Pride Guide

Let the games begin. . . .

ArtsPride 2004 West Seattle's ArtsWest is still gay, gay, gay, as its annual June festival continues. Next up: The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Chorus goes pop—with a wink—in My Big Fat Gay Wedding, a musical tribute to holy matrimonial bliss that has a queer way with standards like "Chapel of Love" and, yes, even "Ave Maria." 7:30 p.m. Fri., June 25. $15. Local vocalist Tony Cea, who last month nabbed KLSY's "Ultimate Idol" title, belts out a few power ballads (we're betting) in a night of song, with special guest Kari Callin and Bobby Hardy. 10:30 p.m. Fri., June 25. $10. Painting, photography, and glass art by local gay and lesbian artists fill the ongoing "Beyond Expectations" show in the gallery space. ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0339.

The Cuff Complex DJ Kimberly S brings some Los Angeles sass to the Hill. 10 p.m.–3 a.m. Sat., June 26. $3 before 11 p.m./$4 after 11 p.m. Once again, tons o' gay boys will party in the blocked-off street fronting the bar, uniting in the glory of beer specials and the performances of Jeanie Tracy, Jonny McGovern (pop's "Gay Pimp"), and Lonnie Gordon. DJs Chris Cox, Wayne Shepherd, and Rob Hall keep the tunes coming. 1 p.m.–2 a.m. Sun., June 27. $10. 1533 13th Ave., 206-323-1525.

Dorothy's Queer Rock Party Tired of Britney remixes? Head on over to this "out-and-in-your-face" night of homo rock bands from the Pacific Northwest. The lineup begins with Portland's the Divided, then heads into local grrrl-power purveyors Ms. Led, the "altro-pop" of 669, and the heavy-metal crunch of Butch Cavity. 8:30 p.m. Sun., June 27. $3. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 206-323-9853.

The Elite "Come and get lei'd!" (They said it— we didn't.) The tavern's annual Pride Day celebration features a larger beer garden than before, a dunk tank, and hot dogs. Opens at 9 a.m. Sun., June 27. No cover. 622 Broadway E., 206-324-4470.

LadyFest This multivenued festival dedicated entirely to women attempts to "redefine feminism through artistic pursuits." It's off to a great start: bands (over 40 of 'em), fashion, visual arts, dance, performance (Sarah Rudinoff!), panels, workshops, and oh-so-much more. Various times Thurs., June 24–Sun., June 27. $50 all-event pass, $35 five-event punch card, $7–$15 individual events. Various venues include Capitol Hill Arts Center, Graceland, Velocity, and others. See www.ladyfestseattle.org for information.

Out and proud housing Seven retirees discuss housing options for lesbian, gay, and transgender seniors in the Seattle area. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., June 24. Free. Hosted by the LGBT Center, 1115 E. Pike St., 206-727-6260.

Queers on Steers DJs, door prizes from Toys in Babeland, and "Seattle's hottest bar-dancing cowgirls"—what more could a queer want? Proceeds from a ride on a mechanical bull benefit Seattle's LGBT Community Center, and cheap transportation is provided every half-hour on a bus from the center to the site of the homo hoedown. 7 p.m.–2 a.m. Sun., June 27. $10. Cowgirls Inc., 421 First Ave. S.

Seattle Dyke March Lesbians claim the Hill! What begins with mingling, talk (keynote speaker: Chicana lesbian activist Alma Rosa from New Mexico), and entertainment (the fabulous Queen Bees and the Derivative Duo) evolves into a powerful march down Broadway. 5:30 p.m. rally, 7 p.m. march: Sat., June 26. Seattle Central Community College, Broadway Avenue and Pine Street.

Seattle Pride 2004 The two-day rally and festival kicks into gear with an extensive music (headliner: Crystal Waters) and speaker (Rep. Ed Murray and others) lineup at Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill. Noon– 6 p.m. Sat., June 26–Sun., June 27. Gay Bingo in the park prepares for "O-69!" at 6:30 p.m. Sat., June 26. Lily, Jane, and Dolly rid themselves of Dabney Coleman in Nine to Five, this year's movie in the park. 9 p.m. Sat., June 26. The Running of the Gays (to quote Dina Martina) that is the Pride Parade starts at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Pike Street and continues north until it hits the park. Begins 11 a.m. Sun., June 27. See www.seattlepride.org for more information.

Sistah2Sistah Don your evening attire for the organization's 10th-year Gala Dinner and Dance benefit. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. Sat., June 26. $30 person, $55 couple advance/$35 person at door. Rainier Yacht Club, 9094 Seward Park Ave. S., 206-322-7061.

The Underwear Party Painting, photography, and mixed-media sculpture examine the whole boxer/brief aesthetic (and bras, too) in a group show whose sales support the Gay City Health Project. Local artists include Anna Daedalus, Graham Fracha, and Kem Alexander. Reception: 6–9 p.m. Thurs., June 24. Free. Square Room, 1316 E. Pike St., 206-267-7120.

Wildrose Karaoke crooners take over. 8:30 p.m.– 1 a.m. Wed., June 23. The Queen Bees do burlesque at 8 p.m. Thurs., June 24. Whet your appetite with a wet T-shirt contest. 8 p.m.–2 a.m. Fri., June 25. Pride kicks in with a beer garden and music by Ms. Led, the Butchies, and others. 2 p.m.–midnight Sat., June 26. The beer garden continues, and Pride Day music features the Catch, Amazombies, and March Lions, among many others, as well as DJs Amateur Youth and Master Stan. 1–10 p.m. Sun., June 27. 1021 E. Pike St., 206-324-9210.

Work It! Three Dollar Bill Cinema features a trio of recent documentaries 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:20 p.m. Sat., June 26. Free; the first, Hope Against the Wind profiles gay-rights activist Harry Hay. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-333-0375.

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