2nd Annual Sausage Fest
July 11 • 5:30-7:30pm
Nonna Rosa’s • 4168 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale
Part of Robbinsdale’s Whiz Bang Days, Nonna Rosa presents the 2nd Annual Sausage Fest, “The Ultimate Meet + Eat”. The event features Nonna Rosa’s famous homemade Italian sausage sandwiches – SOLD BY THE INCH (6 inch minimum)! Hangout on the beautiful Nonna Rosa patio (in their ballroom if it rains) and enjoy your meat and your favorite cocktail, beer or wine. And while on the subject of meat, there will also have a meat raffle, and you can register to win great prizes, including a $100 Nonna Rosa gift card. Admission is FREE. Go to Facebook and search “2nd Annual Sausage Fest” for more information.
Drive-In Night at the Movies
July 12 • 5:30pm
Vali-Hi Drive-In • 11260 Hudson Blvd. N., Lake Elmo
Join the Minneapolis Movie Bears and the North Country Bears for their first drive-in event of 2014. All the food, hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, and side dishes are supplied, so you’re only responsible for bringing your own movie snacks and beverages. The drive-in shows 3 first run films with the first one starting at dusk. Stay for one film or all of them. The movies playing that evening will be announced about a week in advance. Search “It’s Drive In time once again” on Facebook for more information.
Laughing at Our Age
July 17 • 7-9pm
Brave New Workshop • 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Seniors are the heart and soul of what Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is all about. So who better to perform at their upcoming special event than older adults? Laughing at Our Age, will feature its 55+ Student Improvisational Troupe. More than just “putting on a show,” improv performers will involve and interact with the audience, at times using topics suggested by audience members or inviting them up onto the stage. “The concept of a 55+ troupe is in keeping with BNW SU’s mission to bring improv to every group and every age,” said Joe Bozic, director of the BNW Student Union, BNW’s improvisational school. “Improvisation is not just for comedy clubs – it’s an art form that can have wonderful effects on our everyday lives. We have students who learn improv to be more comfortable talking in front of people or to be creative and ‘play.” Although the performers are 55+, that’s where age delineation ends. For sure, improv humor transcends age and time, and breaks through generational barriers. “We’re all together at that one moment and place, interacting with each other and building on the energy,” said Joe. “We’re saying to each other, ‘Yes, and…’” Tickets are $60. Proceeds from the event will benefit LBFE elder programs and services, including in-home visiting, holistic activities and intergenerational programming. To order tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-746-0726.
Various Locations • Rochester, MN
Next up on the Pride docket is a trip down south to Rochester for a weekend full of Pride activities, including a Happy Hour at the Wicked Moose, PrideFest Block Party on Peace Plaza, Experimental & Underground Queer Cinema at the Civic Theatre, and Rochester Girls’ Dragagonza at Wicked Moose. The weekend culminates with the main vendor event at Peace Plaza, and features a performance by Chastity Brown. Visit www.glcsmn.org/Pridefest/ for more information.
Miss TCGSL Drag Show
Sunday, July 20 • 6pm
Solera • 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Join The Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League its most exciting league fundraiser of the year, and cheer on teammates and friends as they compete for the title of Miss TCGSL! Hosted by Lucy Stoole, Miss TCGSL is the league’s annual fundraiser, which features league athletes performing in drag to raise money for charity. If you’ve never been to the event before, you seriously need to go. Every year the Miss TCGSL event attracts a full house, and is sure to keep you laughing. The event also features a silent auction. Tickets are $10 cover or $25 for VIP seating. For more info, search “Miss TCGSL Drag Show” on Facebook.
Tangletown Gardens’ Garden & Art Tour
July 26 • 9am-4pm
Twin Cities’ area homes & gardens
If it’s the fourth Saturday of July, it must be the annual Tangletown Gardens’ Garden and Art Tour. This self-guided annual tour features some of the Twin Cities’ best gardens and local art, and proceeds from the tour help fund public art and garden projects in the Twin Cities area. The event has a loyal following, and gains more recognition each year. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and the event is held rain or shine. For tickets and more information, visit www.tangletowngardens.com.
Tubing Down the Cannon River
Saturday, July 26 • 10am
Welch Mill Canoeing & Tubing • 26389 County 7 Blvd., Welch
The Minneapolis Movie Bears and the North Country Bears are getting together again for another big day of Tubing down the Cannon River event, but you don’t have to be a bear, cub, or otter to join in the fun. Tubes are $10 each. After Tubing, many in the group will be going to Treasure Island Resort & Casino for the buffet or hitting a hamburger joint on the way back. Visit www.minneapolismoviebears.com or ncbears.com for more information.
Summer Pride at Valleyfair
Saturday, July 26 • 10am-11pm
Valleyfair • 1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee
Always a fun summer event, here’s your opportunity to soak in the sun and fun at Summer Pride at Valleyfair (formerly Gay Day at Valleyfair). It’s a family day of fun that benefits Minnesota AIDS Project and OutFront Minnesota. Tickets are $33 before July 13 and $38 after, and your ticket includes a parking pass. Search “Summer Pride at Valley Fair” on Facebook for more information.
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus 2014-15 Season
Ted Mann Concert Hall • 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis
On the heels of a great Pride concert, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus just announced its 2014-2015 concert season. The Chorus will open its season December 12-14, 2014 with its annual holiday concert, Joyful and Triumphant, which will feature guest artists the Copper Street Quintet. Musical selections will include Morten Lauridsen’s Sure on this Shining Night, John Rutter’s Gloria, Welcome Yule by Craig Carnahan and O Come All Ye Faithful. The Chorus welcomes the return of spring with Here Comes the Sun: The Music of The Beatles March 27-28, 2015. This all-Beatles program by the Chorus will be performed in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of when The Beatles played its one and only concert date at Met Stadium in the Minneapolis market. Here Comes the Sun features new arrangements for men’s choruses by Kevin Robison, Artistic Director of Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. No band in history has singularly transformed popular music like The Beatles; Here Comes the Sun will celebrate the timelessness and relevance of their music for all generations.
To celebrate Pride in June and close the season, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus will present Popular: A Broadway Cabaret June 19-20, 2015, one week before the annual Twin Cities Pride Festival. Featuring beloved songs from favorite Broadway shows: Porgy and Bess, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Kinky Boots, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus does Broadway our way! Season tickets are now on sale through the University of Minnesota Tickets and Events at 612-624-2345 or online at www.tickets.umn.edu.