Arts and Culture Calendar: WeAreTrans, Gay Rodeo Royalty, A Queer Disability Anthology, and more!

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Together Coit Photography and Mikayla Stanek invite you to a photography exhibition sharing the stories of transgender individuals of Minneapolis.
November 6th 2015 from 5-9pm
At The Saloon MN

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Date: Friday, Nov. 6 at 5:00pm
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″]North Star Gay Rodeo’s Royalty Competition [/sws_yellow_box]


Who will be our 2016 Royalty?
Nicholas Wicklund and Tony Schwartz will be competing for Mr. and Brandy Merlot for Miss! Doors open at 5pm and Competition starts Promptly at 6pm! $10 Admission, Food provided!

Come see Miss NSGRA 2015 Ida Slapter-Back and Mr. NSGRA 2015 John Bigger step down from an incredible year of fundraising and Rodeo shenanigans! Congratulations to you both on a job well done. It is now time to take a small break and let someone else take the reigns!!!

Special performances by former Miss NSGRA’s Agusta Wind, Gosh Alice Jones, Billie LaTease Austin, Mr. NSGRA and IGRA Mark Larson and Gene Fraikes!
Other performers will be Empress Evie Blank, Emperor Derek Sean, Rachel Stahr and Helen Back!

MC’s Mark Larson and Rachel Stahr!

Come out and support and cheer for the new candidates and help us crown and sash new Royalty!

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 7 at 5:00pm
Location: The Saloon MN, 830 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Admission: $10
For more information, visit Facebook[/sws_blue_box] [sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]QDA: A QUEER DISABILITY ANTHOLOGY book launch party! [/sws_yellow_box]

Come celebrate the launch of
with six writers from the book!

The writers are: D Allen, David Cummer, Arthur Durkee, Raymond Luczak,Lucas Scheelk, and Nola Weber.

This event is FREE and ASL interpreted.

Tactile interpreting or audio description requests must be made by Friday, October 9th to

This event is made possible by:

Middle English Interpreting:
Patrick’s Cabaret:
Squares & Rebels:

Picture credits: D. Allen (Grey Doolin/Greyspace Photography) |
Raymond Luczak (Andrew Bertke, Everett Allen Photography)

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7pm
Location: PATRICK’S CABARET, 3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Admission: Free
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This concert explores forms of water music, starting with one of the most famous by Handel. Water Music was scored for a larger orchestra to be performed on a barge floating down the Thames River at the behest of King George I. You can almost imagine the baroque sounds wafting in the wind over the waves. Inspired by the same river, Elizabeth Maconchy’s Proud Thames Overture evokes the grandeur of a river once used as the main transportation route for British monarchs. Finally, with a nod to Handel, Libby Larsen puts her own spin on “Water Music” in her Symphony No. 1. Larsen ‘s “quartet of water studies,” allows us to experience many facets of the water through “Fresh Breeze,” “Hot, Still,” “Wafting,” and “Gale.”

Water Music / Handel
Proud Thames Overture / Maconchy
Symphony No. 1, “Water Music” / Larsen

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30pm
Location: Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Admission: Adult $16.00, Senior $10.00, Student/Child $5.00
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Leckie’s debut novel and the first in her “Imperial Radch” space opera trilogy, followed by _Ancillary Sword_ (2014) and _Ancillary Mercy_ (2015). The novel follows Breq, the sole survivor of a starship destroyed by treachery and the vessel of that ship’s artificial consciousness, as she attempts to revenge herself on the ruler of her civilization. _Ancillary Justice_ received critical praise, won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, BSFA Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award and Locus Award, and was nominated for several other science fiction awards. . . . the “assured, gripping and stylish” novel succeeded both on the large and on the small scale, as the tale of an empire and as a character study . . . . []

After a number of topics that were certainly interesting and often powerful explorations of LGBT issues and fine writing, but which were sometimes hard to obtain or (honestly) not “easy” reading, we have a book universally hailed as “immensely fun” and “conceptually ambitious” and, having won most of the mainstream awards for SF, pretty clearly SF. I’m looking forward to reading it, and I hope we’ll have a great discussion on November 10!

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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7:00pm
Location: Quatrefoil Library, 1220 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Admission: Free
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Come one! Come all! To the 3rd installment of Mother Pearl’s Bango to help GLBTQ youth that are facing homelessness.

As always Mother Pearl will be giving her outrageous talent doing a not-so-heavenly Bango. This year we will once again be collecting winter wear, underwear and socks, but also collecting funds for a new scholarship program for GLBTQ youth facing various levels of homelessness that despite the odds are working to continue their education.

I am very excited about this event! Every year in Minnesota there is an estimated 4,000 youth on the street that are homeless. An estimated 40% of them are GLBTQ.

Hope to see you all there! If you want more info about YouthLink go to:

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Date: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5:00pm
Location: The Saloon MN, 830 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Admission: Free
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