Friday, December 31, 2010


MICA has added theatrical performances to its impressive line-up of cultural events for Baltimore:

DNA_12_Justin-for press(med-res)12: A PERFORMANCE PIECE FOR TWELVE ACTORS

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 14, 8PM; Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 PM; Sunday, Jan. 16, 3 PM; Friday, Jan. 21, 8 PM (discounted performance day); Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 PM.; Sunday, Jan. 23, 3 PM.
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. Baltimore
TICKETS: $5, MICA students; $10, MICA faculty, staff, alumni; $15, general admission

12 is a desolate performance surrounded in atmosphere, beauty, struggle and hope. Developed at MICA by DNA Theatre, an ensemble of students, alumni, staff and faculty, 12 is an aerial theater work in which actors fly on rope, harness, trapeze, aerial cloth and hand straps, reaching, pulling and struggling through humanity’s basic theme of emotional and physical survival. A whole world and visual language is developed without a single spoken word throughout the entire 90-minute show. Based loosely on Ayn Rand’s Anthem, the story explores the relationship between people living in a dystopian society at the end of the collapse of the world’s civilizations.

Burlesque Show-GalHause_med-resTHE GALHAUSE REVUE: THE BIG SHOW

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 28–Saturday, Jan. 29, 8 PM
: $5

The MICA Burlesque Troupe, founded by Marla Parker ’10, Elyza Brillantes ’10 and Sarah Ivancic ’11, celebrate costume, performance and glamour. The troupe provides students with an outlet to develop their sewing and costuming skills, the ability to develop a character through costume and performance, and a chance to express sexuality and satire through the artistic art of the striptease that is burlesque. The annual GalHause Revue showcases performances from the club ranging from classic and subdued to outrageous and shocking.

(Photos: 12: Justin Price ’11 is one of 12 performers in this aerial theater piece in MICA’s BBOX; The GalHause Revue: The Big Show: The ladies of GalHause Revue will stage their second-annual burlesque show at MICA.)


We find it hard to believe that five months have gone by since we started the  charmcityartsmaven blog!

We want to take this opportunity to thank all our readers and the various Baltimore  venues who have sent us information about their events, making this blog a success. Who’d have thought we’d get 3,000+ hits so far!

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We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Ruth Ross and Natalie Sherman


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

In Chartley ParkTo celebrate the beginning of a New Year, Cards, Comics, & Collectibles will bring you a sale each weekend of the month of January, 2011.


For the weekend of Jan. 1 - 2, they are offering the following great discounts:


Come out and help them kick off the new year with a bang!

Also, please check out their facebook page for details about the sales for the rest of January!

WHERE: 100 A Chartley Dr., Reisterstown
WHEN: Saturday: 2–5 PM; Sunday, 12 noon–5 PM
For more information, call Cards Comics and Collectibles @ 410.526.7410

Thursday, December 30, 2010


While this recipe has nothing to do with cultural events, it is appropriate for the snowy weather conditions we are experiencing here. Perhaps President Obama, a big fan of something they call “shave ice” in Hawaii, would find it tasty! Not for his daughters, though, for it contains alcohol (sack)!

On this wintry day, enjoy a snow recipe from
Folger Shakespeare Library's collection.

Mrs. Sarah Longe, Her Receipt Booke, c1610


In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a poetry slam will be held at MICA:

Same Boat Poetry Slam
WHEN: Sunday, January 16, at 4–6 PM
WHERE: MICA PLACE, The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery

Photo of Same Boat Poetry Slam “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Over forty years ago, Dr. King told us to live harmoniously as a nation. We wish to honor Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday by doing what he asked us to do, gather the people to showcase the human spirit, lift up our voices and build the beloved community.

A poetry slam will be held on the eve of the King Holiday, a national day of community service. The Same Boat Event aims to celebrate the artistic talents of a wide variety of community members. Performers of all skill levels and all ages are encouraged to participate for this open mic style event under the theme of social justice. Groups or individuals may express themselves though creative prose, song or dance. In addition to stage performances, an art exhibit will visually enhance the creative environment.

Interested in performing? Contact Anne: 443.712.8025 or

Two Off-Campus Exhibits Highlight MICA Alumni

Photo of Illustration Next at Case[werks] GalleryIL NXT: Illustration Next at Case[werks]
Exhibition Extended
WHEN: Through Friday, Feb. 25, open Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM
WHERE: Case[werks] Gallery, 1501 St. Paul St., Baltimore

Curated by Whitney Sherman, director of the new M.F.A. in Illustration Practice at MICA, IL NXT is an exhibition of illustration practice today. With our daily lives awash in technology, we crave handmade items as our cultural narratives play out on clothing, personal items and environments. This show—with works by MICA alumni Lauren Castillo, Emily Flake, Pamela Hobbs, Colin Johnson, Elena Johnston, Daniel Krall, Alyssa Nassner, Jess Neil, Jessica O’Brien, Jill Popowich, Joey Potts, Brian Rea, Whitney Sherman, Gina Triplett and Alex Uyeno—represents some of illustration’s new storytelling models interwoven with time-honored traditional methods. The exhibition is sponsored by the MICA Alumni Association.

Where It Takes You: MICA Alumni Group Exhibition
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 12–Tuesday, Feb. 8
, opening reception Wednesday, Jan. 12,
6-8 PM
The gallery is open noon to 6 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday or by appointment.
WHERE: Spattered Columns, 491 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York

Spattered Columns, an exhibition space operated by the nonprofit organization Art Connects New York (ACNY), hosts Where it Takes You, a juried group exhibition featuring New York City-based MICA alumni. Highlighting 17 emerging and established artists encompassing graduates from the past five decades, Where it Takes You reminds audiences of the many paths MICA graduates take—physically, aesthetically or contextually. The exhibition features 2D works of all media including charcoal, oils, acrylics, spray paint, watercolors, photography, collage, pen and ink, and silkscreen.  It also includes 3D work.


The Creative Alliance is sponsoring classes aimed at writers. All classes meet at The Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
Get Directions to CA

Photo of Event or Program ItemWriting Resolution with Jessica Anya Blau
Saturday, January 15, 1-4 PM
Advanced registration $50, $40 mbrs. Walk-in $60, $50 mbrs.

The year is young—now’s the time to buckle down and write! Jessica Anya Blau reviews time-honored exercises and shouldathought-of-that techniques to put backbone in your writing resolution and make 2011 a breakout year. Writers of all levels and genres can benefit. Blau’s second novel, Drinking Closer to Home, will be out on January 18 from Harper Perennial.

General public, click here to register!
Members, click here to register!

The Art of the Short Story
6 Wednesdays: January 19 - March 2, 7-9 PM
Adv reg $165, $150 mbrs; Walk-in $175, $160 mbrs.

Jen Michalski (author of Close Encounters, editor of jmww and cohost of 510 Readings) is your guide in the quest to craft the perfect short story! In 6 weeks you'll write, workshop and revise a short story. Along the way, explore character, point of view, setting and voice, in addition to current fiction markets and the dos and don'ts of submissions. By the end, you'll have a story ready to mail to the publishing giants. (Stamps not included.) Note: No class Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Baltimore Screenwriters' Meet Up
4th Tuesdays: Jan 25, Feb 22, 7-9 PM.
An informal meeting for professional and aspiring screenwriters! Coffee, networking, moral support, feedback on works in progress, peer advice and inspiration included! Good times that make you want to WRITE. $5.


Wanna learn how to do Improv? Hustle on over to Baltimore Improv Group where they have scheduled classes to do just that:

Two Tuesday Night Classes begin January 11th!
Classes fill up fast. If you get waitlisted, please contact Depending on demand, we might offer additional sections of these classes. All classes cost $150.

  • Level 101: Intro to Improv
  • Tuesdays, January 11-February 22, 7-9 PM
  • Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.
  • Instructor: Bridget Cavaiola
  • Information
  • Register Now

  • Level 102: Intermediate Improv: Fundamentals of Scenework
  • Tuesdays, January 11-February 22, 7-9 PM
  • Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Ln.
  • Instructor: Kathryn Carlsen
  • Requirements: Must have taken BIG's Intro Improv or have similar training. Unsure? Send questions to
Information & Registration


Last chance to get a Friends of the Festival
Holiday Gift Package!
A Celebration of Film!

Holiday Gift Package offer ends tomorrow!
**OFFER ENDS TOMORROW (December 31st)!**

Looking for a perfect gift for your favorite movie lover? Now through December 31st, MFF is offering a great gift package when you join Friends of the Festival or purchase a membership for your cinephile friends and family!

Add that to the usual Friends of the Festival benefits like free preview screenings of movies coming out (like THE FIGHTER, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, THE SOCIAL NETWORK), free films on the Friday of the Festival, the MFF 2011 Programming Preview and more year-round special events!

**PLEASE NOTE: This offer is for first-time Friends of the Festival only**

Memberships are very affordable (starting at $50)! To take advantage of this offer just call 410.752.8083 and say that you want the Friends of the Festival Holiday Gift Package!

MFF Produces 2011 Invite


Improv is an art—one practiced very well by the Baltimore Improv Group. Here are 2 programs they’ve scheduled in January:

BIG Leaps Into the New Year plus Improv Jam

New Year. Same Hilarity. BIG sets metaphorical fire to Fells Point Corner Theater with fresh scenes, characters & comedy drawn from your suggestions. Following the show, there will be an open Jam for members of the audience to improvise with performers from BIG!

Lineup: Advanced Class Showcase, Evan the Loyal, Lekker & Gus
WHEN: Saturday January 8, 8:00 PM
Fells Point Corner Theater, 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore Parking: On Street. Allow extra time to find a space.
TICKETS: $10 general, $8 w/student or military ID                                                  
Buy Tickets Here

BIG Body Painting Improv Party!

BIG is turning up the heat at the Patterson as BIG invites body painters Ursula Esser, Toby Verhines & Patricia Tamariz to show off their human canvasses as part of BIG's improv adventures. In one act, a group of BIGites will use painted works as puppets in a stunning visual display. In the other, Lekker will work with volunteer models (maybe you!) in "The Wall" as painted bodies become props & environment. Want more info? Want to be painted? Contact

  • Saturday January 22, 8 PM
  • Creative Alliance: 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
  • Parking on Street
  • TICKETS: $15 general/ $10 for CA members
  • Buy Tickets Here

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Leave it to the Creative Alliance to come up with—well, the most creative programs:

Photo of Event or Program ItemSwing Speakeasy!
Dance Party with Sac Au Lait

WHEN: Friday, January 7, 7 PM  beginner swing lesson. 8 PM dance
Creative Alliance,
3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $15, $10 members

Sure Prohibition gave us the Mafia, but the growth of speakeasies spread Dixieland, America's first jazz, north from New Orleans to the rest of America.

Dance a celebration of the 18th Amendment with Sac Au Lait, Bmore's rockin’est Dixieland ensemble.

Wear your retro finest! Prizes for most fab swing outfit! Dance demo!

Co-sponsored by Charm City Swing.

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

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


The Jewish Theatre Workshop has added an audition date for their upcoming production of The Dybbuk:

The Dybbuk (Between Two Worlds)
A Tale of Love, Kabbalah, Possession, and Destiny
By S. Ansky
Directed by Larry Paullin

WHERE: Community Meeting Room, Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
WHEN: Monday, January 3, 2011 - 6:30–9 PM (no auditions beginning after 8:00 PM)
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 6:30–9 PM (no auditions beginning after 8:00 PM)
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 6:30–9 PM (no auditions beginning after 8:00 PM)
Thursday, January 6, 2011 - Callbacks as necessary, beginning at 6:30 PM

What to prepare:
A short memorized monologue, of any type, between one and three minutes long is preferred, but not necessary. There will also be cold readings from the script. Resumes and/or headshots are accepted as well, but also not necessary.

Rehearsal schedule to be determined.
No rehearsals on Fridays or Saturdays.

Five Performances:
Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 8 PM
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 2 PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 7 PM
Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 8 PM
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 2 PM

Inquiries: Larry Paullin, Director

Available roles:
All roles are available at the open audition. They include:
Khonon: Male, early to mid twenties - Brilliant Kabbalah student/prodigy
Leah: Female, early to mid twenties - Friend and love of Khonon
Frade: Female, early 50s on up - Leah's grandmother or nurse
Sender: Male, late 40s to mid 50s - Leah's father
The Messenger: Male, any age - A mysterious stranger to the town
Gittell: Female, early to mid twenties - Leah's friend
Menashe: Male, mid-twenties to early thirties - Leah's arranged bridegroom
Nahman: Male, early 50s+ - Menashe's father
Reb Azrielke: Male, elderly - a Tzadik (the town sage)
Mikhoe: Male, anywhere from mid-twenties to early 50s - Azrielke's gabbai (assistant)
Reb Shimshon: Male, early 40s to late 50s - the town Rabbi
Meyer: Male, any age - the Shammes (caretaker) of the Brinitz Synagogue
Henekh: Male, early to mid twenties - student friend of Khonon
Three Batlonim/Three Hasids: 3 Males, all any age from 20 to 50 - Will double as scholars, dreamers, and Hasidic followers
One or Two Rabbinical Judges: Male(s) - 40+

Jewish Theatre Workshop

Monday, December 27, 2010



One Flea Spare
By Naomi Wallace
Directed by Jayme Kilburn 

WHEN: Monday, January 10 at 7 PM
Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
Walk-ins will be accommodated. Rehearsals will begin the week of February 14. The show runs April 21-May 7, 2011.

Please come prepared with a one-minute monologue, comedic or dramatic, and prepared to read sides as requested by the director (Jayme Kilburn). Audition slots will be scheduled through Jayme Kilburn:

Please e-mail a copy of your resume and headshot to Jayme with your audition slot request.


  • Mr. William Snelgrave, a wealthy, elderly man
  • Mrs. Darcy Snelgrave, an elderly woman
  • Bunce, a sailor, in his late twenties
  • Morse, a girl of twelve
  • Kabe, a watchman and guard

About the show: Hilarious and deeply moving by turns, One Flea Spare is set in plague-ravaged 17th Century London where social roles and the boundaries that describe them have been thrown into chaos. The definition of morality is up for grabs. History is being tantalized. And whilst the wealthy William Snelgrave dreams of sweating, swearing tars, and of how sailors satisfy their "baser instincts" so far away from female company, his own wife, untouched for 40 years, is discovering that her dreadfully burned body may not be numb after all. The human heart craves comfort, contact, tenderness; survival may take many forms.

The Strand Theater is a community theater dedicated to providing opportunities for women artists, writers, designers and directors. With a focus on producing original works, the Strand hopes to foster a love of theater for a new generation of patrons.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Did you see the film The Black Swan and wonder what all the sturm-un-drang was about? Here’s a chance to see the ballet that caused such a psychological ruckus in that company. See the original Swan Lake—as performed in Russia—at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (a k a The Hippodrome):
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, from the City of Voronezh, brings the world's most beloved ballet to glorious life! This company of distinguished dancers has showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to countries throughout the world.

WHEN: Saturday, January 15, at 7:30 PM; Sunday, January 16, at 2 PM
WHERE: 12 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $25 - $45 plus applicable fees
Tickets on sale now! Go to, call 410.547.SEAT or visit the Hippodrome Theatre Box Office

Additional Information:Due to the nature of live entertainment performances, prices, dates, times and artists subject to change. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Tickets are subject to a per ticket handling and service fee.


The Baltimore Theatre Project has some very interesting things planned for the month of January. Look over the list, see which ones interest you and mark your calendars so you won’t forget to go:

WHEN: January 7-8, 7:00 PM; January 8, 2:00 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $12 general admission; $10 students and seniors.
Not Another Shakespeare Company, a student-run collective dedicated to making Shakespeare and other classical playwrights exciting and more accessible to students in the Baltimore area by giving them hands-on, in-control theatrical experiences on stage and off, presents WORTHY FOOLS/IGNOBLE NOBLES: A SHOWCASE of scenes and monologues from The Bard.

R U 4 Real!?!?
WHEN: January 14-15, 22, 8:00 PM
TICKETS: $25 general admission; $15 students, military and seniors.
Reality TV is what's for dinner tonight and every night. Seems like 21st century TV is made for ordinary people—with no life—who'll do and say anything just to get on TV. Anything. Sit back, relax in your Lazy Boy and crack a beer as you watch Susan Mele, aka Roxi Starr, create a whole new batch of shameless, psychotic, idiotic reality stars.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


  James HarpBravo Lyric Opera Cabaret Series: Ringing in the New with Songs of Love
WHEN: January 1, 2011, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: All events take place at Germano’s Trattoria, 300 South High Street (at Fawn St.), Baltimore
Maestro James Harp directs this region's finest opera performers in this marvelous cabaret series presented by The Lyric Opera House. Shows are the first Saturday of each month. Enjoy Opera a la Carte! Tonight, Natalie Conte, Soprano and Jimi James, Baritone.

MOR--Mandy Kris, Otis Stroup and Rich RobertsMandy Kriss, Otis Stroup and Rich Roberts are MOR!WHEN: January 6, 2011, at 7:30 PMC’mon! I’m talkin’ jazzcabossablooze music — MOR Monk — Gershwin — BOSSA Me Mucho Jobim — E Smith — Holiday — Bacharach — Porter and — BRONISLAU KAPER, YEAH! Than you can shake a fork at. Vox /Box (cajon) Mandy — 88‘s Otis — and, French Horn Rich — do a jazzcabossa-blooze triad make.

  Russ MargoRuss Margo in Schizophrenic Music Epidemic
WHEN: January 7, 2011, at 7:30 PM
The marvelous Russ Margo accompanies himself on the baby grand in a cabaret of classics from George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Russ Margo (we love "You Bother Me")—always with pleasant surprises!

Baltimore Mandolin QuartetQuartetto Romantico — Mandolin Music from Italy
WHEN: January 8, 2011, at 7:30 PM
The Baltimore Mandolin Quartet is a “quartetto romantico” in the Italian tradition, combining the silvery brightness of bowlback mandolins and mandola with the mellow richness of the classical guitar. This evening's performance includes the works of past masters of the mandolin and new arrangements and original compositions by mandolist Jonathan Jensen.

David Evans, First Mandolin; Jonathan Jensen, Mandola; Laura Norris, Second Mandolin; Tony Norris, Guitar


Be Mo Jazz
Third Annual Holiday Concert

Craig Alston Quartet

WHEN: December 26 at 4 PM
WHERE: Caton Castle Lounge, 20 South Caton Avenue, Baltimore 
TICKETS: $10 cash
For ticket information, call 443.982.1091
Cash Bar / Menu Available

Craig Alston – Saxophones
Benjie Porecki – Hammond B-3 Organ
Michael Raitzyk – Guitar
Eric Kennedy – Drums


Here is an activity for all your little girls who love American Girl dolls. This one is at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Read on:

Winter Break Program!
Rebecca Rubin & the American Girl Story

WHEN: Wednesday, December 29, 2–4 PM
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $15 JMM families; $25 non-member families

American Girl's Jewish American doll Rebecca Rubin took the country by storm  in 2009, when the doll and Jacqueline Dembar Greene's book about her were released. Finally, Jewish girls had a doll of Jewish heritage to identify with and a book that told her story. Join author Jacqueline Dembar Greene for a special winter break event dedicated to Rebecca Rubin and the youngsters (4-12) who love her.

Activities will include:

  • Author talk and book signing
  • Doll tea party
  • A scavenger hunt through Voices of Lombard Street
  • Rebecca Rubin American Girl doll raffle
  • Dolls of all kinds are welcome!

RSVP to Ilene Dackman-Alon,, 410.732.6400 214


Experience It!
Preview of Upcoming 2011 Classes

Theatre Games for Young Actors:  Part I
Improvisation and theatre games for high school students focusing on ensemble creation, physical and verbal agility and heightened spontaneity.  No prior experience necessary. For High School Students (9th -12th grade)
Dates: Mondays and Saturdays;  January 24 through February 19 (8 classes)
Times: Mondays, 4:00-6:00 PM and Saturdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Instructor:  Maia DeSanti
Tuition: $250.

Theatre 101
Learn how a play gets produced by exploring all the steps—from casting to closing night and everything in between!
Dates: Mondays, January 24 - February 28
Times: 7– 9 PM
Instructor:  Carmela Lanza-Weil
Tuition: $180.

Coming soon! 
Details on Advanced Scene Study with Vincent Lancisi, Improvisation with Bruce Nelson and Summer Camps for Middle School and High School studentsCheck the website.For more information e-mail or call 443.524.0154


The folks at Everyman Theatre sent me this list of favorite holiday things to do in Baltimore. I pass it on to you, my readers:

Baltimore is bustling this time of year with festive holiday traditions. From Harbor East to Canton, Hampden to the Station North Arts District, everyone is celebrating in their own favorite way. 

Here are Top Five Favorite Holiday Traditions in Baltimore:

5. Attend a show at the Hippodrome! 
is Bryan Fogel's (Jewtopia creator) critically acclaimed, comedic multimedia extravaganza! Starring Bryan and Jeremy Rishe (lead actor from Jewtopia's New York production) JEWTOPIA LIVE takes the best from Jewtopia, blending in stand-up comedy, audience participation, and a dazzling multimedia presentation for an outrageously funny, one-of-a-kind show that will leave you laughing in stitches! 
Sunday, December 26, for two performances only! 
Click here for tickets — $5 off all tickets; Use Code: SHALOM

Baltimore Xmas

4. Experience your own Miracle on 34th Street in Hampden. Stroll through the famous lights, inflatable snowglobes and musical trains. The lights are on every night until January 1. An experience that is truly unique to Baltimore! FREE!


3. Visit the Festival of Trains
Don't miss Baltimore's largest holiday display of toy and model trains at the B&O Railroad Museum! Weekend train rides with Santa or Frosty the Snowman! The Festival of Trains is open now through January 2. Visit the B&O Railroad Museum website for more information. 

2. Make your New Year's Resolution and ring in 2011 at the Inner Harbor New Year's Eve Celebration. The night is complete with fireworks over the water and a variety of live music acts in the pavilions.  FREE!

1. Attend a Performance of Everyman Theatre's Popular Winter Cabaret

For the fourth year in a row, Howard Breitbart and his first-class singers return to Everyman, this year filling the theater with the classic tunes of Johnny Mercer. Hear your favorite Mercer songs, including "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Skylark" and "Moon River."  Buy tickets HERE.



Monday, December 20, 2010


Baltimore School for the Arts

Third Annual Baltimore School for the Arts Cabaret Series at
the Cabaret at Germano's

Sophomore Scenes
WHEN: December 21, 2010, at 7:30 PM
Germano’s Trattoria, 300 South High Street (at Fawn St.), Baltimore

Join the folks at Germano’s for the public debut of the Sophomore Acting Ensemble of The Baltimore School for the Arts as they perform scenes from contemporary plays under the insightful direction of Richard Pilcher and Tony Tsendeas.

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

Thursday, December 16, 2010


A Tribute to Johnny Mercer
Everyman’s Popular Winter Cabaret
WHEN: December 26, 2010 – January 2, 2011
EVERYMAN THEATRE, 1727 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Acclaimed musical director Howard Breitbart and his first class singers bring you a dynamic concert tribute to Johnny Mercer, one of America's most recognized composer-lyricists of the 20th century.  Greatly admired in the music industry and a musician with an immense following, Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics for more than 1700 songs, including favorites such as Come Rain or Come Shine, Skylark, Jeepers Creepers, and Moon River—famous by the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

TICKETS: (please note this list only includes dates that tickets are currently available. Please contact the Box Office 410.752.2208 or for more details)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


clip_image001MusikNOW Concerts at An die Musik LIVE! A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
Are you looking for a unique and beautiful gift?  Photographer Jet Lowe, whose work is currently displayed in our first floor gallery, has priced his pieces for gift-giving.

Lowe is an architectural photographer who for the past 32 years has specialized in photographing engineering sites of national significance throughout the United States. His work makes up a significant portion (over 35,000 photographs) of the Historic American Engineering Record collection of the Library of Congress. These images are in the public domain and have appeared in Time, Life, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Common Ground, and Architecture, and have been used in numerous books and exhibitions on bridges and historic preservation.

Stop in and view Jet’s work. For more about the artist, click here.

Friday, December 17, 7:30 PM
The Baltimore Consort Third Annual Holiday Concert at the Walters Art Museum
The Baltimore Consort has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, and their recordings have earned a place on the Billboard Magazine Top Ten list. Singing arrangements of impeccably researched early music, this lively ensemble is “perhaps the best balancing act of period authenticity, instrumental precision and sheer fun in the early music community today” (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
TICKETS: $20/$12 students/$15 seniors & Walters Art Museum members

Sunday, December 19, 7 PM
Celebrating Christmas with the Borowsky Family
Hailed by the international press as “American Virtuosi,” the Borowsky family has been praised world-wide.
TICKETS: $15 general/$10 students

Monday & Tuesday, December 20 & 21, 8 PM
Cameron Blake: Double Album Release Show
Cameron Blake returns for two special nights of music after performing a sold out show at An die Musik Live last spring!
Cameron Blake will be joined by: Gabrielle Finck, French horn (BSO); Dave Hadley, pedal steel guitar; Chris Pierorazio, percussion; and Peabody strings!
TICKETS: $15 (includes Cameron Blake with Strings: Live CD — recorded at An die Musik Live!), $10 Students (ticket only)

Sunday, December 26, 5 PM & 7 PM
Celebrate the First day of Kwanzaa with Warren Wolf and Friends
Heidi Martin, vocals; John Lamkin, drums; Eric Wheeler, bass; Lyle Link, tenor/Soprano Sax; Warren Wolf, vibes & piano

DISCOUNT PARKINGPark at the Franklin Street Garage (at the corner of Charles & Franklin Streets) for just $2 on evenings and weekends. You must pick up a voucher at An die Musik in order to receive the discounted rate.


WHEN: Saturday, December 18, at 7:30 PM
: Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center, 147 N. Howard Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $15 advance, $20 at door; group rates available


Casey ButlerOn Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 PM, Harlan D. Parker will conduct a performance by the Peabody Wind Ensemble of Gustav Holst's Hammersmith, James Barnes' Third Symphony, and works by Eugene Bozza, John Newton, and Frank Ticheli. The concert is dedicated to Wind Ensemble member Casey Butler (shown), whose chair will remain empty. Casey, a first-year Conservatory student from Abingdon, Md., studying bassoon and music education, passed away in November. Tickets for the concert, in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, 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 C Street Brass Quintet will perform in the Peabody Spotlight series at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at noon. The free series takes place at Turner Auditorium, East Monument Street (between North Broadway and Rutland Avenue).
  • The Baltimore Consort, featuring faculty artist Mark Cudek on cittern, viols, and Renaissance guitar, will give its third annual holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 PM at the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street. Tickets for the concert, titled Wassail, Wassail!, are available through An die Musik by calling 410.385.2638.
  • The Preparatory Wind Orchestra, led by Elijah Wirth, will present a free concert on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 3:00 PM in Peabody's East Hall. Most of the new ensemble's members are students in the Preparatory's Tuned-In program, which provides scholarships to more than 30 musically talented middle school and high school students in Baltimore.

Conservatory student recitals and chamber concerts
Recitals and chamber concerts by Conservatory students are free and open to the public. There are 10 recitals scheduled this week. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit For the complete schedule of end-of-semester chamber concerts, visit

Upcoming concerts

  • There will be a free performance by the Preparatory Jazz Ensembles on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 3:00 PM in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre.
  • The regular concert season will resume after the holidays with a performance by the Peabody Trio on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Classical and jazz faculty artists will perform music from 1971 with percussion students and guest artists on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.

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.

Monday, December 13, 2010


web-trees-row-yellow A Brooklyn-based  artist/photographer named Mary Rieser Heintjes recently contacted me about an exhibition of her self-made PhotoArt writing cards at Laura Lee’s Hair Shop in Baltimore! They include photo cards of ornaments from various countries and a collection of glass work. Her work was recently in the Art Whino Gallery show in Washington DC for the one-day event to raise funds for cancer care on November 4th. 

ornament angel red light DSCF0378 These high quality and unique holiday cards are perfect to write to family and friends during this holiday time. They are available RIGHT NOW at Laura Lee's pre-opening preview. Stop in and acquire a very special card to send to family and friends. All the work will be readily available to purchase and would make great presents.

Mary Rieser Heintjies says, “Having found that web-weepMulbFinal9848 photographing my drawings and paintings is a technology that needed my undivided attention, I have been able to transfer the work into PhotoArtCards.  In the enjoyment of sharing these with the world, the small format has enabled me to also print scenes that have inspired me. The enthusiasm that the cards have been receiving encourages me to continue.”

WHEN: Friday, December 17, 5–9 PM
Laura Lee’s Hair Shop, 1331 Hull Street, Baltimore

To see more of Mary’s work, go to

Friday, December 10, 2010


For theatergoers looking for unique fare this holiday season, Rep Stage has just the ticket.  Michael Stebbins, Rep Stage’s producing artistic director, will bring to life—with simply a chair, music stand, and bottle of water—three holiday short stories by American humorist David Sedaris.

Readings of David Sedaris’ Most Profound Christmas Stories
WHEN:   December 17, 8 PM; December 18, 2 PM and 8 PM ; December 19, 2 PM 
WHERE: Monteabaro Recital Hall inside the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia
TICKETS: $10 online and $12 at the door and may be purchased at the Horowitz Center Box Office, online at, or by calling 443.518.1500. 
Parental discretion is advised.

Holiday Readings (With Some Surprise Packages) features Stebbins reading
  • Based Upon a True Story
  • Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol
  • Season’s Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!! 
Michael Stebbins is no stranger to the works of David Sedaris. A self-proclaimed Sedaris-aholic, he directed Rep Stage’s 2007 production of Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries, drawing praise from Metro Weekly for creating “a production that is a wonderful combination of polished, professional theater and something out of Waiting for Guffman. “Since this is a reading, it will certainly be a different experience,” Stebbins says.  “But I really wanted to share some Sedaris around the holidays because I know there are people out there just as twisted as he is—bitter and angry at holiday time.  This is for them…or for anyone who appreciates his sense of humor.” In the spirit of Sedaris and the holidays, door prizes will also be handed out to the most “festively” dressed audience members. Patrons wearing elf slippers, glowing red noses and sweaters featuring full macramé snow scenes will be rewarded with t-shirts, mugs, holiday cards and more.

Rep Stage, a professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is in its 18th season. The company is a member of both League of Washington Theatres and Baltimore Theatre Alliance. Performances are made possible by Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Government, and Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of Maryland and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Howard Bank is the Rep Stage 2010-11 season partner.



Stage Blood
Directed by Michael Spellman
Stage managed by Suzanne Young
Costume Design: Ciara Grant
Set Design: Carole Levine
Lighting Design: Fuzz Roark
Sound Design: Michael Spellman

WHEN: through December 19, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM
Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street, Baltimore

As a troop of bumbling actors perform Hamlet, things backstage start to mirror the onstage action.... A sidesplitting brew of murder, infidelity and betrayal.  If you’re not up for the long version,here’s what you’ve been waiting for — a short, hilarious Hamlet.

Jeffrey Coleman as Jenkins; Richard Peck as Edmund; April Rejman as Elfie Fey; Frank Vince as Carl, Sr.; Janise Whelan as Helga; and Michael Zemarel as Carl, Jr.


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Drop3 Improv


Home for the Frickin' Holidays!

Drop3WHEN: Sunday, Dec 12 , at 7 PM doors open at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore


Join us for 90 minutes of fun and laughter as we celebrate the holidays

as only Drop3 can!

Comedy Sketches and Improv fun that reflect what the holidays mean to you!

Yes, you, the audience since you get to drive the show!

Take equal parts Saturday Night Live and Who's Line Is It Anyway and you have the recipe for Drop Three! Sketch Comedy Fun & Improv Games! No two shows are the same, because the audience decides where the show goes! You don't want to miss this!
Join for us for a last laugh before Monday comes!

Tickets are just $10 !
Order at

Thursday, December 9, 2010


A Child’s Christmas in Wales, that heavenly poetic tale by the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, is one of my favorite holiday stories. If you don’t know it, come to Germano’s and get acquainted; if it’s one you know, come and get in the holiday mood in a flash!

    Donald HickenA Child's Christmas in Wales
A reading by Donald Hicken.
Performance to include Troy Stuart and Becky Mossing

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at 7:30 PM; Doors open at 6 PM for pre-show dining.
WHERE: Cabaret at Germano’s, 300 S. High Street.
TICKETS: $10 cover is a tax-deductible donation to The Baltimore School for the Arts
Call for reservations 410.752.4515

Dylan Thomas’ prose/poetic recalling of his boyhood in the coastal village of Swansea is a humorous, touching and deeply human story of one particularly fabled Christmas seen through the eyes of the children who populate the poet’s memory.

Renowned director Donald Hicken narrates this delightful Christmas classic, joined by BSA colleague, Troy Stuart on cello. Cabaret favorite Becky Mossing leads the audience singing seasonal favorites.


Candle Kids LogoThe Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
WHEN: December 12, 2010, at 2:30 and 4:30 PM 
WHERE: Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, Columbia MD
TICKETS:   Individual Prices: $9 in advance; $10 at the door
Group tickets and special seating available
410.997.2324The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis' famous The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe takes a musical twist in TheatreworksUSA's captivating performance. Join Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they travel through a magical wardrobe and discover the wondrous land of Narnia. By fulfilling an ancient prophecy, the siblings must work together to defeat the evil White Witch and restore the good King Aslan to his throne.


Theotokos Across Time: Madonna and Child Revisited WHEN: December 12, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
The speaker will be Lee Sandstead, host of the Travel Channel's Art Attack with Lee Sandstead. Sandstead unravels this theme, highlighting works from the Walters collection, as well as identifying other artists who have depicted the enduring subject of the Madonna and Child.


Ancient Roots of Holiday Music
WHEN: December 12, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The "Twelve Days of Christmas" is rooted in ancient Egypt's twelve day mid-winter festival celebrating the earthly king Horus' birth, with one day's celebration for each month in their calendar. Honoring traditions linked to antiquity across world cultures, religions and time, our musicians will perform Medieval, Victorian, and modern Christian, Jewish and other world musical traditions.

Exclusive "Members-Only" Morning Hors d'oeuvres & Tour: Theotokos: Mary as Mother, Muse & More
WHEN: December 12, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Tour the important Madonna and Child images in our collection, with your tour guide Lee Sandstead. Lee Sandstead is the host of the Emmy-nominated television program, "Art Attack with Lee Sandstead." This tour is for members only.


Conservation Window - Byzantine and Iranian Metals
WHEN: December 12, 12:30 - 04:00 PM
Examine magnificent pieces of Byzantine and Iranian metals, with details provided by an objects conservator. Ask questions and get real time response! Free and open to the public.


Walk-In Tour of Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic
WHEN: December 12, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This walk-in tour of the exhibition, Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic will showcase the work of children's book author, Walter Wick. The tour is free with membership or admission to the exhibition.

Art History 101: Arts of East Asia
WHEN: December 15, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Immerse yourself in 55 centuries of art! This course will cover civilizations from ancient Egypt and Greece to artists like Manet and Monet and everything in between.

Homeschool Workshop: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic
Ages 5-6

WHEN: December 16, 1:15 - 3:30 PM
This exhibition and special workshop celebrates Walter Wick, co-creator of I Spy and the creator of the Can You See What I See book series. Students will experience captivating model sets, photographs and illusions in this workshop. They will also explore the many connections to the Walters’ Chamber of Art and Wonders.


American Visionary Art Museum

Sock Monkey Saturday at AVAM!

Make your own Sock Monkey, just like the ones featured in "What Makes Us Smile?"

  • WHEN: Saturday, December 11, 2010, 11 AM – 3 PM
    AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 3rd Floor; 800 Key Highway
    Baltimore (Map)
    COST: FREE! Please bring 2 pairs (clean) socks & your own scissors

Don't let the holidays drive you BANANAS! Relax by making your very own Sock Monkey. A great last-minute gift! And just something fun to do. FREE, but you must bring 2 pairs of (clean) socks (& scissors) to get in. Instructions, stuffing, sewing needles, thread, visionary baubles and camaraderie provided. NEW THIS YEAR: you-and-your-monkey photo-booth portraits by!

No advance registration required, just show up with 2 pairs of (clean) socks & BYOS (bring your own scissors)!


The Windup Space sounds like a neat venue for off-beat events. Check out their website  for more information about the myriad of activities that go on there. Here are just a few:

EVOLVER Baltimore Presents: 2012: Time for Change
WHEN: Thursday, December 9, 7:00 PM
The Windup Space,
12 W. North Ave, Baltimore (map)
Directed by Emmy Award nominee João Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.  Running Time: 1 hour and 25minutes, Followed by discussion and music  

Silent Whys, Dead Whale Ramblers, Adam Thorn
: Friday, December 10, 9 PM
WHERE: The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave, Baltimore (map)
Adam Thorn
Silent Whys
Dead Whale Ramblers

WHEN: Saturday, December 11, 5 – 8 PM
WHERE: The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave, Baltimore (map)
Attention Audiophiles! Bring your favorite records, have a drink, and share your music!

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School: Baltimore
WHEN: Monday, December 13, 7 – 10 PM
WHERE: The Windup Space,
12 W. North Ave, Baltimore (map)
Dr. Sketchy's is a chain of cabaret life-drawing sessions that circles the globe from Hollywood to New Zealand. Started by Molly Crabapple in 2005, Dr. Sketchy's is based on Molly's harebrained dream of a "decadent" art class with fair pay and respect for the models and boozy fun for all.

Out Of Your Head- Improvised and Experimental Music Collective
WHEN: Tuesday, December 14, 9:30 PM–Midnight
WHERE: The Windup Space (map)
The Out of Your Head Collective is a community of improvising musicians in Baltimore. Every Tuesday night at The Windup Space a new group is formed from the collective's 30+ members to improvise in what is always a brand new, one-time-only ensemble. Music happens in two sets from 9:30 PM until Midnight and is always FREE.