The reign in Spain stayed mainly in the hills. The sizzle of flamenco, the flash of toreadors are absent in these historic towns, and in their stead rise fortress-castles where Spain’s monarchs once resided, towering over twisting cobbled streets almost too narrow for the donkey of Cervantes. These walled cities host cathedrals of majesty amid lacy spires of lesser churches, leavened by sunny plazas where life slows down to savor the moment. Mansions of medieval courtiers are dressed in lacy Arabic patterns. Come, they beckon. Slip into the romance of days long gone in a setting from a fairy tale. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you screw on a first date? Says one fellow in his mid-20s, “I know there are a lot of men out there who just want to hook up and get off, but I’m not one of them. Sorry, I can’t leap into bed with someone five minutes after I meet him.”Still—heaven knows—lots of other queer dudes do. Read the rest of this entry »
Home & Yard Blvd. SectionEco-Friendly Paints: Low-VOCEveryone knows that a fresh coat of paint can turn a dull room into a vibrant, lively center of any home. But paint has never had a good reputation for smell or its eco-friendliness. Thanks to consumer demand for healthier paints, there are low-VOC options.VOC is short for volatile organic compound. They have been around for decades and can enhance paint performance and durability while going a bit greener.
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While it was refreshing to see Oryon emerge as a “genuine person of depth and substance” [Chris Jackson, “Oryon Goes Nova,” Lavender, May 9], what I found a bit disturbing about this article was the fact that the writer was so quick to prejudge Oryon (based upon his physical appearance alone). Read the rest of this entry »
Our Community Our Business Our Pride
An inspirational story of how proud people—and proud businesses—build community.Named Instinct Magazine’s “Leading Man” in 2007, Kyle Kim has been working at Microsoft as Director of Family Computing to help kids stay safe online. His commitment to family and community doesn’t start or end with Microsoft—he has spent a lifetime overcoming obstacles through the power of mentorship. His life was shaped by coming out as a gay youth, the challenges of family acceptance, and a time facing the scourge of homelessness. Read the rest of this entry »
On June 4, singer-songwriter-musician Jennifer Taylor will perform at Innuendo in St. Paul. Her acoustic, modern rock sound has been heard at a variety of venues for the past eight years. A solo artist, she is versatile in her ability to offer audiences a mix of popular rock favorites and her emotionally infused original music. Complemented by a rhythm section, she has the option and ability to transform her sound into a contemporary, permeating, electric performance. In 2008, Taylor heads back to the studio for her long-awaited third album.
Joanne Gaddy has been a visible member of Chicago’s leather community for many years. She served as Mistress of International Mr. Leather (IML) for about 10 years. She founded The Slater Society, a pansexual fisting group. Gaddy was in the Twin Cities recently to give two leather-related presentations: “Laugh ’til it hurts” at a PEPRMNT munch; and a fisting demonstration for MSDB’s THE LAB. Read the rest of this entry »
Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits, 1905–1920
In these days of disagreement over the question of immigration—who to be allowed in, and who kept out—Ellis Island Portraits is a compelling reminder of our origins. Augustus F. Sherman photographed more than 200 individuals, generally chosen as “types.” The images serve both as a unique document of the extreme diversity of the incoming floods (a white-skirted Greek, a turbaned Sikh), and, more ominously, to heighten the “us”-“them” separation between the newcomers and established citizens, who frequently looked upon the strangers with fear and distrust. The photos will be at the Minnesota History Center—the exhibition opens July 4. Visit www.mnhs.org. Read the rest of this entry »
It was the perfect morning to turn up at Bachman’s Floral Home and Garden to visit Patrick’s Bakery and Café in the greenhouse. A spring day, temperatures were in the 60s, and thousands of flowers were in bloom throughout the garden center. I had an appointment to meet with Azita Bernet, co-owner of the eatery, and wife of Chef Patrick Bernet. It’s truly one of my favorite food establishments in the Twin Cities. Read the rest of this entry »
Michael Patrick King was one of the original creators of the series Sex and the City. He and Darren Star (another openly gay writer/producer/director) turned Candace Bushnell’s books and stories into a TV institution chronicling the lives and loves of four fun New York City women in their 30s (and then some). While Star departed after the first year, King was the show’s genius and shepherd guiding it along for six seasons of marriage, men, mud fights, and Manolo Blahniks. Read the rest of this entry »