Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Spring is in full swing at Creative Alliance! Don't miss these April events that range from "high octane slapstick" to sensual burlesque, and rootsy blues to wild samba dance parties!

WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

WHEN: Wed Apr 9 | 5:30 PM
Louder Than a Bomb Baltimore: Baltimore High School Poetry League Finals

Over the course of two days, 12 high schools and 100 students from around the greater Baltimore Community will compete in part of the world's largest youth poetry competition movement. The students will gather for the purpose of sharing their stories, building relationships, bringing attention to issues impacting youth, and compete for the chance to celebrate their voice. Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is more than a competition, it is the intersection where art, social justice, and community engagement meet. Creative Alliance hosts the poetry slam finals!

WHEN: Fri Apr 11 | 8 PM
George Kilby Jr. & The Road Dogs with
Red Jones' Electricity Jones

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter George Kilby has spent his life immersed in music and traveling the world. His greatest influence is Pinetop Perkins with whom he toured for twenty years. His gutsy American music has its roots in his home state of Alabama and has flourished from being a roadie for the Beach Boys to playing with "Honey Boy" Otis, and many other blues greats, to being a regular performer at BB King's club on Times Square. On this evening, great Fells Point bluesman Red Jones pulls together a full band for his opening set on guitar and vocals. Then the guys back up George and his accordion/keyboard player Neil Thomas. With Marion Lesniewski on bass, Wayne Werner on harp and lap steel, and Jamie Wilson on drums.

Adv $15, $10. Door $17, $12

WHEN: Sat Apr 12 | 8 PM
Anna & Elizabeth's Crankie Festival
Appalachian puppet shows and music with new twists. From Anna Roberts-Gevalt & Elizabeth LaPrelle in collaboration with Erik Spangler (Baltimore Boom Bap), this is a scrolling multimedia shadow show inspired by stories of Appalachians who settled in Baltimore. The show also features painter Chris Owen in collaboration with Polish concertina player Tom Haller, and includes a story from the international refugee committee, who have joined with paper cutters Christine Sajecki & Lisa Krause. Also on stage are artists Matt Muirhead, Katherine Fahey, graphic artist/illustrator Alex Fine, East Kentuckians Brett Ratliff & John Haywood, and Ashley Minner who is presenting a group of students from the Baltimore Indian American Center.

TICKETS: Adv: $15, $10 mbrs. Door: $17, $12 mbrs.
Kids 12 and under get in for $5! Enter discount code "highfive"

WHEN: Friday, April 18 | 8 PM
Ivory Grace: Mother-Daughter Duets in Indian Dance
South Asians are known for passing down their artistic legacy from one generation to the next. Over the last few decades, Indian classical dance has migrated to the US and made a strong presence through second, third, and fourth generations who have carried the torch of this proud, ancient cultural heritage forward. Clad in lovely silks and gold, the dancers use vibrant footwork, facial expressions, soul-stirring music, and exquisite mudras to tell stories of Hindu gods and goddesses.

TICKETS: Adv: $15, $10 mbrs. Door: $17, $12

Polkats & Two LegsWHEN: Sat Apr 19 | 8 PM
Polkats & Two Legs
Epic Dance Show! Baltimore's wildest roots bands of the '80s & '90s trade sets.
Back In 1990, The Polkats entered a contest sponsored by Musician Magazine which drew over 3500 entries from across the U.S. The final round judging panel of Lyle Lovett, Lou Reed, Branford Marsalis, Robbie Robertson and Vernon Reid chose The Polkats "I Watch from the Window" (written by Polkat Paul Margolis) as the winning entry, and The Polkats were named the "Best Unsigned Band in America". They were legends in Baltimore and beyond for their hi-velocity mix of Tejano, Polka, Zydeco and Country Music before disbanding in 1995. John Shock, Joe Shock, Paul Margolis, Mike Barth, Steve Raskin and Mark Young reunite tonight, so bring your dancing shoes!

TICKETS: Adv: $15, $10 mbrs. Door: $17, $12 mbrs.