Art Beats

Arts scene, book reviews, and more...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Entertainer. Optimist. Survivor. Those are just a few words to describe the indelible Cinnamon St. Michaels whose documentary, Spice Girl officially premieres at the Creative Alliance on Wednesday, June 15th at 6 p.m. The documentary celebrates the legendary Baltimore drag queen and her career spanning more than four decades in drag.


Music reviews

Friday, June 24, 2016

Known far and wide for putting her money where her mouth is, versatile and enduring Tony Award-winning diva Cyndi Lauper is one of the most outspoken supporters of the LGBT community. Before we became aware of that, 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, who had us going gaga long before Lady Gaga, lends her remarkable vocal range to a set of country numbers on Detour (Sire). Joined by a stellar array of country legends, including Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, Lauper leaves her “unusual” mark on a series of mid-20th century country classics, including Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love,” and Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces.” To her credit, Lauper knows when to utilize country’s trademark catch in the throat (something that has served her well over the years) on heartbreakers such as “Misty Blue,” “The End of the World,” 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.

Out on Screen

Film and Television

Friday, June 24, 2016

Central Intelligence

We’ve been seeing the previews for months now with an overweight Dwayne Johnson dancing in the shower to En Vogue’s “My Loving (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and his transformation into the Johnson we know and love. And now we finally get to see the how and why of that transformation as Central Intelligence finally hits the big screen.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Baltimore native stars as Baltimore native in Toby’s Hairspray

As Hairspray continues to “unleash the beat” on local audiences at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Baltimore OUTloud recently sat down with actress Kelli Blackwell to discuss her role as Motormouth Maybelle. This marks the third time the Baltimore native has played the lovable force to be reckoned with on stage. Blackwell shared both her insight, as well as the cultural impact, of the character.


Celebrity Interviews

Friday, June 10, 2016

An interview with Howard Jones

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the longstanding British new wave musical influences of the 1980s? The holy trinity of The Cure, Depeche Mode, and The Smiths? Of course, you’d be remiss if you left out Howard Jones. A vocal presence since the early 1980s when his first hit single “New Song” was in rotation on the radio and on MTV, Jones lived up to the promise of that track with a series of unforgettable singles. Songs such as “What is Love?,” “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Life in One Day,” “Everlasting Love,” and his biggest hit, “No One is to Blame,” established his lasting legacy. Not one to sit on his laurels, Jones continues to make music to this day, including songs heard in the 2016 Hugh Jackman film Eddie the Eagle. I recently spoke with Jones, who is currently on a U.S. concert tour, about his career and more.


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