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The Dammed Clutter Retreat Returns in June!

June 10, 2018 - Articles, Events, Health + Wellness, LGBT Ally, Mental Health, Middle Tennessee, Susan Gardner

Clutter flows into our houses. With children in the house, things increase with each new activity or size. As we age, the house easily becomes cluttered with inheritances from family members. Some of us attract clutter like Pigpen attracts dust! Sometimes we have a strong…

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TPAC Tony Awards Viewing Party

May 14, 2018 - Articles, Arts, Entertainment, Leah Wright, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TPAC

by Leah Wright | photo by TPAC Broadway fans can enjoy an evening of fun at TPAC’s War Memorial Auditorium on June 10, as TPAC and Liberty Party Rentals host the 72nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party.  This year’s event has been moved to the…

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Joan Marcus/Ginna Claire Mason and Mary Kate Morrissey in WICKED

REVIEW: Middle Tennessee Local Helps Bring “Wicked” to Life

March 30, 2018 - Arts, Entertainment, Leah Wright, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Review, Tennessee, TPAC

By Leah Wright Ι Photos Courtesy of Joan Marcus Brentwood’s own Ginna Claire Mason made a triumphant return to Middle Tennessee, this time appearing as Glinda in Wicked at Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Her performance is reminiscent of Kristin Chenowith, who made the role famous on Broadway,…

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Rational, Reasonable, Right: TN State Senate District 14 Special Election

March 13, 2018 - Lauren Means, LGBT Ally, Middle Tennessee, Politician, Tennessee

by Lauren Means Ι photo courtesy gaylejordanforsenatetn14 Who is Gayle Jordan? Gayle Jordan is your typical Tennessean. She has raised a family, lives on a farm, has owned a small business, and is concerned about the future of our state. If you dig a little deeper, you…

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TPAC Cabaret

Review: TPAC’s Cabaret is wonderful production with stunning cast

March 1, 2018 - Arts, Entertainment, Leah Wright, Middle Tennessee, Review, TPAC

By Leah Wright Willkommen to Cabaret! Based on the revival from Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by BT McNicholl, Cabaret begins with a glittery, shiny backdrop covering the upper portion of the stage before it devolves into a dark and often shocking analysis of Germany…

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It’s Just Who I am: Transgender

February 26, 2018 - Articles, Columns, It’s Just Who I am, Lauren Means, Question and Answer, Transgender

Dispelling myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes by Lauren Means Note: This series is not meant to place labels. The purpose is to educate and to open up conversations among people. This is not all-inclusive in terms of questions, facts, or terminology. This is a starting point…

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Let Clutter Flow

February 20, 2018 - Articles, Columns, Health + Wellness, Journal, LGBT Ally, Mental Health, Middle Tennessee, Susan Gardner, Tennessee

by Susan Gardner Clutter flows into our houses. With children in the house, things increase with each new activity or size. As we age, the house easily becomes cluttered with inheritances from family members. Some of us attract clutter like Pigpen attracts dust! Sometimes we…

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‘Candy Crush’ saga costs lesbian couple dearly

February 19, 2018 - Michelle Willard, Middle Tennessee, Murfreesboro, News, Rutherford County

Stacey and Mary Ruth Hamilton say CBD bust has cost $50K so far By Michelle Willard, Focus contributor One Murfreesboro business owner said “Operation Candy Crush” has cost her and her wife more than $50,000 in seized cash, attorney’s fees and lost revenue. Stacey Hamilton and…

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Nashville Cares Avant Garde

RECAP – Avant Garde: Neverland

February 19, 2018 - Avant Garde, Drag Queens, Events, Fund Raising, Health + Wellness, Leah Wright, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Nashville Cares, Recap, Tennessee

“It may have been quixotic, but it was magnificent.” By Leah Wright The Avant Garde: Neverland! Fundraiser for Nashville CARES was an event filled with glitter, fairy wings, pirates, and whores (if the NashTrash sisters are to be believed). The attire was festive cocktail and…

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Review Illusionists Live

REVIEW: The Illusionists Live From Broadway

February 17, 2018 - Articles, Arts, Entertainment, Lauren Means, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Review, Tennessee, TPAC

by: Lauren Means The Illusionists are sure to leave you anything but disillusioned. Bringing together five of the top performers from the world of magic and illusion, the show is certain to entertain both the young and young at heart. From mind-reading to sleight of…

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