Arts and Culture Calendar for April 8 to 14

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


Join Bippy’s Burlesque-o-Rama for a thrilling night of burlesque, cabaret, comedy and more. With beauty, laughs, and acts that words can’t describe, Bippy’s carries on the tradition of dramatic fun.

Performances by:
Barbara Gordon
Pouty Petals
Jenna Lynn Wilde
Moonshine Matinee
Krystil Rose

Special Guests:
Vince V. Vice
Billie Marquee
Bombshell La Belle
Oops! The Entertainer

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Date: Wednesday, April 8. Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm
Location: Camp BAR
490 N Robert St St Paul, MN 55101
Admission: $6
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] April Drag Queen Game Night [/sws_yellow_box]


Are you Team Martina??!! Come play with me April 9th at the Saloon for Drag Queen Game Night!


$5.00 off! When you check out use TEAMMARTINA at checkout! There is a bigger discount if you gather 10 people together for the group rate! The cost goes down another $5.00 off the normally $15 tickets!!

The show is similar to Celebrity Game night but WAY gayer!! It will be a riot! DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! You could even be chosen as a contestant and make some cool hard cash!!

Keep in mind, I’m in the APRIL show! Here is the link to get your tickets. They are more expensive at the door! Use CODE “TEAMMARTINA”! $5.00 OFF.

Please consider joining and helping me sell the most tickets!!! It will be a gay old time!


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Date: Thursday, April 9 at 7:00pm
Location: The Saloon MN, 830 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Admission: $15
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A GLBTQ awareness event that will include theater, music, and visual art created by numerous artists within the local GLBTQ community. April Showers has been developed to focus on community understanding, using both art and conversation to promote awareness.

Highlights include:
Prism Readings produced by Day In, Day Out Productions
Concert Series including Venus DeMars, Fuzzy Machete, and The Dregs
Queer! by Gadfly Theatre Productions
Arts and Crafts Fair
…and more

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Date: Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm
Location: Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Admission: Visit Phoenix Theater for tickets
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]AWP Offsite Event: Queer Voices: An LGBT Reading Series [/sws_yellow_box]


Co-Presented by Intermedia Arts and Stories & Queer. Curated and Hosted by Andrea Jenkins & John Medeiros with: Michael Broder (NY); Celeste Chan (CA); Temim Fruchter (DC); Celeste Gainey (PA); RJ Gibson (WV); LeVan D Hawkins (IL); JP Howard (NY); Andrea Jenkins (MN); Tobey Kaplan (CA); John Medeiros (MN); Michael Kiesow Moore (MN); Rachel M. Simon (NY); Ariel Zitny (CA)

Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voices reading series creates a safe space for LGBT writers and audiences to explore the day-to-day material of life without internal or external censorship. Co-curated by local Minnesota writers John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins since 2005, Queer Voices is the longest running series of its kind in the nation. Over the past decade, Queer Voices has featured over 300 readers who have brought together more than 3,500 community members, using literature and free expression as a unifying tool.

This month, in partnership with Stories & Queer, Intermedia Arts is proud to partner with Stories & Queer to welcome some of the country’s finest emerging and established LGBT poets and writers as part of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Minneapolis

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Date: Thursday, April 9 at 9am
Location: Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central / Doty Room, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]THE NUDIE NUBIE SHOW – An Amateur Reveal [/sws_yellow_box]

Join hosts Foxy Tann and Red Bone, along with last month’s winner, Truly Darling…and a bevvy of burlesque’s finest to shimmy and shake the winter away!

**This is the last opportunity to qualify for Ultimate Reveal III – Friday, May 8th**

On the second Friday of every month, emcees Foxy Tann and RedBone, take over The Townhouse Bar in lovely St. Paul, to create a space for “burly babies” to ply their trade in front of a live, rowdy audience! What better way to learn than on the job, right? Competing for an amazing prize package, a paid professional slot in the next month’s show AND a guaranteed shot at the grand title at the Ultimate Reveal, performers use The Nudie Nubie Show to launch a sparkly new career and can be seen in other high-falutin’ shows all over town! Red Carpet Burlesque Productions believes that it is important to support and foster our next generation of peelers and wigglers so that Minneapolis and St. Paul continue to get the burlesque scene that it deserves…one of the best in the nation!

Not only will you see some of the brightest new buttons in burlesque you will also be treated to some of the finest of the fine burlesque, drag and cabaret professionals. RCB likes to feature some of our local luminaries along with big kahunas from all over the country, so pros get a chance to work it out too! Shoot, stars need some live creative time too!

If you are a potential peeler, a wanna be wiggler, or just want to support The Twin Titties’ newest burlesque talent, THIS IS THE NIGHT FOR YOU! And guess what…it’s cheap! All that entertainment for ONLY $5! And after the show, stick around finish the night on The Townhouse’s truly rowdy dance floor!

If you wanna play, Ammie or Pro, email and fill out the below form before Sunday, April 5th

Official Nudie Nubie SPONSORS:
the fox den salon
Grinkie Photography, LLC
MN Ups Magazine
Midwest Makeup Supply
Foxy Tann’s HardCore Pasties

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Date: Friday, April 10 at 10:30pm
Location: Town House Bar, 1415 University Ave West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Admission: $5
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]TCGMC Southern Minnesota Tour: Gustavus Adolphus College and Southwest Minnesota State University [/sws_yellow_box]


TCGMC is going on tour! Repertoire includes selections from our recent spring concert “Here Comes the Sun: The Music of the Beatles.” We will also perform musical works that represent the LGBT choral movement including selections from last season’s “I Am Harvey Milk.”

Gustavus Adolphus College performance
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Date: Friday, April 10 at 7:30pm
Location: Bjorling Recital Hall, Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
Admission: Free, ASL interpreted
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Southwest Minnesota State University performance
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Date: Saturday, April 11 at 7:30pm
Location: Southwest Minnesota State University, 1501 State St, Marshall, Minnesota 56258
Admission: $12, ASL interpreted
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Embawdied Lit: A Drag Reading [/sws_yellow_box]


Joyelle McSweeney has called drag a “threat aesthetic.” Embawdied Lit, hosted by Adam Atkinson, Molly Gaudry and Tim Jones-Yelvington, threatens to be yr most memorable experience at AWP 2015, through literary readings (and READINGS) that explore self-conscious, exaggerated and/or hyperbolic performances of gender, both on the page and on stage.

Adam Atkinson
Jessica Rae Bergamino
Lucas de Lima
Johannes Göransson
Rj Equality Ingram
Saeed Jones
Tim Jones-Yelvington
Andrea Lawlor
Joyelle McSweeney
Megan Milks & Sam Cohen
Carrie Murphy
Sade Murphy
Ife-Chudeni Oputa
JD Scott
Sarah Smith
Christopher Soto (aka Loma)
Jennifer Tamayo
Cassandra Troyan
Ronaldo Wilson

…and more TBA!

In the POET’S CORNER at Kieran’s Irish Pub, super close to the Convention Center and hotels—Kieran’s has multiple venues—make sure you come to the POET’S CORNER.

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Date: Saturday, April 11 at 7pm
Location: Kieran’s Irish Pub, Corner of 6th St and 1st Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]DANCE! DANCE! Gala [/sws_yellow_box]


Mark you calendars, vote for your favorite dancer and buy your tickets for RHI’s DANCE!DANCE! Gala taking place Sunday, April 12th from 5pm-9pm at the Midpointe Event Center in St. Paul.
This year we’ll be dancing with the stars!
LGBTQ celebrities are being paired with local dance instructors to perform for you! Judges will critique and score each couple and gala attendees will then also vote on their favorite pairs with the top score and vote earners being crowned the DANCE!DANCE! 2015 Champions!
2015 LGBTQ Celebrity Competitors include:
Tawnya “Sweetpea” Konobeck dancing with Chris”Moose” Garcia
Doug Melroe dancing with Alan Tse, choerographed by Myron Johnson
Rachael Kroog dancing with Michael Matthew Ferrell
Todd Walker dancing with Keri Simonson

2015 Competition Judges include:
Mauricio Cifuentes
Kyle Simonson
Michelle Schmidt

Your emcee, the talented and fabulous Erin Schwab will also be treating you to a very special vocal performance!

Brush off your dancing shoes and put DANCE!DANCE! on your calendar TODAY!!
Hearty appetizers will be served
Cash bar
Signature non-alcoholic beverage courtesy of JOIA All Natural Soda
Dance Competition begins at 6:30 PM

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Date: Sunday, April 12 at 5pm
Location: Midpointe Event Center, 415 North Pascal Street St. Paul, MN 55104
Admission: Tickets available through Blacktie Minnesota
For more information, visit Rainbow Health Initiative[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]MSPIFF’15 Premiere of Putting The Ribbon Back On [/sws_yellow_box]


Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival is premiering Putting The Ribbon Back On in their SHORTS 2: IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES program.

April 12th, 1:20pm – St Anthony Main Theaters.
General Admission: $12 – Link to buy tickets below.
For other films, check below

Putting the Ribbon Back On
Country: USA | Language: English | 2015 | Runtime: 20 min
Director: Richard Louprasong

An unlikely victim of HIV finds her greatest gift when she builds a camp for families affected by this disease.

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Date: Sunday, April 12 at 1:20pm
Location: Saint Anthony Main Theaters, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Admission: $12 for Shorts series
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]April 14 discussion of “Ascension” by Jacqueline Koyanagi [/sws_yellow_box]


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About our topic, _Ascension_, FROM AMAZON.COM: Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually-advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. The chief engineer thinks he’s a wolf. The pilot fades in and out of existence. The captain is all blond hair, boots, and ego… and Alana can’t keep her eyes off her. But there’s little time for romance: Nova’s in danger and someone will do anything – even destroying planets – to get their hands on her!
ABOUT JACQUELINE KOYANAGI: I live in an apartment in urban Colorado where I spin stories out of caffeine and sheer force of will. They’re all science fiction and fantasy, because let’s face it–the world is better with spaceships and monsters in it. My stories also feature queer women of color, folks with disabilities, neuroatypical characters, and diverse relationship styles, because I grew tired of not seeing enough of myself and the people I love reflected in genre fiction. When I’m not writing, I weave chainmaille jewelry, play with my dog, spend time with my romantic partners, and read.

Future 2015 discussion topics: Troll by Johanna Sinisalo, May 12; The Kappa Child Hiromi Goto, June 9; Steam-powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, ed. by JoSelle Vanderhooft, ed, July 14. There will also be panel discussions at CONvergence in July.

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Date: Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm
Location: Quatrefoil Library
1220 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Admission: Free
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