Men on Ice

The Next Ice Age recently celebrated over 30 years of excellence as one of only three dance companies on ice in America. On Thursday, May 16th, the Mount Pleasant Ice Arena will host the Next Ice Age, which will join with the Ice Men, a group of amateur young male skaters, in the revival of choreographer John Curry’s adaptation for skaters of Aaron Copland’s score for the ballet Rodeo. During this performance, ten of the best male figure skaters from around the globe perform with six young male skaters in a program in which they will skate to Aaron Copland’s […]

Maybe Stars in His Eyes

Queer singer/songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine is that rare out artist who isn’t shy about his faith. Raised in the church, Valentine has found a way to make those two sometimes conflicting aspects of his life work in harmony. For instance, the live performance schedule on his website (in July at the time of this interview) includes dates at both Pride festivals and churches. Talk about versatility! One thing’s for sure, chances are good that you will hear Valentine singing songs from his luminous new album Maybe Stars (BobbyJoValentine.com). Gregg Shapiro: Bobby Jo, when did you begin playing guitar and how […]

What’s Cooking?

Award-winning filmmaker Crystal Moselle makes her dramatic feature directing debut with Skate Kitchen (Magnolia). While it’s at least 20 minutes too long, Skate Kitchen (the first of 2018 skateboarding movies – the second being Jonah Hill’s Mid90s) is nevertheless worth seeing for the performances Moselle gets out of her cast of mostly newcomers. Camille (Rachelle Vinberg), a socially-awkward 18 year old, lives with her single mother (Elizabeth Rodriguez from “Orange is the New Black”) on Long Island. She enjoys going to the skateboard park and working on her skating skills. She also posts videos of herself skateboarding on Instagram. When […]

Creative Reading

Pride 2019 is taking on special meaning with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots being incorporated into celebrations across the country. With that in mind, it’s never too early to begin assembling a reading list for the celebration as well as for the summer of 2019. Visit your favorite independent bookseller or the love-it-or-hate-it Amazon.com to reserve and order copies of these forthcoming LGBTQ books for readers of all (rainbow) stripes. Poetic paths – It’s hard to believe that The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019) is only the third full-length collection by gay African-American poet Jericho Brown, because he’s […]

Judy Gold Glitters at Charm City Synagogue

The comedic genius of Judy Gold will delight audiences on Saturday, May 4th at the Bolton Street Synagogue. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the comedian to discuss the inspiration behind her material and the inequality facing female comics today. “Since we’re at a synagogue, expect some Jewish jokes,” Gold laughed. “These audiences are going to laugh and let go of all the negative crap in their lives. It’s going to be needed. It’s soon after we spent time with our families for the holidays, which can cause a lot of anxiety and stress.” Over the last three decades Gold has […]

Catching Up with Doug Yeakey

As explained in Baltimore OUTloud’s previous article a few weeks ago, EC Pops in Fells Point has partnered with Moby’s (721 South Broadway, Fells Point) to host the Baltimore Drag Showdown. This unique competition features 12 talented Baltimore drag performers taking to the stage to compete for the chance to win a grand prize of $2,000. The brainchild of the owners of EC Pops – Doug Yeakey and Lance Sovine – the two wanted to do something to help bring community, camaraderie, and competition to Baltimore. With their next event scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th at Moby’s, Baltimore OUTloud recently […]

Topical, Heartfelt: New Season at Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage recently announced its exhilarating season of Mainstage plays to mark the debut programming under Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. The 58th season includes the directorial debut of Broadway and screen star Taye Diggs with Thoughts of a Colored Man by Keenan Scott II; a fresh take on the immortal play The Bacchae by Euripides; topical themes in a contemporary musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown’s Miss You Like Hell; a dramatic comedy about family dynamics in Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally by Noah Diaz; hilarity through a retelling of the exploration of the Grand […]

Stomp Makes Noise at DC’s National Theatre

When asked his favorite part of performing in Stomp, Cary Lamb, Jr., says that it’s all about connection. “It is this opportunity to be all of yourself,” says Lamb. “A lot of times, we have to shut off certain parts of ourselves and awaken others. On stage, everything is alive. When you look at the audience and see someone connecting, it’s so awesome.” Lamb is one performer in the eight-member troupe that performs in Stomp. Using unconventional percussion items like matchboxes, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and more, the performers use rhythm to tell their story. “Everyone has a different character […]

The Curse of La Llorona is All Wet

With the recent Pet Sematary remake offering little in the way of fright or originality, a new horror movie has come along that has the promise of some good quality scares coming from the producers of “The Conjuring Universe” … even though The Curse of La Llorona is not being billed as another chapter in that popular franchise. The story begins in 1673 Mexico, where a woman, her husband, and two boys are enjoying an outing. One of the boys gives mom a necklace and the next thing you know she’s drowning both of her sons, weeping at the realization […]

Dashing Don, Saucy Schoolboy

What happens when a teenage schoolboy at England’s storied Eton College grows enthralled with a dashing young teacher fresh out of Oxford? For the rest of the story, read Edmund Marlowe’s pot-boiling novel Alexander’s Choice (available on Amazon). Eton has produced 19 British prime ministers and writers such as Orwell, Shelly, and Huxley. With their privileged all-male inmates scaling adolescent hormonal peaks, the likes of Eton or Harrow – England’s great public schools (that would be “private schools” in Americanese) – have long been hothouses of homoerotics, tolerance of which has waned and waxed along the decades and centuries. Still, […]