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Friday, May 15, 2015

Reviewing the synopsis of The Holy Mark, by Gregory Alexander (Mill City Press), the novel of an exiled Catholic priest from a rich New Orleans family, I was eager to read what happened to Father Tony. I was ready to get involved in a page-turner and wanted to be spellbound by the drama. The Catholic imagery made visions of my favorite four years at Saint Mary’s College race through my head.

Music

Popular music reviews

Friday, May 15, 2015

Every few years a band releases an album that takes longer than expected to catch on with listeners. No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, from 1995, is a good example. Talking Dreams (WB), the 80s-influenced debut disc by sibling act Echosmith, is another one. Powered by the inescapable hit single “Cool Kids,” Echosmith, and Talking Dreams were climbing the charts nearly a year after the record was released. As it turns out, this kind of delayed reaction can be a good thing as the band now has a big tour planned for 2015. Keeping it in the family, Echosmith (sibs Sydney, Graham, Noah, and Jamie Sierota) co-wrote all off the songs on the album with their father Jeffery David, a producer and songwriter. In addition to the hot “Cool Kids,” other standout tunes include “Let’s Love,” “March Into The Sun,” “Come With Me,” “Tell Her You Love Her,” and “Nothing’s Wrong.”

Out on Stage

Out on Stage

Theatre and performances

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Edward A. Myerberg Center will present the Broadway Tenors in Concert, an evening of favorite musical theatre hits, at its annual fundraising event Thursday June 4, 2015 at 7 p.m., at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore). The Broadway Tenors bring the greatest Broadway songs to life in this enchanting evening – from the classic “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific to newer favorites, like “Oh, What a Night!” from the hit Jersey Boys. The renowned tenors Brent Barrett, John Cudia, and Kyle Dean Massey add additional Broadway fun and flair with special medley material written just for them, and a fully-staged and choreographed theatrical show.

Out on Screen

Out on Screen

Film and Television

Friday, May 15, 2015

It’s a common belief in Hollywood that women can’t carry a comedy movie. It took Bridesmaids to change that perception, but female-led comedy buddy movies are still few and far between. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy managed to bring a lot of laughs to their cop comedy The Heat, but McCarthy and Susan Sarandon’s pairing in Tammy was a bit limp. Now we have Reese Witherspoon, an actress not known for delivering a lot of laughs, and Sofia Vergara, who can deliver comedy gold on Modern Family, pairing up as a cop and a witness about to testify against a drug lord in the buddy comedy Hot Pursuit.

Personalities

Personalities

Celebrity Interviews

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Singer Talks New Music, Reality TV, and Husband-Hunting

Let’s face it, any mention of Lisa Loeb instantly elicits the reaction of belting out “Yeeeeeaah, I missed you.” Loeb first exploded onto the pop culture radar in 1994, when her debut single turned Billboard hit “Stay (I Missed You)” appeared on the soundtrack to the Gen X movie Reality Bites. Twenty-one years later, the song is still ever-present as are her trademark cat-eye glasses. The song recently made a cameo on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

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