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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 howard@gaycity.org

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Gay City Arts presents RECENTLY

Opening: March 9
Exhibition: March 9 - April 12

Tara Hardy shows the piece, “Pandemic On A String." The installation addresses the growing pandemic of Lyme Disease, an illness currently being ignored by the CDC while sick and dying people are being denied care. 30,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the US, but the public is largely uninformed due to what has been termed “The Lyme Wars.” In this piece, Hardy has snaked a rope through approximately 40 yards of medicine bottles used to treat her Lyme Disease, and posted information about the illness, as well as its surrounding controversy, on the wall within its coils.

Gay City Arts presents How I Learned To Be A Particular Kind of Lady

March 16-19 & 23-26
General Admission $15-$20 / Students & Seniors $12

An intimate inversion of the one-person show, this film explores The Lady B's journey in claiming and celebrating Black Trans-Fem identity as positioned in Seattle, WA. Intersecting with the roots of cross-cultural lineage, embodied activism, burlesque, performance art, spoken word poetry, modern dance, and the sacred art of twerking for social justice. 

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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 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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