Art Beats

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Friday, July 22, 2016

A.B. Gibson’s ability to paint a vivid picture with words that you can literally feel as you read draws you in to his latest thriller, The Dead of Winter, from the start. The detailed description of the Winters’ farm, family, and orchard makes it feel like someplace you know from countless fall visits. I was almost able to smell the apples, see the families picking out the pumpkins, and feel my heart beat faster as the plot picks up.

Friday, August 05, 2016

President Barack Obama has just designated the area around the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the nation’s first national monument to LGBTQ rights. As you know, The Stonewall Uprising is largely regarded as the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ movement for civil rights. And our Pride celebrations grew out of that movement.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Australian beefcake on parade!

Charm City will delight in a side of Australian beefcake this month as Australia’s Thunder From Down Under hits the Baltimore Soundstage on August 12th and 13th. The touring group, featuring some of the best-looking Aussie hunks has to offer, will delight audiences with seductive dance routines and chiseled physiques.

Out on Screen

Out on Screen

Movie reviews, Cinema and DVD

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins

You know when you’re watching a movie with Meryl Streep that she’s going to do an exceptional job. Sometimes she’s completely effortless, embodying the character so that you forget it’s Meryl Streep. Other times, all you can see is Meryl Streep acting her heart out in the hopes that yet another Oscar nomination comes her way (I’m looking in your direction August: Osage County). Thankfully this is not the latter of the two Streeps.



Celebrity Interviews

Saturday, August 06, 2016

An interview with James T.W.

Wise beyond his 18 years, with talent to boot, James T.W.’s aptly titled debut EP First Impressions (Island) make a good first impression indeed. From his respectful cover of the Natalie Imbruglia hit “Torn” (released the year T.W. was born), to empowering originals such as “Different” and “When You Love Someone,” he is an artist who definitely knows how to reach his audience and uplift them when necessary. Discovered, if you will, by label-mate Shawn Mendes (of “Stitches” and “Something Big” fame) with whom he is currently on tour, James T.W. is off to a strong start. I spoke with James in July.


Music reviews

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Twenty years after the original, four-person line-up of The Monkees released its final album, and four years after Davy Jones died, remaining members Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, and Peter Tork have regrouped for Good Times! (Rhino). Produced by Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne fame), who also contributed a couple of tracks, the album has the kind of hipster glow to it that helped artists such as Glen Campbell, Mavis Staples, Johnny Cash, Bobby Womack, and Loretta Lynn, gain renewed credibility among a whole new generation of fans. It also helps that new songs written for the disc by Rivers Cuomo (of Weezer), Andy Partridge (of XTC), Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab For Cutie), and a collaboration by Noel Gallagher (of Oasis), and Paul Weller (of The Jam and The Style Council) make up the bulk of the material. Additionally, there are new songs by Nesmith, Dolenz, and Tork, as well as new recordings of tunes by songwriters who played a role in The Monkees’ success, including Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, (Harry) Nilsson, and Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Of course, all of these details wouldn’t matter in the least if the music wasn’t any good. Yes, it’s good, especially “You Bring The Summer,” “Me & Magdalena,” “She Makes Me Laugh,” “Whatever’s Right” and “Birth of an Accidental Hipster.”


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