Issue 419


Wilde Roast Café Presents Moreau Reading from Chelsea Boy

Poet Craig Moreau will read from his debut collection of poems, Chelsea Boy, published by Chelsea Station Editions, on June 21, 7 PM, at Wilde Roast Café, Minneapolis.

Part memoir, part history, Chelsea Boy, explores the author’s transformation from small-town Iowa boy to big-city Chelsea Boy. Inspired by the famous Manhattan gayborhood and its vibrant nightlife, Moreau’s poems explore the pleasures and complexities of a resilient community.

Writer Michael Cunningham says, “Craig Moreau’s Chelsea Boy is a true original, in many senses of the word. It’s simultaneously a serious collection, and a book of poetry intended for readers who don’t usually read poetry at all. Moreau is a passionate, gifted poet, and with Chelsea Boy, he enters terrain far too seldom poetically traversed.”

Poet Tom Healy shares, “I never had the body or the stamina to be a Chelsea Boy. But Craig Moreau obviously has both…and the rare lyrical talent to give voice to a shirts-off, drugs-kicked-in world of sex, sadness, beauty, and truths that are sometimes fabulous, sometimes shameless, sometimes still deadly. Here is a full parade of the wicked and the pretty, ghosts and the living, the self-absorbed and the quietly self-knowing—all dancing to Moreau’s spare, honest, and seductive music.”

Craig Moreau Chelsea Boy Reading
June 21, 7 PM
Wilde Roast Café
65 Main St. SE, Mpls.
(612) 331-4544

Fantasy House Returns to Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis St. Paul Midway Location Becomes Outlet Store

In 1980, the Fantasy Gifts chain of stores launched with the original Fantasy House on Hennepin Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets, which closed in 1987. For a number of years, Minneapolis had no Fantasy Gifts location. However, owner Colleen Bertino recently opened a beautiful new Fantasy House at 814-B Hennepin Avenue, in the ground-floor space formerly occupied by Café Di Napoli for nearly 70 years.

Like the others in the Fantasy Gifts chain of stores, Fantasy House carries a wide selection of lubricants, condoms, sex toys, vibrators, restraints, books, DVDs, novelties, games, cards, shoes, lingerie, lotions, oils, and bath/body products.

Fantasy House is open Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-10 PM; Friday-Saturday, 10 AM-Midnight; and Sunday, Noon-6 PM. The phone is (612) 355-5505.

Meanwhile, the Midway Fantasy Gifts location at 1437 University Avenue West, St. Paul, is now an outlet store. It’s open Wednesday-Saturday, Noon-8 PM. Don’t let the Light Rail Transit construction keep you away! The phone is (651) 256-7484.

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Presents Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

If you missed last year’s nearly sold-out ExtrABBAganza!, you won’t want to miss this year’s Pride concert. Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (TCGMC) presents Let’s Hear it for the Boys! The Ultimate Boy Band Review June 24-25.

Dr. Stan Hill, TCGMC Artistic Director, says, “We have 65 different bands of boys represented in this concert. We have spanned the decades from the 1950s to the 2000s and everything in between to find our audience’s favorite songs. You’ll be screaming like its Beatlemania all over again!”

Let’s Hear it for the Boys celebrates the best in popular music from the 1950s to the 2000s created by boy bands. You’ll swoon to music by Powerhouse Boy Bands (Kiss, Journey, and Queen); Popular Duos (Righteous Brothers, Seals & Crofts, Hall & Oates, Air Supply, Wham, and Erasure); Brit Boys (The Beatles, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, and Depeche Mode); R&B Boys (Temptations, Four Tops, and The Commodores); and recent boy-band sensations (Hanson, New Edition, Boyz II Men, Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, and ’N Sync). Read the rest of this entry »

Peterson Wins $100 Lavender Facebook Drawing

On June 6, John Peterson received a check for $100 from Lavender President and CEO Stephen J. Rocheford. Peterson won the drawing from Lavender Facebook “Likes” when the number recently reached 2,000.

Another drawing will take place when the number of Lavender Facebook “Likes” hits 3,000. So, get more people to “Like” our Facebook page, and do so yourself if you haven’t already. You just might be our next lucky $100 winner.

John Peterson (right) and Stephen J. Rocheford. Photo by Hubert Bonnet

Gays Ruin Rapture for Millions!

No, I have not actually heard that spin—yet—but in light of our Minnesota legislators’ recent approval of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to be put on the statewide ballot in November 2012, can it be far behind? A bigoted, antigay Creator pettishly denying bliss to 200,000,000 faithful?

Icing the cake was the GOP’s invitation of antigay, hate-filled preacher Bradlee Dean to deliver the opening prayer in the Minnesota House chamber. Ironically, Minnesota sinks to this new low just as Focus on the Family President Jim Daly concedes that they’ve effectively lost the argument on same-sex marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

Join Wanda at the Pride Parade!

One of the best things about being a drag queen is the chance to be in the Pride Parade every year. I mean, who loves a parade more than a drag queen? Waving and yelling at all the fabulous people along Hennepin Avenue from atop a drag queen-sized motor vehicle is just pure, unadulterated fun.

This year, I’m more excited than usual, because I’ll be riding on an even more fabulous vehicle than ever before! If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be surrounded by all sorts of delicious Wandita fanditas.

In fact, I need a whole boatload of people to help make my parade entry the bestest in all the land. That’s where you come in. I am looking to fill my secret 2011 Wanda Wisdom Pridemobile with a bevy of hot hunks and sassy ladies. I need a posse of spectacular peeps to help me celebrate all the way down the parade route.

Think you’ve got what it takes to join the fun? Good! Participation is easy, cheesy. If you or someone you know wants to be a part of the spectacle on Pride Sunday, June 26, simply drop me an e-mail at or

All participants must be 18 or over, and will need to sign a safety waiver. I’ll contact you shortly with all the details.

So, spread the word: The original podcasting drag queen needs you!

We Will Win This Fight!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person who has spoken up on behalf of dignity, freedom, and equality for all Minnesota families.

It breaks my heart to report that in the final days of session, the Minnesota Legislature saw fit to pass a constitutional amendment ballot measure asking the voters of Minnesota to close the constitution, and equal protection of the law, to fellow citizens. This was a cynical play to a vocal minority, and a blatant effort to distract folks from their failure to solve our budget and economic crisis. This action will touch off an 18-month campaign of anger and bitterness fueled by millions of dollars pouring in from out of state. As we’ve seen in 29 other states, they will rely on caricatures, distortions, and fear to pass their measure. Read the rest of this entry »

It Does Get Better—and Better!

Interview with Jason Matheson

FOX 9’s own Jason Matheson recently shared with Lavender a slice of his whirlwind life.

You’ve been called the “Twin Cities Ryan Seacrest” and the “Poor Man’s Neal Patrick Harris.” Who is Jason Matheson’s “Jason Matheson”?

I’m just a 30-something nerd who loves Star Wars; adores listening to TV themes; battles weight; loves his family and friends; is outgoing/shy; often prefers a night at home with my significant other watching Real Housewives to a night on the town; and is lucky enough to have a great career. Read the rest of this entry »

Succulents Are Hot!

If I couldn’t live without one hot plant group right now, it would be succulents. Their luxurious textures, shapes, and colors offer the bold structural look that no other plant group can. A plethora of succulent species thrives in containers, allowing for a great diversity of options to play with.

No better place to appreciate these qualities than at an intimate seating area where one can take it all in at close proximity. I like creating succulent gardens as virtual landscapes in miniature—perfect for outdoor dining tables, centerpieces, or seating areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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