Issue 370

Shady Character

Hot picks from MOA® Trend Specialist Sara Rogers
Whether you wear them to block the sun’s harmful rays, to hide yourself from the paparazzi or because you had one too many martinis last night, there are a million reasons to own a great pair of sunglasses! Just like apparel and shoes, sunglasses follow their own trend curve each season so check out the stylish pairs below to make sure your eyes are covered in style. Read the rest of this entry »

City Gentleman

The City Gentleman is a refined man who has not lost his edge.

So too are his accessories, polished and hip… never contrived or stuffy.

The City Gentleman likes his music.  While Red Martini is the perfect choice for an at home CD, when on the run… an iPod is the way to go. The sleek iPod case from Dunhill is as cool as his choices in music. Read the rest of this entry »

D’Amico Kitchen Opening at Chambers Hotel

D’Amico and Partners (DAP) is opening its new restaurant, catering, and foodservice operations at the Chambers, the award-winning art hotel in Downtown Minneapolis. Read the rest of this entry »

Just How Fat Is Too Fat?

“Is Surgeon General Appointee Too Fat?” a recent Fox news segment asked. The interviewee, sporting a T-shirt emblazoned “No Chubbies,” estimated that Dr. Regina Benjamin was “50 to 60 pounds” overweight, proving she is “lazy,” and makes “poor food choices.” Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

Three Head to World Outgames in Copenhagen

The second annual World Outgames is a little more local with three community members competing in this year’s event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Doug Caldwell ran the 5K on July 26; Dr. Paul Mittelstadt will compete in the Olympic Distance Triathlon on August 1; and Terrell Brown is participating in five separate swimming events plus a RainBow Random Relay over four days. World Outgames is an international event for the body, mind, and spirit, celebrating the talents and contributions of homosexual, bisexual, and transgender men and women from every corner of the globe Though it is geared toward the GLBT community, heterosexual men and women are equally welcomed to participate. The 2009 Outgames, July 25 through August 2, encompasses 38 different sports.

Shades of Yellow (SOY) Organizes

Shades of Yellow is an organization that was formed based on the personal experiences of Phai Xiong and Xeng Lor, two gay men in the Hmong community. The duo felt that they, among other GLBT individuals in the Hmong community, were invisible, marginalized, and in need of support. SOY has taken on the role of confronting this isolation through services in education, cultural awareness, social gatherings, and advocacy. Executive Director Kevin Xiong said, “I’ve received so many criticisms from the community on the existence of SOY. This is the exact reason why I want to make SOY a strong and effective organization.” For more information, visit, or call (651) 291-1811, ext. 201.

Inside Out: Outwoods and Hoigaard’s Offer Insights

Recalling some recent Outwoods-hosted outdoor adventures, Vega says, “We went out in the woods, and took pictures at camp sites. We’ve also done some cycling.” Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

Kiss-In at Mormon Temple Leads to Confrontation
In early July, a mass kiss-in near a Mormon temple in Utah made headlines after two gay men were removed from the premises and cited for trespassing after security guards observed them kissing. About 100 people attended the protest. Demonstrators were greeted by a group of counterprotesters carrying large signs denouncing homosexuality. A shouting match erupted between the groups, but no one was arrested or cited besides the two men. Read the rest of this entry »

Out in the Stands Lavender’s Summer of Pride Continues

Crowd-pleasing Out in the Stands makes its third annual appearance on August 15, Noon-2:30 PM. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

The Ballet Russes 100 Year Festival / Aug. 7-8 / O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, College of St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul / (612) 673-0404 /

Renowned Prima Ballerina Nina Novak hosts Metropolitan Ballet and Kenwood Symphony’s centenary tribute to penultimate gay dance figure Sergei Diaghilev, founder of The Ballets Russes. In less than three years, Metro Ballet already has become a treasure for revitalizing dance work reflecting such gay composers as Aaron Copland and Tchaikovsky from a sumptuously classical perspective. And Kenwood’s musicians are first-rate. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Record

Art Brut vs. Satan
Art Brut

Sometimes, it’s worth waiting before forming an opinion. While this album has been lurking on my hard drive for a couple of months, I really didn’t give it a listen until a couple of the tracks bore their way into my brain via repeated airings on the radio. Read the rest of this entry »

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