Get your Best of the Twin Cities 2014 party tickets now!

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Emily Utne
The Best of the Twin Cities 2014 issue has just hit the streets, and that means it's time to celebrate.

This year's Best of the Twin Cities party is going to be one of the most decadent soirees in the city, and we want you there to help us celebrate on the red carpet.

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Best of the Twin Cities 2014 Winners

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Party like it's the golden age of Hollywood at City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities Party

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Come celebrate City Pages Best of the Twin Cities issue on Thursday, April 24 with us at Muse Event Center in Minneapolis!

Our biggest issue of the year features hundreds of Best Of award-winners, from the best places to get pretty much any kind of cuisine in the Twin Cities to the best ways to explore our exceptional metropolis.

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City Pages Best of the Twin Cities 2013 winners

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Super Bowl Sunday: A drinking game for non-sports fanatics

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Bruno Mars by Tony Nelson, beer via greencolander, football via Torsten Bolten
So, you're not a sports fan. However, that doesn't mean you can't have fun hanging with friends who love the Super Bowl. Hell, there might even be a few folks at the party as unenthusiastic as you are about what is happening on the TV. For those who are looking to add a little fun to the festivities, we present this drinking game for non-sports fanatics (football-lovers might want to get in on the fun, too).

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Glam Slam Clothing Swap: "I took that idea and basically put it on steroids"

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This Saturday, Gamut Gallery in Minneapolis will host its seventh dress-up party. Attendees are asked to bring clothing they no longer want, and in return they can take home garments other guests brought along.

While a clothing swap isn't a new concept, Jade Patrick, director of Gamut Gallery, says that Glam Slam has some unique twists. At the event, shoppers can have their hair and makeup professionally done by Salon Ori and the Beauty Lounge Minneapolis, and they will be encouraged to model their finds in a photobooth hosted by professional photographers Sarah Knapp and Bethany Birnie. DJ Omaur Bliss will provide music for a high-energy party.

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Eleventh Wundr at Gamut Gallery



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The Nu Project launches Beauty in Every Body, celebrates with a book release party [NSFW]

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Matt Blum
When we wrote about Matt Blum's nude photography initiative, the Nu Project, back in March, Blum and his wife, Katy Kessler, had just finished their first Kickstarter campaign: a push to fund the book plan that had been simmering on their back burner for years.

They had vaulted over their $30,000 fundraising goal by $18,000, and hoped to have the book ready by October. Instead, they came in ahead of schedule. Now, The Nu Project: Beauty in Every Body is officially shipping, and Blum and Kessler used the extra donations to make it look sharp.

"We're really proud of it," says Blum. "We did it with more hands-on stuff, and it looks a bit different than some of the other books out there."

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- COVER: The Nu Nudes: Matt Blum's photographs of naked women have hit a nerve
- Does the Nu Project empower women? Two professors weigh in
- Slideshow: NSFW: Behind the scenes: The Nu Project and the art of female nudity



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On the red carpet at Macy's Glamorama

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Ali Crosbie
Yvonne Welborn with Cirque performers, Sheryl Crow
Macy's and Minneapolis-based Children's Cancer Research Fund came together Friday night for Glamorama, a fundraiser at the State Theatre dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer. City Pages talked with the performers, childhood charity ambassador, and executives behind the event on the red carpet prior to the show.

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Glamorama 2013: The Show [slideshow]

Glamorama 2013: The People



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Eight places to celebrate when love becomes the law on Aug. 1

Categories: LGBTQ, Parties
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Photo and illustration by Emily Utne
The stroke of midnight hasn't been this exciting since Cinderella. At 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, the marriage equality bill will go into effect in Minnesota, and in the two-and-a-half months since it passed, the Twin Cities have been gearing up to mark the occasion.

Many couples have planned private ceremonies (including, for instance, the winners of Hell's Kitchen's "A Free Wedding in Hell" contest, who are getting their complimentary bash on Thursday). But for those looking to celebrate in a crowd, here are the best places to be as love becomes the law.

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- Seven tips for planning a gay wedding
- City Hall to open at midnight, Rybak to officiate weddings first night gay marriage is legal
- Cover: Save the Date: GLBT couples around Minnesota race to plan August weddings
- First same-sex couples pick up their marriage licenses


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Starkey Hearing Foundation gala returns to St. Paul

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Ali Crosbie
Jessica Sanchez, Mel B, Sir Richard Branson
Starkey Hearing Foundation held its 13th annual So the World May Hear gala Sunday night at the St. Paul RiverCentre. This star-studded event brought out celebrities like actors Forest Whitaker, Shannon Elizabeth, Verne Troyer, Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, skateboarding pro Tony Hawk, and President Bill Clinton.

Guests enjoyed performances by Lionel Richie, Marc Anthony, Matisyahu, Sinbad, and  Jessica Sanchez, and the Starkey Hearing Foundation honored Sir Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, Barbara Bush, Jimmy Walker, Dennis and Leslie Hanson, and Angel Chun Li Zhao, who were all in attendance.

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The Starkey Hearing Foundation bring big celebs to Minnesota



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Seven tips for planning a gay wedding

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Photo and illustration by Emily Utne
Starting August 1, same-sex couples across Minnesota will be able to legally tie the knot (now with federal benefits). But while many partners have spent countless painful hours thinking about how, for instance, to best file their taxes, they may have spent less time thinking about the happier side of that coin: how to celebrate their commitment to each other.

"It just hasn't been part of our culture," explains Denise Moreland, who is now planning her nuptials, in our most recent cover story. "We've always watched weddings from a distance, because we just assumed we took a different path."

Here are seven things for gay couples, and those who love them, to consider when gearing up to plan a wedding.

See Also:
- How same-sex couples will celebrate their commitments: GLBT couples around Minnesota race to plan August weddings
- Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional in 5-4 decision
- First same-sex couples pick up their marriage licenses


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Shannon Blowtorch on Bomp, Grown & Sexy, Pride Fest, transphobia in Minneapolis

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Shannon Blowtorch 
Shannon Blowtorch is the kind of person that if something is in front of her, she's going to learn how to use it. That's what happened to her back when she was the entertainment director at Pi Bar. There, she just started teaching herself how to use the DJ equipment that was in the space.

After Pi's brief lifespan (2007-2008), Blowtorch began DJ-ing around town, and was so successful that she does it full time now. This week she's got two events. The first is BOMP or Bust!, a dance party that started in Bedlam's old space, and moved around quite a few times before settling at Ground Zero. The second is at Hell's Kitchen's Grown & Sexy: A Way Gay St. Paddy's Day, a happening catering to the LGBTQ community.

We talked with the Blowtorch, the mastermind of some of the best parties in town, to find out about the upcoming events and what she's been up to lately. 


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