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 […]

Theatre Meets Community

Baltimore Center Stage recently announced in July the addition of award-winning playwright and community organizer Annalisa Dias to its staff as the theater’s director of artistic partnerships and innovation. In her role, Dias will lead the development of new projects and steward relationships with artists and other cultural organizations. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Dias on her new role and what the idea of community means to her. Frankie Kujawa: Can you tell our readers a little bit about your background? Annalisa Dias: I grew up in Pittsburgh, on the traditional territories of the Osage and Haudenosaunee Nations. I went […]

Say ‘Yes’ to November!

For many people the holiday season is stressful. That period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is filled with family obligations, shopping and spending too much money, decorating the home, office parties with folks we really don’t want to be with, and lots of running around. Self-care is very important at any time, but we really need to make more of an effort during the weeks leading up to the holiday rush. Before all that madness begins, treat yourself to one of these fun leather events in November. The first weekend of November belongs to COMMAND MC and Maryland Leather Weekend. […]

New report exposes global reach of ‘conversion therapy’

New York City – A groundbreaking report released by OutRight Action International today exposes the global reach of so-called conversion therapy. Drawing on data from survey results with almost 500 respondents from 80 countries, and in-depth interviews with experts and those subjected from more than a dozen countries, the report overwhelmingly shows that so-called conversion therapy efforts occur across the world and are predominantly promoted and perpetrated by people acting in the name of religion or pseudo-health care, often instigated by family pressure. “Conversion therapy” is the most widely used term to describe practices [of] attempting to change, suppress, or […]

Who, Me? Entitled?

One of the issues that emerge in human interactions is what is called a sense of entitlement. How do we define and detect this? If you have ever felt like someone is bearing down on you with their needs, wants, and demands, you know what it feels like. The question that pops into one’s mind is: Why does this person feel they are entitled to this privilege or satisfaction of what they want? Why is it my duty to keep them satisfied regardless of what I want? This becomes a destructive factor in a relationship if the demands are going […]

Skin Cancer Prevention

A discussion with Dr. Ciro Martins of Belcara Health Q. My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma. What can I do to reduce my chances of getting it too? First, I’m sorry to hear about your brother’s diagnosis; I wish him a swift recovery. I’m happy you are seeking information on preventive measures, for the risk of developing skin cancer can be exponentially decreased by taking the right precautions. Although skin cancers can be deadly, they are often completely curable when diagnosed early. Each year millions of people get skin cancer, and contrary to popular belief, anyone can get it. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]