Issue 389

Lavender’s OUT at the Movies Screens Twin Cities Premiere of redwoods

Spring brings two wonderful things: The first, and best for Twin Citians, is the warm weather that gets us all out of our homes for the first time in months; the second is the spring edition of Lavender’s OUT at the Movies.

Making its local premiere is redwoods. It’s the story of a love so strong that one man is willing to risk everything to follow his heart. Read the rest of this entry »

MensDept. Cuts Its Way Into Minneapolis

Kurt Kueffner Goes Back to Basics with His Barbershop

The economy slowly is recovering after one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. But the effect still can be felt, with unemployment rates hovering around 10 percent, and many businesses closing after months of trying to stay open. So, it would seem like a bad time to start a new business from the ground up, but that’s exactly what Kurt Kueffner decided to do. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

Multicultural Forum Seeks Future of Inclusion

For the past 22 years, the Multicultural Forum has been providing CEOs, managers, human resource professionals, and everyone else information about diversity in the workplace. Diversity doesn’t mean having a well-balanced mixed of people, but rather treating every employee the same regardless of sex, race, religion, or sexual orientation. This year’s focus was to secure the diversity and inclusion future in the workplace by implementing new tactics. The two-day conference included various informational sessions and workshops. Several focused on the GLBT community in the workplace, including: “Beyond Partner Benefits: Building on LGBT Policies to Improve Workplace Climate”; and “Square Pegs: Building a Strategy for your LGBT Resource Group.” For more info on the Multicultural Forum, visit www.stthomas.edu/mcf. Read the rest of this entry »

Lest Old Acquaintance Be Forgot

This year, as time slouches toward another birthday, my mind is focused on pleasant nostalgic memories rather than its usual dwellings on mortality and loss of short-term memory. One reason: The powers that be just rereleased one of my very favorite films, The African Queen. Read the rest of this entry »

These Paws were Made for Walking

Animal Humane Society Hosts Walk for Animals

Cindy Wrezca’s first Walk for Animals was certainly memorable. She was sitting on a curb, chatting with friends, and waiting for the event to start, when her friend’s Scottish terrier walked up, and peed on her leg. So, she did the Walk with just one sock. Yet, the incident hasn’t stopped her from going to five Walks in the past seven years. Read the rest of this entry »

How To: Pick the Right Pet

As this issue already has a large feature about Spring Gardening, preempting my first idea for this article—How To Plant a Garden—we’re going to learn how to pick the right pet. Yes, there is a right and wrong kind of pet for everybody. For example, if you watched Anaconda as a kid, and still use the bed covers 10 years later to make sure your feet are protected from any monster-sized snakes attacking you, a pet snake is probably not right for you. Personally, I believe snakes are only good when dead, so I’m not sure why anyone would think having something that wants to kill you is a good pet. But let’s move on. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

FDA Reviewing Gay Blood Ban
United Press International reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a policy that effectively prevents gay men from donating blood. In a statement, the agency said, “We are considering the possibility of pursuing alternative strategies that maintain blood safety.” Currently, the ban excludes blood donations by any man who has had sex with another man since 1977. The restrictions were imposed over fears in the 1980s that blood from gay men would spread HIV and AIDS. Led by former presidential candidate John Kerry, 18 US senators have called on the FDA to lift the ban. Read the rest of this entry »

Jai Rodriguez: More Than the Cultured Queer Eye

There’s a whole lot more to the multitalented Jai Rodriguez than meets the cultured queer eye. Long before he became known as the culture expert on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, he had performed on and off-Broadway, as well as on daytime television. But it was the worldwide exposure Queer Eye offered that opened the door for him to do a number of new things professionally, plus gave him a platform to find his own voice. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Execution of Justice
Through Apr. 24
Rarig Center, Univ. of Minn.
330 21st Ave. S., Mpls.
(612) 624-2345
www.theatre.umn.edu

Long before the film Milk, or gay-themed plays like Gross Indecency and The Laramie Project, Emily Mann drew from court transcripts and interviews to create stage drama about the gay-versus-straight divide. The groundbreaking Execution of Justice, in both form and content, is about the trial of Dan White, who assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. The play, which won six Obies, and premiered at the Guthrie in 1985, now is revived at the University of Minnesota, where Mann earned her MFA degree. Read the rest of this entry »

The Page Boy

Books Do Furnish a Room
Leslie Geddes-Brown
Merrell
$39.95

Warning: You may lose yourself in wonder and awe at the myriad collections of books depicted. A Costa Rican library of 17,000 volumes is raised on stilts to protect it from local damp and termite predation. Books are shelved, piled in the “every available space” technique. Some books fit the architect’s design, and others are the owner’s architecture. A 1670 library in Turin shelves leather-bound volumes by size, surrounding a circular bookcase rising from terra-cotta tiles. In smaller dwellings, one finds dado strips over staircases, while staircases themselves become book repositories. The title, taken from the 10th volume in novelist Anthony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time, perfectly encompasses the gorgeous photographs. Plunge in anywhere and enjoy, but for the categorically minded, Geddes-Brown has divided the delicacies into “Living with Books”; “Working with Books”; “Designing for Books”; and “Making the Most of Books.” A mouthwatering volume to read—then stack, toss, file, or pile according to your personal library system. Read the rest of this entry »

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