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 Dog Days Are Over: Bad Dog Bar & Grill to Close

**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 The best bar you [probably] never go to is closing its doors in the wee hours of January 1st. After 10 years in business (five at the current location), the […]

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Married to Drag: Melinda Ryder & Kirk Nelson

Melinda Ryder (Bruce Winter) and Kirk Nelson are among Kansas City’s most well-known and beloved couples. The two met in 1982 at a softball tournament in Houston. “I got to see Bruce and Melinda in the same day,” Nelson begins. “I thought he was the cutest guy there and someone told me he was a […]

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Immersed in Style

Plumbing fixtures are the jewels of the home,” says Tami Miller, Business Development Manager for Immerse by Atlas. Immerse is St. Louis’ only “live” plumbing showroom where you can actually step into a working therapeutic shower and try it out. “We sell more than a faucet. We sell a piece of art. People don’t realize […]

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When Walls Talk

In the late 90s, State Rep. Steve Vossmeyer was renovating the grand staircase of his West End mansion when a shocking discovery was made under layers of wallpaper — a confession. April 3, 1902 Forest Park  By the time you read this I’ll be gone. Paxton did murder Tyrese Simpson on April 3, 1902 in […]

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The Fading Flowers of Clementines

I invited people to share their thoughts on the closure of Clementines, and went to the bar last night to talk with the patrons. The scene was emotional: many fought back tears and one bartender broke down more than once. Everyone at Clems knows one another. One employee I spoke with worked there for 14 […]

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