Monday, February 13, 2017

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS CONTINUE @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE: FILM, DISCUSSION, SOUL MUSIC

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Film | Awake Zion

WHEN: Thursday, February 16 | 7:30pm
WHERE:
Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS:
$10, $7 mbrs. (+$3 at the door)
More Info & Tix

The infamous Crown Heights race riots in the summer of '91 set the tone for an urban battleground between Jewish and Black communities in Brooklyn. The fallout is still felt in this historically diverse neighborhood to this day. A vibrant and unique reggae music scene has emerged out of this tinderbox, which is a curious cultural hybrid of Rasta and Jewish influences—the most notable example being the platinum-selling Matisyahu. All of which begs the question: what gives?

For director Monica Haim, reggae music ignited something that went far beyond the melodies and beats. Her experience with Rasta and reggae gave rise to a discovery of shared histories and common beliefs - and an unexpected doorway towards connecting with her own Jewish roots. All the way back  to the alleged sultry affair between the Jewish King Solomon and the African Queen of Sheba, Jewish influence is evident in the  spiritual history of Ethiopia - turning up subtly in Rastafarian lifestyle and then, inevitably, in reggae. Chronicling the story of this unlikely kinship, Awake Zion unites Jewish and Jamaican musicians, scholars, and historians in a celebration of roots and culture—a beat-laden adventure that kicks off in Brooklyn, travels to Jamaica, the  birthplace of reggae, and culminates in Israel, where a sizzling reggae scene thrives today. Awake Zion is a deeply personal examination of what it means to be Jewish, Rasta, white or black - and, most importantly, the universal search for what it means to be "home."

Dir. Monica Haim | 2014 | 62 min.


Discussion | What does it mean to be Black?

WHEN: Thursday, February 16 | 7:30pm
WHERE:
Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
Free!
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Creative Alliance partners with SHAN in celebration of Black History Month to present a discussion: What does it mean to be Black?

Discussion with Activists: SHAN, Leila Rghioui, & Aurelio Martinez
Hosted by: Linnea Poole & L. Gerald Leavell II
Performances by: Shalanda Hansboro & DJ Pierre

Garifuna Soul: Aurelio Martinez

WHEN: Friday, February 17 | 8pm
WHERE:
Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
Tickets: $20, $17 mbrs. (+$3 at the door)
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Aurelio Martinez, singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, is a cultural warrior for the Garifuna people of the Caribbean Coast of Central America. He and his band find a warm, inviting, danceable space creating a sound influenced by the Garifuna’s West African and Amerindian ancestry. On stage, Aurelio’s passion for his culture is equally matched by his guitar solos and warm vocal delivery. 

The original home of the Garifuna is in St. Vincent, which is one of the windward islands in the West Indies, where a distinct culture developed that combined West African and Amerindian influences. The Garifunas were deported in 1796 by the British government from St. Vincent and sought refuge on Roatan island, situated in the Bay Islands of Honduras. They later dispersed along the Central American coast, but held on to a their language (Garifuna), and their own music and culture.

Aurelio grew up in a small Caribbean village called Plaplaya, surrounded by a family of talented musicians. His father was a well-known local troubadour who improvised songs containing Garifuna roots rhythms and Latin sounds. Following in his uncles and grandfather’s footsteps, he became a brilliant drummer in his early childhood. From his vocally gifted mother, he learned to sing and picked up many songs she crafted. He began performing at Garifuna ceremonies when he was just a boy, even at the most sacred events where children were usually not allowed. At the age of 14, the young man became a respected musician with a firm grounding in Garifuna rhythms, rituals, and songs. In 2006, Aurelio, still building his musical career, became the first Garifuna congressman from his region in Honduras’ history. For this occasion, the politician’s main goal was to represent and support the Garifuna people to protect their integrity as a whole.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

OUT OF THIS WORLD DISPLAY @ BROMO SELTZER TOWER

WHEN: Saturdays | February 25 - July 1, 2017; Opening Reception | Friday, February 24, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, 21 S. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 

Each lithograph, screen print, or intaglio print in Out Of This World depicts a powerful woman - often a comedienne or an actress -moving amongst an inhospitable landscape. Chris Mona’s prints are equal parts thoughtful research and feral disregard. He investigates the elasticity of time, as figures marked by their era - Colonial Virginia to Powerhouse 1980’s - are transported to settings in other trajectories of time and space - deep-time Earth to sulfuric Venus. In one print, swinging 60s model Peggy Moffitt dances in a billowing couture dress on a comet nucleus recently visited by a European space probe; in another, actress Miranda Hart lounges in a Devonian Era landscape populated by earth’s first land plants.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is open every Saturday from 11am to 4pm.  Guests have an opportunity to view artwork throughout the building, including 15 floors of working artist studios and special exhibits.  Visitors can also learn more about the historical building and participate in a tour of the clock room ($5).

Photo Credit: Chris Mona – Lily Tomlin on Mars, color lithograph on paper, 2012

FREE ADVANCE SCREENINGS AT MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway

A New Home for MdFF

On May 3rd, 2017, MdFF opens the doors of the 100 year old historic Parkway Theatre and welcomes movie-lovers and friends together to celebrate independent film.

The Parkway's new life will begin with the Opening Night Shorts Program and stay open 365 days a year, showcasing unique and innovative programming for Baltimore film fans.

Buy your All-Access Pass for guaranteed entry into Opening Night here.

Learn more about the Parkway here.

A new home means a new look for MdFF.

STAY TUNED for EXCITING changes and new offers for members and friends!

Free Advance Screening of

Before I Fall
Director: John Lee Hancock

Cast:
Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi, with Diego Boneta and Jennifer Beals

What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her--before she runs out of time for good.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADj35gDqM90

WHEN:l Saturday, February 18, 12:00pm
WHERE: AMC Columbia

FOR PASSES: Current Friends of the Festival Members - reply to this email with subject line "Before I Fall" to receive a special link redeemable for a pair of tickets.

Free Advance Screening of

A United Kingdom
Director: Amma Asante

Cast:
David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Nicholas Lyndhurst

A United Kingdom is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940's just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history.

Website: http://aunitedkingdomthemovie.com/

SCREENING DETAILS:

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, 7:00pm
WHERE:
AMC Columbia

FOR PASSES: Current Friends of the Festival Members - reply to this email with subject line "A United Kingdom" to receive a special link redeemable for a pair of tickets.

 

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Monday, January 30, 2017

DANCE PARTY @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE CELEBRATES BOB MARLEY’S BIRTHDAY!

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Bob Marley's Birthday Soul Shakedown
with See-I (of Thievery Corporation), DJ Papa Wabe, & Papa T

WHEN: Saturday, February 4 | 8pm
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $18, $15 mbrs. (+$3 at the door)
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Our annual dance party celebrating Bob! This year, we bring in the reggae backbone of Thievery Corporation, See-I, with their 10-piece band, plus guests.

The story begins with two brothers, Rootz and Zeebo Steele, who found their way from college in North Carolina via the Caribbean only to end up in Washington, DC. It was in the cultural melting pot of the Nation’s capital that they developed their creative and musical talents. In the heady days of the late 1980s, the brothers Steele would launch See-I. They quickly became a fixture of DC’s burgeoning reggae scene crossing paths with reggae aficionado Eric Hilton who was determined to include them in his future projects. Throughout the '90s and into the coming millennium they would go on to record, perform and tour with Thievery Corporation. Still touring with Thievery Corporation, See-I are a powerhouse 10-piece band that has grown in into a phenomenon all their own. What a perfect way to fete the influential sound and words of Bob Marley.

Friday, January 27, 2017

THIS WEEKEND @ BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP

WHEN: Saturday, January 28 @ 8:00 pm
WHERE:
Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Get you and your main squeeze on down to the Single Carrot Theater for the Saturday Night Double Feature.  Two amazing troupes on one stage performing a new show every week.  There will be thrills, chills, and spills, love, lust and laughter, action, mystery and suspense– all in living technicolor with full surround sound, 3D effects and (if you’re in the front row) smell-o-vision.  Come on out to the moving pictures!

Featured Troupes: Training 4 Prom & Lekker

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Saturday January 28 @ 9:00 pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Watch Gus perform their usual fast-paced multi-scene hilarity to kick off the show – and then watch them slow it down a bit to dig out even more funny over one scene!

Featured Troupe: GUS

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Sunday, January 29 @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Just the Two of Us

Close out the month with two outstanding troupes!
Features Troupes: Aftermath & Old City

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Every Monday at 7:30pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Our newest addition to the schedule, Baltimore's ONLY competitive improv show! This week: Baltimore indie troupe Scrapple once again defends their title once again against challengers Silversmith! Can Scrapple hold on to their illustrious title? Come pick a side and find out!

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 31 @ 7:30
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

The Conservatory

Our newest addition to the BIG schedule!

The Conservatory throws together the best indie and student players for 4 month stints of intensive coaching, rehearsal, and performance; you reap the benefits watching the talent flourish before your eyes!

In addition to one of The Conservatory teams, we’ll throw in a BIG special project to fill the evening out.

Featured Troupes: Fractal of the Conservatory & BIG special project Queerprov.

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Wednesday, February 1 @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Baltimore Improv Group’s Open Mic!

The open mic is free to attend and free to perform at and is open to improv, standup, and sketch performances.  Then stick around for a chance to perform with three BIG faculty members!

Sign up begins 7PM ~ This event is FREE!

WHEN: Thursday February 2 @ 7:30
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Bring your own troupe night!

Drop your team name in the hat to perform with your improv troupe, sketch troupe, practice group, or some new friends you met outside. All experience levels welcome.

ADMISSION: This event is FREE!

For more information on shows, classes, & volunteer opportunities visit Bigimprov.org

Monday, January 23, 2017

CREATIVE ALLIANCE CELEBRATES WORDS & MUSIC OF GIL SCOTT HERON

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Winter in America: The Revolutionary Words and Music of Gil Scott Heron
with Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band, Gia Scott Heron

WHEN: Saturday, January 28 | 8pm
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $20, $17 mbrs. (+$3 at the door)
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Speaking truth to power, the words and music of the late Gil Scott Heron are needed today more than ever.

Lifelong funkateer Joe Keyes "The Late Bloomer," along with a guest appearance from Gia Scott Heron, daughter of Gil Scott Heron, celebrate the man and his music. 

Since 2010, Joe Keyes has been at the helm of The Late Bloomer Band, an all-star collective of top talent in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. music scenes. As a band, these musicians have earned the privilege to collaborate with members of Parliament-Funkadelic and Fishbone. While Keyes channels the likes of Miles Davis, Sun Ra and P-Funk in conducting The Late Bloomer Band through funk and jazz odysseys, the frontman is truly at home when singing the songs of soul/jazz poet and fusion musician Gil Scott-Heron. He is a presence on stage, and his massive, big band are a force to be reckoned with. This show was originally mounted in 2016 to celebrate Gil Scott Heron’s birthday. If there ever has been a time that this show is neede— it’s now.

Friday, January 20, 2017

MUSIC TONIGHT @ THE RED ROOM

TRIO: Dan Conrad, Kate Porter, Eric Franklin

ELECTRONIC MUSIC: Maggie Wilkinson

BASS CLARINETS: Jamal Moore, Samuel Burt

WHEN: Friday January 20, 2017 | 9:00 pm
WHERE:
Red Room in Normals Books and Records, 425 East 31st Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
ADMISSION: $5-10

Baltimore veterans and talented newcomers! A night of conversational improvisation and intensely focused electroacoustics.

Maggie Wilkinson, an electronic musician from Goucher College, makes music with equal parts intellectual depth and thick emotion.Dan Conrad (flute), Eric Franklin (theremin), and Kate Porter (cello) – Exploration of immediate themes and texture in sound. Objectivity vs distraction. Humor vs frustration. Possibility vs economy. (etc.)

Starting the night is a duet of bass clarinets with Jamal Moore and Samuel Burt. Creaking, croaking, smooth, buzzy, crunchy, and fantastic.

BLACK HISTORY EVENTS SET @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Black History Events at Creative Alliance

WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

Creative Alliance celebrates black history, culture, and artistic expression. The list below is just a sampling of the stellar events we present throughout the year! (Above: Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Navasha Daya, What does it mean to be Black?)

SAT JAN 21 | Navasha Daya w/ Jonathan Gilmore
SAT JAN 28 | Winter in America: The Revolutionary words and music of Gil Scott Heron
SAT FEB 4 | Bob Marley's Birthday Soul Shakedown w/ See-I
THU FEB 16 | FILM | Awake Zion
THU FEB 16 | DISCUSSION | What does it mean to be Black?
FRI FEB 17 | Garifuna Soul: Aurelio Martinez
THU FEB 23 | Walter Wolfman Washington Mardis Gras Blues Party
SAT FEB 25 | EXHIBITION | Johns Hopkins Black History Month Student Competition


Navasha Daya with Jonathan Gilmore

WHEN: Saturday, January 21 | 8pm
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $25, $22 mbrs. (+$3 at the door)
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Called an “astral soul goddess” by Mojo magazine, Navasha Daya (nah Vah sha Day- ya), is an exceptionally gifted and seasoned songwriter/ singer, composer, producer, and choreographer who is internationally known as a breathtaking performer. On stage, Navasha embodies the feminine spirit and inspires women around the world. Grammy-Award winning songstress India Arie described Navasha’s voice as “the true definition of soulful.” Prior to her solo release, Navasha served as lead vocalist, songwriter and co-founder of the highly acclaimed Baltimore based soul/jazz band, Fertile Ground.

DESIGNER REGISTRATION FOR BALTIMORE FASHION WEEK ENDS SOON!

REGISTER HERE

JORDAN FAYE CONTEMPORARY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!

Jeffery Herrity, Blue, slip-cast porcelain, plexi, & wire
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Receptions on 3 floors

WHEN: January 19 - 22
WHERE:
Jordan Faye Contemporary, 218 W Saratoga St., Top Floor, MAP , Baltimore

Did you miss our two Winter Exhibitions 

FOREST THROUGH THE TREE | JEFFERY HERRITY

BEING PRESENT | celebrating a decade of Jordan Faye Contemporary

... Now's the time to come and see them! Plus our lovely neighbors - Terrault & Maryland Art Place have exhibitions Opening. Erin Fostel | Standing Still @ Terrault 3rd floor + @ MAP 1st floor gallery Abhidnya Ghuge | Our Lives Our Green & Heather Harvey | ENCAMPMENT both open this thursday. 

Come check out multiple exhibitions in the Maryland Art Place Building this Thursday January 19th from 6-9pm. 

This weekend is the last weekend to see Forest Through the Trees & Being Present!

gallery hours thru Jan. 22 | Thursday 2-9pm | Friday & Saturday 12-5pm & Sunday 1-4pm


EXHIBITION  |  UP NEXT

these are them 
curated by Justin Hoekstra

WHEN: OPENING FEBRUARY 4  |  7-10pm

These are painters

They are all hunting for that magic lever which releases painting from language

They are connected through their engagement with painting and Baltimore

They are all doing this work in addition to the work of surviving

The painters in this show are working along the faultlines within the discipline

Each is possessed of a unique mode of engagement with the materials and their history

All are working in the realm of painting and exploiting various strategies to make something that they wanted or needed to see

Uncertainness serves to further unite these works... 

{excerpt from curator's statement}

Learn more here.

BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP SCHEDULES BUSY WEEKEND

*There are no Improv shows this Friday due to the opening of the Single Carrot Theatre's exciting new production "Samsara."

WHEN: Saturday, January 21 @ 8:00 pm
WHERE:
Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Get you and your main squeeze on down to the Single Carrot Theater for the Saturday Night Double Feature. Two amazing troupes on one stage performing a new show every week. There will be thrills, chills, and spills, love, lust and laughter, action, mystery and suspense—all in living technicolor with full surround sound, 3D effects and (if you’re in the front row) smell-o-vision. Come on out to the moving pictures!
Featured Troupes: Training 4 Prom & Lekker

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Saturday January 21 @ 9:00 pm

Watch Gus perform their usual fast-paced multi-scene hilarity to kick off the show—and then watch them slow it down a bit to dig out even more funny over one scene!  Featured Troupe: GUS

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Sunday, January 22 @ 7:30pm

The return of BIG's original Sunday Funday! This hour long show brings together BIG performers wth talented groups and troupes from across the region!

Featured Troupes: Sad Trombone of Philly, The Caucus of Baltimore, & Local Spot of BIG

Tickets only $5!


Workin' on the weekend? Don't fret! We now have weekday shows so you can unwind and laugh, and maybe even join in!

WHEN: Every Monday at 7:30pm

Our newest addition to the schedule, Baltimore's ONLY competitive improv show! This week: Baltimore indie troupe Scrapple defends their title once again against challengers Glittarati! Come pick a side and help decide who leaves victorious, and who just... leaves.

Tickets only $5!

Thursdays are bring your own troupe night!

Drop your team name in the hat to perform with your improv troupe, sketch troupe, practice group, or some new friends you met outside. All experience levels welcome.

This event is FREE!


WHEN: Saturday, January 21 @ 12pm

Improv Saturday for Teens!

Jump into some seriously hilarious improv work. Learn how to build exciting stories, create fascinating characters, and present them through fun improv scenes and games. These workshops are all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice. Always fun, this class will focus on developing improv skills and creating performers. For any level of improv experience for teenagers ages 13-17.  Come out and have a blast!

Tickets only $20!

WHEN: Sunday, January 29 @ 5:00pm


$15 Intro to Improv Workshop!

Never taken an improv class before? Well now is your chance to try it out with experienced BIG instructors! This introductory workshop is designed to give potential students an opportunity to experience what a class is like before committing to a full course. Through simple, fun and supportive games, participants will explore basic concepts like playfulness, listening and agreement—all in a safe and comfortable group setting geared specifically toward those who are new to improv. Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of time to secure your spot. For adults 18+

Tickets only $15!

For more information on shows, classes, & volunteer opportunities visit Bigimprov.org

BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP PRESENTS NEW INTENSIVE

Baltimore Improv Group is proud to present our new intensive, featuring the best indie & student players in Baltimore:

The Conservatory

WHEN: Tuesday, January 24, @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 North Howard St., Baltimore
Tickets only $5!

*There are no Improv shows this Friday due to the opening of the Single Carrot Theatre's exciting new production "Samsara".

Purchase tickets here!