A Love Letter to Portland and the Undergrownd Lesbian Mafia

  A book about a lesbian who has an affair with a straight man and gets pregnant may seem like a drama-fest. While there certainly are dramatic parts (I mean, how could there not be?), Stray City is a smart and clever debut novel that explores community, the family we create for ourselves, and how we evolve as we grow. The story follows 24-year-old artist, Andrea as she’s recovering from a terrible breakup and begins a secret relationship with her ex-girlfriend’s friend, Ryan. Author Chelsey Johnson said that Stray City began with a different angle. “I had been talking with […]

More than Movie Music at Baltimore Symphony

  IMAX is garbage compared to watching a movie at the symphony. A bold (but completely true) statement. There is nothing like watching your favorite characters up on the screen and hearing the score being performed live by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Recently, the BSO and the University of Maryland Choir performed while Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban played on the big screen. The experience was mesmerizing. To the delight of his audience, guest conductor Justin Freer began the evening calling out to each individual house and encouraged attendees to interact with the movie. This is a common […]

Drug Wars ‘Predux’: Chicago in Prohibition

  The Roaring 20s may conjure up visions of flapper girls, speakeasies, and All That Jazz, but David Mamet’s novel Chicago delves into the grittier aspects of the 1920s: mobsters and murder. In his first novel in two decades, Mamet follows World War I veteran and news reporter Mike Hodge through Prohibition-afflicted Chicago as he tries to solve the mystery of his girlfriend Annie Walsh’s murder. Mike learns, however, that keeping secrets can be just as dangerous as uncovering the truth. In Chicago, secrets are currency. No one gets answers – not even Mike – without paying. As the brothel […]

From Vienna to Broadway: a Night at the BSO

  “Making music with the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and for the audiences of the BSO is two hours of pure joy for me,” says principal pops conductor Jack Everly. On March 8th through 11th at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore, Everly and the BSO will perform a tribute to the operetta with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Broadway singers Ted Keegan, Ben Crawford, and Kristin Plumley. Everly says it will be “a musically lavish and melodic evening.” Soloist Ben Crawford is excited to be back at the BSO. “Quite simply […]

In Vogue

The 1980s immediately brings up thoughts of excellent music, bad hair, and the fantastic original movies that are being remade into modern garbage. In his debut novel, The House of Impossible Beauties, author Joseph Cassara wanted to explore a lesser represented community of the 1980s – the gay and transgender ballroom scene. Loosely based on the documentary Paris is Burning and the House of Xtravaganza (a Latino home in New York City), Cassara focuses on delving into the lives and relationships of the voguing divas and their struggle to survive in the world around them. “I was interested in writing […]

High Church, Higher Deception

“Pleased be forewarned: if you worry for the girl I was – the one you are about to meet – just know the woman I am is a fierce, mostly well-adjusted warrior, who cares for her well-being.” Tina Alexis Allen’s memoir, Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives, starts out with this honest disclaimer for good reason – this is an astonishing life story. A compelling memoir should not only have a unique story to tell but connect the reader to the author as if they are experiencing the story with the author. Allen shares details of […]

BSO ‘Carnival of the Animals’

Timpani solos. Hip hop narration. These are two phrases that do not fit into the common perception of “classical” music. Most people think of strings and operatic singing. In the start of the second half of their 2017-2018 season, Music Director Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra aim to alter that perception with their performances of Philip Glass’s “Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists” and Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” on January 11th and 14th. Please follow and like us: