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    Signs of Faith

    I'm driving home in the rain at seven-thirty on a dark Wednesday night. I forgot to eat lunch; my last meal was a late breakfast of shredded wheat, and my head is pounding. I've been proofreading all day; my eyes feel totally shot. I'm sitting at a...

    by Jeannine Ouellette Howitz on December 1, 1998
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    To Dance is to Live!

    Nancy Schmotter watches with pride as her eleven-year-old daughter, Laura, uses her head to maneuver her wheelchair to the center of the dance studio and faces the mirror in preparation for her solo. "I have many dreams for Laura," Nancy says. "I w...

    by Carstens Smith on December 1, 1998
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    Mary

    Every woman who has ever given birth loves to tell her birth story. She loves to tell it in excruciating detail. She'll tell it to anyone who will listen. One ravenous night some two thousand years ago, a woman named Mary brought a baby named Je...

    by Nanci Olsen on December 1, 1998
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    It's a Sista Thang - A local zine for the "go girls" on its way to making Gloria Steinem proud

    HUES Magazine $3.95 cover price $19.99 for one-year (six issues) subscription Minnesota pro-girl smart chicks, get proud. Thanks to Duluth's New Moon Publishing, we're home to HUES, a new young women's bimonthly mag that stands tall in chunky...

    by Ann Rosenquist Fee on December 1, 1998
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    The Stifling of the Body Electric - Remember, the mind's the thing

    The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg Random House, 1997 $13 (paperback) In 1892, an adolescent girl confided to her diary: "Resolved, not to talk about myself or feelings. To think before speaki...

    by Amy Timberlake on December 1, 1998
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    Poems

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Unnatural Law - Chances are, what you do in bed is criminal

    I'm a law-abiding person. I don't cheat on my taxes or cross against the light and I always clean up after my dog. Yet even my respect for the law can't keep me from committing a gross misdemeanor in Minnesota. I've committed sodomy, and I intend t...

    by Melodie Bahan on December 1, 1998
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    Thing: Hawaiian Punch

    Perhaps a Pacific breeze passing over the mouth of Mauna Loa, Hawaii's largest active volcano, sucked up an invisible psychoactive vapor or two. Perhaps our intensified year-long focus on the Aloha State, as she considered amending her constitution...

    by Michael Dahl on December 1, 1998
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    Show Off - Coffee-table books speak volumes about character--and the characters we want to be

    Let's be honest: Most coffee-table books are good for about 10 minutes of actual reading time. Filled with dazzling ink-saturated images and inherently fluffy text, these tomes are always more interesting when viewed with others. If conversation lu...

    by Lisa Needham on December 1, 1998
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    Place: Snap, Buckle, and Crop

    I've lost track of the number of times I've heard some guy tell me he needs to replace his leather jacket because his was stolen the next morning by a trick," says Scott Kelley. "But I've never heard that story from a woman." Kelley, 51, salesman...

    by Michael Dahl on December 1, 1998
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    History Play

    As the first act of Gross Indecency drew to a close during its opening-night performance at the Guthrie Lab, I found myself distracted. Not that the play wasn't brilliant: Moises Kaufman's script about the three trials of Oscar Wilde, which eventua...

    by Joel Hoekstra on December 1, 1998
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    Openly gay candidates win, lose elections

    Incumbent state Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis) trounced her opponent, Republican Greg Dolce, in the Nov. 3 elections, winning 80 percent of the vote. Clark, who is openly lesbian and has served in the House for 18 years, says she's pleased with...

    by Q Monthly Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Patrick's Cabaret plans relocation

    A $240,000 gift from an anonymous donor has cleared the way for the relocation of Patrick's Cabaret. As early as January, the cabaret could move to the Firehouse Theater, located at 3014 Minnehaha Ave. Gay activist and performer Patrick Scully's cu...

    by Q Monthly Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Executive director search reopened at District 202

    The Minneapolis queer-youth center District 202 has launched a second round of interviews in its search for a new executive director. The 202 board issued a call for new resums in late October after an initial search failed to result in a hire. Th...

    by Q Monthly Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Orchestra improves benefits for same-sex couples

    Gay and lesbian employees of the Minnesota Orchestra will no longer have to pay higher costs than their heterosexual colleagues to purchase health benefits for same-sex partners. The orchestra's management and its musicians' union recently signed a...

    by Joel Hoekstra on December 1, 1998
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    Scan It: Knew You Were Waiting

    Let it never be said George Michael hides from adversity. After his arrest for lewd conduct in front of one of California's finest last spring, the former Wham! frontman has bounced back with a greatest-hits package featuring a new single and video...

    by Lisa Needham on December 1, 1998
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    Scan It: Rooms of their Own

    Michael Cunningham's remarkable new novel, The Hours (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, $22), begins with a harrowing depiction of Virginia Woolf's suicide in 1941. War has begun, and Woolf is again hearing those voices in her head, the same voices that ...

    by Thomas Fagan on December 1, 1998
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    1923

    YANKEE STADIUM OPENED in 1923. To christen the so-called House that Ruth Built, the portly slugger batted .398 with 41 home runs. The U.S. economy proceeded at its own torrid pace, growing 14 percent with less than 1 percent inflation; the Dow t...

    by City Pages Staff on November 25, 1998
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    Watching the Detectives - Minneapolis mystery writer Ellen Hart has two fictional foils. One is an upstanding lesbian restaurateur; the other, a straight, cross-dressing food critic.

    "I don't know any drug dealers. I don't know any pimps; I don't know any prostitutes. The mean streets are not where I live." Minneapolis mystery author Ellen Hart lets loose an indecorous guffaw. "I live with a family, in a comfortable house, on a ...

    by Terri Sutton on November 25, 1998
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    Off Beat

    SWM Seeks Class Action Settlement Thought you'd never have a piece of one of those multimillion-dollar class-action legal cases? According to a tiny-print quarter-page ad that has been running recently in this very newspaper, if you're a heterose...

    by City Pages Staff on November 25, 1998
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