The story of A Great Big World began in the crowded practice rooms at NYU. Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino were both studying music business while fostering dreams of writing and performing on Broadway and beyond. Ian quickly saw potential in partnering with Chad and started lobbying him to work together on new songs.
At first, Ian was the artist, and Chad shared writing duties and became his manager. Chad even paid for Ian’s first vocal lesson. Performing together around New York, Ian eventually stepped into the spotlight and released an independent solo album, with all songs co-written by Chad. An overwhelming viral buzz ensued, causing Ian and Chad to hit the road in support of the album, and the project continued to gain steam.
Despite Ian being the front man, Chad was always there in a writing and performing capacity. Then in 2012, the duo had an opportunity to officially re-brand themselves, and that’s when A Great Big World was born. Making positive, piano-driven pop bursting with harmonies and woven together with a fun whimsical twist, the duo crafted a six-song EP funded entirely on Kickstarter by fans.
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A Great Big World
Friday, Jan. 17 • 7pm • $15
U Street Music Hall • 1115 U St., NW • Wash., D.C.
Saturday, Feb. 1 • 8pm • $18
Baltimore Soundstage • 124 Market Place • Baltimore
Now playing at Baltimore’s Center Stage, A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration is sure to delight audiences across the board. Written by Maryland native and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel, the musical explores with vivid history, the diverse and intertwining lives of those in the nations capitol. Poetic and pure, the New York Times calls A Civil War Christmas “the rare holiday entertainment that brings intellectual nourishment as much as it entertains.”
Set on the eve of Christmas 1894, the tale of A Civil War Christmas is spun on a loom of booming voice, calculated choreography, and rich musical tenor.
A Civil War Christmas is a beautifully woven masterpiece that is not to be missed this holiday season!
A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration
Thru December 22 • $19–59
700 N. Calvert St.
The 25th Anniversary of World AIDS Day will be commemorated on December 1, 2013 to raise awareness about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Over the past 25 years, anniversary themes have generated support for programs promoting testing, treatment and care services. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) theme for 2013 Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation urges communities to envision a day when there are no new HIV infections.
Peace and blessings to all. We are privileged to welcome you to the 11th annual Baltimore Black Pride. Our theme this year is, “New ERA Evolution 2013: Innovation, Dedication, and Inspiration.” This year, the Baltimore Black Pride, Inc. Board of Directors created a new mission statement — to cultivate and create safe spaces for all who desire to improve their quality of life through health and wellness initiatives, spiritual and economic empowerment, and social justice events and programs. We are members of The Center for Black Equity and, in addition to our celebration here in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and many other cities across the United States and throughout the world celebrate Black Pride.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV and syphilis are a double threat to MSM living in Maryland. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person is two to five times more likely to get HIV if exposed to other STIs. Syphilis sores make it easier to transmit and acquire HIV infection.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) will observe National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) on September 27 by providing stigma free opportunities for Men Having Sex with Men (MSM) to receive HIV testing services, education, and linkage to care. This year is the fifth year to raise awareness among MSM that the HIV epidemic is still present and that men who have sex with men are still at high risk of becoming HIV-positive.
As far as LGBT-friendly, East Coast beach towns go, Atlantic City might not be the first destination that comes to mind. But the iconic seaside destination continues to grow as a favored location for gay and lesbian travelers, offering a variety of new nightlife, musical theater debuts, and chart-topping performances for the LGBT community. Within easy driving distance of a third of the country’s population—Atlantic City is 60 miles from Philadelphia, 150 miles from Baltimore, and 175 miles from Washington, D.C.,—the city that’s “Always Turned On” is perfect for single travelers and couples seeking a last-minute getaway. Atlantic City earned a spot in the ranks of top gay destinations when it took the second spot on “Top Five Up and Coming Gay Destinations” list by GayTravel.com, an online travel magazine dedicated to the LGBT tourist.
For tons of useful information regarding the upcoming Baltimore Pride 2013 weekend, including the Twilight on the Terrace event, High Heel Race, Pride Parade, Pride Block Party (with headliner Ultra Naté), and Pride Festival, we invite to visit the official Baltimore Pride website at www.BaltimorePride.org.
A new couple-based testing and counseling program is underway at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.