Pride weekend kicks off early with great arts events on Wednesday and running through Sunday.


[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]We’re All Going To Hell: Black Hearts Burlesque PRIDE [/sws_yellow_box]


Join the cast of Black Hearts Burlesque and some of their fabulous friends for a sexy Pride party with more drag and burlesque than you can shake a rainbow flag at!
We are proud to welcome Shea Couleé, an extraordinary drag artist from Chicago who’s going to show you some serious #face!
New York City gender-bender Goldie Peacock will make a debut appearance with the Black Hearts, Nudie Nubies champion and local leggy lovely Vivienne Le Détruire struts her stuff, and the HOT HOT HOT Hank Heat is ready to make you sweat!

Hell’s Kitchen-Minneapolis
80 S 9th St.
Doors 9:30/Show 10:30

-Black Hearts-
Dahlia Dulce
Dominique D’mure
Elektra Cute-Cuete
Fiona Flameteaser
Lucy Furr
….and your host….Mistress Victoria DeVille!

-Special Guests-
Vivienne Le Détruire
Goldie Peacock
Hank Heat
…..and Chicago’s Shea Couleé!

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Midwest Makeup Supply
Redd’s Apple Ale

VIP seats are now available at $25/seat! VIP offers the best view in the house by reserving you a seat within the first three rows. Grab your VIP seat today by emailing

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Date: Wednesday, June 25 at 10pm
Location: Hell’s Kitchen, 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Admission: $10, 21+
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] sash & trim @ Pillsbury House [/sws_yellow_box]


Interdisciplinary theatre artist/educator Djola Branner will perform excerpts from his first collection of dramatic work, sash & trim and other plays, recently published by RedBone Press.

Djola Branner combines movement, sound and light to enliven voices historically absent from the stage. Co-founder of the seminal group Pomo Afro Homos, he toured nationally and internationally with their shows Fierce Love: Stories from Black Gay Life and Dark Fruit. His interdisciplinary work has been supported by Creative Capital, the Jerome, McKnight, and Bush Foundations, and published in multiple anthologies including In the Life, The Road Before Us, Colored Contradictions, Staging Gay Lives, and Voices Rising. He has created such performances as Sweet Sadie, Mighty Real: A Tribute to Sylvester and sash & trim, and performed in regional theaters across the country. Djola is currently Dean of the School for Interdisciplinary Arts, and Associate Professor of Theater at Hampshire College.

This event marks Djola’s first appearance on a twin cities stage in over five years, and features performances by community artists Patricia Brown, Faye Price, Kory Pullam and Jucoby Johnson.

Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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Date: Wednesday, June 25 at 7pm
Location: Pillsbury House, 3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Admission: Free
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Queertopia 2014: A Cabaret Celebration of Queer Love [/sws_yellow_box]


Bedlam Theatre and Intermedia Arts Present
Queertopia: A Cabaret Celebration of Queer Love
June 25-28, 2014

Curated by Jeffry Lusiak & Nastalie Bogira
Featuring local queer performance artists

How do we build a Queertopia? With some QUEEREVOLUTION! Join local queer artists for an eclectic evening of performance that’s determined to put a little more LOVE and CELEBRATION into your PRIDE!

Hosted by Go Go Pimp Tif

Chitra Vairavan
Chris Garza
Chrys Carroll & Tantrum Art Collective
Deja Stowers
Emily Zimmer & Jim Domenick
Katie Burgess
Lisa Marie Brimmer
Nicole M Smith
Stacy Schultz & Hector Chavarria

$12 in advance | $15 at the door
*Wednesday, June 25th all tickets are sliding scale
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Date: June 25-28, doors at 7pm, show at 7:30pm
Location: Intermedia Arts 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Transmission in Berlin (Pride Edition) [/sws_yellow_box]


On New Year’s Eve of last year Berlin’s DJ Shannon Blowtorch and Transmission’s Jake Rudh teamed up for the first time.
There was something in the air that night. Something that both dance night’s Berlin and Transmission experience on their own…but was brought to a completely new level combined.
It worked so well, that we’re doing it again…this time officially kicking off the Pride weekend of festivities with “Transmission in Berlin II” (Pride Edition)!
Jake will doing a heavy ’80s LGBT set (all videos) and Shannon will be doing her awesome mix of indie dance, riot girl, punk rock, nu disco & more…tag-teaming every half hour.
Hell’s Kitchen hit capacity within the first hour last time, and we’re expecting another crowd ready to celebrate on June 26th, so please arrive early. (some of the best and deeper tracks are played then anyway)
We look forward to seeing you again!
Hell’s Kitchen
(parking ramp attached)
10pm – 2am

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Date: Thursday, June 26 at 10pm
Location: Hell’s Kitchen
Admission: $6
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] GROWN & SEXY PRIDE – starring WILLAM! [/sws_yellow_box]


First Avenue, 89.3 The Current, Smitten Kitten, and SCENE Magazine present:

GROWN & SEXY PRIDE – starring the one and only WILLAM from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4!

DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Sweetpea, and Nadine DuBois – the renowned trifecta of Grown & Sexy Productions – bring the best of the best together at First Avenue Mainroom for PRIDE Weekend! Mark your calendars for this all-night dance party infused with incredible onstage performances… The talent is incomparable, the music is amazing, and all are welcome!
WILLAM from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4!!
Featuring Burlesque Superstars
Special Performances by:
SUCK IT! – Gag on the Drag!
The Vigilantease Collective
Providing the BEST beats all night:
And your hosts!
Friday, June 27th
First Avenue Mainroom
9pm doors
Advanced tickets will be available!

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Date: Friday, June 27 at 9pm
Location: First Avenue & 7th St. Entry
Admission: $15
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral’s Pride Afternoon Entertainment [/sws_yellow_box]


JUN 29, 2 – 3:45 PM
Pride Festival attendees are invited to attend music and dance presentations by One Voice and Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc.

Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc (DMC) is one of several branches of a national community of people dedicated to the preservation and promotion of indigenous Mexican culture, ceremonies, dance, history, and traditions. It is the first Aztec dance group in Minnesota and the first traditional Aztec dance circle in the Midwest.

One Voice Mixed Chorus is Minnesota’s only — and the nation’s largest —lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight allies mixed chorus. Founded in 1988, One Voice has been “building community and creating social change by raising our voices in song” for more than 25 years.
Today their 125 singing chorus members range from ages 17 to 77, and our “Fifth Section” boasts more than 50 non-singing volunteers. One Voice inspires transformation through passionate, vibrant, and creative performances before thousands at between 20 and 30 concerts each year at schools, community gatherings, faith communities, corporate diversity events, and our annual marquee concerts. Under the direction of Artistic Director Jane Ramseyer Miller, their award-winning chorus is known for its musical excellence, diverse programming, and deep commitment to community outreach, and is described by Chorus America as “one of the region’s best ensembles.”


Changing Our World Through Song – One Voice documentary (26 minutes – worth every minute) One Voice Mixed Chorus Info Video (6 minute summary),musical-presentations,musical-presentation-bato-bato,musical-presentation

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Date: Sunday, June 29 at 2pm
Location: Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
519 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Admission: Free
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