Monday, March 31, 2014

EVENTS THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY INSTITUTE

Events at Peabody

Faculty artist Larry Williams, horn, will perform with the DaPonte String Quartet — Ferdinand Liva and Lydia Forbes, violins; Kirsten Monke, viola; and Myles Jordan, cello — in a Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series concert on Tuesday, April 1, at 8:00 pm. Gia Comolli's Quintet for Horn and String Quartet, Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407 are on the program. Tickets for the performances, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, 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.

Other Peabody events this week, March 31-April 6, 2014

On Monday, March 31, at 3:00 pm, Gail Williams, horn, will present a master class in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall. On Tuesday, April 1, at 4:00 pm, in Goodwin Hall, pianist Richard Goode will present a master class, made possible by a contribution from Edith Hall Friedheim, given in memory of Van Cliburn. Also on Tuesday, a master class by trombonist Craig Mulcahy will take place at 7:30 pm in Joe Byrd Hall. The Violin Department will present Emanuel Borok in a master class on Wednesday, April 2, at 6:00 pm, in Goodwin Hall. On Thursday, April 3, pianist Roy Howat's master class will be held at 5:00 pm in Goodwin Hall. And soprano Dawn Upshaw is The Piero Weiss Visiting Artist for a master class on Friday, April 4, at 1:30 pm, in Griswold Hall. Advance registration is requested for the Dawn Upshaw class only; please send reservation requests to pbrynjlsn@aol.com.

The spring Doctor of Musical Arts Musicology Colloquium continues today Monday, March 31, with a talk by David Samuels from New York University, Without Art Humanity Has Never And Can Never Exist: Ethics, Music, and Industrial Capitalism. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 5:00 pm in Room 308C (Conservatory Building).

The Music Theory Department will present a free recital of selected compositions by music theory students on Wednesday, April 2, at 10:30 am in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre.

A lecture by John La Grou, founder and chair of POW-r Consortium and founder and CEO of Millennia Media, will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at 3:30 pm, in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. The topic of the talk will be "Studio of the Future: 2020-2050," a brief look at the evolution of audio electronics, a theory of innovation, and a sweeping vision for the next 40 years of audio production technology.

The Composition Department will present a free recital of original works by Andrew Remley, Nick Dulworth, Katie Elwes, Joshua Armenta, Nicholas Bentz, and Andrew Posner on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 pm, in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. The works range from solo piano, to solo voice with electronics, to chamber orchestra.

The Peabody Consort will perform on Friday, April 4, at 5:30 pm, in the Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith Center, 3400 North Charles Street, in the new series "Notes & Quotes" pairing music with literature. The free concert, "Sprezzatura, Music and Literature of the Italian Renaissance Courts," will also feature JHU professor James Coleman. (Please note the location, which was listed incorrectly in an earlier email.)

The world premiere of This Is My Voice, a song cycle for mezzo soprano, children's chorus, and piano, based on the stories of Baltimore City School and Peabody Tuned-In students, will take place on Saturday, April 5, at 5:00 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. DMA composition student Natalie Draper set music to the stories and mezzo soprano Tia Price, a master's student, will be the featured soloist. New Shiloh Baptist Church and the Ark Church Choirs will perform in the second half of this empowering free concert where classical meets gospel.

On Sunday, April 6, at noon, a free concert will take place as part the Preparatory's Violin Pedagogy Weekend, directed by Rebecca Henry, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Works by Bartók, Dvořák, Schubert, Paganini, and George Gershwin are on the program. The world premiere of my heart comes undone by faculty member Judah Adashi, which was commissioned by the Peabody Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, will also be on the program.

Peabody's HarpAdventures, harps of all sizes played by Baltimore City School students, will present its spring performance during the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Fairy Tale Festival on Sunday, April 6, at 1:30 pm, at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street.

The Preparatory Young People's String Program, directed by Janet Melnicoff-Brown and Andréa Picard Boecker, will present its free spring concert on Sunday, April 6, at 3:00 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. The program will include works by Vivaldi, Webster, Handel, and Bach, as well as many traditional and folk songs.

For off-campus events which feature Peabody students, faculty, and/or alumni, please download Peabody's iPhone app or visit app.peabody.jhu.edu. Events will also be posted on the Peabody Institute Concerts Facebook page. Visit events.jhu.edu/peabody for the full Peabody events calendar.

Free noon recitals

At this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, presented by the Jazz Department, students of Jay Clayton's Singing and Playing Jazz Standards class will perform. Vanessa Rosas, Stephanie Koziej, Julien Xuereb, Laura Spence, and Irene Ialenti will sing Black Magic, My One and Only Love, Devil May Care, You're My Thrill, and more.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit peabody.jhu.edu/recitals.

Upcoming concerts

  • On Tuesday April 8, at 8:00 pm, the Peabody Trio — violinist Violaine Melançon, cellist Natasha Brofsky, and pianist Seth Knopp — will play works by Kurtág, Dvořák, and Beethoven in a Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series concert.
  • On Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11, at 7:30 pm, the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, directed by Mark Cudek, will perform Medieval and Renaissance Music of Spain in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • The Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Singers, and Peabody-Hopkins Chorus, conducted by Edward Polochick, will perform on Wednesday, April 16, at 8:00 pm.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

REP STAGE PROUDLY ANNOUNCES 2014-2015 SEASON: MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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Themes of transition and transformation abound in Rep Stage’s first season produced by new artistic leadership Suzanne Beal and Joseph W. Ritsch, Co-Producing Artistic Directors.

WHERE: Howard Community College, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway • Columbia, Maryland

VENUS IN FUR
by David Ives
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
October 1 -October 19, 2014

When a young actress arrives several hours late to her audition for a play based on a nineteenth-century erotic novel, the playwright-director is less than impressed. But the actress’s masterful performance flips the script on the demanding creator’s expectations and turns the session into an electrifying battle of the sexes. Hailed as “seriously smart and very funny” by The New York Times, the award- winning Venus in Fur is a laugh-out-loud game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality.

THE WHALE
by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Kasi Campbell
***BALTIMORE/DC AREA PREMIERE
January 14 - February 1, 2015

Since the death of his partner, a morbidly obese man confines himself to his small apartment on the outskirts of Mormon Country, eating himself into oblivion. Desperate to re-connect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Championed by the Associated Press as "compelling, funny, and unexpectedly impactful,” The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION
by Annie Baker
Directed by Suzanne Beal
March 4- March 22, 2015

When a group of small town residents enrolled in a community center drama class begin to experiment with seemingly harmless theatre games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. Love triangles, family troubles, and personal triumphs abound in Baker’s critically acclaimed play hailed by the New York Times as “absorbing, unblinking, and sharply funny.”

SUNSET BABY
by Dominique Morriseau
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
***BALTIMORE/DC AREA PREMIERE
April 29-May 17, 2015

When a former black revolutionary and political prisoner decides to reunite with his daughter, he discovers that fatherhood might be the most challenging revolution of all. The Huffington Post names Morisseau as a “direct heir to the magical wordsmiths named Lorraine Hansberry, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson” for her vibrant exploration of the point where the personal and political collide. Morriseau is a 2014 recipient of the Kennedy Prize for Drama.

*Please note all titles, ticket prices and schedules are subject to change.

About Rep Stage
Rep Stage, a professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is celebrating its 21st season. The company is a member of the League of Washington Theatres, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as a professional DC Metro area theater company and is eligible to be nominated for the Helen Hayes Awards. Performances are made possible by Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Government, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Rep Stage is proud to be a partner of Howard County Tourism and Promotion.

APRIL PROGRAMS BLOOM AT THE PRATT LIBRARY

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Fairy Tale Festival:
Celebrating fairy tales and imagination all month long in April

Fairy Tale Festival
Fairy Tale Extravaganza
Join us for the two-day kick off of the 12th Annual Fairy Tale Festival: crafts, magic, face painting, and lots of fairy tale fun for the whole family.
WHEN: Saturday, April 5 and Sunday April 6
WHERE: Central Library
Full schedule of Fairy Tale Festival events at all Pratt locations

CityLit Festival

James McBride
CityLit Festival
WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 10 AM – 5 PM
WHERE: Central Library
Featured authors include 2013 National Book Award Winner, James McBride

Writers LIVE! 


Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings
WHEN: Wednesday, April 2, 7 PM
WHERE:
Central Library Poe Room

 

 

Nunez and Evaristo
An Evening with Elizabeth Nunez and
Bernadine Evaristo

WHERE: Thursday, April 10, 6:30 PM
WHERE: Central Library Poe Room

More Writers

Schapiro Lecture Series

Marianne Szegedy-Maszak
Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1, 7 PM
WHERE: Central Library Wheeler Auditorium

Films at the Pratt

Gasland 2
Gasland 2
WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 1:30 PM
WHERE:
Central Library Wheeler Auditorium

 

 


Cloudy 2
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
WHEN: Monday, April 21, 1 PM
WHERE:
Herring Run Branch

 

 


Stories We Tell
Stories We Tell
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 10:30 AM
WHERE: Central Library Wheeler Auditorium

More free movie screenings

VAGABOND PLAYERS ANNOUNCE 2014-2015 SEASON; MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW

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September 5 - 28:  ART (by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton), directed by Howard Berkowitz.

An explosively funny and smart Tony Award-winning comedy that explores the boundaries of friendship and art.

October 17 - November 23AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (music by Thomas "Fats" Walter, conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.), directed by Rikki Lacewell.

The joint will be jumpin’ as the 30’s come alive in this rollicking, swinging finger-snapping revue!

January 9 - February 9:  INTERLOCK (by Ira Levin), directed by Roy Hammond.

The author of Rosemary’s Baby and Deathtrap creates a powerful and haunting drama of romantic obsession and betrayal.

February 27 - March 29RABBIT HOLE (by David Lindsay-Abaire), directed by Eric C. Stein.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama presents an intensely moving examination of grief, laced with wit, compassion and searing honesty.

April 17 - May 17SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM ( Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, and Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers and Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim, continuity by Ned Sherrin), directed by Shannon Wollman.

Enjoy a dazzling array of songs from Sondheim’s greatest shows, including: Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened, West Side Story and Gypsy.

June 5 - June 28BORN YESTERDAY (by Garson Kanin), directed by Steve Goldklang.

A seemingly “dumb” chorus girl sets the Washington establishment on its ear in this deliciously witty screwball comedy—a great American classic!

SPOTLIGHTERS OPENS REGISTRATION FOR 2014 SUMMER YOUNG ACTORS ACADEMY

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SUMMER YOUNG ACTORS ACADEMY
Open to youth in grades K - 12.
Limited space is available!
Registration opens April 1, 2014

Lower School Academy - 2014
(grades k - 5)
Four one-week modules are designed to provide an approach to acting, play writing, and the general craft of storytelling; students come away with notions of dramatic structure, character development, monologue and scene work, and more.
Modules will be announced April 1, 2014
WHEN: Monday - Friday;  9 A, – 4 PM
     Module 1:  TBD - July 7 - 11
     Module 2:  TBD - July 14 - 18
     Module 3:  TBD - July 21 - 25
     Module 4:  TBD - July 28 - Aug 1
Register for one session or for all four.
TUITION: $250 per session, Or for all four, for a total of $795
Early Registration: Save  $95 if registered and paid in full before June 1, 2014
Performances each Friday at 5:30 PM.  All tickets $5

Upper School Academy - 2014
(grades 6 - 12)
A four-week theatre intensive providing a range of education for both the Classical Theatre student and the Musical Theatre student.

  • Classical Theatre students will have workshops in Acting Methods, Improv, Stage Combat, Movement, and Make-up.
  • Musical Theatre students will have workshops in Voice, Dance, Music Reading, Stage Combat and Make-up.

WHEN: Monday - Friday; 9 AM – 4 PM; July 7 - Aug 1, 2014
Register for either Classical Theatre Academy or Musical Theatre Academy
TUITION: $995 for the entire 4 weeks.
Early Registration: Save $95 if registered and paid in full before June 1, 2014
A Performance Showcase will be presented Friday & Saturday, Aug 1 & 2 at 8 PM and Sunday, Aug 3 at 3p PM   All tickets $10.

To Register for the Summer Young Actors Academy, complete the Registration Form, and
           Mail:     Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
            Email:  
Academy@spotlighters.org  or
            FAX:      410.752.1299
Payments:  Checks (payable to Spotlighters Theatre), Credit Cards, or Cash.  Do Not send Cash by Mail.

You will need to use Adobe Reader to download and print the Registration Form.
Forms will be available online at
http://www.spotlighters.org/summer-young-actors-academy.html

CELEBRATE 25TH ANNUAL ART BLOOMS @ THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM

25th Anniversary of Art Blooms:For the Love of Art and Flowers

WHEN:  Friday, April 4—Sunday, April 6, 2014
WHERE: The Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore
ADMISSION: Free
For tickets and more information, visit www.wamwc.org.

Each spring, the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum, presents Art Blooms. The project enhances the Walters collection with 40 interpretive floral arrangements by Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland and Garden Clubs of America.  Activities will include a lecture and demonstration by Margot Shaw, founder and editor-in-chief of Flower Magazine and a 25th anniversary celebration dinner. Guests can also shop at the pop-up store, The Garden Shed, which will feature gardening and floral items.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Lecture and Luncheon
Friday, April 4—10:30 AM
Margot Shaw, founder and editor-in-chief of Flower Magazine, will present a lecture and demonstration in Graham Auditorium followed by a luncheon on the Sculpture Court—$75 per person.

 

25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Saturday, April 5—6:30 PM
A 25th anniversary celebration dinner will be held on the Sculpture Court—$150 per person.

Ikebana Floral Demonstration
Sunday, April 6—2 PM
A free floral demonstration from a noted Ikebana master will take place on the Sculpture Court.

The Garden Shed
Friday-Sunday, April 4-6, 10 AM – 5 PM
Free
The popular Art Blooms pop-up store in the Museum Café area features flower-related items, garden ornaments, and furniture.

The Art Blooms weekend is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum.

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, March 26, 2014

WORPLACE CLASSIC ONSTAGE @ SINGLE CARROT THEATRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MEMO
By Václav Havel
Translated from Czech by Paul Wilson
Directed by Stephen Nunns

WHEN: Preview Performances April 2 and 3; Running April 4-27; Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 2:30 PM
WHERE:
Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N Howard St, Baltimore

TICKETS:
$10-25; Members & Pioneer+ donors attend free.
BUY TICKETS NOW

A comic workplace classic about the perils of standardized communication.

Company President Mr. Gross receives a memorandum but can’t read it because it’s written in Ptydepe, the newly invented language to which all correspondence must adhere. If he can’t figure out what it says, he’ll lose his job and certainly his mind. This satirical take on bureaucracy and office malarkey is an incisive look at 20th century socialist Czechoslovakia, but it could just as easily be today’s America.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

OLNEY THEATRE CENTER CELEBRATES THE LEGACY OF AUGUST WILSON WITH SPECIAL $20 DISCOUNT

Don't miss what The New York Times calls a "savory theatrical feast"!

THE PIANO LESSON
By August Wilson
Directed by Jamil Jude

WHEN: May 7 - June 1
WHERE: Mulitz-Gudelsky Lab Theater, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney

Is it really possible that Olney hasn’t done a play by August Wilson, one of our country’s most gifted and celebrated playwrights? We’ll change that with his 1990 Pulitzer-winner, THE PIANO LESSON.

Wilson’s play weaves the powerful tale of an African-American family in 1936 Pittsburgh struggling to face its past and move into the future. Boy Willie, Bereneice, Doaker and Wining Boy are among the most enduring characters yet written for the American stage.

(Recommended for ages 12 and up)


SPECIALLY PRICED TICKETS: Enter the code PIAN20 online or call the box office at 301-924-3400 to buy THE PIANO LESSON tickets $20 Off.
Act Now! Sale ends Friday.

 

*This offer expires at 11:59 PM on Friday, 03/28/2014. Valid for select performances of August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON. Excludes Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances. Subject to availability. Not to be combined with other offers. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. All sales final.

TICKETS SELLING FAST FOR EVERYMAN’S “VERA STARK”: GET YOURS TODAY

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BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Walter Dallas

WHEN: Apr 16 - May 11
WHERE: Everyman Theatre,  315 West Fayette Street, Baltimore
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

It's the height of 1930s Hollywood. Film studios are filled with glitz, glamor and eager starlets just waiting to be discovered.

Enter Vera Stark, a determined and headstrong African-American maid to a white movie star. But it turns out that Vera is an actress, too! When the stars align and both actresses are cast in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with an unexpected and controversial legacy scholars will question for decades to come.

Deliciously funny and wildly entertaining, Vera Stark uses today's obsession and fascination with tabloids and celebrity gossip to get to the truth behind this mysterious legend of Hollywood.

Vera Stark Cast

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

APPRECIATE JAZZ & SOUL FOOD FOR THOUGHT THIS APRIL @ THE REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

An April Month of Jazz Appreciation
and Soul Food for Thought
 

WHERE: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore
ADMISSION: All programs are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.
Click titles for more information. (Above: Jati Lindsay: Jazz Nowon )

EXHIBITIONS:
Jati Lindsay: Jazz Now
WHEN: Mar 29 - June 29, 2014
A photographer with an exquisite eye for light and texture, Lindsay captures magical moments with the leading figures in contemporary jazz, both on stage and off. His photographs "will be the definitive visual record of jazz now," predicts Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson, who curated the show of the Washington, DC-based photographer. His silken black-and-white compositions focus on the 21st century vanguard of jazz musicians inspired by hip-hop culture.

Defense of the Nation: Maryland in the War of 1812
WHEN: Apr 2 - May 4, 2014
Experience the crucial Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812. The discovery of new information along with wonderful historic images reveal the hardships and fear felt by the people of Maryland and the Chesapeake, as well as their inspired response during this turning point in the American experience.

Interweaving Traditions: Bookbinding across Cultures
WHEN: Apr 23 - June 1, 2014
An exhibition of books as art objects created by refugee youth living in Baltimore. Victoria Timpo, a 2014 MFA candidate at the Maryland Institute College of Art, curated this exhibition as her master's thesis project. Opening reception April 24, 6-8 PM.


LECTURE:
Going South: African American Community History in Virginia and North Carolina
WHEN: Sat Apr 5, 1 PM
Join genealogist Char Bah and local historian Marvin Jones as they bring to life the dynamic stories of local black heritage in Alexandria, Virginia and the Winton Triangle in Eastern North Carolina.


FILMS:
Soul Food Junkies
WHEN: Sun Apr 6, 2 PM
(64 minutes) A film about the history of soul food-from its roots in Western Africa, to its incarnation in the American South, to its contribution to modern health crises in communities of color. Panel discussion follows.

The Girls in the Band
WHEN: Thu Apr 17, 6 PM
They wiggled, they jiggled, and wore low-cut gowns, all to play the music they loved. This documentary tells the untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists who played in the 30s and 40s but whose contributions are now largely forgotten.

The Paradise that Wasn't
WHEN: Sat Apr 26, 1 PM
This short animated film by Congolese artist Evodie Ngoy documents her experience attending Baltimore public school as a refugee. Panel discussion with Ngoy follows. In conjunction with the exhibition, Interweaving Traditions: Bookbinding Across Cultures.


KIDS:
Jazz For Kids (Ages 6-10)
WHEN: Sat Apr 12, 12 PM
Learn about different jazz genres through storytelling, dance, craft activities, and interactive music with a real jazz musician. 


POETRY READING:
Free to Be Me
WHEN: Sat Apr 12, 2 PM
Trinidadian-born spoken word artist Cherrie Amour presents her poetry collection Free to Be Me: Poems on Life, Love and Relationships which explores her geographical and emotional journey from the Caribbean to Canada, Detroit, and finally, Baltimore.


The programming is a timely tribute to the late Baltimore native and jazz aficionado Mr. Louis Hecht. Mr. Hecht is one of the founders of the Baltimore Jazz Foundation and was a fixture of the Pennsylvania Avenue scene. Our permanent collection proudly includes the Louis G. and Shirley Hecht Collection, a voluminous collection of over 3,700 original 78 RPM and LP recordings ranging from the 1920s to 1960s along with books, journals, newspaper articles, photographs and other materials dating from 1937 to 2010 that document the music and artists that most captivated this lifelong collector.

SEE B.I.G. SPRING MUSICAL @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

BIG's Spring Musical

WHEN: March 29th, 8 PM 
WHERE:
The Creative Alliance,  3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
Get Tickets Now!

This show is dedicated to improv's first love—music. Witness the joy and hilarity as our performers delve into the world of musical improv. This night will include improv from Gentlemen's Hour, longform musical improv from Strings Attached and Evan the Loyal, improvised and prepared songs, and the ladies of Improvaret, as well as Xavier DuChamp!

Monday, March 24, 2014

NEWS FROM THE STRAND THEATER COMPANY

AUDITION NOTICE:

ONE GLITZ WISH 
by Kristin Harrison
directed by Tara Cariaso

WHEN: March 31st and April 1st, from 7 PM-10 PM
WHERE: The Strand, 1823 N. Charles St., Baltimore

See the website for the casting breakdown.

We are looking for a sound designer! Interested designers should contact Elissa at elissa@strand-theater.org


Application for Summer Camp 2014 is now available!
Camp Dates: June 16th - June 22nd
Important Dates
Application deadline: April 25th
Notification deadline: May 2nd

Summer Camp and Snow Camp are week-long annual intensive programs, hosted by the Strand Theater Company, that focus on cultivating and enriching the artistic practice of directing new work. Will Davis and Michael Rau lead the all activities, building on their successful intensive as part of the NNPN/Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights’ Workshop during the summer of 2013.

For more information and to apply for Summer Camp 2014, please visit our website.


Calling Artists and Audiences!
Archeology of Whimsy
[working title]

From April 6th to the 19th, Jamila Reddy and Lian Walden will be in residence at The Strand devising a new piece, The Archeology of Whimsy [working title].

They are looking for artistic collaborators from all disciplines—photography, dance, animation, music, circus, etc.—to work with them throughout the two weeks. You do NOT need to be available for the entire duration of the workshop. For more info check out the
facebook event!

If you would like to attend the final day of the workshop to see what has been created, you are welcome to join us at The Strand on April 19th.

For more information about both participating and attending the finale presentation—which will be more a presentation of moments and a discussion of the process rather than a full performance3contact Jamila and Lian at devisingwhimsy@gmail.com.


SEEKING A DIRECTOR:

The Strand is looking for a director for our upcoming production of RUST by Kirsten Greenidge. If you are interested, send your resume to Elissa at elissa@strand-theater.org.  She will send you production dates, a script, and set up a time to meet and discuss the play and your vision for the production. Our directors receive a small fee for their work. We are unfortunately not able to provide housing at this time.

EVENTS THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY INSTITUTE

Events at PeabodyThe Peabody Dance Choreography Showcase with new guest artists and six diverse works will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 30, at 3:00 pm. Diane Coburn Bruning's Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians, based in Washington, D.C., will perform two works including a world premiere; and New York City-based choreographer and teacher Karla Wolfangle has restaged her work BlueFeet for upper-level Peabody Dance students. This year's program also includes two dances by Constance Dinapoli, Peabody's new full-time faculty member and artistic coordinator for contemporary dance and this showcase, and a new dance by former Peabody faculty Meredith Rainey. In keeping with Peabody Dance's tradition of collaboration, four of the six works on the program will be danced to live music provided by the Chamber Dance Project's string quartet and Peabody Conservatory musicians. Tickets for the performances, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800.

Other Peabody events this week, March 24-30, 2014

On Wednesday, March 26, the Ying Quartet — violinists Ayano Ninomiya and Janet Ying, violist Phillip Ying, and cellist David Ying — will begin a two-day residency at Peabody, part of the Sandra Hittman Visiting Chamber Ensemble Program. A chamber music master class will be held from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, and a chamber music rehearsal workshop titled "Playing (and Working) Together" will take place at 7:00 pm in the Peabody Annex. On Thursday, March 27, the quartet will perform works by Barber, Auerbach, and Dvořák in a concert at 1:00 pm in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Hall. All events are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, March 26, at 7:30 pm, the Composition Department will present a free Flute and Composers Collaboration Concert in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. For a third consecutive year the Composition Department has teamed with the flute studio of Marina Piccinini to collaborate on a program of world premieres. Eight new works of flute duos have been developed over the past several months with pairings that range from viola or harp, to mixed percussion, electronics, and electric guitar. The concert will feature works by James Chu, John Haggerty, Ga Yeong Jeong, Sun Young Park, Colin Read, Alexa Rinn, and Cameron Wentz; and performances by Meghan Bennett, Brendan Betyn, Christy Cho, Raoul Cho, Amir Farsi, Nick Fitton, Lillian Green, Jared Harrison, Jasmine Hogan, Catherine Lee, Jihyun Park, Cody Raum, Jordan Thomas, and CJ Young.

Singers from the Peabody Voice Department will present an evening of opera scenes, 13 Roses: A Night at the Opera, on Friday, March 28, at 7:30 pm, Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall. This free student-run event will feature scenes from operas and composers including Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Donizetti.

For off-campus events which feature Peabody students, faculty, and/or alumni, please download Peabody's iPhone app or visit app.peabody.jhu.edu. Events will also be posted on the Peabody Institute Concerts Facebook page. Visit events.jhu.edu/peabody for the full Peabody events calendar.

Free noon recitals

At this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Leith Symington Griswold Hall, presented by the Early Music Department, the Peabody Honors Ensemble Divisio and singers from the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble will perform Cantigas de Santa Maria from the court of Alfonso X, a Bach sonata with recorderist Aik Shin Tan, a Veracini sonata with Alan Choo on baroque violin, and Phèdre et Hypolitte, cantate à voix seule et symphonie by Thomas-Louis Bourgeois with vocalist Abigail Chapman.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit peabody.jhu.edu/recitals.

Upcoming concerts

  • Faculty artist Larry Williams, horn, will perform with the DaPonte String Quartet in a Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series concert on Tuesday, April 1, at 8:00 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • On Sunday, April 6, at noon, a free concert will take place as part the Preparatory's Violin Pedagogy Weekend, directed by Rebecca Henry, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • The Preparatory Young People's String Program, directed by Janet Melnicoff-Brown and Andréa Picard Boecker, will present its spring concert on Sunday, April 6, at 3:00 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A BUSY WEEKEND/WEEK AHEAD @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

QUESTFEST COMMUNITY SHOWCASE

WHEN: Sat Mar 22; 2-3 PM with Reception Following in Main Gallery             
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: Free
Register 410.276.1651.  
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Actors of all ages take over The Patterson stage presenting original dances, puppets, projections, and props in theatrical shorts. Their bodies and art tell a story with master artists Maria Broom, Joseph Faura, Edgar Reyes, and Rachel Miller! A family showcase includes our own Open Minds youth, Deaf Services Program families of Baltimore Medical System, and residents of Highlandtown. Supported by Quest Visual Theater's QuestFest and the United States Deptartment of Education.


Type & Twang with Stonehill Allstars, Adam Trice, Jen Michalski & more 

WHEN: Sun Mar 23, 2 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
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The musical-literary event of the year!!  Literary powerhouse David Beaudouin emcees a music-literature slam, featuring a dance set by The Stone Hill All-Stars, poetic psycho-rock songs from Adam Trice (of Red Sammy), interspersed with readings by some of the best and most critically-acclaimed writers in Baltimore:  Jen Michalski, Betsy Boyd, Jenny Keith, and Steve Matanle. 


IN THE NAME OF

WHEN: Wed Mar 26, 7:30 PM        
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

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A moving tale about Father Adam, a young, energetic, and compassionate priest (Polish star Andrzej Chyra) who organizes a community center for troubled teens in the Polish countryside. When a bully starts spreading rumors about the priest, the villagers' pervasive homophobia and anti-Semitism force Father Adam to face a truth he can no longer escape.


Romania's Passé-Partout                

WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TIX & INFO»

Making their Baltimore debut a duo of actors from Romania's accomplished Passé-Partout, DP Theatre dispenses with spoken language in Two of Us. They use acting, physical movement, a varied dance vocabulary (tango, tap), martial arts, and clever use of minimal theatrical sets to tell a vibrant love story that is rich in both dark nuance and frothing whimsy.

Founded in 1999 by Romanian actor/director Dan Puric, Passé-Partout is widely respected in the vibrant Eastern European theater scene for pioneering performance that doesn't rely on spoken language and so transcends nationalistic boundaries.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC & COUNTRY MUSIC GROUPS @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE THIS FRIDAY

The Bumper Jacksons with the Blue Moon Cowgirls

WHEN: Friday, March 21, 8 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: Adv: $15, $10 mbrs. Door: $18, $13 members

Baltimore/DC based American roots group Bumper Jacksons celebrates the release of their album “Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In” at the Creative Alliance on March 21st.  Formed as a duo in 2012 in Baltimore, Bumper Jacksons has expanded to a powerhouse sextet wielding washboard/clarinet, guitar, bass, trombone, pedal steel, and “The Suitcase,” a homemade contraption built from everyday items to produce the band’s bedrock of percussion.  This album celebrates this larger iteration with an energetic, intelligent repertoire that sets them apart from other folk groups.  Powerful vocal harmonies and danceable rhythms characterize the sound. They’re playful with their originals and creative with their arrangements of traditional tunes as they slide seamlessly between street jazz, early blues, country swing, and machinations all their own. 2014 marks the second year since the formation of the band, as well as their second nomination for a Washington Area Music Award for best folk/traditional band.  They will be performing on the main stage at the Washington Area Music Awards this year. They are quickly gaining regional and national recognition, being covered in print media across the Eastern seaboard, and played on folk radio across the country.

The Bumper Jacksons will be performing alongside local favorite, the Blue Moon Cowgirls. They bring their own refreshing approach to acoustic country music. A shimmering trio of female voices, the Blue Moon Cowgirls blend front-porch directness with neon-lit sophistication as they sing about home and highways, heaven and honkytonks, heartbreak and hope. Their repertoire stretches from the 1920s Appalachia to 1960s honky tonk and beyond—with stops along the way

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WHAT’S NEXT @ THE SINGLE CARROT THEATRE’S HIGHER UNDERGROUND?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effervescent Collective's Butter Knife
with special guests Magda San Millan and Chelsea Murphy

WHEN: March 21 & 22, 8 PM and 9:30 PM
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N Howard St, Baltimore

TICKETS:
$15 Students, Seniors, & Artists; $18 Regular Tickets; Members & Eureka+ donors attend free.
The show sold out last weekend, so reserve now!
Seating is very limited (just 25 seats), so reserve early!
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"[Butter Knife is] vibrant...scary, sexy, and confusing." -City Paper

Butter Knife plays with manners, decorum, decoration, and decency with special guests Magda San Millan and Chelsea Murphy.

A limited number of Standing Room tickets will be available at the door only. 

EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC AT THE RED ROOM THIS MONDAY

clip_image001GREG GORLEN, PAINTED FACES, CORY O’BRIEN

From the street level “unclassifiable” section of the taxaonomy inversion: improv with feedbacking snare drum, cassette loops, circuit-bent-electro-junk. Set your rotations to 360.

WHEN: March 24, Doors open at 8:30 PM; music at 9 PM
WHERE: The Red Room at Normals Books and Records, 425 E. 31st Street Baltimore
ADMISSION: $6
Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/654584647941120/

Greg Gorlen is an experimental musician living in San Francisco. He produces music and noise using manipulated junk, found tapes, and home made cassette loops. Sounds emerge and fade in a constant state of flux and decay. Greg records and performs under a variety of group banners and aliases such as Black Thread, Vibrating Garbage, Von Himmel, Dark Spring, Esther Chlorine, and The Catabolic Junk Ensemble in addition to running the cassette label Turmeric Magnitudes and writing about music for demagnetization blog.
http://cascadingfragments.tumblr.com/

Painted Faces is the solo recording project of David Drucker, often joined live & on tour by a rotating assembly of outsiders and outcasts comprising the Painted Faces collective. Self-described psych/experimental/free rock/improv/performance art.
http://www.paintedfacesband.net/

Cory O'Brien is a sound and new-media artist who lives in Washington, DC. His work spans extended-technique percussion, electro-acoustic improvisation, interactive sound installation, digital synthesizer design, and sound based net-art.
http://prtcl.cc

MARCH PLAY READING SELECTION BY THE JEWISH THEATRE WORKSHOP ON MONDAY

 

 

 

 


 

THE 49TH COUSIN
by Florence Lowe and Caroline Francke
curated by Ron Zyna

WHEN: Monday, March 24, at 7:00 PM
WHERE:
The Community Meeting Room, Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Avenue
ADMISSION: FREE and refreshments will be served!

Isaac Lowe is a cantankerous, opinionated man. He founded a synagogue in Syracuse at the turn of the century and almost wrecked it. His possessiveness and prejudice kept his three daughters on the verge of spinsterhood until they revolted against him. Only the generosity of others could finally make him see the error of his ways. But a lightning bolt hitting the temple might also help...

Join us for a casual evening of theatre as we read in a seated but lively style. For more information, please visit www.jewishtheatreworkshop.org

BALTIMORE SHAKESPEARE FACTORY OPENS 2014 SEASON WITH TALE OF BLOODY QUEST FOR CROWN

RICHARD III
By William Shakespeare

WHEN: Mar 28 through Apr 19; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 2:00 PM; Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before showtime
WHERE:
The Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary's, 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $20 adult, $15 students/seniors, kids grade 5 and under free
Get your tickets at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/593474(Tickets are exchangeable for any performance during the run)

The story of a man's lust for power and his ruinous taste for intrigue, Richard III comes to Baltimore this spring to kick off the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's 2014 Season.


Set in the waning days of England's War of the Roses—a feud for the throne between the houses of York and Lancaster—Richard III tells the story of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and his bloody quest for the crown.

As with all Factory productions, Richard III is presented using the staging conditions of Shakespeare's day. Factory productions bring Shakespeare's works to life in a way that is fresh and accessible to modern audiences without compromising the original language. The result is a fun, engaging, and fast-paced show that celebrates the artistry of Shakespeare's language. We call it Uncommon Shakespeare for the Common Man.