Sunday, October 31, 2010


Photo of Event or Program ItemPurple Honey Jazz : Sexy Soul, Jazz and R&B
WHEN: Friday, November 5, 8 PM
: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
TICKETS: $25, advance discounts online
Click here for tickets!

Patti Fox Events & producer, saxophonist, promoter Kier Johnson bring their series Purple Honey to The Patterson, with the best in area sexy soul, jazz, R&B a little comedy and... the Purple Honey Martini! Funnyman Larry Lancaster hosts, singer/songwriter Krystle Est performs. See Purple Honey on Facebook!

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June Star Lower Your Arms
Saturday, November 6, 8 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
TICKETS: $10, $8 members
General public, click here for tickets!
Members, click here for tickets!

With strong, literate lyrics, wiry pedal steel, dark acoustic guitars, and Andrew Grimm’s distinctive baritone June Star is an icon on the Baltimore indie rock/ alt country scene. Described by The Washington Post as “The kind of thinking man’s folk associated with the late Townes Van Zandt.” June Star celebrates the release of their sixth album Lower Your Arms. Ellen Cherry opens.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


This fall Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) brings regional, national and international artists, authors and curators to lecture at the College, discussing their work, life and career experiences. Free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, these lectures offer a rare opportunity to learn about the creative process from prominent contemporary figures in the art world.


Wednesday, Nov. 10, 12:30 PM, Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Avenue


Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7–9 PM, Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue

THINK TANK–2010 AND BEYOND Transformations conference
Thursday, Nov. 11–Sunday, Nov. 14, Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Avenue (right: Audience member participates in Transformations: New Directions in Black Art; Photo by Christopher Myers ’94)

Thursday, Nov. 18, Noon–1:30 PM, Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue

Monday, Dec. 6, 7 PM
, Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue

Friday, October 29, 2010


When we started this blog, the Charm City Art Mavens knew there were lots of cultural events in and around Baltimore, but who knew there were so many opportunities to satisfy the would-be artists., among us! Centerstage has one scheduled to begin this month:

Pryor Class

An introduction into the Art of Performance

  • Monologues
  • Scene Study
  • Characterization

Tickets: $200/for all six weeks—purchase tickets HERE
Passes can be picked up the night of the first class.
For more information, please call 410.986.4052, or e-mail

CENTERSTAGE, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore


More classes at the Creative Alliance (that font of interesting ideas for creative people) start in November. Here is a sample:
Photo of Event or Program ItemThe Future of Music Distribution
Presented by Maryland Lawyers for the Arts
WHEN: Thursday, Nov 4, 7–9 PM
WHERE: The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
COST: Advance registration $6; $4 members. Walk-in $10, $8 members
The Internet has created a whole new world for the music business—and for the licensing and copyright issues that go with it. MLA gathers the stakeholders for a discussion on how music makes its way around the web, and beyond, and what the copyright consequences are. Speakers/ musicians include Lars Murray, Senior Director of Digital Media and Marketing forSONYBMG; Casey Rae-Hunter, Communications Director for the Future of Music Coalition; Paul Gardner, Esq.,of The Gardner Law Group; and Rapdragons, a Baltimore hip-hop duo with its own label.For Registration & More Info!

The Submission Process Revealed
Saturday, Nov 6, 2-4 PM
COST: Advance registration $30; $25 members. Walk-in $35, $30 members
Can I sell my novel on just an idea? How do I know which publishers to approach? And how do I get my manuscript read? Elissa Brent Weissman demystifies the submission process for fiction writers, from targeting the right agents and editors to writing a query letter that gets you out of the slush pile  to insider tips to help you land that book deal. Weissman teaches creative writing at UB and Towson and in Hopkins' Odyssey Program; her third Young Adult book, Nerd Camp, is due out from Simon & Schuster in May 2011. For Registration & More Info!


Final Cut, Beyond the Basics: Tips & Tricks
WHEN: Saturday, Nov 6, 10 AM–4  PM (with lunch break)
COST: Advance registration $125; $100 members. Walk-in $170, $145 members
You've mastered the basics FCP tools, now buff out your tool box with tips from pro editor Christopher Reed: Color and Exposure Correction, Titling, Keyframing for Motion Effects, and Sound Design Techniques NOTE: You must have previous experience with Final Cut, as this is not a workshop for beginners. We will not cover the basic interface of the program.For Registration & More Info!

Micro Painting with James Williams
WHEN: 6 Mondays: Nov 8–Dec 13, 7–9:30 PM
COST: Advance registration $145, $135 members. Walk-in $155, $145 members. Materials list provided at 1st class.
Fast and cheap, micro paintings—no bigger than 8" in any direction—are a great way to learn the basics, and the perfect solution for budding artists without a studio, or who just want to take their work on the road. Beginners welcome. For Registration & More Info!

WHEN: 2nd Wednesdays: Nov 10, Dec 8, 7-9 PM
COST: Free!
Migrating from its old stomping grounds at the WindUp, HEAR THIS is changing what it does too! More than just a listening room for audio gems of the public radio variety—now you can bring your own! You've long known that you're the next Ira Glass, let us help you hone those skills! During workshop time, get feedback and advice from radio professionals and enthusiasts alike. For More Info!

Labor Songs Workshop
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov 10, 7-9:30 PM
COST: $10, $7 members
Join the Charm City Labor Chorus in a workshop on the history and performance of selected songs of the labor, Civil Rights and social justice movements. Working with Chorus members, participants will split into groups to learn separate parts, then join together to learn to sing rousing songs in harmony. Ability to read music not required. For Registration & More Info!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


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Pictures on Silence: a Harp and Saxophone Duo

An evening of music from highly acclaimed harp and saxophone duo, Jacqueline Pollauf and Dr. Noah Getz. Pictures on Silence will captivate the audience with music in a wide range of styles, including new works and music from the twentieth century.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)
Govans Branch  
Thursday, November 4, 2010 (7:00 PM)

Suggested Audience: Adults,  Seniors 

The Larks of the Junior League of Baltimore

The Larks

Join the Larks, the longest running community project of the Junior League of Baltimore, for a concert of favorite holiday songs.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

Suggested Audience: Adults. Seniors 


ADMLive logo MusikNOW Concerts at An die Musik LIVE!
A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Monday, November 1, 7:30 PM
Kevin B. Clark, guitar; Colin Rosso, percussion;Jonathan Guo, double bass; Adam Corson, saxophone; Alex Crean, tenor

Join them for an evening of great music by promising artists in the first floor gallery.


Tuesday, November 2, 8 PM
TICKETS: $15/$10 students, season subscription $45/$30 students

Alex Ross returns to the Evolution Series to discuss and sign copies of his new book, Listen To This. Ross is the author of The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, one of the New York Times's 10 Best Books of 2007 and a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His new book aims to “approach music not as a self-sufficient sphere but as a way of knowing the world.”

There will be a wine reception following the presentation.

Friday, November 5, 7 PM
7:00-8:45 — Musical Performance; 8:45-10:00 — Drink/Light Fare Reception
TICKETS: $15 general/$10 students

CD release performance/birthday party, showcasing local flutist, Delandria Mills. This performance will include classical, hiphop/jazz fusion, as well as straight ahead jazz compositions from Mills' latest works.

Delandria Mills, flutes; David Farris, flute; Robbin Fae Massey, violin; Monika Vasey, harp; Clinton Adams, piano; Kingdom Flute Works, flute students; Todd Marcus, bass clarinet; Lyle Link, tenor sax; Samir Moulay, guitar; Todd Simon, piano; Romeir Mendez, bass; John Lamkin, drums; Sean Toure-Thames, mpc

Singers: Jennifer Boone, alto; Heidi Martin, alto; Akua Allrich, alto; Micah Smith, tenor; Todd McAlister, tenor

Hosted by Doc Manning, Bill Harvey, and Tim Bell!

Sunday, November 7, 6:30 PM
TICKETS: $12 general/$8 students
A newly formed early music ensemble featuring lute, cittern, bandora, recorder, viol and voice.



The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival! GROW!

WHEN: Saturday, October 30, Festival 3-9 PM. Parade Line-Up 7pm, Step Off 7:30 PM

Nana Projects artists take The 2010 Great Halloween Lantern Parade into the depths of the garden! Giant praying mantis stilt walkers! A caterpillar lantern like a Chinese dragon puppet! Giant swiss chard rolls on shopping carts. Talking sunflowers and sunflower puppets! Bands! Sac Au Lait, Mambo Combo''s Escola de Samba, Barrage Band, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore All Stars, 901 Youth Arts Center Drums. And OF COURSE the thousand lanterns built by Baltimoreans and carried by their makers through Patterson Park!

Lantern Fest FUN!
WHEN: 3-9 PM (Rain date Sunday, October 31)

WHERE: Pulaski Monument @ eastern & Linwood Avenues in Patterson Park
Come early for a hayride, lantern making, a New Day of the Dead Community Altar, food, beer and live music from Old Man Brown, Love Peace Project and Balti Mare at the Festival!

JOIN! Volunteer as a Parade Marshall. Llight lanterns and march in a glowing Pagoda hat! 5:30-9:30 PMpm. Contact or 443.919.6980

Click here for PARKING SHUTTLE info!
Click here for The Lantern Parade video!


WHEN: Friday, October 29, 2010, 6–9 PM
School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street, Baltimore


WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 12 Noon–2:00 PM
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $5 per child (ages 2-12) with paid admission. Tickets still available!
For additional information, please call Eileen Blinzley at 410.752.2462 ext. 212.

Come celebrate Halloween with us for a monster of a good time and a party that includes games, crafts, music, and light refreshments.


WHEN: Saturday, October 30,
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ellicott City Station,  2711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City
TICKETS: $10.00 per child (ages 2-12). Space is limited to 40 children. Tickets still available!

Bring your ghosts goblins and ghouls for an evening of fun filled with games, treats, crafts, refreshments, and much more to Ellicott City Station. Party cost is

For additional information contact Tiffany Shaw 410.752.2462 x 214

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


in the Haunted Ruins

WHERE: Outdoors at the PFI Historic Park, Ellicott City
WHEN: Through October 31, 2010
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM Sundays at 6:00 PM

TICKETS or call 866.811.4111
pre-ordering strongly recommended
Friday and Saturday close to selling out!

Adults $25 - $30; Seniors $23; Students 14-25 $15
(not recommended for children under 14)

click here for questions about the event

  • bring a flashlight
  • no shuttle--plan to walk up the hill
  • pick up tickets in the Courthouse parking lot
  • dress warmly (really! trust us!)
  • wear sensible shoes for running from ghosts or visigoths


everyman 20 logoSomething for Everyone!  Explore It.  Get That Part!
Learn how to perform onstage and off to get the role you want.


A Popular Class for Actors
Fills quickly so register now!

A fun, supportive class designed to help the dedicated actor navigate the business and perform with confidence in a variety of audition situations. Learn about the psychology of the audition process, work on monologues, prepare assigned text and discover strategies for approaching the cold reading that will help calm the nerves and allow your talent to shine!

  • Instructor: Kyle Prue, Everyman Casting Director
  • Ages: Adults (18+)
  • Experience: Serious Beginner to Advanced
  • WHEN: Saturdays, November 13 – December 18  (No class 11/27), 10 AM – 12 noon
  • WHERE: Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
  • Limit: 12 students
  • Tuition: $200

New Play Creation Workshop
NEW! For teens and adults interested in collaboration & ensemble

Interested in creating new work for the stage? Explore your unique voice through writing exercises, movement and voice explorations and ensemble techniques as we build an original piece inspired by a theme chosen by the ensemble. Performance during the last class for friends and family.

  • Instructor: Carmela Lanza-Weil, Education Director
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Experience: Beginner to advanced
  • WHEN: Mondays, November 8 – December 13; Performance Dec. 13th at 7:00 PM;  4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • WHERE: Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
  • Limit: 12 students
  • Tuition: $250

Limited Availability in both classes. Sign up today!

Find all the information you need on the the education page at


Election Night Extravaganza
Baltimore Improv Group
+ KAL!

Ehrlich v. O'Malley, FOX v. MSNBC, Tea Parties v. Move On, and the winner is . . . Ridiculousness! Live election results will be the jumping off point for cartoons and comedy. 

Partisan bickering! Sweetheart deals! Naked pandering! Live drawing from a cartooning legend! Spend your election night laughing at politicians' campaigns before their actions bring you to tears.

The improv ninjas from Baltimore Improv Group storm the Creative Alliance with KAL, editorial cartoonist for the Economist. A political caricaturist and cartoonist for the past four decades, KAL's work has appeared in the NY Times, the Sun, Time, Newsweek, and Pravda, among others. Since 2007 he has performed with improvisors from Second City; this is his second performance with BIG. 

Come and watch as BIG and KAL rally to restore satire to the nation! Laugh early, laugh often!

WHEN: Tuesday, November 2, at 8:00 PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
PARKING: On the street (allow extra time to find a spot!)
TICKETS: $12 general, $10 CA members & for anyone wearing a political button or carrying a candidate's sign!

Buy tickets now

Monday, October 25, 2010


Unearthing Miguel Covarrubias
WHEN: through
November 28, 2010
Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: Free with museum admission and on view as part of the regular guided museum tour.

  • This show spotlights the life and career of Mexican artist and archaeologist Miguel Covarrubias (1904–1957), who took New York by storm as one of the main contributors to Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, traveling in the same circles as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The exhibition focuses on John and Alice Garrett’s 1932–33 commission of Covarrubias to paint a series of panel paintings depicting cities where the former Ambassador had held diplomatic posts, and the patronage relationship that developed through the exchange of sketches and letters.

  • Four of the panels were painted by the artist at Evergreen, and all eight are still installed today in the mansion’s reading room, which serves as this exhibition’s backdrop. Also on view are other Covarrubias works from the museum’s permanent collection that display the artist’s multifaceted talents.

  • Unearthing Miguel Covarrubias is organized by Evergreen Museum & Library, with guest curator Grace Doyle, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. The exhibition is supported by the Evergreen House Foundation, and a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.


Phillip KolkerPeabody's Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series continues this Wednesday, Oct. 27,  at 8 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, with a faculty chamber music concert featuring Marina Piccinini, flute; Jane Marvine, oboe; Steven Barta, clarinet; Phillip Kolker (shown), bassoon; Philip Munds, horn; and Lura Johnson, piano. On the program are Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 100, and works by Schmitt, Villa-Lobos, and Ewazen. Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Monday, October 25, at 7:30 PM
Peabody Opera Workshop will present Puccini Plus, a staging of the one-act operas Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Stage direction is by Garnett Bruce and music direction by Eileen Cornett. Part of Free Fall Baltimore, the event is free, but advance tickets are required. To reserve tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410,234.4800.
Also this Week
The Music of Louis Andriessen, a free concert on Tuesday, October 26, at 7:30 PM, will be presented by the Conservatory's music theory department in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall. The works to be performed are Image de Moreau...miserere..., Hout, XENIA and M is for Man, Music, Mozart. Andriessen is currently at Peabody for a weeklong residency.

Faculty artist Gary Louie, saxophone, will perform with Kirsten Taylor, piano, as part of the Peabody Spotlight series at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus on Wednesday, October 27, at noon. The free recital will take place at Turner Auditorium, East Monument Street (between North Broadway and Rutland Avenue).

This week's free Thursday Noon Recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall will showcase the percussion department. Tomasz Kowalczyk, Kei Maeda, SuShu and Georgi Videnov will perform Paul Lansky's Suite from Threads; Wanlu Ma will perform Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007; Terry Sweeney will perform Ross Edwards' Marimba Dances; SuShu will perform Minoru Miki's Time for Marimba; and James Wood's Village Burial with Fire will be performed by Sao Aoki, Garrett Arney, Victor Caccese, and Cristobal Gajardo.

On Friday, October 29, at 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, Hajime Teri Murai will conduct the Peabody Concert Orchestra in a performance of Weber's Overture to Oberon; Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21; and Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid Suite. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

The new Asger Hamerik Recital Series at The Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, continues on Friday, October 29, at noon, with a free performance by junior Jasmine Hogan, harp.

Also on Friday, October 29, a quartet led by faculty artist Michael Formanek, jazz bass, will perform at 8:00 and 9:30 PM at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. The performances are part of a CD release tour for Formanek's The Rub and Spare Change. For tickets, call 410.385.2638.

The Chesapeake Chamber Opera will present Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, conducted by Simeone Tartaglione (GPD ’09), on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October 31, at 3:00 PM. The performances, featuring several Peabody alumni and students, will take place at Memorial Episcopal Church, 1407 Bolton Street. For tickets, visit

Soprano Elizabeth Hungerford (BM ’10) and lutenist Kevin Payne (BM ’08, MM ’10) will present Full Fathom Five: Music from the Age of Shakespeare at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street, on Saturday, October 30, at 8:00 PM. For tickets, call 410.385.2638.

Sunday, October 24, 2010



WHAT: Auditions for Approaching Zanzibar by Tina Howe Directed by Brad Ranno
WHEN: Monday, November 1, 2010, 7–10 PM and Saturday, November 6, 10–1PM
WHERE: On Monday, In the Lobby, and on Saturday, on stage, of The Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore MD 21202
  • Auditioners will perform cold readings from the script.
  • The play contains curse words and some mild sexual content.
  • The child roles in the show are meant to be played by children.
  • Some roles may be cast by the same actor.
Link to a review of the show:

Link to Spotlighters website

Friday, October 22, 2010


Exhibition, Dancing & Performances for only $10!
WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 6:30 PM–midnight
WHERE: The Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive (N. Charles & 31st Sts.), Baltimore

The BMA celebrates Andy Warhol: The Last Decade. Visitors are encouraged to wear period attire and enjoy the exhibition of Warhol's late paintings during extended evening hours, along with live music, inspired performances, and other activities—all for just $10—a $5 discount from the regular adult ticket price! For more information about the event, visit or call 443.573.1832. Media sponsor is City Paper.

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is a special ticketed exhibition on view at the BMA through January 9, 2011, featuring more than 50 paintings created by the influential artist and international celebrity in the 70s and 80s. Compelling self-portraits, monumental variations of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper and collaborations with younger artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat demonstrate Warhol's renewed spirit of experimentation during the last decade of his life.

6:30 PM-midnight Andy Warhol: The Last Decade exhibition galleries open
6:30 PM:  Superflydisco DJ
Groove to hits from the 70s and 80s selected by members of the acclaimed disco band performing later in the evening. Start thinking about your playlist requests now!
6:30-11:30 PM:  Art-Making Workshops
Create your own Rorschach, Yarn, Last Supper and Silkscreen paintings or participate in collaborative multi-media art- making activities.
7 PM:  Single Carrot Theatre performs Three Andys
See the world premiere of this theatrical tribute to Warhol by award-winning playwright Rich Espey. Set against a backdrop of the artist's iconic works, the one-hour production cleverly weaves art history with humor and reverence. Warhol's personas emerge as three actors portray Marilyn Monroe, Warhol's mother and others who played a significant role in the artist's illustrious life. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010


ADMLive logo MusikNOW Concerts at An die Musik LIVE!
A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Monday, October 25, 7:30 PM
Peabody Jazz Students
Kevin B. Clark, guitar; Colin Rosso, percussion; Jonathan Guo, double bass; Adam Corson, saxophone; Alex Crean, tenor
Join them for an evening of great music by promising artists in their first floor gallery.

Friday, October 29, 8 & 9:30 PM
Michael Formanek quartet: The Rub and Spare Change CD Release Concert
 Michael Formanek: double-bass; Tim Berne: alto saxophone; Craig Taborn: piano; Gerald Cleaver: drums
The Rub and Spare Change is the remarkable ECM debut of Michael Formanek, creative improvising bassist, resourceful jazz composer, and bandleader able to bring forth inspired performances from his cohorts. The album features a new band which nonetheless draws upon years of shared experiences.

When Formanek assembled his quartet for a set at New York City club The Stone in August 2008, the forceful spirit of the performance convinced him that this was an ensemble that needed to be documented on disc. The quartet was duly recorded in June 2009 in Hampton, New Jersey, and the music then mixed with Manfred Eicher at New York’s Avatar Studios, spirit very much intact.
TICKETS: $20 general/$10 students

Saturday, October 30, 8 PM
Full Fathom Five: Music from the age of Shakespeare and Elizabeth I
Elizabeth Hungerford, soprano; Kevin Payne, lute
A Seattle native, lutenist Kevin Payne holds a Bachelors degree in classical guitar performance, and a Masters degree in renaissance lute performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied Mark Cudek and Richard Stone. Additionally, Kevin has performed in masterclasses for Hopkinson Smith and Ronn McFarlane. Kevin is a member of the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and the Peabody Consort, with whom he recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.


Wanna learn how to improv? Baltimore Improv Group has classes to help you do that:

Upcoming Classes
Intro to Improv
Foundations of Improv introduces the beginner to improv performance. The class will focus on the basics of character and environment work, and on building trust with fellow performers. Come out and have a blast! Email with questions.

  • 7 Mondays, Nov 1 - Dec 13
  • 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 West Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore  21210
  • $150
  • Instructor: Alex Dodge
  • Register now

Intermediate Improv: Creating Characters
Are you stuck playing the same characters over and over? Do you find you start with a great character but lose it halfway through the scene? During this class you will explore how to build dynamic characters through physical, vocal and emotional choices. Use what you already have to create and commit to a plethora of characters. (Yes, Jefe, you have a plethora). Come and see who else you can be on stage. Prerequisite: intro to improv or similar training. Email with questions.

  • 6 Thursdays, Nov 4 - Dec 16 (no class Nov 25)
  • 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 West Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore  21210
  • $125
  • Instructor: Prescott Gaylord
  • Register now

Advanced Improv
Advanced Improv builds on the skills acquired from 101 and 201. This class delves deeper into relationships, scene building, and game. Prerequisite: Intermediate or teacher approval. Email with questions.

  • 7 Wednesdays, Nov 3 - Dec 22 (No class Nov 24th)
  • 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 West Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore  21210
  • $125
  • Instructor: Bridget Cavaiola
  • Register now


One of Charm City’s gems holds forth this Saturday night:

BIG Returns to Fells Point
In the past month, BIG troupes have been playing Festivals all over the country: Atlanta, Austin, Philadelphia. Now BIG returns to Charm City with performances by: Pop 6, Plan B, and the Moving Walkways. They will be joined by special guest Baltimore troupe, Potluck. After the show, there will be an open Jam with audience members improvising with members of BIG.
  • Saturday, October 23, at 8:00 PM
  • Fells Point Corner Theater,  251 S. Ann Street, Baltimore, MD
  • Parking: On the street (allow extra time to find a spot!)
  • Tickets: $10 general, $8  with student or military ID
  • Buy tickets now here

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


MusikNOW Concerts at An die Musik LIVE!
A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Baltimore Lieder Weekend 2010

EVENT 1:  Saturday, October 23, 7:30 PM
Traveling with Hugo Wolf: Spain, Italy, Persia and Ancient Greece
Susan Youens, scholar; Ryan de Ryke, baritone; Daniel Schlosberg, piano

EVENT 2:  Sunday, October 24, 10:30 AM
Hugo Wolf and Beyond
An informal discussion with legendary bass-baritone John Shirley Quirk and renowned Lieder scholar Susan Youens.

Topics will range from Mr. Shirley-Quirk’s recording of the Michelangelo Lieder (with Britten at the piano) to some of the Mörike Lieder to be presented later that day (of which Prof. Youens has written a book and numerous articles), to more general topics of interest to the lieder community.
Croissants and coffee will be served.

EVENT 3:  Sunday, October 24, 3:00 PM
A program of Mörike Songs
Andrea Edith Moore, soprano; Ryan de Ryke, baritone; Daniel Schlosberg, piano
Join them for a closing reception following the recital. All Baltimore Lieder Weekend events are free; donations are encouraged.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


This weekend!
Saturday, October 23 & Sunday, October 24
Throughout Baltimore City
School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230


peabody institute logoMASTER CLASS WITH MIDORI
Prior to performing Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra—at Strathmore this Thursday and in Baltimore on Friday and Saturday—Midori will give a master class in Peabody's Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 5:00 PM. The class is free and open to the public.

This week’s free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall will feature Conservatory guitar students Mark Edwards, Andrew McEvoy, Krystin O'Mara, Jaan Rannik and Timothy Sherren playing works by Brindle, de Falla, and Rodrigo. Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Jennifer Edwards, soprano, will join Mark Edwards to perform de Falla's Four Spanish Songs.

The first concert in a new series of free recitals by Peabody students at the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, will take place this Friday, October 22, at noon. Conservatory harp students will perform.

On Friday, October 22, at 7:30 PM, the Peabody Improvisation & Multimedia Ensemble, led by Gary Thomas, will give its first concert of the season in Peabody's East Hall. On the program are arrangements of Herbie Hancock's Dolphin Dance, Wayne Shorter's Footprints, and McCoy Tyner's Search for Peace, along with the standards All The Things You Are, by Kern and Hammerstein, and My Favorite Things, by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID. For tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Monday, October 18, 2010


    Tony Tsendeas in Tony Tsendeas in The Poe Show
October 21 at 7:30 PM
Actor, writer, director and adored BSA Theatre instructor Tony Tsendeas is Edgar Allan Poe and his maniacal characters in a deliciously terrifying ma-cabaret!

"Tony donned costume and makeup right before the viewers’ eyes to draw them closer into his web of Poe’s imagined world; and as if propelled by a fatal attraction, the audience hung on every word, jumped with every swing of an imagined ax or thrust of a knife that wasn’t there. A thrilling performance. —Maureen Mancini Amaturo, Event Chair, Rye Arts Center, Rye, NY

Gary RubinGary Rubin in Living Life
October 22 at 7:30 PM
The charming Gary Rubin returns to the Cabaret to sing the songs that inspire him—from Sinatra to Sting, accompanied by Brent Hardesty on piano.

  Russ MargoRuss Margo in Schizophrenic Music Epidemic
October 23 at 7:30 PM
The marvelous Russ Margo accompanies himself on the baby grand in a cabaret of classics from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Russ Margo (we love "You Bother Me")--with a few surprises!

Third Annual Baltimore School for the Arts Cabaret Series at the Cabaret at Germano's: An Evening of Chamber Music
October 28 at 7:30 PM
The Baltimore School for the Arts presents the talented young musicians of the Music Department in a magical evening of chamber music under the musical direction of Dr. Christopher Ford.

$10 cover is a tax-deductible donation to The Baltimore School for the Arts.

  Gia MoraGia Mora in LAUGH IT UP, FUNNY GIRL
October 29 at 7:30 PM
Actor-vocalist Gia Mora returns to Germano's with her cabaret, LAUGH IT UP, FUNNY GIRL. Digital surveillance, online dating, and an iPod shuffle of American songs come together in an outrageous evening of music and storytelling about love and life in the age of the Internet.

"Superb acting... luxuriate in her jazz stylings."—Karen Shod
"Delightful... hilarious."—Washington Post
"Lucille Ball-like comic timing."—DC Theatre Scene

RUSS MOSS Russ Moss Performs Delicious Songs
October 30 at 7:30 PM
The exciting jazz vocalist and musician, Russ Moss, performs his original cabaret "Delicious Songs," including favorites by George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and the Beatles. He is joined by jazz great Stefan Scaggiari on piano.


If you love films and have attended the Maryland Film Festival in the past, you might want to become a Friend of the Film Festival. You get lots of benefits and support a worthwhile program:

From MFF Director Jed Dietz…

To all Maryland Film Festival Supporters:

If you have ever thought about becoming a Friend of the Festival, with all the cool movie-going benefits that brings (like free preview screenings every week and free films before 6 PM on the Friday of the festival), or have just been thinking of financially supporting the MFF—THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT.

Thanks to the efforts of one of our new Board members, Michael Mandel, every dollar you give us between now and November 1, will be matched by two dollars by the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, up to $10,000.

It's easy—you can send us a check, join online via PayPal, or call Lucia at the office (410.752.8083) with a credit card.

Please help us capture the full amount of this special challenge, and see your donation matched 2 FOR 1.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


David S. East Utilizes New Fabrication Techniques to Explore the Changes and Promises of Suburban Culture

image Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents Crown, featuring new installation-based works by Ceramics Department Chair David S. East

WHEN: Friday, October 22–Sunday, November 14, a public reception will take place on Friday, November 5, 5–7 PM 
WHERE: The Bunting Center’s Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore

Driven by generic real estate images, architectural ornamentation and utilizing search engine responses in image generation, this exhibition will combine new fabrication technologies, ceramics and mixed media formats. [David S. East, Cut Torus, ceramic, 2009 (Made at the E.K.W.C.) Photo by Dan Meyers)]

Seeking “the science of the mundane,” his work juxtaposes suburban architecture and design with other systems of self-identification, including biology and genetics.

East, who has served as chair since 2008, leads the Ceramics and New Technology Research Initiative, funded by the Ceramics Department and the Office of Research at MICA, which is designed to foster new thinking and partnerships, and explore the burgeoning marriage of science, ceramics and studio-based artistic practices. He has taught and been a visiting artist at numerous locations, including University of Missouri-Columbia, where he taught for six years before coming to MICA. East’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in juried and curated exhibitions, most recently in a traveling group exhibition in China and solo exhibitions at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and at Millersville University, Penn.

Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. It enrolls 1,747 undergraduate and 238 graduate students from 46 states and 53 countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), and master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees. MICA’s outstanding graduate programs were ranked in the top 4 of 220 programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2008-2010 Best Graduate Schools Edition and first nationally among specialty schools as a producer of Fulbright Scholars in an analysis by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The College also offers post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs–including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually, as well as artists’ residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.

Friday, October 15, 2010


An awe-inspiring exhibition exploring the last body of work by influential artist and international celebrity Andy Warhol.

See the Pop icon as never before through more than 50 works, including monumental self-portraits, vibrant camouflage abstractions, black and white ads, and collaborations with younger artists.

Immerse yourself in large-scale works that reveal the energetic return to painting and creative experimentation that marked Andy Warhol’s last decade—and revisit the politics and Pop culture of the late 70s and early 80s in The Last Decade Lounge.

Organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Generously sponsored by The Rouse Company Foundation and The Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Exhibition Endowment Fund. Additional support provided by Jeffrey and Harriet Legum.
The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Media sponsor is City Paper.


The Baltimore Museum of Art · 10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore, MD · 21218 · Open Wed-Sun · 443.573.1700


Image Credit: Andy Warhol. Self-Portrait. 1986. Mugrabi Collection. ©2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York



WHEN: Friday, October 22, at 7:45 PM
The Bel Air Reckford Armory, 34 N. Main Street, Bel Air
TICKETS: $5, children under 10, free; includes popcorn & a soda (bring your own snacks too)

Town of Belair Film Festival will feature Barry Levinson's, The Band That Wouldn't Die– the classic ESPN 30 for 30 film about the Baltimore Colts Marching Band and how they kept the spirit of professional football in Baltimore alive through creative and bold action. The Band That Wouldn't Die also prominently showcases Sports Legends Museum as the back drop for many of the interviews and conversations throughout the movie.

Following the showing of the film, John Ziemann, the Deputy Director of Sports Legends Museum and the Babe Ruth Museum, will give a presentation on the film and Sports Legends Museum, along with a question-and-answer session with movie-goers.

For more information, please contact
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Check this out: The Spotlighters Theatre does Shakespeare!  The Bard’s first play, a rip-roaring comedy of mistaken identities and twin masters and servants will have you rolling in the aisles. Great for the kids too!

spotlight theater logo. Spotlighters Theatre
Twelfth Night (What You Will)

by William Shakespeare

Nothing like a little creative license right?  Especially if it’s Shakespeare! 

TNWHEN: October 22 – November 14, 2010, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM; One Thursday Performance on November 11 at 8 PM
WHERE: 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
: Adults, $20 / Seniors, $18 / Students, $16. TEN SPOT THURSDAY: November 11—all tickets $10
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Spotlighters is hosting a TOY DRIVE for CASA of Baltimore City (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care). Donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child (age 5 to 18 years) and help make the holidays a bit brighter for these children. (iTunes and Amazon gift cards are very popular!)

Director Phil Gallagher takes an especially interesting approach to Twelfth Night, also known as What You Will.  Gallagher hails from England, where he received his Masters Degree from Cambridge University. He wears two hats for this production, directing and playing the esteemed Sir Toby Belch. Alongside Gallagher is his highly-trusted Assistant Director and Set Designer Sherrionne Brown. This talented duo utilizes their background of forty-plus years of experience in theater to infuse Twelfth Night with an extra element, comic relief. 

Gallagher’s Twelfth Night is set in the 18th Century along the Adriatic Sea, in the Mediterranean, where a shipwreck evolves into a case of mistaken identity; but with Gallagher at the helm, there are sure to be plenty of laughs to go around. As the plot
continues to unfold, it exposes more shocking twists and turns than a D.C. map, ultimately leading to a rather thought-provoking finish.

Twelfth Night also showcases an extremely talented cast, both on stage and behind the scenes. Trisha Geiger (Stevenson University Theatre student)  returns as Stage Manager for her second production here at Spotlighters, as does Costume Designer Helenmary Bell, who joins the troupe for her ninth show, that’s just for Spotlighters alone! 

Not to be outdone, the talented cast is headed by Jennifer Mikulski (as Viola/Cesario), Michael Leight (as Duke Orsino) and Karina Ferry (as Olivia).  Jennifer is a member of the Shakespeare Factory Players, and is excited to be performing in her favorite Shakespearean Comedy at Spotlighters.  Karina Ferry and Michael Leicht are both extremely talented actors and are excited to be making their return to Spotlighters.  Ferry and Leicht most recently appeared at Vagabond Theatre as Nora and Torvald  in A Doll's House and as Bella and Jack Manningham in Gaslight at Spotlighters Theatre. 

With such a talented director, cast and crew, Twelfth Night should be, as Director Phil Gallagher said, “a rollicking good time!”

Spotlighters Theatre: Exceptional / Diverse / Creative Theatre since 1962!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


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MusikNOW Concerts at An die Musik LIVE!
A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Saturday, October 16, 8 & 9:30 PM
Warren Wolf Trio with special guest Christian McBride
Warren Wolf, vibraphone; Anthony Wonsey, piano; John Lamkin, drums
Special Guest Christian McBride, bass
TICKETS: $25 general/$15 students

The finest musicians to spring from the world of jazz have clearly had an advantage when it comes to branching into other genres of music. Their mastery of composition, arranging and sight reading coupled with their flair for improvisation and spontaneous creation make them possibly the most seasoned and adaptable musicians in the art. Grammy Award winner Christian McBride, chameleonic virtuoso of the acoustic and electric bass, stands tall at the top of this clique.

Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist who lives in Baltimore. As a youth, Warren attended Peabody Prep, where he studied with former Baltimore Symphony member Leo LePage. After graduating from The Baltimore School for the Arts, Warren enrolled at Berklee College of Music, studying with Caribbean Jazz Project vibist Dave Samuels.

Anthony Wonsey is a premier jazz pianist, composer, recording artist and educator. He has recorded and toured with an impressive list of  jazz luminaries. With over 50 recordings including six as a leader, Wonsey is clearly one of today's leading voices of the jazz piano. He is also an active educator at the New School in New York City, Berklee College of Music, and Anton Bruckner University in Austria.

John Russell Lamkin, III, is a Baltimore native. John attended The Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music. Lamkin has been recognized by, played and recorded with a number of exceptionally talented recording artists.

Monday, October 18, 8 PM
Greg Ward, alto sax; Tim Haldeman, tenor sax; Jason Roebke, bass; Mike Reed, drumsTICKETS: $10 

People, Places & Things is a quartet that investigates and reinvents some of the under-recorded, under-recognized aspects of Chicago jazz circa 1954-60. Not in a literal way, but in way that is informed by a modern progressive “jazz” unit. They recently released About Us (482 Music) and anticipate the forthcoming third record in the series, Stories and Negotiations, bringing three ubiquitous members of Chicago in the 50's into the fold.

Tuesday, October 19, 8 PM
: $12/$8 students

In celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday, Abe Minzer presents an all-Chopin recital featuring less-heard Chopin, as well as some of his more popular music The program will consist of 3 Mazurkas, Op. 56; Polonaise-Fantasy, Opus 61; Impromptu in Gb, Op. 51; Nocturne in F, Op. 15 #1; Scherzo #3 in C#m, Op. 39; Six Etudes from Op. 25 (1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12); Scherzo #4 in E, Op. 54

Abe Minzer earned a Masters of Music in Piano Performance at the Peabody Conservatory, studying piano with Walter Hautzig and performing in master classes with Leon Fleisher. He then earned a doctorate in Piano Performance from West Virginia University, studying piano with Herman Godes, pupil of the legendary Walter Gieseking. Currently, Dr. Minzer is a music instructor at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), Pikes Peak Community College, the Colorado Springs Conservatory, and the PILLAR Adult Education School.

Thursday, October 21, 8 PM

Performing works of Schubert. Debussy, Schumann/Lisz. and LisztTICKETS: $10/$5 students. Join them for a post-concert wine reception.

Wasserman is currently in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his principal instructor is Antonio Pompa-Baldi. He holds degrees in piano performance from the Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Former teachers include Yong Hi Moon, Daniel Shapiro, and Antoinette Perry.

 Friday, October 22, 8 & 9:30 PM
Dave Burrell, piano; William Parker, bass; Sabir Marteen, reeds
TICKETS: $ 20/$15 seniors & students
Distinguished composer-pianist Dave Burrell is a performing artist of singular stature on the international contemporary music scene. His dynamic compositions, with blues and gospel roots recall the tradition of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson and Duke Ellington, as well avant garde composers Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.