Thursday, August 30, 2012

CATCH QUILT EXHIBIT BEFORE IT CLOSES ON SEPT. 6

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Enduring Threads: Fiber Stories of the AAQB
WHEN: August 19- September 6, 2012
Museum hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM;
Saturday - Sunday: 12 noon – 4 PM
WHERE: The James E. Lewis Museum, Morgan State University’s Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore
ADMISSION: FREE


Over fifty works of fabric art will be on display, capturing and expressing a fantastic range of colors, shapes, textures and emotions. Members of the African American Quilters of Baltimore will present all new, all original pieces. Techniques include traditional and innovative piecing, appliqué, embellishments, three-dimensional construction, hand and machine embroidery and more. Artistic styles include narrative, decorative, symbolic, ethnic and even humorous and political.

AAQB members are regular participants in numerous cultural and educational events throughout the year including Port Discovery’s Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend celebration and the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Fiber Arts Day. AAQB members were commissioned to create a quilt honoring the life and legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Photographs of the completed project (and possibly the quilt itself) will be on display during the exhibition.

Special events during the show include a weekend craft market and demonstrations for adults on how to quilt. For exact schedule, see the website: http://www.aaqb.org

The African-American Quilters of Baltimore was founded in 1989 by three African American quilters seeking the community of other African American quilters. Their primary goal was to offer support and information for African American quilters in an environment of acceptance and welcome. Since that time, the group has grown in size and diversity and includes quilters of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals. In addition, its members participate in projects in schools, libraries and museums in keeping with our "Each One, Teach One" philosophy.

Here’s what the Urbanite had to say about the AAQB’s 2010 Show:
“The wide range of the guild’s work—from quilts made by “non-traditional traditionalists” who use unusual fabrics or color combinations in traditional patterns to the quilts of innovators who add texture or photographic images to their work... And while some of this work does seem far removed from the “mammy-made” quilts of past generations, the essential materials of fabric and thread remain constant.”
http://www.urbanitebaltimore.com/baltimore/in-stitches/Content?oid=1288339

Visit www.aaqb.org for additional information.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

BAKER ARTIST AWARDS PARTY @ THE BMA

Baker Reception

Baker Artist Awards Opening Party

WHEN: Fri, Sept 7, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
ADMISSION: FREE FOR ALL

Doors Open 6:30 PM
Performances 7 PM
Reception 8 PM
THE WINNERS—ON VIEW!
Alexander Heilner, Photographer
David Knopp, Sculptor
Nathan Bell, Musician
Plus 9 talented b-grant winners!
Enjoy after hours access to the galleries, live performances by Nathan Bell and Smooth Kentucky, an artist meet and greet, and light refreshments!
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RSVP by Friday, August 31
jwright@baltimoreculture.org

Saturday, August 25, 2012

SOPHOMORE STUDENTS’ WORK FEATURED @ MICA

A previous exhibition at MICA.MICA Exhibitions: Foundation Exhibition

WHEN: Reception: Thursday, Sept. 6, 5-7 PM; August 17-September 16
WHERE: Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 W Mount Royal Avenue,
Baltimore (Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.; Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.)
ADMISSION: Free

Timed to coincide with the arrival of this year's freshmen, this highly regarded student exhibition features work produced by current sophomore students during their Foundation year at MICA. This annual exhibition provides a first glimpse at the work of artists who will be developing their skills and vision over the next three years in a variety of media.

MOVEMENT & MASKS TELL TALE OF OLD LOVE @ THE THEATRE PROJECT THIS SUNDAY ONLY

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WHEN: Sunday, August 26, 2012, 3:00 PM
WHERE:
Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $22; seniors & Military $16.75; students $11.25*
BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE
Tickets are available at the door 1 hour prior to the performance.
Prices include all credit card fees. Tickets are non-refundable, but may be exchanged for another performance based on availability.

Theatre Project is thrilled to welcome Spain's Kulunka Teatro to Baltimore, as they present their beautiful production of André and Dorine.

In the small room, on whose walls reflect the past, sound the keys of a typewriter and the notes of a cello. André and Dorine are a unique elderly couple whose relationship, like many others, has fallen into neglect caused by routine. What used to awaken the passions of one another, today have become indifferent or even controversial.

In the tone of good-humor, we'll see a typewriter and cello that no longer sound in harmony, but have become weapons to disturb each other.

But an event comes to break the monotony: Alzheimers. Devourer of memories, of memory, and of identity itself.

And so begins a re-start in the relationship between André and Dorine. A journey through memory. Remembering who they were in order not to forget who they are. Remembering how they loved in order to keep loving.

André and Dorine is a show without boundaries; told silently, through the use of movement and masks, creating a world that transcends language, intertwining humor and emotion.

André & Dorine is being sponsored in part by QuestFest, a two-week international visual theatre festival.

THE THEATRE PROJECT HOLDS MASK WORKSHOP FOR KIDS

MASK PLAY!
An Introductory Workshop for Kids to Play in Theatre Masks

WHEN: Sunday, August 26 at Noon to 2 PM
WHERE:
Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
TICKETS: Free

Come play with Waxing Moon Theatre Company, Baltimore's own masked theatre artisans, in a FREE MASK WORKSHOP! This is a chance to move and play, an on-your-feet workshop for kids ages 10 and up.

With theatrical masks as our guide, we will hop like animals and dance like clowns, continuing our human tradition of pretending to be other things.

A wonderful training opportunity for kids already interested in theatre, a brief but potent education in the rich history of trickery, and a riotous exploration of simple but nonetheless magical transformation!

Bring a brown bag lunch and stay for the 3 PM matinee of André and Dorine ($10 tickets available for all workshop participants and their families.)

Space is limited! Please call 410.752.8558 to register.
Questions? Contact Tara at
tara@waxingmoonmasks.com
For more about Waxing Moon Masks, visit http://www.waxingmoonmasks.com.

VAGABOND PLAYERS THEATRE OPENS 97TH SEASON!

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By William Gibson
Directed by Miriam Bazensky and
Performed by Amy Jo Shapiro

WHEN: September 7-30, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM; Special performances on Thursday 9/13& 9/27 at 8:00 PM
WHERE:
Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point
TICKETS: $17 Online / $18 Box Office; Seniors, Military (with ID) $15 Online / $16 Box Office; Fridays Are Student Nights: Students w/ID: Plays: $10
Group Rates of $16 per person for plays ($12 for Seniors/Students) or $20 for musicals ($16 for Seniors/Students) are available for parties of 10 or more. All members of a group must meet the applicable Age/ID requirements; otherwise the adult group ticket price applies
Tickets can be purchased online at www.vagabondplayers.org

In the tension-filled days leading up to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Prime Minister Golda Meir reflects on her tumultuous life as a Russian immigrant, American school teacher, and political leader faced with the possibility of launching a nuclear attack on Israel's enemies. This stirring play received accolades on Broadway and this production promises  the same level of excitement and drama.

Photography by Ken Stanek

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

25% OFF TIX FOR “TIME STANDS STILL” THROUGH AUGUST 31ST ONLY

Buy Tickets to Everyman Theatre's TIME STANDS STILL

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Sarah and James—a photographer and a journalist—share a passion for the adrenaline rush caused from reporting in the world's deadliest war zones. As reporters, their lives are devoted to telling the toughest stories from across the globe. But how do you separate yourself from the action you witness? How do you create an impartial lens? When their own story takes a sudden turn during a bomb blast in Iraq, the wounded Sarah returns home with James to the safety of New York. Pressed to consider settling into a more "conventional" life, Sarah must face her addiction to the drama and chaos of war.

Secure your seats to this acclaimed Broadway hit today-tickets will go fast. Plus, it's not too late to subscribe and get all six plays of the 2012/13 inaugural season for as little as $25 a play. Click here to learn more.

There just isn't a more exciting year to see Everyman Theatre. Period.

*25% off ticket offer valid for adult price level tickets purchased from 8/9/12-8/31/12. Offer may be modified or revoked at any time. Limit 4 tickets per order. Some blackout dates apply. Subject to availability. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount and is not valid on previously purchased tickets. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Orders may be subject to regular service charges. Expires 8/31/12.

COMEDY-DRAMA EXPLORES PRE-STONEWALL GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN 1950S HOLLYWOOD

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THE TEMPERAMENTALS
Winner of the 2010 Drama Desk Award

temperDescribed as “Mad Men meets Milk,” this witty, intelligent and moving play opens the closet doors on lovers Harry Hay and Rudi Gernreich in 1950’s Los Angeles as they build the Mattachine Society, the first gay rights organization in the United States.

WHEN: August 29 through September 16*
WHERE: Studio Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC.

For Rep Stage’s Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stebbins, The Temperamentals holds a special place in his heart. “In 2009 I purchased tickets to see The Temperamentals Off-Broadway. I took my mentor, friend, and ‘gay uncle’ Walt Witcover. Walt just recently entered into a very difficult time in his life. This is a man I've known for over 25 years — he’ll be 88 later this month. Walt's partner of 36 years passed away in 1996. They called me the son they never had. Walt and his partner, Richard, talked about their experiences being gay in the 50's, being entrapped by policemen, finding safe houses for gay men where they could go to be themselves, clubs both social and sexual. What courage and strength it took to be ‘out’ in those days — to fight for rights and/or recognition. After seeing The Temperamentals, I thought of it as a dedication to all of those who persevered so that people like me could live the life that I lead today. When the lights came up after the performance, Walt and I sat for a long time and talked about it. It was important to both of us. I've been so fortunate to explore these worlds, meet some of these people.  Plays like The Temperamentals make me wonder about the oh-so-many men and women who I'll never meet, never know, who helped to make our world a better and more accepting place.”

Of the 2010 Drama Desk Award-winning play, Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote: “Amazing, isn’t it, what could be hidden behind those sober jackets and ties that made American men look all but interchangeable in the early 1950s…Marans’ eminently likable docudrama about gay identity in the age of Eisenhower begins with a classic vision of mid-20th-century uniformity… guys in off-the-peg suits, as anonymous as the standard-issue…Yet it doesn’t make the mistake of letting its characters exchange one set of stereotypical traits (timid, oppressed, self-loathing) for another (confident, assertive, proud). The diversity that’s celebrated here is within each of the individuals portrayed. This awareness of the lively inconsistencies that teem within any personality makes The Temperamentals more than just an inspirational history lesson.”

*A post-show reception follows the Saturday, September 1, 8 PM evening performance and free post-show discussions follow the Friday, September 7 and 14 performances. There will be a pre-show lecture discussing aspects of the history of the Mattachine Society before the Saturday, September 15 matinee performance beginning at 12:30 PM in Monteabaro Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public and is subject to change. No tickets are needed for the lecture.  For further information, visit www.repstage.org or call 443.518.1500.

CABARET SINGER EXAMINES THE SCIENCE OF LOVE IN SONG

Germano’s upcoming cabaret lineup is phenomenal!

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. 

Germano’s is a nut-free facility. Inquire about their vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items and specials featuring sustainably caught wild seafood from Wild Planet.

For ticket sales and reservations call 410.752.4515. 
www.germanostrattoria.com

Gia's singing career began at age three at the Elk's Club with her father, guitarist Rick Chinisci. She sang Oh, Lonesome Me... and promptly fell asleep on stage. Now she stays awake for the whole show, singing jazz and performing her original cabarets at venues including Blues Alley in Washington, DC, Germano's in Baltimore, Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret in Denver, and M Bar in Los Angeles.

She is a frequent featured soloist, singing at the Kennedy Center and for the Bush family at the White House. She also performs as a guest artist with other musicians and released her first CD, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, with Unified Jazz Ensemble in 2009.

Her past cabarets include Love in the Capital City, Love in the Mile High City, Laugh It Up, Funny Girl, and When I Think of Home.

ADULT DANCE CLASSES EVERY TUESDAY IN SEPTEMBER

Celebrate 10 Years of Dance Baltimore!

Dance Classes Every Tuesday in September!

Adult Dance for All 

 

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SEPTEMBER ADULT DANCE SERIES 

WHEN: Tuesdays in September: 4, 11, 18 and 25th
WHERE:
Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street, Baltimore

  • Class 1: 6 - 7:15 PM
    Modern with Torens Johnson

    TUITION: Four classes, $50; Single class, $15
  • Class 2: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
    Belly Dance with Ouranitsa!
    (Bring water and a scarf or shawl)
    TUITION: Four classes, $50; Single class, $15
  • LINE DANCE: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
    HAND DANCE CLASSES: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
    Salsa, Ballroom, Swing and more!
    Pay-what-you-can! 

For additional details or to pay online, www.dancebaltimore.org

Ages 16 and older. Registration and payment in advance or at first class. Payments by cash, checks (payable to Dance Baltimore and mail to Dance Baltimore, 847 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201) OR online at www.dancebaltimore.org.

Monday, August 20, 2012

2 NIGHTS OF ENTERTAINMENT KICK OFF SCT’S SECOND SERIES

Kicking off this year’s Second Series with not one, but TWO nights of entertainment!

POETRY SLAM
WHEN: Friday, August 24, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 120 W. North Ave., Baltimore

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Featuring poets Chris August, Gayle Danley (left), and Twain Dooley
Join Single Carrot Theatre as they welcome three award-winning poets who wow us with words and the signature style that has garnered them awards and accolades the world over. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to witness poetic greatness the way only slam artists can provide.

24-HOUR PLAYS
WHEN: Saturday August 25, 8 PM
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

You know we don’t do anything halfway at Single Carrot Theatre, so we’re hosting TWO 24-hour plays.

What’s a 24-hour play, you ask? Imagine this: a team of playwrights write a play from 8 PM to 8 AM, they then hand it off to a director and the actors. Those folks rehearse the play for 12 hours, and then perform it—JUST FOR YOU. 24-hour plays are wild, crazy, unpredictable, and offer a peek inside humanity’s oddest location—the brain of a playwright who hasn’t slept. Join us to see how far they’ll go, and what brand of insanity they present.

Contributors: Gina Braden, Genevieve de Mahy, Paul Diem, Nathan Fulton, Richard Goldberg, Ben Hoover, Dylan Koehler, Chris Krysztofiak, Julie Lewis, Dustin Morris, Britt Olsen-Ecker, Tim Paggi, Brad Ranno, Elliott Rauh, Lauren Saunders, Beth Weber, Michael Varelli & Mike Zemarel.

ADMISSION: $10 suggested donation or Pay-What-You-Can
FREE FOR MEMBERS

For more info please call: 443.844.9253 or e-mail
boxoffice@singlecarrot.com

DANCE BALTIMORE CELEBRATES A DECADE OF DANCE

DB Luncheon 2012

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FINISH UP AUGUST @ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE!

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

Buy tickets online

Buy tickets by phone

410.385.2638

CHIVES
WHEN: August 23 – Thursday, 8 PM
TICKETS:
$10

Matthew Wohl, bass
Steven Lugerner, reeds
Max Jaffe, drums

Celebrating their third release, Dads, on Primary Records!

A continuation of the jazz trio continuum—yet Chives’ repertoire is heavily influenced by the world of songwriting. 

SONS OF DAUGHTERS
WHEN: August 24 – Friday, 8 & 9:30 PM
TICKETS: $10

Patrick Breiner — tenor sax, clarinet, voice (Easton, CT)
Aaron Darrell — bass, voice (Boston, MA)
Devin Drobka — drums (New York, NY)

Sons Of Daughters are on the hustle. Not even two years as a band and they’re about to embark on their 6th DIY tour in support of their 4th DIY recording, “Beyond Animals.” The new CD is by far their most reckless, joyous, and genuine recording to date and their first to feature all original music.

BALTIMORE AN DIE MUSIK 2012 ELECTRONICA CONCERT TWO
WHEN: August 25 – Saturday, 7 PM & 10:30 PM
TICKETS: $10 general/$5 students

This Electronic Music/Experimental Music/Electro-Acoustic Music event is sponsored by members of The Baltimore SDIY Group & Friends.

Please come out & join us for a really fantastic extravaganza of knob twisting, string bending, pitch bending, wiring mazes & sound shaping that will propel you into an absolutely awesome musical voyage.

KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE
WHEN: August 26 – Sunday, 6 PM
TICKETS:
$10

Steve Johnson — Vocals, Guitar
Mike McCormick — Keyboards
Rob Creath — Drums
John C. Harris — Trombone
David Vermette — Bass Guitar
Jim Tavener — Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Edward Justice — Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Bone

They take great tunes, add a touch of New Orleans, a pinch of jazz, a hint of world-beat, and ground it all in solid alt-rock sensibility.

Matt Dievendorf & Amy K Bormet duo
Plus Matt Dievendorf Trio
WHEN: August 30 – Thursday, 8 PM
TICKETS: $10/$5 students

with Blake Meister, bass; Andrew Hare, drums

In creating their most recent project jazz pianist/singer-songwriter Amy K Bormet and multi-faceted guitarist Matt Dievendorf combine original compositions with a broad and diverse selection of songs in an intimate duo setting. Dievendorf’s thoughtful guitar solos and Bormet’s elastic vocals are laced with Bormet’s melodically gifted piano performances. Inspired by classic duets from Tuck and Patti, this husband and wife duo have a natural interplay on stage and off. Their first album of duets will be released in Early Spring 2013.

SOUNDS GOOD! JAZZ TRIO
WHEN: August 31 – Friday, 8 PM
TICKETS: $10 general admission/$8 students, seniors & BJA members

 JAZZ CLARINET SUMMIT

WHEN: August 31 – Friday, 8 PM
TICKETS:  $12/$10 seniors, students, Baltimore Jazz Alliance members

Clarinetists Bob Jacobson, Ben Redwine and Dave Rybczynski
Ron McCadden, guitar
Tom Hensler, bass

Jazz clarinet is making a comeback.  Three of this area's best jazz players on clarinet weigh in with a concert of swing, Brazilian, blues, ballads, Latin and more

Friday, August 17, 2012

SOME TIMELY TIPS FOR RAISING A CREATIVE CHILD

My blog friend, librarian Carol Levin, sent me this post. As a mom, grandmom and teacher, I think it’s worthwhile passing it on to you. Share it with your friends (and kids):

Thought-provoking article:

5 STEPS TO RAISING A CREATIVE CHILD from ImaginationSoup.net

Creativity Literacy 5 Steps to Raising a Creative Child

CONDITIONS FOR CREATIVITY

Parents can create environments that encourage creativity. These environments include:

  • down time
  • failure
  • play
  • opportunities to invent and create

Blogger, Jillian Riley, suggests in her eBook, Raising a Creative Kid, that the environment include:

  • open-ended toys
  • pretend play
  • creative art spaces

Creativity de Bono quote 5 Steps to Raising a Creative Child

Creating Innovators author, Tony Wagner writes that creative innovators need:

  • perseverance
  • willingness to experiment and take calculated risks
  • tolerance of failure
  • the capacity for design thinking
  • critical thinking

Sir Ken Robinson, in his famous TEDx talk, books, and articles, says that schools kill creativity. To encourage creative thinking, they’ll need to:

curiosity quote leo burnett 5 Steps to Raising a Creative Child

ARTICLES ABOUT CREATIVITY

Still want to read more about creativity? Here are great online links to keep you busy thinking for awhile.

Creativity 101, Imagination Soup.
How Can You Encourage Your Child’s Creativity? Imagination Soup.
Video Games Help Creativity, USA Today
Do schools kill creativity?, Parenting.com
Top 50 Creativity Posts, My Creative Team
Raising a Creative Kid by Jillian Riley (eBook)
Tips on How to Be Creative by John Cleese (video)
Using Humor to Understand Creativity, Big Think
Read
More from this excellent piece …


pablo picasso creativity quote 5 Steps to Raising a Creative Child

LAST PIECE OF ADVICE

Don’t worry about being creative. You already are. You don’t have to read any articles, any the books, do any exercises . . . you were born creative and still are. So are your kids. Just relax. Be. Create.
Now go have fun with your creative selves!

Finally, check out this fun idea—Personalized paper doll set from rookiemoms.com.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

@ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE! AUGUST 16-19

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

Buy tickets online

Buy tickets by phone

410.385.2638

Jazz Vocalist Rhonda Robinson
“Yay!! Carmen McRae"
A tribute to Carmen McRae
WHEN: August 16 – Thursday, 8 & 9:30 PM
TICKETS: $10

Rhonda Robinson, vocals
Charlie Sigler, guitar
Steve Synk, bass
Robert Shahid, drums

Alan Blackman’s Coastal Suite
WHEN:
August 17 – Friday, 8 & 9:30 PM
TICKETS: $10

Alan Blackman, piano & compositions
Max Murray, bass
Frank Russo, drums
featuring
Rogerio Boccato, percussion
Donny McCaslin, saxophone

Alan Blackman is a Baltimore based pianist and award-winning composer. He was selected to be part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center and has received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council in jazz composition, performance and world music as well as the Chamber Music of America’s prestigious New Jazz Works multi-year commission. Arrangements and performances of his music have been featured on NBC’s Parenthood, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and the new Hawaii Five-O, as well as Stephen King’s movie, 1408.

This performance is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Chamber Music America.

Colleen Shanley & GRAND JUNCTION
with special guest Mac Walter
WHEN:
August 18 – Saturday, 8 PM
TICKETS: $15

“Americana Music,” blending various genres of music such as bluegrass, folk, Irish, country, blues, swing, rock and jazz.

Collectively the members of GRAND JUNCTION have had the honor of sharing many stages with such notorieties as The Sun Studio Rhythm Section, Holly Cole, Wayne Toups, Kelley Willis, Cleve Francis and Friends, Michael Fath's Le Jazz, Patti LaBelle, Los Lobos, Blues Travelers, The Chieftains, Shane MacGowan & The Pogues, Black 47, The Saw Doctors, Bad Haggis, Charlie Musselwhite, Dennis Chambers, Carl Filipiak, Deanna Bogart, The Kelly Bell Band, The Slickee Boys, Half Japanese, The Prodigals, Eileen Ivers, Sue Richards, Maggie Sansone, Al Petteway, Billy McComiskey, Hasil Adkins, Almighty Senators, The Crawdaddies, Edith Massey, Hibiscus & The Screaming Violets, Violent Femmes, Tinsley Ellis, Koko Taylor, Gaelic Storm, Flogging Molly, Great Big Sea, Robin Bullock and The Baltimore Symphony.

CRAIG ALSTON GROUP
WHEN: August 19 – Sunday, 4 & 6 PM
TICKETS: $12/$10 students

Craig Alston, saxophone
Michael Raityk, guitar
Alan Blackman, piano
Jeff Reed, bass
Eric Kennedy, drums

Performing original works and arrangements of familiar songs done with a unique twist.

Friday, August 10, 2012

BALTIMORE SINGER RETURNS TO GERMANO’S

Sara Glancy in

SONGS FROM BEFORE I WAS BORN 

WHEN: Saturday, August 25, 7:30 PM
WHERE
: Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10 cover

The talented recent NYU theatre grad and Carver alum, Sara Glancy, returns to Germano's after two sold out performances with her new cabaret Songs From Before I Was Born, a musical journey through the Great American Songbook, dedicated to her grandmother, Catherine Glancy.

Join Sara as she sings the sweet tunes of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and more. Act II is devoted to the rockin' 60's!

Says Sara, "I'll Be Seeing You" there!

ROTATING HISTORY PROJECT’S “DOWN THROUGH THE NEEDLE’S EYE” CLOSES AUGUST 10 @ EMP

DOWN THROUGH THE NEEDLE’S EYE

WHEN: through August 10; closing reception 6:00-10:00 PM; Panel Discussion 7-8, Performances 6-7 and 8-10.
WHERE:
EMP Collective, 306 W Redwood Street, Baltimore
ADMISSION: Free

EMP Collective is collaborating with the Rotating History Project (Teddy Johnson and Heather Rounds, http://rotatinghistory.blogspot.com) in its historic space, the Faust Building, this July.

The Faust Building, once a wholesale shoe business and mercantile outpost, resides at the heart of Baltimore’s former Garment District. Drawing from EMP’s location and the neighborhood’s history as garment manufacturing center, the Rotating History Project created Down through the Needle’s Eye.

Down through the Needle’s Eye is a multidisciplinary art exhibition that brings 19 local artists together to explore and ruminate upon concepts and themes related to Baltimore’s historic former Garment District. The project features many 2012 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize applicants and EMP is proud to host this exciting project as part of The Artscape Gallery Network.

Melding past and present, an artistic exploration of the history of the neighborhood seems especially fitting given its location within the newly-designated Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District.

Panel: Explorations of Baltimore’s Historic Garment District: First-hand accounts and reflections from industry workers, scholars and artists.

  • Joe Beal, Former Baltimore city garment worker
  • Michael Masatsugu, Department of History, Towson University
  • Matt Mettler, Department of History, Towson University
  • Valeska Populoh, Fiber Department, MICA, Contributing artist
  • Andrew Shenker, Contributing artist
  • Phil Spector, Owner, Fashions Unlimited, Baltimore

Artists who have contributed to the 5 week show.
Andrew Shenker
Annie Farrar
Charlotte Keniston
Chris Fitzwater
Christine Stiver
Daniel Van Allen
Dominic Terlizzi
Dominique Zeltzman
Grant Whipple
Hannah Brancato
Hannah Mandel
Joseph Young
Kaitlin Murphy
Laure Drogoul
Max Bent
Melissa Webb
Michael Masatsugu
Minas Konsolas
Rachel Wolfson Smith
Valeska Populoh

The History of Baltimore’s Garment District

An area of the city loosely falling between Fayette Street, Greene Street, Pratt Street and Hanover Street, it was in the Garment District where umbrellas were first manufactured in the US and the second largest men’s clothing factories in the world once operated. The city’s labor movement and many of its early union struggles happened here as well.

The rise and decline of the Garment District as a flourishing industrial center for Baltimore’s manufactured products, as well as the people who worked and struggled to maintain their livelihoods through the decades, speak to events and societal practices that are not alien to our own time and highlight the finite nature of our society’s industries in general.

ABOUT THE ROTATING HISTORY PROJECT
Through various artistic mediums, the Rotating History Project aims to draw attention to the threads running through our history, culture and environment, without compromising the integrity of our subject matter. For us, history does not begin and end on a page. It moves all around us; alive wherever we may turn our head next. It's a tool for informing our present and future. Although our mediums are the arts, we see our target audience as the larger community, far beyond the scope of art patrons and practitioners. The Rotating History Project was founded by Baltimore-based artists Heather Rounds and Teddy Johnson, who work in collaboration with a variety of individuals, specific to the themes of each event.

1 MORE WEEK TO SEE PUBLIC CURATED EXHIBITION @ THE WALTERS

WHEN: June 17–August 19, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
WHERE: The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
ADMISSION: Free

This summer, the Walters Art Museum will present Public Property, an exhibition collectively created by the public. In 1931, the museum’s founder Henry Walters bequeathed the core collection of the Walters to the City of Baltimore “for the benefit of the public.” The Walters’ art is owned by the public, and it is the public who will determine what this exhibition will be.

Choosing ArtworksFrom Dec. 2011–March 2012, a series of public choices were made, from deciding the exhibition title and theme, to selecting artworks. While on view June 17–Aug. 19, 2012, visitors will continue to contribute to, and change, this exhibition. (Left: Museum educators use tablet computers to invite visitors to record their choice of artworks)

“At a time of increasing concern about equity and democracy within society, from the Occupy Wall Street movement to the Arab Spring, I’ve been thinking more about the role of museums not only to act as expert but also to encourage civic participation in our exhibition process,” said Walters Director Gary Vikan. “This exhibition aims to be socially engaging and work with the public in a collaborative manner as an experiment and experience for both the participants and the museum itself.”

Choosing a ThemeThe first stage of the planning process ran from Dec.1–18, 2011. The public used the Walters’ works of art site to curate collections of artworks and tag them with keywords. The Walters’ exhibition team analyzed collection tags to determine some popular themes that emerged from the online collections, including adornment, military, creatures and death. A vote was held, both online and at the museum, from Dec. 23, 2011–Jan. 8, 2012, to determine the exhibition theme. Creatures was the theme that received the most votes, ultimately becoming the publically determined theme for the exhibition. The team then selected a large group of artworks for the public to vote on related to creatures. (Right: This poker chip voting station invites museum visitors to select a theme for the exhibition.)

A Wild Boar HuntThe public selected a total of 106 artworks to be part of the exhibition, including Antoine-Louis Barye’s watercolor, Running Jaguar, and an Indian work on paper ca.1675, A Wild Boar Hunt (left). A selection of the 23 most admired paintings will be displayed within the exhibition. Other artworks, including manuscripts and three-dimensional objects, will be featured on a “wall of fame,” which will display images of the artworks along with labels and information about their popularity. Due to conservation concerns about the fragility of certain objects, the “wall of fame” enables the Walters to honor public choices and feature artworks chosen by the public, even if the objects cannot be physically exhibited.

AN EVENING OF ONE-ACT PLAYS @ B.P.F. & SPOTLIGHTERS THEATRE OPENS THIS WEEKEND

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival presents

THE THINGS WE DO. . .
A
n evening of one acts
Director: Lynn Morton
Stage manager: Thomas Peter

WHEN: August 10-26; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM
WHERE:
Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $15; Seniors (60+) / Students / Military $14
(Students - anyone under age 18, or with a college student ID)

Featuring:

  • Protest by Adam Meyer
  • Replay by Mark Scharf
  • A Good Brain is Hard to Find by Rebecca Wyrick

"Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning."
What would you do for the ones you love? A sharp comedic and dramatic examination of the one thing that keeps us wanting more and pushing us to limits we never knew existed.

In Protest, two people find that spark in an unexpected place. Replay lets us see the moments we regret. A Good Brain Is Hard To Find examines the relationship between monster and creator.

Talk Back with Cast, Director & Playwrights  Sunday, Aug 19, immediately following performance
Ten Spot Thursdays - ALL Tickets $10 - Aug 16 & 23 – 8 PM

Casts
Protest by Adam Meyer
Tyler - C-Mo Molloy
Lizzie - Siobhan Beckett

Replay by Mark Scharf
Josh - C-Mo Molloy
Leann - Rachael Lee Rash
(Amy Patrick 8/11)

A Good Brain is Hard to Find by Rebecca Wyrick
Inspector Ohls - Andrea Bush
Hannah West - Siobhan Beckett
Frederick Waldman - Jared Jiacinto
(Alexander Scally 8/16-8/26)
Henry - C-Mo Molloy
Council - Rachael Lee Rash
(Amy Patrick 8/11)

Production Crew
Director - Lynn Morton
Stage Manager - Thomas Peter
Set - Michelle Datz
Costumes - Samantha Allen
Lights - Chris Allen
Sound - Andrew Porter
Props - Siobhan Beckett, Lynn Morton, Cast and Crew
Special Effects Makeup - Siobhan Beckett

THE SCOTTISH PLAY GETS THE ROYAL TREATMENT BY YOUNG ACTORS ACADEMY THIS WEEKEND

MACBETH
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ron Heneghan
Assisted by Thomas Bowers

WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 2 PM; Sunday, August 12, 7 PM
WHERE:
Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
TICKETS: $15

Spotlighters Theatre Young Actors Academy presents Macbeth, the Scottish Tragedy.

The High School Academy presents Shakespeare's darkest and bloodiest tragedy; it is also his shortest.

Macbeth tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. His reign is racked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath swiftly takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into realms of arrogance, madness and death.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

EARLY BIRD TICKET AVAILABLE FOR BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS ANNUAL CLAY BALL: PURCHASE BY AUGUST 10

SAVE THE DATE FOR

THE ANNUAL CLAY BALL

While enjoying cocktails, guests will view silent & live auctions
featuring ceramic art, jewelry, artwork of all kinds, unique trips and experiences. A memorable time will be had by all as they boogie down
to live music by TumbleHome, a Baltimore roots rock and blues band.
The evening also includes a seated buffet by Atlantic Caterers,
followed by dessert and coffee.

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 6:30 –11 PM
WHERE:
B&O Railroad Museum
TICKETS: $185
Purchase tickets online, by phone, or in the gallery.

EARLY BIRD TICKET SPECIAL! Purchase your ticket before August 10 and pay only $170.
Use promo code: EBGALA

If you're interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for this event, please contact lauren.sampson@baltimoreclayworks.org.

2012 Clay Ball Sponsors:

5707 SMITH AVENUE, BALTIMORE MARYLAND 21209

MON-WED 10 AM-5 PM
THURS-FRI 10 AM-7 PM & SAT 12-5 PM
410.578.1919www.baltimoreclayworks.org deaf friendly

SPOTLIGHTERS SEEKS ACTORS FOR FIRST SHOW OF 51st SEASON

spotlight theater logo.AUDITION NOTICE

PictureMAME! the musical
By Jerry Herman
Director: Allan Herlinger

Assistant Director: Amanda Bennett
Musical Director: Michael Tan
Choreographer: Jillian Bauersfeld

WHEN: Saturday, Aug 25 from 11 AM – 3 PM and Sunday, August 26th from 6 PM – 9 PM
WHERE: Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Show performances November 23 – December 23 http://www.spotlighters.org/2012-2013-season.html

The musical revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child, Patrick Dennis. Her adventures take us from the speak-easies of the roaring 20's to the depression following the great Stock Market crash. She is rescued by a wealthy Southern plantation owner, marries and is widowed suddenly, and through it all, manages to keep things under control. With some help from her dearest friend, Vera Charles, she helps keep things at 3 Beekman Place a rousing free-for-all.

 

  • No appointments, first come first heard.
  • Please arrive no less 30 minutes before end of auditions to allow time for full audition.

AUDITION PREPARATION
  • Prepare 18- 24 bars of up-tempo Broadway style music and 18-24 bars of a Broadway Ballad. DO NOT PREPARE ANY MUSIC FROM MAME.
  • You may be asked to perform only one of the numbers.
  • Bring sheet music in your key. No a capella auditions.
  • Be prepared for short dance audition
  • Wear comfortable clothes /dance shoes for dance audition
  • Cold readings from script, no monologues needed.

Please bring your calendars, conflicts will be requested.

List of main characters (ages are not physical age but what can be portrayed):

  • Auntie Mame - mezzo [solid F3 - F5] (Age range could be as young as 30s and up to early 50s) – eccentric, madcap, extremely liberal
  • Agnes Gooch – soprano [G3 - Bb5] (Age range 30s - early 40s) – comedic role, Patrick’s dowdy Nanny
  • Vera Charles - alto [solid Eb3 - Bb4] (Age range could be as young as 30s and up to early 50s) – over-the-top flamboyant actress, comedic role
  • Young Patrick Dennis – boy alto/high tenor [F3 - D5] (singing age 8 – 12 boy) – young boy, Mame’s nephew
  • Ito - tenor/high baritone [G3 - G4] (singing age 18 - up male) – Mame’s Chinese butler, comedic role
  • Lindsay Woolsey – publisher, one of many of Mame’s male friends. Mame’s closest male confidant
  • Dwight Babcock – pompous and righteous guardian/lawyer
  • Beauregard Burnside – baritone (30 – 45) wealthy southern gentleman who marries Mame
  • Mother Burnside – alto/contralto [E3 - G4] (55 – 70) Beauregard’s over-protective mother
  • Sally Cato – soprano [C4 - Bb5] (23 – 30) Southern Belle competing for Beauregard’s affection with Mame
  • Patrick Dennis – baritone [C3 - E4] (19 – 25) young (adult) man who is Mame’s nephew all grown up
  • Mrs. Upson – (35 - 45) Gloria’s uptight New England snobby mother
  • Mr. Upson – (35 - 45) Gloria’s uptight New England snobby father
  • Gloria Upson – (19 – 25) New England snobby young (adult) lady engaged to Patrick
  • Pegeen Ryan – (19 – 25) young (adult) lady who is the girl Patrick ultimately marries

And other character parts played by Ensemble of 12 (6 men, 6 women) [Tenors need A4/Sopranos need Bb5]

NON-Paid / NON-Union

PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS, 26 TROUPS @ B.I.G.’S IMPROV FESTIVAL!

6th Annual Baltimore Improv Festival!

Baltimore's Funniest Weekend!  8 Performances , 12 Workshops, 26 Troupes

WHEN: AUGUST 16-19, Shows are Thursday the 16th at 8 PM, Friday & Saturday at 7, 8:30, & 10 PM, and Sunday the 19th at 7 PM.
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
BIF Info Here
Performance Tickets Here
Workshop Registration Here

If you want to buy day passes or whole Festival Mega Passes, you have to buy them at Creative Alliance or by calling 410.276.1651

SHOWS!

Twenty Six Troupes from D.C. to Boston to Chicago hit the stage!

For Reservations, Price & Show Info, & Money Saving Passes Click Here

WORKSHOPS!

Whether you have never improvised or been playing for years, we've got you covered! We have workshops on Saturday and Sunday August 18-19, with sessions from 10 AM-1 PM and 2-5 PM. There are three workshops per session.

For Workshop Information and Reservation Click Here

Beer & Crepes! (Not necessarily together)

In addition to Baltimore Best Comedy Weekend, the Creative Alliance has two bars & we're bringing in the good folks from Sofi's Crepes of Owings Mills. Great drinks. Great Eats. Great Laughs.

GROUPON DEAL EXPIRES THURSDAY, AUGUST 9!

You loverImprov? Laughter? Rhetorical Questions? You can get half price tickets for Baltimore Improv Festival shows RIGHT NOW.

CLICK HERE FOR 2FOR1 GROUPON DEAL!