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Priscilla Shakes Her Groove Thang

June 26, 2017 - articles

Story by Kevin Shaw | photos by Carla McDonald   Back in the spring of 2016 when all of the Memphis theatres announced their 2016-2017 upcoming seasons, one show stood out to me amongst all the rest—Playhouse on the Square’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert! Why?…

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Why I Live in Victorian Village

June 26, 2017 - articles

by Scott Blake   Tucked between Memphis’ bustling downtown and Midtown is the Victorian Village neighborhood named for the stately Victorian mansions that line Adams Avenue and were originally home to cotton barons and high society of a bygone Memphis era. Victorian Village, or as…

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Mid-South’s Pet Over-Population Problem is Getting Fixed

June 23, 2017 - articles

by Joan Allison | photos by Greg Campbell   (In the photo above, vet technicians move a sedated female dog to the surgical suite to be spayed. The staff puts socks on the all the animal clients’ paws to keep them warm while they’re in…

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Crosstown Arts Events — July 2017

June 22, 2017 - articles

MUSIC Thelonious Monk: The Music of Monk Saturday, July 8, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Crosstown Arts Gallery, 422 N. Cleveland St. Jazz performance featuring Stephen Lee (piano), Johnny Yancey (Trumpet), Sylvester Sample (Acoustic Bass) and Nygel Yancey (Drums) celebrating the legacy of Thelonious Monk….

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Pastor Robert Van Ess

June 21, 2017 - articles

by Mark Benton | photos by Greg Campbell   Like a priest hearing confession, former hair stylist Robert Van Ess’s listening skills helped him become an ordained, able minister, ready to guide his congregants’ life journeys.   At the age of 32, Robert Van Ess…

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Black Pride a Shining Example of What Pride Can Be

June 20, 2017 - articles

story & photos by Chellie Bowman   I personally admit that I haven’t been to Memphis pride in a few years. As I get older and the earth gets hotter, I’ve found myself making more and more excuses to forego its warm weather festivities. Additionally,…

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Cotton Pickin’ Squares

June 19, 2017 - articles

by Anita Moyt | photo by Greg Campbell   Every Monday evening, starting at 7, Justin Russell can be found with microphone in hand calling for the Cotton Pickin’ Squares (CPS), Memphis’ only GLBT square dancing organization. Groups of eight stand at the ready as…

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Pride Events Expected to Attract Significant Increases in Attendance in 2017: New CMI Study

June 16, 2017 - articles

The Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 11th Annual LGBT Community Survey®, fielded in April/May 2017, drew participation from 17,300 LGBTQ Americans across the spectrum of sexual orientations, gender identities, generations and ethnicities. It is the largest, longest-running study of its kind; a profile of community…

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Outbid 2017: An Evening of Pure Imagination + Serious Fundraising

June 16, 2017 - articles

Story & photos by Chellie Bowman   Last Saturday night dozens of members from the community arrived at the Clark Opera House for OutMemphis’ annual fundraiser “Outbid 6”, including several of us from Focus. The theme this year was a Willy Wonka inspired design with…

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Nothing Sounds Like Memphis

June 13, 2017 - articles

story by John Paul Keith | photos courtesy of Shenanigans Photography   In the summer of 2016, rising British folk star Emily Barker found herself passing through the Bluff City. A native Australian, she relocated to the UK several years ago and launched a career there….

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