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Art Beats

Arts scene, book reviews, and more...

Friday, July 07, 2017

Whether you read at the beach, in the backyard, in bed or in the bathtub, these books will definitely enhance your summer reading experience.

Novel ideas – The second installment in magazine editor and cultural writer Georgette Gouveia’sThe Games Men Play” series, The Penalty For Holding (Less Than Three Press, 2017) tells the story of backup quarterback Quinn Novak whose triumph on the playing field gets him noticed by Mal and Tam, players on opposing teams, leading to a different kind of scoring.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Idina Menzel’s voice will defy both gravity and sound this month at the Model Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. To the delight of Baltimore audiences, the actress, singer, and songwriter will perform a tapestry of her most recognizable hits – as well as a few surprises – on Tuesday, July 18th at 8 p.m. The songstress recently sat down with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss her upcoming performance, her future projects, and her relationship with the LGBT community.

Out on Screen

Out on Screen

Movie reviews, Cinema and DVD

Friday, June 09, 2017

Looking to take a break from the sweltering heat of Baltimore Pride weekend festivities? The SNF Parkway Theatre will be hosting special screenings during Pride weekend. Among the offerings is Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, a 2015 drama written and directed by Stephen Cone, exploring a 17-year-old boy coming to grips with his sexuality during an emotionally charged party.

Personalities

Personalities

Celebrity Interviews

Friday, July 07, 2017

An interview with the diva great

Known for putting her money where her mouth is, versatile Grammy and Tony Award-winning diva Cyndi Lauper is an outspoken supporter of the LGBT community. But it was her singing voice and distinctive fashion sense that initially caught our eye. After forays into pop, dance music, standards, and the blues, Lauper lends her remarkable vocal range to a set of country numbers on Detour (Sire). Joined by country legends Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, Lauper leaves her “unusual” mark on mid-20th century country classics, including Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love,” Patsy Cline’s “Walking after Midnight,” and “I Fall to Pieces.” She knows when to use country’s trademark catch-in-the-throat on heartbreakers “Misty Blue” and “Begging to You.” Duets with a yodeling Jewel (“I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”) and Alison Krauss (“Hard Candy Christmas”) are also standouts. I spoke with Lauper, who is embarking on a concert tour with Rod Stewart in June 2017.

QMusic

Music reviews

Friday, July 07, 2017

Queer singer/songwriter Sia has been messing with her appearance on her album covers for years. It didn’t just start with 2014’s 1000 Forms of Fear or either version of 2016’s This Is Acting. For example, for 2010’s We Are Born her face was peppered with colored dots and colorful pipe cleaners were woven into her hair, making her look like a hipster Medusa. But it can all be traced back to her third album, 2008’s Some People Have Real Problems (Monkey Puzzle / Concord), newly reissued in its first-ever vinyl pressing. On the cover, Sia is grasping a trio of magic markers with which she has drawn a heart and lines on her face. As for what’s contained inside, the songs on Some People Have Real Problems marked something of a turning point for Sia. Sounding more confident than ever, in total control of her powerful instrument, Sia belts out original numbers such as “The Girl You Lost to Cocaine,” “Day Too Soon,” a cover of The Kinks’ “I Go to Sleep,” and the CD hidden track “Buttons” (included on the LP). She’s also joined by Beck on “Academia” and “Death By Chocolate.” It’s easy to understand why, shortly after the release of this album, she not only became an increasingly in-demand guest vocalist on other people’s albums, but also a sought-after songwriter who would go on to provide a multitude of hit songs for others.

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