Pride comes alive in Tacoma

Here are events scheduled for this year’s festival, with more details available online at Http://

• Kickoff flag raising and Pride Foundation Rainbow Awards (4:30 p.m. July 12, Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway): The City of Tacoma will raise the rainbow flag for the third year in a row, and the five-state Pride Foundation will give out awards for outstanding youth leader, allied leader and lifetime achievement.

• Paula Poundstone (7:30 p.m. July 12, Pantages Theater): The popular comedian is known for her witty, improvisational stand-up and frequent appearances on National Public Radio’s “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me.” Tickets are $28 to $69 and can be purchased online at

• Out with God worship service (10 a.m. July 13, Tacoma First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave. S.): Tacoma First UMC will host prayer services and breakfast before Out in the Park.

• Out in the Park (Broadway, between Ninth and 11th streets): Rainbow Center s free, family friendly and alcohol-free block party is expected to draw 6,000 revelers. There will be two stages this year featuring Seven’s Revenge, Fab 5, drag performers and more, lots of food and dozens of booths representing small businesses, schools, non-profit organizations and other groups.

• The Mix’s fifth annual Pride Block Party (2 p.m. July 13, 635 St. Helens Ave., performances start at 5 p.m.): Downtown Tacoma’ts popular, gay-friendly karaoke bar, the Mix, will again take over the 600 block with a lineup that includes local hip-hop act, the Breaklites, Cazwell, LA Kendall and host Aleksa Manila. You must be 21 or older to attend, and admission is $10;

• Proud Out Loud (7 p.m. July 14, Pantages Theater): An evening of mouth-watering desserts and performances celebrating LGBTQ youth. Tick-ets are $25 with proceeds benefiting Oasis Youth Center;

• Grand Cinema Pride Film Series (Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave.): Tickets to the following films are $4.50 to $6.50 for Grand Cinema members, $7 to $9 for non-members.

• ”Kiss Me” (6:45 July 15): A young woman engaged to be married finds herself in an affair with her stepmother’s daughter, creating turmoil and heartbreak in this Swedish film, written and directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining.

• “Melting Away” (2 and 6:45 p.m. July 16): This heartfelt, Israeli drama follows a family in crisis after the parents discover their child, Assaf, is secretly cross-dressing. Years later, Assaf returns to reconcile with his dying father, only now he is known as transgender singer, Anna.

• “Interior. Leather Bar” (6:45 p.m. July 17): Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews use the lost 40 minutes that director William Friedkin deleted from 1980 thriller “Cruising” as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom. There will also be a sexy outfit contest, sponsored by Mpowerment Tacoma.


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