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Seattle Goings on
The Dark Crystal - Central Cinema - August 6-12 - 7PM and 9:30

KEXP BBQs - Seattle Center - Saturday, August 8 - 2-9PM

14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival - On the Boards - August 7 and 8 - 8PM and 10:30PM
New York Goings On
Micia Mosely - Thursday Night Throwdown - Creole - Thursday, August 13 - 9PM

A Lifetime Burning - Primary Stages - Now through September 5

Diane O'Debra's Talent Show - Open Mic - Bowery Poetry Club - Monday, August 10
Houston Goings on
Terra Cotta Warriors VIP Party II - Houston Museum of Natural Science - Thursday, August 13 - 6-9PM

Joan Rivers Live - The Hobby Center For The Performing Arts - Friday, August 7 - 8PM

High Ho Silver: A Ride Through TV Westerns - The Menil Summer Movies in he Park - Friday, August 14 - 8PM
Portland Goings On
Gaycation: The Hot and Sweaty Gay Dance Party - Holoscene - Friday, August 14 - 9PM

Old Believers and Autopilot is for Lovers - Music on Main Street - Portland Center for the Performing Arts - Wednesday, August 12 - 5PM

Devin Phillips Band - The Goodfoot - Saturday, August 8 - 9PM
Los Angeles Goings On
Platnum: Ladies Night - EastWest Lounge - Thursdays

Big Gay Peep Show - Highways - August 7 and 8 - 8:30PM

Ceramics Group Exhibition - Downtown Arts Center Gallery - Opens August 13
 Vancouver B.C. Goings on
Casiokids - The Media Club - Wednesday, August 12 - 8PM

DJ Su Comadante - The Reef Restaurant - Wednesdays - 8-12 Midnight

Vancouver Queer Film Festival - Tinseltown Theatre - August 13-23
New Orleans Goings On
An Afternoon focus  on Alzheimers - New Orleans Museum of Art - Saturday, August 8 - 11AM

Shades of Praise: Great Gospel - Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series - Pavilion of the Two Sisters - 6PM

Some Like It Hot - Prytania Theatre - August 9-12 - Noon
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Featured Artist - New York - Natasha Lee Martin - August 7, 2009

Well, the heat wave has passed. The summer is trying to maybe wind down a bit. What a great time to go out and see something unique in your own neighborhood or in some city that you may be visiting.
We have so many recommendations on our website. You will have to stack things in order of importance. Our listings are all artist recommended. Who better to tell you where to go than someone who is really involved in the community that they live?
Have a look this weekend. You may just find something you have never seen, in your own back yard!

This week's artist is Natasha Lee Martin. She is an actress. A woman of many characters. I met Natasha on my trip to New York at a little place in Brooklyn for a benefit natashaperformance by some local artists. They were amazing! I had not seem my high school friend Gabi for a really long time!  We picked up right were we left off. It was such a nice evening. Natasha sold me a raffle ticket and I WON! I won a wonderful gift certificate to the tea house.
We talked about the benefit and got to talking about Natasha as an artist and thought she was really great. So this week we are bringing her to you! Thanks Natasha for sharing your favorite things about New York City with us this week.

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Featured Artist - Natasha Lee Martin
In Her Own Words:

 Natasha Lee Martin began her career at the age of 5 when she was cast in a radio play for WSAR Radio called "The Man in the Snow".  Directed by her uncle David Tulli, this was to become a source of inspiration for many roles to come.  In natasha wallthe years since Natasha has appeared in television and film roles on FOX, TLC, DISNEY, NIPPON TV JAPAN and many stages throughout Philadelphia, NYC and the east coast.  Trained at the Actor's Studio Program in NYC, Natasha also lectures, teaches workshops and private acting coaching. She is a professor of Theatre at several colleges and universities in the tri-state area.

Natasha has performed in many productions over the years. In our conversation with her, she elaborated on portrayal of LGBT characters in theatre:
I  played Garnet Mclit (the butch dyke detective)  in "The Well of Horniness" by Holly Hughes a few years ago.  Holly Hughes came to see the show and had dinner with the cast and she was really lovely. When I asked her what she thought of my slapstick portrayal of Garnet and Holly said "I was drunk when I wrote it. I thought you did a great job" she was being very modest at the time.
There is also a role I played that would be cool to mention is when I was cast as Al/Kate Bornstein from "Hidden A natashacoatGender" (book- Gender Outlaw- She is now writing a new version "The Next Generation"; the role of Herculine was originally played by Justin Bond (Kiki and Herb) and directed by Noreen Barnes.)
Since I played such roles like the transgendered Al/Kate there has been a shift in consciousness through the accessibility of the once underground performance of LGBT and Queer characters with the development of festivals such as the fringe in NYC and Philly and the Humana some of which I have worked in.  Now previously limited producible work is happening in the streets, cafes and found spaces. Media constructs such as twitter, facebook, etc, have enabled these artists to have a mass level of marketing and exposure to the mainstream previously unattainable.

It is so refreshing to see people like Justin Bond doing Kiki and Herb on such a grand scale touring the world.  It is inspiring to see this visceral response by the community when they have an outlet for their voice in order to overcome those limitations once observed in a conservative theatrical regime. 
Upcoming shows:
I am performing with Cooper Shaw at the Gotham comedy Club NYC through the month of August.
For show dates, times for all of her shows please visit her website.

Recommended Things To Do:

For a boisterous outdoor experience there is a new and hip German joint called zeppelin hall which is an authentic European style Biergarten, which is a huge restaurant with both indoor and and outdoor spaces where hundreds of guests gather under the trees and stars to drink beer, eat and socialize too cool on the water overlooking nyc seats like 800 and it is one of the few hot spots that attract artists of any walk of life,  gay, bi straight, tranny and suits alike haha.

If you are looking for some old school vibe (like williamsburg brooklyn or alphabet city in ny used to be...sniff)  jump the train to Journal Square in JC and you can be reminded that there are communities of artists creative and resourceful enough to find great space and who have worked very hard to enhance the area. I moved out here about 2 years ago natasha lee martinsince I work as an actress and director in nyc and teach at various colleges in the tri-state area.

There is also a performance space out here called Art House Productions which features various spoken word artists, film screenings, live music and original performance and various theatre companies popping up so there is always an experience to be had.

Recommended Places To Eat:

I live 15 min west of Manhattan on the train in Journal Square. The great thing about the 6th borough (jersey city) is that there are fabulous and reasonable places to dine and drink. One of my favorite haunts is called Skinner's Loft  because it is cozy, sexy for a date or smalltalk (exposed brick, candle lit tables) nobody stares at you for talking too loud or being eccentric and has eclectic food without the pretentious eclectic price.

Recommended Artist:

Noreen Barnes is on the board of the Triangle Players Theatre and she will be directing there this coming season. She has worked closely with Joe Chaikin, Kate Bornstein, Justin Bond and many other influential and diverse voices of theatre and performance. Noreen is the director of the graduate studies program in Theatre at VCU in Richmond, VA. She is published in many journals on topics of queer theory,  is a scholar, director and professor of Theatre History and Dramatic Theory and Criticism.
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