Author Archives: Chris Andoe

About Chris Andoe

Chris Andoe

In the preface of his critically acclaimed book Delusions of Grandeur: A Few Hundred Tales From the Emperor of St. Louis, Metrosource NYC editor Paul Hagen writes, "Chris's writing - in particular his chronicles of the goings on in around St. Louis - had the urgency of a journalist embedded in a war zone...He opened doors to a world of people with multiple aliases and secret identities, sinister perpetrators of long cons, and drag performers who embody every aspect of the world legendary." Andoe's long-running "Tales From the Emperor" column in Vital VOICE attracts an international following. When he's not writing or touring, his interests include politics, climbing through abandoned buildings and knocking wigs back.

Chris Andoe

The Emperor’s Guide To Soulard Mardi Gras

250 years ago the French traveled upriver from New Orleans and founded St. Louis, now home to the second largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. The weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday are filled with countless events around town, from private parties to the Beggin’ Pet Parade, from the legendary High Heel Drag […]

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A Clean Slate for the Baths: Adi de Souza & His Club St. Louis Ambitions

A Man on a Mission The masculine and attractive native of São Paulo, Brazil, Adi de Souza flew to St. Louis from Fort Lauderdale on a recognizance mission. A former employer who’s one of the owners of Club St. Louis wanted to recruit him to take over the operation, but first, he wanted him to […]

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The Emperor Talks Orgies

**As an opinion editorial piece, this article does not reflect the views or opinions of Vital VOICE ** From Tales From The Emperor, by Chris Andoe Not since the days of Caligula have orgies been bigger, except perhaps the seventies. The scene in St. Louis caught my attention with the buzz around a monthly event […]

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Frenchie Davis Keeps It Real

R & B powerhouse Frenchie Davis is real in every sense of the word. She never uses auto tune, and she never holds back when asked a question. In advance of her performance at FIVE, we caught up with her to discuss her coming out, activism and music. VV:     St. Louis has a soft spot for […]

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Overdue Discussions on LGBT Domestic Violence

A Community Stunned Three years ago a young man in St. Louis, who often had bruises and black eyes, hung himself after long complaining of domestic violence. Last week many were shocked when he resurfaced, alive and well. Police found a dead body hanging from the noose, but miraculously paramedics were able to revive him. […]

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