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The Play That Goes Wrong

Review: “The Play That Goes Wrong” Is the Perfect Getaway From Reality

October 12, 2018 - Arts, Entertainment, Lauren Means, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Review, Tennessee, TPAC

By Lauren Means  |  Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Daniel If you need a break from reality, “The Play That Goes Wrong” is the perfect getaway. Coming to Nashville by way of London, the show is the product of Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, and Henry Lewis, all…

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Kesha’s Weird and Wonderful Rainbow Ride / LGBTQ+ music festival cruise sets sail in February 2019

October 11, 2018 - Entertainment

By Focus Staff Kesha and Sixthman, the industry leader in music festivals at sea, are excited to announce Kesha’s Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride. This immersive four-day vacation experience will take 2,500 fans on the wildest ride of their lives from February 17 – February…

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Melisse Tokic’s First Film Makes Way for Gender Non-Conforming People in #MeToo Movement

October 9, 2018 - Entertainment, Faith + Spirituality, Film, Health + Wellness, LGBT Ally, Transgender

story by GK Gurley | photo courtesy of Melisse Tokic Much of what is in the media does not represent our experience of being queer in the South. Now, there’s a new award-winning short film made by various Southern and queer people, about Southern queer…

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Cam Road to Happiness tour

Cam: Road to Happiness Tour

October 1, 2018 - Concert, Entertainment, Events, Lauren Means, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Recap, Review, Ryman, Tennessee

By Lauren Means  |  Photo courtesy of RCA Equal parts concert, VH1 storytellers, and therapy session, Cam did not disappoint. Launching her sixteen stop, headlining Road to Happiness tour, Cam took the stage at the Ryman Auditorium and made it her own. Complete with a…

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HRC Nashville Presents: “HRCLive!” on Oct. 5th

September 24, 2018 - Concert, Entertainment, Events, Human Rights Campaign, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, LGBT Youth, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Tennessee

By Margo Hall A golden equal sign amid a sea of royal blue is quite possibly one of the most recognizable logos in the LGBT+ community, and more importantly it is the logo of the Human Rights Campaign. Since 1980, The HRC has fought for…

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k.d. lang Ingénue

Review: k.d. lang’s Ingénue at the Ryman

September 23, 2018 - Concert, Entertainment, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Review, Ryman, Tennessee

By Sydney Moxley They say that music can transcend time. That it can conjure memories and past emotions, making them feel as acute as when they were organically felt. For k.d. lang fans, this concert was that transcendental experience back to 1992. What made the…

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Building a Stronger Community

September 21, 2018 - Entertainment, Events, Health + Wellness, LGBT Advocate, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Nashville Cares, Tennessee

story by Ryan Rattliff | photo courtesy of Phalcon Photography New York native Dwayne Jenkins knows the value of community and safe spaces. Growing up, life in the Bronx was colorful. Early exposure to various ethnicities, cultures, and personalities taught him that being different was…

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Rockin' 4 Rescue

Operation Education Animal Rescue Educates the Public on Animal Care

September 19, 2018 - Entertainment, Events, Music, Pet Focus, Rutherford County, Tennessee

by Jamie Lewis | photos courtesy of Operation Animal Rescue How much do you know about being a responsible pet owner? Where would you turn to learn more? Here in Middle Tennessee, you can turn to Operation Education Animal Rescue (OpEd). From humble beginnings in…

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miseducation of cameron post

Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

September 17, 2018 - Entertainment, Film, Lauren Means, LGBT Community, LGBT Youth, Review

By Lauren Means  |  Photo courtesy of Taylor Sprow/FilmRise If you have ever been a teenager, you will appreciate The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Award Winning film, based on the young-adult novel by Emily Danforth, takes us on a journey into one…

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Theatre Review – School of Rock

September 15, 2018 - Arts, Entertainment, TPAC

By Michael Ray Cantrell Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “School of Rock” opens center stage at a rock and roll concert with thousands of fans, some screaming, others booing all there to see “No Vacancy.” No Vacancy showcases the star of Weber’s production Duey Finn on the…

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