‘Queen of Mean’ Becomes ‘Queen of Lean’ at Center Stage

Lisa Lampanelli returns to Baltimore’s Center Stage this month with her upcoming performance of Lisa Lampanelli’s Losin’ It. Performing on Saturday, November 17th at 8 pm, the show shines an intimate but hilarious light on the universal problems of weight and body image. Inspired to put the show together by going through her own journey with these issues, Lampanelli decided that storytelling was the perfect way to convey feelings and sense of humor about the subjects. Speaking exclusively to Baltimore OUTloud, Lampanelli candidly shared how her recent retirement from stand-up comedy has helped the former Queen of Mean become the […]

Center Stage’s King of Yees: Exploring Lives in Chinatown

Baltimore’s Center Stage’s current production of King of Yees is an absolute masterpiece. The play is a hilarious and heartfelt generational story of a Chinese-American family. Audiences will fall in love with playwright Lauren Yee who, in this production, has always felt like an outsider, especially compared to her father, Larry, the unofficial center of their Chinese-American community. When Larry suddenly goes missing, Lauren has to chase through time, space, and the fourth wall itself to find her father, save his story, and chronicle a vanishing piece of American culture. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with director Desdemona Chiang about the […]

Baltimore Native Comes Home for Fiddler on the Roof

For Baltimore-native Eric Berey, returning to Charm City this November means more than just visiting his hometown roots. Berey, an ensemble member in the North American national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, is excited to bring his classic musical background to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. Running from November 13th to 18th Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon on his family members’ lives. “Baltimore audiences need to come see this show,” began Berey. “It’s a beautiful story […]

Putting Soul (& Sheep) in Christmas

Mama’s Black Sheep, an Americana music group from Baltimore, will celebrate the release of their new CD, The Sheep Save Christmas, on November 15th at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville, Maryland. Mama’s Black Sheep is the soulful collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller and Laura Cerulli. Together, this duo has created a blend of hit-worthy originals and covers with a unique spin for the holiday season. Baltimore OUTloud recently sat down with Cerulli to discuss the upcoming CD release and the tenth anniversary of the group. Frankie Kujawa: What can your fans expect at the CD release? Laura Cerulli: Well this new […]

Sassy & Suburban Getting real with ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Dolores Catania

The drama continues to run amok in the Garden State as “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (“RHONJ”) premiered Wednesday, November 7th on Bravo. As fans have observed from the recent promotional teasers of the upcoming ninth season, the stars of the reality guilty-pleasure find themselves once again at odds with each other. From venom-infused over-the-top arguments to bawdy brawls, these ladies continue to take fans on quite the rollercoaster ride. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the beloved RHONJ star Dolores Catania. Her humorous candor, admiration of animals, and devotion to philanthropic causes continue to set the housewife apart as […]

The Dogs of Peace Gay couple bonded through love of teaching, now authors of children’s books featuring justice-loving canine

By definition, “peace” conveys harmonious well-being and freedom from hostile aggression. Peace Pom: Ronan Makes a Difference the second book in the series by Mark Gruber-Lebowitz (and illustrated by his husband Sheldon Gruber-Lebowitz), is the story about a young Pomeranian dog who is hoping to tell everyone about peace – how we can feel it ourselves and how we can spread it to those around us. The children’s book, for children of all ages, is a delightful tale that not only educates but touches readers’ souls. Baltimore OUTloud recently sat down with the book’s creators. For Mark, a retired elementary […]

50 Shades of Gay at Charm City Fringe Fest

The seventh annual Charm City Fringe Festival, voted in 2017 by Baltimore magazine as the “Best Eclectic Festival,” is set for November 1st to 11th. Throughout the 11 days of cutting-edge, quirky theatre and arts performances, Ike Avelli’s 50 Shades of Gay stands out as one of the can’t-miss shows. Running from Friday, November 2nd at 10 pm; Saturday, November 3rd at 9 pm; and Sunday, November 4th at 7:30 pm, 50 Shades of Gay is an adult variety show written, produced, and starring award-winning comedian Ike Avelli. The performances will take place at Le Mondo (406 North Howard Street, […]

Ballet Theatre of Maryland: Musicality Through Movement

Russian poet Alexander Pushkin once said, “Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul.” The 2018-19 Season of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM) boasts a selection of exquisite performances as the company celebrates its 40th year entertaining Maryland audiences. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto to discuss what audiences can plan to see this upcoming season, as well as what makes the Ballet Theatre of Maryland such a unique experience. “For the 2018-2019 Season, audiences can expect a passionate, whimsical, dynamic season of excellent theater and dance expressed through the talents of BTM’s talented professional […]

Baltimore Choral Arts: Making ‘Classical’ Relevant

Baltimore Choral Arts Society experienced an artistic renaissance in 2018. Now in his second year as musical director, Anthony Blake Clark recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss the upcoming 2019 season and how classical music is once again relevant for audiences. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect? Blake Clark: This season is called “A Season of Story and Song” – audiences can expect to see Choral Arts embark on more adventurous programming that approaches music in a more interdisciplinary, collaborative way, while still providing the more conventional pieces in the repertoire as well. This year we are presenting a […]

Toby’s Dinner Theatre’s Star-Studded 2019 Season

Toby’s Dinner Theatre continues to thrive in Columbia, Maryland, as it’s bombshell 2018 season charges full-steam ahead into the new year! Associate Producer Mark Minnick recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud. “Our 2019 season is incredibly diverse, offering something for everyone to our loyal Toby’s audience members and great titles that people who’ve never attended a show at our theatre can come to see what we have to offer. We have great family shows like Disney’s The Little Mermaid (November 9th, 2018 to January 13th, 2019), Gypsy (January 17th to March 17th), and Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (March 21st […]