‘Sonia / Disappear Fear’ at the Gordon Center

International performing artist and Pikesville-native Sonia Rutstein of Sonia Disappear Fear will perform on Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 pm at the Gordon Center in Owings Mills, Maryland. Having just released her 19th CD, By My Silence, in January 2019, Rutstein is very excited about her upcoming performance. “I’ll be featuring songs from By My Silence,” began Rutstein, “and I’ll also be performing songs from as many past CDs as I can fit in. I have a full band plus a piano player, a violinist, and an oud player from Palestine. So, I have those guests and a mystery guest, […]

Fall for Fiction

Adult readers – Making its paperback debut in time for the autumn weather, Rebecca Makkai’s acclaimed third novel The Great Believers (Penguin, 2018/2019), a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times book review’s “Ten best books of 2018,” more than lives up to the hype in the way that it stunningly tells the story of a group of gay friends in Chicago and the impact that AIDS has on them during the 1980s and beyond. A few years before Rebecca Makkai wrote her loving portrait of the gay community, another straight female novelist, Ann Patchett, created the unforgettable […]

Vinyl Destination

One of the best things about the vinyl revival is that albums initially issued on CD (and in some cases cassette) only, during the mid-to-late 1990s and throughout the early part of the 2000s, are finally getting the chance to be heard in the beloved, “warm,” classic format. Originally released in 1999, the eponymous debut by Disney darling turned sex kitten Christina Aguilera is now available in a 20th anniversary limited edition on vinyl “pressed on genie orange with fiery red swirls” from RCA / Legacy. Keep in mind this is before her Xtina transformation as she and the far […]

Phantom of the Opera Haunts the Hippodrome This October

The “Music of the Night” will waft through the streets of Charm City this month as Phantom of the Opera takes to the Hippodrome Stage from Wednesday, October 9th through Sunday, October 20th. Based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, the central plot of Phantom revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Paris Opera House. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Rob Lindley, who portrays Monsieur André in the musical. “This performance is a chance for audiences to see the longest-running Broadway show […]

Thriving on the Fringe: 2019 Charm City Fringe Festival

With Baltimore’s ever-growing fringe theatre community, Charm City Fringe is bringing artists out of the woodwork to present what they do best. Running from October 10th to 20th, the festival will be held in the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District, dishing up fresh new shows, after-parties with live music and comedy, exclusive festival collaborations, and special deals city-wide. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the Charm City Fringe prez Zachary Michel. “There’s a lot of new stuff that we’re really excited about,” says Michel. “We moved the entire festival up a month to October, which along with warmer weather and longer […]

Katie Kopajtic Returns to Baltimore with new Solo Show at Charm City Fringe

Fleabag meets A Room of One’s Own in the upcoming performance of Modern Witches, part of the upcoming Charm City Fringe Festival this October. Running from October 11th to 13th and October 19th and 20th at Maryland Art Place (MAP) Underground, Modern Witches tells the story of the story of 30-year-old actor Kate Marie. Tasked with delivering a perfect performance of Virginia Woolf for a self-tape audition, Kate must also navigate through a recently uprooted life following her decision to break off a wedding engagement with her female fiancé Georgie. Thanks to her curious retail job, Kate has access to […]

Fall into 2019 Prose & Poetry

Summer has come and gone, but don’t be sad. Autumn means a harvest of new books to read throughout the season. Non-fiction shelf – A memoir on par with Patti Smith’s Just Kids, I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going: The Art Scene and Downtown New York in the 1980s (Pantheon, 2019) by gay visual artist Peter McGough, who writes about his long-term creative and troubled romantic partnership with David McDermott when they were “modern artists making a living performance about time.” Speaking of Smith, Year of the Monkey (Knopf, 2019), Patti Smith’s third memoir, finds the poet and […]

Girls Scout An interview with Kristin Chenoweth

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth could potentially have a Grammy Award in her sights with her new album For the Girls (Concord). On her most contemporary pop-oriented studio album in nearly ten years, Chenoweth pays tribute to several of her musical icons including Judy Garland, Eydie Gorme, Barbra Streisand, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton. Parton herself joins Chenoweth on a roof-raising rendition of the Dixie diva’s “I Will Always Love You.” Other guests joining Chenoweth on the album include Jennifer Hudson, Reba McEntire, and Ariana Grande. A longtime friend and supporter of the LGBTQ community, Chenoweth […]

Nourishing Soul & Spirit

Everyman Theatre’s upcoming 2019-2020 season will offer audiences the best that Baltimore theatre has to offer! Along with celebrating a brand-new upstairs stage, Everyman Theatre continues to provide stories that nourish both the human soul and spirit. “This season is one of the most exciting in Everyman history,” said Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi. “We’ve expanded our lineup and are bringing a new festival with cutting edge work by some of today’s hottest playwrights. The new works combined with American classics and fan favorites ensure we’re bringing something everyone loves the stage.” Running from September 3rd to October 6th, […]

Delving into the Heart of Storytelling

Baltimore Center Stage’s upcoming 2019/2020 season offers audiences a fabulous journey through storytelling and the imagination. “Though this marks the 57th season for Baltimore Center Stage, it’s the first for me,” began Aritistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. “Curating this season meant leaning unapologetically into imaginative storytelling jam-packed with joy. And by centering the voices of artists whose identities are normally diminished and erased, I think the 2019-2020 season at Baltimore Center Stage puts this art form one step closer to fulfilling its ultimate potential.” Everyone has baggage in Miss You Like Hell, running September 12th to October 13th. This timely mother-daughter […]