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“Briefs” to Shine, Feb. 24-25

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Poster_Briefs

“Brief” is an interesting word. As an adjective, it means a short duration of time. As a plural noun, it is colloquially used as a word for underpants; in brief, what lies beneath. So “Briefs” is a perfect title for a co-production by That Uppity Theatre Company and Vital VOICE of short plays about gay and lesbian subjects.

 

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Jay Michaelson @ CRC, Feb. 23

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Writer and activist Jay Michaelson, author of the new bestselling book God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality will be leading a text-based, no-holds-barred discussion on Thurs., Feb. 23 debunking the belief that the Bible prohibits homosexuality. The event will be held at The Central Reform Congregation (5020 Waterman Blvd) at 7p.m.

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GLAAD , Ratner Video Initiative

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LOS ANGELES, CA – GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today (Feb. 15) announced plans for a groundbreaking video campaign to be produced and directed by Brett Ratner. Ratner met with GLAAD’s Board of Directors this weekend in a meeting that included producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards Brian Grazer, as well as directors Adam Shankman and Bryan Singer, among others.

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Race @ The Rep StL

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“You’re just two wonderful people who happened to fall in love and happened to have a slight pigmentation problem,” said the concerned dad played by Spencer Tracy. The year was 1967, the movie was Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and the admittedly superficial romantic comedy had a mostly upbeat outlook about interracial marriage. Fast forward 45 years.

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“West Side’s” Harris Milgrim

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The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story will dance into town Feb. 14 – 26 at the Fabulous Fox.  Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

 

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“Urinetown” @ Stray Dog Theatre

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Listen up, kiddies. Once upon a time, there were places where you DID have to pay to pee. Had to have a dime to use the toilet, if you can believe it. Still got ‘em in Europe here and there, and one inspired Greg Kotis to write the book and lyrics for what became the metaphoric, metaphysical and just plain old meta production, Urinetown: the Musical.

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Vital Politics: Chris Koster

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Vital VOICE Political columnist and PROMO Executive Director A.J. Bockelman interviews Missouri Attorney General and likely gubernatorial candidate, Chris Koster. Missouri’s highest ranking law enforcement officer touches on LGBT equality in the Show Me State and how he sees LGBT rights advancing in the conservative trending state.

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Les/Gay/Bi/Trans = WEDGE

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I was too young to vote for Bill Clinton in the 1992 election, but as a teenager living in Tulsa, I remember how exciting it was to have a presidential contender speak inclusively about queer people. That had never happened before—and the hair on my arms stood up when he mentioned us in his speech to the 1992 Democratic Convention:

 

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