She’s Got the Spirits Victoria Schassler

– proprietress of Spirits of Mount Vernon, where the neighborhood gathers to toast By Frankie Kujawa British wine critic Michael Broadbent once said, “Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.” Victoria Schassler, the delightful proprietress of Spirits of Mount Vernon recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss her love of wine, how she came to Baltimore, and her adoration of the Mount Vernon community in which she is an icon. “I grew up in Rockland County, New York,” Schassler began. “It’s about half an hour north of Manhattan on the Hudson […]

Bianca Del Rio: Hurricane Force Fabulous

In a class all by herself, the fierce, funny and fabulous Bianca Del Rio made a name for herself in pop culture as the winner of the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Now she has brought her trademark acerbic wit and sharp commentary to the page in an illustrated collection of advice. She recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding her new book, Blame it on Bianca Del Rio, her movie Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia with Hate, and the “Blame it on Bianca Del Rio Comedy Tour.” One thing is for certain, Bianca is a tour-de-force to be reckoned […]

Stories of Legacy: Everyman’s Book of Joseph

Audiences have been captivated by Everyman Theatre’s recent production of The Book of Joseph, based on Richard Hollander’s book, Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland. The play delves into a family’s uncharted legacy with steps involving both revelation and remembrance. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with director Noah Himmelstein and performer Bruce Randolph Nelson to discuss the production and the importance of owning one’s legacy. Frankie Kujawa: Why was it important for Everyman Theatre to tell this story? Bruce Randolph Nelson: Not only does it combine our Everyman company members, who are all considered a family, […]

On Your Feet Brings Latin Beat to Hippodrome

The rhythm is going to get you as On Your Feet brings audiences to theirs this month at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. Running from Tuesday, June 5th to Sunday, June 10th, On Your Feet follows the love story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. From their humble beginnings to international stardom, the performance takes audiences behind the music and inside the real story of the record-making couple. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with ensemble member Danny Burgos to discuss the journey of the Estefan family and the message audiences will take from this performance. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this performance? […]

World Premier of Soul: The Stax Musical at Baltimore’s Center Stage

Running until June 10th at Baltimore’s Center Stage is Soul: The Stax Musical, the story of the famed Memphis-based record company whose acts included Booker T & the MG’s, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, and Rufus Thomas. Stax is credited as being a major factor in the creation of Southern soul and Memphis soul music. They featured several popular ethnically integrated bands, as well as a racially integrated team of staff and artists which was rare in a time of racial strife and tension throughout the South. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Soul: The Stax Musical’s choreographer Chase Brock who shared […]