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Friday, January 19, 2018

January 21st marks the one year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington. To commemorate the largest protest in history– a protest with global participation– march organizers and Condé Nast created Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A dramatic storm is brewing as Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) performs The Tempest this month. Running from January 12th to February 4th, The Tempest is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the tempest, to cause his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned on the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Marshall Garrett, Director of BSF’s The Tempest, and actor Dean Carlson who plays the role of Ferdinand, as well as the repulsive Caliban.

Out on Screen

Out on Screen

Movie reviews, Cinema and DVD

Friday, January 19, 2018

Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight), about the famed 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, is that rare movie that successfully combines biography, sports, and queer subject matter for a thoroughly entertaining and educating experience. First and foremost, credit goes to co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Oscar-winner Little Miss Sunshine). Even though we know the outcome (King walloped male chauvinist pig Riggs), they managed to make it feel fresh and exhilarating.

Personalities

Personalities

Celebrity Interviews

Friday, January 19, 2018

An interview with Mike Maimone of Mutts

Out singer/songwriter Mike Maimone, lead singer of the band Mutts, sounds like the long-lost son of Tom Waits. There might be no higher compliment than that. Like Waits, Maimone is a pianist, who began playing in his youth. Following a high school jock period and thoughts of playing football at Notre Dame, where he received a degree in accounting, but “wasn’t big enough or fast enough” to play, Maimone returned to music. A win-win situation if there ever was one. With his marvelous band Mutts, as well as time as a solo performer and a guest musician in other bands, Maimone has honed his skills and become a spellbing artist. On the Mutts’ new EP Stick Together (Wearemutts.com), Maimone and band-mates Bob Buckstaff and Chris Pagnani, continue to expand their musical palette, while giving listeners a lot to think about in songs such as “Neighbor” and “Tin Foil Hat.” I had the pleasure of speaking with Mike in 2017.

QMusic

Music reviews

Friday, January 05, 2018

Depending on your generational perspective, the late soul goddess Minnie Riperton is either the mother of actress / singer / SNL alum Maya Rudolph or the singer with the five-octave vocal range best known for the timeless 1975 hit single “Lovin’ You,” co-written by Riperton and her husband Richard Rudolph. You can hear Riperton, who died of cancer in 1979 at 31, paying a “lovin’” homage to her daughter Maya at the end of “Lovin’ You.” The double-disc deluxe edition expanded reissue of Perfect Angel (Capitol / UMe), Riperton’s second album and the one on which “Lovin’ You” can be found, is a long overdue celebration of an artist we lost too soon. Riperton and Rudolph co-wrote seven of the songs on the original album, including the standouts “Reasons,” “The Edge of a Dream,” “It’s So Nice (To See Old Friends),” and “Our Lives.” The presence of Stevie Wonder, playing electric piano and harmonica, as well as contributing the title track and “Take a Little Trip,” only served to increase Riperton’s artistic and hip factors. The abundant bonus material includes 11 additional tracks that go a long way in further cementing the album’s legendary status.

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