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Healing Through Teaching: Matthew Bowlin & Memphis Camerata

April 16, 2018 - articles

story by Robin Beaudoin | photos courtesy of Matthew Bowlin   Matthew Bowlin, 47, a father and Orff music specialist with Shelby County Schools, finds solace and joy in teaching music to children, and in choral exploits with his group, Memphis Camerata. These have marked…

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Joey Palermino: Riding for Good

April 13, 2018 - articles

story & photos by Robin Beaudoin   Fledgling street cyclist Joey Palermino, 28, reflects the Grit & Grind of his employer, the Memphis Grizzlies, in training for a 545-mile bike ride this June. The ticket rep is in training for the AIDS LifeCycle Ride, spanning…

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Blooming in Mar + Apr

March 7, 2018 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin Springtime in Memphis means Easter, renewal, new faces and events. Get out and enjoy some of what Memphis has to offer this spring!   MARCH 4 MYSTIC KREWE OF PEGASUS CHILI COOK OFF 12:30 PM, HOLY TRINITY CHURCH OF CHRIST 685 SOUTH…

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Jan + Feb Celebrations

January 2, 2018 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin   JAN 6 Big Gay Dance Party Vol. 2 Stop 345, 8 pm – 2 am 345 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN  38103 Jump into January in style – at our LOUD AND PROUD celebration of great music, good friends and community spirit…

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Metamorphosis Project, LGBT youth emergency shelter, is fully funded!

December 21, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin | images courtesy of OUTMemphis   OUTMemphis is pleased to announce it has successfully secured the funds needed to construct the Youth Emergency Shelter, the cornerstone of its Metamorphosis Project.The construction goal was met following the award of a $125,000 Capital Grant from…

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The Weavers: Successful Humans

November 13, 2017 - articles

story & photo by Robin Beaudoin   The Weaver family sits down for breakfast at Edge Alley. Mom, Terri, and dad, Harold, tease their millennial daughter Jessica, who gazes over her avocado toast, “I just really love avocados.” The theatrical, spirited clan is so at…

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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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SEPT + OCT MUST-DO EVENTS

September 5, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin   WITH AUTUMN COMES FESTIVALS AND HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS IN EVERY CORNER OF THE MID-SOUTH. MANY EVENTS ARE FREE OR LOW COST. SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SOAK UP SOME CULTURE AND HOLIDAY SHOPPING.   SEPT 8-14 OUTFLIX FILM FESTIVAL The annual Outflix Film…

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14 Years of Fun, Mid-South Pride Festival is Back, September 29-30

September 1, 2017 - articles

story by Phillis Lewis & Robin Beaudoin | photos courtesy of Mid-South Pride ‘Mid-South Pride Presents: The 14th Annual Memphis Pride Festival’ for a weekend of fun, acceptance, and love September 28th through October 1st. On September 29th, Friends For Life will be throwing the…

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Pegasus Party Planner

July 28, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin & Brandon Leslie   Mystic Krewe of Pegasus 2017-2018 King Brandon Leslie shares with Focus Mid-South some of the exciting new events added by the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus coming up this summer and fall. In order to raise the most funds…

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