Elevate Pride Meat Raffle
Proceeds support PFund Foundation’s scholarship programs for LGBTQ+ students. 

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On Thursday October 12 from 5-7pm, come to LUSH and test your luck at a Meat Raffle for queer scholarships! Locally revered drag king Dick Von Dyke will hold it down as raffle MC. Folks can enjoy amazing foods from Betty & Earls Biscuit Kitchen. All proceeds support PFund Foundation’s scholarship programs for LGBTQ+ students.  

Free to attend, raffle tickets sold on site for cash or credit. Reserve your seat today! 

SAATH Unveils AKS:
A captivating Journey of Acceptance, Kindness, Support. 

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September 13, 2023

South Asian Arts and Theatre House (SAATH), is thrilled to announce its
latest production, AKS- Acceptance, Kindness, Support.

AKS, means 'reflection' in Urdu and it is a show about self-discovery and resilience. This year, SAATH with a cast of 70 people, presents a compelling story with diverse characters and powerful dance performances to celebrate trans joy - the delight of living authentically!

SAATH’s core mission lies in celebrating diversity and social harmony through the joyful medium of dance, performing arts, and South Asian cultural heritage. At SAATH, we are committed to artistic excellence and making a positive impact within our community. With AKS, we are addressing a topic that South Asians often avoid: acceptance and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. This year all of our lead actors are queer and non-binary and together we aim to foster understanding, empathy, and unity among all individuals, showcasing the profound beauty of inclusivity.

Join us in celebrating the unveiling of AKS, as we present a series of four captivating performances at The Cowles Center. Mark your calendars for September 20th, 22nd, 23rd at 7:30pm, and a matinee on September 24th at 2:00pm. 

For more information about SAATH, their community class offerings and upcoming events, kindly visit: www.saathmn.org.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and social transformation.

Cheaper Than Hamilton
Brave New Workshop celebrates 65 years of laughter. 

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September 13, 2023

This show has NOTHING to do with Hamilton. If it did, it would be WAY more expensive

Hennepin Theatre Trust has announced that the Brave New Workshop reaches a new milestone with Cheaper Than Hamilton, now through Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023 at the Dudley Riggs Theatre (824 Hennepin Ave.) in downtown Minneapolis. The traditional 65th anniversary gift is a blue sapphire, but we’re celebrating with the gift of laughter! Brave New Workshop celebrates three score and five years of promiscuous hostility and positive neutrality with a retrospective of our most popular sketches and songs from years past. You don’t survive in comedy this long unless you’re good at what you do, and this show proves it one audience at a time—at a discount!

The 2023 Minneapolis Burlesque Festival!
September 7-10, 2023

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STARRING dozens of dazzling artists from across the globe, this annual event is a spectacle of glamorous, hilarious, and risqué delights! Take in five uniquely fabulous showcases at The Luminary Arts Center, special editions of Roulesque and Nudie Nubies at The Black Heart, and celebrate the Living Legends of burlesque at our Sunday night fundraiser, Black Hearts + Blowtorch at Hook & Ladder! Want to learn to tease like a pro? Our featured cast members will also present eight incredible workshops over the weekend!  Don't miss the biggest and brightest burlesque weekend of the year!

Produced by local innovator Elektra Cute, the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival features four days of showcases, plus additional parties, special events, and burlesque workshops with visiting instructors from around the world. Gracing the stage will be Twin Cities favorites and a bevy of the best national and international performers. In previous years, performers have traveled from New York, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, Vancouver, New Orleans, and beyond. The festival celebrates the crème de la crème of burlesque, aerial, comedy, and variety! This event is proudly sponsored by TC Cabaret, Working Class Publishing, The Twin Cities Trapeze Center, and more!

Luminary Arts Center
700 N 1st St, 
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Hook & Ladder
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

September 7-10, 2019 
Thurs 9.7 | Gagged & Gilded | 8p
Fri 9.8 | Night of 1000 Stars | 7p
Fri 9.8 | Fleur Rebelle|10p
Sat 9.9 | Performance Workshops | 11a-3p
Sat 9.9 | Club Cabaret |7p 
Sat 9.9 | The Electric Underground | 10p
Sun 9.9 | Performance Workshops | 11a-3p
Sun 9.10 | Black Hearts + Blowtorch | 7p

Luminary Arts Center
Single Tickets: GA $40 | VIP Seating: $60
Weekend Pass: GA $150 | VIP Seating: $250
Tickets: https://my.luminaryartscenter.com/overview/1960

Black Hearts + Blowtorch 
GA $25 | VIP $40 | Late night only: $10
Tickets: https://BlackHearts-Blowtorch.eventbrite.com

$20 Simply Solo (single workshop)
$60 Fabulous Four (25% discount for bundling 4!)
$100 Discount Diva (40% discount for UNLIMITED workshops!)
Passes: www.eventbrite.com/e/mbf-2023-burlesque-workshops-tickets-694585041557?aff=oddtdtcreator

Main Event: www.facebook.com/events/534067007300214
Workshop Event: www.facebook.com/events/1051289312906441
Black Hearts + Blowtorch Event: www.facebook.com/events/1266536624038400 
Elektra Cute Presents Facebook: www.facebook.com/elektra.cute.presents/
Elektra Cute Presents Instagram: www.instagram.com/elektra.cute.presents/

For other information, contact:

Elektra Cute
(612) 703-1557

Doggy Style 
Brightens Up The LGBTQIA+ Community with Its Technicolor Collection 

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August 30, 2023

The Underwear and Accessories Brand Introduces New Fetish Gear in Pink, Blue and Yellow

Doggy Style, the gay-owned underwear and accessories brand, is introducing The Technicolor Collection, its new line of men’s briefs, jockstraps and harnesses in hot pink, electric blue and blazing yellow.  It represents the next stage in the evolution of the fetish brand that launched earlier this year with its black-and-white Monochrome Collection. “The Technicolor Collection is the same soft and comfortable fabric our customers have come to love but in the fun new shades they have been asking for,” says the brand’s co-founder Levi Woods.  

There are other changes, too; most noticeably to the jockstrap.  Instead of the Doggy Style logo placed across the front of the waistband as it was in the Monochrome Collection, it is now across the back, where, according to co-founder Manu Bautista, it always should have been.  “The rear view of a jockstrap is one of its best assets,” he says. "That’s the focal point.  Moving the logo to the rear is good marketing,” he laughs.

Also significant with the new collection is the ability to pair harnesses with briefs and jockstraps of the same color or mix and match pieces.  The color coordinated tags are an added feature that work to elevate the garments from their Monochrome predecessors.

Real-life partners Levi Woods and Manu Bautista launched their brand last year after the phrase Doggy Style came up in casual conversation.  “We remarked how it would be a great name for a queer underwear company,” Woods explains.  “It's sexy and provocative and lends itself to additional branding and product concepts.  We knew we were onto something and had to give it a go.’”

Their Monochrome Collection was a resounding success with sales all over the world.  The brand offers both free and low-cost shipping options,  domestically and internationally.   “In addition to the states, we have customers in South and Central America, Canada, Europe and Australia,” says Bautista.  "We’re excited that the brand is resonating around the world.”

Says Woods, the personal connection the brand has with its consumer base is vital.   “Our customers are vocal about what they like and what they want from us and we are committed to creating products that we know they will enjoy." 

A portion of all Doggy Style sales are donated to community organizations like The Trevor Project.  Giving to charities has always been an important part of who Levi Woods and Manu Bautista are as individuals, and with their company, they have big philanthropic goals that they are eager to put into action.  

Doggy Style’s "The Technicolor Collection” will be available September 8  

B & M Entertainment
Bobby Graham

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August 16, 2023

Tell us a little bit about yourself and where are you from? Was being in the entertainment/event planning industry a dream of yours growing up? 
We are from the East Coast, DC & Florida born and raised. We met almost 17 years ago at a Walmart . Now we engaged with a son. My dream was to be a chef & my husband wanted to be a teacher. Which we both got our dreams. No and yes for me being in the entertainment industry. I’m a people person at heart so entertaining people is easy for me

In your own words, what’s the vision for B&M Entertainment?
Our vision for B & M is to provide a safe space for people of color to enjoy themselves without any worries.

When did you start the company? What has your biggest challenge been so far? What is your biggest success? 
We started B & M Entertainment in 2009 in the Washington DC area. Our biggest challenge we have had since being in Minneapolis is the support of the POC community. Most of our events are geared around our community but no one shows up. We take pride in being a gay couple that can give a outlet to our community.

Who are some of the people who inspire you in the entertainment industry?
Nikki Love & Jameica Bennet. Both the universe put in my life. We actually met at a Big Freedia concert in which Nikki Love was the promoter & Jameica Bennett was the host. Since then they both have open doors and has showed me what it takes to be a better business owner and person. They both are hard working mothers in this industry that’s mainly men dominated.

What are some of your ambitions in the entertainment industry for B&M entertainment?
Right now our focus is to take our “ SLAY THE HOLIDAYS, A DRAG HOLIDAY SPECIAL “ national. Giving other poc entertainers the opportunity to show their craft.

Tell us about the history of MN POC Pride events in the past. How long has the festival been happening?  
I can’t really give you much information on what happened with Pride in the past. I do know that POC Pride Organization has been around for almost 20 years now. They have been fighting for August to be the official Pride month for The People of Color.

What events can we look forward to for MN POC pride this year? 
This year we kick it off on August 17 at LUSH LOUNGE AND THEATER (990 Central Ave Ne Mpls). Friday August 18th is BLACK PRIDE FRIDAY AT LUSH LOUNGE AND THEATER. Saturday August 19th POC PRIDE ORGANIZATION will be rocking the Mississippi River on POC Pride Organization annual boat ride.

Do you have other events coming up that you are excited about?
Yes! We host drag Bingo, brunches and trivia in the Suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. We also working on our Holiday Special which will premiere in November 2023.

B&M aims to promote People of Color which is amazing. Can you explain in your words, the importance of having and supporting Black-owned/produced events in the Twin Cities? What would the communities support mean for you and your company? 
During these trying times of racial disparities, it open my eyes to the importance of the black dollar. I strive to use POC owned businesses, entertainers etc. to make sure our money stays within our community. So our community can have the opportunity to build generational wealth for their families. I do use other companies by default. Our community is not that big here . But our money can stretch miles if we all make sure we support our own. I don’t only own a entertainment company. I also own Graham's Produce, Cadens Cookies & Grasshopper Clothing Co. Our goal with Graham's Produce is to make sure our community have a sustainable food source. Not just junk food from the corner store. By doing this not only am I keeping our black dollars in our community but also fixing a problem that no one care about. We also teach our child the value of owning his own business. He owns Cadens Cookies which is are all natural Cookies with no preservatives and add on. He also owns Grasshopper Clothing Line.

To stay in the loop on what's going on over at B&M, where can we follow you all online? 
All social media platforms including TikTok

Absurdity or Sensibility? 
The Minnesota Fringe show celebrating fat, queer, disabled, BIPOC, & marginalized bodies.

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ABSURDITY: a burlesque experience

An original, menacing, cosmic, empowering, tantalizing, and shocking absurdist burlesque theatre piece that you could have never imagined. Following a cast of various archetypes, elements, and figures the audience is taken on an absurdist journey to show the physical, mental, and emotional impacts of burlesque right here in the Twin Cities. Through dance, comedy, and spectacle, this ritualistic and sadistically entertaining piece, leaves you thinking about your own wants, desires, expression, shame, explorations, and vulnerability. 

Making their world debut on the main stage at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, this 50-minute show will be playing at the Rarig Center in the Stoll Thrust Theater.

Burlesque and the queer community are interlocked with the outward celebration of liberty, expression, joy, fun, and healing. We welcome you to join us for a truly unique and unexplored experience. 

Saturday 8/5 at 10:00 PM 
Sunday 8/6 at 10:00 PM 
Wednesday 8/9 at 8:30 PM 
Saturday 8/12 at 7:00 PM 
Sunday 8/13 at 8:30 PM 

Show tickets and Minnesota Fringe buttons are available for purchase at minnesotafringe.org or at the door.

North Star Regional Rodeo 
Back and Bolder Than Ever
July 29 - 30

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July 19, 2023

North Star Regional Rodeo returns to Dead Broke Arena July 28 - 30

July 29 and 30, Dead Broke Arena welcomes the North Star Gay Rodeo Association for another exciting North Star Regional Rodeo! Admission is free to this weekend long event featuring classic rodeo events like Chute Dogging, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding, and also Camp events like the Wild Drag Race, Goat Dressing and Steer Decorating. Visit local vendors and food trucks, enjoy some country dancing under our big top tent and meet Rodeo Royalty.

Friday, June 28 features a Drag Show to kick off the weekend right from 7-9pm! Registration for Camp Events will also be open during this time.

Be sure to check out our post-rodeo party with live music, dancing and a bonfire Saturday, July 29 from 4 -10.

Stick around after the rodeo on Sunday, July 30 to see the big buckles and ribbons be presented at the awards ceremony.

Gay Amateur Rodeo 
The North Star Gay Rodeo Association was founded in October 1989, and a year later became a member of the International Gay Rodeo Association. On the precipice of collapse during the height of the pandemic, Jorge Sanchez took leadership of the organization, determined to sustain a safe, supportive and welcoming community. Says Sanchez, who was crowned MsTer IGRA 2019, “I try to do drag with compassion. I want people to feel what I’m feeling — if I can do that, then I’m doing my job.” It is compassion that sees no bounds, and that brings NSGRA back to Hugo, Minnesota July 29 and 30.

Persistence In Action
Despite experiencing initial organizational setbacks, the NSGRA has moved forward positively while maintaining visibility and increasing the presence of queer lives in underrepresented communities. North Star Regional Rodeo provides a friendly environment for all persons to participate in and learn about western lifestyles and skills. This is further seen in the welcoming back of contracted livestock handler Dana Wojciechowski(Wojo’s Rodeo), a woman leading the way in a typically male dominated industry. It is also worth noting that for the first time, the NSGRA board sits damn-near equal female representation!

Come out to the North Star Regional Rodeo July 29 and 30 at the Dead Broke Arena in Hugo, Minnesota. Admission is free and the fun is not to be missed!

North Star Regional Rodeo
July 29-30

Dead Broke Arena
676 170th St N
Hugo, MN

Friday, July 28: Registration and Drag Show 7-9pm
Saturday, July 29: Rodeo 11-4, Live Music & Dancing 4-10pm
Sunday, July 30: Rodeo 11-4, Awards Ceremony 5pm

We are also on Instagram  and Facebook. 

Please consider joining NSGRA—you’ll be glad you did! More information about NSGRA and the North Start Regional Rodeo visit the link below.

Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show 
The international 30-city tour

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June 07, 2023

BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon Announce “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show” 2023 Tour. The international 30-city tour marks DeLa & Jinkx’s biggest yet with more cities, more shows, and spectacular surprises!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…again! You better watch out, you better not cry, because global drag icons and RuPaul’s Drag Race stars, BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are coming back to your town with the wildly successful, internationally acclaimed, The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show (Produced by BenDeLaCreme Presents). The 30-city international tour marks the duo’s biggest tour yet, featuring more cities, more shows, and even bigger theaters (including the iconic Dolby Theatre). The tour will run from November 12 - December 30 across the US, UK, and Canada with a new show written by DeLa and Jinkx that proves they’re still the reigning “queens of Christmas'' (Entertainment Weekly). Presales begin July 19 at 10 a.m. local time for the US & Canada and July 26 at 10 a.m. BST for the UK. Tickets go on general sale July 21 at 10 a.m. ET for US & Canada, and July 28 at 10 a.m. BST for the UK at JinkxandDeLa.com

Following the massive success of four previous holiday tours, and a cult-classic holiday film (The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special, 2020), fans can expect another year of fabulous spectacle, whip-smart comedy, brand new songs, and annual favorites. Join the sugary DeLa and the spicy Jinkx for an evening The New York Times says is “sure to lift your spirits and make you howl with laughter.”

BenDeLaCreme says, “With all the hatred, darkness, and misinformation flying around our world today, it is an honor and a privilege to spend the holidays with tens of thousands of audience members each year, creating joyous community spaces where we can gather strength through laughter and celebration. Whether you consider it the most wonderful time of year or the most troubling, we’re here to tell you… you’re right! So let’s make it our own.” 

Monsoon adds, “It’s been a wild year, so let’s end it wildly. DeLa and I strive to entertain while we enlighten and enliven. The Jinkx & Dela Holiday Show is not only a moment of respite, but also of community, at a time where we need our chosen family and community most of all. So add us to your holiday plans, or let us BE your holiday plans— either way, you’re welcome to join us.”

BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are the sole writers of their holiday shows, a major achievement for two drag artists who tour at such a large scale. With BenDeLaCreme in the producer and director’s chairs, the show is entirely helmed by the queens themselves. Too often, queer and drag stories are written and produced by people outside of the community. The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show and BenDeLaCreme Presents are reminders why authentic queer storytelling is not only necessary but should be widely celebrated. 

The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show is co-written and co-created by BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon, directed by BenDeLaCreme, produced by BenDeLaCreme Presents (a company comprised of producers BenDeLaCreme, Kevin Heard, Gus Lanza, and Associate Producer Jin Moon), and promoted by AEG Presents Comedy Division. For more information, and to sign up for updates, visit jinkxanddela.com.

December 11 - Minneapolis, MN (Northrop Theatre) 

DisabiliTease Festival 
Stream July 7-23

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Can’t wait until 2024 to celebrate Disability Pride Month with the DisabiliTease Festival? Now you don’t have to!

This July, we will host watch parties of our past shows on Zoom! Join the watch parties, live chat, cheer, tip the performers, and enjoy the community with other party-goers.
The Festivals will stream July 7-23, with each show year having its own weekend. Friday and Saturday shows will be presented at 7 pm CDT. Sunday shows will be presented at noon CDT.
Purchase general tickets for $15 or use the “Pay What You Can” option to choose any amount. All watch party proceeds will go towards the Hybrid 2024 Festival.

The DisabiliTease Festival (DTF) is a multi-day festival that showcases performers with disabilities in the areas of burlesque, cirque, cabaret, and drag from around the world. Learn more at www.disabiliteasefestival.com.

For complete cast lists, dates and times, and more information, click the button:

The three-episode miniseries will feature love stories inspired by songs from the beloved recording artists. 

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Hayley Kiyoko, Ava Max, and MAY-A will lead an exciting collaboration between the digital comics platform and Atlantic all as active producers of a new WEBTOON miniseries inspired by their music, celebrating LGBTQ+ love stories all month long.

Divas & Drag Returns 
An Opera Theatre

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June 07, 2023

An Opera Theatre Brings Back "Divas & Drag"
The unabashed celebration of identity told through the art of Drag and the spectacle of Opera returns- with performances  June 16-18 at St. Paul’s Historic Mounds Theatre.

An Opera Theatre (AOT) presents Divas & Drag (D&D),  a collaborative performance that pairs Opera soloists and Drag artists for a unique creative experience, premiered in Minneapolis in 2019 to enthusiastic audiences.  An Opera Theatre ( AOT), the show’s producer, is returning with a new show featuring the same format June 16 - 18.  Performers showcase their original and collaborative performances at the Historic Mounds Theatre. Opera and Drag share many of the same qualities of expression, grand spectacle, storytelling, and identity, so the concept felt like a wonderful fit for artists and audiences alike. AOT founder Kelly M Turpin explains, “This event is the perfect way for Drag fans to witness Opera up close and for Opera fans to experience Drag in all its glory. It shows Opera as more than a stuffy night out, and Drag is more than a bachelorette party activity. True art isn’t always best experienced over three hours in a dusty hall; sometimes it’s best with friends you never knew, sharing a drink, enjoying who you are, while a Queen death drops to Puccini.”  

Each performance will feature five opera performers, Victoria Vargas, Dom Wooten Embretson, Tracey Engleman, Justin Anthony Spenner, and Jordan Weatherston Pitts, alongside six of the Twin Cities' most legendary Drag Artists, Damien D’Luxe, Victoria DeVille, Andre 1,000, Rustina Phoenix Nuttz, Dick Von Dyke, Kamaree Williams. Together, they will perform new routines set to live opera performances. The evening will be hosted by Nadine DuBois and accompanied by pianist Jared Miller.

We chat with Emi (they/them), the Artistic Producer of the show:

Why is it important for people to share their stories?

It’s important for people to share their stories so we can find community and be able to relate to each other. When we share parts of ourselves and experiences it can help others who may feel alone or like no one can relate to them. It’s been very important to me throughout my life to see and hear stories of people who have experiences similar to mine. Especially as a trans/nonbinary person of color. I grew up in the suburbs with really no one I could truly relate to. Having others be visible that I could relate to was very helpful in me finding myself and people who accept and love me for who I am.

What does Pride mean to you?

Pride to me means visibility and acceptance and a fight for true equality. I’ve watched pride become so corporate over the years which super hard. I believe especially now it’s important to bring Pride back to its roots. Which was a fight for safety and equality. With the current political climate, my safety and the people I love’s safety is at such high risk. It’s important for us to remember around Pride to continue to stand together, support each other, and celebrate/love one another. I am also happy to see the peoples pride coming around to hopefully help us foster more community together.

How did you get started as a performance artist?

I started performing as an amateur king 20 years ago on a night that was meant to showcase newer performers. The years of experience on stage helped get me into the role of artistic producer for Divas and Drag. I met Kelly Turpin in 2019 as I was cast for the original Divas and Drag show that year. We formed a wonderful friendship and I was honored that Kelly trusted me to take over casting and the artistic vision of this show this year for its return to the stage.

What do you love about performing?

While performing was a large part of my identity and life for a long time, I am happy to have found that I love working behind the scenes more. Moving into an artistic director role gave me the opportunity to highlight other talented artists that deserve a spotlight. I love being able to provide assistance to performers backstage and help them bring their visions to life for the show. Being the artistic director for this show is such a joy as I love bringing such a diverse group of performers together to showcase the amazing talent we have in the Twin Cities.

What can people expect to see at this show?

People can expect to see live opera singers with live accompaniment alongside drag performers. The performers and singers have an amazing fusion and bring a different approach to both worlds. We are excited to showcase all different types of performers and who will bring over the top performances to opera music.

What do you love about drag and opera together?

I love bringing such contrasting yet similar worlds together. Both art forms can seem inaccessible or maybe not welcome to everyone. The beauty of this combination is that we will bring folks who may have never been to a drag show outside of the usual bar setting. Opera has been known as a “higher class” art and bringing drag into the mix also brings folks to experience opera who may not have felt comfortable doing so otherwise.

What is the definition of drag in your words:

I don’t believe there is a definition of drag. Over the years drag has grown and expanded to be inclusive of all people, performance styles, and backgrounds. I think to try to put a strict definition on drag wouldn’t be correct or realistic and could never be expansive enough to encompass what drag includes today. Drag is whatever folks want it to be or make it and is fluid. Like any art it’s subjective. I love that so many different types of people and performance styles have become a part of the drag world today.

AOT model always offers “Pay As Able” and “Pay It Forward” ticket options to keep opera financially accessible and inviting for all of our Twin Cities communities. 150 pay-as-able tickets are available per performance. 

June 16 and June 17 at 7:30 pm, June 18 at 4 pm June 17 *ASL interpreted, June 18 is an alcohol-free event. 

Historic Mounds Theatre
1029 Hudson Rd, St Paul, MN 55106 


The largest queer stoplight party in the midwest!

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PRIDE is a time for cruising!
Join us, Saturday, June 24th, for the largest queer stoplight party
in the midwest! Not only will you be able to shoot your shot in a room filled with queer cuties,
there’s a pretty dope performance lineup as well. Not looking to snag a sweetie…no problem!
This is a “no pressure party” and everyone is welcome! So grab your friends and let’s dance!

Here’s how it works: 
When you arrive at the Fillmore, you’ll receive (1) of (3) colored glow bracelets. Pick the one that best represents your current relationship status. 

Green: Single and ready to mingle 
Yellow: I’m an open book…just ask me 
Red: Just here to dance dance dance

Optional: Feel free to bring your own if you have a color that better fits your current relationship status or choose none at all.

Date: 6/24/2022 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

The Fillmore
525 5th St N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

$20 + (Fees) Early Bird (limited QTY)
$25 + (Fees) Advance
$30 + (Fees) Day Of
$40 + (Fees) VIP
Note: All ticket sales are final. No Refunds.

Djs: DJ Izzie P.

Bands/Live Music:
Zora (https://getbetterrecords.com/collections/zora)
Gully Boys (https://www.gullyboysband.com/)

Performances by: Coffé

Hosted by: Nadriah McGill (Gully Boys)

Huge Dance Floor
Multiple Bars
Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Supporting Sponsors:
Affinity Plus
The Aliveness Project
Smitten Kitten
Cedar Hill Therapy
The Coven

CONSENT IS MANDATORY! Please remember to be considerate and respect others’ personal
boundaries. We will not tolerate any racist, sexist, ableist, transphobic or homophobic language during any of our events and reserve the right to remove anyone that is causing harm. We will do our best to create safe spaces for our attendees but ask our guests to practice adequate safety measures when attending any/all public events. If you are having symptoms or have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, please do not attend.

The Sota Movement
Minnesota's Premiere Street Dance Festival

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May 24, 2023

Street Dance Takes Over the Capital City
Powerhouse hip-hop dance styles. Originated in the street. Cultivated by community. Artists,
creators, and supporters come together to celebrate dance, connections, and culture.
Award-winning Maia Maiden Productions presents The SOTA Movement-Minnesota’s Street
Dance Festival. Dozens of artists are set to illuminate the Minnesota arts community including
Kida the Great (So You Think You Can Dance, World of Dance, Red Bull), Babatunde “Hip
Hopera” Akinboboye (Opera Singer, Hip Hopera Artist, Viral/Social Media Sensation), Judith
McCarty (Afrobeats Dancer/ Choreographer (Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy), Idols South Africa, BET
Music Awards), Solow (Founder of LowsTown KRUMP Training Program, International KRUMP
Instructor), Charles “Slenda” Sphiwe Mafafane (South African Actor and Pantsula artist, Tjovitjo
(Netflix)) and more.

Maia Maiden Productions has cultivated respected relationships to create an iconic team of
leaders, innovators, and cultural producers who have made amazing contributions to their craft and Hip Hop/Street culture including Tish Jones (Executive Director and Founder of
TruArtSpeaks), Ololade Gbabamosi and Herbert Johnson III (Founders of The UPRIZING, MN
KRUMP), Roosevelt Mansfield (DigieMade Photography), Sherine Onukwuwe (SoulEye Films)
and Cheles Rhynes (Senior Director of Production, Apollo Theater).

June 9, 10, & 11th - street dance takes over the capital city - celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop through dance, community, and culture!

Happy Almost-Pride Month!

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Greetings, Friends of TIGERRS!

Happy Almost-Pride Month! We are hard at work preparing for the joyful month of June and we’d love to see you at one of our events.
• Youth Pride: June 3 
• Empowerment & Self-Defense Class: June 11
• Twin Cities Pride: June 24-25
• YMCA Camp Olson Scholarships!
• Coming up in July & August: Mondo Queer Beach Party

Volunteer with TIGERRS at Pride!
This year, we’re running booths at Youth Pride on June 3rd and Twin Cities Pride on June 24th and 25th. We will be raising funds for our free programs with all sorts of pride swag - buttons, bricks, jewelry, stickers and a couple surprise items. We hope you're able to stop by, say howdy, and spend some time in community with us.

We’re looking for folks to help set up and take down, pass out swag, make buttons, and hand out info about our programs. 

Click here to volunteer at Youth Pride (6/3)

Click here to volunteer at Twin Cities Pride (6/23-25)

Collide Cabaret
May 12-14

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May 10, 2023

An evening of original dance storytelling centered on the non-binary and LGBTQIA experience that seeks to inform, educate, and entertain audiences of all ages. Enjoy dance theater in an intimate setting with cabaret-style seating. Local cabaret diva Mistress Ginger will be emceeing, and the show will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast.

Directed by Jarod Boltjes and featuring Mistress Ginger. 

May 12-14
Collide Cabaret
755 Prior Ave N Ste 235H
St Paul, MN 55104
Tickets $25

Dining Out For Life 
Dine Out. End HIV. April 27

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April 26, 2023

Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event where the community comes together to eat out at restaurants that have committed to donating a percentage of their profits to HIV/AIDS services in their city. The Aliveness Project has hosted DOFL in Minnesota for the past 29 years. Dine Out to End HIV on April 27 by participating in Dining Out For Life .

4 Ways to Participate


On Thursday April 27, 2023 order takeout, curbside pickup, delivery, or dine in safely at one (or multiple) of our participating restaurants and a portion of your bill will benefit the Aliveness Project.


Donate directly and help people living with HIV lead healthy, self-directed lives through the services of the Aliveness Project.


Become an Ambassador today! Invite your friends, family, and coworkers to participate in Dining Out For Life and encourage them to give. Have conversations about HIV/AIDS online by hosting a Virtual Dinner Party

The Golden Girls 
A week of laughs, cheesecake and a perfect girl’s night out.

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April 26, 2023

Grab your best friends and head to Shady Pines! Hennepin Theatre Trust has announced that the Golden Girls are back and better than ever in a brand new stage show that’s more exciting than a trip to St. Olaf. Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue arrives at the historic Pantages Theatre (710 Hennepin Ave.) for an exclusive limited one-week engagement, Wednesday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023.

Tickets on sale NOW to the general public at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) and online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

Miami’s sassiest seniors have returned for one more hurrah. It’s 2023, and we find Sophia out on bail, after being busted by the DEA for running a drug ring for retirees. Blanche and Rose have founded CreakN, a thriving sex app for seniors. And Dorothy is trying to hold it all together, with help from a new (much) younger sex-crazed lover. Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue allows audiences to relive the heartfelt hilarity of the four ladies who never stopped being best friends.

Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue is a professional stage show unlike any other Golden Girls tribute that you might have experienced. The play is written by Robert Leleux, author of The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy and The Living End. His work has also appeared in The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, and his other plays have been produced across the country. Direction by Eric Swanson, who was the co-founder and Executive Director of The Detroit Actors’ Theatre Company. The cast includes Ryan Bernier as Dorothy, Vince Kelley as Blanche, Adam Graber as Rose, Christopher Kamm as Sophia, and Jason Bowen as Stanley/Troy. The production is produced by Murray & Peter Present.

RuPaul’s Drag Race
Werq The World Tour is headed to Minneapolis

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March 29, 2023

Hennepin Theatre Trust has announced that the world’s largest drag show on earth will make its way to Minneapolis in RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq The World 2023 on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 at 8 p.m. at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave.). In a new sci-fi adventure set in a dystopian future, the drag superstars of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” must choose between the real world and the simulated reality they have known.

With shows in more than 100 cities across the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, Europe and Mexico, “Werq The World is the official “RuPaul’s Drag Race” tour for a reason,” says Jon Norris of Voss Events. “It’s the biggest and most spectacular drag show in the world. The music, sets, fashion, choreography and lighting in this production are unlike anything drag fans have ever seen before.” The official tour launches June 17 in Atlantic City.

“We’ve really elevated the show this year with a cohesive story line that weaves live theater into a large-scale concert style performance,” Brandon Voss, the show’s producer, explains. “Werq The World is a multimillion-dollar production, specially designed for large venues and arenas.  It rivals concerts by the largest pop stars in the world.” 

The North American cast will feature Asia O’Hara, Bosco, Daya Betty, Deja Skye, Jorgeous, Kandy Muse, Lady Camden, Laganja, Naomi Small, Plastique Tiara and two finalists from Season 15 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The Australia and Asia cast will be Aquaria, Jaida Essence Hall, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Plastique Tiara, Rosé and Yvie Oddly.  The Europe and Mexico cast will be Angeria, Aquaria, Bosco, Daya Betty, Ginger Minj, Jaida Essence Hall, Kandy Muse and Rosé. Cast subject to change.

Tuesday, Aug. 1 • 8 p.m.
State Theatre
$49.50, $69.50, $79.50, $89.50

Twin Cities New Revue
Creating space for new and seasoned performers.

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March 29, 2023

Twin Cities New Revue is aimed at creating space for new and seasoned performers working on new routines! Come and see the new "new" of the Twin Cities, featuring a variety show of Aerial, Belly Dance, Burlesque, Drag, Pole and more! Audience members have the option of providing feedback for the performers, via their Smartphones. There will be QR codes that link to an easy-to-use form for those performers who opted in for feedback.

Bring your energy, voices, and dollars to encourage and tip the performers, as well as a device if you want to provide feedback.

Twin Cities New Revue is at Strike Theater, 824 18th Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, MN 55418, on Wednesday, March 29th.  
Get Ticket Here!  
Doors 7 pm, show 7:30 pm
Cost $12 presale, $16 at the door

Billy Porter 
Black Mona Lisa Tour: Volume 1

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March 15, 2023

Canvasing the nation, Porter brings passion and joy to cities across the nation with his first-ever career-spanning pop music concert tour: THE BLACK MONA LISA TOUR: VOLUME 1. Expect a full band, backed by a video installation, fronted by Porter telling his life story through song. This 90-minute powerhouse event will feature his chart-topping hits “Love Is on the Way” and “Love Yourself,” a tinge of Broadway, a nod to “Pose,” and stunning performances of future pop classics from his forthcoming new album, Black Mona Lisa. This is an experience not to be missed.
About BLACK MONA LISA TOUR: VOLUME 1, Billy commented, “It's really the first time that I've been able to fully express myself and who I am through my music. Through my mainstream pop music space. It's like my magnum opus. It's everything to me. You'll really get a glimpse into who I am even deeper with this music.”

Tickets on sale to the general public at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis or HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

Twin Cities Pride
The Rainbow Circle

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March 15, 2023

A note from  Executive Director Andy Otto 

I am often asked by supporters how they can make the biggest impact; how do they show their support. My answer is simple: we have to invest in our youth. They are our future, and unfortunately, the most vulnerable in the community for being attacked.  

When I came on as the Executive Director of Twin Cities Pride, I vowed that I would make TC Pride a year-round event, give the community the resources they needed, and design programming directly around our youth.  

I am so excited to announce our new community programming division of Twin Cities Pride, the Rainbow Circle. Our goal is to partner with local LGBTQ+ people and organizations to provide funding and space in our office, and around the Twin Cities, to host year-round educational and community service programs.  

Help us fund our efforts by becoming a Founding Member of the Rainbow Circle today! Click the link to join us:  tcpride.org/membership

Yours in Pride,  Andi Otto

Queer Ecology 
Hanky Project

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March 15, 2023

The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota is proud to present, Queer Ecology Hanky Project (QEHP), an ongoing traveling exhibition with over one hundred and twenty artists from across North America—organized by V Adams and Mary Tremonte. Through exhibitions and interdisciplinary community-centered programming, QEHP showcases a diverse array of artist responses to Queer Ecology—an emerging area of inquiry which unites the study of biology, environment, and sexuality with a framework of queer theory—and celebrates a wide spectrum of print mediums and methods.

Join the Department of Art in celebrating the opening of Queer Ecology Hanky Project at the Quarter Gallery, in conjunction with the campus-wide Queer and Trans* Ecologies Symposium from March 23-25. Learn more about the symposium at queerandtransecologies.com

Quarter Gallery at the Regis Center for Art
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis 55455

Her Black Joy
Jodyann Morgan's CTOAN Co

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February 15, 2023

Black people own only 2.4% of all businesses in the US. Black women have the deck doubly stacked against them. For Jodyann Morgan, a queer, Black woman, representation not only matters, it’s the foundation of her business, CTOAN Co, a fat body candle company.

CTOAN Co is a Black, queer owned candle company based in Milwaukee, WI. Founded by Jodyann Morgan in November of 2021, it quickly became an internet sensation, with many prominent plus size, Black, and LGBT influencers sharing the candles on their platform. Best known for gender free body sculpture candles that are size fat, CTOAN also occasionally offers tealights, mini fat body wax melts and luxurious jarred candles. CTOAN prides itself in giving back to the community with a portion of sales from every collection donated to various causes.

Jodyann creates lovingly hand poured, trans inclusive, gender-free candles (including 7 original designs!) that allow people to see their bodies, and the bodies of people they love, in accessible art.

For Black History Month, Jodyann has launched her Black Joy collection. Trauma, death and sorrow are deeply intertwined with the Black lived experience, but Black joy is critical to survival. Morgan’s Black Joy collection pays tribute to Black creativity, expression, excellence, and euphoria.

Each candle will cost $35. With a focus on giving back, last year Jodyann donated over $4100 to mutual aid funds and non profits serving her communities. Her Black Joy collection continues the tradition, with $2 from every candle being donated to Roots & River Productions, which produces the work of queer and trans Black artists. 


David Mallory
Launches New Line of Cologne

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February 15, 2023

Queer EDM/Pop Musician DAVIS Mallory Launches Line of Cologne just in Time for Valentine’s Day! DAVIS Mallory, known for his participation in MTV's The Real World & The Challenge has released a new limited-edition fragrance titled Cologne, named after his recent single and music video of the same name. 

DAVIS Mallory, known for his participation in MTV's The Real World & The Challenge has released a new limited-edition fragrance titled Cologne, named after his recent single and music video of the same name. The fragrance is available exclusively through his website and arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day. “The cologne was inspired by my travels to Egypt and a visit to the Cleopatra Essential oils shop in Aswan, Egypt. It's a male scent credited to King Tut with my own take on the scent,” states DAVIS.

“Cologne” was written in Stockholm, Sweden by Davis Mallory, Albin Ceder, Jakob Forslund & Hjal Marrokke and produced by Ukrainian producer Daniel Deyev. It will be featured on his upcoming album titled, Back to the 80s.

The Swedish American recording artist, singer-songwriter and DJ/producer has earned the support of internationally renowned musicians including Tiesto, Hardwell and Don Diablo.

Throughout his career, DAVIS has collaborated with renowned DJ/Producers such as RetroVision (“Little Victory”), John Dahlback (“Anyone Would Know”), Landis (“Loud”), Noize Generation (“Hold Me Down”), Going Deeper (“Believe”), Dropgun ("The Music I Found In You") and DJs From Mars “(Dance 2 the Beat”); DAVIS has been getting solid radio support from the industry's top DJs including Tiesto, Don Diablo, Cedric Gervais, Hardwell, Morgan Page and has released music on labels including Hexagon, Revealed, Armada, Warner Music, Ultra, Soave and Sirup Music.

DAVIS' music can be heard in film and TV shows including MTV's War of the Worlds, Snapchat's Growing up is a Drag and Hulu's Good Trouble and has been profiled by MTV News, E! News, US Weekly, Buzzfeed, Billboard, and more!

For more information, please visit davismallory.com