Arts Organizations Are Showing Their Pride With These Events in June

"Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, The Musical" will be presented virtually by A.C.T. this June. Photo by Kevin Berne

Even though many in-person Pride parades and events have been canceled this year, that doesn’t mean the celebration is also canceled. Arts organizations throughout the Greater Seattle Area and the Bay Area are presenting performances, discussions, and other events to celebrate Pride during the month of June in a safe way.

Seattle Choruses Present Out on the Porch

No parade? No problem! Seattle Men’s Chorus, Seattle Women’s Chorus, and The Supertonics are all out on the Porch for Pride this year. Hosted by Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht (Head Judge from The Big Flower Fight on Netflix and named Top Florist in the World by Harper’s Bazaar) the streaming show features ten new music videos from the choruses, all filmed safely in quarantine.

But that’s not all. The choruses created a competition, transforming porches into amazing Pride parade floats. You’ll get to see the porches…from concept to completion. And once you’ve seen the porches, we want to see yours. Show your Pride during the month of June by creating your own Pride porch.

Streaming June 10–30

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, The Musical

Welcome (back) to 28 Barbary Lane as A.C.T. celebrates the 10th anniversary of its world premiere musical hit, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City! One of the highest-selling productions in A.C.T. history, this is the first time the original production, captured before a live audience in June 2011, will be seen by the public—streaming for one week only to celebrate San Francisco Pride.

Audiences around the world will finally get to hear Mary Ann, Mona, Brian, Mouse, and their joint-rolling landlady Mrs. Madrigal sing their Tales of the city. Based on Maupin’s landmark series of novels about San Francisco in the 70s, and featuring a cast of Broadway favorites, the acclaimed musical was directed by Jason Moore (The Cher Show, Avenue Q, Pitch Perfect), featured music and lyrics by the Scissor Sisters’s Jake Shears and John Garden, and a book by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q).

Streaming June 21–27

Pacific Northwest Ballet is Listening

This month Pacific Northwest Ballet’s discussion panel is turning their focus to Pride and what it means to them. Director of Company Operations Kiyon Ross sits down with Major Gifts Officer Jackson Cooper, Corps de Ballet dancer Christopher D’Ariano, Senior Marketing Manager Noel Pederson, and Principal dancer Lucien Postlewaite to share their own experiences and to continue the dialogue around inclusivity, diversity, and Pride in our community.

You can watch the virtual panel discussion below.