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Our Scene

Channeling That Inner Fire

By Linda Raines / September 9, 2021

Fire. There’s something magical, primal about it—the foremost element, the impetus for humans taking that first important step into civilization. The ancient Greeks said that the Titan Prometheus stole fire from the…

Sidebar 2.0

By Carla Waldemar / September 9, 2021

I’ve heard of people being put into a medical coma….but—a restaurant? Covid’s the culprit. Last September the Surdyk clan opened sweet little Sidebar, a bistro adjoining their iconic Nordeast drink-and-deli…

Mangina Monologues I – V (Talking Out My Ass)

By Jamez L. Smith / September 9, 2021

MM-V   “Are you a top, or a bottom?”   OK … you need to get new reading material, hon, cuz that line of thinking is played out.   Are…

Every Month Is Pride Month

By Kassidy Tarala / September 9, 2021

This year’s East Central Minnesota Pride will be unlike any other—for more reasons than one. Of course, June will always be Pride Month. But Pride isn’t something that can be…

Coming Attractions: Touring Broadway Is Back!

By Brett Burger / September 9, 2021

While we continue to see many of our own local theatres reopen, the return of touring Broadway is imminent. Hennepin Theatre Trust announced a jam-packed season before the pandemic hit…

St. Paul Art Crawl: 30 Years of Showcasing Art

By Shane Lueck / September 9, 2021

Art enthusiasts rejoice! The St. Paul Art Crawl is back for 2021 and celebrates 30 years of supporting local artists, but this year brings a major change that allows visitors…

Our Affairs

Skirting The Issues: Osseo

By Ellen Krug / September 9, 2021

There are many ways to change the world. For example, some take to the streets and march with sheer numbers demanding change. Others stand on soapboxes, yelling into microphones with…

A Word In Edgewise: Another “Sorry” Situation

By E.B. Boatner / September 9, 2021

Some people can say egregious things and be remembered warmly for decades, quoted with a chuckle like Yogi Berra’s sage advice, “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t…

Books: 685

By E.B. Boatner / August 26, 2021

Why Are There Still Creationists?Jonathan MarksPolity$22.95 Despite overwhelming evidence that humans are descended from among the apes, though branching long, long ago, many want no part of that story. Anthropologist Marks aims…

A Word in Edgewise: A Profile In Courage

By E.B. Boatner / August 26, 2021

Simone Biles pulling out of scheduled exercises was not “letting down” her team, as some critics asserted. It would, in fact, have been pure hubris to have assumed that she…

Serve Our Society: Mossier

By Mike Marcotte / August 12, 2021

Minneapolis-based nonprofit ensures LGBTQ individuals feel empowered at work A 2018 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation survey of employees across the nation found that 46% of LGBTQ workers remain closeted…

The Coven: Drawing Down the Moon

By Kassidy Tarala / August 12, 2021

Let’s be honest: identity matters. When we’re applying or interviewing for a new job, our identities as women, non-binary folx, trans humans, people of color, and so on have an…

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Our Lives

08.21.21 Transforming Families: Day of the Transgender Child 2021 Minneapolis MN

By Sophia Hantzes / September 16, 2021

Every Month Is Pride Month

By Kassidy Tarala / September 9, 2021

This year’s East Central Minnesota Pride will be unlike any other—for more reasons than one. Of course, June will always be Pride Month. But Pride isn’t something that can be…

Skirting The Issues: Osseo

By Ellen Krug / September 9, 2021

There are many ways to change the world. For example, some take to the streets and march with sheer numbers demanding change. Others stand on soapboxes, yelling into microphones with…

Serve Our Society: Queer Grace Community

By Mike Marcotte / September 9, 2021

A church for queers, by queers. Religious trauma is real, especially within the LGBTQIA+ community.  Queer Grace Community, based in Minneapolis, exists to help Christians and Christian-adjacent individuals make sense…

My Safe Word Is Onomatopoeic: Fast Times at Rubber Ball USA

By Andrew Stark / September 9, 2021

After watching a grown man willfully disrobe in front of a gathering group of strangers, most of whose body parts that would normally be covered are now mostly uncovered—beneath pasties,…

From the Editor: On the Masculinity Myth

By Andrew Stark / September 9, 2021

“Human nature, like God,” writes Carolyn Merchant in The Death of Nature (1980), “consisted of a unity of equal male-female principles.” The goal, and therefore the answer to many of the world’s problems,…

Our Homes

Acura: Tuned Into the Community

By Randy Stern / September 9, 2021

We like to see ourselves in social media doing the things we love. That includes automotive enthusiasm and how we express our love for our vehicles. During June of this…

Our Rides: The Bucking Bronco Is Back!

By Randy Stern / July 29, 2021

A few years ago, Ford announced that it would bring back the Bronco name for a new off-road ready vehicle. What transpired afterwards was a series of spinning heads, fan…

Southside Vintage: A Showroom of Stories

By Andrew Stark / July 15, 2021

Photo by Lilly Andrew Not long ago, Southside Vintage was one of the best-kept secrets in Minneapolis. Now there’s a line around the block. Let’s start at the beginning: Originally…

Making Home Buying Better

By Holly Peterson / July 15, 2021

Image courtesy of Ryan Weyandt Buying a home is an exciting milestone, though not without its difficulties. Finding the right neighborhood, a real estate agent who understands your needs, and…

Coming up Roses at Rosenthal

By Kassidy Tarala / July 15, 2021

Photo by Rosenthal Interiors The popular furniture store has opened a new location in Minnetonka, which is dedicated to delivering the very best to the local LGBTQ+ community. Sometimes, all…

Gettin’ Down and Dirty

By Kassidy Tarala / July 15, 2021

Photo courtesy of Dirty Boys Landscaping Dirty Boys is ready to help you make an outdoor space that you can celebrate all summer long. Okay, Minnesotans. You know the drill:…

Online Exclusives

Reboot: Live Theatre 2.0

By Holly Peterson / August 11, 2021

Live theater is currently in a period of serious recalibration, and Walking Shadow Theatre has come up with one of my favorite approaches to safely providing an enjoyable theatrical experience.…

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Prepare to be Inspired

By Lavender / July 7, 2021

Photo courtesy of Spacecrafting The Internet is a hub for home design, boasting millions of images of beautiful homes to sift through, stare at, and save for another day. It’s…

What Matters Most

By Terrance Griep / June 29, 2021

Photo by Jeremy Cowart Country Music Superstar Ty Herndon Proves That Beneath Every Good Concert is a Good Foundation He was a kid from Mississippi who had the dream and chased the dream that…

Lavender Premiere: Kentö Drops New Single “Silhouette”

By Lavender / June 18, 2021

Kentö. Photo courtesy of The Vtmns Still searching for that summer song? Here’s a strong contender. New York-based singer-songwriter Kentö has been making music since forever, and his worldwide travels…

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Big Gay News

An Iowa Teacher Was Place On Leave After Sharing He Is Bisexual – His Students Staged A Walkout

By Linda / September 10, 2021

USA Today reports that Cora Smith walked out of Winterset’s High School Tuesday with a bisexual pride flag draped over her shoulders, and the 10th grader was among more than 100 students who walked…

Gay Man Stabbed In Vicious Hate Crime Inside Brooklyn Store While Workers Did Nothing To Help

By Linda / September 10, 2021

LGBTQNation reports that protestors in Brooklyn took to the street as police look for two suspects in an alleged anti-gay hate crime after Abimbola Adelaja, 36, and a 28-year-old friend went to a bodega…

Missouri Teacher Resigns After School, District Tells Him To Remove Pride Flag, Not Discuss Sexuality

By Linda / September 10, 2021

USA Today reports that a Missouri teacher resigned last week after parents complained about a pride flag in his classroom and the district told him to take it down.  Read the…

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