Veteran journalist (and OUTloud contributor) Mark Segal’s And Then I Danced: Traveling The Road To LGBT Equality (Open Lens/Akashic Books, $29.95) is an interesting opportunity to walk through the life of someone who really has been there and was part of making history happen. As I was reading this fascinating and enlightening book I found myself wanting to get involved in making a difference to the things that matter to me. Come on, women – it is time we stand up for ourselves! I am a big fan of memoirs that are an opportunity to learn and gain new perspectives on events, and this book does just that.
There are many ways to praise the duo Beach House including saying that over the course of five durable albums, they have consistently maintained a high level of artistry and craft. This holds true for the twosome’s new disc Depression Cherry (Sub Pop). Taking its place on the musical landscape, somewhere between Cocteau Twins and Galaxie 500, Beach House finds a way to evolve without alienating its core fan-base. Songs such as “Space Song, “PPP,” “Wildflower,” and in particular “Bluebird” and “10:37” are excellent examples of this. Depression, cherry or otherwise, has never sounded so good.
Director Richard Linklater can’t ever be accused of being lazy, churning out a remarkable number of films over the past 25 years but with his critical success, he still resides in a sort of niche for his mostly small, intelligently written, carefully cast, meticulously directed movies. He has gotten some mainstream notice with movies like Dazed & Confused, the Before Sunrise series, and School of Rock and he made a big splash last year with the 14-years-in-the-making Boyhood.
Flirtatious dance numbers and theatrical intrigue will captivate onlookers as the musical masterpiece Cabaret comes to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater. Running from April 26th through May 1st, Cabaret will take audiences back to 1930s Berlin where the seedy Kit Kat Klub sets the stage for passion-filled drama and celebration. Baltimore OUTLoud recently sat down with Cabaret star Randy Harrison, who steps into the role of the Emcee.
Alan Cumming is a gay renaissance man. He sings, he dances, he writes, he acts – there doesn’t seem to be anything he can’t do. Few people can also claim the size and scope of his audience – from youngsters who know his voice from animated features such as Strange Magic and The Smurfs to adults who are fans of his work on television (“The Good Wife” and “Web Therapy”), on stage (Cabaret) and on film (Any Day Now, X-Men 2, and Burlesque). Cumming’s latest musical endeavor, the live recording Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs (Yellow Sound), is another chance to experience the man in all of his splendor. I spoke with Cumming about the disc and his career in February 2016.
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