Here’s our list of exciting LGBT-themed, produced, or created art and culture events for Oct. 14 to 21. If you have an event to promote, let us know!

Jordan Harrison’s Maple and Vine
October 11-27
Frank Theatre at Old Arizona, 2821 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Performances are Thur-Sat at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $15-22;Buy tickets here.

Who hasn’t yearned for the ”good old days,” longed for a simpler lifestyle? In Jordan Harrison’s MAPLE AND VINE, a contemporary, professional couple decides to abandon their Manhattan lifestyle, opting for a simpler existence right out the 1950s. They join a cult-like group of people who have recreated 1955’s Eisenhower America somewhere in the Midwest, the SDO– the Society of Dynamic Obsolescence. With a Committee on Authentication to ensure that standards of the time are observed, they confront a whole new set of questions. Can a former high-powered publisher find fulfillment in making crab puffs? How does an interracial couple fit into a neighborhood where people are instructed to uphold the appropriate degree of racism of the period? A gay couple meets clandestinely, but where is their place in this constructed world? And what did we do before we had sushi, hummus, focaccia or “chipotle anything”?

Visit Frank Theatre for more info.

VOGUE|TRASH: Costume Fashion Ball
A Patrick’s Cabaret Benefit Show
Saturday, October 19th 2013
7:15-11pm / VIP Entry 6:30pm

A collection of local fashion, costumes, performance art, dance, music, aerial bondage, burlesque, acrobatic pole dancing, and vogueing… all runway style!

Join us on Saturday at our 4th annual VOGUE|TRASH: Costume Fashion Ball! Experience local avant-garde fashion and performance art while supporting theCabaret as we prepare for our upcoming 2014 season.

Twin Cities designers and performers will be strutting their wildest, craziest, most innovative costumes on our runway – you won’t be able to see this anywhere else! Attendees are also encouraged to wear something crazy to flaunt for the cameras. The benefit will feature a silent auction and funky fashion show, along with various live art elements and in-house DJs dropping dirty electro and house beats. Bring your dancing shoes in order to keep up!

Tickets are still available online. GA tickets are $15, while VIP tickets are $40, which includes two drink tickets, the best (and only!) seats in the house, access to the pre-party, and a little swag bag.

Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect:

For more information, visit Patrick’s Cabaret.

Shower of Stoles Public Exhibit
Oct 20, 2013
Judson Memorial Baptist Church 4101 Harriet Av S. Minneapolis, MN 55409

Honoring LGBT church leaders barred from serving their churches.
Judson Church welcomes a moving community exhibit of stoles of LGBT clergy barred from serving their congregations, stoles contributed anonymously by others continuing to serve and still others from deceased clergy. Admission is free and open to the public.
Most of the stoles are accompanied by cards telling heart-rending stories of clergy forced to leave their congregations. Others are marked simply Anonymous.
The exhibit is part of the collection of the Institute for Welcoming Resources which represents 40 denominations and faith traditions from six countries on three continents.

More info: Southwest Minneapolis Patch

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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.

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