Tuesday, March 25, 2014


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 )

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.