Meet Sophie Marie White

Janet Mock once said, “Self-definition and self-determination is about the many varied decisions that we make to compose and journey toward ourselves, about the audacity and strength to proclaim, create, and evolve into who we know ourselves to be.” For Baltimore OUTloud’s newest writer, Sophie Marie White, her inspirational journey is one that she hopes to share with readers from all walks of life in the pages of this paper. A welcomed, new addition to our OUTloud family, White recently sat down to discuss her journey, her mission and vision for the future, and advice for those who are still […]

Sitting Down with Broadway’s ‘Phantom’

Laura Farmer: First and foremost, you’re the current “Phantom” from Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. What do you enjoy about the role and show? What are its challenges? Ben Crawford: Playing Phantom is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! It requires so much energy to portray him well. But it’s such an iconic character. It has definitely become a labor of love to really bring the best I can to this role. The thing I appreciate about the show is that it brings so many themes to the audience to sort through, yet it doesn’t fully fill […]

Cats Claws its Way into Baltimore’s Hippodrome

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic, Cats, claws its way to the Hippodrome Theatre this January. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with performer Giovanni DiGabrielle who plays the role of Skimbleshanks in the performance. The Philadelphia-native began his academic career in the arts by performing in school musicals and community plays, before eventually launching his professional dance training when he was 19 years-old. Now in his fourth national tour, DiGabrielle shares with readers his belief as to why Cats has such an enduring legacy for audiences of all ages. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this upcoming performance of Cats? Giovanni DiGabrielle: […]

2020 Winter Reading List

It doesn’t matter if you have perfect vision or if you need to slip on a pair of reading glasses, the following books, to be released in early 2020, all deserve to have your eyes on them. Fiction for adult readers Peter Kispert’s debut short story collection I Know You Know Who I Am (Penguin, 2020), is separated into three sections – “I Know”, “You Know,” and “Who I Am” (clever, right?) and focuses on lying liars and the lies they tell themselves and others, mixing the real (“Touch Pool”) with the fantastic (“How to Live Your Best Life”), in […]

Hippodrome Theatre’s Chris Mahan

“Food, just like theatre, tells a story,” says Chris Mahan, VP of venue operations at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. Lounging in iconic Matthew’s Pizza, Mahan recently sat down with Baltimore OUTloud to reflect upon his one-year anniversary at the Hippodrome Theatre, as well as a freshman resident of Charm City. “It’s my first anniversary, and I continue to fall in love with Baltimore,” began Mahan, who hails from Worcester, Massachusetts. “Baltimore reminds me of where I came from. There’s something about coming from a working-class city, just a down-to-earth, ‘work hard and do the right thing’ kind-of-city. Baltimore reminds me so […]

Too ‘Goo’ to be True

Chris Hamill, best known to all as Limahl of new wave act Kajagoogoo (“Too Shy”) fame, is having a heck of a year. The out singer / songwriter’s biggest solo hit, the theme song to the beloved 1984 family fantasy movie The Neverending Story, written and produced by Giorgio Moroder, was back in heavy rotation following its inclusion in a pivotal episode of the third season of Stranger Things. Meanwhile, “Too Shy” continues to be heard in regular rotation on oldies radio and was included in the Black Mirror movie Bandersnatch. Additionally, Limahl took the leap into holiday music with […]

Songs of Long Ago

It must have sucked to be Frank Sinatra during the 1960s. After being a dominant musical force throughout the 1950s and recording some of the most timeless albums in pop music history – including In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, Come Fly with Me and Only the Lonely – he was suddenly adrift. To add insult to injury, The Beatles, who were kicking Sinatra’s proverbial ass, were Capitol Records’ label-mates, essentially pushing him aside. But Ol’ Blue Eyes had a few more tricks up his sleeve and his 1969 album My Way (Capitol / UMe / Signature […]

All the Way

Have you ever watched a movie or a TV show set in or near where you live or socialize? There’s a kind of thrill of recognition that takes place when you do. It’s fun to see streets, bars, restaurants, and other businesses, even people you recognize, on screen in an area that you frequent. The 2019 doc, All Male, All Nude: Johnsons (Breaking Glass), filmed in and around Wilton Manors, is a follow-up to director / writer / actor Gerald McCullouch’s All Male, All Nude, a 2017 doc which focused on the notorious Swinging Richards male strip club in Atlanta. […]

Here, Queer

Currently at a laughable 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, the winter holiday rom-com (and waste of a perfectly good Henry Golding) Last Christmas may be better remembered for the 15-track album Last Christmas: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring the Music of George Michael Wham (Sony / Universal) than anything else. Movies inspired by songs (The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Convoy, Ode to Billy Joe, Harper Valley PTA) don’t have the best track record. Nevertheless, the gathering of these songs on the soundtrack, including the title tune, “Faith,” “Praying for Time,” “Waiting for that Day,” “One More Try,” […]

Cuts Both Ways

In the interest of full disclosure, dear reader, it’s best that you know that Rick Karlin, author of the memoir Paper Cuts: My Life in Chicago’s Volatile LGBTQ Press (Rattling Good Yarns, 2019) is my husband. We are in our 28th year as a couple and have been officially married since 2014 (the 5,100th same-gender couple married in Illinois to do so). That said, even after all these years together, it doesn’t make it any easier to read a book in which you are one of the main characters. To his credit, Rick writes about us in the most respectful […]