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You want the most thorough guide to Gay Pride events happening in the city? Here it is, and it’s only going to get better as the week progresses. We’ll be adding continuously to these listings, so keep checking back for updates. Have fun, get your gay on, and remember to party safe!
STUDIO: A VERY SPECIAL GAY-ASS DISCO NIGHT FOR PRIDE
Bust out the rhinestones and jumpsuits and dance your ass off at this special edition of Havana’s weekly disco night. Expect the best in ’70s disco and Italo from Stranger contributor TJ Gorton and regulars DJ H.M.A. and Pat Les Stache. Free lube giveaways courtesy of Boy Butter. Havana, 1010 E Pike St, 323-CUBA, www.havanasocial.com, 9 pm (21+).
The Out & Equal organization presents this extremely gay happy hour in the beautiful confines of the Baltic Room. Do some networking and start the weekend off a day early. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, www.thebalticroom.net, 5:30 pm.
SEATTLE EAGLE: PRIDE WEEK
The party continues with Hankycode: Right/Bottom & Left/Top. Let your freak flag Fly, with DJ BunB. Seattle Eagle, 314 E Pike St, 621-7591, www.seattleeagle.com, 9 pm, 21+.
Ring in the big Pride 2008 weekend at the Wildrose Street Party: three outdoor bars, a beer garden, BBQ, and a wet T-shirt contest! Music from DJs Lisa Pittman, Amateur Youth, Distractor, Status Apparatus, Frankenheart, and Show Pony. The Wildrose, 1021 E Pike St, www.thewildrosebar.com, 6 pm, 21+.
VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM
Local favorites Lily Armani and Patty O’Furniture star in Charles Busch’s camp comedy as two girl-guzzling undead divas cat-fighting their way through history, from biblical times, to old Hollywood, to modern-day Vegas. Balagan Theater, 1117 E Pike St, 800-838-3006, www.balagantheatre.org, 11 pm, $15/$30, 18+. June 25–July 11.
Seattle’s DIY youth Pride festival starts off this year in Cal Anderson Park with music from the Pharmacy, 1st Quarter Storm, Magic Johnson, Doomhawk, Filthy Details, the Coathangers, JesMoni, Khingz, and Philoscopic. While the bands play, wander the vendor booths, get yer hair did by VAIN salon, and eat a free vegan dinner. Then, at 9 pm, enjoy a free showing of Beautiful Boxer, a Thai film based on the true-life story of Nong Toom, Asia’s most famous boxer and male-to-female transsexual. Cal Anderson Park, 11th Ave and E Pine St, www.benditbandits.org, 4 pm, free, all ages.
Exhibits from Youth in Focus, Molly Landreth, and Johanna Breiding. Home Alive, 1415 10th Ave, www.benditbandits.org, 7 pm, free, all ages.
A gay faction of the monthly Critical Mass bike ride. Meets at 5:30 pm at Westlake Center and then proceeds to the Bend-It Festival in Cal Anderson Park. Westlake Center, 400 Pine St, www.benditbandits.org, 5:30 pm, free, all ages.
Eat out at any participating PrideFeast restaurant and help raise money for LGBT health, wellness, and pride. Proceeds to benefit Gay City, Seattle Counseling Service, and the Pride Project. List of participating restaurants at www.pridefeast.org.
Pride Shabbat, a project of Bashert, the LGBT initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, is open to the community and is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews, and their friends, allies, and families. Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, 774-2218, www.jewishinseattle.org, 6 pm all ages.
Purr Cocktail Lounge celebrates Gay Pride week with Stoli drink specials and C89 FM and Billboard recording artist Jenna Drey performing her hits “All Out of Love,” “By the Way,” “Killing Me,” and more! Purr, 1518 11th Ave, 325-3112, www.purrseattle.com, 11 pm, $5, 21+.
American Idol finalist and Rent principal performer Frenchie Davis does those things she does so well. Neighbours, 1509 Broadway, 324-5358, www.neighboursnightclub.com, 11 pm, standard cover, 21+.
GODS AND MONSTERS
The Seattle Art Museum salutes Gay Pride Month with this third and final film screening in a series. In this 1998 film, which nabbed director/screenwriter Bill Condon an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Ian McKellen portrays the aging James Whale, director of Frankenstein, whose eye for male beauty remains undimmed. Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Ave, www.seattleartmuseum.org, 7:30 pm, $7 cash only, all ages.
SECOND ANNUAL PINK PARTY
Go crazy with Seattle’s fiercest drag diva performances by Toni James, Mark “Mom” Finley, Miss Gay Seattle Jada, and Penelope. Neighbours, 1509 Broadway, 324-5358, www.neighboursnightclub.com, 11 pm, $5, 21+.
The stakes go up at the Eagle when everybody shows up looking for a slumber party. Music from DJs Hotplay and Smiller. Seattle Eagle, 314 E Pike St, 621-7591, www.seattleeagle.com, 8 pm, 21+.
Hot cop-on-cop action will undoubtedly go down on the baseball diamond today when the cops take on the Emerald City Softball All-Stars. If that’s not enough incentive to go, do it for the charity: Proceeds benefit Police Explorers and Lambert House. Evergreen Athletic Field, softball field #2, 606 SW 116th St, 2 pm, $5 suggested donation, all ages.
Today’s incarnation of Bend-It takes queer youth all over the city, starting with a free vegan breakfast at 11 am at Lambert House (1818 15th Ave). Stick around there, or go to Home Alive (1415 10th Ave), for workshops on self defense, Bent writing, burlesque, going trans, safe sex, and fighting racism. After that, head over to Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave) for lunch and three films about LGBT issues. A secret dress-up party will be followed by a costumed bike ride through the city, ending up at the Vera Project (Seattle Center) for a fashion and drag show featuring local young gay designers and music by Bromance, Boi/y’s Club, Emperoar Fabulous, and more. More info at www.benditbandits.org, 11 am, free, all ages.
Join CruiseyT for a pre-cruise party at Purr. Taxis will arrive at 4 pm to take people to the boat. Purr, 1518 11th Ave, 325-3112, www.purrseattle.com, 2–4 pm, $5, 21+.
Join CruiseyT with DJs Zach and Bret Law for a fabulous drag show, good food, world-class scenery, and a ton of fun aboard the Spirit of Seattle. Three levels with two dance floors, two bars, and an outdoor top deck. Argosy Cruises, Pier 55, 1201 Alaskan Way, www.cruiseyt.com/seattle.shtml, 5–9:30 pm, $55 (includes light meal), 21+.
Apparently hot flashes are a good thing when you’re in Heaven, where DJs will be spinning your favorite oldies, Top 40, hiphop, and mashup hits. Heaven, 172 S Washington St, www.heavenseattle.com, 5 pm, $10, 21+.
Absolut drink specials and Billboard recording artist Alyson performing her new hit “Here with Me,” “Feel You,” and more off her new album, Hey You. Purr, 1518 11th Ave, 325-3112, www.purrseattle.com, 11 pm, $5, 21+, shirt and shoes required.
Rally from 5–7 pm at the Seattle Central Community College Plaza. Lineup includes headlining singer Camille Bloom, emcee Lamar Van Dyke, Bent founder Tara Hardy, Jacque Larrainzar from Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Sue Hodes from Dyke Community Activists, and Lisa Cohen from Pacific NW Lesbian Archives. This year’s theme: Start It Up! Seattle Central Community College Plaza, Broadway E and E Pine St, www.seattledykemarch.com, march at 7 pm, free, all ages.
The long-running, long-popular ladies night kicks Re-bar into high gear with fresh tunes spun by DJs Amateur Youth, Mathematix, and special guest Dewey Decimal. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, www.rebarseattle.com, 8 pm, $5/$7 after 10 pm, 21+.
Kicking off this new monthly rock-and-roll dance night at Chop Suey is a pretty damn good lineup: Portland dance-rockers Glass Candy and top local DJs Pretty Titty, LA Kendall, and Gameboy. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm, $8/$10 after 11 pm, 21+.
Get shameless in Seattle with DJ Escape rocking the Neumo’s stage. Neumo’s, 925 E Pike St, www.shamelessinseattle.com, 9 pm, $22 adv/$25 DOS, 21+.
WILDROSE PRIDE 2008
Rock out at the Wildrose Street Party on Saturday with a typically excellent lineup: Oh Man, Telepathic Liberation Army, the Intelligence, Hell’s Belles, the Ononos, the Heavy Hearts, New Bloods, the Coconut Coolouts, Leslie and the Ly’s. Then move inside at 11:30 pm for DJ Ponyboy. The party also features the full outdoor bars and BBQ. The Wildrose, 1021 E Pike St, www.thewildrosebar.com, 1 pm, $12 adv/$15 DOS, 21+.
CUFF PRIDE WEEKEND
DJ Kimberly S spins the cuts all night long. Get there. The Cuff, 1533 13th Ave, 323-1525, www.cuffcomplex.com, 21+.
If you’re still going after last call on Saturday, head down the hill to the Baltic Room and sweat out all of that alcohol on the dance floor with DJ Rob C from Vancouver, BC. The Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, www.shamelessinseattle.com, 2:30–7 am, $20, 21+.
Music from DJ Up Above starts at noon and goes on into the late night. Draft beers are $1 all day and all night. Eagle, 314 E Pike St, 621-7591, www.seattleeagle.com, 21+.
SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE
Starting on the corner of Fourth Ave and Union St at 11 am, this year’s Pride Parade is grand-marshaled by Governor Christine Gregoire, Seattle Storm chairperson Anne Levinson, and the Safe Schools Coalition. Participants include the Rat City Rollergirls, Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses, the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps, Woodland Park Zoo, and the Leather and Fetish Pride Contingent. The parade will continue north on Fourth Ave past Westlake Center (location of announcers and ADA seating) to Denny Way. More info at www.seattlepride.org, 11 am–2 pm, free, all ages.
Dancing and rejoicing all day at Seattle Center. Performers include Lily & Glam, Sue Quigley, Seeing Blind, and Matt Bragg. Speakers include state representative Jamie Pedersen, Mayor Greg Nickels, and Barbara Sehr. At 3:30 pm, The Stranger’s second annual Pride Parade Awards will be announced—make sure to text your vote! DJs Kyler, LA Kendall, Rob Hall, and Mathematix spin throughout the day. Seattle Center, www.seattlepridefest.org, 11 am, free, all ages.
Travel all around town with Bend-It today, starting with a free vegan breakfast at 11 am at Lambert House (1818 15th Ave). Stick around there, or go to Home Alive (1415 10th Ave), for workshops on breakdancing, camping, bike repair, drug and alcohol recovery, funny writing, and something called “DIY crotch check.” After that, head over to Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave) for lunch and three films about LGBT issues. The day ends at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (104 17th Ave S) with dinner, spoken-word performances, and an open mic (must be under 25 to spit the truth). More info at www.benditbandits.org, 11 am, free, all ages.
Cuff packs in a heavy lineup for its annual Pride Block Party with guest DJs Harmonix, Eric, and MattStands, and performers Evelyn “Champagne” King, Ultra Naté, Exposé, and Moné. The Cuff, 1533 13th Ave, 323-1525, www.cuffcomplex.com, 4 pm, 21+.
The Wildrose ends things strong with a special Butch Contest at 9:30 pm. Music from DJ Lisa Pittman and Adrian and the Sickness. The Wildrose, 1021 E Pike St, www.thewildrosebar.com, 1 pm, free, 21+.