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Arts and Culture Calendar for April 30 – May 5

Arts and Culture Calendar for April 30 – May 5

[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Kye Allums Presents: Who Am I? [/sws_yellow_box]


On April 30th, Kye Allums will be reading letters and poems from his first book, and showcasing artwork that was inspired by his experiences growing up in Minnesota as a young black girl versus his experiences of living in Minnesota today and being read as a young black guy.

The event will run from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm (or whenever the space closes) at The Third Place Gallery and is co-sponsored by RECLAIM!:

1:00 – 9:00 pm: Art Showcase
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Book Signing
7:00 – 7:30 pm: Reading
7:30 – 8:00 pm: Q&A
8:00 – 9:00 pm: About RECLAIM!/Music/Conversation/Connecting/Dancing

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Thursday, April 30 from 1pm – 9pm
Location: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave S, Studio B, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Admission: Free
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Q-STAGE: New Works Series [/sws_yellow_box]


20% Theatre Company Twin Cities, in partnership with Intermedia Arts’ Catalyst Series, presents

Q-STAGE: New Works Series presents experimental new works from 6 local queer artists and performing groups exploring themes of race, gender identity, sexuality, family, class, HIV, sex trafficking, mental illness, and more, using live theatre, dance, spoken word, video, music, puppetry, clown, burlesque, and storytelling.

Performances May 1-3 & 6-9, 2015
at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis
Tickets $5 – $25 Sliding Scale
For more details and info, visit www.tctwentypercent.org/season.html

SET “A” – May 1 & 3* at 7:30PM, May 9 at 2:30PM

-“The Escape Machines: Power is Nothing Without Control”
-Created and Performed by Elyssa Kilman, Basil Kreimendahl, and Emily Zimmer
The automobile has deep roots in mainstream American culture. Cars contain secrets, represent dreams, promise freedom and measure success. Do these iconic symbols shift in queer culture? Spanning several decades, this work reveals the story of a single car and the queer lives lived inside of it, a vision of what our cars mean to us and say about us.


-“Body Parts: Intersectionality”
-Written and Performed by Andrea Jenkins
This work in progress was originally presented as a part of the Naked Stages Series at Pillsbury House Theatre in 2010, focusing on the dual nature of the human body from the perspective of an African-American transgender woman. This iteration is a continuation of these themes in a multi-media, half performance, half lecture platform drawing from such innovators as Alexs Pate, Bill T. Jones, Sekou Sundiata, and Audre Lourde. Creative. Emotional. Relevant.

SET “B” – May 2, 6*, & 8 at 7:30PM

-By Harrison David Rivers, Directed by David Mendizábal
In an unnamed hospital
In an unnamed city
Hecuba and her daughters
Await a diagnosis.
This dramatic re-telling of Euripides’ “The Trojan Women”
Inspired by Jennie Livingston’s seminal ball culture documentary Paris is Burning
Tells the heart-breaking story of a family fighting for survival in the midst of a mysterious plague.


-“Mark: Un-Gendered, Intra-Black, and Overtly Emotive”
-Written and Performed by Lucy Lucas Valentine
Mark is a self-marriage. A truth telling, naming names validation session where the audience witnesses the breaking open of a human being, the gathering of their pieces, and the necessity of finding the right places to put them together again.

SET “C” – May 3 at 2:30PM, May 7* & 9 at 7:30PM

-Femme Cabaret: A Clown Burlesque
-Written and performed by Shannon Forney
BURLESQUE CLOWN EXPLORES “FEMME” – An exploration of self-doubt and social anxiety in the attempt to navigate queer femme identity. By inhabiting a gender identity that is widely accepted by dominant culture, femmes may risk being in-visibilized within queer culture. How do we perpetuate or reclaim female roles of “Sexy” & “Mommy”? When do we play roles for ourselves? When do we play roles for others? A playful romp on queer femme identity from the awkward center of a Red Nose Clown.


-Created by Deja Stowers and performed by Kenna Cottman
“Gifts” explores the value of the body and the use of it to determine different ranks in the world.

*A post-show discussion with the artists will follow these performances.

Q-STAGE is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund, as well as through support from the California Institute for Contemporary Arts (CICA) LGBTQ funding program.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Friday, May 1 though May 9
Location: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Admission: Tickets available through Intermedia Arts
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Madame Craft Fair [/sws_yellow_box]


Take a break from the May Day festivities in the park to wander over to Madame and check out the seriously excellent wares we’ll have for sale! We’ll have everything from zines to tarot readings to leather goods from a bunch of amazing locals artists.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Sunday, May 3 from 2pm – 6pm
Location: Madame, 3401 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Admission: Free
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Bianca Del Rio’s Rolodex Of Hate [/sws_yellow_box]


Bianca Del Rio, Season 6 Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, brings the hilarious one-man comedy special, Rolodex Of Hate, to the Pantages Theatre. A select number of VIP meet and greet tickets will be available.

If you have never seen Bianca live in action, watch the video below for a little taste of the hate. (Note: These clips are not from Rolodex Of Hate – but you get the idea). WARNING: Adult Content. This ain’t no lady. 18+ welcome.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Sunday, May 3 at 8pm
Location: 710 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Admission: $43-87
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Cameron Esposito at Acme! 1 night only [/sws_yellow_box]


Called “the future of comedy” by none other than Jay Leno, Cameron Esposito is a fast rising Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor and writer.
In addition to her work as a nationally touring headliner, Cameron has appeared on Late Late with Craig Ferguson (CBS), @midnight (Comedy Central), CONAN (TBS), Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC), Maron (IFC), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network), Funny as Hell (HBO Canada), and as a regular on Chelsea Lately (E!) and TakePartLive (Pivot). She has appeared at Just for Laughs Montreal, Toronto and Chicago, and at SXSW and the Moontower, Bridgetown and SF Sketchfest comedy festivals.
Cameron’s sophomore album, SAME SEX SYMBOL, was released in fall 2014, debuting at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts and holding strong at #3 on Billboard for several weeks. SAME SEX SYMBOL was named a Best of 2014 comedy album by The AV Club, Consequence of Sound, Laugh Button and Paste Magazine.
Named a Comic to Watch by LA Weekly, Time Out Los Angeles, Jezebel, Los Angeles Magazine and Cosmopolitan Magazine, Cameron hosts her own standup show, Put Your Hands Together, every Tuesday night at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, and has her own biweekly column about life as a standup comic on The AV Club.
Cameron hosts two podcasts – Put Your Hands Together, a podcast version of her popular standup show – and Wham Bam Pow, a scifi/action movie show distributed by Maximum Fun. Her first book is forthcoming from Hackette/Grand Central Publishing.

Cameron Esposito is coming to Acme Comedy Co. May 5th for 1 night only! This show is sure to sell out fast, so get your tickets today.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”100″] Details
Date: Tuesday, May 5 at 8:00pm
Location: Acme Comedy Club, 708 N 1st St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Admission: Tickets via Acme Comedy Club
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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.