It’s a busy weekend on the LGBT arts scene, with a number of free and open to the public events.

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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Dungeons & Drag Queens – Book Release Party! at Common Good Books and Freak Tension [/sws_yellow_box]

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MP Johnson will read from and sign his new Eraserhead Press book, Dungeons & Drag Queens.

Poet, author and drag king Fox Smoulder will kick the awesomeness off for the evening.

Jeff Arndt from MOMMY S3Z NO will play a couple bizarro tunes on his acoustic machine to close out the proceedings.

Attending in drag is optional but encouraged. Swords must be left outside during the event (unless the event is marauded by orks, in which case swords are also encouraged).

The event is free. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

ABOUT THE BOOK

What happens when a small town drag queen gets sucked into a realm of sword and sorcery and forced to do much more than lip-sync for her life?

After a weird wizard transports Sleazella LaRuse to the realm of Houmak, Green Bay’s number one diva must battle to save her life and protect the lip-syncing, potty-mouthed persona she’s worked so hard to cultivate. Will her bones be devoured by the gnawing nipple-mouths of slavwolves or crushed by the brutal Blada Femma? Worse yet, will she find love amongst the scum sailors and slopulating sky serpents? Will she win this glamorous game of thrones? The answer is clear in the most fierce and fabulous fantasy epic ever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MP Johnson’s short stories have appeared in more than 25 underground books and magazines, including Bare Bone and Cthulhu Sex. His debut book, The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone, was recently released by Bizarro Pulp Press. He is the creator of Freak Tension zine, a B-movie extra and an obsessive music fan currently based in Minneapolis. Learn more at www.freaktension.com.

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Date: Wednesday, May 28, 7-9pm
Location: Common Good Books, 38 South Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Facebook [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Man Wanted Starring Doug Anderson [/sws_yellow_box]

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*All proceeds from the May 30 performance go to Park House
Everyone wants to be wanted and this intimate cabaret show featuring Doug Anderson delivers! MAN WANTED weaves Doug’s personal reflections on dating against a tapestry of hilarious and thoughtful song. An insightful show for anyone who has ever embarked in the pursuit of finding ‘Mister Right’ or at least ‘Mister Right Now.’ Minneapolis and New York cabaret artist Doug Anderson brings his delightful production MAN WANTED to the St. James Studio in June (June 24th, to be exact) and before he goes, he wants to share his personal musings on the pursuit of ‘Mister Right’ with you.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″]Details
Date: Friday, May 30, 7:00 pm
Location: Camp Caberet in the Camp Bar, 490 N Robert St, St Paul, MN 55101
Admission: $12.00 via BrownPaperTickets.com or 800-838-3006
For more information, visit Camp Bar [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Outloud! presents “Saints and Sinners” [/sws_yellow_box]

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Have you been naughty or nice? Is that an angel on your shoulder or a little devil?
Either way OutLoud! will sway you into guilty musical pleasures when they return to the Ritz Theater this spring. You won’t want to miss the good boys of OutLoud! misbehavin’. You’ll have a devilishly good time.

Cabaret Table of 4: $169 (includes preferred seating and a bottle of wine or non-alcoholic equivalent) – Cabaret tables are SOLD OUT for Saturday, May 31. Please call the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus office for cabaret table tickets for Friday’s performance.
All ticket purchases will be held at Will Call at the Ritz Theater. If you require a paper ticket sent to you ahead of time, please call the Ritz Box Office at 612-436-1129

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″]Details
Date: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8 pm, and Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8 pm ( ASL Interpreted)
Location: Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Admission: $29-$34 via Ritz Theater
For more information, visit TCGMC [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Eclectic Electric with Venus de Mars: “My Life in Audit Hell” [/sws_yellow_box]

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photo by Stefanie Berres

Featuring:
Gadu DouShin (Katsushi Fukasawa Schmitz) – Butoh Dance
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Nic Lincoln (with dancers: Kelly Vittetoe & Eve Schulte) – Dance
https://www.facebook.com/events/799860143374178/

Jaime Carrara – Performance Art

Jim Walsh – Music
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Venus de Mars – Music
http://www.venusdemars.com/

As many of you know, Venus de Mars and Hi/r wife Lynette have spent the last year and a half in disagreement with the State of MN’s Dept of Rev over a Kafkaesque Audit experience, and their initial determination that both S/he and Hi/r wife were not a real working artists, but in fact only a hobbyists, and therefore owing thousands in back taxes.

After going public, obtaining a lawyer, spending legal fees in excess of $10,000.00, months of fundraising, endless research trying to track down past and present business contacts, to ask them to please write a letter of clarification and work relations, (some quite unwilling to write such a letter,) The State dropped their case against Lynette, but remained decidedly against Venus.

S/he finally entered into formal Audit Appeals.

We now find Venus on the cusp of possibly coming to the end of Hi/r long fight.

Please join Venus to explore what it means to be a working artist, or more exactly, how do we define ourselves as artists vs. how the State defines us as artists. And how this might effect us all.

At the end of this night of performance, Venus will take part in an arts community dialogue and Q & A moderated by Jim Walsh.

Who knows… S/he MAY have some good news to share!

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″]Details
Date: Friday, May 30 at 8:00pm
Location: Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406
Admission: Donations accepted
For more information, visit Facebook [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Queer Music Consortium Concert[/sws_yellow_box]

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Join us for the annual FREE Queer Music Consortium (QMC) Concert at the Saint Paul Como Lakeside Pavillion! Calliope Women’s Chorus kicks off the concert, followed by One Voice Mixed Chorus, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Minnesota Freedom Band, and then the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert concludes with a combined piece with all five groups. This family-friendly event is always an audience favorite!

Como Park Lakeside Pavilion is located at 1360 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN 55103.

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Date: Monday, June 2, 7-8:30pm
Location: Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55117
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Facebook [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]St. Mark’s Tuesday Night at the Movies: Transamerica [/sws_yellow_box]

A funny, touching story with award winning Felicty Huffman that is an original look at the American family. Host: Deb Thorp MD

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Date: Tuesday, June 3, 7-9pm
Location: St. Mark’s Cathedral 519 Oak Grove Street Minneapolis, MN 55403
Admission: Free
For more information, visit St. Marks [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]The 2014 Out Twin Cities Film Festival hosted by Theatres at Mall of America
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You are invited to join us for the 2014 OUT Twin Cities Film Festival!

We have an exciting program line-up for this year’s festival and our fabulous host is Theatres at Mall of America.

All tickets are $10 per screening or event. This year we are featuring OTCFF T-Shirts, so be sure to get yours ordered: http://www.otcff.org/festival-t-shirt.html

Our festival schedule is online:

Wednesday, June 4th:
http://www.otcff.org/wednesday-june-4.html

Thursday, June 5th:
http://www.otcff.org/thursday-june-5.html

Friday, June 6th:
http://www.otcff.org/friday-june-6-provocateur-section.html

Saturday, June 7th:
http://www.otcff.org/saturday-june-7.html

Sunday, June 8th:
http://www.otcff.org/sunday-june-8.html

Featured Special Guests at the 2014 OUT Twin Cities Film Festival:
1. Scott Gracheff, director of The Rugby Player.
2. Mars Roberge, director of The little house that could.
3. Sydney Freeland, director of Drunktown’s Finest.
4. Lawrence Ferrara, director of Power Erotic The Documentary.
5. Mike Skiff, director of Folsom Forever
6. JC Calciano, director of The 10 Year Plan.
7. Rick Tae, director of JOHN APPLE JACK.
8. Caitlin Ryan, Executive Director of Family Acceptance Project.
9. Kellee Terrell, director of Goodnight My Love.
10. Reid Waterer, director of Foreign Relations.
11. Eric Casaccio, director of Narcissist the Movie.

Order your tickets today!

Purchase our ‘All Access Pass’ for half off regular price. Offer good May 1st – May 15th: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/664566

A very special THANK YOU to: Agosto, LPM Apartments, Lavender Magazine, Rainbow Health Initiative, Orbitz Gay Travel, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Twin Cities Pride, Reclaim, The Pride Institute,Rugby Athletic, Twin Cities Leather & Latte, Heltzer & Houghtaling, P.A.,Grace Trinity Community Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota Two Spirit Society, The Film Collaborative andWolfe Video.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″]Details
Date: June 4 – June 8, various times
Location: Theatres at Mall of America, 401 South Avenue, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
Admission: $10 per screening
for more information, visit OTCFF [/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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