It’s The Weekend Preview Plus: your one-stop shop for LGBT nightlife in the Twin Cities. This week, we’ve got a great mix of contests, shows, happy hour ideas and event news.

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Opening

In the mood for a little HOT DISH and ICED TEASE?
The Ritz Theater

345 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN

Lili’s Burlesque Revue is thrilled to present the fourth annual Best of Midwest Burlesk Festival, showcasing a smorgasbord of live music, novelty acts, aerialists, comedy, boylesque, drag, and, of course – the very finest burlesque! In total, the festival will host more than 75 local and national artists, turning The Ritz Theater into The Land of 10,000 Legs!

This year’s festival headliners are TRIXIE LITTLE & THE EVIL HATE MONKEY, an award-winning acrobatic burlesque superduo! (www.trixieandmonkey.com) Mixing years of high-level circus training with a sexy-smart sensibility and immense creativity, Trixie and Monkey are the winners of the 2006 Exotic World Best Duo trophy.

Opening night audiences will be treated to an AERIAL & BURLESQUE spectacular and the WHITE HOT PARTY, a fancy shindig with the entire cast immediately following the show. Cast and audience are encouraged to wear WHITE or RED!

Friday and Saturday’s talent-packed shows will feature national burlesque celebrities, local favorites from Lili’s Burlesque Revue (www.lilisburlesque.com), live jazz by The Southside Aces, and many more.

Like snowflakes, no two shows in the festival are the same! For more information and show lineups, please visit www.midwestburlesk.com

Thursday January 27

Dingo Dingo Dingo

Hot Plate

5204 Bloomington ave s
Minneapolis, MN
Remember those crazy little plastic figures from the seventies – my favorite was the one with outstretched arms that said I Love You!  Well they are all around and doing well at Hot Plate where you can play free Dingo for prizes on Thursday nights.

Stop by early to eat and drink …games start around 7:30

It’s free to play and you can win great prizes!  Any donations go directly to pawpads.org

Do you have what it takes to be Mr. Minneapolis Eagle?

The Minneapolis Eagle is seeking contestants for the 2011 Mr. Minneapolis Eagle Contest. The winner will go on to compete in the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago.

When and Where:
Saturday, January 29th at the Minneapolis Eagle.

9:00pm Arrival
9:30pm Mixer
10:30pm Keg Walk
10:55pm Q&A
11:20 Erotic Reading

Midnight Presentation of MME 2011!

What to do:

Go to www.imrl.com and download an application. Fill the application out and bring it to the Minneapolis Eagle. Applications are due by Thursday, January 27th.

You will be judged on:

Poise, physique, community involvement, and stage presence.

As the winner of MME 2011 you will receive:

MME 2011 official title.
MME 2011 title vest.
Round-trip airfare and five nights hotel during IML in Chicago.

Friday January 28

Art Show: From a Shell

8 – 10:30PM

The Pillsbury House

3501 Chicago Ave.

Minneapolis, MN

Seen[as]ART presents: “From a Shell”
· Friday, January 28, 2011 (Opening Night) – Monday, February 28, 2011.
· Come join in on a night of creation and art. A journey of the inner self and emerging outwards. Experience the fear, the awakening, and strength.
· Featuring: Deshon W. Smith

Saturday January 29

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Cabaret Cocktail Hour after Urban Primitive Pop at the Loring Theater

8 – 11:30PM

The Loring Theater (Formerly the Music Box Theater)

1407 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

Erin Schwab was asked to do a very special “post show cabaret performance/cocktail hour”, in the lobby/art gallery at the Loring Theater (formerly the Music Box Theater). This Saturday, 1/29, following the 8pm performance. The show is called Urban Primitive Pop.

The show features the artist, Billy Miller, or Billy the Artist, as he is known. A fantastic New York based artist. He will be painting a 6 foot by 10 foot canvas on a scaffolding, he will also be painting on a large piece of glass as well. While he paints, his story will be told. And in the end there will be a 6 foot by 10 foot painting. AMAZING! He is so incredible, talented and fun!
www.billyartnyc.com

While he paints, local Twin Cities Band, Speed’s the Name, will be playing. They are also so AMAZING and TALENTED and GORGEOUS! They are using their original music and have created a very cool cover of a Rolling Stone song at the artist’s request.
www.speedsthename.com

For tickets:
https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=283f8de1eaf58df47e127888233a8261

Enter the coupon code Erin after you select your seat for $5 off your ticket price! I have my own coupon. Yippee!!!!

OUTFRONT BENEFIT FOR TRANSGENDER ADVOCACY

5:30 –  7:00PM

The Town House

OutFront Minnesota is nationally recognized for its unwavering commitment to full inclusion of concerns related to transgender Minnesotans in all aspects of our work.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114315118640169

Sunday January 30

2 – 5:00PM

Loring Theater

1407 Nicollet Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN

The Loring Theater and Loring Kitchen & Bar have teamed up to bring you “Mimosa Movies,” a weekly series of Sunday matinees in this classic 1920’s cinema. Enjoy mimosas, coffee, beer or wine from the theater bar while enjoying twentieth century classic movies as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen.

Cattle – er… I mean Talent Call

From local director Bill Cooper

I’m looking for a diverse group of actors to audition for a research/educational website dealing with HIV prevention and thought you may know some actors that may be interested.

For the project, actors must be able to perform a realistic, memorized 1-2 minute testimonial and be comfortable with explicit material and portraying a gay man.  The website is secure and password protected and can only be viewed by research participants.

The testimonials will be shot in early March and may include evenings, late nights or weekends.  Shoot time is 2-3 hours and pays $100.

Auditions will be scheduled on Saturday, February 5th from 1-4pm.

Please have them send me their headshot and resume for consideration.

Thanks,

Bill Cooper

Actor/Acting Coach/Director

www.billcooper.info

Creating Change

February 2 – 6, 2011

Kate Clinton on Creating Change

Kate Clinton talks about the 2011 National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, to be held in Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 2-6. Kate will again serve as emcee at Creating Change. Learn more about the conference and register at http://www.CreatingChange.org/
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