For more than a decade I was an active crystal meth addict. They were the darkest years of my life. I suffered numerous relapses as I struggled to get clean, and my woeful journey back to crystal meth was always the same. First, small changes crept into my behavior; not about crystal meth precisely, but vaguely related habits that had once accompanied my active drug use would begin entering my routine again.
Remember the name Shamir because you’ll probably be hearing it a lot when Grammy time rolls around. Easily the most original modern soul act since Blood Orange (sorry Jason Derulo), with Ratchet (XL), Shamir (Bailey) has released one of the most memorable debuts in any genre. Shamir is talented enough to do just about anything, from the stripped down acoustic strumming of bonus track “KC,” the hippest hip-hop of “On The Regular,” the fiery house of “Hot Mess” and the Derulo-like brass play of “In For The Kill” to the vintage disco of “Call It Off” and “Head In the Clouds,” the electronic experimentation of “Vegas,” “Youth” and “Make Scene” and the bold balladry of “Darker.” Shamir’s near-falsetto delivery and non-committal gender ID has made him a favorite of queer listeners everywhere. At 20, Shamir is an artist with the brightest of futures ahead of him.
Center Stage’s latest production X’s and O’s takes a hard look at America’s number one sport. The play is written by K.J. Sanchez with Jenny Mercein, and features dramatized interviews with real people – players, family members, doctors – whose names have been changed, in addition to scenes, presentations, projections and a few comedic gags, all of which culminate in lampooning the sport of football, characterizing the corporate monstrosity as immoral, predatory, and historically exploitive, with few redeeming qualities.
It’s that time of year again, dubbed “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in song, a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company (in most cases). And it’s also that time of year when Hollywood will give us a few movies set during the holiday season. We’ve already had the poorly received Love the Coopers hit the local Cineplex, and this week The Night Before arrives bringing with it the spirit of Christmas past ... specifically A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
Architectural Digest is mocking me. August is their color issue. And for someone with a color deficiency, this issue is both friend and nemesis.
The beauty of this issue is that it showcases exquisitely planned interiors with color that not only pops, but is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. The bad thing about this issue is that it reveals one of my shortcomings: I can’t pick a decent color to save my life. First, there was the dining room in my old house that I painted a blue so royal that it could have been a playroom on a Disney Cruise. Now there is my current trying-to-find-a-neutral-gray-one-wasted-gallon-of-paint-at-a-time debacle. Even my hair color never turns out the way it looks on the box.
Ryan Haase is certainly a man on the move in Baltimore theatre. As his theatre company embarks on a new adventure with the opening of their own space in December, I thought it would be good idea to sit down with him for a chat over a cup of coffee at Doobies in Mt. Vernon. So, here goes—two Ryan’s and lots of caffeine.
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