Baltimore Comedy Fest Paves New Comedic Frontiers

Running from August 29th to September 3rd, the second annual Baltimore Comedy Festival promises to have Charm City in stitches as it stretches throughout the city in over 20 venues. The festival founder, comedian Ivan Martin, recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss the upcoming event and what makes Baltimore the new stand-up comedy frontier. “We have built upon last year’s brand of comedy, and we now have 100 comedians, 60 of whom are from outside the DMV-area and ten outside of the country, performing at this year’s festival,” Martin began. “It was shocking that there were that many people […]

A Royal Repartee… with Baltimore’s 2018 King of Pride

Baltimore’s 2018 King of Pride, Chris Jay, has ascended from humble beginnings to promote LGBTQ awareness and inclusivity. They (Jay’s preferred pronoun) recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss how photography became a passion, their current reign as King of Pride 2018, and their new project The Queerbook: The Queer Performers Yearbook. “I would describe my current reign as King of Pride 2018 as eye-opening,” Jay began. “It’s been exactly a year since I was named King of Pride 2018. The way that I’ve been able to connect to Baltimore is unlike any way that a person can connect to […]

Meet Eric Randolph and Alan Cortie – The New Owners of Mixers

Gay nightlife, like the gay community, has always existed in one form or another.  Over the last 50 years, gay bars have taken form to help shelter gay culture and have been one of the building blocks of the LGBTQ community.  Fostering a climate where LGBTQ individuals feel safe and protected is necessary for the well-being of the gay community.  For Eric Randolph and Alan Cortie, the new owners of Mixers Bar, this has become a mission.  “Mixers is a bar which is a comfort zone for everyone in the LGBTQ community.” Began Cortie.  “Many people may not want to travel to a bar that’s further into the city, or one […]

Toby’s Heather Beck Takes Mamma Mia! to Soaring Heights

Mamma Mia! continues to dance its way into the hearts of audiences this month at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, MD.  Running until September 9th, Mamma Mia! is the story of a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity, which brings three very different men from her mother’s past back into her life. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Heather Beck who plays Donna, the protagonist’s mother in the performance.  “This performance is just absolutely fun!” Began actress Heather Beck.  “The show is just high-energy, and it can’t help but put a smile on the faces of our audiences.”  Beck’s depiction of Donna, who is also portrayed by Meryl Streep in the on-screen […]

Out Country Singer to perform at Keystone Rodeo Fundraiser

The Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association (KSGRA) will hold “Rockin’ It Country Style: A Benefit” on Saturday, August 18th at Eyler’s Stables in Thurmont, MD. The concert and show will feature upcoming Country Artist Donnie Lee Strickland, as well as the KSGRA Royalty Court. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with charming Strickland to discuss his upcoming performance, his career as an out-country singer, and how music is in his DNA. “I fell in love with country music at an early age,” Strickland began. “I started singing in church when I was about five years-old. I was raised Southern Baptist in North […]

Highlandtown Goes Artsy

Growing up in Baltimore’s Highlandtown, Felicia Zanninio-Baker’s love for her neighborhood began very young. Today her creative talents are helping positive change in her community. As the owner and proprietress of the Highlandtown Gallery, as well as Magnolia Designs, the interior designer has long been a supporter of local artists within the community. “I was brought to Highlandtown when I was just three months old,” Zannino-Baker began. “From a very young age, I was very involved with the Italian culture. We sang, danced, and performed in Italian costume from the age of seven.” Zannino-Baker, whose father founded Zannino Funeral Homes […]

Three Galleries in One

The Highlandtown Gallery opened in September 2013 and is a crown jewel in the Highlandtown Arts District. “What makes this gallery unique,” says owner Felicia Zannino-Baker, “is the combination of three galleries in one building. It’s a tremendous dose of eye candy. You can find many forms of art in one place – we have paintings, encaustics, photography, jewelry, originals on paper or canvas, mosaics, sculpture, glass.” A recent group exhibition was “The Mosaic Show,” and currently there’s a group nude show, “Nudes / Erotica / Exotic Women,” running through August. Housed within the Highlandtown Gallery location is also Zwiebach […]

Baltimore Skater Stars in Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Crystal’

Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever on-ice production, “Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience,” is more than just an ice show. Exploring the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s history, the unique production pushes the boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating with acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Running from July 5th through 8th at the Royal Farms Arena, the performance brings together gymnasts and skaters that perform acrobatics on both the ice and the air. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Crystal skater, and Baltimore-native, Scott Smith regarding his upcoming performance in the show. “Audiences are […]

Baltimore Comic Premieres First Comedy Special

Charm City’s resident comedic jewel, Michael Furr, is celebrating the upcoming film release of his self-proclaimed “super gay stand-up comedy special” called “Straight Acting.” Available both on his website Michaelfurr.com and very soon to Amazon Prime, the hour long stand-up special is hilariously entertaining and will have audiences in stitches. Furr recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about the upcoming release, his material and his upcoming projects. Frankie Kujawa: Michael, your new special is absolutely hysterical! From where do you draw your material? Michael Furr: It’s all from personal experience. It’s all stories and conversations that I’ve had with friends, or […]

Toby’s Revives Mamma Mia!

In conjunction with the upcoming premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again opening in theatres on July 20th, Toby’s Dinner Theatre is bringing the ABBA-infused musical Mamma Mia! to the stage this month. Running until September 9th, Mamma Mia! is the story of a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity, which brings three very different men from her mother’s past back into her life. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Maggie Dransfield who plays daughter Sophie in the performance. “Audience can expect more than just an ABBA concert.” Began Dransfield. “That’s something that Mark [Minnick, director and choreographer] has […]