MENU

*The Strangeways Report

Just Announced: The Return of LEGENDARY CHILDREN At SAM On April 14

by Friday at 3:21 pm

A performer at a previous LEGENDARY CHILDREN at Seattle Art Museum. Photo: Photo: Naomi Ishisaka

A performer at a previous LEGENDARY CHILDREN at Seattle Art Museum. Photo: Photo: Naomi Ishisaka

Grab your tickets NOW because THIS is a party that quickly sells out…it’s the return of LEGENDARY CHILDREN, the fabulously well produced night of arty queer expression that “spotlights all the gorgeousness of QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) communities…”

AND, it doesn’t really sell out since it’s a FREE community event that’s produced by the Seattle City Library and Seattle Art Museum but they do fill up so go reserve your spaces NOW before it’s too late!

It’s a fabulous fun night of creativity and a highlight of the Seattle queer arts scene that benefits EVERYONE. It’s also an all ages event so queer youth can go, too!

More info:

Continue Reading

Partage les valeurs du sport !!!

by Wednesday at 3:39 pm

gayGamesFrance

They love us in France!

Got this fantastic press release the other day about this year’s Gay Olympics er GAMES since gays are forbidden to use the “O” word…

The Games are happening in Gay Paree this time, from August 4 through 12 and they REALLY want you to come and experience all the delightful Frenchiness of this year’s celebration of LGBTQ athletes!

I’m worried the athletes will show up a week early then eat themselves right out of the competition!

Continue Reading

Kathy Griffin’s BAAAAAACK In Seattle On June 16th!!!!

by Friday at 2:55 pm

Kathy Griffin returns to Seattle for a June show at The Moore!

Kathy Griffin returns to Seattle for a June show at The Moore!

The beyotch is BAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!

Out of limbo and career purgatory, the one and only motormouth comedian KATHY GRIFFIN is taking on the world yet again in her world tour which so far has been avoiding the United States but then THIS gets posted today on her Facebook:

Announcing the first THREE US cities/dates of my tour tomorrow!! Fans who are on my email list will get access to tickets TODAY until 10 PM…before the tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, Saturday.

Also, I’m giving away 10 pairs of tickets to fans who signup for my email list!

Continue Reading

Trixie Mattel’s “Moving Parts” Show On Sale This Friday

by Wednesday at 3:49 pm

movingpartsonsalefri-seattle-001_orig

It’s just one HUGE drag show after another around here, isn’t it?

Murray & Peter’s “Shady Tour 2018” was just here last week and Peaches Christ is back next week with Jinkx and BenDeLa for “Drag Becomes Her” and Heklina’s “Golden Girls Live” show is coming up later this month…

AND, next month (April) features Bianca Del Rio, Todrick Hall and Jinkx Monsoon/Major Scales’ “Ginger Snapped” show.

We’re already hearing rumors about names for Seattle LGBTQ Pride month fun in June….BIG names including the return of TRIXIE MATTEL in her very own comedy/musical solo show MOVING PARTS being produced by Murray & Peter and embarking on a national tour this spring with Seattle penciled in on Tuesday, June 12th at The Neptune up in the U-District. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 9th at Ticketmaster at 1oam.

Continue Reading

“Lesbian? Isn’t Danny Thomas One?” Golden Girls Show Announces Episodes!

by Tuesday at 7:12 pm

GGLesbianGif

We’ve done some sleuthin’!!!

To find out the episodes being parodied at the much anticipated THE GOLDEN GIRLS LIVE: ON TOUR show happening Thursday, March 22nd at the Egyptian Theater on Capitol Hill and brought to you by Five Sense Reeling. It’s the annual holiday treat produced by San Francisco’s Queen of The Bay Area, the one and only HEKLINA that sells out dozens of shows every holiday season and honors the beloved 80s sitcom “The Golden Girls” with an all drag cast.

Joining Heklina (who of course plays the bossy pants Dorothy Zbornak/Bea Arthur character) will be San Francisco divas, Matthew Martin (Blanche), D’Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia). AND, with very special guest star, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Winner SASHA VELOUR  on hand in a couple of iconic GG guest roles.

Little birds have told us that the two episodes being recreated are: “Dorothy’s New Friend” and “Isn’t It Romantic?”

Continue Reading

Stevens Pass Gets Ready For Pride Weekend 2018!

by Tuesday at 5:04 pm

SimpsonsSki

 

Ok, it’s not quite as swanky as Whistler’s Gay Pride Weekend but LGBTQ Washingtonians still have a fun ski weekend pride party to enjoy. It’s happening at Stevens Pass the weekend of March 17 and 18 and includes tons of fun events/discounts to use at Stevens Pass as well in nearby Leavenworth….which means a great opportunity for winter time alpine sports fun AND a chance to save on gigantic nutcrackers and Schweineschnitzel!!!

SCHWEEEEEET!!!!

It’s also a benefit for Seattle PrideFest to help them put on the annual Seattle LGBTQ Pride festival events on Capitol Hill and at Seattle Center. You have to go to the PrideFest website to buy your wristbands!

Continue Reading

SPOILERS AHEAD: VH1 Announces Cast Of Season 10 of RPDR

by Thursday at 4:58 pm

….tonight, during/after the airing of the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3.

They’ve already announced that Season 10 of Drag Race will kick off the week after the end of All-Stars 3 which concludes on Thursday, March 15th. 

S.10 debuts on Thursday, March 22nd and VH1 has also announced that episodes will be ninety minutes and followed by the return of Untucked after, for two solid hours of draggy fun.

Now…we’re gonna talk about the rumored contestants so if you hate any kind of speculation then get the hell off this post ya big baby.

SCRAM.

Continue Reading

The “Call Me By Your Name” Villa Is For Sale

by Wednesday at 3:16 pm

The villa used to film the popular gay romance CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is for sale in northern Italy.

The villa used to film the popular gay romance CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is for sale in northern Italy.

Who is buying it for me?

I neeeeeeeeeeeed it!!!!!!!!

A lot of people went to see the highly acclaimed gay romance film CALL ME BY YOUR NAME and swooned over the sweet “first love” story about a 17 year old and a 24 year old having a passionate love affair over the course of a passionate Italian summer in the passionate year of 1983. It stars the adorably sweet twink Timothée Chalamet as the younger Elio and the hunky tall drink of water Armie Hammer as the older Oliver and depending if you’re a dirty old man/woman who enjoys barely legal youth or a jaded old perv who prefers strapping young daddy types, there’s something to drool over for everyone.

As for me, a perpetual young daddy prefer-er firmly on the #TeamArmie side of the fence, I was mostly drooling over the gorgeous Italian villa where they shot the film. Located outside Moscazzano, Italy in the northern province of Cremona, the dreamy 14 room estate dates back to the 1500s and is surrounded by a 5 acre park with two out buildings.

Continue Reading

Casting Call: Local Band Shaolin Hunks Need BEARS!!!

by Tuesday at 3:42 pm

BearsShaolinVideo Sometimes we see things on social media that just leap out at us…like this casting call for BEARS for a music video project from local beary rock band SHAOLIN HUNKS: 

We are shooting a video for one of our songs and we require bears in their underwear! Are you big? Bearded? Hairy? Or all three? Strip down to your tighty whities and join us in a dance party! George has been kind enough to let us use True Love after they close so show up at 9:30pm and be prepared to dance in your underwear (preferably tighty whities if you can but it is not a requirement). No jocks or bare butts/nudity. Even if you can’t come, please share! We need a lot of guys to make this work! Half naked big straight guys welcome too as long as you’re cool.

It’s happening this Saturday, February 24th at 9:30 pm at True Love Gallery, 1525 Summit Ave, just off of Pine Street and kitty corner from Steamworks. Check out the FB invite. We just listened to some of their tunes on their FB page…we like them! A fun rock band!

If you’re of the beary persuasion, then check out this fun video opportunity. Maybe you’ll get discovered! At the very least, that infamous bear loving tramp HONEY BUCKET will start stalking you!

Seattle based rockers SHAOLIN HUNKS.

Seattle based rockers SHAOLIN HUNKS.

Continue Reading

A Deliciously Non-Binary Video Valentine From Betty Wetter, Stephan Anunson and de Fontaine

by Wednesday at 4:21 pm

Delicious puppet work/design from

Delicious puppet work/design from Javier Ortega in the video FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK by Stephen Anunson featuring the music of de Fontaine

Sooooooo, local film maker Stephen Anunson poked me a couple weeks back about helping promote a little video project he was working on and since I lurve promoting video/film projects, I agreed and the result is today’s world premiere of FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK,  a sweet little valentine about a budding romance between two adorable characters of the non-binary persuasion tentatively exploring love (on roller skates) and featuring a lovely song by an electro pop band from North Carolina and all set on a very fantastical version of Seattle.

My reactions and thoughts to the video:

Betty Wetter in

Betty Wetter in FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK

Stephen sent over the video this morning with this info attached:

Continue Reading

Beefcake Babylon: Titan Men Has A BIIIIIGGGG NSFW Sale

by Wednesday at 3:45 pm

OK, I did a female-centric zexy post, now for a man-centric one featuring a big 35% off sale!

We love a bargain that large!

It’s Titan Men’s huge Valentine’s Day DVD Blowout Sale….get 35% off on in-stock DVDs (yes, those old fashioned shiny disc things you put into a Dee Vee Dee player which you’ll cherish when the ‘cloud’ inevitably collapses and you’re desperately horny for erotic entertainment after the Utter Collapse of Civilization in a year or two…)

Use code ” Cupid35 ” at checkout to get your savings!

AND, obviously this LINK to snag these bargains is so totally NOT SAFE FOR MOST WORK PLACES OR IF YOU’RE ON THE BUS WITH AN iPHONE X AND YOU’RE SITTING NEXT TO SOME OLD LADY AND HER GRANDKIDS!!!

Continue Reading

The Brilliance of The Obama’s Official Portraits

by Monday at 2:08 pm

Kehinde Wiley's official portrait of President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama.

Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama.

1) He’s a terrific modern artist with his own unique style…Kehinde is doing his own thing.

Continue Reading

Winter Olympics Start Today And Gay Olympians Steal Our Hearts

by Friday at 3:06 pm

Out Gay Olympians Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon at the Opening Ceremonies in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Games.

Out Gay Olympians Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon at the Opening Ceremonies in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Games.

(Also some non-gay ones with hairy chests…)

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea (watch it tonight) with the Opening Ceremonies including our two out/proud gay Olympians skier Gus Kenworthy and skater Adam Rippon posing for multiple social media shots proclaiming their solidarity representing the United States.

This comes after some controversy over the pair criticizing evil under lord/inexplicably elected Vice President Mike Pence with both Rippon and Kenworthy expressing their disapproval of having Pence lead the Team USA delegation. The VP and former Indianan governor has supported the idea of conversion therapy where LGBTQ people can be “treated” and “cured” of being gay. Pence has tried to explain away his past support of the repugnant “treatment” and claimed that it’s “fake news” despite evidence to the contrary.

Both Kenworthy and Rippon took to social media to post photos of the pair with Kenworthy captioning the above photo:

Continue Reading

Here We Go Again: Charlette LeFevre Vows To Take Back Capitol Hill Pride Events

by Wednesday at 1:00 pm

Seattle PrideFest took over the annual street festival on Capitol Hill's Broadway on Pride Saturday, June 24, 2017. Photo by Adam McRoberts for Seattle Gay Scene

Seattle PrideFest took over the annual street festival on Capitol Hill’s Broadway on Pride Saturday, June 24, 2017. Photo by Adam McRoberts for Seattle Gay Scene

Apparently we’re on their caca list because “Capitol Hill Pride” failed to send us their press release announcing their intent to stage a Pride event on Capitol Hill/Broadway, Seattle’s traditional LGBTQ neighborhood on Saturday, June 23, 2018. 

We probably need to bring you up to speed….again. (Or, read our coverage from last year’s scandal.) Capitol Hill Pride under the leadership of Charlette LeFevre, who owned the “Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore” which briefly operated on the north end of Broadway a few years back before moving to the SoDo neighborhood, co-created “Capitol Hill Pride” after Seattle’s official Pride events moved downtown in 2006 and Broadway business owners pitched a fit over lost revenue due to the parade leaving the neighborhood. The then operating Seattle Lesbian & Gay Center tried to stage a disastrous Capitol Hill based Pride event called “Queerfest” the following year, but the expense ended up contributing to the demise of that center. LeFevre and other Capitol Hill Business leaders, including Seattle Gay News publisher George Bakan then created “Capitol Hill Pride” in 2008 to focus Seattle LGBTQ Pride events on the Hill on the Saturday of Pride Weekend, the last weekend in June each year. The event, which was basically a street fair on Broadway, was successful enough to continue over the next decade despite being oddly programmed and produced.

When Seattle PrideFest, the producers of the official Seattle LGBTQ Pride festival held at Seattle Center after the parade on Pride Sunday began producing events in Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park on the same Saturday as Capital Hill Pride events a block away on Broadway, the main business street for Capitol Hill, a rivalry developed between the two groups. That rivalry reached a fever pitch last year after Charlette LeFevre and her group announced they would stage a sister march/protest to the national LGBTQ protest march to be held in Washington D.C. on June 10th. When PrideFest’s Executive Director Egan Orion announced that his group was also staging a march for that same day with the backing of most of the city’s other non-profit LGBTQ organizations, LeFevre responded by announcing that Capitol Hill Pride would move their traditional last Saturday of the month festival on Broadway TO the weekend of June 10th which immediately caused confusion and created anger from businesses who had already paid deposits for the Saturday June 24th original event.

CHPrideLogoPNG

Continue Reading

Elliot Bay Book Company & Queer/Bar Team Up For “Call Me By Your Name” Author Event

by Tuesday at 6:06 pm

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star in CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, the acclaimed film by Luca Guadagnino and based on the novel by André Aciman. Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star in CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, the acclaimed film by Luca Guadagnino and based on the novel by André Aciman. Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

André Aciman, the acclaimed author of “Call Me By Your Name” which was very successfully filmed last year and has already won a slew of rave reviews, numerous awards and is up for several Academy Awards, will be in Seattle on Tuesday, February 26th for a reading event at Elliot Bay Book Company on Capitol Hill followed by an after party and meet & greet at Queer/Bar. 

Mr. Aciman is an award winning writer and academic and despite the fact his novel has been praised for its authenticity in depicting a love affair between two young men, the author himself is a straight man married to a woman and they have three children. The beauty of Mr. Aciman’s prose as it depicts the summer of 1983 where 17 year old Elio pursues one of his professor father’s graduate students, 24 year old Oliver at their beautiful Italian countryside villa has attracted thousands of devoted readers since the novel’s publication in 2007. Gay Italian film maker Luca Guadagnino took on the direction of the film version after the book was optioned for filming by noted gay British director James Ivory who wrote the screenplay. Ivory eventually backed out of directing the film but remained as producer in support of Guadagnino. The Italian filmmaker is so enraptured by the story of Elio and Oliver he has announced he hopes to make at least one sequel and perhaps a series of films about the characters despite the fact that in the novel, Elio and Oliver are only coupled for a few weeks.

This collaborative event between Elliot Bay Book Company and Queer/Bar is free to the public. The book store reading starts at 7 pm with the reception to follow at Queer/Bar as part of their “Queer/Hall” initiative to create:

A meeting place in the heart of Capitol Hill, Queer Hall fosters an engaged community through civic, social, and educational conversation that inspires empathy, pride, and positive action. All our voices need to be heard.

Continue Reading

Do It: Go See EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! And Experience “My Imaginary Love Life”

by Tuesday at 4:52 pm

EmpeROARFabBanner

We have known the burlesque artist, EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! (yes, that’s his stage name and you had better not forget those exclamation points or he will….EAT YOUR BRAIN!!!) for several years now ever since he participated in a stage show we produced a thousand eons ago that featured the rising young boylesque performer, EmpeROAR as well such unknowns as some drag doxy named “Jinkx Monsoon”.

Whatever happened to that tramp?

Anywho, EmpeROAR has gone on to do shows ALL OVER THE BLOODY WORLD including a tour through Europe last year and now our local boylesque royalty has his most complex show yet, with “through lines” and “characters” and “plots” and “motivations” and all that fancy stuff you see at real thee-ay-turs!

EmpeROAR is an AUTEUR!!!

Continue Reading

Seattle Pride Finally Hosts a Community Meeting

by Monday at 3:22 pm

2011-Pride-Parade-0122-Rainbow-Flag-Parade

Well, it took them awhile….

After the problematic Seattle Pride Scandal of 2016 which involved Seattle Out & Proud, the non-profit group that puts on the yearly Seattle Pride Parade in downtown Seattle (but NOT the annual Pride festival because “quirky” Seattle has to be differently annoying and have TWO separate Pride groups….but, I digress) and its then Board President making some poor management choices that annoyed a major local former sponsor as well as community members who supported that sponsor, there was a big angry community meeting where Seattle Pride vowed to be better about community engagement and having more such meetings to address the issues and allow the community to have an active part in planning Seattle Pride. 

That kinda sorta mostly didn’t really happen, though Seattle Pride did address many issues and has made efforts for a more inclusive Pride, especially in regards to non-profit groups participating, but frankly we haven’t seen many notices about public group meetings with the Board in the past two years. Either they were very hush hush meetings or…they didn’t happen.

Apparently Seattle Pride has finally decided that community meetings are a necessary part of the Pride planning process because they’ve scheduled one to happen on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Swedish Hospital’s main campus on First Hill (747 Broadway) in their Glaser Auditorium. They’re calling it an “open dialogue” about the work they do including events planned for Seattle Pride 2018 which happens on Sunday, June 24, 2018. This year’s Pride Parade theme will be “Pride Without Beyond Borders”.

Continue Reading

Mark That Calendar: Our Fave RPDR S.3 Diva Stacy Layne Matthews Is Coming To Town!

by Sunday at 2:53 pm

StaceyLayneMatthews

Poo on Raja, Delta and the other Mean Girl Heathers on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. They weren’t very nice to the quietly sweet big boned Southern queen Miss Stacy Layne Matthews…the mean bitchez made fun of her quaint country ways and Delta apparently felt threatened by the other Big Queen on that season. Then again, that heifer Delta was threatened by everything and everyone and spent the whole season bitterly whining about every perceived slight. 

Annoyingly, fashion plate Raja won that season (solely based on an ability to put together cute outfits…yawn) but Stacy Layne continues to delight her many fans with appearances all over the country.

At one point, it was rumored Stacy Layne might be on the currently running season of RuPaul’s All-Stars 3 but alas, that spot was filled by Season One winner BeBe Zahara Benet for reasons we don’t really understand other than the fact no one remembers who she is since she was on the first season….and, she’s ‘nice’ but not that interesting.

But, we’re very excited Stacy Layne is coming to Seattle next week for a guest spot at Cookie Couture’s “Baked Goods!” monthly party at Kremwerk…it’s all happening on Friday, February 16th. She’s sweet and very talented. Go HERE to snatch tickets before they’re gone and here’s some info on the event:

Continue Reading

Gettin’ Married In The Morning? Start Your Plannin’ At One Love Wedding Showcase

by Wednesday at 3:04 pm

Silly queens...stuck in the binary!!! (actually, it's artists Pierre et Gilles and we j'adore them!)(

Silly queens…stuck in the binary!!! (actually, it’s artists Pierre et Gilles and we j’adore them!)(

Got the urge to tie the knot with your sweetie and you’re of the LGBTQ persuasion and have zero desire to deal with really effin’ stupid bigoted bakers who won’t make your wedding cake or dumbass florists who won’t sell you flowers because it doesn’t sit well with their bigoted and really stupid “beliefs”?

One solution to avoiding all that grief is to remain shacked up forever and not bother with multi-thousand dollar mega events.

If you have your mutual hearts set on the whole they-bang with the multi-tiered cake, hideous dragsmaid gowns, his and his/hers and hers/theirs and theirs cake toppers and readings from Khalil Gibran (do people still do that?) then it behooves you to check out the 7th ONE LOVE WEDDING SHOWCASE on Sunday, February 18th which only features vendors who love and appreciate gay money couples in love!!!

More info including the skinny it’s FREE to attend if you pre-register ahead of time!!!

Continue Reading

Review: “Peerless” Is Dark, Devious and Deliciously Fun

by Saturday at 6:32 pm

Maile Wong and Corinne Magin are the conniving "L" and "M" at the heart of Jiehae Park's dark thriller Peerless now onstage at Seattle's ArtWest Playhouse

Maile Wong and Corinne Magin are the conniving “L” and “M” at the heart of Jiehae Park’s dark thriller Peerless now onstage at Seattle’s ArtWest Playhouse

I like my comedy like I like my chocolate and my coffee.

Dark. Sardonic. Bold. Thrilling. 

With a slight hint of nuttiness and depth of flavor.

PEERLESS is the very interesting newish play by emerging playwright Jiehae Park that’s comedic but also not since it deals with some rather vile characters doing some very awful things to achieve want they want. It’s frequently very very funny but it’s also dramatic at times, and touching, not to mention menacing and more than a bit mean.

Continue Reading