On Sunday, September 20, at 5 p.m. Baltimore’s Red Lion Hotel (207 East Redwood Street) hosted its first performer from the LGBTQ community on The Living Stage in an event titled “Renita Clarke, Baltimore’s Fotojunkie.” Renita is an articulate, enthusiastic, young, professional photographer who for the past three years has specialized in photographing events at both Rams Head Live and Rams Head on Stage.
Reissues, on CD and vinyl (and, in some cases, cassette) are a common occurrence when it comes to mainstream music. There are entire record labels, such as Rhino, Light in the Attic, Legacy, and Real Gone Music – among others – devoted to re-releasing albums by popular and obscure artists, often in remastered and expanded editions. Over the years, some of these labels have also included work by LGBT artists on their roster.
If there’s one thing you can say about Into the Woods, the Tony Award winning musical whose score and lyrics were brought into the world by the genius of Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine, is that the production playing at Toby’s the Dinner Theatre of Columbia was perfectly cast. With every one of the show’s 22 characters popping up at a frenetic pace throughout the musical donned in dazzling old-time costumes by Eleanor Dicks, it is clear that there is no one better who could have performed each of the roles.
Hollywood has had a love-hate relationship with movies about or set on Mars. The 1950s and 60s saw hit films like War of the Worlds, Invaders from Mars and Robinson Crusoe on Mars (and even the campy Mars Needs Women), but Mars hasn’t been such a good luck charm at the box office of late with duds like Mars Attacks (which has developed a cult following), Ghosts of Mars, and Red Planet. Disney was so worried about the M-word that they removed the “of Mars” from John Carter’s title.
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.
An Interview with Director Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich, known for action-packed blockbusters such as Independence Day, might not be the first name that comes to mind to direct a movie about the Stonewall riots, which marked the launch of the modern day LGBT rights movement as we know it. However, that didn’t prevent the openly gay filmmaker from trying his hand at making such a film. Featuring a screenplay by gay playwright Jon Robin Baitz, Stonewall (Roadside Attractions), tells the story of corn-fed Midwestern boy Danny (Jeremy Irvine), arriving in New York in June of 1969. Befriended by trans hustler Ray (Jonny Beauchamp), a.k.a. Ramona, Danny undergoes a personal transformation to become not only an openly gay man, but one who takes part in the famous Stonewall uprising. I spoke with Roland Emmerich about Stonewall shortly before it opened in theaters.
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