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Opera Memphis Wins Innovation Grant

June 8, 2017 - articles

TOTAL OF $1.4 MILLION AWARDED TO OPERA MEMPHIS AND OTHERS TO FOSTER INNOVATION    OPERA AMERICA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF INNOVATION GRANTS GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY THE ANN AND GORDON GETTY FOUNDATION   June 1, 2017 (New York) — OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and…

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South Pacific: A Somewhat Enchanted Evening

June 7, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw   In 1975, at the age of nine, I was so desperate to be an actor that I dyed my hair jet black, wore a sarong and rubbed dark brown makeup all over my face, torso, arms and legs. I thought nothing…

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert heads off into the Outback at Playhouse

June 6, 2017 - articles

by Anita Moyt | image courtesy of Playhouse on the Square   Priscilla, Queen of the Desert drives across the stage at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper, June 16 to July 9. The cult-classic, award-winning movie from 1994 was reinvented as a musical in 2007. But…

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Health + Wellness: Recovery

June 5, 2017 - articles

By Melinda Lejman   If you Google LGBT addiction statistics, you might assume that the population is disproportionately affected by drug and alcohol abuse. Delve a little deeper and the story gets more complicated. Some studies indicate that LGBT individuals suffer at a rate of…

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Heart Strings: How a 1989 Musical United Memphis & Raised Critical Funds for HIV/AIDS

June 2, 2017 - articles

by Vincent Astor | photos courtesy OUTMemphis, and David Sheppard ©2017 DIFFA   According to a Chicago Tribune article from September 7, 1989, Heart Strings was ‘an upbeat musical production that brought its songs and dances of hope in the fight against AIDS’ to 30…

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PutinIsADrag March Inspires Local Community

June 1, 2017 - articles

Story & photos by Chellie Bowman  Saturday, May 27, community members gathered together in downtown Memphis in response to the anti-gay purge currently happening in Chechnya. Leaders from around the world have urged Vladimir Putin to step in and put a stop to the arrest…

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Protecting All the Colors of the Rainbow: Matthew Hollon & Keshet

May 29, 2017 - articles

story and photo by Melinda Lejman   In the last issue of Focus, we learned about Temple Israel synagogue becoming a certified safe space for LGBTQ Jews through the organization Keshet (meaning ‘rainbow’ in Hebrew). Now, meet the conversion student who spearheaded the project as…

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Cameron Rogers: Trans Teen Finds Equity Assisting Legal Case

May 26, 2017 - articles

by Robin Freeman Beaudoin | photo by Chellie Bowman   Rick Mula is an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by the Mansfield Family Foundation) with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2016, Mula visited Memphis and presented the “Know Your Rights:…

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Playhouse on the Square this June

May 24, 2017 - articles

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Book by Stephan Elliott & Allan Scott Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Playhouse on the Square June 16 – July 9, 2017   Based on the smash-hit movie adored by fans for decades, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is…

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A great night in Memphis for women in music: first annual grrl fest + seeing red

May 24, 2017 - articles

Story and photos by Chellie Bowman    This past Saturday in Memphis was stacked with great performances by talented women. The first annual Grrl Fest kicked off just after dark at the Hi-Tone. The festival included a stellar line-up of local acts (and a few out-of-towners),…

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