tickets have already gone on sale for the SIX performances of the special Xmas Holiday Bacon Strip in December…SYLVIA’S SPECIAL GIFTS will open Friday, December 2nd and run Fri/Sat nights through December 17th. Grab tickets HERE!!

For the youth of our community, there’s an all-ages dance/variety event at the Vera Project. It’s GENDER*FIERCE presented by HEYO, a program of Lifelong. More poo:

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Dear Fellow Leftists: It WAS The Economy, Stupid

by Thursday at 9:22 am

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Stop blaming Florida.
Stop blaming “hicks”.
Stop blaming racism. Or misogyny.

Hillary lost Pennsylvania. And, Wisconsin. And, Michigan.
Those are all traditional Blue swing states. Those were all states the Dems counted on and had to have to win the election.

Oh, and Ohio, which along with Florida IS a true swing state. A Democratic candidate for president can win the election without Ohio and/or Florida but that means they HAVE to win ALL the Blue states, even the “light” Blue swing states. Like PA/WI/MI.

In those states, angry blue collar people voted for Trump. Men and women. White but also not white. OR, didn’t vote at all if unhappy with both major options. And, they weren’t voting (or not) based on gender issues, or gay issues, or any kind of social issues.

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Seattle’s LGBTQ Leaders Urge Community To Stay Strong

by Wednesday at 2:54 pm

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A message from Seattle’s LGBTQ community leaders:

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Vote. And, Where To Go After

by Tuesday at 2:35 pm

Can Can and Fred Wildlife team up for an Election Day Cabaret on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Can Can and Fred Wildlife team up for an Election Day Cabaret on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

It’s Election Day 2016 in these here United States and it means we need to VOTE (if you haven’t already done so) and help others to vote (offer to drive folks to the polls or take their ballots to a drop box or whatever you can do to aid people).

And, since we’re all HOMOsexuals and allies around here we’re gonna encourage you to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton as President. Yes, some of us have reservations about returning The Clintons to the White House but Hillary is VERY qualified for this job. She’s smart, determined, experienced and by far the best choice in Election 2016. The other choices…no. Dr. Stein from the Green Party seems like a terrific person with good progressive values but…she can’t win and if by some freak chance she did win, how is she going to govern without a party in power to support her? (Also: she has zero experience in governing.)

We’re not even gonna mention the two main men running for president. They’re not options. If you vote for them, you’re an idiot. And, you obviously don’t support gay rights, or any kind of HUMAN rights.

Nuff said on the The Orange One and The Dumb One With Poor Geography/Current Events Skills.

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Review: Problematic Adult/Child Relations At Heart of Two Plays

by Sunday at 2:27 pm

Two local theater productions, one a world premiere, examine the fraught relationships between adults and kids…

Roz  and Ray at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Ellen McLaughlin as Dr Roz Kagen. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

Roz and Ray at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Ellen McLaughlin as Dr Roz Kagen. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

First up, Seattle Rep’s premiere of a locally written play they helped develop. It’s Karen Hartman’s two hander, ROZ AND RAY which centers on the problematic relationship between a doctor and the father of children she is treating. Dr. Roz is a compassionate, driven doctor working at San Diego Children’s Hospital who specializes in caring for young hemophiliac patients. Hemophilia is a genetic disorder where blood fails to adequately clot; when a hemophiliac suffers a surface skin cut or even a strong enough blow to cause bruising or internal bleeding, they can quickly bleed to death. Inherited hemophilia is passed to males; before effective treatments, few of them lived to see 20.

Ray is the single father of twin sons, both hemophiliacs. The mother skipped out early on, unable to cope with the situation and Ray struggles to raise his sons and deal with their complicated medical treatment as well as struggling with his own personal issues as well. The play begins in the late 1970s as new treatments emerge to treat hemophiliacs. Ray is originally a bit skeptical but the new treatments are successful and Ray is impressed by Roz’s compassion and dedication to treating his sons and going behind the call of duty in her practice. But, the advent of the AIDS crisis is devastating to the hemophiliac community. Big pharm, the medical industry and the government were slow to react and as a result, thousands of young hemophiliacs were exposed to the AIDS virus and many died. When tragedy strikes Ray’s family, he places blame on Dr. Roz. The play flashes back and forth through roughly a 15 year period between the late 70s and the play’s most recent present (circa 1992) and charts the ebb and flow of the relationship between the pair, the only two characters onstage in this play.

Roz and Ray examines a fascinating albeit heartbreaking subject, the lives of hemophilia patients and treatment during the AIDS epidemic and frankly, it’s this fact based and well researched story that is the best part of this play. Ms Hartman is the daughter of a doctor who treated such patients at that time so it’s a world she has familiarity with and as a result, the play is at its most riveting when it deals with the factual elements of this story. She’s also created two vibrant interesting characters in Roz and Ray; they’re passionate and compelling people.

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Mad Hatter…Legendary Children…Willam…Glitter Sales…Coco Peru…So Many Options This Weekend!!

by Friday at 5:14 pm

OK, who are the idiots who decided we needed 32 thousand events to choose from this weekend, the week after Halloween where everyone has spent all their money on costuming and booze, as well as the week leading up to the most stressful national election in decades.

EVERYONE’S TOO POOR, HUNGOVER AND STRESSED OUT TO DO MUCH OF ANYTHING OTHER THAN BITCH, STRESS EAT AND SURREPTITIOUSLY GET HIGH OFF OF MAGIC MARKERS AND SHOTS OF FIREBALL TO COPE WITH PUBLIC EVENTS!!!!

Really…we just wanna eat lots of empty carbs and drink boxed wine while marathon watching “Bob’s Burgers” and “Futurama”.

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However, there ARE things to do to get your mind off of the Impending Horror of Tuesday, November 8th. Friday (today if you’re reading this “today” Friday the 4th) has several fun options…polarizing drag diva WILLAM is at Neighbours to promote their new book “Suck Less” which HAS to better than Michelle Visage’s piece of shit book…right? Tickets available at the door.

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Punk Feminist Icon Alice Bag Brings Her Solo Show To El Corazon

by Thursday at 3:13 pm

Alice Bag. Photo Credit: Greg Velasquez

Alice Bag.
Photo Credit: Greg Velasquez

She was the iconic front for the seminal L.A. punk band The Bags and she’s since earned further acclaim for her work as musician, author, educator, and advocate for feminist, Latinx, queer causes but it wasn’t until June of this year that the amazing ALICE BAG released her first solo album neatly entitled Alice Bag. Characteristically, the album’s songs cover topics near and dear to her heart: sexual abuse and rape culture…immigration…corporate abuses. No topic is taboo for the artist who turns 58 on November 7th.

And, her fans can wish her an early happy birthday this Friday, November 4, 2016 at El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Avenue just off Denny. She’s headlining an all-ages show with:

w/ Wiscon
Control Test
Kooks Maiden, Mother, Crone
6pm doors, 7pm show
All Ages
$10 adv / $12 dos

Grab tickets HERE for this rare opportunity to see a pioneering punk musician.

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Mama & Izzy Visit KING 5’s New Day NW For Some Hot Topix…Say Bye To Mama This Saturday

by Thursday at 1:57 pm

Isabella Extynn, Mama T (Tits), host Margaret Larson and New Day's Audience Coordinator, Suzi Wiley on KING 5's "New Day" on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

Isabella Extynn, Mama T (Tits), host Margaret Larson and New Day’s Audience Coordinator, Suzi Wiley on KING 5’s “New Day Northwest” on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

Both hosts of MIMOSAS CABARET got to pop into KING 5’s New Day Northwest talk show today to discuss some “Hot Topix” with host Margaret Larson. Mama “T” (aka Mama Tits ’cause you still can’t say tits on the radio…or TV) and Isabella Extynn were the main attraction on the popular segment where guests discuss the hottest bits of controversy and scandal. They managed to cover Bono being named “Woman of the Year” by Glamour magazine and the phony rumor that Amazon.com was bringing In-N-Out burgers to Seattle.

(They’re not.)

Of course they also got to plug Mama’s upcoming winter long gig in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (she leaves next Wednesday) and the fact that Ms Isabella is taking over as the main host of their popular Mimosas Cabaret weekend brunch drag show at The Unicorn/Narwhal while she’s gone. Mama’s “Good-Bye” show is this coming Saturday, November 5th at 1 pm….grab tickets HERE to say adios to the diva.

(You can also snag those tickets to their NEXT big show at Mimosas…their holiday show, written by Isabella, A BOOB JOB FOR CHRISTMAS opens NEXT Saturday, November 12th for TWELVE shows only. It’s an updated/rewritten version of the holiday show they did two years ago…it’s a HOOT!)

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For PNB’s Jonathan Porretta, It’s “Dance: 10” AND “Book: 10”

by Wednesday at 5:58 pm

PNB principal dancer Jonathan Porretta in David Dawson's A Million Kisses to My Skin. Photo by Angela Stirling.

PNB principal dancer Jonathan Porretta in David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin. Photo by Angela Sterling.

“Growing up Gay…Saved by Ballet” is the theme of a new book showcasing Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Jonathan Porretta. The New Jersey born performer was bullied as a child but found a “Billy Elliot-esque” escape through his love of classical dance. Now, in a rare book that examines the life of male dancers in ballet, Mr. Porretta reflects on that painful childhood and the dance career that led him to Seattle’s acclaimed Pacific Northwest Ballet. Written by journalist Marcie Sillman with gorgeous photographs from Angela Sterling, (and also including personal family photos from Mr. Porretta), Out There: Jonathan Porretta’s Life in Dance has just been published and is receiving positive reviews from critics as well as fans of ballet.

Originally an essay published earlier this year, Marcie Sillman was encouraged to expand the material into a book. Porretta, sidelined by foot surgery had the time to work with Sillman. Both author and subject wanted the book to be about more than just dance. They wanted the book to speak to others struggling with being gay or different. Sillman in an interview last month:

“Definitely his fans will buy this book, and maybe just look at the pictures, and that’s enough, but I think he would like young boys to read it..Boys that might or might not be gay, but boys that are ostracized because they’re dancers, bullied because they’re dancers. I think that his intent is really to say ‘it gets better’…because his life was really sad. It’s hard to imagine. He’s the most gregarious, outgoing person, and he says to me: ‘Nobody talked to me. I ate lunch with the lunch lady,’ and then I started talking to other gay men I knew, not dancers, just men, and they were like, ‘Oh yeah, that was my story.’ I think it’s kind of universal for people who don’t fit the mold.”

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Jonathan Porretta was the only boy in his dance class in Totowa, New Jersey. Photo: Jane D’Annunzio

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David Duchovny Comes To Seattle To….Well, We Don’t Know

by Wednesday at 2:33 pm

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From the Department of Ambiguously Vague Press Releases:

David Duchovny

Crocodile Café

February 19, 2017 | 7:30PM

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This Is Halloween

by Monday at 4:23 pm

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Most of the drunken slutty frivolity for Halloween seemed to happen on Saturday, the 29th this year…not surprisingly. Having Halloween on a Monday is sort of a minor buzzkill. But, there ARE options for fun tonight…just be smart if you’re wandering around this windy, spooky, creature laden night.

The main event we like: COLLIDE-O-SCOPE’S big screening party at the Egyptian Cinema. Michael and Shane are bringing their beloved bi-weekly crazy video party up to the Hill from their usual haunts at Re-bar. It’s an earlier evening event from 7:30 pm to 10 pm so you can move on to more drunken activities if you desire.

The spooky poo:

For one night only, SIFF Cinema Egyptian will become a graveyard and your seat – A COFFIN! Collide-O-Scope, Seattle’s premiere purveyors of ephemeral film and video mash-up, montage, and reconstructive mayhem, present a frightfully fun fest of found-footage phantasmagoria filled with laughs, shudders, thrills, and prizes! WITNESS! Actual human monsters roaming the aisles. TREMBLE! As the Tingler breaks loose in the theatre. SHUDDER! As hosts Shane Wahlund and Michael Anderson guide you through their gallery of ghoulish film and video delights.

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All The Tasty Things At SAM…Including Saint Laurent, Taste, And Legendary Children

by Friday at 6:04 pm

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As usual, I’m tardy about writing things but I really need to remind and encourage everyone to head to the Seattle Art Museum very soon to check out all the goodies on hand this fall.

Of course, the Biggy Wiggy thing to go check out is SAM’s huge current superstar exhibit Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style (October 11, 2016–January 8, 2017) which highlights pretty much every single aspect from the legendary French fashion icon’s 44-year career as a designer. It’s all there: adorable but precocious youthful scribbles….paper dolls he designed in his youth (like all gay little boys into fashion do!) Then, his debut and all the looks that made him a name.

(Note: All photos from here on are mine (Strangeways) and taken with my phone camera so excuse the blur. I’m shaky around so much beauty…)

The Bow Dress:

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