A Queer Ghost Story in Sodom Road Exit

  Starla Martin is forced to move back to her small-town home of Crystal Beach after dropping out of college and drowning under crippling debt. Her story may seem to be a typical “20-something-who-can’t-hack-being-an-adult” plot, but Starla’s experience is far from normal. In Amber Dawn’s Sodom Road Exit, Starla is forced to deal with her own sexuality, demons from her past, and the lesbian ghost who keeps possessing her. Sodom Road Exit is a supernatural thriller that goes beyond the creepy and scary theme. Dawn uses her characters to explore relationships and how people can help (or fail) those around […]

Vegas Nights with Frankie Moreno

    Las Vegas is coming to Baltimore in the form of the dazzling Frankie Moreno. The Las Vegas “Headliner of the Year” winner will join Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) from April 12th through 15th at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore. “Frankie Moreno is a consummate showman who embraces all kinds of music with irresistible enthusiasm, musicianship, and charm,” says Abhijit Sengupta, director of artistic planning. “There is simply no one like him, and the staff, musicians and crew of the Baltimore Symphony look forward to letting […]

A Quiet Place Offers Silent Terror

Horror films have gotten a bad rap over the years with the rise of the slasher film in the 1980s, and those that came after following the blueprint that had been set by those films – strand a group of people, mostly unlikable, in an isolated location with a mysterious killer and watch them all get creatively killed off one by one, setting up the killer as the “hero” … so he can have a movie franchise and be a cash cow for the studio. But horror films got back to their roots of actually being scary and constructing a […]

Blockers Has Laughs and Heart

  It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good R-rated sex comedy and Blockers comes along at just the right time to deliver some big laughs and a bit of a message. With prom season looming, parents may – or may not – want to give this movie a look, depending on how liberal you are when it comes to your kids. Blockers begins on the eve of a senior prom with three girls – who we see in a cute montage bonding over the years – preparing for the big event. While they decide who to take and […]

Secrets from Heaven A near-death experience changes a life

  “[My story] was something that I always wanted to tell,” says Susanne Seymoure. “But when someone asks you to keep it a secret, you don’t feel like you fit in the world.” At 12 years old, Susanne Seymoure suffered a near-fatal skiing accident. While her family gathered around her seemingly lifeless body, Seymoure experienced something most people never live to tell. Seymoure is finally able to tell her story 43 years later in her book, My Secrets from Heaven – A Child’s Trip to Heaven and Back. Sharing this experience has been an emotional release for local author Seymoure. […]

More Than Tuxedoed Musicians: An interview with conductor Nicholas Hersh

In movies, symphony conductors are portrayed as unsmiling, intense men in coattails that lead a stuffy – but beautiful – musical performance by unsmiling, intense musicians. Nicholas Hersh may have intensity, but he’s anything but unsmiling or stuffy. In his role as associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hersh has worked hard to help breakdown the stereotype of symphonies and cultivate a unique musical experience for listeners of all ages and backgrounds. Hersh began his musical career as a cellist, an instrument he still plays. “I picked up the cello and brought it to my parents. My parents had […]

Sweet and Hopeful

Lead character Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) has a “big-ass secret.” And by now we all know what that secret is. But in our current society under an administration that promised to be the “greatest friend” to the LGBTQ community, and has proven to be anything but, Love, Simon is a movie many need to see with some great urgency because there are lessons to be learned, but in a gentle, charming, amusing way. No hammers over the head here to push a “gay agenda.” Simon is an average high school student. He’s got a great set of parents, a sister […]

Nothing to Lose But Their Chains

Disney’s Newsies has come a long way since it first debuted – and flopped – as a movie musical in 1992, which eventually developed a major cult following (thanks in part to the casting of a young Christian Bale in the lead role of Jack Kelly) and became a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical before hitting the road on a national tour. The Broadway and touring version of the show are huge spectacles with quite an amazing set, so one has to wonder how the show will translate to such an intimate space as Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Maryland. If […]

Marvel Universe Live Blasts into Royal Farms Arena

Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes is a family event for children of all ages that will blast into the Royal Farms arena this month. Running from April 5th to 8th, the assorted cast of characters from the Marvel universe will excite, delight, and enchant audiences. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Dylan Libby, who plays the character of Groot from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He candidly explained why he enjoys his role and how proud he’s to work with his fellow band of superheroes. “In order to play Groot,” Libby began. “I trained in stilts for the last year. […]

‘American’ Legend An interview with Don McLean, singer/songwriter honored by the Library of Congress

“American Pie,” written and recorded by Don McLean, is one of the most enduring songs of the last 50 years. Described by McLean as simply being about America, it’s as famous for its irresistible chorus as it is for its many references to pop music icons. McLean also wrote several other tunes that have become a part of the American songbook, including “And I Love You So” and “Vincent.” I spoke with McLean about his career in advance of his concert tour. Gregg Shapiro: I’d like to begin by congratulating you on the addition of your 1971 hit “American Pie” […]