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The Winners @ HotCity Theatre

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It takes chutzpah to call your play The Winners because there are so many potential ways to say it should be titled “The Losers.” But that would be a cheap shot, and I’m not going to do it. I’m tempted to, but I won’t. And, David L. Williams’ new piece is a winner because it was chosen from last year’s GreenHouse shows (the New Play Festival) to receive a full production. 2010 brought us Jami Brandli’s The Sinker that way, and it was a worthy project. I wasn’t even a little tempted to call it the “Stinker.” This one, however, needs a lot more work before it justifies its name.

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End Days @ New Jewish Theatre

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Unless you’ve been in a coma, you know that the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 is upon us, and it is being observed in many public arenas, including theaters. End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer is the New Jewish Theatre’s contribution, and it is mostly successful in balancing respect for the event with much-needed laughter. I liked it a lot.

 

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Out in The City & The Chamber

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We’re just about a month from October 11th, known by the LGBT community as National Coming Out Day. The title is simple enough, but the act has so much history and meaning behind it. Just this week in the political world, we celebrate the announcement of a new candidate for the U.S. Senate who could very well be our first out Senator.

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Braxton Named New Center E.D.

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ST. LOUIS—The Board of Directors of The LGBT Center of St. Louis (The Center) has named Board president, Leon A. Braxton, Jr. its Executive Director effective Wednesday, Sept. 7th.  Center co-vice president, Colin Lovett will move into the position of Board president effective immediately.

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Talking About “Dirty Blonde”

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We sat down with Artistic Director of Dramatic License Productions in Chesterfield, Kim Furlow, and the rest of the cast and the director to talk about the upcoming production of Claudia Shear’s Dirty Blonde, a story about Mae West told in flashblack through the perspective of two of her most ardent fans from the present time. Here’s what the group had to say:

 

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Wash. U. Gets ‘A’ For Equality

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ST. LOUIS – Washington University earned a perfect score for being friendly and welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, says this year’s LGBT Friendly Campus Climate Index.

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LouFest Photo Review

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I came, I saw, I danced. As did thousands of others who flocked to Forest Park this past weekend for the second annual LouFest. Vital VOICE was there on the ground and in the pit to capture all the great music, good beer and one amazing owl.


Left: Rebecah Hough and Carson Luwallen gave us a free copy of STL band, Dear Genre’s new album!


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Life After the “Runway”

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“Hi, I’m Michael and I make clothing,” are the words 32-year-old designer Michael Drummond uses to greet open studio tourists as they stroll in and out of his Washington Avenue studio loft.

 

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