Issue 411

North Country Bears Hosts Fur Flee: Fourever

Following on successful events the past three years, North Country Bears is hosting Fur Flee: Fourever in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, March 3-6.

Organizers have reserved the entire Barkers Island Inn, 300 Marina Drive, Superior—but if it is booked to capacity, an overflow hotel is available.

A weekend Flee Collar package includes the following: Bar Night, March 3, The Main Club, 1217 Tower Avenue, Superior; Bar Night, March 4, The Flame, 1612 Tower Avenue, Superior; Poolside Party featuring DJ Michael Carrera from San Diego, March 5, Barkers Island Inn; discounts at the Duluth Sauna, 18 North First Avenue East, Duluth; and more.

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Big Gay News

World News

Study Shows Homophobia Is Bad for Your Health
The Montreal Gazette reports that a new study from Montreal’s Concordia University finds antigay bullying causes a hormonal disruption known to increase rates of suicide, memory loss, cardiovascular problems, and bone-density depletion. Study author Michael Benibgui said, “This shows that homophobia is bad for your health.” It is the first to demonstrate a biological link between bullying and long-lasting physical and psychological problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Good and Pawlenty

When you think of former Minnesota Governors who find themselves in the media spotlight for making controversial statements, it’s usually a certain longhaired former pro wrestler who comes to mind, Jesse Ventura.

Since January, however, our most recent former Governor has usurped that honor handily. Tim Pawlenty, in his apparent bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, has made headlines on more than one occasion already this year for statements that have raised the ire not only of his opponents, but also of many even within his own party. And the good gays and lesbians of this country again are paying the price for his political haymaking. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Through Mar. 6
Guthrie Theater
818 S. 2nd St., Mpls.
(612) 377-2224

Cap off Black History Month with Jevetta Steele, who brings ferocity, raunchy vocals, and tyrannical force to the role of Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, “The Mother of the Blues.” She is a woman who never gave an inch, because hard knocks as a black performer taught her that in the 1920s, you had to be tough and territorial about your star power. In August Wilson’s 1982 play, she is at odds not only with white record producers, but also with Levee (James T. Alfred), a hotheaded black trumpeter who has the hots for her sexy assistant, Dussie Mae (a steamy Lerea Carter). Ma’s lesbianism never is discussed overtly, but emanates from Steele’s marvelous performance. Lou Bellamy directs this Penumbra/Guthrie show with piercing intensity. Read the rest of this entry »

The Page Boy

Living Beyond Rainbows • David Marty • iUniverse • $29.95
This memoir by local author David Marty offers a candid view of the life of a gay boy, the fourth of six siblings raised in a Missouri Synod Lutheran home. It makes abundantly clear the fortitude and persistence needed for a gay man to establish himself both in the community and in his own eyes. He’s a second-generation chiropractor who has a healing instinct for working with people with AIDS and elderly patients. Marty uses his longstanding friendship and professional relationship with Esther, in her 90s when we meet her, as a spiritual thread to knit together his narrative. Having outlived two husbands and many caretakers, she is able to provide a strong role model for acceptance and self-esteem, to help teach her young gay friend that life is indeed a gift to be cherished. Marty, who has worked in his chosen profession for more than 30 years, currently lives with his partner of 23 years—and their dogs—in Minneapolis. Read the rest of this entry »

Tickles Has New Sibling: Score Is Gay Sports Bar

Over the past two years, Tickles owner Roy Caples and manager Joel Janssen constantly have transformed their establishment. It opened in a smaller space in Northeast Minneapolis on November 14, 2008, but moved to larger quarters in Downtown Minneapolis on December 31, 2009. In its newest incarnation, since early February, it is two bars under one roof: Score and Tickles.

Caples says, “We have always emphasized the sports concept. We now have Tickles piano lounge and Score sports bar, with 11 large-screen TVs and sports team sponsorships, plus a full-service menu, wines, spirits, and beers to choose from.” Read the rest of this entry »

Matthew Shepard Foundation Hosts Bear to Make a Difference on the Road Congressman Tim Walz Will Receive Making a Difference Award

In her book The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed, Judy Shepard described a crowd of 600 that gathered in Laramie, Wyoming, for a candlelight vigil on the eve of the jury selection in the trial of one of the killers of her son, who had succumbed after a savage beating almost exactly a year before, on October 12, 1998.

A tribute concert by Peter, Paul and Mary also took place. Before the concert, Peter Yarrow of the trio described how he had visited the wooden fence where 21-year-old Shepard had been tied, beaten, and left to die. Read the rest of this entry »

We’ll Take a Cup o’ Kindness Yet

The Gipper would have been 100 on February 6. While one never will forget his refusal to acknowledge the existence of AIDS (or his handling of other political decisions), facets of his personality bear examining in these bitter and divisive times.

President Ronald Regan was an actor. He knew how to play to the crowd—and straight out play the crowd. He also was able to be less partisan and more willing to accept less than 100 percent, while ceding the limelight to others on occasion, as was noted in the February 7 issue of Time Magazine. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

Max’s Moves to New Location
Max’s recently moved to 3826 Grand Way, in the Shops at Excelsior & Grand, St. Louis Park, just across the courtyard from its former location. The phone remains the same: (952) 922-8364. Max’s is known for beautiful jewelry, home decor items, a wide variety of chocolates, and more. For more information, visit Read the rest of this entry »

Minneapolis Home & Garden Show Features Divine Design Celebrity Expert

Interview with Andrew Downward

The Minneapolis Home & Garden Show reprises March 2-6. It offers local home and garden enthusiasts opportunities to meet with their favorite HGTV personalities, as well as to immerse themselves in the latest trends in landscaping, home design, and decorating displayed by some 700 exhibitors. On March 3, relax in the Lavender Lounge, a First Thursdays event.

This year’s Celebrity Expert lineup includes a number who specialize in a variety of everything from design to paint color selection. Taniya Nayak (Designed to Sell), Christopher Straub (Project Runway), and international designer Jean-Michel Gauvreau will make special appearances, providing tips, tricks, and advice on various topics. Read the rest of this entry »

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