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Review: “The Fall of Heaven”

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0Having read the promotional materials for The Fall of Heaven, my expectations weren’t high. It sounded like Walter Mosley had cobbled together his collection of short stories (The Tempest Tales)  into yet another riff on Here Comes Mr. Jordan/ Heaven Can Wait.

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TFTE: Discovering Modesty

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Bling2One of my favorite stories is about the time my friend Floyd Martin streaked my apartment complex the Summer before college. I was fresh out of high school and had moved a liberating 100 miles from my hometown of Tulsa to Oklahoma City with a group of friends. The five of us shared a two bedroom apartment in a shoddy 1970s era complex.

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NQOTP: The Doghouse

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73082_490205907017_672192017_6982249_1535615_nFor the first time in recent memory, I approach the New Year without the usual “I can’t wait until this damn year is over” feeling. Despite the fact that our country faces many problems… massive unemployment, two wars and a Republican “take over,” 2010 wasn’t, in my personal experience a horrible year.

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Gayborhoods: Marine Villa

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IMG_0190LGBT people in Saint Louis have a lot of pride in their neighborhoods, so in 2011 I’ve decided to spotlight these diverse and welcoming communities throughout our region.

Scrappy Marine Villa probably seems like an unlikely place to start this series.

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Publishers Letter January 2011

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1122714037_vitalvoice_121110_004As we kick off 2011, I‘m excited to announce the launch of the newly redesigned website at thevitalvoice.com.

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Fighting Cabin Fever

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holidayThe holidays are over, the excitement of the New Year is behind us and all of a sudden, BAM!  You’re hit with a case of cabin fever.  The same chill in the air that put you in the mood for the season now appears bitter and uninviting.  Fortunately, this is a condition with a cure.  Here are some ideas on ways in which you can fight your affliction of cabin fever.  

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Cedar Lake Ballet: Power & Grace

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Jon_bond_red_light_photo_by_Erez_SabagThe stage of the Touhill will spring to life, Jan. 28-29 when Dance St. Louis presents Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. The New York-based company of 16-international dancers is a diversely talented powerhouse that has charmed choreographers from across Europe into joining the company, just seven years young.

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Cover Story: Humble Beauties

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January_2011_CoverIf you picked up this magazine because your eyes were drawn to a pair of gorgeous men on the cover then trust that you are not alone. Meet Matt Schiermeier and Cameron Earnheart. They are American bred Adonises whose bodies are living testaments of queer lusts and longings. We all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but for many gay men the duo and their bodies define masculine sexuality.

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