Issue 373

Groceries & Deli on Harmon Opens

On August 21, Groceries & Deli on Harmon opened at 1301 Harmon Place, Minneapolis.

Kent Thomas, one of the owners of Metro Market in Downtown’s North Loop neighborhood, has teamed up with new partners Jag Arora, Pat Burns, and Kathy and Greg Gillard. The goal is to be a fixture in the neighborhood. Read the rest of this entry »

Out in the Stars

Horoscope for Sept. 11-24 Venus moves into Virgo, and we become a little more practical in all love matters. Will it result in an incredible flight of fancy? Only if we can get a discounted first-class ticket. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer as Folks

Quatrefoil Library Hosts Two Events

Black Pride Coffee Hour

A event on September 12, cosponsored by Quatrefoil Library and Twin Cities Black Pride Celebration, features coffee (10:30 AM); Jamaican-born writer G. Winston James reading from his most recent collection, Shaming the Devil (10:45 AM); participants in the recent Qlibrary Writing Workshop for Young Adults reading some of their work (11:14 AM); and Lisa C. Moore, founder and editor of RedBone Press, sharing some of her experiences in publishing, and reading some of her own work (11:31 AM). It takes place in the third floor conference room of the building where Quatrefoil Library is located. Read the rest of this entry »

Ms. Behavior®: Single Katie

Dear Ms. Behavior:

Years ago, I used excellent advice from your book Do What I Say: Ms. Behavior’s Guide to Gay and Lesbian Etiquette to prepare for falling in love. It worked. My relationship lasted 10 years. Eventually, my partner and I grew apart, and broke up. Read the rest of this entry »

The Old Order Changes: 1932-2009

As a friend and I strolled through Harvard Square on November 22, 1963, we heard rumors. At Nini’s Corner, a newsstand next to the Harvard Co-op, we learned President John F. Kennedy had been shot.

In the Co-op, we joined a crowd around the bank of TVs, where a shirt-sleeved CBS anchor Walter Cronkite spoke from every B&W screen, relaying unconfirmed reports of the President’s death, cutting to the Dallas Trade Mart, where Kennedy was to have spoken. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Enchanted Season: Minnesota Opera Stages Five Romances

Get ready for romance.

Minnesota Opera’s 2009-2010 season skips the hordes of elephants and ladies in horned helmets in favor of overpowering love—and because it’s opera, after all, love leads to trouble, tears, and death: happy never after. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Into Temptation / Now Screening at Local Cinemas

Those who thirst for compassionate views of Christianity will find succor in local filmmaker Patrick Coyle’s absorbing new film, Into Temptation, which David Doyle shot entirely and splendidly in Minneapolis. Law and Order’s Jeremy Sisto and Wicked Tony-winner Kristin Chenoweth captivate as a socially conscious priest and a suicidal sex worker. Numerous other terrific turns by local actors include two African-American goddesses of the Twin Cities stage, Greta Oglesby and Isabell Monk O’Connor. Brian Baumgartner (The Office), who devastated as a bi movie mogul in Hidden Theatre’s area premiere of The Dying Gaul a decade ago, delights as Sisto’s buddy priest. In his latest, Coyle—whose Detective Fiction played Sundance 2003—muses on how we stigmatize sex and poverty. Exquisite are Sisto’s scenes with John Skelly as a young man troubled by homosexual feelings. Coyle derails the fatuous notion to “let bygones be bygones,” current in both politics and countless personal relationships today. But as Chenoweth’s victimization shows us, cruelty unrepented can be catastrophic.

My Name is Rachel Corrie / Through Sept. 19 / Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Mpls. / (612) 423-2741 /

Finally, the decade’s most controversial play opens here. On the heels of a dynamic 2005 world premiere at London’s preeminent Royal Court, New York Theatre Workshop “postponed indefinitely” the US premiere. Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner, dramatic editors of Rachel Corrie’s diaries and e-mails, then pulled their permission to produce it. The play ultimately was staged at Greenwich Village’s Minetta Lane. Though it has taken a while for an area premiere, local readings staged by the late Fran Ford kindled passionate interest. My Name is Rachel Corrie is the true story of a young American mowed down by an Israeli military bulldozer in 2003 while protesting the decimation of Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip.

Emily Gunyou Halaas, who plays the solo title role, says, “The only way for me to approach Rachel as a character is to be true to her spirit, and try to marry it with my own spirit. As a result, I have fallen head over heels in love with her—her writing, her love story, her hope and love of life. Also, her failures, her vanity, and her desperate humanness.”

The Mary Tyler Moore Show / Through Sept. 26 / Theatre Garage, 711 W.
Franklin Ave., Mpls. / (952) 929-9097 /

Some top local actors are performing classic episodes live onstage from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, that fabled TV sitcom set in Minneapolis. David Mann directs them as a full-run Torch Theater fund-raiser.

Enhancing MTM’s ’70s sensibility is Stephen Herzog—better known to many as Barbie “Q,” Miss City of the Lakes 1997 and Miss Trailer Trash—who shares, “Although I completed a wig internship at the Guthrie in 1995, I decided to stay behind the chair, and work mainly with hair that talks back. I do occasional commercial work, and I’ve been Miss Richfield’s hairstylist since she got out of pigtails. When David mentioned wigs for the MTM show, I was immediately interested. I studied the whole cast every Saturday night while munching popcorn on the den floor for years. Did he want a dark flip for Mary, or the later, shorter Mary with the highlights? Well, it turns out they need both looks. And Phyllis, Sue Ann, Georgette, and Ted hair, too! It’s a lot of work, but I think back to when I was 8, and if I knew then that I would one day be making these wigs, I would have thought: Being a grown-up might be pretty excellent!”

Also featured: Into Temptation actors Linda Kelsey and Julie Madden, and director Patrick Coyle.

The Romance of Magno Rubio / Through Sept. 27 / Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Mpls. / (612) 338-6131 /

Randy Reyes has charmed with crossgender and other sophisticated turns at the Guthrie and Ordway, but he now stands in stark contrast in the title role of Lonnie Carter’s play about Filipino migrant workers in the 1930s.

Reyes describes “a social hierarchy within this particular group of Filipino men. They’re as much at odds with each other as they are with the white men they work for. Nick [Kurt Kwan], the ‘college boy,’ gets a certain amount of respect because of his intelligence. Then, there’s Magno [Reyes], who can’t read or write, and has to rely on Nick to write letters to the woman he’s in love with, yet has never met. Magno is considered the lowest on the social ladder, but his unflinching optimism lifts the men’s spirits.”

One Voice Mixed Chorus Presents Unsilenced

One Voice Mixed Chorus (OVMC), Minnesota’s GLBT and straight-allies chorus; local synagogues Shir Tikvah, Bet Shalom, and Temple Israel; and the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota will present Unsilenced: GLBT and Jewish Voices of the Holocaust, a concert commemorating the experience of individuals in the Holocaust. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

Local News

District Urged To Discipline Teachers in Antigay Bullying Case

Community members concerned about a recent case of antigay harassment toward a high school student attended a school board meeting in August to voice their frustration. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights alleges that teachers Walter Filson and Diane Cleveland made antigay comments about 17-year-old Alex Merritt’s perceived homosexuality. Earlier in August, the Anoka-Hennepin County School District decided to settle the case with a $25,000 payment to Merritt’s family. Many of those at the meeting asked the district to discipline the teachers in question. Organizer Adam Fairbanks told reporters, “We’re hoping they will take steps to fire the two teachers, or they’ll resign.” School board members told the St. Paul Pioneer Press they believed the district acted appropriately under its current policies and state statutes.

National News

Gay Marriage Draws Out-of-State Couples to Iowa

The Des Moines Register reports that after April’s Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, data show up to 45 percent of marriages are by out-of-state couples. Between April 27 and July 27, 5,214 marriage certificates were issued statewide, of which 676 were for same-sex couples. Of those couples, 312 weren’t from Iowa. Data show 57 couples were from Illinois, 38 were from Nebraska, 37 were from Missouri, and 36 were from Minnesota.

Gay Marriage Begins in Vermont

Same-sex marriage ceremonies began in Vermont the first week of September. It is the first state to enact same-sex marriage legislation without the involvement of the courts. It was also the first state to allow same-sex civil unions in 2000. Bill Slimback, who married his husband, Bob Sullivan, in a ceremony shortly after Midnight on September 1, said, “We’ve waited a long time to do this—basically, our whole lives.”

Texas Liquor Board Fires Three Over Raid on Gay Bar

Based on their involvement in the controversial raid on a Fort Worth gay bar in June, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has fired two agents and a supervisor. Agent Christopher Aller and agent trainee Jason Chapman were dismissed. Their supervisor, Sergeant Terry Parsons, who was not at the bar on the night of the raid, was terminated effective September 2. Two other officials have been disciplined.

Utah Governor Says Gays Not Protected Class

Utah Governor Gary Herbert told reporters that discrimination against gays and lesbians should not be illegal, and that sexual orientation should not be a protected class like race, gender, and religion. He said in his first monthly news conference, “We don’t have to have a rule for everybody to do the right thing. We ought to just do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, and we don’t have to have a law that punishes us if we don’t.” It remains legal in Utah to fire someone for being gay or transgender.

Antigay Group Sues Hotel, Claims Discrimination

Peter LaBarbera, leader of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Naperville Holiday Inn Select, claiming a fund-raiser there was canceled because of his group’s religious beliefs against gays and lesbians. He did not have a written contract for the event, and no money was paid. LaBarbera said hotel management told him the reservation was canceled because of “potential negative publicity.” He apparently informed the hotel it could expect protesters outside his event. He told reporters, “It’s always easy to come up with excuses, but the real truth is, they didn’t like our message. If you allow this sort of hecklers veto, you’re sanctioning discrimination.”

Bartender Spotlight


Photo by George Holdgrafer

Recipe: Dirty Banana
2 parts Bacardi Rum
2 parts Creme de Banane
1 part Kahlua
Splash of Amaretto
Splash of Cream
Shake. Pour as shot or on the rocks. Read the rest of this entry »

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