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Pride Week: 8 things to see and do besides the big parade

Nadine DuBois, ShannonBlowtorch, and Sweetpea for Grown & Sexy Pride
Nadine DuBois, ShannonBlowtorch, and Sweetpea for Grown & Sexy Pride
Photo by Wijadi Jodi

It's been a good year for the LGBTQ community here in Minnesota. The marriage amendment has been defeated, same-sex marriage is legal, and Michelle Bachmann is on her way out. So there's all kinds of things to celebrate. In addition to the big parade on Sunday, here are some great events and things to see and do around town during this week of jubilation.

Grown & Sexy Pride

One of the biggest parties this year is Grown & Sexy Pride at First Avenue. Here, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Sweetpea, and Nadine Dubois will be doing what they do best: orchestrating a madly fun party full of dancing, burlesque, and drag. This year's shindig features special guest Raja, winner of season three's RuPaul's Drag Race, plus burlesque performers Iva Handfull from Seattle and Bazuka Joe and Ray Gunn from Chicago. There will also be performances by Dykes do Drag and awesome dance music.

IF YOU GO:
Grown and Sexy Pride
9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday
$12/$15 at the door
First Avenue

Queertopia
Jake Thompson
No Pride week is complete without a stop at Queertopia, the annual cabaret performance presented by Bedlam Theatre and Intermedia Arts. The performance series began in 2006, when it was started by Outward Spiral Theatre Company, Eleanor Savage, and Intermedia Arts. Since then, the eclectic evening of queer expression comes through each year with some entertaining shenanigans and thought-provoking pieces.

This year promises to be no different. Hosted by Go Go Pimp Tif, the lineup includes nationally known choreographer Karen Sherman, burlesque performer Queenie Von Curves, spoken-word artist Kevin Kaoz Moore, and the outrageous Jeffry Lusiak, who co-curated the event with Nastalie Bogira. Also taking the stage will be performance artist Jake Thompson, poet and performance artist Andrea Jenkins, Joey Clark with YOUTH PRIDE, and Paige Collette, who always comes up with provocative and interesting work.

IF YOU GO:
Queertopia
7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
$12/$15 at the door
Intermedia Arts
2822 S. Lyndale Ave., Minneapolis; 612.871.4444
Make your reservations here


Uptown Pride Block Party
L'Assassins
L'Assassins
Photo by Sasha Landskov

Get your Pride weekend started off right by stopping by the Uptown Pride Block Party, a chance to soak up some sun and enjoy great entertainment for free. MC'd by the one and only Foxy Tann, the music lineup includes the sweet sounds of Chastity Brown plus L'Assassins, Epitome No Question, Southside Desire, and Sick of Sarah. You'll be able to check out the wonderful Dykes do Drag onstage as well, plus the North Star Roller Girls and Tipsy Bike Karoake will also be there.

Come hungry and thirsty, because there'll be plenty of yummy organic, local food and good brews. A portion of the event's proceeds benefit OutFront Minnesota, and it's a zero-waste event partnering with Eureka Recycling so you can feel good about having a good time.

IF YOU GO:
Uptown Pride Block Party
6-10 p.m. Friday
Free
At the corner of Bryant Avenue and Lake Street, right outside Bryant-Lake Bowl

Love Free or Die documentary screening
Gene Robinson
Gene Robinson
Photo by Gillian Laub

On Friday, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Loring Park will be screening the award-winning documentary Love Free or Die. The film follows the story of Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Robinson was consecrated in 2003, where he wore a bullet-proof vest to the ceremony. The film follows his journey as he confronts bigotry and stands up for the equality of all LGBTQ individuals. The piece won the Audience Award at the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for an Agent of Change at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Robinson will be on hand for the screening, and will participate in a discussion afterwards. 

IF YOU GO:

Love Free or Die
7 p.m. Friday
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
Call 
612.870.7800
 for more info, or visit ourcathedral.org/pride



 

Pride Art Show 
Woman by Shanna Allyn
Woman by Shanna Allyn
Photo courtesy Twin Cities Pride

The "2013 Pride Art Show" features work by artists from all across the state exploring with the theme "I Have Pride" with a particular focus on the many diverse subcultures within the LGBTQ community. Pieces were selected from a panel of jurors including Scott Stulen, Jeffrey Rathermel, Rosemary Kimball, and Caroline Houdek. The exhibition will be on display at the History Pavilion at the Pride Festival in Loring Park, with selected works also highlighted in the lobby of Aloft Hotel through July 19. Artists include Shanna Allyn, Vigee Blue, Venus de Mars, Casey Fritz, Christine Johnson, Dick Ott, Tom Reyen, Cam Xiong, and Karen Nou Yang. 

IF YOU GO:
"2013 Pride Art Show"
Loring Park Saturday and Sunday, Aloft Hotel through July 19

TransDykeQueer March
Pride Week: 8 things to see and do besides the big parade
Photo by Anna Min, Minn Enterprises LLC, 2010

If the Pride Parade is a bit too corporate for your tastes, the TransDykeQueer March is a better fit for those in the rabble rousing demographic. Last year, the annual Dyke March and Trans March joined forces to make one big event focusing on the rights of the most marginalized groups within the LGBTQ community. Now that Michelle Bachmann's on her way out and same sex marriage is legalized, organizers hope this year to focus on other issues that affect the queer community.

IF YOU GO:
TransDykeQueer March
The march starts at 6 p.m. Saturday
Walker Art Center


Quatrefoil Book Sale 
Pride Week: 8 things to see and do besides the big parade

Quatrefoil's booth at the Pride Festival in Loring Park may take a little bit more time to visit than other booths, but the experience is well worth it. Their spread of used books and publications feature lots of vintage pulp and poetry that make for great impromptu reading. There will also be a spread covering LGBTQ history, as well as more recent titles.

IF YOU GO:
Quatrefoil
Saturday and Sunday at the Twin Cities Pride Fest
Booth numbers P018, P020 and P022
See the Pride Guide for where they are on the map. 


Marc DeBauch
Antonio en la Playa
Antonio en la Playa
by Marc DeBauch, 2010

No Pride experience is complete without a stop at Marc DeBauch's booth at the festival in Loring Park. Featuring an elaborate and mythical scenes unfolding with camp and oozing with sexual juices, his collection of erotic prints, original artwork, and cards are well worth the visit.

IF YOU GO:
Marc DeBauch
Saturday and Sunday at the festival
Located at R038 on the map


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