Here’s what’s happening in Minnesota’s LGBT arts and culture scene this week.

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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Film Screening: The New Black hosted by Lavender Bridge at Metro State [/sws_yellow_box]

Last year, an explosive new documentary by Yoruba Richen blew away audiences at film festivals across the country. Taking home six awards and rave reviews, this film uncovers the complicated and often combative histories of the African-American and LGBT civil-rights movements.

Check out the website newblackfilm.com for more details

This BRAND NEW film is being screened for FREE and is open to the public!!! Please invite your friends!

FREE DESSERTS will be served from Heavenly Day Cafe too!
*Viewer discretion is advised. This film is not rated.

Location: Metropolitan State University- Founder’s Hall Auditorium, St Paul Campus
700 East Seventh St. Saint Paul, MN 55106

Persons with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Disability Services at 651‐793‐1540 or Disability.Services@metrostate.edu.

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Date: Thursday, April 10 at 6:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Metropolitan State University – Saint Paul Campus, 700 Seventh Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
For more information, visit Facebook [/sws_blue_box]

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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] 7th Annual APRIL SHOWERS BRING BITCH FLOWERS featuring PANDORA BOXX [/sws_yellow_box]

The Bitch. Is Back.

Join The Varsity Theater as we celebrate the spring with the grand dame of the Twin Cities, the legendary Bitch Flowers. Get ready as the iconic Miss Flowers and friends gather for the wildest night of the year. Featuring thrilling performances, killer music, and a special appearance by the one and only PANDORA BOXX (of RuPaul’s Drag Race), this is one party you can not miss!

With Performances by
Foxy Tann
Nina DiAngelo
Cee Cee Russell
Sole To Soul Dance Conversion

And Extra Special Guest PANDORA BOXX

After-Show Dance Party featuring DJ SHIEK

Friday, April 11
8pm Doors, 9pm Show

Tickets: $20 Advance / $25 Day Of Show – 18+ with I.D.

**VIP TICKETS: $60** – Includes early entry at 7pm, pre-show meet & greet reception, complimentary drink ticket, premium seating, and cocktail service.

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Date: Friday, April 11 at 8pm
Location: Varsity Theater, 1308 4th Street Southeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Admission: Tickets: $20 Advance, $25 Day Of Show, 18+ with I.D.
For more information, visit Facebook [/sws_blue_box]

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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Drag for Clean Water [/sws_yellow_box]

Each year Aveda raises money for clean water projects. This year we are raising money for the Audobon Society of MN to help fund Mississippi River clean up projects.

Please join us Saturday, April 12th at 9:00pm at Camp Bar in Saint Paul.

Cover charge: $5 and all proceeds go to charity.

We will have a wellness bar with chair massage, makeup and hair touch ups, chakra sensory journeys and much more!

Prizes, giveaways, raffles and silent auctions from: AVEDA, W Hotels, Eko Backen, Invicta, Origins, Masu, Pizza Studio, Crave and more!

Performances by:
Tiffany T Hunter
Dra Matica
Nikki Vixxen
B. Louise
Anastasia Chapelle

Find more details on the event here:
http://www.crowdrise.com/dragshowforcleanwater/fundraiser/avedamallofamerica

Find details on Audobon here:
www.audobon.org

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Saturday, April 12 at 9pm
Location: Camp Bar, 490 Robert St N, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
Admission: $5 cover, all proceeds go to charity.
For more information, visit Facebook [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] 6th Anniversary Drag Show! [/sws_yellow_box]

The Flame Nightclub in Superior is celebrating six years of fabulous drag shows. What does that mean for you? It means a night of entertainment from your favorite drag performers to thank all of you for supporting us for the past six years!

Scheduled to perform:
Alex
Angelo Ricci
Arianna Montrese
Brandy Merlot
Christina Jackson (Special guest from Minneapolis)
Nickita Kyle
Perdita Rogers
Portia Bloomwood

We may have a special guest or two join the cast for this fantastic show, keep watching this event for updates!

As always, the show will start at 10:00 sharp, be sure to arrive early if you want a front row seat. But no matter what, there’s room for everyone!

Do you have a friend who should know about this show but isn’t friends with Superior Flame? Invite them!

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Date: Saturday, April 12 at 10pm
Location: Flame Nightclub, 1612 Tower Ave, Superior, Wisconsin 54880
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Facebook [/sws_blue_box]

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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Sparkle Presents: “Spring, Sprang, SPARKLE!” [/sws_yellow_box]

Join Ti-Nea’ and Mary Brewster on Saturday, April 12th, 10pm at the Town House Bar, as Sparkle Presents: “Spring, Sprang, SPARKLE!”

Spring has sprung and the time is right to SPARKLE! Ti-Nea’ and Mary have gathered a cast of amazing entertainers from the Twin Cities, ready to “twirl” and spread sparkleliciousness!

Special guests include:

Azalia Selena Cruz
Dotti West
Gosh Alice Jones
Zekira Zabertini

During the show, Ti-Nea’ and Mary Brewster will be performing a special duet to benefit Justin’s Gift! Help them “pay it forward” to this worthy organization! For more information on Justin’s Gift, please go to:

http://www.justinsgift.org/

or

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justins-Gift/280159932006078

Ti-Nea’ and Mary Brewster Present: “SPARKLE”; the 2nd Saturday of every month at the Town House Bar.

With over 5 decades of combined stage experience, Ti-Nea’ and Mary know exactly what it takes cook up a show at the Town House. A bit of pizazz. A trace of comedy. A tad of razzle dazzle. A smidge of old school. A hint of glitter. A pinch of high energy. A dash of sequins. Add to it a cast featuring some of the greatest entertainers in the Twin Cities, and you’ve got SPARKLE.

Are you ready to get your SPARKLE on?

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Saturday, April 12 from 10pm to 12:30am
Location: Town House Bar, 1415 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Admission: Free
For more information, visit 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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