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TFTE: OKC’s Gay Ghetto

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A gentleman caller once took me to dinner at the finest restaurant in Oklahoma City’s 39th & Penn gay ghetto, a walkable area of bars and other businesses anchored by the enormous and legendary Habana Inn. A 1960’s era Holiday-Inn type hotel, the Habana became a GLBT hotel in the early 1980’s. It has 170 guest rooms, two pools, three bars, a gift shop, and a residential wing.  At the heart of it all is its flagship, the gaudy Gusher’s Restaurant with its massive brass chandelier, sunken dining area, and floor to ceiling windows that overlook the partying guys at the pool.

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Hot City’s “Intelligent Life”

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Intelligent Life is fun to watch in some ways. Technically, it’s slick and professional. The set (C. Otis Sweeney) is a cluttered marvel—I think HotCity works its prop people (here led by Meg Brinkley) harder than anyone else around. The costumes (Jane Sullivan) are character-appropriate and clever, especially some Halloween garb—you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Kevin Beyer in a sparkly full-body turkey suit. The lights (Michael Sullivan) and sci-fi sound (music chosen and effects designed by Matthew Koch) evoke an atmosphere of expectation and even some discomfort. Does something wicked this way come?

 

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“Agnes of God” @ Avalon

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Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

 

Agnes of God is at least three plays in one. On its surface, it is a mystery. A young nun, Sister Agnes, whose name is clearly symbolic, (Sabra Sellers), has apparently given birth in her cell at the convent, and the baby is found dead in the waste paper basket. Before trying Agnes for murder, a court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingstone (and yes, someone does say “I presume”) played by Erin Kelley is assigned to examine the girl. She is brought to the session by her wary Mother Superior, staunch advocate and protector, Mother Miriam Ruth (Linda Kennedy). Agnes, we are told, remembers nothing about becoming pregnant or having the child.

 

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Artist To Watch: Nick Jacobs

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You probably don’t know Nick Jacobs or his art but we think you should.

He is one of many young, fresh faces in the St. Louis art scene who are pushing the boundaries of queer art and expression in our river city. His first show had him chugging two cartons of half and half, spitting it up on mirrors and breaking florescent light bulbs in a not so subtle hint at gay sex. Other pieces have involved punching his way through a wall of sheet rock and performing in macho-drag as a frat guy in series of post-hookup photos with female conquests.

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Vital VOICE – ICONOGRAPHY

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Andy Warhol once proclaimed that everyone will have their 15-minutes of fame and we at Vital VOICE couldn’t agree more. For each of us has an “Icon” within us and to that end we set about placing LGBT and allied St. Louisans in the middle of some of the more iconic images ever committed to print.

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A Tasteful Affair 23 Unfolds

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As guests walked into a dimly lit room of food filled tables snaked around the Khorassan Room – Chase Park Plaza on April 10, A Tasteful Affair 23: Dine Another Day was instigated as spies and espionage abound. 

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“The Laramie Project” at Jelkyl

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Three performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 28, 29, and 30. The Laramie Project tells the story of Matthew Shepard, a young man living in Laramie, Wyoming, in 1998. He was 21 years old the night he died at the hands of a bigoted group of teenagers who beat him and tied him to a fence where he was found the next morning. Writer/director Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project produced this work of “theatrical journalism” about the heinous act of cruelty and homophobia, and its effect on the town of Laramie.

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Behind the Screen at QFest: Part 3

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QFest unfolds this week and we want to give you one more reason to attend the 4th annual queer film festival. Qfest is a festival devoted to sharing the queer experience on film to St. Louis but it is a festival dependent on YOU the audience.

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