Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Animation of Miwa Matreyek at The Theatre Project, Ticket Discounts for Friends of the Maryland Film Festival! 

Watch Myth & Infrastructure 4-minute excerpt here.

The Theatre Project is pleased to bring the work of animator and multimedia artist


WHEN: March 16, 17, and 18
Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., Baltimore
TICKETS: $5-off ticket discounts are available for current Friends of the Festival! (Friends of the Festival: reply to this email with your name in the subject field and you will be sent instructions on how to obtain discounted tickets.) 

Both Myth and Infrastructure and Dreaming of Lucid Living are live performances with projected animation. As the artist walks behind the screen, her shadow becomes an integral part of the animated world—she crosses from domestic/home spaces of kitchens and dining room tables to oceanscapes and cityscapes in a fantastical journey.

Miwa Matreyek is an internationally recognized animator, designer and multi-media artist based in Los Angeles. She creates animated short films, as well as live works that integrate animation, performance and video installation. Her work explores how animation transforms when it is combined with body and space (and vice-versa). In her video project-based installations, animation takes on a more physical and present quality, while body and space take on a more fantastical quality.

Myth and Infrastructure and Dreaming of Lucid Living are being presented as part of QuestFest, a two-week international visual theatre festival. QuestFest features groundbreaking work from exceptional performers and companies dedicated to the use of movement, gesture, and digital media to tell stories. By stripping away the artifice of language, QuestFest builds bridges between disparate communities and cultures.

For more information call the Theatre Project 410.752.8558.


FREE Miwa Matreyek Master Class!

WHEN: March 12, 13, 14
Johns Hopkins Digital Media Center

In this master class, we will explore ways that media transforms as it is incorporated into installation and performance, and vice versa. Students will experiment with digital content (video, animation, images) by projecting them on to space, body, objects, textures, etc as we explore different approaches to tell a story or create a theatrical/cinematic moment. The class will comprise of an intro, lab time, and "quick and dirty" projects that will be critiqued and discussed as a class at the end of the session.

  • Monday, March 12 - 6 – 8 PM
    Introductory session. 
  • Tuesday, March 13 - 6 – 9  PM
    Lab time for the students to create work.
  • Wednesday, March 14 - 6 – 9 PM
    Presentation and critique.

This FREE 3 day Master Class has open slots for up to (but no more than) eight people in collaboration with the Digital Media Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Participants are required to commit to all three days, total of 8 hours. To reserve a space, e-mail the Baltimore Theatre Project (

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Enoch Pratt Free LibraryWriters LIVE!

American Wasteland
Jonathan Bloom
, American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food
Monday, March 5, 7 PM 
Central Library Wheeler Auditorium

Jack Kennedy, Elusive Hero
Chris Matthews
, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero
Thursday, March 8, 7:30 PM
Central Library

Complete schedule


Women's History Month 

Women's Lit Fest 2012 moderator and 4 writersInternational Women's History Month
Literary Festival

Saturday, March 10, 1 PM
Central Library Wheeler Auditorium
A panel of four women writers from across the globe discusses the intersection of place, time and culture in literature and in the lives of women.

King Peggy
Peggielene Bartels, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
Sunday, March 11, 2:30 PM
Central Library Wheeler Auditorium

Complete Schedule

Brown Lecture Series   

The Cross and the Lynching Tree
James H. Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree
Thursday, March 1, 6:30 PM
Central Library Poe Room


Yury ShadrinLeon Fleisher, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in Piano, will conduct a Peabody Symphony Orchestra concert tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 8:00 PM in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Yury Shadrin (left), winner of the 2011 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition and a Fleisher student, will perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major with the PSO. Also on the program is Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F major. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.23.-4800. The concert is dedicated to Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker in celebration of their gift to the Leon Fleisher Scholars Fund.

Also this week

Edward Polochick will conduct a concert by the Peabody Singers on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. The first half of the concert will be a 55th birthday tribute to Gioacchino Rossini (born on leap day in 1792), with performances of La Passeggiata, I Gondolieri, and Toast Pour le Nouvel An, interspersed with vocal solos and duets. For the second half, the Peabody Singers will be joined by an instrumental ensemble to perform Vivaldi's Gloria with soloists Emma Morgan Caffrey, Justine Moral, Delaney Rosen, WoonJi Yeoh, and Molly Grace Young. For tickets, call 410.234.4800.

Also on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 1:00 PM, Rosa Ponselle Charitable Foundation President Elayne Duke will bring the legendary soprano's story to life through music, multimedia and local Pikesville anecdotes. The free event will take place at the Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road.

On Friday, Mar. 2, at 7:30 pm, three Peabody Honors Ensembles will perform at a free concert in Peabody's Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall. The Kubrick Quartet—violinists Orin Laursen and Songeun Jeong, violist Dian Zhang, and cellist Javier Iglesias Martin—will perform Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, Op. 133. The János Quartet—violinists Colin Sorgi and Michelle Skinner, violist Jaclyn Dorr, and cellist Mia Barcia-Colombo—will perform Bartók's String Quartet No. 4. The Ars Nova Trio—violinist Charlene Kluegel, cellist Maria Victoria Pedrero, and pianist Kyung Wha Chu—will perform Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat, Op. 96, "Archduke."

Conservatory faculty artist Jay Clayton, who teaches jazz voice, will perform with Peggy Stern and Amy Shook as the Women's Intuition Trio on Friday, Mar. 2, at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. The two sets are at 8:00 and 9:30 PM. For tickets, call 410.385.2638.

Also on Friday, Mar. 2, at 8:00 PM, the Ellicott City Trombone Choir, led by Conservatory faculty artist David Fetter, will perform fanfares and Ave Marias, music about death and life, and works by Schubert, Schütz, Wagner, Gigout, and Pärt with organist Jason Kissel (DMA ’07). The concert is part of the Spire Series at First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, 210 West Madison Street. For tickets, visit

On Sunday, Mar. 4, at 3:00 PM, Preparatory faculty members will give a free recital of works by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Leoncavallo, Ginastera, Carlisle Floyd, and Gwyneth Walker in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall. The performers will include soprano Carol Cavey-Miles, flutist Rachel Choe, pianist Laura Garvin, violinist Matt Horwitz-Lee, pianist Irene Kim (a guest artist), pianist Hanchien Lee, violinist Andréa Picard, organist Samuel Springer, harpist Michaela Trnkova, pianist Ta-Wei Tsai, and tubist Elijah Wirth.

Guitarist Martha Masters (BM ’94, MM ’96), president of the Guitar Foundation of America and first-prize winner in the GFA's International Solo Competition in 2000, will return to her alma mater to perform as part of the third annual Fret Festival, presented by the Preparatory Guitar Department. Her recital will be held on Sunday, Mar. 4, at 6:00 PM in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall, concluding the day of workshops, master classes, and children's activities, plus a vendor fair and a Conservatory Ensemble Showcase. Tickets to the recital are $20 ($10 for Peabody Preparatory or Conservatory students, faculty, and staff) and may also be purchased as part of Fret Festival admission. For details, visit

Free noon recital

At this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, Brassivity will perform Bach's Little Fugue in G minor, Michael Kamen's Quintet, and the Allegro Vivo movement from Eugene Bozza's Sonatine for Brass; and the Eastern Edge Brass Quintet will perform Fanfare from Paul Dukas' La Peri, the Con brio movement from Malcolm Arnold's Quintet for Brass, and Josef Zawinul's Birdland. The members of Brassivity are trumpeters Yanbin Chen and Tristan Clarke, hornist Joel Watts, trombonist Emily Joseph, and tubist Scott Miller. The members of the Eastern Edge Brass Quintet are trumpeters Austin Boyer and Emily Korth, hornist Elizabeth Fryer, trombonist Frances Yu, and bass trombonist Joseph Buono. Also on the program are Johann Melchior Molter's Concerto No. 2 in D major, performed by Chen with pianist Lia Wang; Henri Tomasi's Concerto, performed by Clarke with pianist Lixia Li; and Allen Bonde's Ballad in Blue, performed by Joseph with pianist Bethany Pietroniro.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are 11 recitals scheduled this week. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit

Upcoming concerts
  • Harlan D. Parker will lead the Peabody Chamber Winds in a free concert on Wednesday, Mar. 7, 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • Faculty artist Donald Sutherland, organ, will perform with the C Street Brass Quintet on Sunday, Mar. 11, 4:00 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • The Peabody Opera Theatre will present four performances of Robert Ward's The Crucible, Wednesday, Mar. 14-Saturday, Mar. 17, 7:30 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.

To listen to Audio Program Notes for a specific concert, visit one week prior and click on the headphones icons on the concert webpage.

Monday, February 27, 2012


You know we are big fans of high school theater. It’s the perfect place to expose your kids to theater. It’s usually G-rated, and kids love watching other kids perform. Best of all, it’s nearby and reasonable. What a great way to support the arts and make your kids theater lovers! Check out what’s on at Loch Raven High School:

By Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Directed by Erin E. Confair
Musical Director: Patty DeLisle

WHEN: March 1, 2, and 3, at 7:00 PM
Loch Raven High School auditorium, 1212 Cowpens Avenue, Baltimore

Based on the 1960 film by Roger Corman and screenplay by Charles Griffin, Little Shop of Horrors is a rock musical about a florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The audience can look forward to the music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, with several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Somewhere That's Green" and "Suddenly, Seymour."

Junior Jeremy Sierakowski (Seymour) said, “It’s quite a commitment that everyone is dedicated to. This experience has shown a different side of me, and not a day was spent regretting being a part of this.” Director Erin E. Confair added, “The students of Loch Raven High School never cease to amaze me with their talent and tireless effort. The chemistry that this cast has on stage is truly incomparable. They prove year after year that with hard work and dedication we can create magic. We can even create a man-eating plant!”

Junior Allison Farrell (Chiffon) exclaimed, “Look out, because here comes Audrey 2! Little Shop of Horrors is going to blow your mind. We have never done anything like this, and I think everyone will be surprised when Little Shop of Horrors takes over Loch Raven!”

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Two very exciting education opportunities this Spring!

taught by Bruce Nelson
WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Everyman Theatre Company member and award-winning actor Bruce Nelson joins Single Carrot Theatre for an Improvisation Workshop. This class is about revealing the spontaeneous person in you. Games, improvised scenes, and physical and emotional work will help you free your imagination! For the local professional looking to enhance their skill set, for those brand new to theatre and for any person in a profession that requires adding a little creative voice to their interactions.

taught by Nathan A. Cooper
WHEN: Sundays, March 11 – May 20, 7:00- 9:00 PM

Join Single Carrot Theatre's Artistic Director, Nathan A. Cooper, for an in-depth Movement Class for individuals with acting and movement experience. Using the techniques of movement masters such as Jerzy Grotowski, Vsevolod Meyerhold, and Anne Bogart you will push boundaries as a mover and a performer to reach the next level of your acting. This class is designed for semi-professional to professional theatre artists.

If you are interested in registering, please email your resume to Giti Jabaily:

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Friends Middle School presents


WHEN: Fri. and Sat., March 2-3, at 7 PM, and on Sun., March 4 at 2 PM
Friends School of Baltimore, Forbush Auditorium, 5114 North Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10 for adults and $5 for students, and may be purchased at the door or at the Middle School office during school hours.

Featuring such classic toe-tappers as “Put On a Happy Face” and “One Boy,” the production boasts a cast, chorus and crew of some 70 Middle Schoolers! For more information, click HERE.

Set in 1958 in Sweet Apple, Ohio, Bye Bye Birdie follows the teenage hysteria created when singer Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley-ringer, is called up to the U.S. Army. Albert Peterson, Conrad’s mild-mannered agent, and his long-suffering secretary/sweetheart Rosie Alvarez concoct a last-ditch publicity stunt before sending their cash cow overseas: they’ll have Conrad sing Albert's new song, "One Last Kiss," and give one lucky girl from his fan club a real “last kiss" on The Ed Sullivan Show. Panic ensues in Sweet Apple when Kim McAfee, president of Sweet Apple’s Conrad Birdie fan club, learns she’s the girl who Conrad will kiss on national television.

Featuring such classic toe-tappers as “Put On a Happy Face” and “One Boy,” the production boasts a cast and chorus of some 70 Middle Schoolers, with Manuel Binford ’14 as Albert Peterson, Grace Hehir ’15 as Rosie Alvarez, Mark Johnson ’14 as heartthrob Conrad Birdie, Emma Dudley ’14 as Kim McAfee, the would-be recipient of Birdie’s “last kiss,” Will Mortimer ’15 as Hugo Peabody, her jealous boyfriend, Cory Nigrin ’14 as Mr. McAfee and Nina Dietz ’14 as Albert’s over-bearing mother, Mae Peterson. Missy Gorman and Cecile Audette, respectively, direct and music-direct the show. Kathy Satmary is choreographer. Set design is by Evan Gifford, with construction support by Tod Rutstein and a student crew.


imageFilm Screening: Bezalel on Tour Student Animation Films
WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 5–9 PM
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Celebrate the display of Bezalel on Tour, an exhibition showcasing some of the best contemporary creations by more than two dozen Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem alumni, with a reception from 5–7 PM. Afterward, there will be a screening of 12 Bezalel student short animation films from 7–9 PM (Above: Student work from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design by Lior Ben Horin [Screen Based Arts Department]).

imageEdible Shelters
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 3:30 PM

WHERE: Fox Building: Cafe Doris, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

This year’s Exhibition Development Seminar class will partner with the younger students of the Young People’s Studios program at MICA to create Edible Shelters. After touring a portion of the Under Cover exhibition, students will use various edible materials to create individual shelters in response to the show that they can eat or take home. Registration information is available at (Right: Keith Perelli, Evacuate, oil on paper on wood, 2005.)

imageAnn McCoy
WHEN: Monday, March 5, 10:30 AM
WHERE: Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Ann McCoy is a New York-based sculptor, painter, curator and writer who has been involved in studies of comparative religion, Jungian psychology, 15th-century alchemy and Native American culture for 30 years. McCoy worked with founder of analytical psychology Carl Gustav Jung’s main successor, Dr. Carl Alfred Meier, in Zurich for 28 years and has studied alchemy both in texts and in her dreams. McCoy has worked on alchemical studies in the Vatican Library and the Corsini in Rome. Her work is included in the collections of major American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hirschhorn Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the winner of a Prix de Rome, a DAAD Berliner Kunstler grant, an Award in the American Arts, a Pollack Krasner, and a Gottlieb, among others. For the last three years she has created fairy tales dealing with the alchemical theme ―the death of the king. Her Berlin exhibition on this theme has been featured in the Berlin Zeitung, Fabrik Magazine and the Huffington Post. This talk is sponsored by the Hoffberger School of Painting.

imageMonday Artist at Noon: Irina Nakhova
WHEN: Monday, March 5, Noon
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. M
ount Royal Ave.

Irina Nakhova graduated from the Moscow Institute of Graphic Arts in 1978. She is an installation artist and an academically trained painter who parlays art historical references into interactive environments that are humorous and poignant,‖ according to Marina Mangubi, landscape painter and professor at Ebert College of Wooster in Ohio. Nakhova has had a long and distinguished career with numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Moscow, Austria, Estonia, Chicago and London. She is a member of an unofficial artist group that is now known as the Moscow Conceptual School and has been a member of the Union of Russian Artists since 1986. Since 1992, Nakhova has lived and worked between Russia and the United States. Nakhova taught contemporary art at Wayne State University in Detroit, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria. Her artwork is in museums and private collections in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


HBO's<br /><br />"Treme"<br /><br />Season #1<br /><br />The Wire Turns Ten: David Simon Looks Back
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7 PM
WHERE: MICA’s Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

Baltimore-based author, journalist and television writer/producer David Simon will lecture at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) on the state of Baltimore in 2012 and the legacy of the HBO television series, The Wire, the first season of which aired in 2002.

Simon was invited on campus by MICA’s new The Wire & American Naturalism class as a celebrated literary naturalist writer. Like the creators of the The Wire, American naturalist novelists of the 1890s and early 20th century produced searing depictions of urban criminality and economic injustice. While simultaneously reading from naturalist texts and viewing Simon’s groundbreaking series, the class investigates the relationship between naturalism, political reform and melodrama; examines the scientific and intellectual foundations of the literary movement; and considers the philosophical problems posed by a naturalist worldview.

Simon worked for the Baltimore Sun for 12 years before writing Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and co-writing The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood with Ed Burns. The books became the basis for the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street and the HBO mini-series The Corner, respectively. Simon is the creator, writer and executive producer of The Wire, Generation Kill and Treme, also created for HBO. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and an Utne Reader visionary in 2011. 

This talk is sponsored by MICA’s Humanistic Studies Department.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


WHEN: Workshops: 2–5 PM; Tours: 2–2:45 PM the last Sunday of the month

WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore


Make Sunday afternoon family time without spending a dime!
Every Sunday, join the BMA for activities the entire family can enjoy.
Express your inner artist in a hands-on art-making workshop, or enjoy an interactive family gallery tour.


  • March 4: Stencil-Patterned Prints
  • March 11: Make 3-D Mechanical Creatures
  • March 18: Silk-Screened Scenery
  • March 25: Family Tour—Lines, Shapes, and Patterns, 2–2:45 PM


  • April 1: Collage a Spring Landscape
  • April 8: Build a Mini-Maryland Room
  • April 15: Make a Mosaic á la Tiffany
  • April 22: Assemble a Joshua Johnson-Inspired Self-Portrait
  • April 29: Family Tour—Treasures in the American Wing, 2–2:45 PM


oyster platter

The World's Your Oyster
An exhibition that features fresh interpretations of the oyster plate by contemporary ceramic artists

WHEN: March 3 to April 14, 2012 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 3, 6 to 8 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore

Friday, March 2, 6-8 PM
TICKETS: Ticket prices are $15 Members, $20 Non-Members and $25 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase by CLICKING HERE or calling 410.578.1919 x10.
Oysters, light fare, beverages and live music will be included. Proceeds benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

In the Main Gallery: Daily Companions. An exhibition that features an array of cups, mugs and tea-bowls.Juried by Linda Christianson and John Wilson.

In the Community Arts Gallery: A Community of Cups

Baltimore Clayworks is a not-for-profit ceramic art center located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1980, Clayworks is housed in two reclaimed and renovated buildings located across the street from one another. This organization offers classes, artists' spaces, exhibitions, and programs throughout the community. Hours are 10 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Saturday. For more information call Baltimore Clayworks at 410.578.1919 or visit their WEBSITE.

Monday, February 20, 2012


Jim SnideroThe Johns Hopkins University in partnership with the Peabody Institute has launched a new jazz series, Jazz at the Johns Hopkins Club, an exciting concert experience for its alumni, associate members, and guests. The spring 2012 season will feature four dates by outstanding artists beginning with two sets on Saturday, Feb. 25, by the Jim Snidero Quartet, featuring Jim Snidero, alto saxophone; Peabody faculty artist Paul Bollenback, guitar; Paul Gill, bass; and McClenty Hunter, drums. Jazz Studies Chair Gary Thomas is artistic director of the series. All shows begin at 8:30 and 10:00 PM at the Club, located on the Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street. Tickets for the first set and second set can be purchased online. For further information about Jazz at the Johns Hopkins Club, please visit

Also this week

Pianist Leon Bates will perform at Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive, on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 PM. He will also lead a master class, free to students with ID, on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:00 PM. Recital tickets are available through, by calling 410-547-SEAT, and at the Fine Arts Center ticket office.

The Columbia Orchestra, directed by Jason Love (BM ’92, Cello; MM ’94, Conducting), will present Young People's Concerts on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 12:30 and 3:00 PM at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpet Road, Columbia, Md. For tickets, visit

Michael Fried, the J.R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University, will give a lecture titled "Candida Höfer and the Poetry of Architecture" on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2:00 PM at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. The free lecture will take place during the final weekend of the exhibition Candida Höfer: Interior Worlds, which includes Höfer's large-scale photograph of the George Peabody Library.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8:00 PM, jazz drummer Nasar Abadey, a faculty artist, will perform with his band SUPERNOVA as part of Intersections, a New America Arts Festival, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit

Also on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8:00 PM, pianist and Preparatory alumnus Joon Yoon, a sophomore at The Juilliard School, will give a free recital of works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Ravel, and Prokofiev at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street.

Pictures on Silence—Conservatory alumna Jacqueline Pollauf (BM ’06, Harp; MM ’07, Harp Pedagogy), harp, and Noah Getz, saxophone—will perform at a Baltimore release concert for their debut CD, Voyage, on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3:00 PM. The concert will be held at 834 On The Avenue, 834 West 36th Street. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:00 PM, there will be a DC release concert at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 6th Street and Maine Avenue SW, Washington, D.C.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, at 6:00 PM, the Black Student Union of Peabody will present its second annual benefit concert, Soulful Expressions: An Afro-Centric Expedition, in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall. The performers will include Chelsey Green (MM ’09, Viola), The Green Violinist; Afro-Blue, a Howard University a cappella group featuring Integriti Reeves (BM ’10, Jazz) that appeared on NBC's The Sing-Off; and the James McHenry Elementary School Children's Chorus. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.

Upcoming concerts
  • Yale Gordon Concerto Competition Winner Yury Shadrin will perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Fleisher, Shadrin's teacher, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Edward Polochick will conduct a performance by the Peabody Singers of Vivaldi's Gloria and selected works by Rossini on Wednesday, Feb. 29 (Rossini's birthday), 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • Preparatory faculty members will give a free recital of works by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Leoncavallo, Ginastera, Carlisle Floyd, and Gwyneth Walker on Sunday, Mar. 4, 3:00 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.


Lincoln, Washington, Lunacy!

BIG Doubles Up This Weekend.

BIG welcomes you back as we leap into our Spring Run. First up, back2back nights at the Strand. On Friday, Training for Prom leads off for the sweethearts of Improv, MacCloskey&Myers. As if that weren't enough, we throw in Gus & Lekker, at no extra charge. Then get some rest, and come running back on Saturday night for Photobomb, Plan B, Fire Underground (MacCloskey&Myers plus 2 BIG performers) and Population: 6. We'll see you there.

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, Feb 24-25, 8 PM
he Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles St., Baltimore
$10 General/$8 for Students, Military, First Responders


  • Unscripted: Full Length Improvised Plays. A Different show each Night: March 2-17.
  • College Night Performance on March 15. All Tickets $8.
  • Four BIG troupes playing the NYC Improv Festival: March 21-24
  • Next Round of Classes starts in March
  • First ever Intro Improv Class for Teens starts Thursday, April 19. For Information contact
  • Other than that, we're up to nothing. See you soon.



Paparazzi: Eyes in the Dark
Baltimore Premiere of action-packed African film!

WHEN: Friday, March 2, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
ADMISSION: $12 public, $7 members of Creative Alliance

Hollywood meets Nollywood in this award-winning, romantic, suspense-filled film by Nigerian director Bayo Akinfemi. With stunning cinematography and stellar performances, Paparazzi is the story of rich music producer Mr. Maxx (singer and actor Koby Maxwell of Virginia) and a mysterious murder and the ripples of its repercussions.

Paparazzi Eye in the Dark is a romantic mystery that features a strikingly beautiful and universal cast, incredible crossover music, excellent sound/picture quality and professional acting. It appeals to universal audience and is a collaborative effort of Nigerian, Ghanaian, American, Jamaican and a host of other African countries’ talents and is the first to propose a theatrical release of this magnitude.

The English language film, shot in Atlanta, Georgia, tells the story of an aspiring photographer (Van Vicker) who enters the lucrative world of paparazzi photography and unwittingly captures a major scoop that puts him in the center of the city’s biggest murder mystery.

The film features Nollywood’s sexiest A-List actor Van Vicker, famed Nigerian director/actor TChidi Chikere, Nigerian actress JJ Bunny, Ghanaian recording artist Koby Maxwell, Nigerian/American actor Chet Anekwe, American actress Syr Law of Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and Bayo Akinfemi of the Hollywood Blockbusters The Tuxedo and Bullet Proof Monk. It’s also directed by Nigeria’s Bayo Akinfemi, cinematography and editing by American filmmaker Black Magic Tim, and produced by Ghana’s Koby Maxwell and Liberia’s Dr. Clarice Ford-Kulah, and executive produced by Great Moments Productions.

To date, Paparazzi Eye in the Dark has won 5 NAFCA Awards and been nominated for 4 Ghana Movie Awards, which was held in Ghana on December 25, 2011.



film stuffAfrican Film Festival Traveling Series
WHEN: Saturday, March 24, & Sunday, March 25
ADMISSION: Single Day Pass: FREE Members at the door; $10 non-Members; $5 Students with I.D.
Tickets on sale February 22.
To purchase tickets, visit the BMA
Box Office, call 800-919-6272, or go to Service charges apply for phone and online orders.
For more information, visit

This engaging film series features critically acclaimed shortformat and feature releases by African directors. All films have English subtitles. Please note: Some content may be unsuitable for young children.

Saturday, March 24

  • 1 PM
    Kinshasa Symphony
    Democratic Republic of Congo/Germany
    95 min.
    This fascinating film reveals the people of Kinshasa and the power of music.
  • 2:45 PM
    A Screaming Man (Un Homme Qui Crie)
    88 min.
    A pool attendant in Chad must give up his job and contribute to the "war effort."
  • 4:30 PM
  • Lezare (For Today)
    14 min.
    This touching story about a homeless boy conveys a powerful message about global warming and thoughtlessness.
  • 4:55 PM
    One Way, A Tuareg Journey
    52 min.
    The inspirational documentary chronicles a family's fractured emigration from Niger to Italy

Sunday, March 25

  • 1 PM
    A Trip to Algiers (Voyage à Alger)
    97 min.
    Drama unfolds as an unscrupulous government official tries to take a home away from a mother and her children.
  • 2:45 PM
    Kongo: 50 Years of Independence
    Episode 1: The Unbridled Race
    52 min.
    The three-part documentary focuses on the colonization of the largest county in Central Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • 4 PM
    Kongo, Episode 2: The Great Illusion
    52 min.
  • 5 PM
    Kongo, Episode 3: The Failed Giant
    52 min.
The African Film Festival National Traveling Series is organzied by the African Film Festival, Inc. This series has been made possible bt the generous support of National Endowments for the Arts, the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Lambert Foundation and The Bradley Family Foundation. Special thanks to Mahen Bonetti, Director, and Toccarra Thomas, Program Coordinator, African Film Festival, for their assistance and support.
This program is sponsored by the Joshua Johnson Council.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


On ViewLECTURE: Candida Höfer and the Poetry of Architecture

WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
ADMISSION: FREE (space is limited)

Highly regarded art historian, critic, and author Michael Fried visits the Museum during the final weekend of Candida Höfer: Interior Worlds.

Join Fried and Contemporary Curator Kristen Hileman as they discuss insights on the acclaimed photographer's works in the context of contemporary photography and the history of the medium.

Fried is the J.R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and the History of Art at The Johns Hopkins University. His more recent publications include Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before (2008), The Moment of Caravaggio (2010), and Four Honest Outlaws: Sala, Ray, Marioni, Gordon (2011).

Continue the Conversation! Join the artist and the museum for a reception following the lecture.



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

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WHEN: February
23 – Thursday, 8 & 9:30 PM
$15/$10 students

Amina Figarova – piano; Bart Platteau – flutes; Ernie Hammes – trumpet; Marc Mommaas – tenorsax; Jeroen Vierdag – bass; Chris "Buckshot" Strik – drums

Amina’s stylistic grasp extends from avant-garde experiments to multi-keyboard fusion-oriented funk

Joon Yoon, piano
WHEN: February
25 – Saturday, 8 PM
Free; admission - we suggest a $10 donation

A former student of Yong Hi Moon at the Peabody Preparatory, Joon is a sophomore at the Juilliard School with the Joseph Louis Spencer & Zylpha Allen Spencer, and Adele Marcus Piano Scholarship under the tutelage of Robert McDonald.


WHEN: February 26 – Sunday, 5 & 7 PM
$15/$10 students

Kahil El’Zabar, drums, voice, kalimba; Ernest Khabeer Dawkins, reeds; Corey Wilkes, trumpet

Close to four decades of combining concepts of African American music making with the roots of traditional African music to make something new. The Ensemble returns to our stage for its 8th annual Black History Month performance!

Peabody Jazz Students
WHEN: February 27 – Monday, 7:30 PM

Adam Corson, sax; Jon Guo, bass; Kevin Clark, guitar; Byung Kang, drums

In our first floor gallery.



Daily CompanionsCups, Mugs and Teabowls

Baltimore Clayworks is proud to host Daily Companions, an exhibition that features an array of cups, mugs and tea-bowls juried by Linda Christianson and John Wilson.

WHEN:  March 3 to April 14, 2012 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 3, from 6 to 8 PM. Hours are 10 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Saturday.
WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore
For more information call Baltimore Clayworks at 410.578.1919 or visit the website,

"While seemingly a simple form, the cup contains all the challenges I like: the pairing down of an essential lively form, comfortable feeling yet visually compelling, and a volume that suggests a specific liquid. Being put to the lip, the cup is the most dauntingly personal pot one could make. It has the capacity to change one's daily life. The cup is one of the most basic of forms, but provides infinite possibilities. Welcoming a broad definition of Cup, this exhibition will include cups, mugs, tumblers, tea bowls, yunomis—with trays or saucers or not, sets or not. All works on display are utilitarian and are visually compelling." Linda Christianson

Juried Artists:
Terry Acker, Warren Anderson, Marion Angelica, Lorna Awalt, Amanda Barr, Jill Marleah Bell, Susan Bogan, Joy Bridy, Jessica Broad, Julia Cardone, Missy Cochrane, Tim Compton, Boyce Covert, Steve Daniels, Heather Jo Davis, Mitzi Davis, Gina Desantis, Nick DeVries, Brice Dyer, Neill Fallon, Delores Fortuna, Brett Freund, Ursula Fries-Herfort, Yoshi Fujii, Morghan Gray, Matthew Grimes, Bianka Groves, Marc Harper, Lisa Hartjen, Deborah Heid, Christine Hernandez, Stepanka Horalkova, Charles G. Hughs II, Matthew Hyleck, Mitch Iburg, Kyle Johns, Judith Berk King, Lucien Koonce, Robert Lawarre III, Clay Leonard, Brenda Llewellyn, Matt MacIntire, Rose Misanchuk, Lynne Molner, Michael Pappas, Brittany Petersen, Cathie Polak, Mike Poness, Nick Ramey, Terrie Raphael, Catherine Rehbein, Chaya Richman, John Riley, Monica Ripley, Allison Severance, Tim Sherman, Jose Sierra, Jeremy Simms, Marsha Slater, Gary Slavinsky, Rebecca Strickland, Ryan Strobel, Michelle Swafford, Sarah C. Teasley, Charles D. Tefft, Laura Toscano, Sara Truman, Jen DePaolo Van Horn, Sam Wallace, Suzanne Wolfe, Mathew Wren, Nancy Zoller

Invited Artists:
Dan Anderson (IL), Wayne Braum (WI), Linda Christianson (MN), Susan Dewsnap (NE), Josh DeWeese (MT), Krista Grecco (GA), Liz Kinder (PA), Simon Levin (WI), Jim Lorio (CO), Laura Jean McLaughlin (PA), Ron Meyers, Debra Oliva (MI), Elizabeth Robinson (CO), Catherine White (VA), John Wilson (MD)

In the Solo Gallery: The World's Your Oyster. An exhibition of contemporary ceramic artists featuring fresh interpretations of the oyster plate.

In the Community Arts Gallery: A Community of Cups

Baltimore Clayworks is a not-for-profit ceramic art center located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1980, Clayworks is housed in two reclaimed and renovated buildings located across the street from one another. This organization offers classes, artists' spaces, exhibitions, and programs throughout the community.