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Gayly Forward: Queer Arts And Early Pride Events Kick Off June




Clear your calendars for an onslaught in June.

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Now-6/2 (Thursday-Saturday)

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 R Barron’s review here.  

8 pm.  Info and tickets here.
(Queer arts)


Now-6/3 (Thursday-Sunday)

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.

7:30, Sundays 2 pm.  Info here and schedule/tickets here.

(Queer-focused arts)


5/31-6/2 (Thursday-Saturday)

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.

(Queer arts)


5/31 & 6/2 (Thursday & Saturday)

Every Act of Life @ SIFF/Cinema Uptown (5/31) (Lower Queen Anne) & Pacific Place (6/2) (Downtown)

Film, tickets $14 general

With writer/director in attendance

A new film chronicling the life and artistry of prolific playwright Terrence McNally, largely through interviews with the playwright himself, family and friends, and especially actors, directors, and producers who have performed his work.  Read R Barron’s review here.  

6:30 pm (Thursday) and 2pm (Saturday).  Info and tickets here.

(Check out more queer films at SIFF here, and SGS overview here and here.)   

(Queer arts)


6/1-6/2 (Friday-Saturday)

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.


6/2 (Saturday)

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)




6/4 (Monday)

No Closet Follies: A Not So Vanilla Burlesque Fundraiser @ Substation (Ballard)

Kink-Burlesque, $12-$25 tickets; bring $1 bills for performers and raffle tickets

This collection of 13 performers features burlesque, boylesque and drag from latex to high femme to gender bending to rope, to delight, titillate, tease, seduce and dominate.  A fundraiser for The Gathering NW, which hosts an annual weeklong kink getaway at a ranch in Arlington.

8 pm.  Tickets here, info and performer lineup here, kink getaway info here.  

(Queer arts, Fundraiser)


6/6 (Wednesday)

Local Produce @ Three Dollar Bill Cinema/NW Film Forum (Capitol Hill)

Film, $13 general, $3 members tickets

A collection of locally-made, LGBTQIA+ short films from TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival and Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival.

7 pm.  Tickets and info here.

(Queer arts)


6/7 (Thursday)

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.

(Queer arts)


6/8 (Friday)

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.

(Queer arts)


6/9 (Saturday)

They, Them, Their @ Dorothy’s Piano Bar/Rendezvous (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+)

7 pm.  Info here; tickets here.

(Trans focus, Fundraiser)



Queer Arts Night @ Seattle Public Theater (Greenlake)

Panel, Free tickets

Seattle Public Theater hosts an evening of celebrating Seattle’s LGBTQ artists in honor our LGBTQ students, artists, and patrons for PRIDE month. Join host and panel moderator, Justin Huertas (Lizard Boy, Howl’s Moving Castle) and others in an evening of performance and a paneled discussion of what it means to be an LGBTQ artist and art activist today.
7 pm.  Info here, tickets here.

(Queer arts)





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.

Admission free, open during Kaladi Brothers Coffee hours.  Info here.



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.”

Admission to SAM $20, ticket info here. Open Wednesday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm; extended hours Thursday (open to 9 pm).  Closed Monday and Tuesday. Info here.



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5/30-6/27 (Wednesdays)

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!)


6/7 (Thursday)

Drop-In Studio: Flower-Making with Jono Vaughan @ Seattle Art Museum (Downtown)

Along with First Thursday, join artist Jono Vaughan for a free drop-in art-making session, inspired by the installation Project 42, to create fabric flowers that will become part of the artwork on view.  See the exhibit — described below — while you’re there.
5-7 pm.  Info here.




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 6/11; more info here.




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.  

(Educational/info session held at NW African American Museum on 6/20; info and RSVP here.)

(Get funding!)




6/14-6/16 (Thursday-Saturday)

Tail Feather @ Earth Pearl Collective/Langston Hughes (Central District)

Variety show, $25 tickets

These “bois of a feather” will share their stories in new works of dance, theatre, and boi-lesque.  A celebration of boi, stud, butch, gender non-conforming black folk not conforming to their stereotypes and instead celebrating their unique role on the margins.
7:30 pm.  Info and tickets here.

(Queer arts)


6/14-6/24 (Thursday-Sunday)

Dragon Mama @ 18th & Union (Central District)

Play, $15-$25 tickets

The latest in the acclaimed family history series written, directed and performed by Sara Porkalob, whose mother yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled life than Bremerton, WA can offer her.  Will she take the opportunity to earn money fast in Alaska if it means leaving family behind?  
7:30 pm, Sundays 3 pm.  Info and tickets here.

(Queer arts)


6/16 (Saturday)

Hot Takes with Hot Dykes @ Jai Thai (Capitol Hill)

Comedy show, $10 donation at 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 stand-up form, with special guests.   

9 pm.  Info here.  

(Queer arts)


6/21 (Saturday)

Gender Is A Joke @ Gender Alliance Southside/Annex Theatre (Capitol Hill)  

Comedy show, tickets $10 advance, donations/none turned away for funds at door   

A stand-up comedy show highlighting trans and non-binary performers, with sales benefiting the Name Aid Fund (supporting name changes for those who can’t otherwise afford them).  

7:30 pm.  Info here; tickets here.

(Trans focus, Fundraiser)


6/21 (Saturday)

Thriftease: Pop Art Pageant @ Timber Room (Denny)  

Fashion, tickets $10 advance ($15 at door)   

A celebration of local artisans and queer fashions, with one-of-a-kind vintage finds of every shape and size, all curated by Mona Real.  And if you like the designs right there on the runway, you can bid there (starting at only $1!) and help strip the models right down to their skivvies.  Plus stunts, poses, reveals and tear aways from local burlesquers, go-go queens, and dive bar divas.

8 pm.  Info and tickets here.  

(Trans focus, Fundraiser)

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Marching in Gucci: Memoirs of a Well-Dressed Black AIDS Activist @ Langston Hughes (Central District)

Solo performance, tickets $20 general ($30 flex ticket)

Set in NYC during the height of the AIDS crisis, the autobiographical multimedia solo performance by Chad Goller-Sojourner explores the paradoxical and precarious relationship between fighting AIDS while simultaneously engaging in multiple self-harming behaviors.

7:30 pm, Saturday 3:30 & 7:30.  Info and tickets here.  

(Queer arts, Black excellence)



Pride Showcase @ Paramount 90th Anniversary/outside the Paramount (Downtown)

Concerts, free (no tickets required)

A free outdoor celebration featuring local LGBTQIA performers, with Nancy Guppy, SassyBlack, Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team, Apna Bhangra Crew, NW Tap Connection with music by Shakiah Danielson and Levi Ware, Ten Man Brass Band, Seattle Kokon Taiko, and Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project.

5 pm.  Info here (scroll down to Pride section).

(Queer arts)


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.”


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