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Our Rooms, Our Spaces

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SpacesGarrett

Have you ever wanted to take an innocent peek into the homes of complete strangers? Well, you’re in luck. We at Vital VOICE want to satisfy that voyeur’s impulse and keep you away from any restraining orders by giving you a private tour inside the SPACES of four very unique St. Louis homes. So put away the binoculars and get to know your neighbors!

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“Hot’l Baltimore” @ Soundstage

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The Hot’l Baltimore is like Stray Rescue for humans. Its title refers to the fact that the “e” in its outdoor sign is burned out, and so are the people who live there. It is a cheap, extended stay facility that once was one of the finest establishments in Baltimore. The transient nature of the residents and life itself are represented by the frequently passing trains, usually late to their destinations, much to the annoyance of one of the “working girls” who is a geography savant. The hotel itself is scheduled for demolition in the near future, which will further displace these lost souls.

 

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Van Barnes: Wildflower

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Van1

Van Barnes is living a modern-day odyssey. Tenaciously forging her own path from a small Southern Illinois town all the way to New York and back, she transcended the small-minded community of her youth and dove into the early 90’s Club Kid scene in both Chicago and The Big Apple.

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Review: “Reasons to Be Pretty”

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So, you’ve been in a live-in relationship with your significant other for four years. Your best friend calls from a work party and tells you that said “other,” has told her husband that you aren’t “beautiful.” Oh, not in so many words, of course. What he actually says is that you look “regular.” He follows it up by indicating he likes you just the way you are. Is this comment, made in the context of comparison to a gorgeous new employee and under the influence of several beers, a deal breaker? If you’re Steph (Rachel Hanks), the “plain” one, the answer is, “yes, it is.”

 

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Descending on Folsom Street

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Mr. Missouri Leather DJ Kaiser had only made it as far as DFW before encountering guys also headed to the mother of all leather events, and on the commuter train into San Francisco Kaiser commented “It turns out that wearing leather on the CalTrain during Folsom weekend is a great way to meet new people”. 

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What DADT Repeal Symbolizes

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Hundreds of celebratory events took place throughout America this past Tuesday as the discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” came to an end. Passed in 1993 under President Bill Clinton, DADT was the only policy in America which mandated termination, or in this particular case – discharge, should someone disclose identifying as LGBT.

 

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“Rabbit Hole” @ Insight

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155RHoleWeb

There is much to appreciate in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, and credit for Insight’s thoughtful production needs to go to director Jason Cannon for giving this often-performed domestic tragedy a deliberate and coherent reading. 

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TFTE: Life in the Canopy

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High above the streets of Saint Louis there are those who make their home in the canopy of the urban jungle. If you have traditional ideas of what a home is, say a house with yard, the idea of living among the clouds can seem foreign and intriguing. For access to this unique world I called on the man I’ve dubbed my “Luxury Czar”, Steven Lange of Dielmann Sothebys International Realty.

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