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Since its inception in 1995, Gay City has promoted the holistic health of our community through innovative programs and approaches. Increasingly in recent years this has included partnering with queer artists to engage LGBTQ communities through a variety of disciplines as a means of building community and promoting our collective wellness. Our growing involvement in the arts has led to the formation of Gay City Arts.

Art is the voice, spirit and conscience of every community and is a vital tool for community reflection, dialogue and pride. Through Gay City Arts, Gay City collaborates with local LGBTQ artists to galvanize an audience for queer arts, foster the development of LGBTQ artists and works, and facilitate artistic excellence that is accessible. Gay City Arts is committed to presenting challenging, dynamic and excellent queer art across a wide range of disciplines, including theater, music, dance, film, spoken word, literary and visual arts.

About Calamus Auditorium

The Calamus Auditorium at Gay City aims to be a premiere organizing center and performance and exhibition space for Seattle’s queer arts community. The Calamus Auditorium is an intimate performance venue (maximum capacity 75), fully equipped with lighting, sound and audio/visual equipment. Located in Seattle’s Pike/Pine corridor on Capitol Hill, the Calamus Auditorium is conveniently located near downtown Seattle and centered near the hub of Seattle’s most dynamic arts district. For rental information, please see our Calamus Auditorium Rental page, or contact afrose@gaycity.org

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Gay City Arts presents WORKS BY BRIAN CAIM

Opening: April 9
Exhibition: April 9 - May 12

We all live in our own reality; small pieces of our experience, cobbled together into patterns, resembling the whole. Brian Caim’s artwork explores these patterns; some are easily distinguished, falling into place in an orderly fashion, while others can only be seen with a change of perspective.

Incorporating untouched digital photography, 3-dimensional assemblage and good old-fashioned paint, pencils and markers Caim attempts to create a more intimate reality with subjects. By the use of lighting and unconventional placement, he creates a visual experience of his own existence in a snapshot of everyday items like a garbage dumpster or raindrops on square inch of moss. Then, by breaking the whole down, into often unidentifiable parts, he invites the viewer to interpret and experience a reality all their own.

Sometimes, we get lucky. It is there that we can meet at the intersection of you + me and experience a portion of each other’s truth.

Gay City Arts presents Deep Space Lez

April 13-16 & 20-23
General Admission $15-$20 / Students & Seniors $12

Set in the not so distant future, a trio of lesbians hell-bent on communal living have entered a galaxy wide Space Race with the intent on nabbing First Prize: a small, untouched planet. En route, they respond to a distress call from two lesbians who were stranded on Venus. These reluctant crew members soon become integral players as the ship finds itself in an all out crusade to save a cluster of nearby planets from untimely destruction.

Thru feminist wisdom, guidance from the goddess, and a lot of processing over loose leaf tea, the crew must bridge generational gaps and diverging galactic views, navigate interplanetary romantic relationships, and settle on whose turn it is to buy bulk nutritional yeast, with the ultimate goal of making Space into Safe Space for all.

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Gay City Arts presents Rising Up

May 11-14 & 18-21
General Admission $15-$20 / Students & Seniors $12

A Black Trans Woman exits a failing long-term relationship and re-enters Queer Community through her new residence at a Queer Co-Op House in the Central District. As Seattle continues forward with its rapid changes, the characters are impacted by and experience displacement but find survival, support, and tenderness with each other.

Rising Up is a play about the resistance, love, and transition of people we see and know in our community: Queer and Trans People of Color, Queer and Trans People with Disabilities, Queer and Trans Femmes and Queer and Trans working class people. Through the character's journeys, we see how their struggles, identities, and magic come together, endure conflict, and learn about themselves.

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Gay City Arts Season 4: Uncontained

Every day we face boundaries. We’re told we don’t belong because of the way we look, the way we act, or the way we sound. We’re told who we’re allowed to love and who we’re allowed to be. But we’re so much more than the constraints society smothers us with. We’re big, we’re bold, and we’re free. We’re UNCONTAINED.

Gay City Arts proudly presents our 4th performing arts season, UNCONTAINED. Gay City Arts Season Four runs from September 2016 through May 2017, and features some of the best of Seattle’s queer performing arts, including comedy, music, theater, and burlesque!

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