Thank you Monica West and Nina DiAngelo for your invitation to get a "sneak peek" of the Cabaret. What a treat to sit ringside and witness your weeks and months and years of planning come to fruition!
Monica: you just exude joy. There's something so magnetic about you; your energy lights up a room, and watching the audience smile back at you is proof of how magnifcent you are. I treasure you.
Nina: it's all about the details, and you've left no (rhine)stone unturned. You're so quick and witty and you make everyone feel like a star. You've set a standard of entertainment that can only be aspired to. Your thoughtful words were unexpected, but truly appreciated. I'm so proud of you.
Both of you: you've created magic. I wish Wesley Byers were here to see the love letter you've written to her within those four walls. You've been left with the task of keeping her legacy alive, and you've succeeded. I promise, she's right there with you.
Sam Turner: you've built something special. You are in your element and i hope you take a moment to revel in your success. It was so nice to finally meet you; I'm a forever fan, and I wish you and Dion success beyond your wildest dreams.
It's rare that I ever stay out past 10pm (or according to Dana Pagitt, past 6pm, lol) but I enjoyed myself and the company I was with immensely, and am so appreciative for the opportunity to see first hand so much spark in Roxy's sparkle. ♡
We offer an unparalleled experience. Whether it's just a Night On The Town, or you're looking for a unique way to celebrate Life, Love, Milestones, or Accomplishments, we will take your celebration from special to SPECTACULAR!
How long have you been on the Drag Scene?
melancholy's 4th birthday was this past August 2022, she’s a Leo. idk what that means but, good for her.
What does the term “drag” mean to you?
To me, drag is a visual and performance art that augments and subverts gender norms by fucking with gender.
How do you separate your “dual identity”?
I don’t really “become a character” when I’m melancholy or Austin. I feel like myself in or out of drag. But melancholy has way less social anxiety at gay bars than Austin does.
Who is your “go-to” artist?
Sia as an artist really understands how to be melodramatic and I appreciate the spectacle and performance art that she brings to all of her art.
Greatest performing moment?
I perform a stripped down, vocals only version of “Elastic Heart” by Sia. With just the voice you’re really paying attention to the pain in the lyrics, and it has this haunting reverb. At the bridge of the song, I have someone rip out my heart, which is attached to enough fabric that it stretches across the entire length of the Saloon. Then I reel my heart back in and reclaim it as my own, trauma and all.
Say something nice about one of your fellow performers.
Miz Diagnosis truly has taken the time to master the many crafts of drag. She can do it all- wigs, costumes, mixes, and she’s one of the kindest performers I know. She sincerely wants to help others succeed.
Any special involvement in the LGBTQ community?
Everyone I know is queer.
Where in the Twin Cities can you be seen?
The Saloon is my like home bar and is where I’ll be cohosting The 4th Annual Bloodbath Ball with Jenna Cis on Wednesday, October 26th at 8:30pm. And I’m on cast in Mr. Mom’s Campgrounds show, which is monthly at 56 Brewing. But I’ll perform wherever- I’m in Miz Diagnosis’ Roosted Royalty show which is in a literal chicken coop.
What words of wisdom would you have for someone just starting in the Drag Scene?
Have a strong point of view and figure out what it is that only you can bring to the art form.
Who do you nominate for the next Drag Scene interview?
Blair Kitsch is my bipolar/nonbinary sister and is one of the funniest people I know.
Local Minneapolis American restaurant specializing in breakfast all day, burgers, fries, homemade soups & malts. Full bar 8am-2am. Open 24/7/365.
Flip the Script Fest (FSF) is a 3-day, queer film festival based in Minnesota.
FSF is focused on increasing access to multi-dimensional portrayals of queer folks. It is taking place this October 7-9, both in person at Emagine Willow Creek Theater in Plymouth, MN and online.
Purchase festival passes and tickets online at: https://FliptheScriptFest.Eventive.org
All Access Pass ($50) stream any film online for 72 hours (October 7-9) ▪ attend any film screening @ Emagine Willow Creek (October 7-9)
Individual Ticket ($10) stream one, feature length film or shorts program online for 72 hours (October 7-9) ▪ attend one, feature length film or shorts program @ Emagine Willow Creek (October 7-9)
Pay it Forward Pass ($100) stream any film online for 72 hours (October 7-9) ▪ attend any film screening @ Emagine Willow Creek (October 7-9) ▪ donate a festival pass to someone who requests a free one
Free passes are available to those who request one through our online form: https://tinyurl.com/FSFfree
Flip the Script’s mission is to provide access to positive Queer representation in film.
We believe these quality stories should be accessible for all and that financial means should never keep filmmakers from submitting their films or audience members from participating in the festival. Subsidized free tickets, passes, and submissions fees, for those in need of financial assistance, are built into our budget and supported by your donations.
A locally owned and operated Coffee House in the Loring Park Neighborhood of Minneapolis featuring a full bar.
Open Daily 7AM-2AM
2-4-1 Caffeinated Happy Hour 8-10AM & 3-6PM
What should we know about you?
That my laugh can be heard through the whole building when I’m working. If you don’t see me you will hear me laugh. I have Tuesday & Wednesday off but every other day you can catch me at one of the bars.
I can stir your drink, and still have you shook.
Bartending pet peeve.
Ordering all your drinks sep-ar-ate-ly.
Craziest thing you've witness?
I have seen too many crazy things in my time as a bartender from drag queens trying to do death drops to people climbing over the bar. Come in and see me and we can share stories.
Single, ready to mingle?
Divorced Cat Dad.
Give some advice.
Let the good things happen too you and don’t ask why, just accept and enjoy them well they last.
OG Daiquiri: Bumbu, Tatersall Rum, Lime Juice, & Triple Syrup with a lime & black cherry flag.
Love, identity, and courage of the LGBTQ community during the first walk towards Gay Pride in 1950s England. Based on true events of Yorkshire coal miners and secret gay lovers, Tommy and Eddy, who spend their holiday at a quirky B&B in Blackpool, along with a few other alternative members of society. This is a journey through the North of England to the beaches of Greece that follows each character’s fight for equality and freedom in an age that still deemed being gay or different as a crime.
We are the premier destination for live music, comedy, drag, burlesque and so much more. Lush is a special place tucked away in Northeast Minneapolis featuring a wide selection of cocktails and savory bites.
In an exhilarating two-hour recreation of ABBA’s last ever concert, Mania the ABBA Tribute brings to life the flamboyance of the 70s and all the uplifting, dance-inducing, and sometimes heart-breaking songs from the Swedish ‘Supergroup’, fully live with fantastic costumes, staging, lighting and effects.
For life-long ABBA fans or the new generation of fans who never had the opportunity to see ABBA live, Mania The ABBA Tribute is the perfect excuse to party, relive the memories of the band that took over the disco world or simply be entertained by the best music ever!
MANIA recently toured the United States for the 10th time with an impressive 37-date national tour, selling over 50,000 tickets and visiting 18 states.
So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares and enjoy all your favorite hits, including “Mamma Mia,” “Voulez Vous,” “Dancing Queen,” “Winner Takes It All,” “Waterloo,” “Fernando,” “Super Trouper” and many more.
Locally Grown Comedy features a rotating cast and crew from the Twin Cities, which include 50+ diverse creators (diverse in gender, sexual orientation, body types, race, abilities, etc). We are a female-led company, looking to add to Minnesota's thriving film, comedy and music industry, in hopes of highlighting all of our arts’ into one fun project.
During this event, we will be showing a few sketches (some that have been released and one unreleased sketch!), discussing LGC and its trajectory, taking any questions from press or attendees and announcing a few upcoming exciting endeavors. The evening itself will begin with a live performance of our theme song, written by local Minneapolis rapper, Tuvok The Word! Check it out on Spotify! ("Locally Grown" by Tuvok the Word)
Doors at 7pm, we begin at 7:30. Socializing afterwards, from about 8:30-10.
Please show your vaccination card at the door in order to gain entrance, so we can continue to be safe. Masks encouraged, but not required.
Find "Locally Grown Comedy LLC" on all social media platforms (Youtube, Instagram, Tik Tok and Facebook!) We're coming for you, SNL....
By Brian Hug
Kristine W is riding dance floors full speed ahead this season with her new single, “Can’t Look Back”, the first release from her upcoming album. Produced by James Hurr, one of the masters of UK House, the song is a lush, soulful club groove, made even more powerful with its message of rising up and appreciating the day. It was inspired by the passings of Kristine’s mother and sister. She says she found solace through writing the song and hopes by sharing “Can’t Look Back” now with the world that it helps those experiencing similar loss to move forward too.You have faced some big personal challenges these past last few years.
My older sister Viki passed away from colon cancer two years ago. None of the family could believe that she died from a cancer that was treatable. I was grieving my sister and trying to be there for my mom, but I intuitively knew that she was not going to survive the loss of her oldest daughter and best friend. Mom passed away due to complications from a stroke last year. These two angels were always on either side of me cheering me on. It has been very difficult staying motivated without them. I can’t believe they are both gone. Somedays, I experience a crippling grief. At shows, I have had the opportunity to others experiencing similar loss. We hug and cry together over our lost ones. Thankfully I am blessed with my music. It has been a lifeline.
What have you learned about yourself and your ability to overcome obstacles?
I have learned that God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. I try to be brave and remember how much my mother and sister contributed to my success. I owe it to them to push forward.
When did you begin the work on "Can't Look Back”?
Tony (Moran) sent me the first draft of the track two years ago. It was very sparse at the time but I could tell that it had a magic to it. I started playing around with it, writing and rewriting. Tony didn't like the first verse melody I presented to him but he loved the chorus, so I kept working on making the verses stronger and the lyrics more relevant. I then met with my collaborator, Mark Matson, to record the first vocal demo. It was pretty good but not perfect. We let the song marinate for a few months before giving it a second look. The last part we recorded was the rise up section. When I looked up from my congas and saw the look on my engineer’s face, I knew that we had made something special.
Does the song serve as a prelude to what's in store for your next album?
This song has a message that everyone needs to hear. I know listening to it during its many rewrites helped me get through some rough days. There was a reason Tony sent me that simple blank canvas. I feel like this song and others on the upcoming album are good medicine. We have all been through some traumatic challenges these past few years and it’s important that we do not let the pain defeat or define us. It's natural and healthy to look back and reflect every once-in-a-while but we can’t live in the past. We need to keep pressing on.
Kristine W’s “Can’t Look Back” is available now on all digital retailers via Kristine’s own imprint, Fly Again Music Productions.
Where music, entertainment and fun collide. Indoor food truck + drinks + live music + darts + entertainment. A place for everyone.
Recorded in our studio in the Hollywood Hills, we’ve taken a couple of R&B classics and given them a radical new spin. A bit like what Maneskin did with that old Four Seasons song, “Beggin”...although we don’t sound anything like them.
Soul Boy #1 is from New York, has worked with Madonna and sang lead on a #1 single in the UK, but we won’t tell you which one.
Soul Boy #2 is from London, and wrote a song that went to #1 in Japan, but we won’t give you the name of that one either.
We’ll just let the music do the talking…
The eagleBOLTbar is your local neighborhood gay bar and hub for all LGBTQIA+ people, located in the East Town and US Bank Stadium area. The eagleBOLTbar is respectful of all races, all genders, all identities and all people.
Formerly known as the Minneapolis Eagle and The Bolt, eagleBOLTbar offers friendly, welcoming crowds, great pub food along with a full bar. The patio at the eagleBOLTbar is newly remodeled and expanded and boasts a heated section in the winter.
By Mike Bahr
The Steamiest Meat will be in South Beach this Thanksgiving Weekend when URGE Miami Festival returns with three massive nighttime events and three sizzling daytime fetes including the Royal Palm Pool Party and the legendary Beach Party on the sands of South Beach.
Produced by Luis Morera, Billy Kemp and Hilton Wolman, the LGBTQ+ festival weekend will take place November 25-28 and will feature a list of the world’s most famous circuit DJs including Alex Lo, Dan Slater, Edu Quintas, Enrico Meloni, Jerac, Joe Gauthreaux, Marvin Ayy, Mauro Mozart, Paulo Fragoso, Suri and Tom Stephan, with more to be announced.
“After the massive success of last year’s Thanksgiving festival, we are excited to do it all over again, bigger and better than ever before,” says Hilton Wolman.
URGE Miami Festival kicks off Friday, November 25 at 10pm when Barcelona’s Matinee Group makes its triumphant return to Miami with Matinee Pervert XXL. DJ’s Tom Stephan and Alex Lo will take over the decks at Miami's newest nightclub, M2 Nightclub, for their raunchiest production ever. Matinee Group is promising a level of production seldom seen before and they are flying in some of the hottest dancers from Spain and Europe to keep the dancefloor shaking into the wee morning hours.
At 2pm on Saturday is the Royal Palm South Beach pool party, presented by Eliad Cohen as part of the Papa World Tour. DJs Dan Slater and Paulo Fragoso will raise the temps with their high energy beats, rallying plenty of wet and wild fun with all of the gorgeous men in their skimpy bikinis.
The weekend’s Saturday night Main Event, URGE Warrior, will take place on the soundstage of one of Miami's largest film studios. DJs Suri and Mauro Mozart will battle it out with incredible beats in a spectacular production, sure to amaze.
It leads to the signature event of the weekend: the long-established Sunday Beach Party on the sands of South Beach. The sandblast begins at 2pm with DJ’s Enrico Meloni from Italy and Joe Gauthreaux dropping the beats. Kidd Madonny and his company, 3DX, are building the decor for the party.
“Circuit fans come from all over the world to experience one of America’s biggest LGBTQ beach parties,” Wolman explains. “We will not disappoint.”
This year’s host hotel is the Royal Palm South Beach. With 400 rooms, more than a quarter of which are suites, the Royal Palm is one of South Beach’s largest hotels, superbly located directly on the beach on Collins at the end of Ocean Drive. It offers a superior experience and will serve as the location of URGE Miami Festival’s Welcome Center and Saturday Pool Party. It is also a short walk to a majority of the parties. Special $249 room rates are available while supplies last.
Tickets for URGE Miami Festival are available now at UrgeFestivalMiami.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Miami Beach Pride, a not-for-profit organization that works to unite members of the LGBTQ community by celebrating the unique spirit and culture of its people.
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