Thursday, May 25, 2017


Dear readers and event press agents,

You may have noticed that the Charm City Arts Maven blog has been silent for a few days.

It seems that the program I use to post notices to the blog underwent an update. It was so successful that I am unable to open (and use) the program, which means I have been silent for awhile.

I am working hard to find a remedy to this situation. What was so easy has now become impossible.

Please check back from time to time to see if the blog is up and running. If you are getting daily updates, they will resume as soon as I can once again post.

Thank you for your patience and loyalty. You have made this blog so successful.

I'll be back...

Ruth Ross

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


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

Carl Filipiak Jazz Band

WHEN: Friday, May 26 at 8 and 9:30 p.m.
$17 in advance; $20 at door/$10 full-time student with ID

Carl Filipiak, guitar
Paul Hannah, sax
Robert Shahid, drums
Max Murray, bass

Carl Filipiak has earned critical acclaim as one of today’s most dynamic jazz guitarists. Jazziz Magazine has included him among a renowned list of guitar players in their nominations for “New Fusion Blood,” and JazzTimes calls him “a dazzlingly versatile guitarist.”

Many of his recordings and performances have paired him with some of the industry’s finest musicians including Dennis Chambers, Victor Wooten, and Grammy nominee Bob Berg. His six independent recordings on Geometric Records have garnered him reviews in such prestigious publications as 20th Century Guitar, Billboard, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Jazziz and JazzTimes. Turner Broadcasting and NBC Sports have featured Carl’s music in several televised events including the Olympics.

Carl performs at various festivals and venues along the east coast and has been honored regionally with several awards. He has received the esteemed WAMA award from the Washington Area Music Association for “Best Jazz Instrumentalist”, “Best Guitarist” from from Baltimore Magazine and “Best Jazz Musician” from The City Paper.

Park at the Franklin Street Garage (at the corner of Charles & Franklin Streets) for just $3 on evenings and weekends. You must pick up a voucher at An die Musik in order to receive the discounted rate.


Be sure to come visit the Eubie Blake Cultural Center and view

Call and Response: Art Between Artists
by Sallah Jenkins and Alma Roberts.

WHEN: The exhibit will be on display until June 24th. Our gallery hours are:
Wednesday - Friday    1 – 6pm; Saturday         11am - 3pm

The second Psymposia event of the season will take place here at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center. For more information and to reserve tickets, click here. 

Join the Urban Choral Arts Society for a celebration of Black Music Month on Saturday, June 3rd. For more information and tickets, click here

Join the Eubie Blake Cultural Center and Arena Players as we fundraise for the arts! This will be a night full of food, fun, and festivities, and the proceeds will go towards programming at the at both organizations. Tickets and more information can be found here.

The Return of the Funk Show
Directed by Troy Burton, performed by the Eubie Blake Cabaret Company, and featuring the music of:  Parliament Funkadelic, James Brown, Cameo, The Gap Band, Rick James, George Duke, Heatwave, Instant Funk, Aretha Franklin, Mother's Finest and Parlet. 

  • Come dressed in your favorite funkdafied clothing.
  • Cash bar available. Dinner for purchase.

WHEN: Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th.  Doors open at 7pm. Performance at 8pm.
Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Tickets can be purchased here

The Baltimore Summer Youth Music Intensive is accepting applications now! Click here to apply.

Coming This Fall: 

Urban Express II 

This Fall, the Eubie Blake Cultural Center will present Urban Express II: Then and Now, sponsored by Maryland Humanities. Join us for panel discussions, writing workshops, an art exhibit, and more! And be sure to follow us on social media for updates.

Monday, May 15, 2017


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In-Gallery Conversation: Jack Whitten & Katy Siegel

WHEN: Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m.
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore

Jack Whitten and Senior Research and Programming Curator Katy Siegel will discuss the trajectory of social abstraction and Black abstraction from the post-War years to the contemporary moment. More

Windowsill Daydreaming (72 N. Union Street, Rochester)

Black, White & Abstract: Callahan, Siskind, White

WEN: Opening May 17

See more than 40 works by three of the most important and influential American photographers of the 20th century: Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White.

Jack Whitten photo by John Berens.
Minor White. Windowsill Daydreaming (72 N. Union Street, Rochester). 1958, printed 1960–1966. The


Please join us for the opening of Call and Response: Art Between Artists, a joint exhibit by Sallah Jenkins and Alma Roberts, curated by Yvonne Hardy-Phillips.

WHEN: May 3 - June 24.
WHERE: The Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 North Howard Street, Baltimore

Tickets available for purchase here.

Applications are live! Click here to complete the application

Urban Express II: Then and Now

The Eubie Blake Cultural Center will present a series of programming called "Urban Express II: Then and Now," which will focus on the 1968 Baltimore Riots as well as the 2015 Baltimore Uprising. This programming will feature a photography exhibit, artist talks, writing workshops, panels and community discussions, and a protest music concert. All events will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Maryland Humanities. Photos of the 2015 Uprising are being accepted for submission to the exhibit at

The Eubie Blake Cultural Center itself was founded as a result of the Baltimore Riots, and hopes that this programming will shed light on the history of systemic racism and police violence in Baltimore. The exhibit and related programming will take place in Fall 2017


The Fantasticks
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey SchmidtDirected by Curt L. Tofteland

Be the radish that your mother planted and take her to see The Fantasticks. She'll love the "homespun charm" (DCTheatreScene) of this "jubilant triumph of musical merrymaking" (DCMetroTheaterArts).

Purchase tickets today for May 19, 8pm - and save 50%.
Use discount code MOM2017. Offer valid Friday, May 19, 8pm, adult-priced tickets. Limit 4 per transaction. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets. All discounts based on ticket availability.

The Fantasticks is "the perfect way to introduce families to the magic of musical theatre" —MDTheatreGuide

Audiences are loving The Fantasticks

My husband and I were thrilled with this performance! You hit the spirit of this gem perfectly and my kudos to all the actors who so lovingly played their part – especially to ‘El Gallo’ -  oh my, was he electric!! —Christine Silberberg

We came away humming "Try to Remember" and "I Can Learn" while marveling at the tremendous amount of talent we watched on your stage. Every one of your actors put heart and soul into their roles, and swept us away with their performances. The fathers, the lovers, the players popping out of the box, and best of all, El Gallo! We loved them all. It was a wonderfully memorable performance. —Hope Daniels

IMAGE: Rafael Sebastian as Matt, Robby Rose as The Mute, and Roxanne Daneman as Luisa. Photo by Teresa Castracane


WHERE: Baltimore School for the Arts, Mark K. Joseph Building, 712 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD


Robin Hood
Dramatized by Cathryn Pisarski
Directed by Bobby Harris 

WHEN: May 13, 14, 20 & 21, performances 1pm & 3pm
Har Sinai Congregation, 2905 Walnut Avenue, Owings Mills
TICKETS: Single Advance Tickets $14 each; Groups of 10 or More $12 each
Door Tickets $16 each (cash, check or credit card)
More info and purchase tickets:

Robin Hood is the classic tale of Sir Robin of Locksley who has given up his titles to help the peasants of Nottingham. Stealing from the rich to give to the poor, he and his band of merry men are hunted by the Sheriff of Nottingham. In order to flush him out of his hide out in Sherwood Forest, the Sheriff hatches a plan to capture Robin by staging an archery contest. Can the clever Maid Marion help him escape? See Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett, and all the rest in this swashbuckling adventure! Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

We're Kicking off Our 50th Birthday with a Huge Party!

Parents! Children! Lovers of Live Theater! Baltimore's premiere children's theater company is turning 50 years strong and wants to commemorate this achievement with you! Pumpkin invites you to enjoy our big bash for games, laughter and, of course-birthday cake!

Celebration Entertainment Includes:

  • Games for all age
  • Children's Karaoke
  • Live Music by Limestone Connection
  • Costumed Pumpkin Characters
  • Announcement of 50th Season

WHEN: Saturday May 20th, 12pm-5pm
Pumpkin Theatre at Har Sinai, 2905 Walnut Avenue - Owings Mills, MD 21117

*Regular ticket prices apply for Robin Hood performances May 20: $14 in advance and $16 at the door.
Find out more information here!

2017 Summer Camps

We have camps for ages five to seventeen. It will be an exceptional experience for your young actor. musical theatre and comedy are offered as well as beginning acting. Join our talented staff and make this summer one to remember!

Theatre Playgrounds 1 & 2
(Playground 1 for ages 5-6)
(Playground 2 for ages 7-8)

Does your child love stories and playing make believe? In this camp your child will learn a variety of dramatic skills focusing especially on what qualities go into understanding/creating a character as well as understanding and building a story.

WHEN: July 31-August 4 (10am- 12pm)
COST: $230

Comedy Camp
(ages 12-17) 

Kids spend their days exploring theater games, comedy improvisation, and writing and performing comedic scenes and monologues. This one week camp will teach campers listening skills, improvisational skills, build self-confidence and work on writing skills. They will laugh their way through these summer camps!

WHEN: June 26 - 30 (9:00am -4:00pm) 
COST: $325
*Before care and after care available

Broadway JR
(ages 8-14)

This two week session explores all aspects of musical theater. Students will rehearse and perform a cabaret style show. Your kids will also have lots of fun playing theater games and learning as they do so! A great class for your musical theater enthusiast!

WHEN: July 31-August 11 (9:00am-3:30pm)
*Before care and after care available

For more information or to enroll please call 410.902.1814 or write to us at

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Black, White & Abstract: Callahan, Siskind, White



clip_image002WHEN: May 17-October 1, 2017
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) explores abstraction through more than 40 photographs by three of the most important and influential American photographers of the 20th century: Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White. Black, White & Abstract: Callahan, Siskind, White  is drawn from the museum’s Prints, Drawings & Photographs collection, considered one of the most significant holdings of works on paper in the country. Acquired in 2012, Minor White’s nine-part sequence The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Sequence 14 has never before been on view at the museum.

“The major acquisition of White’s series provided an exciting opportunity to organize an exhibition about the abstract, black-and-white photographs of White and two of his important contemporaries Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, whose work is well-represented in the museum’s collection of 4,000 photographs,” said Rena Hoisington, Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs. Born within a decade of one another, each artist took up photography in the 1930s and achieved prominence in the 1940s and 1950s as they embarked on long teaching careers that would inspire generations of artists. The three worked primarily in black and white, although White and Callahan experimented with color photography. All were interested in extending the expressive potential of the medium while pursuing—and expanding the possibilities of—abstraction, even as their work remained tethered to representational subject matter. Of relevance, too, was each photographer’s interest in exploring formal and/or thematic concerns through the creation of series of interrelated photographs. The exhibition is curated by Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs Rena Hoisington.

Essentially self-taught, Harry Callahan first took up photography in 1938 and was then invited to teach at the Chicago-based Institute of Design in 1946. He would go on to establish the photography department at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1961. His wife, Eleanor, served as his muse and subject for numerous compositions throughout his career, especially during the 1950s.

Aaron Siskind came to photography in 1930 when he was an English teacher for fifth through ninth graders in the New York City public school system. In 1936, Siskind joined the newly founded Photo League, a cooperative of professional and amateur photographers. Leading the organization’s Feature Group, he worked on several projects to chronicle city neighborhoods. In the early 1940s, Siskind’s interests shifted away from socially conscious documentary photography toward more personal and creative pursuits. Siskind taught with Harry Callahan at the Institute of Design in Chicago, where the two artists worked closely together in the 1950s to modify the photography curriculum. Siskind later was reunited with Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1970s.

Minor White established his career in 1937 as a photographer and a teacher in Portland, Oregon, where he documented 19th-century architecture through funding provided by the Works Progress Administration. In 1942, the Portland Art Museum gave White his first one-man exhibition. Later, White began teaching at the California School of Fine Arts. White’s work is associated first and foremost with abstract and contemplative imagery of the natural world. During the 1940s, however, he took many figural photographs. In 1953, White moved from San Francisco to Rochester, New York, where he worked at the George Eastman House and then taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology. White moved to the Boston area in 1965 to teach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he remained until 1974. The following year also witnessed his retirement as editor from the seminal photography journal Aperture. White undertook his last major project, the Jupiter Portfolio, reprinting 12 of his most important compositions made between 1947 and 1971. 

Advanced Exhibition Schedule—Spring/Fall 2017

Image: Minor White (American, 1908-1976). Sound of One Hand Clapping, Sequence 14, #9. 1957-1962. From the series Sound of One Hand Clapping, Sequence 14. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, and Roger M. Dalsheimer Photograph Acquisitions Endowment, BMA 2012.174.9. © Trustees of Princeton University


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

Alex Brown Trio featuring Victor Provost
WHEN: Thursday, May 18 - 8 & 9:30 pm
: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID

Victor Provost, steel pan
Alex Brown, piano
Zach Brown, bass
Eric Doob, drums

Jazz pianist and composer Alex Brown is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation. In 2007, Alex joined the group of ten-time Grammy-Award-winner Paquito D’Rivera. Alex has also performed with musicians including Jane Bunnett, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, the New York Voices, Terell Stafford, Gary Thomas, Dave Valentin, Miguel Zenon, and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Victor Provost is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voices on the steel pan. Through appearances at concert halls and clubs worldwide, he has developed a soloist’s voice and style to be reckoned with. With a strong foundation in Bebop, a contemporary sensibility, and deep roots in Caribbean music, he works in countless genres and musical styles. He collaborates with Wynton Marsalis, Pacquito D’Rivera, Hugh Masakela, Nicholas Payton, Terell Stafford, and Wycliffe Gordon. Victor is on the George Mason University faculty and has taught classes at Berklee College of Music, and Miami University, among others. He is perennially awarded “Jazz Percussionist of the Year” by Washington City Paper.

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Friday, May 12, 2017


Negro Baseball League Day

WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 2017
The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, 216 Emory Street, Baltimore

Look How Far We've Come....Or Have We ?

Join us for a Panel Discussion hosted by the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Baseball Leagues and presented by the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum.

Invited VIP’s to include Orioles Hall of Famer Al Bumbry, former Negro League players Pedro Sierra & Mrs. Mamie “Peanut” Johnson (one of the few remaining players and one of three women to play in the Negro League), Washington Senators alum Fred Valentine, Former NFL Star Jean Fugett, Jr. (who is Adam Jones’ father in law),  among others. 

With recent events in Boston, the conversation should be quite current.
Panelists will be available following the talk during a short reception.

ADMISSION: to the Museum and Panel Discussion is just $10 Adults & $5 Children

Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Baseball Leagues



Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum



Opening in the east gallery... 


Towson University | department of art + design photography students
curated by Jenee Mateer & Kyohei Abe

WHEN: OPENING RECEPTION  |  Saturday  May 13, 7—10pm; on view May 13 – June 10
Jordan Faye Contemporary, 218 W Saratoga St., 5th Floor  |  the Maryland Art Place Building  |  Bromo Arts District, Baltimore

Jordan Faye Contemporary, in continuing its tradition of showcasing the work of young and emerging artists, is pleased to present a group pop-up exhibition of photographs and video by students from Towson University.  The work in this exhibition is varied but common themes emerge and coalesce around interrogations of time, self, place, and memory as they relate to human relationships, the metaphysics of existence, and manifestations of techno culture in this digital age.



The Earth Is Intimate

WHEN: Saturday May 13, 7-10pm for a closing reception to celebrate Jenee's fifth solo exhibition with Jordan Faye Contemporary.

Installation view of the front gallery.

Partial Artist Statement

I am connected to the earth; its smell is savory, sweet.  I dig my fingers into the soil. Worms seek cover, mysteriously disappearing into the underworld.  And if, like Alice, I were to follow the rabbit, its white bushy tail disappearing down the hole, if I were to follow and fall into the earth what would be revealed to me on the underside? The garden speaks to me of the possibility of another world, a parallel universe where things are not what they seem.

Jenee Mateer, Crest (of cabbage and kings), 29 x 38.5 inches archivally framed



Calling all young artists & parents of artists... 

Is your (high school) daughter or son thinking about heading off in a career in the arts - are they a creative, passionate soul who spends countless hours drawing or painting - acting or singing - taking photographs or designing new things... Are they thinking about attending art school for college? Are you worried about how they'll make it, once out of school?

We're here to reassure you, that there are so many ways to be a creative thriving artist. 

Join us for an short informative workshop with Florence Lehr of ARTriculate & Jordan Faye Block

WHEN: Saturday, May 13, CAREERS in the ARTS  10:30 -11:30

CAREERS IN THE ARTS  Introduces students to a variety of different art careers, many of which combine "traditional" subjects with art, such as Biomedical Illustration and Interface Design and opens their horizons to many exciting professions.

This workshop is free and open to any parents and high school students who are looking at a career in the arts!

Read and learn more about ARTriculate, here.