Candy-Colored Christmas

Look out Mariah Carey! Randy Rainbow has released a Christmas album that rivals yours. Hey Gurl, It’s Christmas (Broadway Records) has everything you want to unwrap in a Randy Rainbow holiday recording. The title track, co-written by Rainbow and Marc Shaiman, is seasonally sassy, combines a sense of humor with the spirit of the holidays. Rainbow’s take on “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” features Kathy Griffin and Alan Cumming playing his shrink. Norm Lewis joins Rainbow for the more straightforward “Merry Christmas Darling / What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” medley, which is followed by the hilarious “My […]

Christmas Greetings from JohnWaters

There are almost too many words from which to choose to describe John Waters. Groundbreaking filmmaker, actor, writer, raconteur, and artist are just a few that come to mind. In December every year, Waters is a torchbearer and flag waver of Christmas in the way that only he can do it. His “A John Waters Christmas” show and tour is the stuff of legends and laughs, and the 2019 edition is sure to be no exception. Additionally, Waters’ recently published book, Mr. Know-It-All (FSG, 2019), an entertaining and informative memoir crossed with a how-to, would also make for an ideal […]

Being Mouse

A recent internet meme featured Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling bemoaning the difficulty of killing off so many characters, with Game of Thrones series author George R.R. Martin calling her “adorable” in response. Gay writer Armistead Maupin has more in common with Rowling and Martin than you might expect. Maupin, like Rowling and Martin, is the author of a popular book series. In Maupin’s case, it’s the beloved queer Tales of The City sequence, which began in 1978 and concluded in 2014. As in the case of Rowling and Martin, Maupin populated his books with a wide assortment of […]

Origin Story

If ever there was a modern gay renaissance man, it’s John Cameron Mitchell. The actor/writer/filmmaker probably first crossed most of our radar when Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which he co-wrote with gay musician Stephen Trask, first opened off-Broadway in 1998, featuring Mitchell in the lead role. The 2001 movie version, starring and directed by Mitchell earned him both a Best Director prize at Sundance and a Golden Globe Award nomination. Other films directed by Mitchell include Shortbus (2006) and Rabbit Hole (2010), which starred Nicole Kidman and marked the feature film debut of Miles Teller. Now, more than 20 […]

Sassy & Suburban Getting real with ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Dolores Catania

The drama continues to run amok in the Garden State as “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (“RHONJ”) premiered Wednesday, November 7th on Bravo. As fans have observed from the recent promotional teasers of the upcoming ninth season, the stars of the reality guilty-pleasure find themselves once again at odds with each other. From venom-infused over-the-top arguments to bawdy brawls, these ladies continue to take fans on quite the rollercoaster ride. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the beloved RHONJ star Dolores Catania. Her humorous candor, admiration of animals, and devotion to philanthropic causes continue to set the housewife apart as […]