If you are looking for something queer to do this week and weekend, there’s no shortage of great events.


[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Ongoing until March 15, Bones & Arrows / Swords & Snakes: Drawings of self – insides out: Venus DeMars Solo Exhibition will be hosted by the Rogue Buddha Gallery. [/sws_yellow_box]

Venus de Mars presents drawings on archival sketchbook paper, created during 20 years of rock tours, and a trans-journey of body construct, and mind deconstruct.
Darkness and moonlight. Tits and dick. Stars and thorn.
These are fragile bits of paper memory twisted rich and tangled from a black ink ballpoint medium tip.


More about Venus:
Venus de Mars is best known as the iconic leader of the long standing Minneapolis dark-glam/trans band: “Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses.” A band which Venus formed in the early 90’s, and has continued with since.

But s/he is also known in the arts community as a performance artist. S/he is both a former McKnight Multidisciplinary Artist Support, and Bush Artist Support fellowship recipient, as well as one of the core artist from the now defunct 1980’s era “Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery,” which was formerly located on Minneapolis’ infamous “E-Block.”
Throughout he/r musical career and touring schedule, Venus has kept up with all he/r other art disciplines, including these many ball-point pen notebook drawings which have become a kind of life journal for he/r.

“They’re kind of a collection of emotional self portraitures,” s/he says of them. “The central subject is most often a trans-person. non-gender or racial specific, with imagery taken from actual life events which happened to me during the time of the drawings and I usually include dream imagery which also occurred during the same time periods.”

The formality of these drawings were modeled after trips overseas when Venus came across old religious icon art in various European art museums and Church tours.
“I love the symbolism of that old art form, and thought I could bring the style into my own work. Since then, it’s become a kind of style-template for me. Something to build my 2-dimensional imagery with.”
These intricate and fragile ball point pen drawings have occasionally become the inspiration for Venus’ large 8-foot by 10-foot oil or acrylic paintings.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″]Details:
Rogue buddha Gallery
357 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

Dates: February 15th – March 15th, 2014

Admission: Free

For more information visit Rogue Buddha Gallery. [/sws_blue_box]


[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Beginning Thursday, Feb. 20, Son of Peter Productions is offering Next Fall, a play by Geoffrey Nauffts. The show starts at 7:30 pm at Teatro Zuccone in Duluth. The show runs until Mar. 1. [/sws_yellow_box]

Son of Peter Productions presents its first official 2 act play. Performed for 2 weekends at the one and only Teatro Zuccone here in Duluth, MN.

“The funniest heartbreaker in town! NEXT FALL embodies something theatergoers have been sorely missing, perhaps without knowing it, for years. A smart, sensitive, immensely appealing and utterly contemporary New York comedy.” —NY Times. “Five Stars. Thebest new American play of the Broadway season, NEXT FALL leaves you thinking about rapture and rupture. If you go, which you should, be prepared to laugh some, perhaps to cry some, and then to rise in appreciation.” —Time Out NY. “Compassionate, laugh-filled and enormously entertaining. Geoffrey Nauffts invests the play with a generosity that doesn’t prejudge, embracing both the virtues and foibles of his characters. And that inclusion makes NEXT FALL an even richer experience.” —Associated Press. “A daring new drama.” —Entertainment Weekly. “Deeply moving and surprisingly funny. Geoffrey Nauffts reveals a talent for sharp comic dialogue. He draws all his characters with surprising depth.” —Hollywood Reporter.

THE STORY: Geoffrey Nauffts’ NEXT FALL takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, NEXT FALL goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to.

NEXT FALL was produced on Broadway by Elton John and David Furnish, Barbara Manocherian, Richard Willis, Tom Smedes, Carole L. Haber/Chase Mishkin, Ostar, Anthony Barrile, Michael Palitz, Bob Boyett, James Spry/Catherine Schreiber, Probo Productions, Roy Furman, in association with Naked Angels.

Starring Greg Anderson, Jennie Ross, Stephen Bock, Kay Rieck, Ric Stevens, and Aaron Jordan-Peterson
Directed by Quentin Roth

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Location: Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Tickets: $15 general. $12 for Students and Seniors. Purchase online.

Run: Performances Thursday-Saturday February 20th-March 1st. 7:30pm

Questions?: email sonofpeterproductions@gmail.com or call 218-213-2186

More information available via Facebook.


[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]On Sunday, Feb. 23, One Voice Mixed Chorus is hosting Queeraoke! at Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis. [/sws_yellow_box]

“One Voice Mixed Chorus unites gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and straight allies to build community and create social change by raising our voices in song. As the largest GLBT chorus in North America, One Voice is known for its musical excellence, diverse programming, and deep commitment to community outreach.“

Queeraoke is open to anyone who wants to karaoke with the chorus.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″]Details
Location: Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Tickets: $15 general. $12 for Students and Seniors. Purchase online.

Run: Performances Thursday-Saturday February 20th-March 1st. 7:30pm

Hell’s Kitchen
80 9th Street South, Minneapolis, MN

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014
6pm to 10pm
Drink and Food Specials

Tickets: $15 Tickets Online or $20 at the door

More information available on Facebook. [/sws_blue_box]

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Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.


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