On July 11th, the American Visionary Art Museum (800 Key Highway, Baltimore) kicked off their popular summer film series Flicks from the Hill with a showing of the sing- a-long Sound of Music.AVAM PR Manager Helen Yuen was kind enough to invite Baltimore OUTloud to the Flicks premiere party complete with food, wine, and delicious beer from Troegs Independent Brewing of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

AVAM, which opened in 1995, is a national museum and education center dedicated to self-taught artist. On Thursdays in the summer movies are presented on a large screen on the side of the AVAM building facing Federal Hill Park. Movie goers can relax on the grassy hillside and enjoy a free film. (Unfortunately, on July 11th a thunderstorm was in the area, but the show went on with a large crowd attending on the third floor of one of the museum buildings.) Prior to each screening the museum is open for free from 5 to 9 pm and additional events are also held. This summer’s films include Mommie Dearest on July 18th, Home Alone on July 25th, Coraline on August 1st, The Addams Family on August 8th, Mrs. Doubtfire on August 15th, and Black Panther on August 25th. All films start at 9 pm. For more information about this fun museum visit Avam.org.

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Rodney Burger
Rodney Burger
Rodney is originally from Hagerstown, Maryland and for many years has lived in Baltimore. In April 2017, Rodney was sworn in for his 10th year as the President of the ShipMates Club of Baltimore. He has been involved in the leather community for many years, but often denies that he sold Jell-O shots at The Last Supper. He has been writing THE LEATHER LINE for the BALTIMORE OUTLOUD newspaper (Baltimoreoutloud.com.) for over fourteen years. He has produced the Mr. & Ms. Baltimore Eagle Contest and the Maryland LeatherSIR/Leatherboy Contest. In 2001 he was proud to serve as Maryland Mr. Drummer 2001. Rodney also does stand-up comedy and in 2013 was thrilled to perform at Philadelphia Leather Pride Night. He has been nominated multiple times for a Pantheon of Leather Award, was selected Leather Man of the Year in 2013 by COMMAND M.C. and by the Baltimore Leather Association of the Deaf in 2006. The 11th annual 12 Days of Christmas benefit show was dedicated to Rodney and his partner Sir Steve. He has been twice selected as ShipMate of the Year. He has judged Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015, Atlantic States LeatherSIR / Leatherboy and recently judged Mr. Eagle NYC 2018. He is delighted to be able to bring news of his beloved leather community to his readers every issue.