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UpClose: Pride Headliners

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Chely Wright made music history by coming out as the first openly gay country music singer last year in People Magazine. She has since shared her coming out story across the country with Oprah, Ellen and her fans in candid interviews, concerts and in her memoir Like Me.

 

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UpClose: Meet Sean Cameron

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Hair style guru to the stars Elgin Charles may like to keep the drama level low in his California salon, but the raucous, “Who you talkin’ to bitch?!?” attitude inside is the main draw to VH1 reality show “Beverly Hills Fabulous.”

 

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The Taming of the Shrew

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We met last night in the glen, in “thunder, lightning [and] in rain” for the official opening night of The Shakespeare Festival’s The Taming of the Shrew. And, despite it all, the show did go on, though to a considerably reduced audience after a downpour dampened the proceedings about 10 minutes in.

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“Mass Appeal” @ DLP

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It’s unusual to find a topical play to become more relevant as time passes rather than less. I was surprised to find that Mass Appeal, first produced in 1980, is one of those rarities. Of course it helps that it has a first class team behind it including Deanna Jent as director and Alan Knoll and Dylan Duke playing the two characters onstage, Father Tim Farley and seminarian Mark Dolson, respectively.

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ReStore’s 14th Anniversary

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ST. LOUIS — Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis’ ReStore will be throwing a Birthday Celebration to mark its 14-anniversary and you’re invited.

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Carson McCullers Talks about Love

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NEW YORK — The premise of Carson McCullers Talks about Love is a good one, beguiling, even.  Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, renowned for mega hits Tom’s Diner and Luka creates and stars in a show about writer Carson McCullers, to whom the teenage Vega became attracted in a photo. 

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TFTE: After the Novelty

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A joke stings when it has a ring of truth, and I felt that sting in reaction to the recent Daily Show sketch about San Francisco being less gay than Minneapolis.

 

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“The Normal Heart” Revisited

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The year was  1985.  I had an asymmetrical hair cut, Jefferson Starship was playing on the radio and no one I knew had died of AIDS.  But then, I was living in St. Louis, where visibility about the epidemic was minimal.  To be sure, there were rumblings.  Rumors about a few people being sick and the St. Louis community was beginning to quietly organize in response.  But these were faint stirrings. It was, after all, the Midwest.  In New York City, it was a different story as many found their inner activist for the first time to organize in the face of both an administration and mainstream media  that were ignoring the burgeoning epidemic.

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