Issue 357

Bartender Spotlight

Who: Nick

Photo by George Holdgrafer

What: Nickity Split
1 part 3 Olives Grape Vodka
1 part 3 Olives Cherry Vodka
1 part Triple Sec
Add to muddled lemon on the rocks
Add equal parts of sour mix & cranberry juice
Garnish with a cherry & a lemon wedge

When: Fri. • 6:30 PM-2 AM

Where: Camp
490 N. Robert St., St. Paul
(651) 292-1844

Why: “Great drinks with great company. Open atmosphere. Variety of entertainment.”

Bitter Girl

Q Solution: “Terrrrrrrrific!”


Kudos to Tim Marburger

Tim Marburger [2008 Person of the Year, Lavender, Dec. 19] is the Mirror in which we should all look to belong to our community. His unselfishness is readily apparent, and when meeting Tim, you realize that the only thing bigger than his smile is his Heart. He is an inspiration to us all, and truly deserving of this recognition.

Congratulations, Tim!

—Anthony R. Whelihan

Theater Year in Review?

More appropriately, the “On the Townsend” column [“2008 Theater Year in Review,” Lavender, Dec. 19] should be entitled “2008 Theater that John Townsend Has Seen Year in Review.”

No offense meant, but to create a “best of” list, shouldn’t you at least have seen representative work from all of the theater companies that fall under the IVEY Award criteria?

Don’t misunderstand: All are very deserving artists, and should receive recognition for their talent, but it paints an incomplete picture of the theater arts world in the Twin Cities.

2009 New Year’s Resolution: Visit and review at least one show from all of the theaters eligible for IVEY Award recognition.

—Jeff Redman

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Hail to the Chief!

I was glued to my computer screen all morning on January 20, waiting to see the inauguration of our 44th President safely and finally completed.

The very existence of the possibility of Barack Obama’s election, I discovered, had been more important to me than I had realized. Back on election night, I had been invited to several parties to watch the returns, but was too nerved up to do anything more than go home, and go to bed early. Read the rest of this entry »

Passing: Jeffrey Pederson 1970-2009

Formerly a resident of the Twin Cities, Jeffrey Alan Pederson, 38, died January 7 in Palm Springs, California. He was born September 8, 1970. Read the rest of this entry »

“Bah, Lovebug!” How To Scrooge Your Way Through Valentine’s Day

Most of us would like to believe that you can’t put a price tag on love—unless you’re walking the streets of Amsterdam’s Red Light District…but that’s a topic for a different article. The conventional wisdom about love and money is unwise in the extreme: Worse than solicitors of vice, American corporations have stolen the meaning and method of love’s own holiday, Valentine’s Day itself. These days, thanks to these corporate hijackers, this holiday is a commemoration whose metric is pink cards and peach Cupids, red hearts and rose-colored heaps. Alas, Valentine’s Day has been bought and sold—stock, lock, and ventricle. Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine’s Day on a Budget

In case you haven’t heard, the economy’s in the tank. House prices are plunging, companies are faltering, and jobs are disappearing. Anyone with a personal savings account, a share in the stock market, a 401K, or even a wallet at this point is sweating like a lady of the evening in church. Read the rest of this entry »

Regional News

North Dakota Antidiscrimination Bill Proposed

If a bill introduced in the State Legislature passes, North Dakota could become the 21st state to provide protections for sexual orientation. It seeks to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment, and use of public accommodation. Minnesota passed such a measure in 1993. Neighboring Montana also is considering similar legislation.

National News

GLSEN Report Says GLBT Students of Color Face Victimization

A new report from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) finds that GLBT students of color face unique and diverse challenges regarding victimization at school. It states that across all groups, sexual orientation and gender expression were the most common reasons GLBT students of color reported feeling unsafe in school. More than four out of five students within each racial/ethnic group reported verbal harassment in school because of sexual orientation, and about two-thirds because of gender expression. At least a third of each group reported physical violence in school because of sexual orientation. The entire report can be accessed at

World News

Transgender Murders on the Rise in Honduras

The Human Rights Watch is raising awareness of an increase in murders of and violence against transgender people in Honduras. Cynthia Nicole, a leading Honduran transgender rights activist, was gunned down by unknown assailants in January. “The transgender community is terrified,” according to Indyra Mendoza, Director of the Honduran lesbian and feminist group Cattrachas.

On the Townsend

Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Feb. 6, 7:30 PM
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St., St. Paul
(651) 224-4222

Lula Washington is one of the great success stories in the history of African-American dance. Born into poverty, and unable to take dance lessons growing up in Watts, she did not pursue her destiny until she was a nursing student. Seeing the fabled Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre spurred the energy that ultimately led to founding her own Los Angeles dance school and company. Read the rest of this entry »

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