Art Beats

Arts scene, book reviews, and more...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Among the things that separates LGBTQ folks from our straight brothers and sisters is our love of literature. Many of us have been avid readers since we were young, when we sought and found comfort from the problems of the outside world in the pages of books. The following are new books by LGBTQ writers out just in time for Pride month and summer reading.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tales of growing up black & gay

The Iron Crow Theatre’s much heralded production of Robert O’Hara’s BootyCandy will spice up the Baltimore theatre scene this June. Running from June 9th to 18th, BootyCandy is O’Hara’s semi-biographical subversive comedy which tells the story of Sutter, who is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and even nursing homes. O’Hara weaves together scenes, sermons, sketches, and daring meta-theatrics to create a kaleidoscope that interconnects to portray growing up gay and black.

Out on Screen

Out on Screen

Movie reviews, Cinema and DVD

Friday, May 26, 2017

In the five years since the release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, there has been a lot of love/hate for the film and a flip and flop as to whether the movie was set in the same universe as Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien. There were obvious elements connecting the films, but Scott always seemed reluctant to say they had anything to do with each other.

Until now.



Celebrity Interviews

Friday, May 26, 2017

Filmmaker Ryan White keeps viewers riveted with The Keepers

Almost 50 years after Sister Cathy Sesnik, who taught at Archbishop Keough, an all-girls high school, was murdered in Baltimore, there are still many unanswered questions about the case. Not only has that not stopped former students of hers from seeking the truth, it also caught the attention of gay filmmaker Ryan White (The Case Against 8), director of Netflix doc series The Keepers. White, whose maternal side of the family has roots in Baltimore (a family member was also one of Sister Cathy’s students) initially thought he would be making a feature-length doc about the murder. Before he knew it, the project took on a life of its own. I spoke with White about The Keepers in May 2017.


Music reviews

Friday, May 26, 2017

There is a lot to love about What in the Natural World (Paradise of Bachelors) by Jake Xerxes Fussell. To begin with, the artwork on the cover and inside the gatefold CD is by the late artist Roger Brown. The two pieces – “Hunters Hunting an Autumnal Tapestry” and “A Seasonal Change” – are not only lovely to behold, but also complementary to the music within. Fussel drenches the eight songs, ranging from traditionals to obscure covers of tunes by Duke Ellington and others, and even one original, with his Southern syrup voice. An intimate and stripped down, yet rich and colorful album, Fussell gets things started with Ellington’s joyful “Jump for Joy,” in which he asks if we’ve seen “pastures groovy.” More questions follow on the traditional “Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing on a Sweet Potato Vine?” Fussell sets Welsh poet Idris Davies’ “Bells of Rhymney” to music and brings us to tears on “Furniture Man.” “Billy Button” and “Love Bonnie” are also not to be missed.


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