A Famous Inspiration

Famed director, producer, and screenwriter Sidney Lumet once said, “All good work requires self-revelation.” Actor Aaron Fors, who plays the film legend in Bruce Reisman’s upcoming film As Long as I’m Famous chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about his upcoming performance in the film as well as the challenges he overcame as an actor. As Long as I’m Famous, inspired by Bruce Reisman’s play and short film Drinks Prior, is a based-in-real-life account of a New York summer in 1948. The story is told through the eyes of legendary director Sidney Lumet, played by leading man Fors. At the time of […]

Bohemian Rhapsodic

Rest assured that from the first moment we see Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek with prosthetic teeth) onscreen in the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, on the morning of Queen’s 1985 Live Aid reunion performance, he is undeniably gay. This was during Mercury’s clone-look era, complete with mustache, short and neat haircut, studded leather armband and tight, faded jeans. Gay, gay, gay. Anything you might have heard about Mercury’s gayness being whitewashed is bollocks. While there are certain charming elements that indicate how committed the filmmakers were to make this movie – the Queen-style guitar used in the 20th Century Fox intro, for […]

Baltimore Audiences ‘Rocks’ with ‘The King’ at the Hippodrome Theatre

The Hippodrome Theatre, the crown jewel of the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, is rocking with royalty as Rock of Ages and The King And I both take the stage this February. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Rock of Ages’ Chris Renalds (Franz) and The King and I’s Keiji Kubo (Ensemble) to discuss the upcoming performances. Celebrating its tenth anniversary tour, Rock of Ages (running Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th) captures the iconic era that was big bad 1980s Hollywood. “Know What Love Is,” “Feel the Noise,” and “Take Your Best Shot” at one of the Sunset […]

The Magic of ‘Gypsy’ Lights Up Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Everything is coming up roses at Toby’s Dinner Theatre this month as Gypsytakes the stage, running until Sunday, March 17th. Regarded by many theatre professionals as the greatest musical ever created, Gypsy is the tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success while secretly yearning for her own. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with actress MaryKate Brouillet who plays Louise in the Columbia-based production. “I would describe Louise,” Brouillet began, “as an incredibly bright and strong woman, but she doesn’t know that all along while growing up. She’s always pushed to the side and is constantly cut off […]

Fashionistas Extradordinaire

Everyone pretty much knows who Andy Warhol is. Warhol made a name for himself with his illustrations, photographs, prints, movies, his group of friends and collaborators, and just by being “Andy Warhol.” Andy Warhol’s talent and persona kept him in the spotlight until his untimely death in 1987 (and that was 19 years after he was shot by Valerie Solanas, an event that caused physical and emotional scars that many attribute his death to). There is now a museum dedicated to his work in Pittsburgh (go visit – it’s worth the trip). But Warhol wasn’t the only artist making an […]

Music Most Colorful at the BSO

Liszt, Berlioz, Ravel – three exceptional composers in one brilliant concert. On February 16th and 17th, guest conductor Mario Venzago, principal conductor and artistic director of the Bern Symphony Orchestra and artist in association at Finland’s Tapiola Sinfonietta, and pianist Conrad Tao will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) for one night only at both the Music Center at Strathmore and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Each composer is different and innovative, but their compositions work well together. “All three composers of our unique program were great inventors. Liszt, as the figurehead of the new German composers’ party, prepared the […]

The Magic of Disney on Ice Returns to Charm City

The magic of Disney on Ice enchants Baltimore this month at Royal Farms Arena. Running from Wednesday, February 6th to Sunday, February 10th, Disney on Ice presents: World of Enchantment takes audiences through some of the best-known Disney favorites. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s beloved Disney moments will come to life. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Dikki Martinez who talked about the upcoming performance. “It’s the perfect show for anyone of all ages,” Martinez began. “Whether you’re a boy or a girl, there is something about this show for everyone. It’s definitely a […]

‘Out on Stage’ with Brendan Scannell

Released earlier this month on Dekkoo (a gay focused subscription-based streaming service), the outrageously hilarious, diversely all queer, stand-up comedy series “Out on Stage: The Series” has audiences in hysterics. It’s a rarity that a grouping, let alone a series, of all queer stand-up comics even exists. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with actor and comedian Brendan Scannell, who was part of the eclectic lineup of renowned LGBTQ stand-up comics. “Audiences will see about a dozen comics from all different walks of life with this series,” Scannell began. “These comics are telling their stories and their jokes in a hilarious and […]

Origin Story

If ever there was a modern gay renaissance man, it’s John Cameron Mitchell. The actor/writer/filmmaker probably first crossed most of our radar when Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which he co-wrote with gay musician Stephen Trask, first opened off-Broadway in 1998, featuring Mitchell in the lead role. The 2001 movie version, starring and directed by Mitchell earned him both a Best Director prize at Sundance and a Golden Globe Award nomination. Other films directed by Mitchell include Shortbus (2006) and Rabbit Hole (2010), which starred Nicole Kidman and marked the feature film debut of Miles Teller. Now, more than 20 […]

Bob Mould Wants to Sunshine Rock

For fans of gay indie rock legend Bob Mould, whose solo albums have borne titles such as Black Sheets of Rain and Beauty & Ruin, the name of his latest, Sunshine Rock (Merge), might come as something of a surprise. But it’s a completely fitting moniker, especially since the sun rises in the names of four of the record’s songs. Sonically, the album is also more radiant, a deliberate shift on the part of the man also known for his previous bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar. But fear not, there is still plenty of loud, crackling guitar on Sunshine Rock. […]