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7:00 PM: Short Film Series — This series of film shorts look at the history of the trans masculine movement, explores the consequenes of hate crime and pokes fun at the kind of questions cis people ask trans guys.
Short Films: Things Trans Guys are Tired of Hearing, Unfinished, How Much Longer (Disclaimer: This film contains some violence), Dear Lou Sullivan (Disclaimer: This film contains some sexual content), Text, Boys Don’t Wear Nail Polish.
7:45 PM: Tant Pis Chapter One — This film follows the lives of three trans women of color as they leave behind the suburbs of Belem, Brazil, and embark on an exploration of self-discovery in the big city.
8:45 PM PM: A Star Named Sonja — This film tells the story of the rise and fall of one of Prague’s most famous nineties drag queens.
Ticket Cost: $10.00 per person; $8.00 for students/seniors. Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased through Brown Paper Bag.

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7pm
Location: Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Admission: $10.00 per person; $8.00 for students/seniors
For more information, visit Gender Reel Fest[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Mad Shaw Menagerie: Mad House [/sws_yellow_box]


Mad Shaw Menagerie is back, and we’ve all gone mad! Hope to see you there. The patient list will become available soon. We will be bringing you a drag and burlesque extravaganza! Hosted by Mad. M. Moxie and Harrie Bradshaw, this is an 18+ event with NO COVER! We must be mad!

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Location: The Saloon MN, 830 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Yes, Sir: An evening of solos danced by Nic Lincoln [/sws_yellow_box]


Nic Lincoln will dance solos created for him by Patrick Corbin, Carl Flink, Larry Keigwin, James Sewell, Chris Yon and Lincoln himself. The performance will also include live musical performances by Venus de Mars and Jocelyn Hagen. Lincoln is teaming up with the Minnesota AIDS Project to heighten society’s awareness for the need of universal compassion and understanding for those who have HIV. Lincoln uses his charismatic and gusty nature to produce glossy, dynamic, and distinct dances which act as vessels to help him facilitate his activism. His philosophy contributes to his unique artistic voice and pushes the boundaries of his profession by pioneering emotionally-infused art.

About Nic Lincoln
Nic Lincoln is an instinctive seeker of beauty, taking inspiration from pop culture and visual art to voice his activism through dance. He has danced with James Sewell Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, and performed as a guest artist for Corbin Dances, National Choreographer’s Initiative, and Shapiro & Smith, among others. He is a proud recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dance, and has been named “Best Dancer” by CityPages, as well as one of three “Artists Who We Love” by Minnesota Monthly magazine. He was nominated for a Sage Award in 2013 for his performances of Larry Keigwin’s Glitter Garden, as well as the entire solo show, Yes!

For extended biographies and more information about the Minnesota AIDS Project, see the press release.

20% of all ticket sales will be donated to the Minnesota AIDS Project

Tickets – on sale July 24 at noon!
Tier 1 $30
Tier 2 $25
Tier 3 $20
*Price includes $2 restoration fee.

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Date: Friday, Oct. 16 at 8:00pm
Location: The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
Admission: Varies
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Maeve’s Sessions Reading: Jeanne Lutz, Bradford Tice, Michael Walsh, Sarah Xerta [/sws_yellow_box]


On Saturday, October 17th, Maeve’s is so excited to have three locals and one out-of-towner dazzle you with magicalness. Show up at 3:00 PM to see Jeanne Lutz, Bradford Tice, Michael Walsh, and Sarah Xerta!

There will also be a 90-second open mic between readers, so bring a poem to share–like a poetry buffet. We’ll also be raffling off some Super Awesome Swag. No purchase necessary. Some rules and restrictions may apply. Must be present to win. See store for details. Other legal jargon.

Please stick around for drinks and conversation with the poets after the reading at one of Northeast’s fab pubs! We usually like to head to the Peacock Lounge or Dangerous Man for some after-partiness. Invite your friends! The more the merrier.


Jeanne Lutz is a 2015-2016 winner of the Loft Mentor Series for poetry chosen by Sherry Quan Lee and Sean Hill. She grew up on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota and now divides her time between the family farm and living in Minneapolis. She is the author of the chapbook, Hearts and Harrows, co-written with Richard Donnelly, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Conduit, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Poetry City USA, and elsewhere. She wrote her first poem in third grade called, “My Little Brother Has Big Ears.” The poem reached no great heights, but writing it was the beginning of a very noble calling.

Bradford Tice is the author of two books of poetry: Rare Earth (New Rivers Press, 2013), which was named the winner of the 2011 Many Voices Project and a 2014 Debut-litzer finalist, and What the Night Numbered (Trio House Press, 2015), winner of the 2014 Trio Award. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such periodicals as The Atlantic Monthly, North American Review, The American Scholar, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Epoch, as well as in Best American Short Stories 2008. His poetry was also selected as the winner of Prairie Schooner’s 2009 Edward Stanley Award. He currently teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.

Michael Walsh is the author of The Dirt Riddles, winner of the inaugural Miller Williams Prize in Poetry from the University of Arkansas Press as well as the 2011 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His poetry chapbooks from Red Dragonfly Press include Adam Walking the Garden(2004) and Sleepwalks (2012). His short stories on rural queer life have appeared in Fiction on a Stick from Milkweed Editions and in Fiddleblack. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Sarah Xerta is a poet whose first full-length poetry collection, Nothing To Do With Me, was published by University of Hell Press earlier this year. She is also the author of the chapbook Red Paper Heart (Zoo Cake Press), JULIET (I), available for free online from H_NGM_N Books, as well as the chapbook JULIET (II), one of the winners of the 2015 Nostrovia! Poetry NYC Chapbook Contest. She is currently working on her second full-length poetry book, titled JULIET, which will combine the first two chapbooks along with three additional sections, resulting in a five-act play that talks about all the parts Shakespeare left out. She is a mother, a direct-support professional, & youth arts mentor, & currently has her sights set on a PhD in psychology from the U of M, so please wish her luck as she applies this fall. Find more online at sarahxerta.com & on Twitter @sarahxerta.

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:00pm
Location: Maeve’s Cafe, 300 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]BLACK, BROWN & QUEER ALL OVER [/sws_yellow_box]


It’s back…the dopest show in the Twin Cities: BLACK,BROWN & QUEER ALL OVER 2015. We will be showcasing some of the Twin Cities most talented, amazing and QUEEREST Artists of Color live on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.
The Exchange Minneapolis & RARE Productions will be having some of the hottest Black, Brown & Queer Artists representing & holding it down…..you don’t wanna miss it. We’ll have Singing, Dancing, Spoken Word, Voguing, Poetry & more…so come to thee hottest show in the Twin Cities and be COLORFULLY QUEER!


– Kevin Kaoz Moore
– Emmanuel: The Melancholy Boy
– Dominic Giovon Chilko – LIL ONE
– Tana Katana Matthews
– Ken Ken Williams
– Tadow McReynolds
– Adja Gildersleve
– Tony Miller
– Quentin Sound
– Amunet Omorose
– Madeline Fleming
– Emmanuel Ortiz & Jessica Lopez Lyman
– Chong Moua
– Gaybriel Trendz

MC/Hostess: Quinn “Shimmer” Villagomez


ENTRY FEE: $5-$20 sliding scale (pay what you can)

$1 OFF ENTRY PER NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM brought in for The Exchange’s Queer Community Food Shelf. If it’s expired or opened we can’t take it!

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: The Exchange Minneapolis, 3405 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Admission: $5-$20 sliding scale
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]Moxie Awards [/sws_yellow_box]


The 2015 Moxie Awards will be a pivotal time for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities across the upper Midwest to convene. LGBTQ communities are living in a time of transformation; the U.S. Supreme Court has finally ruled in favor of marriage equality, yet LGBTQ people continue to experience discrimination, isolation and even violence at home, work and school.

The Moxie Awards celebrate the courage, spirit and determination of bold LGBTQ leaders and thriving LGBTQ communities. This is our opportunity to bring the LGBTQ community together to honor the hard won victories and cast a vision for the strategy that will be required to address complex challenges rooted in racial justice, economic justice and gender justice.

This year, the Moxie Award for Community Leadership goes to Xay Yang and Jason Jackson! Their combined efforts to organize and found the inaugural Upper Midwest Queer Indigenous and People of Color Conference. Their vision for the conference was to empower marginalized communities through education, advocacy, and community building. The conference was held April 10-12, 2015 with 21 workshops; keynotes; QIPOC panel from the upper Midwest and QIPOC entertainment throughout the weekend. We are thrilled to honor their incredible leadership. Hear first hand what it took and meant to create the conference at the Moxie Awards.

Moxie Award for Inspiring Giving goes to Bob Owens for his long term investment in LGBTQ equality in the upper Midwest. For years Bob has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to an outstanding LGBTQ or allied student leader in memory of his partner James T. Lerold. Bob is a generous, committed and dynamic philanthropist – supporting important efforts close to his heart.He connects with the rural experience of being LGBTQ having grown up in the tiny town of Blue Earth, MN. He believes in the promise of education as it has been central to his personal journey, and he deeply values supporting young people. Come hear about Bob’s path and approach to philanthropy.

Special thanks to our co-hosts Stephen Bubul and Lee Lewis. If you’d like to join them in making a financial contribution for the Moxie Awards contact our development manager, Tom Vance.

Save the date. Invite your friends. RSVP Today!

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Date: Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Penumbra Theatre Company, 270 North Kent St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Admission: Tickets via Event Brite
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