Sunday, July 31, 2011


Enoch Pratt Free Library

Reisterstown Road Branch
Grand Opening August 10

Reisterstown Road Branch - Grand Opening in August
The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Reisterstown Road Branch with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at 11am.
This new state-of-the-art facility will have E-Readers available for checkout!!

Click here for information on the "new" Reisterstown Branch

Writers LIVE!

Hill Harper, The Wealth Cure

Hill Harper

The Wealth Cure:  Putting Money In Its Place

WHEN: Thursday, August 25, 7 PM
Central Library

Films at the Pratt

Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days
WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 1:30 PM
Waverly Branch



The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show
WHEN: Saturday, August 13, 10:30 AM
Central Library Wheeler Auditorium




Fantasia original uncut

WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 2 PM
Central Library Wheeler Auditorium



The Fighter

The Fighter
WHEN: Wednesday, August 24, 5:30 PM
Southeast Anchor Library



True Grit

True Grit (2010)
WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 1 PM
Southeast Anchor Library

The events above are a small selection of the dozens of free events and classes offered each month. Please check the Pratt Calendar for more.



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

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WHEN: Monday, August 1, 7:30-9 PM; Monday, August 15, 7:30-9 PM
Kevin B. Clark, guitar; Colin Rosso, percussion; Jonathan Guo, double bass; Adam Corson, saxophone; Alex Crean, tenor
Performing in the first floor gallery.

Brian Lynch/Hervé Sellin Quartet:
The French Inflection
WHEN: Friday, August 5, 8 & 9:30 PM
TICKETS: $15/$10 students
Jazz and Modernist French Music: A Two Way Street
Brian Lynch, trumpeter/composer; Hervé Sellin, pianist/composer ; Bill Goodwin, veteran drummer and jazz legend; David Wong, bass virtuoso

Grammy Award winning trumpeter/composer Brian Lynch and esteemed pianist/composer Hervé Sellin join forces to present a unique program of music exploring the connection between French musical modernism and jazz. In their original compositions and arrangements of important works from both traditions, Lynch and Sellin will shed light on the mutual influence of French music and jazz, from Bix to Coltrane and beyond, and from Debussy to Dutilleux and Messiaen.

Joining Lynch and Sellin in this special quartet are two esteemed figures representing different jazz generations and their felicitous meeting: veteran drummer and jazz legend Bill Goodwin, Lynch’s longtime bandmate in the Phil Woods Quintet, and swinging virtuoso David Wong, bassist of choice for the jazz elite (Roy Haynes, The Heath Brothers) and member of Lynch’s Unsung Heroes Project.

This project and performance is supported by a Chamber Music America / French American Cultural Exchange “French-American Jazz Exchange” grant and is made possible by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, CulturesFrance, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and SACEM.

The Twisted Circles Quartet: Shades of Red
WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 8 & 9:30 PM
Baba L. Salaam, Percussion and Woodwinds; Orlando M. Johnson, Mandolin; Chris Taylor, Classical and Electric Guitar; Featuring: Jeron White, Bass

WHEN: Sunday, August 7, 2 PM
An exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. His orchestral appearances often feature not only the beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, but also the equally brilliant ones by Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Additionally in the "Pops" genre, Thomas is considered a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin.

Project Natale
WHEN: Sunday, August 7, 5 & 7 PM
Joseph Natale, upright bass; Lou Natale, drums; Bob Butta, piano; Carl Cornwell, tenor sax

Project Natale is a band of brothers playing brotherly music that has gained world respect as jazz players infusing the old and new to creating a sonafication of their own.

Joe and Lou Natale formed the group upon arriving to the DC area in 1998. Over the subsequent decade there was a unison struck when legends Carl Cornwell, tenor saxophone and Bob Butta, piano found a home as regular performers with the Project.

The group’s new CD, “Links” displays hard hitting passionate players that can create, converse and swing in, out and around the quintessential and arrangements written by Joe Natale.

“Straight ahead jazz group with a modern sound incorporating all the flavors of jazz” —Creative Moco


Volunteers Needed for BaltoFashWk

Volunteers of Baltimore Fashion Week will work with one of the Executive Producers of this event.

WHEN: Interviews will be scheduled on Wednesday, August 3,  8 AM to 6 PM
WHERE: contact for information

Interested candidates must be able to:

  • Work independently with little to no direction
  • Able to follow directions
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Arrive to the tent on time
  • Able to read and write English

Positions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Hair Stylists create the hair looks for Baltimore Fashion Week; must have own flat irons, they will provide the hair care products; please submit 3 images with your message; must have 1 year of experience
  • Designer Assistant: assist designers with organizing the collection
  • Dresser: assist models in getting dressed
  • Runway Assistant: responsible for making sure models are dressed properly before going on the runway
  • Production Associate: work closely with Executive Producer for backstage
  • Guest Greeter: meet guests as they arrive and answer any questions regarding the tent
  • Guest Seater: take guests to assigned seats
  • Guest Associate: responsible for checking guests in as they arrive and giving them their seat assignment. Seats for Baltimore Fashion Week are selected by the purchaser

Interested candidates must be at least 18 years of age.

All interested individuals must send a cover letter and resume to:


Messages or information sent to any other e-mail account will not be read.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


It's Up!
Salon No. 10
All Week Long + Artists' Reception Friday Night, 7-10 PM
Artists Present @ reception + Saturday & Sunday too!

Salon No. 10 Open All Week + All Weekend-Long

Matthew Saindon installing, Mattye Hamilton's Paintings (left) Cara Bishoff (right){About The Salon Series}
We are thrilled to present Salon No. 10 of The Salon Series in our multi-use exhibition space. We are offering emerging artists the opportunity to present their work professionally with guidance and exposure to the fundamentals of installing and curating a show. 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.

Participating Salon Artists
Mattye Hamilton  ·   Poppy Hall   ·  Noelle Kokinakis
Ernest Kromah   ·   Cara Bishoff   ·  Matthew Saindon
M.S. Wiggs   ·   Gina Tackett

Artworks include Large Scale Paintings, Photographs, & Fine Jewelry

And an Installation of Sculptures by Visiting Artist · Donald Edwards 

Donald Edwards, our Visiting Artist for Salon No. 10

 Donald Edwards Junk Labit and Junk Kid, 2011, assemblages

WHEN: Wed & Thurs, July 27 & 2812 – 7 PM
Art is Present and so is Miss Block!
Friday, July 29, 2011:: Opening Reception from 7 – 10 PM
Artists are present!
{complimentary valet parking}

Saturday July 30 /   12 – 5 PM   ARTISTS are present at the gallery!
Sunday July 31 /   12 – 5 PM   ARTISTS are present at the gallery!

Sketches, Studies, & Scribbles
WHEN: August 4 - 21
a group drawing show of jordan faye contemporary artists both represented and invited

Reception Dates TBA 

Gallery will be OPEN Thursday & Friday 11 - 7, Saturdays 10 – 5  in August & also by appointment.

We will be taking a short Summer Holiday and be Closed from August 21 - August 31. 

jordan faye contemporary
1401 Light Street [Federal Hill]
Baltimore, Md  21230
T 443.955.1547
gallery hours during exhibitions:
wed - thur  12 – 7 PM   /  fri & sat 12 – 5 PM  / mon & tues by appt

3 blocks south of Cross Street Market on Light Street
1 block north of School 33 Arts Center
NEW :: the Charm City Circulator Purple line comes all the way down to Federal Hill from Penn Station and last stop on Ostend & Marshall. It's ONLY 1 block North of the gallery!
And it's Free!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


The Second City takes Charm City by storm for the second time this year at Centerstage. Buy your tix now for this hilariously talented troupe. Prices go up after August 1:

Second City Tickets

Purchase tickets HERE (the link in the ad won’t work)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Photo of Event or Program ItemCyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey with Telesma

WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 8 PM
. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $20, $15 members.

Brazilian percussion giant Cyro Baptista brings his band Beat The Donkey for brilliant, percussion-led afro/world/jazz/jam genius. Telesma opens with their layered tribal psychedelia created with hi-tech instruments, didgeridoos and projections. Indra Lazul bellydances with Telesma. DJ Bassdread plays the break. Body painting from Divine Gypsy.

Cyro Baptista has played with everybody from Paul Simon and David Byrne, to John Zorn and Dr. John. Turns out he is a big Telesma fan! So..wear a skimpy outfit and get yourself painted. Be ready to dance, digging deep into otherworldly vibes!

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


There is always something artistically exciting going on at School 33 Art Center:

School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Monday, July 25, 2011


What could be better than music under the stars in a beautiful location:

G Marten

It's Back!

Cylburn Sounds: Jazz Under the Stars:  The Gail Marten Quartet 

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 6-8 PM; Gates open 5:30 PM
Clyburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore (across from Sinai Hospital)

GREAT MUSIC, LIGHT FARE, NEW FRIENDS and a great time, each time!

Five weeks of wonderful music, featuring the best in contemporary and straight ahead jazz. Cylburn Sounds: Jazz Under the Stars welcomes visitors to the beautiful Cylburn Arboretum in northwest Baltimore. Bring your blanket, lawn chair and picnic supper. Or, purchase from the culinary treats provided by Station North Arts Cafe. Free parking on the grounds.

Great acts to be showcased this season include:

Wednesday, August 10: The Buddy Jordan Quartet

Wednesday, August 24: Coldspring Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday, September 7: The Warren Wolf Trio

All performances, 6 – 8 PM. Gates open, with special youth performers on select dates, at 5:30 PM.

Vendors interested in renting a table ($30.00), contact

Cylburn Sounds is supported by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, Mount Washington Animal Medical Center and media sponsor, WEAA Radio, 88.9 FM, "The Voice of the Community."

THE 5th ANNUAL BALTIMORE IMPROV FESTIVAL! 4 Nights, 8 Shows, 24 troupes

August 11 throught August 13 2011

The 2011 Baltimore Improv Festival will be held at The Creative Alliance at The Patterson


Click on any performer to learn more about them.

Skinesthesia, iMusical
WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 8 PM
$12/Creative Alliance Members $10

Training 4 Prom, Mr. Licorice, Michael Loves Greg
WHEN: Friday August 12, 7 PM
ADMISSION: $12/Creative Alliance Members $10

Pop 6, Plan B, Gus
WHEN: Friday August 12, 8:30 PM
ADMISSION: $15/Creative Alliance Members $13

Hot and Modest, Student Driver, DC Comedy Sportz Blue Show
WHEN: Friday August 12, 10:00 PM
ADMISSION: $12/Creative Alliance Members $10


 Cold Spring Jazz QuartetCold Spring Jazz Quartet Presents

So What is Modern Jazz?

WHEN: Friday, July 29, at 7:30 PM
Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High Street, Baltimore

The Cold Spring Jazz Quartet treats us to an evening that answers the musical question, "So What is Modern Jazz?" It's a capsule history of jazz since the 1940s, from swing (Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train), to be-bop (Charlie Parker), Latin and bossa nova (A.C. Jobim's "Favela"),to hard bop (Art Blakey's "Moanin'") all the way to modal jazz (Miles Davis's "So What"), funk and fusion.

 Steve GlasserSteve Glasser in

Glasser does Porter, Gershwin and more Broadway

WHEN: Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High Street, Baltimore

Dr. Steve Glasser charms us with a cabaret of favorites from the great American Songbook. He will be accompanied by Dr. Fred Minger on piano.

String TheorySwing with String Theory

WHEN: Sunday, July 31, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High Street, Baltimore

In the tradition of the swinging jazz combos that took Europe by storm in the early twentieth century, String Theory recreates a sound that never really went out of style. With two acoustic guitars, two violins, a viola, a pedal steel guitar and female vocalist, the band takes on Django Reinhardt, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Hoagy Carmichael and others. The band is made up of seasoned local players with a wide range of experience. Surprise guest artists.

String Theory is: Gus Russo (guitar), Russ Arlotta (violin), Lucas Lechowsli (violin). Charlie Trapp (bass), Stacey Schwartz (vocals, percussion), Gary Lee Gimble (pedal steel guitar), Josh Rettenmayer (guitar),Rachel Jones (viola),

Sunday, July 24, 2011


PictureUnruly Women presents

Adapted by Francesca Chilcote and Laurie Wolf

WHEN: Friday, July 29, at 8 PM, Saturday, July 30, at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sunday, July 31, at 2 PM
WHERE: Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: Students: $10 | General: $15
ONLINE, via Email:
or call 703.622.6526 (Keegan Cassady, Producing Associate)
Visit them online:

Shrewing of the Tamed explores the politics of power, sex and laughter by taking Shakespeare's original text and turning it on its head.

Shrewing of the Tamed subverts the traditional conceits of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, challenging gender norms and power structures by flipping the show on its head. By grounding the play in the "Induction," Shakespeare's original framing for the text (which actually is in a bar!) this adaptation irreverently strips away all the excesses of traditional productions, finding the joy, pain, and absurdity in what is one of Shakespeare's most problematic comedies.

Recipient of the William and Mary College Chappell Fellowship, Shrewing of the Tamed is the culmination of a year of research and refinement. The culmination of Francesca Chilcote's Senior Thesis Project on Women and Comedy, Ms. Chilcote won the Chappell Grant for Undergraduate Research from her university, The College of William and Mary, to workshop this production and produce a documentary on the development process.
The entire Unruly Women team is thrilled to offer this excellent retelling to entertain and challenge Baltimore theatregoers this summer.

About Unruly Women: “We are Unruly Women, part of a growing collective of William and Mary graduates looking to make excellent art into reality. Founded by Francesca Chilcote, Phi Beta Kappa and class of '11 and Laurie Wolf, Director of William and Mary Theatre. Over the years, recent graduates of the College of William and Mary work hand in hand with some of the College's best faculty to produce new, enticing works.

“Following last year's dark tragedy, Santa's Helper by Cassady Kay (W&M '10), we will present Chilcote and Wolf's feminist adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew in the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival and the Strand Theater. Shrewing of the Tamed subverts the traditional conceits of the original version, challenging gender norms and power structures. Also, we plan on producing a short film documenting the process and development of this production.”



By Lisa D'Amour
WHEN: Monday, July 25, at 7 PM
The Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Rehearsals will begin the week of August 8. The show runs October 7-22, 2011

About the show: Ten-year-old Anna Bella and her hermetic mother Irene live in a ratty trailer on the edge of town. When their trailer park is slated for demolition because of interstate highway expansion, Irene refuses to leave. In this moment of crisis, Anna Bella creates a new girl out of the mud behind their trailer home. This mud-girl helps Anna Bella and Irene channel the supernatural and face the life they must live in the world outside their trailer home. A richly imagined tale of a fierce mother/daughter bond, spoken and sung by three women.

Cast: 3 Females

Please come prepared with a one minute monologue, comedic or dramatic, a one minute song, and prepared to read sides as requested by the director (Jayme Kilburn). Walk-ins will be accommodated on a first come – first served basis.

PictureAudition slots will be scheduled through Jayme Kilburn: Please e-mail a copy of your resume and headshot with your audition slot request.

Read an excerpt of the play

Check out a video of a previous production

Interested in Stage Managing? Directing? E-mail Jayme for more information about opportunities this season.

Friday, July 22, 2011


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Once Upon a Time...  Donald Edwards & Janna Rice

Last 2 Days: Friday & Saturday + A Special Event from * 3 – 7 PM Sat. Gallery hours this Friday 12 – 5 PM & Saturday 12 – 3 PM /3 – 7PM*

Once Upon A Time... Donald Edwards & Janna Rice at JFC

This Fabulous Show ends this Week at the gallery, so if you've not had a chance to see it, now is the time to stop on in! It’s nice and cool inside, and parking is really pretty easy during the day on both Friday & Saturday! They even have an awesome special event to share with you that's right around the corner, if you're in town this weekend...

Donald Edward's work is a result of collecting material from thrift stores, yard sales, dumpsters, materials left on the side of the road, and saving things from work and home that would have otherwise gone to the land fill. These materials dictate the direction his work takes.  Edwards's work has evolved from painting and incorporating found objects into these paintings to using all these treasures and creating imaginative three-dimensional creatures, wall works, and installations. These reinvented forms are made of all the disposable products that litter our homes, streets and lives.  In his work he draws attention to our obsession of consumer culture which starts at an early age, however taking all these inanimate objects and working with them, Donald transforms them into positively playful happy creatures which easily one can play that childhood game, "I Spy" and not run out of things to discover.

Janna Rice's photography is an examination of feminine stereotype and myth, calling attention to the fracture between personal identity and accepted gender roles. These tableaus examine how cultural expectation plays in personal identity. The images include mass-produced objects as symbolic metaphor of the feminine ideal, real or perceived. Janna's observations also reflect on the impact that biology plays in our identity and that which is beyond our control. Her newest work is grounded in the fluid beauty of the natural world. These photomontages suggest the splendor of the verdant, which is often overlooked.

Once Upon A Time... incorporates works that take very different final forms, but who's creators both draw inspiration from our culture, the materiality of our daily world, and exploring the conversations and connections that are entwined together.


Magda's Style Room
WHEN: Saturday July 23rd,  * 3:00 - 7:00 PM
ADMISSION: * 10$ Cover at the door
If you personal shopped/donated in 2010/2011 - YOU are admitted free!
All items $10/$20/$40 (high end/lux $50/$80)
Shop a small random selection of Men's/Women's Clothing/Accessories while you sip sparkling wine and network.

Magda's Style Room is a sustainable personal shop-at-home service that profiles and styles it's members with perfect or new/affordable fashion to buy while it picks up your clothing donations.

Magda's Style Room is not open to the public or advertised and assists it's members exclusively in networking their business to the other members in Baltimore and NYC. These EVENT Mixers are a way to network in person, shop random unique items affordably and to check out Magda's Style Room and the place of business that hosts, in this case BE and Jordan Faye Contemporary. So come Sip Sparkling wine, Bring your biz / postcards to drop/exchange, enjoy the ART & the Trunk Show!

Magda's Style Returns to Jordan Faye Contemporary

This is a throw-back Vintage Magda's Photo from their first adventurous Mixer with them in 2008, from their old space in Clipper Mill! See ya this weekend though here in Federal Hill!

This is the third time we've hosted a Magda's Style Room and it is always a great time! It's this Saturday only from 3 - 7p SO...if you're interested in attending you must follow the instructions below::

  • E-mail, if you are coming so they can add your name to the guest list.
  • Bring your Cards to Network
  • If you are a newbie to Magda's, bring your $10 cash for the cover at the door!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Broadway Musical Review

WHEN: July 25 - August 5, 2011, 9 AM – 4 PM
WHERE: The Park School, 2425 Old Court Road, Baltimore

This review class will give students experience with some of Broadways best songs and scenes for ages 8 - 14


WHERE: The Park School, 2425 Old Court Road, Baltimore
WHEN: Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 7 PM.
TICKETS: $5 and available at the DOOR ONLY! This is a full-length production.

Donations of pajamas being accepted! If you have pajamas to donate to the MTC, please come by the office between 12 and 3 PM Monday and Friday or email to make arrangements. PJ's will either be donated or added to the Pumpkin Theatre costume stock.



WHEN: Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29
WHERE: Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.

molly_campbell_maae10_2During their two summer studio residencies and online studio experiences in the MAAE program, students have developed a conceptually related body of work that investigates a chosen issue of deep personal interest.

The M.A. in Art Education Exhibition presents the results of these visual investigations. The art in this exhibition is complemented by the research investigations MAAE candidates—who are also full-time art educators—have conducted about their students’ artmaking processes. These completed research studies are also on exhibition. Participating artists: Molly Campbell (above: Of Tides, mixed media on paper, 2010), Mark Halcott, Richard Kim, Emily Kruszynski, Leah Prischak and Lizanne Stafford (Above: Richard Kim, "Untitled," oil on paper)


WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 4-Thursday, Aug. 11, closing reception Thursday, Aug. 11, 6-8 PM
WHERE: Fox Building: Fox 3 Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
(Above: Ceramic sculpture by Continuing Studies student Donna Lashof)

This exhibition is a glimpse into the work of students who expand their artmaking with classes in MICA’s continuing studies program. The exhibition includes drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic design, jewelry and ceramics.

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Photo of Event or Program Item


WHEN: Friday, July 22, 6 PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS:  $10, $5 members/students

The premiere of LIVING PROOF (2011, 52 min), features 12
LGBT youth from Baltimore who come together to write and perform a play based on their real-life stories. The directors based their 6-month intensive improv writing sessions on The Hero's Journey, teaching each young person to see themselves as the hero in their own life. Many of the young people from the documentary will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion!

Presented as part of CA's Big Gay Summer series (click for discounts!) For Tix & More Info!

Photo of Event or Program ItemPass It Down! Ken & Brad Kolodner
Lea & Jonathan Gilmore, Billy McComiskey & sons!

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 8 PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $16, $11 members
Member's Happy Hour 6 PM w/ $3 drinks. Free tix w/ membership.

Musicians passing on the music they love to their children. Hammered dulcimer master Ken Kolodner performs with his son Brad, an accomplished banjo player. Billy McComiskey, master of the Irish button accordion performs with all three of his sons. International star Lea Gilmore, versed deeply in the spirituals, blues and music of African-American history sings with her son Jonathan—a fast rising star here at The Patterson.

Happy Birthday to CA Trustee & Tonight's sponsor Cheryl Casciani!

For Tix & More Info!



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

NEW!  You can now buy tickets online through InstantSeats

Sunday, July 24, 5 PM
Timothy Bracken and Cameron Blake perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
TICKETS: $7 in advance/$9 at the door

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Timothy Bracken performs both as co-leader of the Baltimore band June Star as the leader of the Timothy Bracken Complex. His debut solo album, 2005's “Disrepair," was described by Paste Magazine as a collection of "brilliant alt-country." He contributed two tracks to the 2006 Peter Case tribute album, A Case for Case, alongside John Prine, Dave Alvin and Joe Ely. Bracken’s latest album, Midnight In the Basement, was heralded by The Washington Post as "[definitive of] the genre of alternative pop."

While Cameron Blake was pursuing a master's degree in violin at the Peabody Conservatory, he fell under the spell of Bob Dylan. Blake picked up the guitar and piano to write and perform his own songs, many of them a commentary on his adopted hometown of Baltimore, “a place full of people who’d be misfits anywhere else.” He has released three albums so far: 2009 debut album, En Route, followed by two simultaneous releases in 2010: the studio project, Hide and Go Seek, and the concert recording, Cameron Blake with Strings: Live. WYPR encapsuled his short, busy career by saying, “Cameron Blake is a Baltimore singer-songwriter with a classical pedigree. His lyrics create a dense, romantic world, and he’s got the ambitious arrangements to back it all up.

Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and others, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “Dinah and Johnny-o."

Monday, July 25, 8 PM
Patrick Breiner, tenor sax; Mette Henriette Rolvag, tenor sax; Max Goldman, drums

Aella was born through a chance encounter. Patrick Breiner (visiting from Madison, WI), Mette Henriette Rolvag (visiting from Norway) and Max Goldman (living in Brooklyn) came together in Max's basement in New York City in July of 2010. The sounds they produced reeked of intensity and focus, not to mention sweat. Shortly thereafter the they went their separate ways, but not before vowing to take this furious three piece sound machine on the road. This 10-day tour will culminate in the recording of a CD in New York City.


BIG's Perfect Pair! This Weekend at FPCT!

Welcome New BIG Fans to Back2Back Comedy!

Two Nights! Eight Troupes! Play after the Show with BIG!

For their final performance before the 5th Annual Baltimore Improv Festival, BIG hits the stage at full strength. All 5 of their Mainstage troupes will perform, as well as numerous special combinations, including a first-ever performance and the farewell performance by the Moving Walkways.

Get Reservations Immediately. Their last several shows at Fells Point Corner Theater have been overflow sell-outs. And parking can be difficult to find near the theater. Come early, reserve your seats, see the best of BIG.

And after the shows each night, you are welcome to stay and play with members of BIG. Whether you are a long time improvisor, a student, or have never tried improvisation before, these aftershow Jams are a great opportunity to dip your toe in the water.

WHEN: Friday & Saturday| July 22nd & 23rd | 8PM 
ells Point Corner Theater: 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore
TICKETS:  $10 general/ $8 for students, first responders


Your time has come. Baltimore's Funniest Weekend arrives at the Creative Alliance, August 11-14. Four Nights, Eight Shows, Twelve Workshops, Twenty-four troupes.

Full performance schedule and troupe info are on the website: You can buy show tickets: HERE!

Monday, July 18, 2011


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 The Maryland Jazz Piano Trio.The Maryland Jazz Piano Trio Presents

Romantic Jazz

WHEN: Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 PM

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

The members of The Maryland Jazz Piano Trio bring their lyrical and highly evolved style to interpretations of material from composers ranging from Jerome Kern to Richie Beirach, as well as performing their original compositions. The trio consists of Harry Appelman on piano, Victor Dvoskin on bass and Dominic Smith on drums.

  Matt Wigler and the Matt Wigler TrioThe Matt Wigler Trio Debuts at the Cabaret

WHEN: Friday, July 22, at 7:30 PM

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

After recent performances at The Kennedy Center and as a Strathmore Music Center Artist-in-Residence, jazz pianist Matt Wigler and his trio bring their unique blend of original music and jazz standards to Germano’s Cabaret. At age 17, Matt has released three CDs and performed nationwide. The Matt Wigler Trio was nominated this year for best jazz group by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA). “Matt Wigler's music is far beyond his youthful years, very sophisticated, and complex, yet extremely accessible. Look for a very bright future for Mr. Wigler." (Bob Putignano, President, New York Jazz & Blues Society, WFDU host). www.mattwigler

Pam Parker and Jobari Parker-NamdarPam Parker and Jobari Parker-Namdar

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Germano’s Trattoria, 300 South High Street, Baltimore

"The first time he sang on stage Jobari Parker-Namdar was in 5th grade at Chevy Chase Elementary School." Some time later "he sang an operatic aria in a recital at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts." The Howard University graduate "has been center stage ever since. Last spring his performance in the Stephen Schwartz Project at MetroStage was deemed 'one of the most auspicious debuts of the theater season.' by Washington Post critic Peter Marks. "A music and theater major Parker-Namdar also sings in concert with his mother, Pam Parker. The duo has appeared at Blues Alley and Signature theater's Cabaret."—Washingtonian Magazine's List of Rising Stars.

Pam began her career singing at ubiquitous peace and justice rallies in her native Washington, DC, and since then has performed Blues, Swing, Jazz R & B and Folk with a seven-piece band. She has become a fixture on national progressive and local jazz radio and has a reputation for sweet soulful vocals. She and her band mates have played at Blues Alley, Signature Theater, Twins, Bangkok Blues and other venues of note in the DC area. She has also performed at the New School and the Community Church in New York; Little Ochi Hideout in Richmond; the World Cultural Center in North Carolinas; at the Evergreen Arts and Humanities concert series in Ohio and in Los Angeles. She has also performed at a birthday tribute to Pete Seeger in Memphis, TN and for the Congressional Black Caucus at the Washington Convention Center. She was a lead in a Jazz Opera entitled the Forgotten and is currently producing her 4th CD - Lemonade. Dirty Linen Magazine wrote that “Parker has a big voice, but can also whisper a sweet lullaby.” 

Friday, July 15, 2011



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Enjoy the beauty of the BMA's sculpture gardens with a glass of wine and good friends.

July 23

The Dave Stryker Organ Quintet

This distinctive guitarist creates a perfect blend of melody and drive.

July 30
The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quintet

Brazilian jazz at its finest, from the burning Samba to the tranquil Bossa Nova.

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