Issue 395

The Kids Are All Right Is Must-See Film for Rainbow Families

For rainbow families—as well as anyone else GLBT or straight—The Kids Are All Right, directed by Lisa Cholodenko (High Art and Laurel Canyon), and written by Stuart Blumberg and her, is a must-see film. The title derives from the song “The Kids Are Alright” by The Who. Read the rest of this entry »

The Page Boy

The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens: Design and Installation for Homeowners in the Upper Midwest
Rusty Schmidt, Dan Shaw, and David Dods
Waterdrop Innovations

This informative, accessible guide tailored specifically for Planting Zones 3, 4, and 5 is a must for local gardeners looking to delve into this new, blue horticultural technology. Raingardens, simply put, are gardens set into depressions—existing or man-made—that are designed to catch and control rainwater runoff in your yard. As the authors emphasize, a raingarden will provide an attractive landscaping feature while utilizing plants to mitigate drainage or erosion problems. Clearly set forth and amply illustrated, the text leads the reader through chapters like “Understanding Water Flow on Your Property” and “Places to Avoid,” as well as describing in detail how to plan and landscape a garden tailored to your property. The extensive chapter on “Raingarden Plant Choices” has 29 pages of plants, names, and requirements—an excellent resource for any gardener. The book even has blueprints for sizes and types of gardens—what to plant when and where. This excellent resource ranges from the general to the very particular. Read the rest of this entry »


Monday through Friday, Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis is a blur of high heels and power suits—the frenzied hive of the nine to five. The restaurants along this manic circuit often have no choice but to assume the tone of their harried clientele.

Though that atmosphere may suit many a Bluetooth addict, if you truly want to unplug and unwind, a veritable oasis waits just one block east at Hell’s Kitchen’s former digs: Subo. Since opening last December, it has brought the essence of the Philippines to Minneapolis by way of cocktails; traditional and fusion cuisine; and an airy, calming interior that encourages guests to linger. Read the rest of this entry »


I went to my neighborhood coffeehouse—Malaise—this morning. I generally avoid this place, because Malaise lives up to its name in every respect. The staff is disenchanted and glum. They bitterly resent that they have to stop scribbling nonsense in their journals just to wait on your sorry ass. Read the rest of this entry »

Unapologetic Masculinity

The military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy doesn’t surprise me. After all, these unhealthy, out-of-touch policies all stem from one old-boys-club dinosaur school: The Citadel.

The Citadel, South Carolina’s once all-male military academy, is still writhing with bitterness after losing its fight to keep Shannon Faulkner from becoming the first female cadet in the school’s chauvinist 152-year history. Read the rest of this entry »

Passing: Jonathan Halverson 1974-2010

Jonathan James Halverson, 36, of Bloomington, passed away unexpectedly on June 29 at University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born May 15, 1974, in Paynesville, Minnesota.

Since 2007, Halverson had been an Advertising Account Executive with Lavender Magazine, where he worked with a number of clients, earning their respect and friendship.

Given Halverson’s winning personality, not surprisingly, one of his favorite pastimes was doing stand-up comedy at hotels.

Halverson leaves behind his Grandma, Katherine Halverson; his friend/partner, Bill Hart; his Lavender family; his loving pets, Abby and Phoebe; and many more family and friends. His mother, Doris Halverson, preceded him in death.

A memorial service took place on July 10 at Lakewood Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis.

Memorials in Halverson’s memory may be directed to his family.

Ms. Behavior©: Bothered Bubbe

Dear Ms Behavior:

I am old-fashioned, but I have tried to change with the times. My daughter, who is gay, is married to a wonderful girl. They adopted the most beautiful baby in the world. Of course, that’s not the problem. The problem is the Internet. Read the rest of this entry »

Pride in Pictures 2010

Lavender’s Eye on Pride, continuing throughout July, puts you on the spot for what’s happened, what’s happening, and what to expect next. Parades, parties, and people, people, people!

Click here to download a PDF of the Pride in Pictures 2010

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