...then CLICK HERE to see a picture of Cole and Jared from the Black Lips playing tonsil hockey at Chick-fil-A. I say more musicians should help get the kiss-in protests fired up. WHO SHOULD KISS NEXT?
Whoa, did you know there is a Queer Rock Camp going on in Olympia right now? And they have workshops for campers ages 12-21 on stenciling, drag, songwriting and guitar/drum/bass/vocal lessons? (It's kind of hard to curb how super jealous I am that these awesome kids/girls/queer rock camps are around nowadays—when I was a teenager I wasted so much time thinking that to be in a band, you had to be a guy who got guitar lessons and knew how to play sweet Led Zeppelin covers).
The campers go through workshops, form bands, and write an original song, which culminates in a performance showcase at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia this Saturday. Visit the Queer Rock Camp website for more details!
If you are A Gay (and you probably are—at least a little bit sometimes, admit it), then your presence is required tomorrow night as we celebrate the 100th installment of Comeback—one of the most successful and beloved queer dance parties this watery little berg has ever seen.
From the start, this once-a-month event (every last Friday, to be precise) has been a collaboration and labor of lurve between some of our most talented and engaging nightlife architects, including Marcus Wilson, Eric Grandy, Shannon Carroll, and, of course, MORE.
This impressive list includes globe-trotting DJ Colby B, who flies accross the country once a month from NYC to spin the event. (Her carbon footprint is devastating, but she does it all for you.) As Colby tells us in The Homosexual Agenda this week:
We've brought legends like Miss Guy, Larry Tee, Candis Cayne, Justin Bond and new beacons like Ssion, Sammy Jo (scissor sisters), Sparber, Tubway and the house of Aviance. All while trying to include our neighbors from the west coast and a amazing people we find, giving Seattle examples of how it's done elsewhere and letting our guests see how we do it too. We feel we are STILL filling a void and will be around as long as we are supported. Why the hell else would I fly across the country every month?
Friday night's 100th Comeback is very NYC-flavored—it's like Colby is dragging half of the Isle of Manhattan into town with her. It’s hosted by glittery NYC transplant MOOKIE QUEEN, and the special, just-announced headliner is LADY STARLIGHT, “NYC’s BEST female hard rock DJ”. And to add a bit of glittery gravy, it’s DJ Colby B’s birthday, too, so the blow-out is certain to be even bigger than usual. Guaranteed.
Happy 100th Comeback! Happy whatever-th, Colby B! Be there, or consider your Gay Card REVOKED.
by Kelly O
on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Stop everything you're doing and listen to this brand new song, "Same Love." I'm not joking. This is BIG. It was written in support of Macklemore and Lewis' partnership with the Music For Marriage Equality campaign and Sub Pop Records. Read more about Music For Marriage, by The Stranger's Dominic Holden HERE. Also find more information, and several excellent video testimonials buy local musicians, at music4marriage.org.
Sub Pop will release the track as a limited run 7" on 7/31, with all proceeds going to benefit the Music for Marriage Equality campaign. The song will also appear on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut LP The Heist which they'll independently release on 10/9.
Read Macklemore's personal official statement after the jump.
Love is love, and please vote YES on Referendum 74.
While we're on the subject of freedom—or at least people will be celebrating the concept of it tomorrow July 4th—let me share a little bit about CeCe McDonald. I just learned about CeCe at Gay Pride two weeks ago, through photographer Adrien Leavitt.
Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald, a transgender woman of color, will be tried for the alleged murder of her attacker. Last June, Ms. McDonald was the victim of an attack in which, in the course of defending herself, one of her attackers was killed. Though witnesses reported criminal conduct on the part of several individuals, only Ms. McDonald was arrested...
Read more, and show support for CeCe McDonald, right here.
The Second Annual Gay Pride Hill Climb Make your way up Olive Way all weekend long by stopping at participating bars Tommy Gun, the Crescent, Bleu Bistro's Grotto, C.C. Attle's, the Elite, and the Social. Through Sunday. Tommy Gun, 1703 E Olive Way, 323-GUNN; the Crescent, 1413 E Olive Way, 659-4476; C.C. Attle's, 1701 E Olive Way, 726-0565; Bleu Bistro's Grotto, 1801 E Olive Way, 329-3087; the Elite, 1520 E Olive Way, 860-0999; the Social, 1725 E Olive Way, thesocialseattle.com.
Pride at Pony The party lasts three days with performances by Ade, DJ Pavone, DJ Porq, Ms. Pony Drag competition, and a beer garden that goes all weekend long. See more information at facebook.com/ponyseattle. Pony, 1221 E Madison St, ponyseattle.com, no cover.
Wildrose Pride With DJs Mathematix, Amateur Youth, Joy, B'More Free, a wet T-shirt contest, Raine Supreme, and many more. $2 off with a June 22 Storm ticket stub. Wildrose, 1021 E Pike St, thewildrosebar.com, 6 pm–2 am.
Sixth Annual Gay Pride Hot Dog Blessing This year's Hot Dog Blessing will be bestowed by Kris Hermanns, executive director of Pride Foundation. Party starts at 8 pm, with the blessing at 10 pm. Free hot dogs and drink specials all night! BottleNeck Lounge, 2328 E Madison St, bottlenecklounge.com, 8 pm, no cover.
Absolut Underwear Party With drink specials and "giveaways for boys in underwear." The Lobby, 916 E Pike St, thelobbyseattle.com, 9 pm, no cover.
SSION's new video is a coming of age love story between an enigmatic instigator and an alien-brother-lover resulting in the purest form of magik with a bit of feminism and Las Vegas showmanship thrown in for good measure, all shot in Kansas City.
Magik indeed! The new album Bent will be released 9/18, more here, right now.
Hello! For this week's peek into queer life around town, check out photos from last night's Citizen Phirom benefit show at Chop Suey. "Citizen Phirom" is a benefit project to help a local queer (and all around rad person!) move through the impossible immigration system to gain citizenship. The benefit featured local queer bands Glitterbang, Wishbeard, and The Fancy. Also, look at all these hot people wearing their own Citizen Phirom shirt. Mine's in the mail! —Adrien Leavitt, #1 must have
Hello again! For this edition of Queerview, I went to the opening of the current exhibition at the Photographic Center Northwest, Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography. The exhibition is a nod to, as well as a response to, the nationally touring exhibition, currently at the Tacoma Art Museum, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. The PCNW exhibition features 10 contemporary queer photographers, including some of my personal favorites (Sophia Wallace! Molly Landreth!), as well as some of my work from #1 must have upstairs. Check out some images from the opening, which was more big gay party and less stuffy art opening (score!). The show runs until May 27th, is free, and is conveniently located on Capitol Hill. —Adrien Leavitt
HAY QUEERS. Soooo, I went to PARTY SCHMARTY! last Friday night at the Orient Express. For those of you not familiar with the Orient Express, it's the supposedly-haunted train-car-turned-restaurant-slash-gay-party-venue down in SODO. PARTY SCHMARTY! is put on by my dear friend Ben DeLaCreme (who I've only had a crush on my whole life), Kitten LaRue, and Lou Henry Hoover. The evening included DJ Nark, Twister, and a performance with chips and dip. All on a magical train car! What more could you ask for?! I don't know when this queer party on the haunted traincar will happened again, but I can only hope it's soon. -Adrien Leavitt
More photos after the jump, and more Queerview Mirror here and here.
Editor's note: Adrien Leavitt is an excellent photographer shooting all things positive on Seattle's queer scene. This is the second installment of a new weekly photo column called Queerview Mirror.
Last night I went to the THEESatisfaction record release show. I've loved THEESatisfaction since I met them a few years back. I've had the honor of booking them to play LICK!—my awesome queer party night at Chop Suey that I run with my friend Slaven—and I've photographed them for my zine. Highlights of last night's show: THEESats rocking the sold out crowd and meeting Cat's and Stas' parents at the show, who got to watch from right next to the stage. —Adrien
by Brian Cook
on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM
I’ve walked past this flier quite a few times over the last month, wondering each time who this James Elizaveta fellow is. A European DJ of great renown? The latest KEXP-backed singer-songwriter? With tickets at $25, I figured he must be some big-name artist that’s escaped my attention. It wasn’t until I passed by Neumos this weekend and saw their concert calendar that I realized this is a flier for the British alternative band James, and Elizaveta is the opening act. Maybe there should’ve been a “with special guests” between the two names.
On a personal note, I will always have a soft spot for the headlining ‘90s 120 Minutes staple. When my husband and I first made-out at a college party at his house nearly fourteen years ago, he paused the kissing long enough to ask if I wanted to hear “our song”. This struck me as a bit presumptuous, considering that we’d been friends for a few months but hadn’t kissed until this particular moment. He ran over to his stereo and put on James’ “Say Something”, a song he’d picked based on my shyness around him. And thus the album Laid was thrust upon me as an obligation. But you know what? It’s actually a pretty great record. True, most people probably remember the band for the yodel-tastic title track (ya know, “she only comes when she’s on top…”), but it’s got a lot of strong suits as well—production by Brian Eno, lyrics criticizing organized religion and celebrating sexuality, and the classic line “I’m a member of an ape-like race at the asshole end of the 20th century.” I still listen to it and its predecessor Seven regularly.
Unfortunately, I’ll be in Europe when the show rolls through town, but hopefully other fans of the band are a bit more adept and deciphering fliers than I am.
by Kelly O
on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Editor's note: Adrien Leavitt is excellent photographer shooting all things positive on Seattle's queer scene. This is the first installment of a new weekly photo column called Queerview Mirror.
For the last several months, I've been working on a queer zine project called "#1 must have" We're really interested in telling stories and illustrating narratives; the project represents community/ies, support, self-expression, and love—all must haves for us. Each photoset is representative of time we spent with people, and I'm excited to continue this journey in The Stranger documenting queers around town. I'm also excited to let the pictures do the talking... —Adrien
Alice of Seattle band Royal Eyes and Slaven, co-producer of #1 must have