Tuesday, May 31, 2011

IT’S AUDITION TIME @ SINGLE CARROT THEATRE

It's Springtime, so that must mean it's Audition Time!

Single Carrot Theatre is casting, reviewing designer portfolios and accepting applications for fellowships

Open Call—Auditions and Portfolio Review

WHO: Any theater artist wanting to meet Single Carrot and share their work.
WHEN: June 11, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore.
WHAT: Single Carrot seeks artists for the 2011-2012 season including: actors for productions of Church and Hotel Casseopeia; designers, dramaturgy, stage management, carpenters and technicians for all productions; and fellowship positions (more information about fellowships available upon request).
WHY: Single Carrot is seeking artists to fill various roles next season.
HOW: To reserve a time slot, e-mail Nathan Cooper (
ncooper@singlecarrot.com).

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for your time slot. Please bring a professional resume and theatre resume for consideration in all positions. Actors please bring an 8 x 10 headshot.

Single Carrot is seeking to fill various roles in the following capacities:

Actors: (roles in Church, and Hotel Cassiopeia) present two contrasting monologues; no more than 2.5 minutes total.
Carpenters and Technicians: bring portfolio.
Designers: (Set, Electrics, Properties, Crafts, Sound, Costumes) - bring portfolio.
Dramaturgy: bring portfolio, or show book.
Stage Management: bring portfolio or show book.
Fellows: applications and more information available upon request (interviews will be held for any fellowship candidates).

THIS WEEK AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE! JUNE 2-5

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

Buy tickets online

 

Buy tickets by phone

410.385-2638


Thursday, June 2, 8 PM
Shirley Yoo & Matthieu Fortin: A Four hand piano recital
featuring music by Barber, Ravel, Violet Archer and Kurtag
TICKETS: $15 general / $8 students

 

The Washington Post declared Shirley Yoo a pianist with “extraordinary sensitivity and technical skill.”

Praised for his versatility, pianist Matthieu Fortin plays both classical and contemporary repertoires with style.

 

Friday, June 3, 8 PM
DUO AMARAL: All Baroque Program
with works by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and Scarlatti
TICKETS: $15/$10 students

The Italian critics described Israeli guitarist Mia Pomerantz-Amaral as “powerful sound, beautiful, rich in harmony and with a sure, clean technique.”

Jorge Amaral, a native of Guadalajara Mexico, has been described by Alirio Diaz as “a brilliant figure in the future of the classical guitar”.

Saturday, June 4, 8 & 9:30 PM
ALEX BROWN GROUP
CD release for "Alex Brown - Pianist"
TICKETS: $15/ $ 10 students

Brown’s new CD features many great musicians including Paquito D'Rivera on alto sax and clarinet, Warren Wolf on marimba, Vivek Patel on trumpet, Ben Williams on bass, Eric Doob on drums and Pedro Martinez on percussion.

Sunday, June 5, 5 & 7 PM
Stan Killian Quartet: "Unified" CD release concert
TICKETS: $12

Stan Killian, tenor saxophone; Benito Gonzalez, piano; Jeff Reed, bass; Eric Kennedy, drums

“Killian is by no means another Coltrane clone. He has a voice of his own with an almost classical sonority at times.” —Peter Westbrook, Jazz Review

Monday, May 30, 2011

EXPERIENCE THE BARD THIS SUMMER IN THE RUINS!

Photos by Teresa Castracane<br />

What a fantastic summer it's going to be! Join CSC at the picturesque ruins of the PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City for Shakespeare under the stars. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company-in-the-Ruins has become the region's most popular outdoor Shakespeare experience.

WHEN: The season starts June 10 with A Midsummer Night's Dream and Complete Works begins alternating performances with Midsummer on June 24.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will please both the ear and the eye of audiences members of all ages (kids are free again this year!). Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar's production will be a carnival of fun for Shakespeare's magical tale of human lovers and dopey actors (yup, there's a guy in a dress) distracted and distraught in Fairyland.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is a perfect spoof for both lovers and haters of Shakespeare. CSC Associate Director Scott Alan Small goofs on the Bard in this hilarious romp (yup, there's a guy in a dress) that covers every one of Shakespeare's plays.

See one show or get a terrific discount when you see both. As always, you can purchase tickets to either or both shows. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine and enjoy the summer and Shakespeare under the stars with your friends and neighbors. They expect this summer to be their most popular yet—and with tables for two, Kloby's Smokehouse food truck on site and, as always, plenty of special events like Faerie Weekend, preshow entertainment in the form of the "Show Before The Show," tickets will go fast. Bring your kids to a family-friendly Sunday performance or bring a bottle of champagne for our fun formal Friday

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

MICA CONCLUDES 2010-2011 YEAR WITH EXHIBIT, FESTIVAL

COMMUNITY ART COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITION
WHEN: Monday, June 6–Friday, June 17
WHERE: Fox Building: Fox 3 Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

The Community Art Collaborative (CAC) celebrates the conclusion of its 2010–11 year with an exhibition of work made by CAC members in partnership with community members and youth. The theme for this year’s exhibition is “dream,” highlighting young imaginations expressed through dreams as well as dreams youth have for themselves, their community and their city.

IMG_0023A COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
WHEN: Saturday, June 11, from 1–4 PM
WHERE:
Cohen Plaza, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

A community festival featuring drumming, line dancing and other participatory performances will take place in Cohen Plaza (in front of the Brown and Fox buildings).

Community Art Collaborative member artists spend yearlong residencies with nonprofit organizations in Baltimore, where they work with youth and adults to build community through artmaking. This exhibition highlights the different roles community artists play as facilitators, problem solvers and liaisons between Baltimore’s communities and MICA. Many CAC members are also pursuing an M.A. in Community Arts degree at MICA.

kayleigh Porter '10 -BodyscapeABSTRACTS

Abstracts features 16 alumni artists who have also participated in exhibitions at either the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Exhibition: Friday, May 20–Sunday, June 12
WHERE: Fox Building: Decker Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

(Above: Kayleigh Porter, ‘10, Bodyscape)

Reception: Thursday, June 9, 5:30–7 PM
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.

Summer Exhibition Schedule:
MICA’s summer exhibition schedule is available in the College’s Juxtapositions magazine:
www.mica.edu/Documents/Juxtapositions/latest_juxta.pdf

Friday, May 27, 2011

RIBALD, RISQUE ROMP @ VAGABOND PLAYERS IN FELLS POINT


20110502-195258ABDUCTING DIANA

By Dario Fo
Adapted by Stephen Stenning
WHEN: June 3-26,  Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM
WHERE:
Vagabonds Players Theater, 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point
TICKETS:  $15/$13 for seniors and students; special Friday night tickets for students $10.
Reserve on line at
www.vagabondplayers.org or call 410.563-9135

Directed by Michael Spellman, this ribald and risqué comedy really hits its mark. The door bursts open and just who kidnapped whom proves to be a real dilemma in this farcical play by Italy's Dario Fo, the controversial 1997 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature. It's never quite clear who's getting the upper hand as broadly drawn characters compete for control in this riotous romp that skewers all in its path. A media tycoon, her boyfried and her mother, three fireman, a priest... Not unlike the camp in the work of Benny Hill or Monty Python, Fo's comedy may be ribald and risqué, but it nevertheless hits its mark. [PHOTO: Kidnapper (Frank Vince) and Diana (Andrea Bush)]

"broad comedy...satirizes the incestuous world of politics, media, and powers."—CurtainsUp

"wild satirical fun...one surprise after another."—Boise Weekly

TONIGHT: BALTIMORE LISTE 3 @ THE CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM

Kate MacKinnon at the Contemporary Museum, Opening TONIGHT!

THE GREY SERIES
By Kate MacKinnon

250395_10150194139809484_36954569483_6685645_3902201_n[1]The Grey Series is a suite of fourteen oil paintings begun in 2006 as an exercise in limiting my color palette. The first six paintings are complete. The original painting was inspired by Japanese brush paintings and the gift of an orchid. Each painting informs the next in the series.

The Grey Series began with a challenge to myself to limit my use of color. I spent some time thinking about historical work that was also created with a limited palette. Barnett Newman's Stations of the Cross immediately came to mind. He created his series of 14 paintings over a period of about eight years, letting each painting inform the next. I thought this process a very organic way to work, and also a real challenge to my control freak tendencies. As homage of sorts, I embarked on my own series of 14, emulating Newman's path. I had the hubris to jokingly state that I would finish them much quicker then he. Five years later, I am beginning number seven. The first was inspired by the gift of an orchid, the next by the first and so on. 

After stretching canvas over panel, my paintings are worked on horizontally on sawhorses. I mask out the area I am painting, and then layers of glaze are applied and spread with a sponge brush. I use a fast drying medium and mix either dry pigment or a tube color mixture into a very liquid, transparent glaze. I then apply as many layers as is necessary to achieve the density of color and surface that I desire. I use turkey basters as drawing tools when working wet into wet.

249980_10150194139929484_36954569483_6685648_8296913_n[1]My current process grew out of an obsession with industrial finishes and a stubborn and romantic attachment to oil paint and canvas.  Ten years ago, I began experimenting with application technique in a quixotic attempt to make oil paint glow like car enamel.  I am often asked why I don't simply work in enamel or resin, materials that would more easily yield the result I chase. For me the work is about the materials, and pushing their boundaries.  The result has been a sustained engagement with a process that is both meditative and investigational.

The Grey Series is unfolding in an unexpected direction in regard to a long-term and evolving project.  I begin to realize the impact time can have on an idea.  While my interest and intention remain constant, the way I think about the paintings is more fluid.  Because I have not allowed myself to envision the end of the series, only the next painting, I wonder where the series will end up.  It is crucial to remain open to the natural evolution of the project. My earlier writings are vastly different from my current thoughts eliciting need for regular documentation.

With the exception of the first painting in this series, the subject of each subsequent piece is the previous painting. I have long identified my work as being about my experimental process and materials, but for the first time I am actively making paintings that are about painting. It feels like a leap in personal theory and practice, for me to let go of the referential world and examine solely the abstracted idea and image. —Kate MacKinnon

SUMMER LOVIN’ @ BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS

seconds saleSECONDS SALE WEEKEND!

PREVIEW PARTY AND HOT POTS
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 6-9 PM

Enjoy light fare, desserts and wine while you shop among shelves upon shelves of beautiful ceramics made by professional artists. Pick from hundreds of handmade pots, sculpture, and ceramic objects. As a Preview Party guest, you'll also be given VIP access to the Hot Pots sale, where you'll have the opportunity to purchase wood fired art work directly from the wood kiln as its being unloaded. Take home a piece of Clayworks history - each one of these artisian crafted pots were fired in the last firing of our urban noborigama. Proceeds from Hot Pots will be used for the construction of a new wood kiln.

TICKETS:: $20 member, $25 non-member. Click here for details or to purchase tickets.

SECONDS SALE CONTINUES!

  • SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 10 AM-5 PM
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 12-3 PM. New: BOX SALE 4-5 PM

Free and open to the public.

The Seconds Sale is open and replenished with new work as the shelves empty. Please click here for details.

WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore
Mon-Sat 10 AM-5 PM
410.578.1919

CREATIVE STUFF @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE JUNE 1-4

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MARQUEE LOUNGE

CA has opened the Marquee Lounge! The lounge is open Fri & Sat from 5-midnight. Designed by Kroiz Architecture LLC (Gabriel Kroiz) and PI.KL Studio LLC (Kuo Pao Lian and Pavlina Ilieva), the Marquee Lounge is finished with materials typical of Southeast Baltimore; a white marble bar, rolled steel details and salvaged wood finishes. Contrasting with the architects' use of materials is a dramatic, 350 square foot mural by Creative Alliance resident artist Lauren Boilini. Crashing waves of red, orange and yellow suggest birds in flight, or a plunge into a volcano.

The Marquee Lounge is available for private parties and rentals. Long-term plans include food service, programming and expanded hours.

CITY PAPER’S BIG FILM CONTEST!
Shoot. Score. Baltimore Screening Bash
WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 8 PM (doors open at 7 PM)
WHERE:
Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $5
Local alt-weekly City Paper brings its third annual short-film contest screening to The Patterson. Ten local filmmakers screen their seven-minute-or-less entries and vie for the SSB grand prize; the audience votes to award its favorite two. Come early for drinks, mingling, and DJ tunes!

POOF
Brinson Renda
WHEN: On view May & June. Artist Talk June 2 at 7 PM
WHERE: 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: free
Poof explores the ideals of temporary displacement and the influences of a new environment—in this case, Renda’s residency at The Patterson. Against a backdrop of the building and surrounding neighborhood, a ghostly figure is chased across the rooftops of Highlandtown, adapting to the space.

LITERARY DEATH MATCH
WHEN:
Thursday, June 2, 8 PM
TICKETS:
$12; $7 members
The acclaimed series returns! Four writers - Davida Breier, Barbara DeCesare, Dan Fesperman, and Joseph Young - perform their electric work before a raucous audience, and a panel of celebrity judges - Bashi Rose, Jessica Myles Henkin, Joyce Scott - who take turns spouting affectionate, off-the-wall commentary. The two finalists compete in the grand finale, jettisoning literary sensibility for a physical duel (contests have ranged from laser tag duels to trash bag races.

Word is Out – A Pride Celebration!
PIONEERING LGBT FILM!
WHEN:
Friday, June 3, 7 PM
WHERE: 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $12; $7 members
Released in 1978, Word is Out startled audiences with its intimate interviews of gay men and lesbians of diverse backgrounds, speaking candidly about their lives. The film was recently restored and rereleased, and the stories are as riveting, scandalous, heartbreaking and heartwarming as they were over 30 years ago. Join us, Lynne Bowman of Equality Maryland & GLCCB as we celebrate Pride Month. Bring a friend!

Grateful Dead Tribute w/ On the Bus and Gypsy Dawg
WHEN:
Saturday, June 4, 8 PM
TICKETS:
$15; $10 members/students
Turn on your Lovelight! On The Bus is one of the East Coast’s premiere Dead tribute bands! Gypsy Dawg has shared the stage with Dave Nelson Band, The Seldom Scene, and Dave Grisman. Tonight, however, it’s all about the Dead. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

EVERYMAN THEATRE’S FINAL PRODUCTION OF THE SEASON RECEIVES STELLAR REVIEWS

Our Town

Have You Heard?

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Jenna Sokolowski as Eliza Doolittle in PYGMALION.  Photo by Stan Barouh. 

Audiences and critics alike are raving about Everyman Theatre's current production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

"This venerable comedy gets a a brisk workout in a handsome production that brings down the curtain on Everyman Theatre's 20th Anniversary season." —Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

"In the midst of a rainy spring, the real sunshine can be found indoors, courtesy of Everyman Theatre's fresh-as-a-daisy production of Pygmalion...directed with wit and relish by Eleanor Holdridge." —Jayne Blanchard, DC Theatre Scene

"The current Everyman production...wraps in it enough sharp humor that you won't miss hearing On the Street Where You Live."—Geoffrey Himes, City Paper

"Everyman Theatre, like the Greek gods, has breathed new life into this 1912 classic..."Nadja Maril, What's Up Magazine

Limited ticket availability!  Many performances are SOLD OUT.

Tickets are still available for added Tuesday evening performances!

Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Purchase tickets online or by calling the Everyman Theatre Box Office at 410.752.2208.

Read the reviews in full by following these links:

Baltimore Sun
DC Theatre Scene
City Paper
What's Up Magazine

RIBALD COMEDY MAKES YOU LAUGH @ VAGABOND PLAYERS IN FELLS POINT

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20110502-193119ABDUCTING DIANA
By Dario Fo
Adapted by Stephen Stenning
Directed by Michael Spellman

WHEN: June 3-26, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM
WHERE:
Vagabonds Players Theater, 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point
TICKETS:
$15/$13 for seniors and students; special Friday night tickets for students $10.
Reserve on line at www.vagabondplayers.org or call 410.563.9135

20110502-192550This ribald and risqué comedy really hits its mark. A high-powered media mogul is kidnapped, but the incompetent abductors are quickly mired in a mess of mishaps. Still it is never clear who is getting the upper hand in this riotous romp that skewers all in its path. This farce is full of never-ending laughter.  

Above:  Before her abduction, Diana (Andrea Bush) seduces a young lover( Mike Rosscoe)
Right: "Three Firemen": The abductors pose as three firemen (Frank Vince, Brian Douglas, Tim Craighead)

“ART WITH NOISE” EXHIBIT @ EUBIE BLAKE JAZZ INSTITUTE & CULTURAL CENTER JUNE 2-26

Art With Noise

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

JUNE IS BUSTIN’ OUT @ THE THEATRE PROJECT!

Theatre Project—through the presentation of a diverse array of original and experimental theatre, music and dance—connects the artists and audiences of Baltimore with a global community of performers. They seek to nurture those artists who are actively experimenting with new forms of expression and support both performers of international reputation and emerging local companies creating new work.

Drew on ball with bucket and pants downDrew the Dramatic Fool presents
What the Fool?!?

WHEN: June 3 & 4 at 8 PM; 5 at 3 PM
WHERE:
The Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $20 general admission, $15 seniors and artists and $10 students
Box Office: 410.752.8558 or missiontix.com

Inspired by vaudeville, silent film and absurd theater, Drew combines visual comedy and circus skills with dramatic situations to create highly theatrical shows that appeal to both adults and children. A site-specific show about an accident-prone conformist who goes to the theater and discovers he's actually a dramatic fool. It starts in the parking lot and ends up onstage. Customized to the theater where it's performed, the show celebrates the arts and the places where live performance happens. A co-production with Quest:Visual Theatre. Dramatic Fool's Website

Watch Drew here

Deep Vision Dance Company presents DEEP VISION

WHEN: June 10 and 11 at 8 PM
WHERE:
The Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $20 general admission, $15 seniors and artists and $10 students Box Office: 410.752.8558 or missiontix.com

Blending moldable sculptures, translucent mirrors, and videography with dance and original music, DEEP VISION features Baltimore-based Deep Vision Dance Company with world-premiere choreography by Nicole A. Martinell and Renee Brozic-Barger. The emotionally rich work challenges the audience to look deep within and to awaken the greater self. Inner Palette follows the journey of a woman sifting through complex layers of the psyche. People Who Became Verbs shows the triumph of the individual voice, inspiring and enlivening a community. Fractured Spectrum traverses the continuum from dark, ambiguous self-absorption to light, clarity, and humanity. The concert highlights artistic collaborations with local artists: Timothy Nohe, Nick Podgurski and Ron Santana.

Factory Edge Theater Works in
REEFER MADNESS

WHEN: June 17,18, 23-25, 30, July 1, 2, 7-9 at 8 PM; June 19, July 10 at 3 PM
WHERE:
The Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $20 general admission, $15 seniors and artists and $10 students
Box Office: 410.752.8558 or missiontix.com

Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. Addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like "Down at the Ol' Five and Dime" and the Vegas-style "Listen to Jesus, Jimmy," featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. REEFER MADNESS is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. Not appropriate for children and young teens

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

SINGLE CARROT WORKSHOP PERFECTS ACTING MOVEMENT

MOVEMENT WORKSHOP


Are you interested in pushing the boundaries of your movement work as an performer? Please join Single Carrot Theatre's Nathan A. Cooper for a movement for performers workshop. You will explore movement impulses as an individual and as an ensemble through exercises influenced by Jerzy Grotowski and Anne Bogart's Viewpoints Technique.

WHEN: June 18, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
WHERE:
 
Single Carrot Theatre, 120 West North Avenue, Baltimore
443.844.9253
TUITION: $25
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Contact gjabaily@singlecarrot.com for more details.

CENTERSTAGE SETS FINAL PLAY LAB READING OF SEASON

Knife on Bone

From Baltimore director Dwight R.B. Cook comes Jerome Hairston's new CENTERSTAGE commission, Knife on Bone, as the final Play Lab reading of the season. The reading features CENTERSTAGE alums Pascale Armand (Let There Be Love) and Toccarra Cash (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), along with Broadway veteran Francois Battiste (Prelude to a Kiss) and Chad L. Coleman, recognizable to audiences as Dennis "Cutty" Wise on The Wire.

Against the backdrop of a meatpacking plant on the other side of the tracks, necessity and a series of snap decisions bring one young couple to the brink of an almost impossible choice—weighing the competing demands of justice and family. Jerome Hairston's new play grabs hard at the double-edged blade of responsibility. Hairston's previous work here includes his play a.m. Sunday in 2003-04 and a workshop of an earlier draft of Knife on Bone for the 2006-07 First Look series, as well as a staged adaptation of the Supreme Court arguments in Brown v Board of Education.

TICKETS: $10

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Open Rehearsal
Once again we are sharing the rehearsal process with the audience with an open rehearsal on Saturday, May 28, starting at 3 pm. There is no cost to sit in on the rehearsal, but reservations are required. Please send your name and number of guests to
reservations@centerstage.org if you plan on attending the rehearsal.

YOU’LL SMILE @ AVAM’S ANNIVERSARY GALA & AFTERPARTY JUNE 4

AVAM's "You Make Us Smile!" Happy 15th Anniversary Gala

Featuring comedian LEWIS BLACK!
  • WHEN: Saturday June 4, 6:00 PM–Midnight
    WHERE
    : American Visionary Art Museum: 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. (Map).
  • TICKETS: $250 or $500 VIP
    For tickets or info, contact Whitney Shaffer at 410.244.1900 x247 or whitney@avam.org.

An evening of cocktails, dinner & dancing celebrating those who make us smile (including YOU!) and benefitting the American Visionary Art Museum's one-of-a-kind exhibitions and K-12 educational programming!

  • 6 PM: Gala Chair Marilyn Meyerhoff welcomes you to Cocktails and VIP tour of "What Makes Us Smile?"
  • 7 PM: Gala Dinner with special presentation to Grand Visionary Honoree (and Maryland's own), comedian Lewis Black
  • 9 PM: Happy Ever AfterParty featuring costumes, parade, live music by the Amish Outlaws, special VIP happy beverages, and more! Gala tix include AfterParty.
  • Please note: Dinner guests receive free valet in front of AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center.
  • Attire: Creative Black Tie/After Party Costume (just wear your happy pants!)


AVAM's Happy-Ever-AfterParty!

WHEN: Saturday June 4, 8:30 PM–Midnight
WHERE:  American Visionary Art Museum's Jim Rouse Visionary Center: 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230 (Map).
TICKETS: $40 members, $50 non-members.
TICKETS ARE LIMITED!!! Click the link below for safe & secure online ticketing through Missiontix, or contact Whitney Shaffer at 410.244.1900 x247 or whitney@avam.org.

AVAM's annual costumed Extravaganza! Dancing to the Amish Outlaws (straight outta Lancaster - on a perpetual Rumspringa)

  • PARADE featuring Grand Marshal/Honoree LEWIS BLACK 
  • Tongue Tickling FOOD
  • HAPPY BEVERAGES (i.e. Open Bar)
  • Other Surprises and YOU!
  • Attire: Dress Happy! "Smiles, Everyone! Smiles!"

Monday, May 23, 2011

BID THE CURRENT NOBORIGAMA GOODBYE AND WELCOME THE NEW KILN @ BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS

URBAN NOBORIGAMA HULLABALOOwoodkiln

WHEN: MAY- JUNE 2011
WHERE:
Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore

Baltimore Clayworks is home to the only outdoor noborigama (a two chambered wood firing kiln) in the region. Ceramic artists from Philly, Richmond and D.C. come to Baltimore for this unique experience! Come celebrate with us as we say goodbye to the current noborigama and welcome a new kiln being built through a series of events and workshops this summer.

Click on any of the events below for more information.

RWO KICKS INTO HIGH GEAR FOR 2011

Call for Proposals
RWO is excited to announce a Call for Proposals for new opera from composers, writers, anyone who would be interested in working with RWO.  There is no deadline for this submission and review process, as this is not a competition.  We will be continually reviewing proposals as we program future seasons.  If you have an idea for a new opera,
please let them know!

Criminal Intent
For their annual East Coast tour, RWO will team up with the West End String Quartet to present a program entitled CRIMINAL INTENT

  • George Lam and Martin Zimmerman's short opera Someone Anyone (2008) explores the complicated relationship between a prostitute and her client's offer for a "better" life. 
  • Ryan Jesperson's Orphée Redux is a re-imagining of the Orpheus myth in 1980s New York City. 
  • The program concludes with a world première by David Smooke titled Criminal Element, a journey through the mind of the French rogue trader Jérome Kerviel, who nearly brought down the entire European financial system in 2008.

The tour will bring RWO and WESQ to venues in New York City, Baltimore, Hartford and BostonStay tuned for more details!

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON ADDS HOT TALENT TO THE SUMMER HEAT

The Baltimore Comic-Con has just added a slew of fan-favorite creators to the growing list of talent for this year's show. Cully Hamner, Craig Rousseau, Todd Dezago, Brian Stelfreeze and Karl Story will all be in attendance when the show rolls into Baltimore on August 20-21, 2011.

Cully Hamner, one of the original members of Gaijin Studios, has worked professionally in the comics industry for the last 20 years. His writing and art has been featured in books from DC Comics, Vertigo, Marvel Comics, Image and many more. Red_01 by Cully Hamner.jpgThe artist behind Wildstorm's Red, which was adapted as a feature film in 2010 by Summit Entertainment, Hamner recently finished writing and illustrating the prequel to the mini-series, called Eyes Only, which hit stores in December of 2010.

Craig Rousseau broke into comics in the early-'90s, providing art for DC Comics' Impulse. After a 22-issue run, Rousseau went on to become the semi-regular artist on Batman Beyond and Harley Quinn. In 2005, along with writer Todd Dezago, Rousseau co-created the series The Perhapanauts, which debuted at Dark Horse Comics. Rousseau most recently worked on Marvel Comics' Marvel Her-Oes, which showcased the women of the Marvel Universe, as well as Captain America & the Korvac Saga, a reimagining of the original 1978 classic.

Writer Todd Dezago, whose body of work includes The Sensational Spider-Man and Tellos (with the late Mike Wieringo), is the co-creator of Young Justice from DC Comics and The Perhapanauts from Dark Horse/Image. In 2010, Dezago took over writing duties for Super Hero Squad, an all-ages title from Marvel, and recently finished up Super Hero Squad Spectacular #1. He is currently working on the motion comic versions of his own Tellos and Perhapanauts, as well as an all-new title, Katie Greaven and the Engine-Men, with artist Bret Blevins for MotionWorks Entertainment.

Brian Stelfreeze, who was also a founding member of Gaijin Studios, is the current art director of 12 Gauge Comics. An accomplished painter, penciller, inker and colorist, Stelfreeze's art graced more than 50 covers for DC Comics' Shadow of the Bat.  He most recently worked on the Demon/Catwoman feature for DC's Wednesday Comics, which was written by previously-announced guest, Walter Simonson.

Karl Story, yet another founding member of Gaijin Studios, is an inker whose work has added depth and shadow to such titles as Nightwing, Batman, Aliens versus Predator, X-Men, Terra Obscura, Tom Strong, Ocean, The American Way, and Midnighter. Most recently, Story worked on the DC Comics' mini-series, DC Universe Legacies.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area with a guest list unequaled in the industry. For more information, please visit
www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit
www.harveyawards.org.

COOL GOINGS-ON THIS WEEK @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Photo of Event or Program ItemVanishing Voices of World War II: Southern Delaware’s Humble Heroes
WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 7 PM

WHERE:  Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $12, $7 members

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

IN PERSON Author/Filmmaker James Diehl and Donald Anderson, and other vets from the doc! BR McDonald of Baltimore''s Veterans Artist Program hosts the post-screening discussion.

Celebrate the release of James Diehl’s latest book, World War II Heroes of Coastal Delaware, and his compelling documentary featuring recollections of Delawareans who served. Vanishing Voices allows their emotional, real and very candid stories to be heard forever. Co-presented with Veteran Artist Program.

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DragonFly Dance Experiment première

WHEN: Friday,  May 27, 8 PM

WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $15, $10 members

Annapolis-based DragonFly Dance Experiment explores isolation and connection and the changing of interpersonal connections in a post-viral world. Is our ability to access infinite information, and meet virtually anyone via the internet sacrificing person to person interaction? DragonFly is joined by guest choreographers-Stephanie Yezek and Becky Radway, choreographer/dancer Nicole McClam and dancer Tommy Parlon.

Photo of Event or Program ItemMagic Wing
Shamanistic Healing among the Huíchol

WHEN: Saturday,  May 28, 2 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10, $5 members

Huichol maraka'me (shaman) Macario Carillo leads a traditional healing ritual, discussing the role of the shaman in indigenous communities of Mexico's Sierra Madres. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo of Event or Program ItemBIG's Prom Without Tears!

WHEN: Saturday,  May 28, 8 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $15, $10 members

Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) brings you Prom Without Tears. No sadness, no fights, no break-ups—just the joy, laughter and music of a prom utopia! BIG warms up the room with prom and summer romance themed improv comedy that may involve YOU! Then we clear the chairs so you can shake your groove thing to your favorite Prom Songs. Send your prom song suggestions to info@bigimprov.org —the 10 most suggested are counted down throughout the night!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

THIS WEEK @ PEABODY CONSERVATORY: END-OF-SEASON EVENTS

Peabody Dance's end-of-season performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream will take place on Sunday, May 22, at 1:00 and 4:00 PM in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Choreographed by Artistic Director Carol Bartlett with inspiration from the works of Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, and Christopher Wheeldon, the production includes music by Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, and Tchaikovsky. Soloists include James Ihde of Pennsylvania Ballet as Oberon, Maia Draper-Reich as Titania, Gabriela Santos as Puck, Laurel Easterling as Hermia, Gene Biscontini as Lysander, Cyndal T. Gilmore as Helena, Pasha Knopp as Demetrius, and Logan Paschall as Bottom. All seats are $8. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 410.234.4626.

Also this week

On Tuesday, May 17, at 7:00 PM, students in the Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) program of the Peabody Preparatory will give a free recital in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. Prospective students are invited to attend an open house for the ACE program on Saturday, May 21, at 2:00 PM in Peabody's Bank of America Lounge.

Several Peabody alumni will be featured in the Baltimore Concert Opera production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro on Friday, May 20, at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, May 22, at 3:00 PM. The performances will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Engineers Club, 11 West Mount Vernon Place. Jason Hardy (MM ’00, GPD ’04, Voice) will play the role of Figaro and Erika Juengst (MM ’00, Voice) will play the role of Susanna. For tickets, visit baltimoreconcertopera.com.

Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher of the Conservatory faculty will perform solo and duo classical piano favorites in aid of human and animal victims of the devastation in Japan on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 PM. The benefit concert will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road, Towson. Admission is free, but tax-deductible donations to the Japan Society (Japan Earthquake Relief Fund), World Relief (Japan Disaster Relief), Global Animal Foundation (Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support), and PETA (PETA Asia, Animal Emergency Fund) will be gratefully accepted. A minimum $20 per person is suggested.

The Preparatory Wind Orchestra, conducted by Elijah Wirth, will give a free concert on Saturday, May 21, at 3:00 PM in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

J. Scott Matejicka, chair of the Preparatory guitar department, will present a free concert on Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 PM. The performance, part of the Pratt Library Salon Concerts series, will be held at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street.

Faculty artist John Walker, Minister of Music at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, will conduct Haydn's oratorio The Creation on Sunday, May 22, at 3:00 PM at the church, 1316 Park Avenue in Bolton Hill. The soloists will include Lydia Beasley (MM ’09, Voice), soprano, and Master of Music candidate Christian Waugh, bass. The organist will be David Enlow. For tickets, call 410.523.1542.

Also on Sunday, May 22, at 5:00 PM, Blake Meister (BM ’08, Jazz Double Bass) will perform at Jazzway 6004 with faculty artists Gary Thomas, tenor saxophone, and Paul Bollenback, guitar, as well as Marc Copland, piano, and Ralph Peterson, drums. This performance by the Blake Meister Quintet will be a pre-recording session for Meister's debut album as leader, featuring his own compositions. Jazzway 6004 is located at 6004 Hollins Avenue. For tickets, which must be purchased in advance, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/172496.

Next week
  • Soprano Marni Nixon, a leading interpreter of vocal works by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and other émigré composers, and the voice of Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood, and Audrey Hepburn in classic films, will receive the 2011 George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America at Peabody's graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 26, at 7:30 PM. The event, which is not open to the public, will be held in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • On Saturday, May 28, at 8:00 PM, the American Studio Orchestra, conducted by Glenn Quader (MM ’03, Conducting), will present Vertical—Change Your Perspective, a concert at Maryland Institute College of Art featuring three short films with live soundtracks: Words, New York Connection, and Strangeland. Also on the program is Medusa's Daughter by ASO Resident Composer Jacob Yoffee (BM ’02, Composition; GPD ’04, Jazz Saxophone) and Lisa Coleman. Director of Jazz Studies Gary Thomas, tenor saxophone, and the Lyric Brass, featuring faculty artist and ASO Executive Director Larry Williams (BM ’88, GPD ’90, French Horn), will perform. The concert will take place in MICA's BBOX, 1601 West Mount Royal Avenue. For more information, visit americanstudioorchestra.com.

Photo Credit: Mal Druskin

STRAND THEATRE’S OPEN HOUSE: AN AFFAIR FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY—MAY 21

The Strand Theater's Annual
Open House: A Family Affair!
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 4-8 PM
WHERE:
Strand Theater Company, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

This year’s Open House has something for everyone. The first half, from 4:00–6:00 PM, will feature activities suitable for the entire family. Face-painters, dancing, fight choreography, and cartoonists will keep the kids hopping, and their inner Picassos can breathe as they’re invited to contribute to a children’s mural inside the theater.

While the kids get creative, moms and dads can enjoy some BBQ and music from St. Veronica's Youth Steel Orchestra, and get their improv on with Mattie Rogers. Things get a bit more mature from 6:00–8:00 PM, with a cabaret performance from the Charm City Kitty Club, Kate Guntermann’s eye-popping fire-eating and DJ Charisse brewing up a spicy hot mix of beats.

There will also be a silent auction packed with desirable items, including theater tickets from our colleagues in Baltimore and DC, gift certificates to restaurants and shops, art pieces, personal services, and more. Bid generously and help the Strand kick-start fundraising for its fourth season, the lineup for which will be revealed that very day. And as is tradition with the Open House, there’ll be complimentary food and drinks throughout the evening.

The Open House is a fantastic opportunity for our neighbors and supporters to celebrate with us our plans for the upcoming 2011–12 Season, bid on some mighty cool stuff, get the creative juices flowing, make new friends, and get the next generation excited about the arts,” said Aaron Heinsman, the Strand’s new Board President. “We are so happy to be able to offer this fun event free to the community, though we’ll gladly accept donations. As in years past, the Open House is both a fundraiser and a friendraiser.”

Since launching in 2008, the Strand has accomplished so much: presented 12 full-length plays, including five world premières; offered 75% of the artistic positions on its productions—as playwrights, directors, designers, stage managers, and actors—to women; provided affordable theater space to many organizations and independent artists; and played an integral role in the revitalization of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. While these efforts have been primarily due to the tireless leadership of the Strand’s artistic director, Jayme Kilburn, the Strand’s growth couldn’t have happened without the support of its hungry, curious, savvy, adventurous and generous patrons.


SCHEDULE:  
Family Hours include face-painting, BBQ, and children’s mural art project.
4:00 PM - St. Veronica's Youth Steel Orchestra
4:15 PM - Keegan Fight Fun
4:30 PM - Zombie Calypso with Ian Jones
5:00 PM - Mattie Rogers Improv Workshop
Adult Hours include silent auction and refreshments  
6:30 PM - Charm City Kitties
7:00 PM - DJ Charisse
8:00 PM - Fire-Eater Kate Guntermann

Monday, May 16, 2011

McFADDEN ART GLASS OFFERS ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, SINGLES

McFadden Art Glass
WHERE: 6800 Eastern Avenue in east Baltimore

 

 


FAMILY FUN DAYS
WHEN: 3rd Sunday of every month from 1-4 PM
With Football season ending, come spend your Sundays in the hottest place in the City. The studio stays nice and warm all winter long. Bring in the family for some hands-on glassblowing activities. Participants can enjoy $5 off their Make-Your-Own projects during these new events. As always, the Glass Grill will be open for food/drinks all day, along with the gallery. They work with ages 5 and up. Reservations are required by e-mail or calling the studio 410.631.6039.

DATE NIGHT
WHEN:
First and Third Fridays of every month, 7-10 PM
Bring a date or a friend by the studio for some free entertainment. Artists will be demonstrating whatever forms the audience would like to see, including functional and sculptural glassware. Also, attendees will have the opportunity to make necklace pendants, flowers, ornaments, etc... if they'd like for a small fee. In addition, the Glass Grill Restaurant/Bar is located on-site and offers great food and drink specials during the event and throughout the rest of the night. RSVP encouraged, but not required.

THE GLASS GRILL/BAR
The Glass Grill is a glassblowing-themed restaurant/bar located directly next to the glassblowing studio at 6804 Eastern Avenue. Visit their website for more info on hours, menu, upcoming live music schedule, etc, http://www.theglassgrill.com/ or by calling 410.633.2921.

Glass Grill Events:

SINGLES MINGLE
Thursdays, at McFadden Art Glass and the Glass Grill

Meet singles in your desired age group! Bring friends and/or meet new people that share your interests in food, drink, music, art, sports and more. Make your own glass pendant, ornament, flower, heart or paperweight ($20-40), 5:30 to 8:30 PM, in the glassblowing studio. Visit the amazing gallery next door.

The Glass Grill will offer a delectable buffet from 6:30-7:30 PM, along with memorable music for a great evening!

Each month,

  • 2nd Thursday - 20's night
  • 3rd Thursday - 30's night
  • 4th Thursday - 40's night
  • 1st Thursday - 50+ night

Call today to be included! 410.633.2921

CONTEMPORARY ART ON VIEW THROUGH JUNE 11 @ MAP

New Wallworks
WHEN: through June 11, 2011
WHERE:
Maryland Art Place, Power Plant Live! 8 Market Place, Suite 100, Baltimore, Maryland

Breeze by Matthew McCaslin
Courtesy of Gering & Lopez Gallery


New Wallworks brings together a selection of striking and vital work of a diverse range of artists from across the country. Organized by MAP’s new consulting curator Michael Klein, formerly curator for Microsoft.

Maryland Art Place buildingThese energetic artists, each with his or her style and aesthetic principles, represent the many directions of contemporary art at work today, whether it is making use of abstract forms and structures or illustrating representational scenes. And while they explore different visual ideas and express different concerns about content they do share an interest in redefining that traditional divide that exists between painting and sculpture. The artists selected for this exhibition imagine their work as functioning, in part, to expand on what we define a painting or a sculpture to be.

Fundamental to contemporary artists is their allegiance to the idea of invention. At the same time they desire to redefine and expand the character of what is called art. Traditionally painting and sculpture have been separated by both methods and means. Today this is less true, by a new definition a painting may include materials other than oil on canvas and sculpture can be anything created in three-dimensional space.

The exhibition includes works executed directly on the wall, works pinned or mounted to the wall, and works attached to the wall as if the wall were acting as a pedestal. There is no uniformity of materials; the exhibition includes works in painted frames, ink on Plexiglas, video and found wood.
Exhibition will include works by Ann Agee, Stuart Arends, Luca Buvoli, Greg Colson, Ken Fandell, Charles Goldman, Greg Lamarche, Matthew McCaslin, Cordy Ryman, and Rebecca Smith.

Along with works borrowed, New Wallworks will present newly created works especially for the exhibition by New York based artist Greg Lamarche.
An online catalogue will accompany the exhibition and be available on MAP’s website and by print on demand.

MAP extends a special thank you to Ace Hardware and The Cordish Family Fund for their generous sponsorship of New Wallworks.

GEPPI’S ENTERTAINMENT MUSEUM CELEBRATES POP CULTURE WITH 3 BRAND-NEW EXHIBITS

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BALTIMORE HEROES

WHERE: Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, 301 W. Camden Street, Baltimore
Museum Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-6 PM
Closed Mondays (except for major holidays)
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day

In 2006, comic book and pop culture collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi, CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors, opened a museum dedicated to the celebration of American pop culture and entertainment. Now GEM has turned its sights to the very city it calls home by establishing a Hall of Fame in its “Pioneer Spirit” room. Geppi's Entertainment Museum wants visitors, pop culture collectors and fans to be a part of the excitement—and let us know who they'd like to see included in later updates.

This unique exhibition includes personal items donated by inductees and other memorabilia, all focused on celebrating the cultural contributions of “Charm City.”

“I’ve been called Baltimore’s biggest cheerleader,” said Geppi. “Now through GEM, I get to show everybody how many wonderful entertainers, leaders and other important pop culture icons came from this wonderful city. This is about Baltimore’s place in the pop culture landscape.”

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ATLAS AT LAST
WHEN:
Open to Sept 18, 2011

A special exhibition of the Atlas-Seaboard line of comics

On March 11 Geppi’s Entertainment Museum launch “Atlas At Last!,” a brand- new special exhibition of the Atlas-Seaboard line of comics, timed to coincide with the launch of the new Atlas titles. The exhibition will include a display of all 72 Atlas-Seaboard comic books and comic magazines from their brief 1974-1975 run, many of the period fan and industry publications such as The Comic Reader, which covered the line, and the derivative titles that followed from other publishers after the line’s demise.

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OUT OF THIS WORLD TOYS

3 ... 2 ... 1 ... BLAST OFF!

Science fiction has captured the imagination for generations. Geppi's Entertainment Museum is proud to announce Out of This World Toys, opening in May 2011. Out of This World Toys will feature a collection of sci-fi themed novelties from the '50s and '60s. Lose yourself in a future imagined by our ancestors, or pretend you're a giant astronaut who has stumbled onto a miniature world of futuristic vehicles from the past. Whatever your angle, you’ll have a blast at GEM’s Out of This World Toys.

GEM LogoGeppi's Entertainment Museum (GEM) is a journey through 250 years of American pop culture, located in historic Camden Station at Camden Yards in Baltimore Maryland, just a few blocks from the city's famed Inner Harbor. Where else can you revisit your childhood and get back in touch with old friends that entertained you in the past through comic strips and books, radio and television shows, films, cartoons, and so much more? The museum exhibits nearly 6,000 pop culture artifacts including comics, toys, dolls, games and memorabilia of every conceivable category. Journey from the late 1700s to the present day and revisit favorite characters like Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Mickey Mouse, Barbie, G.I. Joe, and many more. Geppi's Entertainment Museum is the home of "pop culture with character!"

A WHISKEY-LADEN CARD GAME TURNS UGLY @ FPCT

THE SEAFARER
By Conor McPherson
Directed by Barry Feinstein

WHEN: May 6 - June 5, 2011*
WHERE:
Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 South Ann Street, Baltimore (for directions, click HERE
TICKETS: $10-$17 (See below)
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Old drinking buddies gather in a Dublin home for their traditional, whisky-laden card game, when a sly stranger joins the mix. As the booze flows and the banter intensifies, the game escalates to damningly high stakes.

It's a darkly humorous tale of friendship, redemption, and betting against the odds.

20110418-192116.jpgRuntime: Approx. 2 hours 15 minutes (with one 15 minute intermission)

*Showtimes:

  • Thursdays (May 12 & June 2) - 8:00 PM / $10
  • Fridays - 8:00 PM / $17
  • Saturdays - 8:00 PM / $17
  • Sundays - 2:00 PM / $15