As the community gears up for Pride week, a flurry of great queer artistic performances are on tap for the weekend!


[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] An Evening with Venus Demars, Scott Alexander, and Simon Calder[/sws_yellow_box]




A classical bassoonist/ethnomusicologist, a founder of Twin Cities Dark Glam rock fixture All The Pretty Horses, and a U of M professor who all happen to be vibrant and distinct singer-songwriters join forces for tag-team style performance.

Venus de Mars has been a staple of the underground music scene both here in Minneapolis and around the globe for nearly two decades. Forming the bandAll The Pretty Horses in 1994, Venus combined elements of punk, goth andglam to create a truly unique sound. Seeking greater independence and control over her music Venus teamed with New York producers, Super Buddha ( [debbie harry / scissors sisters / antony & the johnsons] for the 2006 solo release; Trashed and Broken Hearted.

Classically trained bassoonist and ethnomusicologist, Scott Alexander performs a sort of “non-repetitive pop.” There’s no verse-chorus-verse-chorus-OhBabyOhBaby-chorus. Despite abandoning traditional song structures that have been in place for millennia, Alexander does not leave his listeners disoriented. Instead, he creates something more catchy than experimental, and more clever than academic.

Simon Calder is a Minneapolis-based British singer-songwriter-storyteller. He performs monthly at the Kitty Cat Klub’s “Singer-Songwriter Extravaganza” mini-festival series, which he also created and runs.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Thursday, June 19 from 6-8:30pm
Location: Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Admission: $5 in advance/$8 day of via Brown Paper Tickets
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Soderville: Excavation of a Life [/sws_yellow_box]


June 19 & 20 at 7 PM & June 21 at 2 PM- Metropolitan State University-Minneapolis Campus

“All of this happened to me. As I remember it. A life begun as a boy. So let’s begin.”

A woman decides to take a trip to her hometown in search of her past. What she hopes to find is her family (a family she hasn’t spoken to in 40 years) and possibly remnants of a bygone era. What she finds instead is a town almost buried by the present, her childhood home now a real estate office, and her family and friends nowhere to be found. So begins the journey of a courageous woman in this exciting new play, SODERVILLE: Excavation of a Life.
Set in her modern-day kitchen as she makes “Feel Good” soup, Julie Dafydd recounts various stories of her past. Stories which include her mother, father, grandmother, brothers (one a twin), and the friends she grew up with during the ’50s and ’60s. She speaks of her life begun as a boy in Soderville, Minnesota, which presents no role models, no obvious solutions and no clear choices. Sexual reassignment surgery, however, ultimately brings change, contentment and a new life not buried in the past. Both dramatic and laugh-out-loud funny, this very personal journey and authentic testimony are woven together as we witness hard choices and a life well lived.
SODERVILLE was co-written for the stage and adapted by director, Scott M. Rubsam. Mr. Rubsam spent hours with Ms. Dafydd, taping her recollections and memories before shaping these remembrances into a full-length theatrical evening.
Join Julie and SODERVILLE: Excavation of a Life for three performances only—June 19 and 20 at 7 PM; June 21 at 2 PM at the Stagedoor Theater on the MCTC/Metro Minneapolis campus located in the Whitney Fine Arts Center at 1424 Yale Place. Students are free with ID. A $10 donation is requested for General admission. Checks and cash only, please. To make a seat reservation, please call 612-659-7222.
SODERVILLE is produced by Theater Underground and Metropolitan State University’s Theater Program with support from Student Activities Funding.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 20 at 7:00pm
Location: Stagedoor Theater 1424 Yale Place Minneapolis, MN
Admission: $10 donation is requested for General admission. Checks and cash only, please.
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Pop & Mox Menagerie [/sws_yellow_box]


Pop & Mox Menagerie: a saturnalia of variety! Presented by The Saloon! A gala of the unusual, the beautiful, the startling and the enticing; Bearded ladies, lithesome men, sensual non-binaries. Shimmies, peels, and tassels; Mugs, beat-downs and stomps. A night of burlesque, drag, variety and sideshow! Featuring a rotating cast of Twin Cities’ favorites and unexpected new delights, this cabaret-style revue promises to bewitch and beguile, to fascinate and hypnotize! Join us as we celebrate the fantastic glittery underbelly of diversity on the Disco Stage at The Saloon!

For our very first performance, we have lined up a jaw-dropping, gob-smacking cast of characters; From Carnival Revolver, a shatteringly-beautiful gal – Foxxi Stilleto! Producer of Dragged Out and heart-stoppingly handsome, Xavier! Naughty and nubile, Nadi A’marena! Member of Minne Samba and shimmy-shaker extraordinaire, Krystil Rose! A Saloon favorite and well-coifed lady, Harrie Bradshaw! A fetching young gent, also of Carnival Revolver as well as The Underpants Show, Marcel Michelle! A jazzy, snazzy delight – Polly Funkchanel! A vicious bitch who’ll have you on your knees – L’assy Rabid! And another darling of The Saloon, the sassy and classy – Jacksee!

You won’t want to miss out on the inauguration of Pop and Mox – “Come to have your jaw dropped, stay because you’ve had your mind blown!”

Hosted by the reigning Queen of Calamity and Insanity – Mad M. Moxie! Oh – and Poppy Raucous, too.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Thursday, June 19 at 7:00pm
Location: The Saloon MN, 830 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Admission: $5 at the door, 18+
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Dykes Do Drag!  [/sws_yellow_box]


The 15th Anniversary Year Continues
6/19 Thursday at 10PM!
6/20 Friday at 10PM!
6/21 Saturday at 10PM!
All nights Doors at 9:30
See for ticket pricing and other information.

“Dykes Do Drag” – the title says a mouthful but not all there is to say.

Dykes Do Drag are queers of all genders and orientations, celebrating an expanding continuum of gender expression and performance in the Upper Midwest for 15 years. This edgy performance art cabaret features the Twin Cities best as well as newcomers in traditional Drag, burlesque, live music, boi-lesque, modern dance, video and visual art, and lip synching in enticing and exciting hilarity.

A few more bombastic terms to describe DDD include but are not limited to: sexy, radical, entertaining, titillating, kinky and weird. We perform 5 times a year at the Bryant-Lake Bowl!

Produced by The Gentleman

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Thursday, June 19, 20, and 21 from 10-11:45pm
Location: Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Admission: $14-18 via Brown Paper Tickets
For more information, visit Bryant Lake Bowl [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Dragged Out’s Pride Show [/sws_yellow_box]


Here is the perfect way to start get yourself ready for Pride the following weekend! Come join your favorite cast of Dragged Out to celebrate! We also have a few special guests joining us for the evening! Not only that, we will be celebrating one of our fellow cast member’s, Ethan Prince, birthday!!

* Taiyo
* Miguel
* Andre 1000
* Ethan Prince
* Alfonso Leon
* Xavier

Special Guests

* Vivienne Le Détruire
* Nadi A’marena
* Kamaree Williams
* Goldie Peacock – Coming all the way from New York!

Plus our very own, Miss Trish, will be our host for the evening!

Don’t forget!! The light rail will be starting on June 14th! So now you have even more ways to get there!
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Date: Friday, June 20 at 9:45pm – 2:00am
Location: Town House Bar, 1415 University Ave West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Admission: Free
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] The Big Gay Sing! [/sws_yellow_box]


“Camp it up” with the Chorus as they perform some of your most favorite songs – guaranteed to get you to sing along!
You won’t want to miss the highlight of Pride month – and with Miss Richfield 1981 as your host, an evening of wacky fun awaits! Come out and sing and you’ll have a gay old time!

Join us for our annual Pride concert! Two performances only: Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 at 8 pm!

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Friday, June 20 at 8pm. Saturday, June 21 at 8pm
Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S 4th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Admission: Tickets start at $30 through
For more information, visit

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Drag Bingo and Dance Party! [/sws_yellow_box]


The bingo is FREE, dance is extra! Yes, we’re serious, you can play bingo for free– and win some fun stuff.

Our fabulous queens will be dropping some ball jokes and handing out hilarious prizes and free drinks all night!

*All of the cover charge goes to support Pride Collective and Community Center programming and to keep our doors open.

** This is a 21+ event

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Saturday, June 21st
Location: Jerry’s Tavern, 1500 11 Th St N, Moorhead, Minnesota 56560
Admission: $5 to get in for the party. Bingo is FREE.
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] SouthSide Pride Showcase [/sws_yellow_box]


Come kick-off PRIDE week with The Exchange and Cafe SouthSide! Join us for a showcase of local artists performing on the new stage in Paradise Community Garden. Come enjoy free BBQ, groove to fresh summer jams, and kick it with your neighbors.

Completely FREE event
All ages welcome

Performances by:
Ken Ken Revlon
Mathias John Hertel of Regional Dialect
Maya Avalon Weisinger
Adja Gildersleve
Rica de la Concha aka Eric Michael Highers
Diamond Quaye
Christopher Michael Jensen
Cleo Patricx
Dj Lady Em aka Emily Krumberger of Versed Radio
Mc’d by Sol Rebel Phoenix Ras and Tee Crosby

More to come. Check back soon for updates!

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Monday, June 23 from 5-9pm
Location: Cafe SouthSide, 3405 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Admission: Free
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Annual MFB Pride Concert in the Park [/sws_yellow_box]


It’s our Annual MFB Pride Concert in the Minneapolis Park and Rec’s “Music in the Parks” Series! Free for the public!

Come hear “American Overture”, music by Percy Grainger, and other great band works!

**All past band members are invited to play with us as we dedicate the concert to the loving memory of Inez Hopkins.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Monday, June 23 from 7:30-9pm
Location: Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409
Admission: Free
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Queer Voices: Pride Celebration [/sws_yellow_box]


Queer Voices, The Nation’s Longest Running GLBT Literary Series, returns this month with a special PRIDE reading at the Minneapolis Central Library. Featuring: Tommy J. Beckwith, Ryan Berg, James Cihlar, Pam Colby, Molly Beth Griffin, Cat Hammond, Kevin Hershey, Andrea Jenkins, Nancy Manahan, Edmond Manning, John Medeiros, and Ann Tweedy. Readers’ Full Bios can be found here:

For more than a decade, Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voices reading series has been creating a safe space for GLBT writers and audiences to explore the day-to-day material of life without internal or external censorship. Curated by John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00pm
Location: Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Admission: $5 suggested donation
For more information, visit Intermedia Arts [/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, 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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