In Vogue

The 1980s immediately brings up thoughts of excellent music, bad hair, and the fantastic original movies that are being remade into modern garbage. In his debut novel, The House of Impossible Beauties, author Joseph Cassara wanted to explore a lesser represented community of the 1980s – the gay and transgender ballroom scene. Loosely based on the documentary Paris is Burning and the House of Xtravaganza (a Latino home in New York City), Cassara focuses on delving into the lives and relationships of the voguing divas and their struggle to survive in the world around them. “I was interested in writing […]

High Church, Higher Deception

“Pleased be forewarned: if you worry for the girl I was – the one you are about to meet – just know the woman I am is a fierce, mostly well-adjusted warrior, who cares for her well-being.” Tina Alexis Allen’s memoir, Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives, starts out with this honest disclaimer for good reason – this is an astonishing life story. A compelling memoir should not only have a unique story to tell but connect the reader to the author as if they are experiencing the story with the author. Allen shares details of […]

Monster Jam’ Roars into B’more!

Families and fans of all ages will enjoy the Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series, coming this month to Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. Running from Friday, February 16th to Sunday, February 18th, the event from Feld Entertainment promises to leave audiences on the edge of their seats. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Monster Jam driver Colton Eichelberger. Frankie Kujawa: Could you tell our audiences a little about what they can expect from the Monster Jam – Triple Threat Series? Colton Eichelberger: Monster Jam is one of the most fan-friendly family events around. Our age groups of fans go from two to […]

Winter Tea Dance Tunes By Gregg Shapiro

After pulling off a retirement stunt that would make Cher blush, LCD Soundsystem returns with the illusory American Dream (DFA / Columbia). Although it’s not as immediately irresistible as 2007’s Sound of Silver or 2005’s eponymous debut disc, American Dream does manage to push almost all the buttons for which LCD Soundsystem has become famous and beloved. From the filtered clang and multitude of synths on opener “Oh Baby,” James Murphy makes it clear that he’s back and he means business. “Other Voices” is a suitably titled funky workout featuring other voices, including co-songwriter Nancy Whang. The Bowie-esque “Change Yr […]

The Man Behind the Art

You probably don’t know the name Touko Laaksonen, but you’ve probably seen his artwork, what was once very underground that is now pretty mainstream. But when Laaksonen began drawing his highly erotic, hyper-real depictions of strong, handsome, gay men he had to use a pseudonym because such things were illegal at that time (the 1940s), so Touko became Tom, and eventually Tom of Finland. The new movie Tom of Finland tells the life story of Touko Laaksonen starting with his service in the war. Touko (Pekka Strang) is forced to lead a closeted life in the service but he still […]

Your 2018 Winter Reading List

Words and pictures – Readers should consider themselves lucky that, presently, gay writer and photographer Bill Hayes has two books for them to enjoy. The first is the paperback edition of his breathtaking 2017 memoir Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me (Bloomsbury, 2017), which interweaves essays with journal entries, photos and poetry to tell the story of the writer’s romantic relationship with the late writer and scientist Oliver Sacks. The second Hayes book, How New York Breaks Your Heart (Bloomsbury, 2018), focuses on his street photography through four-color and black & white images of his “chance encounters” with a […]

Amazing Finale

It’s been four years since 20th Century Fox launched the Maze Runner series and over the course of that time, a few other franchises have ended but not without leaving a bad taste in the fans’ mouths due to studio greed resulting in stretching the final chapter out to two movies, with the first of the two usually nothing but padding. The Divergent series isn’t even getting its “Part 2” finale because the first part sucked, hard. So the studio seemed to have learned a lesson and mercifully contained the final Maze Runner film to a single film-going experience. And […]

Laughing Your Lips off with ‘The Clitorati Presents: Lip Service’

Come and laugh your lips off as “The Clitorati Presents: Lip Service” on Tuesday, February 13th at the Lou Costello Room (1023 West 36th Street, Baltimore). Lip Service is a night of stand-up comedy with some of the hottest professional and up-and-coming female comics in the stand-up business. Baltimore OUTloud chatted exclusively with Nicki Fuchs, the host of the upcoming performance. “Lip Service is a comedy show created for women and people who identify as women and non-binary,” explained Fuchs. “These women in the show are amazing. We are doing this comedy show because women are funny, and we don’t […]

Hippodrome’s Dazzling 2018-2019 Season

THE 2018-19 UPCOMING SEASON at the Hippodrome Theatre is slated to be one of the most electrifying ever. With seven shows direct from Broadway, and two season options, the season is anchored by the Baltimore premier of Hamilton, in addition to new musicals, Tony Award-winners and returning audience favorites. “We have something for everyone!” exclaimed Ron Legler, president of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, home of the Hippodrome. “We are extremely proud of our amazing season of hits anchored by the highly-anticipated Hamilton.” The season will kick off with the return of the Tony Award-winning Les Miserables (running from October […]

Magic’s in the Air at The Hippodrome

Roald Dahl once said, “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Those words have never been truer as the Champions of Magic tour enchants audiences at the Hippodrome Theatre this month. Running from Thursday, February 15th to Sunday, February 18th, the toast of London’s West End will take audiences on a mind-bending theatrical journey with five world-class illusionists. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with mind reader extraordinaire Alex McAleer to discuss his upcoming performance. British audiences have raved about the spectacular family show that leaves viewers awestruck in their seats. “Audiences can expect a fun, spectacular night of […]