American Opera ‘Most Beloved’: Porgy and Bess

According to Dr. Eric Conway, “Porgy and Bess is ‘the’ most beloved America opera. One is reminded of the strengths and frailties of the human spirit via a lens of beautifully written and orchestrated music.” From April 12th to 14th,, experience the marvelous music of George Gershwin as it is performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Morgan State University Choir. Porgy and Bess opened in 1935 and has remained a staple in American music ever since. As director of the Morgan State choir, Dr. Conway guided the group to put its own spin on the music while […]

Good Intentions Don’t Pay Off in Gospel of Eureka

Documentaries are often made with good intentions, sometimes to spotlight the life of a beloved figure, reveal previously unknown details about a historical event, or expose the dark sides of governments and corporations. Of course there are myriad subjects documentaries can cover, but just because these films offer actual slices of life with new and archival footage and interviews, a lot of people don’t realize that it doesn’t all just come together after someone goes out with a camera to shoot something. Documentaries do need an outline so the filmmakers can focus on the story they want to tell with […]

Queer Group Therapy

It’s interesting that Boy George and Culture Club, as they are now known, would call its new studio album – its first such release in almost 20 years – Life (BMG) as that’s the one thing it could use more of. For a group that was so influential and groundbreaking in its early 1980s heyday, Culture Club sounds surprisingly out of touch. You have to wonder what it is they’ve been listening to all these years. At a time when electronic dance music is having a strong resurgence, Life would have benefited from some of the house music energy that […]

Meet the Enemy

Have you ever had that feeling that someone is following you? You don’t see them, you don’t hear them, but you somehow just know that if you’re just at the right place at the right time – or in some cases the wrong place at the wrong time – you’re going to bump into that spectre. Sometimes it’s a relief but it could also go south real quickly. But what if that someone you finally encountered was not a friend or stranger but … you? That’s just a very vague set-up for Jordan Peele’s latest thriller Us. In the film, […]

Hell, Yes

Since the late 1990s, queer singer / songwriter Erin McKeown has been making a name for herself as a distinguished performer with a rich and pure distinctive vocal style. McKeown expanded her creative horizons with the stage musical Miss You Like Hell, a collaboration with Quiara Alegría Hudes, for which she wrote the music and lyrics. As you can hear on Miss You Like Hell: Original Cast Recording (Ghostlight), the play is about the reunion between troubled mother and undocumented immigrant Beatriz (Daphne Rubin-Vega), who is facing the prospect of deportation, and her teenaged daughter Olivia (Gizel Jiménez) and the […]

As Long As I’m Famous Enjoys Hollywood Debut

On Saturday, March 16th, as the lights of the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, CA slowly dimmed, audiences cheered and clapped as the premiere of Broadwood Media’s “As Long as I’m Famous” danced across the silver screen.  Baltimore OUTloud was there as Hollywood’s glitterati graced the Red-Carpet event for the film whose ending was met thunderous applause. Inspired by real legends of both Hollywood and Broadway’s Golden Age, Bruce Reisman’s original story for the screen, combines the lives of Montgomery Clift, director Sidney Lumet, at age 24, composer Richard Rodgers, boxing champ of 1928, Gene Tunney, Joshua Logan […]

Schoolhouse Murder Set to Song

This April, an advanced workshop and two staged readings of the new musical Living Over the Rainbow will take place in Dallas, Texas. The play is based on a true story that made national headlines in 2008 when a young gay teenager, Lawrence King, was murdered by a fellow classmate at his high school in Oxnard, California. The circumstances of his death and the issues brought to light by it have now been made into a heartfelt and inspirational work about acceptance and finding peace crafted by Roz Esposito. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Esposito, whose book and score brilliantly […]

Solo Ventures

The suitably titled Warm (dBpm), the first proper solo album of all original material by Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo fame), is the kind of musical project that will please the artist’s fans, regardless of when they became followers. As personal as it is universal, the sincerity of the 11 songs on Warm generate a welcome ardor similar to what we heard Kacey Musgraves do on her lauded Golden Hour album. Even the most removed listener can’t help but be moved by songs such as the exquisite “How Hard It Is For A Desert To Die,” “From Far […]

A Bronx Tale at National Theatre

For one week only, the hit musical A Bronx Tale will make its debut March 26th to 31st at The National Theatre in Washington DC. Based on the one-man show by Chazz Palminteri and the movie featuring Palminteri and Robert De Niro, A Bronx Tale is described as being Jersey Boys meets West Side Story. From the way actor Antonio Beverly tells it, there couldn’t be a more accurate description of the production. “The story is about love. It follows this Italian American boy fighting with his love for streets, but then he falls in love with this African-American girl, […]

Poppy Champlin’s ‘Queer Queens of Qomedy’ Back to B’more

Charm City is always buzzing when the delightfully funny Poppy Champlin is in town. Back in Baltimore to perform “The Queer Queens of Qomedy” at Magooby’s Joke House on Sunday, March 31st, Poppy brings with her two additional comedians that will be sure to have audiences in stitches. Poppy recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to tell audiences about the performance, a health scare, and the healing touch found in comedy. “This is the fourth or fifth time our Queer Queens of Qomedy have come back to Baltimore,” Champlin noted. “Baltimore seems to love us, and I love that we keep […]