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[ Minnesota's Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Magazine ]

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34 On the Record
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BAR SCENE
36 Bar Advertiser Guide
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CUISINE
46 Off the Eaten Path
The Sample Room: Debuts Awesome New Menu

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS DISCONNECT FROM DESIRE CDS

Pride Festival

SPORTS & LEISURE
52 Lavender Lens
Lavender’s Out in the Stands

53 Lavender Lens
Minnesota Red Ribbon Ride Closing Ceremony

ART FAIR WEEKEND
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BACKTALK
54 The Network
Business Services Directory

DATE NIGHT DVDS

54 Imperial Court of Minnesota
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56 LavenderMagazine.com Calendar
Plan Your Fortnight

COVER FEATURE
14 3-Art-Fair Weekend
Creates Cornucopia

59 Classifieds
Find Some Classy Stuff

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60 Community Connection
GLBT-Friendly Nonprofits 61 Dateland Children: A Cautionary Tale 61 Cartoon Trolín 63 Consider the Source Palm Off 64 Ms. Behavior Guilty Ex 66 Yellow Pages Advertiser Index What’s Where This Issue Correction In the cover feature “Wicked Cast Includes Two Former Twin Cities Actors” in the July 16 Lavender: page 24, left column, fifth line, should read “Massachusetts and Vermont,” not Schenectady; and page 26, middle column, tenth line, and right column, tenth line, should read “Boq,” not “Bock.”

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE
8 A Word in Edgewise
You’ve Got To Be Taught Carefully 10 Letters More About the June 18 Reverend Tom Brock Exposé 12 Queer As Folks Fantasy Gifts Celebrates 30th Anniversary • Jaqueline Captures Nuestra Belleza Gay 2010 Title • Phoenix Wins Miss Twin Cities Gay Softball League Contest • Twin Cities Hosts Queer Southeast Asian Conference

PRIDE IN PICTURES
18 Pride Festival 20 Reel Pride Concert • Soul Friday’s Pride
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22 Pride Women’s Events: Lure, Twilight,
Boobytrap

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NEWS & POLITICS
24 Big Gay News
Local, National, and World News 26 OutFront Minnesota Executive Director Johnson Steps Down Meyer Becomes Interim Executive Director
July 30-August 12, 2010

Top Headlines
Catholic School President Caught in Public Sex Sting Charges Dropped Against DADT Protester Constance McMillen Wins Settlement Over Prom Dispute Gay Mormons Condemn Church’s Role in Argentina Argentina’s Gay Marriage Law Signed by President

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
28 Fringe Festival
Offers Queer Treats

30 On the Townsend
The Mystery of Irma Vepp • The Gospel at Colonus • The Triumph of Love • A Streetcar Named Desire 32 Lauding Leather Life Interview with Steve Lenius This Issue ISSUE 396 July 30, 2010 Pride in Pictures Art Fair Weekend Next Up ISSUE 397 August 13, 2010 Duluth-Superior Pride

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Editorial
Editor Emeritus Ethan Boatner 612-436-4670 Editorial Director Sede Vacante 612-436-4671 Editorial Associate George Holdgrafer 612-436-4672 Editorial Intern Justin Reis 612-436-4670 Podmaster Bradley Traynor 612-436-4669 Contributors Kolina Cicero, Meryl Cohn, Carla Continenza, Julie Dafydd, Heidi Fellner, Terrance Griep, Ed Huyck, Steve Lenius, Casey Merkwan, Jennifer Parello, Todd Park, Amber Schadewald, Elizabeth Stiras, John Townsend, Carla Waldemar

Advertising
Sales & Advertising Director Barry Leavitt 612-436-4690 Senior Account Executive Suzanne Farrell 612-436-4699 Account Executive Jeff Newton 612-436-4675 Advertising Associate George Holdgrafer 612-436-4672 Sales & Advertising Traffic Coordinator Linda Raines 612-436-4694 Classifieds Suzanne Farrell 612-436-4699 National Sales Representative Rivendell Media 212-242-6863

Creative
Creative Director Hubert Bonnet 612-436-4678 Creative Assistant Mike Hnida 612-436-4679 Photographer Sophia Hantzes Cartoonist Rodro Lavender Studios Hubert Bonnet, Mike Hnida

Administration
Publisher Lavender Media, Inc. President & CEO Stephen Rocheford 612-436-4665 Vice President & CC Pierre Tardif 612-436-4666 Chief Financial Officer Carolyn Lima 612-436-4664 Administrative Assistant Austin Lindstrom 612-436-4661 Founders George Holdgrafer, Stephen Rocheford Inspiration Steven W. Anderson (1954-1994), Timothy J. Lee
(1968-2002), Russell Berg (1957-2005), Kathryn Rocheford (1914-2006), Jonathan Halverson (1974-2010)

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Community Dialogue > A Word in Edgewise

[ by E.B. Boatner ]

You’ve Got To Be Taught Carefully
“God hates….” Basically, if you listen to Reverend Fred Phelps, God hates anyone and everyone who isn’t a member of the minister’s extended-family Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) congregation. Hate, not love, is exalted on WBC’s website at <www.godhatesfags.com>, which describes its techniques, and proudly proclaims, “We display large, colorful signs containing Bible words and sentiments, including: GOD HATES FAGS, FAGS HATE GOD, AIDS CURES FAGS, THANK GOD FOR AIDS, FAGS BURN IN HELL, GOD IS NOT MOCKED, FAGS ARE NATURE FREAKS, GOD GAVE FAGS UP, NO SPECIAL LAWS FOR FAGS, FAGS DOOM NATIONS, THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS, FAG TROOPS, GOD BLEW UP THE TROOPS, GOD HATES AMERICA, AMERICA IS DOOMED, THE WORLD IS DOOMED, etc.” According to the website, “WBC has conducted 43,767 such demonstrations since June 1991.” One of the latest WBC strikes was aimed at Lady Gaga and her recent St. Louis concert, billed as Monsterball. Phelps dubbed her avid followers “little monsters.” Aware that the WBC hate collective was gathering, the Lady kept her cool. Hoping to avert any open confrontations or escalation of hate and violence, Gaga spoke to her fans through her website beforehand: “At the risk of drawing attention to a hateful organization, I would like to make my little monster fans aware of a protest being held outside the Monsterball in St. Louis tonight. Although we have had protesters before, as well as fundamentalists at the show, this group of protesters are hate criminals, and preach using lude [sic] and violent language and imagery that I wish I protect you all from.” Calling Phelps’s group “violent and dangerous,” and urging fans not to engage it in conversation, Gaga stressed, “My request to all little monsters and public authorities is to pay these hate criminals no mind. Although I respect and do not judge anyone for their personal views on any politics or religion, this group in particular, to me, is violent and dangerous.” Monsterball ran in its entirety without interruption, and following the concert, Gaga remarked, “I wanted to make my fans aware of my views on how to approach, or rather not approach, these kinds of hate activists. Then, Gaga tweeted her little monsters, “Love and hate met in St. Louis. And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang.” Hats off to Lady Gaga and a Monster class act!

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Community Dialogue > Letters

Boycott Saloon? I have read both articles in the June 18 Lavender related to the Reverend Tom Brock. I have also read writer John Townsend’s response to the Star Tribune article, and all the letters to the editor in the July 16 Lavender. I am incredulous. Perhaps that is a feeling that goes along with my “disorder.”
The Saloon relies on the gay community for its existence. They seem perfectly happy to rake in tens of thousands (probably a conservative estimate) of dollars a year from the patronage of the gay community. But, when push comes to shove, the Saloon abandons us, denies support of our community, and chooses to side with Brock and his denigrating of the gay community. I guess we are just an open wallet to them. I will never patronize the Saloon again, and I urge other members of the gay community to consider the same boycott. The Saloon does not support us, so why should we support them?
DAVID HANCOX

First, I find it a bit stunning that the members of clergy and others who condemn the Lavender articles actually have the audacity to accuse Lavender of hypocrisy. What makes their reaction so audacious is that while they demand an apology from Lavender, they request no such accountability or apology from Brock. For years, he has used his radio show, his pulpit, and his public persona to condemn homosexuality and vilify gay people. Where is the demand for accountability for his unchristian-like and hateful behavior? Second, I applaud Lavender for printing letters that represent the wide range of reaction to Townsend’s articles, even those that are clearly not supportive. Finally, I am very disappointed at the Saloon Bar for its decision to withhold its support from the gay community.

not wake up one morning, and decide “to be gay”! It just is. The Christian church has often been misguided in what the Bible means in its references to homosexuality, and is responsible for creating this moral dilemma the world faces. God does not make mistakes, but humans often do. Misinterpretation of an ancient text often occurs. Ask any nongay person if they can choose to be gay. The problem only exists because Brock is perpetrating a fraud, and had he not been responsible for spreading the message of hate, then none of this would have happened. Like another letter said, perhaps he will now seek the help he needs to love and accept himself as he was created. And perhaps he can turn around his message of hate to one of love, peace, and inclusion. God is the only judge of right and wrong. He doesn’t need our help with that. Since humans are imperfect by nature, they cannot judge without bias. It’s not possible.
VINCENT LOBASCIO

ing terms—forever. This man has no credibility to speak on the subject—and that is a good point.”
AUGUST BERKSHIRE

Spot-on
Thank you for the great articles on the Reverend Tom Brock [Lavender, June 18]. I read Lavender’s articles and the Strib’s articles. I agree with you and John Townsend. I also saw you [Lavender President & CEO Stephen Rocheford] on Almanac July 9. Your closing statement to the interviewer regarding Brock’s future utility to the religious community was spot-on: (to paraphrase) He won’t be molesting gay people anymore. Thanks a huge amount.
LARRY LYKE

Hogwash
I watched the Almanac segment July 9 featuring—if that is the right word—you [Lavender President & CEO Stephen Rocheford] and [University of Minnesota Professor] Jane Kirtley. I think it was set up as a hanging, and although you acquitted yourself well, there were some statements by Kirtley about the right way to do journalism that I thought were hogwash, and never mind that they didn’t fit the story very well. On top of the “print bites” that she gave to the Strib earlier, well, it was too much.
STEVE TIMMER

Slam Dunk!
I thought you [Lavender President & CEO Stephen Rocheford] did a very good job on Almanac July 9. Your opponent, [University of Minnesota Professor] Jane Kirtly, admitted that Lavender’s tactics were acceptable if this was “a really important story.” You countered by pointing out that it is sometimes a matter of life and death (e.g., Matthew Shepherd, teen suicides). It doesn’t get any more important than that. Slam dunk! You summed things up well at the end: “We are very proud of the fact that we have forever destroyed his [Reverend Tom Brock’s] capability to speak on the subject of homosexuality in such negative and demean-

Lavender Did Right Thing
When I first read the controversial article [Lavender, June 18], I had mixed feelings: I was glad Reverend Tom Brock was exposed, and at the same time, questioned the morality of it—sneaking into the Courage group and all that. But after reading the letters in the later Lavender [July 16], I am convinced that the right thing was done. Homosexuality is not a sickness or a disorder, hence there is no association with a 12-Step recovery group, and, therefore, the decree of anonymity does not apply. Gays around the world are struggling for acceptance and fair treatment. Anyone gay knows they did

Letters are subject to editing for grammar, punctuation, space, and libel. They should be no more than 300 words. Letters must include name, address, and phone number. Unsigned letters will not be published. Priority will be given to letters that refer to material previously published in Lavender Magazine. Submit letters to Lavender Magazine, Letters to the Editor, 3715 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407; or e-mail <editor@lavendermagazine.com>.

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Community Dialogue > Queer As Folks

Colleen Bertino. Photo by Hubert Bonnet

Jaqueline. Photo by George Holdgrafer

Fantasy Gifts Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Fantasy Gifts is celebrating its 30th anniversary. In 1980, Bob and Marlene Bertino established the business with a now-defunct store on what is now Block E in Minneapolis. Under the aegis of their daughter, Colleen Bertino, Fantasy Gifts now has nine stores in the Twin Cities metro and one in St. Cloud. Visit <www.fantasygifts.com>.

Jaqueline Captures Nuestra Belleza Gay 2010 Title
A drag contest in the suburbs? Of course! On June 10, Jaqueline won the Nuestra Belleza Gay 2010 title at the Queen of the Night Contest from a field of five contestants. The event took place during the Rainbow Party at Olmeca, a Latin bar at 1927 West Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville. Several hundred people attended.

Darren Heydanek (left) and Jaysen Saly.
Photo by Larry Barthel

Queer Southeast Asian Conference Participants.
Photo by Sophia Hantzes

Phoenix Wins Miss Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League Contest
On July 11, the Miss Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League (TCGSL) Contest was held at Solera in Minneapolis. The Phoenix team, sponsored by Tickles, won. Phoenix performers included Tyler Hayden, Darren Heydanek, Peter Nelson, Bradley Reichenberger, and Jaysen Saly. The TCGSL Sunshine Fund was the beneficiary.

Twin Cities Hosts Queer Southeast Asian Conference
Hosted by local group Shades of Yellow (SOY), the Queer Southeast Asian Conference took place July 9-11 at the University of Minnesota. Its mission was to establish a national network of GLBT Southeast Asians united to collect and share data and information; build community; and identify national advocacy issues.

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> Cover Feature

UPTOWN

LORING PARK

Poster designed by Pat Parnow

POWDERHORN PARK

3-ART-FAIR WEEKEND

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Cornucopia
[ by E.B. Boatner ]

UPTOWN ART FAIR
Uptown Art Fair Executive Director Maude Lovelle describes the event’s 47th year this way: “This is a great year for the Uptown Art Fair, because Uptown is in the middle of a major revitalization. Desirable new businesses such as Apple are opening doors, great restaurants abound, Calhoun Square is getting a makeover, on and on. The theme of ‘Urban Experiences’ fits right in, because of all the great energy and people who are passionate about the urban life, the Uptown Urban Life in particular.” Xavier Nuez, the fair’s 2010 Commemorative Print Artist, creates stunning images that explore the gritty side of the “Urban Experience.” This year marks his third Uptown showing. Nuez says, “I’ve always been fascinated with alleys and ruins, and generally with what society shuns. These are places where aesthetics are not considered, and where few give a second look, and yet, they are so full of energy and drama and life. I’ve been working on the alley series for almost 20 years, and it’s always fun to go out and explore. “I love the many contrasts of the Alley series. First, they are places considered ugly, and so, I try to make them beautiful. They are typically drab and colorless, so I bring

Alley no. 100, Ghost Story (2007, Kansas City, MO, 1:30am).
Painting by Xavier Nuez

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a rainbow of colors. I bring lights and gels with me. They are often dangerous places, so I make them look inviting. They are largely viewed as depressing, dead places, so I make them positive, and full of energy and life. And then, there’s the actual contrast in lighting, helped largely by shooting at night,

and having lots of shadows.” Lovelle emphasizes that Nuez’s work “really captures the spirit of ‘Urban Experiences.’ He finds beauty in urban landscapes where others might see something harsher. His work is in sync with the widespread passion for vital, vibrant, urban areas such as Uptown.” Local urban artist Mike Welton, who will exhibit for the 12th year, comments, “In my opinion, the Uptown Art Fair is one of the best-attended fairs in the country, and has a real mix of buyers. We get some high-end to middle-range buyers, but all kinds of art lovers come, and those who see visual art as fun and enjoyable, and want to discover what their personal taste and style in fine art is.” Other crowd-pleasing events over the weekend include Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Garden’s inauguration of its new outdoor location at the Old Chicago parking lot, with daily live arts events on the Ultimate Events Performance Stage. One’s inner artiste can participate, working in clay at the Family Imagination Station in the Walker Library Courtyard. More can be found on the website. The fair draws on average 375,000 people annually, second only to the Minnesota State Fair in statewide event attendance. Feel lost in such a crowd? The Uptown Information

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Between Centuries. Painting by Mike Welton

Booth, hosted by the Uptown Association, is at the corner of Lagoon and Hennepin.
Uptown Art Fair Fri., Aug. 6, Noon-8 PM Sat., Aug. 7, 10 AM-8 PM Sun., Aug. 8, 10 AM-6 PM Hennepin Ave. & Lake St., Mpls. <www.uptownminneapolis.com>

LORING PARK ART FAIR
If you’re availing yourself of the Metro Transit Art Hop buses (see below), your next stop might be the Loring Park Art Festival, now in its 11th year. Local artists include Bob Carls of Ripple River Gallery, whose lathe-turned and carved-wood vessels evoke, he notes, “his background in improvisational music, photography sculpture, and film.” Colleen Tabeika, who employs innovative techniques in the crafting of her textiles and rugs, explains, “A trademark of my work is repeating and manipulating various groups of analogous colors within a piece.” WaterfieldYoung is the creative collaboration between Nancy Waterfield and Wendy Young, who color and manipulate papers made from pure cotton pulp. The varieties and handling of medias throughout the festival will entrance the viewer. Coordinator Pat Parnow points out that the Loring Park Art Festival is a partnership of working artists, coordinated by Artists for Artists, whose goal is to provide the opportunity to exhibit and sell artwork in an atmosphere designed with the artist and patron in mind. The event, which this year has 140 artists participating, promotes involvement

with the Loring Park neighborhood. Visitors are both urban and suburban. Parnow shares, “Someone one described our festival as ‘an urban, sophisticated oasis of art and culture.’” Man does not live by art alone, however. Like all the weekend art events, the Loring Park Art Festival offers a wide variety of taste-tempting foods: wood-fired pizza, Magic Bus Café, and Chef Shack, among them.
Loring Park Art Festival Fri.-Sat. Aug. 6-7, 10 AM-6 PM Sun., Aug. 8, 10 AM-5 PM Loring Park, Mpls. <www.loringparkartfestival.com>

Minneapolis Skyline. Painting by Anastasia Makarenko

POWDERHORN ART FAIR
The third entrant in the art trifecta is the Powderhorn Art Fair, whose theme this year is “Minneapolis Skyline,” also the name of the poster/painting by 2009 Powderhorn Art Fair Best of Show Artist Anastasia Makarenko. Born in the Ukraine, she came to the United States when she was 14. Makarenko muses, “To me, making art is both challenging and entertaining. I enjoy passing the great pleasure I feel from creating paintings to those who acquire them. My art exists to fulfill souls, and relieve stress. While the actual process of painting is driven by my experiences and imagination, I let the audience find their own life force in my work—be it happy, nostalgic, mysterious, or purely decorative.” Now in its 19th year, the Powderhorn Art Fair last year bestowed two “Longevity Invitationals”: one to jeweler Mimi Alexander, who has shown in the festival every year

since its beginning; and the other to Charlotte Fung Miller, a Wisconsin painter exhibiting this year for the 17th time. Powderhorn Art Fair Coordinator Dixie Treichel remarks, “The real beauty of the Powderhorn Art Fair is that the event’s impact is felt throughout the year, and not just on event days. Proceeds from the art fair help fund park programs such as theater arts, computer lab, teen center, music recording studio, the pottery studio, and team sports— giving neighborhood residents of all ages a safe environment in which to play, learn, and grow. The Powderhorn Art Fair celebrates art and community. It is a queer-friendly and multicultural event that welcomes diversity.”
Powderhorn Art Fair Sat., Aug. 7, 10 AM-6 PM Sun., Aug. 8, 10 AM-5 PM Powderhorn Park, Mpls. <www.powderhornartfari.com>

Free Transportation Metro Transit is offering free rides through its “Three Fairs, No Fares” Art Hop. Attendees can ride free on Saturday and Sunday among the Uptown Art Fair, Loring Park Art Festival, Powderhorn Art Fair, and Lake Street/Midtown light rail station. Buses leave each stop approximately every 20 minutes. For more information, visit <www.metrotransit.org/arthop>.

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EXPERIENCING URBAN INSIGHTS
Mike Welton, well-known for his striking images of local architecture, is both exhibitor and juror this year at the Uptown Art Fair. He recently spoke with Lavender about his art and his relation to the fair’s “Urban Experiences” theme. Welton says, “My new work [Between Centuries, pictured here] comes directly from my urban experience. How so? Well, for starters, it’s the lines, colors, and compositions of large dense urban areas that I’ve turned into almost abstract designs, framed into the edges of a canvas taken directly from the urban environment. I use actual colors to heighten them, or create my own to inspire dynamic areas of line and edge-work that achieve balance. People react to the values of architecture and color surrounding them in an urban environment, thus creating energy as well.” Welton emphasizes the necessity of the Uptown, Loring, and Powderhorn events: “Art fairs are the sole way some artists make a living. An artist doing some 14 to 15 shows a year can make a living, depending on expenses and the success of each show. Personally, I have done fairs from Seattle, Washington, to Montauk, New York. Shows are important in establishing your work with collectors, regionally and nationally, as well as being discovered by galleries. Art fairs also bring visual art to persons who may never engage in the visual arts any other time of the year. Of his second role, Welton remarks, “I was personally honored to be picked as a juror,” because “jurors are recommended by persons in the arts community. The jurors spend two days going through slides of nearly 2,000 applications, in three rounds. There are 100 to 200 alternate artists placed on a waiting list, so in case an artist cannot attend, there are plenty of alternates to take their place.”

MIKE WELTON

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Pride in Pictures

2010
PRIDE FESTIVAL, June 26-27, Loring Park, Minneapolis

[ Photos by Sophia Hantzes ]

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Pride in Pictures

Minnesota Freedom Band & Calliope Women's Chorus June 21, Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis

REEL PRIDE CONCERT

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SOUL FRIDAY'S PRIDE THURSDAY June 24, Nomad World Pub, Minneapolis

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[ Photos by Sophia Hantzes ]

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Pride in Pictures

Pride Lure Kickoff Party, June 24, Rumours/Innuendo, St. Paul

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Pride Twilight, June 25, Karma, Minneapolis

PRIDE WOMEN'S EVENTS

[ Photos by Sophia Hantzes ]

Pride Boobytrap, June 26, Barfly

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Big Gay News >
[ Written & Compiled by Bradley Traynor ]

LOCAL
CATHOLIC SCHOOL PRESIDENT CAUGHT IN PUBLIC SEX STING
Joseph M. Peschges, the 63-year-old President of St. Hill Murray Catholic High School in St. Paul, was arrested recently after allegedly fondling an undercover police officer in the parking lot of Crosby Farm Regional Park. He was booked on suspicion of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. St. Paul Police say they conducted the sting after a “high number of complaints from citizens of men engaged in lewd sexual acts with other men in the park.” A spokesman for the school confirmed that Peschges was relieved of his duties as President.

NATIONAL
CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST DADT PROTESTERS
According to the Associated Press, all charges against Lt. Dan Choi and James Pietrangelo, who were arrested after chaining themselves to the White House to protest Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, have been dropped. Prosecutor Christine Chang declined to comment on why the government did so.

CONSTANCE MCMILLEN WINS SETTLEMENT OVER PROM DISPUTE
The Mississippi school district sued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) after its high school refused to let Constance McMillen attend prom with her girlfriend has agreed to pay $35,000 in damages, and adopt a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation. The agreement ends a lawsuit by ACLU on behalf of McMillen. She said in a statement, “I’m so glad this is all over. I won’t ever get my prom back, but it’s worth it if it changes things at my school.”

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GAY MORMONS CONDEMN CHURCH’S ROLE IN ARGENTINA
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Affirmation, a support group for gay and lesbian Mormons, is criticizing the Mormon Church for its effort to stop the legalization of gay marriage in Argentina. The country recently legalized same-sex

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unions, becoming the first in South America to do so. The Mormon Church denies playing an official part in the opposition, but according to reports in Argentina, a church representative attended a meeting with leaders from a number of Christian denominations opposed to gay marriage. David Melson of Affirmation said, “This is another appalling example of the LDS [Church of Latter Day Saints] trying to dominate government decisions being made by democratically elected officials.”

WORLD
ARGENTINA GAY MARRIAGE LAW SIGNED BY PRESIDENT
Argentina President Cristina Fernandez signed landmark legislation on July 21, making the country the first in South America to legalize same-sex marriage. She said at a signing ceremony, “Today, we are a society that is a little more egalitarian than last week.” The first same-sex ceremonies are set to take place August 13.

GAY RIGHTS GROUP GETS UN ACCREDITATION
According to the Associated Press, the United Nations Economic and Social Council voted in July to accredit the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). US President Barack Obama issued a statement praising the move, saying, “With the group’s inclusion, the United Nations is closer to the ideals on which it was founded, and to values of inclusion and equality to which the United States is deeply committed.” Commission officials said the group now will be able to attend UN meetings, submit statements, and collaborate with both government and UN agencies on human rights for GLBT people.

UN SAYS ANTIGAY LAWS SPREADING HIV IN ASIA-PACIFIC
A new report from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) indicates that laws criminalizing gay sex in the AsiaPacific region are partially responsible for an alarming level of HIV/AIDS infections. In the region, 19 of 48 countries criminalize sex between men. The report concludes, “These laws often taken on the force of vigilantism, frequently leading to abuse and human rights violations. Correspondingly, HIV prevalence has reached alarming levels among men who have sex with men and transgender populations in many countries of the region.”

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> News & Politics

OutFront Minnesota Executive Director Johnson Steps Down
Meyer Becomes Interim Executive Director
At the end of July, OutFront Minnesota Executive Director Amy Johnson is stepping down from the position she took over in January 2009. She was instrumental in guiding the organization through a OutFront Minnesota Board Chair Ann Swanson said, “On behalf of the board and staff, we thank Amy for her leadership at OutFront and in the GLBT community.” Longtime OutFront Minnesota Public Policy Director Monica Meyer becomes its Interim Executive Director effective July 31. She is a veteran public policy organizer and community advocate whose expertise and influence at the State Capitol will be key to advancing the organization’s agenda for equality in this year’s elections. In addition to her role at OutFront Minnesota, she is also Board Chair of TakeAction Minnesota, a progressive advocacy organization. Johnson remarked, “Monica’s commitment to OutFront Minnesota and to the community it serves statewide is an invaluable asset to the organization.”

Monica Meyer. Photo by Sophia Hantzes

Amy Johnson. Photo by Sophia Hantzes

challenging economic environment. An attorney in private practice before assuming leadership of OutFront Minnesota, she came to it with a long track record of volunteer service with other Twin Cites GLBT groups.

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> Arts & Entertainment
Batmama.
Photo by Aimee Doyle

Thinkingaview.
Photo by V. Paul Virtuccio.

Naked Yoga.
Photo by Sarah Whiting of sarawhitingphotographic.com

Medea Ex Machina.
Photo by Richard Molby

FRINGE FESTIVAL
OFFERS QUEER TREATS
[ by John Townsend ]

he 17th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival offers a rich variety of queer treats, as well as some others that will resonate with current GLBT concerns. It’s packed with plays, dance performances, and comic acts that run no longer than an hour. Performers from across the nation and beyond will strut stages in both Twin Cities at various venues. Rainbow Family Fare Even Adult Singles Will Treasure Children’s theater for nontraditional families is fun for youngsters, as well as good for those of us who grew up without such images to see, and reflect on our own conditioning. Andrew Waldron and Jill Whitney-Birk’s queer adaptation Open And Affirming Fairy Tales: The Fabulous Fables of Rainbeau Bay subverts binary demands for

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“either/or behaviors” and identity. The Princess and the Frog is reimagined with two dads. The Fish and the Fisherman is revamped to examine how little boys are driven toward ultramacho “acting out.” The Golden Goose is reinvented as a boy getting to date a handsome prince. Playwright Kate Elise’s interactive MisMatched involves a tomboy and a very sensitive boy whose friendship bond is tested at the science fair and on the football field. Aladdin and the Magic Lamp’s teen cast from Kansas salutes the style of playwright Harry Kondoleon, who died of AIDS at 39 in 1994. His Obie-winning The Brides uses fairy talelike segments. In light of my recent Courage exposé in Lavender, older teens and all adults must see (Disordered) Thy Name is Teenager, a Blank Slate Collaboration that piercingly examines teens identifying with their

mental illness in a time when overmedication is the norm for many. Director Adam Arnold says developing the show made him more aware of how queer youth often still are seen as mentally ill. Ironically, the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973. Julie Mann’s Mixed Reality: My Multi-Racial World is inspired by Mildred and Richard Loving, whose interracial marriage case compelled the US Supreme Court to declare all miscegenation laws unconstitutional in 1967. Present parallels are striking, given recent Republican platforms in Montana and Texas that call for making same-sex marriage illegal. Adult Fare Actress Michelle O’Neill, who was the best local cameorole actor last year in the Guthrie’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide, directs Skiing on Broken

Glass, acted by Max Polski and Joel Liestman. Playwright David Goldstein muses, “Youth and beauty can be as powerful as that which comes with age, wealth, and social position. This dynamic is reflected between escorts and the men who hire them. What happens when what starts as a business interaction develops unexpectedly into a loving relationship? In such a relationship, more than in others, perhaps, each person has unique vulnerabilities that are easily exploited, sometimes devastatingly so. ‘You’re nothing more than a cheap hooker’ versus ‘You’re a sad old man that can only get sex by paying for it.’ In their own way, each holds a terrifying power over the other.” Twin Citians from No More Mr. Nice Gay Theatre flesh out Madison playwright Kent Forsberg’s Naked Yoga and Other Gay Love Stories. Naked Yoga penetrates inhibitions about our physical bodies and in-

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Opera Buffet/Kaleidoscope.
Photo by Matt Knipschield

Sincerity Forever.
Photo by Brock Knutson

Skiing on Broken Glass.
Photo by David Goldstein

Yvette.
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ner selves. In Vampires of Minneapolis, two gay men want to connect, but find out negative info about each other. Killer Mo crackles with sexual role-play. Chicago’s Shanna Shrum salutes Liza Minnelli and gay friendship in her acclaimed solo show Skinny Dipping. Toronto writer/actor Mark Shyzer brings his Fishbowl, playing characters across gender and generational divides. From LA, The Adventures of Les Kurkendaal addresses alcoholism and drugs in the gay community. Dealing with discrimination can be painful, and intoxicants help numb that pain. Meth for Dummies’s Robert White says, “I produced this play to let audiences know the human cost of meth. Even chem dep professionals have commented it deepened their understanding of the disease.” John Pigate stars. Harry Waters Jr., of Angels in America fame, directs. Director Paul Von Stoetzel,

whose fascination with bisexual filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s power dynamics influenced his Fringe choice, says, “Cruelty is often implicit in a master/slave relationship, which we see in Marcus Anthony’s Medea Ex Machina.” Dashing Andrew Sass, brilliant in the pansexual film FAUX, plays a manipulative director who casts his wife as Medea. He sleeps with her female coactress, in Von Stoetzel’s words, “to attain more control over her, so she is more devout and submissive.” Innovation, Tradition, and Sexual Politics Driven by innovative music performer Carol Elerding, Opera Buffet’s Inside the Kaleidoscope is a female-centered piece that bucks the male-dominated opera world. It includes Nicole Coonradt’s poem “Bertram and Ferdinando,” which definitely has queer undercurrents in the vein of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Acclaimed lesbian sound designer Dixie Treichel creates the house music. According to Andrew Kozicky, his role in Gemma Irish’s Yvette is part of “an exciting revolution that’s happening with gay characters lately. Now that more and more writers are involving gay characters, it’s time they are shown in everyday situations. It’s not enough that people realize it’s OK to be gay. They must also realize it’s OK to be in love.” Though it’s hetero, See You Next Tuesday’s look into a couple with differing styles of political expression—and lack thereof—can benefit GLBT folks. Playwright Steve Moulds asks, “What does it say about me that I don’t feel that intensely the need to make points, to let things slide when I disagree. Is it social cowardice?” In Mac Wellman’s Sincerity Forever, a love scene between a boy and girl is transplanted into

the mouths of two boys later in the play. Batmama’s largely GLBT cast draws from vaudeville, a tradition that brazenly sported queer concepts when society at large was totally resistant. Curve Magazine named titlerole actress Teresa Mock a top lesbian theater artist in 2007. The gifted Janelle Ranek’s Yard Sale takes a comic look at a lesbian and her old straight male fling. Jeffrey Peterson reprises his wonderful dance work Thinkingaview. Its intriguing use of partnering melts the boundaries. Choreographer Daniel Stark’s Politics Religion Sex, part of the You/Provoke/Me dance presentation, addresses the hypocrisy of societal pillars.
Minnesota Fringe Festival Aug. 5-15 Various Minneapolis and St. Paul Locations (866) 811-4111 <www.fringefestival.org>

Arts & Entertainment > On the Townsend

[ by John Townsend ]

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP
Through Aug. 1 Jungle Theater 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. (612) 822-7063 <www.jungletheater.com>

This gloriously camp sensation, with Bradley Greenwald and Steven Epp, originated within a countercultural surge that expanded theatrical crossgender acceptance. Writing his 1984 hit gothic horror spoof for Ridiculous Theatre, Charles Ludlam (1943-1987) coacted with his life partner, Everett Quinton. It beckoned an era of theatrical genderbending that crystallized in the 1990s, and that now permeates nationwide. In 1984, crossdressing was seen as a ghettoized gay stereotype. Since then, out gays have stopped cringing, and the smart straight mainstream gets that crossdressing isn’t necessarily “gay.” To obtain rights to perform Irma Vep, actors must be of the same gender. It shows how a tiny off-Off Broadway production was a vital player in social change.
THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS
Aug. 5-11 Ordway Center 345 Washington St., St. Paul (651) 224-4222 <www.ordway.org>

Jevetta Steele was Lavender’s 2002 Best Musical Actress for Two Queens, One Castle at Mixed Blood Theatre. She’s now in the Ordway’s revival of The Gospel at Colonus. Sprung in the 1980s from New York’s edgy Mabou Mines troupe, this music drama still raises eyebrows, because it reinterprets Sophocles’s Greek tragedy, Oedipus at Colonus, with gospel sounds. Because I couldn’t consult the Oracle at Delphi about how one religious view reinterprets another cosmic view, I settled for the next best option: Steele. As Steele shares, “The Gospel at Colonus is about redemption, which is what gospel music is all about. It’s all about forgiveness, reconciling with God and with family and whomever you’re at odds with. So, therein lies the connection between Sophocles and The Gospel at Colonus. It is about how we can move and push past all adversities in our lives. And with the help of divine energy and divine presence, we can do all things. Greek tragedies were told very much like the way a reverend delivered a sermon in the black Baptist or Pentecostal movement—very theatrical, high energy, and lots of call and response.”

The Mystery of Irma Vep. Photo by Ann Marsden

THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE
Through Aug. 28 Minnesota Centennial Showboat Harriet Island, St. Paul (651) 227-1100 <www.riverrides.com>

achieved fine vocals, with standouts in Christian Bardin, Suzy Kohane, and Zach Soules. C. Lance Brockman’s set and Annie Cady’s costumes augment the enchantment.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Through Aug. 29 Guthrie Theater 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. (612) 377-2224 <www.guthrietheater.org>

James Magruder’s translation has lightened up Pierre Marivaux’s 1732 classic with judicious cuts, breezy pacing, and nostalgic 20th-Century tunes that make it palatable to the Showboat’s mainstream audience. The result is miraculous, not compromised. Marivaux’s original crossgender dynamics vibrantly are implemented by director Peter Rothstein’s University of Minnesota student ensemble. They sparkle dangerously throughout. The danger is the giddiness of watching male and female characters homoerotically magnetized by female characters credibly disguised as men. But it’s so much fun, the laughs undermine any judgments. Music Director Denis Prosek has

Blanche DuBois often is called the “female Hamlet,” and to watch Gretchen Egolf live the role at the Guthrie is to understand why. This superlative actress magically navigates Tennessee Williams’s bottomless dimensions of a deeply flawed yet spiritually noble Southern belle thrust into destitution, hence becoming dependent “on the kindness of strangers.” Egolf’s rendering of Blanche’s delicate reflections of her dead gay husband will tear your heart out. She even moves beyond

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Vivien Leigh’s iconic Oscar-winning portrait. Simply put, Egolf’s is a performance for the ages. When Streetcar premiered on Broadway in 1947, starring Jessica Tandy (who herself later graced the Guthrie’s first acting company), only 27 years had passed since women got the vote. In director John Miller-Stephany’s transcendent staging, one is struck by the naked bluntness about women still being regarded as a rung above chattel. This grimly radiates in Ricardo Antonio Chavira’s masterful turn as Blanche’s brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Chavira balances Stanley’s manic fluctuations between visceral aggression and feral vulnerablilty like a master pianist. The role’s trap is overplaying the aggression, but Chavira never is snared. It also owes to Miller-Stephany certifying that Blanche and her sister, Stella (Stacia Rice), are oblivious to the ethnic and classist slurs they systematically shoot his way, like throwing gasoline on a fire. I question the Marlon Brando cult attached to Stanley, because the actor’s hot, naked torso made sexism sexy. It’s not that

Chavira isn’t sexy—he is, and he has a great torso. Indeed, Williams adored Brando. But Chavira unearths the grotesquely hardwired misogyny at Stanley’s core, revivifying Steetcar’s numinous implicit commentary on the plight of women. If Blanche is Hamlet, then Stella channels the uglier traits of his mother, Gertrude. Hence, Rice frankly reveals her as someone driven blindly by libido that she thinks is love, and compelled by a survivalist need for hypermacho protection. Stella’s emotional criminality proves how necessary the Sexual Revolution was. Surpassing Kim Hunter’s Oscar-winning turn in the terrific yet compromised 1951 film, Rice is maddeningly accurate, as Stella rationalizes her sister’s undoing to keep her man. Brian Keane wrenches as Mitch, Blanche’s suitor, who self-destructively and stupidly vomits his unexamined Puritanism onto her when confronted by ignorant, erotophobic, male-driven gossip. The stage glistens with sublime smallrole performances—like those by Ann Michels, Beth Gilleland, and Richard Reeder.

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> Arts & Entertainment

Lauding Leather Life
Interview with Steve Lenius
[ by E.B. Boatner ]

I’ve always tried to write about something no one else is writing about, or something everyone else is writing about, but in a unique way—like former Senator Larry Craig’s run-in at the Minneapolis Airport’s men’s room. The spin I put on it was: “Of course I believe you’re innocent. But now that you’ve had a taste of society’s homophobia, why don’t you use your position in the Senate to do something about it?” Does “Your Humble Columnist” come from your “preacher’s kid” background, or are you naturally modest? I’m not naturally modest. For years, I would alternate between feeling I was the greatest and the worst person who ever lived—feelings my upbringing as a “preacher’s kid” probably intensified. I’ve had to learn humility, and I’m still learning. Part of the “your humble columnist” moniker is a reminder to me of how I want my writing—and myself—to be perceived. As long as I keep in mind that the community is the hero—not me—I can write what needs to be written without my ego getting in the way. Bootblacks? Bootblacks are the leather community’s unsung heroes. On one level, they’re just putting polish on boots, but for a bootblack and his or her customers, it’s anything but drudgery. Bootblacks care deeply, and take pride in elevating boot polishing to a science, a craft, an art, and a service. And then, there’s the sensuality of having someone polish your boots, or polishing someone’s boots for them. For many, it becomes its own “scene.” The dynamic in Master/slave relationships? I mention the Master/slave relationship several times, but I think the best shorthand

for it is in the “What’s your LPT (Leather Personality Type)?” column. People assume a Master is a confident, competent, and capable person, and they often assume slaves are weak and/or ineffectual. In reality, a slave can be as strong and confident as the Master they serve—they just express their strength in a different way. You mentioned having been in an abusive relationship. What would you tell others who are in one? Just to be clear, I was in an abusive relationship before I got into leather. No one deserves to be abused. There are support resources available, and I would encourage an abused person to reach out for help. I’m grateful for everyone who helped me get out of my abusive situation. One possible advantage for someone in the leather community is that other community members tend to have a pretty good understanding of the difference between healthy and unhealthy kinds of power exchange in relationships, and if they see abusive behavior, they’re more likely to say something about it. The new International Mr. Leather (IML) winner is transgender and wheelchair-bound. Comment? I’d say: “Tyler McCormack is a trans man who uses a wheelchair.” He is also the current International Mr. Leather, which is great. But it’s not great because he’s trans or because he uses a wheelchair. It’s great because the judges decided Tyler was the best man among this year’s contestants to be the community’s standard-bearer. During the contest, his speech got by far the biggest ovation of the evening, so he didn’t just win the judges over—he won the crowd, too. I think he’ll have a great year, and I think there will be a lot of education and consciousness-raising.

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steemed Lavender “Leather Life” columnist Steve Lenius’s recently published Life, Leather and the Pursuit of Happiness: Life, History and Culture in the Leather/BDSM/Fetish Community gathers writings from 15 years of leather lore. Lavender spoke with Lenius about this stellar achievement. How did you come to the Leather Life? Having been attracted to and scared of leather for years, in 1993, I decided to investigate. By 1994, I was competing in the International Mr. Drummer Contest in San Francisco, then began writing “Leather Life” for Lavender. Your humble columnist, now your humble author. Do you have a favorite theme?

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Comment on the “community” aspect of the Leather community. You’ve really assigned them full tribal status, with customs, a banner, oral and written histories. Outsiders may just think, “Gang.” People who see leather, and think, “gang,” are still under the influence of Brando in The Wild One. Sometimes, it’s fun to be perceived as intimidating when I’m wearing my leather, but I think it’s more fun to show people that I’m not that different from them. As I say in the book, we all have the same basic needs and wants. Some of us simply have more colorful ways of expressing them. In the case of the leather/BDSM/fetish community, we express ourselves, our tribe, and our culture through our apparel, our leather pride flag, our history as preserved at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, our events and gatherings. It’s a colorful and fascinating community, which made it easy to capture in what I hope is a colorful and fascinating book. Tell us a bit about how the book was conceived and designed—it’s really your baby! I didn’t want to just take a bunch of columns, and publish them, so I arranged these pieces, written over 15 years, to present a coherent picture of contemporary leather/BDSM/fetish life. I wanted to paint an enduring portrait for members and members-to-be—a book to present the leather community in the best light, produced to the highest standards. Our community deserves to have its literature presented professionally. I’ve spent over 35 years as a typographer and graphic designer, involved in the production of other authors’ books, and thought it was time I used those skills on a book of my own.
For more information, visit <www.lifeleather pursuit.com>.
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Life, Leather and the Pursuit of Happiness: Life, History and Culture in the Leather/ BDSM/Fetish Community Steve Lenius Nelson Borhek Press $21.95

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Arts & Entertainment > On the Record

[ by Ed Huyck ]

The ArchAndroid
JANELLE MONEA

Here’s to Taking It Easy
PHOSPHORESCENT

High Violet
THE NATIONAL

Night Work
SCISSOR SISTERS

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If you are going to start your album with a faux overture, you had better bring the goods. Thankfully, indiespirited R&B artist Monea does just that on this epicin-a-good-way release that is one of the true highlights of the summer. Slipping with ease and evident glee among genres—hip-hop, traditional soul, modern R&B, rocking dance music—Monea isn’t one to be confined by expectations. After all, infectious opening single “Tightrope” moves from modern dance groove complete with a rap by Outkast’s Big Boi to a funky soul provided by a real live horn section. Compare this to the acid-drenched heaviness of “Mushroom & Roses” that brings to mind P-Funk doing a Led Zeppelin cover. Speaking of P-Funk, a distinct Clintonesque tone is evident, as the album is Parts 2 and 3 of a suite inspired by Metropolis. Then again, while science fiction trappings galore are here, it all comes down to the brilliant performing, singing, and songs. Monea will be at First Avenue on September 23.

After recording a collection of Willie Nelson covers, Matthew Houck returns to his own muse on Phosphorescent’s sixth album. The collection of country/ folk hits the summer sweet spot—this is music for the back porch, old dog optional. Unlike the group’s breakout, 2007’s Pride, Houck is joined by the full band here. What may be lost in intimacy is made up by stellar playing, and that unique vibe only a live band can provide. At times, the album sounds like a lost relic from the middle 1970s, when rockers like Neil Young moved freely from genre to genre, molding a new sound that was much more than just “country rock.” Not to push the Young thing too far, but “Los Angeles” is an out-of-control guitar solo away from being a Crazy Horse outtake. Then again, Phosphorescent is still their own band, using the musical tools provided by others to craft something unique and absolutely engaging. Phosphorescent will be at the Cedar Cultural Center on August 3.

Albums can make an immediate impact, or sometimes, they creep up on you. I knew I liked what I heard from High Violet, but it wasn’t until I spent a couple of hours in my garden listening to the album on repeat while weeding that I realized just how great this collection by the National is. Loaded with dark imagery and heavy emotions, High Violet is the kind of collection that gives indie rock a good name. Led by Matt Berninger’s deep baritone, and a musical style focused mainly on songwriting rather than gimmicks, the album takes us into a moody world where the displaced (the band moved to New York from Cincinnati) try to find their grounding amid layers of confusion. That comes out on songs like “Little Faith” and “Bloodbuzz Ohio.” While the latter has become familiar by constant play, it hasn’t lost any of its impact—and that goes for the rest of the album. The National will be at First Avenue on August 5-6

The Scissor Sisters push their inner Pet Shop Boys much more to the fore on album number three, producing a largely electronic album packed with danceable beats and outsized passion. It probably is experienced best on a sweaty dance floor than in the comfort of your living room, but still has its pop moments—from the pulsing opening of the title track to the Kraftwerk-like electronics of “Skin this Cat.” Throughout, frontman Jake Shears doesn’t just bring sexual heat, but continues with the band’s sly sense of humor. What’s missing is the sense of adventure that powered some of the band’s earlier tracks—a cover of Pink Floyd, or the folk influence on “I Can’t Decide.” Oh, sure, you have Ian McKellen giving an overheated monologue at the end of “Invisible Light,” but those moments are too few and far between. The band reportedly scrapped the original recordings for the album—one wonders what they may have had. The Scissor Sisters will be at Epic on September 4.

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TICKLES

420 S. 4th St., Mpls. (612) 354-3846 <www.ticklesbar.com>
Live Piano Music. Full-Service Menu, Happy Hour, Sports on 10 Flat-Panel TVs, Pool, Darts.

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422 Hennepin. Ave., Mpls. (612) 332-RAIL (7245) <www.thebrassraillounge.com>
Completely remodeled elegant lounge featuring variety of entertainment: live piano, karaoke, male dancers.

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TOWN HOUSE

1415 University Ave. W., St. Paul (651) 646-7087 <www.townshousebar.com>
Fun neighborhood bar with a great mix of men and women. Karaoke. Drag shows.

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COALE'S

719 N. Dale St. St. Paul, MN (651) 487-5829
Areanna Coale, proprietor. Opening soon. An eclectic enigma filled with joy and happiness. Everyone welcome!

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FUSION

2919 Hennepin Ave., Mpls (612) 824-6300 <www.fusionmpls.com>
Daily Happy Hour 4-6 PM. 1/2 price beer, sushi, spring rolls. $4 signature martinis. Bottomless glasses of wine!

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GAY 90’S

408 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. (612) 333-7755 <www.gay90s.com>
Upper Midwest’s Largest Gay Entertainment Complex. Serving reasonably priced menu in main bar Wednesday-Sunday.

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BOOTLEGGERS BAR & GRILL
235 Main St. Somerset, WI (715) 247-2668 <www.bootleggerssomerset.com>

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Town House 1415 University Ave. W., St. Paul (651) 646-7087 <www.townhousebar.com>

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GLADIUS

1111 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. (612) 332-9963 <www.gladiusbar.com>
The New York Chic of Minneapolis. Gladius Goddesses Tuesday. Killer B's Karaoke Wednesday.

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THE FLAME

1612 Tower Ave., Superior (715) 395-0101 <www.SuperiorFlame.com>

WHY
“Stability—GLBT for 41 years. Fun. Good company. Good friends.”

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RUMOURS/INNUENDO
213 E. 4th St., St. Paul (651) 225-GLBT (4528) <www.rumours-innuendo.com>
Rumours: hottest dance club with fabulous DJs. Innuendo: casual, intimate "Cheers" ambience for quiet conversation.

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1217 Tower Ave., Superior (715) 392-1756 <www.mainclubsuperior.com>

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Bar Scene > Bar Showcase
GAY 90'S
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PRIDE AT THE MINNEAPOLIS BARS
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Tickles

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Gay 90's

19 Bar Brass Rail

Gladius

Gay 90's Pride Brunch

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LAVENDER'S OUT IN THE STANDS PREPARTY
Tickles July 11

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LAVENDER'S THIRSTDAYS
Town House July 15

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Bar Scene > Lavender Lens
LAVENDER'S OUT IN THE STANDS POSTPARTY
Brass Rail July 16

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Bar Scene > Bar Calendar
For club addresses, phone numbers, and Web sites, see “Bar Advertiser Guide” on page 36. For events not at bars, see <LavenderMagazine. com/calendar>.

FRIDAY, JULY 30 Gary Collins 5 PM. Tickles. Mia Dorr 9 PM. Tickles. SATURDAY, JULY 31 Carlita Santiago Candidate Fundraiser Imperial Court of Minnesota Benefit for The Aliveness Project 8 PM. Gladius. Jeff Olson 9 PM. Tickles. Pajama Party Tickles. THURSDAY, AUGUST 5 Lure Benefits One Heartland

10 PM. Retro Bar. Gay 90’s. FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 Gary Collins 5 PM. Tickles. Drag Show Benefits Imperial Court of Minnesota 8 PM. Gladius. SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 Lip Service 9 PM. Town House.

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Cuisine > Off the Eaten Path

THE SAMPLE ROOM
DEBUTS AWESOME NEW MENU

[ by Heidi Fellner ]

f you haven’t been to The Sample Room lately, put it back on your list of restaurants to try. It has been a year since I last was there, but the promise of an overhauled menu, along with a renewed dedication to local and artisanal products, were lure enough for this ranch-raised foodie. I am

pleased to report the new menu has delivered on its promise. With the kitchen now in the hands of Executive Chef Matt Paulson and Sous Chef Adam Beal, what once was a solid neighborhood restaurant has blossomed into a destination. The new menu is playful and exuberant, plus it reveals a striking attention to detail.

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> Off the Eaten Path

Shrimp and Crab Gazpacho—tomatoes, cucumber, cilantro, and Mezcal, served with blue tortilla chips.

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server is your best resource for matchmaking perfection. With the Spanish sheep’smilk manchego, dry Spanish Juan Gil ($9.50/$38) was a natural. Verdillac White Bordeaux ($8.50/$29) proved the perfect companion to the Camembert. Fresh, crisp Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay ($16/$62) did something quite spectacular to the already-impressive halloumi, letting its light briny taste and crumbly curd-like texture shine, but refreshing the palate between salty bites. If your eye wanders toward the meat plates, order Don David Malbec ($10.50/$42). Some excellent Argentinian malbecs are produced these days, and the newly popular grape has a talent for work-

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ing with richer meats. Red Curry Pork Shanks ($9) are pure heaven—falling off the bone, garlicky, and everything a girl could wish for. Between mouthfuls, and as I was tipping back the apt and accommodating Surly Bender ($5.25), my dining partner picked that precise moment to out me to the kitchen staff as being of Jewish descent. I took a moment to swallow before deciding I didn’t really mind the wide eyes. The truth is, we never kept that kosher in my family of origin, and my mother experimented with the clovenhoofed meat from time to time. I don’t eat it often myself, but that’s all part of the taboo fun when you can get your hands on ex-

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Braised Red Curry Pork Shanks with cilantro gremolata.

Wild Mushroom Ragout on Polenta, topped with a touch of pumpkin seed and truffle oils.

cellent pork. If you never have had what I refer to as a “pork high,” refrain from eating it for a couple of months, then come to The Sample Room, and order this dish. I also ate shellfish, for the record. Paulson whipped up irresistible lobster, shrimp, and crab cannelloni, drizzling it in a champagne-based sauce. I hope they make an appearance on the menu soon. If not, I pray that Paulson has frequent access to those ingredients. The same combination of shrimp, crab, and lobster landed Paulson a seafood gazpacho with spicy chips. I could not imagine a more perfect dish for this time of year. Follow with the succulent, must-order Pork Belly Confit with ponzu sauce ($5.25), which is clearly one of Paulson’s favorites, in part because it features the handiwork of Fischer Family Farms. Its products are

a hit with chefs and diners for humane animal husbandry, quality, and safety. Sadly, this small, family-run business is worried about new USDA guidelines that could threaten smaller enterprises such as its. Let’s hope the government treads carefully. It is quite clear when you taste the pork belly that these animals have been treated with love and respect from the moment they were born until they arrive at your table. I would like to see the Fischers rewarded for their efforts. The savory portion of our meal concluded with Wild Mushroom Ragout on Polenta ($7.25). I am so glad I put my trust in Paulson’s hands, because this truffle oil-infused dish was on par with the cannelloni, the pork belly, and the gazpacho. Pair the polenta with subtle Marc Bredif Vouvray ($12/$48). Its fresh floral notes help balance the dark-

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ness inherent in the wild mushrooms. The dessert menu also has been revamped. We tried Chocolate Flan Cake ($6.50), and were glad we somehow managed to save room. The flan custard helped keep this caramel and chocolate confection light and summery. A tart Pometini—or my new favorite cocktail, the Ginger Lemonhead martini ($10)—would be smashing after dinner. The Sample Room now boasts separate lunch, brunch, and dinner menus, which include entrée-size plates. Bottom line: If you haven’t been to The Sample Room in a year, you haven’t been to The Sample Room.
The Sample Room 2124 Marshall St. NE, Mpls. (612) 789-0333 <www.the-sample-room.com>

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Founded in 1992, the Imperial Court of Minnesota (ICOM) is a chapter of the International Court System, established in 1965 in San Francisco by Empress José Sarria, the first openly gay person to run for public office in the United States. Over the past two decades, ICOM, primarily a fund-raising organization, has brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars for myriad local charities such as The Aliveness Project, as well as national ones like the Matthew Shepard Foundation. But ICOM has its fun side, too, with plenty of crowns and gowns at events that raise money as well. That will be most evident at its grandest spectacle of the year, Coronation XIX, on August 14 at the Radisson Plaza Downtown Minneapolis. Dignitaries from courts around the country will be in attendance. Partial proceeds benefit the Harvey Milk Foundation. ICOM is a monarchical organization, meaning that an Emperor and Empress elected each year preside over activities. Currently, Steven Yorek and Roxie Hart are running unopposed for Emperor XIX

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and Empress XIX, respectively. However, they each must garner 51 percent of the vote in an election on August 7 at the Downtown Minneapolis Davanni’s, which is open to the general public. If they achieve the necessary percentage, they will be crowned at Coronation XIX. For more information, visit <www.im pcourtmn.com>.

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Voting Sat., Aug. 7 Davanni’s 1242 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. Out-of-Town Show Fri., Aug. 13 Doors Open 7 PM Show 8-11 PM Brass Rail 422 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. Coronation XIX Sat., Aug. 14 Doors Open 6 PM Ceremony 6:59 PM Fjords Ballroom Radisson Plaza Downtown Mpls. 35 S. 7th St., Mpls. Victory Brunch Sun., Aug. 15 11 AM Radisson Plaza Downtown Mpls. Hospitality Atrium 35 S. 7th St., Mpls. Victory Party/Show Sun., Aug. 15 Party 3-7 PM Show Follows Gladius 1111 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.

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SATURDAY, JULY 31
The Variety Showcase Show. Enjoy an evening of some of our country’s best spoken word and special surprises. Features National Individual Slam Champion Ed Mabrey, Thadra Sheridan, Spoken Word from Dessa, and more. 10 PM. For ticket info, check out <www.bryantlakebowl.com>.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 1
Caffetto Arts and Crafts Fair. 40 local artists and artisans offer jewelry, bike accessories, bags, woodwork, and more. Enjoy live music performances and food. Aug. 1. Noon-6 PM. 708 W. 22nd St., Mpls. <www.fa cebook.com/CaffettoArtCraftFair>. Paws on Grand. “Paws,” as in your little friends at home, and “pause” to shop, dine, and conduct services on the avenue. Sidewalk sales, dining, and services for pet parents. Pets will be pampered with treats galore. Select businesses will allow pets into their stores. Come celebrate the dog days of summer on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue. (651) 699-0029 or <www. grandave.com>.

Courtesy of Grand Avenue Business Association

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3
National Night Out. Celebrate the 27th annual National Night Out, a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness, as well as support local anticrime awareness. <www.nationalnightout.org>. Nine Nights of Music. Observe National Night Out with Vic Volare and the Fabulous Volare Lounge Orchestra, with the sounds of Sinatra, Darin, and more. It’s the perfect ambience for a 1940s-era evening on the plaza. Minnesota’s multicultural music community gathers for free outdoor performances. Minnesota History Center. 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. , St. Paul. (651) 259-3000. <www.minnesotahistorycenter.org>.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5
Mill City Live: 757’s. This week’s band plays loose, straight-ahead, two-guitar, roaring rock that lives up to its airplane namesake. Next up on Aug. 12: Idle Hands, putting the “it” in Brit Rock. Admission includes the concert and entrance to the museum from 4-9 PM. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering for purchase. The event continues every Thursday night through Aug. 19. 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. (612) 3417555. <www.millcitymuseum.org>.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6
Glamorama 2010. Explore fashion through the music of Macy Gray and Eric Hutchinson. This year’s show unites fashion, fantasy, music, and magic in a runway style. The annual event benefits Children’s Cancer Research Fund®. 2010 designers: Jean Paul Gaultier, Just Cavalli, Marc Jacobs, Versace, and more. 8 PM, Orpheum Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. (612) 339-7007. <www.hennepintheatretrust.org>.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 9
Caribbean On the St. Croix. This 14th annual river cruise party benefits Hope House, which provides assisted care for people living with HIV/AIDS who no longer are able to live independently. Enjoy the chef’s choice buffet, raffle, and door prizes, plus dance to music by Total DiscTracktion. 7-10 PM, boarding begins 6 PM. FFI: Scott at (651) 351-0262. Where’s My Tony? A new spoof cabaret celebrates Broadway musicals and the categories you really want to see performed at the annual awards show. It showcases medleys from award-winning productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and more. Hennepin Stages Theatre, Lower Level, 824 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. <www.HennepinThe atreTrust.org>.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11
Wicked. Something wicked this way comes…again. The musical sensation known as Wicked is making its way back to Minneapolis, with more than a monthlong stay this time. It’s the story of the Wicked Witch of the West. Find out the truth behind the fable. Through Sept. 19. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. (800) 982-2787. <www.ticketmaster.com>.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13
Fargo-Moorhead Pride. Celebrate community, culture, and, of course, the gift of gay at this year’s FargoMoorhead Pride. The event is seeking out volunteers. If interested, or for more info, check out <www.pride collective.com/fmpride>.

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Queen of Mean. Lisa Lampanelli returns to Minneapolis for a special one-night appearance, celebrating the September 14 paperback release of her autobiography, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures of Food, Fat & Freaks. Prepare, as she takes insults to a whole new level. Sept. 25, 8 PM. State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. <www.hennepintheatretrust.org>. Rock of Ages. This five-time Tony-nominated musical stars Tony Award-nominee and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis. In 1987, on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer, and in LA’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s. Runs Oct. 19-24 at the Orpheum Theatre. 910 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls. Tickets now on sale. <HennepinTheatreTrust.org>.

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Say Thanks Day. Minnesotans celebrate at Harriet Island in St. Paul, as we say “thanks” to Minnesota’s service members, while enjoying a scenic Walk/5K Run along the Mississippi River. Live music and great food. Tickets $25 per person. Free for all military service members and their immediate families, and children under 12. What a great way to enjoy the day, and support a great cause! Sign up now. <www.thankmntroops.org>.

ONGOING
The Fantasticks. It’s no surprise that this whimsical, poignant, and universal musical ran 42 years Off-Broadway because of songs such as “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Going to Rain.” Audiences have cared for the two young lovers and their warring families for decades. You’ll enjoy it all even more in the intimacy of Theater in the Round’s arena. Through July 31. Theater in the Round Players, 245 Cedar Ave., Mpls. (612) 333-3010. <www.theatreintheround.org>. The Music Man. Professor Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa, with the intent of swindling the community. He poses as a bandleader, and attempts to con the locals before he skips town with cash. Watch the 70 Fridley Community Theatre actors, as they find good, bad, and deceit in Mr. Hill. Through Aug. 1. <www. fridleycommunitytheatre.org>. The Mystery of Irma Vep. Help Jungle Theater celebrate its 20th season with this outrageous, sidesplitting comedy by Charles Ludlam. This hilarious send-up of Victorian melodrama and gothic romance is the tale of a sympathetic werewolf, a vampire, and an Egyptian princess. Laugh as murder and mayhem break out. Through Aug. 1. Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. (612) 822-7063. <www.junglethe ater.com>. Sawdust. Fame. Fortune. Glitz. Grit. Circus Juventas presents a tale of two young men chasing a dream during the golden era of traveling circuses. Features performances by advanced youth joined by legendary circus stars. Highlights traditional circus acts, including: teeterboard, acrobatics, swinging trapeze, and more. Through Aug. 15. Circus Juventas Big Top, 1270 Montreal Ave., St. Paul, (612) 699-8229. Tickets for all reserved seating on sale now. <www.ticketworks.com>.

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A Streetcar Named Desire. This play delivers an unforgettable dramatic ride, filled with love, loss, and the dream of what’s to come. In the heart of New Orleans, Blanche DuBois arrives on the doorstep of her younger sister, Stella, and her sister’s sexy, brutish husband, Stanley. Watch as Stanley’s skepticism boils about their new visitor, driving a deep wedge between them. Through Aug. 2. Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. (612) 377-2224. <www.guthriethe ater.org>.
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Whistle Stop Bed & Breakfast. Whether you’re planning a business trip, honeymoon, observing an anniversary, or just an “escape” from the ordinary, the Whistle Stop is at your service. New York Mills, MN (800) 328-6315, www.whistlestopbedandbreakfast.com.

Employment
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES Tubman is seeking a Director of Clinical Services. Lic. MA level in social work, psy., marriage and family therapy, nursing, or related field. Experience in MH and CH, Co-occurring evidence-based prac. & sys. of care. Min. 5 yrs exp sup clinical leadership staff. FT, DOQs, full benefits. Go to www. tubman.org for full announcement. Cover Letter & resume by 8/19/10 to HR, Tubman, 4432 Chicago Ave. So., Mpls, MN 55407 or to gburke@tubman.org.

Political
A GLBT URGENT CALL TO ACTION: AUG.10-VOTE TO eliminate aggressively Anti-GLBT & Anti-Same-Sex Marriage GOP Congressional Candidate Teresa Collett from winning her GOP Primary Election for 4th Congressional District by voting for Jack Shepard. It’s the best way to respond to Teresa Collett’s National Campaign of Speeches against the GLBT Community & Same-sex Marriage is by voting for Jack Shepard only to removing Teresa Collett ASAP. To guarantee that Teresa Collett’s name is not on the Nov. 2-Ballot! www.jackshepardforcongress.com.

Therapeutic Massage
R & R STUDIO. A rub above the rest. Offering Therapeutic Massage. SPECIAL: $60/hour or $75/1.5 hour. In/Out by appointment only. Convenient downtown location. Free parking. Ryan, (952) 261-4944. athleticbulldog2004@ yahoo.com. STRONG & RELAXING hands, resulting in bodywork at its best! Bruck, MT, DC in South Minneapolis @ (612) 306-6323. FULL BODY DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE. Relax & Unwind from Head to Toe. Private S. Mpls Studio. Music, Candles, Jacuzzi, Full Bath. In/Out Calls. 7 days. 10am - 10pm. (612) 388-8993. Keith. ZENTRAL MASSAGE welcomes the GLBT community to a customized therapeutic massage, facial or body polish with a trained therapist. Music, hot towels and comfortable tables enhance your relaxation journey. (612) 369-8641. FULL BODY MASSAGE. Warm relaxing atmosphere, Minneapolis. Hour Massage $60.00. Shower Available. (612) 219-6743. 7 days a week, 10 am - 10 pm. Therapist: 5’10, 167#, 32 waist. BORING...BORING...BORING !!! Sick of boring, mediocre sessions? This time...get unbelievably pampered and have lots of fun with a hot, talented masseur! These sessions are very unique, extremely erotic, totally uninhibited, and smokin’ hot!!! Call for details (no pressure to hire) - you’re gonna love this! Kevin, (612) 229-0001.

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Health/Fitness
501 FIT. Strength with Class. Improve your life. Fun, Effective and Affordable Strength Training Classes. Try “1” Class for FREE! 501 Washington Ave. S. 3rd Fl., Minneapolis, MN. (612) 767-4415. www.501fit.com.

Psychotherapy
DENNIS CHRISTIAN, LICSW. (612) 9407033. www.dennischristian.com. Are you in crisis, feeling depressed or struggling with life? Do you need to talk to a mental health professional now? Call Tris Casciaro, MA LPC, 1-866-864-8924. Accepts Visa/MC/AmEx/Discover. IRENE GREENE, MSEd, Psychotherapist: 24 years experience. Individual, Couples Counseling, Mediation. Life changes, relationship, gender, sexuality, parenting, anger, anxiety, depression. Coming Out, Sexual Abuse, DID Groups. Sliding fee. Professional, nonjudgmental, confidential. (612) 874-6442. irenegreene@earthlink.net.

Help Wanted
Free Arts Minnesota: looking for volunteers to work with abused, neglected, at-risk children using art and mentorship. Time commitment of 1.5 hours weekly. More information, Hannah, (612) 824-2787. www. freeartsminnesota.org.

Home Furnishing
COTTAGE HOUSE • An Occasional Market • Next sale: ANTIQUE FAIR! • AUGUST 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. Wed: 1 - 8pm. Thurs-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun: 10am - 6pm • 4304 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. www. thecottagehousempls.com. FLAMINGOS • An Occasional Sale • Next sale: Wednesday - Sunday, August 11-15, 10am - 6pm, 3404 Cedar Ave. Minneapolis, MN (612) 767-4548.

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Home Services
Handyman Services Available for your Summer Projects. Professional. Insured. Oriel Flores, (612) 385-2102.

House Cleaning
TERRY LIDDELL, Residential cleaning. Dependable - Honest. Excellent references. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, flexible schedules. tliddellcleaning@yahoo.com. Call Terry: (612) 834-4887. The Maids Home Services gives you the healthiest, most thorough housecleaning, guaranteed! Supervised teams, bonded, insured, environmentally safe cleaning products are why Nobody Outcleans The Maids. Free estimates (952) 929-6243. www. maids.com. ECO-GREEN RESIDENTIAL CLEANING SERVICE. $40 discount for first time customers. GREEN DARLENE. Professional staff-bonded and insured. Budget friendly to bring you a sparkling clean. Free estimates. (612) 232-6573. www.greendarlene.com.

Spacious, newly-remodeled turn-of-century lower-level duplex / two bedroom / 1605 Dupont Avenue North / classic-revitalized neighborhood one mile to new stadium: hardwood floors, laundry, parking, $895/heat. (952) 996-9479.

Rogue Photography has a unique vision and is passionate about her photography. Call Ann for your family portraits, weddings, senior pics, pets, and real estate listings. (612) 308-1488. www.roguephotography.com.

The Tranny Factory @ The Spa. Complete Makeovers for Men becoming Women. theuptownspa@yahoo.com. (612) 986-4929. Private-Supportive-Affordable makeup-nailswardrobe-hair-waxing.

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Community Connection
Community Connection brings visibility to local GLBT-friendly non-profit organizations. To reserve your listing in Community Connection, call 612-436-4698 or email advertising@ lavendermagazine.com.

Co-op Living.
Old Town in Town Co-op. 1 to 3 bdrms from $650-$1,225. www. oldtownintown.org (612) 209-2045 Ask about Move In Specials!

Education
Hazelden Providing comprehensive treatment, recovery solutions. Helping people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. P.O. Box 11 15251 Pleasant Valley Rd Center City, MN (800) 257-7800 www.hazelden.org

Addiction & Treatment

Art Institutes International Minnesota Helping prepare students for careers in the visual and practical arts. 15 South 9th Street Minneapolis, MN (612) 332-3361 www.artinstitutes.edu/minneapolis

Quatrefoil Library Your GLBT Library with stacks of DVDs, books, and magazines. Check out our online catalogue. 1619 Dayton Ave., No. 105 St. Paul, MN (651) 641-0969 www.qlibrary.org The Loft Literary Center Where writers learn from other writers. Visit www.loft.org for classes, events, conferences, and more. 1011 Washington Ave S. Suite 200 Open Book Minneapolis, MN (612) 215-2575 www.loft.org loft@loft.org

Library

History Theatre Plays and musicals that illuminate the broad American experience, celebrating local legends, rock icons, and everyday people. 30 East 10th Street St. Paul, MN (651) 292-4323 www.HistoryTheatre.com Jungle Theater Professional theater producing contemporary and classic works in an intimate setting in the Lynlake neighborhood. 2951 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN (612) 822-7063 www.JungleTheater.com Minneapolis Musical Theatre “Giving Voice to the Human Experience” New and Rarely-Seen Musicals. 8520 W. 29th St. Minneapolis, MN (612) 605-3298 www.aboutmmt.org Minnesota Orchestra Led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra, one of America’s leading symphony orchestras. 1111 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN (612) 371-5656 (800) 292-4141 www.minnesotaorchestra.org Northrop Presenting world-class entertainment in the heart of the Twin Cities. 84 Church St. SE Minneapolis, MN Business Office: (612) 625-6600 Ticket Office: (612) 624-2345 northrop.umn.edu One Voice Mixed Chorus Passionate about building community and creating social change by raising our voices in song. 732 Holly Ave. Ste. Q Saint Paul, MN (651) 298-1954 www.ovmc.org operations@ovmc.org Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Hosting, presenting, and creating performing arts and educational programs that enrich diverse audiences. 345 Washington St. St. Paul, MN (651) 224-4222 www.ordway.org Park Square Theatre Creating entertainment that matters; transporting you to unique worlds through exceptional talent and masterful stories. 20 West Seventh Pl. Saint Paul, MN (651) 291-7005 www.parksquaretheatre.org The Minnesota Opera America’s most exciting opera company tickets start at just $20. 620 N. 1st St. Minneapolis, MN (612) 342-9550 www.mnopera.org

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Events
Minneapolis Bike Tour Annual bike ride in September supporting Minneapolis Parks. Fully supported route, refreshments and music in finish area. 2117 West River Rd. Minneapolis, MN (612) 230-6400 www.minneapolisbiketour.com mplsbiketour@minneapolisparks.org Red Ribbon Ride Four-day Bike Ride in July Benefiting Eight HIV/AIDS Service Organizations in Minnesota. 4457 3rd Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN (612) 822-2110 www.redribbonride.org

Aliveness Project, The Community Center for Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS -- On-site Meals, Food Shelf and Supportive Services. 730 East 38th St. Minneapolis, MN (612) 824-LIFE (5433) www.aliveness.org HIM Program One of the Red Door Services of the Hennepin County Public Health Clinic. 525 Portland Ave. 4th Floor Minneapolis, MN (612) 348-9100 www.himprogram.org www.StopSyphilisNOW.org www.CrystalClearMN.org www.inSPOT.org/Minnesota

Media & Communications
Minnesota Public Radio Providing in depth news coverage, classical music and emerging artists on our three regional services. (651) 290-1212 www.mpr.org

MAP AIDSline MAP AIDSLine is the confidential statewide toll-free HIV information and referral service. 1400 Park Ave. Minneapolis, MN (612) 373-AIDS (metro) or (800) 248-AIDS (statewide) mapaidsline@mnaidsproject.org www.mnaidsproject.org Park House Day Health / Mental Health Treatment Program for Adults Living with HIV/AIDS. 710 E. 24th Street, Suite 303 Minneapolis, MN (612) 871-1264 www.allina.com/ahs/anw.nsf/page/ park_house_home U of MN Research Studies Looking for HIV+ and HIV- individuals to participate in research studies. 420 Delaware Street SE Minneapolis, MN (612) 625-7472

Radio K 770 Radio K is the award-winning student-run radio station of the University of Minnesota 330 21st Ave. S. 610 Rarig Center University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN (612) 625-3500 www.radiok.org Walker Art Center Internationally recognized as a leading venue for the presentation of the art of our time. 1750 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN (612) 375-7600 www.walkerart.org Ballet of the Dolls Resident Company of Newly Renovated Ritz Theater. Twin Cities first year-round dance-theater program. 35 13th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN (612) 623-7660 www.ritzdolls.org Flower Shop Project Producing new and local works of theatre that are smart, ballsy and fundamentally entertaining. At Bryant-Lake Bowl & Patrick’s Cabaret Minneapolis, MN (612) 388-8628 www.theflowershopproject.com Guthrie Theater Come On In! Performances, Classes, Dining, Tours. 818 South 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN (612) 377-2224 www.guthrietheater.org Hennepin Theatre Trust Orpheum, State and Pantages Theatres Twin Cities’ best live entertainment: Broadway shows, music concerts, comedy, dance and more! Minneapolis, MN (612) 673-0404 www.HennepinTheatreDistrict.org

Fitness
YWCA of Minneapolis Healthy Me. Healthy Community. Co-ed, full-service health clubs. Locations in Downtown, Midtown and Uptown 2808 Hennepin Avenue South Minneapolis, MN (612) 874-7131 www.ywcampls.org

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Performing Arts

Health & Wellness
GLBTCALLITQUITS.COM If you’re ready to quit smoking, we’re here to support you. (866) 434-9736 Rainbow Health Initiative Working to improve the health of LGBTQ Minnesotans through education, clinical practice, outreach, and advocacy. RHI is the lead agency for the MN Tobacco-free Lavender Communities. 611-A West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN (877) 499-7744 www.rainbowhealth.org www.mntlc.org Sexual Health Empowerment (S.H.E.) Clinic Uninsured? Underinsured? Sexual health services for female-bodied, queeridentified individuals provided on a sliding fee scale. 33 South 5th St. Minneapolis, MN (612) 332-2311 www.midwesthealthcenter.org

Art Galleries

July 30-August 12, 2010

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Enjoy Masterpieces From All Over The World And Every Period Of Human History. Free Admission Daily! 2400 3rd Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN (612) 870-3000 www.artsmia.org

Zeitgeist Arts Cafe Duluth’s newest dining experience offering contemporary American dining and full bar in an art-filled setting. 222 E. Superior St. Duluth, MN (218) 722-9100 www.zeitgeistartscafe.com

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[ by Jennifer Parello ]

Children: A Cautionary Tale
Although I have no desire to have children myself, I often have fantasized about getting involved with a single mother. Being a stepmother seemed to have all the benefits of motherhood without the hassles. You’d be the kid’s fun, cool friend; the person they’d turn to when they needed someone to talk some sense into their mother; and the adult who let them sneak sips of beer, and winked in commiseration when they needed money to buy condoms.
So, a couple of years ago, I was delighted to develop a crush on a single mom. When I met Leigh, she told me she recently had resurfaced in the dating world after ending a long-term relationship. The breakup was amicable. She and her former lover shared custody of Billy, their son. Carol, her ex-girlfriend, lived upstairs, so they both could see Billy every day. I met Carol on my first date with Leigh. Carol greeted me at the door with a cold, deadly stare. She turned her back on me, and walked inside without a word. Obviously, she had not been told that their breakup was amicable. I didn’t meet Billy until our third date. He possessed an unsettling stillness that made him seem like a desperately unhappy middleaged man squeezed into a little-boy body. I handed Billy the toy I had been carrying with me since my first date with Leigh. I had come to the first date fully prepared to buy his affection. But I didn’t remove the toy from my bag on that occasion, because I was fairly certain Carol would kill me if I made a move on her son. Billy accepted the gift without a thank-you. He sat on the floor playing with it, ignoring my attempts to make conversation with him. Over the next few weeks, I left other presents with his mother to give to him. He must have viewed me as his own personal Boo Radley, someone who was kept chained to a drainpipe, and only emerged to leave small presents at his doorstep. After a few weeks, Billy began to warm up to me in that way a wild animal will if he thinks you are going to give him food. One day, he asked me to hold him upside down by the feet. Nothing playful about the request. Billy was all business. I dutifully picked him up by the feet. “Now, swing me around,” he demanded. I did so, and he endured the session joylessly. I don’t know if it was the weird kid or the homicidal ex-girlfriend, but my infatuation with Leigh waned the moment I first stepped into her house. Still, I felt compelled to sleep with her. So, one evening, when Billy was spending the night upstairs at Carol’s apartment, I slept over. I woke the next morning early, determined to get out of the house before Billy returned home. While I was in the bathroom washing my face, I heard a door slam, and tiny feet pounding down the hallway. The feet ran past the bathroom, but then skidded to a stop. A small voice called into the bathroom. “Mommy?” I froze. “Mommy? Mommy?” I had no idea what to do. I prayed that the kid would give up, and walk away. “Mommy?” “Yes,” I said finally. “I love you,” he said in a singsong. I stared at myself in the mirror, my eyes wide with panic. “Mommy? I love you,” he repeated. He wasn’t going to leave without a response. “I love you, too,” I said finally—not meaning a word of it.

Finally I’m going to meet Big Jack, the most famous porno actor. Enfin, je vais faire la connaissance de Big Jack, l’acteur prono le plus célèbre.

Hi, Big Jack! Hi. Salut Big Jack! Salut.

I’m Jack. He’s Big Jack. Je suis Jack. Lui, c’est Big Jack.

Like the ventriloquist and his dummy! Tel un ventriloque et sa marionnette!

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Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus An award-winning chorus that builds community through music and offers entertainment worth coming out for! 528 Hennepin Ave., Suite 307 Minneapolis, MN (612) 339-SONG (7664) chorus@tcgmc.org www.tcgmc.org University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance Educating artists and audiences through a diverse mix of performances on both land and water. U of M Theatre 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN (612) 624-2345 www.theatre.umn.edu Edina Community Lutheran Church Upbeat, growing congregation committed to inclusion, justice, peace, community and proclaiming God’s YES to all. 4113 W. 54th St. Edina, MN (952) 926-3808 www.eclc.org Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Take a Spiritual Journey With Hennepin’s Faith Community Through Worship, Education, Fellowship, Service, and More. 511 Groveland Ave. Minneapolis, MN (612) 871-5303 www.haumc.org Mayflower Community Congregational United Church of Christ An open and affirming, peace with justice church welcomes you. 106 E. Diamond Lake Rd. (I-35 & Diamond Lake Rd.) Minneapolis, MN (612) 824-0761 www.mayflowermpls.org Mount Olive Lutheran Church Ours is a welcoming parish, rich in music, liturgy and opportunities to serve the community. 3045 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, MN (612) 827-5919 www.mountolivechurch.org Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis A Beacon of Liberal Theology. Progressive Christianity, Traditional Setting & Service, Social Action, The Arts & Music. 1900 Nicollet Ave. at Franklin Minneapolis, MN (612) 871-7400 www.plymouth.org Spirit of Hope An Independent Catholic community. At our table, all are welcome. Mass at 5 PM Saturday evening. Fr. Marty Shanahan. Worship at: St. Anne’s Episcopal Church 2035 Charlton Rd Sunfish Lake, MN www.spiritofhopecatholiccommunity.org St. Luke Presbyterian Church We’re a joyful, compassionate community on a spiritual journey, seeking justice and peace. Join us. 3121 Groveland School Rd. Wayzata, MN (952) 473-7378 www.stlukeweb.org St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Wherever you are on your faith journey... St. Mark’s Welcomes You. 519 Oak Grove St. Minneapolis, MN (612) 870-7800 www.ourcathedral.org St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church with Wingspan Ministry + PASTORAL CARE + EDUCATION + WITNESS + ADVOCACY + Outreach of St. Paul-Reformation Church to the GLBTQA Community. 100 N. Oxford St. St. Paul, MN (651) 224-3371 www.stpaulref.org University Lutheran Church of Hope Reconciling Congregation - All Are Welcome. Social Justice Opportunities. Strong University Links - Questioning Encouraged. Great Music. 601 13th Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN (612) 331-5988 www.ulch.org Westminster Presbyterian Church A Covenant Network Congregation, Working Toward a Church as Generous and Just as God’s Grace. Nicollet Mall at 12th St. Minneapolis, MN (612) 332-3421 www.ewestminster.org Grand Marais Area Tourism Association Visit the North Shore's only harbor village - art, dining, shopping, outdoor activities, the perfect escape. P.O Box 1048 13 North Broadway Ave Grand Marais, MN (888) 922-5000 (218) 387-2524 www.grandmarais.com Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism America's Gay Oasis is Beautiful Palm Springs. www.palm-springs.org Visit Minneapolis North Convention & Visitors Bureau We take pride in helping individuals find the ideal location for events & celebrations. 6200 Shingle Creek Parkway, Suite 248, Minneapolis, MN (763) 566-7722 / (800) 541-4364 www.visitminneapolisnorth.com Winneshiek County Convention & Visitors Bureau / Discover Decorah Refresh, rejuvenate, rekindle....whatever R&R you’re up for, the Decorah area is the ultimate heaven 507 West Water Street Decorah, IA 52101 (800) 463-4692 www.visitdecorah.com Minnesota Zoo Open year-round. More than 2,400 animals to explore. Numerous special events. 13000 Zoo Blvd. Apple Valley MN (952) 431-9200 www.mnzoo.org

Retirement

Pets/Pet Services
Animal Humane Society Adoption, rescue, outreach, training, boarding. Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury. (763) 432-4527 www.animalhumanesociety.org Wildcat Sanctuary A non-profit accredited sanctuary for over 100 abandoned and abused bobcats, tigers, leopards and more. Sandstone, MN (320) 245-6871 www.wildcatsanctuary.org

The Kenwood Retirement Community Our full service retirement community provides Independent, Assisted Living and Short Term apartment rentals. 825 Summit Avenue, Minneapolis, MN (612) 374-8100 www.thekenwood.net

Family Tree Clinic LGBTQ Health Matters at Family Tree! Offering respectful, affordable sexual health service to meet your needs. 1619 Dayton Avenue St. Paul, MN (651) 645-0478 www.familytreeclinic.org Man2Man Interactive events where guys talk to one another about being gay/bi, dating, sex, life! Metro (612) 626-7937 1-800-552-8636 www.M2M.mn

Sexual Health

Politics & Rights
Human Rights Campaign Advocates for all GLBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots action, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals. P.O. Box 50608 Minneapolis, MN www.twincities.hrc.org www.hrc.org Minnesota Log Cabin Republicans Inclusion Wins. 115 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN www.mnlogcabin.org OutFront Minnesota Delivering programs / services in the area of public policy, anti-violence, education and training, and law. 310 E. 38th St., Ste. 204 Minneapolis, MN (612) 822-0127 www.outfront.org

Zoos

Social Organizations
Imperial Court of Minnesota P.O. Box 582417 Minneapolis, MN www.impcourtmn.com

Pride
Twin Cities Pride The third-largest national Pride celebration seeks sponsors, volunteers, and board members. Contact us today. 2021 East Hennepin Ave, Ste. 460 Minneapolis, MN (612) 305-6900 www.tcpride.org

Community Shares of Minnesota Community Shares of Minnesota raises funds and awareness for local organizations fighting for justice and equality. 1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 323 St.Paul, MN (651) 647-0440 changeisbetter.org

Social Justice

Sports & Recreation

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Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League (TCGSL) Join 500 GLBT softball players as we celebrate 32 years of gay softball in Minnesota. PO Box 580264 Minneapolis, MN www.tcgsl.org

Religious & Spiritual
Central Lutheran Church We welcome all people to discover, celebrate and share the love of Christ. 333 Twelfth St. S. Minneapolis, MN (612) 870-4416 www.centralmpls.org

Travel
Door County Visitor Bureau Your Stories. Our Setting. Like Nowhere Else. Door County, Wisconsin. PO Box 406 Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 (800) 52-RELAX (73529) www.doorcounty.com/info@doorcounty.com

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Backtalk > Consider the Source

[ by Julie Dafydd ]

Palm Off
Famous “butt-inski” Dear Abby devoted an entire column recently to palm reading, which she belittled as a cheap parlor game with no basis in science.
That, of course, makes it totally unlike offering a two-sentence solution to a complete stranger who has a pen, a stamp, and some frightening problems. Nevertheless, they wrote to her complaining of being fleeced by palm readers. The letters were so unbelievable that reading the column left me shaking my head from side to side. That isn’t usually a big deal, but I was being fitted for a partial denture at the time. Anyway, Abby dumped on palm readers. And it was about time. Now, I’m not saying all palm readers are crooks. Just some. A few. Three or four, tops. The rest are OK. (There, that ought to ward off any pesky round of lawsuits.) But those three or four give all palm readers a bad name. Well, two bad names. So, if you want to let a woman with a cigar dangling from her mouth tell you what life has in store for you, have at it. But first, you should understand it. The science of palm reading is based on interpreting lines and wrinkles and food stains on your hand. For example, a long line from the center of your wrist to the index finger signifies that the palm reader’s assistant is probably breaking into the trunk of your car. Two lateral lines almost always mean the assistant is yanking your new navigation system from your dashboard. And seven lines forming a full circle on your palm mean your parents were very likely related. One of the oldest palm reading tricks is for the “reader” to squeeze your hand as she “gazes at your life.” At that moment, she begins removing any valuable rings the need to be beaten and robbed by four hookers who smelled like a landfill. On this trip, I made a 2 AM decision (I’ve always found that to be the ideal time to make the really big ones) to have my palm read for $20. Hey, I was going to lose it one way or the other: the palm reader or the four hookers in their body-fluid-encrusted fishnets. The woman sat me down, grabbed my hand, and started babbling: “You will soon suffer a serious loss.” As she said it, I noticed one of her assistants rifling through my tote bag draped over the chair beside me. I quickly got up; slammed the assistant’s sweaty head in a desk drawer five or six times—hey, she was big for an 8-year-old!—took back my wallet; slipped it into my jeans back pocket; and sat down again. “OK”, the palm reader said in an eerie, almost mystical voice. “Maybe you won’t.” Realizing now that she didn’t have the typical Bimbo Tourist seated in front of her, she began rattling off more routine, mundane stuff. “You will move up in the world.” She was technically correct on this one. A month later, I was moved from the third floor to the fifth floor of my apartment building, so they could fumigate the third floor for bedbugs. “A tall, dark, and handsome man will briefly enter your life.” Right again. Six weeks after she said that, a Chippendale dancer bitch-slapped me after my pinky ring got caught in his man-thong. “A great feeling of freedom and openness will follow you wherever you go.” I was all the way to Kennedy Airport before I realized that her damn assistant had cut the entire seat clear out of my jeans. Well, hey, consider the source. You just can’t trust those 8-year-olds. Bye for now. Kiss, kiss.

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from your hand. Occasionally, she removes a finger as well. This is known in the palm reading business as “oops!” You seldom get the ring back, and the finger back only about half the time. And losing a finger is a serious problem for most people, with the notable exception of the famous “woman-scorned” victim, John Wayne Bobbit, who shrugs off a thing like that. But let me tell you why I personally dislike palm readers. About 20 years ago, I visited a friend in New York—Brooklyn, to be precise—which is something I used to do whenever feeling

Ms. Behavior© |
[ by Meryl Cohn ]

Guilty Ex
Dear Ms. Behavior:
An ex of mine rolled back into town recently. Terri always has been a handful in the past, but this time, she turned up looking good and clear-eyed. She told me that she needed a job, and asked me to help her. I always get sucked into helping, which is why she asks me for assistance (instead of any one of her dozen other exes). Anyway, I manage a retail shop (souvenirs), so I recommended Terri to my boss. We needed someone to fill in a few nights a week, so it seemed like a perfect fit. The problem is that right after Terri started working in the store, I found out (from the newspaper) she recently was arrested and convicted for shoplifting. It had no details about what she stole, or from whom. I am baffled about what to do with the information. I never have known her to be a shoplifter, but I can’t say I’m totally surprised, either. Anyway, should I confront Terri, and insist that she tell me what happened, or is it none of my business? If she promises that she never will shoplift again, should I believe her? Am I obligated to warn my boss or is that unfair? Am I supposed to be extra-loyal, just because we were once girlfriends (seven years ago)? —Guilty Ex

Dear Guilty Ex:
That Terri is your ex complicates things emotionally, but is otherwise irrelevant. Your direct action (hiring Terri) has put someone else (your boss) in jeopardy, so you need to mitigate the risk. Most of the time, activities that happen outside of work are nobody’s business, as long as they are legal, and don’t harm the company’s reputation. Teachers, politicians, and certain civic employees may not get away with posting photos of their bare butts on Facebook, but retail employees generally are up against fewer rules. They can blog with impunity about drunken dancing with strippers and thugs, and describe spitting nickels from various orifices every Friday night. Shoplifting, however, does not fall into this category, because it means the employee is a thief, as opposed to just a psycho partier who is letting off a little steam. So, if you’re the one who brings a convicted

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thief to your boss’s store, you can’t claim it’s none of your business. Because you don’t know exactly why Terri was arrested, it’s best to talk with her about it. Did she steal things like pencils, money, or her coworkers’ bagged lunches from her previous job? Or, did she hang around the Prada outlet, shoving sunglasses and wallets into her underwear? Was this her first time or is she a chronic shoplifter? Even if Terri swears she never will steal again, how could you trust her? If your souvenir store sells things like jewelry and cameras, or other small and easily concealed items, guarding these things would prove challenging. How could you possibly detect all losses in a foolproof manner, without conducting a cavity search? Performing such a search on an ex could be awkward. In any case, let Terri know that you can’t keep secrets about her shoplifting. Ultimately, you’ll need to talk to your boss. She’s the one who will need to decide whether to let the little magpie stay on.

Dear Ms. Behavior:
I read your column, and I wanted to respond to the recent letter from “Pained Mom.” I as a gay man have been in that situation. Your remarks were right on the mark. I was engaged to a woman, broke it off, and finally decided to come out of the closet. My mother thought it right still to have a relationship with the woman I was engaged to. How could I say no to that? My mother told me that she had a right, as their relationship was a “one-on-one,” and did not include me. I accepted that explanation. So, I hope that “Pained Mom” still has that relationship with the “other half.” She has every right to have that. I hope her daughter realizes that. It is not easy for our parents to continue those relationships once ours is done, but they may, and they can! We as the “hurt” or “hurting” half need to realize that. Sincerely, David S. Wicklander
© 2010 Meryl Cohn. Address questions and correspondence to <msbehavior@aol.com>. She is the author of Do What I Say: Ms. Behavior’s Guide to Gay and Lesbian Etiquette (Houghton Mifflin). Signed copies are available directly from the author.

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Yellow Pages > Advertiser Index
Adult
Hardline Gay Chat........ 65 Megaphone ................... 64 Minneapolis Bike Tour... 35 Minnesota Zoo .............. 45 Park Tavern Bowling & Entertainment Center . 9 Out at the Movies .......... 3 Summer of Pride ............ 21 Uptown Dermatology & SkinSpa ....................... 57 Vader, Kathy................... 57

Mortgage
Gleason, Pat ................... 9 Grunewald, Mark .......... 27 Lozinski, David ............... 21

Arts & Entertainment
Art Institutes International Minnesota ...................... 27 Ordway Center for the Performing Arts ........ 31 The Kids Are All Right .... 33 Uptown Art Fair ............. 11

Home Services
4 Quarters Design & Build ................................ 24 A -Z Electric ................... 56 Berglin Flores Fine Art & Design ................... 33 Good Stuff Moving ....... 56 Granite Transformations 55 Hi-Tech Installations ....... 56 Matt’s Tree Service ........ 56 Personal Pride Construction ................... 55 R. Davis Construction, Inc. .................................. 55 Ryan’s Tree Care ........... 56 Seal King ........................ 54 Soderlin Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning ......... 55 SOS Homecare ............. 55 The Tile Shop ................. 26 Twin City Heating and Air............................ 24

Optical
Specs Appeal................. 17

Financial
Harbor Group Inc. ........ 5, 54 Moltaji, Roya .................. 11 Palm, Karen .................... 7 ROR Tax Professionals .. 54 Wells Fargo Bank .......... 11

Organizations
The Aliveness Project ..... 21 Ameriprise Financial ...... 68

Automotive
LaMettry’s Collision ....... 21 Morrie’s Mazda ............ 7

Pet Products & Services
Animal Humane Society ........................... 17 Larpenteur Animal Hospital .......................... 17

Floral & Garden
Landscape Junction ....... 55 Tangletown Gardens ..... 25

Bars & Nightlife
Bar Advertiser Guide .... 36 19 Bar ............................. 41 Brass Rail ........................ 38 Coale’s ........................... 43 Fusion: Restaurant Bar Lounge ..................... 41 Gay 90’s ....................... 39 Gladius ........................... 42 Innuendo ........................ 42 Tickles ............................. 38 Town House .................. 40

Funeral Services
Johnson Hannah, Barbara ......................... 54

Pharmacies
BioScrip Pharmacy ........ 5

Real Estate & Rentals
Bowker, Kent .................. 58 Calfee, David ................. 58 Farinella, Marilyn .......... 58 Haubrich Homes............ 58 gayrealestate.com ......... 58 Groff, Wayne ................. 58 Leviton, Ann .................... 57 McGee, Michael ........... 27 Ruzick, Amy & Johnson, Kay.................................. 21

Gifts
Fantasy Gifts .................. 13

Grocery Stores........
Wedge Co-op ................ 49

Insurance
American Family Insurance ........................ 7 Baldwin, Davina ............ 56 Wagner Insurance-Financial Services .......................... 56 Wolfson, Steve ............... 56

Beauty & Relaxation
Anew Aesthetic Medical Center .............. 6 Barbers on Bryant.......... 54 Brian Graham Salon ..... 9 Garden of Eden ............. 24

Health, Wellness & Recovery
Advanced Foot and Ankle Care ..................... 8 Amble, Paul DDS ........... 27 Burns, Steve .................... 57 Carrillo, Dr. Thomas P.... 57 Chase, Lisa ..................... 57 Childs, Julie Childs ......... 57 Fitness Together ............. 23 Get Real Fitness ............. 55 Heffelfinger, Kate........... 57 Heteroflexible Therapy . 57 HIM Program ................. 6 Homecare Assist ............ 7 Lyn-Lake Chiro ................ 35 Minnesota Department of Health......................... 51 O’Hara, Paul .................. 57 Pride Institute .................. 23 Running Tiger Shaolin Kenpo ............................. 55 Shaklee ........................... 55 Stolz, James.................... 57 University of Minnesota, Infectious Diseases ........ 2

Restaurants
French Meadow Bakery & Café ............................ 45 Jakeeno’s Pizza & Pasta 49 KinDee Thai Restaurant . 49 Midori’s Floating World Café .................... 44 OM ................................. 51 Sushi Tango .................... 44 Toast Wine Bar & Café . 49 Uptown Diner/Calhoun Grill/LouisianaCafé/ Grandview Grill ............. 49 W.A. Frost....................... 45

Jewelry
Max’s .............................. 6 T Lee Fine Designer Jewelry............................ 35

Beverages
Budweiser ....................... 37 Miller Lite ........................ 67

Communications
AM950, The Voice of Minnesota .................. 27 Radio K 770 ................. 24

Legal
Bohn & Associates ........ 54 Cloutier & Brandl ........... 51 Davis Law Office ........... 17 Dean, Jeff ....................... 5 Hoffner, Fabian .............. 13 Family Solutions Law Group ............................. 27 Heltzer & Burg ............... 25 Moshier, Becky .............. 7 Terry & Slane ................. 8

Computer & Internet
Big Dog Solutions .......... 54
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Employment
Pride Talent Acquisition . 23

Sports & Recreation
Minnesota Lynx .............. 21, 44

Events
Lavender First Thursdays........................ 23 Lavender’s THIRST days 43

Media & Communications
Lavender Yellow Pages .............................. 45

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Dining Guide Listing |
AVERAGE PRICE OF A TYPICAL ENTREE $ LESS THAN $15, $$ $15-$25, $$$ MORE THAN $25

Our Guide to the Metro Eateries Featured in This Issue Lavender Magazine’s Dining Guide is your resource to GLBTfriendly restaurants. We recommend calling restaurants before visiting to confirm information. Lavender’s cuisine section and updated dining guide appears each issue. Please direct questions about the directory and cuisine advertising to dining@lavendermagazine.com.
Kindee Thai. Photos by Hubert Bonnet

FRENCH MEADOW BAKERY $
Certified Organic Bakery

JAKEENO’S PIZZA & PASTA $
Italian

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis (612) 870-4740 Sun – Thurs: 6:30 AM – 9 PM • Fri – Sat: 6:30 AM – 11 PM www.frenchmeadow.com

FUJI YA JAPANESE RESTAURANT $$
Japanese & Sushi

Traditional red sauce pastas, thin crust pizza & homemade sauces. Lunch, Dinner 3555 Chicago Ave. S. Minneapolis (612) 825-6827 Mon – Fri: 11 AM – 11 PM • Sat – Sun: 4 PM – 11 PM Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis (612) 767-1102 Mon – Sat: 10 AM – 8 PM • Sun: 10 AM – 6 PM www.jakeenos.com

Authentic Japanese food, finest sushi available, Uptown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul. 600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis (612) 871-4055 Mon: Closed • Tues – Thurs: 5 PM – 10 PM • Fri – Sat: 5 PM – 10:30 PM • Sun: 5 PM – 9 PM 465 N. Wabasha, St. Paul (651) 310-0111 • Mon – Fri: Lunch 11:30 AM – 2 PM. Dinner 5 PM—10 PM • Sat: Dinner 5 PM – 10 PM • Sun: Closed www.fujiyasushi.com

KINDEE THAI $
Thai

This isn’t your traditional everyday Thai restaurant. Lunch, Dinner 719 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis (612) 465-8303 Mon: Closed • Tues – Thurs: 11:30 AM – 9 PM • Fri: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM • Sat: 11 AM – 10:30 PM • Sun: 11 AM – 9 PM www.kindeethairestaurant.com

THE LOUISIANA CAFÉ $
American

GINGER HOP $$
Asian Fusion

Specializing in pan-Asian classic dishes. As we like to say, “East meets Northeast”. Lunch, Dinner 201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis (612) 746-0304 www.gingerhop.com

Fresh hand ground hash browns, French toast, omelets, pancakes, coffee, juices, soups, salads & sandwiches. Breakfast, Brunch, 613 Selby Ave., St. Paul (651) 221-9140 Mon – Fri: 6:30 AM – 2:30 PM • Sat: 6:30 AM – 3 PM • Sun: 8 AM – 3 PM

MIDORI’S FLOATING WORLD CAFÉ $
Sushi, Tempuru

THE GRANDVIEW GRILL $
American

Fresh hand ground hash browns, French toast, omelets, pancakes, coffee, juices, soups, salads & sandwiches. Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch 1818 Grand Ave., St. Paul (651) 698-2346 Mon – Fri: 6:15 AM – 2:30 PM • Sat: 6:15 AM – 3 PM • Sun: 8 AM – 3 PM

Sushi, tempura, noodles, traditional, contemporary, home-styled specials, beer, wine, sake. Lunch, Dinner 3011 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis (612) 721-3011 Mon: Closed • Tues – Wed: 11:30 AM – 2 PM, 5 PM – 9 PM • Thurs – Fri: 11:30 AM – 2 PM, 5 PM – 10 PM • Sat: 12 noon – 2 PM, 5 – 10 PM • Sun: 4 PM – 8 PM www.floatingworldcafe.com

NEW UPTOWN DINER $ HONEY $$
Small Plates American
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Fine cocktails, wine, small plates and artisan chocolates in an intimate setting. 205 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis (612) 746-0306 www.honeympls.com

Fresh hand ground hash browns, French toast, omelets, pancakes, coffee, juices, soups, salads & sandwiches. Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch 2548 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis (612) 874-0481 Mon – Wed: 6 AM – 3 PM • Thurs – Sat: 24 Hours • Sun: Close at 6 PM

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Kindee Thai.

The Grandview Grill.

New Uptown Diner.

OM $$
Indian

Modern approach to Indian cuisine featuring bold and distinctive flavors. Dinner 401 First Ave. N., Minneapolis (612) 338-1510 www.omminneapolis.com

SUSHI TANGO $$
Japanese

Exciting and eccentric mix of Japanese cuisine and Uptown attitude. Lunch, Dinner Calhoun Square, (612) 822-7787 Mon – Wed: 5 PM – 1 AM • Thurs – Sun: Noon – 1 AM www.sushitango.com

TOAST WINE BAR AND CAFÉ $
Wine bar with Italian influence

Neighborhood wine bar serving pizzas, cured meats and small plates. Dinner 415 N. 1st St., Minneapolis, MN (612) 333-4305 Tues – Thurs: 5 PM – 11 PM • Fri – Sat: 5 PM – 12 AM • Sun: 5 PM – 11 PM www.toastwinebarandcafe.com

W.A. FROST & CO. $$
Since 1975. Enjoy the open air setting in the summer & the spectacular historic architecture year round. Sensation wine selection, cuisine & ambiance provide the perfect dining experience. Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch 374 Selby Ave., St. Paul 651-224-5715 Sun – Thurs: 5 PM – 10:30 PM. Bar open until Midnight • Fri – Sat: 5 PM – 11 PM, Bar open until 1 AM www.wafrost.com

July 30–August 12, 2010

THE WOODBURY CAFÉ $
American

Fresh hand ground hash browns, French toast, omelets, pancakes, coffee, juices, soups, salads & sandwiches. Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Bielenberg & Tamarack, Woodbury, MN (651) 209-8182 Mon – Fri: 7 AM – 2:30 PM • Sat: 7 AM – 3 PM • Sun: 8 AM – 3 PM

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