Thursday, June 14, 2018




WHEN: Friday, June 22, from 8 to 11 p.m.
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
TICKETS: $25 general admission and $20 for BMA Members and can be purchased at the BMA Box Office or online or at the door if tickets are still available. Tickets include after-hours admission to Odyssey (a $10 value), entertainment, and a free food or drink ticket. Beer, wine, cocktails, and light bites are available for purchase.

clip_image002Explore the extraordinary output of leading black artists with a global vision at the BMA’s lively Art After Hours. The theme of the evening is Afropolitanism, a movement that emphasizes the international influence of African arts and culture. Highlights of the event include the Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017 and Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance exhibitions, plus live music by Baltimore-based performers Abdu Ali and Sarah Hughes, and a variety of interactive art experiences.

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Listen to music performances by Abdu Ali and saxophonist Sarah Hughes

Dance in our majestic Fox Court to music by DJ Hoeteps

Make laser-cut wearables with artist Sarah Juanita

Engage in a bookmaking demonstration with artist Alisa Brock

Meet some of the artists featured in the new 2018 Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibition

Learn about Odyssey and the BMA’s African art collection with BMA curator Kevin Tervala


Founded in 1914, The Baltimore Museum of Art is a major cultural destination recognized for engaging diverse audiences through dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational and community outreach programs. The BMA’s internationally renowned collection of 95,000 objects encompasses more than 1,000 works by Henri Matisse anchored by the famed Cone Collection of modern art, as well as one of the nation’s finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs. The galleries showcase an exceptional collection of art from Africa; important works by established and emerging contemporary artists; outstanding European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts; significant artworks from China; ancient Antioch mosaics; and exquisite textiles from around the world. The 210,000-square-foot museum is also distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an array of 20th-century sculpture. The BMA is located in Charles Village, three miles north of the Inner Harbor, and is adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University. General admission to the BMA is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.


General admission to the BMA is free. Special exhibitions may be ticketed. The BMA is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The museum is closed Monday, Tuesday, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The BMA is located at 10 Art Museum Drive, three miles north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For general museum information, call 443-573-1700 or visit

BMA Celebrates 1939 Landmark Exhibition of Black Artists


image1939: Exhibiting Black Art at the BMA

WHEN: On view June 13–October 28, 2018
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore

In 1939, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presented one of the first major exhibitions in the U.S. to feature African American artists. Contemporary Negro Art served “as a declaration of principles as to what art should be in a democracy and as a gauge of how far in this particular province we have gone and may need to go,” wrote renowned philosopher and art critic Alain Locke in the exhibition brochure. Nearly 80 years later, the museum pays tribute to this exhibition. It features 14 prints and drawings by artists who were included in the 1939 show, along with archival materials.

“This exhibition centers on a decisive moment in the BMA’s history and highlights the value of the museum responding deliberately to community needs and desires with groundbreaking art exhibitions,” said BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “I am very pleased to present the work of my predecessors as we look toward the future of this great museum.”

The origins of this landmark exhibition date back to 1937, when BMA Board of Trustees President Henry Treide extended a city-wide survey to over 200 social, labor, and special interest groups in Baltimore, inquiring what they most wanted from a city art museum. The committee representing Baltimore’s African American community responded with a recommendation that the museum’s galleries begin to display artwork generated by and for the black community. As a direct result of the feedback, the BMA hosted an exhibition of 116 works by 29 black artists in February 1939. The Harmon Foundation, a New York-based organization dedicated to the patronage of black cultural production coordinated the loans of artworks to the exhibition, which it co-organized with BMA Acting Director Charles Ross Rogers and renowned Howard University philosopher Alain Locke. More than 12,000 visitors saw Contemporary Negro Art during its two-week presentation at the BMA that year.

Highlights of 1939: Exhibiting Black Art at the BMA include the first work by a black artist to enter the museum’s collection, Dox Thrash’s watercolor Griffin Hills, as well as works by Jacob Lawrence, James Lesesne Wells, and Hale Woodruff. The exhibition also draws attention to behind-the-scenes figures who worked on the project through archival materials shown publicly for the first time. These include president of the Baltimore Women’s Cooperative Civic League Sarah Collins Fernandis, NAACP president Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson, and renowned Civil Rights lawyer and activist Clarence Mitchell, Jr.

“Art in a democracy should above all else be democratic, which is to say that it must be truly representative.” — Alain Locke, Contemporary Negro Art, 1939

Reserve your seat for an Inside Look at Everyman Theatre’s 2018/19 Season | Wednesday, June 20

Inside Look LIVE: The 2018/19 Season 
WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Everyman Theatre - 2nd Floor Rehearsal Hall, 315 W. Fayette St. Baltimore

  • 6:00 PM | Cash bar
  • 7:00 PM | Inside Look and Q&A
  • 8:00 PM | Mix and Mingle with the Resident Company

Whether as family, friends, or strangers seated beside one another, we all laugh, celebrate, and struggle together during the greatest triumphs and tragedies in life—and with this season’s expanded slate and schedule, we can laugh and celebrate even more! Join us live and in-person for an Inside Look at Everyman Theatre's glorious 2018/19 Season, hosted by Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi, and featuring select members of the Resident Company. Learn fun facts, casting news, and highlights about each of the plays, plus hear from the artists themselves about their roles in bringing the 2018/19 Season to life.

Seating is limited—reserve your ticket now!

Dancing at Lughnasa
By Brian Friel
Directed by Amber Page McGinnis

WHEN: September 4–October 7

Irish master storyteller Brian Friel casts a nostalgic and transportive Tony Award-winning tale of five unmarried sisters and a household framed by their strength and persistence, where “anything goes”—until it doesn’t. Step back in time to the summer of 1936, and a small Irish village, where a new radio, a homecoming, and the festive season for dance conjures a ravishing spell of ritual and remembrance.

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi

WHEN: October 23–November 25

Having grown up side-by-side in small-town working-class America, best friends Tracey and Cynthia went from fun-loving schoolchildren to saloon-loving adults who work together on a steel manufacturing line. In a tight-knit community like this one, however, it takes but one fracture in its core for the breaking point of friendship to be seismically tested. Winner—2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!

The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch

WHEN: December 4—January 6

Oscar Wilde’s much-loved tour-de-farce receives an uproarious Resident Company revival with this landmark lampoon of Victorian norms—a jovial joyride of double lives, double entendres, and labyrinthine twists and turns. Courtships, class, and convention square off with handbags, puns, and perambulators in this deliciously quotable comedy—a madcap masterpiece about marriage, morality, and mistaken identity.

Everything is Wonderful
By Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Noah Himmelstein

WHEN: January 29–March 3

Imagine a knock at the door from the hand complicit in a family tragedy: When the repentant driver in a fatal collision seeks forgiveness from the Amish family whose sons’ lives he claimed, faith guides them to welcome him into their community—and their home. But as inconvenient truths from the family’s past are discovered, can their outpouring of empathy be as limitless as it seems?

Dinner With Friends
By Donald Margulies
Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi

WHEN: March 12—April 14

Like any culinary trend, relationships are destined to evolve over time—but can the recipe of friendship retain its zest if the key ingredients begin to change? Two couples find themselves grappling with questions of loyalty, individuality, and commitment in Donald Margulies’ deliciously funny, sharply observed Pulitzer Prize-winning drama—celebrating its 20th anniversary with the time-tested flavor and richness of a classic dish.

Queens Girl in the World &
Queens Girl in Africa

By Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Directed by Paige Hernandez

WHEN: May 7—June 30 Repertory World Premiere

You can take the girl out of Queens, but, as is pitch-perfectly demonstrated in the first installments from Caleen Sinnette Jenning’s vivid, multichapter memoir, the Queens Girl is—delightfully—here to stay. Helen Hayes Award winners Dawn Ursula and Erika Rose both inject shining exuberance into the unforgettable, titular role (and dozens more characters) in this fresh, feel-good pair of shows about an everyday hero in our midst.


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Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists 2018 Exhibition

WHEN: On view June 20 through August 5, 2018. An award ceremony and reception to announce the winner will take place Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 7 p.m.
The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) present one of the summer’s most highly anticipated exhibitions. The Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists 2018 exhibition showcases artwork by the six finalists competing for the 13th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, a $25,000 fellowship given each year to a visual artist or visual arts collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region.

The winner is selected from the exhibition after review of the installed art and an interview with each of the jurors. The remaining five finalists will each receive a $2,500 M&T Bank Finalist Award. Jurors for 2018 are Lauren Cornell, Margot Norton, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and is held in conjunction with the 37th annual Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, taking place July 20–22, 2018.

The Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists 2018 exhibition is organized by BMA Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art Cecilia Wichmann along with BOPA Public Art Specialist Kim Domanski. This exhibition is generously sponsored by Patricia and Mark Joseph/The Shelter Foundation.

The 2018 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor M&T Bank. Special thanks to those making contributions to the 2018 Sondheim Prize in honor of former BOPA CEO Bill Gilmore: Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Dr. Frank Marino Foundation, Days Inn Inner Harbor, Lois and Irving Blum Foundation, Hopkinson Family Fund, James Adams, Martin & Lone Azola, Alexander Baer, Kathleen Basham, Linda Blume, Barbara Bozzuto, Edie Brown, Elizabeth Bruen, Laura Burrows, Clarissa Cochran, Suzanne Cohen, Barbara Dale, Gwen Davidson, H. Chace Davis, Charlotte Dewitt, John Driscoll, Elaine Freeman, Carmel Gambacorta, Stanford Gann, Nancy Hackerman, Rosalind Healy, Rebecca Hoffberger, E. Scott Johnson, Averil Kadis, Joyce Keating, Mark Klotzbach, Lesley Malin, Judith Mayer, Sarah McCafferty & Andrew Lapayowker, Courtney McKeldin, Alyce Myatt, Anne Perkins, Paula Rome, Jann Rosen-Queralt, Leslie Helen Shepard, Joseph Sheppard & Rita St. Clair, Kathy Sher, Janet Marie Smith, Betsy Stone, Parker Sutton & Paul Knott, and Andrea Vernot & Brent Burkhardt.

Additional support for the annual prize comes from an endowment made possible through the generosity of the Abell Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation, Brightside Foundation, Brown Advisory Charitable Foundation, Caplan Family Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Greater Baltimore Committee, Hecht-Levi Foundation, Legg Mason, Amy & Chuck Newhall, Rollins-Luetkemeyer Foundation, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Rosemore, Inc., Rouse Company Foundation, M. Sigmund & Barbara Shapiro Philanthropic Fund, John Sondheim and William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.


Erick Antonio Benitez (Baltimore, MD) is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, organizer, and curator. His work primarily consists of installation, video, performance, sound, and painting to explore concepts of identity, culture, mysticism, and the natural world. He received a BFA in painting with a video concentration from MICA in 2014. His work has been exhibited in several gallery exhibitions and publicly in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Brooklyn, NY; Denver, CO; Barcelona, Spain; and Timisoara, Romania. His work has also been featured in the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, BmoreArt, What Weekly, BmoreArt: A Journal of Art + Ideas, Let’s Talk Live (WJLA), and Hyrsteria Zine Vol. 2. Benitez is a recent recipient of The Contemporary: Grit Fund 2 and the Ruby Artist Project Grant.

Nakeya Brown (Laurel, MD), a 2017 Snider Prize award winner, has generated a vast body of work that uses photography to explore the complexities of race, beauty, politics, and gender. She has a BA from Rutgers University and an MFA from The George Washington University. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Catherine Eldman Gallery (Chicago, IL, 2017); the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI, 2017); the Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC, 2017); The McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA, 2012); and in group exhibitions at the Eubie Blake Culture Center (Baltimore, MD, 2018); the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center (North Brentwood, MD, 2017); and the Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL 2016 & 2013), among others. She has presented her work internationally at the Museum der bildenden K√ľnste (Leipzig, Germany, 2018) and NOW Gallery (London, U.K., 2017). Brown’s work has been featured in New York magazine, Dazed & Confused, The Fader, TIME, and Vice. Her work has been included in photography books Babe and Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze.

Sutton Demlong (Baltimore, MD) is a sculptor who utilizes traditional woodworking techniques to explore the possibilities of imbuing personality and presence in abstract sculpture. Demlong received an MFA from MICA’s Rinehart School of Sculpture in 2016. In 2013, he was awarded a BA from Arizona State University with a dual concentration in Art Education and Sculpture. His work was featured in exhibitions at Little Berlin (Philadelphia, PA, 2018); Platform Gallery (Baltimore, MD, 2017); Current Space (Baltimore, MD, 2017); New City Studio (Phoenix, AZ, 2017); CONNERSMITH. (Washington, DC, 2016) and Franconia Sculpture Park (Shafer, MN, 2014). In 2017, Demlong was a Trawick Prize semifinalist and in 2015 he was the recipient of the Markell Brooks Scholarship to attend Anderson Ranch Arts Center artist residency.

Nate Larson (Baltimore, MD) is a contemporary artist and a professor at MICA. His projects have been widely shown across the U.S. and internationally, including an upcoming commissioned solo exhibition for the George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY, opening January 2019). Previous solo exhibitions have been shown at Filter Space Chicago (Chicago, IL, 2016); the Orlando Museum of Art (Orlando, FL, 2013); Blue Sky Center for Photographic Arts (Portland, OR, 2014, 2012); and Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV, 2011). Recent group exhibitions include State of the Art, which originated at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR, 2014) and traveled throughout the U.S.; and shows at the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO, 2018); the Zuckerman Museum of Art (Kennesaw, GA, 2017); Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, 2016); and Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY, 2016). Larson has participated in artist residencies at Paul Artspace in Missouri (2017), CEC Artslink in Russia (2016), and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Florida (2013). His works are included in the collections of the High Museum Atlanta, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. His first monograph, Geolocation, was published by Flash Powder Projects in 2016. Larson was the recipient of the 2017 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, and was a Sondheim Prize Finalist in 2010 and 2013. Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists 2018/news release Page 3 of 4

Eunice Park (Parkville, MD) studied Fine Arts at Montgomery College (Rockville, MD) and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where she was granted a full scholarship for Independent Studio Painting. Eunice took a hiatus from painting for a number of years and returned to the Baltimore area to raise her three children as a single mom, working as a seamstress during most of that time to support her family. A few years ago, Eunice's passion for painting was rekindled when her daughter bought her art supplies for a Mother's Day gift. She has been creating new works ever since. Much of her inspiration comes from the great teachers she has had in her life, or from music. She draws strength from her children and her faith and creates images from memories, which when infused with emotion, become fantasies paralleled with reality.

Stephen Towns (Baltimore, MD) is a painter and fiber artist whose work explores how American history influences contemporary society. Towns received a BFA in painting from the University of South Carolina. His work has been exhibited locally and nationally, including solo exhibitions at The Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD, 2018); Goucher College (Baltimore, MD, 2017); Galerie Myrtis (Baltimore, MD, 2017); Gallery CA (Baltimore, MD, 2014); City Gallery at the Dock Street Theatre (Charleston, SC, 2005), as well as group exhibitions at Arlington Art Center (Arlington, VA, 2017); The Art Barn (Gaithersburg, MD, 2018); Montpelier Arts Center (Laurel, MD, 2016) and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum (Baltimore, MD, 2014). His work has also been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Style, Northern Virginia magazine, BmoreArt magazine, Urbanite magazine, and Baltimore City Paper. Towns was honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize and received the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Rubys Artist Grant in 2015. In 2018, he was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award in craft.

Summer at Evergreen and Homewood!

Johns Hopkins University Museums

Summer Exhibitions & Events


Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 

This award-winning exhibition examines the domestic slave trade during the 57 years between America’s abolition of the international slave trade in 1808 and the end of the Civil War, a period during which approximately two million enslaved individuals were forcibly relocated from the Upper South to the Deep South. MORE »

SATURDAYS: AUG 25, SEPT 22, 9:30-11:30AM

Edible Evergreen 2018   

Join now at a special pro-rated price to experience the remaining three sessions of Evergreen's annual kitchen garden course. Register today to receive culinary instruction from Gertrude's chef/owner John Shields and executive chef Doug Wetzel. The series includes hands-on gardening workshops with farm manager Jon Carroll in the restaurant's garden at Evergreen, a chef's tour of the 32nd Street Farmers' Market in Waverly, and a concluding fall harvest luncheon at Gertrude's. MORE »

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 5:30-9PM 

A Summer Evening at Evergreen

Bring the little ones for plein air painting on the front lawn, chalk drawing on the driveway, bubble-blowing, and lawn games. Enter Evergreen's first ever Scooter Derby and win prizes. Snack on free summery treats and/or bring your own picnic to enjoy on the front lawn. Tour the museum's first floor, including its newly restored main hall and its famous John Work Garrett Library, which contains thousands of rare books and manuscripts. MORE »

SUNDAY, JULY 29, 1:30-3:30PM

Homewood's Annual Summer Afternoon Tea 

Experience Homewood's elegant entertaining rooms as guests would have in the early 19th century. With chamber music lilting in the background, enjoy classic finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, seasonal fruits, and delectable pastries, accompanied by fine black and fruit teas and a toast of sparkling wine. MORE »


Homewood Museum
3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
410.516.5589 • homewoodmuseum@jhu.eduFacebookInstagram

Evergreen Museum & Library
4545 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210
410.516.0341 • evergreenmuseum@jhu.eduFacebookInstagram

School's almost out—help prevent Summer Slide!

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Help the Pratt Library keep kids engaged, reading, and learning all summer long by supporting the 2018 SUMMER CHALLENGE.

The SUMMER CHALLENGE is an incentive and theme-based program that encourages children and teens to read and learn during the nine-week session. To make reading and learning fun, children enjoy performances and presentations by musicians, artists, dancers, magicians, storytellers, museum staff, and STEM educators.

SUMMER CHALLENGE programs at the Pratt Library help reduce “summer slide,” a loss of academic skills that students may experience in July and August. This loss is nearly impossible to make up, compounds over time, and particularly impacts children in underserved communities.


YOUR GIFT OF $75 will provide one child with a full summer’s worth of programs.

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Take a Summer Class with Baltimore Clayworks!

Take a Summer Class with Baltimore Clayworks!

WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., Baltimore

We have an outstanding array of adult classes happening this summer. Here are just a few of them:

Opposites Attract: Combining 2-D and 3-D Sculpture
Instructor: Hannah Pierce, ABILITIES Fellow
WHEN: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, June 20 to August 15
Learn how to combine your own unique illustrations with sculptural components!

Clay Pots, Assemble!
Instructor: Wes Brown, Resident Artist
WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, June 26 to August 14
Learn how to create thrown vessels while focusing on multiplicity and assemblage!

Crafting Tableware: Not Your Grandmother's Plate
Instructor: Lynne Molner
WHEN: Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, June 28 to August 16
Learn how to make unique sets for the kitchen and table!

Soda Fire: Surface and Form
Instructor: Jeremy Wallace, Resident Artist
WHEN: Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, June 28 to August 16
Explore the atmospheric slip surfaces possible with gas soda firing!

Welcome to the Jungle: Animal Sculpture
Instructor: Kathie Grove
WHEN: Saturdays, 10-1 PM, July 7 to August 11
Learn how to sculpt animals using solid-building techniques!

Mount Clare Museum House Father’s Day Celebration


Father’s Day Celebration

WHEN: Sunday, June 17, during open hours of 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 3:00 PM.
Mount Clare Museum House in Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore
ADMISSION: Regular admission rates apply except where stated; half-priced admission tours for fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, or any other special father-figure in your life.
No reservations required.
For more information visit

Baltimore’s oldest colonial house and home to Charles Carroll, Barrister, is holding a Father’s Day Celebration. This event includes a tour focusing on fathers and father figures at Mount Clare, fife and drum performances, and root beer floats in the Mount Clare kitchen.

Sitting high on a hill overlooking downtown Baltimore, Mount Clare Museum House  was built by Charles Carroll, Barrister, in 1760 as a part of a 1,000 acre colonial agricultural-industrial complex.

On this special day, Mount Clare Museum House offers half-priced admission tours for fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, or any other special father-figure in your life. The tour will conclude with light refreshments and an opportunity to speak with a Revolutionary War reenactors about war and weapons in the eighteenth century.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore MD  21201
Buy tickets online at
Or by calling us as (410) 385-2638

Image result for Marilyn Scott and her All-Star LA BandMarilyn Scott and her All-Star LA Band 
WHEN: Thursday June 14 - 8 & 9:0 pm
$20 advance /$23 door /$10 full-time students with ID
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Marilyn Scott - vocals
Russell Ferrante - keyboards
Jimmy Haslip - bass
James Harrah - guitar
Jimmy Branly – drums

The first-ever East Coast tour for the legendary LA jazz singer Marilyn Scott. Her most recent CD featured some great musicians and many of them will be in her band for the tour, including Yellowjackets co-founders Jimmy Haslip and Russell Ferrante.

Why do some artists thrive for decades in the ever-changing music world and others fade away so quickly? The reasons are myriad but there’s one factor shared by all of the true survivors: originality. The key to longevity is having something to say, and being able to say it in a manner unlike any other performer.

Marilyn Scott is such an artist. The veteran vocalist has been releasing critically acclaimed, cross-genre recordings for more than four decades, both as a leader and collaborator, and has dazzled audiences all over the world with her powerful live performances. She’s worked with some of the most gifted musicians in the world, including such highly regarded jazz ensembles as Spyro Gyra and the Yellowjackets, and some of the hottest names in the blues and R&B world, from Bobby Womack to Tower of Power to Etta James.

Throughout all of her work, there’s been one constant. “Never sound like anyone else,” she says. “You have influences but really, it’s your job to be who you are.”

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Jazz Brings Us Together 2018:
Jihye Lee Orchestra & Blake Meister Quartet 

WHEN: Friday June 15 - 7:30 pm
FREE event; RSVP is required via this link to ensure your space: Get Tickets

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents the annual Jazz Brings Us Together, a groundbreaking joint performance by two acclaimed, cutting-edge jazz groups from Korea and the United States, featuring in 2018 the Jihye Lee Orchestra and the Blake Meister Quartet.

These two sensational groups will meet for the first time to introduce and blend their unique styles of contemporary jazz in a free performance at An die Musik Live, presented in partnership with the D.C. Jazz Festival as a Fishman Embassy Series event. This joint performance celebrates harmony among Baltimore’s diverse regional communities through cultural exchange and a shared love of jazz music. Audiences won’t want to miss this stellar ensemble performance featuring top Korean and American artists in each group, plus an epic international jam session.

The Jihye Lee Orchestra is led by New York-based Korean jazz vocalist and composer Jihye Lee. She released her first orchestra album, April, in 2017, garnering global praise as a fresh original voice on the jazz composition scene. Lee graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music with numerous awards and scholarships, learning from and working with world-renowned faculty, including Jim McNeely and Greg Hopkins. Lee plans to release her original duet album with pianists Yoonseung Cho and Vardan Ovsepian in the near future.
Jihee Heo, piano
Sungwon Kim, guitar
Sang Ouk Jung, bass
Jongkuk Kim, drums

The Blake Meister Quartet is led by bassist Blake Meister who has performed and recorded with a diversity of renowned musicians, including Marc Copland, David Kikoski, Gary Bartz, Steve Davis, and Warren Wolf.
Blake Meister, bass
Gray Thoma, saxophone
Billy Williams, drums
Larry Willis, piano

Image result for Dariusz SkoraczewskiDariusz Skoraczewski - Complete Bach Cello Suites 
WHEN: Saturday June 16 - 2 pm
Per concert: $20 advance /$23 door /$10 student; Both concerts: $30 advance/$16 student
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CD Release Concert in two parts on June 16 and 23

Part I - June 16
Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 4 in E flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011

Part II - June 23:
Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

Check out this review of his new recording of these pieces in the highly-regarded Gramophone Magazine.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski has been described by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun as having “lush tone, expressive style and solid technique that have earned him admiration in a career that encompasses solo, chamber and orchestral music-making…” He has delighted audiences across the United States, Europe and Asia showcasing his artistry and virtuosic command of the cello. As a soloist he performed with numerous orchestras, including the National Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

His diverse repertoire includes compositions from early Baroque to the present. His debut CD “Cello Populus” is an eclectic collection of contemporary solo pieces and includes works of Hindemith, Ligeti, Crumb, Penderecki, Saariaho and Lutos?awski. Praised by Mike D. Brownell of as “a truly exceptional album that leaves listeners eagerly waiting for another installment”, the recording earned considerable attention to award Dariusz the prestigious Baker Artist Award in Baltimore in 2013.

Since 2011 he has held the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff chair as the Principal Cellist of the Baltimore Symphony. Dariusz plays a 1702 Carlo Giuseppe Testore cello, generously on loan from Marin Alsop in memory of her mother, Ruth Alsop.

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WHEN: Saturday June 16 - 8 & 9:30 pm
: $20 advance /$23 door /$10 full time students with ID
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Samuel Blaser, trombone
Marc Ducret, guitar
Peter Bruun, drums

At a time when there are more musicians in the world trying to be heard than ever before, rare gems like Samuel Blaser seem, paradoxically, to rise above it all. He's already achieved a rare prominence as one of his generation's most wildly elegant, relentlessly forward-thinking and undeniably virtuous trombonists.

Between recording and touring with his own groups and collaborating in other leaders' ensembles, Blaser's career continues an upward trajectory that seems to have no end in sight. "The world of music fascinates me to no end, and I´m determined to take one journey after another with my instrument and work," says Blaser. "It´s all about discovery and communicating new ideas. Believe me, I´m proof that a shiny trombone can send a message right to your heart and change your life."

Image result for Larry Willis TrioCelebrate Father's Day with Larry Willis Trio 
WHEN: Sunday June 17 - 4 & 6 pm
$20 advance/$23 door/$10 full-time student w/ ID
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Larry Willis, piano
Blake Meister. bass
Nasar Abadey, drums

Pianist Larry Willis has had an important and distinguished 40-year career in jazz. Since making his recording debut on Jackie McLean’s landmark 1965 album “Right Now!,” the New York-born Willis has played everything from free jazz to fusion to rock while performing as a valued sideman with such jazz titans as Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey and Woody Shaw. Larry has played on more than 300 records with almost every great jazz musician of the modern era.

Larry Willis is a three-time Grammy nominee with Fort Apache as well as pianist on two of their New York Jazz Critics Award-winning CDs. He’s was also on Roy Hargrove’s Grammy-winning “Crisol Band” CD and toured for three years with Roy.

Image result for Alex Meadow and Joshua EspinozaMonday Jazz Jam
hosted by Alex Meadow and Joshua Espinoza

WHEN: Monday June 18 - 7:30 pm
: All seats: $5
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A first-hand look into Baltimore’s thriving jazz scene at this bi-monthly session. The convergence of many of the area’s talented jazz musicians in this intimate listening room sparks fresh and creative sounds. Join us for an evening of unpredictable, imaginative, and electrifying jazz, brought to you by some of the city’s finest players!

Musicians interested in sitting in should reach out to so we’ll be expecting you! All are welcome!

With a style rooted in the jazz tradition yet tastefully modern, Josh Espinoza's music reaches audiences of all ages.

New Yorker Alex Meadow is an upright and electric bass player currently residing in the Baltimore/Washington area. His freelance career keeps him in high demand as a jazz/funk/fusion artist.

Image result for Shawn Maxwell's NEW TOMORROWShawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow 
WHEN: Wednesday June 20 - 8 pm
$13 in advance/$16 at door/$10 full-time student with ID
Get Tickets

Shawn Maxwell’s New Tomorrow is a quintet made up of five of Chicago’s finest musicians. Performing all original material, they specialize in a style of jazz that is heavily influenced and blended with several other modern genres. Focusing on composition just as much as improvisation, they reveal stunning melodies hidden within complex time signatures. This new approach in Maxwell’s writing brings a perfect blend of composition and improvisation for a new direction in jazz.

After starting his professional career touring internationally, across the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, Maxwell returned home to Chicago. His multi-instrumental talents have been lauded by fellow musicians and critics alike and Maxwell has become one the preeminent performers in the Chicago jazz landscape.

Released Feb 18th 2014, the latest disc from Shawn Maxwell, “Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance”, features an impressive ensemble. This unique album is released on the Chicago Sessions record label. The group has developed an avid following among critics and fans. Howard Reich writes, “Maxwell’s scores proved as unusual as his taste for instrumental color, the pieces shifting from jazz-swing rhythm one moment to classical downbeats the next, from bebop phraseology to long and incantatory phrases to perky, funk-tinged melody making… Nobody writes like this.”

Maxwell has expanded his repertoire to include guest appearances and master classes in educational settings as a Vandoren Regional Artist.  His pedagogical skill combined with a performer’s sensibility has made him a favorite of elementary age through college students.



WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

Open Crank

THU JUN 14 | 7:30PM | FREE!

Maybe you made a Crankie in one of our workshops? Maybe you have created a Crankie? Maybe you have an idea for a Crankie? Crankie lovers unite for this free, open mic-style Crankie event in our Marquee Lounge. We provide the space and a table, a bit of sound and lights, and you do the rest! Info

Sleep Is For The Week!

Baltimore 48-Hour Film Festival

FRI JUN 15 | 7PM & 9PM

The wild and sleepless weekend in which teams make a movie - write, shoot, and edit - in just 48 hours. On Friday, June 8, they draw their genre from "the cruel hat of fate” and get a character, prop, and line that must be included in their film. 48-hours later, the exhausted and invigorated filmmakers turn their films! Join us a we premiere all the final products! Tix & Info

Guitar Legend: Junior Brown

SUN JUN 17 | 7:30PM

One of the greatest guitar originals America has ever produced! Junior Brown employs his unique hybrid of a lap steel guitar and a Telecaster, his own "guit-steel," to take audiences on a tour of honky-tonk, truckin' tunes, country, blues, and all points in between. Tix & Info

Cicada Rhythm

THU JUN 21 | 7:30PM

When Cicada Rhythm hit the road in support of their 2015 debut, they were a homespun, stripped-down folk duo armed with songs that mixed acoustic instruments and soft dynamics with the intimate charm of two harmonized voices. Three years later, band-mates Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis have up-sized their sound considerably with Everywhere I Go. Tix & Info

From Zimbabwe

FRI JUN 22 | 8PM

With infectious Afro-pop grooves, lock-step dance moves, and vocal harmonies reminiscent of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, it is no wonder Mokoomba has been hailed as “quite simply the most impressive band Zimbabwe has produced in recent memory” by Afropop Worldwide’s Banning Eyre. Tix & Info

Baltimore's World Refugee Day Festival!


World Refugee Day is a free, family-friendly festival featuring talented youth and adult performers that are new American artists resettled in Baltimore. Make art, shop the arts and crafts market, bring the kids for face painting and henna, and learn about the work of refugee service providers. Info

Osvaldo Mesa

Gallery Talk: SAT JUN 23 | 6:30 - 7:30PM | FREE
On View: JUN 1 - 23

Listen to Cuban-born painter Osvaldo Mesa talk about his paintings which explores, abstraction, fetish objects, and forms found in nature. The result is a strong mix of surrealism and Latin American Baroque aesthetics that is completely mysterious and unique. Info

Cosmic World of Moondog

SAT JUN 23 | 8:30PM

For many years, one of the most recognizable figures in New York City was the blind, 6ft 4, Viking helmet-wearing, street musician, Moondog. Far more than a recognizable street busker, Moondog was a genius composer whose visionary work has been championed by the NY Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet, and Big Brother and the Holding Company. Tonight, Baltimore musicians, including Liz Downing, Anne Watts (of Boister), Mind on Fire, Michael Willis, Brooks Long, and Hanna Olivegren, perform his amazing compositions. Tix & Info

Cajun Dance Party:

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

SUN JUN 24 | 7PM Dance Lesson | 7:30PM Show

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys began thirty years ago with a reputation for excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on. Their third release, Trace of Time, garnered them a Grammy nomination in the worldwide field of traditional folk music. Tix & Info


w/ Maria Broom

SAT JUN 16 | 1PM-2:30PM

Let go of stress, grief, and fatigue with a dose of Dance Medicine! Enjoy a restful meditation, followed by a nice warm-up for your hips and torso, and then Maria’s gently guided free-style dancing.  JUN 16 | Island Music! Tix & Info

w/ Anna Pasqualucci and Lisa Penn

SAT JUN 16 | 2-6PM   Only 4 spots left!

A sip n’ paint event with historic ties to Highlandtown! Learn how to make the treasured traditional art form of Painted Screens while sipping on Natty Bohs in Creative Alliance’s Marquee Lounge on a relaxing Saturday afternoon! Tix & Info

w/ Yolanda Martinez

SAT JUN 30 & SUN JUL 1 | 10-2PM

In this special two-day workshop Yolanda Martinez, a Native American musician and instrument maker, demonstrates and leads you through the process of making a 14” elk skin hand drum. Tix & Info

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES! Want to stay in the know about our workshops and artist programs? Sign up for our dedicated workshops email by clicking HERE.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Be a Part of CA Members Exhibit and Performance Showcase—The BIG Show!

WHERE: The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

Are you an artist? Musician? Comedian? Dancer?

This is your chance to be in THE BIG SHOW on our walls or on our stage!

Our 23rd annual members extravaganza is on Saturday, June 16, and we want you to participate! Become a Member!

How does it work?
1. Become a member of Creative Alliance!
2. Submit your artwork (under 3 feet wide), and we’ll hang it on our Gallery walls, OR sign up for The BIG Show on STAGE and you’ll have a chance to perform on our stage….as long as your performance is under 3 min. More info!

About Membership:
We have a membership level for everyone! Here are the details.
Your membership supports our growing community and allows us to offer over 400 events per year! Free education programs for families, kids and teens, free exhibitions for the public all year round, phenomenal community events like The Great Halloween Lantern Parade, and so much more!

Members also get discounts on tickets and other great perks - take a look!

All ages welcome! Kids (age 17 and under) can submit artwork or perform on stage - youth entry is only $5.

Dates to Know:

Our FREE Summer Members' Party!

Saxy Beats with Brooks Long

Free for Members!

Cool off at our Members Only summer party! Grab a refreshing cocktail and catch the soulful tunes of Brooks Long with special guests Tiffany Defoe on sax and beatboxer Chuck The Madd Ox.

Arepa’s available for purchase from White Envelope Arepas.

Event and cocktails FREE for Creative Alliance Members!
Become a Member today!

RSVP Required. Please RSVP to by July 1st.

Resident Artists, Classes, Camps, Exhibit @ Baltimore Clayworks

We are thrilled to announce our 2018/2019 Resident Artists!
Please join us in welcoming them to Baltimore. More about our Residents

Summer Classes
are now open for registration on our website!

From your old favorites such as "Basic Wheel" and "Jamaican Coil Building and Soft Slab Hand-building," to new, soon-to-be favorites such as " Architectural Configurations: Slab-building Dynamic Sculptures" and "Crafting Tableware: Not Your Grandmother's Plate," there is sure to be something you'll love!

Full List of Adult Summer Classes

Summer Camps
are still open for registration on our website!
We will have 11 weeks of camps for children and teens running June 18 through August 31st.

Full List of Summer Camps

New Exhibitions are open in our galleries!

  • "Clay from the Classroom," in our Main Gallery, features work made by our students and teachers.
  • "Beguiled," in our Solo Gallery, features recent sculptures by Lars Westby.
  • "Crows, Nests, and Vases," in our Project Space Gallery, features sculptures and vases by Norifumi Taniguchi.

There will be a closing reception on Saturday, July 7th from 6pm-8pm.

Exhibition Info