Twin Cities Pride Guide 2014

JAHNA PELOQUIN | Updated 6/25/2014

All the best music, dancing, parade and comedy events at this year's Pride celebration.

The Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade in 2012.
Leah Millis

FESTIVALS, CONCERTS + BLOCK PARTIES

Pride Festival: Last year’s Pride festivities got a boost with the passing of the same-sex marriage amendment in Minnesota. This year for the first time, legal weddings will be performed at the 42nd annual Pride Festival, plus vendor booths, food and drink. (10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., free. Loring Park, Mpls. www.tcpride.org.)

Pride in Concert: Headlined by pop singer Betty Who, gay country singer Steve Grand, Motown icon Thelma Houston and legendary “Rhythm Is a Dancer” singer Thea Austin, plus DJ Rich B. (5 p.m. Sat., $10-$75. 18-plus. Loring Park, Mpls. www.tcpride.org.)

Pride Beer Dabbler: Unlimited craft-beer samples from 27 local breweries. Food from 27 food trucks paired with a beer — think craft beer-battered fish — plus a $3 tasting option and music from Black Market Brass, Black Diet and Apollo Cobra. (5:30-9:30 p.m. Fri. $40-$48, $10 designated driver. Loring Park, Mpls. www.thebeerdabbler.com.)

Lush Pride Block Parties: L.A. club DJ Dawna Montell on Friday (9 p.m., $10); L.A.’s DJ Pornstar, Brent Corrigan of “Fleshjack,” male dancers and drink specials on Saturday (9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10.) and DJs Chrystal Mann and Kris Holliday on Sunday (4 p.m.-2 a.m., free). (Lush Food Bar, 990 Central Av. NE., Mpls. www.lushfoodbar.com.)

The Saloon’s Pride Block Party: Pop star Natalia Kills along with Alex Newell, Pop Rocks, DJ Perez and drag queen host Camille Collins, plus a $1,000 underwear contest, a 60-foot ferris wheel (!) and carnival theme. (4:30-11 p.m. Sun. $20-$25. 18-plus. 830 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-332-0835.)

 

PARADE EVENTS

Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade: The annual Pride parade is nothing short of a spectacle, with participants as colorful as the floats. Look for appearances from the North Star Roller Girls, North Star Gay Rodeo, Dykes on Bikes, former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and current mayor Betsy Hodges. The swankiest way to take it all in? A rooftop brunch party (see below). (11 a.m. Sun. Free. Hennepin Av. S. between 3rd St. & Spruce Pl., Mpls. www.tcpride.org.)

“Bitch N Brunch”: Parade viewing party hosted by drag queen Bitch Flowers on Seven Sushi’s rooftop, with DJ Shiek, former Viking Esera Tuaolo and an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. $10-$30. Seven Sushi, 700 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. www.eventbrite.com.)

“Be Bold”: Lavender Magazine hosts a parade-viewing dance party with Flip Phone DJ Fancy Restaurant and a free cocktail, with proceeds benefiting OutFront Minnesota. (9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun. $10. Crave, 825 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.)

MiX: The lounge night returns for a Pride party on the rooftop, with brunch specials, DJ Lenka Paris and drink specials. (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. Free. Le Méridien Chambers, 901 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.)

 

COMEDY, DRAG & BURLESQUE

Margaret Cho: The Korean-American, bisexual comic has run the gamut of hot-button topics, from substance abuse and eating disorders, to her bisexuality, her obsession with gay men and Asian-American stereotypes. Along the way, she became an advocate for GLBT issues. Cho brings her provocative, socially-charged act to town with this Pride kickoff show. (8 p.m. Thu. $29.50-$125. Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-371-5656. www.tcpride.org.)

Grown & Sexy Pride: Burlesque and drag come together for the annual party hosted by burlesque darlings Sweetpea and Nadine DuBois and DJ Shannon Blowtorch. The show is headlined by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 4 contestant Willam Belli. Also performing: Dykes Do Drag, the Vigilantease Collective, drag troupe Suck It!, and Seattle burlesque stars the Luminous Pariah and Iva Handful. (9 p.m. Fri. $15. 18-plus. First Avenue, 701 1st Av. N., Mpls.)

Queertopia: The long-running queer cabaret features drag, burlesque and gender-bending acts exploring gender and sexuality with provocative performance. This year’s lineup features Sage Award-winning Chitra Vairavan of Ananya Dance Theatre and inventive performance collective SuperGroup. (7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. $12-$15. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. www.intermediaarts.org/queertopia.)

Twin Cities Rainbow Pride Ball: The ballroom community hosts an old-school, competitive ball (a dance battle with vogueing, posing and over-the-top costumes) with categories including “School Boy Realness,” “Executive Realness” and “Virgin Vogue.” (8 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. $20-$25. All ages. Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls. 612-724-6273. www.patrickscabaret.org.)

Ladies of La Femme: The Gay ’90s’ signature drag revue always pulls out all the stops for Pride. Saturday’s lineup includes “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season one winner Bebe Zahara Benet. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sun., $10-$15. 18-plus. The Gay ’90s, 408 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. www.gay90s.com).

 

DANCE PARTIES

Transmission in Berlin II:Shannon Blowtorch’s monthly queer dance night joins forces once again with Transmission DJ Jake Rudh for a night of indie, riot girl, punk rock, darkwave and electro. (10 p.m. Thu. $6. Hell’s Kitchen, 80 S. 9th St., Mpls. www.hellskitcheninc.com/prideweek.)

Girl Flight: Kick off Pride with DJ Shiek. (9 p.m. Thu. Free. 21-plus. Jetset, 115 1st St. N., Mpls. www.jetsetbar.com.)

Flip Phone Pride: I Woke Up Like Dis: Popular gay dance night Flip Phone celebrates with a Beyoncé-themed night, with drink specials, drag performer Belize Rodgers and a Yoncé-centric playlist. (9:30 p.m. Thu. $5. Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls.)

The Big Gay Pride Party 8: Hosted by Sara Tonin and Hollywood’s Ricky “The Rick” Rudy Barber, with DJs Escape, Justen Pohl and Shiek. Drink specials. (9:30 p.m. Fri. $15-$25. 18-plus. Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. www.skywaytheatre.com.)

Pride at Jetset: Resident DJs JR and Punchy hold down the decks at Friday’s “Flawless” party. Gay anthems are the theme at Saturday’s “Might Real” bash featuring DJs Bryan Gerrard and JR. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Free. Jetset, 115 N. 1st St., Mpls. 612-339-3933.)

Scorch Fireball 15: Minneapolis’ premier leather bar celebrates with a tent party on Friday and Saturday, with 3-for-1 specials (4-7 p.m. Fri.), “bear night” (7-10 p.m. Fri.), a bloody Mary brunch (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.), and an all-you-can-drink beer bust (4-8 p.m. Sun.). With Andrew Christian go-go boys all weekend. (Minneapolis Eagle & Bolt Underground, 515 Washington Av. S., Mpls. 612-338-4214.)

Grrrl Scout Pride Summer Camp: Lady-centric dance night Grrrl Scout hosts a big blowout at the Nomad, with a two-floor dance party on two floors, two patios and the courtyard; burlesque by Elektra Cute, food trucks, arm wrestling, a midnight dance-off, a photo booth and a tug-of-war contest. (9 p.m. Sat. $5-$10. Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Av., Mpls.)

Booby Trap Pride: With the Booby Trap Girlz go-go dancers, DJs DMIL and DBaz, a photo booth and drink specials. (9 p.m. Sat. $15-$25. Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls. www.vitalculture.com.)