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 […]