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Things to Do This Weekend

Rainbow Families, our friendly neighborhood LGBT family organization (which became the Midwest office for the Family Equality Council just this summer), is having a its annual fundraising gala, the Fall Colors Masquerade. Saturday, 10/11, 7:30pm, at Solera. $50. For the low low price of $200, you can attend the VIP portion of the event which starts at 5:30. Semi-formal. “Masks encouraged.” I’ll be there, probably sans mask.

David already gave you the scoop on the Saint Paul Art Crawl.

Women Stand Up! A Comedy Cabaret – Stand-up Comedians Colleen Kruse & Miss Shannan Paul; Brave New Workshop Veterans Shanan Wexler & Katy McEwen doing sketch comedy; Fringe Favorite Storyteller Allegra Lingo; Legendary Poet and wit Phebe Hanson; and the Comedic Chanteuse Stylings of Diana B. Wilde. $20 or $15 with a Fringe button (this is the annual benefit show, so prices are a little higher than usual). Saturday, October 11, at Bryant Lake Bowl. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.; show starts at 10 p.m. For tickets and info call the box office at 612-825-8949 or visit

Pillsbury House Theatre proudly presents Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series on Saturday, October 11. Preshow reception begins at 8pm followed by the performances at 9pm. Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series is curated by Laurie Carlos and co-curated by e.g. bailey. Performances are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the performance or online. All performances take place on the Pillsbury House Theatre mainstage at 3501 Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis. This weekend’s lineup includes: Pramila Vasudevan, kim thompson, Katie Ka Vang, and Tou Saiko Lee. [complete details on the series and on this weekend’s event] [purchase tickets]

This last one is mostly a reminder to myself that I have punches left on my Brave New Workshop Punchy Pass and I want to see The Lion, the Witch, and the War Hero; Or is McCain Able? before the run ends on November 8th. Need to see it before Election Day. That last weekend of shows could be pretty painful to sit through. Buy tickets online or call the box office at 612-332-6620.

Rainbow Families Facilitating Four-Part Discussion of Racism and White Privilege

It is hosted by Rainbow Families, but it looks like the gay part doesn’t come in until the end.

This is a topic that people are typically very afraid to discuss. Partly because younger folks tend to think it’s not really a problem. Partly because we’re afraid to offend someone. Partly because we just don’t know how to talk about it. So if you’re at all interested in the topic, I strongly recommend giving it a whirl.

Critical Dialogues: An Examination of Racism and White Privilege in Our Community and Our Families

A four-part training and discussion series addressing issues of racism and white privilege in our community, and in our organization. Each session builds on the other so you must be able to attend all four sessions to participate.

Part One – Monday, September 15, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
View Jamie Washington’s keynote address from the 11th Annual Rainbow Families Conference in 2006, and critically examine dominant/subordinate group issues in terms of our identities as we commence to challenge racism.

Part Two – Monday, October 6, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Join in a discussion of three short articles addressing issues of racism and white privilege, along with a brief training segment. Address how these issues impact our lives, our community, and Rainbow Families.

Part Three – Monday, November 3, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
A facilitated discussion on how to talk to kids about racism and white privilege.

Part Four – Monday, December 1, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
A final meeting to discuss how we can apply what we have learned to our own lives, to Rainbow Families, and to the LBGTQ community as a whole. This session is very applied and engaging, so feel free to bring example or scenarios that you would like to share regarding these issues.

RSVP: If you are interested in this FREE four part series, please contact Abby at or 651-644-4848 x200 with your name, email address and/or phone number.

Location: Rainbow Families office, Griggs Midway Building, 1821 W University Avenue, #109, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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