A Spirited Adventure

Star Wars fans were concerned but eager to see a new movie that picked up where the original trilogy ended and were justly rewarded. The second film in the new trilogy was polarizing to say the least, so the mood going into the third film is tenuous at best. When Lucasfilm and Disney announced they would start producing spin-off movies set in the same universe but not related to the ongoing storyline, fans again were worried that the studios were going to dilute or “ruin” the films they already loved. And then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came along […]

Local Burlesque Performer Flexes Creative Gunn(s)

“Provocative. Creatively arousing. Visually stunning.” These are just some of the adjectives that describe recent work by burlesque performer Brian Thomas aka Tommy Gunn. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the performer and Hereford, Maryland, native, to discuss his background as a performer, the inspiration behind his work and some of his upcoming performances during Baltimore Pride Season. Frankie Kujawa: What inspired you to begin performing? Brian Thomas: I’m a trained musical theatre actor and musician. I started in the arts when I was about nine years-old. I trained and played the violin for nine years. I always had a venue […]

Kick Off Summer with the New Music Festival

Kick off your summer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) as they celebrate contemporary classical music during their New Music Festival. From June 20th to 23rd, Music Director Marin Alsop and the BSO will tour Baltimore venues and perform pieces by Thierry De Mey, Du Yun, Dan Visconti, Osvaldo Golijov, and James MacMillan. The festival will also feature the world premiere of Kevin Puts’s Oboe Concerto, “Moonlight.” “The BSO’s New Music Festival focuses on the idea of combining music and art in fresh and approachable ways by connecting the music of some of the most creative composers active today with […]

Baltimore’s New Urban Axes Hits Mark

“Taking axe throwing out of the woods and into the bright lights of the city.”  That is the aim of the newest social trend to hit Baltimore – Urban Axes.  The company’s third location will be opening later this month to the delight of Charm City residents.  By mingling axe throwing and the social interaction of a happy hour, birthday celebration or general fun event, Urban Axes has brought a fresh spin on a fun night out on the town.  Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Krista Patton, co-founder of Urban Axes, who discussed the uniqueness of axe throwing, the safety […]

Seasonal Gaiety

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating. LGBTQ musicians are making some of the most captivating and inspiring music out there. Since the beginning of 2018, new releases by queer artists such as Jim Andralis, Lucy Dacus, HC McEntire and Sarah Shook rank among the best to be heard. Beginning with the release of her eponymous 2005 debut recording, Brandi Carlile has consistently delivered outstanding albums, including The Story and Bear Creek, that have earned her a devoted following. With a goose-bump raising vocal range and the ability to write songs with immense emotional impact, Carlile doesn’t disappoint with […]

Hello Again and Again

Filmmaker Tom Gustafson and his frequent screenwriting collaborator Cory Krueckeberg (2008’s Were the World Mine and others) definitely had their work cut out for them with their ambitious, but flawed, film adaptation of John Michael LaChiusa’s non-traditional off-Broadway musical Hello Again (The Orchard / Speak), now available on DVD. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 play La Ronde, LaChiusa is not the first playwright to have his way, so to speak, with the original play’s overt themes of uninhibited sexuality. Opening in what looks like the near future, Hello Again begins with Ruth (Martha Plimpton) in a cozy peepshow setting where […]

Swipe Out

Living, as we do, in a post-Love, Simon (and post-Call Me By Your Name) world, gay movies with younger male lead characters may forever be judged differently. That can be both good and bad. In the case of writer/director Mike Roma’s Dating My Mother (Gravitas Ventures), it falls squarely in the middle. Twenty-three-year-old Danny (Patrick Reilly, making his feature film debut), who has ambitions of being a screenwriter, has returned to New Jersey after living in California after graduation. He’s temporarily moved in with his widowed, hairdresser mother Joan (Steppenwolf and Law & Order actress Kathryn Erbe) while supposedly working […]

Summer Lit 2018 Cool reads for hot weather

Summer’s (finally) here and the time is right for reading at the beach (or wherever your heart desires).  In Read by Strangers (Lethe, 2018), the follow-up to Washington, DC-based gay writer Phillip Dean Walker’s 2016 story collection At Danceteria and other stories, he populates the 16 pieces (one that is less a page in length, another that is 32 pages long) with gay porn stars (“Brad’s Head Revisited, ‘94”), a meth-addicted escort (“Three-Sink Sink”), fierce front-desk receptionists (“The Gargoyles”) and a mother having an affair with her daughter’s teacher (“Hester Prynne Got an A”). There’s even a spooky homage to […]

Fighting for Your Life

Looking back on the fears and fights of the 1980s in the midst of a raging epidemic There are books that help you pass a little time – at the beach, on an airplane, in waiting rooms. You aren’t completely invested in them, but the stories are enjoyable. Then there are books that are poignant, captivating, and so compelling that you stay up until 2 am because you have to finish it. The characters become a part of you, and the story courses through your mind for days. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai is a one of those books. […]

Getting Read

Have you ever started reading a book and within the first few pages you figured out everything you need to know about the characters as well as how it will end? That’s a fair description of the predictable and mildly amusing Book Club (Paramount). It’s the kind of “women of a certain age” flick that Nancy Meyers writes and direct (It’s Complicated and Something’s Gotta Give) with some degree of success. In this case, writer and co-director Bill Holderman is out of his league. Four friends – Diane (Diane Keaton), Sharon (Candice Bergen), Carol (Mary Steenburgen), and Vivian (Jane Fonda) […]