The city of Baltimore has a thriving arts scene and is attracting artist not just from all over the country, but from all over the world. One of them is ceramic artist Yoshi Fujii. Born and raised in the city of Fukuoka, Japan, Yoshi first visited the U.S. when a high school field trip took him to Texas when he was 16. He immediately fell in love with American culture and knew that he wanted to live here. When he was 18 and graduated from high school, he already had his plane ticket.
The eponymous 2011 album by Arthur’s Landing was a cause of celebration. A musical collective whose members had previously performed with the late gay musical mastermind Arthur Russell, Arthur’s Landing joined the chorus of others who made efforts to keep Russell’s music and memory alive. Four years later, Arthur’s Landing returns with the double CD remix disc Second Thoughts (Buddhist Army). It’s hard to imagine what Russell, whose contributions to dance music can still be felt today (just ask gay rapper Cazwell, who sampled Russell’s Loose Joints track “Is It All Over My Face?”), would think about the current state of remixing or the use of the word remix, for that matter. Still, it is eye (and ear) opening to hear the Cooked Audio mix of “It’s a Boy,” the Alkalino mix of “Tell You Today,” the Standard Planets mix of “Dumbo Dumbo,” and the Virgin Magnetic mix of “Change My Life,” and the way they make Russell more relevant than ever.
Amy Schumer is having her moment. After gaining momentum with two seasons of her Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, she hosted the MTV Movie Awards and won over a whole new group of fans who tuned into the third season of her show (and binged on the previous two seasons), priming themselves for her first starring role in a big screen comedy.
It might be seen as a miracle, but the cozy Spotlighters Theatre has been transformed into a spacious Baltimore concert hall where screaming fans of the five-member Christian boy band Altar Boyz stomp, clap, and cheer at the band’s final concert of their Raise the Praise tour. Well, maybe not exactly, but the performances from the band themselves spew enough energy and talent to fill any venue, and it clearly works well at Spotlighters.
I have a thing for Pyrex. Not the new stuff you can buy in the stores today with those sad plastic lids. I’m talking old school 40s, 50s, and 60s mixing bowls, refrigerator sets, and casseroles in vivid colors and crazy patterns. These vintage pieces brighten your cupboards and put your guests on notice that the meal they are about to receive will stick to their ribs. And may contain lard.
Coming in at number eight on Out Magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors of 2015, gay singer/songwriter Steve Grand may be single but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t millions of men (and probably some women) who are in love with him. In return, Grand, who made his name singing about unrequited love in his hit single / YouTube video “All American Boy,” has unleashed a bounty of love on his fans (who helped him raise funds via a Kickstarter campaign) with the release of his long-awaited full-length album All American Boy (Stevegrand.com).
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