Friday, December 30, 2011


Several weeks ago, we had the pleasure of attending a concert by Warren Wolf and Tim Green at An die Musik Live! and found it to be a most wonderful experience! This venue is one of Baltimore’s true musical gems.


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

Eric Kennedy & Friends
WHEN: Friday, January 6, 8 & 9:30 PM

Our jazz artist-in-residence presents a monthly session with esteemed musicians.

Duo Amaral
WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 8 PM
TICKETS: $12/$10 students

Husband and wife Mia Pomerantz-Amaral and Jorge Amaral are a dynamic duo who are gaining momentum and steadily attracting audiences in the USA and abroad as their reputation grows with each recital and master class. Mr. and Mrs. Amaral completed their studies at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music, where both were awarded Master of Music and Graduate Performance degrees with Julian Gray and Manuel Barrueco, respectively.

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra
WHEN: Thursday, January 12, 8 & 9:45 PM

A 17-piece big band founded by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde and club owner Omrao Brown. The BCJO, directed by Linde and trumpeter Joe Herrera, presents a variety of music from big band literature and features some of the District's best musicians on Monday nights at the historic Bohemian Caverns. Music from Ellington, Basie, Strayhorn, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Maria Schneider and originals by band members embrace and challenge the tradition of big band repertoire.

Benny Russell & friends
WHEN: Friday, January 13, 8 & 9:30 PM

Todd Simon, piano; Warren Wolf, vibes; Blake Meister, bass; George Gray, drums; Benny Russell, tenor sax

The Philmore Ensemble
Saturday, January 14, 2 PM
$12/$8 students

Duane Large, artistic director, guitar, mandolin and lute ; Myanna Harvey, violin and viola ; Amanda Heckman, flute ; Julia Madden, soprano

A chamber music group based in Baltimore and Philadelphia that performs a range of classical repertoire. 

Josh Ginsburg Quartet—CD Release
Saturday, January 14, 8 & 9:30 PM
$20/$10 students

Josh Ginsburg, bass; Eli Degibri, saxophones; Danny Grissett, piano; Rudy Royston, drums

Brooklyn-based bassist and composer Josh Ginsburg is one of the most sought-after players on the New York jazz scene. He has performed and recorded across Europe, Asia, and the Americas with some of the greatest musicians of our time. Throughout Josh's bass playing with many different artists, certain qualities emerge as constants: a beautiful tone, a powerful rhythmic sensibility, a mastery of the musical language, and the open-hearted spirit of a true improviser.


Bach Concert Series

WHEN: January 1, 2012; 4 PM
Christ Church, 701 S. Charles Street, Baltimore

J. S. Bach Cantata 16:  Herr Gott, dich loben wir (cantata for New Year's Day)

  • Richard Kennedy, tenor
  • Mark Wilson, bass
  • T. Herbert Dimmock, conductor

Suite # 2 for strings BWV 1067   Badinere
Suite #1 in G major – JS Bach,  Gretchen Gettes, Cello

information for free parking:


Let's Dance in January! (pick one class or take them both!) 

Kearsha Saxon

In 2012, have fun, get fit and love life with Dance Baltimore!

  • Modern Dance, 6 - 7:15 PM
  • Zumba, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

WHEN: Every Tuesday in January (5 Weeks; January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31)
WHERE: Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 North Howard Street, Baltimore
Prices and details at
Register at

Above: Zumba Instructor Kearsha Saxon


By Joshua Conkel
Directed by Nathan A. Cooper

WHEN: January 3-February 5; Preview Performances January 4 & 5 at 7:30 PM; Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 2:30 PM
Single Carrot Theatre, 120 W. North Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $10-20
For info call 443.844.9253    

Emory is just an average 11-year-old dealing with an over-active imagination and a crisis of sexual identity. He knows his talent and ambition are too big for Nanna’s farm in Mall Town and is sure he’s destined for bigger adventures. When things heat up with the local bully, Emory is in for the ride of his young life in this dark comedy by a rebellious and talented playwright.

Talkbacks will be held after performances on January 8th, January 21st, and January 22nd.

Are you a teacher?


Single Carrot Theatre Loves Teachers!

You are cordially invited to  Teacher Appreciation Night!

WHEN: Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 7:30 PM
TICKETS: just $10

As a teacher you are a cornerstone of our community and we want to treat you right. See an exciting performance, meet and mingle with other teachers, and talk to Single Carrot Ensemble Members. Leap into the new semester with a night of theatre and conversation.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


The Vagabond Players begin the year with a must-see production of

By Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Sherrione Brown 

Two maiden aunts, three brothers, four cops and thirteen dead bodies all collide in one charming Victorian house in this madcap comedy. Murder was never so much fun!  Start the year out with joyous laughter.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Directed by Eric Stein
Saturday, Jan. 14, 11 AM; Monday, Jan. 16, 7 PM
Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street – Baltimore
Directions/parking info on website:
More Information to come
NON-Paid / NON-Union

Jun 1 - Jun 24, 2012 include one Thursday performance on Jun 21st.

Directed by Fuzz Roark
Choreography by Kristen Cooley
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21, 11 AM; Sunday, Jan. 22, 7 PM; Monday, Jan. 13 – 7 PM
WHERE: Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
Directions/parking info on website:
More Information to come
NON-Paid / NON-Union

Apr 13 - May 20, 2012 include one Thursday performance on May 17.

FUZZ - James Roark
Executive Director - Managing/Artistic Director
Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore,  MD  21202

Monday, December 26, 2011


Logo File topThe 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...

   Red Beet Ravioli



Doug Mattingly in Everybody's Party
Friday, December 30, at 8 PM
Germano’s Trattoria, 300 South High Street, Baltimore

Everybody's Party—an evening of rock, blues, funk, & jazz with singer/songwriter Doug Mattingly and his trio featuring drummer George Mexis and bassist Julian Rosenberg.

Celebrate New Years Eve at the Cabaret!

Three of a Kind: Your Songs

WHEN: Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Celebrate the best of years past and ring in the new year with local sensation, Three of a Kind.

Jonny Lewis, Leslie Pomerantz, and Michael Hoffman are Three of a Kind, three good friends who love to weave beautiful acoustic harmonies together. They enjoy singing a wide variety of music ranging from Carole King, Harry Chapin, The Eagles and James Taylor to the Indigo Girls, Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Grateful Dead.

By day, they are professionals in the community, but by night, they are Three of a Kind.

Bossalingo: Cuban and Brazilian Inspired Jazz
Friday, January 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Inspired by the sounds and rhythms of Argentina, Cuba and Brazil, Bossalingo performs their original music with passion, using the common language of Jazz improvisation to unite all of these amazing styles into an unforgettable experience for the listener.

The group performs selections from the recent Bossalingo release, Steps Beyond, as well as some earlier originals from the first record and various Jazz standards. The styles of Tango, Jazz, Rumba, Samba, Milongo, Bossa Nova, Tumbao and Guaguanco are all featured throughout the show.

The current line-up features Baltimore composer/guitarist, Michael Joseph Harris, Didier Prossaird on piano, bassist Leonardo Lucini and drummer Mike Kuhl.

"Harris's playing reflected Latin, jazz, folk and rock influences. Throughout the night, his nylon-string acoustic guitar work would prove inventive and melodic, and his guitar solo on the opener was tinged with blues." —from review of Blues Alley performance by Ken Avis, Capital Bop

2011-2012 Bravo Lyric Opera Cabaret Series:

Natalie Conte and Shouvik Mondle

WHEN:  Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Maestro James Harp directs this region's finest opera performers in this marvelous cabaret series presented by The Lyric Opera House. Shows are the first Saturday of each month. Enjoy "Opera a la Carte."

Tonight's program features Natalie Conte, soprano, and Shouvik Mondle, baritone                                                                        


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Casting call for the role of Irving “Swifty” Lazar in the upcoming production of Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon at the Vagabond Players. 

  • Seeking a strong character actor 40’s-50’s who can play an aggressive, fast talking, New York born Hollywood agent. 
  • This is a key supporting role. 
  • The actor playing this role will also double in a brief scene as TV interviewer Mike Wallace.

Please note that this is a non-Equity, not-for-pay production. 

Performance Dates: April 13 thru May 13, 2012 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 PM, Sundays @ 2 PM)

Rehearsals will begin in late February.

Actors will be asked to read selected scene(s) from the “FROST/NIXON” script. 

Contact Steve Goldklang (Director) at or 443.799.0850.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


CombKwanzaa Family Day
WHEN: Wednesday, December 28, 1–5 PM
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore

Inspired by Hand Held: Personal Arts from Africa, this year’s celebration of community and family features a special performance by Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company and fascinating stories brought to life by actress Maria Broom. Come and create your own African textiles and hand-held treasures! (Left: Lwena peoples, Angola. Comb. Early 20th century. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of The Honorable Albert H. Blum and Mrs. Blum, Baltimore, BMA 1989.655)

1-5 PM
Fashion a Festive Headdress*
In many West African cultures, the head is the most sacred part of the human body. Design a festive hat to adorn your head for the day!

Weaving & Community Quilting*
Explore the wonderful world of weaving using colorful fabric and yarn­—or design and make a square to be added to a one-of-a-kind community quilt.

2 PM
Storyteller Maria Broom
Baltimore’s acclaimed actress, dancer, and storyteller is on hand to weave wonderful tales, teaching families about the importance of community, the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, and the Hand Held treasures in all of our lives. (45 min.)

3:30 PM
Keur Khaleyi
Join Keur Khaleyi for a high energy performance of traditional African dance and drumming. More than 20 performers will be on hand to get you moving during a dance workshop. (45 min.)

*While supplies last
**Space is limited and tickets are required for this FREE performance. Tickets are available outside the Auditorium beginning at 1 PM. Limit one ticket per person on a first-come basis. Doors open ½ hour prior to performance. No seat saving.

Monday, December 19, 2011



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

Corner Quartet
Wednesday, December 21, 8 & 9:30 PM

The Corner Quartet recognizes the bebop vocabulary and jazz tradition, while exploring the influence of free-jazz and urban rhythm on contemporary improvisation. For this concert they are presenting original compositions and new interpretations of standard jazz repertoire. 

Yunhong Chi, clarinet & Ran Duan, piano
Thursday, December 22, 5:30 PM
FREE concert; we suggest a $10 donation

Clarinetist Yunhong Chi received her BM and MM degrees at the Peabody Institute of Music, a professional study certificate diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Franklin Cohen, and as a concerto competition winner performed the Debussy Rapsodie with the CIM orchestra in spring 2011. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in clarinet performance, and is employed as a teaching assistant at Michigan State University.

Ran Duan received her Bachelor of Music degree with honorable mention from China Conservatory. After two years study with Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Ran received her Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently, she attends the performing program at the Cleveland Institute of Music and works for CIM distance learning department as a performer and piano teacher.

Daniel Schwait, vocalist
Wednesday, December 28, 7 PM
TICKETS: $10. Please join us for a post-concert reception

Performing a collection of Broadway favorites!

KREation Ensemble
Friday, December 30, 8 & 9:30 PM
$10 per set, or $15 for both sets

Kevin Robinson, woodwinds; Jamal Moore, woodwinds; Marc Evans, vocals; Sandy Asirvatham, piano/vocals; Ingrid Lee, piano; Chris Taylor, guitar; Brandy Brewer, bass; Shareef Tahar, drums

Led by Baltimore saxophonist Kevin Robinson (left), the group combines improvisation, original compositions and rearranged jazz standards.

Sarah Wagner, voice
Sunday, January 1, 5 PM

Ms. Wagner will perform classical/art songs and arias, as well as jazz standards and show tunes. She will be accompanied by pianist is Martha Requard.


PictureSpotlighters Holiday Cabaret
Part of the Spotlighters Cabaret Series




An evening of duets, trios and ensembles celebrating the warmth of the holidays!

Musical direction by Michael Tan
WHEN: Friday, December 30, 2011, 8 PM; Lite Fare Reception/Lobby Opens  7 PM
  Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street, Baltimore
Adults: $18, Seniors (60+): $16, Students: $15 (CLICK TO BUY TICKETS)

Featuring your favorite Baltimore Stage Performers: Kimberly Christie, Elizabeth Higbee, Troy Hopper, Courtney Kalbacker and husband, Elizabeth Kanner, Kevin James Logan, Julie Millilo, Lisa Pastella, Edwin Perez, Amanda Rife, Angela Sullivan, Bob Sullivan, Heidi Toll, Geo Wilkerson, Kristen Zwobot

Two for the Show (Tom Kowalski and Paula Rehr)
. . . . and more!

Sunday, December 18, 2011


J.J. Cromer, Detail: A Study of Passing EventsALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma

WHEN: October 7, 2011 – September 2, 2012
WHERE:  American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore

The American Visionary Art Museum's seventeenth annual, thematic mega-exhibition ALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma is a celebration and call to awareness of the circular and voluptuous nature of life. From the micro-atomic spin of electrons encircling a nucleus, to the macro orbit of planets rounding our sun, ALL THINGS ROUND delights in the curves, spirals, orbs, and bubbles of full-bodied beauty that playfully manifest throughout art, science, and beyond.

This wholly original art exhibition features the exuberant works of 70+ inspired, intuitive artists including: Scott Weaver's 100,000 toothpick wonder, "Rolling Through The Bay;" Adolf Wölfli's intricate mandala-like works; spherical sculptures of artists who are sight-impaired; and the micro dot sock-thread embroideries of Ray Materson. Don't miss Frank Warren's all-time best true karmic "PostSecrets;" the 3-D sacred yarn paintings of the Huichol Indians; and a cosmic tribute to cyclical notions of time – including an exploration into the fast-approaching 2012 Winter Solstice "end" of the Mayan Calendar!

Co-curated by Museum Founder & Director Rebecca Hoffberger and Mary Ellen 'Dolly' Vehlow – award-winning graphic designer & founder/sponsor of Washington, D.C.'s H Street Festival, ALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma is a lively circle dance with its visitors of all ages at its center!

Out Of This WorldOut Of This World
WHEN: Extended through March 2, 2012!


Eugene Von Bruenchenhein was born in Wisconsin on July 31, 1910. He lived in a small house in Milwaukee with his wife Marie, and he worked in a bakery. He was a self-taught artist, and believed he was capable of great things. His first paintings were on panels of boxes that he brought home from the bakery. Despite the fact that he was never successful in selling his work or gaining any recognition during his lifetime, his passion drove him to produce thousands of paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Since his death in 1983 he has been increasingly recognized as a uniquely important American visionary artist. (Above: No. 591 Creation in Vast Expanse of Luminos, May 1957)

This year, in celebration of the centenary of Von Bruenchenhein's birth, three major US museums are mounting solo exhibitions of his work, spanning the diverse media in which he worked. Because the peak of Von Bruenchenhein's visionary artistry is seen in his paintings, AVAM has chosen to present a selection of them. They come to us from the Von Bruenchenhein Collection. These and many more of his paintings are viewable over the Internet at Visitors to may download high-resolution images of the paintings free of charge.

In the late hours, Von Bruenchenhein would sit at his kitchen table and let his imagination go. He applied paint to a board, and then moved the paint around. First, he used just his fingers. Then he began to scrape with combs, quills, bakery tools, and other objects. Most of his paintings were completed in a frenzy of activity that lasted one to three hours. The images are amazing for their dimensionality and detail, and for the worlds they reveal to us—so far removed from our own. By his own accounting, Von Bruenchenhein completed 1,080 paintings. When he died, his small house was crammed from floor to ceiling with them. These are some of his best.

Friday, December 16, 2011



Kwanzaa Family Day

Kwanzaa Family Day
WHEN: Wednesday, December 28, 1–5 PM
The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore
Open Wed-Sun · 443.573.1700


Inspired by Hand Held: Personal Arts from Africa, this year’s celebration of community and family features a special performance by Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company and fascinating stories brought to life by actress Maria Broom. Come and create your own African textiles and hand-held treasures! Look for photographs from the fun-filled day on Facebook/artbma.

1-5 PM
Fashion a Festive Headdress*
In many West African cultures, the head is the most sacred part of the human body. Design a festive hat to adorn your head for the day!

Weaving & Community Quilting*
Explore the wonderful world of weaving using colorful fabric and yarn­—or design and make a square to be added to a one-of-a-kind community quilt.

2 PM
Storyteller Maria Broom
Known nationally for her role in HBO's The Wire, Baltimore’s acclaimed
actress, dancer, and storyteller will weave wonderful tales, teaching families about the importance of community, the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, and the Hand Held treasures in all of our lives. (45 min.)

3:30 PM
Keur Khaleyi
Join Keur Khaleyi for a high energy performance of traditional African dance and drumming. More than 20 performers will be on hand to get you moving during a dance workshop. (45 min.)

*While supplies last
**Doors open ½ hour prior to this FREE performance. Space is limited; no seat saving.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Looking for new ways to celebrate Hanukkah with your kids? Here are some tips from Mama Doni:


As seen on FOX-5’s Good Day New York, NBC’s Weekend Today in New York, SHALOM TV, and E Channel’s The Soup

“Her stage name may sound as if it belonged on a jar of pasta sauce, but Mama Doni is an indisputably Jewish performer.  Doni Zasloff Thomas in real life, she specializes in putting a Jewish spin on all kinds of musical styles, including reggae, rock, disco and Latin.” – The New York Times

“Who can resist Latke Man, La Vida Dreidel, Dear Hanukah Harry, and other oy so catchy titles? New Jersey’s Mama Doni makes a zany musical chicken soup of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer, and other styles.”– The Boston Globe

"Not since Woody Allen’s Radio Days has American Jewish youth culture been celebrated with such a sublime mix of silly and substantive” – Miami Herald

Parents’ Choice® award-winning kids’ musician Mama Doni (a.k.a Doni Zasloff Thomas) wishes everyone a Happy Chanukah!  This Chanukah season, Doni offers Mama Doni’s Eight Fun Tips for Chanukah, a series of 30-second video segments with a fun family activity for each of the eight days of the holiday.   

All eight videos play one after the other on YouTube:  CLICK HERE

Mama Doni’s Eight Fun Tips for Chanukah will also rotate on the home page of Mama Doni’s website—— through the end of December.

Mama Doni’s tips—in her own words include:

DAY 1. Makin’ Lotsa Latkes!
Chanukah is a celebration of light and oil, so we make latkes because making them uses so much oil! Start the holiday off right with a fun latke contest. Gather some friends and make the traditional latkes, but then ask everyone to think of a special ingredient to throw into the batter. Try making veggie latkes like carrots (I call those carrotlatkes), broccoli (I call those broccolatkes), fruits like apples (applelatkes), banana (bananalatkes), even crazy things like spaghetti (spaghettilatkes), chicken (bokalatkes), or even chocolate chips (chocolatkes)! You can even make a latke sundae with sprinkles. Kids can be the judges. Yum! Let me know how you did!

DAY 2: Get Your Dreidel On!
It's dreidel night! The dreidel is a four-sided top etched with Hebrew letters, which stand for the phrase, "A great miracle happened here." That miracle is the miracle of Chanukah. Now, this is a chance for you to get your dreidel on—for chocolate coins. Get yourself some dreidels and some gelt (instead of gelt, you can also use chocolate kisses or lollipops, or you can go healthier and play with fruit snacks or boxes of raisins).

Everyone spins the dreidel, and depending on what Hebrew letter the top lands on, you either win all of the candy (gimel), half of the candy (hey), none of the candy (nun) or have to give one back (shin). What I like to do is after everyone has had a turn to spin, is take a ROCKSTAR BREAK, turn on your Chanukah tunes on my Chanukah Fever CD and have a Chanukah dance party! Everyone gets a candy or gelt if they go crazy dancing and singing! Then back to playing….

Day 3: The Story of Chanukah
The Jewish holiday of Chanukah literally lights up our homes! Chanukah is also called “The Festival of Lights,” referring to the flames that we light on our menorahs on each of the holiday’s eight nights. The story of Chanukah is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees  and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days when there was only enough for one day. Chanukah is about hope and spiritual light, and it’s a time to be with friends and family, as we celebrate the light in our lives. 

DAY 4: Are you Grateful?
On this day, get out a piece of paper and think about eight things you are most grateful for in your life. Make your lists and read them to each other.  You can set up an area of your house as a stage, and everyone in your family can get on stage and read his or her list. Of course, if you want to sing the list, go for it! (Sing the list to the melody of “Maotzur”…)

DAY 5: Is It “Chanukah” or “Hanukkah?”
Everyone says the name of this holiday differently, but both ways are cool.  Something fun to do on this day is try replacing your "h" sound with the "chh" sound for a little while. You can say things like "chello?" or "chow are you?" It might make your throat tickle as well as give you the Chhhanukah giggles! Make sure to wish everyone a "Chappy Chanukah!”

DAY 6: Honey This Ain’t Money
Everyone knows about Hanukkah gelt, (the Yiddish term for money) right? It looks a lot like change or gold, but it is actually made of chocolate!  A fun thing to do on this day is go to the store with your mom or dad or babysitter.  Put the Hanukkah gelt in your pocket ,and then when you get the cash register, take your Hanukkah gelt ,and hand it to the person at the counter as if you were paying with real change. Only let the joke go for a couple of seconds, because you are not trying to be mean, just a little silly!  Make sure your mom or dad has real change ready to pay right away. Maybe the store owner will have a good laugh with you, and remember to wish him or her a happy holiday!

: Latke Man & The Dreidel Diva
There's a man out there in the universe who lives, breathes, eats, wears, cooks....who LOOOOOOOVES latkes, and his name is Latke Man.  What do you think latke man looks like? Draw a picture of this potato loving superhero. You can also draw his cousin, "Mister Knish." If you are really feelin' it, you can even dress up as Latke Man for dinner. Moms, don't be shy. You can dress up as Latke Mom—she has MAJOR potato-powers. (Oh, and if you're making latkes again on this night, don't forget to see which you like more...dipping them in apple sauce or sour cream.)

DAY 8: Eight Special People in Your Life
It's the last night! This is the night where you can pick eight people in your life. These could be your mom, dad, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends... eight people who are special to you, and you can call them (or if they are nearby, you can give them a hug) and wish them a happy happy Hanukkah and tell them how much you love them.

Mama Doni, a resident of Montclair, New Jersey, hopes that her music will add some Jewish flavor to the lives of people everywhere.  She speaks with great passion about preserving the priceless Yiddish and Jewish spirit by imbuing it with a contemporary vibe that connects to life in our times.   Mama Doni’s recordings are available nationwide, as CDs and digital downloads, from Barnes and Noble, Amazon,, iTunes, and select Costco locations.  Projects currently in production include a Mama Doni book, DVD, and new CD.  A TV pilot is also in the works!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


BIG's Winter Wonder This Weekend!

Back 2 Back Shows at Fells Point Corner Theater! 

This weekend BIG closes out its regular 2011 shows with a Winter Extravaganza filled with Baltimore's best improvised comedy. Population: 6 and the Bully Union: Local 128 kick off Friday night's show, then Regret & Lekker bring the sleigh home. On Saturday, Photobomb and Plan B warm up your Saturday, then it's time to finish up with Mayor Karen, a great guest troupe from Philly, and BIG's own, Gus. Parking around Fells Point Corner Theater is tricky, so give yourself extra time.

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17, 8 PM
Fells Point Corner Theater, 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore

  • Friday Line-up: Population: 6, The Bully Union, Regret, Lekker
  • Saturday Line-up: Photobomb, Plan B, Mayor Karen, Gus
  • TICKETS: $10. $8 for Students/Military/First Responders

BIG's Final Performance of 2011 at MaGooby's!

If you miss our last two regular shows of 2011 (Why?! Why would you do that?!) Or even if you don't miss them, you still get one more chance to see BIG before the New Year. We're joining our comedy partners in Crime, the Oxymorons, for Improv Night at MaGooby's Joke House. Wednesday December 28. Doors open at 7. Show Starts at 8. When you make reservations for the show, let them know you are there to see the Baltimore Improv Group

Improv Night @ MaGooby's Joke House

WHEN: Wednesday, December 28, 7 PM Doors. 8 PM Show.
MaGooby's Joke House, 9603 Deereco Rd., Timonium

GET TIX HERE & Tell Them You Are Coming to See BIG


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! Collosal Klezmer Shlakht !

Charm City Klezmer vs. The Lost Tribe

12-17 ! Collosal Klezmer Shlakht !WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 17, 7:30 PM dance lesson, 8 PM show.
Creative Alliance, 3334 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $16, $11 mbrs.

Its a yiddish battle of the bands! Jazz guitarist Michael Raitzyk teams
up with wife Judith Geller in Charm City Klezmer.

Dance lessons and way mad dancing!

Members Happy Hour 6:30 PM and Free tix w/membership purchase.

Kinsey Sicks in

Oy Vey in a Manger 

12-16 Kinsey SicksWHEN: Friday, Dec. 16, 2 shows! 7:30 & 10 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3334 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $27, $22 mbrs.

A national sensation, the dragapella beautyshop quartet presents Oy Vey in a Manger. The manger (yes that one!) is foreclosed on. Mayhem ensues.. all in glorious four-part harmony!

"..a ribald, ridiculous, raunchy, decidedly, subversive holiday tradition." Washington Jewish Weekly.

"brilliant... hilarious... authentically joyful." Washington Post.

Valet parking avail. Advance tix suggested

Monday, December 12, 2011



CityLit Project Benefit Workshop!

Writing Resolution with Jessica Anya Blau 
WHEN: Sat Jan 7, 2 – 4 PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

Start the year right! Author Jessica Anya Blau serves up writing exercises that inspire and motivate, for writers of all levels and genres.  Blau's first two novels received national accolades and distribution. Her third, The Wonder Bread Summer, comes out with HarperCollins next year. Proceeds benefit CityLit Project. Get Tickets!

BIG Intro to Improv 
7 Tuesdays Jan 10 - Feb 21, 7 – 9 PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

The comedy juggernaut known as Baltimore Improv Group teaches the fundamentals of quick thinking and spontaneous theater. Last class is a showcase for family and friends.  

Get Tickets!

Final Cut Pro 101
WHEN: 3 Wednesdays: Jan 11, 18, 25, 7-9 PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

Get started with Final Cut Pro! Final Cut is now an industry-standard for video editing, and widely used by most indie filmmakers - but may be a bit of a challenge if you're new to video editing. Learn system set-up, how to capture & work with DV & HD footage, editing tips & tricks, basic titles, transitions, and more! Familiarity with Mac OS required. This class will be taught in FCP X, but will cover previous versions as well.  Get Tickets!

!Sí, hablo español! 
WHEN: 6 Saturdays Jan 14 - Feb 18, 10 AM – 1 PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

Candelas Aguero-Long teaches Español para Beginners! Learn basic communication, pronunciation and conjugation skills for the workplace and chatting up your neighbors. 12 personalized & consecutive conversational classes! A native of Spain, Candelas is a longtime instructor for Creative Alliance, importing style, enthusiasm and experience to the classroom.  
Get Tickets!

 Woodberry Cocktails with Corey Polyoka 
WHEN: 3rd Wdnesdays Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 21, Apr 18
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

Emphasizing homemade ingredients and raw creativity, the cocktails at Woodberry Kitchen have their own following. Mixologist Corey Polyoka shares their approach, pouring drinks for the class from behind the bar, and sharing the history, techniques and latest trends of the craft. In the Marquee Lounge.  Get Tickets!

Approaches to Drawing with
Sam Allerton Green
WHEN: 6 Thursdays Jan 19 - Feb 23, 6:30 – 9 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

CA Resident Sam Green devises exercises covering a range of drawing techniques: line, contour, value, composition, experimental and abstract approaches, while leaving plenty of room for individual exploration. Beginners welcome. Get Tickets!

This Thing Called Love: Love Stories from Script to Screen
WHEN: Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, & 18, 11 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

Got a love story you want to tell? Any kind of love will do. Learn how to make it into a short movie, from start to finish, in this aptly timed four-week boot camp production workshop with Goucher Professor, filmmaker and writer Nsenga Burton. Participants will write, produce, edit and screen five-minute short films that explore the theme of love. The film can fall under a number of genres including experimental, documentary, fiction or non-fiction. Participants wanting to adapt a story to a screenplay should bring the completed story in electronic form (thumb drive). Get Tickets!


Harlan ParkerHarlan D. Parker will conduct a free concert by the Peabody Chamber Winds on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 pm in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. On the program are Shadows by Henry Dorn, Fanfare on Motifs of "Die Gurrelieder" by Arnold Schoenberg, arrangements by Conservatory faculty artist David Fetter of The Olympian — Lighting of the Torch and Satyagraha, Act III, Conclusion by Philip Glass, Octet in F major by Paul Wranitzky, and Concerto for 23 Winds by Walter Hartley.

Also this week

Distinguished Visiting Artist Shenyang, a bass-baritone with the Metropolitan Opera, will give a lecture on How to Listen to Music tonight, Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:00 pm in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall; and tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 am in Peabody's Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

The Federal Hill Parlor Series, founded by Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice), and BE Art Events will present A Dickens Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:00 pm. Ihnen and Hillary LaBonte (MM ’10, Voice) will perform at the event, a retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with carols and a Victorian-inspired sit-down dinner. A Dickens Dinner will take place at Jordan Faye Contemporary Gallery, 1401 Light Street. For tickets, visit

Conservatory alumni Nola Richardson (MM ’11, Voice) and Kevin Payne (MM ’10, Lute) will give a free concert of Renaissance and Baroque music on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 pm at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul Street.

On Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:00 pm, the Conservatory's Singing in Russian class, coached by Vera Danchenko-Stern, will present It's Not So Bad to Be Romantic: 19th-Century Art Songs. On the program for the free recital in Leith Symington Griswold Hall are works by Cui, Glinka, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky.

The Preparatory's Vella Silver Recital will take place on Friday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 pm in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall. Performing at the free recital will be pianists Hanwen Liu, Abigail Lo, Alan Mao, Thomas Nielsen, Handong Park, Maria Petrova, Curtis Serafin, and Courtney Steininger; violinists Sarah Kim, Skye Kinlaw, Emily Mansfield, and Diane Yang; cellists Caleb Park and Janie Shih; and flutist Handong Park.

The Preparatory Wind Orchestra, directed by Elijah Wirth, and the Preparatory Wind Band, directed by Karen Seward, will perform on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 3:00 pm in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. On the program for the free concert are works by Michael Daugherty, Stephen Melillo, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and others.

Free noon recitals

The next Thursday Noon recital, featuring Conservatory piano students, will take place on Jan. 19.

Conservatory student recitals

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

Upcoming concerts in 2012
  • The Preparatory's Performance Academy Festival Orchestra, coordinated by Christian Tremblay, will give a free concert on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2:00 pm at the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street.
  • Violinists Catherine Cho and Airi Yoshioka, both guest artists; violist Maria Lambros and cellist Alison Wells, both faculty artists; and pianist Jeffrey Sharkey, Institute director, will give the first spring concert in the Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 8:00 pm in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • The winners of the Preparatory's Winter Honors Competition will perform at a free recital on Sunday, Jan. 29, 3:00 pm in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

Events@Peabody will resume in January. Have a happy and safe holiday season!

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410.234.4500



Resident Company Member Bruce Nelson will be teaching improv and acting 1 classes this spring. <br />

Resident Company Member Bruce Nelson will be teaching improv and acting 1 classes this spring.

Everyman is pleased to offer a wide array of classes just for you in 2012!

Taught by many of Everyman's resident acting company members, our spring line-up of classes range from teen acting classes to improv workshops, stage management seminars to high school summer intensives.

This new year, try something that's new to you and experience theatre from a different point of view!

Visit our website for a full schedule of classes.


Everyman favorites Deborah Hazlett and Megan Anderson will teach in 2012. Click the photo for a full schedule of spring classes<br />

Everyman favorites Deborah Hazlett and Megan Anderson will teach in 2012. Click the photo for a full schedule of spring classes

Classes for 2012 include:

Acting 1 with Bruce Nelson

Acting 2 with Deborah Hazlett

Auditioning for Teens with Megan Anderson

Teen Acting 1 with Marianne Angelella

Teen Acting 2 with Marianne Angelella

And many more!

Visit our website for class descriptions, dates and registration information.


holiday potluck

Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., Baltimore

Please celebrate an annual tradition here at Clayworks, our Holiday Potluck! The evening will be filled with good food and cheer, so bring family and friends—all are welcome.

Please bring a casserole, side dish or dessert.

Support the local economy and ceramic artists by doing your holiday shopping with Baltimore Clayworks. Nothing is more appreciated and admired than a handmade, artful gift. They have one-of-a-kind gifts starting at $15. Or give family members a gift certificate for a clay class—classes start at just $45.



A clay class is a unique, joyful and thoughtful gift. Students love the therapeutic benefits: it's relaxing, is a stress reliever and improves focus and concentration.

Here is a sampling of what they’re offering in the Winter/Spring 2012 session. Please visit their web site for a full list of classes and descriptions.

  • CS1 Potter's Wheel Sampler - Saturday, 2-5 PM, April 14 - May 19
  • BW1 Basic Wheel - Tuesday, 7-10 PM, February 7 - April 24
  • BIW3 Basic/Intermediate Wheel - Thursday, 7-10 PM, February 9 - April 26
  • HB3 Figure in Clay - Tuesday, 7-10 PM, February 7 - April 24
  • HB7 Accoutrements: Hand-built Function - Wednesday, 7 – 10 PM, February 8 - April 25
  • ST1 Exploring ^6 Surface - Tuesday, 10-1PM, February 7 - April 24
  • ST3 Soup to Nuts: Best Studio Practice - Tuesday, 7-10 PM, February 7 - April 24
  • ST5 Cast Away: Mold Making + Slip Casting - Monday, 7-10 PM, February 6 - April 23
  • ST7 Dine On: Plates, Chargers & Bowls - Friday, 7 – 10 PM, February 10 - May 4
  • ST8 Matching Game: Creating Sets - Thursday, 10 AM-1 PM, February 9 - May 3
  • ST10 Slips, Sigs & Surface - Wednesday, 7 – 10 PM, February 8 - April 25
  • WS1 Julia Galloway: Developing Form & Surface - Sat. - Mon., 10 AM – 4 PM, January 14 – 16
  • WS2 Arthur Gonzalez: Dynamic Expressions - Sat. & Sun, 10 AM – 4 PM, February 18 & 19
  • WS3 Linda Christianson: Function + Form - Sat. & Sun, 10 AM – 4 PM, March 3 & 4