I struggled with what I wanted to cover and how for this month's Queer Arts Must Sees. Obviously there are a lot of important and important events happening in all the twin cities. This also includes the absence of citizens and a series of regular events (see the list of recurring events at the end of this post) which will be extended by several notches. In the end, I decided to cover mainly things that you might otherwise miss in the sea of events taking place this month. Those of us looking for something quieter or different are (hopefully) well served from the list below. However I added some super dimensional bonuses for good measure; Pride sometimes brings out my rare desire to become noisy and wild.
Theater & Film
- C & # 39; is a new small theater company in the city called The BAND Group dedicated specifically to support other non-profit organizations, and I'm really excited about their inaugural product. TART is a review of all the bizarre of the classic Molière Tartuffe told in a gay night club today. It will take place from 1 to 16 June at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Tickets available here .
- The last and first specific work of the site of Uprising Theater Company Apples In Winter by Jennifer Fawcett deals with the death penalty and the prison system with this exhibition of a woman in a literal kitchen. This company is led by queer and always leaves us with concrete steps we can take to make the difference in matters at hand. Tickets are limited, so get yours now .
- Also on June 1 and 2 is the Fifth Annual Film Festival of Altered Esthetic, Force Majeure, which started on May 31 at the Strike Theater. Among the protagonists are the queer and local trans directors. There is music and more, so make sure to give a look .
- If you're trying to spend most of your month of pride laughing, do not forget about Huge Theater. This little improvisational theater is always inclusive, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout June will present performances by LGBTQ + artists (as well as other great improvisation acts). Their calendar is here and it is also the place where you can get tickets.
- Fellow Travelers is an exciting work on the love story between two men in the years & 50 Washington D.C. produced by MN Opera. This show takes place at the Cowles Center from June 16 to 26, and you can find out more here . There are some special events with the show that you can also discover at this link.
- On June 26 sees the production of Gadfly Theater Productions bring Drunk Queer History on the stage. This event combines storytelling, improvisation and queer story with raucous and hilarious results in Lush. Our Brown Tickets page is here.
Visual and literary arts
- The "Femme & Fancy Flea Pop-Up" presents some of my favorite creators and artists in the city of Canteen, Sunday, June 3. I have attached the flyer (below) so you can see more details and mark your calendar.
- Girlpond Productions has been renamed The Spot and is hosting a truly fabulous night of music and is studying their selection of used books and more on June 9th. The Facebook event is the best way to find out more.
- Also on Saturday 9 June is the Lit Crawl MN, a truly wonderful literary event that will take you through a variety of writers and creators of literary arts, many LGBTQ + and introduce you to new literary spaces and friends. A lot of familiar names like Graywolf Press and The Loft Literary Center are involved, but you will also see many small and unique works. This link is here.
- If you want to learn a new literary and artistic skill, I am conducting a workshop Queering the Tarot at the Future on June 14th which seak to break down the hierarchies and binaries inherent in a standard tarot deck and bring you into a new (queer) journey through the cards. More information and tickets here .
- Pride is not the only festival in town this month. The annual Northern Spark Festival, which runs from 15 to 16 June throughout the center of Minneapolis, is coming back and always features great queer artists and generally progressive and radical views at work. Find out more about their beautiful website .
- If you want to end the month with the same goodness you had started, do not miss Black poets: on the creation of a black atmosphere with Lisa Marie Brimmer and Keno Evol. Brimmer is known for his excruciating words and extravagant black activism, and will present a new work and help conduct a conversation. Also known as Juneteenth, this June 30 event is underway at the Hennepin County Library
Drag, Burlesque, Cabaret and Music
- What Pride Month would be without its third pride annual Departure for the boat party with Quinn Villagomez AKA Shimmer, Dua and Marcel Michelle Mobama (among others) on June 1st? Fortunately we do not have to find out. This gorgeous event presents all QTIPOCs and will probably run out. Be one of the few grabbing your place here .
- Patrick's Cabaret really ends this month, but not without the possibility to say goodbye. The FUNeral company will be held in Lush and will host elogistic performances by the best artists of the Twin Cities, mainly LGBTQ +. You do not want to miss this on June 3rd, and you can buy your ticket here .
- Just as Pride itself does not need a lot of press, I'm sure you're already well aware of Rock The Garden hosted at and by The Walker Art Center. Nevertheless, there will be the favorites queer Chastity Brown and Feist, so it's worth mentioning. June 16 is the date of this year. More information available here . As a side note, the Walker will also present a family-friendly Pride event for the first Saturday series. You can find that information here .
- Daddy is already known as one of the most beautiful tickets in the city, but for Pride their doubling is fun with two nights of dancing and a unique and super entertainment that sometimes you can not get from any & # 39; other part. This will be Wednesday and Thursday 20 and 21 June. Tickets for Wednesday are here and Thursday are here .
- If a comedy show is more your style this pride, the local lesbian comedy Maggie Farris gives you your back while simply producing the name LGBT MPLS Pride Comedy Show with local LGBTQ + comedians like Farris herself , Sarah McPeck, Jakey Emmert and many other fantastic comedians. This is at Sisyphus on Friday 22nd June and the tickets are here .
- Also on Friday 22 June the Black Hearts Burlesque, #DragRevolution and Lush Pride kickoff will take place to finish all the Pride kickoffs. While the Black Hearts are a recurring show, I end up with this event because their Pride line-up includes Aja of RuPaul's Drag Race and Luminous Pariah so it's definitely an extra special show. As always, tickets are available on the Lush's website . This four-hour show will really be a fantastic event if you're looking for standard Pride parties.
Huge Theater has opened a Queer Improv Jam for strange and impromptu artists who come to laugh and play together on the first Sunday of the month at 17:00 It is not necessary to register, just get to 3037 Lyndale Ave S. to jam with great professional and amateur improvisers. No coverage.
Surely you will not want to miss OutSpoken, an open queer microphone hosted by Paul Canada, Marcel Michelle Mobama and Blaze Bordeaux on the second Wednesday of each month. This great event is now hosted by Lush! More information here .
Every Thursday evening Can Can Wonderland brings together a spectacle of variety like no other. Six to eight acts share the Can Can stadium. Local LGBTQ + talents and those known to the community for the legitimate ally are often present. The event is free, 21+, and starts at 9:00 am P.M.
The second Thursday of the night is a special moment in the comedy here in the twin cities. Pssy Ctrl is a female and queer comic event that takes place at the Comedy Corner Underground. It's hosted by Rana May and Shelley Paul and costs only $ 7 unless you're a student, so it's free. No reservations, just show up!
Telling Queer History is an event of storytelling and community building that occurs on the second Sunday of each month and changes locations. Check out their Facebook page for more information and to keep up with their rotating spaces.
Another extraordinary storytelling event is curated and hosted by the only one and only Andrea Jenkins and John Medeiros. It's called Queer Voices: A Reading Series and is held monthly with extraordinary features every month. The Intermedia Arts website has even more.
The entire entertainment range of Lush's nightlife is incredible. Works not to be missed include:
- Black Hearts Burlesque every Friday evening at 10:00 am P.M. with the founder of Black Hearts Elektra Cute.
- #DragRevolution every Saturday at 10:00 am P.M. hosted by the Twin Cities legend Victoria DeVille.
- Deviance: A Transmasculine Cabaret with music, drag, boylesque and more every fourth Saturday at 7:00 PM
- Dear local lesbian comedy Sarah McPeck & # 39; s show The Big Fat Comedy Hour  the second Sunday of the month at 19:00
- Drag Brunch every Sunday at 11:30 with an all-star line-up and always with a theme that guarantees maximum fun for your money.
For tickets for events in Lush head to their website. They have an event space that can accommodate a lot, but it runs out regularly, so get tickets early.
The gay years' 90 have a bad reputation in the LGBTQ + community, but they have spent the past years or two cleaning their act and introducing some great new acts. Fans include:
- Sweetpea and Mistress Mara hosting Kinky Friday on the first Friday of each month. This 18+ event is part show, part in party and all the time is nice.
- GLAM! Boylesque shows occasionally at the Ladies of La Femme Lounge. Next is June 9 th . Not to be missed!
- Speaking of Ladies of La Femme- there are nightly drag shows in this huge living room for you and yours to show off and see some resistance. Many of the queens have been there for years and those legends alone deserve to be seen. Even the new talent that is introduced is absolutely wonderful.
One of the first LGBTQ + bars I came to regularly when I came to Minneapolis was The Townhouse in St. Paul. While the entertainment formations are obviously completely different now that they were almost a decade ago, they are still different, entertaining and full of solid artists. The best shows include (but are not limited to):
- Pumps and Pearls Revue at 9:30 am P.M. Every Wednesday evening
- Dragged Out, a cast of Drag King with special guests who fill the main hall on the third Friday of each month.
- A great race for aspiring burlesque artists and other great performances happens on the second Friday of every month at 22:30 And the show by Nudie Nubie hosted by Red Bone and Foxy Tann.
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