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“I want to see your face in every kind of light in fields of dawn and forests of the night; and when you stand before the candles on a cake; oh, let me be the one to hear the silent wish you make. What are you doing the rest of your life? North, south, east, and west of your life, I have only one request of your life that you spend it all with me. All the seasons and the times of your days all the nickels and the dimes of your days, let the reasons and the rhymes of your days all begin and end with me. Those tomorrows waiting deep in your eyes in the world of love that you keep in your eyes, I’ll awaken what’s asleep in your eyes it may take a kiss or two. Through all of my life summer, winter, spring, and fall of my life, all I ever will recall of my life is all of my life with you.” -Johnny Mathis

Bravo! Baltimore was Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City,” the place to be for the weeklong Light City Festival that had 400,000 people braving cold windy rainy nights to revel in the first festival of Light, Arts and Music in the country.

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”-Langston Hughes

Thursday was a balmy evening with a hint of spring and a soothing mist of rain that appeared briefly and silently drifting off with the “sound of music” by Baltimore’s premiere deejays, DJ Tanz and DJ Quick Silva at Club City Light. You “can’t touch this” Tanz and Quick Silva spinning the ones and twos with DJ Jazzy Jeff of Fresh Prince fame. A standing ovation to Tanz and Quick Silva who made it clear to DJ Jazzy Jeff that Baltimore has the hottest deejays in the nation and Club City Rocks.

“Guess who I saw today” at the “car wash,” Lavinia Alexander, clerk for Baltimore City Circuit Court, appointed to the unexpired term of our friend Frank Conway. It was a pleasure talking with the dynamic woman and her enthusiasm as a public servant for the city of Baltimore. It seems that we met twenty plus years ago through a mutual friend, Barbara “Chili” Washington. It was great remembering old times and friends. Join Clerk Alexander at her spring bull roast at Martin’s West, April 21. For tickets contact lacuralexander@outlook.com.

“What a great pop up party…and boy did the folks pop up”-William Maughlin

Kevin Brown and his life partner, William Maughlin, sent an invite on Monday for a pop up party later that evening to celebrate Kevin’s birthday at their restaurant SNAC on North Ave. People altered their plans and converged en masse from all directions to party with this fun-loving couple. Kevin is a mainstay in the art world and is legendary for his parties and his art of entertaining. So I had to celebrate my friend, who I met in the early 70s through mutual friends Ora Reed and Mary Holter, his knack of making people feel special is legendary. Among the special guests who popped-up were Joyce Scott, Jannette Witmyer, Wanda Watts, Alma Roberts, Caprece Garrett, Janice Fox, John Wesley and Mary Holter.

“Unto the bow the cord is, so unto the man is woman; though she bends him, she obeys him, though she draws him, yet she follows, useless each without the other!Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s our anniversary!  Happy anniversary to Roger and Connye Lyons, Jacqueline and Leon Belt, Latonya and Kevin Taylor, Ralph and Brenda Wright and…

“Cause darling I wake up just to sleep with you. I open my eyes so I could see with you and
I live, so I can die with you.”-Beyoncé 

Beyoncé and Sean “Jay Z” Carter may you all celebrate “the rest of your life” with “love and happiness.”

Happy anniversary Ronnie Jackson and Roots Lounge, 39 years of continuous service and the best chicken wings in town.

Join Carolyn Chissell and Herald of Hopes Theater Company at The Dance on Widows’ Row, a comedy about four southern widows and how hard it is to date after burying several husbands written by Samm-Art Williams on April 8. Call 410-997-3997.

Kelly Carter, director of the Liberty Road Business Association is excited about the second Taste of Randallstown on April 22. For tickets and information contact LRBA at 410-655-7766.

“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time”-James A. Baldwin

Sending our prayers of condolences to Myron “Moe” Bundy on the death of his brother George Bundy; to Bernice Beaird on the death of her husband Franklin Beaird; to Marian Finney on the death of her husband Robert Finney; to Beverly Boston on the death of her brother Herbert Johnson; to Craig Rogers on the death of his mother Phyllis June Sanders and to Lonnie Spruill on the death of his brother John Phelps.   

“Don’t just count your years, make your years count.”-George Meredith

Happy birthday Debbie Allen, Brenda Sykes, Kevin Brown, Dan Henson, Anthony Hawkins,   Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Dollie Owens, Howard Jessamy, Shelonda Stokes, Shirley Belton, Michelle Bondima, Tanya Dennis and happy 80th birthday Mary Frances West and Lenny Clay.

“You’re broken down and tired of living life on a merry-go-round and you can’t find the fighter but I see it in you so we gonna walk it out and move mountains and I’ll rise up I’ll rise like the day”-Andra Day

A special shout out to Elvard “The Bard” Cooper celebrating his 75th birthday!