ABSOLUT MAYHEM: A CARNIVAL OF SORTS Freaks! Freaks! Freaks! Sure, you'll enjoy Absolut Vodka here, as well as Johnny Walker, Jim Beam, and several other

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Pride Guide

Let the Games Begin. . . .

ABSOLUT MAYHEM: A CARNIVAL OF SORTS Freaks! Freaks! Freaks! Sure, you'll enjoy Absolut Vodka here, as well as Johnny Walker, Jim Beam, and several other guys whose names you probably won't remember. But also on the bill for this commingling of Blu and the Eagle is, yes, the Jim Rose Circus. You know: Mexican transvestite wrestling, Rubber Boy, et al. Comedian Cathy Sorbo will be around to amuse you, and so will a drag queen dunk tank and several DJs (including hard-rockin' DJ Mr. Smith and the Weekly's own beloved DJ, El Toro). A portion of the proceeds benefits Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Noon-2 a.m. Sat., June 28. $12. Outdoors on Harvard Avenue between Pike and Pine streets.

ARTSPRIDE West Seattle's ArtsWest goes gay all of a sudden for a June theater festthanks to a major grant from the Pride Foundationand we couldn't be happier. Next up: The original stage version of Jonathan Harvey's truly Beautiful Thing, the tale of two young lads who find love in the British projects. 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 25 and Fri., June 27-Sat., June 28. Shakespeare's R & J takes a hot-blooded homoerotic peek at the Bard's doomed lovers. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., June 26 and 3 p.m. Sat., June 28. Something must be gay about James and His Marionettes, but your guess is as good as ours. 10:30 p.m. Fri., June 27. An evening of comic QueerProv is led by the inimitable Troy Mink (the mastermind behind beloved Southern matron Carlotta). 10:30 p.m. Sat., June 28. ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0339 for prices and more information.

THE CUFF COMPLEX DJ Kimberly S brings her Los Angeles sass to the Hill. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Sat., June 28. Once again, tons o' gays will party in the blocked-off street fronting the Cuff, uniting in the glory of beer specials and the sounds of DJ Ralphi Rosario and DJ Tory Sands. 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun., June 29. 1533 13th Ave., call 206-323-1525 for cover prices and more information.

DYKE MARCH AND RALLY Lesbians claim the Hill! What begins with mingling and music (the Socials, Lara Davis, and others) moves into a rally featuring keynote speaker Emi Koyama and a march around the neighborhood. 4 p.m. mingle, 5 p.m. rally, 7 p.m. march Sat., June 28. Seattle Central Community College, Broadway Avenue and Pine Street.

FREEDOM DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL The two-day rally and festival kicks into gear with an extensive music and speaker lineup in Volunteer Park. Noon-6 p.m. Sat., June 28-Sun., June 29. The Brady Bunch Movie camps it up in the park's amphitheater. 9 p.m. Sat., June 28. The Running of the Gays (to quote Dina Martina) starts at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Pike Street and continues north until it hits the park. Begins 11 a.m. Sun., June 29. www.seattlepride.org for more information.

THE NEW GAY The Northwest Film Forum, sponsored by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, presents a five-day festival celebrating the many ways to be queer. Events include: The New Gay Show, a night of flaming films, music, performance, and more. 8 p.m. Wed., June 25. The "educational" movie collection of curator Bill Taylor comprises Lock Up Your Sons and Daughters: Anti-Queer Films 1950-1990. 8 p.m. Thurs., June 26. The compelling and surprising butch chick flick By Hook or By Crook returns to Seattle after its run during the Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (it plays with Estranged, a new short by Todd Downing, the mischievous mind behind Jeffrey's Hollywood Screen Trick). 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fri., June 27-Sun., June 29. Call for prices and more information. The Little Theatre, 610 19th Ave. E., 206-329-2629 or www. nwfilmforum.org.

QUEER COMEDY SHOWCASE Drag King maestro Mr. Murray Hill emcees an evening of homo hootin' in a stand-up show featuring the gay wits of Bob Smith, Jason Stuart, and Marga Gomez. 8 p.m. Sat., June 28. $18-$23. Meany Hall, University of Washington campus, 206-292-ARTS.

QUEER PRIDE BURLESQUE Gyrlz and bois show some skina little striptease, a little go-go, a lotta action. BurlyQ feels some pride: Eva Sabotage emcees and ecdysiast Indigo Blue does what she does best. The Queen Bees and Thirston W. Prescott will be here for fun, as will the sonic fantasies of DJ Lu Ying. 8 p.m. Thurs., June 26. $8. The Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike St., 206-324-9210.

RAINBOW WOMEN'S HEALTH FAIR Verbena returns with its annual all-day health-resource event for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. In addition to screenings for bone density, blood pressure, vision, HIV, and more, the day features massage, karate, henna tattooing, and tarot. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., June 28. Free. Pilgrim Congregational Church, corner of Broadway Avenue and Republican Street.

TRI-PRIDE GirlFun(K)'s Lex Mathis, USC's Chad Anderson, and hitgirl!'s incomparable LA Kendall throw a ménage à trois: three parties on three stages, all of which will be graced at some point by Seattle's former drag queen glory, the filthy and fabulous Chocha Fresca (she's gonna open up that potty mouth and let the music play). Stage 1: Pride Past, with disco and funk from the '70s and '80s and a don't-miss bit of Coyote Ugly courtesy of drag goddess Glamazonia (you can't miss hergirlfriend is one tall drink of water!). Stage 2: Pride Present, featuring contemporary house music with DJs Donovan, Honey Dijon, and hitgirl!'s Julie Herrera. Stage 3: Pride Futurama/White Party, including futuristic techno and house DJs (Detroit's fierce DJ Minx will be here) and always-white-and-spacey Mark "Mom" Finley. LA Kendall unleashes her delicious vocals, and a "Red Eye" starts at 2 a.m. E-mail triprideseattle@yahoo.com if you think you deserve entry to the Aristocrats' VIP room. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat., June 28. $15 presale joint cover (on sale at Rado on Broadway) for all three events; $10 joint for Stages 1 and 3 at Aristocrats, 220 Fourth Ave. S., 206-748-9799; $13 for Stage 2 at NoiseLab, 925 E. Pike St.

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