’Tis the Season to Listen to Great Music

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love holiday music and those who can’t stand it. I am passionately in the camp of those who love the stuff. That said, I don’t love all of it. There’s the saccharine, schmaltzy stuff that is over-produced that leaves me cold. Then there’s the jumpy, bumpy, goofy songs like “Dominic the Donkey” or “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” intended to make you smile but instead just make me turn off the radio. But oh, when holiday music is good, it’s gooooood. Like Tran-Siberian Orchestra’s rendition of “Carol of […]

Jesus Christ Superstar Heralds the Passion at the Hippodrome

Jesus Christ Superstar, the iconic musical phenomenon, celebrates its 50th anniversary in a new mesmerizing production at the Hippodrome this month. Running until Sunday, December 22nd, the musical’s story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It depicts political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with ensemble member Jacob Lacopo. “This [rock opera] is exciting in itself, but this specific 50th […]

A Mermaid for Christmas Swims Ashore for Holiday Season

Swimming ashore just in time for the holiday season, A Mermaid for Christmas (available now on Amazon Prime) is a tale that combines classic Christmas themes with an escapist fantasy element. Starring “Days of Our Lives” alum (Rex Brady) Kyle Lowder, A Mermaid for Christmas is a charming, thoughtful, and sometimes humorous tale in the tradition of Beauty and the Beast combined with a dash of Greek tragedy. Lowder recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud. “Not to sound cliché,” began Lowder, “but our goal was to make a whimsical, feel-good film for the holidays. The film brings forward all this beautiful […]

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 […]

Yesterday Today

More than 50 years into his solo recording career, James Taylor shows no signs of slowing down, still performing concerts to sold out houses. Taylor, the first non-Beatle artist signed to Apple Records, went on to record six studio albums for Warner Brothers, followed by a long association with Columbia Records. Taylor’s WB albums, released from the early to mid-1970s, have been reissued in the creatively titled little box set, the Warner Bros. Albums 1970-1976 (WB / Rhino). Taylor set the bar (almost too) high with the first two, 1970’s Sweet Baby James and 1971’s Mud Slide Slim and the […]

The Gifts That Keep On Giving

Memoirs and memories – No other queer book published in 2019 fits in the “memoirs and memories” category than Tell Me About It 2: LGBTQ Secrets, Confessions, and Life Stories (Rattling Good Yarns Press, 2019), compiled by St. Sukie de la Croix and Owen Keehnen. A global assortment of participants submitted answers to 15 questions, ranging from “When was the first time you realized you were different?” to “How did your parents react when you came out to them?” and “Where is the wildest place you ever had sex?” A third edition of Tell Me About It is currently in […]

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 […]

Wonderful Christmas Time

Originally released in 1994 and reissued in an expanded CD edition in 2018, Wonderful Christmas Time (UMe), Diana Ross’s only solo Christmas album makes a holiday return in a limited edition, translucent red vinyl double LP set. Bracketing the album with songs by her 60s-era music contemporaries, Paul McCartney (the title track) and John Lennon (“Happy Xmas War is Over”), Ross mixes gospel (“His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain”) with traditional (“The First Noel,” “Ave Maria,” “Amazing Grace”) and popular (“The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland”) songs of the season wrapped up […]

Glory, Hallelujah!

Even if you love Oscar-winning gay filmmaker (Pedro) Almodóvar (and who doesn’t?), you have to admit that his output in the 2010s (I’m So Excited! anyone?) has been less than stellar. Especially when compared to Volver (2006), All About My Mother (1999), or Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). With Pain and Glory (Sony Pictures Classics), Almodóvar has not only returned to his former glory, but exceeded it, as well. An intimate and personal amalgamation of several of the elements we have come to expect from an Almodóvar film (including a singing Penelope Cruz), Pain and Glory […]

Land of the Lost

Time sure flies when you’re trying to outrun the undead! It’s been ten years since we first went to Zombieland with apocalypse survivors Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and her kid sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). As you might imagine, things have changed in the sequel Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony / Columbia). For one, the zombies have evolved. They run the gamut from Homers (named for Homer Simpson for being stupid) to Ninjas (known for their stealth). A new iteration, nicknamed the T-800 by Columbus for their Terminator-like determination and near indestructibility, is also roaming the […]