The Supreme Court’s Job

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall once stated that “Equal means getting the same thing, at the same time and in the same place.” During the years of the Marshall Court and those that followed, when the huge social issues of the day made their way to the Supreme Court, people like you and me and all the other members of the LGBT community held out hope that achieving that definition of equality could happen someday for us. Maybe it would not be today and maybe not tomorrow – but the hope and the faith that one day we would be […]

Baltimore Choral Arts: Making ‘Classical’ Relevant

Baltimore Choral Arts Society experienced an artistic renaissance in 2018. Now in his second year as musical director, Anthony Blake Clark recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss the upcoming 2019 season and how classical music is once again relevant for audiences. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect? Blake Clark: This season is called “A Season of Story and Song” – audiences can expect to see Choral Arts embark on more adventurous programming that approaches music in a more interdisciplinary, collaborative way, while still providing the more conventional pieces in the repertoire as well. This year we are presenting a […]

Even More Solos and Sides

If you had the misfortune of suffering through Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, you might not think it would be possible for anything good to come from such a debacle. But you’d be wrong. Cher, who played Sophie’s grandmother Ruby, and performed the song “Fernando” as a duet with Andy Garcia, may be the only one who survived the wreck as a winner. For her new album Dancing Queen (Warner Brothers), her first studio recording in five years, Cher reinterprets ten ABBA songs with mostly delightful results. Not a particularly original concept (Erasure beat sure Cher to it by […]

The Cult of Carrie: The Musical

Carrie White can never catch a break. Ever since she first appeared in Stephen King’s 1974 novel Carrie, the awkward, lonely, abused teenage heroine has been misunderstood. There have been two film adaptations of King’s novel, each offering a different perspective on the characters and events culminating in the most iconic and memorable prom scene in cinema history. But what many film fans don’t know is that Carrie has also been adapted into a musical with a legacy of its own. Like Carrie herself, Carrie: The Musical was perhaps doomed from the start. The 1988 production is one of the […]

A Love Story Worth Telling Again

They say there are only a handful of original stories in Hollywood, which may explain the trend for remakes, reboots, and revivals. And now we have the third remake of the classic love story A Star is Born, first made in 1937 as a non-musical with Janet Gaynor and Frederic March. That film was remade in Hollywood’s musical heyday in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason and is a beloved classic. Another musical version came around in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, became the third highest-grossing film of the year, and introduced the world to the eventual […]

Whatta Week

I’m having one of those weeks where I can’t seem to get anything done because a million emergencies get in the way. Of course, they’re not real emergencies to most people. They’re emergencies in the eyes of one or two people only. And, it’s wearing me out. I’m exhausted – both mentally and physically. For example, my dad owns a condo in Ocean City. This weekend was the fall condo meeting. He isn’t comfortable going on his own and I’m on the board of directors for the condo association. So, my dad, my son Alex, and I went to the […]

Prost German Restaurant

Prost German Restaurant 1195 Jacob Tome Memorial Highway Port Deposit, Maryland 443-731-1889 Prostinn.com As the cooler weather ushers in a change of colors on the trees, the sadness of summer’s end is tempered with savory flavors and cold Octoberfest brew. The German scene may have gone kaput in Baltimore, but Prost German Restaurant satisfies the experience no matter what time of year. Start with a sample of apps such as the Fliegende Schweinchen (huge, tender pork wings), Frittierter Camembert with Lingonberry Sauce (a classier and slightly tangy fried mozzarella) and Brezen Baum (pretzel tree). Wash all of it down with […]

Atlantic States Shines Again

Kristopher Davis – from Washington, DC, and a member of the DC boys of Leather club – was named Atlantic States Leatherboy 2019, and Ryder Tidwell from Silver Spring, Maryland, who has only been bootblacking for a year, was named Atlantic States Leather Community Bootblack 2019 during Atlantic States Leather Weekend held September 28th and 29th at Grand Central nightclub in Baltimore. There were no additional contestants and no contestants for the title of Atlantic States LeatherSIR 2019. I guess that explains why our city is sometimes called “Bottom-more” or why Sir Steve has a sign in our front yard […]

GRAND JURY REFUSE TO INDICT FATHER FOR KILLING TRANS DAUGHTER

Ellis County, Texas – A grand jury in Ellis County has no-billed Robert Wayne Mosher in connection with the murder last year of his daughter, Gwynevere River Song, 26. Mosher shot his daughter to death at his house in Waxahachie on August 12th, 2017. She was the 17th transgender woman murdered last year. Song’s mother, Marcy Sutton, said Ellis County Sheriff’s Office investigator Dennis Clay sent her a short email explaining the grand jury’s decision: “Marcy, the Grand Jury No-Billed Robert,” Clay wrote. “That means the case does not move forward.” Mosher was stabbed by his daughter and claims he shot […]

Get Set for Black LGBTQ Pride 2018

 “Baltimore Black LGBTQ Pride is a little over two weeks away,” notes Dr. Durryle Brooks, head of Baltimore’s Center for Black Equity. “Baltimore will continue a long-held tradition of honoring and celebrating black LGBTQ life in the city.” This year’s theme is “Healing and celebrating ourselves.” The event officially begins on Friday, October 5th, with the opening celebration from 7:30 to 11:30 pm at the Downtown Radisson Hotel (101 West Fayette Street, Baltimore). Network, dance, and enjoy light refreshments as DJ Rosie spins. FreeState Justice will provide a legal and gender clinic as well as voter registration. On Saturday, October […]