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 […]

Darren McDonnell Dazzles in Toby’s Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia continues to dance its way into the hearts of audiences this month at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Maryland. Running until September 8th, Mamma Mia is the story of a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity, which brings three very different men from her mother’s past back into her life. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Baltimore-native Darren McDonnell who plays Harry Bright in the performance. Frankie Kujawa: Could you describe your background as both a performer and Baltimore-native for our readers? Darren McDonnell: I started doing theatre in grade school, then into high school and college. I […]

B Best

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words, “Tin roof, rusted!”? If you answered “Love Shack” by the B-52s then pat yourself on the back. That 1989 single, the biggest hit of the B-52’s career, finally earned the group the widespread mainstream attention it justly deserved. It was also considered a comeback for the band from Athens, Georgia, following the devastating loss of co-founding member Ricky Wilson. Those in the know who had been following the B-52s since the band’s self-titled 1979 debut album (featuring the single “Rock Lobster”) were free to gloat as their friends […]

Divas by the Dozen

There aren’t a lot of musicians who have a backstory as fascinating as Jenny Lewis’s. A child actress who appeared in the camp/cult flick Troop Beverly Hills (alongside Shelly Long!) and the CBS series Brooklyn Bridge (alongside Marion Ross!), she went on to form the indie pop band Rilo Kiley. Her solo albums, in particular the amazing The Voyager (from 2014) and her new one On The Line (WB) put her in league with brilliant songwriters such as Aimee Mann. On The Line feels like an intentional companion piece to The Voyager and Lewis’s ongoing development as a songwriter of […]

Timeless Teen

Imperial Teen delivers on the promise of the title of the band’s new studio album Now We Are Timeless (Merge), its first in seven years and its sixth overall. The aptly named second track, “We Do What We Do Best,” almost says it all when it comes to the ten tracks on the album. There are synthesizers, danceable beats, a variety of vocal harmonies, and a blend of humorous and serious messages. The current running through the irresistible opener “I Think That’s Everything” is au courant. “Walkaway” arrives on a sexy dance-pop strut, while “Parade” marches boldly forward, and “Somebody […]

Big Blasts from the Past

Known for his unique comedic style and innovative TV shows, Ernie Kovacs’ influence lived on long after his untimely death at 42 following an automobile accident in 1962. To commemorate the Kovacs centenary, Kovacs’ Grammy-nominated album has been reissued on CD for the first time in an expanded version as The Ernie Kovacs Album: Centennial Edition (Ominvore), featuring six bonus tracks. A compilation consisting of “bits and pieces of Kovacs’ World of Kraziness,” the album functions as both a worthwhile introduction for newcomers and a pleasant reminder for those already familiar with Kovacs’ substantial talents. As innovative and influential artists […]

After Stonewall Reading List

Stonewall 50 celebrations may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an abundance of good LGBTQ reading to be found to take you through the summer and into the fall. All titles are out now unless otherwise indicated Poetry pages – According to gay poet Aaron Smith In The Book of Daniel (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), he needs his Frank O’Hara and Denise Duhamel (among other poets), and he certainly gets them in this 47 poem collection that merges pop culture references and sensibility with his own personal and political struggles for an intoxicating concoction. […]

Gay Golden Years Drama After Forever

Thomas Wolfe once said, “Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.” Currently streaming on Amazon, After Forever tackles the age-old story of love and loss through the lens of a gay couple in their 50s living in New York. Currently streaming on Amazon, the Emmy Award-winning, eight-episode series follows the journey of Brian (superbly portrayed by Days of Our Lives alum Kevin Spirtas) and Jason (portrayed by the equally talented Doogie Howser alum Mitchell Anderson) as an older couple who seemingly “have it all” until Jason’s untimely death forces Brian to re-evaluate his […]

More Than 50 Shades

The road to Bravo’s Project Runway hasn’t been as glamorous as you might think for fan favorite contestant Sebastian Grey. He gave up a career in Colombia and arrived in the US, where he worked as a housekeeper in a hotel. Something good did come of that – it’s where he met his husband Matthew. Additionally, he applied to compete on “Project Runway,” where his sewing skills, solid work ethic, and talent landed him a spot in the final four. Fort Lauderdale resident Grey was kind enough to answer a few questions in advance of the Season 17 finale. Gregg […]

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo Catapults into Charm City

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo runs from July 3rd to 7th at Royal Farms Arena – allowing audiences young and old to “get carried away with life” in the aftermath of the passing of clown Mauro. His spirit, happily, is still with us. Instead of mourning, the funeral cortege celebrates the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance. Regret and melancholy retreat in the face of a cavalcade of lively recollections of a life gloriously lived. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with performer Francis Croft. “Corteo is a very special show because it portrays a bit more diplomatic side of circus,” explained […]