Friday, December 27, 2013

START OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A BANG @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Koleda Celebrations with Orfeia & Svitanya         

WHEN: Friday, January 3, 8 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
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Led by internationally renowned Bulgarian singer Tatiana Sarbinska, Orfeia is dedicated to sharing the women's rich a capella vocal traditions of Bulgaria and Eastern Europe, transporting audiences to the mountain villages of the Balkans, including Bulgaria, Russia, Serbia, Greece, Macedonia, and Georgia. Last fall, Orfeia performed in Sofia on Bulgarian TV and radio with Svitanya, the accomplished women's vocal ensemble from Philadelphia, which performs Eastern European folk and work songs, as well as contemporary compositions. The two groups reunite tonight in the Bulgarian Koleda tradition, where in the dim light of mid-winter, villagers honor the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to a healthy and abundant new year. Expect breathtaking harmonies and haunting melodies. 


Elvis' Birthday Fight Club

WHEN: Saturday, January 4, 8 PM
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Flim-flam fisticuffs and hot ta-tahs equal a campy, wacky night of vaudeville and burlesque fit for The King's birthday. Round after blistering round, surreal and sublime fighters come out swingin'. The night also includes below-the-belt commentary from "Elvis" and femme-cee Kittie Glitter. When not fighting dirty, burlesque entertainers get the crowd's mojo working. Elvis-themed contests complete this irreverent, improv mash-up. While the 2014 fight card is top secret, past matches have included Col. Sanders vs. The Chicken, Godzilla vs. Bridezilla, and Congress vs. a clown. Lace up your gloves and don your blue suede shoes for hunka-hunka low-brow fun.

Monday, December 23, 2013

POST-HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE THIS WEEKEND

Baltimore Improv Group presents

The Xavier DuChamp Post-Holiday Extravaganza with KAL

WHEN:  Friday, December  27, 8 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
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BIG (Baltimore Improv Group) brings Xavier DuChamp, the louche vocalist and host, who is the self-proclaimed 12-time winner of Baltimore's Most Sensual Lounge Singer. With BIG's help, Xavier will create an improvised, old show biz style holiday special thru invented on-the-spot comedy and music. The show features internationally published political cartoonist KAL sharing live on-stage cartooning and his own wacky wit. 


Charm City Klezmer's Kickin' Dance Party!

WHEN: Saturday, December 28, 8 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $17, $12 mbrs & students
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Charm City Klezmer's husband and wife team Judith Geller and Michael Raitzyk, and their full band, warmly host this lovely, authentic Creative Alliance tradition of not-so-traditional klezmer music with roots in Jewish Eastern European villages, and accents from jazz to James Brown that make for a fab dance party. Charismatic, high-energy dance leader Steven Lee Weintraub returns to lead us in many a merry step! Accomplished clarinetist and showman Seth Kibel is our special guest artist. We expect Judith and Michaels' daughter Rebekah Rose, age nine, to share some tunes on violin.

"The best Yiddish dance teacher around." —Henry Sapoznik (Yiddish Radio Project, Klezkamp) on Steven Lee Weintraub

The Marquee Lounge serves latkes and more tonight!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

A WORD FROM PLATO ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING CHILDREN MUSIC

The ancient Greeks had it right! Today, we have state and local governments cutting arts programs. They need to go back and read Plato. And don’t forget to take your kids (indeed, the entire family) to musical productions. Foster a love of music early and it will pay back in spades!

GOOD ADVICE TO INTRODUCE YOUR KIDS TO THE THEATER.

Expose your child to theater and wonderful things can happen. You don’t need to spend a fortune on tickets. Every high school (and many middle schools) put on plays during the year—usually a “straight” play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Take the kids to see one. It won’t break your bank, you can leave if the kid gets tired or bored, and they love seeing other kids perform.

Friday, December 20, 2013

HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOPS FOR ALL KIDS @ THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM

WHERE: Walters Art Museum, 600 Charles Street, Baltimore

The Walters Art Museum will host a series of free educational events for the entire family in January.

Click on titles for more information. Classes for 5-6, 7-9 year olds are sold out.

Homeschool Workshop The Elements of Art & Design Ages 13-16Homeschool Workshop: The Elements of Art & Design Ages 10-12
WHEN
: Thursday, January 16,
1:15–3:30 PM
Discover works of art from the Walters’ collection, stories of explorers throughout history and the cultural exchanges that took place between Europe and other regions of the world as a result of travel, trade and colonization.

Homeschool Workshop The Elements of Art & Design Ages 13-16
WHEN: Thursday, January 16, 1:15–3:30 PM
Examine paintings and sculptures to learn about the basic elements that artists throughout history have used to compose and create masterpieces.

WALTERS HOSTS EDUCATIONAL EVENTS, MLK FAMILY FESTIVAL & WALKING TOURS IN JANUARY

The Walters Art Museum will host a series of free educational events, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Fun Festival, gallery talks and walking tours for the entire family in January. (Click on titles for more information)

 WHERE: The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

 

Jacob Lawrence's Genesis SeriesJacob Lawrence's Genesis Series
WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2013–Sunday, April 13, 2014; 10 –5 PM
Experience Jacob Lawrence’s colorful expressive imagery and text of historical African-American figures like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Each of the eight works on view in Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series (1990) describes a passage from the book of Genesis in the King James Version of the Bible.

WALK-IN TOUR: Sunday, January 19, 1–2 PM
Explore striking works of art during a free, docent-led tour, starting in the Centre Street Lobby. The celebrated African American artist, Jacob Lawrence, illustrated the biblical creation in his 1989 Genesis Series.

Watch Conservators at Work at the Conservation WindowWatch Conservators at Work at the Conservation Window
WHEN:
 Friday, October 4, 2013–Monday, October 20, 2014; 12:30–4 PM
Talk with conservators and enjoy a behind the scenes look at conservation work in the museum.

 

 

Book Bindings from the Gilded AgeBook Bindings from the Gilded Age

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2013–Sunday, May 18, 2014; 10 AM–5 PM
Explore late 19th  and early 20th century fine book binding that were made not only to protect the texts they contained, but also to be admired and appreciated as portable decorative masterpieces in their own right.

 

Winter Break Art ActivitiesWinter Break Art Activities
WHEN: Wednesday, January 1 –Friday, January 3, 10 AM–3 PM
Join us for ArtCart appearances and winter inspired art activities. No registration is required.

 

Drop-In Art Activities: Heroes and Legends
WHEN: Saturday, January 4–Sunday, January 26, 10 PM–3 PM
Celebrate the upcoming Olympic season and honor heroes through painting and portraiture. Every Saturday and Sunday! No registration is required. Drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you!

 

Walk-In Tour: The Art of the Ancient WorldWalk-In Tour: The Art of the Ancient World
WHEN
: Sunday, January 5, 1–2 PM
Enjoy a free, docent-led tour highlighting the art of the ancient world. Tour may include objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and the Near East. No reservations required.

 

Walk-In Tour: The Chamber of Art and WondersWalk-In Tour: The Chamber of Art and Wonders
WHEN: Sunday, January 12, 1–2 PM
Participate in a free tour of one of the museum's unique galleries. The Chamber of Art and Wonders replicates a 17th century collection of artworks and natural wonders from around the world.

 

ArtBabies Baby Program: Red & Black
WHEN: Tuesday, January 14, 1–2 PM
Bond, play and learn in the museum galleries during a 60-minute class for children birth to 12 years. Each program includes activities for play and sensory exploration within our galleries and age-appropriate activities in the comfort of our private studio.

Members Tour: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in the Chamber of Wonders
WHEN
: Thursday, January 16, 6–7 PM
Tour treasures of natural history alongside marvels of human ingenuity from all corners of the world with Joaneath Spicer, The James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art.

Peabody Strings OrchestraPeabody Strings Orchestra
WHEN
: Saturday, January 18, 2–3 PM
Enjoy The Peabody Performance Academy for Strings Orchestra on the Sculpture Court. The program, which includes Samuel Barber’s Adagio, will be conducted by Maestro Edward Polochick, artistic director of Concert Artists of Baltimore.


 

FREE MLK Jr. Day Family FestivalFREE MLK Jr. Day Family Festival
WHEN: Monday, January 20, 10 AM–4 PM
Celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Special guests will reflect on the importance of free speech and diverse communities through theatrical and musical performances.

 

 

ArtCubs Pre-Toddler Program: Siren Song
WHEN
: Tuesday, January 21, 1–2 PM
Sing and sway in the museum galleries during a 60 minute class for children 13 to 23 months of age. Each program includes activities that strengthen rhythm and movement within our galleries, and age-appropriate activities in the comfort of our private studio.

 

Walters Enthusiasts Paint PartyWalters Enthusiasts Paint Party
WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 6–8 PM
Create your own art work at the WE Paint Party. Draw inspiration from art, music, and a Thursday night bar. Reservations are encouraged.

 

Art Bytes
WHEN: Friday, January 24-Sunday, January 26, 10 AM–5 PM
Build programs and applications inspired by art or to address specific challenges faced by museums. Register
HERE

ArtAccents Bilingual Tours: Sports/Desportes
WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 11 AM–12 PM
Immerse yourself in art and language through interactive gallery tours led by educators who are fluent in Spanish and English.

Walk-In Tour: Nineteenth-Century Art
WHEN:
Sunday, January 26, 1–2 PM
Examine a wide variety of styles of painting and sculpture from America and Europe from 1800 to 1900. No reservations are required.

About the Walters Museum
The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre Streets. At the time of his death in 1931, museum founder Henry Walters left his entire collection of art – including a legendary collection of illuminated medieval manuscripts that is a national treasure – to the city of Baltimore. Between 1895 and 1931, Walters collected around 730 codices.  Its permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art and Old Master and 19th-century paintings. Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is the official hotel of the Walters Art Museum.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 TONY AWARD-WINNING PLAY JUST ADDED TO CENTERSTAGE’S SEASON 51

 

 

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We are thrilled to share that Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will join the 2013-14 Center Stage Season. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this new comedy comes from Broadway to Baltimore!

In bucolic Bucks County, PA, Vanya and his sister Sonia have frittered their lives away living in the same farmhouse where they were raised. Their quiet existence of unease and regret, however, is rocked by the arrival of their glamorous movie star sister (and landlord) Masha, and her hunky boy toy, Spike. As their visit unfolds, a lifetime of sibling rivalry explodes into a weekend of comedic pyrotechnics.

The show is a co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre and will run in place of The Liquid Plain, April 16-May 25. Artistic Director Eric Rosen directs. More info B.

It's not too late to see the show that everyone's talking about this holiday season. But HURRY, only 6 performances remain and tickets are going fast. 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NEIL SIMON COMEDY ELICITS LAUGHTER THIS SATURDAY NIGHT @ THE PARK HGTS. JCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR
by Neil Simon
curated by Isaac Kotlicky

WHEN: Saturday, December 21,  8:30 PM
WHERE:
The Community Meeting Room, Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: Admission is FREE and refreshments will be served!
Join us for a casual evening of theatre as we read in a seated but lively style. Admission is free, and there is no need for a reservation. For more information, please visit
www.jewishtheatreworkshop.org

Inspired by Neil Simon’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman "Max Prince."

"Old style comedy: fast and furious." –—The Wall Street Journal

Saturday, December 14, 2013

OLNEY HOLIDAY TRADITION CONTINUES WITH 1-MAN “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” THROUGH DECEMBER 29

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Olney Theatre Center favorite Paul Morella returns to bring his unique and memorable adaptation of A Christmas Carol to life this holiday season. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended—in his own words—and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance.

This production is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Production Sponsors: James Pape and Nancy Newman-Pape.

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WHERE: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney

Friday, December 13, 2013

CANDLELIGHT CHORAL CONCERT IN GOTHIC SANCTUARY THIS SUNDAY

Candlelight Choral Concert

WHEN: Sunday, December 15, 4 PM
WHERE:
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St., (corner of Park Ave & Madison St), Baltimore
ADMISSION: Freewill offering

"the flow of events was seamless...a harmonious and spiritually fulfilling event!"
—B. Brown, performer & Peabody Conservatory Staff

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir & Soloists
Jacqueline Pollauf, harp
Jason Kissel, conductor

Join the First & Franklin community for this beloved Mt. Vernon musical tradition! The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir with professional instrumentalists will present Camille Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio and other seasonal choral works in the ambient beauty of the church's Victorian Gothic sanctuary.

HANDEL CHOIR OF BALTIMORE PRESENTS “MESSIAH” WITH PERIOD INSTRUMENTS ORCHESTRA IN 2 VENUES

Handel Choir of Baltimore

 

 

 

Handel's Messiah
Baltimore's Holiday Tradition since 1935!

WHEN: Saturday, Dec 14, 8 PM 
WHERE: St. Ignatius Church, 740 North Calvert Street, Baltimore
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WHEN: Sunday, Dec 15, 3 PM
WHERE: Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson
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TICKETS: Premium $45 / $35 Standard / $10 Student with ID.

Handel Choir & Handel Period Instrument Orchestra

  • Hailey Clark soprano
  • Charles Humphries countertenor
  • Kyle Tomlin tenor
  • Steven Eddy bass
  • Arian Khaefi conductor
... we will all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye ...

Arian Khaefi takes the podium for the first time as artistic director and conductor of Handel Choir for our annual performance of Handel's most beloved oratorio, with acclaimed soloists and period instrument orchestra!

Preconcert lecture one hour before each performance by Aaron Ziegel, assistant professor of music at Towson University.

CHAMBER MUSIC TRIO HOLDS FORTH @ HCC CAMPUS THIS SATURDAY

miXt

miXt — violin, clarinet, piano

WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 8:00 PM
WHERE: Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center, HCC Campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway,
Columbia
TICKETS: $32

A versatile, dynamic, and vibrant trio—all Young Artists Award winners, praised for their "poetic eloquence" (New York Sun), "technical wizardry" (New York Times), and "impressive power and control" (Washington Post).

Program:

  • Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet & Piano
  • Beethoven: Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2 ("Eroica") (violin and piano)
  • Novacek: Four Rags for Two Jons (clarinet & piano)
  • Schoenfield: Trio

Artists Website

miXt delivers dazzling soloists and accomplished chamber musicians of diverse backgrounds. Formed in 2011, miXt is a versatile, dynamic and vibrant trio of award-winning soloists from the Young Concert Artists roster.

Beilman photos by Christian Steiner
Franch-Ballester photos by Lisa Marie Mazzucco
Dank photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

ENGLISH LIT STAPLE COMES TO LIFE IN 1-MAN SHOW @ THE THEATRE PROJECT

Beowulf
Charlie Bethel

WHEN: December 12 - 22; Thursday – Sunday 8 PM; Sunday 5 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $22; $17 seniors, $12 students

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The mother of all monster-tales comes to life in this remarkable solo performance. The tale of a man who kills monsters, enjoys hearty friendships, becomes king and ultimately dies in battle with a dragon, Beowulf is one of the oldest surviving examples of English poetry.

Actor Charlie Bethel reanimates this usually dusty English lit staple and restores it to a rollicking, bloody and brash morality poem, in which the story’s main themes — the impermanence of life, the certainty of the ultimate uncertainty of mortality and the courage required to engage in the simple act of living — are as immediate and pertinent as they are timeless and classic.

 

Special thanks to Beowulf sponsor Dunbar Security Systems!

 

Special thanks to the Lord Baltimore Hotel for sponsoring Beowulf, part of Theatre Project's 2013/14 Guest Artist Series.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SCT PENS FINAL PRODUCTION BEFORE MOVING: SEE IT NOW!

"Four and a half stars! Warped and twisted—a little something for everyone."— DC Metro Theatre Arts

In case you haven’t heard, we’re moving! But before we do, we’re closing out our time on Charles Street with a bold and funny production created by the Carrots, in a way only Carrots can. For more info on our move, CLICK HERE.

Worst Case Scenario
By Single Carrot Theatre
Directed by Ensemble Member Jessica Garrett

WHEN:  NOW through December 21
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM
With Special Late-Night shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 PM— including extra jokes, more raunch, and our very own interactive Worst Case Scenario drinking game.
WHERE:
1727 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10-$25
Parking available across the street
Free beer and wine with Valid ID
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Got any questions? Feel free to call us at (443) 844-9253 or email boxoffice@singlecarrot.com

And if you are a Member, your ticket is FREE.
RSVP by emailing
boxoffice@singlecarrot.com
or calling (443) 844-9253 and saying "I'm a Member!"
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Become a Member today!

*PLUS*
TONIGHT ONLY
Baltimore Improv Group is joining us for an exclusive performance after the show! FREE with the purchase of your Worst Case Scenario ticket.
To recap: That's 2 shows tonight, with a free drink, all for the price of one ticket.
AND Thursday 12/12 we're having a mix and mingle after the performance. Come for the comedy, stay for the sparkling conversation with cast and crew of the show. Plus we'll keep the bar open, so you can't lose!

(L to R) Jack Sossman and Elliott Rauh; Mike Smith and Jenna Rossman.
All photos thanks Britt Olsen- Ecker Photography

DANCE, GOSPEL & KWANZAA @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE THIS WEEKEND

 

 

 

 

Trajectory Dance Project

WHEN: Thurs., Dec. 12, 8 PM
TICKETS: 
$20, $15 mbrs. & stus.
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Artistic director Alice Howes presents a night of diverse, inventive contemporary dance with an eight-member ensemble, which includes both professional dancers from the Baltimore community and advanced dance majors from Coppin State University. Howes' choreography focuses on the human condition, ideas of community and isolation, social justice, and the struggle to maintain relationships despite adversity. Howes' work also strives to express the often-neglected joyous quality inherent in movement. 

Although completely contemporary, the work harkens back to the early days of modern dance when profound human expressiveness was paramount. This concert features Emptiness is All, a quartet developed from spoken poetry and its translation into American Sign Language. The ensemble also will perform Ação de Graças, "a joyful movement piece that celebrates community." Trajectory Dance Project performing members are Melinda Blomquist, Valerie Branch, Kiara Davis, Alice Howes, Frances James, Sarah Joy Stallsmith, Mari Travis, and Alicia Williams.

The Sensational Royal Lights with The New Gospelites

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 8 PM  
TICKETS:
$16, $11 mbrs.
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Founded over fifty years ago in Cordtown, MD, The Sensational Royal Lights - led by the Elliott brothers—have harnessed their prodigious vocal talents for spiritual purposes. Their blues-tinged gospel tunes showcase joyous four-part harmonies. 

A big hit at the recent Maryland Folklife Festival, The New Gospelites of Chestertown, MD, embody the Chesapeake Tidewater's significant heritage of quartet-style a capella singing. An authentic evening of Piedmont influenced, Maryland-born gospel in celebration of the holiday season.

Kwanzaa with Maria Broom and Sankofa Dance Theater

WHEN: Sat, Dec 14, 4:30 PM & 6:30 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $12, $7 mbrs & youth under 12 yrs.
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Celebrate African-American traditions with story teller Maria Broom and Jali D, the drum talker, followed by authentic African dance by Sankofa Dance Theater! Celebrate Latino holiday traditions with Piñata decorating workshops earlier in the day.

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SALE EXTENDED! Save $20 on HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING!

This offer is only valid through Thursday, December 12. Use the code H2S1DS by calling the box office at 301-924-3400. Discount code H2S1DS is valid on ADULT priced tickets to performances of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying performances January 29, 2014 through February 9, 2014 only. Subject to availability. Discount does not apply to any applicable fees. Not to be combined with any other offers.

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