Bear With Me (While I Tell You About…): 490


Esther’s Coming Out Party
Sunday, March 16 • 6-10pm
Buddha Lounge • 2550 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

The Jewish holiday of Purim is approaching, and J-Pride is putting on a Purim party for GLBT Jews and their friends. The evening includes a costume contest, drag performance & DJ. I’m guessing there will be lots of Hamantaschen to devour. The suggested donation is $5. Search “J Pride” on Facebook for more information.


ARENA Bikini Cherry Bomb 7th Annual Swimwear Fashion Show
Friday, March 21 • 7:30pm
Aria • 105 N. 1st St., Minneapolis
Cherry Bomb is part carnival, part fashion show, part dance performance & ALL Party.

First, enter the Trix & Treat Alley, a retro den featuring carnival games, cigarette girls, fortunetellers, cocktails, tattoo parlor, and state fair treats. Then watch beefcakes and bouffants bop down the runway in retro swimwear. A panel of local celebrities will vote the “Best of Show.” ARENA dancers will perform excerpts from The Main Street Project to get the party started then join DJ Jezus Juice for the after- party on stage! Tickets are $45 for general admission (games/activities, food and standing room for fashion show), $65 for reserved seating (all the above + reserved seat and Cherry Bomb cocktail) and $125 for VIP (all the above + VIP lounge seating front and center). Visit for more information and tickets.


Flip Phone
March 20 • 9:30pm-1:45am
Honey Mpls • 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

It’s old diva vs. new diva as Flip Phone featuring Madonna vs. Miley. The evening features a Madonna and Miley heavy dance set by DJ Fancy Restaurant and Casual Concepts, non stop dancing, and a “Vogue Off” around midnight. Dress as your best Madonna or Miley for the costume contest at midnight. $4 Papa Don’t Preach Twerkin’ drink special, $4 rails and taps until midnight. Lots of other surprises and laughs around every corner. $5 Cover, 21+.


Bear Bar Night
March 22 • 8-11pm
eagleBOLTbar • 515 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

Hey, the column is called Bear With Me, so shouldn’t there be a “Bear” event listed? Join the North Country Bears for their monthly Bear Bar Night in the Bolt Underground. $7 gets you a cup for keg beer, pop, and a whole lot of burly bears, Grrr. Visit for more info.

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