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VIDEO | Bridging the transgender community and the city of Minneapolis

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The first ever Minneapolis Transgender Equity Summit was held on Sept. 25 at the Humphrey Center for Public Policy. The Summit was organized by the Minneapolis Transgender Issues Workgroup, an initiative begun by Andrea Jenkins. At the summit, members of the transgender community and friends met with city of Minneapolis officials, staff, and others to raise issues of concern and need.

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Twin Cities farmers look to Cuba for urban ag infrastructure

(Photos by Susie Voss) Stone's Throw Farm trip delegates met at Gandhi Mahal last Thursday, Oct. 2, to discuss trip details; below, Stone's Throw's urban farm in Minneapolis.

An upcoming trip to Cuba could help teach Minnesotans how to better farm and manage their urban lands.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Blood Brothers" thrills at The Chameleon Theatre Circle

Blood Brothers, a musical now playing at The Chameleon Theatre Circle in Burnsville, is one of the most popular shows that you’ve probably never heard of. This separated-at-birth drama played in London’s West End for more than 10,000 performances between 1988 and 2012, and crossed the Atlantic for a successful two-year run on Broadway. Why, you might ask, is this not a show that gets produced very often?

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Christopher Owens at the Turf Club

Photos by Jeff Rutherford

On Saturday, October 4, Christopher Owens played at the Turf Club in St. Paul.

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Leading by example: New youth directors to lead Trans Youth Support Network

(Photo by Sarah Ellen Miller) Left to right, TYSN financial director Jakob Rumble, development and sustainability director Jahleel Princeton Arcani, fundraising and communications director La’Niya Dixon; not pictured, program director Tayvon Caples.

Local trans youth can now officially turn to their peers for help in navigating a system they say doesn’t accommodate their needs.

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MUSIC REVIEW | More grace, less folk with The Ericksons at the Cedar Cultural Center

Friday, October 3 The Erickson’s released their latest album at the Cedar Cultural Center. It was clearly a very emotional experience for them and half of the fun was seeing how excited and grateful they were for the support of fans and colleagues. I don’t know them and I left a little drained!

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Sudden closing of Community Action of Minneapolis shifts energy assistance responsibility

Minneapolis residents who received energy assistance from the nonprofit Community Action of Minneapolis were told this week that they will now be receiving their services through Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Old Crow Medicine Show plays that old-timey stuff at the State Theatre

Photos by Tom Baker

Old Crow Medicine Show should not play at a sit down venue. Ever. There just isn’t enough room for fans to dance, jump, hoot and holler between those tiny rows of seats. This was all evident from the get go when they opened last night with “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer,” which is the first track on their new album Remedy.

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MUSIC REVIEW | A joyful convert for JJ Grey and Mofro at the Varsity Theater

Photos by Ann Treacy

Last night I went to a revival meeting. It was unusual because there wasn’t a lot of praying and there wasn’t a lot of God but there was so much joy and music and dancing. That joy emanated from JJ Grey and Mofro as they played the Varsity Theater.

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Minnesota League tables trans-inclusive policy under mounting opposition

(Photo by Sheila Regan) Becky Swenson expresses her opposition to the proposed trans-inclusive policy at the Oct. 2 Minnesota State High School League board meeting.

Zeam Porter just wants to play basketball. A trans youth who is a junior in high school, Porter played for the women’s team last year, and was constantly misgendered and called the wrong name. Porter won Most Improved Player, but today feels the trophy was a lie.

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