Issue 349

Sex Talk: Satisfying Curiosity

Yes, it killed the cat, or so they say. But curiosity has also hardened many a crotch. The yet-to-be-explored has always held an erotic allure. Many a guy has fantasized about bondage, group sex, or—most commonly—what it would be like to do the dirty with another man. Internet sex sites are chock-a-block with ads placed by bi-curious boys pondering the pleasures of penis. One online cruiser says, “I’ve met plenty of guys who have wives or girlfriends, but who want to give homo stuff a try. Since many folks are bisexual, but are in situations where gay sex is usually a no-no, that’s hardly surprising. But it is fun.” Read the rest of this entry »

Minneapolis

The more progressive of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Minneapolis has developed a strong reputation for supporting left-of-center social and political causes, including gay rights. But this dynamic city of 400,000 also celebrates the arts with extraordinary fervor—it claims among the top art museums and regional theaters in North America. The main hub of Northwest Airlines, it’s a highly accessible city, with direct flights from dozens of major cities, and during the crisp and generally sunny summer and fall seasons, the weather is delightful. Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween Preview Calendar

Saturday, October 11
The Fall Colors Masquerade. Enjoy a festive night with Emmy Award-winning comedian Maile Flanagan and other live entertainment. Also featured are a large silent auction, dancing, cocktails, and masks. VIP portion starts at 5:30 PM, with a five-course meal. The main event begins at 7:30 PM. Solera, 900 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. www.familyequality.org/events/gala.

Saturday, October 25
Boo Bash. Showcasing the best of Grand Avenue during the fall season, this is one pre-Halloween event to see. Participating businesses will offer trick-or-treating, fall food samples, costume contests, a pumpkin patch, and sidewalk sales. Grand Avenue, St. Paul. www.grandave.com.


Friday, October 31

Big Hair Mania. BIG is the thing. Billed as the Halloween benefit, this one is sure to be the biggest when it comes to the dos, and stylists will be on hand to help up that do. The night features Dance Band. It’s a benefit for the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP). 8 PM. Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Mpls. www.bighairmania.com.

Red White & Black Masquerade Ball. Join The Aliveness Project for its second annual ball, with a night of sexy costumes, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and a silent auction. Dress in your best, and win a prize in one of the many categories. 7 PM. The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove St., Mpls. (612) 824-5433. www.aliveness.org/ball.

Letters

Loring Park Fireworks

When this issue came up before, I e-mailed someone about it before speaking, because I don’t particularly pay much attention to wildlife issues. I suspect that Kay Hanson [“Letters,” Lavender, June 20] not only did put a lot of attention and effort into formulating her opinion about this, but also seems to be doing something that not everyone puts much thought or effort into, which is attending to issues concerning nature and wildlife. Read the rest of this entry »

Briefs

Swanky W Hotel-The Foshay Opens in Minneapolis

What was once a trend meant only for the biggest and most fabulous cities has begun to transform the Twin Cities. W Hotels Worldwide, one of the fastest-growing luxury hotel brands in the world, has opened the newest hotel in Downtown Minneapolis. Read the rest of this entry »

Editorial Cartoon

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities Reaches Out to GLBT Community: An Interview with Kimberlee Sinclair

How have you made a difference in the life of a child lately?

If you don’t have the opportunity to see kids all the time, or figure you want to enhance the lives of even more kids, consider Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, the mentoring organization that matches adults with kids in the area who need a buddy. Oh, did I mention that it not only is GLBT-tolerant, but also welcomes GLBT mentors with open arms. Read the rest of this entry »

Independence Party

I talked to my sister the other day—the one who moved to Canada in the early 1970s. During the conversation, she started bemoaning that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had called a federal election. Being a Canadian trapped in an American body, I have a hint about how things are run. Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Matthew Shepard 10 Years Later: An Interview with T. R. Knight

Emmy nominee and Guthrie Theater veteran T. R. Knight is paying a visit to his hometown on October 13 to perform in a benefit featuring an adapted script reading of The Laramie Project at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, preceded by a candlelight ceremony across the street in Loring Park. Other actor/readers include Beth Gilleland, Buddy Haardt, Emily Gunyou Halass, Bill McCallum, Suzanne Warmanen, and Claudia Wilkens. Peter Rothstein directs. Songwriter Randi Driscoll will perform What Matters, which honors Shepard’s memory and his family. Read the rest of this entry »

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