GLBT Night at Minnesota United FC
October 4 • 7pm
NSC Stadium • 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine
On the heels of this year’s World Cup, which brought soccer to a new level of fandom in the United States, Minnesota United FC is hosts its first GLBT Night. For soccer novices, Minnesota United FC is part of the North American Soccer League (NASL), and currently fighting for the top spot in the league. As MN United FC prepares to host its first GLBT Night, Nick Rogers, President of Minnesota United FC, was kind enough to answer a few questions.
MN United FC signed the Athlete Ally Pledge. By signing the pledge, what is the team and its players promising?
By signing the pledge (and accepting a position as a member of the Athlete Ally Advisory Board) I have taken a public stance against homophobia and transphobia in sports. Essentially, my message to our entire club is: the only thing that matters is what happens on the field of play. There is also a very selfish aspect to me being an Athlete Ally: I want to build the best team that we can possibly put on the field and, to do that, I need to make sure that all elite soccer players feel comfortable being a part of this club. When Robbie Rogers came out to the world and then quit Leeds United, I remember thinking, “That cannot happen to us.” I cannot accept the idea that we as a club could lose a crucial performer simply because of who he is.
To be effective, it is crucial that this kind of message come from leadership, so it’s very gratifying to me that, in addition to myself, our coaching staff, team captain and a number of other players have made the pledge. I’m also pleased that we’re able to set a positive example for our community and, hopefully, pass on these values to our younger fans.
For fans who are planning to attend the October 4 game, but who’ve never attended a MN United game before, what type of atmosphere should they expect?
Minnesota United games are unlike any other sporting experience. With world-class soccer on the field, executed by top-level players from all over the world, including players from Brazil, Italy, Jamaica, El Salvador and the United States, fans can be assured that they are witnessing top-level professional soccer.
The experience off the field and in the stands is what truly makes our games so absorbing. From our incredibly bright and creative supporters group: The Dark Clouds, and their unique chants, drum beats, trumpet playing and flag waving, to the assortment of delicious food truck options and affordable craft beer selections, to the family fun zone with soccer inflatables and fun for the kids, to free parking, tailgating and an overall inclusive atmosphere, Minnesota United game days are a truly unique and exciting experience.
We are very proud with the show our front office puts together in the stadium and the performance the team puts on the field every Saturday.
Are there any special activities planned for the October 4 event?
Chris Kluwe, former NFL punter and member of Athlete Ally will be delivering the ceremonial ball and will partaking in a fun halftime contest.
Whether you’re a soccer fanatic or just like watching hot men in shorts run up and down a field, NSC Stadium is the place to be for a night of soccer, fun and community on October 4. There are still tickets available, so visit www.mnunitedfc.com/tickets or call 763-4-SOCCER., and use code LAV for $5 off per ticket.
TCGMC at the 2 Annual Chorale Showcase
October 5 • 4pm
St. Andrews Lutheran Church • 900 Stillwater Rd. Mahtomedi
Did you miss TCGMC’s premiere performances of I Am Harvey Milk this spring? Here’s a chance to see them perform excerpts of the work at the 2nd annual Choral Showcase. Guest performers Quinn Morrissey and Elisabeth Comeaux, who performed the roles of Young Harvey and Soprano with them last March, will join them. The Choral Showcase is a great opportunity to see nine choruses and vocal ensembles perform! In addition to our performance, you will also get to see and hear Cantus, The Singers, the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, the Minnesota Chorale, Kantorei, Magnum Chorum and One Voice Mixed Chorus. Admission is free although there will be a free will offering. For more information, visit www.mnchorale.org or call 612-333-4866.
October 17 • 10pm
The Saloon • 830 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis
Bears and Cubs and Otters…Oh Grrrrrrr! Bearracuda, the fur-filled dance party, returns to Minneapolis at its new location, The Saloon. Matt Bearracuda, the founder of Bearracuda, said he started the event in response to the lack of choices in the Bear scene, What started in 2006 as a monthly San Francisco party, has become the largest attended Bear dance party and most prolific gay dance event in the country. For those of you who’ve never attended Bearracuda, Matt said you can expect awesome music, custom visuals, sexy go-go boys, and of course, lots of furry guys. As for the host venue, Matt is excited to have the event at The Saloon, which he said is much bigger and more diverse than the venues Bearracuda parties are usually held. Of course, the biggest party of any dance party is the music, and for Minneapolis Bearracuda, they’re welcoming world-renowned Mixmaster and Producer, DJ Paul Goodyear from Sydney, Australia. It all adds up to a FURtastic evening with 100’s of friendly, furry guys. There is a $10 cover after 10pm. For more information, search “Bearracuda Minneapolis” on Facebook.
A Bite To Remember
October 17, 18 & 25 • 8:30pm
October 26 • 1pm
Nonna Rosa’s • 4168 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale
Your name is on the guest list for this social event of the year. A costume party like no other, you’ll be submersed in musical madness, plots and twists to make your tummy turn. Join in for delectable food, delirious laughs, devilish fun and a chance to solve a mystery. A murder mystery you ask? Well perhaps. Of course, vampires are already dead…aren’t they? Take a seat if you dare, and experience “A Bite To Remember.” $40 per person, $35 per person for matinee. Includes four course dinner and show. Cash bar, tax, and gratuity are additional. Reservations are encouraged. Call 763-537-3700 or visit www.nonnarosaswinebar.com for reservations and more information.