Category: Artist Profiles

  • Mother Goose’s Bedtime Stories: A Taste of What’s to Come

    Mother Goose’s Bedtime Stories: A Taste of What’s to Come

    Queer artists in the Twin Cities are all too familiar with the critical dearth of affordable, accessible space to develop and showcase the radical work that is our trademark. As we are pushed to the margins, we affirm with greater conviction that our place is actually in the vanguard. We do this by entrenching ourselves again in the […]

  • Spotlight on the Arts: Trung Le Nguyen (or Trungles)

    Spotlight on the Arts: Trung Le Nguyen (or Trungles)

    Trung Le Nguyen is a name you probably know if you know a lot about LGBTQ+ friendly tarot, are consistently searching for self-published comics, or hang out around the Light Grey Art Lab near MCAD. If you don’t know Le Nguyen, he is an incredible raw talent with a really unique eye for what makes […]

  • Spotlight on the Arts: Hieu Minh Nguyen

    Spotlight on the Arts: Hieu Minh Nguyen

    There are poets who address deeply personal issues in a way that crawls under your skin and sticks with you, in a way that even if you can’t relate to the story they’re recounting or the experience at hand, you walk around thinking about the work and the voice behind it for days after seeing […]

  • Spotlight on the Arts: Lisa Marie Brimmer

    Spotlight on the Arts: Lisa Marie Brimmer

    There are a handful of artists in the city who’s talent and presence still intimidate me, people who I’m dying to work with but even after a handful of introductions can’t seem to find my land legs around because of the sheer power they emanate from stage (or paper, or gallery wall, whichever the case […]

  • Spotlight on the Arts: Denzel Belin

    Spotlight on the Arts: Denzel Belin

    Triple threats always steal a part of my heart when it comes to the arts, and it doesn’t have to be the traditional actor-dancer-singer combo that slays me. Today, for example, we’re throwing an overdue spotlight on Denzel Belin, improv genius, beautifully gifted actor, and a director whose growing strength and name are going to […]

  • Spotlight on the Arts: Lavender Panic, the Twin Cities’ LGBTQ improv troupe

    Spotlight on the Arts: Lavender Panic, the Twin Cities’ LGBTQ improv troupe

    Since their inception, Lavender Panic has performed as part of several different events, most recently “Improv-A-Go-Go,” Huge Theater’s Sunday night Pay What You Can offering primarily consisting of emerging talent with seasoned performers trying out new groups or acts. I am ecstatic to highlight them during Pride month. The work they are doing breaking ground […]

  • Spotlight on the Arts: Uprising Theatre Company

    Spotlight on the Arts: Uprising Theatre Company

    Uprising Theatre Company came onto my radar during Mixed Blood’s run of Hir last year where Artistic Director Shannon TL Kearns spoke about the play we’d just seen and art in general, and spoke of his then upcoming work with Uprising. When the company started producing, I was eager to sit down with Kearns and […]

  • Spotlight on the Arts: Gender Tender

    Spotlight on the Arts: Gender Tender

    Gender Tender is a truly fascinating and uplifting performance art duo (and real life couple!)and I’ve seen them perform a couple of different times now. What I love most is how they take the similar themes (gender, self-expression, transcendence) and create something new and fabulous every single time. Their work is so evocative and rare […]

  • Spotlight on the Arts: Oliver Schminkey

    Spotlight on the Arts: Oliver Schminkey

    As a trauma survivor, the first time I heard Oliver Schminkey’s poem Two Twin Beds, I was haunted in the best possible way for days. This was among my first memories of getting into the poetry and spoken word scene here in the Twin Cities, and it is the memory of my own reaction to […]

  • OUTspoken: An Open Mic for the Rest of Us

    OUTspoken: An Open Mic for the Rest of Us

    As a queer person, I am all too familiar with the pressure to find your queer family, your queer space, and your queer voice after you “come out”. I’m also all too familiar with how hard that search actually is and how it can affect you when you don’t find those things. I’ve heard people […]