Thursday, December 28, 2006

Coming up: interview with a Stroke

Which band member of The Strokes recently went one-on-one with the Seattle Gay News?

Pick up a copy of this week's issue, hitting the streets tomorrow afternoon, and find out inside "The Music Lounge" column.

Photo of The Strokes, courtesy of RCA Records.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the entire staff of the Seattle Gay News, contributing writers and our community partners; we wish you happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

SGN's Best Albums and Singles of 2006

Seattle Gay News reveals its picks for the best albums and singles of the year, featured in this week's "Best of Music 2006" special segment of the newspaper's Arts & Entertainment section. Pick up a copy at your nearest coffee shop, bar-lounge, or favorite hangout spot, and view our full list of the year's best music choices.

Best Albums/CDs of 2006 - in order

1 Fox Confessor Brings the Flood - Neko Case
2 With Love and Squalor - We Are Scientists
3 Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
4 Carnavas - Silversun Pickups
5 Wolfmother - Wolfmother
6 The Eraser - Thom Yorke
7 Taking the Long Way - Dixie Chicks
8 Everything All the Time - Band of Horses
9 We Were Here - Joshua Radin
10 Cansei De Ser Sexy - CSS

Best Singles/Tracks of 2006 - in order

1 Well Thought Out Twinkles - Silversun Pickups
2 Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case
3 Analyse - Thom Yorke
4 My Love - Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.
5 Woman - Wolfmother
6 Not Ready to Make Nice - Dixie Chicks
7 The Great Escape - We Are Scientists
8 Ooh La La - Goldfrapp
9 Be Without You - Mary J. Blige
10 God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get) - El Perro Del Mar

Photo of Fox Confessor Brings the Flood CD cover, courtesy of Anti Records. Photo of Silversun Pickups, courtesy of Ink-Tank.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Dreamgirls movie passes available

Due to the widespread power outage last week, some distribution points did not receive copies of the Seattle Gay News until Saturday or Sunday, making it impossible to get to our Dreamgirls movie pass giveaway at Manray.

We've saved passes for anyone still wanting to go to tonight's screening, which begins at 7pm in downtown Seattle. You can pick up a free pass at the Seattle Gay News office - 1605 12th Avenue (corner of Pine and 12th Avenue, in the same building that houses the WA State Liquor market). Go to Suite #31.

Each pass admits two people to tonight's screening. Please make sure to be at the theater no later than a half-hour before showtime, as we're expecting a full house.

Photo of Dreamgirls, courtesy of Dreamworks Pictures.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

SGN Oscars Central: It's that time again!

It's beginning to smell a lot like... awards season! The Golden Globe nominations, the precursor to everything Oscar, were announced bright and early this morning. Here's where you can find the complete list of nominees:

On the big picture front, I'm a little surprised that Emilio Estevez's Bobby made it into the noms, while Clint Eastwood's much-touted Letters from Iwo Jima didn't make the cut. From all acccounts Letters is Eastwood's masterpiece; he received two - count 'em, two - nominations in the Director category (the 2nd for Flags of Our Fathers), a first in Globes history. Letters did receive a nom for best Foreign Language flick.

Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio will also compete against himself as Best Actor in a Drama (for The Departed and Blood Diamond, also a first for the Globes). Early favorites Forrest Whittaker (Actor Drama, The Last King of Scotland), Helen Mirren (Actress Drama, The Queen) and Jack Nicholson (Supporting Actor Drama, The Departed) all made it in, while on the comedy side Chiwetel Eijofor (Kinky Boots) edged out Will Ferrell (Stranger Than Fiction) and Toni Collette, not Abigail Breslin, got the best actress nom for Little Miss Sunshine. 9/11 was completely shut out: neither United 93 or World Trade Center received a single nom. But the much-maligned Mel Gibson did receive a nod, as his Mayan epic Apocalypto was nominated in the Foreign Language Film category.

The big party that is the Globes happens on January 15th, just eight days before the Academy Awards nominations are announced. (The Oscars will take place on February 25th). The Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and include categories in both motion pictures and television, subdivided into comedies and dramas. They aren't a foolproof Oscar predictor (Brokeback, anyone? Ugh) but the nominations certainly narrow the field to the prime suspects. Keep it tuned here for more Oscar-focused blogs!

Sharon Stone and William H. Macy in Bobby, photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company; Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed, photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

We Are Scientists interview coming Friday

Seattle Gay News is pleased to announce We Are Scientists as the feature artist interview for this week's "Best of Music 2006" segment of our Arts & Entertainment issue.

The Brooklyn-based alt rock trio, a Best New Band nominee for this year's NME Awards, have been busy touring since the start of 2006, traveling throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and the US. They opened a series of dates for breakthrough act Arctic Monkeys. Band members Keith Murray, Chris Cain, and Michael Tapper took time from their hectic schedule to give this exclusive interview to the Seattle Gay News.

To ear-sample music by We Are Scientists, visit the band's official website at .

Grab a copy of the Seattle Gay News on Friday, December 15 and have a chuckle with We Are Scientists, and find out what we picked as the "Best of Music 2006".

Photo of We Are Scientists, courtesy of Virgin Records.

Friday, December 8, 2006

Hutcherson's back... Does he mean business?

After Tim Eyman failed to collect the necessary number of signatures to put Referendum 65 on the November 2006 ballot, Washington Won't Discriminate announced it would hang around awhile to make sure the coast was clear for our state's new law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation. Oops...

Once the limelight faded and the immediate danger to the Anderson-Murray Civil Rights Bill had passed, WWD's leadership started liquidating all its resources -- including its bank account. According to WWD Chair Anne Levinson, Equal Rights Washington and the Northwest Women's Law Center were the chief beneficiaries. Furthermore, current plans call for WWD to dissolve by the end of the year.

The result of these actions leave the community ill equipped to meet the challenge posed by arch-homophobe Rev. Ken Hutcherson. While his anti-Gay resume is well known to the region's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, his connections to the upper echelons of the Christian right-wing industry is not.

Hutcherson is a rising star in their self-made dynasty and has become a sought after lecturer, TV and radio host and author. He's well connected to national and state anti-Gay forces. So, his filing of an initiative to the Legislature on November 28th -- an attempt to strip sexual orientation and gender identity from the law against discrimination -- shouldn't be taken as an empty threat.

As much as I would like to think so, I don't believe Hutcherson is a thick-headed guy. Clearly, his latest attempt is some sort of political posturing for a potential 2007 filing. Yet -- due to the actions of WWD's leadership -- the region's LGBT community will be starting from square one while Hutcherson taps a network of right-wing churches in our state to gather signatures and solicits contributions from state and national organizations.

All we can do is trust that the board of WWD – a list that reads like a 'who's who' for the state of Washington -- know what their doing.

Here's copies of my e-mail correspondence with Anne Levinson, Chair of Washington Won't Discriminate. Levinson is also a former judge, duputy mayor of Seattle and Chairwoman of the Washington State Utilities & Transportation Commission.

Subject: Anne: Hutcherson's back...
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 19:39:16 -0800
From: Robert Raketty
To: Anne Levinson

Is Washington Won't Discriminate gearing up to take on Hutcherson?

What is the status of WWD at the moment? What financial and other
resources do you have on hand?

Is it important for the LGBT community to mobilize to meet this latest
challenge from Pastor Ken Hutcherson?

-- Robert Raketty / Seattle Gay News

Subject: RE: Anne: Hutcherson's back...
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 17:56:15 -0800
From: Anne Levinson
To: 'Robert Raketty'

Hi Robert.

"Washington Won't Discriminate rolled its remaining assets into ERW and the Northwest Women's Law Center to continue their excellent work in protecting lgbt individuals in Washington state from discrimination.  

The language of Rev. Hutcherson's proposed initiative is the same language they tried last spring in the second referendum they filed, but for which they did not collect signatures.  It is an effort to undermine Washington's Law Against Discrimination by removing any protections for lgbt individuals.

Rev. Hutcherson should reflect upon what many of his colleagues have come to realize across the country - true spiritual leaders use their voices to have a positive impact on humanity by helping eliminate poverty, suffering, and environmental degradation, not by creating false conflicts between human beings in divisive and mean-spirited ways.

The Washington Law Against Discrimination is a basic law that has been on the books in our state since 1949.  It protects people from being fired or denied housing based on race, religion, gender, disability and other factors.  All the Legislature did last year was to update it to include sexual orientation.  Surely Rev.Hutcherson can find better things to do with his time and money than to try to return us to the day when these protections did not exist."


Subject: Re: Anne: Hutcherson's back...
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2006 19:36:34 -0800
From: Robert Raketty
To: Anne Levinson


What is the legal status of WWD. Are you still chair?

-- Robert / SGN

Subject: RE: Anne: Hutcherson's back...
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 20:45:21 -0800
From: Anne Levinson
To: 'Robert Raketty'

Yes, we'll formerly wrap up the committee at year end.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Dreamgirls movie passes coming soon!

Didn't score a free movie pass to the Dreamgirls advance screening a few weeks ago?

No worries. We've got more.

Pick up a copy of the Seattle Gay News on Friday, December 15 and we'll tell you where and when you can pick up a free pass to see Dreamgirls before it hits the theaters. The film, starring Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Hudson, is already receiving rave reviews. Watch the trailer to the movie here:

Photo of Dreamgirls, courtesy of Dreamworks Pictures.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

"Best of Music 2006" coming soon

What were the best albums of the year?
What singles stood out in the past twelve months?
What concerts truly out-performed the others from January through December?
Who were the hottest artists that rocked in 2006?
And, what tunes were so bad they nearly had us puking?

Find out on December 15, when Seattle Gay News selects the "Best of Music 2006". Celebrate the year that was with us!

Feature artist interview to be announced soon.

Photo of Arctic Monkeys, courtesy of Domino Records.

Monday, November 13, 2006

You're invited - Dreamgirls sneak preview

Seattle Gay News has a very limited amount of invitations for a sneak preview of the Broadway musical-turned-feature film Dreamgirls , starring Beyonce, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson (of "American Idol").

Each invite allows you and guest into a sneak preview of the film on Wednesday, November 15, in downtown Seattle. The film opens on Christmas Day.

To receive an invite, send an email to with your first and last name, and your mailing address. Seattle Gay News will personally add your name to the guest list and will mail you a hard copy of the invite to take with you to the screening.

From us to you, enjoy the show!

Photo of Dreamgirls, courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Rock star tells Seattle Gay News he's cool with gay marriage

Seattle Gay News is proud to feature an exclusive interview with Daryl Palumbo of the rock band Head Automatica in our upcoming November 10 issue.

Palumbo, the punk-pop quintet's lead vocalist, tells Seattle Gay News in the interview that he approves of gay marriage. "If you're gay and you're in love with a man, who the fuck am I to tell you that you can't marry him? If I fell in love with a boy, I'd fucking marry him!", states Palumbo.

Further on, Palumbo admits to have plenty of gay friends who've taken the opportunity to hit on him, yet none have been successful in their quest. Palumbo, and his fellow band mates remain straight. However, that didn't stop Head Automatica from including a gay scene in their music video for the single "Graduation Day". Watch it here:

Pick up a copy of the Seattle Gay News tomorrow evening at various Seattle metro locations, including major college campuses, or log onto our website on Sunday afternoon for the complete edition, and read the entire interview with Head Automatica's Daryl Palumbo in "The Music Lounge" column.

Support a band who supports our community by purchasing a copy of Head Automatica's Popaganda, featuring "Graduation Day" and "Nowhere Fast", and if you live in Seattle, get tickets to see Head Automatica live at The Fenix on Sunday, November 19. They'll perform as part of MTV2's "$2 Bill Series" with 30 Seconds to Mars, fronted by actor Jared Leto. Ticket information is available here:

Photo of Head Automatica, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Marriage Reconsidertion: Supreme Court Order

Washington State Supreme Court order of denial of reconsideration in landmark marriage equality litigation:

WA Supreme Court issues final word on marriage

Supreme Court denies motion for reconsideration in marriage equality case

by Robert Raketty
SGN Staff Writer

The Washington State Supreme Court denied a petition for reconsideration from the lawyers representing 19 plaintiff same-sex couples who sought the right to marry. The decision may represent the final word on the issue from a legal perspective for at least a decade, according to one legal scholar who spoke with the Seattle Gay News on Wednesday.

Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens confirmed the news during an interview with the SGN Wednesday afternoon (see the full interview in Friday's edition of the SGN). She urged the region's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community to turn their attention to the Washington State Legislature, which has the ability overturn the state's Defense of Marriage Act. She also expressed hope for the future, saying that her children's attitudes and those of their peers reflect a shift in the culture's thinking about LGBT issues.

In a 5-4 decision on July 26, 2006, the court ruled to uphold the state's 1998 law, which bars same-sex couples from access to marriage. The rules of the Supreme Court dictate that parties have 14 days from the issuance of a decision to petition the court for reconsideration, however, the lawyers had been successful in receiving an extension before filing its motion with the court.

The lawyers had said at the time that they intended to "exhaust every possibility," that some "basic flaws in the courts reasoning" where being argued, and that "motions seeking reconsideration exists because of cases exactly like [theirs]."

The narrow decision last July revealed a diversity of opinion among the justices. "The Legislature was entitled to believe that limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples furthers procreation, essential to the survival of the human race and furthers the well-being of children by encouraging families where children are reared in homes headed by children's biological parents," wrote Justice Barbara Madsen on behalf of the majority.

Justice Mary Fairhurst, however, wrote that justices who upheld DOMA "condone blatant discrimination against Washington's Gay and Lesbian citizens in the name of encouraging procreation, marriage for individuals in relationships that result in children, and the raising of children in homes headed by opposite-sex parents, while ignoring the fact that denying same-sex couples the right to marry has no prospect of furthering any of those interests."

Eight of the couples where represented by Lambda Legal and the Northwest Women's Law Center in Anderson v. King County and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington represented 11 couples in Castle v. State. The two cases were decided jointly.

In August 2004, King County Superior Court Judge William Downing ruled that the state Constitution guarantees basic rights to Gay and Lesbian people. The DOMA law, he concluded, violated those rights. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks issued a similar decision one-month later.

SGN Contributing Writer Devin Glaser contributed to this report.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Running with Scissors free movie passes

Seattle Gay News is giving away a batch of free movie passes to an advance screening of Running with Scissors, starring Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow.

Send an email to, with "Running for Scissors" in the subject line and include your name and mailing address. We will send out a free pass, while supplies last, that admits you and a guest to an advance screening of Running with Scissors on Thursday evening, October 26, in downtown Seattle.

Next month Seattle Gay News will be giving away free passes to Volver, a new film by Academy Award-winning director Pedro Almodovar.

Photo of Running with Scissors, courtesy of Sony Pictures.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival on now

Seattle Gay News is proud to be a premier sponsor of the 2006 Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, taking place at various theatres throughout the city from October 13 through October 22.

A complete pull-out festival guide is included in this week's print edition of the Seattle Gay News (Issue date: October 13). You'll also find a recommended list of movies by Arts & Entertainment writer Lorelei Quenzer.

For more festival information, including online ticket purchases, visit

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Scissor Sisters heat up San Francisco's Warfield Theater

It's Albert with the Seattle Gay News, coming to you live from the H Cafe on the corner of Sanchez and 17th, in San Francisco.

Those of you with tickets to either of Scissor Sisters' upcoming concerts at The Showbox are in for a wild, highly energetic good time. Trust me, I know. I was privileged to be given a ticket to the main floor pit for last night's performance at SF's famed Warfield Theater. The show is the first of back to back, sold out concerts by the gay-adored band.

Scissor Sisters played all of their big hits from both albums, 2004's self-titled debut and the just-released Ta-Dah, including "Take Your Mama", "Laura", "Mary" and "Kiss You Off". The new track "Everybody Wants the Same Thing" was dedicated to the rambunctious crowd and the city of San Francisco, where group members Baby Daddy and Ana Matronic now call home.

But it was Seattle native Jake Shears, sexy lead singer and songwriter, who stole the show with go go boy-like dance moves and a very in-shape body, squeezed nicely into a dark leather pants/jacket combo. For an encore, he slipped into a hooded one-piece glittery ensemble, and then tore it off to reveal a super-tight uniform similar to what amateur wrestlers wear.

Seattle has its work cut out from them, as the San Francisco audience last night was ECSTATIC from beginning to end. They never slowed down, dancing and singing and shaking everything the Lord gave them. Gay boys comprised most of the crowd, with partygoing straight girls coming in second. There was also a scattering of lesbians and straight couples. Together, they turned the Warfield Theater upside down! So if you got tickets to Monday or Tuesday night's shows in Seattle, get ready to let loose. And, don't forget your boas, costume gear and Pride trinkets.

"I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" was the first song performed during the encore. And it sounded three times as amazing as the CD version.

More on Scissor Sisters gay-la in San Francisco in next week's issue of the Seattle Gay News. When visiting this very hip, very gay city, choose to stay at The Mosser Hotel, fabulously located right in the heart of downtown and on the same square block as Old Navy, Ambercrombie & Fitch and Bloomingdales. It's a five minute streetcar ride on the F line to the Casto district, San Francisco's hopping gay sector. Visit for details.

Photo of Scissor Sisters, courtesy of Universal Music Group.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Buju is back, in Seattle tonight

Spoke to soon! Apparently, Buju Banton will now perform tonight at 10 PM at Studio Seven (110 S. Horton St, Seattle; eight blocks south of Safeco Feild in the SODO District).

No word yet if any counter protest is being planned. Stay tuned.

Studio Seven's phone nubmer is 206-286-1312.

Last May, Buju Banton lead the sing-along of Boom Bye Bye in Miami. I can see it now: shoot gay men in the head, pour acid over them, and burn them alive.

Check it out: here!

Neumos: Buju Banton concert cancelled

Here's a letter from Neumos Owner Steven Severin:

After much debate, Neumos has cancelled the Buju Banton show.

Our mission of providing for the free expression of art must give way in this situation to our responsibility to the health and safety of our patrons and the community. The publication and dissemination of the lyrics for one of this artist’s songs has created the potential for violence that we will not tolerate.

To our patrons who were looking forward to this show, we apologize that you will not be able to see an artist you wanted to see. To those in the community that were deeply offended that we would bring an overtly homophobic artist to the heart of capitol hill we apologize.

We are mindful that this action comes at significant social costs. As a performing arts venue we take pride in allowing artists to freely express their views without censorship or prior restraint. We believe that dissent and disagreement are vital and healthy parts of a community. The song, “Boom Bye Bye” written by Buju Banton over a decade ago when he was fifteen clearly goes beyond such dissent and disagreement, is abhorrent and cannot be defended by anyone. We sympathize with and understand the strong emotions that the publication and dissemination of the lyrics have incited in our community. Because of this, the show cannot go on.

Steven Severin
Neumos/Wake Up Productions/Liberty Lounge
Owner/Talent Buyer

Monday, September 25, 2006

Neumos: Musician who urges death to gays to perform

Musicians who sing songs urging people to shoot gay men in the head, pour acid over them, and burn them alive is just fine for Neumos (925 E. Pike Street, Seattle), a popular Capitol Hill venue for music performances.

Apparently, Neumos thinks bringing a bigoted musician and his followers to an area with the city's largest population of gay residents and establishments frequented by Gays is a good idea. Fortunately, many disagree.

A pre-concert protest is being planned to take place outside of Neumos on Wednesday, September 27th at 7 PM. The concert starts at 9 PM.

A meeting to plan the protest has been called for Tuesday, September 26th at the Seattle LGBT Community Center (1115 East Pike Street, Seattle) at 7 PM.

HereƂ’s what the protest organizers, Seattle Stop Buju Banton, have to say:

[Buju] Banton's big hit song, "Boom Bye Bye," incites the execution-style killing of gay and lesbian people. He urges listeners to shoot gays in the head, pour acid over them, set them alight, and burn them like car tires. "Boom Bye Bye" is probably the most murderous incitement recorded by any singer in the world, and Banton still performs "Boom Bye Bye." The record remains on sale. He re-released it on his recent Greatest Hits album. Banton is still making money from his incitement to kill gay people.

Banton does not merely express his disapproval of homosexuality. He calls for all homosexuals to be killed and incites his listeners to go out and murder gays and lesbians. This goes way beyond an acceptable expression of opinion. Lesbian and gay people have a right to live their lives free from threats to kill them. Inciting violence against any human being for any reason is totally unacceptable.

By giving Banton any kind of platform, Neumos is colluding with a performer who wants gays and lesbians dead. It is our belief that no mainstream club would book performers who call for the death of other groups of people. Even if Banton agrees not to sing his "Boom Bye Bye" song at the Neumos, it would still be wrong to have him on the stage. Singers who incite the murder of gay people (or anyone else) should be shunned, not rewarded. Take the example of a singer with neo-Nazi sympathies, who had previously released a song calling for the gassing of Jews. Would Neumos host them if they promised not to sing their anti-Semitic diatribes? We think not.

Fearing violence, the Washington Association of Churches has issued its own statement calling for the cancellation of the concert:

We understand that Mr. Banton continues to perform "Boom Bye Bye" in his live performances and that violence against gays and lesbians has ensued in the wake of his appearances. Because of that, other communities and performance venues have recently canceled his performances.

We therefore urge people throughout Washington State to urge the management of Neumos nightclub to cancel Mr. Banton's performance as well.

We do not believe that our collective ethics, morality or religious values in Washington State can allow us to remain silent when someone calls a for murder to a reggae beat in an effort to disguise it as speech or art.

Mr. Banton's performance of "Boom Bye-Bye" in our community should not be protected as free speech -- because it is truly an amplified call for bigoted and hateful mayhem.


(The Jamaican patios lyrics to "Boom Bye Bye" are followed, line by line, by translations into Standard English)

Anytime Buju Banton come
Anytime Buju Banton comes

Batty bwoy get up an run
Faggots get up and run......

Boom bye bye
Boom (gun shot) bye bye (Goodbye, as in you're dead)

Inna batty bwoy head
In a faggot's head

Rude bwoy no promote no nasty man
Rude boy don't promote any nasty (queer) man

Dem haffi dead
They have to die.....

Send fi di matic an
Send for the automatic (gun) and

Di Uzi instead
The Uzi (gun) instead

Shoot dem no come if we shot dem-
Shoot them, don't come (to help them) if we shoot them......

Guy come near we
If a guy comes near me

Then his skin must peel
Then his skin must peel
(Note: In Jamaica, pouring acid on an individual is a common
revenge tactic)

Burn him up bad like an old tire wheel
Burn him up bad like an old tire


To contact Neumos about their decision to book Buju Banton, call 206-709-9467 or e-mail

Event organizers are also urging people to contact their local elected officials to request additional police presence on Capitol Hill during the concert.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Details for Joshua Radin's free performance in Bellevue

Great entertainment can be expensive. So please take advantage of Joshua Radin's free performance at the Hilton Bellevue on Sunday, September 24. Set time, hotel address and specifics are below.

Radin will play songs from his critically-acclaimed debut We Were Here as part of 103.7 "The Mountain"'s new "Sunday Brunch Session" series. It's possible Radin, who appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's late night talk show this week, will sign autographs afterwards, though we cannot confirm it at this time. Do take your copy of the CD, available for purchase at Easy Street and Sonic Boom record stores, to the event on Sunday just in case.

This is a top notch artist who will undoubtedly climb the success ladder in the years to come, which is why a free intimate performance is highly recommended by us here at the Seattle Gay News who strongly support Joshua Radin. Also, Radin appears on The Last Kiss film soundtrack, and autographed three copies of the CD along with members of rock group Snow Patrol for an exclusive SGN giveaway. You can enter to win one of these CDs at any Sonic Boom Records location (Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard).

"Sunday Brunch Session" with Joshua Radin
Presented by 103.7 (FM) "The Mountain"
Sunday, September 24 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Hilton Bellevue - 300 112th Avenue SE in Bellevue

Free show, free parking. First come basis. Brunch and/or drinks available for purchase.

Photo of Joshua Radin, courtesy of Columbia Records.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Joshua Radin to give free, special performance in Bellevue

Seattle Gay News is very pleased to announce a special performance by up and coming artist Joshua Radin next weekend at the Hilton Bellevue. See tomorrow's issue of our publication for specific day and time, in "The Music Lounge" column.

As part of radio station 103.7 "The Mountain"'s new "Sunday Brunch Session" in Bellevue, Radin will perform material from his debut album We Were Here, already earning a four-star review from Rolling Stone magazine.

Radin, who contributes two songs to The Last Kiss film soundtrack, has interviewed twice with the Seattle Gay News. And, he will join rock group Snow Patrol in doing something very special for us, so make sure you pick up a copy of this week's Seattle Gay News, hitting the streets tomorrow afternoon, for this announcement in "The Music Lounge".

There is no cost to see Joshua Radin at the Hilton Bellevue this weekend. Brunch will be available for purchase. Seattle Gay News is proud to continue its support of this truly gifted artist. Ear-sample Radin's music on his MySpace page:

Re-visit this blog site in the coming week for more information on this special event. We Were Here is available for purchase at all Easy Street and Sonic Boom record stores.

Photo of Joshua Radin, courtesy of Sony-BMG Records.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Grab a Jackass: Number Two movie pass tonight at Manray

You know you want it. So, come and get it.

Seattle Gay News is giving away free movie passes for the outrageous new film Jackass: Number Two tonight at Manray Video Bar (514 East Pine). Starting at 9pm, bartenders will hand them out to those old enough to walk inside. You must be 21+ to enter.

Every Tuesday is "Alternative Tuesdays", where we play music videos by the coolest alternative artists. So, we invite you to stay and watch videos by The Killers, Goldfrapp, Coldplay, Guster, Franz Ferdinand, Wolfmother, and more. Speaking of Wolfmother, they're featured on the Jackass: Number Two film trailer that we'll be showing tonight as well. The movie opens nationwide on September 22.

Besides free movie passes, admitting you and a guest to an advance screening next week, we've got other "Jackass" goodies that we'll be giving away too. Come have a cocktail with a fun, alt music-loving crowd. Gay or straight, everyone is welcome to have a good time.

Jackass: Number Two image, courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Jackass: Number Two movie pass giveaway

Seattle Gay News will be giving away free movie passes to an advance screening of Jackass: Number Two, starring Johnny Knoxville and his crew of outrageous stuntmen, Tuesday night at Manray Video Bar (514 East Pine) starting at 9pm.

The film is the newest addition to the Jackass franchise, following a popular MTV series run and the first motion picture installment. Much like it's self-titled predecessor, Jackass: Number Two finds Knoxville and his all-male co-horts abandoning good behavior and taking the world on, one wild dare at a time.

Movie passes will be given out during "Alternative Tuesdays", a weekly club night for alt pop and rock fans sponsored by Seattle Gay News and Manray Video Bar. From 9pm to 1am, VJ Nik plays music videos by the coolest alternative artists, including Wolfmother, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists, Head Automatica, Beck, Coldplay, Morningwood, The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand and Bjork.

Each movie pass admits two people to an advance screening of Jackass: Number Two on Wednesday, September 20. You must present a pass to be admitted into the theatre. Jackass: Number Two is rated "R".

Besides free passes and random goodies, we'll be showing the official film trailer with the theme song performed by Wolfmother. It's a hoot!

Jackass: Number Two poster art, courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Saturday, September 9, 2006

"The Last Kiss" free movie passes at Neighbours tonight

Free movie passes for "The Last Kiss", starring Zach Braff (TV's "Scrubs", Rachel Bilson (TV's "The OC"), Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, two-time Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner, Jacinda Barrett and Casey Affleck, will be given away at Neighbours (1509 Broadway) tonight beginning at 10pm. Entry to the club may be required to receive a free movie pass. The film is rated "R".

A & E writer Lorelei Quenzer reviews "The Last Kiss" next week for the Seattle Gay News.

Photo of "The Last Kiss", courtesy of Dreamworks Pictures.

Friday, September 8, 2006

SGN giving away Elton John concert package

Do you have tickets to either of Elton John’s upcoming concerts at Seattle’s Key Arena, just two weeks away? We do. And we’re willing to part with them to make someone else’s day a little brighter.

Seattle Gay News wants to send one Elton John fan and a guest to see the music legend in concert later this month. But we’re not stopping there. We’ve put together a package that includes a one-night stay at a hotel close to Key Arena, a copy of John’s new CD The Captain and the Kid, and a $10 Starbucks gift card for coffee after the show. It’s a prize package valued at $300.00.

Our giveaway launches on Thursday, September 14 at a local restaurant-lounge, and you can find out which one in this week’s issue of the Seattle Gay News, in “The Music Lounge” column. Copies of the newspaper will be distributed this evening at various metro neighborhoods, including all gay bars and businesses on Capitol Hill. The contest runs through Wednesday, September 20.

Thursday, September 7, 2006


Brian Travis, running for senator of the 46th legislative district, received a zero rating from SEAMEC (Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee) after filling out a written questionnaire and rudely declining an in-person interview.

SEAMEC's ratings, which run from 0-5, grade candidates based on their attitudes, awareness, and activism regarding LGBT issues. A rating of 5 indicates a candidate who demonstrates leadership, while a 0 is given to those who appear outright hostile.

Travis' ratings were determined solely from his handwritten response to SEAMEC's written questionnaire. Throughout the five-page questionnaire, Travis repeatedly indicated his lack of knowledge and support for LGBT issues. In response to a question regarding what actions he had taken to support the LGBT community, he wrote, "I pray for you". When asked if he identified as LGBT, Travis wrote into the margins, "Thankfully I'm normal". Travis awarded himself an A on his sentiment/sympathy towards LGBT issues and then scribbled: "I have much sympathy for you poor misguided people."

According to Travis' website,, if elected he will "Help give our newest citizens a fair start by requiring mandatory state funded English immersion classes for all new immigrants and make English the official language of Washington State. Thereby requiring all official state business to be conducted in English only after 2012, giving citizens five years to learn the language."

The site requests viewers share their issues via his e-mail address,

Travis is running against democratic incumbent Ken Jacobson, who has held the position since 1997.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

The Last Kiss movie pass giveaway

Seattle Gay News will be giving away free movie passes to an advance screening of The Last Kiss, starring Zach Braff (Garden State, TV's "Scrubs") and Rachel Bilson (TV's "The OC") this Saturday night - September 9 - at Neighbours (1509 Broadway) beginning at 10pm.

The Last Kiss is a romantic comedy about being happy in love, but unaware of what's lurking around the corner. The film also stars Jacinda Barrett (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason). Watch the trailer here:

And, stay glued to the Seattle Gay News because we will soon be announcing an exclusive, extra giveaway related to The Last Kiss.

All movies passes are good for two people. The advance screening is Wednesday, September 13 (7pm), at Pacific Place. You must present a pass to be admitted into the theater. The Last Kiss is rated R.

Monday, September 4, 2006

Bumber-blog: Monday evening

The showstopper at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival was soul-blues mama Bettye LaVette. She drew a big crowd, and they were treated to some of the funkiest, smoothest, and gosh darn amazing vocals in the business. LaVette's rendition of John Prine's "Souvenirs" was powerful and emotional. This woman can sing, and she proved it out there today.

Another great act was newcomer Brett Dennen, a red-haired kid from Godknowswhere, USA with a reggae-influenced sound that soaked up the 80s-degree weather at Seattle Center just fine. I absolutely loved Dennen's stage personality - he was confident, playful, sweet, and charming all at the same time. He's the most interesting young man, with pasty white skin and a lanky body - but that didn't stop him from boogie'ing down on stage. Dennen opens for John Mayer and Sheryl Crow later this month at White River Amphitheatre, and I can't wait to see him again.

The Steve Miller Band played in front of a huge audience at Memorial Stadium early in the afternoon under a blazing sun. This is where I got my new suntan, so thank you Steve Miller Band for getting me out there. And thank you for playing some of your biggest hits, including "Jet Airliner", "Rock n' Me", "Take the Money and Run", and an extra long version of "Fly Life an Eagle". I wasn't too thrilled with the addition of a twenty-minute blues drill in the middle of Miller's set, and this is when he lost a lot of fans who thought he'd never get to the good stuff.

There were sold out lines for Sparta, and at least one concertgoer was tossed out by security. He had no pants on, just boxers. So I'm not sure what happened. There was a lot of skin being shown at Seattle Center today, mostly by guys ready to start school tomorrow or rushing into fraternties in late September.

Funk-ska band Breakstra had the entire Bumbrella Stage crowd hopping, and sardined at least 500 to 700 people into that stage's lawn. I enjoyed a nice massage just behind the Bumbrella Stage, killing two birds with one stone - listening to cool music and rewarding myself for a long day on the job.

Well, on behalf of Jessica and Lorelei and the entire crew at Seattle Gay News, we hope you enjoyed this extra coverage of the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival for 2006. We'll do it again next year. And stay glued, because I'll be blogging later this month from San Francisco as we bring you exclusive coverage of the Download Festival with performances by Beck, Muse, The Shins, Wolfmother, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Coheed and Cambria, and more.

Bumber-blog Monday afternoon:

Hey there, it's Albert and I've just arrived at Seattle Center for Bumbershoot after spending most of my morning watching the US Open tennis tournament on TV.

So, here are some helpful tips if you're headed to the festival today:

* Take Metro's special shuttle, with direct service from downtown to Seattle Center, located at 3rd and Pike. It runs every 10 minutes, costs $1.25, and will be in service until 11:30 tonight.

* Bring cash because there are few ATMs on the festival grounds, and not many food vendors and retail booths accept debit/credit cards.

* Pack light, as you'll likely be on your feet for most of the day. It's supposed to be very warm today, so maybe a light sweater and lightweight pants/sweats to slip on at night will do you good.

The crowd is getting bigger by the minute, and already tons of folks are getting in line for the Steve Miller Band at Memorial Stadium. Also performing today, who I recommend, are Brett Dennen at the More Music Stage (he's opening later this month for John Mayer and Sheryl Crow). Dennen starts at 1:30pm. Soul diva Bettye LaVette performs on the same stage at 4:45pm, punk rockers Sparta are on the What's Next Stage at 7:15pm, CocoRosie gets busy on Northwest Court Lounge at 8pm, and Feist croons on the More Music stage at 8:45pm. And, if you're into alt-rock then you don't wanna miss Metric on the Backyard Stage at 9:30pm.

It's $30 to get into Bumbershoot, and well worth it. And the guys, ranging from high school jocks to middle-age techies, are already starting to feel the heat and losing their T-shirts. That alone is worth the price of admission. (wink)

Photo of Steve Miller Band cover art, courtesy of the artist's record label.

Sunday, September 3, 2006

Bumber-blog: Wrapping up Sunday

Phew! It sure was hot enough! Today's high was 84, right between the two extremes I heard predicted this morning. Tomorrow should be even cooler still, at least by a few degrees. I'll tell you, I almost smacked myself in the head for leaving my poncho at home when the clouds started to accumulate at about 4pm. But no fears! Those clouds only meant a little more humidity. And no sunburn possibilities, since I managed to find shade at every outdoor venue. When I left you I was speeding off to the Mural Amphitheatre, which is shaded by cherry trees. Not only is there the whiff of slightly rotten fruit under the arbor, but the cherries are dry, hard, and hurt like a son of a bitch when they fall. Here's a hint for tomorrow's More Music stage shows: try to position yourself under a sturdy branch so the fruit'll bounce and hit someone else in the head; if you're subtle you can pelt obnoxious neighbors (who, moi?) with them. A hat is also a good idea, as the crows and starlings are eating the cherries, and what goes in.... ahem.

West Valley Highway drew a comparatively small early-morning (for Bumbershoot) crowd; presumably those not interested in lining up for a Kanye West pass. I'll admit: they were a little too honky in the honky tonk for me. The Amphitheatre was considerably more crowded for the next act, Electric Shades of Blue. Lead singer/guitarist Kurtis Dengler, who like most of the band's members is only 16, said he had bad news for the crowd: "We changed to death metal. We're now 'Electric Death.'" He then played a riff, gave a loud scream... and cut it short before anyone could run away, saying, "Just kidding!" They proceeded to rock the More Music Stage for an hour with their classic R&B set.

I had to leave a little early, though, to catch The Like at the Backyard Stage. The trio had literally just flown in from England and appeared a little jet-lagged despite their girly frocks. They arrived with mascara-rimmed eyes and flowing hair and played an ultra-short set of only 40 minutes. My favorites were "Z" Berg's vocals on their originals "What I Say and What I Mean" and "(So I'll Sit Here) Waiting," from the Thirteen soundtrack, and their cover of the Sex Pistol's "Submission." Maybe it's the limitations of a guitar-bass-drum combo, but their songs, although pop-py (in a good way), seemed to blend together. Hopefully next time they're in town they can come well-rested and give us a real show.

Then it was back to the Mural Amphitheatre. At 2:45 -- fifteen minutes before the show -- the lawn was so packed with bodies I seriously questioned my sanity for ever having left my cozy shaded spot for the likes of The Like. Lucky for me, my neighbors from the hour before were contemplating a brief venue change themselves. We negotiated a space-sharing treaty -- see? I can play nice -- and I was ready for more music. Sonya Kitchell's voice is like butter: rich and creamy, with just the right amount of seasoning ... okay, I've officially run that metaphor into the ground. Seriously, she reminds me of Sarah McLachlan and kd lang. And this little whippersnapper has the gall to be only 17 years old. Boy, the musicians on this stage are making me feel old! Or maybe the ache in my back is doing that. Here's wishing Sonya good luck on her tour of Japan, which starts tomorrow.

And if I thought the crowd was crazy for Sonya Kitchell, Matt Costa really turned them out. Over 2/3 of the crowd was on their feet for Matt, who came on in a safety orange touk. His 13-song set was fresh and fabulous. Most of the tunes came off of his latest CD, Songs We Sing, including the title track -- I love the song's reference to the Beatles' "Bungalow Bill" -- and one of my favorites, "Sweet Thursday." The Watson Twins, who are currently on Costa's tour, joined in the last two songs. Lucky me!! I got to hang out with Matt at the Tower Records booth after the show. He was super nice, staying for over an hour to sign cds, posters, t-shirts, arms and one guitar case. He took time to take photos with practically everyone. When I asked him what the weirdest thing he'd signed that afternoon was, he replied, "A cigarette." Well, that's one that won't be smoked next to the food court! I also asked him if he thought his knitted cap would start a safety orange trend. He chuckled, "I hope so. I want to protect people from dangers... like getting shot in the head." He seemed genuinely surprised by the massive turnout.
Folks were already on the prowl for extra Kanye West tickets -- I told you to get here early! -- offering $10 apiece. Allegedly. But, having secured another comfy spot on the Amphitheatre's slope, I decided to stay put for Newfies Great Big Sea. These Canucks had the entire crowd on their feet, playing practically everything in their repertoire. "Captain Kid" and "Concerning Charlie Horse," from their latest album The Hard and the Easy, were well-received, but the old favorites went over best. I was particularly fond of "The Night Pat Murphy Died," "General Taylor" and "I'm A Rover."

My final admission for the night: although I love Celtic music (I really, really heart Great Big Sea, guys, really!) I snuck out a little early to beat the crowds. Metro buses were free to downtown, and the one I caught in front of the EMP took me straight down 2nd Ave to Pike.

Electric Shades of Blue photo courtesy artist's website; Sonya Kitchell photo courtesy Velour Records; Matt Costa photo by Quang Le, courtesy Universal Music; Great Big Sea photo by Andrew MacNaughtan, courtesy Rounder Records.

Bumber-blog: Sunday

It's just after 11:00 am at Bumbershoot: the gates have just opened and, boy, today is gonna be a HOT one! Hopefully a little less hot -- weather-wise -- than yesterday, but no less hot musically. Hee hee. There is absolutely no free street parking left, and the pay lots are starting to fill up. If you're coming (and you know you are) then I reccommend taking Metro to Seattle Center. Not only is it easier to catch a bus, it's also way cheaper to park downtown. There's even a special service from Northgate Mall to B'shoot, every 20 minutes -- check out the details on the Bumbershoot website. But if you do take Metro please pack your patience. There are a lot of buses but right now it seems like there are even more people. Meanwhile, the lines to enter the veunue are gnarly, so they're sure to be heinous for mainstage show wristbands; I'd get my assets over here asap if you want to see Kanye West.

Otherwise, so far so good: there have been no announced changes to the schedule yet. I'll try to get back to let you know if something comes up. Right now my mission is to find a little shade, roll out my blanket and park it for a while. I don't want to schlep my stuff all over the Center in temps that could get as high as 88 -- or as comfy as 78, depending on which weather predictions you believe. Seattle's West Valley Highway kicks it off at the Mural Amphitheatre at 11:45 am with their brand of jazzy honky tonk; then I'm off to the Backyard Lawn to catch The Like at 2:00 pm. I'd better run if I want to grab anything to eat. The hordes (read that carefully, I said "hordes") are arriving!

Kanye West photo by Sarah Friedman, courtesy Def Jam Records; The Like photo by KT Auleta, courtesy Geffen Records.

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Bumber-blog: Saturday part two

Just got back to the press tent after Blondie...and if you were tough enough to brave the sweaty masses and the intense sun, you were treated to a run through of some of Blondie's best. Debbie sounded great, and the band were in top form. New wave and pop enthusiasts couldnn't stop jumping up and down as they tore through "Call Me", "Hanging on the Telephone", "Atomic", and "The Tide is High". Much to my delight, Debbie introduced a cover of Roxy Music's "More Than This", which sounded fantastic and it should! Her voice was amazing throughout "Maria" as well.

But the happiest surprise of the day for me so far has been The Gossip. Hailing from Portland, and representing the "queers" (as adorable and amazing lead singer Beth Ditto put it)- this band really blew everyone away. Most people of course were gathered to see Blondie, but everyone warmed up to The Gossip immediately. I've heard much about this band but never had a chance to see them. Singer Beth Ditto is such a charmer- very charismatic and funny as well. They're very new wave with SOUL...that girl can really belt out a song. I can't wait to go pick up their newest record- Standing In The Way of Control.

If you're headed to Bumbershoot later on- don't miss the Epoxies, and later, Badly Drawn Boy on the Backyard Stage.

Bumber-blog: Saturday

Hey everyone- it's noon and I've just arrived at Bumbershoot 2006. A crowd is already building and lines are forming at the various entrances around Seattle Center. I'd suggest making it easy on yourself and taking Seattle Metro from Capitol Hill or even parking downtown, where it will be a lot cheaper than the Seattle Center lots (ranging $8-$12) and then you can just walk or take a Bumbershoot shuttle from 3rd and Pike on over to the Bumbershoot grounds. They're running every ten minutes so it should be simple and quick. If you're driving in, I found a lot at 1st and Mercer that was only $8 and very close to the grounds.

I'm going to grab a bite to eat and check out the vendors...then I'm super excited to start the day off at the Mainstage with The Gossip, followed by BLONDIE! I can hardly wait. Stay tuned!

Friday, September 1, 2006

2006 Bumbershoot: SGN music writers to Bumber-blog from Seattle Center

Seattle Gay News is proud to once again be part of the media covering this weekend's Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival at Seattle Center.

Three music writers from the SGN (myself - Albert Rodriguez, Lorelei Quenzer, Jessica Browning) will be attending the three-day festival, taking in the action and basking in the expected 80s-degree weather. We'll Bumber-blog on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings and evenings to bring you updates, individual performance comments, artist sightings and also provide you with tips on where to park, eat, and get a nice, cold beverage. If there's anything we think you should know before heading to Seattle Center, we'll mention it here.

Jessica Browning kicks things off tomorrow afternoon, so log on sometime early in the afternoon to get her Saturday spin. And, look for our Bumbershoot preview in the print edition of this week's Seattle Gay News, distrubuted later today.

Tickets for Bumbershoot are available at the gate, priced at $30 per day and $80 for a three-day pass. For the complete lineup, visit

C-you at Bumbershoot!!!

Photo of Blondie, courtesy of artist's official website.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

WA Supreme Court asked to reconsider marriage ruling

The Washington State Supreme Court has been asked to reconsider its narrow 5-4 decision to uphold the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The attorneys for the 19 plaintiffs who sued for the right to marry made the announcement in a written statement on Tuesday afternoon.

The state's highest court had given the attorney's until today to decide if they would file a motion for reconsideration. If the motion is granted, the justices could call for further oral arguments or simply issue a ruling on the matter.

The Northwest Women's Law Center attorney, Nancy Sapiro, said the "stakes in this case are so high" that the attorneys had to explore "every option available..."

Monday, August 21, 2006

Alternative Tuesdays at ManRay

Seattle Gay News has a sweet tooth for alternative pop and rock music, and each week we share our favorites with the fun folks at ManRay Video Bar (514 E. Pine) Tuesdays starting at 9pm.

We invite you to join us tomorrow to see and hear the newest, coolest music videos from artists like Beck, The Raconteurs, Wolfmother, Muse, Goldfrapp, Angels & Airwaves, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guster, She Wants Revenge, Snow Patrol, Keane, and many more. In weeks to come we'll have brand new videos from Scissor Sisters and The Killers.

Requests are taken, either send them an e-mail via their myspace page ( or bring in a request list of alternative videos.

No cover ever. Drink specials all night. The crowd is hip, fun and mostly gay, yet it's a comfortable atmosphere for your straight friends to join you for cocktails and great music. If you dig alternative sounds, this is where to be.

Photo courtesy of the ManRay's official website.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Au revoir, Out On Screen!

I can't believe I'm leaving Vancouver, and Out On Screen is barely getting started! So many films, such puny willpower. I swear, my seat-sitting stamina just isn't what it used to be.

I took a little flak from other festival-goers for my take on the Opening Night Film, Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims. I didn't mean to suggest that it was a major success. In fact, I know I said it wasn't going to be everybody's cuppa green tea. But my particular, some would say peculiar, fondness for samurai films and anime series made me predisposed to enjoy the Monty Python-esque antics of Yaji, Kita, et al. Had the movie been about 1/2 an hour shorter I might have avoided the hisses and groans when I expressed my delight with the film. So I can't recommend it to you (when it comes out on DVD) until I've met and/or psychoanalyzed your personal preferences. That'll be 5 cents, please.

I can recommend Summer Storm, which I reviewed in the March 31st edition of the SGN. It played at Out On Screen Saturday night and repeats Wednesday at the Tinseltown at 9:30 pm. One film I'm especially sorry to miss is the festival's "centrepiece," Gypo. I also missed it at this year's SIFF. If you're familiar with other Dogme films (Italian For Beginners, Open Hearts) then you know all the cinematography will be done using hand-held cameras and natural lighting, there won't be a scored soundtrack, and the acting will be heavily improvised. Like Kurosawa's Rashomon, Gypo tells three sides to a single story, bringing up questions of immigration and race in Great Britain. Gypo will be at the Tinseltown, 7:00 pm on Tuesday. It's followed by a showcase of local shorts, The Coast is Queer (9:30 pm).

I'm also sad to be missing out on Thursday's Cinecity Script Reading, Saturday's screening of My Brother Nikhil, and, of course, Sunday's Closing Gala and screening of 20 Centimetres. Check out the entire Out On Screen schedule at And even if the movie you want to see is sold out, don't lose hope -- get in the HOPE line! A lot of seats go unused by the pass holders, and those tickets are released for sale 15 minutes before the screening. Bring cash.

A little more about Bard On the Beach. If you go: All performances are general admission. When you come through the main entry, head for the tall tables with colorful notepads and crayons. No, this is not some art project... write your name on a piece of the paper, then head for the tent where your production will be showing. (Oh, did I forget to mention that BOtB is held in tents?) One of the nice ushers will help you find a spot; tape your nametag to your seat. Yes, the usher will give you tape. Then head back out for beverage service, or check out the souvenir tent for all chatchkas Shakespeare.

Did you know that the Sandman Suites (on Davie) has a spa? It's called phresh, and they have everything from massages and facials to teeth whitening and couples pedicures. I'll have to try some treatments -- on my next visit, no time today! That's the great thing about a town you like: leave a few things "undone" so you have an excuse to come back. If you're looking for even more things to do, including detailed info on Vancouver's club scene, the guys at can set you "straight." They publish the Gay Friendly Vancouver In Town Guide, and they have loads and loads of advice about the West End and hot spots all around the city.

That's it from Out On Screen and Vancouver! I'm off for some authentic dim sum, then I'll hit the road home. I can't believe I'm going to work tomorrow! Talk to you later.

Updated to add photos: Yaji & Kita and Gypo photos courtesy Out On Screen

Out On Screen: Hie thee to Vancouver!

It's already Sunday morning, and I'm really sorry if you missed any Out On Screen films because you were waiting for me. I know, I'm a late-night blogger, but boy, do I have a lot to fill you in on! Last night's films at the Cinemark Tinseltown were a mixed bag: the shorts were a little uneven (that sounded vaguely sexul, didn't it?), and the New Zealand film, 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous had a charming naivete. The winner was Queens (Reinas), a comedy/melodrama about the first gay weddings in Spain. It stars Carmen Maura, Veronica Forque and Marisa Paredes as mothers of three of the grooms. It replays Monday, same time (9:30 pm), same station (Tinseltown). But I'll have a chance to tell you more later -- check out the SGN in a few weeks, as Reinas comes to the Harvard Exit on September 29th.

And if you were hanging around, waiting for me to show up at the Festival gSpot (that's "g" for "gathering," silly) then I'm doubly sorry you were disappointed. As happens with festivals, the movies started behind schedule and stayed there, and while the Honey Lounge is just across the street from the Tinseltown theatres, as a solo lady I was loathe to make my way home via public transportation so late at night. I'm sure you drank enough for the both of us.

So why haven't I written earlier? Doll-face, there is so much happening in Vancouver, I hardly know what to do with myself when I roll out of bed! After a peek at my breathtaking view from the Sandman Suites on Davie, and a yummy breakfast (I recommend you check out the hotel's restaurant, Moxie's Classic Grill), I had to get in a little sightseeing. Did you know that there's a city bus that will take you all the way to Grouse Mountain? It's mostly heaven to get around Vancouver via bus, other than late night trips through questionable neighborhoods... but I'll tell you more about solo travel when I get back to Seattle.

Grizzly Bear at Grouse Mountain ...
behind an electrified fence. I promise.

Meanwhile, even I can't see movies all day, every day, so tonight I took myself hence... to Vanier Park and and Bard on the Beach! I loves me some Shakespeare, and I think you'll enjoy this re-telling of the Iliad - er, I mean Troilus and Cressida, from the point of view of the American Civil War. The staging is simple and effective. And Achilles and Patroclus are h-o-t. Othe plays performed this season are A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, and the rarely seen The Winter's Tale. I'm sure they're all good, but grab a ticket for MSND quick, since it's almost sold out.

Even though I'll be missing tonight's... I mean, tomorrow's Out On Screen films -- hey, I have to get back to work on Monday, remember? -- here are some recommendations: The director of Women In Love (5:00 pm, Tinseltown) will be in attendance for a Q&A. Karen Everett uses a compilation of video diaries, home video and interviews to explore the world of Lesbian love. My pick for the evening follows at 7:00 pm. I Know That I Am was literally smuggled out of Iran thanks to the tenacity of director Peyman Khosravi. It tells the story of Transgendered in a country where sexual "deviancy" is punishable by hanging. A post-film party takes place across the street at the gSpot at 9:30. Or you can check out the films at the Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street at Helmcken). Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema takes a look at Gay representation in film that promises to pick up where Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet left off. That starts at 7:00 pm, and is followed at 9:30 by Pow! Wow!, a program of shorts showcasing aboriginal -- First Nations or Native American -- shorts.

I'll blog one more time from Vancouver with suggestions for what to see during the rest of the festival, as well as some other events and resources for your Vancouver travel. Sweet dreams!
Updated to add photos: Top - photo of Queens courtesy Out On Screen; photo of Grouse Mountain Grizzly by Lorelei; photo of I Know That I Am director Peyman Khosravi courtesy Out On Screen.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Out On Screen starts with an outrageous romp

The opening night Gala is over, sigh, but that just means there are ten more nights of movies left to enjoy! Well, not for me, since I leave on Sunday, but if you book your tickets today you'll get to see a bunch of great movies. In its 18th year, Vancouver's Out On Screen presents a blend of international, art and documentary films, and the resulting concoction is just right: a little froth, a little seriousness, and a lot of great movies you'd never get to see otherwise.

Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims, the opening night selection, was ca-RAY-zee! An anachronism-filled, self-aware, genre-bending samurai flick, Yaji and Kita is like a live-action version of my favorite anime series, "Samurai Champloo." If Jin and Mugen were Gay, that is. This has "cult movie" written all over it, and I'm going to have to add it to my library for my samurai Saturdays.

The pre-movie cocktail reception featured sushi -- naturally -- and a chance to rub elbows with the creme of Vancouver's Gay scene. The after party at Celebrities Nightclub was pulsating long past my bedtime (my movie ticket got me in without a cover, as well as a free drink! Yum!) and while the rush at the bar was a little like trying to buy a drink at Babylon -- be pushy, ladies, like Debbie Novotny -- I was still able to get enough in me to pour myself into bed.

Yesterday was so busy I've hardly had a chance to check out my digs. I'm staying at the Sandman Suites on Davie, literally a block from the after-party so I didn't have too far to pour. It's fab staying in Vancouver's West End, the heart of the Gay district. Every "Suite" is like a mini-apartment, with a full kitchen and even a washer/dryer! After a night at the club, I think I might take advantage of that perk.

Tonight there are Out On Screen movies at the Emily Carr Institute on Granville Island: Loving Annabelle (7:00 pm) and That Tender Touch (9:30 pm). I'm off to explore the city some more -- no, I'm not allowed to spend any more time or money at Lush -- then I'll be at the Cinemark Tinseltown (88 Pender Street) for a full night of film: a collection of shorts called Groupe Intervention Video (5:00 pm), 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (7:00 pm) and the Spanish Queens (9:30 pm). You'll see my review for Queens in a few weeks, since it's coming to town in September. Then I might hit the after-party at the "Festival g-Spot," The Honey Lounge at the Lotus Hotel (455 Abbott).

I can barely restrain myself, there's so much to tell you about Vancouver! But I think that first I'll go back to my patio, finish my cup of coffee, and enjoy my impressive view of English Bay. See you tomorrow! (Updated to add: photo from balcony at Sandman Suites - above. Stunning, nu?)

Vancouver photo by Lorelei; Queens photo courtesy Out On Screen.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Out On Screen Vancouver

Are you ready for Out On Screen Vancouver? I hope so. Tomorrow's opening night Gala film should be a blast: Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims (Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san) is an update of a 1958 film about two samurai who go on a pilgrimage to Ise Temple to get away from their wives. Only in the 2005 version, Yaji and Kita are Gay and they're going to Ise to help rehabilitate drug addicted Kita. Expect Monty Python-esque non sequiturs, colorful fantasies and a musical number involving motorcycles and mayhem. The afterparty at Celebrities Nightclub is a must! Remember to save your ticket stub for admission to the launch party.

Check out my Out On Screen preview in the SGN for ideas on where to stay and what else to do while you're in town. Meanwhile, I'll be blogging while I'm in Vancouver, so check back for the latest scoop.

Yaji & Kita photo courtesy of Out On Screen

Monday, August 14, 2006

Lifelong blogs from the AIDS conference in Toronto

Four staff members of Lifelong AIDS Alliance are attending the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada. Over 20,000 scientists, health care providers, government officials, and others from around the world meet every two years for the largest forum related to HIV/AIDS in the world.

The staff -- Executive Director Tina Podlodowski, Director of Programs David Richart, Director of Marketing and Development Cory Curtis, and Education and Prevention Manager Erick Seelbach -- will be writng daily updates from the conference, which can be viewed on their website

Curtis wrote the first post on Sunday, in which he describes a keynote from local philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

In tonight’s opening session, Bill Gates, who keynoted after a long list of politicians, said that throughout the world, for every new person treated for HIV/AIDS, ten more are infected. It’s clear that we’re simply not keeping pace.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Joshua Radin steps into SGN's "The Music Lounge" this week

Joshua Radin is a new singer-songwriter whose star is rising quickly. His stunning debut We Were Here earned a four-star review in Rolling Stone magazine and he's just been booked on the Jimmy Kimmel show for an appearance next month.

Seattle Gay News is pleased to feature Joshua Radin in an interview this week in "The Music Lounge" column. In the interview, Radin shows his serious and not so serious side.

What would a summer barbecue be like at Joshua Radin's house? What music essentials does he recommmend to include in your CD collection? And, what item of clothing is he running low on these days? Find out in the August 11 issue of the Seattle Gay News .

Ear-sample Joshua Radin's music on MySpace or visit his official website, He performs live in Seattle on Sunday, August 13, at Neumo's (925 East Pike) opening for Anna "Breathe (2am) Nalick". Tickets, priced at $15, are available now at

Photo of Joshua Radin, courtesy of Sony-BMG Records.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

"Scissor Sisters Central": buy tickets through special pre-sale today!!!

"Scissor Sisters Central", an one-stop information source for all things Scissor Sisters brought to you by Seattle Gay News, is pleased to announce a special pre-sale for tickets to the band's Seattle concerts on October 2 and 3.

Log onto:

Register yourself as a Scissor Sisters fan and buy your tickets TODAY.

Also, make sure to enter a very cool contest that could send you and a guest to see Scissor Sisters on Halloween at an undisclosed location. To enter, log onto:

Photo of Scissor Sisters, courtesy of Universal Music Group.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

"Alternative Tuesdays" at Manray Video Bar for alt music gay fans

Seattle Gay News has a sweet tooth for alternative pop and rock music, and each week we share our favorites with the fun folks at Manray Video Bar (514 E. Pine) starting at 9pm.

We invite you to join us tonight to see and hear the newest, coolest music videos from artists like Beck, We Are Scientists, Wolfmother, Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp, Head Automatica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guster, She Wants Revenge, Snow Patrol, Keane, and many more. Tonight we're premiering videos by Mellowdrone, Aqualung, and Primal Scream.

No cover ever. Drink specials all night. The crowd is hip, fun and mostly gay, yet it's a comfortable atmosphere for your straight friends to join you for cocktails and great music. If you dig alternative sounds, this is where to be.

Photo of Head Automatica, taken by Janette Beckman and courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.

Saturday, August 5, 2006

White River Amphitheatre directions for Kelly Clarkson concert

As mentioned in this week's issue of the Seattle Gay News, we're posting directions to White River Amphitheatre for everyone joining us tomorrow to see and hear two-time Grammy winnner Kelly Clarkson, who performs with opening act Rooney at the outdoor venue. The directions below don't mention SR 169, which I highly recommend because of less congestion and hassle. Tickets are still available for Kelly Clarkson at any Ticketmaster location or at the gate. It's a 45-minute drive from downtown Seattle.


From Seattle area:

I-5 to Highway 18 (exit 142A)
Hwy 18 East to the Auburn Way/Enumclaw exit
At end of off-ramp, turn left onto Auburn Way S/ SR 164
You will pass the Muckleshoot Casino on your left. The venue is 5 miles past the casino on your right.

Paid and free shuttles:

* Free Red Robin shuttle service available for most events from the Auburn SuperMall.

* Paid shuttle from Tacoma, Bellevue, Southcenter and Lynnwood Azteca Restaurant locations.

We will re-post these directions on this site next weekend, in preparation for 107.7's "Endfest" with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol, Wolfmother, Mars Volta, and several other acts. Seattle Gay News is proud to be part of the press-media for "Endfest 15".