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posted Friday, March 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 09

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Arts and Entertainment
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Lovin' West Hollywood
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

West Hollywood, California is synonymous with hot tan-skinned boys sipping martinis at the Abbey on Santa Monica Blvd. It is where you can dine with a porn star and watch a drag show in the same night. Pricey? Sure. Pretentious? Maybe. Do we love it? You bet your sweet ass we do!

When it comes to traveling, we si
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Phoenix glistens with or without sun
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Rain in Phoenix? Believe it. On my recent visit to this city, the fifth-largest in the United States, it poured sporadically throughout my trip - rare, of course, yet possible. Year-round sunshine and hot temperatures are almost always guaranteed, but don't fret if it showers during your tenn
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Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard are jewels of the East Coast
by Ron Anders - SGN Contributing Writer

Treasure Island. The Mysterious Island. Shutter Island. Pop culture, classic literature, and movies have fostered our fascination with islands - big or small, real or fictional, they provide safe havens from stormy seas. In Puget Sound, we can live on Bainbridge or Vashon, vacation in the
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Switzerland will take your breath away
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

As my plane descended into Zurich, all I could see was color - green hillsides, blue lakes, and white snowcapped mountains. There's no way to really paint the beauty of this country - for starters, it's clean and lush like a giant park in the middle of Europe, surrounded by four other countr
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5th Avenue's Next to Normal is electrifying
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

Next to Normal
5th Avenue Theatre
Through March 13


Seattle's musical theater scene has been changed by the opening of the 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Next to Normal. Aside from being a Tony Award-winning musical, the show won the coveted Pu
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Queer Seattle Tango lures dancers to Century Ballroom
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The creators of Queer Seattle Tango are proud to offer a welcoming space for people who want to learn to tango with same-sex partners, as well as for women who primarily want to lead and men who primarily want to follow. The dances are hosted, run, and attended by people who identify as LG
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Washington's Long Beach: ?It's all about the timing
by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

Every time I mentioned I was going to Long Beach to a native Washingtonian, I got the same question: 'Really? Why?'

They would make this inquiry while curling up their noses disdainfully as if they had just smelled a room-temp round of Limburger cheese stuffed into the belly o
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From Fairhaven to downtown, Bellingham full of suprises
by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

You've got to love living in Seattle. The city itself is world-class, with a host of art, entertainment, and shopping choices. Added to this cultural bounty are three other fabulous cities within easy reach: Vancouver, Victoria, and Portland. The pièce de résistance of this multicultural m
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Brilliant young conductor steals the show
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Massenet's Don Quichotte
February 26-27
McCaw Hall


Since even those of us who travel to see opera are not likely to have ever seen Massenet's Don Quichotte, let me say at the outset that the music and orchestration are brilliant. The libretto is less exciting,
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Royal Hawaiian is an indulgent experience
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Pink looks good on you - at least at The Royal Hawaiian it does. The iconic hotel, known as the 'Pink Palace of the Pacific' or 'Pink Lady,' is a resting point for the rich and famous vacationing on the island of Oahu. Opened in 1927, it has wooed everyone from American presidents to Japanese p
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A brand-new opera by Henry Purcell
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Purcell's The Indian Queen
February 24
The Good Shepherd Center


Betcha never heard of Henry Purcell's opera The Indian Queen! And I betcha never seen Massenet's Don Quichotte before this year! Whether you were looking for something different last weekend or not
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Toronto: Rich in history, culture, and food
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

Toronto is the 5th largest city in North America, and yet it is a city most people don't know anything about. Littered with activities ranging from museums, great restaurants, sports, and the CN Tower - their equivalent to the Space Needle - Toronto is a place everyone should visi
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Arden Forest Inn in Ashland simple and elegant
by Marian Michener SGN Contributing Writer

My partner and I spent a weekend in the beautiful setting of the Arden Forest Inn in Ashland, Oregon. We could tell we were going to be entertained when Corbett Unmack, one of the owners, joked that we should let him know what level of invasiveness we wanted: make up the beds, go thro
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Morehead Manor B&B gets all the details right
by Marian Michener - SGN Contributing Writer

My partner and I, as well as our 14-year-old daughter, were very impressed by the Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast in Durham, N.C. We found them in the Damron Women's Traveler. They were listed as Gay-friendly, and they certainly were.

Innkeeper Monica Edwards met our
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Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
 
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Private Romeo gives modern-day problems a Shakespearean twist
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Beautifully eerie Housemaid a gruesome spellbinder
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Delightful Mother sweetly funny
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Mother in Another Language
ACT Theatre
Through March 6


A sweetly funny and tightly written play is being presented at ACT Theatre in coalition with both ReAct Theatre company and Pratidhwani, an Indian cultural nonprofit focused on performance arts. Mother i
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Esperanza Spalding proves she's the real deal
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Esperanza Spalding
February 25
Newmark Theatre


'This girl has depth.' That thought kept running through my mind when Esperanza Spalding performed to a sold-out audience last weekend at the Newmark Theatre, headlining the 2011 Portland Jazz Festival.
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No reason needed for Vancouver, B.C., getaway
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

No specific reason is needed to drive or take the 3.5-hour train ride (www.amtrak.com) to Vancouver, B.C. - maybe you just really want to go! The city will host its Pride Parade and Festival on July 31 and the 22nd Vancouver Queer Film Festival from August 11 through 21. But don't wait unti
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