Todrick Hall Brings Haus Party World Tour To Charm City

The always-talented Todrick Hall will bring his “Haus Party World Tour” to Charm City on Sunday, November 10th. The Broadway actor, viral sensation and musician will perform at the Baltimore Sound Stage featuring brand new sets, costumes and music from his three-part album Haus Party. Baltimore OUTloud chatted exclusively with the performer in anticipation of his upcoming performance. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from your upcoming Haus Party World Tour concert here in Baltimore? Todrick Hall: First of all, and I’m not just saying this because I’m on the phone with you, I absolutely love coming to Baltimore. It’s […]

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 […]

A Wong Time Ago

First the bad news. Almost 25 years after its theatrical release, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (Universal / Shout Select), newly reissued on Blu-ray, doesn’t hold up so well. While the concept for the screenplay by Douglas Carter Beane supposedly predates the superior The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, To Wong Foo suffers by comparison. That said, there are still plenty of reasons to take this life-changing cross-country journey with Vida (the late Patrick Swayze), Noxeema (Wesley Snipes), and Chi-Chi (John Leguizamo). One reason alone happens in the first few minutes of To Wong Foo, […]

Every Day is Halloween

Forty years after John Carpenter redefined the slasher film with the original “Halloween,” that movie’s lead character Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) returns to take care of some unfinished business in the 2018 version of Halloween(Universal / Blumhouse), the 11th in the series, now available on Blu-ray / DVD / Digital. Under the care of Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer), in a locked ward at Smith’s Grove rehab facility, “pure evil” notorious masked killer Michael Myers, who hasn’t uttered a word in 40 years, is about to be transferred to a different facility. Taking full advantage of the interest of investigative podcasters […]

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 […]

Better Together: Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos

The best things come in pairs on November 9th to 11th with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Lead by conductor Kwamé Ryan, the BSO will perform two Mendelssohn symphonies and have the pleasure of performing with Christina and Michelle Naughton, twins and duo-pianists, on Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos. “Given the fact that we are doing not one but two Mendelssohn symphonies, this concert is obviously going to be a treat for fans of his music,” says conductor Ryan. “I would imagine that even those familiar with his Symphony No. 5 (“Reformation”) will likely never have heard his String Symphony No. […]

BSO: ‘I Love a Piano’: A Night with Tony DeSare

For award-winning composer, Tony DeSare, partnering with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) for his upcoming concert “I Love a Piano” is a walk down memory lane. “The show is made up of the songs, artists, and styles that I loved when I was ten years old and just beginning to learn the piano,” says DeSare. “It was artists like Billy Joel, Elton John, and Ray Charles that kept me motivated to keep practicing and playing until I could play the song like they did.” Fans of DeSare and the BSO will enjoy an evening of music honoring pop music’s greatest […]

Oh, the Horror!

You know how somethings improve with age? Well, Exorcist II: The Heretic (Scream Factory), now available in a collector’s edition Blu-ray, isn’t one of them. An incoherent mess when it was first released, the catastrophic 1977 sequel to The Exorcist, directed by John Boorman (Deliverance and Hope and Glory), features an intoxicated Richard Burton at his scenery-chomping worst. Even the few returning cast members, including Linda Blair, Kitty Winn, and Max Von Sydow, couldn’t give this doomed production the credibility that it needed. Father Lamont (a bumbling Burton) calls on the spirit of the late Father Merrin (Von Sydow) to […]

What’s So Funny?

Great comedians make you laugh and think. Great comedy stays with you long after the laughs have subsided. If you’ve seen Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix comedy special “Nanette,” you’ll understand what this means. Gadsby singlehandedly raises the bar for comedy, putting it out of reach for many other stand-up comics. “Out On Stage” (Fathom Events / Comedy Dynamics), which is being shown in theaters for one night only on July 24th, shortly after “Nanette” began airing, will suffer by comparison. True, it features a multitude of comics, not just one. But the main similarity is that “Out On Stage” touches on […]