Issue 349

On the Townsend

Little House on the Prairie
Through Oct. 19
Guthrie Theater
1818 S. 2nd St., Mpls.
(612) 277-2224
www.guthrietheater.org

The Guthrie’s Little House on the Prairie is an absolutely glorious homage to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Aaron Copland, and “Americana.” Rachel Portman’s music and Donna di Novelli’s lyrics, along with Francesca Zambello’s direction, capture the expansive spirit of 19th-Century America, once regaled in Hollywood and on Broadway, which vanished after Vietnam and Watergate. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghouls Just Gotta Have Fun

If your Halloween costume this year involves any version of the word “sexy” (see: sexy pirate, sexy football player, sexy army man), this article may not be for you.

Of course, nothing’s wrong with donning a few sheaths of green and brown fabric, calling yourself a sexy tree, and certainly, nothing’s wrong with shaking your newly sprouted sexy leaves at a sexy bar downtown. But for those looking to plan a more sophisticated Halloween gathering, a limited-clothes-wearing night on the town may not be on the agenda. Read the rest of this entry »

The Page Boy

George Tooker
Thomas H. Garver and Jonathan Weinberg
Merrell
$56

George Tooker (1920-) has worked more than 60 years in egg tempera, a demanding medium perfected and used by many Renaissance painters for its luminous quality. His paintings combine a high realism and an unsettling ir-realism, if you will, because he does not lay claim to surrealism, and disliked the sobriquet “Magic Realism” with which art impresario Lincoln Kirsten tagged his work. Tooker and his life partner, the late William Christopher, were passionately interested in illustrating the need for harmony and integration—of the races, sexes, and humanity. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet CARAS: Better Leather Living Through Research

And now for something really sexy…research—or, to be more specific, research concerning leather/BDSM/fetish and other alternative sexualities.

OK, maybe research isn’t terribly “sexy.” But it’s important. And our community’s good fortune is having an organization that understands how important good, credible research can be: the Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS). Read the rest of this entry »

Chatterbox Pub

No matter how many times I visit Chatterbox Pub in St Paul, I marvel at the large mirror-tiled disco ball in the center of the room. They had me at glitter!

I arranged a meeting with owner Steve Miller, manager Michael Deranek, and Chef Todd Tomanek. It was like sitting down with family, because my partner, Chad, and I dine there a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Perspective on Clay Aiken’s Coming Out

Given the Walter Lanz (insert Mel Blanc’s Woody Woodpecker laugh here) state of the nation, it seems that Clay Aiken (aka Clayton Holmes Grissom) is a good a topic with which to ponder themes of truth and full disclosure. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer as Folks

Two-Spirit GLBT Gathering Celebrates 20 Years

Indigenous GLBT people from across North America and Hawaii converged on Sandstone, Minnesota, from August 28 to September 1 to celebrate two decades of success. GLBT Native community representatives have been hosting this gathering in various locations throughout North America since 1988. It has reached more than 3,000 people. As an alcohol- and chemical-free event, it focuses on healing, ceremony, cultural revitalization, and social strengthening. Read the rest of this entry »

Joseph Shulka 1966-2008

Our community lost a dedicated activist when Joseph Shulka, 42, passed away September 22. He was born May 16, 1966. Formerly of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, he had resided in the Twin Cities for many years. Read the rest of this entry »

Rufus Wainwright Brings His Aunt to the State

Rufus Wainwright is a drama queen—in the best meaning of the phrase. The singer-songwriter has cut a unique path through the music business, mixing rock-solid songwriting with a gorgeous voice and a singular approach to his songs.

After all, how many other pop stars could pull off a concert replicating a classic performance by Judy Garland? Read the rest of this entry »

Putting the “T” into Athletics

If Jesse Ream has her way, terms like “men’s sports” and “women’s hoops” one day will seem as archaic as leather football helmets and basketball bloomers do now. Everyone who plays sports is an athlete, according to Ream. Separating them arbitrarily by gender is unfair and close-minded. Read the rest of this entry »

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