LANY At First Avenue

LANY At First Avenue

LANY, a three piece band, sold out First Avenue in Minneapolis.

On Monday, October 23, 2017, LANY, the three piece band from Los Angeles, California, sold out the main room of First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. LANY has come a long way in the past year after releasing their debut album, titled LANY, in June of this year.

Fans waited over night outside of First Avenue to get the best general admission spots. Many fans brought red roses, a symbol on LANY's album cover. While LANY sang their song titled Flowers on the Floor, fans threw their roses onto the stage.

The opening support act of the night was, Dagny, a pop singer from Norway. Dagny's most popular songs are Backbeat and Wearing Nothing.

The crowd was excited to see Paul Klein walk onto the stage during their first song of the night, Dumb Stuff.

Paul Klein, lead singer, sat on the edge of the stage during one song. At one point, Klein jumped into the crowd.

LANY posted a photo of their night in Minneapolis on their Instagram page with the caption: "been the support act twice at first ave in minneapolis felt so nice to sell out our own show there"

Although the band is still continuing their United States Tour, LANY is welcome to Minneapolis anytime after their performance at First Avenue.
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Everything To Love About "Love, Simon"

"Everyone deserves a great love story."

Love, Simon, a film based on the book, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli came out on March 16th. Since then, it has received an overwhelming amount of positive reviews from movie goers. I went to see the movie last week and was extremely impressed. This movie is exactly what our society needs.

Years ago, the concept of being gay was a taboo and anything involving homosexuality carried a strong stigma. Many creative closeted individuals did not have the freedom to write stories or screenplays with queer characters. After members of the LGBT community became more normalized in society, we started to see the slow rise of films with characters reflecting different sexualities. I have watched multiple movies with queer characters, and ALL of the other ones I’ve seen have been tragedies.

While it is true that the process of coming out and living an authentic life can be difficult for queer people, it is not always tragic. Watching these movies makes people feel like non-heterosexual people cannot have happy endings. Imagine being a 14 year old kid in the closet and watching all these films that end with suicide, depression, or murder. It is easy to see why someone would not want to come out after being exposed to such horrific things. LGBT movies have also always been highly sexualized. Most of them center around the sexual relationships and lack substance. I feel like the writers think that the only appeal LGBT movies can have has to be sex.

The beauty in Love, Simon comes from the fact that none of the things I mentioned above were in the movie. Instead, it was hilarious, emotional and real. The story was raw and relatable for so many people. Simon was a normal high schooler, with best friends, a loving family, and homework to do. He did not fit the “gay” stereotype at all. His clothes were masculine, his voice was deep, and he didn’t love shopping. Simon was not the “Gay best friend” he was just the best friend. Simon was fortunate enough to have all these positive things in his life, which not everyone has. I think that this presentation of his life shows people that their coming out does not have to be tragic.

Simon’s coming out could not have been more realistic. He was outed to his school on an online platform, something that can happen easily in our technological age. He was very affected by this and knew he had to come clean to his family. His sister asked him if he wanted to deny it and he said he was tired of hiding.

His announcement shifted his family for a bit, something completely normal. Some movies have kids come out and show the parents instantly start a pride parade. This is usually not the case, especially when loved ones do not suspect anything. Love, Simon showed his parents trying to adjust to the news. They did not love him any less, but they needed some time to process the information, so that they could do their best for their son. There were days of silence in the family, but the silence was broken in memorable ways.

Simon’s talk with his mom had me in tears. His mom told him that for the past few years, she had felt like he was holding his breath, and tells him, “You can exhale now, Simon.” He could finally breathe and she was letting him know that she wants him to be happy and himself. His father apologized to him for making a lot of gay jokes before his coming out. He did not realize that his words may have been hurting his son, and he tears himself down for not realizing his son was gay. Simon tells him that he has nothing to be sorry about, because his coming out was something that could not be assumed.

Simon’s friends did not treat him any differently after his coming out, meaning that they did not give him any special treatment. They were upset with him for things, and worked it out later. His sexuality was not the issue.

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The representation for queer people in this movie is superb. Multiple members actually came out during the filming of this movie. If that doesn’t show you how positive and powerful this movie is, I don’t know what will. This movie is exactly what LGBT kids needed and I applaud the talented cast, the writers, and everyone else who had anything to do with the creation of this life changing movie.

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1. "Grease"

"Tell me more, tell me more." Friendships, romances and adventures of high school kids in the 1950's. Follow along this summer love story and sing along their journey.

2. "High School Musical"

As the star athlete falls in love with the nerdy new girl, we fall in love with the two as well. "We're all in this together" as we watch the three movie musicals and sing along knowing every word.

3. "Mamma Mia!"

"Mamma Mia, here I go again"... This musical keeps you on your toes as the music is so enjoyable, as you are on the journey of discovering who the father is. There is so much to keep up with you will not get bored.

4. "Camp Rock"

"We rock!" This Disney Channel movie gets you singing along, following Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, what else could we need?

5. "The Greatest Showman"

This new movie has caught peoples attention of all ages. Inspired by P.T. Barnum, this musical celebrates the birth of an amazing show business and the man who came from nothing to create something spectacular. "This is the greatest show."

6. "Beauty and the Beast"

As everything came to life in this movie, we were able to see Beauty and the Beast in a new light and fell even more in love with the two. "Don't believe me? Ask the dishes."

7. "Hairspray"

Hairspray is one you will most definitely be singing along to as it has one of the catchiest soundtracks ever. The storyline is very meaningful as Tracy is looking to make a difference in her community, "Good morning Baltimore!"

8. "Rent"

One of the most popular musicals to date brings attention to the LGBTQ+ community in a good way. "Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure a year in the life?"

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