Thursday, June 30, 2011

McDANIEL COLLEGE HOSTS 17th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMMON GROUNDS ROOTS FESTIVAL

800 participants. 120 classes. 100 instructors. Finding common ground through traditional arts and uncommon thinking.

WHEN: July 3-8 and July 10-15
WHERE:
McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., less than 90 minutes from the nation’s capitol

For more information, click here: COMMON GROUND ON THE HILL
Explore your course and enrollment options HERE

There are dozens of stories at Common Ground on the Hill:

  • A photojournalist works shoulder-to-shoulder with his students chiseling a dugout canoe from a 12-foot Sycamore log…
  • A social psychologist and professor embraces evil as a means to promote peace…
  • The soul-stirring sounds of Buckwheat Zydeco, Jesse McReynolds, The Burns Sisters, Guy Davis and Sankofa Dance Theater echo across Maryland’s hills and valleys…
  • Music, art, beliefs, nonviolence are not simply lived but passed on…
    A former state senator campaigns for Chesapeake Bay restoration
  • Newly learned Arabic and Chinese are spoken here…
  • Impromptu jam sessions keep cadence with the crickets on a summer’s eve…   
  • Baskets, tapestries, necklaces, clay pitchers and blacksmith-forged fireplace pokers take shape in the hands of bankers, teachers, scientists, homemakers—people from all walks of life who have stepped out of the 21st century, if only for a week or two.
  • Hearts sing and spirits soar…

During the first two weeks in July, campus is transformed as nearly 800 participants with dulcimers and didgeridoos, bagpipes and banjos, craft beads and pottery tools, axes and chisels, dancing shoes and open minds plunge into an unparalleled exploration of cultural diversity and quest for common ground among people of all ages, cultures, beliefs, races and genders.

Their guides on this unique roots journey are more than 100 instructors in 120 different classes from workshops, studios and offices in Iceland, France, Ireland, Scotland and all over the U.S. who will share their skills, talents and wisdom in the traditional arts and the perspective-broadening, uncommon thinking for which Common Ground is known.

Common Grounds Roots Festival sessions flank the July 9-10 Roots Music and Arts Festival which draws thousands to the nearby historic Carroll County Farm Museum and features Grammy-winner Buckwheat Zydeco, Jesse McReynolds with Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, The Burns Sisters, Guy Davis, Craobh Rua, Footworks, Sankofa Dance Theater, Walt Michael & Co., Scott Ainslie, Lea Gilmore and more. For more info, click HERE.

BALTIMORE DESIGN SCHOOL FINDS PRINCIPAL, SEEKS 7TH GRADE STUDENTS

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BALTIMORE DESIGN SCHOOL TO OPEN FALL 2011
New Baltimore City School to prepare students for future academic study and careers in Architectural, Fashion and Graphic Design

Baltimore Design School, a new transformation school that is part of the Baltimore City Public School system, will open to sixth and seventh grade students interested in exploring and developing skills in the design fields this August. The school seeks rising sixth and seventh graders to apply through Baltimore City School’s lottery system.

photoState Senator Catherine Pugh (left), co-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Design School, is excited about the opportunity this new transformation school offers Baltimore students. “The success of products from companies like Apple Computer, as well as the increasing role fashion plays in pop culture, underscores the importance of design in so many aspects of our lives. This school will excite and prepare students for advanced study and careers in Fashion, Architecture and Design, as well as technology and other growing fields, in an environment that is safe, caring and dedicated to everyone’s success,” she said.

The Baltimore Design School, “Redesigning Baltimore one student at a time,” will focus on strong academics, supplemented with training in the areas of Architectural, Fashion and Graphic Design. Graduates (the school will grow to include sixth through 12th grades) will be ready to enter vigorous college programs and/or careers in these fields.

Winston Middle - 1101 Winston AvenueWhen it opens this fall, the school anticipates an enrollment of 75 sixth grade students and 75 seventh grade students with approximately 25 students per class. Temporarily located in the Northeast quadrant, at the site formerly housing Winston Middle School (right) at The Alameda and Beaumont Avenue, the school is expected to relocate to a specially designed facility in the new Station North Arts district in two to three years.

While there is a waiting list for sixth grade students, seventh grade spots remain available. Parents and students interested in learning more or applying can call the Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Student Placement at 410.396.8600; e-mail baltimoredesignschool@gmail.com; “Like” the school on Facebook at “Baltimore Design School;” or follow the school on Twitter: BalDESIGNSchool.

photoJoseph Freed (left) has been named the school’s first principal. Freed has already begun work to finalize the curriculum, hire a diverse staff of exceptional teachers and prepare the school’s temporary facility for the arrival of the first class of sixth and seventh grade students this fall.

Freed was selected after a nationwide search and was approved by the Baltimore City Public School System at the May School Board meeting. His extensive experience most recently includes the Maryland State Department of Education, where he contributed to the design and implementation of professional development for principals statewide.

Notably, Freed served as a member of the founding team at Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore County which has one of the top arts programs in the country. He was later appointed Principal of Carver Center, a position from which he retired in July 2006.

Freed’s philosophy on education is based on the Chinese proverb, “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

CLASSES FOR TEENS WITH THE ACTING/THEATER BUG

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Now that school's out for summer,  take a class at Everyman!

There is still time to join our summer classes, but space is limited!  Contact Carmela Lanza-Weil, Education Director, at carmela@everymantheatre.org or visit their website for registration information. 

Improv II 

WHEN:  Mondays, July 11 - August 1, 6 PM – 9 PM
WHERE: Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St., Baltimore
INSTRUCTOR:  Bruce Nelson
TUITION:  $200
Click Here to Register

With the skills learned in Improv I, this second level course will continue to help students hone their creative instincts while emphasizing the importance of forming a team bond.  A safe and supportive classroom environment will allow students to detail their characterizations and more fully commit to their space work when establishing mimed stage locations and activities.  Verbal and non-verbal listening will be fine-tuned as will letting go and living in the improvised moment.  (For ages 18 and above)

High School Theatre Intensive

WHEN:  Mondays - Fridays, July 18 - August 5, 10 AM – 3 PM
WHERE: Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St., Baltimore
TUITION:  $575
Click Here to Register

For the enthusiastic high school student who has the theatre bug! Learn and hone your acting skills through vocal exercises, movement, stage combat, scene study, monologue coaching and, of course, performance! Experience this rigorous exploration that will challenge and reward your talent and feed your passion for performing.  The Intensive will end with a performance by the students on the last day.  

IMPROV CLASSES TO START: WE’RE NOT MAKING THIS UP

CLASS SIGN UP NOW!!

BIG's Next Round of Classes will begin the week of July 11th. We have an Intro Class taught by artistic/executive director, Mike Harris beginning July 11 at Bolton Street Synagogue, an Advanced class at Creative Alliance beginning July 12, taught by the marvelous Bridget Cavaiola, and an Intermediate Character class beginning July 13 with our Education Director, Kathryn Carlsen.

There is no prerequisite for the Intro class. For the Intermediate class you must have taken our Intro class. For the advanced class you must have taken both of our Intermediate classes, or have similar training. If you have questions, write mikeharris@bigimprov.org

  • INTRO to IMPROV
    7 Mondays, July 11-August 22, 7-9 PM
    Bolton Street Synagogue  (212 W. Cold Spring Ln.)
    Information
    Registration
  • INTERMEDIATE CREATING CHARACTERS
    7 Wednesdays, July 13-August 24, 7-9 PM
    Bolton Street Synagogue (212 W. Cold Spring Ln.)
    Information
    Registration
  • ADVANCED CLASS
    7 Tuesdays, July 12-August 23, 7-9 PM
    Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave.)
    Information
    Registration

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

STRAND THEATRE SETS 4th SEASON: SUBSCRIBE NOW!

The Strand Theater's FOURTH season! Buy your season subscription TODAY!

WHERE: Strand Theater Company, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Announcing their MOM and POP 2011-2012 Season
"mommy issues and pop culture"

BUY SEASON PASSES NOW for 60% off until July 5!

Anna Bella Eema
By Lisa D'Amour
Baltimore Premiere
October 7-22, 2011
"The life of a wild animal always has a tragic end.”
Ten-year-old Anna Bella and her hermetic mother Irene live in a ratty trailer on the edge of town. When the threat of a new interstate looms, Anna Bella animates a new playmate out of dirt, sweat and spit. As Anna Bella and Irene struggle to protect their home, the very-much-alive mud girl leads them on a voyage full of wildlife, wonder and benevolent monsters.

Glitter and Spew
By Alison Luterman 
World Premiere
December 2-17, 2011
"You know the best way for me to ruin someone’s life? Get involved with them."
This three-ring-circus of short plays from our Friends & Neighbors Festival forms a meditation on media exposure, shame, and personal responsibility in 21st-century America.

That Pretty Pretty; or, the Rape Play
By Sheila Callaghan
Mid-Atlantic Premiere
February 3-18, 2012
“I got f**kin’ mad pretty on my sh*t.”
Radical feminist ex-strippers Agnes and Valerie scour the country on a murderous rampage, blogging their exploits in gruesome detail. Meanwhile, scruffy screenwriter Owen tries to bang out his magnum opus in a hotel room while his buddy Rodney indulges some baser instincts. When Owen writes the strippers into his screenplay, reality unravels. Can Jane Fonda—yes, that Jane Fonda—prevent complete chaos?

Blood-bound and Tongue-tied
By Jacqueline E. Lawton
World Premiere
March 23-April 7, 2012
“What you’re trying to hide won’t stay hid.”
One of humanity’s most primal stories is re-imagined with compassion and poetry in this ambitious offering from our Friends & Neighbors Festival. Jocasta is a young black woman in depression-era Texas, who decides to pass as white in the big city. When she marries Laius—the heir of an oil baron—and becomes pregnant with Oedipus, her racial identity cannot remain hidden…or can it? One desperate lie instigates a catastrophic wave of bloodshed, and disaster envelops a nation.

Well
By Lisa Kron
Baltimore Premiere
June 1-16, 2012
“I wanted to crawl right into her skin, and I couldn't push her far enough away.”
Noted solo performer Lisa Kron has written her first multi-character play, a riff on her and her mother Ann’s knotty history with chronic illness. But as she presents her story, nothing goes to plan. Ann won’t stay put in her recliner. The chorus can’t keep track of their scenes. Childhood nemesis Lori Jones keeps popping up. As Lisa struggles to maintain control of the show and herself, she confronts her greatest fear: turning into her mother.

AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE! THIS WEEK

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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

Celebrate the holiday weekend with three jazz acts that are sure to set your toes tapping.

NEW!  You can now buy tickets online through InstantSeats

Thursday, June 30, 8 & 9:30 PM
RHONDA ROBINSON SUMMER JAZZ SERIES
A series of three monthly Thursday evening concerts.
The others are scheduled for July 28 and August 18
Rhonda Robinson, vocals/flute; Charlie Sigler, guitar; Percy White, bass;
Aaron Seeber, drums
SPECIAL GUEST: Noah Stone, violin
TICKETS: $10/$5 students

A regional favorite with a "beautiful" voice, Rhonda Robinson will sing and play songs that call to her heart, standards, Bossa Novas and originals, ideally suited for the intimate An die Musik listening room. They will also revisit a few of the great songs from the recent Billie Holiday tribute concert.  Her approach to the music blends her backgrounds in acting, musical theatre, classical music, and her love of the sounds of large ensemble/big band jazz.   She'll be joined, as always, by some of the best players in the area.

Friday, July 1, 8 & 9:30 PM
RONNIE BURRAGE
Ronnie Burrage Trio w/ Frank Lacy, Essiet O Essiet
CD Release Concert
Tickets: $15

One of the best jazz musicians on the world scene today, jazz drummer Ronnie Burrage has played with Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and is featured on more than 100 recordings. He has toured on all four continents from Siberia to South Africa to Japan. Ronnie's latest album Blue Noise, may be one of his greatest works.

Saturday, July 2, 8  PM
Charles HANFORD Beall
Tickets: $10

A magnificent pianist and a tender crooner, Hanford can swing an old Gershwin melody with the best of 'em. His favorite tunes are from the first half of the twentieth century. Be-bop, big band, swing, blues, ragtime and Latin are all in the repertoire.

JORDAN FAYE CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITS THROUGH JULY 23

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This Summer's Exhibitions and Events at Jordan Faye Contemporary

Currently on View

thru July 23, 2011

Once Upon a Time...

Jenee Mateer viewing Janna Rice's Verdent, during the Opening

Donald Edwards & Janna Rice, from the Once Upon A Time...exhibition are both artists that were discovered in 2009 during The Salon Series Exhibitions. Donald Edwards now has a 21-foot installation plus many great wall-based & freestanding sculptures in the gallery. Janna Rice is now showing 6 beautiful large scale photographs. 

NOTE: JFC is closed this Saturday July 2 for the Holiday! Happy 4th of July!

Once Upon A Time... Donald Edwards

Left: Donald Edwards, Funral, 2011, assemblage, 13 x 11 x 4.5 inches

Right: Janna Rice, Verdent, 2011, digital c-print on uv coated plexiglas, 33 x 96 inches

Happy {ART} Hour First Thursday, 5 - 8pNext Thursday July 7, 5 – 8 PM

Happy Hour during Federal Hill Main Street's First Thursdays, they’ll be open late, so come have a glass of wine & enjoy the exhibition!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

FREE FAMILY FLICKS @ THE PRATT IN JULY

Shrek

Shrek

Beautiful princesses, handsome princes, witches, ogres, and fire-breathing dragons turn up in almost every fairy tale. in this computer-animated adventure, their roles, and the surprising plot twists, are anything but expected.

This hilarious comedy, adapted from the children's book by William Steig, features the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz.

(Directed by Andrew Adamson and Victoria Jenson, 2000, 89 min.)
Rated PG.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)
WHERE: Southeast Anchor Library
WHEN: Saturday, July 2, 2011 (10:30 AM)

Suggested Audience:

  • Kids: Three to Five
  • Kids: Six to Twelve

Gnomeo and Juliet

Gnomeo and Juliet

In this Disney animated feature, garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic, pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?

Directed by Kelly Asbury, 2011, 84 minutes, rated G.
Voices by: Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Jason Statham.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

WHERE: Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 2011 (2:00 PM)

WHERE: Southeast Anchor Library
WHEN: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 (10:30 AM)

Suggested Audience:

  • Whole Family

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)

The final chapter of the Harry Potter film series begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave Hogwarts behind and set out to find and destroy the Horcruxes—the secret to Voldemort’s power and immortality.

(Directed by David Yates, 2010, 146 min.)
Rated PG-13.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

WHERE: Southeast Anchor Library
WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 (5:00 PM)

Suggested Audience:

  • Teens

PAUL REVERE PROTECTED IMPROV COMEDY…DONCHA KNOW? COME TO CREATIVE ALLIANCE FOR AN INDEPENDENCEPROV THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

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Independenceprov!
Sign Your John Hancock!

BIG Unfurls Their Flag at the Creative Alliance!

As recently stated by America's favorite history teacher, Paul Revere rode all round and rang those bells to show them there British they can't stop our militias or take our freedoms and guns and improvised comedy.

On July 2nd, BIG takes over the stage at the Creative Alliance. We begin with the patriotic apocalypse that is Pteradon SarahJon. Next, nothing says America like the British Invasion. John, Paul, George and Ringo have just taken an Intro Improv class and they are ready to give you Beatleprov.

After Intermission, we give you the explosive joy that is The Founding Mothers, a never before seen combination of performers who will not find out what format they are playing until their set starts. Then, like a scoop of vanilla on your apple pie, Plan B makes it all better. 

We'll see you at the Creative Alliance this Saturday. Featuring: Pteradon SarahJon, Beatleprov, The Founding Mothers, Plan B

WHEN: Saturday, July 2, 8 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance: 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS:
$15 general/ $10 for CA members

BUY TIX HERE

EXHIBITS, MEET THE ARTIST, REFRESHMENTS & A THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE @ THE EVERGREEN THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Summer Evening at Evergreen

Evergreen's summer Art-After Hours event features an exhibition opening, artist meet-and-greets, light refreshments and more.

WHEN: June 29, 5:30 PM– 7:30 PM
WHERE:
  Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles Street Baltimore
TICKETS: Free

The first 70 people to attend "Summer Evening at Evergreen" will receive FREE As You Like It tickets to the same evening's opening night performance of As You Like It in the Meadow.

Experience Evergreen Museum & Library’s artistic wonderland after hours. Meet watercolorist and Johns Hopkins alumnus Morton Wesley Huber at his Asian Influence—Western Vision exhibition opening, and printmaker/paper installation artist Tai Hwa Goh, Evergreen’s new “House Guest” artist-in-residence. Explore the museum’s first floor period rooms, featuring the special exhibition, The American Throne: Royal Seating for a Democratic Venue.

Bring a picnic supper and enjoy the opening performance of As You Like It in the Evergreen Meadow, presented by the Maryland Shakespeare Festival. First 70 people to Summer Evening at Evergreen will receive free tickets!

TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL OPENS @ SPOTLIGHTERS

StreetcarArtA Little Night Music
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Fuzz Roark
Musical Direction by Michael Tan

WHEN: June 24 - July 24, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM; One Thursday performance, July 21 – 8 PM
TEN SPOT THURSDAY - all tickets $10, July 21, 8 PM
Talk Back with Cast & Crew: Sunday, July 10, immediately following matinee performance.
TICKETS:
Adults: $20 / Seniors $18 / Students $16
Buy tickets HERE

Like a whirling waltz with romantic partners moving through relationships in transition, some to an end, some to be formed, some momentary and some lasting, but all illustrating the vicissitudes of love, A Little Night Music sweeps the audience into places of desire and thought, all inciting and all forbidden. A Little Night Music claimed five 1973 Tony Awards. (Left: The Armfeldt Family Portrait. Madame Armfeldt,  Suzanne Young; Desiree Armfeldt, Michele Guyton; Fredirka Armfeldt, Meghan Fluke.)


Experience Sondheim's operatic score in the intimate Spotlighters Theatre.

Experience the emotion and drama, right before your eyes, so close that the drama, energy and passion is palpable!

Experience A Little Night Music like never before!

Featuring: 

  • Edwin Perez - Mr. Lindquist, Bertrand
  • Kristen Zwobot - Mrs. Nordstrom
  • Hillary LaBonte - Mrs. Anderson
  • George Wilkerson - Mr. Erlanson, Frid
  • Holly Gibbs - Mrs. Segstrom
  • Meghan Fluke - Fredrika Armfeldt
  • Suzanne Young - Madame Armfeldt
  • Jeffrey Coleman - Henrik Egerman
  • Laura Kavinski - Anne Egerman
  • Will Emory - Fredrik Egerman
  • Coby Kay Callahan – Petra
  • Michele Guyton - Desiree Armfeldt
  • Jimmy Heyworth - Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
  • Angela Sullivan - Countess Charlotte Malcolm

(Above right: The Egerman Family Portrait. Anne Egerman, Laura Kavinsky; Henrik Egerman, Jeffrey Coleman; and Fredrik Egerman, Will Emory)

SPOTLIGHTERS Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, a recognized Maryland Public Charity, and is supported by grants and donations from: The Rouse Company Foundation, The Wright Family Foundation, The William Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, The Maryland State Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Baltimore Community Foundation, The Howard E. Rollins Foundation, The Lois & Phillip Macht Philanthropic Foundation (AJC), The Cooper Family Fund, The Eddie and Sylvia Brown Fund, Baltimore Community Foundation and SPOTLIGHTERS Partners.

Monday, June 27, 2011

AN EVENING OF GAY MUSIC & COMEDY @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE

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RED, WHITE & RAINBOW
Queer Comedy with Jessica Halem & Ben Lerman
with special guest Violet Gray

WHEN: Friday, July 1, 8 PM
WHERE:
The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore
TICKETS: $15/$10 members
Seating is limited and advance purchase is
recommended. Tickets are available at
www.creativealliance.org

"Brilliant!" —New York Magazine
"So damn funny!" —Time Out Chicago
"Hilarous, extremely talented singer-songwriter..." —Fringe Guru,
Edinburgh, UK

The Creative Alliance presents: Red, White & Rainbow — Queer Comedy
with Jessica Halem & Ben Lerman
, an evening of comedy and music.

Laugh your butt off when NYC comedians Ben Lerman and Jessica Halem
come to Baltimore to perform an hour of original music and comedy as
seen and heard on MTV Network's Atom Films, Sirius XM Radio, and Logo
TV.

About Ben Lerman
If the Flight of the Conchords and Zach Galifianakis had a gay lovechild, it would be NYC's ukulele comedian Ben Lerman. Lerman plays to mixed audiences at colleges, theaters, clubs and festivals all over the US and UK. Ben is a regular guest on Sirius XM radio and his work has appeared on Logo TV, Here TV, and Atom.com. Ben gets huge laughs because his songs have real emotion behind them. From a pirate love story to a lullaby for crazy people, Ben's songs point to the humor in all of our lives and relationships, and in the world around us. His debut video landed Ben in the prized Lowbrow/Brilliant quadrant of New York Magazine's "Approval Matrix." Check it out at benlerman.net.

About Jessica Halem
Jessica Halem, called "Brave and Bawdy" by Time Out Chicago, was raised by hippie Jewish artists from the East Coast, which was anything but normal or easy in small-town Ohio, but did help to foster this funny "on-your-face" comic who puts her queer spin on everything from Sexual Politics to Feminism to Glory Holes.

Jessica earned a degree in femme queerness at Sarah Lawrence College; worked as a social justice activist with Bella Abzug; and as a LGBTQ health guru running the Lesbian Community Cancer Project in Chicago. Jessica Halem was nominated one of Chicago's Best Female Comics and has been featured in Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, After
Ellen, and Carnal Nation. Visit
www.jessicahalem.com.

Friday, June 24, 2011

HAVE A FRIEND EXPERIENCE SINGLE CARROT THEATRE FOR FREE!

They’ll cry if you don't come!

Got a friend who's never seen an SCT show? Bring 'em to any show this weekend for FREE!

SCT’d love to have them as their guest for Linus & Alora.

With the purchase of 1 ticket by a returning SCT patron, a new patron comes free! So easy!

E-mail boxoffice@singlecarrot.com to redeem.
Act now—seats are limited! Limit 1 free ticket per purchased ticket.

They've got the AC crankin' and the Boh is chilled to perfection, so tonight is the perfect night to join ‘em!

Still not convinced? Check out what the press has been saying...

Linus &  Alora 
By Andrew Irons
Directed by Genevieve de Mahy

WHEN: June 10th – July 10th, Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 PM
Sundays @ 2:30 PM
WHERE
: Single Carrot Theatre, 120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore
443.844.9253

Alora has nine months to go and an imagination that won’t stop. She flees, with her husband Linus, to a daydream-world of shooting stars and fantasy family members. Irons’ visually rewarding journey is devised of a smattering of theatrical elements, including video projections that dance through Alora’s stunning stream of consciousness.

http://singlecarrot.com/season/linusalora

…AND THE DRAMA CONTINUES OUT AT CHESAPEAKE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY IN ELLICOTT CITY…

 

THE PLAYS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE REDUCED TO ONE WACKY NIGHT OUT

 

Frank B. Moorman is one of the three actors who will roast the Bard<br />

Imagine if the guys from Monty Python took on the plays of William Shakespeare. You'll get a good idea of what The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is about. The comedies all get mixed up into one hilarious cross-dressing goof, Titus Andronicus is performed as a cooking show, while Hamlet gets performed... backwards.

CSC Associate Director Scott Alan Small (you'll remember him from his hilarious performance as Macbeth and laugh-a-minute performance as Brutus in Julius Caesar) takes the reins on this spoof with CSC veterans Frank B. Moorman (left) , Scott Graham and John Thomas Miller in the three roles.

Watch these three fight for stage time and laughs in this play that's been setting attendance records all over the world for the past twenty years.

 

James Jager & Stacy Downs in A Midsummer Night's Dream<br />

Midsummer Night's Dream Breaks Box Office Records

This production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is getting enormously positive response from our audiences. We've been hearing that you love the atmosphere we've created in this carnival-themed production of Shakespeare's great comedy.


This vibrant Midsummer combines the great words of William Shakespeare with the songs of Stephen Foster, juggling, magic tricks and acrobatic stage business. From Puck's banjo playing to Helena's audience sweeping chase scenes to the always hilarious rude mechanicals, this play has been a hit with audiences.


PURCHASE TICKETS
We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance for this production as we have already had sold out performances. Don't miss out on what may perhaps the best illustration of the "CSC approach" yet!

 

Family-Friendly Sundays are a Great Way to Introduce Kids to Shakespeare

Scott Farquhar leading some young audience members on a family friendly Sunday<br />

We believe that Shakespeare of for everyone! That's one of the things that makes Shakespeare so great. We love introducing kids to Shakespeare before they get word that it's "boring" or "difficult." They find out it’s neither if given the chance.

That's why CSC, with the generosity of the Allegis Group, Wells Fargo and M&T Bank, offers free admission to kids under the age of nineteen and it's why they promote their Sunday 6:00 PM performances as "Family-Friendly." CSC hoped you'll bring the whole family to enjoy Shakespeare together and create a positive relationship between your kids and Shakespeare for the rest of their lives.


A Midsummer Night's Dream
& The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

WHEN: June 10 - July 24, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 6 PM
WHERE:
Outdoors at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park overlooking historic Ellicott City, Maryland
TICKETS: Adults: Saturdays & Sundays $32 online; $36 at door; Adults: Thursdays and Fridays $28 online; $32 at door; Seniors: $25; Special rate for students under 25 for Thursdays and Fridays: $15; Children 18 and under: FREE (limit two per paying adult)

  • Two Show Package: $50 (pre-orders only)
  • Friday Tables For Two: $30; Picnic Tables: $50
  • Free for Active Military: call the office to arrange
  • Group Tickets: 410.31.-8661

Extended Versions:
Saturday, July 2 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 PM

Tickets may be purchased by calling 410.313.8661 Monday - Friday, 12:00 - 4:30 PM or clicking HERE

3 EXHIBITS OPEN THIS WEEKEND @ BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS

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JOIN BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS THIS SATURDAY!

OPENING RECEPTION OF THREE EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITIONS

WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 6-8 PM; studio hours Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore
ADMISSION: Free and Open to the Public.

  • MAIN GALLERY: AISHA HARRISON, CONTOURS OF BELONGING
    A solo exhibition featuring the work of Aisha Harrison, our Lormina Salter Fellowship Artist of 2010-11.
  • SOLO GALLERY: TIM SHERMAN, THE BEGINNING
    Wood-fired Functional wares.
  • COMMUNITY ARTS GALLERY: CREATIVE AGING
    Ceramic sculpture created by senior participants under the artistic instruction of Aisha Harrison and Mary Cloonan.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WATERCOLORS OF JHU ALUM ON DISPLAY @ EVERGREEN MUSEUM & LIBRARY

Asian Influence—Western Vision:
The Watercolors of Morton Wesley Huber

WHEN: June 29 – August 28, 2011; Artist's Opening Reception: June 29, 5:30–7:30 PM. Free 
WHERE: Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles Street Baltimore
TICKETS: Free with museum admission and on view as part of the regular guided tour

The third installment of Evergreen’s exhibition series celebrating artistic expression in succeeding chapters of life, Asian Influence—Western Vision explores the often ethereal drawings of Johns Hopkins alumnus, Morton Wesley Huber, A&S ’47, ’48 (MA).

A former professor of organic and biochemistry, environmental science, and qualitative organic analyses at numerous prestigious institutions, including Albright College in Pennsylvania, Emory & Henry College in Virginia and Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan, Huber developed a fascination with drawing, painting and subsequently, photography.

The author of two well-received books on the culture of Japan, he has masterfully integrated Japanese influences into his own calming and thoroughly engaging works, from the poetic narratives of Edo-period block prints to the dream-like monochromaticity of Muromachi-era paintings.

CELEBRATE WORLD REGUEE DAY @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE ON FRIDAY

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Directed by Jessica Blank
co-presented by the International Rescue Committee

WHEN: Friday, June 24, 7 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: Free,
donations and advance reservations suggested. CALL 410.276.1651 TO RESERVE A SEAT


Celebrate World Refugee Day! True stories of Iraqi refugees in Arabic and English by professional actors from NY, donating tonight`s performance.

"A superbly staged and beautifully acted testimonial to the innocent victims of an ugly war" (Variety), AFTERMATH tells the experience of the over 4 million Iraqi people displaced worldwide following the US invasion—in their own words.

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, award-winning writers/directors of THE EXONERATED, created this staged reading from direct interviews in Jordan in 2008.

Local Palestinian singer & oud player Huda Asfour opens the night.

Q&A follows with actors and Baltimore Iraqi refugees.

Presented in association with Amnesty International. Produced in association with ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann.

IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTARY @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE THIS THURSDAY

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Tony & Janinas WeddingWHEN: Thursday, June 23, 7 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10, $5 members

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

Getting to the heart of the broken, red tape ridden U.S. immigration system, Ruth Leitman’s documentary tells the story of Tony and Janina Wasilewski, whose family is torn apart when Janina is deported to Poland after 18 years in America, taking their 6-year-old son Brian with her. The human rights story of Post-9/11 America that every undocumented immigrant in our country faces.

"Tony & Janina's American Wedding" Trailer from Ruth Leitman on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

HEAR A WRITER SPEAK ABOUT HER BOOK @ THE PRATT IN JUNE

tayari jones

Writers LIVE at the Library

Copies of the authors' books will be on sale at book signings following the programs

Tayari Jones
reads from her new novel, Silver Sparrow

silver sparrow ISet in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's two families—the public one and the secret one. When the two teenage daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered.

Tayari Jones is the author of two award-winning novels, Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling. She holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University and the University of Iowa. She is on the MFA faculty at Rutgers.

www.tayarijones.com

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

  • Central Library, Poe Room
  • Monday, June 27, 2011 (6:30 PM)
  • Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors

connie briscoe

Connie Briscoe
reads from her new novel, Money Can't Buy Love

Lmoney can't buy love IIenora Stone, a 38-year-old photographer for a Baltimore magazine, wins the jackpot in the Maryland lottery. She quits her job and buys a new BMW and a million dollar mansion. Her boyfriend Gerald is ready to put a ring on her finger, and the city's most exclusive women's group is dying for her to join. But Lenora's old friends are concerned about her sudden changes. As her life starts to come together, the things Lenora holds dear begin to fall apart.

Connie Briscoe stormed onto the literary scene in 1994 with her debut novel, Sisters & Lovers. Since then, she has written a succession of bestselling novels including Sisters & Husbands, P.G. County, A Long Way From Home and Can't Get Enough. She has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award and was featured in the book, Jewels: 50 Phenomenal Black Women Over 50.

www.conniebriscoe.com

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

  • Central Library, Poe Room
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2011 (6:30 PM)
  • Suggested Audience: Adults

LAST CHANCE TO SEE ROOTS OF BALTIMORE JAZZ EXHIBIT @ THE PRATT LIBRARY

Baltimore is well known for its place in the history of jazz. Get to the Pratt Library to see this exhibit before it closes on July 3:

Roots of Jazz Baltimore

The Roots of Jazz Baltimore: The Movers & Shakers and Music Makers

This multimedia exhibit chronicles jazz life in Baltimore during the early 1900s through the 1940s and beyond, a time when Baltimore was one of the most dynamic entertainment centers in America. The exhibit examines the social, cultural and political heritage of Jazz-Age Baltimore and highlights the personalities of the time. Baltimore was a center for performing artists and musicians who honed their skills and called the city home.

The exhibit contains photo images, ephemera and collectibles from a variety of collections: the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Peabody Archives, the Baltimore Musicians Project, the Regina and Roy McCoy Collection, the Crystal and Ellis Larkin Collection, Afro-American Newspapers, Audrey Matthews Williams Collection, the Bartz Family Collection, CHAPS, Baltimore Heritage and other sources.

Baltimore has produced scores of nationally famous jazz musicians—Cab Calloway, Blanche Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ethel Ennis, Chick Webb, Gary Bartz, Ellery Eskelin, Roy "Tanglefoot" McCoy, Ruby Glover, Mickey Fields and Ellis Larkin among many others. The sights and sounds of these performing artists are on display in "The Roots of Jazz Baltimore," curated by Tamm E Hunt, publisher of Baltimore Jazzine.com.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

  • Central Library
  • Daily to Sunday, July 3, 2011
  • Suggested Audience: Teens, Adults, Seniors

CELEBRATE HELEN KELLER’S BIRTHDAY @ THE PRATT LIBRARY, FOR FREE

When we were kids (not at the same time, of course), we were fascinated by the stories of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Ruth taught the play, The Miracle Worker, to 7th grade English students for years; Natalie read a biography, saw the film and read the play in class. Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan are inspirations for us all, whether we are disabled or not. Here’s a film that is perfect for the family, just in time for Helen Keller’s birthday! And it’s free!

Miracle Worker film

THE MIRACLE WORKER

Twenty-year-old Annie Sullivan struggles desperately to teach the blind, deaf, and mute seven-year-old Helen Keller to communicate with a world she could neither see nor hear.

Patty Duke won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar® for her raging, grasping, and desperately isolated Helen, and Anne Bancroft won the Best Actress Oscar® for this strenuous role.

(Directed by Arthur Penn, 1962, 107 min.)
Not rated.

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

WHERE: Southeast Anchor Library
WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 2011 (1:00 PM)

Suggested Audience:

  • Whole Family
  • Adults
  • Seniors

SUPPORT PRATT LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM & HELP REDUCE “SUMMER SLIDE”

Summer Reading: One World, Many Stories

Support Pratt Library's Summer Reading Program: Help reduce summer slide!

Last year more than 38,000 children and teens participated in Pratt's summer programs, with more than 16,000 children enrolled in the incentive-based Summer Reading Program, reading over 220,000 books! We know that children may experience a loss of academic skills in July and August, often referred to as "summer slide." This loss is nearly impossible to make up, compounds over time, and particularly impacts children in underserved communities.

Help reduce summer slide! Last year more than 38,000 children and teens participated in Pratt's summer programs, with more than 16,000 children enrolled in the incentive-based Summer Reading Program, reading over 220,000 books!

We know that children may experience a loss of academic skills in July and August, often referred to as "summer slide." This loss is nearly impossible to make up, compounds over time, and particularly impacts children in underserved communities.

It costs $60 to sponsor a child for a whole summer's worth of library programs. Please sponsor one or more children and help reduce summer slide!

Click this link to sponsor the Summer Reading Program:
Yes, I would like to sponsor the Pratt's summer programs for children!Enoch Pratt Free Library