Construction director Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is in the process of resolving as many “fuck-ups” as he’s creating in the one-man show Locke (IM Global). On the eve of the biggest concrete pour ever in Europe, Locke is in his BMW SUV, driving away, almost two hours to London, to be with Bethan (voiced by Olivia Colman), a woman who became pregnant with his baby after a one-night fling.
The Cohesion Theatre Company (Cohesiontheatre.org), a new collaboration-based Baltimore theatre group, will host a launch party and fundraiser to introduce its inaugural season line-up at Gallery 788 in Hampden at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 26.
Someone really ought to tell our straight allies (or foes, depending on the day) dancing the night away to thumping electronic beats that dance music is still gay. Gay, gay, gay. Remember that the next time you’re at a mixed-gender wedding and everyone has crowded onto the dance floor to spell out YMCA with their bodies. While we’re on the subject, please express your gratitude to groundbreaking gay disco act, the Village People. Not only did they provide the world with a perennial party favorite, they were also brazenly queer (hello, leather-man and construction worker!) at a time when such images were not all that common in mainstream America. The 11-song Icon (Mercury / UMe) compilation falls short of the superior 1994 The Best of Village People collection (if you can find it, snap it up!), but it does contain essential VP tracks such as “Y.M.C.A.,” “Macho Man,” “Go West,” and important early hits including “San Francisco (You’ve Got Me)” and “Hollywood (Everybody Is A Star).”
Begin with a straight, homophobic, narcissistic womanizer who happens to play for the Baltimore Orioles. Add to that his out-of-the-blue discovery that he is gay, which is followed by his falling head-over-spikes for a man. Toss in the swirling rumors of a gay player on the Orioles and the inherent clubhouse homophobia from his manager, some of his teammates, and his father, and you have the recipe for a glorious, deliciously written work of fiction, Queen Henry, by local author Linda Fausnet, a lifetime Orioles fan.
Snapshots of Seduction: Cody (Lethe Press, 2014), with text by Gavin Atlas and photos by Garrett Matthew, is not your typical book of gay erotica. For one thing, it’s an unusual size, more akin to the shape and length of a kid’s book – so be sure to put it away when the nieces and nephews come to visit! The (short) story of Joseph, a professor and photographer, whose Las Vegas rendezvous with stripper Cody takes an unexpectedly, well, erotic turn. Atlas, who lives in Houston with his boyfriend John, is also the author of The Boy Can’t Help It and The Full Ride, and a contributor to some erotica anthologies. I spoke with Atlas about his work in June 2014.
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