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June 21, 2004 // UPDATED 2:13 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Hayley Tsukayama
Hayley Tsukayama

Events to check out in Downtown this week!

Twins host autograph party on LRT opening day

Want to know once and for all how to really spell "Mientkiewicz"? Learn from the man himself. Head down to the 'Dome Saturday, June 26 between 11:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. to get autographs from your favorite Twins, and, maybe, stick around for the game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Call the Twins at 375-1366 or go to for more info.

Pride celebration is this weekend

On Friday, June 25, the Twin Cities' GLBT Pride Block Party heats up the Ritz parking lot on South 4th Street and Nicollet Mall with '80s alt-rockers The Psychedelic Furs and hard-edged comedian Sandra Bernhard. Gates open at 5 p.m. Beloved pop-punk locals The Soviettes are among the opening groups. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, and $60 for priority seating. (Heads up, the show sold out last year.)

Pride's crown jewel, the Pride Festival in Loring Park, is Saturday-Sunday, June 26-27. The park-filling extravaganza features several stages and a wide variety of events, all free, from 11 a.m. to late in the evening.

The Rainbow Stage boasts round-the-clock sets with local bands -- including catchy popsters Skirr and dark indie rockers In Pictures -- while The Stonewall Stage is all-drag shows, all the time.

New this year is the Mass Commitment Ceremony at the Loring Stage Sunday, June 27, 2:30 p.m. The mass ceremony (which isn't legally binding) is open to people of all religions and sexual orientations who want to celebrate their commitment while publicly showing their support for expanding the definition of marriage. Private ceremony spaces will also be available.

The festival also includes special activities for children, families and history buffs, and Pride's largest fireworks display yet will be on Saturday evening, June 26.

On Sunday, June 27, beginning at 11 a.m., the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade winds its way along Hennepin Avenue from 3rd Street South to the Pride Festival in Loring Park. Everyone from discoing drag queens to marching GLBT families will participate in the parade, which attracted over 110,000 people last year according to parade organizers.

For more information, go to or call the Prideline at 952-825-6100.