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AIDS Memorial Quilt to Return to Nashville

October 17, 2017 - articles

AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT TO RETURN TO NASHVILLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS   NASHVILLE, Sept. 28, 2017 — For the first time in 15 years, a panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the city of Nashville. The quilt, which…

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Brian Regan Announces Orpheum Engagement

October 17, 2017 - articles

COMEDIAN BRIAN REGAN ANNOUNCES SPRING 2018 TOUR DATES  Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre Thursday, January 11  Tickets Go On Sale Friday, October 20, 2017 Available at the Orpheum Theatre website, www.orpheum-memphis.com, the Orpheum Box Office (901.525.3000), and Ticketmaster Regan’s First Netflix Special, Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers, Will Premiere November…

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Rio Mix Fit: Midtown Nursery is Growing a Food Truck Business!

October 16, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin | photos by Joan Allison Inspired by the beautiful Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rio Mix Fit Food truck has brought a tropical taste of Brazil to midtown Memphis. Sarah Ishisaki grew up in Brazil’s shoreline state of Sao Paolo,…

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LGBT YOUTH: Big Ideas Come in Young Packages! George Boyington Talks Life and Healthcare

October 13, 2017 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photos by Joan Allison   George Boyington doesn’t look sick. Recently elected as parliamentarian to the Shelby County Young Democrats, and a Focus Trailblazer Award nominee, Boyington appears fresh and alert in a summer suit and browline eyeglasses. However, recent threats…

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Conyers and Cohen: Trump Administration Conflates Religious Liberty With the Right to Discriminate in Latest Troubling Actions

October 12, 2017 - articles

October 6, 2017 Contact: Shadawn Reddick-Smith; Wilsar Johnson (202) 225-6906   Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-TN) issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s…

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Phantom Never Gets Old

October 10, 2017 - articles

story by Kevin Shaw | photo courtesy of Orpheum Memphis    Next year, The Phantom of the Opera will have been running on Broadway for 30 straight years! Such a lengthy run outpaces its closest competitor (the revival of Chicago) by a full eight years…

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Sister Myotis– A Gift from God

October 9, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw  | photos courtesy of Steve Swift    It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 15 years since the Memphis community (and world) was blessed with the angelic presence of Sister Myotis. Whether it’s in the theatre, at an awards show or just…

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Michael Hansen: Alabama’s first openly gay candidate is challenging the status quo

October 9, 2017 - articles

story by Chellie Bowman | photo courtesy of Michael Hansen   “Openly gay environmentalist running for Jeff Session’s old seat.” Bold categories, high emotions, incendiary blurbs. That Michael Hansen, born and raised in Memphis, is now the first openly gay person running for statewide office…

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Equality Jackson: Bringing Positive Change to Small Towns in Tennessee

October 6, 2017 - articles

story and photos by Mark Benton     When Focus contributor, Mark Benton, moved to Jackson, Tennessee in 2013, he had lived in many large cities but never a city as small as Jackson, population 70,000. He had always been active in the local gay…

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THIS WEEKEND: Dia de los Muertos Parade & Festival

October 5, 2017 - articles

  What: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Cazateatro and Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis are collaborating for a free Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, October 7. The inagural Dia de los Muertos parade will take place that morning and will impact traffic for a short time….

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