November 8, 2012 at 8:57 am EDT | by Erin Durkin
Baltimore arts briefs: events through Nov. 15
John Travolta, Washington Blade, gay news

John Travolta (center) in a scene from ‘Savages.’ Travolta drew controversy when he starred in a film adaptation of Waters’ ‘Hairspray.’ The original starred late drag legend Divine, a notorious Waters cohort. (Photo courtesy Maryland Film Festival)

Travolta joins Waters for conversation

Maryland Film Festival is holding a tribute to John Travolta, who is being awarded the Festival’s “Reel Guy” for his performance in “Savages,” Saturday night at 10 p.m. at the MICA Brown Center (1300 West Mt. Royal Ave.).

Travolta will be joined by John Waters for Maryland Film Festival’s fifth annual “Open Conversations.” The program was designed to bridge the community to people who create the movies. Both Travolta and Waters have a history of performing in Baltimore.

Tickets are $75 for the conversation only and $300 for the conversation and a personal dinner with the guests. For more information,

Bump, set, spike with Charm City

Charm City Volleyball is hosting social play for volleyball players of all levels Wednesday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Royal Recreational Center (137 McMechen St.).

The group is an LGBT volleyball organization. The weekly social play is to promote volleyball in the community. Charm City Volleyball hosts competitive events and social clinics.

The sessions are $3 each and $30 for the fall season. There are discounts for students. For more information, visit

BRAS hold final event

Baltimore Recreation Alternatives (BRAS) has its “Last Dance: Just Us Gals Throwback Dance” Saturday night at 8 at Holiday Inn (9615 Deereco Rd., Timonium).

This is the last throwback dance party BRAS is hosting. The last blow-out will feature ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s music.

Tickets are $25. For more information, visit

‘Queer Bathroom’ gets reading

Iron Crow Theatre Company presents “The Queer Bathroom Monologues: A Staged Reading” at Towson University Center for the Arts (8000 York Rd.) Monday at 7 p.m.

The piece takes a look at LGBT experiences in Canada’s public facilities. There will be a pre-event with an opportunity to meet the write Sheila Cavanagh and refreshments.

This event is free. For more information, visit

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