Xanadu Skates into Baltimore this September with ‘Drag Race’ Alumni

Xanadu, the hilarious roller-skating musical adventure, returns in a national tour this September to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre with some fierce new twists! The story follows the beautiful Greek muse Kira, as she journeys from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, circa 1980, on a quest to inspire scrappy artist-on-the-rise Sonny to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! But when Kira stumbles into forbidden love with Sonny, a mere mortal, her salty sisters (“RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars Ginger Minj and Jinkx Monsoon) take matters into their own hands. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted […]

Not Bored Games

Universal Pictures pulled its thriller The Hunt from release due to recent tragic events, so it’s a bit surprising that Fox Searchlight is moving ahead with its release of the thriller Ready or Not. I suppose that since the action is confined to one location and a single family, it’s not going to be as upsetting as The Hunt (which is basically just a remake of the 1930s thriller The Most Dangerous Game). Ready or Not has a very simple, yet effective, premise. A young couple, Grace (Samara Weaving) and Alex (Mark O’Brien), are getting married. Alex is part of […]

A Royal Gay Rom-Com

Beloved writer James Baldwin once said, “Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.” Writer Casey McQuiston’s debut novel Red, White, and Royal Blue is a fabulous blend of American politics and the British royals, peppered with just the right amount of scandal while exploring the taboo relationship between the progenies of two world powers. The New York Times bestseller follows Texan-native Alex, a fictionalized First Son, who finds himself in […]

Gayer by the Minute

It looks like 2019 is going to be a good year for out R&B artist Rahsaan Patterson. His song “Tears Ago” is one of the few highlights on Dionne Warwick’s new studio album, her first in five years. Patterson himself steps into the spotlight with his sixth studio album Heroes & Gods (Shanachie), a set of songs that strikes a balance between his smooth and funky sides. On rhythmic numbers such as “Soldier,” “Silly, Love Fool,” “Rock And Roll,” “Catch Me When I Fall,” and the title cut, Patterson invites us to join him on a hot and sweaty dance […]

Good as Gold

Nashville-based queer singer/songwriter Becca Mancari is an artist you must hear and one who’s name you should remember. Her 2017 debut album Good Woman, which received high praise from music journalist Ann Powers, landed at number 19 on Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017” list, as well as Brooklyn Vegan’s assemblage of “Five Overlooked Albums of 2017”. In addition to her acclaimed solo work, Mancari has also performed as one third of the trio Bermuda Triangle with Brittany Howard and Jesse Lafser. With a new album completed (and being shopped around to labels), Mancari is embarking […]

Hilarious New Sitcom ‘Vent and Chester’

Legendary sitcom creator Norman Lear once said, “We gravitate to shows and issues and causes that make people care.” For comic Peter Bisuito, creator of “Vent and Chester” – the hilarious new modern gay sitcom alongside iconic drag queen Varla Jean Merman (Jeff Roberson), humor has a new meaning. Bisuito spoke exclusively with Baltimore OUTloud regarding the sitcom’s pilot. “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to star in a sitcom,” began show creator Bisuito. “In this youth-driven society, I have created a product that not only celebrates gay men, but middle-aged gay men. It’s long overdue.” Bisuito continued, “‘Vent […]

‘To Bean or Not to Bean’

Baltimore Center Stage recently announced the opening of To Bean or Not To Bean, a coffee bar located on the first floor of the theatre at 700 North Calvert Street. To Bean (for short) opened its doors in early July and serves a variety of hot and cold coffees and teas, as well as snacks. Serving as a public gathering space, To Bean offers free wi-fi and comfortable meeting and work spaces. “This was really inspired by our magnificent renovation,” began Executive Director Michael Ross. Adding on to what we did to open up this place. To really engage the […]

Stage and Screen – Summer 2019

You have to admit that it’s more than a little strange to watch the third season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” while the strangest thing of all is living in the White House. Plus, the evil Russians subplot frankly hits a bit close to home, if you know what I mean. Nevertheless, the 1980s-set series always has good period tunes and the various artists Stranger Things 3: Music from the Netflix Original Series (Netflix / Legacy) is proof. While it doesn’t have any of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s marvelous Tangerine Dream-esque score, you will find 1980s chestnuts by “Weird Al” […]

Modern Horror Stories

With his second feature-length horror film Us (Universal), now available on Blu-ray, writer / director Jordan Peele got 2019 off to a great start. Like Ari Aster (Hereditary and Midsommar), Peele is redefining and revitalizing a genre that had become somewhat, well, horrifying. Setting the stage in 1986, with an ad for the charity stunt Hands Across America (remember that?) and a mention of the miles of tunnels that exist beneath the continental US, Us takes us to the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park, where young Addy (Madison Curry) wanders away from her parents. On the way to the […]

50 Years and Counting

Just because June and all of the Stonewall 50 commemorations have come and gone doesn’t mean that you have to stop celebrating or feeling proud to be a part of the LGBTQ community. The Stonewall riots, which began on June 28th, 1969 at the Greenwich Village gay bar Stonewall Inn, are considered historically significant in terms of the birth of the gay liberation movement. With the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots still on the minds of the LGBTQ community, as well as our straight allies (and several corporate entities), it’s a great time to take a look at the […]