There's been a lot of talk about what the movie of the summer will be. A few weeks ago, everyone seemed to be in agreement, for the most part, that that movie was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But it looks like Marvel Studios has hit another home run... make that a Grand Slam with their latest offering, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Members of JQ Baltimore, an organization that strives to make Baltimore a welcoming community for Jewish LGBT individuals, families and allies, will be attending the opening night of the solo play Mother/Son on August 14.
Making its Baltimore premiere and which will run from August 14-17, Mother/Son will be performed at the Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Jeffrey Solomon’s acclaimed solo play is about a Jewish mother and son navigating the coming out journey.
Sister acts, such as the brilliant trio Haim, are a hot commodity. Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit – aka Johanna and Klara Söderberg – can take their place alongside Haim as proof positive that sisterhood is powerful. Stay Gold(Columbia), First Aid Kit’s major label debut, and fourth full-length disc, is good for what ails you. Exquisite harmonies, intelligent and sensitive lyrics, and pleasing acoustic arrangements make these ten shimmering and solid modern folk songs, including standouts such as Waitress Song,” “Master P2014-08-08 02:49:44retender,” “My Silver Lining,” “Fleeting One” and “Heaven Know,” worth their weight in gold.
Faithful readers of Baltimore OUTloud should easily recognize the name Gregg Shapiro. Since the paper’s inception Shapiro has contributed mightily to the paper’s Lively Arts section with a wide assortment of previews and reviews of movies, CDs and poetry and a plethora of interviews of entertainment personalities—all with an LGBT angle and perspective.
The entertainment journalist is now “on the other side of the mic,” as he put it, and has penned a book about his gay experiences in Chicago. Titled Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories, the book of short stories will be released on September 2 by Squares & Rebels, an LGBT imprint of Handtype Press.
Let Me See It (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press, 2014), James Magruder’s second book of fiction, following his 2009 novel Sugarless, is a collection of linked stories about gay cousins Tom and Elliott. The ten stories span a 21 year period, from 1971 to 1992, opening with a prologue set in 2008. From gay adolescents (and gay adolescence) to adulthood, Tom and Elliott navigate their distinctive paths, taking them to various locations, eventually coming together in the sexually charged and treacherous NYC of 1985. Magruder is a gifted storyteller and Let Me See It is necessary reading for the way it depicts the past, in all of its brutal and beautiful glory, and connects it to the present.
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