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.
Kudos to Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman. His new album, Life Will See You Now (Secretly Canadian), has some of the most irresistible (if zany) dance tracks you are likely to hear this season. “Evening Prayer,” about Babak, his tumor, and a 3D printer, may be the most bizarre tea-dance sensation you’ve ever heard. The island rhythms of “What’s that Perfume You Wear?” is sure to activate more than a few of the listener’s senses. The joyful “Wedding on Finistére” goes for an 80s-style Council beat and energy, while the persuasive funk and “Cambrian explosion” of “How We Met, The Long Version” divides its time between your hips and your feet. Lekman also deserves praise for including the masterful juxtaposition of a song about one male friend’s love for another (“How Can I Tell Him”) and a song about a Mormon missionary (“To Know Your Mission”). The Tracy Thorne duet on “Hotwire the Ferris Wheel” is the icing on the delicious cake.
Frank Capra once said “There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.” One thing is for sure, filmgoers will not find anything dull about the newly revitalized Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center (SNF Parkway). Boasting a breathtaking 414-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art projection and sound, two smaller 85-seat theatres, as well as a ground-floor bar lounge, the SNF Parkway will permanently serve as the year-round headquarters for the Maryland Film Festival. The theatre will also provide educational opportunities for students and members of Johns Hopkins, MICA, and the community at large.
Fun Home, the 2015 Tony-award winning musical adapted from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name, takes the stage this month at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. Running from April 18th to May 13th, Fun Home is the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Karen Eilbacher, who plays Joan in the musical, to discuss her character, the show’s underlying messages, and what audiences can expect.
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.
An Interview With Gay Writer James Hart, Former Husband Of Carly Simon
You could probably also call James Hart’s memoir Lucky Jim (Cleis Press, 2017), Lucky to Be Alive Jim. After all, he survived a traumatic childhood with an abusive father, the loss of a close friend (and first love), life in a Catholic seminary, alcohol and drug abuse, a pair of failed marriages, including one to superstar singer/songwriter Carly Simon, and the death of his son. He also came out as a gay man in the process. Hart doesn’t hold back in the telling of his warts-and-all tale, and there will be plenty of readers drawn to all the gory details. Especially fascinating are the number of high profile celebrities with whom Hart came into contact during his marriage to Simon, including Mike Nichols and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I spoke with Hart about the book in the spring of 2017.
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