Harm Reduction Conference, New Position and more

As usual been to busy to even update here. Just got back from the Harm Reduction Conference in New Orleans. Really enjoyed the time i wasn’t sick. I think i accidentally ate some dairy and spent two days with anaphylactic symptoms. 🙁 I will get the traveling thing  down better.

While I was down there, sick, i was also trying to conclude the hiring process for two new jobs. One is at the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) as the Community Advisory Board (CAB) Manager. I am looking forward to moving into this new role and seeing what i can accomplish while also finalizing my application to the MS in Epidemiology program at UW. This position means that i will be able to utilize the tuition waiver even after my research study position ends. I am forever going to be a student, hopefully i will have my PhD before i turn 50. The second job is for the overnight shelter at Bailey-Bouschay House which is a lower barrier HIV care facility.

Next I am off to Atlanta for a meeting of all the CFAR CAB Managers and administrative staff. I am nervous and excited. Also totally feeling the imposters syndrome.  I am looking forward to talking to folks about how they all run their CABs across turtle island. Before leaving though we are having a meeting for the DoH trans stigma grant. When I get back it is on to the Annual Seattle (A) Bookfair. Looking forward to December to crystallize a bit.

Before I get there I have a lot of work to get through including finishing up a couple grants, finishing up the interviews for the Project – Oratio, amplifying the voice of sex workers on the impacts of FOSTA/SESTA on their lived experience. We will be debuting these at the Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on Dec 17th (Partially funded by SmART grant) and create a theatrical production for International Sex Workers Rights Day in conjunction with SASS: Seattle Annual Sex Workers Symposium on march 2nd & 3rd at the Rendezvous in Bell Town, Seattle, WA.

Amazon Wish List

Amazon is totally a megalomaniac that has a monopoly on the market, blah blah blah. An aside: they have these nifty wish lists. As a starving artist, my list is of fun things that i probably cannot afford but would make me happy. Feel free to hook me up with any of this swag and make my day.

xoxo, smitz

link to my list: http://a.co/26nbdI9

June is Pride Month!!

I have been super busy and forgetting to update here. Most recently I had a performance for North West New Works where I performed an excerpt of The Most Popular Unpopular: Casting a spell to transmute physical pain and memory into motion to gain a cathartic sense of self and loss of identity.
Image of person sitting in a chair with hands cross on their knees next to a table lamp. There is a teal lighting overall.

On 4/20 I performed a piece for the 14th  Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam on nonviolent drug offenses and street economies. See that poster? I designed that! 🙂
Here is Princess MasterBlazer:

and here is the poster inline:

Poster for Puppet Slam, dark/black background with bubbles and puppets

More info soon about other Pride Month Shows!

National Trans HIV Testing Day

https://www.facebook.com/events/469230933493550/

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-trans-hiv-testing-day-seattle-tickets-44621741831

We will have trans identified HIV testers, info and community booths, a photo booth, and refreshments/food. Let us know if you would like to get more involved!

**We WILL have free bus passes for anyone who wants to come!! PM Smitty if you need one to get to the location and we can mail you one!

Tuesday, April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD), an observance designed to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender people. The observance is organized by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

In the United States, it is estimated that around 1.4 million adults identify as transgender. Transgender women are at high risk of having HIV and of contracting HIV. Transgender women of color, especially black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women, experience disproportionately high rates of HIV. There is a gap in research on HIV and transgender men; few studies have gathered HIV prevalence data for this population.

Please refrain from wearing scents. Here is a page on how and why to be scent free.

Youngstown Cultural Center is on the 120 & 125 line. It is a ADA building but the entrance situation is a bit complicated. All of the doors are manual. There is a ramp in the front of the building and a lift or it is possible to enter from the back and bypass the ramp and lift. There are 8 stairs up to the main door where the ramp is and three steps were the lift is. The side parking lot entrance has no barriers except a small ramp inside the building. We are in the South Classroom.

#TransHIV #NTHTD

National Native HIV Awareness Day

I am doing an HIV 101 presentation for this. 🙂

March 20th National Native HIV Awareness Day Free Lunch and Discussion at the Seattle Indian Health Board

Join us! The Seattle Indian Health Board and Urban Indian Health Institute will host a discussion on HIV and stigma in honor of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

In addition to free lunch, free hepatitis C and HIV testing will be provided!

Event Date and Time: Tuesday, March 20, 2017 12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific

Location: Seattle Indian Health Board, 611 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Parking: There is free parking at SIHB. In addition, bus routes 36 and 60 stop nearby.

For more info please email Leah Dodge: leahd@uihi.org and RSVP on our event page!

April 8th Burlesque

I am again teaming up with the ever sexy Puss N Boots who is performing Sensual Solitude again with some modifications.

https://www.bridgettestjames.com/upcoming-shows

Nude by Noon: Getting Woke
A Burlesque Brunch
April 8th, 2018
Live Music by No Kind of Island
& Full Brunch
Starts @ 11:30 AM
Burlesque
@11:59 AM
in the Jewelbox Theatre
@ The Rendezvous
2322 Second Avenue, Seattle 98121

Presenting:
Kiki Mustang, Miss Violet DeVille, Onyx Asili, Puss N Boots, Scandal from Bohemia, Chaos X. Machina, Morgue Anne, Velvet Revulva & Bridgette St. James
Welcoming our Crew:
Stone Fruit, Nip Slip Cheerio, & Miss Andrea Mars’

All Tickets Include a Full Buffet Brunch by Chef and your reserved seat at a table with room for food and drinks. VIP includes a Very Important Gift pack and your first Mimosa by Corwen on me. Premium Seating is much more spacious and elevated for a better view of a little more

NW New Works Festival

Excited to announce that an excerpt from my piece The Most Popular Unpopular will be debuted at On The Boards NW New Works Festival in June!

https://www.ontheboards.org/nw-new-works-festival

Now in its 35th year, the NW New Works Festival showcases new and experimental works from a variety of performance disciplines, upholding its mission to showcase tomorrow’s artists today within the Northwest’s creative community.

Curated by a panel of peer artists and arts administrators from across the region, the Festival provides rehearsal time, an honorarium, documentation, and the opportunity to present work at OtB. In the past few years audiences have witnessed new pieces from artists including Tim Smith-Stewart/Jeffrey Azevedo, Jessica Jobaris & General Magic, and Markeith Wiley — all of whose work has become part of regular seasons at On the Boards.

Performance schedule
June 8–10 & June 15–17, 2018

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THE 2018 FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS

Weekend 1 (June 8–10)

Studio Theater Showcase
June 8 at 8pm & June 9 – 10 at 5pm

Smitty
Allie Hankins (Portland, OR)
Susan Lieu
Majinn (Tacoma, WA)

Mainstage Theater Showcase
June 9 – 10 at 8pm

Kiana Harris
The Horse in Motion
Elby Brosch
Angel Alviar-Langley “Moonyeka”

Weekend 2 (June 15–17)

Studio Theater Showcase
June 15 at 8pm & June 16 – 17 at 5pm

Boon
Pam Tzeng (Calgary, Alberta)
Eli Steffen | Corinne Manning
Malicious Allure

Mainstage Theater Showcase
June 16 – 17 at 8pm

Alicia Mullikin | MORENA
ilvs strauss
Fausto Rivera
Rainbow Fletcher/HYPERNOVA

 

The 2018 festival lineup was curated by a panel of peer artists and arts administrators including:

Nancy Chang (Executive Director, Reel Grrls)
Sara Ann Davidson (Operations Manager, On the Boards)
Peter Dee (Artist)
Imana Gunawan (Artist/Dancer, On the Boards Ambassador Writers Corps)
HATLO (Theater Artist)
Clare Hatlo (Associate Producer, On the Boards)
Mark Meuter (Production Manager, On the Boards)
Eze-Basil Chinwendu Oluo (House Manager, On the Boards)
Beth Raas-Bergquist (Director of Development, On the Boards)
Erica Bower Reich (Patron Relations Specialist, On the Boards)
Roache (Artist)
Imani Sims (Artist, On the Boards Ambassador Writers Corps)
Charles Smith (Director of Program Management, On the Boards)
Dani Tirrell (17/18 Season Artist and On the Boards Ambassador)
Katie Watkins (Director, Risk/Reward Festival, Portland)
Emily Zimmerman (Director, Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington)

 

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Read more about the art and artists of the 2017 NW New Works Festival →