Threshold Theater
Performing at the Black Hart of Saint Paul, June 3 at 7pm

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May 22, 2024

Threshold Theater in celebration of Pride Month and the last production of our 2023-24 season, announces full casting and production details for the next reading  in our New Play Reading Series in partnership with The Black Hart of Saint Paul. “Monster Girls At Sunshine Doughnuts:" written by  Dani Herd, taking place on Monday, June 3, 2024 at 7pm.

The reading of “Monster Girls At Sunshine Doughnuts” is directed by David Schlosser.  The cast features: 

Charlotte Craig, Caiti Fallon, Heather Higinbotham, Ellie Palashewski, Austyn Stone, Rae Winegardner, and Matthew A. Everett - Reading stage directions

A vampire, a werewolf, and a Frankenstein's monster walk into a doughnut shop... Meet Louise, Tally, and Elsie: the crew behind Sunshine Doughnuts! The ghouls have fallen into a pretty pleasant spooky routine for themselves; pouring coffee, baking doughnuts, arguing over Scooby-Doo cartoons, having crushes on their regulars. Along comes an unexpected late night visitor to throw everything into question. Sometimes it really sucks how much your past can come back to bite you!

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Stupidity: 2 Hot, 2 Stupid 
Brave New Workshop heats up May 31 to Aug. 3 at the Dudley Riggs Theatre

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May 22, 2024

Hennepin Theatre Trust has announced that Brave New Workshop has endured winter and is ready to return to the hot plate of improvisation with It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Stupidity: 2 Hot, 2 Stupid running Friday, May 31 through Saturday, Aug. 3, 2024 at the Dudley Riggs Theatre (824 Hennepin Ave.) in downtown Minneapolis. Summer in Minnesota is a sacred time — even when we haven’t really had much of a winter. That extra daylight is a precious and fleeting opportunity to have as much fun as possible even if we have to make ourselves and everyone around us completely miserable. Brave New Workshop recognizes the need to shove 10 pounds of fun into a five-pound bag, so for the second year in a row they will be performing a different show every weekend throughout the summer! 

Join the Brave New Workshop for an evening of all-improvised comedy with a rotating cast of comedy all-stars. Each performance is a one-of-a-kind original that has never been rehearsed before and will never be performed again because it is entirely created from audience suggestions. But don’t miss out, because just like summer, it’s only here for a brief time. 

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Stupidity: 2 Hot, 2 Stupid is directed by Caleb McEwen, Music Director, Jon Pumper and Technical Director Matthew Vichlach.

 

The AIDSWalk Reimagined
Starting this year, the spirit of the AIDSWalk will live on in a new event on Sunday May 19

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May 8, 2024

The fight against HIV continues, but the fight looks much different than it did four decades ago. Medical and scientific progress has meant that people living with HIV now have the chance to live longer, more fulfilling lives. 

However, the medical progress against HIV has not been matched with social progress. A glimpse at current news headlines alone tells us that the real-life barriers to ending HIV like racism, homophobia, and transphobia still live with us. Among the efforts to address these social ills is continuing to build a community of support to lift and celebrate those living with HIV and continuing to tell the stories of their experiences. 

Since 1987, the AIDSWalk has been a beacon of hope in the fight against HIV. For nearly 40 years the Walk raised millions of dollars in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and each year created a space for the community to come together to provide support and celebration of the progress we have made. We raised funds, we raised awareness, and we raised each other. How far we’ve come. Like many of you, I will never forget my first AIDSWalk – nor the many that followed. I will always cherish those feelings and those memories. 

As the fight against HIV has changed, so too must legendary events like the AIDSWalk change. We’ve heard that people cherish coming together and celebrating, more than holding a fundraiser. We need to keep celebrating the lives of people with HIV and we need to keep telling their stories.  

Starting this year, the spirit of the AIDSWalk will live on in a new event, called “Living With, Coming Together to Celebrate U.” We’ve re-envisioned this event with a renewed commitment to celebrate and support the people we’re here for every day: those directly affected by HIV. This Celebration will have food, entertainment, and activities for all ages. We hope you will join us – it’s going to be a party! 

Living with, Coming Together: A Celebration of U 

Sunday, May 19, 2024

11:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Como Park Pavilion, Saint Paul | RSVP HERE  

This year, we have a new way to walk – down the runway! Drawing inspiration from the red ribbon—the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV—the theme of the event is red roses. You’ll see roses galore at this event, and you’re encouraged to dress to fit the theme! Whatever you have that gives red, rose, floral, fierce – show up and show out!  

While this free event is specifically to celebrate those living with HIV, we encourage all members of the Rainbow Health community to attend in celebration. The progress we’ve made together to strengthen Minnesota’s support for all people living with HIV, improve the quality of life for our clients and their loved ones, and prevent new HIV infections among communities most impacted, is simply astounding.  

 We look forward to seeing you there and hope you’ll bring along your friends and family! 

Embrace the Odd
Twin Cities Show Proudly Declares 'We Are the Weirdos, Mister' with Award-Winning Burlesque!

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May 8, 2024

Praying mantises, pickles, piñatas, Hot Cheetos, and Hulk Hogan – what do all of these seemingly unrelated elements have in common? According to Queenie Von Curves, they're all far sexier than one might imagine. 

In a vibrant celebration of creativity and nonconformity, these queer artists in the Twin Cities are blazing new trails, pushing boundaries, and redefining norms. Amidst the abundant entertainment landscape, Queenie von Curves is curating a night of unparalleled spectacle, debauchery, weirdness, and wonder at The Black Hart of St. Paul on May 24th.

The stellar lineup for this extraordinary event features a team of exceptionally talented individuals. Among them is The Other Jeannie Retelle, a founding member of Queerdo MPLS and a prominent figure in the Twin Cities' production scene. Joy Coy, the mastermind behind the acclaimed New Mexico Burlesque Festival and the award-winning show-ghoul, along with Chia, a Burlesque Hall of Fame performer and esteemed queer anthropologist.

Also gracing the stage it Twin Cities gherkin Royalty Texas Tea Cake$, crowned champion at Nudie Nubies Nationwide 2023 and Burlesque Got Skillz 2023, alongside Luma Notti, the champion of Nudie Nubies Ultimate Reveal 2023. Joining the cast and assisting in production is the Metalhead Mistress Raja James, the creative force behind Doom City Side Show, along with Velvet Menace, reowned for her expertise in sex education and commitment to rhinestone crafting.

Come see that burlesque is so much more than feathers and boas with our headliner and producer of the evening, Queenie von Curves.

Theatre In The Round:
Men On Boats
A rollicking adventure that challenges traditional gender and cultural assumptions.

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May 8, 2024

With a gender-bent cast portraying the male explorers of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition down the Colorado River, the play offers a fresh perspective on the American West and the nature of adventure itself. 

With humor, heart, and a thrilling narrative, “Men on Boats” uses unconventional storytelling to create a thrilling theatrical experience.

Theatre in the Round Players (TRP) continues their 72nd Season with Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus, the true(ish) story of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition down the Colorado River, running weekends May 10 to June 2 with a Monday Pay-What-You-Can performance on May 20.

This rollicking adventure offers a fresh perspective on the American West and the nature of adventure itself, telling the story of the all-male explorers with a cast women and gender-expansive performers.

With humor, heart, and a thrilling narrative, Men on Boats uses unconventional storytelling to create a thrilling theatrical experience.

Sophie Peyton directs the ten-member cast with movement direction by Kelly Nelson, sets designed by MJ Leffler, costumes by Claire Looker, lighting by Bill Larsen, props by Vicky Erikson, and sound design by Christy Johnson.

Men on Boats runs May 10 to June 2. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm.

43rd Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 
LGBTQ+ Currents

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April 10, 2024

The 43rd Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is coming up April 11 - 25, 2024. We are sharing some of the films in the festival with our community.

MSPIFF is an annual springtime film festival in the state of Minnesota that has been held since 1981. This year MSPIFF is being hosted on April 11-25 2024. We are sharing some of the GLBTQ+ films in the festival with our community.

SOLO - Director in attendance! 

LADY LIKE
DAYS OF HAPPINESS

HIGH & LOW: JOHN GALLIANO

I AM SIRAT

LISTEN UP!

MAD ABOUT THE BOY: THE NOEL COWARD STORY

THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS

SOLIDS BY THE SEASHORE

WE HAVE NEVER BEEN MODERN

Use discount code TCGS43 for 20% off your ticket price!

Transgender Day of Visibility
Celebrate the joy 
and resilience of trans 
and non-binary people

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Each year on March 31, we honor International Transgender Day of Visibility!  

We celebrate the joy and resilience of trans and non-binary people everywhere by elevating voices and experiences from these communities.

There are over 1.6 million trans, non-binary and gender-expansive youth (age 13+) and adults across the United States. We are parents and family members. We are your coworkers, your neighbors and your friends. We are a diverse community, representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as all faith traditions.

While we have made significant progress in recent years, with more visibility than ever before, we are still fighting for basic human rights for the community.

Today we are experiencing significant political attacks by extremists legislating hate in the states and in Congress. We also face an ongoing epidemic of fatal violence, especially against Black and Brown trans women.

Today and every day, we must celebrate all trans and non-binary people everywhere and combat disinformation, discrimination and hate impacting our community.

Here are four amazing events you can go to and suppport our Trans Community. They are all on different days! Go to them all!

Trans Day of Visibility Celebration at State Capitol

March 27 • 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Trans Day of Visibility is a celebration that recognizes, affirms, and empowers transgender rights, access, and advocacy. We come together to uplift our current and past accomplishments, while looking ahead to inspire and plan for our future.

Transcendence Cabaret at Black Hart!

March 29 • 10 pm • $7 • 21+

We're so excited to come back to the Black Hart this March! This is our Lucky 7 show! Just look at our line up of these amazing 7 artists!

Trixi Del Mar
Megan the Maneater
Moe Russell
Oliver Yew
Chad Tayo
Sophie Le Piff
Eun Bee Yes 

Trans Northland in Duluth, MN!

March 30 • 4 pm - 7 pm • All Ages

Join us for an evening of community connectedness and fun! You won't want to miss this JOY-ful event!!!

Food, vendors, live music, drag, MN and WI voter registration & a large community coloring sheet centering TRANS JOY!

We will be taking donations at this event to raise money for our new Mutual Aid fund. These funds will go towards trans, two spirit, and gender expansive folks in our community who are in need. Give if you're able!
 

Trans Day of Visibility, Moorhead, MN!

April 3 • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Mark your calendars for our Trans Day of Visibility Event at MSU Moorhead on April 3rd!

Join us for a short program featuring local artists and activists, followed by plenty of time to connect with your community.

Minnesota State University Moorhead CMU Ballroom, 615 14th St S, Moorhead, MN 56563

Celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility with OutFront Minnesota, the Pride Collective, and the College Pride Alliance. Enjoy rock painting, learning about local artists, activists, and resources, and an open mic to share trans joy.

10th Annual Manatomy Awards!
In Honor of the Academy Awards, Mr. Man Celebrates Hollywood's Best (Un)Dressed Men

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February 14, 2024

In celebration of this weekend’s Academy Awards, Mr. Man proudly presents the Manatomy Awards: the only award ceremony to recognize the past year’s naked male achievements in film and TV. Often referred to as the nude Oscars, the big winners at this year's Manatomy Awards include Saltburn star Barry Keoghan who wins “Best Full Frontal” and out actor Jonathan Bailey who takes home two awards for his revealing scenes in Fellow Travelers.  “Best Picture” is awarded to the gay erotic drama Passages starring Ben Whishaw and Franz Rogowski, and Jake Gyllenhaal wins the coveted “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his numerous nude roles over the past two decades.  He follows last year’s winner, Antonio Banderas.

“Male nudity in film and television has come a long way since our first Manatomy Awards back in 2014,” said Mr. Man Managing Editor Steven Attanasie. “The sheer number of male nude scenes affords us the opportunity to create more categories and celebrate the depth and breadth of celebrities going naked every year.”

Streaming titles once again dominate this year’s Manatomy Awards.  Paramount Plus wins the “Best TV Show” award for Fellow Travelers.  Netflix wins the “Best Gay Scene” award for Elite.  The gay streamer Dekkoo wins the “Best Nudecomer” category for its series Patterns that featured a shower scene with breakout actor Jack Armstrong.    Hulu and Amazon Prime share the “Most Bootylicious Year” prize.  It is awarded to Jon Hamm for his two back baring scenes in 2023: one in Amazon Prime’s Good Omens and the other in Hulu’s Fargo.

This year’s list is more diverse than ever before.  South Korean actor Steven Yeun wins “Best Nude Debut” for his scene in Netflix’s award season-favorite Beef.  Latino actors Felipe Londoño, Mauricio Hénao, and Julián Cerati win recognition for their erotic make-out scene in Fake Profile and the Chinese-American trans actor and activist Leo Sheng is honored for his nudity in The L Word: Generation Q.

Several men over 50 take home awards this year, including C. Thomas Howell in Obliterated and Rob Lowe in Unstable, who won a joint award honoring The Outsiders co-stars for both going nude last year.  For the third year in a row, Murray Bartlett is honored with a Manatomy Award.  In 2022, he was awarded “Best Gay Scene” for The White Lotus.  In 2023, he won for his graphic romp in bed with Andrew Rannells in Welcome to Chippendales.  This year he wins for his intimate scene with Nick Offerman in The Last of Us.

For the complete list of the 10th Annual Manatomy Awards winners, visit the link below, where all winning scenes are viewable in their entirety with free signup on Mr. Man.

The Movement Continues! 
STP Pride Festival & Parade 2024 is here! 

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February 14, 2024

St. PL Pride Week 
June 10th - 14th (M-F) 2024 
Daily art exhibiting, live music/entertainment and standup comedy in Lowertown with participating hotel, business, restaurant and brewery partners during St. PL Pride Week. More information available upon request. 

STP Pride Parade Open Street Launch Party Mears Park/The Bulldog Lowertown 
June 15th 9am-12pm 
Open Street Style block party on 6th street in the front of The Bulldog Lowertown. STREET STAGE, entertainment, vendors, street food, HEADLINER (TBD). Gathering point for 6th street Mears to Rice Park Parade Walk. We will be attempting to set a Guinness Book World Record and will need YOUR HELP. More information available upon request. 

STP Pride Festival Rice Park 
June 15th 11am-10pm 
Live Music ALL DAY, Street Food Vendors, Beer Garden Experience, Taste of Downtown Foodie Experience, Art Exhibitors, Unity Speakers, Food Vendors. 

Curveballs in 2024
    •    We stand committed to youth workforce development and will be partnering with homeless youth artists in Downtown St. PL who will be hired to design and art for the FRONT of the 2024 PRIDE FEATURE T-SHIRT. 
    •    A New Hip Hop Festival (SOTASOUND) will be announced at the Pride Festival at Rice Park. There we see some feature performances from LIL CRUSH & other feature artists on the Pride MAIN STAGE at Rice Park (6:30pm). SotaSound is dedicated to uplifting ART, MUSIC & CULTURE in Minnesota. 

Interact with the STP Pride Team in 2024
If you would like to have an interaction with the STP Pride PERFORMING ARTISTS, INFLUENCERS or ORGANIZERS, please let us know. We would love to send a member over to promote & educate your audience about STP PRIDE and what’s in store for 2024! 

Love and Other Things That Ruined My Life! 
Brave New Workshop takes on Cupid’s deadly arrow 

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February 14, 2024

Hennepin Theatre Trust has announced that the Brave New Workshop has survived the holidays and is ready to take on love, romance and rejections with Love And Other Things That Ruined My life running Thursday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, May 18, 2024  at the Dudley Riggs Theatre (824 Hennepin Ave.) in downtown Minneapolis. It's still cuffing season and the seasoned cast of Brave New Workshop is back with a satirical sketch show about everyone's favorite problem: love. Whether you're fighting over the duvet at night or wallowing in loneliness, this show has something that's sure to strike a chord (and maybe make you rethink your Tinder profile).

The only thing more universal than experiencing love, sex and all the highs and lows of relationships is our complete inability to understand any of it. There is a reason Cupid delivers love through assault with a deadly weapon, and this show is a tribute to all the survivors. Brave New Workshop will attempt to pull out the arrow and cauterize the wound through a one-of-a-kind, funnier-than-your-ex sketch show to hit home with anyone who has ever experienced love, romance, or even rejection. Remember: Saint Valentine’s Day is the name of a massacre, so get your tickets now!

Performers Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Isabella Dunsieth, Katy McEwen and Doug Neithercott perform nightly with Music Director Jon Pumper and Technical Director Matthew Vichlach. Love and Other Things that Ruined My Life is directed by Caleb McEwen.

Performance dates:
Preview performances are at 7:30 p.m. on:
Thursday, Feb. 15, Friday, Feb. 16, Saturday, Feb. 17
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024

Opening night is Saturday, Feb. 24 with shows through Saturday, May 18, 2024. Performance times vary.

Ticket prices:
Preview performances: $25
All other performances: $40, $45
A $3 service fee per ticket is included.

Minneapolis-based podcast This Queer Book Saved My Life   
Nominated for GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Podcast

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January 31, 2024

The Minneapolis-based podcast This Queer Book Saved My Life was nominated Wednesday January 17 for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Podcast by GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization.

“Our reactions ping-ponged between disbelief and joy,” said host and founder J.P. Der Boghossian. “We are an indie podcast. To be nominated with shows we listen to and love, and from companies like iHeart, NPR, and Wondery, is tremendous.”

The GLAAD Media Awards are the most recognized annual LGBTQ awards ceremonies in the world. They honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues.

“Our guests on the podcast come from across the rainbow, sharing books that helped them come out, begin their gender transition, process an abusive relationship, and navigate homophobia in their family,” said Der Boghossian. “And in these episodes we’ve had conversations with some of the top LGBTQ authors writing today.”

These authors include: National Book Award Finalist Carmen Maria Machado, New York Time Bestseller Alison Bechdel, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis, and the founder of Drag Queen Story Hour Michelle Tea.

This Queer Book Saved My Life premiered in June 2022. Since then it has been listened to in over one-hundred countries and over 2,000 cities worldwide. It has been in the top 40 charts of Apple Podcasts Books Category in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Sweden, Iceland, Luxembourg, and Armenia. It ranks in the top 25% of all podcasts on its hosting service Buzzsprout. which is one of the largest hosting services in the world.

“I hope with this nomination we can further raise up these voices and books to more people,” said Executive Producer Jim Pounds. “At a time when LGBTQ book bans are at historic and record highs, we’re showing the personal impacts these books have and why people of all ages need to be reading them.”

Der Boghossian’s company This Queer Book Productions, LLC focuses on developing and producing LGBTQ podcasts. In addition to This Queer Book Saved My Life, they produce The Gaily Show and 7 Minutes in Book Heaven.

The Gaily Show celebrates LGBTQ culture and entertainment in Minnesota and beyond. It is a video and audio podcast that airs every Saturday at 2pm on AM950 as well as on AM950’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. It runs alongside episodes of This Queer Book Saved My Life. Both are available on all streaming platforms.

“Our partnership with AM950 extends beyond airing our own shows on their network,” said Pounds. “We are co-creating with AM950 a block of LGBTQ-led podcasts that runs from 2pm – 5pm every Saturday.”

These include AM950’s long running show Ellie 2.0 hosted by transgender speaker, author, and legal advocate Ellie Krug and now Twin Cities Pride AMPLIFIED which is a new show produced by Twin Cities Pride.

“We want to be a leader in creating impactful and high-quality LGBTQ podcasts that uplift LGBTQ culture and queer creators,” said Der Boghossian. “This nomination from GLAAD validates that we’re on that path to achieving our goal.”

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held this year in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, March 14, 2024 and in New York City, at the Hilton Midtown, on Saturday, May 11, 2024. For more information: Click Here!

This Queer Book Saved My Life is the podcast where LGBTQ guests share the queer books that saved their lives with the authors who wrote them. Featuring Carmen Maria Machado, Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Greg Louganis, Becky Albertalli, and so many more, guests from across the rainbow tell these authors how their books helped them overcome alienation, gender dysphoria, familial homophobia, and being outed.

J.P. Der Boghossian is a podcaster, essayist, and educator. In 2022, he was named a LAMBDA Literary fellow. He is the founder of the Queer Armenian Library, the world’s first library devoted to books, film, and television by, about, and for Queer Armenians. He serves on the Board of the International Armenian Literary Alliance. After a decade working in broadcast journalism, he worked in higher education and LGBTQ health equity. He now runs This Queer Book Productions, LLC.

Jim Pounds’ career included 27-years in advertising agencies (both in LA and the Twin Cities), which was followed by a 12-year career in marketing for higher education. He taught for 15-years a capstone marketing class at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Jim served on the Board of the Advertising Federation of MN for four years and was part of the team that won a Grand Effie Award from the American Marketing Association for the first campaign to elect Paul Wellstone to the US Senate in 1990. Jim is also an actor and has performed professionally since 2004.

Beautiful 
The Carole King Musical!   
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is pleased to bring its audiences the beloved Broadway hit

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January 31, 2024

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) is pleased to bring its audiences the beloved Broadway hit, BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, set to open on the Main Stage on March 1 with official opening night festivities on Friday, March 8, 2024. 

For almost seven years, BEAUTIFUL, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Carole King musical, thrilled Broadway with its inspiring true story of one woman's remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend. Carole King started writing hits for many national acts from The Shirelles to The Righteous Brothers – The Monkees to The Drifters and Neil Sedaka to Little Eva. In the early years, she fell in love and was partnered with lyricist husband, Gerry Goffin. Eventually she found her own life-changing, chart-busting success with Tapestry in 1971. King gave us the soundtrack to our lives with that acclaimed breakthrough album, which has been certified 13x Platinum. BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL takes you back to where it all began - and on the ride of a lifetime.

Beyond Tapestry, her accolades include four Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as  performer and songwriter), the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song – the first woman to receive the prize – and a 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree.

King wrote over 100 of pop music’s biggest hits for other artists, and over 60 songs, that have charted, for herself.  BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL features over two dozen pop classics, including "You've Got A Friend," "One Fine Day," "So Far Away," “It’s Too Late,” “The Locomotion,” "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," “I Feel The Earth Move” and "Natural Woman." 

BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is currently in the official list of the 15 longest-running musicals in Broadway history, which speaks to its popularity and acclaim. With music and lyrics by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and book by Douglas McGrath, this crowd-pleasing international phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember - and a story you'll never forget. A huge cast of singers and dancers will bring this big musical with more than 24 of her greatest hits to life in a joy-filled celebration. 

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is beyond thrilled to welcome Monet Sabel who will play the title role of Carole King. Sabel comes from New York City and played the role in the Broadway tour. She stated, “It’s the honor of a lifetime to make my Chanhassen debut, share this story with you. Getting to sing these iconic songs every night is a dream come true! I can’t wait to meet you all at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.” 

BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL will play on Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ Main Stage through September 2024. BEAUTIFUL will be performed eight times weekly with evening performances Tuesday through Sunday evenings, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees. Dinner and show ticket prices: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings $85; Thursday evenings $90; Friday and Saturday evenings $105; Wednesday matinees $75 and Saturday matinees $85; Sunday $100. Groups of 12 or more are eligible to receive special discounts. For specific times, reservations and information, call the CDT box office at 952-934-1525 or visit ChanhassenDT.com

Janet Jackson Returns!   
Ms. Jackson’s Together Again 2024 Tour builds on the success of the 2023 run

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January 31, 2024

One year after announcing her highly anticipated return to the road with her ninth concert tour, Together Again, today five-time GRAMMY®️ Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame®️ Inductee Janet Jackson reveals she will be adding 35 dates to the run. In addition, Nelly will join Jackson on tour across all dates as her special guest.

Ms. Jackson’s Together Again 2024 Tour builds on the success of the 2023 run, the icon’s highest selling trek of her career which featured 36 sold out shows and received rave reviews from fans and press. Okayplayer said “Janet has still got it, serving as our beloved sex symbol, superstar, and Queen of Pop that no one has come close to emulating.” The Chicago Tribune confirmed, “Being a performer, a showstopper, a true delight is not just what Janet Jackson does. It is who she is.” And the Boston Globe claimed, “Jackson is a killer live act.”

Produced by Live Nation, the new leg of this tour will start in summer 2024 visiting North American arenas and amphitheaters in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, and more, kicking-off in Palm Desert, CA at Acrisure Arena on June 4 and wrapping up in Phoenix, AZ at Footprint Center on July 30.

The Together Again Tour will offer everyone the chance to reunite with Ms. Jackson in celebration of her 50th anniversary in entertainment and spotlight the milestones for three of Jackson’s most critically acclaimed albums - 25 years of The Velvet Rope, 30 years of janet, and 35 years of Rhythm Nation. featuring her biggest chart-topping hits. In addition, fans can expect the three-time GRAMMY®️ winner and Diamond-selling Hip-Hop sensation Nelly to deliver a powerhouse performance, showcasing his greatest hits and cherished fan favorites spanning the last two decades.

Tickets are available now on LiveNation.com.

Fans can also purchase VIP Packages, which may include premium tickets, Meet & Greet and photo op with Janet Jackson, pre-show VIP lounge, collectible VIP concert ticket & more. For more information, visit VIPnation.com.

Artistry is proud to present LOUD JOY  
By LEEYA JACKSON in the Atrium Gallery at the Bloomington Center for the Arts

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January 03, 2024

During Leeya Jackson’s adolescence,she doodled on everything and anything to channel the images out of her head and focus on her tasks. Her sketchbooks sat empty, but everything else was filled with herneurographic art.

In “Loud Joy,” Jackson’s work is equally multi-modal, noisy, and curious, exploring themes related to her own neurodivergence, blackness, femininity, shame, and joy. Her interests lie in the complexity and strange beauty of Black neurodivergent girlhood, memory, and things in our shadows that others struggle to see. She is also inspired by and references the works of Afro-futuristic writer Octavia Butler, the story quilts of Faith Ringgold, the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo, and the heroic portraiture of Kehinde Wiley. She uses various mediums, such as painting, printmaking, design/typography, film, and animation, to create vibrant, lush, layered, and scattered imagery.

Her work explores the intersections of identity, specifically Blackness, femininity, and queerness, with the added motifs of celestial/universal surrealism. In her recent journey to being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, she has also started to explore questions about Black Neurodivergence in her artwork. Distinctive features of her work across all mediums are loud, vibrant color, maximalism, and afro-futurism.

OPENING RECEPTION/ARTIST TALK: Thursday, January 11th from 6:00-8:00pm.

GALLERY HOURS: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am-10:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration  
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association in collaboration with the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board

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January 03, 2024

Gather in community with us and celebrate with compelling live performances, engaging gift boxes for kids, a free lunch for attendees, and more!

Minneapolis, Minnesota - The Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) in collaboration with the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board (MPRB) proudly presents the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, taking place at the Powderhorn Recreation Center on Monday, January 15th, 2024 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. 

This MLK event will mark our 26th year honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which continues to fuel a positive impact on our lives today. His compelling vision and actions toward advancing equity and justice inspire countless community leaders and grassroots movements, around the world. 

Our MLK celebration will feature several performing artists, amplify clear examples of equity forward work, a complimentary lunch, fun-filled gift boxes for kids, and an overall experience founded on the principles and beliefsupheld by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

This event is committed to uplifting voices for change, creating space for community connections, and modeling the power of intergenerational and multi-cultural joy.  

DATE & TIME Monday, January 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST 

LOCATION Powderhorn Recreation Center 3400 15th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55407 

FREE and fun community event for all ages! Donations welcome.

Onya Deek & 
Mercedes Iman Diamond   
We chat with the new show directors of the Gay 90's Ladies of Lafemme!

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December 20, 2023

Congratulations on becoming the show Director of Ladies of LaFemme! What does this mean to you personally?
Thank you so much! It’s been so exciting to step into this role! The first drag show I ever went to was at the Gay 90’s. It is wild to think that 10 years later, I’d be co-show directing the longest running drag show in the midwest!

As the show Director, what creative vision do you bring to Ladies of LaFemme? How do you envision the show evolving under your direction? 
I grew up as a male competitive figure skater. I always dreamed about wearing the sparkly rhinestoned costumes. Drag allows me to have full creative control and having full creative control allows me to be my most authentic self. My goal is to build on the legacy of the Ladies of LaFemme and Gay 90s by encouraging all entertainers to perform in their costumes that make them feel the most confident and do the songs that they love the most so they can freely express themselves.

How do you collaborate with the performers to create a cohesive and entertaining show? Can you share some insights into the creative process? 
We have an incredibly talented diverse cast. These entertainers have years of experience in the buisness! Their experience goes beyond performing to include producing, directing, pageantry, hosting- you name it! We can all appreciate each other’s individual talents and build each other up and I think the audience feels that. Working and surrounding ourselves with such talented entertainers who also know how to produce and put on a successful show has been so rewarding to see how it makes the show run smoother, keeping the audience engaged longer and the energy high throughout the show!

Drag has always played a significant role in the LGBTQ+ community. How do you see Ladies of LaFemme contributing to the local LGBTQ+ community in Minneapolis? 
As the longest running show in the twin cities, the Gay 90s and the Ladies of LaFemme have been a staple in the community. Providing a safe space, hosting charity events, providing performing opportunities...not to mention our incredible cast performs throughout the community bringing awareness through the cities!

What challenges do you face as the show Director, and conversely, what are the most rewarding aspects of your role? 
Providing opportunities is the answer to both. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to encourage, cultivate, and work alongside this city’s talented performers. Also...because there is an abundance of talented entertainers, it is difficult to provide enough opportunities for everyone. We are given a show to produce 4 nights a week- and with so many opportunities, you would think that everyone would be able to be booked as much as they would like but there is just so many talented performers here in the cities and I don’t even feel like we’ve scratched the surface at getting them all a chance to perform at the Gay 90’s. But the most rewarding part is hearing how much fun the performers had, how they loved the energy of the crowd, how much fun the had backstage and how they can’t wait to come back and work there again. That excitement makes any stress completely worth it!

How do you approach inclusivity and representation in your shows? Is it important for you to showcase a diverse range of performers and styles? 
It’s so important to Mercedes and I when we go to schedule the show for the upcoming month that we showcase not only a diverse cast but also diverse entertainment! The 90’s has also been so great to highlight some of the diverse genres of drag and entertainment with the preshows that they offer! 
Kinky Fridays- the first Friday of the month 
ToolBox- the male strip show every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month 
La Follies Burlesque- every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 
Twin Cities Cabaret- 1st Thursday of the month 
ReVamped- 2nd Fridays of the month P.H.A.T.- 2nd Saturday of the month 
TranTasia- the Last Friday of the month 
Stupid Sells- the 4th Saturday of the month

Can you share some memorable moments or performances from Ladies of LaFemme that stand out to you? 
Honestly, it’s always a fun time backstage with these ladies! The nights are always so memorable and the laughs are never ending! These ladies are such amazing entertainers and I’m so thankful to be working with them as often as I do! It’s definitely become a sisterhood and I’ve really loved getting to know and trust these gals and the Gay 90’s staff as much as I do!

For individuals aspiring to get into drag or performance art, what advice do you have for them, based on your own experiences? 
The best advice I can give is to come out to the Gay 90’s! There are so many opportunities for people to start their drag journey or further it at the Gay 90s! Wednesday nights we have the So You Think You Can Drag competition hosted by Dex Derity. This is a great place to have that community with other performers new or experienced to collaborate and talk over ideas and get advice. The winner each Wednesday then performs with the Ladies of LaFemme that upcoming Friday. We also have our spotlight performance spot available every thursday and sunday for newer performers to perform on that fabulous stage with the Ladies of LaFemme. Also all of us are more than happy to help with resources or advice!

What can the audience expect from Ladies of LaFemme in the future? Are there any upcoming projects or themes that you're excited about? 
The Gay 90’s is really focused on making it a safe space for everyone & it’s been so amazing to see the amazing work that Robert and Nate (our managers at the Gay 90’s) are doing around the club! We are starting our first annual “Halfway to Pride” Party on January 27, 2024 from 9pm-3am. I am so excited for all the fun new events and activities the bar is doing for the LGBT+ community! Keep your eyes out for more fun events to come!

Upcoming events?
Every Wednesday at 10pm- So You Think You Can Drag 
Thursday- Ladies of LaFemme 10pm-1am 
Friday- Ladies of LaFemme 10pm-2am 
Saturday- Ladies of LaFemme 10pm-2am 
Sunday- Ladies of LaFemme 10pm-1am 
Our preshows on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 9PM 
Dec 31- Countown to New Year’s party 
Jan 18- Mr Gay 90’s Pageant 
Feb 8- Queen of Hearts Pageant 
June 27- City of the Lakes Pageant 
Oct 24- Miss Gay 90’s Pageant

Pridefit  
Getting Fit with Pridefit Founder Sam Leicht

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December 20, 2023
By Joey Amato

Sam Leicht didn’t always know he was going to find a career in fitness. The Wisconsin native attended school in Cleveland for music theater, and before relocating to New York City about 6 years ago. Acting in NYC was great for a few years, but he mentions he has a passion for fitness.

Earlier this month, he launched the Pridefit app, which features a collection of on-demand workouts for every fitness level, an in-app global community, a recipe guide, and more. The app is now available for download for a low monthly payment of $35 per month.

As with many great entrepreneurial ventures, Pridefit was created out of necessity. “I've always found the gym to be such an intimidating place - even after becoming a trainer,” mentions Leicht. “I grew up feeling like I didn't fit in there because I was gay, and I never want people to feel like they can't be healthy because they don't have a space where they can confidently and safely exercise.”

Pridefit helps athletes by giving them educational resources so they can feel confident at the gym, and a global community of peers who will lift them up at every point in their fitness journey. “Everyone deserves to exercise and be healthy, and we've created the perfect place for it through Pridefit.”

Leicht taught himself how to create the perfect inspirational fitness videos through a combination of past education and post-college certifications. “I had taken lots of on-camera acting classes, so when the pandemic happened and everything went online, it was a pretty natural transition for me. Coaching on video can really only be improved by doing it, so I've made hundreds of workout videos over the years so that I can be the best coach possible for my community.”

In 2024, the goal for Pridefit is to build a “badass, diverse team of coaches so that everyone feels included in the community.” Adding more coaches increases the efficacy of the coaching dramatically because each user should have different trainers to learn and grow with.

Personal training can have its ups and downs. One of Leicht’s favorite aspects of training is getting to help people improve their movement mechanics in real-time. “Sometimes we'll make an adjustment to an exercise that you can tell will stick with a member their whole life, and seeing them make that connection is incredibly rewarding.”

His least favorite part about being a trainer is having to remind people that fitness doesn't have a finish line. “We're exercising and moving our bodies for the rest of our lives, so stop looking for shortcuts. The only shortcut we have in fitness is consistency. Having to remind people of this can be super draining - especially when so many fitness programs out there promise fast results and absolutely cannot deliver on them.”

Over the years, Leicht has had so many coaches who have pushed him to be better and continue his education. “Someone I look up to is Jane Fonda. I'm so obsessed with her multi-hyphenate life of being an actor, fitness queen, entrepreneur, and activist.”

Starting a business always comes with challenges and Pridefit is no exception. “One of the hardest parts about creating a holistic fitness program is that it's hard to get people excited about fitness without over-promising and exaggerating results. We're giving you the best workouts out there, an incredible community, all the resources you need to reach your goals and live a long and happy life, and yet, if we don't show you an ad with progress pictures and a promise to lose 10 pounds in your first month, you're not going to trust us with your fitness? It's tough, but we're not going to jeopardize our ethos to get members in the door.”

Leicht goes on to explain that all individuals need movement, but that doesn’t always mean going to the gym, lifting weights, or jogging. “You get to decide what type of movement you enjoy the most and go from there. Motivation to do something that you know you're going to hate? Very hard. Motivation to do something that you actually enjoy like walking or yoga? Much easier. We must stop thinking that traditional gym workouts are the only option. Some movement is always better than none.”

Disney On Ice 
Experience the legacy of Disney in Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero 

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December 6, 2023

A magical medley of classic and modern tales including Encanto, Moana, and Frozen skates into Xcel Energy Center from December 7–10, 2023

Get ready to discover the hero inside us all when Disney On Ice returns to Minnesota with a magical adventure for the whole family! Audiences will discover what it truly means to be a hero as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends from around the Disney Kingdom come together to take families on a journey through timeless tales when Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero skates into Saint Paul from December 7–10, 2023 at Xcel Energy Center.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for an adventure filled with tales of heroism from your favorite Disney stories in Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero. Join Mirabel as she sets out to save her family’s beloved Casita, all while learning that everyone has their own gifts, magical or not, and being true to yourself and loving those around you is what makes you special. See how far Moana will go when she embarks on an action-packed voyage with mighty demigod Maui in a quest to save her island, become a wayfinder, and find her own identity. Dive “Under The Sea” and test the power of true love with The Little Mermaid. Journey alongside Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, on their quest to protect the kingdom. Get tangled with Rapunzel as she dares to explore the world outside her own. And be there as Belle boldly tames the fearsome Beast. Discover that courage, determination and heart are all part of the hero in you!

Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero brings beloved characters to life through cutting edge figure-skating, eye-catching costumes and stunning set designs. Innovative lighting, thrilling special effects, high-flying jumps and breathtaking skating make Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero an experience the whole family will treasure forever! 

WHEN:  

Thursday, December 7             7:00 PM

Friday, December 8                 10:00 AM & 7:00 PM              

Saturday, December 9             11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 10             11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

TICKETS:   Family friendly ticket pricing available – tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, in-person at the venue box office or click the link below. 

One Heartland 
Marks 30 Years  
With An Ambitious $300,000 Fundraising Goal Celebration Featuring Family-Friendly Entertainment.

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November 22, 2023

One Heartland Marks 30 Years of Community Building with Ambitious $300,000 Fundraising Goal. Celebration Features Family-Friendly Entertainment at The Dakota on December 9.

One Heartland, a critical force in Minnesota for the past 30 years, is excited to announce a landmark anniversary celebration accompanied by a robust $300,000 fundraising campaign. Committed to nurturing resilient communities and enhancing individual well-being, the organization focuses its efforts on marginalized youth and families, including those affected by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ youth and families, and kids experiencing homelessness. 

About One Heartland
Established in 1993 to fill a critical gap, One Heartland started as a dream of a young boy named Nile, born with AIDS, who longed for the simple joys of summer camp. Fueled by the same urgency today, the organization continues to break down barriers, enabling the youth who need it most to experience the transformative power of community and nature.

One Heartland provides life-changing summer camp experiences to young people impacted by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ young people and LGBTQ+ families. Camp started with a dream to give kids living with HIV/AIDS the best week ever. Camp has been a sanctuary and a home for more than 10,000 kids.

"Over three decades, One Heartland has been at the forefront of building supportive, all-encompassing spaces," said Nicole Mills, Executive Director. "Our mission, now as ever, centers on fostering a sense of belonging and community.
As we celebrate this milestone, we redouble our efforts to elevate the impact of our transformative summer camp.”

Fundraising for the Future
With a target to raise $300,000 by the end of the year, the funds will be invested in critical areas such as improving camp facilities, offering scholarships, and broadening community outreach programs. The objective is straightforward: to amplify the transformative experiences that have already touched the lives of nearly 10,000 campers since its inception. Please donate directly at oneheartland.org or find ways you and your community or business can donate to getting kids connected to nature. 

A Celebration for All
To commemorate this momentous occasion, One Heartland is hosting a birthday brunch event at The Dakota on Saturday, December 9. Doors open at 11 a.m. with performances beginning at 11:30 a.m. Labeled as "The Ultimate Family-Friendly Entertainment Experience," the day promises a joyous, inclusive celebration. With the recent affirmation of drag culture as a form of free speech by the Minneapolis City Council, the event is set to be a compelling showcase of diversity and freedom of expression. 

Tickets for reserved seating is $35 and may be purchased online. Click the link below.

Mediocre Heterosexual Sex
Threshold Theater Black Hart

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November 8, 2023

Threshold Theater announces full casting and production details for our first production of the 2023-2024 season, a new play reading, in our New Play Reading Series in partnership with The Black Hart of Saint Paul. Mediocre Heterosexual Sex by Madison Wetzell will take place on Monday , November 20, 2023 at 7pm.

Four hours after her girlfriend dumps her, Erin switches her Tinder setting to dudes because she
hates herself. She quickly meets Aaron, who is straight, conveniently nearby, and only too happy to indulge her masochistic fantasies. To translate this deeply ambivalent first hetero experience, Erin seeks the advice of the only straight people she knows, a couple in a Dominant/submissive relationship. A vexed exploration of gender, sex, power, and kink.

Mediocre Heterosexual Sex
Monday, November 20, 2023, at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
at The Black Hart of Saint Paul (1415 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104)
Tickets: $10 at the door.

Eye Popping Show At Cafesjian Art Trust
“Fooling the Eye” showcases dizzying array of optical art masters Vasarely and Kuhn

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November 8, 2023

There will be more than meets the eye at the Cafesjian Art Trust (The CAT) this fall, with Fooling the Eye, an exhibition featuring art exploring distortions of depth perception and the eye’s ability to register information. 

The exhibition showcases works by Victor Vasarely, considered the grandfather of the optical art (Op Art) movement; and Jon Kuhn, one of the world’s leading glass artists. Coming from two completely different points of view—science and spirituality—the work of these two artists will create a unique physical experience for museumgoers.

Op Art first became popular in the early 20th century, employing optical illusion — visual trickery and experimentation with shapes and colors. The French-Hungarian Vasarely was inspired by the Bauhaus movement and geometric abstraction, and his characteristic style is demonstrated in highly analytic works featuring spheres and boxes that seem to burst from the surface of each piece. Complementing and contrasting Vasarely’s pieces will be works by American artist Jon Kuhn, a modern glass sculptor who builds layers of clear and laminated glass facets that appear to magically hover inside his sculptures as they reveal themselves to the viewer. 

Running now to May 4, 2024, Fooling the Eye will feature dozens of works by the two artists showcasing a variety of materials. “Gerry Cafesjian had a passion for Vasarely and the Op Art movement— such a passion that during his lifetime he collected more than 100 pieces by this important, iconic artist,” said CAT’s executive director, Andy Schlauch. “Jon Kuhn is a living legend, and we’re thrilled to invite our guests into an artistic conversation between these two visionaries.” Mr. Kuhn is scheduled to attend events in November at the CAT Museum. More information will be available closer to the date.

Reservations for November and December are live, and additional reservations will open on a rolling basis on the first of each month for the following months. Last minute openings for reservations are posted periodically on Instagram and Facebook.

Hennepin Theatre Trust
Orpheum Theatre

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October 25, 2023

Phone rings, door chimes, in comes company.

Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Company “strikes like a lightning bolt. It’s brilliantly conceived and funny as hell.” (Variety). Helmed by three-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Angels in America) this revelatory new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s groundbreaking musical comedy is at once boldly sophisticated, deeply insightful, and downright hilarious.

It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, ‘Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family?’ As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in the 21st-century could drive a person crazy.

Company  features Sondheim’s award-winning songs “You Could Drive a Person Crazy”, “The Ladies Who Lunch”, “Side by Side by Side” and the iconic “Being Alive”. Let’s all drink to that!

Brave New Workshop
Elf Off!

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October 25, 2023

It’s that time of year again, and as amazing as the holiday season is, we’ve all had times when there isn’t enough nog on earth to make the jingling in our heads stop. That’s why the Brave New Workshop is back with a show for everyone who loves the holidays but wishes just one night could be a little more silent. Take a break from everything that’s stressing you out about the holidays and settle your brain for a long winter’s laugh with a hilarious collection of sketches and songs especially for the holidays. All I Want for Christmas Is You… To Elf Off continues Brave New Workshop’s legacy as the Twin Cities’ funniest and most irreverent holiday tradition. 
 
Performers Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Isabella Dunsieth, Erin Kennedy and Doug Neithercott appear nightly with Music Director Jon Pumper and Technical Director Matthew Vichlach. All I Want for Christmas Is You… To Elf Off is directed by Caleb McEwen.

The Stars Are Out 
In Honor of National Coming Out Day

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October 11, 2023 • By Mark Dawson

2023 has been an undeniably transformative year in Hollywood, with celebrities breaking barriers, challenging stereotypes, and paving the way for increased acceptance and representation for all sexual orientations and gender identities.

One of the most notable figures to come out this past year was 27-year-old Lukas Gage.  Famous for being rimmed by Murray Bartlett in The White Lotus and, more recently, being urinated on in You, the actor came out publicly following rumors that he was dating his now husband Chris Appleton.  He opened up further in an interview with the New York Times, detailing the pressure he faced to be honest about his sexuality and how he at first resisted because, earlier in his career, an agent criticized him for dyeing his hair and wearing nontraditional clothes.  He added that he was happy to finally be out because “representation matters and voices need to be heard”.  

British actor Joe Locke, best known for his role as Charlie Spring in Heartstopper, also came out as gay in 2023.  The 19-year-old plays an out teenager in a relationship with another boy at his school (played by Kit Connor) and was long assumed to be queer.  However, he did not acknowledge his sexuality until a recent interview with Teen Vogue, sharing that he has been openly gay since he was 12 and that he loves starring in an inclusive series that encourages young people to be true to themselves.  

Another actor in an inclusive series is Graham Parkhurst.  He stars in the Netflix series Glamorous, playing the onscreen love interest to trans actor Miss Benny. In the show, Parkhurst and Miss Benny engage in several romantic and intimate scenes that would have been unimaginable in a mainstream series even just a half-decade ago.

While on the subject of steamy series, Richard Armitage came out publicly this year during an interview with The Evening Standard where he confirmed that he had a male partner.   Armitage plays the lead character of William Farrow on the Netflix thriller Obsession.  He explained to the British paper how he and his partner had conversations prior to his full-frontal nude scenes. “I reassured him that it was all going to be fine, and we were being well looked after.”

The scenes are a favorite on Mr. Man, the Hollywood website that serves as an IMDB of sorts for male nudity on film and television.  

Armitage went on to discuss his thoughts on the new generation of Hollywood stars coming out.  “I love the idea that whatever gender or sexuality, the fluidity of who you love and how you identify, is not fixed.  That was always a thing: if I declare who I am and my sexuality, then I’m saying it’s fixed and I don’t know that, or if I might feel something for somebody further down the line. I doubt it, but I don’t know.”

Fluidity is something rapper Lil Nas X has been giving consideration to, as well.  This year, he switched his LGBTQ status from gay to bisexual.    

Alexander Lincoln, who was actually the first celebrity to come out in 2023, is undeclared about what letter of the alphabet he is.  The actor best known for his role in the British soap opera Emmerdale Farm and his portrayal of Mark Newton in the gay film In from the Side, simply stated on his socials that he was part of the community and “not straight”.

On the other hand, Ncuti Gatwa, who plays the role of Eric, a gay teenager whose storyline on Sex Education revolves around his love journey, disclosed earlier this year, that he, like his character, is gay.  He admitted it has been a process for him to come to terms with his queerness.  Of Rwandan heritage, he had never met another gay Rwandan person until at Manchester Pride where met a Rwandan lesbian.  Realizing he was not alone gave him the courage to embrace his true identity.

Ncuti Gatwa and all of the Hollywood stars that fearlessly opened up about their sexual orientation in 2023 deserve praise. Their courage and authenticity have not only reshaped the conversation surrounding LGBTQ+ representation in Hollywood but have also served as a source of inspiration for countless individuals to stand up and declare they are here, they’re queer… and they’re not hiding it from anyone. 

Watch all of the newly out celebrities in their steamiest scenes at MrMan.com

Flip The Script 
Queer Film Festival

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September 27, 2023

Flip the Script is happy to announce the 4th Flip the Script Fest (FSF) returns to the Fall Arts Scene this October 6–14th, 2023. Held annually, FSF is a nine-day film festival celebrating Queer stories from 2SLGBTQIA+ filmmakers all over the globe.

FSF 2023 will continue to present a hybrid festival with in-person screenings taking place October 6–8th, at Emagine Willow Creek Theatre (9900 Shelard Parkway, Plymouth, Minnesota), LUSH Lounge and Theater (990 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413), and with virtual access October 6–14th, through Eventive.

FSF 2023 is honored to share that films programmed through submissions will be eligible to win The Michael Alonga Award for Audience Choice Film, aka The Daphnes. Based on audience votes, one short film will receive a $500 cash prize, and one feature film will receive a $1,500 cash prize.

The Daphnes are generously sponsored by WE WERE THERE, INC, a registered 501(c)(3), whose mission is the preservation and dissemination of LGBTQ+ history through multi-platform storytelling, with the goal of educating and empowering LGBTQ+ youth.

FSF 2023 All Access Passes are on sale now for $100, with a $200 Pay-It-Forward Pass offered to those interested in directly supporting the festival’s ability to offer Pay-What-You-Can tickets for others.

FSF is presented by Flip the Script, a Queer film organization dedicated to removing
barriers to accessing and celebrating Queer film because quality representation should
be accessible for all. Flip the Script is fiscally sponsored by Springboard for the Arts.
Learn more at: FlipTheScriptFest.org 

Children’s Theatre Company 
“Do astronauts wear dresses?”

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September 27, 2023

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is thrilled to announce the complete cast and creative team for the highly-anticipated World Premiere play Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, based on the acclaimed children’s book by Christine Baldacchino with illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant.

The stage adaptation of Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress is written by juliany taveras (Desarrollo at The Lark’s Playwrights' Week and Corkscrew Theater Festival; the anatomy of light, featured on the Kilroys' List and the 50 Playwrights Project List; SYZYGY, or the ceasing of the sun, featured in the 2021 Crossing Borders/Cruzando Fronteras Festival at Two River Theater; and YAELIS, a Page 73 Finalist).

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress will be directed by Heidi Stillman, Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theater in Chicago (Cascabel; The Brothers Karamazov; Hard Times at Lookingglass Theatre Company; The Year I Didn’t Go to School at Chicago Children’s Theatre; and The Book Thief at Steppenwolf). 

Morris likes lots of things: doing puzzles, painting pictures, pretending to be an astronaut, and wearing a tangerine dress from his school’s dress-up box because it “reminds him of tigers, the sun, and his mother’s hair.” But some of his classmates think boys can’t wear dresses because … well, because they’re boys. With his vivid imagination and space-animal friends, Morris travels the galaxy in search of an answer to the all-important question: “Do astronauts wear dresses?” 

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress will play from October 10-November 19, 2023 at CTC’s Cargill Stage (2400 Third Avenue South Minneapolis MN 55404). Opening Night is Saturday, October 14 at 7pm. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the ticket office at 612.874.0400. Ticket prices start at $15.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres 
JazzMN Orchestra Returns

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September 27, 2023

JazzMN Orchestra Returns to CDT Main Stage with Grammy Award-Winning
Trumpeter, RANDY BRECKER on October 2! 

JazzMN has performed to sold-out audiences across the Twin Cities and is happy to welcome jazz lovers and novices alike to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) on Monday evening, October 2 when the acclaimed JazzMN Orchestra will be joined by Grammy Award-winning trumpet legend, Randy Brecker in an exciting evening of jazz performances.

Brecker has helped to shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, and Frank Zappa. Born in 1945 to a musical family, Randy’s talent was nurtured from an early age. He attended Indiana University studying with Bill Adam, David Baker and Jerry Coker and later moved to New Your where he landed gigs with prominent bands including Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band, the Duke Pearson Big Band and the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. In ’67 he ventured into the jazz rock genre with the band, Blood, Sweat and Tears. In the early 70s he performed live with many prominent artists including Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House, Stevie Wonder and Billy Cobham. By 1975, he and his brother Michael formed their own group, the ‘Brecker Brothers Band.’ A band of immeasurable impact, they recorded six albums on Arista garnering seven Grammy nominations. He later went on to receive numerous Grammy Awards. As a performer, composer and in-demand clinician, Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world.

Comprised of the top jazz musicians in the metro area, JazzMN Orchestra is the Twin Cities’ premier professional jazz ensemble featuring world-class guest artists in their concerts and provides educational programs to schools and colleges throughout the region. Andrew Walesch serves as JazzMN Artistic Director and Pete Whitman is the Music Director. Walesch stated, “We are so fortunate to have access to this premier ensemble, which adds to the high caliber of music and cultural offerings that people have access to in the Twin Cities.” 

Tickets are on sale now for JazzMN’s October 2 and December 11 (holiday concert) on the Main Stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. These events are very popular; and most generally sell out so reservations are highly recommended. Tickets may be purchased for the concert only ($44). To enjoy dinner, add $20. Dinner is at 5:30pm; concerts begin at 7:30pm. Call the box office at 952-934-1525 or order online. (Look for the JazzMN logo on our home page or under the dropdown menu, “On Stage.”)
 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 
With new Latin American, US Latinx, and Ibero Cinema.

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September 27, 2023

The 11th Annual Cine Latino Film Festival: OCTOBER 11-15, 2023
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with new Latin American, US Latinx, and Ibero Cinema. Don't miss out on five days of Spanish language films, fiestas, food trucks, and visiting filmmakers! 

Check out these films as part of the LGBTQ Currents program:

CASSANDRO - about Saúl Armendáriz (Gael García Bernal), a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso. He rises to international stardom after he creates the character Cassandro, the “Liberace of Lucha Libre.” In the process, he upends not just the macho wrestling world, but also his own life. Based on a true story
Tickets: https://mspfs.info/cassandro

20,000 SPECIES OF BEES, which is a beautiful coming of age story about a young trans girl in Spain. The writer-director Estibaliz Urresola delivers an outstanding debut feature about creating bridges for diversity, dialogue and tolerance with a simple premise, that everyone is who they feel they are.
Tickets: https://mspfs.info/SpeciesofBees

LET THE DANCE BEGIN is part of our LGBTQ currents program. Carlos and Margarita were the most famous tango couple of their time, but when Carlos gets an urgent message that Margarita has passed, an unexpected road trip is set in motion. Past resentments surface, secrets are revealed, and old flames are rekindled in this heartwarming new comedy from writer/director Marina Seresesk.
Tickets: https://mspfs.info/letthedancebegin

Tickets are on sale now. Use the promo code TCGSCL23 for $2 off tickets.
 

The world's No. 1 touring ABBA tribute show! 
State Theatre on October 21

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September 27, 2023

Take A Chance On MANIA......And you won’t be disappointed!

The world’s number one touring ABBA tribute returns for their Fall USA Tour starting on October 15th.  MANIA formed in 1999 and the show has been selling out theatres and concert halls internationally ever since. Mania the ABBA Tribute has successfully toured every continent in the world and has played over 3,000 live concerts in over 35 countries. Recent highlights included a second run in London’s West End where the show performed for a month in the iconic Shaftesbury Theatre, London in May 2021.

The show recently enjoyed an 80 date sell-out USA National tour in 2022/2023, Mania continues in its quest to bring the music of the Swedish ’Supergroup’ to millions of fans, old and new!

Featuring an extraordinary cast of talented musicians and performers, Mania: The ABBA Tribute delivers an authentic and unforgettable tribute to the legendary Swedish band that has captured the hearts of fans for generations. With stunning costumes, energetic choreography, and impeccable musicianship, Mania: The ABBA Tribute recreates the magic of ABBA's music in all its glory. From "Dancing Queen" to "Waterloo," "Mamma Mia" to "Take a Chance on Me," the band performs all of ABBA's greatest hits with passion and precision, transporting audiences back to the disco era of the 1970s.   The iconic Swedish pop group, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their breakthrough hit single "Waterloo" in 2024 and MANIA can’t wait to share the joy of this huge milestone!

The upcoming tour promises to be an unforgettable experience for fans of ABBA and lovers of great music. With stunning visuals, electrifying performances, and all of ABBA's greatest hits, Mania: The ABBA Tribute is a hit with audiences worldwide and Maniacs who return every year!

If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, click the link below!

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

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September 13, 2023

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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August 30, 2023

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!

WHERE: 
Luminary Arts Center
700 N 1st St, 
Minneapolis, MN 55401
www.luminaryartscenter.com

Hook & Ladder
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
www.thehookmpls.com

WHEN: 
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

TICKETS:
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