October 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm EDT | by Juliette Ebner
Arts news in brief: Oct. 21

Suede at the Birchmere

Out singer Suede will be performing at the Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.) in Alexandria on Saturday with Vickie Shaw at 7:30 p.m.

Suede returns to the D.C. area with her performance at the Birchmere on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Suede)

Suede, who plays the piano, guitar and trumpet, started her career in the Baltimore/D.C. area playing local clubs seven nights a week and traveling in her Toyota.

Shaw is a stand-up comic who addresses the triumphs and trials of being a woman, a mother and gay in America in her routine. She’s been featured in Curve and on the Logo series “Wisecrack.”

Tickets are $29.50 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. For more information on both performers, visit their websites, suedewave.com and vickieshaw.com.

Black panel discussion set for MCC

Beautiful U Yes U presents “Young, Black, and LGBTQ — Who is Protecting Me,” a town hall to discuss youth issues at Metropolitan Community Church of D.C. (474 Ridge St., N.W.) Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Some of the issues covered will be homelessness, bullying and resources.

Guests to the town hall will include Jeffrey Richardson from the Mayor Office of LGBT Affairs, Sharon Lettman-Hick of the National Black Justice Coalition, Amena Johnson of the SMYAL, Samantha Masters of Rainbowsoul Moran University’s Gay Straight Alliance and Earline Budd of Transgender Health Empowerment.

For more information, e-mail treona.kelty@gmail.com of Beautiful U.

Gay artist at Mountain Maryland festival

The Mountain Maryland 2011 Art Sale and Tour begins Saturday and features 57 artists from the western Maryland and northern West Virginia region.

Salvadore is one of the 57 artists featured at the Mountain Maryland 2011 Art Sale and Tour. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Maryland Festival)

One of the featured artists is Salvador whose work reflects his personal healing process and expresses the pain and solitude from a “medical death sentence.”

Salvadore, who is gay, works in Georgetown and has a studio home in Cumberland (115 Hanover St.). He started out in the fashion industry, designing custom garments, but they did not always “translate to the masses.”

For more information on Salvadore as well as the sale and tour, including maps to all the artists’ locations, visit artsaleandtour.com.



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