Bluegrass concert to benefit American Indian women in recovery

Roots music is the name of the game this Saturday night at the Cabooze, a bar and music venue on the Hiawatha Line in South Minneapolis, as the Duluth bluegrass string-based band Trampled by Turtles headlines a benefit concert. The concert will raise money for Kateri Residence, a safe and sober space for American Indian women in recovery. Performers will also include the local string band the Brass Kings, and—playing original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues—Charlie Parr. The nonprofit organization Saint Stephen’s Human Services, founded by St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, launched its family of services in 1972 when it opened the Kateri Residence. Continue Reading

Flaming film festival lights up Bedlam Theater this weekend

Entering Patrick’s Cabaret last Saturday night for the 7th annual Flaming Film Festival’s preview show, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The Festival is the brainchild of local rocker, artist, director, activist, mentor, and community volunteer Lisa Ganser. Since 1999 she has been encouraging and supporting independent Queer filmmakers from Minnesota and beyond to push boundaries and blur contemporary understandings of “gay” and “lesbian.” For full schedule, see event listing. “Artful, sexy movies by and about actual queer folks are awesome,” said Ganser in an email interview. Continue Reading