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Art Beats

Arts scene, book reviews, and more...

What a great year 2016 has been for books. It’s been especially good when it comes to books by and about queer people. That’s why these outstanding titles in poetry, fiction, non-fiction and even picture books should make holiday shopping a breeze.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Thriving on the Fringe

5th Annual Charm City Fringe Festival Certain to Offend & Delight

The 5th annual Charm City Fringe Festival descends upon Baltimore this November bringing a multitude of entertaining acts reaching far beyond the typical standards of drama and comedy. Running from November 3rd to 13th, the festival will take place at venues across Hampden and Station North. “It’s a way for people to discover the next up-and-coming thing,” explains festival co-founder Zachary Michel. “It’s a place where you can explore those new and emerging artists who are coming to the city. They will eventually be the ‘movers and shakers’ down the road. They will be the freshest artists you can find.”

Friday, September 02, 2016

Boystown Season 5: My Obsession Grows!

As I started reading Boystown Season 5 by Jake Biondi I was wondering if my love and obsession with this series could grow? After I read the book 2nd time in a week, I have now placed this series in my binge watching/reading hall of fame. Boystown joins Friday Night Lights, Sex and the City, Gray’s Anatomy, The Golden Girls and The West Wing as a mental escape and party for my mind. It is the perfect read over and over series, not only because the pure power and sexiness of the characters is so easy to picture, but because what happens next is always better than you expected. While reading the dramatic twists, turns and hot sex of Season 5 I asked myself several times who would go batshit crazy next and was never disappointed, I always thought something was off Jacqueline but damn she is scandalous!

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Twisted Maze of Fright

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.

Entertainer. Optimist. Survivor. Those are just a few words to describe the indelible Cinnamon St. Michaels whose documentary, Spice Girl officially premieres at the Creative Alliance on Wednesday, June 15th at 6 p.m. The documentary celebrates the legendary Baltimore drag queen and her career spanning more than four decades in drag.

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