Friday, April 1, 2011

Oh, Poppets, it’s Spring! Longer, brighter, warmer days. Open windows. The occasional robin or two. More and more events showing up in various social calendars. That last one is how I know Spring has arrived. Throughout winter, I search and scramble for suggestions for you. More often than not, I shrug and give into my penchant for politics. Then spring comes and I have incredible choices to sift through and highlight. Famine to feast in thirty days.

First – and how did I not know about this before now?! – the Seattle Opera offers LGBT nights. There’s only one left this season, but it’s a good one. The May 20th performance of The Magic Flute is our night. For $100, you get admission to the pre-performance lecture, orchestra seating, and wine reception at intermission. Tickets are available through their website:

If film is more your style, check out the DIY Queer Film Festival sponsored by the Producer’s Collective. In this unique festival, the question “what does home mean to you” is explored through home movies created by LGBT film makers. On Sunday, April 10th at 1:00 and 3:00 for the unbeatable price of $5-$15 suggested donation at 1515 12th Avenue.

Finally, I have a confession; I adore drag shows. There is a reason I write for and love Betty, after all. Now, I understand the argument that drag shows play into every negative stereotype the straight world has of us and I really do appreciate that stance. However, for me, drag is all good fun and an enjoyable, much needed expression of personality. Coming from Boston, where there is only one drag club (the wonderful and under-rated Jacques’ Cabaret, if you’re interested), Seattle is a dream come true. Just about any night you want, you can find a drag show somewhere. But two particular nights have me really excited this spring because, yes, my love of drag shows extends to RuPaul’s Drag Race. April 8th and 9th, Shangela is going to be at Julia’s on Broadway. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at or by calling 206/334-0513. Also, on April 22nd and 23rd, Pandora Boxx will be at R Place 619 E. Pine Street. Call 206/322-8828 for more information. Remember to go on the 22nd, though, because you’ve already bought your tickets for the Camp Ten Trees dinner and auction on the 23rd, right? Right.

Yep, it’s spring. The thought of going out is no longer cringe inducing. There’s so much to do and enjoy. Let’s shake off the winter dust and go support some of our own performers, while having a great time.

Until next month, Poppets, take care of you.

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