Issue 400

On the Townsend

A Few Good Men
Through Oct. 3
Sabes Jewish Community Center,
4330 Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park
(612) 396-2025

Guantanamo Bay. Hazing. Accidental killing. Aaron Sorkin’s drama struck a nerve when it premiered in 1989, and it still resonates.

Urban Samurai Director Matthew Greseth says the play asks, “Are we willing to suspend or give up some freedoms to ensure that others are upheld? How far are we willing to let our government and military go to protect us from those who wish to harm us? What is the price tag for peace of mind, and who determines at what point that price is too high?” Read the rest of this entry »

Leather Generations: Dialectic or Debate?

Over the years, this column has dealt several times with issues of intergeneration and intercommunity conflict. This conflict often is characterized as between the “Old Guard” (those who value, and try to preserve, the community hierarchy and other traditions leather culture inherited from its military beginnings) and the “New Guard” (those who either don’t care about, or who outright reject, these traditions). Read the rest of this entry »

On the Record

Body Talk, Part 2

Listen up, Katy Perry (and, to be honest, plenty of others): This is how you make driving dance music. On the second (of three) albums Robyn plans to release in 2010, the Swedish singer continues the satisfying merging of hot funk and cold electronic that has marked her previous work. With seven new cuts and a strings-only version of “Indestructible,” she hits the dance floor hard and quick before heading out after about half an hour. Along the way, she lays waste to dance floors; lovers; and, well, lovers on the dance floor (the driving dirt of “Criminal Intent”). Snoop Dogg, fresh from his Katy Perry crossover, provides a so-so rap on the otherwise strong “U Should Know Better.” Robyn channels Kraftwerk on “We Dance to the Beat,” but still manages to make it sound hot. The finale could have been another tossed-off “I’m so strong” ballad, but Robyn plus the strings make it work. Read the rest of this entry »

LGBT Community Center of the Chippewa Valley

Recently, the LGBT Community Center of the Chippewa Valley marked its 10th anniversary by moving to its new home at 1305 Woodland Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. A block off Main Street, it’s six blocks east of the former location since 2001, 510 South Farwell, in the Wilson Memorial Building adjacent to Christ Church Cathedral. Read the rest of this entry »

The Once That Never Was

Perhaps the strongest reminder of what once was is the memory of what never was.

We might find ourselves, shortly after our hearts break, frozen helplessly in our empty beds. Here, we appreciate the sadistic symphony of depression and anger—but we’ll disguise it with false strength coated in phrases like: “I’m just happy I’m single.”

A while thereafter, should we find our beds empty still, we may long again for his whisper, her kiss, his touch, her laugh. We’ll flood ourselves with emotions we’ll never forget. And, as time distances us from our battered hearts, we’ll scar it once more. Read the rest of this entry »

Green Darlene

The website for one leading cleaning-products company states, “Having a clean bathroom, a clean kitchen, and an overall clean home are an essential part of a healthier lifestyle for the whole family.”

Certainly, no one enjoys living in a dirty home, but some products that same company sells contain high amounts of toxic chemicals harmful to children, sensitive adults, and pets…hardly the “healthy lifestyle” its customers are bargaining for. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside most homes is around two to five times more polluted than the air outside, and that pollution is the direct result of household cleaners and pesticides. Read the rest of this entry »

Anatomy of a Bad Idea Part 2

In Part I of this episode, my girlfriend decided to invite her ex, her ex’s new girlfriend, and all their children to my cottage for the weekend. On the day before they were to arrive, my dimwitted contractor failed to show up, and an epic construction-stress-related battle ensued. My girlfriend stormed out, vowing never to return. Read the rest of this entry »

Blinds on Windows

For the past four Thursday evenings, I’ve been meeting with a group of individuals drawn together by a shared deeply-felt commitment: No friggin’ way in hell were we going to read a Windows 7 manual. We’d rather plunk down 80 bucks to take a Windows 7 class that, after eight hours of intensive training, would enable us to seriously dislike computers, and be more highly confused than we ever dreamed possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Ms. Behavior©: Go on Bike Trip?

Dear Ms. Behavior:

My partner, Molly, and I have a close friend, Tina, who is my athletic buddy. Molly doesn’t like to hike or bike or swim, so Tina and I sometimes have “outdoorsy” time on weekends.

Tina recently confessed that she has feelings for me, which feels complicated, because we’re supposed to go on a biking fundraiser weekend together, sharing a hotel room (with two beds). Read the rest of this entry »

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