There are tons of great events kicking off this week, including queer sci-fi, tons of drag, and burlesque!


[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Bippy’s Burlesque [/sws_yellow_box]


Monthly at Camp!

Bippy’s Burlesque-o-Rama returns home to CAMP every month for a thrilling night of our own special brand of chaos. Hosted by MC Laszlo with regular guests: Tenea’, Barbara Gordon, Pouty Petals, Mona Montague, Dalcina Sol, and Femmebot!

Date: Wednesday, June 11, Doors at 7:30, show starts at 8:00pm
Location: Cabaret Theater in Camp Bar, 490 N Robert St. Saint Paul, MN
Admission: Tickets: $6.00 at the door
For more information, visit Camp

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Twin Cities Pride Art Exhibition and Grand Marshal Reception [/sws_yellow_box]


Please join us for the Art Show Opening and Grand Marshal Reception.
The Grand Marshal Reception recognizing the 2014 Champions of Pride Award Winners and the Twin Cities Pride Art Exhibition opening on Friday, June 13, 2014. The opening night event includes beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, cash bar, as well as live jazz. This event is sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and Trinchero Wines.
A fundraiser for TC Pride, the event also includes a Silent Auction, Wine Pull, and airline ticket raffle.
Works of art selected by the Jury will be on display on the evening of June 13, 2014 at The Aloft Hotel. The exhibition will be shown in its entirety for the opening reception. Representatives from the Aloft Hotel will select 4-5 works to be displayed on the feature art wall in the hotel lobby from June 13, 2014-July 18, 2014. All other works will be on display during the 2014 Twin Cities Pride Festival to be held June 28-29, 2014 at Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis. Artists selected by the jury will receive a cash award.

About the Theme
This year’s exhibition theme is titled FREE TO BE in honor of the diverse identities that make up the Twin Cities LGBT community. Artists were asked to draw inspiration from the concepts of FREEDOM and SELF IDENTITY and show us through their artistry what FREE TO BE means to them.
This year’s theme is intended to promote and recognize the idea that we are all free to be ourselves and celebrate the diversity within our LGBT community, and recognize the broad cross-section of the Twin Cities population that we represent. Whether it is the proud drag queen, the lesbian couple and their children, the leather man, the gender variant individual or the newly out and proud teen, the LGBT community finds itself a part of every social, economic, and political division — all ethnicities, races, sexes, ages, economic situation, political persuasion, and lifestyle. Twin Cities Pride encourages artists to embrace, promote and demonstrate this uplifting theme in their works of art. Our community is now, and has been in the past; diverse, powerful, strong and most importantly passionately empowered to be seen, heard and respected.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Friday, June 13, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:30 (exhibit runs through July 18)
Location: The Aloft Hotel, 900 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Admission: Free
For more information, visit TC Pride [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Gadfly Theatre Presents “The Final Frontier Festival” [/sws_yellow_box]


A One-Act Geek Fest Fitting Our Queer and Feminist Mission takes over Nimbus Theatre this June! Going where few LGBQTIA* and feminist artists have gone before, The Final Frontier Festival takes recent conversations about the way marginalized people are treated in geek culture and puts a progressive but still wildly entertaining response on stage. The six shows featured are:

A one-woman show about returning home chock full of magical realism and steeped in Christian mythology called “Honest to God” by J.C. Pankratz, directed by Anna Lewein.

“Who Killed Captain Kirk?” by Paco Madden; a murder mystery set at a Star Trek convention, directed by Immanuel Elliott

A play about a nearly perfectly designed fembot becoming self aware entitled “The Wolves Above” by Alyssa Zaczek, directed by Cassandra Snow.

A hilarious and spot-on takedown of platonic ideals and various geek mythologies–the show is “Gargle McFury Slays Gender Essentialism” by Alex Reed, directed by Kristin Fox.

“Love Bot” by local playwright Matthew A. Everett, in which a gay and a lesbian astronaut are charged with repopulating the world. Directed by Scott Pakudaitis

“Falling Awake” by Alexis Scheer, where the characters are grappling with grief in a way that transcends space and time. Directed by Mel Day.

SET A performs on June 13th, 15th, 19th, and 21st.
SET B performs on June 14th, 16th, 20th, and 22nd.
All runs are at 7:30 P.M. except for Sundays, which are at 3:00 P.M.
*Sundays and weekdays are Pay What You Can

Tickets are available per show, per night, or (recommended) for the whole festival.

Featuring the work of over 30 queer, feminist, and allied directors, playwrights, actors, and technicians, Gadfly’s dedication to inclusive and relatable–or “uniquely universal” work continues with this festival. While set in other worlds, laced with magic, or taking place far, far in the future, these six shows still contain characters and materials our regular audience will love–namely likeable queer and feminist characters and messaging that is progressive, PLUS a fun exploration of the growing crossover between geek, queer, and feminist cultures.

*This show made possible by the Minnesota Jaycees-Shakopee chapter and audience members and donors like YOU!

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Friday, June 13 at 7:30pm to June 22 at 7:00pm
Location: nimbus theatre, 1517 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Admission: Via Brown Paper Tickets
For more information, visit Gadfly Theatre [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Queerswag: June Pride Edition Pop Up! [/sws_yellow_box]

hey kittens!
what better way to show yer pride than to hobnob with yer mpls queer crushes, score exceptional swag, and use yer dollars to support yer hard-arting community!!
this month at QueerSwag:
Baroness Sophia Designs
Aune Arts and Photography
Meg Brown Ceramics
Lowwbones Art
Gender Reconsignment
Jennifer Bergner Pottery
Cassandra Snow, Tarot Reader & Psychic Guide
PLUS: Vanessa Bray singing us songs!!!
in addtion: snax&bevies, a photobooth, diy nail art, hula hoops, cuties, lots o’ love
grrrrlscout is happening later that night at the nomad, so we get an awesome dance after party!!!! there is also Northern Spark 2014 for a more art-filled evening, or the sultry allure of a beer on a patio/down by the river/at your house with a crew of queers.
the night is ours!!! it’s summer time!!! lez make a fun thing happen!!!

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Facebook [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Wicked Wenches Cabaret: Under the Rainbow [/sws_yellow_box]


The Story
Follow the adventures of Dorthy as a Cyclone arrives to wisk her and her dog away to the land UNDER THE RAINBOW.
Things under the rainbow are strange and beautiful as Dorthy tries to understand her blossoming feelings and that tingling sensation to get back home.
Help from the Rug Munches, the Good Bitch of the North and some memorable friends, may not be enough to escape the clutches of the Dominant Bitch of the West!
Journey with her through forest, wood and nightclub to meet the Well Endowed Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage!
This fantastic fairy tale incorporates a variety of dance styles including Burlesque, Modern Dance, Pole Dance, Belly Dance, Aerial Silks and Magic!
Burlesque is adult dance theater performed by elaborately-costumed women (and some men) who peel off those elaborate costumes while dancing or singing or performing amazing feats! Sorry kids, Under the Rainbow is 18+ as there will be nudity and adult themes.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Location: Heart of the Beast Theater, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Admission: $15.00 Pre Sale $20.00 at door
For more information, visit TC Pride [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] St. Marks’s Tuesday Night at the Movies: “Too Cold Out There Without You” [/sws_yellow_box]


St. Mark’s is hosting a series of films and dialogue focused on the challenges for inclusion of transgender individuals. Too Cold Out There Without You is a story about a transgendered Episcopal Priest, a troubled Bishop and the challenges facing the conflicted Anglican Communion. When Rev. Christopher Fike was ordained in the Episcopal Church he was a married mother of two. The film focuses on the transformations in his post-transition relationships as he balances of his life as a priest, social worker and single parent. The film was a 2013 Winner at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival – Best Feature Minnesota-Made.
Host: Bishop Bruce Caldwell, Transitional Spiritual Leader at St. Mark’s.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal 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″] “Summer Lovin” Drag Show [/sws_yellow_box]


School is out for the summer, the snow is FINALLY gone, and it’s time to start the summer season of drag! Grab a friend, come out and enjoy a night of your local queens and kings with a special guest (or two)!

Scheduled to perform:
Angelo Ricci
Arianna Montrese
Ella Valuver
Madelyn Ashton
Nickita Kyle
Perdita Rogers
Portia Bloomwood
Tiffany Taylor

Pre-show opening act Sahima Fusion will be bringing you a fantastic bellydancing show to get the night started!

With extra special guest from The Town House bar in St. Paul Dotti West!!

As always, our show starts promptly at 10:00, so to get a front row seat, you’ll need to arrive early. But there’s always room for everyone to enjoy the show!

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

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Saturday, June 14 at 10:00pm
Location: Flame Nightclub, 1612 Tower Ave, Superior, Wisconsin 54880
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Facebook [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] A Night With Shimmer [/sws_yellow_box]


Join us for “A Night with Shimmer” a one woman drag show celebrating glamour, beauty, music and introducing Shimmer!!!

Muffin Top Cafe will be featuring special edition homemade Shimmer Cookies and proceeds will be donated to The Minnesota AIDS Project.

Considerations provided by:
Hair by AVEDA/Professional Stylist – Jonathan Gibson
Hairstylist, Makeup Artist at KS Styling – Cierra Bailey
Music Entertainment – Zappa Entertainment.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Saturday, June 14 at 7:00pm
Location: Muffin Top Cafe, 1424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Facebook [/sws_blue_box]
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