The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Young Adult Lit: From Sad-Eyed Loners to Superheroes
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Young Adult Lit: From Sad-Eyed Loners to Superheroes

The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Young Adult Lit: From Sad-Eyed Loners to Superheroes

Discover exciting trends in young adult literature, expand your reading list, and play a trivia game with prizes! Christine Jenkins, co-author of Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature, will take you on a whirlwind tour of five decades of this exciting and now booming genre. Author Rachel Gold will read from the new edition of her groundbreaking novel, Being Emily, and explore the future of YA literature with queer and trans content.

We welcome young adults, parents, school staff/educators, therapists, as well as aspiring, emerging and published YA authors! Bring your ideas! Bring your questions!

Reception to follow. Books will be for sale and authors will be available for signing!

Christine A. Jenkins is Associate Professor Emerita in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is co-author (with Michael Cart) of three books on young adult literature with LGBTQ+ content, most recently Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature: LGBTQ+ Content since 1969 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). She and her wife Sue live in Minneapolis, with two cats, one dog and many, many books.

About Rachel Gold
Raised on world mythology, fantasy novels, comic books and magic, Rachel is well suited for her careers in marketing and writing. She is the award-winning author of Just Girls (Bella Books 2014) and Being Emily (Bella Books 2012), the first young adult novel to tell the story of a trans girl from her perspective. She has a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from Macalester College and an MFA in Writing from Hamline University. Learn more on her website.

Quatrefoil Library
The Quatrefoil Library’s mission is to provide a welcoming place to foster GLBT community, culture, and camaraderie through literature and media.

The Quatrefoil Library is a unique resource and is completely independent of city and state government funding. The QLibrary belongs to the Twin Cities GLBT community.

Please consider supporting the Quatrefoil Library by becoming a supporting member. Learn more here.

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The L Spot Pop Up @ Quatrefoil Library Fall Book Sale
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

The L Spot Pop Up @ Quatrefoil Library Fall Book Sale

The Quatrefoil Library is one of my happy places. I love books and I love gay-ness. Further, The folx at The Q have been beyond good to me and my endeavors over the years. They took in my original manifestation - Girlpond Productions, and now have embraced my reinvention - The L Spot. I am dedicated to supporting these folx, the space they carved out 30 + years ago, and continue to hold.

If you are not currently a member, please consider joining. Even if you aren’t local, you can still support the effort to hold virtual + physical space for the LGBTQ community in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more here.

Come shop the used book sale and The L Spot!

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Sound + Vision [Reprise]
Sep
29
6:00 PM18:00

Sound + Vision [Reprise]

Please join us for the reprise of a rich and powerful night of spoken word artistry and music inside the Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee space, with night shopping happening at the adjacent Z Amore and The L Spot. The wise & wonderful, Sarah Penn, will be offering mini-tarot card readings throughout the evening. We are also bringing back our adult coloring! We will have coloring books, pencils and crayons available, but feel free to bring your own!

Please note: The cafe will be open for beer, wine & coffee service - but no food. Feel free to bring food, or have food delivered!  We will provide modest snacks.

Event cover is $5 and will be shared equitably by the artists.

Sound
Soul Reflect hails from Minneapolis MN and is the creator behind BurginBeat. Making her own beats and being a lyricist as well, gives her a unique and original sound unlike anything out there today. Her debut solo album, Plato's Theory is out this year, and promises to bring originality with conscious lyrics. Soul Reflect has also joined with a band to form Shadow Souls for an excellent mix of live music and lyrics.

MC
Adina K. Burke is a Spoken Word artist, writer and open mic night aficionado living and working in Minneapolis. Adina is an individual who doesn't like talking about herself very much and instead insists on writing about herself. Born in 1990 with a sweet taste in her mouth for cynical and dry wit, such characteristics can be found in her work and overall demeanor. Much to her credit, she has found a way to make this seem incredibly endearing. 

Spoken Word=
Azteca
Poetry was the only occupation worthy of an Aztec warrior in times of peace. Azteca is a Spoken Word artist, experimental theater actor, workshop facilitator, and enlightened individual with bard tendencies. Her words and thoughts are hard-hitting, honest, and exude depth. Azteca’s artistic resume extends beyond her work in Denver where she has performed at venues such as Brother Jeff’s Cultural Café, the Mercury Café along with a performance at Metropolitan State College. In 2009, she played a key role in the Hip-Hop Theater Production “Eliminating Oppression One Ink Shell at a Time”. From 2009-14 she hosted the Freedom of Xpression open mic at the historic Capri Theatre in North Minneapolis. In 2013 she released her first CD titled “Ladies First” and in 2014 she released her single “Hidden Curriculum”. Azteca has been an educator in North Minneapolis for over 10 years and is currently working on her first screen play.

Poetry=
Adrienne Novy is a multidisciplinary artist, Bettering American Poetry nominee, and the social media editor for FreezeRay Poetry. Her work can be found in FreezeRay Poetry, Harpoon Review, Button Poetry, Maudlin House, and NAILED Magazine, with a poem forthcoming in Issue V of Half Mystic Journal. She is from the Chicago suburbs & she loves My Chemical Romance & she loves being alive. Her first book of poetry, Crowd Surfing with God, was released on August 21, 2018 from Half Mystic Press. 

Crowd Surfing With God is a coming of age journey through poems: a story of self-acceptance that discusses growing up with a rare genetic disorder & mental illness, family & being in a multifaith household, pop culture, & the acts of playing & listening to music bringing you closer to yourself & to healing. We are hoping she will have copies available to purchase!

Music=
Standing strong as a female powerhouse in hip-hop, LVNDSCVPES has been proving time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned with in the Minneapolis hip-hop scene. Originating from Akron, Ohio, LVNDSCVPES moved up to Minneapolis in 2016 and immediately hit the ground running with her first single 'Why Am I Like This' featuring Blueprint. This single embodies LVNDSCVPES as performer with her dynamite personality and theatrical performance from the moment she takes the stage. LVNDSCVPES has continues to show that she is not just a spark in the hip-hop community, but a fire that will continue to burn bold and bright.

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Interested in participating in an upcoming Sound + Vision event? Please contact me.
 

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Talking Romance with Karin Kallmaker
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Talking Romance with Karin Kallmaker


Quatrefoil Library
 and The L Spot invite you to come and enjoy a special night with the one and only Karin Kallmaker. Karin will be talking about how romance stories function as social change agents, reading from a few of her books, answering your questions, and signing books. Follow the event on Facebook.

About Karin:
Karin has been exclusively devoted to lesbian fiction since the publication of her first novel in 1989. As an author published by the storied Naiad Press, she worked with Barbara Grier and Donna McBride, and has been fortunate to be mentored by a number of editors, including Katherine V. Forrest.

In addition to multiple Lambda Literary Awards, she has been featured as a Stonewall Library and Archives Distinguished Author. Other accolades include the Ann Bannon Popular Choice and other awards for her writing, as well as the selection as a Trailblazer by the Golden Crown Literary Society. She is best known for novels such as Painted Moon, Substitute for Love, My Lady Lipstick, Maybe Next Time and The Kiss that Counted.

The California native is the mother of two and blogs at https://kallmaker.com/blog/ – Romance and Chocolate. Lesbian novel-length work, novellas and short story collections, including excerpts, audio readings and more – https://kallmaker.com/allabout/ 
Search on social media for “Kallmaker” – there’s only one.

Reception to follow in the library. Follow the event on Facebook and The L Spot on Instagram.

I will be interviewing Karin earlier in the day for “Finding the L Spot” podcast and hope to have it published by early October.

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FEmnFEST 2018
Sep
21
to Sep 23

FEmnFEST 2018

  • Sacred Heart Music Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The L Spot will be a returning vendor this year! Get your tickets and come support womxn artists and businesses.

FEmnFEST is an unapologetically feminist festival brought to YOU by a team of womxn-identified bosses.

A weekend of music, art, workshops, education, film, and connection.

The festival starts Friday September 21th and runs through Saturday the 22th in downtown Duluth in/around Sacred Heart Music and Arts Center.

Three stage-areas will inhabit the downtown area. Amidst the musical and educational activities, there will be a maze of various womxn-owned vendors, artists, and art installations. 

In it's second year, FEmnFEST aims to bring folks together to enjoy ourselves, enrich ourselves, and connect as a community. This time with even more womxn. More feminism. More voices. More Sacred Heart. & even more accessible than before.

Friday 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

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The L Spot on Fresh Fruit (Queer Radio Show)
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

The L Spot on Fresh Fruit (Queer Radio Show)

I am beyond pumped that Dixie @ Fresh Fruit heard about The L Spot at Minneapolis Pride Festival 2018 and invited me & my peeps to be on her show! Joining me will be my All-Star Team  Soul Reflect, Adina K. Burke and Sarah Penn! Tune in!

Fresh Fruit is the longest running weekly Queer radio show in the country, and has been live on KFAI Fresh Air Radio since May 11, 1978.

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Sound + Vision [Premiere]
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Sound + Vision [Premiere]

Please join us for the premiere of a rich and powerful night of spoken word artistry and music inside the Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee space, with night shopping happening at the adjacent Z Amore and The L Spot. The very wise and wonderful, Sarah Penn, will be offering mini-tarot card readings throughout the evening.

Please note: The cafe will NOT be open for business. We are simply using their space. A modest selection of refreshments will be made available.. Event cover is $5 and will be shared equitably by the artists. Please follow on FB for updates and details about respective artists, and share with friends! Please follow and share the event on Facebook.
 
MC

Adina Burke is a Spoken Word artist, writer and open mic night aficionado living and working in Minneapolis.

Sound
Soul Reflect Soul Reflect hails from Minneapolis MN and is the creator behind BurginBeat. Making her own beats and being a lyricist as well, gives her a unique and original sound unlike anything out there today. Her debut solo album, Plato's Theory is out this year, and promises to bring originality with conscious lyrics. Soul Reflect has also joined with a band to form Shadow Souls for an excellent mix of live music and lyrics.

Artists/Musicians
[scheduled order and times are soft]
6 pm Charlotte Glass is an emerging songwriter and performer originating from Minneapolis, MN. After studying vocal performance and music business for three years at McNally Smith College of Music, Glass is focused on writing and recording. Charlotte's first single release is set for fall 2018.

6:45 pm Fayise Abrahim Raised in rural Minnesota by a family of East African refugees, factory workers and farmers, Fayise wonders where can refugee hearts rest? Now writing memoir, sci-fi, and poetry from the Minneapolis, Fayise inherits oral art forms while weaving stories of the land with the laughter of those who tend to the soil. Fayise is a 2016 Emerging Writer with The Givens Foundation for African American Literature and works as a community organizer. She is a recipient of the 2017 VERVE Spoken Word grant and  alumni of the 2017 MN VONA Regional workshop. Fayise is currently a CURA Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative grantee where she is writing ancestral song accompanying MN Oromo oral history. You can find her writing in Black Beat Poets Anthology Volume 2: Black Girl Magic. 

7:30 pm Jada Brown is a two-spirit earthy soul vocalist & spoken word poet who is passionate about engaging in creative resistance work. Rooted in soul, r&b, and alternative sounds, they reclaim the embedded empathy that we are gifted with and use to navigate the various spaces we exist in, both as burdens and liberation. 

7:45 pm Allegra Hernandez [they, them, their] is multi-instrumentalist based out of the Twin Cities and originally from Des Moines, IA. Their music is layered with intricate dynamics and rich, melodic instrumental guitar on top of heartfelt, honest vocals. Previously the lead guitarist in active and touring punk band, niiice, they are looking forward to new musical endeavors. They previously attended McNally Smith College of Music and now are enrolled at Berklee College of Music. Their passion is to make music accessible for women, POC, and LGBTQ+ indentified folk. 

Interested in participating in the Sept 29th Sound + Vision event? Please contact me!

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Dianna Hunter "Wild Mares" Memoir Reading & Reception
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Dianna Hunter "Wild Mares" Memoir Reading & Reception

The L Spot and Quatrefoil Library are thrilled to present a rare and intimate evening with activist, educator and memoirist, Dianna Hunter, who will read from her recently published memoir, "Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life" (University of Minnesota Press). 
"Wild Mares" provides a firsthand view of the lesbian feminist movement in the 1960's and women's community at and after the moments of inception. Also, the point of view of a young woman’s life lived, literally, on the ground, in the fertile soil of struggling small farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 
In her appraisal of "Wild Mares", Finn Enke, author of "Finding the Movement" wrote, “Dianna Hunter’s engaging memoir thoughtfully recounts a feminist era, ethos, and way of life that has been, until recently, largely lost to the historical record. Told with nuanced self-reflection and respect for wider contexts, Hunter’s stories will challenge any narrow assumptions about what it was like to create and live the ‘second wave.’

Dianna Hunter is the author of the book and radio series "Breaking Hard Ground: Stories of the Minnesota Farm Advocates", along with numerous articles, essays, short stories, and poems, both printed and performed. She contributed writing and drawings to "So’s Your Old Lady", the journal of the Lesbian Resource Center from its first issue, and she has taught writing and women's and gender studies at four universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where she was a lecturer and director until she retired in 2012.

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23rd Annual Art-A-Whirl
May
18
to May 20

23rd Annual Art-A-Whirl

Art-A-Whirl is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Over the last 23 years, it has become the largest open studio tour in the country. Art-A-Whirl takes place annually throughout Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May.

This event is free and open to the public.

2018 DATES AND HOURS:

Friday, May 18th – 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 19th – Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 20th – Noon-5:00 p.m.

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Talking Creative Series
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Talking Creative Series

Come celebrate Earth Day with Lou Lou of Loulure! Lou Lou is a wildly gifted, and prolific Minneapolis artist (painter, muralist, jewelry maker) who exhibits regularly at local establishments, art shows, and art crawls throughout the greater Twin Cities area.

12 pm-3 pm Meet Lou Lou, Mingle & Shop

1 pm "Women and Nature: A Call for Reclamation" , a brief talk by the artist

Loulure art will be available to purchase - paintings, prints and gift cards. Want to learn more about Loulure - Lou Lou's Art Business now? Visit www.loulure.com. 

Light refreshments and prosecco will be provided.

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The Girl on Girl Gameshow @ The Chef Shack Ranch
Apr
8
3:00 PM15:00

The Girl on Girl Gameshow @ The Chef Shack Ranch

The Girl on Girl Gameshow is back!

Join the Scavos for another POWERFUL night of Sapphic hygge, healing and laughter! Come eat, drink and have loads of fun with us at the fantastic Chef Shack Ranch!

Three volunteer “couples” compete by answering GP original questions created to challenge and celebrate Sapphic & Queer relationships. Three couples compete to show that they are the most honest and knowledgeable about themselves and each other. The most in sync couple WINS the Grand Prize!

The real prize is shared by all: The Girl on Girl Game Show gives the contestants and the audience the rare opportunity to expressly display, flaunt, relish and share the magic and strength of our relationships in a safe space.

3pm-4pm Pre-show mingle, Sound & Vibrations by GP's very sexy, very powerful new partner & Master of Ceremonies - Soul Reflect, adult coloring, and mini tarot card readings by Northern Lights Witch.

4pm-5:30pm Game Time! Interested in being a contestant couple? You need to hurry - spots fill up quickly! Read about what is involved and how to apply here.

Tickets $10 at the door.
All GP events are lesbian, bi, trans, queer-loving.
Follow the event on Facebook for updates here.

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Annual Women Who Write Event
Mar
18
1:00 PM13:00

Annual Women Who Write Event

Co-presented by The Quatrefoil Library The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

The popular annual get-together of women writers and their fans returns Sunday, March 18. Hear from novelists, poets, essayists and short story writers in literary fiction, creative non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, essay, Young Adult and romance.

The free reading at The Elmer L. Andersen library is followed by a chance to meet the authors, get books signed and browse the Girlpond Pop-Up Shop.

Authors in attendance will be:

Catherine Friend, Catherine Lundoff, M B Panichi, Melanie Hoffert, Rachel Gold, Stephanie Maari Booker.

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Girlpond Pop-Up Shop @ Quatrefoil Library Used Book Sale
Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Girlpond Pop-Up Shop @ Quatrefoil Library Used Book Sale

About The Quatrefoil Library Used LGBTQ Book Sale:

To help reduce our supply of surplus books, we will offer thousands of volumes at unbeatable prices: $1 for paperbacks (or 12 books for $10) and $2 for hardcover books (6 for $10). Excluded are large-format, art and photo books.
If you have never been to Quatrefoil Library, this is a great opportunity to stop in, shop for some books, take a tour, and buy a membership ($40 annually for individuals, $25 for students). 

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