Our Scene

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“Crime and Punishment” Has Us Look at Performance and Literature in a New Kind of Way

The Dostoyevsky novel Crime and Punishment has undergone a unique adaptation and transformation. The Soap Factory, Dangerous Productions, and Live Action Set are co-presenting an immersive, walk-through theater experience, that has been getting lots of buzz. The […]


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


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 […]


Our Affairs


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Recent Stories

Gay Weddings Booming At Shelbyville Chapel

The Effingham Daily News reports that the gay wedding business is booming in Shelbyville, where a non-denominational chapel has united nearly 50 same-sex couples from across the state and country since Illinois made the ceremonies […]

Trans-Excluding Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival To End This Year

Jezebel reports that the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, held annually since 1976, and which in recent years attracted controversy for refusing to admit transgender women, announced on Facebook that this year will be its last. […]

Ducey Angrily Revokes State Policy Blocking Gay Adoptions

The Arizona Daily Star reports that just a week after Governor Doug Ducey vigorously advocated for more adoptions regardless of the parents’ sexual preference, he found he had to overturn a state policy blocking gay […]

Samford Students And Alumni Mulling Petitioning University For Gay-Straight Alliance

AL.com reports that a once-exhausted discussion about creating an official Gay-Straight Alliance at Samford University has been rekindled after a column was published in the school’s student newspaper last week. Read the full story from […]

Straight Guy Asked His Gay BFF To Prom With Adorable Promposal

Huffington Post reports that 17-year-old Anthony Martinez, who is gay, says that he “never [gets] asked.” Until now, that is. Read the full story from Huffington Post


Our Lives


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 […]


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 […]


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



Our Homes

2015 GMC Canyon SLE All Terrain 4X4 Crew Cab Short Bed

Ride Review: 2015 GMC Canyon

Let’s agree on one thing – the popularity of pickup trucks is a fact no one can ignore. Full-sized and heavy duty pickups already rule the roost, thanks to consistent sales of the Ford F-Series, […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]