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Frankie? Who the hell is gay and named Frankie? It should be Francis!” boomed the familiar voice right from the start of the conversation. Funny, witty, genuine, sincere, authentic, big-hearted … all words that describe the rollercoaster that is the incomparable Kathy Griffin. The beloved comedian is bringing her “Celebrity Run-In Tour” to Baltimore’s The Lyric on Friday, April 7th at 8pm.

The Community College of Baltimore County continues to showcase its “Year of Shakespeare” with a performance of the dramatic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Performed with both spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL), CCBC Catonsville Academic Theatre and Interpreter Preparation Program have teamed up for this truly remarkable production.

There are moments I am proud to live in Baltimore. The cobblestone streets of Fell’s Point, the gorgeous sounds emanating from the Meyerhoff, summer street festivals, the opening of the new Baltimore Eagle all make this city a destination spot and a place I am happy to call home. As an artist and theatre enthusiast, another one of these moments happened Saturday night as I entered the renovated (and renamed) Baltimore Center Stage. The beckoning new sign on Calvert Street welcomes patrons into a modern and sleek lobby with an open floor plan. One can meander from the box office to the bar to a sitting area. Additionally, food service is available on the second floor for pre-show nosh. The elevator takes audience members to the fourth floor where they are greeted to another open-concept space with a bar and magnificent set of windows that frame the renovated Head Theatre. The entire space rivals major regional theatre’s like Steppenwolf in Chicago, The Wilma in Philadelphia and Studio Theatre in D.C. It was a night that made me proud to live in Baltimore. And then there was a show…

Long before Donald Trump published The Art of the Deal and Gordon Gekko taught us that “Greed is good” there was the ambitious story of J. Pierrepont Finch. The young protagonist will get a renewed lease on life in the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C.’s upcoming performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, running from Friday, March 10th to Sunday, March 12th. The play chronicles the compelling story of Finch, who rises from window washer to chairman of the board of the World-Wide Wicket Company.

Whitney Houston once said, “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” This line from her iconic song has resonated with many of her fans, especially those of the LGBT community. Later this month, fans will be able to pay homage to the late singer in time to memorialize the 5th anniversary of her passing. The Bodyguard, the musical based on the Houston film, will fill the streets of Charm City with many of the singer’s classics when performed at the Hippodrome theatre Tuesday, February 28th through Sunday, March 5th.

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