The Mix is back with this week’s Friday Five. From stolen kisses and solidarity, to animation and burlesque, here are five really amazing, hand-picked events happening in the PNW this weekend that you won’t want to miss.
Friday, June 10
Make Out Party!
Friday June 10 / 9pm
Seattle Eagle Tavern (314 E Pike St, Seattle)
Cover Charge / 21+
Ever get tired of standing around looking pensive but warm, fierce but approachable, and yet that mega crush of yours still hasn’t come up to you? Or maybe you’re afraid to go out because of this mythical “Seattle Freeze” you’ve heard so much about… well why not break the ice yourself at the Make Out Party? It’s like the Seattle anti-freeze, you just go up and be all like- “hey, wanna make out with me for a photo? you get a free jello shot” and they go “um yes duh” and then the rest is drunk history.
Saturday, June 11
4th Annual Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity
Saturday June 11 / 2:30pm
Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street,Vancouver)
Sex workers, allies, family and friends stand together. Join the fight against Canada’s unjust prostitution laws! Get out your finest red frock or red umbrella and gather at the south entrance of the Vancouver Art Gallery for a loud and proud march to CRAB Park. Sex workers are invited to attend a sexual health and safety discussion the next day (Sunday, June 12) on PrEP in the Context of Sex Work at PACE Society.
LGBTQ Animated Film Screening
Saturday June 11 / 6pm and 7pm
Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave, Seattle)
Oh, the exquisite torture of it all! Having to choose my favorite event this weekend was like getting a root canal from Roto Rooter: The unstaunchable blood! The screaming! The quivering red chunks of raw meat and scorched jawbone! I mean come on: Rent Control at Pony? Make Out Party at The Eagle (smooch!)? Even the very first Pride Event of the Season, the Volunteer Park Pride Festival? Murder. But one event rises like a creamy cream-soaked thing of some sort above all the others—an event that strangely enough has absolutely nothing to do with playing tongue tango or chasing bush bunnies (or cream): This week’s Adrian Ryan Approved™ event is the LGBT Animated Film Screening at the ever-fabulous Norhtwest Film Forum! This event is simply studded with local stars and will feature no less than five short films intended to “capture the oral histories of some of Seattle’s most vibrant LGBTQ voices”, even though they sure as hell didn’t ask ME to participate in the damn thing for some reason, but you know, WHATEVER. Riz Rollins, Mark Mitchel, The Lady B and more dazzling local queerlebreties than you can shake a selfie-stick at will be on hand for performances and panel discussions. It’s hosted by the Seattle Library, so you know what that means. Right. Sexy nerds. And leave your wallet at home—this big gay lunch is completely free!
The Benefits of Gusbandry
Saturday June 11 / 8pm
Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St, Portland)
Free with RSVP
Willamette Week and Clinton Street Theater kick off Portland Pride 2016 with a night of comedy and critically acclaimed local web series The Benefits of Gusbandry (Finalist in WW’s Best of Portland Reader’s Poll). Mini-Binge the high-larious whole of Season 1 with filmmaker Alicia J. Rose and the stars of the Portland made LGBTQ/Feminist comedy series that just topped Entertainment Weekly’s Must List! Hosted by Belinda Carroll.
Sunday, June 5
The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq
Sunday June 12 / 6:30pm
Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave S, Seattle)
$15-$30 / 21+
The only monthly ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR Burlesque Revue in Seattle, The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq, is back! Prepare for an evening of dazzling dancing, tantric teasing, and all around prismatic sexy magic with some of the hottest Burlesque performers this side of the Mississippi, including Lowa de Boom Boom, Siren Glen, Boom Boom L’Reux, and the amazing Ms. Briq House. Bring a wad of cash to show these beautiful people how much you love them.