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Maryjo Mattea and Rogério Naressi Collaborate on Bilingual Track “Help Me Understand / Mentiras no Olhar”

“Help Me Understand / Mentiras no Olhar” is a crossover collaboration between American pop-rock artist based in Washington D.C., Maryjo Mattea, and Brazilian engineer/producer/musician, Rogério Naressi. The song is a bilingual tale of lovers’ estrangement. Inspired by bossa nova rhythms and instrumentation, Mattea and Naressi share the heartbreak and frustrations associated with the dissolution of a relationship. Even though summer is officially over, we felt it was a great fit for our Ocean Cities – Summer Vibes Playlist, which we hope will make you feel warm year-round. For more by Marryjo Mattea, visit and pre-order/pre-save the next collaboration, “The Last Time / Jamás te Olvidaré” here.

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Lesbians, Theatre, and TikTok with Aria Velz

Aria Velz is a director, TikToker, and Lesbian Media Enthusiast based in the D.C. area. On November 2nd, she sat down with me to talk about it all, from her latest production at Olney Theatre Center to the things that lead to her little corner on TikTok.

On October 29th, Olney Theatre Center wrapped its run of Prince Gomolvilas’ ‘The Brothers Paranormal.’ The disconcerting, borderline terrifying production was co-directed by Olney’s Senior Associate Artistic Director, Hallie Gordon, and Velz herself. The show was one of the spookiest times I have had in a theatre in quite some time. It was evident that the show was a well researched labor of love.

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