Issue 378

Zang Toi Takes FASHION International With STYLEDLIFE® Founder Kevin Quinn

We highlight famous fashion designer Zang Toi whose appearance on The Real Housewives of New York City as Jill Zarin’s favorite designer was a break that sparked his new brand recognition and increased mass appeal. For all related articles on Toi & Quinn check out our On the Runway section.

Queer as Folks

Prins Takes Helm at District 202

The District 202 Board of Directors named Curt Prins the new Executive Director of the organization for GLBT youth. He stepped down as Acting Board Chair to move into the position. He has served on the Board since 2005, and as Board Chair since February 2009. Prins is a 15-year veteran of the tech marketing and nonprofit world. He has been an active community volunteer in the Twin Cities, working with TogetherMinnesota, Project 515, OutFront Minnesota, Human Rights Campaign Twin Cities, and Faith Family Fairness Alliance. Read the rest of this entry »

Ms. Behavior®: Sick of Vampires

Dear Ms. Behavior:

My girlfriend, Cara, is obsessed with vampires. She watches a vampire TV show and a teenybopper vampire movie over and over. I think she has a sexual fetish about the whole thing. I wish she’d turn her energy toward me, or at least spend her time looking for a job, or pitching in around the house. She’s defensive about it. Read the rest of this entry »

Holy Cow!

Many situations in life are clear-cut. You know exactly what to do. Let’s say, for example, you’re a professional athlete. Your job, which is basically part-time, essentially involves a lot of standing around, scratching, and spitting. For this, you are paid on average $1.5 million a year. Read the rest of this entry »


Lavender Wins Eight MMPA Awards

Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association (MMPA) held its 13th Annual Excellence Awards Dinner on November 5. As usual, a Lavender contingent was on hand—along with some 400 other media members—for dining and celebration at the Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom Golden Valley. Read the rest of this entry »

Dietary Supplements

I want to talk about a popular topic that has brought forth many questions in my young nutritional career: dietary supplements. They are somewhat controversial in the nutrition world. Some nutritionists believe in them, while others do not. Read the rest of this entry »

Tiger Sushi 2

It hasn’t been a year since I wrote about Tiger Sushi II, and ordinarily, that shorter time frame would preclude the restaurant from further scrutiny within the same publication. However, my editor and I decided to make an exception, and I’ll explain why. Tiger Sushi II features such an extensive, creative sushi selection that I would encourage lovers of virgin seafood to pillage the menu with reckless abandon. However, at least one dear and sheltered soul among our friends always shies at the mention of raw fish. Those unrepentant food atheists, along with any strict vegetarians, would be left at many sushi restaurants with a skinny California Roll or a plate of limp tempura. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Some Girl(s) / Through Dec. 5 / Pillsbury House, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls / (612) 375-0300 /

Brian Balcom is among our best local directors for dealing with issues of the erotic. His stagings of some of Trista Baldwin’s sexually drenched plays, as well as Noah Haidle’s fantastical satire on child sexuality, Mr. Marmalade, have been remarkable. So, we should have known it was only a matter of time until we would see him take on the always-unsettling Neil LaBute, whose Some Girl(s) is a perfect Balcom vehicle.
Balcom calls the play “an examination into the ignorance of a man’s actions, and his comprehending the consequences as he’s faced with the wreckage of his love. Guy [Clarence Wethern] travels around the country to make amends with four old girlfriends, but discovers the wounds he inflicted are much deeper and more substantial than he realized. It’s a brutal look at one man’s romantic behavior and the destruction that he’s left behind.”

In the Heights / Dec. 1-6 / Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. / (800) 982-2787 /

In the Heights won the 2008 Tony for Best Musical and the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. It’s a breakthrough for a broad mainstream audience, with a blend of Latin music and hip-hop in an urban neighborhood setting. During the current national tour, ensemble performer Wilkie Ferguson has been struck by its intergenerational appeal, even though one might suspect its contemporary sound might negate that. Indeed, the show encompasses three generations of music. It also reflects the economic struggles very much on the minds of the public today.
Ferguson says, “The quality of the music, Andy Blankenbuehler’s choreography, and the story that’s being told really opens people’s eyes. It’s telling the story of part of the community that I don’t think has had a voice in Broadway theater, so I think it’s great for a contemporary show to give voice to these people who haven’t been represented. I’m African-American, and most of the cast is Latin or of Latin descent. It was a big challenge for me, because I didn’t grow up with that tradition. But the story is universal.”

Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather / Through Dec. 13 / Gremlin Theatre, 2400 University Ave. W., St. Paul / (651) 228-7008 /

David Mann is a first-rate Shakespearean director and actor. He’s also an accomplished playwright. Now, he has melded one of his favorite films with his favorite playwright. He also directs his script.
Mann shares, “I am constantly amazed at how the story of The Godfather mirrors Shakespeare. The tragedies of Shakespeare often depict the fall of a particular man as a result of his own ambition, greed, or inadequacy: Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II, or Lear. The Godfather is essentially the tragedy of Michael Corleone [Ryan Lindberg], a man whose personal ambition and fear bring the ruin of his soul. When this story is heard in Shakespearean verse, it makes complete sense.”

A Christmas Carol / Through Dec. 31 / Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. / (612) 377-2224 /

Perhaps you’ve heard that the Guthrie’s 35th annual revival of its holiday specialty now only runs 90 minutes. Though you like that, perhaps you’re afraid it won’t have the same wonderful feel to it. But fear not. Barbara Field, who penned the adaptation you’ve enjoyed in years past, also has written this new one. Peter Michael Goetz plays Scrooge—he’s a Guthrie veteran and titan, as well as a Lavender Best Supporting Actor (Polonius in Hamlet at the Guthrie in 2006).

Obama Signs Federal Hate-Crimes Bill

I promised Judy Shepard when I saw her in the Oval Office that this day would come,” President Barack Obama said just before signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law on October 28. With the President’s signature, accidental activists Dennis and Judy Shepard witnessed the devastating loss of their son transform into triumph for countless millions. The legislation honors the memory of Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student brutally murdered in an act of hate violence in 1998, and James Byrd Jr., an African-American man who was dragged to death in Jasper, Texas, the same year. Read the rest of this entry »

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