Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MUSICAL EVENTS THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY INSTITUTE

Events at Peabody

The Conservatory's end-of-semester chamber music concerts begin this week with concerts Wednesday, May 1, at 2:30 pm; and Sunday, May 5, at 2:00 and 4:30 pm. These concerts, in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, will present works from all periods for strings, winds, brass, percussion, and piano, are free and open to the public.

A master class by pianist Leon Fleisher, Peabody's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in Piano, will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at 6:00 pm, in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. The rescheduled master class with pianist Richard Goode will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Hall. The master classes are free and open to the public.

The Peabody Opera Department will present Ariel's Tempest, an original opera based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, on Thursday, May 2; and Saturday, May 4; at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. The show has music by Douglas Allan Buchanan (MM '08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy) with additional text by Roger Brunyate and is directed by Jennifer Blades (MM '97, GPD '08, Voice). Tickets for the performance at Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, are $10.00 for general admission and $5.00 for children 13 and under. For more information, visit www.theatreproject.org.

The Peabody Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble, directed by Gary Thomas, will perform on Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 pm, in East Hall. Guest conductor Alex Norris (PC '90, Trumpet; BM '09, Music Education), will lead the group in works by Gary Thomas, Jon Gordon, Alan Ferber, and Grant Green. A small combo will also perform Who's In Control by Gary Thomas and Psychonaut by Kevin Clark (BM '12, Jazz Guitar). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800.

Drummer Mike Clark will be a guest artist with the Peabody Jazz Orchestra, directed by Michael Formanek, on Friday, May 3, 7:30 pm, in East Hall. Works by Tim Ouimette, Freddie Green, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock will be performed. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800.

The Peabody Children's Chorus, directed by Doreen Falby, will perform classical, folk songs, and spirituals, including selections from Gabriel Fauré, Pierre Certon, Morten Lauridsen, Leonard Bernstein, and Randall Thompson. The chorus will perform on Saturday, May 4, at 3:00 pm, at Old St. Paul's Church, 233 North Charles Street. Advance tickets are required for $5. Contact sspicher@jhu.edu for tickets. Also on Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 pm, the group will perform in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800 for tickets.

Area events this week

Violinist Hilary Hahn, a member of the Peabody National Advisory Council and a Preparatory alumna, will perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra on Wednesday, May 1, at 8:00 pm. Korngold's Violin Concerto and Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 will be performed at this Washington Performing Arts Society concert at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit wpas.org.

The SONAR New Music Ensemble will present a free recital of works by György Ligeti on Friday, May 3, at 7:30 pm, at Grace and St. Peter's Church, 707 Park Avenue.

On Saturday, May 4, at 2:00 pm, the Five Guys Wind Quintet will perform works by Carl Nielson and Samuel Barber at a salon concert featuring musicians from the Peabody Institute at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Branch, Fine Arts & Music Reading Room, 400 Cathedral Street.

Faculty artist Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano, will be the soloist in Brahms's Alto Rhapsody with the National Philharmonic Chorale on Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 pm. Other works by Brahms will also on the program, including Schicksalslied, "Song of Destiny" and Symphony No. 4. The performance will take place at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. For tickets and more information, visit nationalphilharmonic.org.

The Russian Trio—violinist Nikita Borisevich, cellist Dmitry Volkov, and pianist Katherine Harris Rick—will perform a concert on Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 pm, at the Cadby Theatre on the Campus of Chesapeake College, Routes 50 and 213, Wye Mills, Md. Call 410-819-0380 to make reservations. The trio was a silver medalist and winner of the Audience Choice Award in last year's Chesapeake Chamber Music's international competition.

SPOTLIGHTERS SEEK EMERGENCY REPLACEMENT FOR AGNES IN “A DELICATE BALANCE”

PictureSpotlighters seeks a replace actor for Agnes in

A DELICATE BALANCE
By Edward Albee
Directed by Fuzz Roark

Interested actors should e-mail Fuzz Fuzz@spotlighters.org or call 410.752.1225

NEEDED: Female, age 50 - 55 for Agnes in A DELICATE BALANCE
Performance Dates: May 24 - June 30, 2013; Fri & Sat – 8 PM,  Sun – 2 PM

Character Breakdown

Agnes is the main female character of the play. She is woman in her fifties, well off, and married to Tobias. She is also the mother of Julia and the sister of Claire. Agnes believes herself to be the fulcrum of the family, keeping everyone in balance. She often maintains this balance, or order, by not confronting issues, not taking a stand, and not processing emotions. She tries to keep the peace by not dealing with anything that might upset it.

On the surface, Agnes is completely supportive of her husband, Tobias. She looks to him to confirm her thoughts, and, likewise, she confirms his. It is not until near the end of the play that she brings up issues that show cracks in her relationship with her husband. When the memory of the death of her son is brought to the surface of her thoughts, she reminisces about how difficult a time that was for her, a time when she questioned everything, including her husband’s love and faithfulness to her.

Although she feels as if she is the fulcrum, Agnes begins and ends the play on her musings of insanity. She wonders if she could just suddenly slip off into madness and what that would be like. She wonders what her husband would do if that happened. Would she be an embarrassment to him? Embarrassment is a very large issue with Agnes. She is easily embarrassed by her sister Claire, who Agnes believes has wasted her life and her potential. When Claire insists that she is not an alcoholic, Agnes states sarcastically, “that’s very nice.” Then she lists times that Claire has vomited, fallen down, and called from the club to have someone come and get her. She concludes this commentary with the words: “If we change for the worse with drink, we are an alcoholic.”

Monday, April 29, 2013

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EXTRAVAGANZA @ CARDS, COMICS & COLLECTIBLES

Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza
at Cards, Comics & Collectibles
—the Store that Brings You the Baltimore Comic-Con...

Adam Kubert, Frank Cho and Steve Conley

Free Comic Book Day 2013 is just around the corner and Cards, Comics & Collectibles—Baltimore's Premiere Comic Book Store and the Official News Source of the Baltimore Comic-Con—is pulling out all of the stops for this year's event!  Everyone has been wondering what we were going to do and we're finally ready to announce it!  This is the one you've been waiting for!

The full-day event kicks off with an awesome line-up of creators appearing at the store! Adam Kubert, Frank Cho, and Steve Conley will be all signing and sketching at the store throughout the day.

Superman FCBD by KubertLegendary Marvel and DC Comics artist Adam Kubert, whose most recent work includes Marvel's Avengers vs. X-Men event and the recently launched Avengers series, will be signing and sketching from 12:00pm - 2:30pm, and again from 3:30pm - 6:00pm. He is the featured artist in DC's Free Comic Book Day 2013 issue, Superman: The Last Son of Krypton #1.

The son of comics legend, Joe Kubert, Adam started his illustrious career in comics in 1993 drawing Wolverine for Marvel Comics. He was a mainstay at Marvel, working on such titles as X-Men, Ultimate X-Men, and Ultimate Fantastic Four, until 2005 when he signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics. While there, he served as artist on Action Comics, DC Universe: Last Will and Testament, and Batman and The Outsiders Special. In 2009, he returned to Marvel where he remains today.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

FREE EXHIBIT OF VIDEOS @ BMA THROUGH JUNE 16

Black Box: Raqs Media Collective
WHEN: Now through June 16, 2013
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland
ADMISSION: Free

The BMA's new Black Box gallery is a showcase for contemporary light, sound, and moving image works by artists from Baltimore and beyond.

In collaboration with The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Media Studies, the Museum is presenting two contemplative videos by artists-in-residence Raqs Media Collective that give a contemporary twist to historical images of India.

  • An Afternooon Unregistered on the Richter Scale (2011) is a silent projection that uses subtle animation techniques to bring to life a 1911 photograph.
  • Sleepwalker's Caravan (2008) shows traditionally carved Yaksha and Yakshi figures floating down a river flanked by contemporary industrial sites.

The New Delhi, India-based Raqs was founded in 1992 by Monica Narula (born 1969), Jeebesh Bagchi (born 1965), and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (born 1968).

(Photo: Raqs Media Collective. Still from Sleepwalkers' Caravan. 2008. Courtesy of the artists and Frith Street Gallery)

CELLIST & PIANIST PRESENT CONCERT @ SHRIVER HALL

gerhardtlicadweb.jpgCellist Alban Gerhardt with pianist Cecile Licad at Shriver Hall Concert Series
WHEN: Sunday May 5, at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Shriver Hall 105, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore
TICKETS: $39
BaltimoreFunSavers Discounted Price: $19.50

Over the past decade, Alban Gerhardt has established himself among the great cellists of our time with his unmistakable sound, musical instinct and natural, riveting stage presence. He and the immensely talented pianist Cecile Licad return to the Series in an encore performance of works by Bach, Debussy, Schumann and Brahms.

To Redeem: Please call: 410.516.7164 and mention Funsavers to purchase tickets.

OPERA BASED ON “THE TEMPEST” PERFECT FOR CHILDREN

Ariel's Tempest
WHEN: Saturday, May 4 @ 10:30 AM; Saturday May 4 @ 1:00 PM
WHERE:
Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10

Peabody Opera Outreach presents this 45-minute opera for children, based upon William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

The show features Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, who has turned himself into a magician; Miranda, his teenage daughter; the spirit Ariel and the monster Caliban, creatures of the air and earth who Prospero rescued from bondage and who now serve him.

We see the dreadful tempest that Ariel creates on Prospero’s command to wreck the ship containing his enemy, King Alonso, and his young son Ferdinand, each of whom now believes that the other is dead. Miranda and Ferdinand fall in love at first sight, but Prospero, wishing to test the young man’s determination, accuses him of being a spy and puts him to hard labor.

Shakespeare himself makes an appearance, and a Stage Manager is there to take us on the journey, which of course leads to a happy ending.

Appropriate for all ages.

A limited number of 1/2 price tickets are available for both Saturday, May 4 performances. In addition, buy one student ticket and get the second one free. To redeem, please present this offer at the box office on the day of the performance. You may also call the Theatre Project box office at 410.752.8558 to purchase tickets in advance.

SPANISH & LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC IN COLUMBIA, MD

Music of Spain and Latin America
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 8 PM
WHERE: Columbia Pro Cantare, 5404 Iron Pen Place, Columbia, Maryland
TICKETS: $23.00
BaltimoreFunSavers Discounted Price:  $11.50

The Columbia Pro Cantare presents Music of Spain and Latin America, featuring classical guitarist Magdalena Duhagon accompanying the chorus in Castlenuovo-Tedesco’s “Romancero Gitano.”

Laura Whittenberger, soprano sings Sor ballads with the guitarist. Jared Denhard and The Lexington Brass play classical Spanish music, as well as popular music from Latin America.

Free Pre-Concert lecture and Post-Concert reception of Hispanic treats.

To Redeem:
To order using credit card, call 410.799.9321 or 301.854.0107 and mention "Baltimore Fun Guide Half-Price Offer."

Or mail check to Deborah Towner, CPC Ticket Manager, 12339 Pleasant View Dr., Fulton, MD 20759.

DANCE PROGRAM @ THE THEATRE PROJECT MAY 19

All The Way LIVE!
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 3:00 PM and 6:30 PM
WHERE:
Dance&Bmore, Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $20
BaltimoreFunSavers Discounted Price: $10

Dance & Bmore’s new work is part music concert, part theatrical production, part concert dance and All The Way Live! A night filled with passion, laughter and delight will engulf you in a rich and exciting experience of sight and sound and take you on a journey to some of Baltimore’s liveliest music and dance hot spots.

Tickets available now.

To Redeem:
For the purchase of 2 or more tickets the price is $10 through May 4th. Those interested should e-mail discount code EB1109 to
danceandbmore@gmail.com to request tickets or call 410.871.8322 to redeem the half price ticket. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

UPCOMING SHOWS WITH BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP

BIG's 30,000 kHz of Sound Invasion

WHEN: May 3rd & 4th 
WHERE:
Mobtown Theater, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd, Baltimore

Performed in complete darkness, The Bat sounds like a radio play, with all action being voiced by the cast. 30,000 kHz of Sound (formerly of NYC's Magnet Theatre and PIT) has adopted this format as their own. This weekend, they'll show us how it's done.

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BIG Laughs Comedy Night at Mugshots

WHEN: Wednesday, May 8th
WHERE:
Mugshots Café, 15 E. Centre Street, Baltimore

Join us for our monthly improv and standup open mic, featuring BIG's Population: 6. Bring your troupe down for some stage time, or come show us your standup, or both! This month is hosted by New Movement founder Chris Trew.

More Info!

BIG's Stand Up Night

WHEN: Friday, May 17th
WHERE:
Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Each standup comic will be paired with an improv troupe, who will make up scenes using the comic's set as input. Join us for this audience and performer favorite, featuring DC's ShawnMikael(s).

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BIG's May Soirée

WHEN: Saturday, May 18th
WHERE:
Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Ah, May. You're the month pools finally open, you've got a built-in three day weekend, and you're National Barbeque Month. We want to celebrate you with a show all your own...a show that illustrates your lightheartedness. It's this one.

Buy Tickets!

The Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) is a 501(3) (c) non-profit group dedicated to advancing the art of improvisational theatre in the greater Baltimore area. We hope you'll join us by supporting us with a financial contribution. Donating is easy and tax deductible. Donate Now!

BALTIMORE PERFORMANCE KITCHEN ANNOUNCES 6 UPCOMING PROJECTS & A CHANCE TO BECOME INVOLVED

 

 

 

 

 


Spring & Summer—Six Upcoming Projects

Partners for the next six projects include White Flag Performance Group, EMP Collective, Amissa Miller, Ben Hoover, Enoch Pratt Free Library (Central, Orleans Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue branches), Area 405, Single Carrot Theatre, Michelle Nelson aka LOVE the poet, Rosalind Cauthen, Kuumba Artists, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, MICA, St. Michaels & All Angels, St. Mark's Lutheran, Spiritual Empowerment Center, Seventh Metro Church and New Second Missionary Baptist, among a host of other individuals.

"What Do You Do?" Image by Patrick Joust

WHEN: May 29 through June 2
WHERE: Location is to be announced shortly.
BPK is partnering with the
Enoch Pratt Free Library for three performances at different branches:

  • June 5 at 2 PM - Central Branch
  • June 6 at 6 PM – Orleans Street Branch
  • June 7 at 2 PM - Pennsylvania Avenue Branch

This question, "What Do You Do?", is a challenging question regardless of your employment circumstances because everyone plays many roles. It is even more challenging when you are unemployed, under employed, or are pursuing an unpaid passion while working a gig for pay.

Amissa Miller recently moved to Baltimore from New York. When she was arrived, she combined her two desires: to get to know her new city and to create an original piece of theatre, and came up with What Do You Do? Amissa has been supported by an Ignite Baltimore Grant to create the work.

WHAT DO YOU DO? seeks to explore the complexities of this question through the narratives of our neighbors, colleagues, and loved ones, illuminating vulnerability and resiliency along the way. Based on interviews conducted with a diverse array of Baltimore residents, the piece weaves together stories of struggle and strength, amplifying the voices of those in our communities who are impacted by the search for, and meaning of, their work. In the process, it raises questions of how we identify ourselves, how we measure success, and what we contribute to our society beyond our job titles.

Get Involved: If you are interested in being part of What Do You Do? and would like to set up an audition, please contact me at 443.690.4053 or email me at buck@performancekitchen.org. All levels of performance experience are welcome to audition.

Free tickets will be available for reservation in May.

Special thanks to Patrick Joust (www.patrickjoust.com) for use of his beautiful photograph as our postcard image—for free.

The courtyard from the building above.Romeo & Juliet in Station North.
WHEN: June 19-30, 2013
WHERE:
Area 405, 405 E. Oliver Street in Baltimore
Major Partner:
Single Carrot Theatre

This project was initiated by Stewart Watson, one of the amazing forces behind Area 405, which is an art gallery in Station North. In the summer of 2010 Stewart told Buck Jabaily, Producing Artistic Director of Baltimore Performance Kitchen, that she wanted someone to do Romeo and Juliet in the outdoor courtyard of her building (which contains a gallery, artist studios and living quarters for Stewart's awesome family). The building was originally a brewery, but served many industrial functions during its life. It then sat empty for years before the Area 405 crew took over in the early 2000s.

Get Involved: Actors in the production are still being cast. They are specifically looking for individuals who live in Station North (Greenmount West, Charles North, and Barclay) or have a significant relationship to the area (Do you work in the neighborhood? Did you grow up there?) to play a number of mostly smaller roles that are still open. No experience acting is necessary! You would have to be available for rehearsals and all performances. Buck already has a number of individuals cast with strong relationships to the neighborhood. He is also casting the very important role of the nurse, and islooking for an African American woman between the ages of 30 and 50 with performance experience. There is no need to have a relationship to Station North to be eligible for the role of the Nurse. If you are interested in auditioning, send Buck an e-mail at buck@performancekitchen.org or call himat 443-690-4053.

Free tickets will become available on the website and phone reservation in May.

DO NOT MISS THESE 3 LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANISTS

A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore MD  21201
www.andiemusiklive.com
Buy tickets online at www.instantseats.com
Or by calling 410.385.2638

 

Craig Taborn Trio
New Release and Tour

Craig Taborn, piano
Thomas Morgan, double bass
Gerald Cleaver, drums

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30, at 8 & 9:30 PM


Chants, the highly anticipated ECM recording from the Craig Taborn Trio was just released on April 16th. Watch Craig and producer Manfred Eicher talk about the album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kbxdEgu9a0

Recently hailed by Down Beat as “one of the visionaries of the current wave,” Craig Taborn has a unique perspective on creative music-making. Just as Avenging Angel subverted expectations of solo improvised piano, so does Chants find its own response to the vast tradition of the piano trio.

Fred Hersch

WHEN: Thursday, May 2, at 8 & 9:30 PM

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so.” He was nominated for two 2011 Grammy Awards for "Alone at the Vanguard" for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo; these are his fourth and fifth nominations. His newest trio album "Alive at the Vanguard" was awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque by the Académie Charles Cros in France and has made the Best Jazz CDs of 2012 list in Slate and Downbeat.

Mulgrew Miller
with Tim Green, Kris Funn  and  Rodney Green

WHEN: Friday, May 10, at 8 & 9:30 PM AND Saturday, May 11, at 8 & 9:30 PM

A veteran of tours and recordings with such ensembles as Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Woody Shaw Quintet, the Mercer Ellington Orchestra and the Tony Williams Quintet. He has been featured on over 400 recordings, made his first recording as a leader for producer Orrin Keepnews' former label, Landmark, and later recorded on the RCA Novus label.

Mulgrew tours throughout the world and in 1997, was invited to tour Japan with an assembly of some of the most prestigious names in jazz piano—a group of ten pianists called "100 Gold Fingers" including Tommy Flanagan, Ray Bryant and Kenny Barron. Miller is also a member of the Contemporary Piano Ensemble, a unique group consisting of four pianists performing with a rhythm section.

Baltimore’s Best Jazz Venue 2005 – Baltimore Magazine
Baltimore’s Best Jazz Space 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 – Baltimore City Paper

FIVE AT 5 JAZZ SERIES CONTINUES @ BMA

Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society

The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society Presents
THE FREDDY COLE QUARTET

WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 5:00 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
TICKETS: $35 General Admission | $33 BMA Members/Seniors | $10 Students
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The Freddy Cole Quartet features Freddy Cole on piano and vocals, Randy Napoleon on guitar, Elias Dailey on bass, and Curtis Boyd on drums.

Freddy ColeThe 80-year-young Freddy Cole hardly needs an introduction. Called “the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive” (The New York Times), Cole is a living link to the Great American Songbook, which he delivers with a smoky baritone and impeccable sense of swing. For more information, please visit www.freddycole.com.

The free pre-concert tour begins at 3:45 PM. To reserve space, please contact the Baltimore Museum of Art directly at 443-573-1818.

One of Baltimore's premiere jazz concert series for over two decades, the Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society programs some of the finest artists in jazz today.

All concerts in the Five at 5 series take place at The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. For more information, please call the Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society at 410.385.5888 or visit www.baltimorechamberjazz.org

Thursday, April 25, 2013

PSYCHIC STUNTS! JUGGLING FEATS! @THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Psychic Stunts! Juggling Feats!
featuring

Mentalist Duo, The Evasons,
with
Michael DuBois, Comedy Juggler 

WHEN: Friday, May 3, 8 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $20; $15 members
For tickets, visit creativealliance.org.
Contact:
Helen Yuen,
helen@creativealliance.org, 410-276-1651 ext. 218
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION 

Professional Mind Readers who have toured the world settle in Maryland, The Evasons make their Maryland performance debut at Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

Tessa Evason can tell you the name of your childhood pet or the first person you ever kissed. The Evason's show has been called an experience that defies explanation.  And maybe that's why the crowds go wild at every show. Once you see Tessa blindfolded, calling out the names of strangers and loved ones, or reciting the serial numbers from a bill in an audience member's pocket, it gets a lot easier to suspend your disbelief. Tessa and Jeff don't ask you to believe—there are no hidden microphones and nothing is rehearsed with the audience before the show. In fact, the Evasons offer $100,000 to anybody who can prove otherwise. The Evasons will be sharing the stage with their good friend Michael Dubois, a comedy juggler from Brooklyn. It's a full evening of entertainment suitable for ages 14 and up.

About The Evasons
For the last 30 years, Tessa and Jeff Evason have astounded audiences with their feats of ESP and psychic phenomena in over 35 countries. They perform together on stage as The Evasons—Mentalist Duo. "It's gotten to a point now that I can think of a date or a name or a place and Tessa knows exactly what's on my mind," says Jeff. "Fortunately, it only works when we both agree to make it happen. It's not as though Tessa can just walk into a room full of strangers at a party and know what people are thinking." They have performed on NBC, FOX, and the Discovery Channel, as well as in theaters, on cruise ships, and even at private parties for royalty. After traveling the world, they have decided to make Annapolis, Maryland their home, drawn by a love for sailing and a desire to set down roots.

The couple has been in Annapolis since 2001, after selling their home in Toronto and moving onto their 38-foot sailboat Inamorata on the Chesapeake. It was supposed to be a temporary home before moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

For more information about Michael Dubois (left) visit www.solocircus.com

About Creative Alliance
Creative Alliance is Baltimore's premier multi-arts center, presenting over 200 events a year in film, music, workshops, and visual art in its theater, art galleries, bar/restaurant, classrooms, and live/work spaces for artists.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MESMERIZING PLAY OPENS @ EVERYMAN THEATRE THIS FRIDAY

I have seen this play twice and both productions were searing. I heartily recommend the play for an evening that will make you think.

Topdog/Underdog

Their father named them Lincoln and Booth—as a joke. Two African-American brothers—left to live life on their own without any parents—learned to survive as street savvy hustlers.

This darkly funny fable about family grievances, racism, deep wounds and healing "vibrates with the clamor of big ideas, audaciously and exuberantly expressed" (The New York Times).

Don't miss your chance to see what M.D. Walton called "one of those plays that changes you."

WHEN: April 24-May 19
WHERE:
Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore
TICKETS:  $38-$60 (depending upon performance date)
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

WORKS READ BY TEENS ONSTAGE @ OLNEY THEATRE CENTER

These works are a staple of middle school and high school reading lists. Why not take your teen to Olney Theatre Center to see these performances?

Special Performances at Olney Theatre Center

Animal Farm
by George Orwell

WHEN: Friday, May 3, at 8:00 PM
WHERE: On the Historic Stage

Revolution has broken out on Manor Farm — the animals have claimed their independence! Humans are banished, and the new “Animal Farm” will be a beautiful egalitarian paradise. Pigs, horses, goats, donkeys and dogs — all animals are equal. They can build their new utopia, but can they resist the corruption that led to the human's downfall? From the author of 1984, this chilling and provocative fable is brought to the stage with the focused clarity and spark you’ve come to expect from National Players.

TICKETS: $5 Students (with ID), $10 Adults.

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Romeo & Juliet
by William Shakespeare

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
WHERE: On the Historic Stage

Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day. Love can be a thrilling ride — it bursts the seams of young hearts, making them feel things never felt before… But it can also be a dangerous thing — it can split you open and send you past the point of no return. This year, America’s longest running classical touring company brings you Shakespeare’s most enduring tale, re-imagined, re-invigorated, and irresistibly visceral.

TICKETS: $5 Students (with ID), $10 Adults.

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About National Players

Now touring for its 64th consecutive year, National Players is a unique theatre ensemble that brings innovative productions to communities across the United States. With its self-sufficient approach to theatre making, National Players delivers full-length performances at affordable rates. Its productions engage audiences and examine the intersection between great works of literature and contemporary life. Committed to excellence and accessibility, National Players makes the classics current.

FAMILY FUN DAY @ THE SPORTS LEGENDS MUSEUM

This may not be high culture, but a museum is a museum and this one is a Baltimore treasure:

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 11 AM – 2 PM
WHERE:
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum & Sports Legends Museum, 301 West Camden Street, Baltimore
Contact maryh@baberuthuseum.org or call 410.727.1539, ext. 3013.

MAKE A GLASS FLOWER FOR YOUR MOM @ CORRADETTI GLASS STUDIO

made in balt w/logo

Corradetti Glass Studio is your Mother's Day gift answer

flowersYOU CAN DO IT! 

Have a blast while stretching & shaping molten glass into a colorful flower. This makes a most thoughtful & extraordinary gift just in time for Mother's Day. Make one for yourself too!  

WHEN: Saturday, May 4: Glass Flower mini-workshop; Friday, May 10: Glass Flower w/wine & cheese  
WHERE:
Corradetti Glassblowing Studio, 2010 Clipper Park Rd., Suite 119, Baltimore
TUITION: $38 each participant
Must register online to attend.
Click here for event descriptions & registration

GLASSBLOWING: FULL DAY CLASSES

In beginner & intermediate classes students work intensively over the 6 hour day to learn or improve glassblowing skills. Private instruction, group activities & school visits also available. Only 2 classes remain until Summer break. Click here for 2013 class schedule & registration

HAVE YOUR EVENT AT CORRADETTI GLASS

This cozy glassblowing studio is the area's most unique venue for receptions & holiday events. With lofty ceilings, exposed brick walls, glass gallery and glowing furnaces; the space offers contemporary design infused with old world charm. A beautifully renovated historic location within Clipper Mill in Woodberry.

For more info look here

Monday, April 22, 2013

MOTHER’S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH YOUR GIRL CHERYL

Celebrate MOM with family and friends.
Special discounts for groups of 15 or more.

WHERE: Sheraton Hotel BWI, 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum Heights MD

Mom's Brunch

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online

TIX ON SALE, CAMPS SCHEDULED @ CHESAPEAKE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Isabelle Anderson (Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra) and Molly Moores (Kate, Taming of the Shrew) in CSC's summer productions. Photos by Teresa Castracane.<br />

Summer tickets are on sale!

Antony & Cleopatra

Taming of the Shrew

Spring is finally here, so it’s time for you to think about summer and Shakespeare, picnics and the Ruins, power and love. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company-in-the-Ruins is offering two fantastic Shakespeare plays about love—each featuring powerful women characters.

Allow the Queen of Egypt to rule your heart for a night in Shakespeare’s immortal ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, directed by Ralph Alan Cohen, founder of the celebrated American Shakespeare Center down in Virginia.

Then return for TAMING OF THE SHREW, with razor-tongued Kate the Shrew, in a rowdy, rambunctious production directed by CSC Founding Artistic Director, Ian Gallanar, who loves nothing better than directing comic mayhem. (Above: Isabelle Anderson [Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra] and Molly Moores [Kate, Taming of the Shrew]. Photos by Teresa Castracane)

THE SUMMER OPENS JUNE 7! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Tickets are on sale now, and remember, kids 18 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Come see your favorite or come see both (two show package is only $58). Bring your kids on family-friendly Sundays, bring a date for a romantic evening, enjoy a special Extended Version or a theme weekend or come on any day for a great evening of outdoor theater from Maryland's leading classics theater.


More summer fun! Weekend festivals at The Ruins: PLAN NOW

Four weekend festivals are being planned to entertain and enlighten you this summer. Each is related to a theme in the plays:

  • Calypso Islands Weekend (June 14-15-16), inspired by the Caribbean setting planned for Antony and Cleopatra.
  • Salute to Independent Women (July 5-6-7), over the Independence Day weekend.
  • Toga Weekend (July 13-14). We know there’s one in your closet!
  • Puppet Festival Weekend (July 26-27-28), celebrating the magic of puppetry--Taming of the Shrew opens with a Punch and Judy puppet show scene.

Kids play at CSC CAMPS this summer

A young performer stars in Hamlet at CSC's 2012 "Stuck on Shakespeare" camp.<br />

CSC teaching artists will be at six camps scheduled in July (indoor and outdoor), open to students in kindergarten to 9th grade. (Left: A young performer stars in Hamlet at CSC's 2012)

 

Outdoor PFI Camps: “Shakespeare Kids” outdoor camps at the PFI are administered through Howard County Recreation & Parks and run 9 AM to 3 PM.

Get more information on "Shakespeare Kids" camps.

  • 1st – 3rd grades: July 8 – 12
  • 4th – 6th grades: July 15 – 19
  • 7th – 9th grades: July 22 – 26

Indoor Camps at Howard County Center for the Arts: “Stuck on Shakespeare” half-day indoor camps take place at the Howard County Center for the Arts and are administered by the Howard County Arts Council.

Get more information on "Stuck on Shakespeare" camps.

  • K-3rd grade: July 8 -12 (mornings)
  • 4th-7th grades: July 8 - 12 (afternoons)
  • 4th-7th grades: July 15 – 19 (afternoons)

Space is still available for all the camps.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA @ THE RED ROOM

MARCUS SCHMICKLER
JEFF CAREY
MARK CETILIA

WHEN:  Monday, April 22, doors open at 8:30 PM, music at 9 PM
WHERE: The Red Room at Normals Books and Records, 425 E. 31st Street, Baltimore
TICKETS:  $5

 

 

Marcus Schmickler studied composition and electronic music in Cologne and since then has worked in the most diverse fields of composed and improvised music. He has won numerous prizes and honors and is closely associated with the Cologne label a-Musik, as well as with editions Mego and Mille Plateaux. As a composer, along with his many works of electronic music, he works with the ensemble recherchemusikFabrik, Paragon Ensemble, Ensemble zeitkratzer and many more. As a musician he works with musicians such as John Tilbury, Thomas Lehn, Julee Cruise and MIMEO. His discography so far consists of over 50 titles, and he has been performing on the world's stages and at international festivals for years. He gives lectures and seminars and also works as an author in the field of theatre, radio plays and film. Schmickler is part of the faculty at Bard College in Music/Sound MFA program. Lately he is been interested in epistemological dimensions within the arts.

While rooted in electronic music, Schmickler has a background in contemporary composition, having studied under the prominent Stockhausen collaborator Johannes Fritsch. In addition, he has long-standing collaborative projects, most notably with synth wiz Thomas Lehn, guitarist Keith Rowe, and pianist John Tilbury. www.piethopraxis.org

Mark Cetilia is a sound / media artist working at the nexus of analogue and digital technologies. Exploring the possibilities of generative systems in art, design, and sound creation, Cetilia's work is an exercise in carefully controlled chaos. Over the past decade, he has worked to develop idiomatic performance systems utilizing custom hardware and software, manifesting in a rich tapestry of sound and image. Mark is a member of the electroacoustic ensemble Mem1, recipients of a 2008 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Project Grant Award and the experimental media art group Redux, recipients of a 2006 Creative Capital grant for their Callspace project. He received his MFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D in computer music and multimedia at Brown University.

Throughout their career, his group Mem1 has collaborated with a variety of artists including the Penderecki String Quartet, Steve Roden, Jan Jelinek, Frank Bretschneider, Jeremy Drake, and Stephen Vitiello. Together, Mem1 curates the experimental music series Ctrl+Alt+Repeat and the record label Estuary Ltd. http://mark.cetilia.org/

Jeff Carey's music is hardcore digital instrumental music. It is computer based synthesis, noise, and improvisation combined with a no-safety-net aspect of gestural control makes his music totally physical and vicseral.

In 2002, Carey co-founded the Amsterdam based N-Collective with fellow musicians to explore the intersections of contemporary, electronic, and improvised music at their outer limits. His ensembles SKIF++, USA/USB, and Office-R(6) garnered critical acclaim for their approach to structured improvisation and integration of acoustic and digital elements. Nearly a decade later, Carey's first solo CD Impulse was released dubbed "fragmentary noise", "speaker damaging", and "breathtaking." His new ten track CD "interrupt, decay" continues to explore the dynamism in physically controlled sound production while expanding his palette of expression.

Carey holds a Bachelors of Science in Audio Technology from American University (1994) and studied computer music at the Instituut voor Sonologie at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Den Haag, The Netherlands (2002) and has been recognized twice by the Maryland State Arts Council with an Individual Artist Award in Non-Classical Music Composition. http://jeffcarey.foundation-one.org/

Thursday, April 18, 2013

PUMPKIN THEATRE FINDS NEW HOME, EXPANDS PROGRAMMING

Pumpkin Theatre has signed a multi-year contract with the Har Sinai Congregation, at 2905 Walnut Avenue Owings Mills, Maryland 21117, and will move there this summer.

"This is a very exciting time for us", says Jimi Kinstle, Pumpkin's Producing Artistic Director, "St. Timothy's has been a wonderful partner for over a decade, but the opportunity with Har Sinai allows us to consolidate all of our programming and offices on one site, create a community drama school and extend the Main Stage season to six productions, plus, it's just up the street from our current facility." The 62,000 sq/ft facility at Har Sinai was built in 2002 and features a beautiful 11-acre campus, large playground and over 200 parking spaces.

Next season Pumpkin Theatre will expand to six productions on the Main Stage, but two will be new "Kids for Kids" productions, one production featuring a performance with all children performers and a second production, a partnership with CENTERSTAGE's Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) which features plays written by children, for children.

"YPF is all about kids making theatre, and how transformative that can be. We're thrilled to partner with Pumpkin Theatre to expand the reach of these remarkable plays by some very talented young people," says Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of CENTERSTAGE. During productions multiple Birthday Party Rooms will be available.

"We want patrons to come, have a picnic, go to the craft room, see a show, play on playground and spend the day with us. It's more than just about seeing a show, it's about a community experience", says Kinstle.

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome Pumpkin Theatre to Har Sinai Congregation," says Stewart Sachs, president of Har Sinai Congregation, "For many years I have had the pleasure of taking my grandchildren to see their wonderful productions.

“Being able to be a part of introducing the young people in our community to the magic of theater is very special to all of us. We are pleased to partner with this wonderful arts organization and look forward to being a part of their continued growth."

Pumpkin Theatre's Education programs will also expand next season with the goal of creating a Community Drama School. With five available classrooms, Creative Drama 1 & 2 classes will expand, weekday classes added, after school classes for older children, plus master classes and workshops on a variety of theatrical experiences will be available. A full list of classes is due to be posted in August.

"This is an incredible opportunity" says, Ana Goldseker, Board President for Pumpkin Theatre, "the facility offers many possibilities to expand the patron's experience".

"We'll need help from the community" Goldseker continues, "We have to refit a theater and need help finding funding for new equipment". The negotiation for the facility was the brain storm of Pumpkin Board Member and Business Consultant Julie Karpa.

"These are two great chances for our patrons to come experience the facility before we start productions there next season", says Pumpkin Business Manager Stacey Needle, "we'll be able to provide more and better services for our patrons. These two events will wonderful 'getting to know you' opportunities."

"We at Har Sinai Congregation are so very excited about our new partnership with Pumpkin Theatre. It truly is a beshert moment to be able to build the bridge between our youth and the quality programming presented by Pumpkin Theatre. We look forward to joining them in their presentations and utilizing their talents and resources to better enhance our events as well," says Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation.

"The community has been so supportive of Pumpkin these past 45 years", says President Goldseker, "we're excited to be able to expand on the successes of the past with an eye on the future. We want the next 45 years to be even more exciting".

The new lease goes into effect July 1, 2013, and is for three years with another three year option. Pumpkin Theatre will open its 46th Season at Har Sinai on October 5th.