Our Scene

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2015 New Restaurant Guide & Preview

Joy Summers is the go-to for what’s new and to be known on the Twin Cities’ restaurant scene. Here she’s culminated a list of eateries for you to put on your radar, some of what’s developed in […]

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Arts Spotlight: 519

Detroit ’67 Apr. 23 – May 17 Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul (651) 224-3180 www.penumbratheatre.org Penumbra’s Womansong series continues with Detroit ’67, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize-winner for Drama by Dominique Morisseau. The […]

Second Place TCGPL Team of the Year, Bar 19 II, (from left) Scott, Jared, Jeremy, Nate (not pictured). Photo by George Holdgrafer.

Barometer: Twin Cities Gay Pool League Annual Year-End Tournament

March 21 at Bar Zia, Downtown Minneapolis

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Playing For the Other Team: Sami Grisafe’s “Brand New Fairy Tale”

I remember my initial introduction to Sami Grisafe vividly, as one does most painful experiences. Flat on my back in the dirt and grass, I was staring up at a blue sky, breathing hard and […]

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On The Record: 519

                    Madonna Rebel Heart Quoting your own music is always a dangerous game for an artist, and Madonna goes down that path on “Holy Water,” a […]

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Our Affairs

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A Word In Edgewise: Slouching Towards Theocracy: House Bill 1125

Everyone wants religious freedom — at least for one’s own faith. The Pilgrims fled England for the Netherlands seeking it, for even in the early seventeenth century Amsterdam was known as a city of culture and religious […]

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Skirting the Issues: Bathrooms and Boardrooms

There are two kinds of rooms where business gets done: bathrooms and boardrooms. This is about both. As I pen this column in mid-March, there are at least four state legislatures debating bills that would […]

Operation Stop Hate

Books: 519

Operation Stop Hate: Book One in the Operation Series Jessie Chandler Train Wreck XPress $14.95 Local author Chandler (Shay O’Hanlon Caper series), plunges into darker waters with Operation Stop Hate. Protagonist Cailin McKenna, of the […]

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Ask Lambda Legal – Day of Silence

          By Christopher Clark, Lambda Legal Youth & Schools Program Strategist Q: I’m in high school, and I want to participate in GLSEN’s National Day of Silence (DOS). I’m out to […]

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Steve Grand: On a New Album, Being a Sex Symbol, Social Justice, and More!

Not long ago, Steve Grand was a little-known singer-songwriter from a Chicago suburb. But that all changed July 2, 2013, when his self-funded music video, “All-American Boy,” posted to YouTube. It went viral instantly, accumulating […]

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Recent Stories

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BigGayNews for Friday, April 17, 2015

Today’s Top Headlines Guam Is First US Territory To Allow Gay Marriage Radio Connects North Dakota Residents Divided On Gay Rights Rock Hudson’s ‘True Love’ Speaks: How We Kept Our Gay Life Secret Florida Legislature […]

2015-New-Restaurant-Guide-Preview-feature

2015 New Restaurant Guide & Preview

Joy Summers is the go-to for what’s new and to be known on the Twin Cities’ restaurant scene. Here she’s culminated a list of eateries for you to put on your radar, some of what’s developed in […]

The Reagan Years. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp

Arts Spotlight: 519

Detroit ’67 Apr. 23 – May 17 Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul (651) 224-3180 www.penumbratheatre.org Penumbra’s Womansong series continues with Detroit ’67, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize-winner for Drama by Dominique Morisseau. The […]

Second Place TCGPL Team of the Year, Bar 19 II, (from left) Scott, Jared, Jeremy, Nate (not pictured). Photo by George Holdgrafer.

Barometer: Twin Cities Gay Pool League Annual Year-End Tournament

March 21 at Bar Zia, Downtown Minneapolis

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Playing For the Other Team: Sami Grisafe’s “Brand New Fairy Tale”

I remember my initial introduction to Sami Grisafe vividly, as one does most painful experiences. Flat on my back in the dirt and grass, I was staring up at a blue sky, breathing hard and […]

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Our Lives

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Dateland: What a Beaut!

A few weeks ago I turned on the TV and found myself at the very beginning of the Miss Universe Pageant. My first reaction was: “There’s still a Miss Universe Pageant?” My second reaction was: […]

Artwork by Jeana Lidfors.

Through These Eyes: The Incubus & The Old Hag

Wide-eyed but falling to sleep, unable to move, unable to breathe, consumed in fear. Your night was like every other moments ago: lights off, eyes closed, waiting to drift away. But you’ve noticed something in […]

AndyLien

From the Editor: Ambassadors for Life

Earlier in my career, I was director of development for an organization that raised funds for orphanages. I learned a great many things, not the least of which is that face-to-face marketing is the most […]

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The Leather Life Interview: Ramien Pierre, International Mr. Leather 2014

When Ramien Pierre, the current International Mr. Leather, was in Minneapolis recently as a judge for the Mr. Minneapolis Eagle contest, he graciously let me interview him. Where did you grow up? Ramien Pierre: I […]

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04.02.15 Femmes on a Rooftop: Sprung Edition Mpls MN

   

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Our Homes

Volvo-S60

Ride Review: 2015.5 Volvo S60

Why do we love Volvos so much? The first reason would be the company’s commitment to occupant safety and structural rigidity. Older Volvos were boxy for a reason: strong roofs, built-in crumple zones, and durable […]

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2015 Lincoln Navigator

Ride Review: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

A luxury vehicle used to be measured by its size. That was until the end of the 1970s. Gas crises and emissions controls forced luxury car makers to consider building smaller, more efficient and cleaner […]

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From Minnesota, With Love: The Drinks

The idea of hiring a bartender of name for a wedding might be new to Minnesotans. We’re a humble sort, so naming a drink slinger and branding your big day’s booze might not be at […]

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From Minnesota, With Love: Venue Spotlight: 300 Clifton

Each wedding begins with a vision. Some people have a whole vision scrapbook put together, others have a Pinterest board. No matter what pieces are included in your vision, you’re well-aware that the venue sets […]

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2015 Kia Sedona SX-L (Limited)

Ride Review: 2015 Kia Sedona

At Lavender, we are presented with a lot of different vehicles to write about in our Ride Review. In the course of going through these vehicles, we find that you drive a wide variety of […]

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