Issue 379

Club Metro Returns in Somerset, Wisconsin

On December 5, the new Club Metro debuts in nearby Somerset, Wisconsin—after an eight-year hiatus—with opening night featuring a unique drag performance hosted by Show Director Donna Dior. The former incarnation of the bar at 733 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, opened in April 1992, and closed November 3, 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer as Folks

The Aliveness Project in Sight of Reaching Goal

The Aliveness Project has taken two very large steps closer to its goal of a new building at 3808 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis. With the help of Erik Tollesfson and Brian LaMere of Wells Fargo, it received a $60,000 grant earlier this fall. Shortly thereafter, UPS gave an early Christmas gift of $5,000 to the organization as well. With the help of these two companies, plus many others groups and individuals, The Aliveness Project will be able not only to continue its great work of helping people living with HIV/AIDS, but also to do even more in a larger, up-to-date building when it opens. Read the rest of this entry »

Past Time To Abolish DOMA

In an interesting clash concerning state-versus-federal bailiwicks, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer Bob Egelko reported on a recent ruling by Chief Federal Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski. On November 19, he ordered the Obama Administration to “stop resisting his finding that the wife of a lesbian court employee was entitled to government insurance coverage.” Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

Largest GLBT Newspaper Publisher Closes
According to the Associated Press, the largest publisher of GLBT newspapers in the United States has shut down. Window Media LLC, publisher of Southern Voice, Washington Blade, and a handful of other papers, has gone out of business. Southern Voice Editor Laura Douglas-Brown said in a telephone interview, “From my understanding, there was just no more money to keep these companies running. We had all been told that the companies would be sold. The fact that we were shut down was a complete shock.” Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

John Trones: Christmas in the City / Dec. 7 / Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. / (800) 982-2787 />

Asians & Homos & Jews…Ho Ho! / Through Dec. 13 / Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. / (612) 339-4944 /

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol / Through Dec. 20 / Park Square Theatre, 20 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul. / (651) 291-7005 /

Call them our “new traditions.” The classy John Trones creates melodic heaven on earth with dreamy guests like Jim Brickman, Jen Burleigh-Bentz, , Orla Fallon, and Joanna Jahn. Every year, when she’s done working the mobs at Provincetown, the fabulous Miss Richfield 1981 brings her irreverent campiness home for Hanukkah and Christmas mischief. Actor Jim Lichtscheidl and sound designer Michael P. Kittel transport you to Dickens’s London in a reimagining of the story that’s starting to compete with the Nativity. Read the rest of this entry »

The Page Boy

Paris Photos ~ Paris Walks
Peter J. O’Toole
Artist Book Press

This is a striking work, 10 years in the making. O’Toole’s 150 black-and-white photographs, reminiscent of Atget’s work in their ability to convey the intimate and enduring Paris, illustrate a collection of 14 walking tours about the City of Light that includes the Buttes Chaumont, Père Lachaise Cemetery, and the Luxembourg Gardens. Text, written by O’Toole and translated by Daniel Ollivier, is presented in French and English on facing pages, a very pleasing treat for the Francophile, while the maps accompanying each walk were created and hand-drawn by O’Toole’s partner, Tim Schultz. This handsome self-published volume has received wide praise and numerous awards, including the 2008 Star of Excellence Best of Merit Award from the Minnesota Printer Industry. It not only has gone into a second printing, but also has been chosen by both Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center for their gift shops. Highly recommended for the photographer, traveler, and avid bibliophile alike. Read the rest of this entry »

DJ Chi Chi La Rue Comes Home for Annual Gay 90’s Holiday Jingle Ball

On December 19, DJ Chi Chi La Rue will appear at the Gay 90’s Dance Annex for her annual Holiday Jingle Ball. She has been hosting a popular local holiday event yearly since 1997. Read the rest of this entry »


For its natural wonders, historic landmarks, and rich culture, India remains a formidable destination as the world’s most culturally and linguistically diverse geographical entity after Africa. Perhaps for that reason alone, it is a country that few Americans will visit. That’s a shame, because Indian hospitality is lauded the world over. Read the rest of this entry »

Tom Coben Creates Fork Sculpture

Tom Coben staged magic acts while in high school. One of his tricks was bending cutlery by telekinesis. Much of it would end up in bizarre shapes. Then, he had an extraordinary idea. Now, age 19 and attending college, he has taken that idea to new heights.

I met Coben a year ago at Highland Fest 2008 in St. Paul. My neighbor, good friend, and Team Spatula member, Mona Ahlf, and I rode our bicycles down to the event, where we walked through dozens of booths with exquisite crafts, drawings, paintings, and jewelry. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazel Tov

Before the close of 2009, my family will have attended six Bar Mitzvahs and one Bat Mitzvah. No, we’re not Jewish, but—as the saying goes—some of my best friends are.

I was raised Catholic, and my coming-of-age ritual was Confirmation—pre-Vatican ll. For those of you who aren’t Catholic (and old), that was a time when little Catholic children suffered gruesome deaths if they accidentally ate a hot dog on a Friday; thought ejaculations were prayers one mumbled after confession; and nodded convulsively like bobblehead dolls whenever they uttered the name of Jesus—which was often. Read the rest of this entry »

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