Being gay in the public spotlight isn't what it used to be. Not that it's all sunshine and lollipops now, but in the early 1990s when Jon Ginoli and his Pansy Division bandmates were openly gay charter members of the queercore pop movement, it was a bit more challenging. Throughout the '90s, Pansy Division proved to be an album machine, cranking out discs at a steady annual rate. They were also fearless road warriors, on tour much of each year. Now that the band has slowed its pace, Ginoli has had time to write his memoir, Deflowered: My Life In Pansy Division (Cleis Press), on being one of the earliest gay recording artists to break through to Top 40 radio and MTV. While in the Twin Cities promoting his tome, Ginoli will be working like he did during his nonstop touring years, hitting up three venues in just two days. At 7 p.m. on Saturday he'll be discussing the book at Magers & Quinn Booksellers (3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis; 612.822.4611). Sunday he has a doubleheader: First, he'll appear at Common Good Books (165 Western Ave. N., St. Paul; 651.225.8989) at 2 p.m., then again at the Bryant-Lake Bowl (810 W. Lake St. Minneapolis; 612.825.3737) for a more comprehensive chat at 6 p.m. for $8.
Sun., April 5, 6 p.m., 2009