Poppy Champlin’s ‘Queer Queens of Qomedy’ Back to B’more

Charm City is always buzzing when the delightfully funny Poppy Champlin is in town. Back in Baltimore to perform “The Queer Queens of Qomedy” at Magooby’s Joke House on Sunday, March 31st, Poppy brings with her two additional comedians that will be sure to have audiences in stitches. Poppy recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to tell audiences about the performance, a health scare, and the healing touch found in comedy. “This is the fourth or fifth time our Queer Queens of Qomedy have come back to Baltimore,” Champlin noted. “Baltimore seems to love us, and I love that we keep […]

Ben Rimalower’s Throwing Out His Muscials CDs

Theatrical director, writer, actor, and playwright Ben Rimalower understands the importance of hard work. As the author and star of Off-Off-Broadway’s long-running, critically acclaimed, smash hit solo plays Bad with Money and homage to all things Patti LuPone Patti Issues, Rimalower’s talent know no bounds. As writer and director of Real Housewives of New York star Luann De Lesseps’ cabaret show Countess and Friends, Rimalower has helped propel the reality star’s act into a record-breaking cabaret act throughout the country. The ever-creative Rimalower has also began writing a weekly column on BroadwayWorld.com entitled “Throwing Out My CDs” in which the […]

Dinner with Friends at Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre’s Beth Hylton is one of the Baltimore theater community’s indomitable powerhouse actresses. The DC-based member of the Everyman resident company recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding her upcoming role in Donald Margulies’ Dinner with Friends – the tale of a fabulous dinner at the home of food writers Gabe and Karen which abruptly comes to a halt when Beth drops the bomb that husband Tom wants out of their 12-year marriage. Both couples suddenly find themselves grappling with questions of loyalty, individuality, and commitment. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this upcoming performance of Dinner with Friends? […]

Interracial Love: Bad Advice?

To the Editor: When advice columnist Andre Shakti (“Interracial Agonistes,” Baltimore OUTloud, March 1st, 2019) burns her hand on the stove, I bet she treats the injury with scalding water from the tea kettle. When a dog bites her right arm, she sticks her left in the lion’s cage at the zoo. Just saying, because when Shakti says she wants to fight racism, her answer is to dig in deep to racist stereotyping. Reducing a person to a racial epithet is as good a definition of racism as any. Yet that’s just what she does to her hapless correspondent – […]

Methodists Against Orthodoxy

Dear Baltimore OUTloud Community, As a pastor here in Baltimore, I am grateful for the opportunity to share some background to the recent headlines about the United Methodist Church, and some words about the welcome of all. The Methodist movement began in England in the 18th century and has been a part of the American landscape since colonial times. There have been multiple iterations of the Methodist movement, including churches bearing both Methodist and Wesleyan titles. The United Methodist Church was officially formed in 1968 and includes churches in the US and throughout the globe. Our church polity, or governing […]

Two Measles Epidemics

There is currently a measles epidemic in the United States, and another, much larger one in Madagascar. In the US, there have been about 660 cases this year, mostly in young children in Washington state, Illinois, Texas, and New York. No deaths from measles have been reported in the US so far this year. Measles can develop into pneumonia and can lead to brain damage (from swelling of the brain) and blindness. Measles is transmitted by tiny droplets of fluid in the air. Droplets are produced when a person who is infected with measles sneezes or coughs. The droplets are […]

Passion or Obsession?

What is that dividing line between passion and obsession? In the news was the breaking and entering of a man, a stalker, of Taylor Swift’s apartment and this for the third time. He was arrested and of course, this is a crime. But there are those who are so passionate about a hobby, an activity or an item that it may be hard not to label it an obsession. And it will affect any relationship. The dictionary defines passion as: a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything; and obsession as: the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings […]

A Teenage Girl Made a Film

When Ella Johnson made a video documentary about Greg Louganis for her National History Day project, she knew most of her fellow students would be shocked. Ella is a high school freshman in Whitehall, a very small town of the west coast of Michigan. It’s not a bastion of progressive thinking. Ella was right. Her classmates were not exactly enthralled by her choice of topic. But she’s used to it. “My video was met with the usual ‘stupid liberal’ comments,” Ella told me, “but my teachers were very impressed.” Ella has a thick skin for a 15-year-old. She has attended the Women’s March and proudly sports […]

Jewish Tradition in Relation to Gender Pronouns: March 26th

Ever wondered what Jewish tradition has to say about gender, sexuality, and identity? Charm City Tribe invites you to learn, consider, and explore at “She, He, They, XYZ: How We Think About Me” on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. It’s a night of “learning, conversation, and storytelling.” The event will be held at 2640 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore. The evening will include a talk by Rabbi Ariana Katz of Hinenu, as well as an interactive experience and discussion facilitated by J. Little and Missy Smith from QueerCore. QueerCore “gives life to the stories behind Smith’s ‘coming out’ […]

Spring Showcase: ‘Broadway Our Way’

The New Wave Singers of Baltimore, a LGBT chorus, invites you to join them for their upcoming spring showcase – Broadway Our Way! – featuring their interpretation of Broadway tunes. It all takes place on Saturday, March 30th from 7 to 10 pm at the Towson Unitarian-Universalist Church (1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville). The show will feature a mix of gender-swapped vocals, “songs we’d never sing,” and of course a few standards. During the show they will hold a silent auction and raffle, with opportunities to bid on and win a variety of prizes. This is their biggest fundraiser of […]