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Through Wednesday, July 17: Tacoma Pride Festival


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We know you're looking forward to Tacoma Pride Festival. Free parties, kick-ass DJs, Paula Poundstone, an excuse to drink - what's not to like? To help you maximize your Pride experience, the Weekly Volcano lists the Mommy Dearest of all previews. These are the must-attend events for the week. See you there!

Friday, July 12

Kickoff: Flag Raising & Pride Foundation Rainbow Awards

  • 4:30 p.m.  
  • Pantages Lobby  
  • Free

Pride Foundation will present Rainbow Awards to leaders in Pierce County working for equality. Refreshments provided.
Paula Poundstone

  • 7:30 p.m.  
  • Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway  
  • Cost: $28, $38, $48 and $69

Read Rev. Adam McKinney's interview with Paula Poundstone in Northwest Military's Music & Culture section.

Saturday, July 13

Out With God Worship Service

  • 10:00 AM
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Free

Christians gather to eat and celebrate God's love and the joy of safe congregations.

  • Noon-5 p.m.  
  • Broadway between 9th and 11th  
  • Free

Tacoma's annual LGBTQA Pride Celebration.
The Mix's 5th Annual Tacoma PRIDE Block Party

  • 5 p.m.-2 a.m.  
  • S 7th and St. Helen's Avenue  
  • $10 cover

Sunday, July 14


  • 4-7 pm & 7-9 pm

An evening of dinner, dessert and performances celebrating LGBTQ youth. Friends of Oasis are hosting dinners throughout the community from 4 to 7 p.m. After dinner, join Oasis for dessert and youth performances from 7 to 9 pm in the Pantages Theater. Tickets for dessert are $25 each, dinners and dessert $50 and up. All proceeds benefit Oasis Youth Center.

Monday, July 15

LGBQTA Film Series: Kiss Me

  • 6:45 p.m.   
  • Grand Cinema, 606 S Fawcett Ave    
  • $7-$9    
  • Free Post Show Discussion

In this love story with a twist two stepsisters-to-be fall in love - creating turmoil and heartbreak for everyone involved. Kiss Me pushes us into the unexpected - and for Mia, the film's main character - the unexpected is exactly where she needs to be.

Tuesday, July 16

LGBTQTA Film Series: Melting Away

  • 2:00 pm and 6:45 p.m.  
  • Grand Cinema, 606 S Fawcett Ave  
  • $7-$9  
  • Free Post Show Discussion

Shlomo who discovers in his son's Assaf room, women's clothing and accessories, decides to 'teach the boy a lesson'. When Assaf returns to his parents' home on a rainy night from a party, his attempts to enter home fail. His father, with the silent consent of his mother, locked the door. At present, 4 years later, Gallia turns to an investigation agency to help her find her son Assaf and bring him to Shlomo, his father who is dying of cancer.

Wednesday, July 17

LGBQTA Film Series: Interior. Leather Bar.

  • 6:45 p.m.  
  • Grand Cinema, 606 S Fawcett Ave  
  • $7-$9   
  • Free Post Show Discussion

Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine the lost 40 minutes from Cruising as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom. This film premiered at Sundance in January 2013.

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