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The Mayor of Cherokee Street


Angelo2The first time I met Cherokee Street’s Angelo Olegna I thought he was a real bitch.

Standing in Old North with a few mutual friends and we struck up a conversation about the city. I’ve been a city enthusiast since I first laid eyes on St. Louis in 1997, so I’m excited to see so many twenty-somethings like Angelo moving in from the suburbs to once forgotten city neighborhoods. In the midst of the conversation though I started to get the impression he was skeptical of MY street cred!

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Pride on the East Side


35681_436421047017_672192017_5743735_3228511_nWith  January well under way, only 6 -months remain until LGBT Pride 2011.  And while St. Louis Pridefest (held the last month in June) is the Midwest’s largest festival—a lesser-known, newer festival is doing great things across the river. 

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I’ve Learned to Love my Body


work.825410.2.flat550x550075f.human-heartWe live in a superficial society. There is no way to be more blunt. We live in a superficial society. Whenever you turn on the television or open a magazine, you are bombarded with pictures—either static or moving—of what our society deems beautiful. Why? Look back to my opening statement. We live in a superficial society.

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V-Squared a Success


100_9438aST. LOUIS – Hundreds of revelers packed Lumen on  Locust, Jan. 15 to celebrate 30-years of Vital VOICE in LGBT media


Indeed, V-Squared lived up to its billing as the exponentially-amazing anniversary party of the year as guests took advantage of the open bar, endless appetizers and A-list crowd.


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Review: “The Year of Magical…”


8Fontaine Syer as Joan Didion, the author and protagonist of The Year of Magical Thinking, takes the stage, looks around the audience with a direct gaze and tells us: “This happened on Dec. 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won’t when it happens to you. And it will happen to you.”

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Review: “Pericles” @ The Black Rep


PericlesPericles is seldom performed, and there are many good reasons for that. It is probably not written entirely by Shakespeare—most likely, he is responsible only for the second half (and the change in the language from Act II to Act III is marked).

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Review: “The Fall of Heaven”


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


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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