Friday, April 29, 2011



Celebrate Mother’s Day with your neighbors from Charles Village


WHEN: Sunday, May 8, 1-5 PM
The Baltimore Museum of Art

In addition to free admission to the BMA’s world-renowned art collection, visitors to the Museum can enjoy a live musical performance by Lisa Mathews and Mikel Gehl of the Grammy-nominated band Milkshake, participate in hands-on art making, view student art work from Charles Village schools and share stories at the BMA Story Booth. All activities are free!

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE to and from the BMA! — 12:30–5:30 PM
The BMA is offering a free shuttle service to the museum for Charles Village residents.  Pick-up /Drop-off Locations: Margaret Brent, Barclay, and Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary Schools

1 – 5 PM

  • Hands-on Art Making
    Try your hand at three fun art projects:  Construct a Handsome Headdress, Design a Charles Village Community Street Scene, or Build a BMA-inspired Button.
  • Story Booth
    Do you remember when The Thinker sat on the front steps of the BMA?  Did you visit the Museum for the first time on a school field trip?  Pull up a chair, grab a pen, and share your memories about the BMA. 
  • Close Encounters Student Exhibition
    The BMA’s McCall Education Gallery features art work created by 4th grade students from Margaret Brent, Dallas F. Nicholas, and Barclay elementary schools who participated in the BMA’s Close Encounters art education program.

GUIDED FAMILY TOURS: 1:30, 2:30, and 4 PM

Explore the BMA’s collection and discover surprising connections between the art and what makes Charles Village a great place to live, study, and play. This Docent-led tour will last 30 minutes and parents must accompany children on the tour.

MILKSHAKE FAMILY PERFORMANCE (Free – tickets required)*: 3 PM
Lisa and Mikel of the Baltimore-based Grammy-nominated band Milkshake perform toe-tapping hits from their children’s albums popular with 6- to 10-year olds. 

* Limit one ticket per person on a first-come basis; reservations not accepted. Tickets are available outside the Auditorium at 1:30 PM; doors open at 2:30 PM.  Final seating at 2:50 PM.  Seats are available on a first-come basis.


Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) celebrates its 162st Commencement with a weekend of arts-related events and exhibitions that invite the community to the College.

Friday, May 13–Monday, May 16; Friday, 11 AM–8 PM; Saturday–Monday, 11 AM–5 PM
WHERE: Campuswide

  • Animation Senior Screenings: Friday, May 13, 7 PM, Brown Center: Falvey Hall
  • Senior Video Screenings: Saturday, May 14, 7 PM, Brown Center: Falvey Hall
  • Campuswide Reception: Sunday, May 15, 1:30–5 PM

The 2011 Commencement Exhibition highlights works by 400 emerging artists in the undergraduate class of 2011. By transforming the College’s permanent galleries, hallways, classrooms and open spaces into one expansive gallery, each student is able to show a substantial body of work. Programs of study: animation; art history, theory, & criticism; ceramics; drawing; environmental design; fiber; general fine arts; graphic design; illustration; interaction design & art; interdisciplinary sculpture; painting; photography; printmaking; and video & film arts

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 5 PM
WHERE: Campuswide, starting at Cohen Plaza, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave. TICKETS: $25 for exhibition and casual buffet
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the Office of Advancement at 410.225.2339.

imageStroll through the MICA galleries, mingle with young artists and fellow art enthusiasts, and discuss the students’ artwork at the special preview party of the 2011 Commencement Exhibition. ArtWalk guests can purchase outstanding work by graduating seniors before the exhibition opens to the public. (Hope Guzzo uses “wounded” food imagery—that is both repulsive and attractive—to explore the process of abjection, the visceral response when confronted with trauma and damage of the bodily envelope. Pictured: Tomato, C-Print, 2010)

imageArtWalk guests begin their evening at the celebration tent at Cohen Plaza, just outside of Brown Center, where they will be given maps to stroll through the galleries, open spaces, hallways and classrooms of six architecturally significant MICA buildings that are filled with graduating students’ artwork. It is a visually energizing 3K walking tour. Many seniors will be on hand in their exhibition areas to meet ArtWalkers and discuss their artmaking processes. (Photography major Lynley Bernstein’s senior thesis, Shifting Structures, explores the instability of Baltimore’s housing, both structurally and as the market is transformed by gentrification, institutional expansion, speculators and other elements. Pictured: Middle East/Broadway, East Baltimore, C-Print, 2010)

In between strolls and after the exhibitions close at 8 PM, guests are invited to relax and enjoy casual dinner fare and have a glass of wine at the Finish Line Café, located inside the celebration tent on Cohen Plaza.




Just in time for the release of Marvel Studio's motion picture Thor, which opens on May 6, 2011, the Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce classic Thor writer/artist Walter Simonson as a confirmed guest for this year's show.

Simonson is best known for his run on The Mighty Thor throughout the 1980s. His classic run was recently collected by Marvel in The Mighty Thor Omnibus by Walter Simonson, a massive tome which featured issues #337-355, #357-369, and #371-382, as well as the mini-series, Balder the Brave #1-4.Simonson Thor Omnibus

Simonson will be joining a host of other creators who have worked on the God of Thunder attending this year's show, including inker Mark Morales and colorist Laura Martin. Morales was nominated for the Harvey Award for Best Inker on Thor in 2008, 2009 and 2010, winning the Award in 2009. Martin was nominated for the Harvey Award for Best Colorist on Thor in 2008 and 2009, taking home the Award in 2008. Both artists were part of the creative team that reintroduced Thor and the other Asgardians into the Marvel Universe.

"Walter Simonson is one of the seminal creators to have both written and illustrated Thor," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "His work redefined the character in the '80s, and with the release of Marvel Studio's Thor next week, the timing to revisit his run couldn't be better. We are thrilled to have him attending the show again this year."


The classic psychological novel is a favorite of high school and college literature classes. Do your teen a favor and take him/her to see this riveting production, up front and in the flesh. A great introduction to dramatic theater! But you have only 2 more weeks to do it!

Adapted by Curt Columbus and Marilyn Campbell from the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Directed by Jason Loewith

WHEN: through May 15
Centerstage, The Head Theater, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore
Box Office: 410.332.0033

In this riveting, intimate adaptation of Dostoevsky's monumental 19th-century novel, the philosophical gets personal, and we get a thrilling new look at one of the most vivid murder mysteries ever written.

Raskolnikov has a lot on his mind: Napoleon, Nietzsche, Darwin and an axe murder. When a dogged detective starts putting together the pieces, he ignites a battle of wits in which the philosophical gets personal. This riveting, intimate adaptation gives a thrilling new look at one of the most vivid murder mysteries ever written.

Runtime: 90 minutes with NO intermission.

Parental Guidelines:
This psychological thriller tackles sin, guilt and redemption in a mature and language-driven manner best suited for high school students and older.

Click the "Play" button and hear Director Jason Loewith discuss the performance's set, which has been described as an "unequivocal success"!

Thursday, April 28, 2011



Join the Fun This Summer

Looking for interested 14-17 year olds who would like to perform in the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's first High School Company production of Taming of the Shrew and work with the CSC professional company's summer productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

High School Company members will work with CSC's professional artists and teachers in a combination performance/apprenticeship/training experience.

WHEN: Rehearsals for Taming of the Shrew begin June 4 and occur Saturdays and Sunday afternoons through July 20. Performance takes place on July 20 (rain date, July 27)

Members work in support of CSC's summer productions attending at least 50% of the performances weekend evenings from June 10 to July 31.

Workshops and training sessions are included in the rehearsal period.
There is a $150 activity fee to cover the cost of a lead teacher and technical requirements (costumes, etc.)

If you've never performed Shakespeare before, but thought it might be fun, or if you know someone who might be interested, please contact:

Participation limited to the first 20 applicants.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Writers LIVE!

Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

Ralph Nader
Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!
WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 7 PM
Central Library, Main Hall




Brown Lecture Series

Beating the Odds

Eddie Brown
author of
Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown's Investing and Life Strategies
WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 7 PM
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium

Beating the Odds is the inspiring autobiography of financial guru and philanthropist Eddie C.


Manning Marable

A Tribute to
Manning Marable

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 PM
Enoch Pratt Central Library, wheeler Auditorium

On April 1st, Columbia University professor and scholar of African American history Manning Marable died, just days before the publication of his landmark work, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Baltimore and the Pratt Library pay tribute to Manning Marable with a panel of scholars discussing his life and work. Panelists include Melissa Harris-Perry, Princeton University; Sherrilyn Ifill, University of Maryland Law School; and Lester Spence, Johns Hopkins University. Marc Steiner of WEAA-FM will moderate the discussion.

The Ivy Bookshop will sell copies of Malcolm X at the event.

Suggested Audience:

  • Adults
  • Seniors


!!! Maryland Film Festival's 2011 Line-Up!SING YOUR SONG

WHEN: May 8, 7:30 PM
Charles Theatre I
Click here to order tickets!


"Get them to sing your song, and they will want to know who you are." —Paul Robeson

Actor/activist/singer. Big words, each one more than enough for a full career. Harry Belafonte is all three, but somehow even all three words don’t do justice.

Belafonte blazed trails in the entertainment world. In his first role on Broadway, he won a Tony; his film Carmen Jones, won a Golden Globe, numerous film-festival awards, Oscar nominations, and is in the National Film Registry; he was the first African-American to produce a primetime television show, 1959’s “Tonight with Belafonte,” which won an Emmy. He was a friend of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, raising crucial money for the Civil Rights Movement, and standing with Dr. King at Selma and other key moments in the struggle. His Calypso (1956) was the first LP to sell a million copies. Belafonte received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1987, and President Clinton gave him the National Medal of Arts in 1994. He’s won numerous other awards and honorary degrees.

Capturing this remarkable lifetime in any single form probably isn’t possible, but this film gets close. As a documentary it’s something I’ve never seen before: a kind of collaborative autobiography that captures not only aspects of this amazing life, but the spirit behind it. Through everything Belafonte has accomplished, there is that kind of nonviolence that Gandhi taught: active and forceful. In every encounter, with friend or foe, Belafonte’s love for his fellow man and his belief in their shared humanity is palpable. As you celebrate this man, ask yourself the question Belafonte keeps asking: “What do we do now?” (Jed Dietz)

Harry Belafonte and filmmaker collaborators Susanne Rostock and Gina Belafonte will attend the screening.


25th Anniversary of the Annual B. Christopher Bothe Poetry Lecture

WHEN: May 4 at 7:30 PM
McDaniel College’s Alumni Hall, Westminster, MD
ADMISSION: free and open to the public.
For information, call 410.857.2290.

“Collins is the contemporary master of poetic musings on the quotidian; his deftly ironic poems offer keen observational—and philosophical—commentary on daily and domestic human interaction,” says Kathy Mangan, professor of English and published poet who teaches creative writing at McDaniel. “He's also an engaging and entertaining reader of his poems, often to very large and appreciative audiences.”

Collins combines high critical acclaim with broad popular appeal. He has been said to lure his readers in with humor, and then lead them into deeper, serious, often profound places. Collins considers humor as “a door into the serious.”

Born in New York City, Collins received a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross, and master's and doctorate degrees from the University of California-Riverside. He is a two-term United States Poet Laureate, New York State Poet and the author of eight collections of poetry; his last three published collections have broken sales records for poetry.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011




Bone 20th Anniversary Collection Makes Its East Coast Debut
in Baltimore

The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of renowned cartoonist Jeff Smith to the growing line-up of creators for this year's show, taking place August 20-21, 2011.  As a pioneer of self-publishing, the Harvey and Eisner Awards-winning Smith is best know for his classic all-ages fantasy epic, Bone, an award-winning adventure about three cartoon cousins lost in a world of myth and ancient mysteries, as well as his current science-fiction series, RASL.

Jeff_Smith_Fall_2010.jpgDebuting in July 1991, Bone is now a New York Times bestselling series published by Scholastic Books. July 2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of Bone #1, and to celebrate this momentous achievement, Smith's own Cartoon Books is releasing a limited edition slipcase collection. The Bone: 20th Anniversary Full Color One Volume Collector's Box Set will make its East Coast debut right here in Baltimore.

In 2009, Smith was the subject of the Emmy Award-winning documentary, The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics, and he is currently working on his creator-owned series, RASL, a sci-fi noir tale about an inter-dimensional art thief.

In addition, the Baltimore Comic-Con also welcomes Steve Hamaker, the artist responsible for supplying Smith's 1344-page masterpiece with vibrant color. Hamaker joined Smith at Cartoon Books in 2000 and was tasked with the mission of bringing Bone from black and white to full-color for Scholastic Books. His work on the series has been nominated for the Harvey and Eisner Awards for Best Coloring.

BONE_20th_Collector_Box_2"We couldn't be more pleased to have Jeff Smith and Steve Hamaker here in Baltimore," said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Jeff paved the way for self-publishing and practically conceived the modern American graphic novel. His work was made that much better by Steve's amazing coloring."


live music, performances and evening hours

clip_image002 Photography comes alive after hours at The Baltimore Museum of Art with a special evening event inspired by the Museum’s Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960 exhibition. Visitors are invited to step on the red carpet to meet the paparazzi and join a whirlwind of activities:  live Motown and rock music, ongoing photo shoots, a photography workshop, original short film screenings, and a DJ spinning music from the 1960s to now. Cash bar and light fare are available. The event is organized by Baltimore artist/photographer Jim Lucio

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 6:30 to 10:30 PM
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Streets, three miles north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
For general Museum information, call 443.573.1700 or visit

Highlights of the evening include:


  • Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960 features more than 200 gripping images that show photography’s development by artists such as Diane Arbus, Larry Clark, Cindy Sherman and Garry Winogrand. The exhibition is free and on view only at the BMA until May 15, 2011.
  • Baltimore-based photographer Josh Sisk leads a workshop on photography. He is a contributing photographer for the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper, and, as well as a staff photographer for Brightest Young Things.
  • Christopher Graham—photographer, archivist, digital imaging specialist and owner of Charm City Photography Studio—focuses his camera on models wearing period attire as well as BMA guests throughout the evening. Images are projected onsite for all to enjoy. Assistance with props and projection design is provided by Katrina Ford.


  • A film projection by artist Rahne Alexander explores cinematic photographers and paparazzi in a kaleidoscopic loop of found footage manipulated to distort time, image, and perspective.
  • Original short films inspired by the exhibition were created by a select group of filmmakers from Baltimore and beyond:  Kristen Anchor, Rob Brulinski, Paul Cholewa, David Fair, J.M. Giordano, Chuck Green, Rick Johnsona, Stephanie Halpern, Kimberly Huey, Todd Matte, Patrick McGuinn, Chad Mellendick, Karen Summerville and Alex Wein.


  • The Motorettes, a female-fronted six-piece band, performs authentic 60s Motown sounds. Then, for one night only, they transform into a newly configured line-up, look, and rock sound as Jenny Flash and the Exposures.
  • Renowned Baltimore DJ Matt Walter spins music from the 1960s to the present.

Monday, April 25, 2011


All members of the community are invited to CENTERSTAGE for the annual awards ceremony, including the staged readings of selected plays and a reception in honor of all of the students who submitted scripts.

The Young Playwrights Festival is made possible through the generous support of our many community partners, including Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, M&T Bank, Verizon, Procter & Gamble, VSA arts and MetLife Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, and Eggspectation.

CENTERSTAGE is a proud recipient of an "Arts Connect All" grant, made possible through a partnership with VSA arts and MetLife Foundation. This grant supports deaf student participation in our Playwrights in Schools program, including the creation of an original script submission to be performed in the 2011 Young Playwrights Festival

The event is free and open to the public. $5 suggested donation at the door. Groups up to 10 can reserve their tickets online.

WHEN: Monday, May 2, 7 PM
Centerstage, 700 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: free, $5 donation suggested




Don't miss any of these NEW and improved activities and experiences included with your Day Out With Thomas ticket at the B&O Railroad Museum:

  • Petting zoo
  • Pony rides
  • A hay maze for Toddlers
  • Spinning Tubs carnival ride
  • Chalk & Bubble Fun Station
  • Performances by Choo Choo Blue
  • Live Musical performances
  • Spin art
  • Moon bounces
  • Photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt

Plus for an additional nominal fee, everyone will enjoy rides on the NEW train carousel at $2.00 per ticket! Children ages 2-12 will enjoy train rides through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville at $1.00 per ticket.



Eubie Blake Center

Support Scholarships for The Summer Center for Gifted and Talented Youth!

Eubie Blake is Celebrating

Women in Jazz and
Women in General

WHEN: May 8th, Mother's Day
Eubie Blake Center, 847 North Howard Street Baltimore

The Eubie Blake Center is holding an online silent auction to support Scholarships for The Summer Center for Gifted and Talented Youth.

It's time to Bid Now! The Auction is filled with great merchandise, useful services and unique experiences.

You're sure to find something to bid on when you browse through their items. View All Auction Items

If you or your organization would like to become a sponsor please complete their simple form and they will contact you.


On Wednesday, Apr. 27, at 8:00 PM, Edward Polochick will conduct the Peabody Concert Orchestra in a performance of Schumann's Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 38, "Spring," and Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626. Performing the Requiem with the orchestra will be the Peabody Singers and the Peabody-Hopkins Chorus. The soloists will be Molly Young, soprano, a Master of Music candidate studying with Phyllis Bryn-Julson; Tessa Wegenke, alto, an MM candidate studying with John Shirley-Quirk; William Davenport, tenor, a senior studying with Stanley Cornett; and Eunseo Koo, bass, an MM candidate studying with Steven Rainbolt. 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.

Also this week

Two Conservatory alumni will perform this week at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. Alexander Milovanov (MM ’08, GPD ’10, Guitar) will play works by Bach, Regondi, and Villa-Lobos on Tuesday, Apr. 26, at 8:00 PM. Jenny Lin (AD ’98, Piano) will perform Chinoiserie, a program of works evocative of China by Western composers, on Friday, Apr. 29, at 8:00 PM . For tickets, call 410-385-2638.

Ancient Airs & Dances, the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble's spring program, will be presented on Thursday, Apr. 28, and Friday, Apr. 29, at 7:30 PM in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall. Mark Cudek will direct the ensemble's performance of the original settings of melodies set by Respighi, plus other "traveling" tunes. 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.

Conservatory students will perform compositions by middle school students from Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy at a free recital at Saint Ignatius, 740 North Calvert Street, on Friday, Apr. 29, at 3:30 PM . The young composers are participants in Peabody's Junior Bach program.

On Saturday, April 30, at 8:00 PM, legendary pianist Leon Fleisher will guest-conduct the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Walton's Partita for Orchestra and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica," in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. 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.

Leon Fleisher will join the Tokyo String Quartet on Sunday, May 1, at 5:30 PM to perform Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34, in the final concert of this season's Shriver Hall Concert Series. The quartet will also play works by Haydn and Szymanowski. Shriver Hall is located on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street. For tickets, visit

Also on Sunday, May 1, at 7:30 PM, the winners of the Preparatory Part-Recital Competition—violinist Jeremy Hess, flutist Handong Park, and pianist Rebecca Zhang—will give a free recital in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


I found this on a Tweet I subscribe to and think it bears re-posting, although I would have flipped the list so that #10 is #1:

The Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts (from Arts Watch)

Posted by Randy Cohen On April - 20 - 2011

Randy Cohen

I was recently asked by a major biz leader for “10 reasons to support the arts.”

He needed the points to help him pull an 8-figure inve$tment for a new arts center…Make it compelling to government and business leaders, he asked.

Oh, yeah, he’s a busy guy—didn’t want a lot to read:  “Keep it to one page, please.”

So, apart from the 10-1 flip (and with apologies to David Letterman), this is what I delivered:

10. True prosperity…The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. They help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, the arts are salve for the ache.

9. Stronger communities…University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower poverty rates. A vibrant arts community ensures that young people are not left to be raised solely in a pop culture and tabloid marketplace.  

8. Health and well-being…nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff. 78 percent deliver these programs because of their healing benefits to patients—shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and less medication.

7. 21st Century workforce . . . reports by The Conference Board show creativity is among the top applied skills sought by employers. 72 percent of business leaders say creativity is of high importance when hiring. The biggest creativity indicator? A college arts degree.  Their report concludes, “…the arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the third millennium.”

6. Improved academic performance…longitudinal data of 25,000 students demonstrate that students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, lower drop-out rates, and even better attitudes about community service. These benefits are reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Children motivated by the arts develop attention skills and strategies for memory retrieval that also apply to other academic subject areas such as math and science.

5. Arts in the schools = better SAT scores…students with four years of arts or music in high school average 100 points better on their SAT scores than students with one-half year or less. Better scores are found in all three portions of the test:  math, reading, and writing.

4. Creative Industries…the creative industries are arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and advertising companies. An analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data counts 756,007 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ 2.99 million people—representing 4.14 percent of all businesses and 2.17 percent of all employees, respectively.  (Contact Americans for the Arts for your local and state numbers.)

3. Arts are the cornerstone of tourism…arts travelers are ideal tourists—they stay longer and spend more. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that the percentage of international travelers including arts and culture events during their stay has increased annually the last six years.

2. Arts are good for local merchants…the typical arts attendee spends $27.79 per person, per event, not including the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, shopping, and babysitters. Non-local arts audiences (who live outside the county) spend nearly twice as much as local arts attendees ($40.19 compared to $19.53)—valuable revenue for local businesses and the community.

1. The arts are an Industry…arts organizations are responsible businesses, employers, and consumers.  They spend money locally, generate government revenue, and are a cornerstone of tourism and economic development. Nonprofit arts organizations generate $166 billion in economic activity annually, supporting 5.7 million jobs and generating nearly $30 billion in government revenue. Investment in the arts supports jobs, generates tax revenues, and advances our creativity-based economy.

If he asked for 11 reasons . . . what would you have added?

*Arts Watch is the free weekly cultural policy publication of Americans for the Arts, covering news in a variety of categories. Subscribe to Arts Watch.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011



MusikNOW Concerts at An die Musik LIVE!
A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201

Sunday, April 24, 7 PM
$12 general/$8 students

Despite being one of the most radical and revolutionary 20th century European avant-garde composers, Mauricio Kagel's music has remained relatively obscure, especially here in the US. In an attempt to change this, two musicians from New York City have spent the past three years researching Kagel's massive body of work, seeking out rare scores, recordings, and videos of his bizarre, often hysterically theatrical compositions. The result is the performance-event known as Kagel Nacht.

With the assistance of local musicians in each city, Kagel Nacht features the musical and theatrical artistry of:

Rick Burkhardt - orator, accordion; Stephe Cooper - producer, glockenspiel; Roberta Michel - flute, piccolo; Jordan Mclean - trumpet, conductor, arranger; Geoff Nosach - lighting, set design; Sam Kulik – trombone; Dennis Sullivan – percussion; Beth Griffith – vocalist; Sam Sowyrda - producer, conductor, percussion

Tuesday, April 26, 8 PM
12/$5 students;  post-concert wine reception

Originally from the Republic of Belarus, Alexander attended the Peabody Institute, where he received his Master of Music, studying with Ray Chester. As a scholarship recipient at Peabody, he completed the Graduate Performance Diploma program in 2010, studying with Julian Gray, and has been appointed as faculty of the International School of Music in Washington D.C

Last summer, Alexander has won the 4th prize at the preeminent International Concert Artist Competition of the Guitar Foundation of America. This coming fall, as a full scholarship and fellowship recipient, Mr. Milovanov will enter the Artist Diploma program at the Yale School of Music to the class of Professor Benjamin Verdery.

Friday, April 29, 8 PM
TICKETS: $15/$10 students

Rather than an attempt to depict a reality-based musical view of China, pianist Jenny Lin's program seems designed to show how fantasy tends to mix with reality in many Western composers' attempts to evoke the flavor of a far-off, exotic land that held strong fascination. Those looking for a quirky but unfailingly delightful visit to China will enjoy it too.

Saturday, April 30, 5 & 8 PM
TICKETS: $15 general/$10 students

A chamber octet in which eight guitarists reclaim classical music for the electric guitar. The effect is an exploration of a greater potential for the electric guitar with both intentional and accidental nods to the rock characteristics of the instrument.

The octet’s repertoire spans the late Renaissance to the present day, ranging from the polychoral music of Giovanni Gabrieli to Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments. Their latest program, Interlocking Textures, juxtaposes Indonesian gamelan with American minimalism, highlighting the work of ethnomusicologist Mantle Hood and pianist Charles T. Griffes.

In 2008, the group was the subject of the documentary Electric Requiem, a featured short film project funded by the James Irvine Foundation.


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Salon No.9 Artist's Reception: Friday April 29

Established at Jordan Faye Contemporary in 2009, The Salon Series is a unique exhibition and collecting platform. The Salon Series is an open call opportunity for unrepresented artists who wish to display and sell their artwork in a professional gallery setting. Artists register on a "first come, first serve" basis, with no visual vetting or politics for inclusion. The artists set their prices and interact with the viewing public in hopes of building relationships with novice and seasoned collectors.

WHEN: Wednesday April 27 / 12 – 7 PM; Thursday April 28 /   12 – 7 PM; Friday, April 29,  Opening Reception from 6 – 9 PM   Artists are present! {complimentary valet parking}; Saturday April 30 /   12 – 7 PM Artists are present! Sunday May 1 /   12 – 5 PM Artists are present!
WHERE: Jordan Faye Gallery, 1402 Light Street & Gittings Street (Federal Hill), Baltimore


A Fun-Filled Season Of Shakespeare!

We're back outdoors, so it must be summer—well, soon anyway. This year, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is producing what may be Shakespeare's most popular play—A Midsummer Night's Dream. The production will be set as a carnival-like celebration by CSC Artistic Director Ian Gallanar. In addition, both Shakespeare-lovers and Shakespeare-not-so-much-lovers will find The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) an hilarious summer event directed by CSC Associate Director Scott Alan Small.

Tickets are on sale now, and remember, kids 18 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Stacy Downs in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by Teresa Castracane.<br />

Stacy Downs in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by Teresa Castracane.

There might not be a funnier group of characters than the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night's Dream. There might not be a more enchanting notion than fairies entertained by the foibles of humanity. There might not be a more popular play in the history of theatrical comedy than A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Our cast includes CSC Company Members Jose Guzman, David R. Tabish, Greg Burgess, Shannon Listol, Julian Elijah Martinez, Vince Eisenson, Steven Hoochuk, Jamie Jager, and Robby Rose along with many newcomers and familiar CSC faces.

This is a perfect summer outing for the entire family, and with tickets as low as $64 for a family of four, you can't find a better deal for a fun (yet cultural!) event.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

Scott Graham completing one of Shakespeare's works. Photo by Teresa Castracane.<br />

Scott Graham completing one of Shakespeare's works. Photo by Teresa Castracane.

37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy in the West End. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

Scott Graham, Frank B. Moorman and John Miller mix it up in this hilarious spoof. The PFI Historic Park turns into a giant comedy fest as CSC bites the hand that feeds it!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Three artists win $75,000 in prize money from field of 696 local artists

Three metropolitan Baltimore artists were named winners of the 2011 Baker Artist Awards today. Audrey Chen, Gary Kachadourian and Shodekeh were selected by a jury of national experts to receive the 2011 Mary Sawyers Baker awards. Each artist will receive $25,000 and be featured in an exhibition at The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) from September 7 – October 2, 2011, including a celebratory Late Night event on October 1 where Ms. Chen and Shodekeh will perform. The winners were presented on Maryland Public Television’s ArtWorks Special: The Baker Artist Awards 2011.

Audrey Chen is an improvisational performance artist based in Baltimore, who maintains an active touring schedule throughout Europe. Using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen performs solo and in collaboration with a wide number of other artists.


Gary Kachadourian makes drawings and Xeroxed or ink- jet printed booklets, prints or posters and occasionally curates small scale multi-artist exhibitions. He worked for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts for 22 years where he coordinated grant programs, exhibitions for Artscape, the city’s mural program and numerous temporary public arts projects. He currently attends an MFA program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Shodekeh sporting a mic(saver) #03 t-shirtShodekeh is a beatboxer and vocal percussionist who often works collaboratively with dancers, musicians and visual artists. Emulating various instruments and soundscapes, he vocalizes everything from drum sets, turntables, ocean waves, to sleigh bells. Shodekeh founded and runs the Embody Series in Baltimore.

The three winners and the nominations of all 696 artists that entered the competition this year can be viewed at


BIG Goes Back2Back with Rick Andrews!

Prepare for a Ginormous weekend of Improv in Baltimore! Two shows & two workshops featuring one of America's greatest improv teachers, Rick Andrews. Rick and his performance partner, Jennifer Dunne, form the duo, the Cascade. They have been featured performers at Improv Festivals across the country, and will perform both nights. They will join a deluge of performers from BIG for a magnificent weekend of improvisational comedy.

Rick Andrews' Workshops: Saturday, April 23.

What a privilege for BIG to bring you two workshops taught by Rick Andrews. Rick has been performing since 1999 and teaching since 2006. He has studied with many improv greats including: Asaf Ronan, Jill Bernard, Joe Bill, Armando Diaz and Amy Poehler.

In Improv on the Cusp, you will learn how to overcome the lulls in your improv by finding the elements of self-surprise. You'll find a way to embrace the uncertainty that comes on stage, and spin it into comic gold.

In Intimacy & Group Mind, you will learn how to put greater trust in your scene partners. Rick takes the mysticism out of "group mind," and helps you learn how to build stronger scenes by making a real connection with your scene partners. This workshop is particularly good for members of the same troupe or class.

Rick's workshop at last year's Baltimore Improv Festival was one of the highlights of the weekend. Don't miss out.


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The first Baltimore Playwrights Festival musical
Produced by The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, at 7:00 PM (Lobby)
WHERE: The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street, Baltimore

Performance Dates:  Aug 4 - Aug 24  (Thur, Fri & Sat at 8 PM and Sun at 2 PM)


  • Ray: 20s, tenor, a compulsive hitchhiker who is trying to forget his past
  • Amber: 20s, soprano, Ray’s over-devoted fiancé, wants the truth from Ray
  • Marlon: 20s, baritone or bass, Ray’s friend and Amber’s cousin, life of the party
  • Wayne: 20s, tenor, Ray’s friend, supportive but doesn’t have a clue
  • Wricks: 20s, baritone, never wants Ray to forget

Bring Headshot & Resume (if available)

Be prepared to sing 16-24 measures of a ballad or upbeat song, preferably from a rock or contemporary musical. Bring your sheet music, an accompanist will be provided—no a cappella auditions. You will also be reading sides from the show.

Contact: Michael Tan, Director at


By Naomi Wallace
Directed by Jayme Kilburn

WHEN: April 21 - May 7, 2011* (scroll down for performance dates)WHERE:  Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
$15 general / $10 Students and Seniors
To purchase tickets please
CLICK HERE or call 443-874-4917.
(Groupon subscribers must reserve by phone).
Due to the staging of the show, late seating will not be accommodated.
Opening Night is Friday, April 22nd. The performance is preceded by a reception, and a post-show discussion will follow.

On the last day of a 30-day quarantine, a wealthy couple discover their London home invaded by two strangers—a sailor and a girl who might not be what she seems— and so they must begin another month of quarantine…together. Watched over by their jailor, these four with nothing in common must find a way to survive both the plague and each other.

Hilarious and deeply moving by turns, One Flea Spare is set in 17th-century England, where social roles and the boundaries between them have been set 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 wife Darcey—literally untouched for 40 years—discovers that her dreadfully scarred body may not be numb after all. The human heart craves comfort, contact, tenderness…and survival may take many forms.

Inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Wallace explores the issues of class, power, and sex in this timely and political play.

Monday, April 18, 2011


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Student Documentary Film Festival
Thursday, April 21, 7:30 PM
$10, $5 mbrs, stus.

With the decline of traditional media and the rise of “citizen journalism,” the role of documentaries is newly significant. Watch student films-in-progress from around the region and join the filmmakers for discussion afterward. Jury prize awarded; submissions due Thursday, April 14. Presented with Docs in Progress and Stevenson University.

Baltimore debut! NicGaviskey
Friday, April 22, 8 PM
$15, $10 mbrs.

The girls from County Meath met the American boys at an early morning trad Irish jam in the Catskills. Touring as NicGaviskey, Bernadette Nic Gabhann is on fiddle, with sister Caitlin (who toured with Riverdance) on concertina. Baltimore's Sean McComiskey plays button accordion learned from his maestro father Billy McComiskey, and second-gen Irishman Sean Gavin is on flute.

Photo of Event or Program ItemTilted Torch: The Bipolar Show
Saturday,  April 23, 8 PM
TICKETS: $16, $11 mbrs.

Tilted Torch returns with a night of wild and extreme mood swings, featuring the sweet and sinister fire play of Miss Joule and Malibu, mad hooping antics with NYC’s Miss Saturn, seductive belly dance by Ariel, suave but wicked boylesque by Paco Fish, and our witty yet sometimes lewd femme-cee Shortstaxx. Games! Raffle! Prizes! Wear your bipolar best! Black and white? Clashing colors?


Lagniappe*: LSU Ceramic MFAs

WHEN: April 23- May 28; Opening: Saturday, April 23, 6–8 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore

Doug Herron "Monitor"Baltimore Clayworks is proud to host Lagniappe: LSU Ceramic MFAs an exhibition of current and alumni ceramic MFAs and their professors from Louisiana State University.

Clayworks is an artist-centered community focused on ceramic arts education. They celebrate established and emerging talents in the field, and their mission is perfectly showcased in the exhibition Lagniappe: LSU Ceramic MFAs(Above: Doug Herren, "Monitor")

Featured Artists: Maragret Bohls (MN), Linda Cordell (NY), Kathryn Finnerty (OR), Andrew Gilliatt (LA), Douglas Herren (PA), Nick Joerling (NC), Debbie Kupinsky (WI), Haejung Lee (LA), Suze Lindsay (NC), Andy Shaw (LA), Mikey Walsh (LA), Blake Williams (MI), Merrie Wright (TX)

Lagniappe is a Cajun word meaning “a little something extra or an unexpected bonus.” 

View Some of the Artists Online