Produced by Mike Hnida
Photography by Mike Hnida, Lavender Studios
Models: Clare, Bruce
Clothing & Jewelry provided by J.NOVACHIS & BCBGMAXAZRIA
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Produced by Mike Hnida
Rally Held at State Capitol for Same-Sex Marriage
On February 11, a group of clergy and lay people from a broad array of faith communities gathered in the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda to demonstrate their approval from a religious standpoint for allowing same-sex couples to marry under state law. Organized by OutFront Minnesota, the event featured a number of speakers, including local and national faith leaders who hoped their show of support for same-sex marriage would increase participation in a statewide campaign for marriage equality in Minnesota. Although the rally took only an hour, it left a lasting impression on those who attended. Read the rest of this entry »
HUD Seeks Help with Antigay Discrimination Study
The US Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) is asking the residents of Chicago, New York, and San Francisco to help design a study aimed at antigay discrimination in housing. It would be the first national study of its kind. HUD’s effort to collect data is seen as a possible first step in obtaining legal protections for gay and lesbian people in the area of housing. According to The Washington Post, a recent study found that nearly 30 percent of same-sex couples were treated differently when trying to buy or rent a home. Read the rest of this entry »
Retribution Gospel Choir
Even amid the brittle beauty of Low, you always could tell that guitarist Alan Sparhawk wanted to crank it up and rock. Though Low continues at its own pace, Sparhawk’s other projects—including Retribution Gospel Choir—give the guitarist and singer a chance to heat it up. The songs here are, like the first album, rock hard, laden with distortion and feedback, but it’s much more Neil Young’s fuzzy pop than some kind of postrock extremism. Pieces like “Workin’ Hard” and “White Wolf” wouldn’t sound out of place on a Jayhawks record. The album has fuzzed-out extremes, but they’re mostly to be found in a pair of 30-second snippets. Meanwhile, the slow-burning “Electric Guitar” gives Sparhawk a chance to unleash some pretty impressive lead work, while the balance of the band lays down a rock-solid rhythm. By the end, this brief album leaves the listener spent, and wanting more. Read the rest of this entry »
My Antonia / Through Mar. 20 / Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. / (612) 339-4944 / www.illusiontheater.org
Much has been written on the encoded queerness of the novels of Willa Cather (1873-1947). A lesbian shaped by the rough-and-tough Midwestern prairie, she actually never wanted her books to be adapted into plays. But since her work has fallen into the public domain, playwrights have found rich material about the American immigrant experience that just can’t be denied. Allison Moore’s lovely adaptation of My Antonia is staged vibrantly by Illusion, with a wonderful lead performance by Katie Guentzel. Read the rest of this entry »
Life, Leather and the Pursuit of Happiness
After 15 years, Your Humble Columnist finally is about to become Your Humble Author. With this edition of the “Leather Life” column, I am pleased to announce officially my first book: Life, Leather and the Pursuit of Happiness. To be published later this spring by Nelson Borhek Press, it contains selections from 15 years of “Leather Life” columns and other writings—112 columns in all, updated and annotated. Read the rest of this entry »
College towns generate an energy that keeps the juices flowing even when the weather’s cold and blustery. Consider, for example, Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan (UM) main campus since 1837.
Ann Arbor itself was founded in 1824 by John Allen and Elisha Walker Rumsey, who had settled the new Michigan Territory with their wives. Paying the government’s price of $1.25 an acre, they named the parcel in honor of Allen’s wife, Annarbour, and the sylvan “arbour”—which later morphed into Ann Arbor. Read the rest of this entry »
How a former program director/men’s magazine publisher joined together with a retired chef to launch a skin care company, Maric Group, is a long story, according to President Marlene Solomon and Vice President Richard Hoffman. Suffice it to say that the duo, who had experienced how different chemicals in a variety of food and skin care products can affect people’s lives adversely, were determined to offer a real solution. Read the rest of this entry »
For the past six months, I’ve been certain—certain!—that a girl at the gym was in love with me. And when I say “girl,” I mean girl. She’s in her late 20s.
Generally, I’m attracted to older, matronly types, because I’m determined to be the eternal ingenue. But these days, I’ll take what I can get.
Why did I think she was in love with me? Read the rest of this entry »