Monday, November 29, 2010


Stoop Storytelling & CENTERSTAGE present

O Little Town of Baltimore: A Holiday Live Radio Show

The Stoop Storytelling Series presents a ha-ha-holiday show extraordinaire featuring old-time radio sketches with live sound effects, performances from R&B a capella trio West Ave, the barbershop quartet BSQ from Dundalk’s Chorus of the Chesapeake, local singer/songwriter ellen cherry—and more. And, of course, the true, personal tales The Stoop is famous for. During each show, three audience members get a chance to come onstage and tell their holiday tales.*

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*Got a holiday tale to tell? The Stoop is seeking people to tell 5-minute true, personal tales about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, etc. for their holiday show. Email

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Cinderella performances close to selling out!

December 11 – 19, at 1 and 3 pm
Pumpkin Theatre, 8415 Bellona Avenue Suite 115, Towson
A beloved fairy tale about a young woman who triumphs over her nasty, abusive Stepmother and Stepsisters and marries her Prince Charming, thanks to a zany Fairy Godmother, a trip to the Royal Ball in an enchanted coach, and a glass slipper. The Fairy Godmother's two comical helpers keep things moving along in this delightful musical version of a classic known the world over.

Join many of Pumpkin Theatre’s favorite actors—Stacey Needle, Tomi Rinaldi, Tammy Crisp, Erin Confair, Chris Jenhert, Anthony Scimonelli, Laura Weiss and Paul Wissman.  Go to a royal ball in an enchanted coach and see who will fit the glass slipper!


Go to their WEBSITE and get an order form or call 410.828.1814, Monday - Friday between noon and 3 PM.

The Sunday, December 12th, 1 PM performance is almost sold out!

Order your tickets today!


Caroline’s Holiday

WHEN: Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 10 AM–1 PM
WHERE: 844 East Pratt Street, Baltimore

Celebrate the holiday season by making take-home traditional crafts! Brownies earn Try-It Patches

$11.00 per child (including patch)
Members 50% off!

Registration Required

Located two blocks east of the Inner Harbor on the corner of Pratt and Albemarle Streets.
Easily accessible via I-83 or I-95.

Limited FREE parking on Albemarle Street.
Parking garage directly across from Pratt Street entrance.

The Hofmeister Museum Building and Garden are wheelchair accessible. The historic Flag House is accessible on the first floor, and a video tour of the second floor is available.

Friday, November 26, 2010



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

December brings holiday celebrations—get your tickets early for these must-see events:

Jewish Roots: The Poulenc Trio Celebrates Hanukkah at the Walters Art Museum—Friday, December 3, 7:30 PM.  Featuring the world premiere of Yiddish Lexicon by Jakov Jakoulov. $20/$10 students

Charm City Klezmer’s Annual Hanukkah CelebrationSaturday, December 4, 8 & 9:30 PM.
Eastern European folk music performed with passion and conviction!  All tickets $12

The Baltimore Consort’s Holiday Concert at the Walters Art Museum— Friday, December 17, 7:30 PM.  This world  renowned ensemble returns for their third annual holiday celebration, with early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain and the rich trove of traditional balladry and dance tunes preserved in the Appalachian mountains and Nova Scotia.

TICKETS: $20/$12 students/$15 seniors & Walters Art Museum members

For new additions to November calendar; highlights are attached below. Please see the website for full concert details at


McDaniel College is offering a diverse calendar of music and art events throughout December. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Below, I have listed the music events for the holiday season. Information: Call 410.857.2599 or visit

College Choir Concert, Of Darkness and Light
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 5, 7 PM
Baker Memorial Chapel, 2 College Hill, Westminster

Under the direction of Music Professor Margaret Boudreaux, about 70 students will encourage audience participation in a program inspired by German, Argentine and Italian works, along with Peter Yarrow’s timeless Light One Candle, reminding the audience to never forget Hanukah’s heroic origins. Then there’s the a cappella setting of I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, to make sure we never forget our inner child! Another childhood treat, Jingle Bells, is followed by our traditional Still Still Still, and Silent Night.

The Westminster Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 PM 
: Scott Center at Carroll Community College
TICKETS: $5; students admitted for free.
Information: 410.386.8000.
Under the direction of Rachel Zephir, adjunct Music lecturer at McDaniel, 15 McDaniel students join Carroll Community College students and community musicians to perform selections including Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony Movement 1, Bach’s Come Sweet Death, Grainger’s Molly on the Shore and Prokofiev’s Montagues and Capulets.

Jazz Night
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 9 , 8 PM
Decker Center Forum, 2 College Hill, Westminster
This semester’s program includes performances from three classes and members of the Music Department’s voice studio, all directed by Bo Eckard, senior lecturer in Music. Ensembles include the 18-piece Thursday Jazz Ensemble, the 19-piece Monday Jazz Ensemble and the 5-piece Jazz Combo, with vocalists Brittany Robinson, Danni Long, and Sydney Thro. This concert will feature original compositions by McDaniel students Dan Parsons, Paul Onheiser and Matt Clise. Styles of jazz represented include classic big band swing, bebop, Latin, Funk, Jazz-rock and Tin Pan Alley.

College Band Concert
Friday, Dec. 10, 7 PM
WMC Alumni Hall, 2 College Hill, Westminster
More than 60 students, faculty members, band alumni and community musicians under the direction of senior Music lecturer Linda Kirkpatrick will perform a program including the following selections: Cambrian Explosion by Richard Saucedo, Ghost Dances by Roland Barrett and The Eighth Candle by Steve Reisteter. Katie Kirkpatrick will be playing Villanelle by Dukas for French horn with band accompaniment.

Gospel Choir Concert
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:30 PM
Baker Memorial Chapel, 2 College Hill, Westminster
More than 50 students will perform an evening of spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel music under the direction of Music Lecturer Eric Byrd.

Student Clarinet Ensemble, Nostalgic … but New
Sunday, Dec. 12, 7:30 PM
Levine Recital Hall, 2 College Hill, Westminster
Under the direction of David Duree, Adjunct Music Lecturer at McDaniel, the ensemble will perform selections including A Toot in Ninesia, which is a take on jazz great Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night in Tunisia; variations on African-American folk songs; and Hungarian folk songs set for clarinet ensemble by Vaclav Nelhybel.

Children's Chorus of Carroll County
WHEN: Sunday,
Dec. 19, 3 PM
Baker Memorial Chapel, 2 College Hill, Westminster
Free admission; Donations are appreciated
Under the direction of Diane Jones, the chorus will perform holiday music. Featured guests include the Holiday Horns with Music Director Phil Hooks and Conductor Les Douglas. Children’s Chorus of Carroll County provides an accessible, quality choral experience for children in central Maryland. It is dedicated to serving the community and helping children develop attitudes that will foster a lifetime of joyful singing.


Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) graphic design students have partnered with the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, the Central Baltimore Partnership and local advertising agency Mjach Designs to create advertisements promoting tourism in Station North.

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Image captions (left-right): Advertisements by Julian Haddad (detail), Justine Smith (detail) and Monica Picca.

Three advertisements, individually designed by juniors Julian Haddad, Monica Picca and Justine Smith, will rotate on display on the Charm City Circulator, a fleet of free shuttles traveling in and around downtown Baltimore City, Wednesday, Dec. 1–Tuesday, March 1.

MICA students designed the advertisements after visiting the Station North neighborhood, documenting its characteristic features, generating ideas about its future potential and interviewing riders on the Circulator. Located in the heart of Baltimore and adjacent to MICA’s campus, Station North was the first area in the city to receive the state designation as an arts and entertainment district. Spanning the communities of Charles North, Greenmount West and Barclay, Station North is a diverse collection of artist live-work spaces, galleries, row houses and businesses just steps away from Penn Station and Mount Vernon.

The final ad selections were chosen out of work by more than 40 graphic design students. Draft concepts were reviewed by David Bielenberg of Station North Arts and Entertainment District; Melissa Lentz of Mjach Designs; and Ashley Wallace of Central Baltimore Partnership, a coalition of neighborhood, private, public and institutional interests implementing a community development strategy in the central Baltimore area.


Cinderella is Selling Out!
Don't miss the ball!

cinderellaPumpkin Theatre's holiday production, Cinderella—a musical by Jim Eiler
WHEN: December 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 1 and 3 PM.
Sunday, December 12 at 1 PM is SOLD OUT!

WHERE: St. Timothy's School for Girls, Stevenson, MD (one mile north of beltway 695) EXIT 22, Greenspring Ave.
TICKETS: $12 in advance and $14 at the door and can be obtained by visiting their website and printing out an order form or calling 410.828.1814 between 12 and 3 PM Mon - Fri. (Office will reopen Monday, November 29)

*Four play subscriptions are still available for ONLY $40!

Photo: Elisa Dugan/Cinderella, Stacey Needle/Fairy Godmother, Paul Wissman/Prince Charming

*Cinderella, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Emperor's Nightingale & How to Eat Like a Child.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Inspirational, honest, even heartwarming; frank, funny, and long overdue. This surprising and acclaimed new play, based on interviews with veterans and their families, puts aside politics and Hollywood alike to probe the unvarnished, and powerfully personal, truths of those who serve and sacrifice. How do you shift seamlessly from battlefields to backyard barbecues? What is the price paid by families at home when husbands, mothers, sons, and sisters go to war?

Tickets: $10–45   (Military Ticket Discount Available)
CENTERSTAGE, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore

USO THURSDAYS (click to learn more)
Dec 2, 9 - Proceeds benefit USO-Metropolitan

CENTERSTAGE Book Club (click to learn more)
Dec 11, pre and post matinee discussions - Read the book Gates of Fire, watch ReEntry, and discuss.

ACT TWO DISCUSSIONS  (click to learn more)
Nov 24, Matinee - Nancy Clayton, MD (Clinical Care Consultant, Dynamics Research Corporation)
Nov 24, Evening - Interactive Video Feedback
Nov 26, Evening - Jackson H. Day, MPH (Former Chaplain and Vietnam Veteran, Executive Director, International Conference of War Veterans Ministers)


Cards Comics and Collectibles 20th Annual Thanksgiving Sale

From the Store that Brings You the Baltimore Comic-Con...

For 20 years, along with your Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy and Cranberry Sauce, Cards Comics and Collectibles has brought you the largest, most complete comic book and collectibles sale in the greater Baltimore area. 

WHEN: November 26 – 28, following Thanksgiving,  and this year, there will be even larger discounts on Sunday.
WHERE: 100 Chartley Drive, Reisterstown

  • 20%-70% off almost everything in the store!


  • 80% OFF: Modern Back Issues
  • 60% OFF: Graphic Novels, Trades & Hardcovers

Cards Comics and Collectibles has held this sale after Thanksgiving for over two decades now, and some folks travel hundreds of miles take advantage. Their back issue bins and trades and hardcover shelves are overflowing – they are really stocked well for this years event....they may even have some Baltimore Comic-Con news this weekend too!

Hours:  Friday, 11 AM-7:30 PM; Saturday, 11 AM-7 PM; Sunday, 12 PM-5:00 PM
For more information, call Cards Comics and Collectibles @ 410.526/7410


See It. Believe It.

All My Sons
By Arthur Miller

EXTENDED Through December 18—One Week only!


All My Sons Breaking Box Office Records

All My Sons imageYou've read the reviews, you've heard it from your friends. Don't miss your chance to see what is being called a seminal production in Everyman Theatre's History!

"This season, Everyman celebrates its 20th year. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of patrons rank the affecting revival of  All My Sons among the best efforts of those two decades. The production reminds you why you love theater, reconfirms what an involving and haunting art form it is—and how a first-rate company can make it doubly so." — Baltimore Sun

"Riveting production...realized with eye opening freshness by Everyman's finely tuned cast" —WYPR Maryland Morning

"Miller gets great help from director Vincent Lancisi, his designers, and the resident company of Everyman...All My Sons provides a rare, welcome glimpse of the contradictions inside us all." —Baltimore City Paper

There are performances every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and two shows on Saturday and Sunday. Listed below are only dates with tickets currently available. If you would like to check on last-minute availability, please call the box office at 410.752.2208.

SYNOPSIS: Joe Keller strives for the American Dream, but two years after WWII's end, his family still suffers from the aftershocks.  When Chris, the elder son, announces his plan to marry his missing-in-action brother's fiancée, chaos is unleashed.  A mother must confront her denial, a son his father's fallibility, and a father his choices.  Arthur Miller's powerful story about personal responsibility won the 1947 Tony Award for Best Play and catapulted him among the ranks of America's greatest playwrights. 

Running Time: 2 Hours and 15 minutes


Monday, November 22, 2010


Germano’s Trattoria has a raft of holiday programs. Here are few. Check out their website,, for more information.

WHERE: Germano’s Trattoria, 300 South High Street, Baltimore

Robyn Stevens and the Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation: Amahl and the Night Visitors
WHEN: Dec. 1, 2010, at 7:30 PM
  Robyn StevensRobyn Stevens, Producer-Artistic Director of the Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation, presents the wonderful Christmas classic, Amahl and the Night Visitors, an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti with an original English libretto by the composer. Starring Harrette Dunn-Felz, Robyn Stevens, Michael Rainbow, Steven Scheinberg, Daniel James Gorham, accompanied by John Wilson and featuring the Chorus of Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church.

Jennifer Blades in Desire, Despair, Deceit, and Delight—A Holiday Cabaret
WHEN: Dec. 4, 2010, at 7:30 PM
   Jennifer BladesDynamic cabaret performer Jennifer Blades returns to Germano's with a new holiday show entitled Desire, Despair, Deceit, and Delight—A Holiday Cabaret. Joined by Maestro Jim Harp at the piano, the duo celebrates all aspects of the holidays: from the desire for that one perfect gift to the despair and deceit of loss, and ultimately, the delight of getting exactly what your heart desires. From classics such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas to the hilariously satirical Surabaya Santa, along with gems from the Great American Songbook, this show will certainly lift your spirits and put you in the mood for the holidays.

Broadway and Opera Star Luke Grooms Brings His New Cabaret to Baltimore:
Put Your Junk in Your Trunk
   Luke Grooms
WHEN: Dec. 8, 2010, at 7:30 PM
Marvelous tenor Luke Grooms last visited Baltimore as Piangi in the national tour of Broadway's Phantom of the Opera. He will return to perform his critically acclaimed cabaret, Put Your Junk in Your Trunk, featuring works by new up-and-coming musical theater composers, including Scott Alan, Pasek and Paul, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk, and Jonathan Reid Gealt, as they tackle taking journeys, both emotional and physical.


An annual holiday favorite featuring BSA's dancers

WHEN: December 3 –12; performance times vary
Baltimore School of the Arts, 712 Cathedral Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10 Students, $15 Adults Purchase Tickets

The BSA’s annual production of The Nutcracker is widely anticipated and supported by the community, with sold-out performances to 5,000 guests. This charming production of The Nutcracker brings Clara, the Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Fairy and innumerable other beloved characters to life for Baltimore’s families. This professional production of this holiday classic was choreographed by Boston Ballet Director Barry Hughson specifically for BSA dancers and features their most talented high school dancers, as well as our delightful young students from TWIGS. Educational Family Guides accompany each performance.


McDaniel College is offering a diverse calendar of music and art events throughout December. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Below, I have listed the art events for the holiday season. Information: Call 410.857.2599 or visit For gallery hours, call 410.857.2595 or visit

progress: A Mixed Media Installation by Chanan Delivuk ’08
WHEN: Through Dec. 17

Chanan Delivuk ’08 focuses her artwork on the ways that food, agriculture and biotechnology relate. To shape her work, she talks to people who work in these industries and then uses the audio to make a video, in which she becomes the person through voice. Delivuk, who this year earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts in New Media Art from George Washington University, says she relies on investigation for most of her projects and considers research essential to her practice.

For her most recent body of work, Delivuk says she spoke with the women who created the food diary of her childhood to see what their food diaries were like, and how hers ended up the way it did.

“By speaking with the women in my family, I have chronicled a progression beginning with my grandmother (born in 1933) and ending with my niece (born in 2002) of my family’s food history,” Delivuk says. “The conversations are recorded, and the audio serves as the basis for a video project. In addition, research remnants from my studio— books, notes, old projects—form an installation to complement the conversations.”

To view Delivuk’s work, visit

McDaniel College, a private four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences, was founded in 1867 as Western Maryland College. Students pursue more than 60 programs of study, including dual majors and student-designed majors.  The 1,700 undergraduates and 1,300 graduate students receive personal attention and take advantage of leadership opportunities in the close-knit community, where the average class size is 17 and professors are dedicated mentors.  The 160-acre campus is located in Westminster, MD, 30 miles northwest of Baltimore and 56 miles north of Washington, D.C.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Table Manners - Promo Poster

The Norman Conquests: Table Manners
by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Steve Goldklang

WHEN: November 5 - December 5, 2010; Thursdays–Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM
Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 South Ann Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10 (Thursday, December 2) , $15, $17, depending upon performance night
FPCT allows you to exchange your tickets for another performance (of the SAME production) up until 90 minutes before showtime. You can make exchanges online via the ticketing system.

Three couples, two food-fights, and one irresistibly licentious philanderer...Such is the backdrop to a weekend getaway in which everything that could go wrong does, resulting in riotous sexual frustration and unrequited lust.

20101103-195923.jpgDon't miss this 2009 Tony Award-winning comedy.  

The word is out: Table Manners is a hit!

"The overall effect is as tonic as a champagne cork popping.  The audience was in stitches."— Jack L. B. Gohn,

Saturday, November 20, 2010


FEARLESS SURFACES: an Intensive Glaze & Slip Workshop

Smith glazing

WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore
MON - SAT, 10AM – 5PM
410 578 1919

Do you go blank when you look at the surface of your pot?  Wondering what glaze to use and how to apply it... This workshop will help you get over your fears and take out some of the mystique of glazing.  You will learn some new slip and glaze techniques!   We'll begin with brushes and wax resist methods to achieve some interesting and varied visual surfaces on pots. You will learn how to apply several glazes and slips to add color and depth to your work. 

Instructor: Collette Smith                  ST12 Members $140, Non-Members $160

For more information or to register, please click here or call 410.578.1919, ext 10

Friday, November 19, 2010


Wow! Those folks at the Creative Alliance really are creative. We get more information from them regarding the myriad of events they produce down there on Eastern Avenue. There seems to be an offering for every taste. Best of all, they promote and feature Baltimore artists to the Baltimore community:


Photo of Event or Program ItemEthel Ennis — Ethel Gives Thanks
with Shodekeh

WHEN: Saturday, November 27, 8 PM; 7pm Members’ Happy Hour with food, $2 drinks & priority seating.
WHERE: 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $23, $21 members
Free ticket if you become a member tonight!

One of the great jazz vocalists of our time, diva Ethel Ennis celebrates the gifts we all have, on the event of her 78th birthday! She is joined by sublime keyboardist Stef Sciaggari, his Trio and special guest — former Patterson resident artist, beat boxer Shodekeh, fresh from his collaboration with the BSO. Sponsored by Janet Smith & John Wright.

General public, click here for tickets!
Members, click here for tickets!

Thursday, November 18, 2010



Photo of Event or Program ItemFor Haiti
A Dance Benefit for CARE
WHEN: Sunday, November 21, 2 PM student showcase and 7 PM performance with reception & silent auction.
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: 2 PM $15, $12 members& students. 7 PM $20, $18 members & students.

Dancers Lara Martin, Lindsey Hedrick & Stacey Claytor will present the CARE for Haiti Dance Project—a benefit concert partnering with the CARE organization to continue raising money for the Haitian people after the devastating earthquake in January 2010.

11-21 Flirt & FizzleThis contemporary music & dance concert will feature premier works by Sheena Black, Caleb Jones (above), Lara Martin, Nicole Martinell, Sarah Konner & Austin Selden and Nadia Tykulsker. Martinell’s Flirt & Fizzle (right) highlights the dynamic music of Jel in a somewhat peculiar contemporary modern duet that questions the validity ofrelationships emerging from intrigue and fixation. While her Muffle the Puppet characterizes the emotional journey of a woman longing to speak, express, and find herself. Celebrated cellist Caleb Jones produces an original score inspired by Haitian culture that Lara Martin helps applaud with new choreography. Sheena Black brings her knowledge of Haitian dance to the stage with Les Femmes de Collines.

Meet the choreographers, dancers and musicians at the reception immediately following the CARE for Haiti Dance Project, where there will be a Silent Auction featuring a baseball signed by the 2008-09 Orioles team, sport wear signed by Lacrosse great Gary Gait, a Brick Bodies membership, wine, handmade knit wear and more. Please continue to check for updates on silent auction offerings.

In addition to the professional concert, a student matinee will take place at 2 PM on *Sunday, November 21, featuring The Moving Company Dance Center, Ragebox Dance Center, Morton Street Dance Center, St. Paul’s School for Girls Inertia & the Step Team from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. *Limited seating available.

General public, click here for tickets!
Members, click here for tickets


Balto Ghost Tours_Logo

 Baltimore Ghost Tours is saying, “Bah Humbug “ to its usual end of the season by offering a limited time holiday pub walk, The Spirits of Christmas Past with Jacob Marley, on December 4, 11 and 18 at 7 PM. Cliff Long, an anthropologist, historian, actor, musician and lover of good stories, portrays Marley on the haunting voyage through Fell's Point.

Participants will stop in some of Fell's Point's most haunted taverns while hearing the ghostly tales and colorful history of the neighborhood—with a dash of Dickens thrown in.

Meet Cliff on the sidewalk in front of Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway at 7:00 PM. (MAP)
Tour lasts approximately 2 hours. Fee includes tour only.
The pub walks cost $20/pp (tour only, drinks not included), 21 and older.

Baltimore Ghost Tours expects The Spirits of Christmas Past with Jacob Marley to sell out quickly. Purchase tickets here.

This tour can also be booked as a group tour. Please e-mail them at for more information.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


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The New York Years Versus the Maryland Years
A solo show examining the divergent destinations of Michael Economos’ career as an artist

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 19–Sunday, Dec. 19; A public reception will take place Friday, Dec. 3, 5–7 PM
WHERE: Bunting Center’s Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore
Hours for MICA’s galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays–Saturdays, 10 AM–5 PM, and Sundays, noon–5 PM. They are closed on major holidays.

Economos, a painting and drawing professor at MICA for 46 years, believes an idea develops from life experiences, either positive or negative, and it is possible to translate these ideas into paintings. The New York Years Versus the Maryland Years will delve into the personal stories that separate these two locations as distinct periods in his life.

For Economos, the 10 years he spent in New York were challenging. His reaction was to explore the sad reality of debris living in the smallest pockets of New York grass. The result was a series of paintings of grass paired with familiar objects, such as cans of Coke and Colt 45.

After a decade of commuting from New York to MICA, he decided to move to Maryland, where he discovered the Chesapeake Bay and bought a sailboat. The new challenges in his life were no longer the urban realities of the city but in capturing the color and light refraction of water. Here, he moved the figure from reality to abstraction, often placing it in a dream-state reality. His quest to allow his paintings to voice ecological concerns remains the connection from past to present.


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


Sunday, November 21, 4:30 & 7:30 PM
Nate Najar Trio:  Tribute to Charlie Byrd

Nate Najar, guitar; Tommy Cecil, bass; Frank Russo, drums
TICKETS: $20 all seats


Friday, November 26, 8 & 9:30 PM            
Ivan Smart Mob
Sheryl Bailey, guitar; Gary Grainger, bass; Larry Bright, drums; Elliot Levine, keyboards; Ivan Smart, trumpet & flugelhorn
Ivan Smart Group is one of the most sought-after groups in the Baltimore Washington area. So, if you like a Funk Groove on your Jazz, don’t miss this event.

Saturday, November 27, 8 PM
An evening with Michael Austin & Friends
Michael Austin, vocals; Craig Alston, saxophones; Charlie Etzel, piano; Anthony Jenkins, bass; Eric Kennedy, drums and vocals, along with special guests and information about programs
Benefit concert for "In This Together Development" non-profit organization

Locked up for half his life for a crime he did not commit, Michael Austin worked to free his spirit and then himself. On May 5, 1975, at the age of 26, Mr. Austin was sentenced to life plus fifteen years for the 1974 armed robbery and murder of a security guard at an East Baltimore food market. He proclaimed his innocence from the beginning, but it took 27 long years to prove that he was indeed innocent.

Michael will perform a benefit concert for his non-profit organization "In This Together Development," which will launch a music program in Spring 2011 for middle school students in Baltimore City. The program will use music to help young people channel their challenges in a positive, structured and long lasting way.


Baltimore Clayworks,
5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore

This year's preview party has created a lot of excitement and tickets have been selling llike wildfire!  This might just be the best  Winterfest Jazz Preview of all time—so reserve your tickets today before they sell out!

Guests will enjoy live jazz by Grammy nominated musician George Spicka, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly wine tastings, lite fare by Bansky's Café and dessert samples by Dia de Los Cupcakes.

Tickets $15 members; $20 non-members.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.



Now, in the winter of our discontent, one politician will stop at nothing, even murder.


Baltimore Shakespeare Festival
William Shakespeare's
Richard III
Directed by Michael Carleton

WHEN: November 26 – December 19; Thursdays – Saturdays 8 PM, and Sundays 3 PM
BSF's Elizabethan Stage at St. Mary's, 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore.
TICKETS: Adults $25; Seniors, Teachers, Artists & Military $20; Students $10
[ Click here to order on-line ]
Group rates available
Call 410.366.8596 to inquire or

Shakespeare's tale of unbridled ambition, set amidst the drama and excitement of a modern political campaign, is perfect for this "winter of our discontent." Come see how things really haven't changed in 400 years.

Richard III features Seth Reichgott in the title role. Seth has been seen on the BSF stage as Horatio, in the summer 2009 production of Hamlet, and as Dr. Faustus in the critically acclaimed Wittenberg; a role which led to a Helen Hayes Award nomination.

Also featured is BSF favorite Tony Tsendeas, a Helen Hayes nominee for his direction of Wittenberg. Tony is a BSF Artistic Associate, and has been seen on stage in such productions as Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and All's Well That Ends Well.

Richard III is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Baltimore Shakespeare Festival is one of only 40 theatre companies, nationwide, chosen to participate in this program that will allow more than 1,000 school students to experience Richard III for free.

Baltimore Shakespeare Festival is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.



By Charles Ludlam
Directed by Michael Spellman

WHEN: Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2010; Fridays & Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 2 PM: Thursday, December 16, 8 PM
WHERE: Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. Baltimore
TICKETS: $20 adults / $18 seniors / $16 students (non-members)
Call 410.752.1225 or order online

Stage Blood is a zany comedy that tells the story of a family theater troupe and their touring production of Hamlet. The madcap company is taken on a wild ride when alcoholic director Carlton Stone Sr. is found dead during the performance. Carl Sr., the oft-inebriated father, is played by the sidesplitting and vociferous Frank Vince, who praises Ludlam's ingenuity. Vince's love for Ludlam is echoed by his counterpart, Michael Zemarel, who plays Carl Jr. and also loves the bizarre comical infusion of Shakespeare. With Spellman at the helm and these two comical and talented thespians leading the show, Stageblood  is a sight to behold!

This production builds on the humor and comedy of Shakespeare’s comedy and goes one better, taking one of the tragedies and making it into a farce. This show is a product of actors, designers and technicians working their creative muscles and having a lot of fun doing so! This show will have the audience in belly laughs and giggles!  What more can you expect from a show that has a toilet onstage?

First produced in 1975, Stage Blood  is the brain child of playwright and actor Charles Ludlam, founder of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company. The Theatre of the Ridiculous  often consisted of high and low theatrical forms of the past and present (Shakespeare, opera and film noir, to name a few) and employed a performance style based on camp, cheap tricks, cheap theatrics and the grotesque.

One of the main goals of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company was to develop new works that would challenge and distort the modern theater, as well as put a new twist on classical forms. Spotlighters and Spellman are hoping that this will be the effect Stage Blood has on the audience in Mount Vernon.


Spotlighters Theatre announces auditions for

By David Nehls and Betsy Kelso
Directed by FUZZ Roark
Michael Tan, Musical Director
A Mainstage Production

Audition Dates: Monday, Nov 29, 7PM; Sunday, Dec 5, 6 PM; Monday, Dec 6, 6 PM
Rehearsals will begin in Dec, and will be 3-4 days per week until opening Mar 25.
NO appointment is necessary, arrive early, since actors may be asked to remain to audition/sing with other actors.
Performance dates:  Mar 25 - Apr 24, 2011, Fri & Sat – 8 PM / Sun – 2 PM; possible Thursday performances

We return to Armadillo Acres for agoraphobia, adultery, spray cheese, disco, road kills, hysterical pregnancy, strippers and a broken electric chair!  There's a new tenant in Armadillo Acres and she's wreaking havoc all over North Florida's most exclusive manufactured housing community. The Divas of the double-wides have survived everything from no-good husbands to kid-napping to bad-perms!  But when Pippi—a stripper on the run—comes between agoraphobic homebody Jeannie and her toll-collector husband a storm begins to brew!  And this storm shakes the trailer park right down to its foundation!

Available roles (Some roles are pre-cast)

  • Pipi: the stripper  (age: 35+) pole dancing a plus!
  • Linoleum: one of the girls from Armadillo Acres.  (age: 30-45)
  • Duke: a hard-driving bad boy, with an addiction to dry erase markers  (age: 20s)

All must be good dancers. Be prepared for dance combination audition.
Auditions will be reading sides with other actors.
Prepare 16-24 bars of up tempo music; must provide sheet music for accompanist
No a capella auditions will be permitted.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010



Photo of Event or Program ItemBaltimore Songs
The Streets of Baltimore: Songs of Our City
WHEN: Saturday, November 20, 7:30 PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $15, $13 members or in advance

Baltimore inspired some of the most enduring songs in American music, from Harlan Howard’s The Streets of Baltimore to Bob Dylan’s The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll and Randy Newman’s Baltimore. Anne Watts, Jonathan Gilmore, Andy Grimm & Timothy Bracken, Red Sammy, Howard Markman and SONiA (of Disappear Fear) sing old songs as well as their own. Journalist/songwriter Geoffrey Himes hosts. Benefits American Friends Service Committee & Roots Café.

General public, click here for tickets!
Members, click here for tickets!


The Claremont Trio
Emily Bruskin, violin; Julia Bruskin, cello; Donna Kwong, piano

WHEN: November 20, 2010, at 3:00 PM
WHERE: Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
Free with museum admission and on view as part of the regular guided museum tour.

Widely regarded as the premier piano trio of its generation, the Claremont Trio is the first winner of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

The trio is consistently praised for its “aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth, and exuberance” (Palm Beach Daily News) and the New York Times said, “…they play with an uncommon ferocity.”

Composed of Juilliard School alumnae, the Claremonts are sought after for their thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances.

Event Program:

FRANK MARTIN: Piano Trio on Irish Folk Tunes
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
RAVEL: Piano Trio in A minor

Monday, November 15, 2010


Every week the Peabody Conservatory has several concerts scheduled—many of them free or at reasonable ticket prices. Music lovers in Charm City have so much to choose from!

ManonThe Peabody Opera Theatre will present a new, fully-staged production of Jules Massenet's Manon, named for the fictional young woman whose tragic love story inspired no less than three operas.

Sung in French with English supertitles, Manon will be performed in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall on Thursday, Nov. 18, Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 PM; and on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3:00 PM.

The stage director is Roger Brunyate. Ken Lam (MM ’07), assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, will guest conduct the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for Manon are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800. The production is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Allan D. Jensen. Click here for more information about Peabody's French Season of Opera.

Also this week

  • Pro Musica Rara will present Dynamic Duos, a concert featuring fortepianist Christoph Hammer, on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3:30 PM, at the Towson University Center for the Arts, 8000 York Road, Towson. On the program are works by Mozart, Clementi, Beethoven, and Wölfl. For tickets, visit
  • Also on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 4:00 PM, organist and choirmaster John Martin Marks, a Preparatory alumnus, will conduct and perform in a free concert of anthems by Haydn, Howells, Nielsen, Bainton, and Hovhaness at Grace and St. Peter's Church, 707 Park Avenue.

Free noon recitals

  • The Dahlia Flute Duo—alumnae Mary Matthews (MM ’10, Flute) and Melissa Wertheimer (MM ’10, Piccolo)—will perform in the Peabody Spotlight series at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at noon. The free series takes place at Turner Auditorium, East Monument Street (between North Broadway and Rutland Avenue).
  • This week's free Thursday Noon recital will be held in Peabody's Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall. The concert will feature violinist Erica Richardson performing Chausson's Poème, Op. 25, with pianist Choo Choo Hu; violist Shundeena Soza performing Fuchs' Sonata Pastorale for solo viola; violist Bora Kim performing the Moderato movement from Bartók's Viola Concerto, Sz. 120, BB 128, with pianist Hsiao Ying Lin; and bassist Matt Brvenik performing two movements from Koussevitzky's Concerto for Double Bass and Piano, Op. 3, with pianist Michael Delfin.
  • The new Asger Hamerik Recital Series at The Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, will continue on Friday, Nov. 19, at noon, with a free performance by lutenist Brian Kay, who will give a solo recital of Italian music.

Conservatory student recitals
Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public
. There are eight recitals scheduled this week. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit

Upcoming concerts
  • James Olin will lead a Peabody Brass Ensemble concert in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall on Thursday, Dec. 2, 7:30 PM (approximately) after the 39th annual lighting of the Washington Monument.
  • Michael Formanek will direct a concert by the Peabody Jazz Orchestra on Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 PM in Peabody's East Hall.
  • The Peabody Chamber Percussion Ensemble, directed by Robert van Sice, will perform on Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

Peabody wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Events emails will return after the holiday.

Musical 8's subscriptions
With Musical 8's, you can experience the 2010-2011 season at the Peabody institute for just $10 a ticket, a discount of 33 1/3 percent! To choose an eight-concert subscription, visit

To listen to Audio Program Notes for a specific concert, visit one week prior and click on the headphones icons on the concert webpage.



Jazz musician Jimmy Heath
talks about his autobiography, I Walked With Giants.

iwalkedwithjimmyheathJimmy Heath, an NEA Jazz Master, is widely recognized as one of the greats in jazz. A saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator, Heath has known and played with many jazz giants  throughout his career: Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie, to name a few. In his autobiography, written with Joseph McLaren, Heath creates an extraordinary "dialogue" with musicians and family members, including his equally legendary brothers, Percy and Albert (Tootie). Heath directed the Jazz Studies master's degree program in performance at Queens College (CUNY).

Presented in partnership with Jazz Artists' Management. Barnes & Noble will sell copies of the book following the program.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

Suggested Audience:

  • Adults 
  • Seniors 

Sunday, November 14, 2010


ADMLivelogo_thumb1MusikNOW Concerts at An die Musik LIVE!A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Wednesday, November 17, 8 PM
Annea Lockwood
Duende, In Our Name, with Thomas Buckner, Ted Mooke and David Behrman's My Dear SiegfriedThomas Buckner, voice; Ted Mook, cello; Annea Lockwood, electronicsLegendary artist Annea Lockwood's new piece, In Our Name, for electronics, voice and cello is based on the verses of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. It was premiered in New York last April, and will be performed at the Aurora Festival in Sydney next spring. 
TICKETS: $12/$5 students

Thursday, November 18, 8 & 9: 30 PM
Christian Howes’s Out of the Blue Release on Resonance Records
sponsored in part by Yamaha and D’Addario.
Christian Howes, violin; Hamilton Hardin, piano; George Delancey, bass; Cedric Easton, drums
“Arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz” – The Minneapolis Tribune
Ranked among the top “Rising Star Jazz Violinists” in Downbeat magazine
TICKETS; $15/ $ 10 students


One of the best ways to introduce your children to theater is to take them to see a school production. Not only are these performances very affordable, but children like to see other kids performing!

The Park School has scheduled the following productions for the 2010-2011 school year:

Into The Woods (Fall Musical)
WHEN: November 18–20, 2010
WHERE: The Park School, 2425 Old Court Road, Baltimore MD 21208
TICKETS:  $10 and will be available from the Upper School and front desks (410.339.7070) two weeks before the performance. Wednesday’s 3:30 PM Preview Performance is only $5.
What happens when the likes of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and his beanstalk all collide in one fractured fairy tale? You get James Lapine’s and Stephen Soundheim’s Into the Woods, a funny, irreverent look at the disastrous results that occur when everyone’s wish comes true. Appropriate for the whole family.
  • Thursday, November 18; Meyerhoff Theater (127),Wyman Arts Center Davison Lobby at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, November 19; Meyerhoff Theater (127),Wyman Arts Center Davison Lobby at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 20; Theaters: Meyerhoff Theater (127),Wyman Arts Center Davison Lobby at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 20; Theaters: Meyerhoff Theater (127),Wyman Arts Center Davison Lobby at 8:00 PM
The Heidi Chronicles (Winter Production)
WHEN: February 24–27, 2011
WHERE: The Park School, 2425 Old Court Road, Baltimore MD 21208
TICKETS: $8 and will be available from the Upper School and front desks two weeks before the performance.

Wendy Wasserstein’s seminal play chronicles, with passion and humor, the women’s movement as art historian, Heidi Holland, navigates her way through the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, and 80’s, while trying to create and maintain relationships that mean something. For mature audiences.

  • Thursday, February 24; Macks-Fidler Black Box Theater (20) at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, February 25; Macks-Fidler Black Box Theater (20) at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 26; Macks-Fidler Black Box Theater (20) at 8:00 PM
  • The Heidi Chronicles (Snow Date) This date will only be used in the event of an earlier weather cancellation. Sunday, February 27, Macks-Fidler Black Box Theater (20) at 7:00 PM

Friday, November 12, 2010



Bill German
talks about his recent book, Under Their Thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It).

In pic_undertheirthumbUnder Their Thumb, Bill German discusses his ups and downs with the "world's greatest rock and roll band." He chronicles how he befriended the Stones (while just a teenager) and how he became the band's official historian for almost two decades.He traveled the world with them, stayed at their homes, and witnessed their concerts, recording sessions, and in-fights. German will share some of his humorous Stones anecdotes, as well as some never-before-seen photos.

Bill German co-authored The Works with guitarist Ron Wood and wrote about the Stones for Rolling Stone and Spin.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

Suggested Audience:

  • Adults 
  • Seniors 


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The Winterfest Jazz Preview is special ticketed event that gives guests the unique opportunity to be the first to preview and purchase work from the Winterfest exhibition and Holiday Sale all while enjoying good food, live jazz and wine before the public opening on the following evening.

WHEN: Friday, November 19, 6-8 PM
WHERE: 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $15 members; $20 non members. Tickets are available onsite in the Gallery Building, online, or by calling 410.578.1919.

Winterfest Jazz PreviewThe Winterfest exhibition is a holiday invitational show featuring established and emerging ceramic artists. In the adjacent Member and Solos Galleries is the Annual Holiday Sale which features work by Baltimore Clayworks’ resident and member artists as well as some invited local artists. At the preview event, you will also enjoy live jazz by Grammy nominated musician George Spicka, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly wine tastings, light fare by Bansky’s Café and dessert by Dia de Los Cupcakes.

George SpickaJazz pianist George Spicka will premier his song “Civility” during the Winterfest Jazz Preview. This prolific artist has composed over 500 diverse works ranging from jazz, to electro-acoustic, to chamber and new music. His new music ensemble Jazz Street Station (1994 Grammy Nominations Ballot), performed at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, plus he has showcased compositions twice in New York under the sponsorship of American Music Center’s NewMusicBox editor, Frank Oteri. He’s performed on Maryland Public Television's “Artworks This Week,” and Fox 45 Morning News.