'Buzzed' Explores Toxic Masculinity in the Barbershop

At different points of our lives, for varying reasons, we've all experienced what it's like to be "the other." Now, zoom in on the experiences of how "the other" occupies spaces designated for the majority.


WATCH: Step inside a magical gay barbershop in this dreamy short film

Minneapolis-based filmmaker Michael Jemison has always had a thing for barbershops. "It goes back to being a kid," he tells in a new interview. "I remember plotting with my sister about how one day I'd make a gay barbershop." So it makes total sense that his new film Buzzed would be set in one.


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"The reason I was having such good conversations was because of who I am and where I'm at in my life," he says. "People felt like they could open up to me in some way. So I wanted to document it and also create a space to learn but not pressure people to feel like they have to teach me."

Black queer film, quilts by Terrence Payne: This week's art happenings | City Pages

This weekend is Art-A-Whirl in northeast Minneapolis. So wherever you look, there are going to be tons of artsy stuff to do. Check out a couple Art-A-Whirl options below. There's also some fantastic artist talks at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and new work by young artists at the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center.