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A Fascinating Sketch of the LBJ White House – Schenkkan’s “The Great Society” at History Theatre

The first half of Robert Schenkkan’s diptych of plays on the Lyndon Baines Johnson administration, All the Way, premiered in 2012 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It portrays the coarse-talking Texan’s feverish arm-twisting and cajoling […]

Making of the Sports & Fitness 2018 Cover

Wanna see what goes into making a cover for Lavender? Check out this high-speed creation of our 2018 Sports & Fitness cover, starring Minnesota United FC star Collin Martin! And don’t forget to pick up […]

Great Oglesby Radiates in the Uplifting “Last Stop on Market Street” at CTC

Acclaimed playwright Cheryl L. West has adapted Matt de la Pena’s Newberry Award-winning book, Last Stop on Market Street, into a life-affirming joy of a musical co-commissioned by the Children’s Theatre Company and Chicago Children’s […]

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” Directed by Steven LaVigne

If you’re familiar with the gay theater scene of the ’70s and ’80s, then you will likely remember Steven LaVigne as a director and critic who loves literature and who sees literature as an entry to […]

“Black ’47” – A Gripping Historical Action Thriller with a Conscience

The potato famine and the systemic brutality of the British occupation of 1840s Ireland is rendered with brutal realism in Black ’47. This riveting film directed with true grit by Lance Daly tracks the vengeance quest of […]

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Where Privacy Dies: A Twin Cities Mystery Priscilla Paton Coffeetown Press $15.95 When the corpse of a well-dressed businessman is discovered in a wetland, and a photo of a dead or unconscious girl is discovered in […]

A Word In Edgewise: Too Much With Us—Still

Wordsworth lamented: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;– Too much with me, too; seeking a simpler time, I read Hendrik van Loon’s 1930 […]

Skirting The Issues: Attention To Detail

The woman behind the front desk at the gastroenterologist office seemed friendly enough. I had detected an east coast accent; “Let me guess, New York?” I said. “Close,” she answered. “Connecticut.” As I fished for […]

A Word In Edgewise: Good Neighbor Fred

I was much older than the target audience for the TV show which, after a start in 1963 and some re-brandings, made its U.S. debut February 19, 1968 as Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Most of the bits and […]

Books: 607

Black Diamond Fall Joseph Olshan Polis Books $26; eBook $7.99 Olshan, author of Clara’s Heart, combines two actual events occurring at Vermont’s Middlebury College—the disappearance of a student during winter break, and the vandalizing of poet Robert […]

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Recent Stories

A Fascinating Sketch of the LBJ White House – Schenkkan’s “The Great Society” at History Theatre

The first half of Robert Schenkkan’s diptych of plays on the Lyndon Baines Johnson administration, All the Way, premiered in 2012 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It portrays the coarse-talking Texan’s feverish arm-twisting and cajoling […]

BigGayNews for Thursday, October 18, 2018

Today’s Top Headlines Trump Names Openly Gay Judicial Nominee – Bringing Total To 2 St. Cloud Couple’s Bid To Deny Wedding Videography To Gay Couples Is Argued Before Appeals Court D.C. Mayor Steps In To […]

D.C. Mayor Steps In To Support Drag Queen High Heel Race

Advocate.com reports that Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bower is a longtime fan of the 17th Street High Heel Race, a popular annual footrace involving drag queens in fabulous outfits and impractical shoes, and now she’s […]

St. Cloud Couple’s Bid To Deny Wedding Videography To Gay Couples Is Argued Before Appeals Court

The Star Tribune reports that a St. Cloud couple’s legal effort to refuse to film same-sex weddings made its way before a federal appellate panel Tuesday, in a case seen as an important potential sequel […]

Trump Names Openly Gay Judicial Nominee – Bringing Total To 2

The Washington Blade reports that President Trump has nominated to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals an openly gay federal prosecutor tasked with enforcing organized crime and drug laws, doubling the number of his […]

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Our Lives

Real Weddings: Amy Schrecengost & Mary Ellenberger

Photographer: Melissa Hesse of Rivets and Roses Date of Wedding: Feb. 10, 2018 Dating Since: April 2017 Location of Ceremony & Reception: The New Victorian Mansion; W.A Frost Florist: Fleur de Lis Fresh Flowers Stylist: Lindsay Dukes […]

From The Editor: Going To The Chapel

Fall is here! And while some of us may lament the passing of the warmer summer months, others delight at the prospect of cozy long-sleeved clothing, hot apple cider, and all those vibrant autumn colors. […]

Real Weddings: Sarah & Jodi Hirschfield

Photographer: Autumn Lee of Autumn Lee Studios Date of Wedding: Sept. 7, 2018 Dating Since: May 7, 2013 Location of Ceremony & Reception: Richfield, MN (Backyard of Sarah’s mother) Florist: Minneapolis Farmers Market Stylist: Chammi […]

Real Weddings: Amber & Sydney Porter

Photographer: Autumn Lee Studios (with Ian Hanson) Date of Wedding: Jan. 13, 2018 Dating Since: 2013 Location of Ceremony & Reception: Windows on Minnesota Florist: Regina Cannon – Belladonna Florist Wedding Coordinator: Eric Walsh – Marquette Hotel Wedding […]

Diamonds To Die For

John Sorich IV shares Diamonds Direct MN’s sparkling history and offerings. Let’s face it, diamonds are everyone’s best friend. This is a concept that was fully understood by John Sorich III, who started Diamonds Direct […]

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Diamonds To Die For

John Sorich IV shares Diamonds Direct MN’s sparkling history and offerings. Let’s face it, diamonds are everyone’s best friend. This is a concept that was fully understood by John Sorich III, who started Diamonds Direct […]

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Ride Review: 2019 Volvo XC40

Volvo has finally made a “fun sized” vehicle right for urban living. The 2019 XC40 is an all-new crossover/SUV for the Swedish brand. At 174.2 inches long, the newest Volvo is short enough for street […]

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Home Sweet Link

Learn about Prospect Park’s new apartment complex The Link. When many people think of the neighborhood of Prospect Park, they often think of the lush greenery, small shops, local school, and rows and rows of […]

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Tangled Up In The Colors of Fall

Tangletown Gardens Principal Scott Endres shares gardening tips and tricks for Minnesota’s chillier seasons. Plants are the friends we all need. As they sit in decorative pots on our windowsills, they bring some much needed […]

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Ride Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9

What would be your “perfect” road trip vehicle? This is a question that yields many answers. But, there are a few things to consider. How many people are you taking? What are you bringing along? […]

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