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O, Ottawa

I’ve just returned from the nation’s capital, and I heart the heck out of it. No, not our capital. Rather, that of our kinder, gentler northern neighbor, Canada. Ottawa anchors the eastern border of Ontario, […]

Get Ready For Duluth Superior Pride!

Once again, the Duluth Superior region in Northern Minnesota will be breaking out the rainbows for its annual Pride celebration. Through Sept. 2, enjoy a wide array of fun events at Duluth-Superior Pride: Mayors Reception […]

A Word In Edgewise: From a King to a Queen in a Family Way

In these wearing dog days of summer, it is pleasant to relax in a cool, darkened theater for a production that is (deceptively) light, pleasing, and simple. The Guthrie’s The Legend of Georgia McBride fills that bill […]

Arts Spotlight: 606

The Contested Body Through Dec. 9 Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Avenue, Minneapolis 888-642-2787 www.artsmia.org The body is by nature a biological entity. However, cultural constraints influence how the human form exists and transforms […]

A Harrowing Portrait of an Abusive Man in “Custody”

A naturally macho man can be a beacon for the wondrous power of positive manhood when he knows his own strength, understands his innate and manifested power, and is self-aware to the point where he automatically […]

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Our Affairs

Books: 605

Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends David Fantle & Tom Johnson McFarland & Co. $39.95 The authors, native Minnesotans, were eighteen when they made their first trip to interview Hollywood’s greats, beginning with […]

A Word In Edgewise: Still Star-Crossed, After All These Years

I saw West Side Story in 1957. I still have my Playbill. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the drama of star-crossed lovers that opened the Guthrie’s 2017-2018 season. Their season’s finale, fittingly, is West Side Story, Montagues […]

A Word In Edgewise: Why Gay Pride? (Again)

It’s that time when querulous voices ask, “Why do gays need a special Pride day/week/month/parade?” Standard retorts are generally permutations of, “When were you last attacked or bullied for being straight?” While not written as a specific […]

Skirting The Issues: Canary In A Coal Mine

A couple months ago, I spoke at a national conference for government clerks and finance officers in a mid-Atlantic coastal city. My topic was Gray Area Thinking®, a training on human inclusivity and on how […]

Books: 603

Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation Robert W. Fieseler Liveright $26.95 32 gay individuals perished in the New Orleans Up Stairs Lounge fire, their existence ignored. […]

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Our Lives

John ‘Roy John Mehring II’ Mehring: 1953-2018

John Mehring’s ashes were scattered in the waters of Lakewood cemetery in Minneapolis on June 2 after passing away from cancer at age 65 at St. Benedictine Health Care Center on March 31. Two major diseases, human […]

Fighting For Our Feline Friends

Minnesota-based no-kill organization Feline Rescue helps find the furriest of friends new homes. After the Animal Relief Fund (ARF) closed its shelter in 1997, a group of ARF volunteers decided to form a new organization […]

The Puppy Commandments

Come, Sit, Stay provides care and exercise for pets in Minneapolis, Edina, St. Louis Park, and St. Paul. Come, Sit, Stay is the name of the business, but the lessons it teaches our furry friends […]

Serving Minnesota Before Minnesota

Washburn-McReavy provides funeral, cremation, and other services to Minnesota families. Since 1857, William P. Washburn started what was called Washburn Undertakers, a funeral home, cemetery, and furniture store. Opening one year before Minnesota became a […]

From The Editor: Pick Of The Litter

So while I’d like to think that I’m a fairly sociable fellow, I’m also the kind of guy who goes to parties, discovers that there’s a dog or cat present, and prefers to hang out […]

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Our Homes

Fighting For Our Feline Friends

Minnesota-based no-kill organization Feline Rescue helps find the furriest of friends new homes. After the Animal Relief Fund (ARF) closed its shelter in 1997, a group of ARF volunteers decided to form a new organization […]

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Ride Review: 2018 Chevrolet Cruze

While other manufacturers have been pulling back their lineups by eliminating sedans and hatchbacks from their portfolio, General Motors made a commitment to keep them on sale for us. This is a good thing because […]

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Strike A Pose

Style expert and wardrobe consultant Sara Rogers shares her story of modeling and fashion. The fashion industry is like a second home to local model, style expert, and trend specialist Sara Rogers. With over 20 […]

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Ride Review: 2018 Kia Stinger

In the past, larger hatchbacks had been hit-or-miss on in this country. The first Volkswagen Dasher was a hit. It introduced us to a new kind of car from the Wolfsburg brand: water cooled front-engine […]

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Ride Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

Did you know that the Lexus LC 500 was once a concept car that made the rounds of the auto show circuit some few years ago? Given the track record of concept cars, they usually […]

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