FreeState Justice Wants Your Input: 2019 Legislative Session

FreeState Justice (FSJ) is preparing to tackle next year’s legislative session in Annapolis. Join FSJ for an open house and to participate in a community survey to help them set priorities. On Thursday, December 13th, FSJ will host the open house and appreciation ceremony from 5 to 8 pm at the group’s offices (2526 St. Paul Street, first floor, Baltimore). Join with FSJ to thank the group’s volunteer attorneys and organizational partners, and find out more about FSJ’s work. Beer, wine and light fare will be served. The event is free, but please RSVP at This past fall, FSJ […]

Once, When We Were Heroes

Each year, in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st, I share my piece “Once, When We Were Heroes.” I will never, ever capture the early days of AIDS any better than this. I’m proud of it, yes, but it’s strange because I feel like I channeled it rather than wrote it. I think some old friends might have helped me with this one. Thanks for reading and for sharing this. MY BROTHER RICHARD smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous drink in his hands and […]

Secret Relationships in the Golden Age of Films

Acclaimed director Sidney Lumet once said in his book Making Movies, “I don’t know how to choose work that illuminates what my life is about. I don’t know what my life is about and don’t examine it. My life will define itself as I live it.” In the upcoming film As Long as I’m Famous director-screenwriter Bruce Reisman creates a deeply moving, romantic, and witty homage to classic Broadway and Hollywood legends. Inspired by real events that took place during the summer of 1948, the film intertwines the lives of several show-business and celebrity luminaries who mingled with Broadway’s elite. […]

Hallelujah! Handel’s Messiah at the BSO

Legend has it that when Handel’s Messiah debuted in 1742, King George II was so moved by the “Hallejuah” chorus that he stood up, and the audience followed suit. Whether or not this is true, standing during the song became a musical tradition that has lasted the centuries. On December 8th and 9th, attendees of Handel’s Messiah performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale (CAB) will be able to partake in the tradition at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Conductor Edward Polochick will lead the BSO and CAB in this annual favorite. “After […]

The Little Mermaid Swims into Toby’s Dinner Theatre

The seaweed is definitely greener at Toby’s Dinner Theatre as The Little Mermaid swims into town this month. Running until January 13th, 2019, the beloved Disney tale follows the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, who lives in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, yet longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above with Prince Eric. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Justin Calhoun who plays Prince Eric in the production. “I think audiences should expect to see a dazzling retelling of the classic Disney story,” Calhoun began. “It’s something to see! The story you saw as a child […]

Hagerstown Hopes Crowns Queen & King of Pride

November 30th was a big night for Hagerstown Hopes and our local community. This was the night of the pageant to crown the Queen and King of Hagerstown Pride for 2019. Yes, you read that correctly – Queen and King. Pride festivals have long had a Queen of Pride, but Kings of Pride are relatively new to the scene. In an effort to better represent the diversity of our community, Hagerstown Hopes decided to open the pageant to all applicants, including cis-gender persons, to be the official spokespeople of our organization and to represent us to the public and in […]

Ten Not-So-Complicated Steps……for planning your wedding, Part 2

In the last issue we talked about the first five steps to planning your wedding. Here’s a quick recap: Step 1 – Think about the wedding you want. Step 2 – What’s your budget? Step 3 – How many guests do you plan to invite? Step 4 – Where in the world do you want to get married? Step 5 – When do you want to get married? Now we’re going to put those first five steps to work and start shopping! Here’s where you’ll make use of those budget and guest count numbers, the decisions you made in step […]

Meet the President of the ShipMates

A few issues ago I introduced you to the president of the COMMAND, MC leather club as it was about to celebrate 30 years of brotherhood. Recently I sat down with another leather club president. On November 28th at Leon’s I met with Jahleel who is very proud to be the current president of the ShipMates Club of Baltimore as his organization prepares to toast 45 years in 2019. Jahleel was born in Houston, Texas, but moved often as a result of his mother’s employment. Before landing in Baltimore 12 years ago from Atlanta, he lived in Rocky Mountain, North […]

World AIDS Day 2018 Events

Saturday, December 1st marks the 31st annual observance of World AIDS Day. It’s the perfect time to recommit to the fight against HIV, honor those living with the virus, and remember those who have lost their lives. All listed events are free and open to the public. Tuesday, November 27th • 7 to 7:30 pm – World AIDS Day City Proclamation Reading, Hagerstown, City Hall, Council Chambers (1 East Franklin Street, Hagerstown). The mayor’s World AIDS Day proclamation will be read at the opening of the city council meeting to let the city know its citizens care about keeping Hagerstown […]

Pubic Hair and Unique Anatomy Tie Statues to Michelangelo

Cambridge, England – The Renaissance artist Michelangelo has been revealed to be the creator of two disputed Rothschild bronze statues, thanks to a careful study of the statue’s pubic hair, unique toes, and killer abs. In an investigation that took almost four years, a team of researchers supported by the University of Cambridge set out to confirm what had been believed to be a sensational claim made by a museum, that two privately owned statues were the work of the iconic Michelangelo. The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge first made its case in 2015, about the two statues of muscled, naked […]