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StL Theatre – Best of 2010

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2010Rather than just do a “10 Best” list this year, I decided I wanted to cite some noteworthy people, plays and companies that made 2010 a memorable year for me in St. Louis Theatre.

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Beverly Brennan and Bobby Norfolk

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Bobby NorfolkBeverly Brennan grew up in a well-known family around these parts. She is the oldest of Jack Buck’s eight children. Their first home when her father was hired as color man for the St. Louis Cardinals was on the “Hill,” a predominantly Italian neighborhood that produced Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. Harry Caray, born Carabina, the team’s play-by-play announcer lived there too.

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MGA 2010 CoCo Montrese Exclusive

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Talk about hitting the ground running. When Coco Montrese was crowned Miss Gay America 2010 in St. Louis on Feb. 27, the Florida resident had but a few weeks to prepare before the 2011 pageant season got under way.

 

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Wendy Williams: She’s Down with the SWISH

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The love affair between the gay community and legendary radio personality turned daytime diva, Wendy Williams is decades old. The over-the-top host of The Wendy Williams Show, which airs weekdays at 1 p.m. on KTVI Channel 2, has earned legions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) fans with her candid style, celebrity banter and daily dish.

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Cheap Chic Holiday Decor

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When it comes to decorating for the holidays this year are you more “Bah! Humbug!” than “Falalala”?  Are you sick of lugging up all that old holiday paraphernalia you’ve seen year after year?  Maybe you’re thinking going out and buying new holiday decorations might not be best use of your cash at the moment?
Well, I have a few ideas that might invigorate your holiday decorating spirit.  With some creative repurposing, just a little effort and even less money, you can infuse your living space with fun, fresh and surprisingly beautiful holiday décor.  Furthermore, by using the stuff you already have, you’ll be saving some green while also being green.
Holiday Tree:
Reimagined, Reinvented.
WHAT:
Every time, I pass by a Christmas tree lot, I keep asking myself, “Why are we still doing this?”  And the artificial tree alterative is, well, artificial.  I say, let’s back up, free the tree from its literal symbolism and have some fun.  My ladder tree is a playful and clever take on the traditional tree.  And its abstract nature liberates it from any one particular faith.  So, whatever you believe, this is a tree you can have!
HOW:
All I did was borrow a ladder (I snagged an aluminum one but an old wooden one would be even better) and strung some holiday lights artfully on it.  I like these lights with their big, round bulbs but use whatever you have (non-blinking, please!).  For my ornaments, I took some burnt out light bulbs that were waiting to be recycled and painted stripes using ordinary craft paint.  I like mixing different types of bulbs but, once again, use whatever you have.  Glitter sprinkled on the paint before it dries would be fun too!
HOW MUCH:
Ladder (borrowed)            FREE
Lights (had ‘em)            FREE
Light bulbs (saved burnt out ones)    FREE
Craft paint (.99c a bottle)        $4.30
String/dental floss (had it)        FREE
TOTAL:                $4.30
The Holiday Centerpiece
A Study in Repurposing
WHAT:
Tabletop décor actually has a tough job.  It is meant to impress your guests while also making them feel comfortable and at ease.  I think my holiday centerpiece does that quite well.  Its iced over look mixed with the warm glow of candlelight conveys the mood of season.  Its vibe is effortless, elegant and special.
HOW:
I took a bag of mixed fruit from the grocery store, some stemware and clear votive holders I already had and brushed them all with some lightly beaten egg whites.  Then I sprinkled them with regular table sugar to create an even coating.  Then after it all dried (takes only a few minutes), I arranged the objects on my table (inverting the stemware to create a little platform for tea light candles).  Light your tea lights, and voila!  Instant atmosphere.  If you’re nervous about separating eggs, you can find powdered egg whites in the baking aisle of the grocery store.  And the good news is clean up is a breeze:  just soak everything in water to dissolve the sugar coating.  If you used the pasteurized powdered egg white powder, even the fruit can be washed off and eaten!
HOW MUCH:
Glassware (had ‘em)            FREE
Bag of mixed fresh fruit        $6.48
Sugar (had it)                FREE
Tea lights (about .10c each)        $1.08
Eggs (about .36c each)        $.072
TOTAL:                $8.28
Holiday Wreath:
Nothing becomes something!
WHAT:
A holiday wreath can be more than just a mishmash of traditional holiday symbols, textures and colors.  It can be your personal statement!  I like wreaths composed of the unexpected.  Keep a defined color or pattern palette for a high design, modern look. Dig out a box of last year’s holiday cards or scraps of leftover gift wrap…. be creative and use what you have!  Mine is made with some leftover copies of June issue of the Vital Voice.
HOW:
I divided and cut several covers of the magazine into four equal rectangles.  A magazine cover works well since it is a little thicker than regular paper, Then, I placed a salad plate upside down on the counter to use as a guide.  I fanned out the cut out sections around the plate, slightly overlapping until the entire wreath was formed.  When I was happy with the arrangement, using a glue stick, I affixed the overlapping sections to each other.  The bow was made using two small strips of bubble wrap.  I wanted the wreath to float off the door, so I just sliced up a cardboard tube from a used up roll of paper towels and glued them to back, spaced evenly.
HOW MUCH:
Vital Voice Covers (Thanks Darin!)        FREE
Glue Stick (had it)                FREE
Bubble wrap scraps (had it)            FREE
Cardboard paper towel tube (had it)        FREE
TOTAL                    FREE!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: RAJ TAILOR

When it comes to decorating for the holidays this year are you more “Bah! Humbug!” than “Falalala”?  Are you sick of lugging up all that old holiday paraphernalia you’ve seen year after year?  Maybe you’re thinking going out and buying new holiday decorations might not be best use of your cash at the moment? 

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Queer Cheer – How Families Celebrate

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 Holidays are our creations. They are our human crafts.  Our societies are built upon these rituals of remembrance and reverence. These traditions celebrate the conditions of life and the bonds we forge while on this pilgrimage. As queers, we sometimes have to create our own holidays. We find souls who can relate to our special brand of experiences and struggles and we celebrate life and love and joy with them.

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Review: “As Bees in Honey Drown”

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regent_theatre_general_manager_sarah_anderson_is_g_4ca306179cStray Dog Theatre presents Sarajane Alverson as Alexa Vere de Vere (née Brenda Gelb) in As Bees in Honey Drown, Douglas Carter Beane’s satire on what is now a seemingly universal quest for a little piece of fame, even if it must be “celebrity for celebrity’s sake.”

Beane was ahead of his time in 1997 because, while some reality shows existed back then, we had yet to constantly wallow in a culture permeated by the need for a never-ending supply of new faces to feed our voyeuristic appetites. This is a truth on which Alexa Vere de Vere has pinned her life and fortune.

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Estelle Parsons: Parsin’ No Words

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The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning, August: Osage County makes its debut at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, March 2-14, 2010 and the buzz over Broadway’s hottest play is palpable.

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