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Pointing it Out

Pointing it Out

by Sage Piper

Friday, December 22, 2017

Baltimore Theatre Shines

Ladies and gentlemen, look upon this man sitting on his meager pallet of straw, this unfortunate man who, for the amusement of all of you here, has foregone physical nourishment for 40 days this Hunger Artist, who without dispute the greatest practioner of his craft the world over has sat in this very cage in this mighty hall and has not taken even the slightest morsel of sustenance.

So, states the impresario of A Hunger Artist, and if one needed any more evidence that the Baltimore theatre scene is vibrant and exploding, there was Baltimore Theatre Project’s limited performance run of this show last week. Once again, the small Preston Street theatre proved itself to be the source of creative and innovative theatre, and it was a homecoming for a Baltimore playwright to boot. Baltimore native Josh Luxenburg, a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, wrote the script for the one-man play starring performer Jonathan Levin. The two are cofounders and directors of Sinking Ship Productions based in Brooklyn, and they brought the show to Baltimore after successful runs Off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Friday, November 10, 2017

What a Difference a Year Makes

A year ago this week, I set out with a band of fierce and determined woman, gay and straight, to tackle the steep hills of Pittsburgh and canvas for Hillary Clinton for president. We were tireless and optimistic, even as the yards stretched out before us outside in the Pittsburgh suburbs blanketed with Trump-Pence signs and random doors (of identified democratic-leaning voters) slammed in our faces.

Same-sex marriage Down Under in a tense contest

In Australia this week, it will not be business as usual for commuters on the tram. For a group of elderly lesbians with a sparkle in their eyes and attitude to boot, it’s time to reclaim the train, and reclaim their history. To commemorate a historic act of lesbophobia which occurred there in 1977, they will board and they will hold hands. And they will be proud.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ending Ignorance, One Circle at a Time

“Circles of Voices” Airs Diverse Opinions

Once a month on an early Saturday evening, a small but powerful vocal transformation is taking shape in Baltimore. At a time when the players on the national scene are brazenly sowing division and putting all minority communities in danger and our local Baltimore streets are rife with a record number of homicides, a new space is quietly being born. A now and future safe space. Its birth pangs are not always pretty, as it entails connecting people who do not occupy the same space in any way in the city. This connection and the dialogues which follow are raw, complicated, painful, at times deeply traumatic, and they require an amount of courage, openness, and humility which call forth all of our inner and collective strength in order to face.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stand Up for Our Humanity

When the Ravens announced that they are considering signing Colin Kaepernick to the team, the floodgates opened in Baltimore. It is not simply a matter of football. It is loaded, political, and rife with meaning. It is news underlying actions wielding the jagged edge of a knife, it is coming down on one side or the other, it is fierce, defiant, divisive and ugly – though for many it holds the possibility of healing, reconciliation, and a ray of hope. It is a symbol and symptom of life in Donald Trump’s America.

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