It's a pretty safe bet to say that since Marvel started making their own movies under their own banner (unlike Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil and … Ghost Rider), it's hard to say that there's been a stinker in the bunch… well, Iron Man 2 for me was the least good. So expectations are exceptionally high for the second outing for the First Avenger in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Fairy tales usually follow a set pattern. They have a timeless setting, unspecified place, one- dimensional characters (both good or bad) with a purpose to entertain, inspire or teach a lesson. The plot may have a quest, magical creatures, humble hero, diabolical villain, maybe a beautiful princess, and most have a happy ending.
Blue-eyed soul diva ZZ Ward is in possession of some powerful pipes. Coming closest to being Adele’s biggest stateside threat, Ward is the complete package. Not only did she write (or co-write) all 13 tunes on her debut disc Til the Casket Drops (Hollywood), but Ward also sings the heck out of them. The title cut sets the mood, but it’s the thumping second number “Put the Gun Down” that blows the lid off the party. What’s important here is that Ward doesn’t come off as just another Adele adherent. She demonstrates that she has her own perspective, which comes through clearly on “Cryin Wolf” (which features Kendrick Lamar), the retro ring of “Save My Life,” the acoustic “Last Love Song,” the stomp and shake of “Move Like U Stole It” and the golden blues of “Charlie Ain’t Home.”
Over 15 nationally and internationally recognized artists from Baltimore and around the world have been hand-selected to participate in an outdoor mural project called Open Walls Baltimore 2 (OWB2). The program aims to bring bold, colorful and provocative large-scale painted murals to private and publicly owned buildings in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.
The goals of this inventive project are to provide an outlet for creative expression where artists are able to paint their vision of urban legacy and revitalization in that area and to draw tourists and locals alike to a neighborhood experiencing growth and renewed vibrancy.
It is with sad regret this will be the last Drag Stage column in Baltimore OUTloud. On Friday February 28 we lost a friend, co-worker, and wonderful supporter of the community. Adrian L. Cowan (but most knew him as Ada Buffet) passed away surrounded by family and the thoughts and prayers of all who knew him. He was 37.
Ada could be found anywhere, from in front of the curtain hosting and performing to behind the stage keeping the show going.
Del Shores is a liar. He just can’t help it. It’s his mother’s fault. In fact, it was her whole side of the family that began encouraging him as an adolescent to lie, whenever he had to, in creating an entertaining or strange or funny or bizarre (or dare, we say, “sordid”) tale. He grew up to be the observer who tell stories that inspire more stories. In his one-man show, “Del Shores: My Sordid Life,” he’s candid with the audience: “By the end of the evening, you’ll find out that I’m not really a writer. I’m a thief.” Liar, thief, storyteller, Shores is a born performer.
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