Safe Thus Far

Performance with Storme Webber, Patrick Haggerty, and the Sacred Water Canoe Family

Saturday, October 28, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Frye Auditorium

Experience tales of love and creative resistance within Seattle’s LGBTQ community told through song and poetry. This special performance features Storme Webber; longtime family friend & fellow activist, mentor Patrick Haggerty; and the Sacred Water Canoe Family.

Following the performance, Storme Webber will be in the Museum Store to sign copies of her book of poetry, Blues Divine. The book, an accompanying CD, and a limited-edition tote featuring a poem by Webber will be available for purchase in the Store.

About the Presenters

Storme Webber, a writer, interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator, was born and raised in Seattle where she attended Lakeside School. She holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. She has performed and toured her work internationally, and consistently foregrounds the work of other marginalized artists, most recently founding Voices Rising: LGBTQ of Color Arts & Culture in Seattle. Her poetry collections include Diaspora and Blues Divine. She has been featured in numerous anthologies, including Black Women and Writing: The Migration of Subject, International Queer Indigenous Voices, and The Popular Front of Contemporary Poetry, and in the documentaries Venus Boyz, What’s Right with Gays These Days, and Living Two Spirit. Webber received the 2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in an exhibition at the Frye Art Museum.

Patrick Haggerty is the author/singer/songwriter of the world's first gay country album, Lavender Country, produced in 1973. It has been enjoying a wonderful, widespread rebirth since being reissued in 2014. He has been touring nationally and is the subject of three documentaries. A feature-length movie is in the works, as well as a San Francisco ballet of Lavender Country. Haggerty has a long history of social activism in Seattle, beginning with the gay liberation movement sparked by the Stonewall riots, and branching out into numerous activist causes over the past decades four decades. Haggerty met Storme Webber in 1970 and has been a lifelong friend ever since, even serving as a foster parent to Webber for a brief period.

The Sacred Water Canoe Family (SWCF) is comprised of many tribal nations. Based in Suquamish, Washington, SWCF participate in the annual Tribal Canoe Journey, host Coastal Jams in Suquamish and are regularly asked to sing their harmonious and heartfelt songs during protest rallies, memorials, and funerals for locals and national leaders alike. A sample of their songs can be heard as the musical score for the "Wings over Washington" feature on the Seattle waterfront.

Photographer unknown. Wild Tales of a Renegade Halfbreed Bulldagger, ca. 1963. Photograph. © Storme Webber.


Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, and may be picked up at the information table located in the foyer outside the auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating and capacity is limited, so please arrive early.

As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, email or call 206 432-8289 at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and may claim their tickets one hour in advance of the program start time.

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