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Author: Eric Starker

Set Phasers to Stunning: Star Trek in the Park

I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of Shakespeare in the Park.

Now having said this, I performed plays in Shakespeare in the Park during my days as an actor and had a wonderful experience. I fully support theatre that is free (or donation-supported) to expose audiences to the arts who couldn’t otherwise afford it. In theory, the mix of great performances and summer weather is ideal.

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Basement Theatrics’ Spring Awakening: Stormy With A Chance Of Clear Skies

Spring Awakening is a hot ticket. The latest revival by Deaf West Theatre earned several Tony nominations. In Seattle, we’ve had a touring production and a more recent, well-received production by the dearly missed Balagan Theatre. Spring Awakening’s mix of 19th-century setting, lyrical, antiquated-style text and a contemporary pop score by singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik has captivated audiences since its Broadway debut in 2006 starring Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff. How does new-kid-on-the-block theatre company Basement Theatrics’ production fare?

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Queer Geek: Four Years and Counting

Seattle has long been an incredibly geeky city, with its strong and growing array of tech companies, numerous game companies, and an ever-growing array of nerd-friendly hangout spots. So it’s only natural that it was an ideal place to launch an entry into the increasingly popular LGBTQ-focused fandom scene.

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Totally Unofficial Queer Guide to Emerald City Comicon 2016

So you’re an LGBT person attending Emerald City Comicon 2016 this year, a celebration of comics and pop culture here in Seattle from April 7-10. There’s quite the schedule to pore through (and it’s not the easiest site layout to do it), so we’ve pulled out the most relevant panels and offsite events (official and not) for your attending and viewing pleasure. Please note that while this is a long list, it’s not 100% comprehensive, so if you know of anything that should be added, please let us know! In any case where it doesn’t seem obvious, we’ve indicated why we’ve...

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Bawdyhaus: All Bodies Belong on the Dance Floor

If you’re part of the Vancouver nightclub scene, you’ve likely heard the name DJ GingerBear Todd (aka Todd Brisbin). He’s been putting on parties for years, from charity shows to live drag shows to corporate events. Among others, he’s particularly proud of his contributions on the RUFF party, which debuted five years ago with DJ Barney Phil. Recently, Todd’s noticed more and more events focus around the “perfect” body. “I want to go somewhere that I can feel comfortable in the skin I’m in, whether hanging out having a drink or dancing shirtless with other men,” Todd stated. Enter Bawdyhaus....

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Gay Comic Geek: Falling In Love With Comics And Cosplay

The world of entertainment has changed vastly over the past several years. No longer does fame require an agent and television air time. If you have compelling video content and market yourself well, you can get plenty of viewers, whether as hobbyist, as a career, or even YouTube celebrity. But how do you stand out from the crowd? The Gay Comic Geek found a niche that had been previously unexplored: as a gay comic book vlogger. I spoke with the Gay Comic Geek, also known as Paul Charles, to find out how he started his online presence. “I had never...

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What’s The Deal With ReedPOP And Emerald City Comicon?

Seattle’s premiere comic book convention, Emerald City Comicon was acquired by ReedPOP last January. Last year’s convention was relatively unaffected by it, as it was well into planning at the time of acquisition. While the original organizers are continuing to run things, this year will be the first year of the ReedPOP-branded and flavored Emerald City Comicon. What should you expect? There have been rumblings of change that are worrisome to me and other fans (many of whom have commented on their Facebook page.) In past years, there were numerous fun Facebook posts announcing amazing headliner guests that have been absent...

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Norwescon: 39 Years of Fandom and Counting

This is part of a series of profiles of conventions, local to Seattle and across the country, with missions that are relevant to the LGBTQ community. While I’ve been an active convention goer as an adult for the last several years, I also attended a number of conventions in my pre-teen and early teen years with my dad, who at the time aspired to write fantasy/SF as a hobbyist. Most of the conventions I attended were in Portland–Orycon most frequently–but a few of them were in Seattle. I went to Westercon, Dragonflight, and Norwescon. These were the days when attending...

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Hard to Swallow: When Comics Get Down And Dirty

I have a confession to make. I’ve always preferred erotica to porn. While I appreciate the voyeuristic nature of adult films, erotica can lead you down paths that are less realistic. Paths into territory that’s hard to portray on a screen. Genres you wouldn’t expect. Whether getting off, or just exploring sex in a deeper way, erotica’s a powerful genre, and I’ve always preferred using my imagination to fill in the blanks. The same holds true for erotica in comic form. Comics have often ventured into new territory. The powerfully muscled superheroes that are best-known in the medium have...

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