Bear With Me (While I Tell You About…): 483

A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol
Now thru January 5
New Century Theatre • City Center, Downtown Minneapolis

It’s Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Clara, tells her he’s skipping Christmas, he storms out of the bar, goes snowmobiling across the lake, falls through the ice on his skidoo and goes into a coma. He comes back in his dream where he’s visited by folk legend, Sven Yorgensen, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. Sven takes Gunner (Scrooge) on a journey similar to that in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” only very different. Will Gunner come out of his coma and find redemption with Clara at The Bunyan? Find out. Visit donthugme.com for tickets and more information.

 

A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Now thru January 1, 2014
Alexander Ramsey House • 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the tour, visitors can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family’s Steinway piano and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Shop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Visit mnhs.org for tickets and more information.

 

TCGMC’s Annual Poinsettia Sale
Now thru December 11 at Noon

Each holiday season, Ted Mann Concert Hall comes to life as the men of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus decorate the stage and lobby with some of the most beautiful poinsettias you will ever see. This joyous holiday atmosphere happens thanks to many of you. At $20 each, the Chorus sells these special poinsettia plants in the name of or in honor of a friend, family or loved one. Order by noon, December 11, 2013! After the final concert on Sunday, December 15, each of these holiday plants is donated to our community partners – other local LGBT charities – so that they can help brighten the spirits of others less fortunate during the holidays. Order at tcgmc.org/music-merchandise/poinsettia or call the Chorus office at 612-339-7664.

 

Black and Blue Ball
Saturday, November 30 • 8pm
eagleBOLTbar • 515 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

The 2014 Mr. Minneapolis Eagle contest is over, and now it’s time to celebrate the new titleholder. They’re rolling out the red carpet at the Bolt Underground for this leather/gear dance celebration for the new Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2014. Visit eagleboltbar.com for more information.

 

Turn Back Now! Surreal Estate EP Release Party
Saturday, November 30 • 10pm
Palmer’s Bar • 500 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

2 Trans-fronted bands, Turn Back Now! and Fuzzy Machete, headline a great evening of music at Palmer’s Bar as part of Turn Back Now!’s EP release party. They’ll be joined by Hot Damn! and Dem Atlas. $5 cover, and eccentric attire encouraged. Lots of great swag too. Visit “Bad Medicine Productions” on Facebook or Palmersbar.net for more information.

 

Lavender’s December First Thursday presented by Ketel One
Thursday, December 5 • 5:30-8pm
Calhoun Beach Club • 2925 Dean Pkwy., Minneapolis

The annual holiday edition of First Thursdays is always a festive event. Join Lavender Magazine, HRC Twin Cities, Project 515, OutFront MN, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, PFund, North Country Bears, Minneapolis Movie Bears, Twin Cities Quorum, and Prime Timers MSP as we celebrate the holiday season. Admission is FREE – No RSVP needed. There’s also no dress code, so come as you are. The evening features complimentary appetizers, cash bar with featured Ketel One cocktails, and prize registrations. There’s plenty of parking available, including the Calhoun Beach Club Apartments ramp on Thomas Ave. Visit lavendermagazine.com/calendar/lavenders-first-thursdays/ or search “Lavender’s December First Thursday” on Facebook for more information.

 

Minnesota AIDS Project’s 30th Anniversary
Thursday, December 5 • 6-8pm
Minnesota Central Library • Cargill Hall Gallery
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

MAP will be celebrating 30 years of progress in an art gallery specifically curated to highlight MAP’s 30 years, and presenting the future direction of the organization. Guest speakers include Michael Kaplan, President & CEO or AIDS United; Senator Jeff Hayden, Deputy Majority Leader, Minnesota State Senate; and Bill Tiedemann, Executive Director, Minnesota AIDS Project. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Suggested contribution: $100/$250/$500/$1,000. Visit www.mnaidsproject.org.

 

The Magic Dreidels
Thursday, December 5 thru Friday, December 20
Hillcrest Center Theater • 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul

This charming and magical play for the whole family explores the cultural traditions of Hanukkah and the all-encompassing themes of kindness and friendship. It’s a tale of a boy and how the magic dreidels he receives from a goblin help him learn the warm lessons of the Jewish “Festival of Lights.” The Magic Dreidels was originally commissioned by and received its world premiere at MJTC in 2000. Tickets are $17. Visit mnjewishtheatre.org for tickets and more information.

 

Sweet & Sour Richfield – Made in China
Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 22
Illusion Theater • 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

“Sweet & Sour Richfield – Made In China!” finds Miss Richfield getting ready to take one final Greyhound Bus trip, as the people of Richfield are cutting expenses. Always up for new adventures, Miss R is exploring cultures that need her ministry of talent and beauty, so she may end up on overseas bus trip! With this all-new production, Miss R joyously romps across the globe with colorful videos, twisted sing-a-longs, and a healthy heap of audience interaction. Tickets are $30-$40. Visit illusiontheater.org for tickets and more information.

 

A Midnight Queer Holiday Concert
December 6 & 7
First Universalist Church • 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis

Come home with One Voice and ignite your winter holidays with an unexpected and eclectic celebration of music and poetry. This non-traditional holiday concert features LBGT spoken word artist Tish Jones, and poets Kate Lynn Hibbard and Elijah Rose. Enjoy music from Chanukah, Kwanza, Solstice, the Hindu festival of lights, Christmas, and Mawlid an-Nabi (Sufi birth of Mohammed). With community singers and plenty of audience sing-along carols, we offer a holiday concert like no other and a musical celebration you won’t soon forget. Tickets are $20-$25 and $15 for students and seniors. Visit ovmc.org for tickets and more information.

 

Smitten Kitten’s 5th Annual EroticArt: A Local Art & Crafts Fair
Friday, December 6 thru Saturday, January 4

From practical, handmade, sex supplies to erotic and expressive fine art, the Smitten Kitten will showcase local talents during their EroticArt Fair. The month long event kicks off on December 6 when Smitten Kitten will be transformed into an interactive gallery for EroticArt’s Opening Event.  Guests can expect an evening filled with engaging and inspiring art, refreshments, conversations with the artisans and artists, as well as the opportunity to take home some irresistible local works. Smitten Kitten’s staff of sex educators will also be facilitating crafty activities for attendees and answering customer questions as usual. Visit smittenkittenonline.com for more information.

 

Lavender’s Out at the Movies
Thursday, December 12 • 7pm
St. Anthony Main Theatre • 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis

Out at the Movies is back, and we’ll be showing Southern Baptist Sissies, the new release from Del Shores, the creator of Sordid Lives. Southern Baptist Sissies is the story of four gay boys who grew up in the Southern Baptist church and the different journey each one takes in coming to terms with their own homosexuality versus what they were taught by the church. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Ticket sales benefit Minneapolis Movie Bears and Out Twin Cities Film Festival. Search “Lavender’s Out at the Movies” on Facebook for tickets and more information.

 

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert
Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15
Ted Mann Concert Hall • 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates the wonder of the season with special guest Matt Alber! After performing as part of the renowned ensemble Chanticleer, Matt has pursued more contemporary projects and made a name for himself with his hit End of the World. The TCGMC will be working with Matt, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. to create arrangements of favorite holiday songs especially for Matt and chorus! Tickets are $25-$53. Visit tickets.umn.edu to purchase your tickets.

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