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 […]

Baltimore’s Owen O’Donnell Launches Charm City-Based Cosmetics Empire

of The Transgender Manifesto, once wrote, “Makeup can be used to express yourself, as well. Those experiences should not be limited to women. Everyone should be free to be as colorful as they want to be.” The spirit of this quote is evident in the work of Baltimore makeup artist Owen O’Donnell. Baltimore OUTloud chatted exclusively with O’Donnell to discuss his upcoming cosmetics line, his affinity for Baltimore and how he channeled his passion into a full-blown career. Growing up in the heart of Baltimore, O’Donnell’s creativity had already begun to blossom at an early age. “I was already very […]

Todrick Hall Brings ‘Forbidden’ Tour to Charm City Politics of race and sex in song

Singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, and Youtube personality Todrick Hall brings his new visual album Forbidden tour to Baltimore on April 27th at the Baltimore Soundstage. Hall’s performance comes weeks after the March 27th release of his album Forbidden, which tackles the politics of race and sexuality. Hall chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about his upcoming tour, his inspiration, and how close friend Taylor Swift influenced his new album. Frankie Kujawa: Can you tell our readers about your upcoming performance of the “Forbidden” tour? Todrick Hall: They can expect the visual album live plus some fun numbers from my Youtube channel. I […]

Hometown Performer Brings Motown to Charm City

Baltimore’s Brett Michael Lockley returns to Baltimore this month as Motown: The Musical rocks the Hippodrome Theatre from April 13th to 15th. The show transports audiences back in time to the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy – the music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Lockley, who’s an ensemble member in the performance, recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about his upcoming performance and his return to his hometown. “Audiences can expect to hear some of the very exciting and infectious music that they may have grown up […]

‘Everyone Can Make Music’

Caite Debevec became the new director of the Baltimore Men’s Chorus (BMC) in August 2017 and has quickly become part of the BMC family. I spoke with her about her background, the plans for BMC this season as well as her vision and goals for the 2018-19 season. Bill Redmond-Palmer: What was your path to become director of the BMC? Caite Debevec: I grew up in southeast Alaska, and moved to the east coast in 2015, where I split my time between Vermont and Baltimore until 2017, when I moved to Baltimore full time. I’ve always participated in music in […]

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC Performs Musical Masterpiece

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, (GMCW) will be joined by a live orchestra and special guest, transgender opera singer Breanna Sinclairé for the world premiere of the tenor bass adaptation of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem on Saturday, March 3rd at 8 pm at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington. GMCW’s artistic director, Dr. Thea Kano, wrote (with the permission of the Duruflé estate) this arrangement of the piece specifically for GMCW. “Audiences can expect extraordinary tenor and bass singing of one of the world’s most beautiful choral pieces, accompanied by a stellar orchestra of musicians from around the […]

Breanna Sinclairé Returns to Charm City on a High Note

Breanna Sinclairé’s operatic voice has the power to transcend all barriers. Having already become the first transgender woman to sing the national anthem at a professional sporting event in 2015, Sinclairé will now be joining the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 3rd for their performance of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem. The performance is cathartic on many levels for Sinclairé as she will be returning to her hometown of Baltimore after an 8-year absence. “I would describe Baltimore as talented, charismatic, real, versatile, and busy,” said Sinclair, who recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding her return to Baltimore. […]

Gary Schwarz – Master Musician Strum it, sing it, or fiddle it – as long as it’s from the heart, says Schwarz

Gary Schwartz has music in his DNA. The musical phenom has been entertaining patrons of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, as well as music lovers throughout Maryland and DC for decades. “My mother’s side was very musical,” Schwartz explained. “My grandmother graduated from the Conservatory of Paris, and my mom played piano, too. I started playing at the age of six after having heard a recital my older brother played in,” Schwartz added. “When I came home, I figured how to play it, and my parents decided that I should take piano lessons.” Born in DC and raised in Aspen Hill, […]

An Audience with The Queen

Who’s the person behind the funny wigs & outrageous costumes of Baltimore’s Queen of Comedy? By Rodney Burger If you’ve ever been to Baltimore Pride, a charity benefit show, or almost any drag pageant in the Baltimore area, you have seen her. Shawnna Alexander has been a part of Baltimore’s LGBT community for decades. I can’t remember the first time I saw her perform any more than I can remember the first time I saw Baltimore’s Washington Monument. She is just always there making us laugh as Baltimore’s Queen of Comedy. Although year after year I enjoy her work and […]

‘My Parents Passed Their Pride in Blackness to Me’ An interview with Rev. Merrick Moses

Rev. Merrick Moses has been a fixture in the Baltimore LGBTQ Community for many years. He lives at the intersection of queer and black identity, and is a person of great faith. Baltimore OUTloud spoke with Rev. Moses about his history, in honor of Black History Month. Bill Redmond-Palmer: We’ve known and worked with each other for decades now, and your active role in the community is well known. Let’s start with a few things people may not know, like where you were born, and what brought you to Baltimore. Merrick Moses: I was born in Brooklyn, in New York […]