We are living in a strange time. One would think that in the 21st century, the humans that populate this planet would have learned something over the ages about tolerance. Instead we just see more and more instances of intolerance in our own country and around the world. The recent attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo shed a light once again on the lengths some people will go to in order to further their own agenda on the rest of us.
The set of Samuel D. Hunter’s 2012 The Whale currently playing at Rep Stage’s Studio Theatre on the campus of Howard Community College screams, “I don’t care anymore.” An unkempt living room, an untidy kitchen, books in shelves strewn about in haphazard fashion, and clothes hanging in various places in this crummy northern Idaho apartment symbolize the pathetic, self-loathing, apologetic main character Charlie who resides in this disarray. His apartment is a mess, and so is his life. Designer James Fouchard crafted this outstanding, realistic set for this play.
I met Woody Lissauer back in the early 90s at Sowebo. His long blond hair flaying in the wind, a pearly white smile, and charming stage presence combined with amazing musical abilities made him stand out in the crowd of performers for me that night. I knew he had real talent and I liked him. We were introduced and hit it off immediately. We hung out at his place after the festival, talked for hours, and he showed me all the various instruments he knew how to play. I was incredibly impressed.
I was excited and ready to read Rod Womack’s Redwood (Waldorf Publishing). The subtitle tells it all: “Celebrities, a serial killer, a con-man and great cuisine” sounded fascinating – and I’m always happy to read about restaurants. The book was not what I expected and I was a bit underwhelmed. As I turned the pages, I wanted and waited for the drama and excitement rather than a first-hand account of the challenges of running a business.
About half way through the book I realized my challenge was expecting a novel and drama rather than an a story of entrepreneurship. Once I adjusted my expectations I developed more of an attachment to the novel. Womack tells a story about an entrepreneur and businessman trying to succeed with partners in a complex Baltimore enterprise.
Baltimore baby Elizabeth Hunter (born Elizabeth Hunter Gauvey-Kern) recently made her triumphant return to her hometown with a pre-Thanksgiving show at Germano’s Piattini in the heart of town. If you didn’t get the chance to catch her show, here is your chance to learn a little bit about the young songstress, how she feels about punk rock, Motown, and classical music.
Deborah J. Draisin: How exciting is that for you, to return to Baltimore?
Elizabeth Hunter: It’s really exciting, yeah. I definitely loved music, growing up, and I’ve played a lot of school things, but I’ve never played in the city before. I’ll get to see all of my friends from high school that are still in Baltimore, and my family, have always wanted to come, but can’t make the trek to New York.
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