“Erotic art to me is never the act,” explains seasoned painter/draftsman Cornel Rubino, who resides in Charles Village with his artist wife, Linda Gravina Ridings. “It’s the small suggestion accompanying it. The tightly gripped handkerchief between the teeth of a figure in a work by Utamaro; the baroque excess in …Read More »
First Times We asked six local writers to reflect on their first times doing sexually adventurous things that have stayed with them to this day.
As a Female Rahne Alexander I experienced my first adolescence in the disease-paranoid late-’80s, fully conscious of who I was but could not risk revealing. By the time I started middle school, I had developed a firm understanding of myself as a young woman living through a temporary assignment to …Read More »
“All the world’s a stage,” as Shakespeare would have us believe and, if you drove past the 700 block of Calvert Street last year, you’ll have noticed that Center Stage was taking this literally. In the interests of a $32 million renovation of their historic building, they turned themselves inside …Read More »
Some days I find myself praying to all that’s holy for rain—because rain is what gets my kid’s soccer practice cancelled, or that cross-country meet called off. On some of those rainy days my kids are relieved, too, because there’s a point in every season when the sports schedule really …Read More »
The Ladies of Hampden star in a sizzling pair of calendars all their own this year, and each book is a theatrical spectacle to behold. A spinoff on last year’s “Boys of Hampden”/ “Boys of Hampden Gone Wild” double-calendar project—which featured male business owners from the Hampden area posing in …Read More »
To T or Not to T A Baltimore-based fiction writer tells the whole truth about his decision to receive testosterone replacement therapy.
On book tour this summer, I found myself saying in a Q&A in Chicago that yes, I was very much like graduate student Silas Huth, depicted in my latest novel, Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall. “At 22, I was an arrogant, insecure slut,” I announced, getting the laugh while …Read More »
Think Globally From Russia to Tokyo to New York to Baltimore, these beautiful gift books put the world within reach for those on your list.
What better gift for your loved ones, whether family or friends, than putting the world in their hands? Here are eight fabulous gift books that cover many corners of the globe, as well as covering every person on your list. 1. Red Star Over Russia: A Visual History of the …Read More »
Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, artist Heather O’Hara came to know the natural world intimately. Though she went on to earn an MFA at Cornell and ultimately move to Baltimore, she never lost that connection with nature, whose shapes, colors and creatures animate her art. O’Hara’s latest project, Burdock & …Read More »
Monkey Business Tear into a surreal holiday short story and a philosophical essay on the power of gift-wishing—our gifts to you!
The Christmas Monkey By Geoff Becker It arrived, somehow, while everyone was asleep. In the morning there it was, waiting: a real, wide-eyed monkey. It came with its own chair, a gold one, or rather wood painted gold, with some sort of crest on the back. “It’s a rhesus,” said …Read More »
Rounders Three Baltimore-based artists put their own personal spins on the wreath-making tradition, exchanging greenery for creativity.
In Memoriam “This wreath symbolizes the cycles of life, death and rebirth,” artist Chip Irvine says. “Working with these concepts in mind, I used a photographic print of dead fish I found walking along the Patapsco River in Canton—cut the photograph, reshaped it, glued new forms together and completely transformed …Read More »