Friday, September 30, 2011

FALL KICKS OFF @ THE EUBIE BLAKE CENTER THIS SUNDAY

Free Fall Baltimore KICK OFF at the Eubie Blake Center!

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music, dance, visual arts and more...

Free Dance Class!

WHEN: Sunday, October 2, 2 –3 PM
WHERE:
Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street, Baltimore
410.225.3130
www.eubieblake.org

Also, light refreshments, art exhibit by Eugene Coles, refreshments and registration for all FREE activities!

Check out the FREE arts offerings at the Eubie Blake Center in October.

MICA HOSTS FALL/FAIL, A “COLLAPSTROPHIC” EXHIBITION, OCT. 7–NOV. 9

Parisian Couple Frédérique Morrel and Aaron Levin Create Tumbling Figures Out of Found Vintage Tapestries

MICA_FrederiqueMorrel_FallFailCOLLAPSTROPHE: FALL/FAIL

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 7–Wednesday, Nov. 9; A reception will take place on Friday, Oct. 7, 5–7 PM
WHERE: Brown Center’s Rosenberg Gallery (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.)

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents Fall/Fail, an exhibition by Parisian couple Frédérique Morrel and Aaron Levin inspired by “the recent string of global catastrophes that give a sense of imminent doom,” Levin said.

imageThe exhibition will consist of a series of animals and human figures falling, leaping or tumbling toward the College’s atrium.  The Fall/Fail exhibition is an evocation of possible global collapse and catastrophe, according to the artists. They question: “will the exhibition be a final fall or a new flight? Will a better world emerge from this ‘collapstrophe?’” Frederique Morrel, founded by Morrel and Levin, is an artistic adventure designed to explore the realms of humanity’s origins: Adam and Eve, the animals of the imageGarden of Eden and paradise lost, using as raw material discarded vintage tapestries found in yard sales and thrift shops. Believing the natural connection humans once had with “true” art and the natural access to beauty has been lost to industry, the couple’s “artifacts” serve as their solution to “re-enchant the world” through their special ingredients to create happiness.

The couple, who met in the ’80s while crashing a conceptual exhibition by Jean-Pierre Raynaud at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris in what today could be considered a “flash mob,” seeks out rare, missing pieces, believing that every find has a direct link to the energy and creativity of their ancestors. The use of these ancestral creations allows the artists to maintain an emotional connection to the past while making them more meaningfully powerful.

imageMorrel, a Paris native, has been a professor of fashion art and design at Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués Duperré since 1983. In 1990, she became active as a designer of decorative objects, and starting in 2002, this evolved into a full-fledged artistic career, exploring the boundaries that overlap between art, design and craft, with growing international success. Levin, a Baltimore native, boasts a 25-year career as a creative director in corporate identity in leading design agencies before continuing the same position independently, partners with Morrel to develop her artistic activity.

Founded in1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls more than 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 46 states and 53 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty, and other established artists.

Image captions (top to bottom): Frédérique Morrel, Jumping Bonny, mixed media: foam, vintage tapestries, 2010; Frédérique Morrel, Apocalypse Before, mixed media: resin, vintage tapestries, 2011; Frédérique Morrel, Up in Arms, mixed media: foam, resin, vintage tapestries, 2011. ©Frédérique Morrel. Photos: Philippe Cluzeau.

JORDAN FAYE CONTEMPORARY FEATURES 3 ARTISTS IN 1 EXHIBIT THIS WEEKEND

Lori Larusso, Hot Beverage on the EdgeLori Larusso in

Planting Houses & Building Trees   

Currently Ms. Larusso's work is part of the fall exhibition, which is on  view through Saturday October 8. 

Lori Larusso, American Chocolate MilkThere will be an Artist Talk this Sunday, October 2, from 1 – 3 PM. She'll be there albeit via Skype. Now's your chance to listen to her discuss her work from the current show, ask questions, as well you'll have a chance to purchase her newly released, signed & limited edition, chapbook filled with images from her series, It's Not My Birthday, That's Not My Cake, and poetry by collaborator Carrie Green. 

Lori Larusso, Merinque Crowns

And if you made it down to the (e)merge art fair, you saw some of her work from several different series there, and now is your chance to come in and see even more of it in the gallery during the Fall Exhibition, Planting Houses & Building Trees at Jordan Faye Contemporary, 1401 Light Street  Baltimore, thru October 8, 2011.



 

 

 

Lawrence Cromwell, Atom Tan & Lori Larusso, Hot Beverage w Green CupLawrence Cromwell

Sunday in Baltimore at Jordan Faye Contemporary: Artist Talk

Come hear T.R. Kaltreider, Lawrence Cromwell in person & Lori Larusso (via Skype) discuss their work from Planting Houses & Building Trees, the current exhibit at Jordan Faye Contemporary thru October 8th. If you haven't made to the gallery yet to see this fabulous exhibition well . . . now is the time!

Image above: Lawrence Cromwell, Atom Tan, oil on shaped panel, (right image) Lori Larusso 

 

T.R. Kaltreider, a glimpse at The Voyeur

T.R. Kaltreider

Several Opportunities this weekend to Meet the Artist...

Come Visit T.R.Kaltreider in his York studio, 1701 S. Queen Street, York, PA

Jordan Faye Contemporary has  been collaborating on many projects over the last few months with this talented artist from hosting Visiting Artists at his studio / gallery space, and working on building a sculpture garden on the grounds of his property to his participation in the three-person exhibition Planting Houses & Building Trees. Now here are two opportunities to talk with this energetic self-taught painter in his studio up in York, PA on Saturday October 1, 5-11 PM or at Jordan Faye Contemporary during the Artists Talk for Planting Houses & Building Trees on Sunday October 2, 1-3 PM.

Click for more info.

Image above: installation of T.R. Kaltreider's The Voyeur

ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS & KIDS BEGIN @ SCHOOL 33 ART CENTER

WRITE YOUR OWN “OUR TOWN” & WIN A FREE TICKET

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Free ticket give-away to
Our Town by Thornton Wilder

WHEN: October 7-30, Thursday through Saturday, 8:00 PM;  Sunday, 5:00 PM
WHERE: Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City
HOW: Be one of the first 35 to submit your story and/or picture of your Our Town production and win 1 free ticket to CSC’s next play.
Once free tickets are gone, participants are eligible for a $10 discount.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Maryland’s leading professional classic theater company, is giving away 1 free ticket to the first 35 people that submit their own stories or photos of a production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. This much performed, deeply moving play tells a story unlike any other; now CSC wants to hear your Our Town story.

Submissions will be accepted until October 4th, 2011, only.  Please send your story and/or picture of Our Town to giles@chesapeakeshakespeare.com with the subject line:  MY OUR TOWN.

Once 35 tickets have been given away, participants may receive $10 off the price of a regular adult ticket. Photos and submissions will be posted on Face book, at the CSC website, and displayed at the production.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will present Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning play, October 7-30, 2011.  Show times are Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 5:00 PM.  Regular ticket prices range from $15-$36.  

In this “moveable” production the audience will follow the action of the players through the famous haunted ruins, peeking through windows, peering over balconies and occasionally joining the folk of Grover’s Corners under a tree or on a grass covered hill.  Patrons are encouraged to bring flashlights and wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing.

Tickets for Our Town can be purchased online at www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com, by calling 410.313.8661, or immediately prior to the performance at the site box office.  Please note that due to limited capacity, patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Groups of 10 or more, please call 410.313.8661.  For general information, call the CSC offices at 410.313.8874.

For more information about Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, the upcoming season, and educational tours, visit www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com. Or call 410.313.8874.

Mission:  The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company creates performances and education programs out of great classic theatre.  Classic plays can be awfully good, but only if they speak to their audience and the community in a way that is dynamic, personal, and pleasurable.  We do plays that people like, and we perform them in innovative and intimate ways that intensify the connection between audiences and artists.  We do this because we want to know what makes Shakespeare (and Thornton Wilder) so great—and we ask our audience and our community to explore that question alongside us.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ONLY OPERATING CIVIL WAR STEAM LOCOMOTIVE IN AMERICA @ THE B&O


Railfest Steam Days Weekend
& Civil War Encampment
 
WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 10 AM – 4 PM & Sunday, October 9, 11 AM – 4 PM
WHERE
: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street
Baltimore
MUSEUM ADMISSION: $14 Adults, $12 Seniors, & $8 Children (2-12)
TRAIN RIDES (with paid admission): $3 Adults, $2 Children
FREE PARKING

The B&O Railroad Museum to demonstrate America’s only operating Civil War steam locomotive at its annual Railfest Steam Days, B&O #25, “William Mason.” Visitors may also take a train ride behind a 1950’s historic steam engine, the St. Elizabeth #4 and watch the historic William Mason operate under steam along the first commercial railroad track laid in America.

The War Came by TrainVisitors will exit the train and visit a Civil War camp on the grounds of Mount Clare Museum House. Members of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry, Company E will talk about the life of Union soldiers and conduct demonstrations and military drill. Also joining the celebration is the Blacksmiths Guild of Central Maryland who will demonstrate unique skills and craftsmanship in performing one of the most essential jobs necessary for the successful operation of early railroads.

Daily programs include guided tours of the Museum’s new landmark exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, The War Came By Train, the world’s largest Civil War exhibit of railroad artifacts.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ADULTS/KIDS/FAMILIES WORK ON GROUP PROJECT

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Making a Community Mosaic
Free Fall Clay Workshop
WHEN: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 12-5 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5706 Smith Avenue, Baltimore

All hands welcome. Learn about the elements of mosaic construction while you work on a group project. Adults and children, no pre-registration.

To learn more about about this month-long city-wide arts celebration, please visit www.freefallbaltimore.com.

THE ULTIMATE BLOCK PARTY: MAKE IT, TAKE IT WITH BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS

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Photo credit: Frank Smith

PLAY IN CLAY: MAKE IT AND TAKE IT

WHEN: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 11 AM-4 PM
WHERE:
Rash Field Park, 201 Key Highway, Baltimore
ADMISSION:
Open and free to the public

Come join in the fun with Baltimore Clayworks at The Ultimate Block Party in Rash Field Park conveniently located near Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Dedicated to parents, children, caregivers and educators—this event focuses on the importance of play in the learning process of children. There will many interactive activities for kids led by scientists, engineers, musicians, artists, inventors and business leaders from the Baltimore metro area.

Baltimore Clayworks will conduct, Play in Clay: Make It and Take It, a clay event that consists of three play stations:

· Storybooks Come to Life

· Wings, Fangs and Things

· Hold Everything: Make a Good Container

For more information about The Ultimate Block Party, please click here

A WEEKEND DANCE FESTIVAL @ COPPIN STATE UNIVERSITY

The Baltimore Urban Dance Festival

WHEN: Friday, September 30-Sunday, October 2
WHERE:
COPPIN STATE UNIVERSITY, 2500 W. North Avenue, Baltimore

Register Today!

WELCOME to the BALTIMORE URBAN CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL hosted by the Coppin State University Dance Program and co-sponsored by Dance Baltimore. Master classes will be taught all weekend by exciting guest instructors.

Coppin - LorenzoFeatured instructors include Tweetie (Hip Hop), host of MTV's "Dances From Tha Hood" and  choreographer to numerous artists such as Jay-Z, Ciara, LL Cool J, Fergie, and Nelly; Emily Berry (Afro-Cuban Dance) from NYC's B3W dance company; Afro-Cuban dancer Wanjiru Kamuyu (Contemporary Dance), current dance captain and performer with the Broadway hit FELA! Kamayu has danced internationally with The Lion King and Urban Bush Women. Also on hand, Lizzy Washington (Contemporary Dance) current dancer with Alvin Ailey Dance Company II; Lorenzo Evans (pictured, Hip-Hop, Step) a choreographer who has worked with major artists such as Chuck Brown, Jill Scott and Fantasia Barrino; Ronnie Goode (Line Dance), a line dancer for 14 years, performing at countless festivals and performance experience on stage with Fantasia. 

The weekend will also feature the Urban Movers Dance Showcase on Saturday, October 1, 7:30 PM, and will honor local dance legends Dr. Edna Simmons (Coppin State University) and Dr. Iantha Tucker (Morgan State University).

For more information, class schedules, fees and online registration, visit
http://events.coppin.edu/DanceFestival/ or contact the Dance Department at Coppin State University at dance@coppin.edu or 410.951.6880.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

THEATER IS ALIVE & WELL IN WESTMINSTER @ McDANIEL COLLEGE THIS FALL

THEATRE
Box Office: 410.857.2448
http://www.mcdaniel.edu/3594.htm
McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

 

THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN
featuring McDaniel Theatre Arts students
By Bertolt Brecht, translated by David Harrower and directed by McDaniel Theatre Arts professor Elizabeth van den Berg
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 5-8, 7:30 PM
WHERE: WMC Alumni Hall
TICKETS: $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and the McDaniel College community
David Harrower’s new translation of this classic is based on a previously unpublished version of Brecht's play. Three Gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on earth. Only Shen Te, a good-hearted prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her, she opens a tobacco shop. At once everyone needs her help and her livelihood is in danger. To add to her problems, she is falling in love with a pilot  who is robbing her blind.  Her hard-hearted cousin  arrives to protect her. But who is he and how can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty?

McDANIEL PLAYBACK
featuring McDaniel Theatre Arts students
Directed by Theatre Arts professor Ron Miller
WHEN:
Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10-11, 7:30 PM
WHERE: WMC Alumni Hall
TICKETS: Free and open to the public.
Playback is a form of improvisational theatre, created through the unique collaboration of performers and audience. An audience member tells a personal story, chooses actors to play the roles, then watches as the story is immediately recreated as theatre. Playback theatre aspires to create a space where every voice and any story--ordinary or extraordinary--might be heard and performed. Playback performance requires spontaneity, sensitivity and skills in theatrical improvisation. 

CINDERELLA
featuring McDaniel Theatre Arts students
Adapted and directed by Theatre Arts professor Ira Domser
WHEN:
Dec. 16 & 17, 7 PM and Dec. 17-18, 2 PM
WHERE: WMC Alumni Hall
TICKETS: $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and the McDaniel College community
Cinderella is the story that has entertained families for generations and proved any girl can find her prince. Join us for this original holiday pantomime, the British winter musical-comedy theater that takes familiar fairy tales and injects a bit of Vaudeville sensibility, contemporary references and audience participation to create a raucous, noisy entertainment that's fun for everyone in the family.  

Monday, September 26, 2011

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

Alexander ShtarkmanWashington Performing Arts Society’s What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow series will again feature Peabody Conservatory students on Sunday, Oct. 2, when Kapilow leads a study and performance by the Peabody Chamber Players of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C major. The 6:00 PM event will take place in Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit WPAS.org or call 202.785.9727.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 8:00 PM, faculty artist Alexander Shtarkman will perform Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, led by Hajime Teri Murai. The concert opens Peabody’s Liszt 200 celebration. Also on the program for the concert, in Peabody’s Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, are Michael Torke’s Bright Blue Music and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Washington National Cathedral’s chamber vocal ensemble Cathedra, featuring singers Emily Noel (MM ’06, Voice) and Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’06, Voice), both Peabody alumnae, and Richard Giarusso, a member of the Musicology faculty, will perform A New Song: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible with the Folger Consort on Friday, Sept. 30, at 8:00 PM; Saturday, Oct. 1, at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2:00 PM. Early Music faculty artists Risa Browder, viol/violin, and Adam Pearl (BM ’99, Piano; MM ’01, DMA ’09, Harpsichord), organ, will also perform. The concerts will take place at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit folger.edu.

The Figaro Project will present Love’s Elixirs: Operatic Delights, directed by William Schaller (MM ’09, GPD ’11, Voice), on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4:00 PM at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Avenue. The program includes arias, duets, and trios from classic and modern operas. Performers include Lydia Beasley (MM ’09, Voice), Jason Buckwalter (MM ’06, GPD, ’08, Voice), senior Peter Drackley, Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Kate Jackman (MM ’11, Voice), Jessica Hanel Satava (MM ’04, Voice), and Master of Music candidates Andrew Spady and Nathan Wyatt (BM ’10, Voice). The accompanist is Master of Music candidate Ta-Wei Tsai (BM ’11, Piano). For tickets, visit browndowntown.org.

Also on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4:00 PM, faculty artist Steven Rainbolt (AD ’94, Voice) and soprano Bonnie McNaughton (GPD ’05, Voice) will perform in the Bach Concert Series’ presentation of Cantata 140, "Wachet auf." The concert, conducted by T. Herbert Dimmock (MM ’76, Organ), founder and music director of the series, will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 South Charles Street. The free event is part of Free Fall Baltimore. For more information, visit BachInBaltimore.org.

Free noon recital

Please note that this week’s free Thursday Noon recital has been canceled.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are six recitals scheduled this week. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit peabody.jhu.edu/recitals.

Upcoming concerts
  • Faculty artist Ah Young Hong, soprano, will join members of the Conservatory piano faculty to present a Liszt Extravaganza on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • The Peabody Concert Orchestra, led by Hajime Teri Murai, will perform works by Haydn, Dvorak, and Bernstein on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Gene Young will conduct the Peabody Camerata in a performance of works by Webern, Babbitt, and Stockhausen on Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30 PM in Peabody’s Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
Liszt 200

For the complete schedule of faculty and student performances, visit peabody.jhu.edu/liszt.

To listen to Audio Program Notes for a specific concert, visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/events one week prior and click on the headphones icons on the concert webpage.

WILD CHILD APPEARS IN STRAND THEATER PLAY

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ANNA BELLA EEMA
By Lisa D'Amour
Music by Chris Sidorfsky
Baltimore Premiere

WHEN: October 7-22; Thursday, October 20t, at 8 PM; Wednesday, October 12, at 7 PM; Friday, October 7 (opening), 14, and 21 at 8 PM; Saturday, October 8, 15, and 22 at 8 PM; Sunday, October 16, at 3 PM
WHERE: Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore 
TICKETS:
Opening Night: $25; Adult: $20, Senior: $15, Student: $10
BUY TICKETS ONLINE CLICK HERE

"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.

JEWISH THEATRE WORKSHOP HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR 2 PLAYS THIS SUNDAY

CASTING NOTICE

The Jewish Theatre Workshop Presents

A MODEST SUGGESTION
by Ken Kaissar

BERLIN
by David Hare

Performances:
Saturday, November 12, at 8 PM
Sunday, November 13, at 2 PM
Saturday, November 19, at 8 PM
Sunday, November 20, at 2 PM
Additional Performances to be discussed and announced.

AUDITIONS
WHEN: Sunday October 2, 1 PM-4 PM, Community Meeting Room; Monday October 3, 6 PM-9 PM, Board Room
Callbacks Tuesday October 4, 6 PM-9 PM, Room B-03
WHERE: Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore

What to prepare:
Please come and tell us a memorized clean joke. You will also be asked to read sides from the script.

Rehearsals:
Rehearsal schedule to be determined.
No rehearsals on Fridays or Saturdays.
Rehearsals to begin week of October 9

Inquiries:
etan@jewishtheatreworkshop.org Etan Weintraub, Director (Managing Director of JTW)

Available roles (A Modest Suggestion, actors from A Modest Suggestion will be splitting up the monologue from Berlin):
All roles are available at the open audition and are all males. They include:

  • A - a leader, goal-driven, and tries to keep everyone on track.
  • B - middle management, an analyzer, prides himself on thinking through the problem logically.
  • C - middle management, tries to be a "yes" man, but is in constant competition with B.
  • D - a worker bee, tries to be a team player, thinks he'll get ahead by being agreeable and laying low.
  • Jew - a normal, average secular family guy, who happens to have been born Jewish.
  • Hasidic Jew - a man deeply connected to his heritage, wears the entire history of suffering of the Jewish people on his sleeve, no amount of cruelty imposed on him would surprise him.

Synopsis:

Berlin: For his whole adult life, David Hare has been visiting the city which so many young people regard as the most exciting in Europe. But there's something in Berlin's elusive character which makes him feel he's always missing the point. Now, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the wall, Hare presents a meditation about Germany's restored capital—both what it represents in European history and the peculiar part it has played in his own life

A Modest Suggestion: Four business men sit in the conference room looking at the newest item on the docket: do they kill all of the Jews or not? This satirical new play, performed for the first time in Baltimore, takes a seriously funny look at one of the unfunniest aspects of humanity: hatred and murder of others for no reason. Like Jonathan Swift did in his famous "A Modest Proposal," playwright Ken Kaissar asks humanity to look at itself in the mirror to consider the absurdities of genocide in any form.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

MICA LAUNCHES FIRST U.S. INITIATIVE TO MAP CITY’S SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY EFFORTS IN THE ARTS

Open Society Foundations Supports Baltimore Art + Justice Project With $150,000 Grant

imageMaryland Institute College of Art (MICA) announces the launch of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, the first project of its kind in the United States to identify, amplify and connect arts-based practitioners advancing the cause of social justice in a particular city. The project, in partnership with a citywide advisory committee, kicks off with a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Open Society Foundations in New York.

“We’ve had over a decade of investment in Baltimore through the work of our local foundation, and we’re thrilled to support a project that leverages MICA’s resources to maximize the impact of art on social change in this city,” said Erlin Ibreck, director of the Strategic Opportunities Fund at the Open Society Foundations. “We hope other cities look to Baltimore Art + Justice as an example of a viable means to transform and revitalize communities.”

Baltimore Art + Justice Project is being implemented as the inaugural city platform with Animating Democracy—a program of Americans for the Arts Institute for Community Development and the Arts—which seeks to answer a similar set of questions on a national scale through its Mapping the Landscape initiative. By collaborating with national allies in the field, Baltimore Art + Justice Project seeks to contribute to a countrywide dialogue on the role of art and design in fostering community transformation and change.

“As a top tier college of art and design based in Baltimore, MICA is deeply interested in the ways arts-based programs and initiatives are being used to celebrate strengths, explore issues and address inequities throughout the city,” said Karen Stults, director of community engagement at MICA. Baltimore Art + Justice Project aims to map the city’s arts-based social justice assets; create a set of tools that enable practitioners and their allies to more easily connect, share resources and, if desired, develop a collective voice for advocacy; and to garner increased support for, and investment in, arts-based strategies for social justice and social change. Data collection and dialogue will be pursued through a variety of outreach means, including participation in community meetings, festivals and events; social media; print resources; and organizations’ data kiosks in accessible neighborhood locations. Using an online data collection tool through Animating Democracy, local arts practitioners will be asked to create profiles articulating and defining their work and its outcomes.

Friday, September 23, 2011

CSC PRODUCES “OUR TOWN” IN A NEW LIGHT

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company ain’t just about the Bard. This time out, they’re tackling a classic American play about a simpler time…or is it?

OUR TOWN
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Ian Gallanar

WHEN: October 7-30, Thursday through Saturdays at 8:00 PM; Sundays at 5:00 PM
WHERE: Outdoors at the
Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park , Ellicott City
TICKETS: Adults: $28 - $36; Seniors: $25; Students under 25: $15 ($4/ticket service fee)
Special rate of $12/ticket for groups of 10 students or more
PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE or call 410.313.8661 (M-F, noon to 4:30 PM)
Performances of the movable productions frequently sell out, so please purchase tickets in advance.

CSC is producing the classic American play Our Town in a whole new way. As with past autumn productions, the audience will follow the action and the actors around the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Their productions of Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Titus Andronicus were enormously popular, and they thought it would be exciting to add a modern American classic to their "movable" repertoire.

CSC Resident Actor Dave Gamble leads a group of actors in this inventive and intimate production. Our Town audiences will move through existing physical grounds that are transformed into a unique performance venue—one that tangibly evokes the past, enhancing the play's themes.

Join CSC in the crisp autumn air for this memorable theatrical event.

  • bring a flashlight
  • no shuttle--plan to walk up the hill
  • pick up tickets at the Park (not in the parking lot)
  • dress warmly
  • wear sensible shoes for running from ghosts
    www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com

TWO VERY SPECIAL EVENTS @ THE BMA IN OCTOBER

imageBMA LATE NIGHT
WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 7 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
ADMISSION: FREE

Don’t miss an electrifying evening of performances and art by the 2011 Baker Artist Award winners at this powerhouse event. Cello and beatboxing come together when award-winning performance artist Audrey Chen and vocal percussionist Shodekeh perform solo and in duet. Visual artist Gary Kachadourian’s room size installation will also be on view!

Dynamic displays of artistic expression by b-grant prize winners will be peppered throughout the evening, spanning from performance art to storytelling. Access to the exhibition during extended evening hours, cash bar and light fare cap off an evening you won’t forget. (Above: Over 1,400 visitors converged at the BMA for the previous late night.)

imageBOOK SIGNING & DISCUSSION
WHEN: Sunday, October 16

  • Susan Fillion: Book Discussion, 1–2 PM & Book Signing, 2–3 PM
  • Susan Helen Adler: Book Signing, 2–3 PM

Meet the authors of two new books about the BMA’s collections. Susan Fillion’s book Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel: Bringing Matisse to America chronicles the adventurous Cone sisters, who gathered one of the most important modern art collections in America. Their internationally renowned collection is the crown jewel of the BMA. (Above right: Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel: Bringing Matisse to America)

In her recent book, local art historian and teacher Susan Helen
Adler tells the charming story of her great aunt Saidie Adler May
who was a critically important collector of modern art in the early 20th-century. She was a generous arts patron and great supporter of arts education at the BMA. Outstanding paintings and sculptures from May’s collection are on view in the Cone Wing.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE @ OLNEY THEATRE

Pay-What-You-Can Performance

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, at 7:30 PM
WHERE:
On the Mainstage, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney
301.924.3400 
olneytheatre.org

Agatha Christie's plot twists will have you gripping the edge of your seat. In this classic whodunit, Leonard Vole is arrested for the murder of his elderly friend Emily French, a woman who depended on his advice in managing her money. As her principal heir, things look bad for the defense. But when Vole's wife testifies as a witness for the prosecution, the trial becomes a riveting roller coaster of thrills and suspense.

Tickets will be handed out in the Mainstage lobby on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:30 PM. Mainstage Theatre doors open at 7:00 PM.
For more information, please call the Olney Theatre Center Box Office at 301.924.3400.

“A RAISIN IN THE SUN” IS THE BEST OF BALTIMORE

Everyman Sweeps City Paper Awards

Click the photo to purchase tickets now! KenYatta Rogers & Dawn Ursula in A Raisin in the Sun<br />

Have You Heard? Everyman Theatre has the Best Production in Baltimore!

"A Raisin in the Sun is one of the best Maryland traditional theater productions in the past 10 years," according to the City Paper's Best of Baltimore Awards.

Resident Company Member Dawn Ursula was also named Best Actress by the City Paper. "Ursula turns in her greatest performance yet as Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun," says the Paper. (right: KenYatta Rogers & Dawn Ursula in A Raisin in the Sun)

Buy tickets now by clicking here.

Don't miss your chance to see the Best Production in town!

Click the photo for more information. Lizan Mitchell & KenYatta Rogers in A Raisin in the Sun<br />A Raisin in the Sun extended through October 16th!

Don't wait to order your tickets -- MANY performances are sold out! Order now by calling 410.752.2208 or clicking here.
(left: Lizan Mitchell & KenYatta Rogers in A Raisin in the Sun)

Everyman Theatre Sweeps the City Paper Best of Baltimore Awards

AUTHOR TALK RESCHEDULED @ GOUCHER COLLEGE

clip_image001THE OTHER WES MOORE

Wes Moore—a youth advo­cate, busi­ness leader, and author—will present a free, public lecture.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, at 7:30 PM (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
WHERE: the Hyman Forum of Goucher College's Athenaeum.

In his New York Times Bestseller, Moore tells the fascinating story of "the other Wes Moore"—a man who shared his name and a similar personal history but arrived at a starkly different fate. The Other Wes Moore is the story of two kids with the same name, both living in Baltimore City. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, dec­o­rated com­bat vet­eran, White House Fel­low and busi­ness leader. The other is serv­ing a life sen­tence in prison for felony mur­der.

Compelled by their similar upbringings, Moore wrote The Other Wes Moore to discover how small choices make big differences.

Moore has been fea­tured by such media out­lets as Peo­ple mag­a­zine, The New York Times, The Wash­ing­ton Post, Time magazine, CSPAN, and MSNBC. 

For more information, please contact Kristen Keener at 410.337.6316 or kristen.keener@goucher.edu.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

CLASSIC AMERICAN COMEDY TO BE CAST @ VAGABOND PLAYERS

vagabond players bannerAuditions at Vagabond Players

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
By Joseph Kesselring

WHEN:  Sunday, October 16,  and Monday, October 17, 7-9:30 PM
WHERE:
Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway, Baltimore

Performance dates are January 6 - February 7, 2012.
Rehearsals will start Monday, November 14, 2011.
This is a non-Equity, not-for-pay production.

No appointment necessary. Actors will be asked to read from the script.

The role of Jonathan Brewster has been cast. All other roles open.

The roles of Rev. Harper/Witherspoon and Mr. Gibbs/Lt. Rooney may be double cast.

  • Abby Brewster: 60’s, A darling lady with Victorian manners and values; the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
  • Martha Brewster: 60’s, A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm; the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
  • Mortimer Brewster: late 20’s-30’s, the charming, cynical nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a Manhattan drama critic who is engaged to Elaine and cares for his aunts.
  • Elaine Harper: 20’s, Mortimer's pretty, independent girlfriend; the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper.
  • Teddy Brewster: 40’s, Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster; believes he is Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Dr. Einstein: 40’s-50’s, A plastic surgeon traveling with Jonathan, somewhat ratty in appearance, lives in a pleasant haze of alcohol.
  • The Rev. Dr. Harper: 50’s-60’s, Minister and father of Elaine
  • Officer O'Hara: 30’s-40’s, A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.
  • Officer Brophy: 30+, A police officer on the Brooklyn beat
  • Officer Klein: 20+, A police officer on the Brooklyn beat
  • Lieutenant Rooney: 30’s-40’s, the precinct boss, a tough New York cop
  • Mr. Gibbs: 60’s-70’s, A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters
  • Mr. Witherspoon: 60’s-70’s, the fastidious Superintendent of the Happy Dale Sanitarium

For more information, contact Sherrionne Brown at sherrionne@aol.com.

JURIED SHOW OPENS @ BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS OCT. 1

social justice

SOCIAL JUSTICE
JURIED BY KYLE AND KELLY PHELPS

WHEN: OCTOBER 1-NOVEMBER 12, Mon-Sat 10 AM-5 PM; OPENING: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 6-8 PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Clayworks,
5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore
ADMISSION: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 
410.578.1919

  • Juried Artists: Merry Artoones (AZ), Angelique Brickner (SC), Julie Farrar (MD), Jaimaianna Amicucci (NY), Angel O Luna (AZ), Reginald Pointer (DC), Lily Schor (NY).
  • Invited Artists: Sarah Hahn (KY), Bobby Scroggins (KY), Keith Wallace Smith (GA)

SOLO GALLERY: Justin Rothshank, Fatherhood. Reflections of fatherhood and his community artist in residency at Baltimore Clayworks/Jubilee Arts Center.

COMMUNITY ARTS GALLERY: Clay and Recovery. Ceramic art work from clients of Tuerk House. Tuerk House provides residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs in Baltimore.

In conjunction with this exhibition, Clayworks will be hosting a food and clothing drive for St. Vincent de Paul. Please see website for more details. Donations may be dropped off at the Gallery Building.

Image: Angelique Brickner

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

BMA LATE NIGHT OFFERS SPECTACLE, IMPROV, ALTERNATIVE THEATER AND MUCH MORE ON OCTOBER 1

Late Night

BMA LATE NIGHT
WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 7-11 PM

WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore
Open Wed-Sun
443.573.1700
ADMISSION: FREE

Don't miss an electrifying evening of performances and art during this free powerhouse event featuring life-size artwork you can step into, a dazzling aerial spectacle, musical improvisations, alternative theater and Baltimore's best authors, poets, and singer/songwriters.

The event highlights the winners of the $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker prize with a room-size installation of detailed drawings by visual artist Gary Kachadourian and performances by experimental musician Audrey Chen and beatboxer/vocal percussionist Shodekeh.

Access to the exhibition during extended evening hours, cash bar and light fare cap off an evening you won't forget.

b-grant prize winners performing:

McDANIEL COLLEGE PRESENTS ROCKIN’ PRODUCTION OF BRECHT’S “THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN”

clip_image002Featuring McDaniel Theatre Arts Students and Directed by McDaniel Theatre Arts Chair Elizabeth van den Berg

 

THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN
Written by Bertolt Brecht and newly translated by David Harrower

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5 – Saturday, October 8, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
WMC Alumni Hall at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD
TICKETS: $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and those with a McDaniel College ID.
For ticket information, call 410.857.2448.

GOOD SOUL 2This new translation of this classic is based on a previously unpublished version of Brecht’s play. Three Gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on earth. Only Shen Te (Yi Chon Li, right), a good-hearted prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her, she opens a tobacco shop. At once, everyone needs her help, and her livelihood is in danger. To add to her problems, she is falling in love with a pilot who is robbing her blind. Her hard-hearted cousin arrives to protect her. But, who is he and how can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty?

The show features an original score by McDaniel alumnus Keith Adams (2010, music) and choreography by adjunct theatre arts professor Julie Herber.

The cast includes Yi Chong (Angel) Li (2012) of Nanjing, China, as Shen Te, as well as Yavor Antonov (2015) of Washington, D.C., Allisa Beckett (2014) of Medford, N.J., Cat Black (2012) of Springfield, Va., Gracen Carroll (2012) of Clifton, Va., Simone Davis (2013) of Baltimore, Kelsey Gondek (2014) of Avondale, Pa., Paul Griffin (2014) of Westminster, Md., Shelley Hierstetter (2014) of Mount Airy, Md., Sarah Hull (2015) of Keedysville, Md., Daniel Valentin-Morales (2015) of Frederick, Md., Kelly Vobejda (2015) of Marietta, Ga., and Nathaniel Winer (2014) of Bethesda, Md.

About the production, Elizabeth van den Berg said, “We’ve taken this production into the future with ‘J Rock’ and ‘Japanese Visual Kei’ style music and costuming. Our actors will be rocking the stage in Alumni Hall.”

For more information about The Good Soul of Szechuan, or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 410-857-2448. Visit or more information about the college and the theatre arts department.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

THIS WEEK @ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE!

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

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Jazz vocalist Heidi Martin with Larry Willis Trio

WHEN: Friday, September 23, 8 & 9:30 PM
TICKETS: $15/$10 students

Larry Willis, piano; Steve Novasol, bass; Kahlil Kwame Bell, percussion

“Heidi Martin's voice has a heavy Rickie Lee Jones bottom with a suggestion of Joni Mitchell and Betty Carter and just a hint of Janis Joplin in the finish." - All About Jazz

A passionate and raw songstress, vocalist/composer Heidi Martin makes each song her own. Her socially conscious compositions challenge the listener to hear with an introspective ear. A Washington D.C. native who studied music at the University of the District of Columbia with Professor Calvin Jones and continued privately with drummer/vocalist Grady Tate, Martin credits the legend with helping her find her "voice" as an artist.

Martin is a sensitive vocalist who delivers lyrics in an intimate mood on ballads and can be at once; open and intense yet deliberate on medium swing. In the words of Vanessa Rubin, "soaring soulful riffs, bending notes, and high notes that are so focused so right, they ring! It's a wonderful experience for the listener!"

Contemporary Arts Inc. in collaboration with An die Musik LIVE presents
Carl Grubbs Ensemble with Reggie Workman
WHEN:
Saturday, September 24, 8 & 9:30 PM
TICKETS: $20/$18 students & seniors

Carl Grubbs, saxophones; Richard Johnson, piano; Reggie Workman, bass; Eric Allen, drums

Reggie Workman has long been one of the most technically gifted of all bassists, a brilliant player whose versatile style fits into both hard bop and very avant-garde settings.

2009 Baker Artist Award Winner Carl Gordon Grubbs is an alto, soprano and tenor saxophonist and composer. Carl’s career can best be described as one of diversity: composer, performer, teacher, leader, recording artist and presenter. Grubbs is the co-founder of Contemporary Arts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization that provides music and dance education to youth ages 4 - 17 in the Baltimore area.

Professional recording artist, percussionist Eric Allen is also a keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist and music instructor. This Duke Ellington HS for the Performing Arts / Berklee College of Music educated artist is a drum instructor at the New Sewell Music Conservatory, Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Greater Washington, D.C., Columbia, MD’s Jazz Arts Academy and Contemporary Arts Inc.’s annual SAX:Music & Dance Camp Program at Loyola College in Maryland.

This event is supported by Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings Blake & BOPA, The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, The Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

OperaBelle presents très belle voix
WHEN:
Sunday, September 25, 5:30 PM
TICKETS:
$15 general/$10 seniors/$5 students

Katherine Keem, Soprano; Alizon Reggioli, Soprano; Anna Korsakova, Mezzo ; Soprano; Andrew Stewart, Pianist

PEABODY JAZZ STUDENT ENSEMBLE
WHEN:
Monday, September 26, 7:30-9 PM
TICKETS:
$5

Adam Corson, sax; Jon Guo, bass; Kevin Clark, guitar; Byung Kang, drums
Performing in our first floor gallery.

Tom Buckner & Earl Howard
Solo and Duo Improvisations for Saxophone, Voice and Electronics
with Live Processing
WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 7 PM
TICKETS: $10

Earl Howard (born 1951) is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, saxophonist, synthesizer player and multi-instrumentalist.  He is one of the pioneers of what is called “new” music. He has been in the industry for over thirty years.

For more than 40 years, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the world of new and improvised music. Buckner has collaborated with a host of new music composers. For the past twenty years, he has co-produced the Interpretations series in New York City. He also created the Mutable Music record label to produce new recordings and reissue some important historic recordings, previously unavailable in CD format.

Monday, September 19, 2011

RAUCOUS, ROWDY RESTORATION COMEDY DUELS @ CENTERSTAGE

I loved teaching (and taking my students to see) Restoration comedies of manners. Now here comes Centerstage with their version of a classic of the genre:

THE RIVALS
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Directed by David Schweizer

WHEN: September 28–October 30
WHERE: The Pearlstone Theater, Centerstage, 727  N. Calvert Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: Previews $10-$40, Weekdays $15-$45, Weekends $20-$55
BUY TICKETS HERE
For questions, please contact the Box Office at 410.332.0033 or boxoffice@centerstage.org.

Swooning lovers, plucky maids, wily valets, irate guardians and, of course, a duel: this is the world of Bath, which leaps to sparkling life with matchless wit and lively invention in this enduring classic. With all the brilliance of his fellow Irish scribes Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, Sheridan single-handedly revived English stage comedy with his landmark play.

What the pluck is a malapropism? Playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan started a revolution in misspoken hilarity with Mrs. Malaprop. Learn about Mrs. Malaprop’s word play as well as about those who have so bravely followed in her footsteps. Find out by clicking HERE.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BSA ON OCTOBER 1

Information Day for
Prospective Students and Parents

Information Day will take place at

the Baltimore School for the Arts

on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

Please spread the word! 

For prospective incoming families interested in learning more about the Baltimore School for the Arts. Please see the attached pdf for more detailed information.

Download BSA Info Session-2011.pdf

For more information please visit the school's website at www.bsfa.org.

TECH/CREW MEMBERS NEEDED FOR SPOTLIGHTERS’ DRAMA

spotlight theater logo.StreetcarArtSpotlighters Theatre is seeking at least

2 Tech/Crew Members

for Tea & Sympathy

WHEN: September 30-November 6, 18 performances – Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM, and ONE Thursday performance, Nov 3 at 8 PM
WHERE: 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore

No experience needed, training provided. 

  • Sound Board, SFX operator
  • Light Board operator
  • Running crew - backstage, props and costumes assistance.

Tech rehearsals begin Monday, September 26, at 7 PM

Contact Fuzz Roark: 410.752.1225 e-mail Fuzz@spotlighters.org