Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BOREALIS QUARTET PLAYS @ HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE THIS SATURDAY

Borealis Quartet and Christopher ShihBOREALIS QUARTET
with pianist
Jean-François Latour

WHEN: Saturday, December 3, 8 PM;
Pre-concert discussion 7:15 PM
WHERE:
Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD
TICKETS: Adult ($30); Seniors, 60+ ($28); Students, 18-24 ($12); Ages 9-17 (Free w/adult)
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

4 passionate, talented artists—4 incredible instruments—will be joined by the Canadian pianist Jean-François Latour for the beautiful Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, Op. 81.

Program:

  • Imant Raminsh: String Quartet No. 1, "A falcon, a storm, or a great song"
  • Selection of Taiwanese Folk Songs
    Sky Shower
    Taiwanese Lullaby
    Temple Square
    Heartbroken Flower
    The Hope of Spring Breezes
    Diu-Diu-Dong
  • Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81, B.155

borealisstringquartet.com
jflatour.com

Borealis photos by Steven Lemay

The Borealis String Quartet from Canada has created a sensation across North America with its dynamic performances, passionate style, and refined musical interpretations. After their initial success in Taiwan in 2006, the Borealis was generously loaned a quartet of fine Italian instruments from the CHIMEI Culture Foundation, one of the leading string instrument collectors in the world. The beautiful instruments the Borealis performs on are a Giovanni Battista Rogeri violin (Cremona, 1698), a Lorenzo Storioni violin (Cremona, c 1780), a Pietro Giovanni Mantegazza viola (Milano, 1791), and a Lorenzo Storioni cello (Cremona, 1778).

The vibrant young Canadian pianist Jean-François Latour has established a reputation as a poetic and imaginative artist with brilliant technique and a strong personal voice who can communicate across cultures and generations. Leon Fleisher, with whom he studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, calls Latour "a highly gifted and intelligent young artist with fine musical instincts."

Artists
Patricia Shih, violin
Yuel Yawney, violin
Nikita Pogrebnoy, viola
Shih-Lin Chen, cello
Jean-François Latour, piano

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NEW PLAY GETS READING @ MOBTOWN PLAYERS

mobtown rambleIN THE RAMBLE
By Mardee Bennett
WHEN: December 2 – 10, 2011
WHERE:  The Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Ste 114, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10 and get you in to all 4 readings of the play, along with a glass of wine to sip. They can be purchased at the door or through
Brown Paper Tickets.
Come be part of the creation of a new play!

What do you give the child who has everything? Chloe Chapman, a “trust fund kid,” returns home to the Upper East Side to visit her aging parents. Not long after her arrival, Chloe’s father has a tragic accident and the Chapman family is thrown into the tabloid world they never wanted to be a part of. IN THE RAMBLE asks powerful questions about privilege and how far we’ll go to hold on to the American dream.

The Mobtown Playwrights’ Group (MPG) is a unique experience. Get in on the ground floor of three new plays. Attend readings of each work-in-progress, give feedback to the writer and come back the following weekend to hear a revised draft. Then come back the following summer to see a full-scale production of one of the pieces developed at Mobtown.

We are sorry, but we cannot accept credit cards at the door.

WORK WITH GLASS @ McFADDEN ART GLASS

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT WORKSHOPS
WHEN:
Saturdays, Dec 10, Dec 17, and Sunday Dec. 18 from 12-3 PM
WHERE:
6800 Eastern Avenue in East Baltimore, MD
COST: $30/participant (also, we do a discount of $5 off per participant for groups of 5 or more participants).

Enrollment has started early for the holiday events. These workshops are the perfect opportunity to come in to make some presents for family and friends or to bring family and friends with you to get into the holiday spirits. Participants will work with the glass artists here at the studio in designing and creating their own glass ornament(s). And we are open and available for workshops Monday-Saturday from 12-9 PM for those interested in arranging a workshop outside of the above dates/times. RSVP required by calling or e-mailing the studio.

FAMILY FUN DAYS
WHEN:
3rd Sunday of every month from 1-4 PM
WHERE:
6800 Eastern Avenue in east Baltimore, MD
Bring in the family for some hands-on glassblowing activities. Participants can enjoy $5 off their Make-Your-Own projects during these new events. As always, the Glass Grill will be open for food/drinks all day, along with the gallery. We work with ages 5 and up. Reservations are required by e-mail or calling the studio 410.631.6039.

BEAD/JEWELRY MAKING, FLAMEWORKING CLASSES
WHEN: These 2-day classes take place from 9 AM-5 PM on both Saturday and Sunday.
COST: $300/student. Great for ages 12 and up.
This class is set up for up to 6 students to all work on their own Minor burner torch simultaneously. Experienced flameworkers will be on hand to demonstrate techniques and how to use the equipment. They will closely instruct students throughout the day on topics to include safety, equipment, posture, and numerous glass-working techniques. By the end of the session, you will have dozens of beads that can be used in making bracelets, necklaces, ear rings, etc... You will leave the course with the basic flameworking skills necessary to practice on your own either here at the studio or at your own home.

Call Ahead to Reserve Your Space 410.631.6039 or e-mail mcfaddenartglass@yahoo.com. We also offer Flameworking Private Instructional classes for those interested in one-on-one skill building with an experienced instructor. These classes cost $40/hour, which includes your materials and everything.

INSTRUCTIONAL GLASSBLOWING CLASSES
Spaces now available for 4-week beginner classes.
WHEN: once a week on Monday-Thursday nights from 6-9 PM
Classes are small for more hands-on learning and creating. More information on the Instructional Classes page on the left.

BEGINNER GLASSBLOWING CLASSES
WHEN:
 every Saturday between 3-6 PM
They are designed as an introduction to glassblowing through creating your own glass objects, including paperweights, ornaments, necklace pendants, flowers, bowls, vases, etc... Costs are based on a per piece basis. All ages are encouraged.

Events are open to the public, but RSVP is required. You can RSVP by calling the studio (410)631-6039 or sending an e-mail to mcfaddenartglass@yahoo.com .

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

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

A MUSICAL DECEMBER @ GOUCHER COLLEGE

Photo of The Mikado, Opera Workshop PerformanceThe Goucher Opera Workshop will present
THE MIKADO

By W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
WHEN: Wednesday, November 30, 8 PM
WHERE:
Merrick Lecture Hall, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Baltimore
ADMISSION:  $5
Reserve tickets online at
www.goucher.edu/tickets
Written in 1885, this comic masterpiece is one of the most frequently performed operettas the world over.

Correlli Studio Recital
WHEN:
Friday, December 2, 6:00 PM
WHERE:
Haebler Memorial Chapel, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Baltimore
Students in Christopher Correlli's vocal studio will perform art songs and arias.

SERENADE TO MUSIC
By Ralph Vaughan Williams
WHEN: Saturday, December 3, 8:00 PM
WHERE:
Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University
The Goucher Chorus joins the Johns Hopkins University Symphony Orchestra and Glee Club for a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music. For ticket information 410.516.6542.

LESSONS AND CAROLS
WHEN: Monday, December 5, 5:00 PM
WHERE:
Haebler Memorial Chapel
The Goucher Chorus and the Goucher Chaplain's Office present the Annual Service of Lessons and Carols.

Photo of African Drum And Dance ConcertAFRICAN DRUM & DANCE CONCERT
WHEN: Monday, December 5, 8:00 PM
WHERE: Hyman Forum, Athenaeum
The Goucher African Drum and Dance Ensemble, directed by Kwame Brew, performs its spring concert.

Photo of The Fantasticks, Musical Theatre PerformanceTHE FANTASTICKS
WHEN: Tuesday, December 6, 8:00 PM, Wednesday, December 7, 8:00 PM
WHERE:
Merrick Lecture Hall
TICKETS: $5
Reserve tickets online at www.goucher.edu/tickets
The Goucher Musical Theatre Workshop will present one of the best-loved musicals of all time, The Fantasticks. Written in 1960 and possessing the record for the longest run in all of Broadway history, it is a comedy about a boy and a girl falling in love, falling out of love, and finally coming back together, much the wiser for having experienced LIFE with the aid of some memorable characters.

Photo of Jazz EnsembleJAZZ ENSEMBLE
WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 8:00 PM
WHERE: Merrick Lecture Hall
The Goucher Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Chappell, will perform a program of standard jazz repertoire and original compositions.

Photo of Computer MusicCOMPUTER MUSIC
WHEN: Friday, December 9, 8:00 PM

WHERE: Merrick Lecture Hall
A digital and multimedia concert presenting the work of Goucher students, faculty and guests.

MORDANT COMEDY ONSTAGE @ FELLS POINT CORNER THEATRE THROUGH DECEMBER 11

THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED
By Douglas Carter Beane

WHEN: November 11 - December 11, 2011
WHERE: Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 South Ann Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10-$17
For performance times and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE

THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED follows the adventures of Mitchell Green, a movie star who could hit big if it weren't for one teensy-weensy problem. His agent, Diane, can't seem to keep him in the closet. Trying to help him navigate Hollywood's choppy waters, the devilish Diane is doing all she can to keep Mitchell away from the cute rent boy who's caught his eye and the rent boy's girlfriend (wait, the rent boy has a girlfriend?). Will there be a happy ending as the final credits roll?

“Theatergoers have cause to rejoice. Devastatingly funny, with dizzy, irresistible writing that brings down the house."— New York Times

The Little Dog Laughed contains strong language and some sexual content, and is therefore recommended for mature audiences.

BALTIMORE IN MINIATURE @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE

John Krieder: Baltimore Landmarks

12-2 John KriederWHEN: Opens Friday, December 2, 5:30-7:30 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

John Krieder’s lovingly built, one-of-a-kind depictions of famous and
not-so-famous buildings around Baltimore pop just off the surface—
somewhere between relief sculptures, dioramas and HO scale train
models.

You’ll likely recognize Jimmy’s Restaurant in Fells Point, shops like Killer Trash and our neighbors at Matthew’s Pizza, but maybe not the strip clubs, bail bondsmen and simple rowhomes he fashions with the same care, for an affectionate but clear-eyed tour of Charm City.

Krieder's an old friend of John Waters alums Mink Stole, Pat Moran and Bob Adams; who knows who you'll see at the opening!

SNARK TAKES OVER THE STRAND THEATRE FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

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By Alison Luterman
Directed by Natalia Leimkuhler

WHEN: December 2-17

  • Wednesdays at 7 PM: December 7th
  • Thursdays at 8 PM: December 1 (pay-what-you-can final dress) and 15
  • Fridays at 8 PM: December 2 (opening night with reception and talk-back), 9, and 16
  • Saturdays at 8 PM: December 3, 10, and 17
  • Sundays at 3 PM: December 11

WHERE: The Strand Theatre, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: Adult: $20, Senior: $15, Student: $10, Opening Night: $25
Other discounts may be available; like the Strand on Facebook or follow the Strand on Twitter to learn more.
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets NOW

Fresh from a workshop production in the Strand Theater Company’s Friends & Neighbors Festival 2011 in June, California-based playwright Alison Luterman’s three short plays full of Glitter and Spew form a three-ring-circus meditation on media exposure, shame and personal responsibility.

In A Night in Jail, a newly incarcerated starlet is shocked to discover that her guard can’t be bribed and that her visitor is a dead French monarch. The bitter wife of a disgraced politician goes rogue—much to the dismay of her adult children—during an awkward satellite interview in The Toilet Stall. When the titular Freak tries some incognito pre-natal shopping, she can’t avoid the advice of a fellow shopper or the judgment of the sperm donor who made it possible for her to become “Dodecamom.”

Glitter and Spew is an edgy alternative to traditional—and too-often saccharine—holiday programming. “Strand audiences really love the combination of the ridiculous with the outrageous, and this hour-long triptych of plays about people behaving badly offers a hilarious judgment of our pop culture obsessions.” Folks who’ve had enough of Scrooge, Nutcrackers, and impish elves should find Glitter and Spew an oasis of snark. Actors Elise Edwards, Ryan Nicotra and Melissa O’Brien pull triple duty, appearing in all three plays.

Do you want to make your mark on Baltimore theater? Do you care about creating opportunities for women artists? Our current Artistic Director, Jayme Kilburn, is stepping down next season, and we need excited individuals who want to help shape the Strand for years to come! Applications for Managing Director, Artistic Director, and Technical Director are due December 13. Do not miss your chance to make a difference! Apply today!

DECEMBER DOINGS @ THE PRATT LIBRARY

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Click on the titles to access more information:

BOOK SALE!

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Don't miss the Central Library's
BIG Annual BOOK SALE
WHEN: Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4

Talking About Race Lecture Series

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Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?

WHEN: Monday, December 5, 7 PM
WHERE: Central Library Wheeler Auditorium

Writers LIVE!

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Readings by Cave Canem Poets
WHEN: Sunday, December 4, 2 PM

WHERE: Central Library Poe Room

 


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Peter Tomsen
The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers

WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 7 PM
WHERE: Central Library Poe Room

Rafael Alvarez's Highlandtown Literary Extravaganza

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Rafael Alvarez's Fifth Annual
Highlandtown Literary Extravaganza

WHEN: Saturday, December 17, 2  PM
WHERE: Southeast Anchor Library

FILMS AT THE PRATT 

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Kung Fu Panda 2
WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2 PM
WHERE: Central Library Wheeler Auditorium

 

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A Christmas Carol
WHEN: Wednesday, December 15, 4 PM
WHERE: Southeast Anchor Library

 

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Winter's Bone
WHEN: Saturday, December 17, 2 PM
WHERE:
Central Library Wheeler Auditorium

 


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Shrek the Halls
WHEN: Tuesday, December 20, 3:30 PM
WHERE:
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch

Monday, November 28, 2011

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

Mark Cudek will direct two performances by the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble of Godly and Spirituall Songs, a program of Christmas music from the British Isles, on Thursday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 2, in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall. Thursday night's concert will begin at approximately 8:00 PM, following the 40th Annual Lighting of the Washington Monument, which will feature a short performance by a Peabody brass group—the Bonehedz Trombone Quartet—around 7:15 PM. Friday night's Renaissance Ensemble concert will begin at 7:30 PM. 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. For Monument Lighting details, visit godowntownbaltimore.com.

Also this week

Michael Hersch, who chairs the Conservatory's Composition Department, will speak about A Composer's World on Wednesday, Nov. 30, as part of the Doctor of Musical Arts Musicology Colloquium. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 5:00 PM in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre.

Also on Wednesday, Nov. 30, faculty artist Alexander Norris (PC ’90, Trumpet; BM ’90, Music Education) will direct the Peabody Classic Modern Jazz Ensemble in performances of music from the bebop through post-bop eras (roughly 1945-1975). The performances, at 8:00 and 9:30 PM, will take place at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. For tickets, call 410.385.2638.

Distinguished Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse will give a master class in this week's Composition Seminar on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in Room 206C (Conservatory Building). A recital of works by Conservatory composition students will follow at 7:30 PM in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. Both events are free and open to the public.

Alumna Jenny Lin (AD ’98, Piano) will give a recital titled Celebrating American Composers on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 PM at the Mansion at Strathmore. The program includes piano transcriptions and arrangements of works by Copland, Gershwin, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Md. For tickets, visit strathmore.org.

Doreen Falby and Bradley Permenter will conduct Silver Bells, Golden Voices, two holiday concerts by the Peabody Children's Chorus, on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. The first three tickets are free; additional tickets are $5 each. For tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

The Peabody Percussion Group, directed by Robert van Sice, will give a free concert on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Thierry de Mey, André Jolivet, Minoru Miki, Akira Miyoshi and Toru Takemitsu.

The Clipper Mill String Quartet—violinists Kenneth Goldstein and Ivan Stefanovic, violist Karen Brown, and cellist Daniel Levitov—will perform works by Beethoven, Smetana, and Szymanowski on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3:00 PM. Stefanovic and Levitov are Preparatory faculty members. The concert is part of the Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, Md. For tickets, visit sundaysatthree.org.

Free noon recitals

This week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall will feature performances by Conservatory voice students.

On Friday, Dec. 2, at noon, cellist Margaret Hummel, a Master of Music candidate studying with Alan Stepansky, will give a recital in the Peabody on the Court series at the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are 16 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
  • The Women of the Peabody Singers will join the Peabody Concert Orchestra, conducted by Edward Polochick, for a performance of Holst's The Planets on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • The Peabody Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble, directed by Gary Thomas, will perform works by Walt Weiskopf and Jacob Yoffee (BM ’02, Composition; GPD ’04 Jazz Saxophone) on Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 PM in East Hall.
  • Michael Formanek will direct the Peabody Jazz Orchestra in a 70th Birth Year Celebration for faculty artist Jay Clayton, at which Clayton and several faculty colleagues will perform, on Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 PM in East Hall.

RAPUNZEL LETS DOWN HER HAIR @ PUMPKIN THEATRE

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Directed by James Hunnicut

WHEN: December 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 1 and 3 PM
WHERE:
St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Avenue.
TICKETS: $
13 in advance, $15 at the door and available by calling the box office at 410.828.1814 or visiting the
Website for an order form. Tickets are selling quickly, so make sure to get yours today!

Pumpkin Theatre continues its 44th Season "What's in a Name?" with the musical Rapunzel! Trapped in a tower by her witch mother, Rapunzel and her best friend—her hair—dream of visiting the land below her window. Prince Brian and his sidekick must find a way to rescue this damsel in distress without being discovered by the witch! Performances take place on

A fun family event, this show is selling fast! The production is directed by James Hunnicut, with costumes by Wil Crowther, set by Ryan Michael Haase and musical direction by Jeff Baker. Elisa Dugan plays the title role with Michael Perrie as Prince Brian and Gregory Guyton, Stacey Needle, Michele Guyton and Holly Gibbs round out the cast.

3 and 4 play subscriptions are still available. That includes Rapunzel, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Clever Rachel and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

ATTEND BDS’ FIRST EVER OPEN HOUSE!

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Please stop by the Baltimore Design School’s

First Ever Open House

WHEN: Saturday, December 3, 2 PM – 4 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Design School, 1101 Winston Avenue, Baltimore

Winston Middle - 1101 Winston AvenueMeet the dedicated and enthusiastic students, parents, faculty and staff; tour the temporary facility (right) and learn about their exciting curriculum and future plans!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Dustin O’Hara, Baltimore Design School, info@baltimoredesignschool.com
443.642.2311
Baltimoredesignschool.org

1-WOMAN SHOW REVEALS WHAT LIES BENEATH THE VEIL

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By Rohina Malik

WHEN: December 2-4; Friday & Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 2 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $20 general admission; $15 seniors; $10 students (Ticket prices include all credit card fees)

 

Racism, Hate crimes, Love, Islam, Culture, Language, Life.

Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this compelling one-woman show.

A "terrific show...intellectually engrossing work of theater" —Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

"A compelling 70-minute piece rich with illuminating surprises, drawing the audience into worlds that are both unique and truly universal. It is terrifically entertaining." —Catey Sullivan, Chicago Examiner

CLICK HERE to buy tickets on-line or call 410.752.8558

Click here to view excerpt from Unveiled.

REGIONAL PREMIERE OF “BROOKLYN: THE MUSICAL” PRESENTED BY TEATRO101 AT BALTIMORE THEATRE PROJECT

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BKLYN: THE MUSICAL
Book, Music and Lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson
Directed by David Gregory
Musical Direction by by Cedric D. Lyles
WHEN: Only 6 shows December 7–11;
Wednesday, December 7 @ 8 PM; Thursday, December 8 @ 8 PM; Friday, December 9 @ 8 PM; Saturday, December 10 @ 2 PM (matinee) & @8 PM (evening) – 2 SHOW DAY! Sunday, December 11 @ 5 PM (Twilight Performance)WHERE: Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $20 General Admission
Tickets can be purchased through their website at teatro101.com OR the website for the exclusive show location, Baltimore Theatre Project at theatreproject.org. Special Saturday matinee has been added.

Teatro101, producer of recent hits The Wild, Party, Side Show, Violet and The Little Dog Laughed, presents the Regional Premiere of Brooklyn: The Musical—a sidewalk fairytale about a young girl’s quest for truth and love. The book, music, and lyrics—fills the stage with a mix of brash pop and some incredible soul. Come let our soulful street-corner singers and storytellers mesmerize and enchant you every step of the way.

Limited-engagement will play at a new, special location: Baltimore Theatre Project.

Brooklyn is brought to you by some of the creative team of The Wild Party: set design by Jeff Harrison, costumes by Shannon M. Maddox, and choreography by Katie Harrington. The cast stars Angelo Arrington, Kelli Blackwell, Coby Kay Callahan, Crystal Freeman, Nick Lehan, Santina Maiolatesi, Kevin S. McAllister and Mary Searcy.

Teatro101 presents plays, musicals, and new works resulting from the creative exploration that nurtures artists’ unique visions, artistic integrity, and driving freedom of exploration. Hear what the critics have to say about Teatro101:

"THE AUDIENCE STOPPED THE SHOW THREE TIMES WITH STANDING OVATIONS, NOT INCLUDING A CURTAIN CALL THAT FELT MORE LIKE A REVIVAL." —The DENVER POST

“These guys deliver.” MD Theatre Guide

“It would be my hope to see this troupe progress as Alexandria's Signature Theatre, to which I think it is comparable in its ambitions.” Broadwayworld

“Teatro101 aims to make mainstream pop entertainments on an underground theater scale.” Baltimore City Paper

“MIGHTY DAMN CLOSE TO OUTDOING TRAVELING BIG-BOX SPECTACLES!” Baltimore City Paper

For more information about Teatro101 or tickets to Brooklyn, visit teatro101.com.

AWARD-WINNING PRINTMAKERS DISCUSS THEIR WORK @ BMA FREE PROGRAM

ARTIST TALK: CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKERS
WHEN
: Saturday, December 3, 2 PM; Reception with artists 3-4 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive (N. Charles & 31st Sts.), Baltimore
ADMISSION: FREE
Mingling & Light Seasonal Fare

Award-winning artists Daniel Heyman and Andrew Raftery discuss their work with master printer Brian Garner, founder of the Litho Shop, a fully equipped printmaking studio in Baltimore. Both artists are known for prints that explore the range of the human experience, from portraits of prisoners to people's private environments. Participate in this engaging conversation by posting your questions to facebook.com/artbma by December 3.

Heyman's work has been exhibited in major institutions across the country and has been acquired by prominent collections. He is a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow in fine arts and a 2009 Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient.

Raftery trained in painting and printmaking at Boston University and Yale. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in many private and public collections. He is currently a Professor of Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design.

After the Artist Talk: Stay for a special reception in Fox Court. Network with artists and art lovers while enjoying seasonal treats. Signed books will be available for purchase.

Media sponsor City Paper

Image Credits, from left to right:
Andrew Raftery. Photograph by Nicholas Simko
Daniel Heyman. Photograph by Ned Lochaya

Friday, November 25, 2011

BSA CABARET SERIES @ GERMANO’S TRATTORIA

If you are a fan of Baltimore School of the Arts, mark your calendars for these programs at Germano’s Trattoria:

Fourth Annual Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) Cabaret Series

WHEN: See schedule below for fall performance dates. Doors open at 6pm for pre-show dining and the performance begins at 7:30 PM.
WHERE: Germano’s Trattoria, 300 South High Street (at Fawn St.), Baltimore
TICKETS: All performances have a $10.00 per person cover charge that is a tax-deductible donation to BSA.
Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.
Call 410.752.4515 for reservations and to purchase tickets.
INFO: Call 443.642.5167 or visit www.bsfa.org.

Actor’s Showcase
Thur., Dec. 1, 7:30 PM
The cabaret will feature BSA’s Sophomore Acting Ensemble for the first time as they perform scenes from contemporary and classical plays led by BSA Theatre Instructors, Richard Pilcher and Tony Tsendeas.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Thur., Dec. 22, 7:30 PM
Dylan Thomas’ prose/poetic recalling of his boyhood in the coastal village of Swansea is a humorous, touching and deeply human story of one particularly fabled Christmas seen through the eyes of the children who populate the poet’s memory. Renowned director Donald Hicken narrates this delightful Christmas classic, joined by other members of the BSA faculty. Cabaret favorite Becky Mossing will lead the audience singing seasonal favorites.

Junior Scenes
Thurs., Feb. 23, 7:30 PM
The BSA Junior Acting Ensemble debuts scenes and one-act plays they have written, staged and directed under the direction of Richard Pilcher.

A Classical Cabaret
Thurs., Mar. 8, 7:30 PM
This evening’s program features the talent of the BSA music students.

A Cabaret Encore
Thurs., Mar. 22, 7:30 PM
This evening’s program features the talent of the BSA theatre students.

Shakespeare Scenes
Thurs., May 24, 7:30 PM
The talented artists of the BSA Junior Acting Ensemble breathe new life into scenes from the great Bard under the direction of Theatre Head Donald Hicken.

Cabaret at Germano’s mission is to promote and support the arts in Baltimore by offering local, regional and emerging artists a casual and intimate venue in which they can interact with their audiences. They also welcome performers from outside the region who desire to contribute to our thriving arts community. Notable artists who have performed at the Cabaret include iconic composer, Jimmy Webb, Broadway character actress, Mary Stout, and jazz virtuosos, Frank Vignola, Howard Alden and Nicki Parrott.

Germano Fabiani and Cyd Wolf, owners of Germano’s, are the parents of BSA alumnae, Alessandra and Francesca Fabiani, who, along with the family’s love of the arts, inspired these BSA student cabaret performances.

Founded in 1980, the Baltimore School for the Arts provides students with intensive pre-professional training in the arts in the context of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum.  Its graduates go on to the most selective arts and university programs nationwide and achieve prominence in theater, film, music, dance and visual arts. Additionally, the Baltimore School for the Arts is a catalyst for young people to explore and discover their interest for the arts through TWIGS, its highly acclaimed program that provides after-school arts classes to more than 750 elementary and middle school students; special dance and theatre recitals for Baltimore City Public School students; family performance series; partnerships with other arts organizations; and art exhibitions.

The Baltimore School for the Arts, where the arts change kid’s lives.

ZEUXIS & MICA PRESENT INTERPRETATIONS OF THE EVERYDAY IN THE COMMON OBJECT, DEC. 1–MARCH 11

Exhibition Features Work by 37 Still Life Painters,
Including MICA Alumni and Faculty

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THE COMMON OBJECT
An exhibition of more than 60 paintings incorporating the everyday object of a dishtowel

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011–Sunday, March 11, 2012; A reception will take place Friday, Dec. 2, 5–7 PM
WHERE: Fox Building’s Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

The paintings in the exhibition, in the words of American author John Updike, “give the mundane its beautiful due.”  This traveling exhibition features paintings by 37 Zeuxis artists and guests, including former MICA students Richard Baker and Anthony Martino ’76 (general fine arts), as well as faculty member Mark Karnes and prior faculty members Stanley Friedman and Sharon Yates. Additionally, a group of MICA students will display paintings around the theme.

The title The Common Object suggests both the subject matter is an ordinary dishtowel and that the same towel is common to each painting. “As a tool and as a visual element, the dishtowel is versatile and absorbent, a bland ingredient that can be molded to many uses,” Imogen Sara Smith writes in the 36-page, full-color exhibition catalog. “Wet or dry, smooth or wrinkled, clean or stained, it symbolizes the blank canvas, the eternal challenge to make something out of nothing.” The dishtowel might be treated as an inanimate object—for its drapery folds, its pattern or use as a backdrop—or might be examined for its versatility and usefulness. The painters approached the object in different ways, some leaving it quietly in the background, others featuring it as the main subject; some depicting it in realistic detail, others turning it into an abstract form.

GALLERY TALK
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2, 3 PM
WHERE:
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Artists: Elizabeth Geiger, Robert Jessel, Temma Bell and Margaret McCann Four exhibiting artists discuss their work process and philosophy about artmaking, keeping the young artist in mind.

What We Think We Mean When We Talk About Painting
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2, 6:30–8 PM
WHERE: Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Artists: John Goodrich and Bevin Engman; Interviewed by William Corbett, director of student writing activities in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Writing and Humanistic Studies program This dialogue will center around what we as critics, painters, instructors and fans mean when we talk about painting.

Making Your Own Luck Panel Discussion
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 10, 7 PM
WHERE:
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Representatives from several artist-led galleries and collaborative groups will discuss the important roles these associations can play in a larger community. The participants will talk about how the groups were formed and have changed over time and what benefits they have brought to the artists involved.

MICA’s Meyerhoff Gallery is the fourth and final presentation of The Common Object, which has previously appeared at the Prince Street Gallery in New York City, the Peninsula Fine Art Center in Newport News, Va., and the Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster, Pa.

The artists showcasing work in the exhibition are: Martha Armstrong, Richard Baker , Rita Baragona, Lucy Barber, William Barnes, Temma Bell, Suzanne Biggins, Rick Brazill, Susan Cohen, Kate Emlen, Bevin Engman, Phyllis Floyd, Stanley Friedman, Elizabeth Geiger, John Goodrich, Christine Hartman, Robert Jessel, Mark Karnes, Catherine Kehoe, Tim Kennedy, Deborah Kirklin, Carmela Kolman, Lynn Kotula, Penny Kronengold, Richard La Presti, Ginger Levant, Ying Li, Sydney Licht, Anthony Martino, Margaret McCann, Ruth Miller, Janice Nowinski, Don Southard, Sandra Stone, Amy Weiskopf, Megan Williamson and Sharon Yates.

Zeuxis is a grassroots organization formed in New York City in 1995 to explore the possibilities of still life painting in the post-Modernist art world. To date, Zeuxis has organized more than 50 exhibitions in museums, commercial galleries and other exhibition spaces around the country. For more information on Zeuxis, call 212.924.6153 or visit www.zeuxis.us.
MICA’s galleries, which are free and open to the public.

Images (left to right): Richard Baker, Wonder Towel, gouache on paper on board, 2009 (courtesy Tibor de Nagy Gallery); Mark Karnes, Light Bulb, oil on board, 2009; Anthony Martino, Summer Tea and Soft Soap #1, casein and gouache, 2009; and Sharon Yates, Mixed Flowers with Towel, oil on panel, 2009.

BIG's Thanksgiving Show This Saturday!

 

Bring Your Family! Or Run from Them.

BIG returns to Mobtown Theater the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Cap off your holiday weekend with family sized portions of Baltimore's best improvised comedy.

  • The Bully Union: Local 128 does their part for the 99%.
  • Population: 6 stuffs the comedy turkey (not a euphemism),
  • Training 4 Prom makes the crankiest in-law laugh, and
  • Photobomb caps the evening better than Sambucca.

There is plenty of parking around the Theater. Three out of our last four shows have sold out, so get your reservations now.

WHEN: Saturday, November 26, 8 PM
WHERE:
Mobtown Theater, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Baltimore
TICKETS: $10. $8 for Students/Military/First Responders
GET TIX HERE
DIRECTIONS HERE

Always wanted to Join BIG? Now's your chance!

BIG Audition on December 7th!

If you've been biding your time, waiting to jump of stage and take the laughs that are yours, now is your time.

If you are interested in auditioning, we prefer for you to let us know by contacting Michael Harris at mikeharris@bigimprov.org. But we will also accept walk ups.

All auditionees should show up at 7 PM. Plan to be at Bolton for a couple hours, although the length of the audition will be determined by the number of auditionees. Dress to move comfortably and just bring yourself.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 7 PM
WHERE: Downstairs at the
Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Ln., Baltimore

PRE-KWANZAA CELEBRATION FOR THE FAMILY @ CA

Maria Broom StoryDancer
With Jali D, the Drum Talker

12-3 Maria Broom StoryDancerWHEN: Saturday, December 3, 3 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
ADMISSION:
FREE!

Maria Broom dances her way thru a vibrant griot performance, and Jali D's drumming sounds out the voice of Africa in this pre-Kwanza celebration for the whole family.

Then Miracle on Main Street continues along Eastern Ave, celebrating the start of the holiday season with a train garden in Fire Station,Tree Lighting and Santa House on Conkling Street.

AN IRISH THANKSGIVING @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE

11-26 Billy McComiskey's Irish Family Thanksgiving

WHEN: Saturday, November 26, 8 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $20, $15 mbrs, stus.

With Donna Long, Laura Byrne, & MORE!

Raconteur, master button accordion player Billy McComiskey shows off how trad Irish music is passed down—with family and friends playing around the kitchen table.

JOIN CA FOR A CEILI IN THE MARQUEE LOUNGE TO FOLLOW!! Bring your instruments!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

LONG-RUNNING MUSICAL NOW ONSTAGE @ SPOTLIGHTERS

PictureTHE FANTASTICKS
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book & lyrics by Tom Jones
Directed by Kristen Cooley

WHEN: Nov 18 - Dec 18, 2011
WHERE: Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
Talk Back with Cast and Director Sunday, Dec. 4, immediately following performance
Ten Spot Thursday - Tickets $10 - Dec 15 –  8PM
TICKETS: BUY TICKETS HERE

The original off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical at the time.

It tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud and erecting a wall between their houses. The fathers then hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, settling the supposed feud and securing their fathers' blessings (which of course the young lovers have really had all along).

The children discover the deception and reject the arranged love match. Each goes off to experience the wider world. They return to each other bruised but enlightened by their journeys, realizing that they have always been in love, and renew their vows with more maturity.

Elements of the play are ultimately drawn from the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, its story winding its way through Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream as well as Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore.

SPOTLIGHTERS SEEK 3 ACTORS FOR “AGNES OF GOD”

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AUDITION NOTICE

PictureAGNES OF GOD
By John Pielmeier

Directed by Allan Herlinger

WHEN: Tuesday, November 29, and Wednesday, November 30, 7–9 PM
WHERE:  Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
For
directions/parking info on website:  www.spotlighters.org
PERFORMANCE DATES: Feb 24 - Mar 18, 2012, to include one Thursday performance on March 14th.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. 

Please bring all conflicts as the rehearsal schedule will be developed around them if you are cast. 

Ages are not the actresses’ physical age—only your ability to portray that age range.

SYNOPSIS: Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a young novitiate accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone's questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love, leading to a dramatic, compelling climax.

CHARACTERS:

  • Agnes - Sheltered, innocent. Script describes her as being 21.  Ability to sing will be a plus but not required.  If you can sing, you may be asked to demonstrate your a cappella vocal abilities. 
  • Doctor Livingstone - Educated woman around 40-50 (script describes her as being menopausal).  Very strong willed, chain smoker (herbal cigarettes will be used). 
  • Mother Superior - Older Woman 50-60. Very set in her ways.  Very motherly to Agnes and protective of her in Dr. Livingstone’s presence.  Script describes her as married with two adult children prior to becoming a nun. Limited smoking is required. 

If you have any questions, e-mail walkgroup@zoominternet.net.

Monday, November 21, 2011

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS @ GERMANO’S TRATTORIA, NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4

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The Cabaret Room opens at 6 PM on show nights  for pre-show dining.  Performances begin at 7:30 PM unless otherwise indicated. Inquire about cover charge and food/drink minimum. Please keep in mind that the Cabaret Room holds a maximum of 80, and they set up the room according to reservations so reserve early. 

For ticket sales and reservations call 410.752.4515.

The Special of The Week is...

Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Shitake Mushrooms


GARY RUBIN SINGS FEELING GOOD
WHEN:
Sunday, November 27, at 7:30 PM

Hear the classic songs of Sinatra, Bennett, Darin and Bublé as Gary Rubin, local favorite, also debuts his new CD featuring other artists such as Sting, Billy Joel and Frankie Valle. Something for everyone in this nostalgic cabaret. You're sure to have a good time with the multi-talented Brent Hardesy accompanying at the piano.

TASTE OF ITALY WINE TASTING
WHEN:
Wednesday, November 30, at 7:30 PM
COST: $45 all inclusive
Reservations recommended
All wine will be available for purchase at this event

  • Lunetta Prosecco, Trentino
    Calamari marinated in extra virgin olive oil, grilled with coarse salt and black pepper
  • Mandra Rossa Fiano, Sicily
    Polenta with sauteed shitake and porcini mushrooms
  • Rocca della Macie Sasyr, Tuscany
    Beet Ravioli, red beets and goat cheese sauteed with plum tomatoes and mushrooms
  • Bertani Volpolicello, Veneto
    Fall Pumpkin Ravioli with a three cheese cream sauce
  • Sella & Mosca Terra Rare Garignano Riserva, Sardinia
    Hot Roma sausage and sweet peppers sauteed with plum tomato
  • Terre Da Vino Moscato, Piemonte
    Bongo Bongo, profiterole stuffed with cream and Belgian chocolate

Fourth Annual BSA Cabaret Series at Germano's Actors' Showcase
WHEN: Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 PM

Join Germano’s for the public debut of The Sophomore Acting Ensemble of The Baltimore School for the Arts as they perform scenes from contemporary and classical plays under the insightful direction of Richard Pilcher and Tony Tsendeas.

TICKETS: $10 cover is a tax-deductible donation to The Baltimore School for the Arts.

Julie Kurzava and Sidney Yin in Wake Up and Dream
WHEN: Friday, December 2, at 7:30 PM

Sidney Yin

The marvelous Julie Kurzava and Sidney Yin explore dreams, expectations, aspirations and possibilities in a program devoted to standards from the  American Songbook, plus a few extras. Featuring songs of Carmichael, Porter, Mercer, Gershwin, Gus Kahn and others.

 

Sue Matthews

Sue Matthews and Stef Scaggiari
A Celebration of Winter Solstice and the Holiday Season
WHEN: Saturday, December 3, at 7:30 PM

The excellent American vocalist, Sue Matthews, accompanied by jazz great, Stef Scaggiari, on piano, sings Irish songs of the season, as well as Chestnuts Roasting and Santa Baby!

Sue Matthews is a bona fide jazz singer. Her phrasing is a dream. Her articulation is razor-sharp. And she's blessed with a wonderfully supple instrument. —Chuck Berg, JazzTimes

David Deboy and the Hons!

 David DeBoy and the Hons in
Crabs for Christmas

WHEN: Sunday, December 4 at 7 PM

The Rockettes may be coming to Baltimore, but at the Cabaret at Germano's we are celebrating Christmas Bawlmer style. It's a Crazy Carnival of Crabby Christmas Carols, audience participation, surprises and fun for all ages. David DeBoy will be performing hits from his album Crabs For Christmas for Twenty Years plus premiering new songs. Joining David will be "Hons" Karen Fitze and Wendy Savelle, and special guest, David Zee, an award-winning composer, recording artist and performer with national credits. Celebrate the season like a true Balti-moron! 

Doors open at 5:30 for pre-show dining.

WHERE: Germano’s Trattoria, 300 South High Street, Baltimore
For more information go to
www.germanostrattoria.com
Call
for Reservations at 410.752.4515