Beach Blanket Bingo
Saturday, August 24 • Doors 5pm • Show 6pm
Gay 90’s • 408 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Join Empress Burnadate and Regent Emperor Jeff at the Gay 90’s Retro Bar for “Beach Ball” – an official State Function of the Imperial Court of Minnesota. The $10 admission benefitting Bill’s Pantry includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, silent auction Items, and special guest performances by out-of-town guests and past Monarchs. It’s a beach theme, so wear your favorite beach attire.
Linda Eder performs with Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus
Saturday, August 24 • 8pm
Pantages Theatre • 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Linda Eder, the elegant Minnesota vocalist who went from a stunning debut on “Star Search” to singing at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, will perform with the award-wining Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus. has forged a career as a modern soloist influenced by other artists including Barbra Streisand, classical/jazz soprano Eileen Farrell and especially Judy Garland. After an unprecedented 12-week run on “Star Search” in 1987, she captured the attention of composer Frank Wildhorn, who cast her in the leading role of Lucy Harris in the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde. She received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance and has since gone on to record 14 solo albums including her latest effort, “Now,” released in 2011. Eder also served as the spokesperson for Hennepin Theatre Trust’s SpotLight Musical Theatre Program for high school students from 2010-2012. Since forming in 1981, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus has built a solid reputation locally and nationally for musical excellence and dynamic programming and is one of the largest gay men’s choruses in the United States. Over the past 32 years, more than 750 men have entertained nearly 200,000 audience members around the country as they performed with groups including the Minnesota Orchestra and Ballet of the Dolls and such noted gay and lesbian entertainers as Harvey Fierstein, Ann Hampton Callaway and Holly Near. The group has released 14 CDs and premiered 25 commissioned works including “I Want More Life” for the Guthrie Theater’s Tony Kushner celebration in 2009. It’s an evening not to be missed. www.hennepintheatretrust.org or call 1-800-982-2787 for tickets and more information.
7th Annual Unofficial Gay Day at the State Fair
Sunday, August 25
MN State Fair Grounds • 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul
What a difference a year makes. Last year we were all wearing our VOTE NO shirts and worrying about our future. And look where we are today. What better way to celebrate than with piles of fried food and questionable fashion choices. In celebration of marriage equality, this year’s theme color is WHITE — perfect for wiping greasy fingers and collecting barn dust. Plan to enjoy the Fair on your own schedule, but if you’re looking for an easy way to join up with your posse and/or meet some new friends, rendezvous at the beer garden at the corner of Carnes and Liggett (near the entrance to the midway) at 3pm.
Saturday & Sunday, September 6-7
Riverfront Park • Mankato, MN
“Color Outside The Lines” at South Central Minnesota Pride’s 2013 Mankato Pridefest September 6-7! In its 12th year, the weekend celebration will feature activities and events promoting visibility, pride and outreach for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied community. The weekend’s festivities include karaoke, a parade, a dance and an outdoor festival featuring live music and entertainment at the beautiful Riverfront Park in Mankato. Visit scmnpride.org for more information including a detailed schedule of events, hotel reservations, exhibitor information, directions and maps.